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Chauncey Billups, who has tendinitis in his left foot, is "not expected back soon."

Billups returned briefly from his torn Achilles this season, but he's been sidelined since and doesn't appear rushing his return at all. The Clippers are rolling and Billups has been active on the sidelines alongside Vinny Del Negro, providing guidance and leadership from the sidelines.
Mon, Jan 7, 2013 09:46:00 AM

Alec Burks was in attack-mode offensively on Friday, notching 20 points vs. the Suns on 5-of-10 FGs, 2-of-3 three-pointers, and 8-of-11 FTs.

Burks is a clever and quick ball-handler who attacks the paint with abandon, which is part of the reason he attempted 4.8 free throws in just 28 minutes per game last year. His 74.8 percent FT shooting leaves room for improvement, but he's a great target toward the end of fantasy drafts thanks to steady across-the-board contributions and a growing role in the offense.
Oct 24 - 11:47 PM

Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas each played between 28-30 minutes in Friday's preseason finale, with Dragic scoring 18 points on efficient 8-of-11 shooting.

He drained two 3-pointers and had three assists and one steal, but it could be difficult to match last year's averages with Bledsoe healthy and IT3 carving out a big role off the bench. Jeff Hornacek played his three guards simultaneously for a while tonight, which could pay dividends during the season, but it's hard to imagine that being a staple of the Suns' rotation.
Oct 24 - 11:44 PM

Rudy Gay will not return to Friday's game after being elbowed in the jaw by Lakers rookie Julius Randle.

Gay will have X-rays once he's back in Sacramento and we can only hope that they come back negative, as the Kings open their regular season at home vs. the Warriors this Wednesday. If Gay is forced to miss any time, Omri Casspi and Derrick Williams are the most likely candidates to absorb his playing time.
Oct 24 - 11:32 PM

James Harden was his usual self against the Spurs on Friday during a 96-87 win, scoring 25 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers.

He was the top player in all of fantasy basketball after the break last season and the Rockets lost two of their highest usage-rate guys last season. The Beard is going to dominate again this year and is fantastic top pick in the early first round.
Oct 24 - 10:47 PM

Joakim Noah logged a preseason-high 32 minutes on Friday, converting them into six points, 17 rebounds, nine assists and three turnovers in a loss to the Wolves.

Offseason knee surgery and the arrival of Pau Gasol have clouded Noah's fantasy outlook somewhat, but this near triple-double is a reminder that he's still a top-50 fantasy value. His knees haven't been an issue during the preseason and coach Tom Thibodeau is never shy about giving his key players heavy minutes, making Noah a reasonable gamble as a No. 1 center.
Oct 24 - 10:38 PM

The Bulls lost their final preseason game to the Wolves, 112-113 despite Derrick Rose's team-high 27 points, three 3-pointers, two rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes.

D-Rose knocked down 12-of-23 FGs with three 3-pointers in just 32 minutes, and one of his triples brought Chicago within a basket in crunch time. Don't look now, but D-Rose averaged 28.5 points in the Bulls' final two exhibitions and looks primed for opening night. There have been no concerns about his surgically repaired knee so his preseason can be deemed an unqualified success.
Oct 24 - 10:35 PM

Kyle Lowry was in regular-season form vs. the Knicks on Friday, chipping in 12 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and one steal in the Raptors' home victory.

K-Low doesn't have the cachet as other PGs like Damian Lillard or Kyrie Irving, but he's every bit as valuable for fantasy purposes. He was a second-round value last year and enters the 2014-15 season as a clear-cut leader for the Raptors, so there's nothing preventing him from a repeat performance.
Oct 24 - 10:13 PM

Magic G Luke Ridnour was diagnosed with a bruised right quad after colliding with Chandler Parsons during Friday's exhibition.

The contusion could jeopardize his status for Orlando's season-opener, but it's a relief that he didn't do more serious damage. Ridnour's role as a low-minute backup and locker-room leader is not conducive to fantasy success.
Oct 24 - 9:40 PM

Jamal Crawford was given the night off on Friday due to minor hamstring soreness.

Doc Rivers said that Crawford could have played if this were a regular season game, but the 34-year-old will watch from the sidelines as L.A. tries to wrap up the preseason with a win vs. the Trail Blazers.
Oct 24 - 8:56 PM

Luol Deng will not play against the Grizzlies on Friday due to lower back tightness.

He's had a number of back injuries, but it doesn't sound serious. Deng is expected to be in the lineup next week and will look to get it going after a quiet preseason. He's an option in the later rounds.
Oct 24 - 7:52 PM

Derrick Favors will not play on Friday due to left knee soreness.

He's only missed one game due to knee problems and that was back in 2012, so we're not concerned. Favors was a beast in his last five preseason games, averaging 13.0 points, 8.4 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.2 blocks and 0.6 steals in just 24.0 minutes. We still love him as a player to target in the late-early rounds.
Oct 24 - 7:25 PM




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