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Dirk Nowitzki, F, DAL10/30/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Mavericks PF/C Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki- shot 9-of-13 from the field in Thursday's win over Utah.
Insight: He had 21 points and two 3-pointers, but also only had three rebounds. Owners would like to see his rebounding totals go up, next time out.
Chandler Parsons, F, DAL10/30/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons rebounded from a terrible opening night.
Insight: After scoring only five points on Tuesday, Parsons came to life with 21 points and seven rebounds. He should continue to score in his high-octane offense.
Derrick Favors, F/C, UTA10/30/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Utah power forward Derrick Favors had a double-double in Thursday's loss to the Mavericks.
Insight: He had 17 points and 11 rebounds, but what was more impressive was that he shot 7-for-12 from the field. If he has totals like these all season, owners will be extremely happy.
Gordon Hayward, G/F, UTA10/30/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward scored 16 points in Thursday's loss to Dallas.
Insight: He chipped in six assists, four rebounds, and one steal. Owners can expect stats like this from Hayward all season.
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE10/30/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving led the team in scoring during opening night.
Insight: He had 22 points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals, but did have four turnovers. Owners will deal with the turnovers, if Irving continues to produce stat lines like this one.
Kevin Love, F, MIN10/30/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love played well in his team debut.
Insight: He had 19 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and made three 3-pointers. Expect a double-double from Love almost everytime out.
LeBron James, F, CLE10/30/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James had a night to forget in his return.
Insight: He was 5-for-15 for 17 points, five rebounds, four assists, and a dreadful eight turnovers. This very well could be James' worst game of the whole season.
Carmelo Anthony, F, NYK10/30/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony rebounded from a poor opening night.
Insight: After scoring only 14 points on Wednesday, Anthony was much better on Thursday, as he had 25 points and six assists. Look for his scoring numbers to continue to increase.
Andrew Wiggins, G, MIN10/30/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins continued his slow start to the season.
Insight: After having only six points on opening night, Wiggins followed that performance with eight more points, four rebounds, one assist, and one steal. There will be growing pains for the rookie, especially early on.
Nikola Pekovic, C, MIN10/30/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic rebounded from a poor opening game.
Insight: He had only five points and eight rebounds on Wednesday night, but came to life on Thursday, with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Pekovic should be around these numbers all season long.
Caron Butler, G/F, DET10/30/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Pistons guard/forward Caron Butler led the Pistons in scoring on Thursday.
Insight: He was 10-for-14 from the field for 24 points. Butler also chipped in eight rebounds, but owners can keep him on the waiver wire for the foreseeable future.
Nikola Vucevic, C, ORL10/30/2014 9:38:00 PM
Description: Magic center Nikola Vucevic posted a double-double in Thursday's loss to Washington.
Insight: He had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and will provide those type of numbers all season long.
John Wall, G, WAS10/30/2014 9:37:00 PM
Description: Wizards guard John Wall had a big game on Thursday.
Insight: He was 10-of-21 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line, for 30 points. Wall also had 12 assists, 5 rebounds, two steals, and only two turnovers. He has two double-doubles through two games, thus far.
Marcin Gortat, C, WAS10/30/2014 9:35:00 PM
Description: Wizards center Marcin Gortat posted a double-double in Thursday's win over Orlando.
Insight: He had 20 points and 12 rebounds, while shooting 10-of-13 from the field. Gortat should contiue to provide solid production in the points and rebounding department, in 2014-15.
Lance Stephenson, G, CHA10/30/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Hornets shooting guard Lance Stephenson put up an interesting line in his debut for Charlotte Wednesday.
Insight: Stephenson didn't shoot very weel (3-of-12), but did pull down 13 rebounds and dished out eight assists in an overtime win. He's dealing with a groin issue, but it shouldn't keep him from playing.
Brandon Jennings, G, DETCold10/30/2014 1:32:00 PM
Description: Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings wasn't an intergral past of the offense on opening night, playing just 20 minutes and scoring four points.
Insight: Fantasy owners who expected him to score at last season's 15.5 ppg average have to be worried that D.J. Augustin saw more time, but one game does not a season make.
Andrew Wiggins, G, MIN10/30/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins was a bit on the dull side in his NBA debut, scoring six points, three rebounds an assist and a pair of steals in 19 minutes.
Insight: Wiggins was dealing with a sore back so perhaps he didn't push it. Like most rookies, the first season will be filled with ups and downs and fantasy owners who pick him in non-dynasty leagues should be aware of the inconsistent nature of the selection.
Norris Cole, G, MIAHot10/30/2014 1:26:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Norris Cole was huge in his opener - 23 points, three rebounds, two assists.
Insight: It will be interesting to see if he can do it on a consistent basis or if this was just opening night enthusiasm. The Heat have a number of options should he falter in Shabazz Napier and Mario Chalmers so Cole is still a risky option.
Anthony Morrow, G, OKC10/30/2014 12:43:00 PM
Description: Thunder guard Anthony Morrow will miss 4-6 weeks due to a sprained left MCL.
Insight: Just add him to the Thunders' growing injury woes. he hasn't been fantasy worthy since 2011 in Brooklyn.
Mitch McGary, F, OKC10/30/2014 12:43:00 PM
Description: Thirs-string Thunder center Mitch McGary isn't expected back from a left foot fracture until sometime in December.
Insight: McGary has no fantasy value behind Steven Adams and Kendrick Perkins.
Jeremy Lamb, SG, OKC10/30/2014 12:40:00 PM
Description: Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb missed Wednesday's game and is expected to miss the game against the Clippers due to a back issue.
Insight: With all the injuries on this team, Andre Robertson saw 35 minutes in the opener and put up an interesting line - six points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal.
Reggie Jackson, G, OKC10/30/2014 12:37:00 PM
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson is expected to miss a couple games due to his ankle injury.
Insight: Jackson stepped up last season when Russell Westbrook was injured and his offense will be needed with Kevin Durant out of the lineup. He averaged 13.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.1 apg last season.
Raymond Felton, G, DAL10/30/2014 12:34:00 PM
Description: Mavericks backup point guard Raymond Felton is out due to a four-game suspension.
Insight: Felton also has a sprained ankle and lost the starting job to Jameer Nelson. We have doubts he'll have any fantasy value this season unless Nelson goes down.
Ronny Turiaf, C, MIN10/30/2014 12:31:00 PM
Description: Minnesota backup center Ronny Turiaf is questionable for Thursday's game against Detroit.
Insight: Turiaf has no fantasy value behind centers Nikola Pekovic and Gorgui Dieng.
Glenn Robinson III, F, MIN10/30/2014 12:31:00 PM
Description: Glenn Robinson III is questionable for Thursday's game against Detroit due to a sprained ankle.
Insight: Robinson is buried on the depth chart and wouldn't have value even if healthy.
Kevin Martin, G, MIN10/30/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin (ankle) did not play on Wednesday and is questionable for Thursday's game against Detroit.
Insight: Martin is injury-prone, but can produce when on the court. He averaged 19.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.8 apg in 68 games last season.
Cartier Martin, F, DET10/30/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Pistons SG/SF Cartier Martin is questionable for Thursday's game against Minnesota due to plantar fasciitis.
Insight: Martin might get solid minutes with Jodie Meeks sidelined if he can get healthy.
Greg Monroe, PF, DET10/30/2014 12:22:00 PM
Description: Pistons forward Greg Monroe will be sidelined one more game due to a suspension and should return for Saturday's contest.
Insight: Monroe is in a contract season and may end up being the odd-man out in the Pistons front court.
Kevin Love, F, MIN10/30/2014 12:19:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is dealing with bruised ribs but is expected to play Thursday.
Insight: Love practiced Wednesday so fantasy owners should not be concerned. It will be interesting to see how he works with two other elite players - LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
Jose Calderon, G, NYK10/30/2014 12:16:00 PM
Description: Knicks point guard Jose Calderon (strained right calf) did not play Wednesday and is questionable for Thursday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Calderon was thought to be good for the opener, but was a last-second no-go. Shane Larkin started in his absence.
Andrea Bargnani, F, NYK10/30/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani has been ruled out of the first three games of the season.
Insight: Nothing new here for a guy who has missed more than half of the games over the past three seasons. Sunday versus Charlotte is the earliest he could play, but fantasy owners should not expect anything from him - then they won't be disappointed.
Kyle O'Quinn, C, ORL10/30/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Magic PF/C Kyle O'Quinn is questionable for Thursday's game against Washington due to an ankle issue.
Insight: O'Quinn started at PF with Channing Frye sidelined and barring a setback should get another start as Frye isn't likely back until Saturday. O'Quinn played just 21 minutes in the opener due to foul trouble and the ankle issue.
Channing Frye, C, ORL10/30/2014 12:08:00 PM
Description: Magic F/C Channing Frye (sprained left knee) is questionable for Thursday's game against Washington.
Insight: A more reasonable target for Frye is to return Saturday against Toronto. Kyle O'Quinn got the start at PF in his absence, but played just 21 minutes due to foul trouble and an ankle issue.
Glen Rice Jr., G/F, WAS10/30/2014 12:03:00 PM
Description: Wizards swingman Glen Rice Jr. is dealing with a sprained right ankle and is questionable for Thursday's game against Orlando.
Insight: Rice has little fantasy value long-term, but he could have value if he can get healthy with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined.
DeJuan Blair, C, WAS10/30/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Washington back PF/C DeJuan Blair should be active after missing opening night due to a one-game suspension.
Insight: Blair will have little fantasy value this season, barring multiple injuries, as he's buried on the depth chart.
Drew Gooden, C, WAS10/30/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Wizards power forward Drew Gooden had a big game in Nene's absence on opening night (18 points, five rebounds), but should return to his backup role against Orlando.
Insight: Nene served a one-game suspension but should resume his starting role leaving Gooden with limited minutes.
Nene , PF/C, WAS10/30/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Wizards power forward Nene missed the season opener due to a one-game suspension, but should be back in the lineup for the game against Orlando.
Insight: Drew Gooden had a big game in his absence (18 points, five rebounds), but should return to his backup role.
Rajon Rondo, G, BOS10/29/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo had 12 assists in his return to action.
Insight: He played 30 minutes, and also had 13 points, one steal, and one block. Rondo will be his self, as an assist-machine in 2014-15.
Joe Johnson, G/F, BRK10/29/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Nets guard Joe Johnson scored 19 points in the season opener.
Insight: He was only 7-of-19 from the field, while chipping in six rebounds, three assists and one steal. Look for Johnson to average around 20 points per game.
Deron Williams, G, BRK10/29/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Nets point guard Deron Williams played well during Wednesday's loss to Boston.
Insight: He had 19 points, eight assists, two steals, but also four turnovers. If Williams produces numbers like these, then owners will have absolutely no issue with him.
Marc Gasol, C, MEM10/29/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Memphis center Marc Gasol dazzled in Wednesday's opener.
Insight: He was 12-for-17 from the field, and 8-for-10 from the line, for 32 points. Gasol also had nine rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. This is a contract-year for Gasol, and he is off to a great start.
Zach Randolph, F, MEM10/29/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Memphis PF/C Zach Randolph had 25 points and 13 rebounds during Wednesday's win over Minnesota.
Insight: He shot 12-of-16 from the field, and added one steal and one block. Owners should expect Randolph to average close to a double-double in 2014-15.
Thaddeus Young, F, MIN10/29/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Timberwolves forward Thaddeus Young looked fantastic in his team debut.
Insight: He was 10-of-18 , including two 3-pointers, for 26 points. Young also chipped in four rebounds, four assists, and two steals. It looks like he is picking up where he left off in Philadelphia, last season.
Carmelo Anthony, F, NYK10/29/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony led the team in scoring, during Wednesday's loss to Chicago.
Insight: It was not much of an accomplishment, as Anthony had only 14 points. The Knicks shot only 36.5 percent from the field, and Anthony and Amare Stoudemire (12 points) were the only two players to score in double-figures.
Derrick Rose, G, CHI10/29/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose did not need to do much in Chicago's opening night win over the Knicks.
Insight: He was 3-for-7 for 13 points, while adding five assists, three rebounds and two steals. Look for Rose to get his numbers up, next time out.
Pau Gasol, PF/C, CHI10/29/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Pau Gasol had a fantastic team debut.
Insight: Him and backup power forward Taj Gibson led the Bulls on Wednesday, with Gasol going for 21 points and 11 rebounds. Gibson chipped in 22 points, eight rebounds, one steal, and one block as well. It is early, but it is looking like Chicago is extremely deep.
Dwyane Wade, G, MIA10/29/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade hit some big shots down the stretch, and helped Miami beat Washington in the season opener.
Insight: He shot 8-of-16 for 21 points, made two 3-pointers, and had two steals. Owners need to be aware that Wade will probably not suit up every game, but if he posts numbers like tonight's, then he will be in line for a nice season.
Chris Bosh, C/PF, MIA10/29/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Heat forward Chris Bosh played extremely well in first post-Lebron James game.
Insight: He had 26 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block, and four 3-pointers. Pretty impressive, and there is no reason to think this will not continue.
Paul Pierce, F, WAS10/29/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Wizards small forward Paul Pierce played well in his team debut.
Insight: He played 33 minutes and was 6-for-10 from the field, including one three-pointer, for 17 points. Pierce also had six rebounds, five assists, and two steals, making it just another night on the court for him.
John Wall, G, WAS10/29/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Wizards guard John Wall had a double-double during Wednesday's loss to Miami.
Insight: He had 16 points and 11 assists, along with two steals. Owners should expect even better production, as we move along.
Kyle Lowry, G, TOR10/29/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: raptors guard Kyle Lowry had a poor shooting night, but posted a double-double during Wednesday's win over Atlanta.
Insight: Lowry and DeMar Derozan shot poorly, going a a combined 7-of-27. However, Derozan chipped in 15 points, 11 rebounds, and six steals, while Lowry had 11 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, and three steals. Both players should be extremely valuable until season's end.
Jonas Valanciunas, C, TOR10/29/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas led the team in scoring, in limited minutes.
Insight: He played only 21 minutes, and was 4-of-5 from the field, but 9-of-10 from the line, for his 17 points. Valanciunas also chipped in eight rebounds and a block. It was a solid opening night, and owners can expect his playing to increase as well.
Kyle Korver, G/F, ATL10/29/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Hawks shooting guard Kyle Korver knocked six three-pointers, in Wednesday's loss to the Raptors.
Insight: He finished with 20 points, two assists, two rebounds, and somehow had three blocks. Korver again, will be a deadly threat from downtown, in 2014-15.
Jeff Teague, PG, ATL10/29/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague played well on opening night against Toronto.
Insight: He was 8-for-12 for 20 points, along with eight assists, three rebounds, but did have six turnovers. Owners can expect nights like this, throughout the season.
Al Horford, C, ATL10/29/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Atlanta C/PF Al Horford scored 12 points in his return to action on Wednesday.
Insight: After playing in only 29 games last season, Horford was 6-of-15 from the field, while chipping in 13 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and one steal. As long as he can stay healthy, Horford will have a major impact on the fantasy season.
Brandon Knight, G, MIL10/29/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Bucks guard Brandon Knight almost posted a triple-double on Wednesday night against the Hornets.
Insight: He shot terribly (5-of-17), but had 22 points, 13 assists, eight rebounds, and was 10-of-10 from the line. Knight did turn the ball over four times, but if he produces numbers like that, the turnovers should not be an issue to fantasy owners.
Jabari Parker, F, MIL10/29/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Bucks rookie Jabari Parker did not do much in his NBA debut.
Insight: He shot 3-of-9 from the field, for eight points, and had four rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Owners should expect growing pains, especially early on, but it is nice to know he played 37 minutes on Wednesday night.
Al Jefferson, C, CHA10/29/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson posted a double-double in the season opener against the Bucks.
Insight: He had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while chipping in four blocks and two steals. Jefferson should be a double-double machine all season long.
Kemba Walker, G, CHA10/29/2014 9:48:00 PM
Description: Hornets point guard Kemba Walker hit the game-winning jumper, in overtime, against Milwaukee.
Insight: Charlotte trailed all night, but forced overtime, and Walker put the Hornets in front for good with 5.1 seconds remaining in the extra session. He had a poor shooting night (9-for-26), but did have 26 points, three 3-pointers, six rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block. Solid start to the season for Walker.
Roy Hibbert, C, IND10/29/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Pacers center Roy Hibbert carried Indiana to an opening night victory over the 76ers.
Insight: Hibbert was 10-of-13 for 22 points, while adding eight rebounds and an impressive seven blocks. If Hibbert produces like this all season, fantasy owners will have hit the jackpot.
Tony Wroten, G, PHI10/29/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: 76ers guard Tony Wroten had a solid opening night.
Insight: He was filling in for the injured Michael Carter-Williams, and posted a nice stat line. Wroten was 9-of-21 for 22 points, while also adding seven assists, eight rebounds, and three steals. Once MCW returns from injury, Wroten will move back to the bench, but as long as he continues to see minutes, he will be able to provide numbers for fantasy owners.
Nerlens Noel, C, PHI10/29/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: 76ers center Nerlens Noel posted 10 rebounds and three blocks in his NBA debut.
Insight: He had a poor shooting night, going 2-for-11 from the field and 2-for-6 from the line, for his six points. Owners will have to deal with poor offensive nights from Noel, but it is nice to see him produce in the rebounding and shot-blocking department, early on.
Jose Calderon, G, NYK10/29/2014 7:16:00 PM
Description: Knicks point guard Jose Calderon (calf) will not play Wednesday against the Bulls.
Insight: This comes as a surprise, as Calderon was deemed good to go. However he may have aggravated something during warmups, and is now out. Consider him day-to-day.
Kevin Martin, G, MIN10/29/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin (ankle) will not play on Wednesday.
Insight: He was injured yesterday, but is not expected to be out long. Consider him day-to-day.
Rajon Rondo, G, BOS10/29/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (hand) will play in Wednesday's season opener.
Insight: Coach Brad Stevens says he will play without a minute-limit, which is great news for fantasy owners. Make sure Rondo is locked into all lineups.
Mason Plumlee, PF, BRK10/29/2014 4:13:00 PM
Description: Nets center Mason Plumlee will start the season opener against the Celtics.
Insight: Plumlee will be in for the injured Brook Lopez. Plumlee is worth picking up because of Lopez's injury history and the lack of depth in the frontcourt for Brooklyn.
Lance Stephenson, G, CHA10/29/2014 4:11:00 PM
Description: Hornets shooting guard Lance Stephenson will play in the season opener against the Bucks.
Insight: Stephenson has been dealing with a couple injuries throughout preseason, but he is ready to go on Wednesday. It will likely going to take some time for him to adjust to a new system, but Stephenson has the chance to be a real star.
Brook Lopez, C, BRK10/29/2014 4:07:00 PM
Description: Nets center Brook Lopez is out on Wednesday against the Celtics.
Insight: He is making progress on his injured foot, but Brooklyn is airing on the side of caution. Mason Plumlee will start in Lopez's place on Wednesday.
Trey Burke, G, UTA10/29/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: Jazz point guard Trey Burke said he is ready for the season opener against the Rockets on Wednesday according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Insight: Burke missed practice on Tuesday with some tendinitis, but he is good to go. He draws a tough matchup on opening night with Patrick Beverley of the Houston Rockets.
Julius Randle, F, LAL10/29/2014 4:01:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Julius Randle will miss the rest of the season according to the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: The Lakers have already lost Steve Nash and Randle for the season after just one game played. Randle had surgery on his broke tibia and hopes to return for the summer league.
Julius Randle, F, LAL10/29/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Doctors have diagnosed lakers forward Julius Randle with a broken right tibia. Randle will undergo further evaluations on Wednesday.
Insight: The Lakers heard a pop when Randle went down to the floor late in Tuesday's season opener. It's such a shame. Randle was one of the top rookies drafted in fantasy this season, and he played just one game in his rookie campaign. The Lakers will be even more reliant on Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill.
Kobe Bryant, G, LAL10/29/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant led the team with 19 points on opening night.
Insight: Bryant's return was a little disappointing to owners who bought into coach Byron Scott's claim that Bryant would play 30-to-40 minutes. The guard only played 29 minutes versus the Rockets. That, however, could have been due to the blowout on the scoreboard.
Dwight Howard, C, HOU10/29/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard was not heavily involved in the offense on opening night.
Insight: Howard only took five shots, the fewest of all the Rockets starters. He made three of those field goals and shot 7-of-16 from the free-throw line. Howard finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Carlos Boozer, F, LAL10/29/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer scored 17 points and added seven rebounds in the season opener.
Insight: Boozer shot 7-for-13 from the floor and 3-for-3 from the free-throw line. He also had seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.
James Harden, G, HOU10/29/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Rockets shooting guard James Harden scored 32 points on opening night.
Insight: Harden shot 7-for-17 from the floor, including a 3-for-6 from 3-point land, but the guard made his gold at the free throw line on Tuesday. Harden shot 15-for-16 from the charity stripe. He also added six assists and a steal.
Julius Randle, F, LAL10/29/2014 1:50:00 AM
Description: Lakers forward Julius Randle's debut was cut short when he suffered what appeared to be a broken leg with just under seven minutes remaining in the game.
Insight: Randle was driving to the hoop when he was injured and doctors placed his leg in an aircast. He was the seventh pick in last June's draft.
Elfrid Payton, G, ORL10/28/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Magic point guard Elfrid Payton had a disappointing first game in the Association.
Insight: Payton shot 2-of-8 from the field and scored four points. He did contribute in other ways, though, with five rebounds, seven assists and one steal. Owners can come to expect these rough shooting nights from the rookie.
Anthony Davis, PF, NOP10/28/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis had 17 rebounds and nine blocks on opening night.
Insight: Davis shot just 45 percent from the field, but with six free throws, still scored 26 points. The other numbers: 17 boards, two assists, three steals, and nine blocks are just incredible.
Manu Ginobili, SG, SAN10/28/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Spurs veteran guard Manu Ginobili scored 20 points off the bench on opening night against the Mavericks.
Insight: Ginobili shot 6-of-13 from the floor, including 2-for-6 from downtown. He chipped in six of his points from the free-throw line. Fantasy owners would like to see a better percentage, but they like the 20 points and six assists.
Monta Ellis, G, DAL10/28/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis led the Mavericks with 26 points on opening night against the Spurs.
Insight: Ellis took an incredible 21 shots and made 11 of them. He added six assists and four rebounds but also turned it over three times.
Ryan Anderson, F, NOP10/28/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Pelicans power forward Ryan Anderson scored 22 points off the bench in the season opener.
Insight: Anderson was 9-for-22 from the field, including 3-for-6 behind the arc. He also had nine rebounds.
Tony Parker, G, SAN10/28/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Spurs point guard Tony Parker scored 23 points to lead San Antonio over Dallas, 101-100, on opening night.
Insight: Parker also had three assists, three rebounds and one turnover. He shot 60 percent from the floor including 4-for-4 from behind the arc. Parker appears to be the focal point of the Spurs offense at least until Kawhi Leonard returns.
Brook Lopez, C, BRK10/28/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Nets center Brook Lopez is doubtful for the season opener against the Celtics on Wednesday.
Insight: This is not a surprise. He has been battling a right foot injury. Kevin Garnett and Mason Plumlee will receive more minutes and are the best fantasy option to replace Lopez.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, G/F, MIL10/28/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo may start at small forward in the season opener.
Insight: We don't normally like to write notes with "may" in them, but this just proves Jason Kidd is again lost as a head coach. A day before the season opener, he has admitted he doesn't know who is starting. The Greek freak could start at guard or small forward. If he plays at SF, then Jabari Parker will start at power forward.
David Lee, PF, GSW10/28/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Warriors forward David Lee (hamstring) missed Tuesday's practice and is doubtful for Wednesday's game against Sacramento.
Insight: If Lee can't go, Draymond Green is the most likely to start in his spot. Lee averaged 18.2 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game last season.
Chandler Parsons, F, DAL10/28/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons (sore knee) went through a full practice Monday and should be ready to start the opener for his new team.
Insight: Parsons should be the No. 3 option behind Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis and after a bit of slow start while trying to fit in on a new team will produce solid numbers.
Tyreke Evans, G/F, NOP10/28/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: New Orleans G/F Tyreke Evans is expected to start at small forward.
Insight: That's ggod news for fantasy owners that might have been afraid he would come off the bench. We believe he has the talent to play at last season's level, so are projecting 17.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.9 apg getting most of the minutes as the primary small forward, but he can also play at either guard spot if needed.
Jrue Holiday, G, NOP10/28/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday told nba.com he's about 80 percent for the season opener.
Insight: Holiday averaged just 14.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 7.9 apg, 1.6 spg, but that was with a new club and now that he's had a chance to fit in he should be better. We will like him a lot more when he tells us he's healthy.
Dwight Howard, C, HOU10/28/2014 3:54:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard practiced Sunday and should be ready to start Tuesday night's game against the Lakers.
Insight: Howard has been dealing with knee and arm issues, but it shouldn't prevent him from dominating the Lakers big men. In his second season with Houston we are projecting a slight uptick to 19 ppg, 13.1 rpg, 1.5 apg and 2.1 blocks per contest.
Kobe Bryant, G, LAL10/28/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will play 30-40 minutes Tuesday night, according to coach Byron Scott.
Insight: That's all fantasy owners need to hear to know Kobe will be an elite fantasy option after missing 76 games last season.
Ronnie Price, G, LAL10/28/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Lakers backup guard Ronnie Price has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday's game.
Insight: Jeremy Lin should see the vast majority of point guard minutes, but Price will get the backup work.
Xavier Henry, G/F, LAL10/28/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles G/F Xavier Henry (right knee surgery/strained back) didn't play at all this preseason, but could play opening night.
Insight: He certainly wouldn't see big minutes or post significant fantasy statistics, but as thin as the Lakers are he can help.
Tiago Splitter, C, SAN10/27/2014 8:21:00 PM
Description: Spurs starting center Tiago Splitter will not play on Tuesday against the Mavericks.
Insight: Splitter has a calf strain, which has kept him out of practice for the last couple weeks. Splitter will miss a few games. Look for Boris Diaw to get a few extra minutes.
LaMarcus Aldridge, F, POR10/27/2014 8:05:00 PM
Description: Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge will play on Wednesday in the season opener against the Thunder.
Insight: Aldridge averaged 23.2 points and 11.1 rebounds per game last season and being that he is in a contract year, he repeat those numbers.
Kawhi Leonard, F, SAN10/27/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Mavericks according to ESPN.
Insight: Leonard has been out since Oct. 11 with an eye infection. He should be back within three-to-five days. He should see a bigger role in the offense after breking out and winning the Finals MVP last spring.
Gerald Henderson, G, CHA10/27/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Hornets SF/SG Gerald Henderson will have a tough time reaching his averages from last season.
Insight: He averaged 14.0 ppg and 4.0 rpg, but now that Lance Stephenson is starting at shooting guard, Henderson will most likely see those numbers decline.
Kemba Walker, G, CHA10/27/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Hornets point guard Kemba Walker is coming off a solid 2013-14 campaign.
Insight: He averaged 17.7 ppg, 6.1 apg, 4.2 rpg, and 1.5 three-pointers per game. Walker will have a great chance to improve upon those numbers this season, and owners need to start him with confidence as the season gets underway.
Otto Porter, F, WAS10/27/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Wizards guard Otto Porter carries a little bit of sleeper potential in redraft formats this season.
Insight: Porter looked every bit like the No. 3 overall pick from a year ago. If he can earn a big enough role with the Wizards this season, he has the potential to make an impact in fantasy.
Martell Webster, SG, WAS10/27/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Wizards forward/guard Martell Webster will miss the beginning of the season after undergoing back surgery in July to repair a herniated disc.
Insight: Webster should return in December or at some point in early 2015. Once healthy, he will have just a little bit of value as a reserve.
Kris Humphries, F, WAS10/27/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Wizards power forward Kris Humphries is capable of racking up a double-double any time he receives enough minutes.
Insight: The question just is will he receive those minutes. Early on, he probably won't but if Nene gets hurt, Humphries is a must-add.


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