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Nemanja Bjelica shot 2-of-3 from beyond the arc in Monday's 128-115 win over the Jazz, scoring eight points (3-of-4 FGs) with three rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes played.
Oct 14   11:57 PM

After scoring 14 points in the Kings' preseason opener, Bjelica was comparatively quiet in the following two games. After going scoreless in the Kings' October 10 win over the Suns he got back on track against the Jazz, shooting 75% from the field and making two three-pointers. Bjelica will look to build on what was his best season as a member of the Kings in 2018-19, as he posted averages of 9.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.3 three-pointers per game.

Malik Monk played through his toe injury on Monday vs. Memphis, scoring 10 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and one triple in 18 minutes.
Oct 14   11:25 PM

He's never been a great steals or blocks guy with 1.0 steals and 0.5 blocks per 36 minutes for his career, but he has added some muscle and is at least starting to compete on that end of the floor. The Hornets should be one of the worst teams in the NBA and they will want to get Monk a fair chance this season, but there's not much fantasy value to be had with Dwayne Bacon running away with the starting SG role.

Nerlens Noel got the start for a resting Steven Adams on Monday vs. Dallas, scoring eight points with four rebounds, one steal and four blocks in 22 minutes.
Oct 14   11:25 PM

He also swatted a Kristaps Porzingis dunk attempt which could be felt all the way in Latvia (link below). Noel has some absurd steal and block rates and he's a terrific rebounder, so it makes sense to grab him late in drafts since Steven Adams is rumored to be on the trade block.

Maxi Kleber had another strong showing vs. the Thunder on Monday, scoring 14 points with four rebounds, one block and two triples in 21 minutes.
Oct 14   11:25 PM

Kleber had stretches of mid-round value in roto leagues last season because he does a little bit in every category, and players that can block shots and hit 3s have extra appeal. He's also a pretty good fit next to Kristaps Porzingis, and there's no guarantee that Dwight Powell (hamstring) will be ready in time for the opener. If you're already looking into a streamer, Kleber is trending up.

Dennis Schroder played through his thigh contusion on Monday vs. Dallas, but shot 1-of-10 from the field for four points, six assists, two rebounds, one block and one triple in 25 minutes.
Oct 14   11:25 PM

He had more playmaking responsibility tonight with Chris Paul resting but didn't make the most of it. The Thunder are just experimenting with ways to use all three of Schroder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and CP3 together, and so far it hasn't been pretty apart from SGA's terrific play. Schroder will likely need a trade to save his value.

Dwayne Bacon scored 21 points vs. the Grizzlies on Monday, adding five assists, three rebounds, three triples and four turnovers in 27 minutes.
Oct 14   11:09 PM

He's finding his rhythm after a slow start to the preseason. The Hornets are putting the ball in his hands more often and we've heard multiple times that he could be the No. 2 option on offense this season. The defensive stats are nowhere to be found, but he's gaining steam as a late-round source of points, 3s and dimes.

Jaren Jackson Jr. had a night to forget in Monday's preseason game vs. Charlotte, scoring six points with five rebounds and two triples before fouling out in 20 minutes.
Oct 14   10:53 PM

Foul trouble is the biggest thing holding JJJ back, and through three preseason games he's averaging 4.0 per game. Aside from that, this simply wasn't his night and coach Taylor Jenkins chewed him out after a couple mistakes on defense. Hopefully this is just a minor bump in the road because he was terrific in his previous two games with 18.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 triples. If you want to look at the glass half full, at least this coach lets him play through foul trouble unlike J.B. Bickerstaff.

Bismack Biyombo played four minutes on Monday vs. Memphis, scoring two points with one block.
Oct 14   10:53 PM

He actually checked in ahead of Willy Hernangomez, but Hernangomez ended up playing well in 14 minutes. Both players are competing for the backup center slot, but it's possible the Hornets just use smaller lineups instead. That actually might be their best bet due to PJ Washington's emergence. Biyombo's fantasy value is about as good as his ability to catch in the post.

Alex Len played 14 minutes as the starting center in Monday's preseason game vs. Miami, scoring three points with two assists, one rebound, one steal and one triple.
Oct 14   10:37 PM

Bam Adebayo took his lunch money, but luckily for Len, backup centers Bruno Fernando and Damian Jones weren't any better. Len is the favorite to start at center on opening night because of his familiarity with the system and because his 3-point shot is a legitimate threat these days. He's a boring option in the late rounds if you're desperate for a big man.

Trae Young had a strong showing on the offensive end in Monday's preseason game vs. Miami, scoring 23 points (7-of-17 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs) with five assists, four rebounds and one triple in 24 minutes.
Oct 14   10:37 PM

The offense was a disaster when Young left the game, and it's pretty telling that he had a +/- of 0 in a 33-point loss. His defense is still an eye sore with Tyler Herro giving him the business tonight, but our only complaint about his impressive offense is that he needs to take better care of the ball -- he's averaging 7.6 turnovers through three preseason games.

Bam Adebayo had another monster preseason performance on Monday vs. Atlanta, scoring 15 points with 10 rebounds, four dimes and three blocks in 26 minutes.
Oct 14   10:21 PM

He controlled the paint with some nasty blocks and once again initiated a lot of offense like the Heat have been preaching all summer. Bam said a few months ago that he thinks he can average a 16-10-5 line, and based on his per-minute production and projected workload he's more than capable of doing so.

Derrick Jones Jr. gave the Heat a huge spark off the bench on Monday vs. the Hawks, scoring 14 points with nine rebounds, one triple and one block in 28 minutes.
Oct 14   10:21 PM

This performance comes on the heels of coach Erik Spoelstra praising his ability to "bring an immediate boost of energy" off the bench. DJJ looks like he's ready to take the next step in his development with an improved shot, and we know the defensive stats are going to be there with 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks per 36 minutes last season. He's an upside pick in the late rounds and should be way ahead of an out-of-shape James Johnson on the depth chart.

Evan Turner (left Achilles pain) made his preseason debut on Monday vs. Miami, scoring two points with one rebound and one assist in nine minutes.
Oct 14   10:21 PM

The Hawks took it easy on him tonight and this might be 50% of his workload once the actual season starts. Regardless, minutes in the teens for Turner isn't going to cut it for most fantasy leagues, and it's possible he loses minutes when Cam Reddish is ready to have more on his plate.

Dario Saric (quad) will sit out Monday's preseason finale.
Oct 14   8:45 PM

Coach Monty Williams said the injury is nothing to be concerned about, so he should be ready for the season opener on Oct. 23. Saric's starting job is not in question which puts him on the board as a low-upside source of points, rebounds and 3s in the late rounds.

Jeff Green will be in the starting lineup on Monday vs. the Kings.
Oct 14   8:29 PM

Green will get his chance to show his fit with the first unit alongside Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic and Rudy Gobert. Royce O'Neale is having a strong preseason and might be the favorite to start, but this is a position battle that only deep-league fantasy owners should worry about.

Grayson Allen will replace Dillon Brooks in the starting unit for Monday's preseason game against the Hornets.
Oct 14   6:37 PM

This is an interesting switch up as head coach Taylor Jenkins hasn't firmly committed to starting Brooks at the two, and Allen has been playing relatively well this preseason while operating in a sixth man role. We'll be watching to see how he fits in with the first unit tonight.

Robert Covington said he feels no issues with his surgically repaired right knee and he doesn't even think about it anymore when he's playing.
Oct 14   6:21 PM

"It feels great. Today was a good shift," Covington said after making his preseason debut. "The first few days I’ve been just getting my feet wet with everything. But ultimately my leg’s starting to get better and better each and every day." RoCo added he's doing a lot more things now in terms of recovery to keep his body right, and it looks like he'll head into the 2019-20 season 100% healthy. He can go through month-long slumps, but he tends to finish the year with early-round value on a per-game basis.

Pau Gasol (foot) will miss Portland's final two preseason games and it's unclear if he'll be ready for the 2019-20 regular-season opener.
Oct 14   5:49 PM

Gasol missed all of training camp and is now set to sit out the entire preseason as he continues his rehab from the navicular bone stress fracture in his left foot. He's 39 years old, so the recovery may go a bit slower than anticipated. He's not worth drafting anywhere.

Dion Waiters (personal) will not suit up for Monday's preseason game against the Hawks.
Oct 14   5:33 PM

Waiters recently needed to go out of town to attend to a family matter, and while he's returned to South Florida, he won't be taking the floor tonight. Less Waiters means more Tyler Herro, so that should be fun.

Devin Booker said he will play in Monday's preseason game against the Nuggets.
Oct 14   5:33 PM

Booker sat out the previous exhibition game, but he'll be back in action tonight, although likely in a limited capacity. We love Booker's upside, but his potential for random rest down the stretch is somewhat concerning.

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