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Evan Fournier puts up a nice line 10-25-2014
Evan Fournier G ORL
Evan Fournier played well off the bench against the Mavericks on Friday with 12 points, one rebound, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers. He's on the fantasy radar as a deep-league pickup while Victor Oladipo (face) is on the mend. Fournier will handle the ball a lot and should be have some nice short-term value.
Jameer Nelson returns from ankle tweak 10-25-2014
Jameer Nelson G DAL
Jameer Nelson returned from a minor ankle tweak on Friday, finishing with four points, four rebounds and seven assists in 25 minutes. He just needed to be re-taped and everything is fine. Nelson had a productive preseason thanks to Raymond Felton going down, so fantasy owners missing out on point guards shouldn't hesitate to grab Jameer with their last couple picks.
Larry Sanders hopes to be ready for opener 10-25-2014
Larry Sanders F MIL
Larry Sanders said he hopes to play in the season opener.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
He had a surgery earlier this month and has been going through some non-contact practice. In some of the videos of practice, Sanders worked up a good sweat, so he's a littler closer to probable. Like most Bucks stories, this is a guessing game and we still don't even know what his surgery was for. He's worth a risk later in drafts and he should be able to fall to you near 100.
Trey Burke still plays OK, cools off a bit 10-25-2014
Trey Burke G UTH
Trey Burke made 5-of-14 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Suns on Friday. He was coming in scorching hot from deep, making 16-of-30 (53.3 percent) in his previous seven games. Burke was much better this month and only shot below 30 percent from the field in one game, something he did more than any other player last season. He is one of a handful of players to show major improvement this month and is worth a look later in drafts.
Enes Kanter has itchy trigger finger 10-25-2014
Enes Kanter C UTH
Enes Kanter made 4-of-14 from the field in 33 minutes as the starting center against the Suns on Friday, scoring 10 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. Amazingly, Kanter now has a block in his last three preseason games, which he failed to do in his first five games this month. He did add a 3-point shot to his arsenal, but ended up shooting just 3-of-15 (20 percent) on those. Kanter could improve and staying in shape is nice, but other players in the later rounds may have more upside.
Markieff Morris puts up a nice game in finale 10-25-2014
Markieff Morris F PHO
Markieff Morris finished his preseason on a high note with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes against the Jazz on Friday. He shot 5-of-8 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line, which was nice to see after a mildly disappointing preseason. Obviously, we're not concerned and are expecting him to grow from his top-50 numbers after the break last season. He's a player you'll want to reach for.
Carmelo says Knicks will struggle w/ triangle 10-25-2014
Carmelo Anthony F NY
Carmelo Anthony said on Friday the Knicks are"never going to have [the triangle offense] all the way down pat."

NY Post
Teammate J.R. Smith has been saying similar things and it seems obvious that the Knicks are going to start slow. Anthony is still going to get his and his slimmed-down frame should help his case for minutes. He's a first round pick in fantasy leagues.
Warriors waive Jason Kapono 10-25-2014
Jason Kapono G GS
Warriors waive G/F Jason Kapono. When you have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, you don't need more 3-pointer specialists. Kapono may wind up on a 10-day deal at some point.
Justin Holiday makes the Wariors 10-25-2014
Justin Holiday F GS
Justin Holiday made the Warriors 15-man roster. He had a magnificent summer league with a 29-point game and plenty of highlights, and he finished strong in October to earn the last roster spot. Holiday probably won't be in the rotation, but kudos to a guy who wasn't on a team a month ago.
Warriors waive James Michael McAdoo 10-25-2014
James Michael McAdoo F GS
Warriors waive F James Michael McAdoo. He had a terrific 20-point game on Oct. 16, but was very quiet in the other games. McAdoo will likely be headed to Santa Cruz.
Warriors waive Aaron Craft 10-25-2014
Aaron Craft G GS
Warriors waive G Aaron Craft. He had a nice run at summer league and was a leader on the court for that team, but he still has to come around from a talent standpoint. Craft will still be a pro basketball player somewhere, which is pretty cool
Klay Klay: Thompson scores 35 points 10-25-2014
Klay Thompson G GS
Klay Thompson scored 35 points against the Nuggets during a 119-112 win on Friday, making 13-of-26 from the field with three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers. Well, someone is playing like they want a max deal. The 3.5 triples per game over his last six games is not a shock, but he has a surprising 1.8 blocks per game in limited playing time over his last four. He did have a massive preseason last year, so fantasy owners shouldn't put too much stock into the past month. However, he's still a terrific guy to take in the fourth round.
Harrison Barnes not playing well still 10-25-2014
Harrison Barnes F GS
Harrison Barnes didn't look great in 24 minutes against the Nuggets with four points, two rebounds and three fouls on Friday. He hasn't done anything noteworthy this month and he's likely just going to be a place holder as the starting small forward. Fantasy owners should go with Draymond Green in the later rounds and can leave Barnes on the wire in even 16-team leagues.
Draymond shows his upside again 10-25-2014
Draymond Green F GS
Draymond Green scored eight points with five rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday. He almost always finds a way to put up stats and can really do it all except make free throws consistently. Green is one of our favorite late-round targets.
Danilo Gallinari played 16 minutes 10-25-2014
Danilo Gallinari F DEN
Danilo Gallinari played 16 minutes against the Warriors on Friday with 10 points, three rebounds and one foul. The minutes aren't there yet, but everything else looks great. He's getting to the line, taking triples and posting a high usage rate. As long as you're OK with him starting off slow, Gallinari is a decent target in the last few rounds of standard drafts.
Jusuf Nurkic looks good again 10-25-2014
Jusuf Nurkic C DEN
Jusuf Nurkic had another good game on Friday with 16 points, eight rebounds and one block in 15 minutes. His rebounding rate is off the charts and he kept his fouls down tonight. Nurkic probably won't be in the rotation to start the year, but the upside is there. Keep an eye on him in keeper leagues.
Chris Kaman gets the start next to Ro-Lo 10-25-2014
Chris Kaman C POR
Chris Kaman pushed missed a double-double in Friday's 99-89 win over the Clippers with 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists and three blocks. It's a good sign for his value to see coach Terry Stotts is willing to start him next to Robin Lopez. Kaman has been injury prone and has hasn't played big minutes in a while, so he can be ignored in most leagues. Also, LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) should be ready for the opener.
Damian Lillard has a nice game 10-25-2014
Damian Lillard G POR
Damian Lillard scored 21 points with two rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday. He hasn't been a second-round guy on a per-game basis in fantasy leagues, but that fact that he hasn't missed a game in two seasons is quite a selling point. He's a No. 1 fantasy point guard in standard leagues and his increased effectiveness at the rim shows there's even some room for improvement. Lillard is a fairly safe target in the middle of the second round.
Meyers Leonard takes seven treys 10-25-2014
Meyers Leonard C POR
Meyers Leonard attempted seven triples and made two of them on his way to 14 points with seven rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes against the Clippers on Friday. Yes, this is the same Meyers Leonard who went 0-of-6 from beyond the arc last season, so that's cool. He also hit three triples on Wednesday and is hotter from beyond than arc than most sharpshooters. Hopefully you don't need us to tell you he's not going to be a savior for 3-pointers in your fantasy league.
DeAndre plays 24 minutes 10-25-2014
DeAndre Jordan C LAC
DeAndre Jordan scored just two points with nine rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 24 minutes on Friday against the Clippers. He had a quiet preseason and it is a minor concern to see Spencer Hawes have a decent month. Although, Jordan looked good in spots on defense, so he's not going to take a major hit. We wouldn't expect him to be in the top 10 for minutes again this season, but he'll still be an awesome asset except for free throw shooting.
Blake Griffin puts up 21 points in 25 minutes 10-25-2014
Blake Griffin F LAC
Blake Griffin scored 21 points in 25 minutes against the Blazers on Friday with three rebounds, one steal and one turnover. On the down side, he shot just 1-of-3 from the line, which has been a problem in his last four. Griffin did have an positive stretch after the break at the line, so maybe that was a fluke, or maybe not. Still, he's probably going to be the top scorer at power forward and add other stats, as well.
Sleeper alert: Jeremy Lin drops 19 w/ 7 dimes 10-25-2014
Jeremy Lin G LAL
Jeremy Lin looked great off the bench against the Kings during a 93-92 win with 19 points, one rebound, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. He's going to be a huge factor for the Lakers this season and should get his chance to produce no matter where coach Byron Scott uses him. Fantasy owners should be very aggressive in targeting Lin and he's a nice No. 2 fantasy point guard.
Julius Randle just misses double-double 10-25-2014
Julius Randle F LAL
Julius Randle continued to get better on Friday with 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal in 30 minutes. He was awful earlier this month, but he's coming around. Randle looked like a superstar at summer league and there is going to be an adjustment period. He could be a nice asset in a couple months, but he's not a great target unless you have sage-like patience.
Who's the Boss? Ed Davis w/ big double-double 10-25-2014
Ed Davis F LAL
Ed Davis was outstanding in the preseason finale with 15 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 30 minutes against the Kings. He's had a couple bright spots and is going to be in the rotation to start the season. Davis probably won't be a big enough part of the offense on opening night, but any injury to a fellow Laker big man would make him an interesting option.
Carl Landry has a decent game in 23 mins. 10-25-2014
Carl Landry F SAC
Carl Landry scored eight points with four rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 23 minutes. He hasn't been very productive this month and the Kings have a mess at power forward. Reggie Evans miss all six shots from the field with 16 rebounds, three assists and one turnover. Jason Thompson played 18 minutes in his start with two points and three rebounds, and two turnovers. Basically, this situation for most fantasy owners can be summed up in one word: Nope.
DeMarcus Cousins looks terrific in finale 10-25-2014
DeMarcus Cousins C SAC
DeMarcus Cousins had an awesome finish to his preseason on Friday with 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two turnovers in 26 minutes. While we're not sure he can stay under his goal of less than five technical fouls, we're positive he's going to be a beast in fantasy leagues. Cousins is a threat to be a 20-10 guy with plenty of defense and is worthy of a selection in the first round.
Dante Exum benched after struggling vs. Suns 10-25-2014
Dante Exum G UTH
Dante Exum scored two points with one block and zero rebounds, assists or steals in 10 minutes off Utah's bench on Friday.

Tony Jones on Twitter
Head coach Quin Snyder said he benched Exum because he was struggling with the physicality of the Suns' guards. That will be a theme for the rookie during the 2014-15 season, and it's one more reason to avoid him on draft day.
Gordon Hayward scores 24 pts on 8-of-12 FGs 10-25-2014
Gordon Hayward G UTH
Gordon Hayward led Utah with 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in a losing effort vs. the Suns on Friday. A key for fantasy owners is his shooting percentages -- he made a woeful 41.3 percent from the field while adjusting to a bigger role last season, but has made 54.8 percent of his attempts in Utah's past five exhibitions. Hayward heads into the regular season on strong footing and is the unquestioned motor of the Jazz offense, giving him reliable early-round upside.