2017 Fantasy Basketball Weekly Planner: Week 1 Cover Image
2017 Fantasy Basketball Weekly Planner: Week 1
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Milos Teodosic Headshot

Teodosic has been diagnosed with a plantar fascia injury in his left foot and ruled out definitely, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

While X-rays on Teodosic's foot came back negative, he still suffered a fairly serious injury in Saturday's win over the Suns. In his absence, Austin Rivers will likely see extended minutes as Patrick Beverley's primary backup at point guard.
6:47 pm (EST)
Zhou Qi Headshot

Qi scored zero points (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and gathered three rebounds and one block through seven minutes during Saturday's matchup against the Mavericks.

Qi wasn't expected to make the rotation this season as a rookie. The 7-foot-2 is considered to be defensive-minded as well as a strong rebounder and has the potential to be a decent three-point shooter. The 21-year-old will likely have trouble seeing the floor since Clint Capela and Nene Hilario returned for this season.
6:42 pm (EST)
Dennis Schroder Headshot

Schroder left Sunday's game against the Nets with a left ankle injury, Anthony Puccio of NetsDaily.com reports.

The point guard came down on Caris LeVert's foot and rolled his ankle. The pain was serious enough where Schroder had to be carried off the floor. The team will surely update his status later on Sunday, but with the Hawks set to play the second game of a back-to-back set Monday, it's likely Schroder misses at least one game. In his absence, Malcolm Delaney would be expected to start at point guard and play a fairly heavy dose of minutes.
6:33 pm (EST)
Khem Birch Headshot

Birch gathered two points (1-3 FG), two rebounds and one assist across five minutes during Saturday's game against Cleveland.

Birch signed with the Magic over the summer after playing last season in Greece, averaging 7.3 points. The 25-year-old will likely see end-of-rotation minutes since Aaron Gordon and Bismack Biyombo are returning and the Magic look to develop their first-round draft pick Jonathan Issac.
6:18 pm (EST)
Ian Clark Headshot

Clark tallied 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-4 3Pt), two assists, one rebound and one steal through 27 minutes during Friday's matchup against the Warriors.

Clark has played over 20 minutes in each of the Pelicans' first two regular season games because Rajon Rondo (groin) is likely out until mid-November. It would seem that the 26-year-old is in line to receive similar minutes , however, his spot in the point guard rotation is up in the air after the Pelicans signed Jameer Nelson Saturday.
6:02 pm (EST)
Demetrius Jackson Headshot

Jackson collected four points (2-5 Fg, 0-3 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 17 minutes during Saturday's game against Dallas.

Jackson played a career-high 17 minutes Saturday while Bobby Brown was only on the floor for five minutes. James Harden started at point guard since Chris Paul (knee) will likely be out for almost a month. The 23-year-old will likely have a similar production to Saturday's game while Paul is sidelined.
5:34 pm (EST)
Kawhi Leonard Headshot

Leonard (quad) will remain sidelined for Monday's matchup against the Raptors.

Leonard is reportedly progressing well in his recovery from right quadriceps tendinopathy and he even traveled with the team to Chicago over the weekend for Saturday's matchup with the Bulls. While that is all certainly encouraging, Leonard won't be ready for Monday's contest and there still hasn't been a concrete timetable given for his expected return. He'll continue to be evaluated on a day-to-day basis, but in the meantime, both Kyle Anderson and Rudy Gay should benefit with boosted minutes at small forward.
5:18 pm (EST)
Jonas Valanciunas Headshot

Valanciunas is dealing with a sprained left ankle and has been ruled out for Monday's matchup with the Spurs.

Valanciunas suffered an ankle injury during the second quarter of Saturday's contest and a subsequent MRI confirmed that he's dealing with a sprain. The good news is that it appears he's avoided anything serious, though he'll still have to sit out Monday against the Spurs. Valanciunas is traveling with the team on the current six-game road trip, so he'll be evaluated on a game-to-game basis for its duration. With Valanciunas out, look for Serge Ibaka to spend more time at center, while Jakob Poeltl and Lucas Nogueira could pick up some extra minutes off the bench.
5:09 pm (EST)
Wayne Selden Headshot

Selden (quadriceps) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Rockets.

This will mark a third straight absence for Selden, who continues to work his way back from a quad injury. The Grizzlies have yet to provide any sort of timetable for Selden either, so consider him day-to-day moving forward. His next opportunity to take the court will be Wednesday against the Mavericks, but in the meantime, Andrew Harrison and Tyreke Evans should continue to get the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard.
4:04 pm (EST)
Caris LeVert Headshot

LeVert will start at shooting guard for Sunday's game against the Hawks, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.

With Jeremy Lin going down for the rest of the season with a knee injury, the Nets are experimenting with a couple of different options in the backcourt. Allen Crabbe drew the start in Friday's game, but will head back to the bench in an effort to balance his workload after a preseason ankle injury. That allows LeVert to pick up the start Sunday, which means he'll likely be in line for a larger workload. Still, the two will likely share the extra workload for now and it wouldn't be surprising if they were alternated between the bench and starting five at least a few more times to figure out which fit makes more sense.
3:10 pm (EST)
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