DFS NBA Optimal Lineups:  October 17 Cover Image
DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: October 17
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Rodney McGruder Headshot

McGruder (leg) underwent successful surgery and is expected to begin rehabilitation in one week, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.

The team has yet to release an official timetable for his return, though according to Shams Charania of the Vertical, he'll likely miss 3-to-6 months. While McGruder is sidelined, expect the likes of Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington and Justise Winslow to see more run.
4:12 pm (EST)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Headshot

Caldwell-Pope (suspension) will undergo an MRI on his nose after taking an elbow to the face Monday.

If the MRI reveals that Caldwell-Pope suffered a broken nose, the guard may be fitted for a protective mask, though he will have a bit of extra time to recover, as he faces a two-game suspension to begin the season stemming from a DUI arrest last March. Broken nose or not, the earliest Caldwell-Pope will be able to play would be Sunday, when the Lakers play host to New Orleans. Once healthy and finished with his suspension, Caldwell-Pope is expected to start at shooting guard.
4:10 pm (EST)
C.J. Wilcox Headshot

Wilcox (knee) is not listed on the team's injury report in advance of Wednesday's season opener against the Suns, Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports.

Though healthy, Wilcox may struggle to find minutes on the wing considering the team's established rotation. C.J. McCollum's absence from the opener due to a suspension could be to Wilcox's benefit, however. Regardless, it seems doubtful he'll see enough run to be fantasy relevant.
4:08 pm (EST)
Andrew Bogut Headshot

Bogut (groin) went through a full practice Tuesday, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.

The veteran missed the entire preseason with a lingering groin issue, but the expectation all along has been that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season. With a full practice in the books Tuesday, that will likely be the case. Barring some sort of setback Wednesday, expect Bogut to be available off the bench Thursday against the Clippers.
4:06 pm (EST)
Shabazz Napier Headshot

Napier (hamstring) is not listed on the team's injury report ahead of Wednesday's game against the Suns, Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports.

This is certainly a good sign for the Trail Blazers during the team's season opener, as starting shooting guard C.J. McCollum will be absent due to a suspension by the league. As a result, Napier could see more time on the floor than 9.7 minutes per game he saw last season.
4:06 pm (EST)
Julius Randle Headshot

Randle (ribs) remained limited at Tuesday's practice, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.

Randle was battling back spasms near the end of the preseason, and he's now nursing a rib injury. While he's been able to participate in most of practice Monday and Tuesday, Randle has been held out of 5-on-5 work. His activity level at Wednesday's session could ultimately determine his status for Thursday's opener against the Clippers.
4:04 pm (EST)
Josh Hart Headshot

Hart (Achilles), who was originally thought to be dealing with a strain, is actually dealing with bursitis according to the MRI he received, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports. He did not practice Tuesday.

A timetable for his return has yet to be determined. He should be considered day-to-day until further notice. That said, he's unlikely to see much time in the team's rotation behind the likes of Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jordan Clarkson.
4:03 pm (EST)
Lonzo Ball Headshot

Ball went through a full practice Tuesday, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.

Ball had been dealing with a minor ankle issue, but he clarified after Monday's practice that he would "for sure" play in Thursday's season opener against the Clippers. With two days of full practice now behind him, expect Ball to play without restriction Thursday.
4:02 pm (EST)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Headshot

Kidd-Gilchrist (personal), as expected, will not play during the team's season opener Wednesday against the Pistons, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.

There's no official word on when he may return, so he should be considered day-to-day after Wednesday's affair, assuming we don't learn any more information by then. As a result of his absence, Jeremy Lamb, Dwayne Bacon and Marvin Williams will likely all see significant run considering that Nicolas Batum (elbow) is also sidelined for an extended period.
3:48 pm (EST)
Julyan Stone Headshot

Stone (hamstring) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Stone is seemingly progressing well from the hamstring soreness that plagued him throughout the preseason. He should still be considered questionable for Wednesday's season opener, however, given his limited on-court activity in the last two weeks. That said, he's unlikely to be a part of the team's rotation and can seemingly be avoided in nearly every fantasy format.
3:43 pm (EST)
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