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DFS NBA Playbook: October 22
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Michael Beasley Headshot

Beasley (ankle) recorded six points (2-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one turnover across 18 minutes during Saturday's 107-111 loss to the Pistons.

Beasley was dealing with a sore ankle going into Saturday's contest, so it's certainly promising that he was able to take the court for 18 minutes. With Lance Thomas failing to get off the bench himself, Beasley saw a fairly solid workload, though the two will still likely battle for minutes behind Kristaps Porzingis at power forward moving forward. Beasley's ankle injury should no longer be a concern.
1:15 pm (EST)
KJ McDaniels Headshot

McDaniels was waived by the Raptors on Sunday, Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reports.

McDaniels was buried on the depth chart on the wing and hadn't seen the floor over the Raptors first two games of the season. That prompted his release Sunday, which now leaves the Raptors with an open roster spot. McDaniels could field some interest elsewhere in the NBA, but if not, he'll likely head to the G-League in an attempt to restore his value.
1:05 pm (EST)
J.J. Barea Headshot

Barea scored 19 points (7-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT) while adding five rebounds and three assists across 22 minutes in Saturday's 107-91 loss to the Rockets.

Barea came off the bench Saturday even with a depleted backcourt, but dropped 19 points in 22 minutes, which tied him for the team-high in points with Yogi Ferrell with 19 less minutes. Barea's sharpshooting will likely be limited as the Mavs get healthier in the backcourt, but he has shown flashes of scoring prowess when presented capped minutes.
1:02 pm (EST)
Yogi Ferrell Headshot

Ferrell tallied 19 points (6-15 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six assists, three rebounds and one steal across 41 minutes in Saturday's 107-91 loss to the Rockets.

With most of the Mav's backcourt not in action Saturday, Ferrell drew the start and received a team-high 41 minutes of playing time. He showed an ability to score, albeit not in the most efficient way possible. Ferrell will likely head back to the bench when first-round rookie Dennis Smith Jr. and other members of the backcourt come back into the mix.
12:57 pm (EST)
Frank Ntilikina Headshot

Ntilikina (ankle) didn't practice Sunday, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.

Ntilikina had to be carried off the practice court late last week with a sprained left ankle and was subsequently held out of Saturday's contest. The fact that he wasn't able to practice Sunday doesn't bode well for his chances of suiting up for Tuesday's matchup with the Celtics, though for now, Ntilikina can still be considered questionable for that contest.
12:56 pm (EST)
Eric Gordon Headshot

Gordon scored 18 points (5-11 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 7-8 FT) while adding two assists and one rebound across 24 minutes in Saturday's 107-91 victory over the Mavericks.

Gordon did not post 20 points or more for the first time this season because of his poor shooting from behind the arc, but he still had 18 points and trailed only James Harden in scoring Saturday. Gordon is known for being a scorer, and his start to the season is certainly proving that statement and his role on this Rockets squad.
12:43 pm (EST)
Guerschon Yabusele Headshot

Yabusele (illness) posted three points (1-2 FG, 1-1 3Pt), one rebound and two turnovers across three minutes during Friday's matchup with the 76ers.

Yabusele dealt with an illness over the first few games of the season, but it appears he's now back to full strength. While that's certainly a positive, he's still not looking like a regular member of the Celtics' frontcourt rotation, which should keep him off the fantasy radar for the time being.
12:41 pm (EST)
James Harden Headshot

Harden contributed 29 points (10-19 FG, 6-13 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven assists, three rebounds and two steals across 31 minutes in Saturday's 107-91 win over the Mavericks.

Playing once again without Chris Paul, Harden led the team in scoring and minutes, doing most of his damage from beyond the arc with six threes. His performance Saturday reminded fans of the player who finished as the runner-up for MVP last year, as Harden still has the ability to take over a game when need be.
12:37 pm (EST)
Jerian Grant Headshot

Grant contributed 13 points (6-14 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five assists, four rebounds and one block across 33 minutes in Saturday's 87-77 loss to the Spurs.

Grant struggled with control Saturday with four turnovers, but should continue to get minutes and chances on a depleted Bulls roster. He put up 14 shots Saturday, a season-high that should become more of the norm as the season progresses and Grant gets comfortable handling the ball for the Bulls.
12:29 pm (EST)
Lauri Markkanen Headshot

Markkanen tallied 13 points (5-14 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 0-1 FT), 12 rebounds and one steal across 37 minutes in Saturday's 87-77 loss to the Bulls.

Markkanen continues to shine after both Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic cleared the way for Markkanen to get heavy minutes with their scuffle. He played a team-high 37 minutes and should continue to have plenty of opportunities to score until Portis and Mirotic return from suspension and injury respectively.
12:26 pm (EST)
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