DFS NBA Playbook:  October 17 Cover Image
DFS NBA Playbook: October 17
Ben Scherr
Seth Curry Headshot

Curry (lower leg) was seen taking jump shots at Tuesday's practice, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

Curry is still set to miss the first three games of the regular season, though this news is a good sign for his recovery. Dennis Smith and Yogi Ferrell will likely be the main beneficiaries of his absence. Though, J.J. Barea could see an uptick in minutes as well.
12:44 pm (EST)
Nicolas Batum Headshot

Batum (elbow) was seen taking shots Tuesday, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.

While he's still projected to be out until late November or early December, the fact that Batum is able to get shots up is a good sign for his progress. The likes of Malik Monk, Jeremy Lamb and Dwayne Bacon should be the main beneficiaries of his absence, with the former two probably making viable DFS plays. It's tough to gauge Batum's value in year-long formats, though he's certainly more valuable in head-to-head formats than rotisserie. As long as fantasy owners can keep their team afloat until Batum returns, he could make for a nice mid-season boost.
12:21 pm (EST)
Gary Payton II Headshot

Payton signed a two-way deal with the Bucks on Tuesday.

Payton was released by the team Saturday, but it appears the team just wanted to get him on a two-way deal rather than an NBA contract. He'll spend most of the year with Milwaukee's G-League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd, but can spend up to 45 days at the NBA level.
11:56 am (EST)
Frank Ntilikina Headshot

Ntilikina (knee) took part in Tuesday's scrimmage and remains on pace to suit up for Thursday's season-opener against the Thunder, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.

Taking part in a full-contact, 5-on-5 scrimmage is a great sign for Ntilikina's availability Thursday. While it's still somewhat unknown how the Knicks' rotation will shake out, Ntilikina may be a rookie to keep an eye on this season. He's undoubtedly still raw, but his lanky 6-foot-5 frame and passing ability should make him a valuable asset to the team on both ends of the floor.
11:52 am (EST)
Quinn Cook Headshot

Cook agreed Tuesday with the Warriors on a two-way contract, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.

Cook will fill the 17th and final roster spot for the Warriors heading into their regular-season opener Tuesday against the Rockets, with he and rookie Chris Boucher (knee) serving as the team's two designated two-way players. The nature of Cook's contract means that he'll likely spend most of the campaign with the Warriors' G League affiliate in Santa Cruz, but as the third point guard on the depth chart, he'll likely join the active roster in the event Stephen Curry or Shaun Livingston are forced to miss a game due to injury or rest purposes.
11:31 am (EST)
Lonzo Ball Headshot

Ball (ankle) says he will play during Thursday's season opener against the Clippers, Jack Maloney of CBS Sports reports. When asked if there was a chance he would miss the game, the rookie responded, "No, I'm playing. For sure."

There was some worry Ball's ankle injury wouldn't allow him to participate during Thursday's season-opener. It will be a highly-anticipated debut, but certainly won't be easy going up against a quality Clippers squad after playing in just one preseason game. As a (presumably) high-usage starting point guard, Ball should be owned in nearly all fantasy formats.
11:26 am (EST)
LeBron James Headshot

James (ankle) went through the team's Tuesday morning shootaround ahead of their game against the Celtics, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports.

While he's still considered questionable, this is certainly a good sign for James' availability during the season-opener. We should learn more about his status following shootaround or possibly prior to pre-game warmups.
11:19 am (EST)
Jayson Tatum Headshot

Tatum will start during Tuesday's season-opener against the Cavaliers, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

This doesn't come as much of a surprise, since it was all but confirmed Sunday after it was determined that Marcus Morris (knee) will probably be sidelined for the first week of the season. Regardless, this will be a big test for the No. 3 overall pick in this summer's draft. The team isn't as deep as they were last season, so it seems likely Tatum will hover around true starter's minutes at both forward spots. It could be worth holding off on picking him up in year-long leagues until we find out what his true role is when the team is healthy, but he could certainly make a viable DFS play while Morris remains out.
11:12 am (EST)
Josh McRoberts Headshot

McRoberts (rest) won't travel with the Mavericks to Charlotte in advance of their season opener Friday against the Hornets.

McRoberts missed time earlier in the preseason for rest purposes intended to limit the strain on his knees, which have troubled him the last several seasons. Though it's not believed McRoberts is dealing with any sort of major setback and should be available for the Mavericks in the near future, he'll likely be held out periodically throughout the season and won't play major minutes on nights when he's active. The 30-year-old has suited up in just 81 of a possible 246 regular-season games (32.9 percent) over the last three seasons with the Heat.
11:01 am (EST)
Wes Iwundu Headshot

Iwundu averaged 16.1 minutes over five games this preseason.

The rookie struggled with his shot this preseason, shooting 35 percent from the field and 18 percent from three. Barring injury, Iwundu likely won't see the court too often this season.
12:54 am (EST)
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