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2017 Fantasy Basketball Weekly Planner: Week 1
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Steven Adams Headshot

Adams posted 17 points (8-12 FG, 1-1 FT), 13 rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocked shots across 34 minutes in Sunday's 115-113 loss to the Timberwolves.

Over the past three games, Adams has quietly placed himself fifth in the league in field goal percentage and ninth in the league in total blocked shots. His huge stat lines are quite remarkable when you consider the influx of talent surrounding him, but Adams could very well emerge as one of the league's best fantasy values at center. If you're looking for depth, Adams may still be around in shallower leagues and should be a bargain in DFS moving forward.
1:43 am (EST)
Russell Westbrook Headshot

Westbrook registered 31 points (12-24 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 10 assists, five rebounds and one blocked shot across 36 minutes in Sunday's 115-113 loss to the Timberwolves

After Westbrook's 2016-17 campaign, anything short of a triple-double might be viewed as a down night by last year's NBA MVP. When you consider the upgrade in personnel alongside him in the form of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, a slight downtick in production might make a little more sense, but not enough to make the All-Star shed the moniker of NBA Fantasy's best asset. On a light rebounding night, Westbrook looked sharp from long range, drilling 62 percent of his three-point attempts and sported an overall 50.percent from the floor. The Thunder will get two full days of rest before meeting the Pacers on Wednesday, so expect Westbrook to have his full complement of minutes as usual.
1:31 am (EST)
Gorgui Dieng Headshot

Dieng scored seven points with three rebounds in 12 minutes in Sunday's win at Oklahoma City.

Dieng is averaging just 14 minutes and 3.7 rebounds per game off the bench through Minnesota's first three games. It looks like he's going to have a much reduced role from last season unless there's an injury in the starting front court.
12:49 am (EST)
Jeff Teague Headshot

Teague scored 19 points with nine assists and six rebounds in 39 minutes in Sunday's win at Oklahoma City. "Jeff was terrific,'" Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "That's the Jeff we're all expecting. Great speed, super aggressive. He was attacking.''

Teague underwhelmed in his first two games with Minnesota (10.5 ppg and 5.0 apg) and was even benched late in the first game. However, the Minnesota offense looked much more in sync on Sunday and Teague had his best game as a Timberwolf.
12:45 am (EST)
Taj Gibson Headshot

Gibson posted 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt), 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal across 33 minutes in Sunday's 115-113 win over the Thunder.

Gibson has successfully slid into Minnesota's starting five after coming to the Timberwolves after a brief stint with the Thunder, although he had spent his entire career in Chicago prior to the Thunder trade. With no real companion for Karl-Anthony Towns in the frontcourt, Gibson will have ample opportunity to be fantasy-relevant. He's just on the cusp of that currently, as a slight increase in his current averages of 7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game could make a huge difference in his viability.
Yesterday 11:45 pm (EST)
Karl-Anthony Towns Headshot

Towns posted 27 points (11-17 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 12 rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot across 35 minutes in Sunday's 115-113 win over the Thunder.

Towns probably would have had more output if he hadn't gotten into foul trouble, but he was on the court for the pivotal final shot where delivered a pick to free up Wiggins for the game-winner. Towns' stock will rise with the Timberwolves' fortunes, which seem bright as the addition of Jeff Teague and Jimmy Butler give Minnesota an extra spark in the backcourt that they lacked last season. His 27 points bests any point total he's had since his first preseason appearance, and all signs point toward a career year for Towns. He remains a must-start in every format.
Yesterday 11:29 pm (EST)
Andrew Wiggins Headshot

Wiggins recorded 27 points (10-20 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 5-8 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and two steals across 39 minutes in Sunday's 115-113 win over the Thunder.

Wiggins' winning shot was from deep long range, as he got free to hoist the winning shot up after a nice pick by Karl-Anthony Towns. The 2014 first-round pick has started the season on a tear, averaging 24.7 points and 5.7 rebounds over three games, and he will team up with Towns to spearhead Minnesota's offensive attack for the foreseeable future. Wiggins is a an everyday must-start and has a great DFS matchup against the Pacers on Tuesday.
Yesterday 11:11 pm (EST)
Bogdan Bogdanovic Headshot

Bogdanovic (ankle) is probable for Monday's game against the Suns, Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee reports.

It looks like the rookie is set to make his NBA debut Monday night after missing the first three games of the season with a sprained ankle. He's expected to compete with both Vince Carter and Garrett Temple for minutes on the wing this season.
Yesterday 10:01 pm (EST)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Headshot

Caldwell-Pope will start at shooting guard for Sunday's game against the Pelicans.

Considering that Caldwell-Pope was the Lakers' big free agent signing this offseason, it's no surprise that he'll be put in the starting lineup right away. Expect the three-point and defensive specialist to play a heavy dose of minutes Sunday, as he should be well-rested coming off his two-game suspension to start the regular season.
Yesterday 9:27 pm (EST)
Jameer Nelson Headshot

Nelson will be available for Sunday's game against the Lakers.

Nelson was signed after he was let go by the Nuggets and should provide the Pelicans with some quality point guard depth in Rajon Rondo's absence following sports hernia surgery. He may not play much in his first game with the team, but he'll compete with the likes of E'Twaun Moore and Ian Clark for minutes as a primary ball-handler behind Jrue Holiday.
Yesterday 7:51 pm (EST)
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