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2017 Fantasy Alarm NBA DFS Podcast: October 18
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Semi Ojeleye Headshot

Ojeleye was held scoreless (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and failed to collect any other stats during his surprising 9 minute in Tuesday's 102-99 season opening loss in Cleveland.

Gordon Hayward's horrific leg injury forced Boston to experiment with some unusual lineups, which included nine minutes of surprising floor time for the second-round rookie Ojeleye. The 6-7 wing drained 2.1 treys per game during his junior year at SMU. Boston is hoping he can provide similar outside shooting and tough defense off the bench. With Hayward likely out for the season, Ojeleye will receive a few more opportunities to prove he deserves to stay in The Association.
10:34 am (EST)
Marcus Smart Headshot

Smart produced 12 points (5-16 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks from 35 minutes in Tuesday's 123-107 loss to the Cavaliers.

After Gordon Hayward's horrific injury six minutes into the match-up, Smart was inserted into Hayward's wing spot and quickly posted a very Marcus-Smart-like outing. He missed is his first eight shots, but played game altering defense while hoarding nine boards. With Hayward likely lost for the season and Marcus Morris (knee) out for the first week, expect Smart to see spot starts Thursday and Saturday. Regardless of who starts, Smart's minutes will certainly increase as Boston scrambles to recover from losing Hayward.
10:20 am (EST)
Aron Baynes Headshot

Baynes posted six points (2-2 FG, 2-4 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one block across 19 minutes in Tuesday's season opening 102-99 loss at Cleveland.

Baynes (knee), despite being a game time decision, played major minutes during his Boston debut. With Marcus Morris out for the first week of the season, Baynes can expect to see similar playing time during the next few games. Boston is thin in the front court, so the humorously coiffed New Zealander can generally expect to exceed the 15 minutes per game he saw over the past two years with Detroit. That said, he'll only help deep-league fantasy squads desperate for rebounds.
9:55 am (EST)
Nick Young Headshot

Young recorded 23 points (8-9 FG, 6-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and two rebounds across 26 minutes in Tuesday's 122-121 loss to the Rockets.

Young shot the ball like a man possessed, drilling six three-pointers on the way to shooting 89 percent from the floor. Expectations were tempered for Young after he signed a one-year deal with the Warriors - his four-year stint in Los Angeles was largely a bust until he righted the ship somewhat last year, ultimately starting in 60 games for the Lakers. Coach Steve Kerr saw more gas in the 32-year-old veteran's tank, and though he's buried behind Klay Thompson on the depth chart, he is earning playing time with pure shooting and scrappy defensive play. He's a risky fantasy play as he sets up to be a streaky option, but he could be worth a flier n a GPP. Most seasonal formats are not an ideal fit for him currently.
3:47 am (EST)
Kevin Durant Headshot

Durant posted 20 points (7-25 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), five rebounds, seven assists and four blocked shots in Tuesday's 122-121 loss to the Rockets.

It looked like Durant's final shot of the game sealed the win for Golden State, but the refs decided it was not the buzzer-beater the Warriors hoped it might be. While he had a productive stat line, some might view a 20-point game from Durant as a bit of a disappointment. Durant and the Warriors looked great for most of the game, but totally fell apart in the fourth quarter, and Durant disappeared. Keeping in mind that this might be the toughest team they will face this season, Durant and practically every other Warriors starter are first-rate fantasy targets regardless of the matchup.
3:22 am (EST)
Eric Gordon Headshot

Gordon tallied 24 points (9-16 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 6-8 FT), one rebound, one assist, a steal and two blocked shots across 29 minutes in Tuesday's 122-121 win over the Warriors.

Gordon continued his reign as the NBA's elite sixth man in Tuesday's game. Although his 3-point stroke was off, he connected on nine-of-ten shots otherwise. It can be a tough job to spell James Harden, but Gordon makes it look easy. He can have huge nights when his stroke from beyond the arc is hot, and that alone makes him valuable in formats where threes are in demand.
3:09 am (EST)
James Harden Headshot

Harden posted 27 points (10-23 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 assists, six rebounds and one steal across 36 minutes in Tuesday's 122-121 win over the Warriors.

The addition of Chris Paul to Houston's backcourt doesn't seem to have an effect on Harden's usual modus operandi - posting gigantic stat lines. As he's done so often before, Harden carried the offense for the Rockets, and though he and Paul had a few moments of synergy offensively, it's going to take some time for the duo to figure out how to play together in a way that benefits the team. Some early glimmers were there before Paul's knee began to hamper him, but if the two of them can sustain some chemistry, the Western Conference should be put on notice. As always, Harden is a must-start whenever he takes the floor, and he has an especially juicy matchup against the Kings on Wednesday.
2:40 am (EST)
Jaylen Brown Headshot

Brown tallied 25 points (11-23 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds and three steals across 39 minutes in Tuesday's 102-99 loss to the Cavaliers.

Coach Brad Stevens continued the preseason trend of starting Brown over Marcus Smart at shooting guard. After Gordon Hayward's horrific injury early in the game, the Celtics leaned on Brown as a scoring threat, and Brown eventually led the team with 25 points After spending a year in a crowded backcourt rotation with spot starts at the 3, the 2016 first round pick seems to be reaping dividends now that the depth chart has cleared out due to Avery Bradley's departure. His size and speed make him an unconventional choice in the 2 slot, but if he continues to see 30-plus minutes on the floor his fantasy stock will rise quickly.
1:22 am (EST)
Omri Casspi Headshot

Casspi tweaked his right ankle during Tuesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets and will not return.

Casspi sprained his right ankle in the team's preseason finale last Friday and he apparently aggravated it during Tuesday's opener. That's always concerning and he'll likely have additional tests performed after the game, which should give us a better indication if he'll miss more time. Casspi finished Tuesday's contest with two points (2-2 FT) and one rebound across four minutes. For the time being, consider him questionable for Friday's matchup with the Pelicans.
1:22 am (EST)
Draymond Green Headshot

Green suffered a left knee strain during Tuesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets and will not return.

Green was fouled on a drive late in the third quarter and was seen with a noticeable limp following it. He went straight to the locker room at the end of the quarter and was eventually ruled out for the rest of the game. Despite leaving the game early, Green still made his mark, nearly coming up with a triple-double by posting nine points (2-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 11 rebounds, 13 assists, one block and two turnovers across 28 minutes. He'll likely be evaluated once again after the game, and he can tentatively be considered questionable for Friday's game against the Pelicans.
1:17 am (EST)
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