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DFS NBA Playbook: October 18
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Alex Len Headshot

Len (ankle) said he's unlikely to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Trail Blazers, Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic reports.

Len is dealing with a left ankle sprain and while he expects to ultimately be held out Wednesday, he indicated he hopes to be ready by Friday's tilt with the Lakers. With Len out, Tyson Chandler could pick up a couple more minutes, though it's more likely that guys like Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender benefit the most.
2:29 pm (EST)
Jamie Oleksiak Headshot

Oleksiak will be in the lineup Thursday night against host Arizona, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.

The smooth-skating defenseman reportedly will replace Julius Honka, who's gone scoreless with a minus-2 rating to start the season. Oleksiak was given a two-game break himself after skating to a minus-4 clip through the first four contests.
2:29 pm (EST)
Julius  Honka Headshot

Honka will sit out Thursday's road game against the Coyotes, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.

The young defenseman will ride the pine after dropping goose eggs with a minus-2 rating through his first four contests. He'll reportedly will be replaced by Jamie Oleksiak, who's sat out the past two games.
2:27 pm (EST)
Maxx Williams Headshot

Williams (ankle) isn't practicing Wednesday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Williams returned from a three-week absence for Sunday's game against the Bears, only to suffer a new ankle injury during the first half of an eventual 27-24 loss. He didn't return to the game and seems likely to miss more time, leaving Vince Mayle as the Ravens' No. 3 tight end.
2:24 pm (EST)
Glen Perkins (L) Headshot

The Twins informed Perkins on Wednesday that the team won't exercise its option for Perkins' contract for the 2018 season, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Perkins has dealt with a severe shoulder injury over the last two seasons. As a result, he's pitched just 7.2 innings across 10 games in that time. Over said stretch he's allowed eight runs on 13 hits and six walks. With the twins opting to not pick up his option, Perkins, who'd thrown for an ERA of 3.65 or below in each of the five seasons prior to his injury, will become a free agent. However, because Perkins is 34 years old and coming off a significant injury, his fantasy value is rather limited.
2:20 pm (EST)
Breshad Perriman Headshot

Perriman (concussion) isn't practicing Wednesday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Perriman took a huge hit in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Bears and was down on the field for quite some time. While recovery from concussions is unpredictable, it nonetheless would be a minor surprise if he's ready for Sunday's game in Minnesota. An absence would free up the No. 3 role for Michael Campanaro, assuming Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) is back. Should Maclin and Perriman both end up sitting, Chris Moore would need to handle a significant role for the second straight week.
2:19 pm (EST)
Terrance West Headshot

West (calf) isn't practicing Wednesday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.

While West isn't believed to have a long-term injury, reports last week suggested he'd likely miss more than one game. Javorius Allen and Alex Collins figure to split work again Sunday in Minnesota, unless West returns to practice by the end of the week.
2:17 pm (EST)
Ben Bishop Headshot

Bishop will work between the pipes for Thursday's road game against the Coyotes, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.

Why not? Bishop has won two straight, including his defeating the 'Yotes on home ice with a 27-save performance Tuesday. He remains on the fringe of the elite fantasy goalies, so start him with confidence.
2:17 pm (EST)
Marian Gaborik Headshot

Gaborik (knee) skated by himself prior to Wednesday morning's team session, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.

Gaborik has been plagued by a chronic knee injury since last season, so although his return to the ice Wednesday is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, the veteran winger remains without a definite timetable for his return to LA's lineup. The Kings should release another update on Gaborik's status once he's able to return to practice with his teammates.
2:15 pm (EST)
Teddy Bridgewater Headshot

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer suggested he'll take things slow with Bridgewater (knee), who is practicing with his teammates Wednesday for the first time in nearly 14 months, Andrew Krammer of The Star Tribune reports. "We still don't know where [practice reps are] going to go or where that's going to lead to," Zimmer said. "He's probably not going to play this week, so we need to put the brakes on things a little bit."

Wednesday marks the beginning of a 21-day window in which Bridgewater can practice without taking up a spot on the 53-man roster. He'll eventually need to be activated or placed on injured reserve, but the Vikings don't figure to make a decision any earlier than next week. Bridgewater has already been doing individual drills for quite some time, so his next step will be 7-on-7 passing drills, followed by 11-on-11 work somewhere down the line. With Case Keenum doing competent work in place of Sam Bradford (knee), the Vikings might be inclined to put off Bridgewater's activation until after their Week 9 bye. Bridgewater's role upon returning presumably will be dependent on some combination of his practice performance, Keenum's performance in games and Bradford's health. Keenum likely will get the start against Baltimore in Week 7.
2:14 pm (EST)
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