DFS NBA Playbook:  October 17 Cover Image
DFS NBA Playbook: October 17
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Wendell Smallwood Headshot

Smallwood (knee) participated in Tuesday's practice and expects to play in Monday's game against the Redskins, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

This is the first time Smallwood practiced since Week 4, and he should be ready to return to the field Monday barring any setbacks during this week. Eagles running backs have seen a sharp decline in usage in the passing game with both Smallwood and Darren Sproles (arm/knee) out of the lineup, but that could change upon Smallwood's likely return in Week 7.
12:55 pm (EST)
Marcus Smart Headshot

Smart will come off the bench in Tuesday's regular-season opener against Cleveland.

As it stands, Jaylen Brown will get the nod in the starting lineup during the regular season. However, the two will likely see similar minutes, and with coach Brad Stevens known to tinker with his lineups, it's certainly possible Smart will move into the starting lineup at some point during the season.
12:53 pm (EST)
Jaylen Brown Headshot

Brown will start in Tuesday's regular-season opener against Cleveland.

Brown started in all four of the Celtics' preseason games this year and will presumably keep getting the nod over Marcus Smart for the first part of the regular season. This is made possible because the Celtics traded away Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder this offseason, after Brown averaged 17.2 minutes during his rookie season last year. Despite the nod, Brown and Smart will likely see similar minutes.
12:48 pm (EST)
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)
Curtis McElhinney Headshot

McElhinney will make his first start of the season Wednesday against the Red Wings, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports.

With Frederik Andersen making his sixth straight start Tuesday, McElhinney will finally get the nod with the Maple Leafs on the second half of a back-to-back Wednesday. The 34-year-old journeyman was decent after coming over from Columbus in the middle of last season, posting a .914 save percentage and 2.85 GAA in 14 appearances for Toronto. He could have his hands full Wednesday facing a Detroit squad that has scored 12 goals in its last three games.
12:41 pm (EST)
Roberto Luongo Headshot

Luongo will square off against Philadelphia on Tuesday, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Luongo was expected to start Saturday's matchup with Pittsburgh, but was a surprise scratch in favor of James Reimer. Thus far, coach Bob Boughner has employed a full split between the two netminders, which should come as too much of a surprise given Luongo's age (38). The veteran has the unenviable task of facing the NHL's second ranked offense (4.20 goals per game) in the Flyers.
12:38 pm (EST)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Headshot

Rodgers-Cromartie (suspension) will be reinstated when the team returns to practice Wednesday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

The Giants aren't practicing on Tuesday due to taking a pair of days off following their trip out west this weekend, but the cornerback should be on the practice field Wednesday. Expect Rodgers-Cromartie to be a full go as a starter in Sunday's game against the Seahawks.
12:35 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)
Andrew Gachkar Headshot

Gachkar signed with the Panthers on Tuesday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

With Luke Kuechly in concussion protocol, Gachkar will add some depth to the Panthers' linebacking unit. He's expected to primarily fill a role on special teams while David Mayo takes on more snaps in Kuechly's absence.
12:19 pm (EST)
Michael Stone Headshot

Stone has recorded a single assist while averaging 16:47 of ice time per contest through six games this season.

The 27-year-old defenseman has flashed excellent fantasy potential throughout his career, but his supporting role for the Flames won't provide many chances to move the needle. It will probably take an injury for Stone to see top-four minutes and power-play time. As a result, he's currently nothing more than a desperation option in the majority of settings.
12:16 pm (EST)
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