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Mike Conley has a poor shooting night in his return to the lineup on Wednesday and in a tough 111-83 loss to the Pacers. Conley shot only 3-for-11 from the floor and finished with 11 points. He added three assists, two boards, one steal, and two three-pointers.

Fantasy Impact: Conley has been missing in action for quite some time so its expected that he will require a few games to get back in shape. If Conley can stay healthy, he will remain a better option than not in season-long leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Garrett Temple got the start at the two in the season opener scoring 12 points on 4-for-13 shooting but 4-for-8 from three. He added only two assists with one turnover.

Fantasy Impact: Temple isn't much of a season-long league asset except for a few three-pointers. He's a risky DFS option but could be decent on some nights as a cheap value play.

Category: Game Recaps

JaMychal Green is the only starter for the Grizzlies to shoot close to 50 percent from the floor in a tough opening loss to the Pacers. Green shot 4-of-7 from the floor finishing with nine points. He added seven boards, two assists, and two steals.

Fantasy Impact: Green remains a solid fantasy option in both season-long leagues and DFS leagues for his price tag. Green should be able to improve on last seasons 10 points and eight boards per game but not by much with Mike Conley healthy and the Grizzlies lack of talent on the roster in the West.

Category: Game Recaps

Bryn Forbes will start during the Spurs' season opening matchup with the T-Wolves. (Source: Jeff Mcdonald on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Due to a litany of injuries at the position, Forbes has been thrust into the spotlight. He'll be a great DFS value play with several other San Antonio guards on the mend.

Troy Williams gets released in order to make room for Tim Frazier. Williams writing was on the wall when the team traded for Wes Johnson. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams will look to sign on with a wing needy team such as the Nets. He's off the fantasy radar.

Category: Transactions

Tim Frazier has been claimed off waivers by the Pelicans after being released by the Bucks during final cuts. Troy Williams was released in a corresponding move. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Frazier will slide in as a backup option for the Pelicans at the point behind Elfrid Payton but remains off the fantasy radar.

Category: Transactions

Jakob Poeltl will be in the starting lineup for San Antonio when they take on the T-Wolves tonight. (Source: DK Live on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Poeltl will start alongside fellow former Raptor DeMar DeRozan for the new look Spurs as they begin the post-Kawhi era down in Texas tonight against Jimmy Butler and the Timberwolves. To start off the campaign, expect Poeltl to play a similar role to the one he played in Toronto, mostly doing the dirty work and racking up rebounds and blocks.

Cedi Osman will be a part of the Cavaliers starting five on opening night against the Raptors. (Source: Matt Devlin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Raptors announcer Matt Devlin tweeted a photo of the starting lineups for tonight's season opener in Toronto and Osman was a mild surprise in the Cavaliers group. It remains to be seen how the Cavaliers will distribute the huge workload left by LeBron James' departure. Expect Osman to take his shot at a big role in the early season.

Jabari Parker will lead Bulls' second unit during season opener against the Sixers on Thursday and going forward. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Even with Lauri Markkanen out for the next month and a half to two months Parker will still be what his coach has called 'the focal point of the second unit'. Parker will have to make a good impression to start the season because when Markkanen returns someone's minutes are going to take a huge hit. Hopefully it won't be the former Blue Devil.

Stanley Johnson will be sitting out the opener due to a toe injury. (Source: James Edwards III on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: With Johnson out, look for Luke Kennard and Glenn Robinson III to get some more opportunities Wednesday.

Category: Injury Updates

Courtney Lee (neck) is inactive for Wednesday's season opener vs the Hawks. (Source: Steve Popper on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Coach David Fizdale wants to give Lee time to acclimate, which is unusual considering Lee is a veteran. This will free up for time for Frank Ntilikina and possibly Alonzo Trier to get more minutes. Lee practiced on Sunday so he should be close to returning.

Category: Injury Updates

Carmelo Anthony will come off the bench in his Rockets debut against the Pelicans. (Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After refusing to do so last year with OKC to wildly negative consequences, and saying in the media he would do the same in Houston, 'Melo has finally taken one for the team and accepted a role on the second unit. It makes sense to have an aging guy who can still score like Anthony supplementing the second unit rather than taking shots from the Chris Paul-James Harden duo on the first unit. Melo's success off the bench will be one of the most interesting stories of this young season.

Category: Injury Updates

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has been confirmed out for the Nets' season opener against the Pistons. (Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hollis-Jefferson practiced in full on Sunday but was still ruled out as he continues to deal with a left adductor problem for a some time now and will most likely miss Brooklyn's next game as well. With DeMarre Carroll undergoing knee surgery yesterday, youngster Caris Levert is in line for a big night against the Pistons.

Category: Injury Updates

Justise Winslow will be out for Miami's season opening matchup with the Magic. (Source: Manny Navarro on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Winslow along with teammate Wayne Ellington (ankle) were both declared inactive for Miami's season opener. The good news for Winslow is that coach Erik Spoelstra said the hamstring is not a long-term issue, it will however likely keep him out for the Heat's next game against the Wizards.

Category: Injury Updates

Wayne Ellington has been confirmed out for the Heat's season opener against the Magic.

Fantasy Impact: Ellington along with teammate Justise Winslow were both confirmed to be inactive for the Heat's season opening tilt tonight. Ellington hasn't played all preseason due to the injury and apparently hasn't healed enough for real game action. Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson will be the main beneficiaries during his absence.

Category: Injury Updates

Delon Wright has been ruled out for the Raptors season opener tonight against the Cavaliers. (Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wright was moving very gingerly after hurting his groin last week and is therefore inactive tonight. His absence on Toronto's prolific second unit means some added opportunities for Fred Van Vleet and Norman Powell.

Category: Injury Updates

We'll believe it when we see it, as Thibodeau is known for over-working his players. He said Jimmy would play in "shorter segments" to begin the season. (Source: Kyle Ratke on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This shouldn't impact Jimmy's fantasy outlook much, it likely means his conditioning isn't quite there after missing most of camp and all of the preseason.

Nerlens Noel came in off the bench for three points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block, over twelve minutes, in the Thunder's season opener on Tuesday against the Warriors.

Fantasy Impact: Steven Adams was a GTD leading up to tip-off, but those concerns turned out to be unfounded. Noel's fantasy value is going to be tied to Adams, and he may only be worth starting in those games in which Adam sits. At the very least, he needs to see more minutes.

Category: Game Recaps

James Johnson will miss the Heat season opener on Wednesday as he recovers from a hernia. (Source: Heat on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson has been able to get in some practices so he appears to be getting close to ready to take the court. The Heat plays the second game of a back-to-back on Thursday which Johnson should be considered questionable for. Kelly Olynyk will get some extra run with Johnson out.

Category: Injury Updates

Knicks rookie guard Kevin Knox will be slated to come off the bench to start the season. Knox is fine with the role for now but would like to prove himself to be added to the first unit. (Source: Steve Popper on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Knox and the Knicks begin their season at home against the Hawks on Wednesday night. Knox averaged 8.8 points per game in the preseason.