The Scoop:He played 32 minutes in the preseason finale, but was at just 25.6 in his last five. Obviously, Noah is not going to be near the 35.3 he posted last season and will likely see his usage and assist rates go down, so his owners should have lower expectations. Plus, he also has been dealing with some knee issues. Still, he's a must-start play this week.
The Scoop:Rose's injury history goes without saying, and Noah's offseason knee surgery has the Bulls monitoring his activity early in the season. Minutes in the low-30s should be plenty for both players to produce, and fantasy owners should embrace any plan that keeps them healthy. Chicago opens their season vs. the Knicks on Wednesday.
The Scoop:This shouldn't be surprising considering Noah has been dealing with some knee issues. He is still going to be solid when he is on the floor, but don't expect him to match last season's numbers. If anything, his owners may prefer him to play less minutes and have him healthy for the whole year, as opposed to risking his health early in the season.
The Scoop:"We have three really good interior players [Thibodeau] feels comfortable can finish," said Gasol. "He said he's going to put the guys out there he feels more confident and comfortable to win that particular game." Thibs didn't comment to reporters, other than to say that he'll "always ... do what's best for the team." Fantasy owners can expect to see varied frontcourt pairings in the early part of the season, though it's unlikely Noah will be the odd-man out.