Fantasy Basketball News: Wesley Matthews Plans To Play Opening Game For Dallas Mavericks

Fantasy basketball news looks good for Wesley Matthews. A new member of the Dallas Mavericks, Matthews plans to play for the Mavs on opening night of the 2015-16 NBA season. What makes this noteworthy is that Matthews is still trying to rehab a ruptured Achilles from back in March. A report from CBS Sports has the veteran shoot guard already stating that he will be ready to start on opening night.

The injury took place back on March 5, bringing an end to his season (and tenure) with the Portland Trail Blazers. It took away one of the best three-point shooters in the league from fantasy basketball owners, with many releasing him the moment the injury took place. The original prognosis was that Matthews would miss nine months to a year will recovering from surgery. It was an accepted conclusion to an injury that many NBA players have gone through. Matthews disagreed.

"What's the normal timetable, eight months, something like that? I'll try to be back in five."
This is pretty good news for Dallas Mavericks fans, as it guarantees the team will be at full-strength from day one of the regular season. It's also intriguing fantasy basketball news, because it makes Wesley Matthews well worth selecting in the first 10 rounds again. He will get a lot of opportunities to play heavy minutes with the Mavs, which promises to provide points, steals, and three-pointers for anyone selecting him in fantasy drafts.

With Deron Williams and Dirk Nowitzki on the court with him, this Mavericks team is going to be able to spread the floor really well. That will benefit each of them in the short-term, especially because defenses will have a tough time adjusting and rotating to the offensive weapons this team has. The problems will come on defense, where Matthews is going to be asked to be that shutdown defender he was with the Portland Trail Blazers. But can any other Mavs player play real defense?

There is still a lot of time until the October regular season begins for the NBA. That's when Wesley Matthews has to be ready to step on the court again. He certainly isn't ready right now, but apparently, he feels certain that he can beat the average timetable for a return from Achilles surgery. For fantasy basketball owners that believe him, this means he should be selected in every league that drafts this year.

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