• Friday’s Daily Dish: DeMar “It Goes In” DeRozan

    Friday night brought ten more games of NBA action including another red-hot shooting performance from DeMar DeRozan who looks like he’s forgotten how to miss a shot over the last few weeks. His performance on Friday marked his tenth straight game shooting at least 52% from the field. What do we make of the suddenly historically-efficient DeRozan? We answer that question and more after a quick add/drops and injury update from Friday night.

    Add(s) of the Night

    Jaxson Hayes, C, New Orleans Pelicans – 29 minutes, 18 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, two blocks, one steal, 7-for-8 FG

    With Derrick Favors going down yet again with a right hamstring injury, it was Jaxson Hayes who stepped up and took control of the frontcourt void with a rock-solid performance. It’s not unheard of for Favors to take his time getting back onto the court after injuries and Hayes is worth an add to wait and see how long Favors is out. It’s quite likely he misses a few weeks and Hayes will put up standard-league value in that time as he has clearly surpassed Jahlil Okafor in the rotation.

    Alex Len, C, Atlanta Hawks – 25 minutes, 10 points, 14 rebounds, one block, 5-for-9 FG

    Alex Len is far from an exciting fantasy option, but his recent run of production is becoming harder and harder to ignore. While coming off the bench for the Hawks, Len has scored in double digits in six of his last seven games while also averaging over eight rebounds per game. Don’t think of him as a potential game changer, but if you need some big man stats for the back end of your roster take a look and see if he’s available as it seems his role coming off the bench is safe for the time being.

    If you’re looking for more potential adds, check out our Pickups of the Night, part of the Hoop Ball Gametime Premium package.

    Drop Zone

    We’re not saying that you have to drop any of these guys, only that you should at least consider it depending who’s on your waiver wire. Your mileage may vary based on league size and team build, but for the most part we’ll try to cut dead weight in the 12-team range.

    RJ Barrett

    RJ Barret’s college production and draft pedigree suggest he has a high ceiling in fantasy but the simple truth is his rookie season has been one to forget so far. Considering he averages a miserable 39/30/58 percentage slash line and only averages 13 points, five rebounds and two assists it’s clear that the negative impact he has on turnovers and efficiency is not even close to worth the pedestrian production he produces elsewhere. Other than dynasty leagues, I see no reason to continue to subject your fantasy team to such cannibalization of your efficiency stats. Cut him loose for someone in a good streaming spot and your fantasy production can only improve. 

    Kendrick Nunn

    One of the better rookies so far this year and a feel-good story for the Miami Heat player development team, Kendrick Nunn is starting to fall victim to the dreaded Miami minutes crunch. Even though Justise Winslow didn’t play again tonight, Nunn logged just 23 minutes which was the fewest in the starting lineup. The elite steals production from the beginning of the year has also been tailing off. If you want to wait until Winslow returns and see what happens I don’t blame you, but if there’s a must-add option on your wire don’t hesitate to part with Nunn if he’s your worst player. 

    Injury Report

    Derrick Favors suffered a right hamstring injury in Friday’s game and did not return

    DeMar “It Goes In” DeRozan

    DeMar DeRozan is on an absolutely insane ten-game run. Starting with the game agains the Clippers on 12/21, DeRozan has yet to see his field goal percentage dip below 52%. In that time, he’s averaging a chill 26.2 points, 5.3 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals on 64% shooting and 89% at the free throw line. This run of production puts DeRozan in the top-10 among fantasy players over the last two weeks.

    Simply put, if DeRozan is on your team right now he has been absolutely carrying your scoring and efficiency categories while still not contributing in threes. How on brand. That being said, it is the perfect time to shop DeRozan around and see if anyone out there thinks this hot streak will last because if history is any indication it won’t.

    If anyone is willing to offer a top-25 type fantasy asset for DeRozan right now, I think you have to do it as the hot shooting is a very safe bet to come back down to earth and it could happen quickly.

    Thaddeus Young or Daniel Gafford?

    As you all know, fantasy basketball many times revolves around injuries and the opportunities that arise in the wake of those injuries. There is a situation like this brewing in Chicago right now where Wendell Carter Jr. is projected to miss some weeks with a severe ankle injury. Two names have surfaced as the main ones to add in Thaddeus Young and Daniel Gafford. But who knows what Jim Boylen is going to do on a regular basis?

    Since Carter Jr. went down, both Young and Gafford have drawn starts and neither have been overly effective. For now, I’d say who you add will depend on your team situation. If you are in need of some more immediate production, go with Young. If you are higher in the standings and looking for a high-upside play, Gafford is your guy.

Fantasy News

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard was on fire again in Thursday's 125-133 loss to the Mavs, scoring 47 points on 16-of-28 shooting to go with six boards, eight assists, a steal and eight 3-pointers.

    Lillard put forth his best efforts to Carry the Blazers to another win tonight and it's going to be looking like this for the foreseeable future. He's the No. 6 player overall in 9-cat leagues and there's no reason he can't finish there with some upside beyond that with how much the Blazers are leaning on him.

  • Trevor Ariza
    SF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Trevor Ariza started on Thursday and scored 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go with seven boards, two dimes, two steals and four triples.

    Ariza did a great job on offense in his start and the Blazers have no real reason to not play him big minutes as they don't have many reliable options. His defensive abilities are still limited, but it might be worth it to scoop up Ariza just to see where this thing goes as the Blazers have revived a few fantasy careers this year already.

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Hassan Whiteside had some foul trouble (5) on Thursday, but still managed to play 33 minutes, tallying 14 pointson 6-of-8 shooting to go with 10 boards and a block.

    Whiteside couldn't really keep up with the Mavs tonight, which led to his poor stat line. He's the No. 7 player in 9-cat leagues so we'll give him some leash considering the Mavs are the No. 1 offense in the NBA. Even with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) resuming practice, as long as Whiteside stays in Portland, he should maintain early-round value.

  • Carmelo Anthony
    PF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Carmelo Anthony double-doubled on Thursday with 16 points and 11 boardsto go with five dimes, one steal, one block and two triples on Thursday.

    Anthony recorded his first double-double since his game against Houston on January 15th and added his usual inefficient scoring to his line. He had a couple extra dimes thanks to closing out the game in garbage time minutes so don't expect those to come too often.

  • Luka Doncic
    PG-SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Luka Doncic scored 27 points on 11-of-25 shooting to go with six rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two triples on Thursday.

    Doncic was his usual superstar self on Thursday and was named as an All-Star starter tonight, making him the youngest player to earn this honor since LeBron James in 2005. He's in elite company already in reality and fantasy and his historic year should end with him inside the top-12.

  • Maxi Kleber
    PF, Dallas Mavericks

    Maxi Kleber scored 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting with four boards, one dime, three blocks and two triples on Thursday.

    Kleber came off the bench, but he's stepped into his increased role and easily landed with standard league value for the remainder of the year. He's going to be good for traditional big man stats with a couple cash counters here and there to keep his head above water.

  • Kristaps Porzingis
    PF-C, Dallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porzingis scored 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting to go with five rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers on Thursday.

    Porzingis' playing time will be on the lower end of 30 minutes at a maximum and his shooting most likely won't get back on track, but his contributions on triples (2.2) and blocks (2.1) are enough to keep him within the top-50 at a minimum.

  • Tim Hardaway Jr.
    SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting to go with one rebound, four assists and three triples on Thursday.

    Hardaway Jr. has scored in double figures for the ninth consecutive game and has found some consistency in his play as of late. The Mavs lost Dwight Powell (Achilles) for the season and Kristaps Porzingis will always be on a minutes limit due to his knee which means THJ should have some extra opportunity to deliver on his scoring numbers.

  • Seth Curry
    SG, Dallas Mavericks

    Seth Curry scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting to go with one rebound, two assists, a steal and four triples on Thursday.

    Curry has had a solid stretch lately and is worth owning for owners in need of triples, but outside of that he holds little value. Jalen Brunson (17 points, three rebounds, one assist and four triples) also had a solid game off the bench with Delon Wright (nine points, eight boards and four dimes) always finding a way to put up a solid line as well. The three-headed monster at guard isn't the most ideal situation in fantasy hoops, but target Brunson for dimes, Curry for treys and Wright for a little bit of everything.

  • Jarrett Allen
    C, Brooklyn Nets

    Jarrett Allen didn't take advantage of DeAndre Jordan's absence on Thursday, scoring seven points and grabbing eight boards as the Nets fell 128-113 to the Lakers.

    Allen added just one blocked shot in his 30 minutes. He should still be a decent mid-round value going forward, even if DeAndre Jordan is around to gobble up rebounds.