• The NBA was as entertaining as ever on Monday. The Suns continued their scorching hot start by toppling an Al Horford-led Sixers attack, Brandon Ingram is really trying to convince you to not sell-high on him, and the Warriors managed to successfully replace Steph and Draymond with Bowman and Paschall for one night.

    Add(s) of the Night

    Troy Brown Jr., G/F, Washington Wizards – 31 minutes, 14 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals, one turnover, 5-of-10 FG, 4-of-4 FT

    If his first two games with the Wizards did not convince you, perhaps Troy Brown Jr.’s third productive game in DC will do the trick? This time Brown also helped guide the Wizards to a victory, as the entire bench had positive plus/minus ratios. He led the team in rebounds and was +16 on the night. 

    The 15th pick in last year’s draft had a quiet rookie season, but the Wizards are looking for all of the young potential they can find this year, Brown most certainly fits that description. If you have someone to give up in 14 or even a 12-team format, Brown is worth a look. A few more games like this and Brown will be able to nab a starting spot from Isaac Bonga.

    Danuel House Jr., G/F, Houston Rockets – 36 minutes, 15 points, nine rebounds, two 3-pointers, three blocks, one steal, two turnovers, 6-of-15 FG, 1-of-1 FT

    House has a firm grasp on minutes with the Rockets, and he looks all set for a productive season averaging 30 minutes a night. In addition to the points and 3-pointers he will regularly deliver, House will be good for close to a steal and block a night as well, while also keeping turnovers to a minimum. Even when Eric Gordon’s shot comes around, House should have little trouble fending off Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore for playing time.

    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.

    Spencer Dinwiddie Jr.

    This one could be premature depending upon your situation, as Dinwiddie does make for a valuable Kyrie Irving handcuff on many rosters, but he is currently owned in most standard-leagues, and it is going to be hard to justify that level of interest in a player that is earning south of 25 minutes a game. We already have two years worth of evidence that Dinwiddie is a sub-par 3-pointer shooter (33% average last two seasons), and he has never been able to deliver even average steal rates. Tonight was another disappointing showing, seven points, three assists, one steal, one 3-pointer. The opportunity is simply not there, feel free to move on, especially if you don’t own Irving.

    Dario Saric

    The Suns are off to a fantastic 5-2 start after knocking off the Embiid-less Sixers, but that start has not trickled down to Saric. His ranking is receiving a large boost in the early going thanks to a single five steal performance, and his lousy free-throw percentage (62.5%) does not drain much value on just 1.3 FTA. All of this winning in Phoneix is due to across the roster production, Saric will only get further squeezed when the team starts to come back down to earth and tries to keep this impressive start going as long as possible. DeAndre Ayton will return down the line as well. Saric will become an afterthought in all likelihood, his usual role in fantasy.

    Injury Report

    D’Angelo Russell sat out on Monday due to a right ankle sprain, but Steve Kerr is planning on a Wednesday return for his lead guard. He will be well worth getting back into your lineup whenever he is available for the injury-depleted Warriors.

    Lonzo Ball exited Monday’s game vs. the Nets due to cramps in the fourth quarter. While he did not make a return it does not sound like an issue that would impact Ball’s status for Thursday against the Raptors.

    DeAndre Jordan departed in the 4th quarter of the same game on Monday, as he took a hard fall and injured his ankle. He did not return and I do not consider him particularly useful, to begin with. More on that later…

    Paul George is currently taking part in 3 vs. 3 scrimmages, and it’s possible he takes part in 5 vs. 5 play next week according to Doc Rivers. George’s shoulders are still limiting his return to a matter of weeks, but the Clippers are not rushing him through the process.

    Jaren Jackson Jr. was doubtful and ruled out swiftly on Monday with right knee soreness. It should not keep him out for long as the tests have not shown any issues, but let’s hope JJJ does not make this a habit like last season.

    Russell Westbrook was rested on Monday, perhaps James Harden returns the favor soon enough and Westbrook is able to make up for the lost minutes.

    Derrick Favors returned from right knee soreness to take on the Nets on Monday, he logged eight minutes of action off the bench. Be patient with him as he ramps up his workload, but Favors did not look attractive in this brief return.

    Hassan Whiteside (left knee bone bruise) was back in action for the Blazers-Warriors tilt on Monday. The one-game absence did not slow him down, as he went for 22 and 11 with two blocks in 28 minutes.

    Will Barton is falling into the questionable/doubtful realm for Tuesday as he works his way back from left toe inflammation. Things may get murky when he tries to reclaim his strong start to the season on a crowded Nuggets squad.

    Trae Young is questionable for Tuesday but showed no limitations from his right ankle sprain during practice on Monday. 

    Enes Kanter made it through practice on Monday and is hopeful to return from a four-game absence, following his left knee contusion, on Tuesday. He should not have too much trouble if he is ready to suit up against the Cavs.

    Steven Adams is questionable to return from a two-game absence from a left knee contusion on Tuesday. Nerlens Noel is probable for Tuesday’s matchup vs. the Magic after suffering a right ankle sprain on Saturday. If Adams is out it would make for another great opportunity as Noel gets the starting nod. 

    Justise Winslow is questionable for Tuesday as he battles lower back soreness. Tuesday would be Winslow’s third game out of the lineup, further jeopardizing his role as a lead guard on a talented roster.

    Mo Bamba will play on Tuesday but is getting rested on Wednesday as the Magic take it easy on his left leg stress fracture recovery process.

    Kevon Looney will not travel to Houston so we can safely rule him out for Wednesday’s tilt vs. the Rockets. No further information was available on his recovery (neuropathy).

    Blake Griffin is scheduled for a review with the Pistons’ medical staff on Wednesday. The left knee and hamstring issues could be passing finally, and you are already used to being frustrated with Griffin at this point. Just roll with it and sell-high when you can.

    Valuing The Traditional Fantasy Big

    As mentioned during the injury report, DeAndre Jordan departed the Nets-Pelicans contest tonight after taking a rough fall. Jordan will probably miss minimal time after the incident, but this makes for a good opportunity to better appreciate his value nowadays. 

    While Jordan somehow decided to take free-throws seriously last year, he has largely regressed to his historical awfulness this season (46.7%). He has still delivered 10 rebounds and 1.2 blocks through his initial six games of action. Sounds useful at first read. However, when you zoom out to the bigger picture, you can better appreciate how easy these numbers are to find.

    Over 25 players can provide nine rebounds a night, and over 60 players provide one block a night. Plenty of these players can do so while also going for well beyond Jordan’s 6.5 points, 0.3 steals, and putrid free-throw rate.

    The Chase Center’s Two Course Special

    It is just too hard to ignore what we saw from this Warriors roster tonight, let’s dig into a few of the diamonds they are offering observant fantasy managers.

    Eric Paschall had his way with the Blazers all night, he had no problem embarrassing Hassan Whiteside, and that was basically the case against any Blazer’ defender. He dropped 36 points (11-of-19 FGs, 10-of-10 FTs), 13 rebounds, four 3-pointers, and a block for good measure over 39 minutes. It will be interesting to see what he delivers against tougher defenses, but the Warriors will be giving him plenty of opportunities to prove himself.

    Ky Bowman may have a more challenging situation when D’Angelo Russell returns to the scene, but he has now had two steady showings after going off for 19 points (9-of-14 FGs), eight assists and four rebounds. Bowman is a less urgent pickup, but he is also deserving of a greater role in Golden State for the months ahead.

    Tonight was another excellent reminder of how fantasy basketball is a true 24/7 sport if you want a shot at victory. New names are popping up every game, and only the most dedicated players are going to have a shot to grab them often enough to be successful. Snatch a name that you see on this dish every week and you will be well on your way to glory. 

Fantasy News

  • Patrick Beverley
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Patrick Beverly had a monstrous stat line against the Celtics in a 107-104 overtime win on Wednesday, ending the night with 14 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers.

    It's really hard to ask for a better game than this. Beverly was a machine in this one and had easily his best game of the year. Unfortunately, this performance was more of an outlier than the norm. It's tough to count on him for consistent value in standard leagues, but could have merit in deeper leagues. This was the Clippers' first game with both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, so it's possible this dynamic creates more chances for Beverly, but we'll have to wait and see.

  • Paul George
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Paul George racked up 25 points on 8-of-18 shooting in Wednesday night's contest against the Celtics, in addition to five rebounds, eight assists, a block and four 3-pointers.

    George had another solid outing and shows that he can contribute across the board. Although he has only suited up four times this year, he is a top-10 player on a per-game basis along with his teammate, Kawhi Leonard. He should have the opportunity for some huge games when Kawhi takes his days off.

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard did a little bit of everything in his return on Wednesday night, putting up a line of 17 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Simply put, Leonard can ball. It's just a matter of how often. Fantasy players drafted him for nights like this, but have to live with the fact that he'll be missing games every now-and-then. That being said, on a per-game basis, he is still a top-10 player this year and someone you can count on to end the season around that mark.

  • Montrezl Harrell
    PF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Montrezl Harrell logged 31 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, and turned it into six points, six rebounds, three dimes, two steals and two blocks.

    It was a quiet night on offense for Harrell as most of the Clippers' shots came from their guards and wings. However, he was still able to contribute a couple steals and blocks tonight. Even after the low offensive output, Harrell is sitting inside top-80 value on the season. Ivica Zubac and Maurice Harkless also had quiet nights with five and three points respectively.

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen woke up with a team-high 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting with six boards, three treys, one steal and two blocks in a 109-89 win over the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Markkanen has not delivered anything close to his mid-round ADP so far this season, mostly the result of his .362 shooting from the field. He could warm up soon and his buy-low window would slam shut. Act accordingly.

  • Lou Williams
    SG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Lou Williams took over for the Clippers on Wednesday night, ending the contest with 27 points on 10-of-21 shooting, two rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers but also seven turnovers.

    In a night where all eyes were supposed to be focused on Kawhi Leonard and Paul George on the court for the first time, Lou Williams stole the show. He led the team in both points and field goal attempts. Williams has had a great stretch of games and has played at a top-50 value recently. However, his season marks are more realistic and have him just inside the top-100.

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. played well in a tough matchup against Andre Drummond, posting 12 points on 3-of-7 shooting with 15 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

    WCJ is a top-120 value on the season, but has the tools to pull that needle closer to top-75 before the 2019-20 dust settles. Consider floating a buy-low offer right now.

  • Shaquille Harrison
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Shaquille Harrison drew the start for an injured Otto Porter (righ foot bone bruise) and thrived with 15 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals, one trey and one block in 26 minutes on Wednesday.

    Porter is out for at least a couple more weeks. Harrison has outplayed Chandler Hutchison with this spot start, making him a speculative add in case Harrison sticks with starting five.

  • Jayson Tatum
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Jayson Tatum balled out on Wednesday, dropping a season-high 30 points on 12-of-24 shooting, and adding, six rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and five 3-pointers.

    This was one of Tatum's best lines of the season. He has strung together a couple of solid outings with Gordon Hayward out. Tatum is currently a top-40 player and should settle somewhere around there as the season progresses.

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Kemba Walker had a rough night on Wednesday, scoring 13 points on 4-of-17 shooting, with only two assists and six turnovers, but somehow managed nine rebounds.

    Kemba's night was salvaged with his nine rebounds, but other than that it was one he'd like to forget. It was his season-high in turnovers and tied his season-low in assists. He is still a top-20 guy and he'll move past this. It just wasn't a great game, simple as that.