November 13, 2019, 5:47 am
It was an interesting six-game slate that was served up on Tuesday night. An Embiid-slam sealed the win for Philly over a pesky, rebuilding Cavs team. Trae Young went superballistic and near-singlehandedly slew the Nuggets with a big night. And there were no surprises as an already-sore Anthony Davis got banged up just a little bit more in a win over the Suns. Last but not least, the Kings somehow found a way to win without De’Aaron Fox – against Damian Lillard and the Blazers, no less.
Add(s) of the Night
Coby White, PG, Chicago Bulls
White set a new Bulls franchise record by making seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, finishing with a team-high 27 points. White has been largely inconsistent and quite frankly, borderline frustrating as a commonly added and dropped player over the course of the first few weeks of the season. The fantasy community’s low-frustration tolerance levels notwithstanding, we should not discount this kind of performance can do for a player, especially for a rookie.
White was targetted by the Bulls despite keeping Kris Dunn (for now) and adding Tomas Satoransky. Tonight, White gave us all a front-row seat to the potential that his team sees in him. For some rookies, all they need is a tipping point, something that flips a switch that lets them recognize that playing in the NBA is just really, playing basketball (like they’re used to) but at a higher level. It’s still the same game and they still have those same skills and talents that got them here. Sometimes, big games like White had can be catalysts that signal a breakout.
And let’s say he doesn’t pan out right away. He’s still a strong contender to be a post-All-Star upside player.
Aaron Holiday, PG, Indiana Pacers
To be clear from the get-go, Holiday is a short-term add. He had a nice game vs. the Thunder with 17 points, four assists, two 3s and two steals. That said, he’s still just keeping that starting job warm for Jeremy Lamb (sprained left ankle), who was in turn, a temporary starter for an injured Victor Oladipo.
That said, fantasy basketball is all about timing. Riding the hot players while they’re productive and dumping dead weight at the appropriate times. Holiday is heating up and is worth a short-term boost in those guard categories for at least a couple of more games.
Darius Garland, for all the potential that he represents, simply has not been cutting it so far this season. He’s a drop in standard leagues until he finds his groove and can produce at a consistent level.
Kevin Knox may have played 32 minutes on Tuesday, but was yet again underwhelming with 10 points, three rebounds and four assists. He’s not worth hanging onto in standard leagues. Find help elsewhere.
Wendell Carter Jr. logged 35 minutes and appears to not be hampered by his thumb injury.
Cristiano Felicio is out for the next 4-8 weeks with a broken wrist, but like five of you knew who he was and what team he hardly plays for anyway.
The Pistons are battling an injury-bug infestation with Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin missing Tuesday’s game. It was a good thing that Bruce Brown was not too hampered by his right knee contusion and dished out 11 assists on the night.
Victor Oladipo has progressed to 5-on-5 work, which signals that he’s nearing a return. Good news!
Rodney Hood missed tonight’s game with back spasms and Kent Bazemore delivered a 1-1-1 low-end gem.
Steven Adams (knee) was able to play but split time with Nerlens Noel. This is something we should expect to see more of in the near future.
Malik Beasley missed Tuesday’s game with an illness but should not be out for long.
Caris LeVert (sprained right thumb) was replaced by Garrett Temple in the Nets’ starting lineup and could be out for a few more games.
Emmanuel Mudiay played through a hamstring injury tonight and scored 15 points in 18 minutes off the bench.
Kevin Porter Jr. hurt his hip after a fall, went to the locker room, but was able to return to the game.
Kevin Huerter can’t seem to catch a break. He just recently joined the Hawks’ starting lineup but had to go to the locker room holding his shoulder and did not return to the game.
Speaking of shoulders, Ben Simmons returned to action after a two-game absence with a shoulder injury of his own, but played well with a diverse stat line.
Zach LaVine rolled his ankle in the fourth quarter but managed to stay in the game. Given LaVine’s history, it’d be a good idea to check for updates in case it swells up overnight.
What would an injury report be without an Anthony Davis entry? AD went to the locker room after taking an elbow to his side, but returned to the game. He was already dealing with a nagging sore shoulder before this was added to his list.
Rajon Rondo (calf) made his season debut for the Lakers and grabbed six rebounds and dished out seven assists. He’s worth streaming for his dimes right now.
Even resolve has its limits
Anthony Davis should be lauded for gutting it out so far this season, given his small-ish aches, pains, bumps and bruises so far. He’s been committed to play through these minor injuries to help the Lakers win, citing their zeroed-in vision of a playoff appearance and hopefully more.
AD already gave us an impressive track record of being able to play through nicks and scrapes that were dealt with via locker-room trips in-game. Still, his willpower and resolve will only take him so far. He’s been an admirable trooper, but at some point, the Lakers will have to rest him – on a higher level maybe even put him on load management. Oh, the horror!
He’s going to sit, almost whether he wants to or not, so plan accordingly, whether you’re an owner or an interested manager who is in talks to acquire him.
The Dipo Impact
Let us be forward thinkers and plan ahead. What will Victor Oladipo’s return mean to the Pacers and their current roster of players?
Malcolm Brogdon is a top-25 stud and has been running the show successfully at the point for the Pacers so far. His role and about 85 percent of his production should be safe upon Dipo’s return. If anything, both guards should wind up complementing each other quite well.
Jeremy Lamb will move to a bench, but is simply too good on both ends of the court to not thrive in a sixth-man role. He will see a dip in production, but not to the point that he’s worth panic-selling right now. He’ll deliver.
T.J. Warren has been the team’s first option in scoring. Oladipo will be taking more than a few of those touches, but Warren’s boring mid-range game should keep him still in the mix. Dipo won’t be commanding the ball right away, at least not for the first several games.
TLDR version: Current players will see slight dips as expected – which is understandable. However, they’re in good spots and should land on safe floor-values for ROS outlooks.