• With seven games on tap we had yet another eventful night in the Association.  Bradley Beal stayed hot, the Jazz’s backcourt continued its sublime play and Russell Westbrook went positively supernova.  With that, here’s Tuesday’s Daily Dish.

    Wizards 101, Kings 95 (OT)

    Both teams looked sluggish early in this game, but Bradley Beal stayed red hot.  He scored 31 points with six boards, three assists, one block and seven treys, all while shooting 50% from the floor.  That said, Beal remains a bit of an empty calories fantasy commodity for those willing to look past his lofty point totals…  John Wall struggled with his jumper, but still nearly pulled off a triple-double, finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists and plenty of extras.

    DeMarcus Cousins was an absolute load down low, scoring 36 points with 20 boards, four assists, two steals, one block and one three.  He did go a troubling 3-of-10 from the line, but owners can’t really complain about such a well rounded performance… Elsewhere, Rudy Gay and Ty Lawson (surprisingly) were the only real difference makers for Sacramento.  Gay finished with 18 points and a well rounded line, while Lawson outplayed starter Darren Collison to the tune of 12 points, three rebounds and three steals.  Despite this performance Lawson remains on the waiver wire in standard leagues.

    Raptors 122, Sixers 95

    The Raptors entire starting unit finished in double figures against the lowly Sixers, led by Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas.  Lowry hit six threes on his way to 24 points and eight dimes, and Valanciunas double-doubled with a steal and two blocks…  DeMar DeRozan cooled off, hitting just four shots on the night, but he was able to add five boards, five assists and plenty of defense to salvage his line.

    Robert Covington continues to be a fantasy headache, and he scored 20 points on Monday when many owners probably benched him.  He hit six 3-pointers and added two steals, but his shooting is beyond unpredictable at this point.  Covington is still worth owning, but it might be a bumpy ride…  There wasn’t much else to report for Philadelphia, as Jahlil Okafor saw his normal 25 minutes without Joel Embiid, and Dario Saric continued to struggle despite earning more playing time than Ersan Ilyasova.  It wasn’t pretty.

    Thunder 112, Knicks 103

    To the surprise of absolutely no one, Russell Westbrook dominated under the lights of Madison Square Garden.  He is now averaging a triple-double on the season, and finished tonight with 27 points, 14 assists, 18 boards, two steals and two 3-pointers.  He’s a monster, and Oscar Robertson may have some company in the annals of triple-double history…  Conversely, Victor Oladipo underperformed to the tune of just eight points.  Not to worry, he still added a smattering of assists and money counters, and he’s been playing brilliant ball as Russ’ sidekick over the past two weeks.

    Finally, Enes Kanter exploded for 27 points with 10 boards and three blocks.  He’s finished in double figures in seven straight games, and is blocking a respectable (for him, anyway) 0.8 blocks per game.  Kanter will never be a superstar, but he’s still a reliable top-100 asset in fantasy.

    For just a moment it felt like 2010 Derrick Rose had finally returned.  He scored 30 points on 50% from the floor, and repeatedly drew contact on his way to the hoop, making all 10 of his free throw attempts.  Let’s be clear, that guy is never coming back, and Rose is barely flirting with top-100 value on the season, but tonight reminded fans of the player he once was…  Looking to the future, Kristaps Porzingis was pure fantasy gold on Monday.  He scored in 21 points with seven combined defensive contributions and three 3-pointers.  The Knicks are giving him more and more offensive responsibility and he looks more than up to the challenge.

    Celtics 112, Heat 104

    With Al Horford (personal) out for Boston Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley carried the team to victory.  Thomas scored 25 points with eight assists, four boards, one steal and one three while shooting 9-for-9 from the charity stripe.  Bradley scored 18 points of his own, and added six rebounds, two assists and two treys…  Jae Crowder finally saw his minutes restriction lifted and responded to the tune of 17 points in a full line.  As long as he’s healthy he’s a must start player in fantasy.

    For Miami, Hassan Whiteside continued to rampage through the league, this time finishing with 25 points, 17 boards, two assists and two blocks.  He remains a first round asset in any format…  Goran Dragic posted a double-double of his own with 27 points and 17 assists, finally looking healthy after a maddeningly slow start to the season…  Surprisingly, Luke Babbitt drew the start at shooting guard over Josh Richardson, but it hardly mattered.  Richardson saw 29 minutes to Babbitt’s 23 and generally outplayed the journeyman.  Going forward it will be interesting to see if Richardson sticks as the captain of the second unit or returns to starting.

    Jazz 112, Wolves 103

    George Hill and Gordon Hayward each scored 24 points with plenty of goodies.  They continue to look like fantastic partners on the perimeter, and are both no brainer fantasy starters the rest of the way…  Elsewhere, Rudy Gobert was everywhere on both ends of the court on Monday, cleaning up the offensive glass and harassing Minnesota’s bigs on defense.  He finished with 16 points, 17 boards and three blocks while shooting an efficient 5-for-10 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line.

    The Wolves made a late push behind Zach LaVine and Karl-Anthony Towns, but ultimately fell short.  LaVine scored 28 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, one steal and two treys.  He looks like the real deal on offense, and only his lackluster defense keeps him from being a star…  Despite sitting for large chunks of the first and third quarter with foul trouble, Towns was electric in the fourth and finished with a respectable 19 points, 12 boards and one of each money counter.  There will still be growing pains for the young stud, but he has more upside than anyone in fantasy over the next ten years.

    Hornets 104, Grizzlies 85

    It was pretty much business as usual for the Hornets’ starters.  Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished with their typically well balanced lines, while Frank Kaminsky continued his trend of posting empty fantasy outputs… Off the bench, Jeremy Lamb scored 21 points in 23 minutes, adding nine boards, one steal, one block and one two threes.

    It was a tired refrain for Memphis, too, as their supporting cast failed to help out Mike Conley (14 points and five assists) and Marc Gasol (19 points and eight boards).  Both the Grizzlies’ big names came to play and finished with versatile fantasy lines, but only Jarell Martin (who shot 5-of-13) was able to join them in double figures.

    Warriors 105, Hawks 100

    The Warriors had to sweat this one out all the way to the wire, but ultimately pulled out the win.  The team’s three perimeter stars (Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson) combined for 70 points to power an offense that already has the whiff of historical greatness.  Durant and Curry have had no problem coexisting so far this season, and it looks like Thompson may be settling into his new role as well…  Draymond Green (ankle) returned to do, well, Draymond things.  He only scored four points, but also dished out seven assists to go with three boards, one steal and four blocks.  Despite only averaging 10.5 points per game this season he still sits at 10th on the player rater thanks to his contributions in assists, steals, blocks and threes.

    Dennis Schroder exploded for 24 points, six assists, two steals, one block and a 3-pointer, reminding everyone why he was such an exciting breakout candidate this summer.  He remains maddeningly inconsistent, but the potential is there… Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap each scored 14 points and added in double digit rebounds as well.  The difference between Atlanta’s starting big men, as usual, was Milsap’s ability to cash in money counting stats for his owners while Howard did little beyond hurting their field goal percentage.

    That’ll do it for this Tuesday’s dish.  Follow @HoopBallTweets for up to the minute updates or hit me up on Twitter (@AbyssAlsoGazes) if you have any questions.  See you all next week.

Fantasy News

  • Zach LaVine
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Zach LaVine was an offensive juggernaut in Saturday's 118-106 win over the Cavs scoring 44 points, on 16-of-30 shooting, while chipping in 10 rebounds, eight assists and a steal.

    LaVine is averaging nearly 29 points a game in the month of January and has notched 40-plus points in three games this month. Beyond the scoring he has been very efficient during the stretch while also providing across the board in other categories. Remarkably, he is averaging just shy of two steals a game putting him in top-40 territory, in terms of return on investment.

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis shot 13-of-22 from the field and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc on his way to scoring 31 points with seven rebounds, two steals and one block in a 108-91 loss to the Sixers on Saturday.

    Davis was questionable with a glute injury, but he was able to play and show why he's the number one player in 9-cat this season. Davis is a fantasy stud and should be a top-2 player ROS.

  • Kris Dunn
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Kris Dunn notched his fifth-straight double digit scoring effort with 10 points in Saturday's win over the Cavs, chipping in five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

    Dunn's minutes have crept up a bit in the month of January and he has responded by averaging nearly two steals a game to go along with respectable countable numbers. The low scoring output is ok in this one as he made four of the six shots that he attempted, providing an semi-efficient game as he made all two of his shots from the charity stripe.

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    LeBron James scored 29 points on Saturday to pass Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

    James added eight assists and seven rebounds on this historic night but was unable to get the win as the Lakers lost 108-91 to the Sixers. LeBron will continue to chug along with top-10 value ROS and is now only behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone on the all-time scoring list.

  • Tomas Satoransky
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Tomas Satoransky scored 19 points, on 8-of-11 shooting, in Saturday's win over the Cavs, chipping in six rebounds, six assists and three steals.

    After failing to score in double digits in the past five games, Satoransky woke up and dropped 19 in this one. This is his highest scoring output this month and it was paired well with an all-around efficient game, not to mention the three steals. With so many backcourt options it is hard to trust him on a night-to-night basis but this one reminds fantasy owners of what he is capable of producing.

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Kuzma flopped on Saturday with four points (2-of-6 from the field) and five rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench.

    Kuzma posted a dud and his fantasy value is tied heavily to his scoring. He's outside the top-220 the past month with 14.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 threes per game. He's a late-round value at his best and is worth trying to sell high since his name value may be greater than his fantasy value.

  • Thaddeus Young
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Thaddeus Young scored 11 points in Saturday's win over the Cavs, chipping in three rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block in 35 minutes of game play.

    With both teammates Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. injured, Young is not only getting the start but also playing major minutes in their absences. He is definitely worth a look in the short-term as he is a nice source of defensive statistics while not fantasy owners in any particular area.

  • Ben Simmons
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Ben Simmons flourished on Saturday with 28 points (12-of-15 shooting), 10 rebounds, eight assists and four steals in a 108-91 victory over the Lakers.

    LeBron James passed Kobe Bryant on the career scoring list, but Ben Simmons ruined his night and dominated on both ends of the court in an impressive win for a short-handed Sixers team. Simmons was already on a roll with Joel Embiid out and will be even better with Josh Richardson also sidelined. Ben Simmons owners will enjoy the next few weeks.

  • Tobias Harris
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Tobias Harris scored a team-high 29 points while shooting 10-of-20 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line to go with eight rebounds and three triples on Saturday.

    Harris is inside the top-50 on the season as an efficient scorer averaging 19.5 points per game while shooting .478 from the field and .801 from the line. He was an 86 percent free throw shooter last season and is shooting .838 the past month so he's trending up in that area too.

  • Matisse Thybulle
    SG-SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Matisse Thybulle swiped five steals on Saturday and added six points, one block and two triples in 36 minutes.

    If you're rostering Thybulle, it is for defensive stats like this. Thybulle has increased value in the short-term with Josh Richardson and Joel Embiid sidelined and he's averaging 2.6 steals and 1.6 blocks in 30.8 minutes the past seven games.