• Welcome to Wednesday’s Daily Dish!  Today we witnessed an 11-game slate during which Ben Simmons hit his first career 3-pointer and the Clippers topped the Celtics in a much-anticipated contest that required overtime.  What can fantasy owners take away from it? Read on!

    Adds of the Night

    Donte DiVincenzo, G, Milwaukee Bucks – 25 minutes, 11 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals, two 3-pointers, 4-of-9 FG

    DiVincenzo has been solid while Khris Middleton misses time with a left thigh contusion.  He’s a hot pickup and up to 21% ownership in Yahoo after being rostered almost nowhere at this time last week.  Even with minutes in the mid-twenties, DiVincenzo has racked up 13.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.3 steals per game since Saturday.  With Middleton out for several more weeks, DiVincenzo shouldn’t leave you cold in the medium term if you have a spot for him.

    Duncan Robinson, F, Miami Heat – 34 minutes, 29 points, two rebounds, nine 3-pointers, 9-of-15 FG

    The man who went undrafted in 2018 after playing college ball at Michigan got to face his former college coach John Beilein and made it a night to remember.  Robinson joined James Harden and Devonte’ Graham as the only players to sink nine 3-pointers in a game this season. Eight of those came in the first half alone, and he did not even attempt a two-point shot.  Robinson also made seven triples back on November 3. He has hit at least one in all but two games this season, and one of those basically doesn’t count since he logged a single minute in that one. While it’s true that Justise Winslow’s return could cut into his productivity, Robinson is a nice pickup for those in need of perimeter shooting.

    Drop Zone

    Here are a couple of players who could be worth cutting if you find a promising free agent.

    Derrick White

    White was unable to suit up for the Spurs due to a sore left foot.  The Wizards would win the game 138-132. White currently has ownership in 45% of Yahoo leagues but has been trending downward even before the injury sidelined him.  Over the last two weeks, he has averaged just 7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists. Tonight, Patty Mills received the start at point guard and had 16 points to go with six assists, while Dejounte Murray scored 15 points in only 19 minutes.  Even when healthy, White seems to be neither trusted enough by Gregg Popovich nor productive enough these days to justify ownership in most cases.

    Nicolas Batum

    Batum is still 38% owned in Yahoo probably thanks to his reputation.  However, he has scored only three points in each of his last trio of appearances.  Batum does have a total of 20 rebounds and 13 assists over that span, but he’s not worth owning in most leagues if he doesn’t play more than 26 minutes.  By contrast, Hornets head coach James Borrego gave him 31.4 minutes on average last season.

    Injury Report

    Aaron Gordon left the Magic’s game in Toronto following a right ankle injury, but X-rays were negative and he’ll be examined on Thursday.

    Teammate Nikola Vucevic also hurt his right ankle, and X-rays were also negative but he will be getting an MRI on Thursday.

    Kawhi Leonard was able to play despite a recent left knee contusion and blocked a potential game-tying shot in overtime as the Clippers beat the Celtics 107-104.

    Jake Layman was unable to play due to a sprained left toe.

    Shabazz Napier missed action due to a right hamstring strain.

    Josh Okogie fought through left knee soreness and scored four points in 22 minutes.

    Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points despite previously being listed as questionable with an illness.

    Coby White sprained his ankle during warmups but scored 12 points in a win over the Pistons.

    Draymond Green missed the Warriors’ blowout loss in Dallas with right heel soreness.

    Jonathan Isaac had been considered questionable with a right ankle sprain but played 34 minutes and posted a double-double.

    Evan Turner had been feeling some left Achilles pain but appeared for 15 minutes.

    Jabari Parker managed to play against the team that drafted him despite right shoulder pain.

    RJ Barrett played 36 minutes after contending with a left thumb sprain.

    Kevin Love had a solid game despite a low back contusion.

    Josh Richardson missed action with right hip flexor tightness.

    Marcus Smart had been dealing with a right ankle sprain but played 40 minutes.

    Seth Curry was unable to suit up due to illness.

    Chandler Hutchison experienced shin soreness and missed playing against the Pistons.

    A League of his Own

    Luka Doncic was simply on another plane against the Warriors on Wednesday.  How many players can manage a triple-double in a mere 25 minutes? Well, Doncic managed to be the first ever.  The end result was a 142-94 Mavs victory in which he posted 35 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, and three steals.  He shot 11-for-18 from the floor including 6-of-10 from behind the arc. Oh, by the way, Doncic finished with triple-doubles in two of his last three contests coming into this one.  This was his seventh of the young season. Did I mention that the man from Slovenia is still only 20 years of age? To paraphrase former baseball manager Tom Kelly: he needs to play in a higher league, if there is one.

    Doing The Bojan Boogie 

    While he was not quite as dominant as Doncic tonight, the Jazz will settle for mere excellence from Bojan Bogdanovic.  The Croatian is averaging about three made triples, but on Wednesday he buried a season-high six in Utah’s 103-95 triumph over the Wolves.  His 30 points were the second best of this campaign and just short of the 33 he scored on November 8 against the Bucks. The main difference between the two games is that Bogdanovic got to the free-throw line ten times against Milwaukee.  Bogdanovic is shooting 90% from the charity stripe, so he makes those foul shots count. It doesn’t hurt when he tacks on four rebounds, three assists, and a steal either. Remarkably, he’s hitting 3-pointers at a 44.9% clip. Meanwhile, Bogdan Bogdanovic of Serbia has shot 43.8% behind the arc for the Kings this season.  While the two are not related, there must be something to that family name.

     

Fantasy News

  • D'Angelo Russell
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    D'Angelo Russell tried to put the Warriors on his back in Wednesday's 124-122 loss to the Knicks, dropping 32 points on 12-of-27 from the field, including six 3-pointers to go along with six assists and two steals.

    Russell sent the game into overtime with a clutch 3-pointer at the end of regulation, but it wasn't enough to drag this Warriors team across the finish line. The opportunity will be there for Russell to produce. He'll have cold spells from time-to-time, but it looks like he's ready to pick it back up.

  • Draymond Green
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Draymond Green earned his second triple-double of the season on Wednesday night, recording 14 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists and four steals on 5-of-11 from the field.

    Green has the potential to stuff the stat sheet whenever he gets on the court. With injuries this season, and the Warriors likely being cautions of wearing down their vets, these nights might not last long into the season. He could be a strong sell-high candidate after tonight's performance.

  • Alec Burks
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    Alec Burks logged 33 minutes off the bench on Wednesday night, turning them into 18 points, five boards, two dimes and two assists.

    Burks was only behind D'Angelo Russell in points for the Warriors tonight. He has upside and can have well-rounded games, but it isn't a given. If you have him, you can hold him, but probably isn't worth running to go pick up.

  • Marquese Chriss
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Marquese Chriss grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds on Wednesday while tallying an additional 12 points, two dimes, a steal and three blocks.

    This was arguably Chriss' best game of the season. Things are trending up for Chriss and he looks to benefit from the Warriors starting to tank. Check if he is still on your waivers, he's worth a flyer after this performance.

  • Marcus Morris
    PF, New York Knicks

    Marcus Morris dropped a season-high 36 points on Wednesday night, piling it it on with 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and five 3-pointers.

    Morris was one point shy of his career-high 37 points. It's important to note this was against the Warriors, but Morris has been a nice pickup this season. With so much uncertainty ahead for the Knicks, it might be a good time to see what you can sell him for, especially since he was probably a pretty cheap acquisition.

  • Julius Randle
    PF, New York Knicks

    Julius Randle finished Wednesday night with another double-double to his name, tallying 24 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.

    Randle has been a disappointment for owners this season. We all know he can score and rebound, but another night with out any defensive stats continues to hurt his stock. Randle is going to need to pick it up to be standard league relevant again.

  • RJ Barrett
    SF, New York Knicks

    RJ Barrett secured his first career double-double on Wednesday night, ending with 22 points, 10 boards, three assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers.

    Barrett logged over 40 minutes before the game even went into overtime and finished the game seeing 46 minutes. The Knicks aren't afraid to use their first-round pick, however, this hasn't turned into fantasy relevance yet. Games like this will help put him on the radar in standard leagues.

  • Elfrid Payton
    PG, New York Knicks

    Elfrid Payton collected 14 points, four boards, five assists and a steal on Wednesday night against the Warriors.

    Payton came off the bench, but was on the court as the Knicks tried to close out the game. It's worth noting that Payton saw the most minutes at the point finishing the game with 29 minutes, and Frank Ntilikina only seeing 13 of action.

  • Buddy Hield
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Buddy Hield found his shot in the second half of Wednesday's 93-94 victory against the Thunder, ending with 23 points, six boards, six assists, two steals and five 3-pointers on 9-of-24 shooting.

    The efficiency isn't pretty in this stat line, but it was largely due to a terrible first half. Hield has been heating up with De'Aaron Fox on the sidelines, sitting just outside the top-20 in the last two weeks.

  • Richaun Holmes
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Richaun Homles pitched in 10 points, seven boards, two steal and block in 25 minutes on Wednesday night.

    The big question was how the return of Marvin Bagley would impact Holmes. It looks like he will still be a valuable fantasy asset and Luke Walton said they could both see the court at the same time. It's a situation to monitor, but so far, so good for fantasy GMs with Holmes on their rosters.