• Election night may have dominated the headlines (rightfully so, I hope everyone voted!), but the NBA doesn’t take off. If you spent much of the night tracking House and Senate races, you missed some big stat lines and news. Let’s check out what went down on Tuesday night.

    KEMBA WALKER IS A FANTASY FIRST ROUNDER…FOR NOW

    The Hornets struggled to put away the Hawks until late, pulling away in the fourth quarter for a 113-102 win. Kemba Walker led all scorers with 29 points, three boards, seven assists, three steals, one block and four 3-pointers. He is playing like a top-10 fantasy player and shows no sign of slowing down.

    The real fear with Kemba is the potential for a trade. He is in the final year of his contract and is an unrestricted free agent next season. That gives the Hornets all the incentive in the world to ship him to a contender at some point in the season. A move would easily temper his value, as he would likely be sent to a team with other high-volume players. It wouldn’t be a terrible idea to sell Walker for a top-15 player who is certain to stay put.

    Marvin Williams had a blow-up game, shooting 8-for-14 from the field for a season-high 20 points with eight boards, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes. Just when everyone dropped him, he went out and played like this. Williams has the potential to post these lines, but keep in mind it was against the Hawks. Fortunately, the Hornets play a lot of weak teams out East so Williams has a shot to have more nights like this. You could do a lot worse at the end of your bench in standard leagues.

    As for the Hawks, Hoop Ball 6’er Kent Bazemore stuffed the stat sheet, particularly in the defensive categories. Bazemore shot 6-for-12 from the field for 16 points with two boards, one assist, four steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes. This what he is capable of, which is what makes him fun to own. Bazemore should hold middle-round value all season.

    LUKA DONCIC WANTS YOUR VOTE FOR ROY

    The sinking Wizards dropped another one, this time to the young Mavericks in a 119-100 beating on Tuesday night. Luka Doncic dazzled the crowed with 23 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes. He is the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year honors.

    His running mate Dennis Smith Jr. was solid as well, scoring 19 points with four boards, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes. He has had a rocky start to the season as far as inefficiency is concerned, but he can improve. You have to either roll with him or sell him to an owner who loves popcorn stats.

    On the Wizards side, Otto Porter Jr. owners are rejoicing after a nice line, scoring 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting (including five threes) with six rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in 38 minutes. He has quietly been a buy low, but this game closes that window for a bit.

    CARIS LEVERT’S FAIRYTALE SEASON CONTINUES

    The Nets went in and took care of business over the Suns in a 104-82 blowout. Caris Levert was terrific again with a 26-5-1-1-1 line with three 3-pointers. He is a top-40 player so far on the season and can’t seize to put up flashy numbers. He should remain an upper-middle round player the rest of the season.

    Speaking of flashy numbers, another throwback Hoop Ball favorite over the years had a flashy night. With Tyson Chandler leaving the Suns for the Lakers, the Suns gave Hoop Ball darling Richaun Holmes 18 minutes and he completed his usual upside tease. Holmes was 6-for-7 from the field for 13 points with 10 boards, one steal and two blocks in 18 minutes. Sure, he could be fool’s gold once again, but at least put him on your radar in 16-team leagues until further notice.

    McCOLLUM HANGS 40 TO UPSET BUCKS

    The Bucks began the season 7-0 but have now dropped two of three, this time at the hands of the Blazers in a 118-103 blowout on Tuesday night. C.J. McCollum was the star of the night, going off for 40 points (17-for-26 FGs), five boards, six assists, four steals and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes. Before the game, he was a prime buy-low candidate. The window shut hard on Tuesday.

    Damian Lillard wasn’t asked to do as much with McCollum on fire, posting a 13-6-3-0-1 line. Never panic with a healthy Lillard.

    Giannis had an okay game, shoothing 11-for-18 from the field for 23 points with nine boards and six assists. He’ll wake up from the slumber party soon.

    That will do it for Wednesday’s Daily Dish. Be sure to follow me on Twitter, I’m @RiazD. Check me out on Fantasy NBA Tonight ($) where we recap Tuesday night games and answer any and all questions you have live!! Also, don’t forget to follow all of our breaking news and rumors @HoopBallFantasy. Happy Hump Day!!

Fantasy News

  • Davis Bertans - F - San Antonio Spurs

    Davis Bertans (concussion protocol) has been ruled out for Monday's game.

    Bertans was expected to miss this game after missing Sunday's game. There's currently no timetable for him. His absence opens up minutes for Dante Cunningham, who will continue to start. Jakob Poeltl will get more minutes of the bench as he tries to turn around the disastrous start he's had to his San Antonio career.

    Source: Tom Orsborn on Twitter

  • Pau Gasol - C/F - San Antonio Spurs

    Pau Gasol (foot) is out for Monday's contest.

    Gasol was expected to miss all of San Antonio's roadtrip and we have not gotten word on his timetable. Dante Cunningham will continue to start, while Jakob Poeltl will get extra looks off the bench. With Rudy Gay (rest) questionable, the Spurs frontcourt could be in for some heavy lifting against Anthony Davis and co.

    Source: Tom Orsborn on Twitter

  • Rudy Gay - F - San Antonio Spurs

    Rudy Gay (rest) is questionable for Monday's game vs. New Orleans.

    Gay is a must-own player right now. He's been providing consistent mid-late round value when on the court, but knowing Gregg Popovich, he will get a few games off for rest. Check his status closer to game-time.

    Source: Tom Orsborn on Twitter

  • Kris Dunn - G - Chicago Bulls

    According to coach Fred Hoiberg, Kris Dunn (sprained MCL) has started doing straight-ahead running and there's no change in his timetable.

    The original timetable was 4-to-6 weeks and today marks the fourth week since Dunn suffered the injury. The Bulls are not rushing any of their young players back from injury, so do not expect Dunn to return soon – he's still probably a few weeks away. Over the past two weeks, Shaq Harrison has played 20.0 minutes per game off the bench and has cracked the top-120 per game value, while Ryan Arcidiacano has been starting but is barely in the top-200. Those two are the only ones worth a look while Dunn is out.

    Source: Darnell Mayberry on Twitter

  • Dwyane Wade - G - Miami Heat

    Dwyane Wade will return "soon" according to coach Erik Spoelstra.

    Wade has been away after the birth of his daughter for just over a week, which was how long he was expected to miss. He is putting his family first during his last season in the association and no one can blame him for that. Once he returns, he will probably sap minutes from all the wing players, but Wayne Ellington is a candidate to lose the most.

    Source: David Furones on Twitter

  • Goran Dragic - G - Miami Heat

    Goran Dragic (right knee injury) had his knee drained Monday morning and the hope is for him to return next week.

    The Heat realized the injury needed to be taken care of for Dragic to fully heal. It was just fluid that was drained and they are hoping the inflammation dies down by next week. You can comfortably rule him out for three games before checking back on his status. Tyler Johnson is worth picking up as a streamer for the week while Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow should continue to see ball-handling duties as well.

    Source: Miami Heat on Twitter

  • Joakim Noah - C - Memphis Grizzlies

    According to Marc Stein, the Grizzlies have been in "extensive discussions" with free agent center Joakim Noah.

    After Tom Thibodeau had no interest in bringing in Noah, it was probably a sign that he was done, but it appears he may get another opportunity to prove himself. Noah was working on his jumpshot over the summer in an effort to adapt to the modern game. Noah has a lot of tred on the tires and would not be fantasy relevant on the Grizzlies, barring a Derrick Rose-esque comeback.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Dwight Howard - C - Washington Wizards

    Dwight Howard (aggravated gluteal soreness) missed practice on Monday.

    Howard's preseason injury that stretch into the regular season was a piriformis strain, which is a muscle in the rear. He apparently had trouble sitting down to put his socks on before Sunday's game and ended up leaving without returning. If he misses time, Ian Mahinmi likely starts at center. Jeff Green and Kelly Oubre would be the ones with increased fantasy value.

    Source: Washington Wizards on Twitter

  • Lauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen (elbow) will participate in non-contact portions of practice, according to coach Fred Hoiberg.

    Markkanen is slightly behind his original timetable, but the Bulls are rightfully being cautious with him. The reports from late last week were another week-or-two away from contact drills, then one week after that before returning to game action. If Markkanen is out there somehow he should be stashed at this point. He was a top-70 player in 9-cat as a rookie, but with Wendell Carter, Jabari Parker and healthy Zach LaVine, top-100 value going forward is a more reasonable projection.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • OG Anunoby - F - Toronto Raptors

    OG Anunoby (sprained wrist) is expected to play on Tuesday against Orlando.

    Anunoby missed Saturday's game, which a back-to-back, but that was all he was expected to miss. Expect him back Tuesday, which could steal a few minutes from Pascal Siakam. Anunoby is just a deep league option right now.

    Source: Ryan Wolstat