• 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

  • Stephen Curry - G - Golden State Warriors

    Steph Curry dropped 41 points on nine 3-pointers in a 147-140 win over the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Curry is having an MVP-caliber season if not for James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo. He became the first player in NBA history to hit eight or more threes in three straight games. He hit seven 3-pointers in the third quarter alone. Klay Thompson put up 19 points with seven rebounds on 7-of-17 shooting.

  • Lou Williams - G - Los Angeles Clippers

    Lou Williams put up 23 points with six rebounds and six assists on 11-of-18 shooting in a loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.

    He was easily the best player for the Clippers in this game and has provided late-round value this season after a career year last season. He should still be owned in all formats as he provides great value in points, assists and free-throw percentage. Avery Bradley was the only other Clippers' player to have a good performance in this one as he had 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

  • Montrezl Harrell - F/C - Los Angeles Clippers

    Montrezl Harrell contributed 11 points with seven rebounds and four defensive stats in a loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.

    He has been a pleasant surprise this season and is boasting middle-round value despite coming off the bench. He had five fouls in his 26 minutes of action and Marcin Gortat had four fouls in 15 minutes as Rudy Gobert was driving the Clippers' big men mad all night long.

  • Danilo Gallinari - F - Los Angeles Clippers

    Danilo Gallinari shot 3-of-14 from the field to go for nine points with four rebounds in a loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Gallinari has been an early-round value this season, so chalk this performance up as a fluke. Tobias Harris, who is right next to Gallinari as an early-round guy, also had a less than stellar performance in this one with 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Both of these guys should bounce back next game and return to playing at a high level.

  • Anthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans

    Anthony Davis went for 30 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, a steal, three blocks and a 3-pointer on Wednesday night but the Pelicans fell to the Warriors.

    New Orleans was up by as many as 17 in the second half before Stephen Curry decided that playtime was over. AD was a bit off with an 11-of-26 mark from the field but obviously the counting stats were there. He'll remain fantasy's top player whenever he takes the floor, despite a miraculous charge from James Harden lately.

  • Nikola Mirotic - F - New Orleans Pelicans

    Nikola Mirotic looked like his old self in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors, popping off for 29 points on 9-of-14 from the field to go with five rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and six 3-pointers in 29 minutes of action.

    Mirotic probably had fantasy owners sweating after a 17-minute dud on Monday but everyone should be back on board tonight. The buy-low window is probably closed after this excellent performance so hopefully you were able to get him before this outburst. Mirotic will have a shot at early-round numbers from here on out.

  • Jae Crowder - F - Utah Jazz

    Jae Crowder put up 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting with five threes and three defensive stats in a big win over the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Crowder is going to have his ups and downs, but he is ultimately their sixth man and will need to play well for them to make it to the playoffs. He is currently outside the top-150 value right now and is merely a 3-point specialist in deep leagues.

  • Elfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans

    Elfrid Payton finished Wednesday's loss with seven points, five rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, a 3-pointer and a 3-for-10 shooting line.

    Payton also missed his only free throw and committed four turnovers, but this type of multi-cat line should drive him into the top-100 by season's end. You might be able to buy low in hopes that his minutes edge up above 30 going forward but he's not too far off the mark as is.

  • Julius Randle - F - New Orleans Pelicans

    Julius Randle had issues with foul trouble on Wednesday, which limited him to 23 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three triples in 22 minutes.

    Randle did well whenever he was on the court, hitting 6-of-8 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line, but availability was the big issue tonight. Niko Mirotic was also excellent tonight, which likely played a part. The line itself was fine but if you were wondering about the minutes, there you go.

  • Rudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert put up a monster game on Wednesday as he had 23 points with 22 rebounds and four blocks in a 129-109 win over the Clippers.

    He shot 7-of-10 form the field and went 9-of-10 from the line. The Jazz are on fire and it is due in large part to the stellar play of Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. Both guys are top-20 over the past two weeks and Gobert is actually top-20 for the entire season.