• Welcome to Wednesday’s Daily Dish!  Today a whopping 14 games were played which can create lineup decision headaches but also give us some clarity about fantasy rosters going forward.  Before you pop that turkey into the oven, let’s dive right into the action.

     

    Adds of the Night

    Kelly Olynyk, C, Miami Heat – 24 minutes, 19 points, six rebounds, one assist, two 3-pointers, 7-of-10 FG

    At 40% Yahoo ownership, Olynyk may not be available in your league.  If he is, the big man from Gonzaga is making a case to be added. In just 24 minutes, he put up 19 points and six rebounds even though Justise Winslow got back in uniform.  This performance came after his whopping 16 rebounds on Monday. Olynyk has at least one 3-pointer in 11 straight, as well.

    Garrett Temple, G, Brooklyn Nets – 31 minutes, 22 points, two rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, six 3-pointers, 8-of-14 FG

    Temple is owned in 6% of Yahoo leagues as of this writing, which makes him an excellent option for deep leaguers.  His 22 points didn’t totally come out of nowhere as he scored 18 last Friday, so it’s nice to see him develop some consistency over the last couple of weeks.  Kyrie Irving will cut into his value when he returns, but feel free to stream Temple if you need long distance shooting.

     

    Drop Zone

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

    Ivica Zubac

    Even with Kawhi Leonard on the shelf, Zubac only played for 16 minutes and he hasn’t cracked 20 minutes of court time since November 20 against Boston.  Scoring 10 points on Wednesday wasn’t bad in that amount of time, but the frontcourt is just too crowded for him to make a consistent impact under Doc Rivers.  Nevertheless, Zubac still has 36% ownership in Yahoo leagues.

     

    Mikal Bridges

    Bridges is still 40% owned in Yahoo, but he has really fallen out of favor with Suns head coach Monty Williams of late.  Against the Wizards he played 12 minutes, managing just a single rebound and one blocked shot. On Sunday, Bridges was only allowed onto the court for 16 minutes.  Over his two appearances coming into Wednesday, Bridges totaled a paltry eight points, six rebounds, and three assists. Only his ability to generate steals might give me pause before releasing him, but 40% Yahoo ownership seems high at this stage.

    Injury Report

    Justise Winslow returned from concussion issues to play 34 minutes against the Rockets.

    Khris Middleton played 20 minutes in his return from a quad injury.

    Trae Young played 35 minutes despite dealing with a right ankle issue.

    Kevin Knox was listed as probable with a contused left quad and only got into the game for 12 minutes.

    Frank Ntilikina was considered questionable on Tuesday due to groin and quad ailments but managed 22 minutes of play.

    RJ Barrett overcame an illness to play 31 minutes in Toronto.

    Draymond Green was able to play despite his heel injury.

    Daniel Theis had been ill but got the start and played 27 minutes.

    Kemba Walker’s neck injury didn’t stop him from scoring 39 points in 31 minutes.

    Rodney McGruder played 23 minutes before leaving for the night with a leg injury.

    Tony Snell finally got back into action for 20 minutes after nursing a left hip flexor strain.

    Kevin Love had been dealing with a back contusion but played 24 minutes.

    Cameron Johnson’s right knee soreness didn’t prohibit him from scoring 17 points in 32 minutes.

    Anthony Davis hurt his right elbow against the Pelicans but stayed in the game and helped clinch the win with a key steal.

    Josh Hart was coping with left knee and left ankle injuries but played 25 minutes.

    Kyle Anderson missed facing the Clippers with a sore right heel.

    Jimmy Butler’s illness stopped him from playing against the Rockets.

    Josh Okogie had a sore right knee and still played 25 minutes.

    Ja Morant’s sore back made him a game-time call, but he got in 34 minutes of action.

    George Hill was listed as doubtful with a sore back and was held out.

    Rudy Gobert had a double-double after returning from a left ankle sprain.

    Luke Kornet returned for 10 minutes after an eight-game absence with sinus issues.

    C.J. Miles will be sidelined for the rest of the Wizards’ road trip with a left wrist ligament injury.

    Clint Capela’s illness prevented him from matching up with the Heat.

    Malik Monk’s sprained left pinky finger didn’t stop him from 17 minutes of play.

    Cody Zeller was probable with a left hip contusion but still missed the game.

    DeAndre Jordan missed another game with left ankle soreness.

    Cam Reddish played through a left wrist sprain for 22 minutes.

    DeAndre’ Bembry was considered probable with a right hip contusion and played 22 minutes.

    Derrick Favors had missed time with a left ankle sprain, but on Wednesday he did not play for personal reasons.

    Ricky Rubio was suffering from back spasms but played 25 minutes.

    Lonzo Ball wasn’t able to face his former team in the Lakers due to illness.

    Kawhi Leonard was rested to manage his left knee soreness.

    A Real Herro

    This season, the limelight is squarely focused on the first few rookies selected in the draft.  Sure, Ja Morant is a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate and RJ Barrett is getting all the minutes he can handle at Madison Square Garden.  It’s easy to neglect Tyler Herro, the 13th overall pick out of Kentucky.  Herro led the Heat in scoring on Wednesday, and while Miami fell to the Rockets he added another solid game to his resume.  Perhaps the top highlight occurred when he got fouled by Gary Clark and threw up a desperation attempt that somehow turned into a 3-point opportunity. He came in averaging three triples per night over his last four games and matched that during the game in Houston.  Herro added 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals.  Herro did commit five turnovers, but that’s significantly more than his average.  He is really growing into a nice role, especially considering that he was drafted 139th on average in Yahoo leagues.

     

    Pascal’s Triangle

    The Knicks are far from the league’s top defense, but Pascal Siakam stayed scorching hot thanks in part to five made 3-pointers.  He has scored 25 or more points in three straight, including 34 on Saturday against the Hawks and 31 tonight. He only needed 30 minutes in his latest performance thanks to a 126-98 final score in contrast to the 40 minutes for which he was deployed in each of the prior two contests.  Siakam has shot 54.2 percent from the floor and 83.3 percent from the foul line over the last trio of games, not to mention 11 total made threes. Last season’s Most Improved Player has managed to play much better yet again this season. Tonight snapped an eight-game streak with at least one block, and his steals streak has reached seven.  Add season averages of 8.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists and you have a pretty complete equation.

     

Fantasy News

  • Dennis Schroder
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Dennis Schroder knocked in four threes on Saturday on his way to scoring 22 points with five rebounds and four assists.

    Schroder is just outside the top-120 on the season but is trending up over the past two weeks, averaging 21.0 points, 1.9 assists and 2.4 threes on .509 shooting from the floor. That's good for top-50 value over that stretch. Schroder's shooting will cool down and he will probably settle in around the top-100, but he is a strong hold in standard leagues and has upside if Chris Paul is traded or rests later in the season.

  • Will Barton
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    Will Barton was his old reliable, thrilling self on Saturday as he posted 18 points (7-of-14 shooting) with six rebounds, one assist, one 3-pointer and two steals.

    Barton has been the Nuggets' pillar of stability when it comes to the arena of fantasy basketball. He's as steady as they come and is locked in to flirt with top-50 value while sporting a top-75 floor all season long.

  • Steven Adams
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Steven Adams double-doubled with 18 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in 31 minutes on Saturday.

    Adams is on a roll over his past seven games, averaging 15.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks while shooting .683 from the field. That's good for top-20 value over that stretch. Owners should try to sell high on Adams as the block numbers are unsustainable and his ROS outlook is murky with the possibility of being traded. Its hard to imagine him going to a better situation than OKC.

  • Nikola Jokic
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokic was fantastic in Saturday's 110-102 win over the Thunder, triple-doubling for 28 points on 11-of-14 shooting with 14 rebounds, 12 assists, three treys and one steal.

    Jokic is trending up and fast. His buy-low window was shut with extreme prejudice with this favorable-matchup performance. He's ramping up closer to the top-15 zone of last season with each passing game.

  • Jerami Grant
    SF, Denver Nuggets

    Jerami Grant started for Paul Millsap (right quadriceps strain) on Saturday and delivered as expected with 13 points (4-of-8 shooting), four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 32 minutes.

    It was just a matter of time until this scenario emerged and now here we are. Grant is a must-grab guy, while Millsap is sidelined. He's able to give your fantasy team a dazzling 1-1-1 production with other solid counting stats on a nightly basis.

  • Abdel Nader
    SF, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Abdel Nader started on Saturday and scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go with two assists and one three in 26 minutes.

    Nader is coming off of a 15 point and five threes performance on Wednesday and can be a streamer for threes while Terrence Ferguson is out of the lineup. Nader doesn't have much appeal though and there are probably better streaming options in standard-leagues.

  • Ben McLemore
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Ben McLemore scored 13 points with three steals and one 3-pointer in a start on Saturday.

    McLemore started for Russell Westbrook (rest) but was unable to do much with the opportunity. McLemore has been hot lately but will probably regress soon, especially when Eric Gordon returns. He can continue to be started until he goes cold, then he will return to being a 3-point streamer only.

  • Austin Rivers
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Austin Rivers scored 14 points with five assists in 28 minutes off the bench on Saturday.

    Russell Westbrook (rest) sat out of this one opening more ball handling opportunities for Rivers. Rivers can be used as a streamer when Harden or Westbrook are out, but he should return to the waiver wire when the Rockets are at full strength.

  • Chris Clemons
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Chris Clemons shot 5-of-11 from deep on his way to scoring 17 points in 16 minutes on Saturday.

    Clemons isn't afraid to shoot when given the minutes and added two steals and one block in this game. Clemons can be left on waiver wires and is too unpredictable to deploy as a streamer.

  • Markieff Morris
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Markieff Morris just missed a double-double on Saturday with 15 points, eight rebounds and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes off the bench.

    The Pistons needed scoring badly with Andre Drummond (eye) out and Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) exiting early. Morris should see a boost if Griffin misses time, but he is outside the top-150 on the season and has limited upside. He can be left on waiver wires.