April 5, 2019, 12:48 am
Pickups of the Night: Thursday, April 4 ($)
There were only three games tonight and with the season winding down (or already over), there’s nothing but slim pickings remaining. If you’re in a league with a lot of streaming, you probably have a lot of turnover on the wire; you’ll most likely be able to find a higher-owned player that better fits your needs.
Nemanja Bjelica, SAC (28% owned) scored 10 points with a trey, two rebounds, two assists and a steal in 26 minutes. Bjelica has scored at least 10 points since he returned from an illness and has been providing marginal top-150 value over his last six games.
Ante Zizic, CLE (5%) started and got heavy run with both Kevin Love (left shoulder soreness) and Tristan Thompson (undisclosed) missing the game. Zizic had 14 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, a block and an unusual five turnovers. This was Love’s second straight missed game and if he’s shut down, Zizic will get an opportunity to grab some boards and whatever else he can cobble together.
Alex Caruso, LAL (15%) had nine points, a triple, six assists, five rebounds, a steal and three turnovers in 36 minutes as a starter. He came in with top-80 value in 9-cat over his last three.
Mike Muscala, LAL (1%) has also been a top-80 value over his last three games and had 11 points, three treys, six boards, two assists and a steal in 24 minutes. The Lakers are running on fumes now so whenever a blowout happens, Muscala gets more run.
Johnathan Williams, LAL (1%) double-doubled with 17 points, 13 rebounds, a steal and a block in 25 minutes. That’s the most burn he’s gotten since March 9 but Williams is capable of production if he can consistently get minutes in the 20s. He hasn’t so far but silly season is upon us.
Pat Connaughton, MIL (17%) had an off-game with four points, six rebounds, two assists and a turnover. He still played 31 minutes and has been a top-75 option over the last two weeks with 9.7 points, 1.6 threes, 7.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.9 turnovers.
With the Bucks locked in the No. 1 see out East coach Mike Budenholzer has been resting his starters, allowing George Hill (5%) to re-enter the fantasy matrix. All the starters played tonight but Eric Bledsoe was tossed after three minutes for chucking the rock (back) at Joel Embiid so Hill played 33 minutes and had 20 points, two 3s and five assists. Over the last three games he’s been averaging 20.0 points, 1.5 threes, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in over 28 minutes a game (top-60 in 9-cat). He had been playing fewer than 20 minutes per game since arriving in Milwaukee so there’s no telling how long he can last but if the team is going to continue resting key players, Hill has a chance to produce.
Mike Scott, PHI (2%) started as Tobias Harris shifted to small forward with Jimmy Butler (back tightness) sitting this one out. Scott got hot and hit 6-of-8 treys for 22 points, three rebounds, an assist and nothing else in 36 minutes. He’s a less-than-ideal option on most nights, and that’s even if he’s starting.
October 15, 2019, 1:30 amDamion LeeSG, Golden State Warriors
Damion Lee scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting with nine boards, two assists and three steals in Monday's preseason game against the Lakers.
Lee had a solid game and should find himself into some rotational minutes, but Jordan Poole (eight points, one rebound, three assists and two triples) is a more intriguing prospect while both are irrelevant in fantasy.
October 15, 2019, 1:04 amDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard double-doubled with 12 points and 13 rebounds to go with six assists, four steals and a block in Monday's 104-98 win over the Warriors.
He went 2-for-4 from the field and a solid 8-for-10 at the line. Howard outplayed JaVale McGee (11 points, one 3-pointer, five rebounds, one assist and three blocks) tonight and with DeMarcus Cousins (ACL) out for the season, we expect a timeshare at the center position. McGee is the more attractive option due to his high block rate, but Howard makes for a good rebounding specialist for fantasy owners.
October 15, 2019, 1:03 amZach NorvellPG, Los Angeles Lakers
Zach Norvell scored 22 points on 6-of-13 shooting with three triples, four rebounds, an assist and a steal in Monday's game against the Warriors.
Norvell looked great tonight, shooting without hesitation and scoring efficiently. It's still difficult to envision him playing consistent and meaningful minutes, but performances like tonight can't hurt.
October 15, 2019, 1:03 amMarquese ChrissPF, Golden State Warriors
Marquese Chriss scored 14 points with 11 rebounds, four assists, a steal and three blocks in Monday's game against the Lakers.
Warriors players and coaches have been voicing their admiration for Chriss and his game this preseason and it actually looks like he has a solid chance to make the final roster. There are still plenty of things getting in the way of Chriss being a strong fantasy asset and we've seen this hype train plenty of times so for now he's a guy to watch.
October 15, 2019, 1:02 amStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
Steph Curry scored 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting with three 3-pointers, a rebound, three assists, two steals and two blocks in Monday's preseason game against the Lakers.
Curry didn't shoot the ball well, but we're not worried at all about him. He dropped 40 points a few nights ago and the Warriors are going to let their MVP run wild this year.
October 15, 2019, 12:31 amFrank KaminskyPF, Phoenix Suns
Frank Kaminsky led the Suns in scoring with 22 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go with two triples, six boards, three assists and a block in Monday's 102-107 loss to the Nuggets.
Kaminsky won't beat out Deandre Ayton (14 points, four rebounds, one assist and a block) but if the Suns are willing to play him at power forward, he might be a fringe standard-league guy.
October 15, 2019, 12:31 amKelly Oubre Jr.SF, Phoenix Suns
Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 11 points on 3-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block on Monday.
Oubre Jr. went 3-for-11 from the field but 5-for-6 at the line. He's not going to be an efficient shooter from the field, but he gets to the line frequently and puts up counting stats which makes him an appealing fantasy option.
October 15, 2019, 12:31 amMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. scored 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting with five rebounds, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer against the Suns on Monday.
Porter Jr. looks great out there and right now the only real fear is whether or not he can stay healthy. Nuggets fans have waited a while, but Porter has looked fluid and athletic during the preseason as a forward that can do a little bit of everything. He's definitely someone you'll want to watch closely.
October 15, 2019, 12:30 amJamal MurrayPG, Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray scored 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting with eight rebounds, six assists and two triples in Monday's game against the Suns.
Murray is the clear No. 2 guy in Denver behind Nikola Jokic (four points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block) and leads a high powered Nuggets offense which has given him a clear green light. Gary Harris (18 points, two triples, two rebounds, two assists and a steal) is going to have to battle his way into production as the Nuggets have plenty of guards that can play.
October 15, 2019, 12:30 amJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant scored 22 points on 6-of-8 shooting with two triples, two rebounds and three steals in Monday's preseason game against the Suns.
Grant got the starting nod with Paul Millsap (DNP-CD) sitting out and should contribute solid minutes to a deep Nuggets team. There's too much depth on the team for him to make a fantasy dent like he did last year, but if Millsap misses time. Grant should post standard-league value as a fill-in.