• Pickups of the Night: Thursday, December 6 ($)

    There were only three games on Thursday, all blowouts despite Rudy Gobert getting tossed after three minutes. He picked up his second personal foul on a James Harden flop (what else), blew his cool while heading to the bench and was promptly ejected. The Rockets still had nothing for the Jazz as their disappointing season continues.

    Pickups

    Nene, HOU (0% owned) and Michael Carter Williams (0%) had 11 points and 13 points respectively and you can ignore this blowout special.

    Dante Exum, UTA (1% owned) scored 14 points (no 3s) on 6-of-10 from the field and 3-of-6 from the line and added five dimes, two steals and three turnovers in 22 minutes and this was another blowout special as Exum hadn’t scored in double-figures in 10 games and hasn’t cracked the top-300 in 9-cat this season.

    Richaun Holmes, PHO (23%) was already snatched up in many competitive leagues and had owners feeling very happy with the news that he’d start tonight. Unfortunately, Deandre Ayton subbed in after three minutes, so Holmes only ended up with nine points and four rebounds in a typical 21 minutes. Holmes has been a standard league play over the last two weeks in about 20 minutes a game, but it’ll take more run for him to really break out.

    Josh Jackson, PHO (37%) scored 14 points (no 3s) and added seven rebounds, three assists and three steals but as usual, his efficiency was bad: 6-for-14 from the floor, 2-of-3 from the line and four turnovers. It’s that awful efficiency that keeps his value outside the top-300 on the season, but he has moved into top-280/175 in 9/8-cat over the last week with increased counting stats.

    Elie Okobo, PHO (8%) had a decent game with 11 points (one 3), five boards, a steal and a block in 28 minutes but did little to separate himself from De’Anthony Melton (10%) who had seven points (no 3s), five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 26 minutes. They’ll probably continue to go through their rookie growing pains and are fringe guys in standard leagues who are better suited for deeper formats value-wise. We’ll have to see if either can get some distance over the other.

    Troy Daniels, PHO (1%) scored 15 points with two 3s and he’s been averaging 11.3 points and 2.8 threes over the last week, mostly with no Devin Booker (hamstring). He’s a deep-league streaming option until Booker gets back.

    Jake Layman, POR (0%) was benched for Mo Harkless and poured in a career-high 24 points with three treys, seven boards and two steals in 26 minutes. He hasn’t had more than 11 points this season, so it looks like a case of him getting hot after a benching vs. a putrid Suns squad. He can be left on the wire.

    Zach Collins, POR (12%) also played 26 minutes off the bench including extra run in garbage time and scored 10 points (no 3s) to go with five boards, a steal and a block. He’s been hovering around the top-200 in 9-cat lately so is really more useful for roto leagues that are at least 16 or maybe even 18-deep.

    Terry Rozier, BOS (44%) had 11 points (three 3s), seven boards, four assists, two steal and a block in 24 minutes. The minutes were a little higher than usual as the game was a blowout and the Knicks are horrible defensively which allowed Rozier to take advantage. It’s surprising his ownership is so high as he’s largely a high-upside hand-cuff in case of a Kyrie Irving injury. With barely top-200 9-cat value on the season, there are better options for even 14-deep.

    Jaylen Brown, BOS (50%) returned from a tailbone injury and scored 21 points (no 3s) to go with three rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes off the bench. He had previously been starting but has 9-cat value outside the top-250 on the season due to severe flaws in his fantasy game. He probably shouldn’t be used in a standard 9-cat leagues.

    Noah Vonleh, NYK (47%) has less ownership than Brown but  is not available in competitive 12-team leagues. He got 12 points, one trey, 10 boards and two steals in 34 minutes and has top-100 9-cat value on the season. He’s been even better over the last two week and should be owned as long as he’s starting.

    Emmanuel Mudiay, NYK (28%) started and had 17 points, two triples and six assists and again, Frank Ntilikina didn’t play one second. Trey Burke (knee) is still out which makes Mudiay a decent stream for points and assists as long as he’s the only point guard playing. Everything with the Knicks is dependent on the whim of coach Fizdale so we’re not expecting him to have consistent season-long value.

    Kevin Knox, NYK (28%) managed 11 points, two 3s and four rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench and his lack of efficiency and defensive stats leaves him off the radar for 12-14 team leagues.

    Mitchell Robinson, NYK (19%) had two more blocks to go with eight rebounds (his second highest total on the season) and seven points in 20 minutes. Most importantly he didn’t foul out which is the biggest impediment to his value. He’s a high-quality stash or blocks specialist in 14-team leagues. His top-150 value on the season means he usable in deeper roto formats.

     

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