September 18, 2019, 12:21 pm
The third in four installments! Dan Besbris and Brandon Marcus knock out the 51-75 range on Yahoo’s current default rankings, and once again the theme of the day is … old guys falling off a cliff! Plus, a contest winner is announced, and Hoop Ball Leagues are almost full.
October 16, 2019, 11:46 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
RJ Barrett had a rough shooting night in the Knicks' 96-100 loss to the Hawks finishing with 12 points (4-of-14 shooting), seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block in 39 minutes.
Barrett has continues his streak of playing heavy starters minutes and at this point, it's starting to look like Fizdale is just going to let him do whatever he wants. This is Fiz we're talking about though, so consistant rotation decisions aren't exactly on brand with this administration. Still, it can't be ignored that Barrett is averaging 37.7 minutes per game so far. He'll murder your percentages, but is likely to end up on some rosters with big counting stat lines like these.
October 16, 2019, 11:40 pmJulius RandlePF, New York Knicks
Julius Randle lead the scoring charge for the Knicks in their loss to Atlanta on Wednesday, finishing with 20 points, eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks.
Randle has proven himself to be the most reliable player on New York's roster and it doesn't seem to be particularly close. He's as safe a bet to produce where he's being taken in drafts as any player on the Knicks' roster.
October 16, 2019, 11:36 pmDe'Andre HunterSF, Atlanta Hawks
De'Andre Hunter was productive in Wednesday's win over the Knicks, scoring 15 points to go with two rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers.
Regarded as more of a defensive stopper than producer on offense, Hunter has shown a more developed offensive game than people have given him credit for so far through the preseason. Chances are he doesn't end up averaging over 10 points, but his play through the preseason suggests there is potential for him to. He's a fin flier pick at the end of your draft.
October 16, 2019, 11:29 pmAlex LenC, Atlanta Hawks
Alex Len went scoreless in the Hawks' 100-96 win over the Knicks, posting nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal in 23 minutes.
Len managed to somewhat salvage this line with the defensive stats and handful of assists, but the 0-7 shooting night from a starting center is still a tough pill to swallow. He's usually better than this as a scorer, and should still hold low-end fantasy value towards the end of your draft.
October 16, 2019, 11:24 pmJohn CollinsPF, Atlanta Hawks
John Collins struggled with his shot in an otherwse productive game in Wednesday's win over the Knicks, fiishing with 12 points (5-of-13 shooting), 14 rebounds, two assists and a steal in 30 minutes.
Collins hasn't shot the ball all that well so far in the preseason, part of which is due to spotty 3-point shooting (3-of-12 through four games). Most NBA players are taking advantage of the exhibition games to launch 3's at will, so this volume of poor shooting from deep shouldn't follow him too much heading into the regular season.
October 16, 2019, 11:17 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young was up to his old tricks on Wednesday, finishing with 23 points (7-of-19 from the field, 8-of-10 from the line), nine assists, a steal, a block, a 3-pointer and no turnovers in 35 minutes of action.
Its worth noting that the Hawks want to get Young up to 35 minutes per game this season, making this line a very attainable benchmark for him to hit on a night-to-night basis. There likely won't be too many games where he has zero turnovers, but it's nice to see after his rough stretch holding onto the ball to start the preseason.
October 16, 2019, 11:13 pmDarius BazleyPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Darius Bazley played a team-high 31 minutes in Wednesday's 119-124 preseason loss to the Grizzlies, posting seven points, nine rebounds, six assists and a steal.
Bazley shot 2-of-8 but the playing time is worth noting considering the Thunder's depth, or lack thereof, on the wings. The rookie remains a bit of an enigma considering he opted to train privately and work at an internship with New Balance, but he certainly looks like a potential contributor. Deep-league managers should remember the name.
October 16, 2019, 11:10 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside has been diagnosed with a left ankle sprain and will not return to the Blazers' game against the Jazz.
The second injury of the night for Whiteside proved to be too much to play through, and he will likely be reevaluated in the next couple of days. There is mild cause for concern considering that he was already dealing with a sprain to this ankle. If he misses extended time, Zach Collins will soak up a ton of minutes in the middle while Mario Hezonja and Skal Labissiere could see extended run as well. Whiteside finished his night with 11 rebounds and five points in 16 minutes.
Source: Portland Trail Blazers PR
October 16, 2019, 11:09 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put up 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and a block in Wednesday's preseason loss to the Grizzlies.
Gilgeous-Alexander will share the backcourt with Chris Paul, at least at the start of the season, but figures to take on a larger role over the course of the year. He's gaining steam in fantasy leagues and as his ADP rises there's less room for profit, but we're down with SGA as a middle-round selection with upside.
October 16, 2019, 11:03 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook just couldn't get it going in Wednesday's loss to San Antonio, scoring 14 points (5-of-13 shooting from the field, 1-4 from the line) to go with four assists, four rebounds and eight turnovers.
Ouch. Westbrook's bad games look a lot worse when his volume scoring and playmaking is taken away, which is exactly what James Harden did tonight. He's a confounding player for fantasy managers to consider around the second round where he is being taken. No, he won't be this bad every night, but when he is, you will not have a good time.