January 13, 2019, 1:18 pm
Christian Villere is joined by Sacramento Kings Beat Blogger for Hoop Ball, Jon Schifferle.
The fellas get into the newfound activity level for Willie Cauley-Stein. Jon and Christian each have a hot take on it. Then they get into what the rebounding picture has looked like for the Kings, and the difference in De’Aaron Fox’s shot distribution.
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January 17, 2019, 1:09 amRudy 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.
January 17, 2019, 1:00 amDonovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell put up 28 points on 10-of-22 shooting with six assists and three steals in a win over the Clippers on Wednesday.
Mitchell had a shaky start to the season, but he still holds top-70 value and is steadily rising as he is inside the top-20 over the past two weeks. He has the potential to be an early-round guy, so fantasy owners should could only hope that this hot streak lasts for the rest of the season.
January 17, 2019, 12:58 amJusuf Nurkic - C - Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic triple-doubled while taking only six shots in Wednesday's 129-112 dismantling of the Cavs, posting 10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and five blocks in 28 minutes of action.
It's Nurk's first career triple-double and the first one compiled by a Blazer since Nic Batum way back in 2014. The big man has been absolutely rolling of late, as weird blip on Monday aside, and looks poised to surpass his lofty ADP. He's posting numbers right on line with his previous career-bests in most categories while also shattering his personal high mark from the free throw line, hitting at .741 despite being a .642 career free throw shooter. Let the good times roll.
Source: Jason Quick on Twitter
January 17, 2019, 12:54 amDamian Lillard - G - Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard, initially questionable to play, showed no signs of a right hand strain in Wednesday's win with 33 points, six assists and four triples on 11-of-19 from the field.
The Blazers could've opted to give Dame the night off against the lowly Cavs but he was only out for light work in his 32 minutes anyway. He predictably cooked an awful team and while the nights won't always be this easy, there's never much reason to worry about Lillard. C.J. McCollum added 19 points and a pair of triples.
January 17, 2019, 12:51 amMaxi Kleber - F - Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber put up seven points with two 3-pointers, four steals and one block in a loss to the Spurs on Wednesday.
He has stream potential while he is starting and could have an increase in value if Dennis Smith Jr. is ultimately traded. He has been a top-80 player over the past two weeks and worth an add if he is available in your league.
January 17, 2019, 12:50 amJake Layman - F - Trail Blazers
Jake Layman cooked the Cavs for 18 points on 8-of-11 from the field in Wednesday's win, adding three rebounds, three assists, a block and two 3-pointers in a start at small forward.
Layman might hold the job for a while considering how long Moe Harkless (sore left knee) will likely need to ramp back up to a full workload following his latest absence. It's enough to make Layman an understandable option in 20-team leagues but he's still not a recommended add. We'll revisit if he can follow this up against an NBA-caliber team.
January 17, 2019, 12:48 amRodney Hood - G - Cleveland Cavaliers
Rodney Hood posted 20 points on 7-of-15 from the field on Wednesday night as the Cavs fell in Portland.
Hood added four rebounds and two assists to fill out his hollow line, though he did hit all six free throws. He's dealt with Achilles issues lately and was still on a bit of a minutes limit tonight but at least he was able to stay productive. Alec Burks was less fortunate with seven points in 24 minutes. This is a deep-league situation when both are healthy.
January 17, 2019, 12:47 amHarrison Barnes - F - Dallas Mavericks
Harrison Barnes put up 11 points with eight rebounds on 4-of-18 shooting in a loss to the Spurs on Wednesday.
Although he is putting up solid middle-round value on the season, he has clearly taken a backseat to Luka Doncic. A performance this bad from Barnes is a fluke so do not look too much into it and he should bounce back next game.
January 17, 2019, 12:46 amJordan Clarkson - G - Cleveland Cavaliers
Jordan Clarkson scored a team-high 22 points in Wednesday's loss to the Blazers, hitting 9-of-17 from the field with a pair of triples.
Clarkson made no other contributions to the box score aside from three assists, but he has become a dependable scorer. It's a weird state of affairs when Jordan Clarkson is a team's most dependable fantasy asset, but he just doesn't seem to feel the squeeze when Cleveland gets blow out. He should be in all lineups in all leagues.
January 17, 2019, 12:43 amAnte Zizic - C - Cleveland Cavaliers
Ante Zizic finished Wednesday's blowout loss with 16 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in 27 minutes.
The Cavs got smoked, as you would expect, so garbage time ruled the day. Tristan Thompson played only 21 minutes with four points and eight rebounds while Jaron Blossomgame joined Zizic in the fun with eight points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Thompson remains the only guy to look for in most fantasy leagues but the blowout risk is a very real concern. Zizic is worth a shot in 20-team leagues while Larry Nance (sprained MCL) is out.