January 17, 2019, 1:35 amMontrezl Harrell - F/C - Los Angeles Clippers
Montrezl Harrell contributed 11 points with seven rebounds and four defensive stats in a loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.
He has been a pleasant surprise this season and is boasting middle-round value despite coming off the bench. He had five fouls in his 26 minutes of action and Marcin Gortat had four fouls in 15 minutes as Rudy Gobert was driving the Clippers' big men mad all night long.
January 17, 2019, 1:25 amDanilo Gallinari - F - Los Angeles Clippers
Danilo Gallinari shot 3-of-14 from the field to go for nine points with four rebounds in a loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.
Gallinari has been an early-round value this season, so chalk this performance up as a fluke. Tobias Harris, who is right next to Gallinari as an early-round guy, also had a less than stellar performance in this one with 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Both of these guys should bounce back next game and return to playing at a high level.
January 17, 2019, 1:21 amAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis went for 30 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, a steal, three blocks and a 3-pointer on Wednesday night but the Pelicans fell to the Warriors.
New Orleans was up by as many as 17 in the second half before Stephen Curry decided that playtime was over. AD was a bit off with an 11-of-26 mark from the field but obviously the counting stats were there. He'll remain fantasy's top player whenever he takes the floor, despite a miraculous charge from James Harden lately.
January 17, 2019, 1:18 amNikola Mirotic - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Nikola Mirotic looked like his old self in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors, popping off for 29 points on 9-of-14 from the field to go with five rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and six 3-pointers in 29 minutes of action.
Mirotic probably had fantasy owners sweating after a 17-minute dud on Monday but everyone should be back on board tonight. The buy-low window is probably closed after this excellent performance so hopefully you were able to get him before this outburst. Mirotic will have a shot at early-round numbers from here on out.
January 17, 2019, 1:15 amJae Crowder - F - Utah Jazz
Jae Crowder put up 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting with five threes and three defensive stats in a big win over the Clippers on Wednesday.
Crowder is going to have his ups and downs, but he is ultimately their sixth man and will need to play well for them to make it to the playoffs. He is currently outside the top-150 value right now and is merely a 3-point specialist in deep leagues.
January 17, 2019, 1:15 amElfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Elfrid Payton finished Wednesday's loss with seven points, five rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, a 3-pointer and a 3-for-10 shooting line.
Payton also missed his only free throw and committed four turnovers, but this type of multi-cat line should drive him into the top-100 by season's end. You might be able to buy low in hopes that his minutes edge up above 30 going forward but he's not too far off the mark as is.
January 17, 2019, 1:13 amJulius Randle - F - New Orleans Pelicans
Julius Randle had issues with foul trouble on Wednesday, which limited him to 23 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three triples in 22 minutes.
Randle did well whenever he was on the court, hitting 6-of-8 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line, but availability was the big issue tonight. Niko Mirotic was also excellent tonight, which likely played a part. The line itself was fine but if you were wondering about the minutes, there you go.
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.