Buy Low

  • Tristan Thompson returns to starting role, goes for 10 & 10

    Tristan Thompson was inserted back into the Cavs’ starting lineup on Friday night and responded with 10 points, 10 rebounds, an assist and a steal in their win over the Pacers.

    Thompson’s 31 minutes are the most he’s logged this season as he returned to the starting lineup. This was just Thompson’s second double-double of the season. If he’s looking at more time on the floor, he is certainly worth an add in 16 team leagues and could prove to have value in shallower leagues than that. His value is dependent on his rebounding and his minutes so keep an eye on that.

  • John Collins expands his range in loss to Hornets

    John Collins hit multiple 3-pointers for the first time in his career during the Hawks’ Friday night loss to the Hornets, totaling 10 points, nine rebounds, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Collins has been such a reliable rebounder in his rookie season along with showing real shot-blocking skills and the ability to finish efficiently around the rim. But a deep ball? No, hasn’t really been Collins’ style to this point. Entering tonight’s game with the Hornets, Collins had hit two career 3-pointers. Tonight, he decided to go ahead and double that number, hitting a perfect 2-for-2 from beyond the arc. This is a fun development and an interesting wrinkle in Collins’ fantasy value and you should expect more of this 3-point experimentation. Through his first 31 games, Collins shot 0-for-2 from long range. In his last 11 games, he’s 4-for-11.

  • Marvin Williams sinks three treys in win

    Marvin Williams found his stroke on Friday night with 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in the Hornets’ win over the Hawks.

    This makes six out of the last eight games that Williams has hit three or more triples in a game. His 3-point volume is peaking for the season and now is the perfect time to make a move on Williams. It helps that Marvin is picking up his work on the glass this week too. Williams has 21 rebounds in his last two games.

  • Wesley Matthews gets loose for 29 in loss to Rockets

    Wesley Matthews kept the Mavs in the game on Wednesday night with 29 points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and seven 3-pointers but they ultimately fell to the Rockets, 104-97.

    This was Matthews’ finest statistical effort of the season, adding stats to excellent shooting. His 3-point volume has been a sight to see of late with 19 makes in his last five games. But it’s Matthews’ steals that have him creeping toward top-100 territory. Wes has seven steals in the last four games and has grabbed at least one in eight of the Mavs’ last nine games. Because he’s 31 with a bad injury history and the fact that he plays for a bad team, Matthews naturally doesn’t have a ton of hype but he could be a perfect trade target as we get closer to fantasy crunch time.

  • Marvin Williams goes for 14 & 14 in loss to Pelicans

    Marvin Williams had a nice night against the Pelicans on Wednesday night with 14 points, 14 rebounds, one steal, one block and a 3-pointer in the Hornets’ 101-96 loss.

    In this week’s Week Ahead, we told you to go get Marvin Williams with the idea that he was earning a certificate in 3-point specialty. He hit only one tonight, just the second time he’s made less than three in the last seven games. He more than made up for that with excellent rebounding and rare defensive stats. Despite his 1-for-5 shooting night from long range, his volume is up and tonight shows he’s playing well everywhere. If he’s available, add Williams.

  • Bobby Portis has nice night while Bulls get throttled

    Bobby Portis was a bright spot for the Bulls on Wednesday night, going for 22 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, three steals and a 3-pointer in their loss to the Sixers.

    Portis has been scoring well lately while never quite eclipsing the 20-minute mark. Tonight, he got 25 minutes and led the team in scoring. When there’s more opportunity, Portis has done a good job of taking advantage this season. In the six games Portis has played 25 minutes or more, he’s averaging 19.8 points and 8.8 rebounds. This should excite those Portis owners that think Nikola Mirotic will be dealt before the deadline. If he is, that’s a small sample size of what Portis can do with extra minutes. He even outplayed Mirotic tonight as Niko finished with 15 points and three rebounds on a rough 5-of-15 shooting night.

  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot continues to make use of starting role

    Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot totaled 12 points on four 3-pointers with three rebounds, two assists and a steal in the Sixers’ easy win over the Bulls.

    Luwawu-Cabarrot is lighting it up from deep since being placed into the Philly starting lineup. In three games, he’s now hit 13 3-pointers on 20 attempts. While that’s where nearly all his points are coming from, the fact that TLC can just step into an increased role and knock down 65 percent of his shots from beyond the arc is extremely impressive. Add this man while J.J. Redick continues to heal.

  • Jayson Tatum’s struggles continue in Tuesday’s loss

    Jayson Tatum was quiet in Tuesday’s loss, scoring only four points on 1-of-6 shooting with five rebounds in 31 minutes.

    It felt like Tatum’s near 50 percent shooting from the field this season was bound to regress given his volume of shots from deep, but the bottom has absolutely fallen out for Tatum during his latest three game stretch. He is shooting around 32 percent, and while 50 percent shooting from the rookie was always a long-shot, it won’t stay this bad. His contributions in other categories have stayed relatively steady through this slump, so it is safe to say that Tatum should see some progression again in his percentages. It may be tough to buy-low on the rookie of the year candidate, but it is worth a shot as he is a relatively safe bet to finish inside the top-75 this season despite his recent struggles. 

  • Aaron Gordon posts double-double in Tuesday’s loss

    Aaron Gordon posted an inefficient double-double in 35 minutes, scoring 16 points on 6-of-17 shooting with 12 rebounds, two assists and one steal in Tuesday’s 99-105 loss to the Kings.

    After getting off to a top-30 start, Gordon has cooled off considerably since returning from a calf injury. He is ranked outside of the top-300 over the past two weeks on the back of sub-30-percent shooting, and is especially cold from deep. He may not rebound back inside the top-30, but he won’t continue to shoot this poorly so the buy-low window on Gordon remains open for as long as this slump continues. 

  • Myles Turner (elbow) is questionable for Wednesday

    Myles Turner (elbow) practiced in full Tuesday and is listed as questionable for Wednesday’s contest against the Suns. 

    Turner missed the last seven games and if he does return Wednesday will likely be on a minutes limit. The big man has had an inconsistent season thus far, but remains a top-50 asset thanks to 2.2 blocks per game. The 21-year-old still has top-20 potential if he can get right, so try and swing a deal while the buy-low window still exists. His return will hurt the values of Domantas Sabonis and Thaddeus Young. Al Jefferson will also likely lose the 10-15 minutes he has been playing. 

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  • C.J. McCollum scores 12 on 3-of-14 shooting against Nuggets

    C.J. McCollum had his second-worst shooting outing of the year when he only hit 3-of-14 against the Nuggets on Monday to score 12 points with four assists and two steals.

    McCollum looks to be leveling out at right about top-40 value so far this year with his field goal percentage being the main culprit. Last season he was at 48 percent but this year he’s between 44 and 45 percent. Maybe last year’s shooting numbers were a fluke and McCollum is closer to a 45 percent shooter than a 50 percent shooter. That said he could be a buy low target if you sense that his shot is about to turn around.

  • No jokes about it: Jokic fills the box, adds a double-double

    Nikola Jokic may have been outplayed by Jusic Nurkic on Monday but his team got a 104-101 win against the Blazers and Jokic scored 16 points with 12 boards, two triples, five assists, a steal and a block despite sub-30 percent shooting from the field and 4-of-7 shooting from the line.

    Jokic is currently outside of the top-15 in 8-cat which is disappointing after owners repeatedly ponied up a first round pick for the versatile big. While he’s increased his triples, steals and blocks this season his field goal percentage has fallen from 58 percent last season to 47 percent this year. If he can get back to around 52 percent Jokic can live up to his first round billing. 

  • The Blue Arrow felts a career-high 38 against the Blazers

    Jamal Murray scored a career-high 38 points against the Blazers on Monday while adding an impressive six assists, five boards and four triples on 14-of-19 shooting and 6-of-6 from the line.

    This was Murray’s first time in his career eclipsing five assists while scoring 30 or more points which shows his growth as a point guard. Murray has been on fire his last two games with a combined 68 points and nine triples. Murray is sitting just inside of top-60 value in 8-cat and right outside top-70 in 9-cat on the season. That said over the last month he’s been a top-40 option in both formats and should be viewed as a top-50 asset post All Star break. 

  • Trevor Ariza scores three points in his return from a suspension

    Trevor Ariza returned from his two-game suspension on Monday and scored three points with five rebounds, a 3-pointer and two steals.

    Ariza only played 28 minutes and didn’t close the game out, but still gave owners the juicy 3 & D stats they drafted him for. A couple extra triples would have been nice, but the line isn’t as bad as it may seem. He’s averaging 2.8 3s and 1.6 steals and there might be an owner out there that doesn’t value those stats like they should and a game like tonight sets up a strong opportunity to buy-low. It should also be noted that with the Rockets at full strength, Gerald Green picked up a DNP-CD and his magical run seems to be over. Coach D’Antoni will probably try to incorporate him into the rotation, but his 26.7 minutes are going to be dispersed towards the abundance of wings in Houston.

  • James Johnson scores 10 with four assists, three boards but nothing else

    James Johnson was underwhelming on Monday against the Rockets with no steals, threes or blocks while scoring 10 points with four assists and three boards in the 90-99 loss.

    Johnson has been a top-110/140 player in 8/9-cat leagues this season but has been underwhelming in the defensive categories all season, falling from over two combined steals/blocks last year to under a single combined block/steal over the last month. Those kind of drops are indicative of a player playing through injuries so hopefully Johnson can get it turned around after the All Star break.