December 13, 2018, 12:57 amDirk Nowitzki - F - Dallas Mavericks
Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) is set to make his season debut on Thursday, per a report from Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
Rick Carlisle only said "he's getting closer" after Wednesday's game but Nowitzki is expected to be in uniform tomorrow night. He's been dealing with tendon discomfort after undergoing offseason ankle surgery to remove bone spurs in his left foot but has ramped up his practice activity in recent weeks. The Mavs figure to take it slow with their franchise icon, meaning he won't be on the standard-league radar until he's playing unencumbered and without restrictions. It's likely that Dirk settles in as a 14-16-team league player this season, with added appeal in 9-cat formats.
December 13, 2018, 12:33 amShaun Livingston - G - Golden State Warriors
Shaun Livingston went back to the locker room after an awkward fall on Wednesday.
The Warriors are down 23 with seven minutes left so Livingston might just be done for the night even if the injury isn't all that serious. Steve Kerr mentioned getting Livingston and Andre Iguodala (out tonight) more rest now that the team is mostly healthy again, so expect some days off in his future. Livingston is not a fantasy factor.
Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter
December 13, 2018, 12:25 amLuka Doncic - G/F - Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic had another big game in Wednesday's 114-107 win over the Hawks, putting up 24 points (5-of-14 from the field, 12-of-15 from the line), 10 rebounds, six assists, two triples, a steal and a block.
Doncic filled up the box in his 35 minutes and is just rolling along, looking nothing like a teenager rookie should. His 3.5 turnovers per game (four tonight) have him just inside the top-90 in 9-cat leagues but he's been dynamite with top-45 returns in 8-cat leagues. You have to wonder what it'll look like when he's fully adjusted to life in the NBA.
December 13, 2018, 12:22 amMaxi Kleber - F - Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber (toe) was able to tally seven points, three rebounds, two assists, a steal, a 3-pointer and three blocks in 17 minutes on Wednesday.
Not bad for a guy who was on the injury report this afternoon. Not to be outdone, Dorian Finney-Smith also came off the bench and picked up 11 points, six rebounds, three steals, a block and a triple in 27 minutes. Even Devin Harris added three steals tonight. Kleber and DFS are deep-league options, with Kleber's rim protection making him a more attractive choice.
December 13, 2018, 12:13 amKevin Huerter - G - Atlanta Hawks
Rookie Kevin Huerter delivered his best game of the season on Wednesday, with a new career-high 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting, adding one rebound, one assist, four 3-pointers, one steal and one blocked shot.
The full line was a nice touch and it looks like Huerter is someone to watch in standard leagues, especially with Taurean Prince (ankle) sidelined for the next few weeks.
December 13, 2018, 12:09 amHarrison Barnes - F - Dallas Mavericks
Harrison Barnes scored a team-high 25 points in Wednesday's win over the visiting Hawks but added just three rebounds and a steal to his line.
In fairness to Barnes, he hit half of his 16 shots and also made five triples, so it wasn't all bad. That said, Barnes' unlikely 3-point output tonight saved him from an empty-calorie line. It's not something that's new for HB, whose lackluster production outside of the scoring column really caps his upside at the late-middle rounds.
December 13, 2018, 12:07 amWesley Matthews - G/F - Dallas Mavericks
Wesley Matthews returned to Wednesday's game after sustaining a shoulder injury but could only deliver four points, three assists, three steals and a block in 28 minutes.
Four defensive stats is nothing to sneeze at but Matthews had been on a steady run of solid scoring nights lately, so he's been better than this. Matthews has been bitten by the injury bug a few times over the last couple seasons so hopefully this shoulder issue doesn't linger.
December 13, 2018, 12:07 amKent Bazemore - G - Atlanta Hawks
Kent Bazemore continues to deliver the goods while starting for the Hawks and Wednesday night's 107-114 loss to the Mavs was no exception as he tallied 22 points, five rebounds, three treys, one assist and two steals.
He's been on and off, scoring seven and 22 points in his two previous games, respectively. One thing's been consistent though, and that's his ability to contribute peripheral categories. Ride him while he's cooking and serving up the fantasy goods.
December 13, 2018, 12:04 amJalen Brunson - G - Dallas Mavericks
Jalen Brunson cooled off in a major way in Wednesday's win, scoring five points with just two assists and a steal in 23 minutes of action.
Brunson had been playing well enough that Rick Carlisle went out of his way to cement that Dennis Smith Jr. (wrist) would start at point guard whenever he was ready to return, but just didn't have it tonight. He was bound to come back to earth but it's disappointing that it happened in such a cake matchup. The clock is ticking here but Brunson's fine to deploy until DSJ does get back on the floor.
December 13, 2018, 12:02 amTrae Young - G - Atlanta Hawks
It's been a while, but Trae Young delivered a solid performance in Wednesday's loss to the Mavs, mustering 20 points on 11-of-20 shooting with 10 dimes, two triples and two steals.
The sweet shooting from Young was the biggest plus in his line tonight, considering he's averaging .373 from the field in his rookie campaign. Consider this a rare peak jutting out in his long stretch of valleys in fantasy this season. Try to sell-high if you can.
December 12, 2018, 11:58 pmJohn Collins - F/C - Atlanta Hawks
John Collins dropped a big double-double on Wednesday that featured 20 points on 10-of-22 shooting with 17 rebounds, one assist and one block.
He missed his only shot from the line and all three shot attempts from downtown; add to that his five turnovers tonight and you've got a slight speed bump in his recent road to stardom. That said, there's no reason to doubt that he's got a bright future ahead.
December 12, 2018, 11:57 pmDonovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell scored 21 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two triples in Wednesday's 111-84 win over the Heat.
There's very little to take away from this game — Utah was up by 25 after one, 27 at the half and 39 after three quarters. Rudy Gobert had 10 & 11 with two steals and two blocks while Ricky Rubio went for 5-6-6 with a steal in this easy win.
December 12, 2018, 11:55 pmDerrick Favors - F/C - Utah Jazz
Derrick Favors posted 17 points and eight rebounds in only 19 minutes on Wednesday night as the Heat offered up little resistance in Utah's blowout win.
Favors went 7-of-8 from the field and also added a block. He came off the bench tonight but vastly outplayed Jae Crowder (nine points on three triples in 20 minutes), though it's not like anyone had to hit the gas for the Jazz to pull away from the road-weary Heat. Favors is a decent low-end big man to have for the traditional stats.
December 12, 2018, 11:52 pmDante Exum - G - Utah Jazz
Dante Exum had a solid night at the office on Wednesday, scoring 14 points to go with three assists and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes against the Heat.
Exum was quite good aside from five turnovers, even if the line isn't eye-popping. He's settled in as Utah's backup point guard and his natural length and athleticism make him a nice secondary weapon, particularly on the defensive end. If only it would result in fantasy value.
December 12, 2018, 11:50 pmKyle Korver - G/F - Utah Jazz
Kyle Korver scored 16 points in 16 minutes in Wednesday's easy win over the Heat, going 6-of-9 from the field and 4-of-5 from deep.
Utah got to spread the wealth tonight and Korver was able to get in on the fun. He's just a 3-point specialist for deep formats.