January 20, 2019, 12:38 amJustin Holiday - G - Memphis Grizzlies
Justin Holiday scored seven points on 3-of-8 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds, three assists and one steal over 30 minutes in Saturday's blowout loss to the Raptors.
Holiday's line looks a bit better when you look at it next to his teammates' numbers, and with Kyle Anderson out for a bit here he's an easy must-own player in 12-team formats. He'll get a nice ramp to gear up and he has consistently shown that he can put up late-round value in about 26 mpg. For a team that could easily start tanking, this is all great math.
January 20, 2019, 12:36 amJaMychal Green - F - Memphis Grizzlies
JaMychal Green started for Marc Gasol (back) on Saturday against the Raptors, but managed just three points on 1-of-6 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds and one assist in 14 minutes.
Green got put on the highlight reel by Pascal Siakam and it wasn't a flattering night. Still, he has been an easy top-100 guy over the last two weeks and on the year he's bringing you top 125-150 value (9/8 cat) in just 23.1 mpg. There's a nice floor and subtle upside here, not necessarily with respect to Gasol's status but in general, making him a must-own player in 12-team standard formats.
January 20, 2019, 12:31 amIvan Rabb - F - Memphis Grizzlies
Ivan Rabb scored 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting with 11 rebounds, one assist and one block in 22 minutes off the bench against the Raptors on Saturday.
Rabb will only be worth monitoring if Marc Gasol gets traded and if that happens the results can start to look something like this. He's only worth stashing in massive formats.
January 20, 2019, 12:29 amShelvin Mack - G - Memphis Grizzlies
Shelvin Mack scored 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting with two threes, three rebounds, five assists and a steal in 26 minutes off the bench on Saturday against the Raptors.
Mack might be useful if the Grizzlies sell off their assets or injuries strike, but he's only for use in very deep formats.
January 20, 2019, 12:24 amLonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers
X-rays taken on Lonzo Ball's left ankle returned negative according to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.
Ball needed help off the floor so this one isn't likely to be day-to-day, and the question is really if it's a week-to-week thing or if he suffered a 'monther' as the great Dr. A at Rotoworld would call it. Rajon Rondo is worth a speculative add in 8-cat leagues because he's likely to have a nice ramp in trying to earn 25 mpg when they're both healthy. In 9-cat formats owners can be a bit picky. Ball owners should probably wait and see what the prognosis is before considering a drop.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
January 19, 2019, 11:51 pmReggie Jackson - G - Detroit Pistons
Reggie Jackson was invisible on Saturday with 1-of-5 shooting for four points, two rebounds, three assists and a steal in 29 minutes.
Jackson has now failed to score in double-digits in two straight. His struggles go back a little further as he is shooing only .356 percent from the field over the last eight games. He is holding onto low-round value in 9-cat leagues on the season but is becoming tough to hold. Hopefully he can snap out of his slump soon.
January 19, 2019, 11:44 pmZaza Pachulia - C - Detroit Pistons
Zaza Pachulia had a strong game on Saturday with seven points, 12 rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in 35 minutes.
Andre Drummond is currently dealing with a concussion so Pachulia may stay relevant for another game or two. He is nothing more than a plug-and-play or a DFS punt-play for now.
January 19, 2019, 11:42 pmMarcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics
Instead of a hot hand, Marcus Smart brought a hot head to Saturday's 113-105 win over the Hawks and as a result was ejected (two technicals) after just 17 minutes on the floor.
Smart had to be restrained by multiple guys and was furious as he was being escorted off the court. Coach Brad Steven expects disciplinary action to meted out by the league, so a suspension could be in the cards for the Celtics guard. He scored four points, handed out four assists and got one steal before he was ejected.
January 19, 2019, 11:39 pmLuke Kennard - G - Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard hit four triples for the second straight game against the Kings on Saturday.
Kennard played only 23 minutes but remained hot. He has 16.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 triples over the last four games for top-75 value. This is largely due to his unsustainable .568 field goal percentage over that span but it will be interesting if he continues making so many threes for specialist appeal in some leagues.
January 19, 2019, 11:35 pmJayson Tatum - F - Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum went 7-for-13 from the field and 5-for-5 from the line to finish Saturday's win over the Hawks with 19 points, five boards, two assists, a steal and three blocked shots.
This was a good bounce-back game coming from Tatum after his dismal 0-of-6 shooting performance against the Grizzlies on Friday. He's a top-50 stud in 9-cat, so you can expect him to deliver the goods, ups and downs notwithstanding.
January 19, 2019, 11:34 pmBlake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin exploded for 38 points on Saturday going 12-of-23 from the field and 13-of-15 from the line.
The Pistons couldn't hang on for the win in the final seconds but Griffin certainly did his part. He added six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one triple to his line. He has been a top-10 value over the last two weeks with a 30/5/6 line.
January 19, 2019, 11:31 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irving torched the Hawks on Saturday with 32 points (11-of-19 shooting), three rebounds, five assists, one steal and five 3-pointers.
This is what you're getting from Irving in recent games and he's as steady as they come. There's no reason to expect less of him moving forward, so consider him money for the second half of 2018-19.
January 19, 2019, 11:22 pmMarvin Bagley III - F - Sacramento Kings
Marvin Bagley III started the second half in place of Nemanja Bejlica on Saturday and finished with 14 points, two rebounds, two steals and a block.
Coach Dave Joerger decided to go with Bagley against Blake Griffin in the second half which is good experience although he wasn't very successful. He has scored double-digits in five straight games and has 11.8 points and 7.2 rebounds over his last six. His lack of production in other categories makes him a difficult hold but his minutes are slowly climbing since return from injury.
January 19, 2019, 11:20 pmPascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds, two assists with a steal against the Grizzlies on Saturday.
Siakam has been cooking in the past week with top-25 value in 9-cat leagues. He has improved in all facets of his game and some have been quietly making a bid for him to become an all-star this season. Siakam continues to make the most out of the opportunity given to him and the coaching staff rewards him with playing time north of the 30-minute range.
January 19, 2019, 11:14 pmKevin Huerter - G - Atlanta Hawks
Kevin Huerter led the Hawks with a team-high 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting in Saturday's 105-113 loss to the Celtics, adding four rebounds, seven dimes, four triples and three steals.
This was a sweet two-way performance from the rookie, who has managed to hold value in standard leagues due to occasional games like this one. He even outplayed Trae Young, who had a lackluster showing with 16 points on 6-of-17 shooting, seven assists, one steal, two treys and six turnovers.