Fantasy News

  • Shane Larkin (eye) plays 19 minutes vs. Magic

    Shane Larkin (eye) played 19 minutes off the bench on Monday, scoring two points on 1-of-5 shooting with four rebounds, six assists and one steal.

    Larkin is still sitting in the top-140 players despite playing just 18.9 mpg.  On a lottery-bound team with aging veterans ahead of him, he’s a mid-level stash that unfortunately has an uncertain timeframe for ripeness. 

  • Tobias Harris (leg contusion) plays on Monday

    Tobias Harris (leg contusion) played in Monday’s road win over the Nets, scoring 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting (including a three) with nine rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes.

    Harris is right on schedule with top-60 value on the season and we haven’t seen any reason, despite Scott Skiles, that it won’t continue.

  • Channing Frye posts big line in win over Nets

    Channing Frye scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, five assists and two steals over 23 minutes in Monday’s win over the Nets.

    Frye has not made any noise this season and even with this solid outing he can’t crack the top-200 fantasy producers this past week.  Let’s see him do it again before advising any pickups.

  • Ice Cold: Evan Fournier hits 1-of-6 shots for three points

    Evan Fournier’s struggles continued in Monday’s win over the Nets, as he hit just 1-of-6 shots (including a three) for three points, one rebound and two assists in 24 minutes.

    Fournier has been terrible for the last two weeks and his season-long value is still holding strong in the late middle-rounds.  He’s certainly somebody that can and should probably be owned in most 12-team leagues, but his long-term outlook has slid into the late rounds and it’s slippery in both directions.

  • Andrew Nicholson scores 15 points off bench

    Andrew Nicholson scored 15 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 6-of-9 shots (including two threes) with three rebounds and two steals in 25 minutes.

    Nicholson has put his name in the hat in Orlando but he’ll need a significant push to matter in standard leagues.  Not only is Scott Skiles a mess when it comes to fantasy, Nicholson hasn’t proved a whole lot and he probably needs 28 mpg to get over the hump.  In a 16-team format you can consider a speculative add. 

  • Oladipo’s production sliding in last two weeks

    Victor Oladipo scored 10 points on 2-of-3 shooting (1-of-2 from deep, 5-of-6 from the line) with two rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 20 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Oladipo and the Magic have been doing fine for the most part but his value has certainly slipped over the last two weeks.  In that span he is averaging 26.7 minutes per game, 12.9 points, 0.9 treys, 4.4 boards, 3.1 assists and 2.7 combined steals and blocks over seven games.  Obviously the scoring is down and the minutes are down, and that’s not going to continue so it’s an obvious buy low moment but the bigger issue is how long Scott Skiles will keep him in this role. 

  • C.J. Miles hits another five triples in win

    C.J. Miles hit 5-of-5 treys and 6-of-7 shots overall in Monday’s 106-90 win over the Raptors.

    That made 17 points, four rebounds, one steal and one block for the top 50-65 player on the season (9/8 cat).  He’s a sell-high guy for his age and durability before we get to questions about whether or not he can keep it up, but we’re not concerned about a disappearing act.  It would be a surprise if he fell beneath a late-round floor. 

  • Ian Mahinmi plays just 14 minutes vs. Raptors

    Ian Mahinmi played just 14 foul-plagued minutes in Monday’s win, scoring two points on 1-of-5 shooting with two boards and no other stats.

    Mahinmi has been great by his standards all year and one bad game isn’t going to knock him away from being a must-own player in standard leagues.

  • Jordan Hill has season-best game with 20 & 13

    Jordan Hill set season-highs in scoring and rebounding in Monday’s win, posting 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting with 13 rebounds and one steal in 31 minutes off the bench.

    Let’s see him do it again before assigning him any real fantasy value.  One look at his game log will tell you why. 

  • Jordan Hill has season-best game with 20 & 13

    Jordan Hill set season-highs in scoring and rebounding in Monday’s win, posting 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting with 13 rebounds and one steal in 31 minutes off the bench.

    Let’s see him do it again before assigning him any real fantasy value.  One look at his game log will tell you why. 

  • Luis Scola can’t follow up big night

    Luis Scola couldn’t follow up his big night on Sunday (22 & 5) in Monday’s loss, managing just four points with five rebounds and two steals in 18 minutes.

    Scola went for 12 and eight in the game prior to Sunday so owners might have been eyeballing him from afar.  The same goes for Patrick Patterson (nine points, five rebounds, one steal, three treys) but neither of these guys have showed enough to make an add in standard leagues, and when Jonas Valanciunas returns then Bismack Biyombo (nine points, 13 rebounds, one steal, two blocks) will join them on the waiver wire.

  • Terrence Ross posts four money counters vs. Indy

    Terrence Ross scored 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds, one steal and one block in Monday’s start for injured DeMarre Carroll (knee).

    This is Ross’ first good game in a while and we’re not going to have folks add him only to have Carroll return and kill his value.  If he can do it again we’ll let you know.

  • Nogueira plays just eight minutes on Monday

    Lucas Nogueira played just eight minutes off the bench on Monday, posting just one rebound and one block.

    Bebe probably missed his window and we’re calling off whatever was left of our stash recommendation.  We’ll be watching him for signs of progress and he’ll need some slippage by Bismack Biyombo (nine points, 13 rebounds, one steal, two blocks) to get anywhere with Jonas Valanciunas (hand) about halfway through his timetable.

  • Terrence Jones leaves game after getting eye poked

    Terrence Jones left Monday’s game in the second quarter after getting his eye poked and returned in the second half, but then left the game again and did not return.

    This is getting sort of ridiculous, as he suffered another laceration of his eye.  He has upside but he’s clearly snake-bitten, and in the end it’s hard to call him a must-own player with four guys getting decent minutes in Houston’s frontcourt.

  • Darrell Arthur (knee) out on Monday

    Darrell Arthur (knee) did not play on Monday against the Rockets.

    Arthur has a history of knee issues and we’re not going to assume this is minor until we see a report to confirm that.  His absence has opened up a nice window for Nikola Jokic and Joffrey Lauvergne to stabilize their value in advance of Jusuf Nurkic’s eventual return.  We’ll let you know after the game how they did.