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  • Dwight Howard plays on Saturday; posts 22 & 18

    Dwight Howard (rest) played in Saturday’s 120-113 win over the Kings, scoring 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting (8-of-14 FTs) with 18 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

    Howard was geared up to play DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings let him go wherever he wanted all night, so this may end up being his best game of the year.  Even if you’re in a head-to-head league we’re not all that high on Howard’s value this season due to all of his injury risk.  But nights like these are the payoffs.

  • Dwight Howard plays on Saturday; posts 22 & 18

    Dwight Howard (rest) played in Saturday’s 120-113 win over the Kings, scoring 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting (8-of-14 FTs) with 18 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

    Howard was geared up to play DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings let him go wherever he wanted all night, so this may end up being his best game of the year.  Even if you’re in a head-to-head league we’re not all that high on Howard’s value this season due to all of his injury risk.  But nights like these are the payoffs.

  • Clint Capela facing challenge with Rockets now stocked up front

    Clint Capela logged 21 minutes in Saturday’s win over the Kings, scoring eight points on 4-of-6 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Capela has been able to maintain solid late-round value in 19.4 mpg this season and we think the Rockets will find that for him.  We’re not sold that he has top-75 upside, but he can be a solid big man for your squad and unless you’re stacked we’re not advising a drop just yet.

  • Donatas Motiejunas returns to action on Saturday

    Donatas Motiejunas (back) made his season debut on Saturday in a six-minute stint against the Kings.

    Motiejunas was supposedly on a 24-minute limit but that didn’t exactly come into play.  He missed all four of his shots and had just one board to his name, but he’ll be somebody to watch closely as we go here.  Dwight Howard isn’t a spring chicken and Motie showed us a lot last season, but he has a lot to prove this season as well.

  • Terrence Jones slowly getting back on track?

    Terrence Jones scored 16 points off the bench on Saturday against the Kings, hitting 6-of-9 shots (including a three) with five rebounds, one assist and one block in 26 minutes.

    If Jones can get this many minutes and produce at a semi-normal rate he should be worth owning.  We’re not sure he’ll get his act together but his upside is good enough to keep him owned, even with Donatas Motiejunas coming back.

  • Rajon Rondo hands out 19 assists; Kings lose

    Rajon Rondo scored 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds, 19 assists and four steals in the Kings’ road loss to the Rockets on Saturday.

    Rondo is the master of racking up assists and tricking folks into believing it was a dominant performance, but it really wasn’t.  The offense bogged down under relentless dribbling and his defense was a gambling mess.  Given the keys without proving anything, the Kings will now have to back track if it doesn’t work out.  It’ll be interesting to see if Rondo and the core group that is loyal to Rondo will go for that.  In the meantime, he’s sitting on a top 30-60 start to the season (8/9 cat).

  • DeMarcus Cousins struggling in George Karl’s system

    DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 points on 4-of-16 shooting (0-for-3 from deep, 6-of-7 from the line) with nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks in Saturday’s loss to the Rockets.

    Cousins has been terrible lately and the Kings need to aggressively change their systems on both ends of the floor, starting with getting Cousins into the post way more often.  The big man is a second-to-third round on the season when he is on the floor and given the way he looks hobbled or disinterested, depending on one’s take, this is the best chance you’ll get all year to buy low.  Doing that basically is a bet that the Kings can get it together to some degree.

  • Omri Casspi scores 15 points in return from stomach illness

    Omri Casspi got back on the floor after missing Thursday’s game in Mexico City due to a stomach illness, scoring 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 33 minutes.

    Casspi is just below the top-100 on the year in 27 mpg and he’ll probably play at least that much going forward while Willie Cauley-Stein is out for 4-6 weeks.  He should be owned in all 12-team standard formats.

  • Ben McLemore has best game of the year for the Kings

    Ben McLemore scored 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting (including three treys) with nine rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block over 42 minutes in Saturday’s loss to the Rockets.

    McLemore still can’t be trusted from game-to-game but the more of these he racks up the better we will feel.  If you want to start considering him for a pickup in 16-team leagues, we can probably get behind that.

  • Kosta Koufos double-doubles off the bench against the Rockets

    Kosta Koufos double-doubled off the bench on Saturday against the Rockets, scoring 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting with 12 boards, two steals and two blocks in 31 minutes.

    Koufos will be inconsistent from night to night but with Willie Cauley-Stein out for 4-6 weeks he might end up evening out at a late-round value.  If you need a big man you should give him a hard look.

  • Darren Collison heating back up; scores 18 against Houston

    Darren Collison scored 18 points off the bench on Saturday against the Rockets, hitting 7-of-13 shots (including four threes) with one rebound, six assists and one steal in just 22 minutes.

    Collison’s injury really knocked him off course and having Rajon Rondo take over the team hasn’t exactly been good for Collison — and it’s not entirely good for the Kings offense, either.  Collison gets a late-round grade with upside beyond that and we believe he should be owned in all 12-team standard formats.

  • Marco Belinelli struggling for the Kings so far

    Marco Belinelli struggled in his 16 minutes for the Kings on Saturday, scoring six points on 3-of-6 shooting with three rebounds and no other stats.

    Belinelli looks slow and he’s not getting a ton of open looks.  That’s not a good combo for a lower tier player to return fantasy value and he’s waiver wire material until you get to 16-18 team formats right now.

  • Kyle Lowry battles Steph Curry; scores career-high 41 points

    Kyle Lowry’s red hot start continued in the Raptors’ 112-109 loss to the undefeated Warriors on Saturday, as he hit 14-of-26 shots (6-of-10 3PTs, 7-of-8 FTs) for a career-high 41 points, three rebounds, seven assists, four steals and one block.

    Lowry is a top 4-5 player so far this season and yes this is sell-high territory, but let’s take a moment and congratulate the guy for working hard this summer and losing that weight.  His 3-point shooting (40.4%), free throw shooting (87.4%) and steals (2.7) are all way above career norms, so really you need to get on that sell-high deal while you can.  Any neutral or better asset in the top-12 is advisable and from there anybody in the top-20 can be considered.

  • DeMarre Carroll not answering questions for owners on Saturday

    DeMarre Carroll scored nine points on 4-of-10 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds, one assist and two steals in 26 minutes on Saturday against the Warriors.

    Carroll’s plantar fasciitis is what we’re watching out for here and as we said earlier he’s a buy low candidate.

  • Bismack Biyombo hits the skids in 14-minute outing

    Bismack Biyombo played just 14 minutes in Saturday’s loss to the Warriors with only five rebounds to his stat line.

    Lucas Nogueira has moved in on his turf and Biyombo looks droppable to be blunt about it.  Unless you’re in an 18-20 team league it’s time to move on.