December 10, 2015, 6:08 am
Marcin Gortat returned from a three-game personal absence in Wednesday’s loss to the Rockets, tying a season-high with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, 13 boards, one steal and one block in 36 minutes.
Gortat was rusty with four turnovers but the Wizards needed him back on the floor in the worst way and owners probably feel the same way. He can probably be had on the cheap because of all of his stops and starts this season.
December 10, 2015, 6:05 am
Gary Neal lost whatever momentum he had in fantasy leagues on Wednesday, scoring just seven points on 2-of-11 shooting with two rebounds and one trey in 26 minutes.
Neal is as hit or miss as they come in fantasy leagues and even with the Wiz short-handed right now there’s no reason to look at him in season-long leagues. But in DFS if he’s looking at some real minutes and he’s been quiet for a few games, he makes for an excellent tournament play.
December 10, 2015, 6:03 am
James Harden scored 42 points on 13-of-23 shooting (5-of-9 3PTs, 11-of-12 FTs) with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks and seven turnovers in the Rockets’ road win over the Wizards on Wednesday.
For a quiet guy there is an inordinate amount of noise surrounding him and in fantasy leagues his popcorn stats and free throw numbers can give one vertigo. He’s the No. 4 ranked player in 8-cat leagues and right at his ADP, but in 9-cat leagues he is lagging behind a bit at No. 8. He’s not going to give the ball away 4.8 times per game all year so he’ll probably snuggle right up next to that 8-cat ranking soon enough.
December 10, 2015, 6:00 am
Patrick Beverley scored 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting with four rebounds, four assists and four treys in Wednesday’s win over the Wizards.
Beverley has been solid since taking over the starting point guard position, and it was sort of silly that everybody just assumed that Ty Lawson (two points, two assists, 21 minutes) was the better fit there. Beverley has been an early-round guy over the last two weeks and he’s as must-own as must-own gets right now.
December 10, 2015, 5:57 am
Donatas Motiejunas played nine minutes on Wednesday as he gets back to speed following a major back injury.
Motie had two points, three boards and three turnovers but that’s basically irrelevant. If he can get up and over 20 mpg then we’ll start seeing what his impact is in fantasy leagues and the rotation as a whole.
December 10, 2015, 5:55 am
Terrence Jones produced just four points with three rebounds and one block in 20 minutes of action off the bench on Wednesday against the Wizards.
The Rockets won and Jones certainly hasn’t been a major part of what they’ve been doing since J.B.B. took over as head coach. We know what Jones is capable of but Clint Capela has looked good, Jones hasn’t, and it’s certainly possible that this spins out of control. Factor in the Rockets’ desperate hunt for game-breaking talent and his presence in assorted trade rumors, we can’t call him a must-own player anymore. He’s more of a mid-level stash.
December 10, 2015, 5:34 am
Corey Brewer scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in a start for injured Trevor Ariza (bruised back) on Wednesday against the Wizards.
We thought Brewer was ready to turn things around but unlike a lot of sites — we’ll call ourselves out on bad calls — we had Marcus Thornton (nine points, one three, one steal, 20 minutes) as the better play for tonight. This could flip flop and we’re still going to lead with Thornton the next time out if Ariza (day-to-day) misses more time, but Brewer shouldn’t be ignored and both can be used as boom-or-bust plays in 12-14 team formats.
December 10, 2015, 5:28 am
Marvin Williams scored a season-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go with four rebounds, four treys and one block in just 23 minutes on Wednesday against the Heat.
We’re going to humblebrag here because we told you guys that both Williams and Jeremy Lamb looked like different players in the first week of the season and here we are. Marvin is a top 40-65 producer (9/8 cat) right now with numbers that are up across the board, so some regression is certainly coming down the pipeline. You factor in his age and mileage and this is classic sell high territory. If you can get a top 50-75 player while the going is good you’re definitely doing it right. Williams also got hit in the face and we haven’t heard anything about it since.
December 10, 2015, 5:25 am
Cody Zeller couldn’t back up his big game from Monday in Wednesday’s blowout win, scoring nine points on 4-of-8 shooting with two rebounds, two assists and one block in 24 minutes.
We think we’ve couched our statements on Zeller’s fantasy upside enough to where owners aren’t surprised with what happens either way. He has efficiency that we like and there are some statistical blind spots that we don’t like. We also don’t want to hold a blowout game over his head. In the end, owners weren’t looking for much but a guy they could plug in while Al Jefferson was out. Beyond that, he wasn’t lasting in 12-team standard leagues anyway.
December 10, 2015, 5:12 am
Frank Kaminsky scored five points on 2-of-6 shooting with seven rebounds, six assists and one steal in 29 minutes off the bench in Wednesday’s blowout win over the Heat.
Kaminsky didn’t connect on either of his 3-point attempts and we can pick this line apart but it shows some of the versatility that keeps us paying attention. He’s a low-level stash at best even with news of Al Jefferson’s five-game suspension, but if he can get some traction we could bump that assessment up a few notches pretty quick.
December 10, 2015, 5:10 am
Jeremy Lin scored five points on 2-of-5 shooting with two assists, one steal and one block in 20 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.
The Hornets throttled the Heat and Lin changed his hair — two factors that make us want to throw this game out for evaluation purposes. Lin’s value has dipped into cut territory for 12-team standard leagues, but we’re guessing he’ll improve on his 22.9 mpg and improve his shooting a little bit as well. He’s not a must-own player, but Lin has a clear role carved out and the Hornets’ depth isn’t going to get any better than it is right now.
December 10, 2015, 5:07 am
Jeremy Lamb’s cooling off period continued in Wednesday’s blowout win over the Heat, as he hit 5-of-12 shots (0-for-4 from deep) for 10 points with four rebounds, one assist and one block in 19 minutes off the bench.
If the game is closer he plays a few more minutes and yada, yada. We’ve been warning about this cooling off period and talking about how it should be offset by increases in playing time as the year goes on. The Hornets haven’t had a lot of games lately so the cooling period hasn’t given Lamb a whole lot of chances to redeem himself. It’s a perfect storm to make an add by somebody foolishly dropping him, or to get him as a throw-in piece for a larger trade.
December 10, 2015, 5:04 am
Goran Dragic struggled as did the rest of his teammates in Wednesday’s blowout loss to the Hornets, scoring five points on 2-of-7 shooting with two rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes of action.
The difference is that his teammates haven’t been ice-cold all season and Dragic’s market value is going to take a decent sized hit for box score watchers. Dragic was just starting to heat up and this re-opens the buy low window, and we’re not letting a blowout loss re-open questions that he answered the other night about athleticism and the like.
December 10, 2015, 4:51 am
Luol Deng returned from a six-game absence due to a hamstring injury on Wednesday against the Hornets, scoring five points on 1-of-6 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes.
Even when Deng is at full strength he’s a 14-team option at best. If he gets back up to 30 mpg then he’ll keep Gerald Green (11 points, three rebounds, two blocks, one three, 24 minutes) and Tyler Johnson in a low-end production pattern for 12-14 team owners.
December 10, 2015, 4:48 am
Tyler Johnson scored a career-high 20 points off the bench in Wednesday’s blowout loss to the Hornets.
Johnson also added a trey, two boards, two assists, one steal and one block while doing much of his damage at the foul line with 7-of-8 makes. We love his upside and with a late-round floor in his 21.6 mpg so far, which does include some inflated shooting numbers, we’re calling him a must-own player. If anything happens to Dwyane Wade or Luol Deng for an extended period of time he’s probably going to be a must-start player.