NBA Player News and Fantasy Analysis

  • Thaddeus Young nears double-double against Nets

    Thaddeus Young scored 10 points on 5-of-9 from the field, grabbed nine rebounds to go along with three assists four steals and two blocks in 22 minutes Friday night in a victory over the Nets.

    While he has not posted a game with double digit rebounds since before Christmas, Young has posted top-40 value over the past two weeks.  He has been very consistent and fills the rest of the stat line so you should feel safe in throwing him out there.

  • Ricky Rubio continues hot shooting Friday vs. Pistons

    Ricky Rubio scored 16 points, including 2-of-4 from deep and 6-of-7 from the line on Friday vs. Pistons.

    Rubio has been uncharacteristically hot from deep over the past five games, shooting 45% over the last five games. He also added seven assists, two rebounds, and two steals on Friday. Rubio’s name has been in trade rumors recently and his value could fluctuate if he is indeed dealt from the Wolves.  

  • Monta Ellis still doing nothing with his time

    Monta Ellis played 25 minutes and shot 3-of-8 from the floor for nine points in a victory on Friday night over the Nets.

    He managed to throw in six rebounds and two assists in his 25 minutes, but Ellis is a scorer plain and simple.  If he is not doing that, he simply has no value.  Especially if he doesn’t shoot any threes which is exactly what happened Friday night.

  • Jeff Teague lives at the line against the Nets

    Jeff Teague shot 6-of-10 from the field (2-of-2 3PTs, 10-of-13 FTs), adding three rebounds, seven assists and three steals in a victory over the Nets on Friday night.

    Teague continues his solid season against a Nets team that had no one to stay in front of him.  He is someone who should remain in the lineup while you reap the benefits.

  • Tobias Harris scores 14 in limited minutes Friday

    Tobias Harris played 23 minutes, scoring 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting and 2-for-4 from deep on Friday against the Wolves.

    Harris also added three rebounds, one assist and a steal. His defensive stats are below average, but his shooting percentages and scoring help him maintain his top-65 value.

  • Paul George posts a double-double against Nets

    Paul George shot 9-of-22 from the floor for 22 points, adding 11 rebounds to go along with three assists, two steals and three blocks.

    George did everything one would expect him to do against an inferior team.  It was another solid night in which he checked off a number of stats and did everything he needed to do to help his team win.

  • C.J. Watson solid again for Magic

    C.J. Watson scored 18 points on 5-of-6 from the floor (1-of-2 3PTs, 7-of-7 FTs), adding three rebounds, four assists to go along with two steals and a block in 32 minutes Friday night against the Raptors.

    Watson has not been worth a mention this season but in the last five games he is averaging 13 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in 30 minutes per game.  He’s not worth an add yet but someone to keep on your radar.  We’re not saying, we’re just saying.

  • Jon Leuer puts up season-high 22 in win vs. Wolves

    Jon Leuer scored a season-high 22 points on 4-of-7 from deep on Friday against the Wolves.

    Leuer was lethal from deep with four long-balls. After only scoring two points in his last game, Leuer rebounded with maybe his best game of the season. He was 4-of-5 from the line and proved why he is worth holding in most leagues.

     

  • Evan Fournier makes impact in victory over Raptors

    Evan Fournier played 36 minutes and put up a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in a victory over the Raptors on Friday night.

    After missing a number of games due to a heel injury Fournier was impressive in his second game back.  He was posting near top-100 value before the injury and while it may take a bit of time to fully get the rust off, he should eventually return to that level without much trouble.

  • Andre Drummond cleans the glass with 18 boards vs. Wolves

    Andre Drummond grabbed 18 rebounds in addition to 12 points, three blocks and two steals.

    Drummond continues to dominate the boards, averaging 16.5 rebounds over his last four games. On the negative side, he failed to get to the line (which might be a good thing considering his percentage) and shot only 6-for-14 from the field. Drummond continues to produce and justifies his 7th round value.

  • Caris LeVert: 30 minutes and a whole lot of nothing

    Caris LeVert struggled on both ends of the floor in Friday’s loss to the Pacers and only managed four points on 1-of-9 shooting with five rebounds, one assist and one steal in a whopping 30 minutes.

    Ouch.  We’ve tried to keep this in perspective for you guys as the over-hyping continues and it’s not that LeVert isn’t an exciting player, but rather that there are a number of issues that we’ve outlined for weeks now while others have maintained he’s a must-own player.  It’s an ROI issue, a rest and injury issue, an issue with a lot of teammates that can cut into his workload and a question about his stat set, too. 

    He has been a top-135 guy in 24 mpg over the last month while shooting 50.5 percent from the field.  As you can see if he gets a healthy 27 mpg and shoots closer to the 45 percent he is shooting on the season, he’ll probably be in the same realm.  Assuming he plays every night and can keep that up.  There are a lot of ifs and the ROI equation might not make it – and it certainly hasn’t done owners any favors over the last 3-4 weeks of must-own recommendations. 

  • Aaron Gordon disappoints again

    Aaron Gordon shot 0-of-7 from the floor, missing his only three point attempt and scored one point in 28 minutes in a victory over the Raptors on Friday night.

    Gordon has been disappointing all season long.  This game feels like rock bottom, however, there’s an old saying “You feel like you’ve hit rock bottom then someone knocks from below.”  Maybe he turns it around but as we are nearing the all-star break it seems unlikely at this point.

  • Marcus Morris scores season-high 36 in win over Wolves

    Marcus Morris scored a season-high 36 points Friday against the Wolves to go along with six boards and two assists.

    Morris had his best game of the season on an efficient 12-for-19 from the field, including 5-for-9 from deep and 7-for-11 from the line. He has been in double figures in nine of his last 10 games and should be owned in deeper leagues for teams that can sacrifice other categories for points.

  • Serge Ibaka fills the stat sheet Friday night

    Serge Ibaka made two 3-pointers and scored 20 points, adding 12 rebounds, an assist and 3 blocks in a victory over the Raptors on Friday night.

    Ibaka had been a tad up and down lately but seems to have turned it around with a couple solid games in a row.  Going forward, he is still someone you are going to want in your lineup.

     

  • Lucas Nogueira quiet on Friday night

    Lucas Nogueira scored only four points on 2-of-3 shooting (0-of-2 FTs) but did manage seven rebounds, adding an assist and a block in 25 minutes in Friday’s loss to the Magic.

    Over the past two weeks he has been a top-40 player and one quiet night will not change our opinion.  He is someone who is a must own player in all leagues going forward.