NBA Player News and Fantasy Analysis

  • Jae Crowder thinks Marcus Smart’s (knee) MRI is precautionary

    Jae Crowder said after Friday’s game that he thought Marcus Smart’s (knee) MRI is precautionary and that he’ll be alright.

    Teammates have been known to get a diagnosis wrong in the past and the only takeaway here is that the injury is trending toward less serious rather than more serious.  Evan Turner’s value won’t get the temporary bump he was looking at if Smart were to miss time.

  • Danny Green continues to underwhelm owners; hot streak pending

    Danny Green continued to underwhelm owners in Friday’s loss as he hit just 2-of-8 shots (including two threes) for six points, eight rebounds, three assists and one block in 33 minutes.

    Green is probably denting some fantasy squads in the standings but owners simply can’t panic over one of the league’s streakiest players.  It stands to reason that the Spurs’ machinery would get gummed up with the arrival of LaMarcus Aldridge, and Green is lower on the totem pole to get going from Gregg Popovich’s point of view.  Buy low, don’t drop him, and call us when he starts racking up more than five money counting stats per night.

  • Karl-Anthony Towns all over the stat sheet in home loss to Pistons

    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks in the Wolves’ 96-86 loss to the Pistons on Friday.

    KAT is returning first round value and hitting 90.7 percent of his free throws so far on the season, backed by a 16 and 10 double-double to go with 2.4 blocks and 0.7 steals per game.  He won’t be hitting free throws at that rate and that should take a big chunk out of his value at this elite stage of the rankings, but everything else is fair game as far as we’re concerned.  He’s the real deal and we wouldn’t sell high for any less than top-20 value at this stage of the game.  And we wouldn’t go out of our way to do it, either.

  • Gorgui Dieng still being held back by Sam Mitchell

    Gorgui Dieng continued to see limited minutes in Friday’s home loss, scoring eight points on 3-of-7 shooting with four rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes off the bench.

    Sam Mitchell could very well get a long leash following Flip Saunders’ unfortunate passing and he has a lot of folks in Minnesota scratching their heads with rotations and the like.  Dieng’s underutilization has flown underneath the radar and the third-year man has looked apprehensive like many whose minutes have been clipped, but he’s still a late-round value this season in just 18.9 mpg.  Hopefully you didn’t listen to any other Internet reports telling you to drop him, because though the Mitchell thing is real he will eventually bust out and has early round upside.

  • Kevin Martin continues to underwhelm in scattered bench role

    Kevin Martin managed just eight points on 2-of-7 shooting to go with seven rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Martin hit 4-of-4 freebies but had no threes or defensive stats.  He’s outside the top-150 and the Wolves don’t seem to have a stable role for him, but be ready to pounce if they all of sudden change their thinking.  Martin has been known to go on a 4-8 game run of early round value before getting hurt or cooling off.

  • Rookie Stanley Johnson gets loose for 15 points and three treys

    Rookie Stanley Johnson scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting with three triples, two boards and one assist in 24 minutes on Friday.

    Johnson has seen all the hype surrounding him dissipate and it’s not that he’s having a bad year, but rather that he was never setup for more than late-round value this year if everything went well.  We’re not in love with him as a stash until we climb down into 14-16 team redraft leagues.

  • Mike Conley erupts for 26 points; Marc Gasol triple-doubles vs. HOU

    Mike Conley scored 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting with three rebounds, five assists, three steals and three treys while Marc Gasol triple-doubled in the Grizzlies’ 96-84 win over the Rockets on Friday.

    Conley, Gasol and Co. look a lot like a team that may have decided to use November as their training camp, and it’s possible that Conley’s owners are bitter enough over his start that they may use this line as bait.  Take that bait and run with the probable early-round value if his current owner gets too cute.  Gasol had 16 points, 11 boards, 11 assists and four steals over 37 minutes and his ADP might make it a bit harder to pull off, but he’s in the same exact boat as Conley.

  • Mario Chalmers continues to be productive in new Memphis digs

    Mario Chalmers continued to be productive for the Grizzlies in Friday’s win over the Rockets, scoring 10 points on 2-of-9 shooting with four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 17 foul-plagued minutes off the bench.

    This is an ugly line but he’s been en fuego with 16.5 points, 1.8 treys and 93.9 percent shooting from the foul line in 19.3 mpg since arriving in Memphis four games ago.  There’s no guarantee he can continue to be a top-150 player, but the Grizzlies have always lacked secondary scoring options and maybe this can be a good fit.  He’s not the worst pickup we’ve seen in a competitive 12-14 team league.

  • Terrence Jones bounces back a little bit in Rockets’ sloppy loss

    Terrence Jones bounced back a little bit in the Rockets’ loss to the Grizzlies on Friday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting with four rebounds, one steal and one trey.

    With the Rockets turning the ball over a season-high 23 times and scoring a season-low 84 points, it’s not exactly the game to measure his value with and he has shown plenty of upside to date.  Just hold onto him and hope he stays healthy because his stock can only go up — and it will.  Jones suffered a cut under his eye during the game but we haven’t heard anything else about it and it’s probably not serious.

  • Marcus Thornton ice-cold in ugly loss to Memphis

    Marcus Thornton hit just 2-of-12 shots off the bench on Friday, finishing with five points, three rebounds, one steal and one trey in 22 minutes off the bench.

    Thornton was a nice story to start the year but he wasn’t likely to keep it up and now that’s playing out.  Drop him in 12-14 team formats for any reasonably hot free agent.  Jason Terry was just as ineffective in his start, scoring two points on 1-of-5 shooting with not much else in 21 minutes.

  • Ty Lawson plays just 16 minutes as Rockets continue to flounder

    Ty Lawson saw just 16 minutes of action on Friday, scoring eight points on 2-of-6 shooting (no threes) with one rebound, four assists, two steals and one block.

    It’s actually not a bad line but the Rockets are making a lot of folks look silly for making them Western Conference contenders and Lawson’s arrival is a big reason why.  He hasn’t meshed with ball-dominant James Harden (22 points, six boards, five assists, two steals, two blocks, six TOs) and his defense is a total mess.  They should improve as they get to know each other in Houston, but for fantasy purposes Lawson is already a swing-and-miss for those going on name value.

  • Jae Crowder continues to plaster opposing fantasy owners vs. Nets

    Jae Crowder continued to be one of the best value picks of the early season in the Celtics’ 120-95 win over the Nets on Friday, scoring 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting (including three treys) with five boards, two assists and three steals in 28 minutes.

    Crowder is rushing top-30 value on the strength of 11.8 points, 1.3 treys, 5.2 boards, 1.8 assists, 2.8 steals and 0.4 blocks per game.  He’s been on our radar forever because of his immense physical talent, but he really needed to break through in a money counting stat to truly pay off.  Well that’s happening right now and we don’t want to sell him short, but he’s most certainly a sell-high guy if you can get a top 50-60 player in return.

  • Bizarro Kelly Olynyk shows up on Friday against the Nets

    Kelly Olynyk did not record a steal, block or three in Friday’s blowout win, but he did manage to grab 10 rebounds to go with five assists and four points in 21 minutes off the bench.

    Everywhere we look we see reasons not to pick Olynyk up, but he’s already a top-150 player in just 17.6 mpg this season.  Chances are the Celtics will showcase Jared Sullinger (eight points, four boards, three assists, one steal, 19 minutes) early on in the year and things could be bumpy, but Olynyk fits the definition of a guy that you want to stash, despite Brad Stevens’ lineup gyrations.

  • Avery Bradley scores 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting

    Avery Bradley get red hot in Friday’s blowout win, scoring 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds and two steals in 25 minutes off the bench.

    Bradley may see a bump if Marcus Smart (knee) misses time, but it will do more to solidify his late-round value than make him a true mid-round candidate.  That said he’s on the cusp of mid-round value already in his 10 games this season, but at 46.2 percent from the field he’s more likely to regress than hold steady in that department.

  • Thaddeus Young posts fifth double-double of the year on Friday

    Thaddeus Young posted his fifth double-double of the season in Friday’s blowout loss to the Celtics, scoring 14 points on 7-of-17 shooting with 10 boards and two steals.

    After scaring owners by looking a lot like last year’s version, Young has come to life and has more than surpassed last year’s double-double total of three.  We’d like to think he can step into big-time value on a team as shallow as the Nets, but his current top-30 valuation smells like a sell-high moment to us.