• Marquese Chriss ties career-high with 13 boards

    Marquese Chriss‘ effort was there on Tuesday, and it allowed him to log 29 minutes while tying a career-high with 13 rebounds and adding two steals and a block.

    Chriss did commit five turnovers and only took three shots but we’ll take what we can get at this point. He exploded in the second half last year and blew the doors off with threes, steals and blocks so hopefully he’s in line for more of the same this season. While there’s still a ways to go in terms of getting his game back in order, getting minutes like these is the first step. Chriss remains a high-end stash in standard leagues and would pretty quickly become a must-add if his minutes stay at this level.

  • Frank Ntilikina still being held back by Jeff Hornacek

    Frank Ntilikina scored four points off the bench on Monday against the Sixers, hitting 2-of-8 shots with two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 26 minutes.

    Ntilikina’s four-game week started off slow for owners gambling on him in deep formats, but Jarrett Jack (zero points, 0-for-5 FGs, two boards, seven assists, three steals) really struggled and the New York media isn’t going to let that ride too much longer.  We still like Ntilikina as a stash but he has a few hurdles to clear in both playing time and then getting a more established role within the offense. 

  • Richaun Holmes a DNP-CD on Christmas Day vs. Knicks

    Richaun Holmes did not play due to somebody’s decision on Monday against the Knicks.

    We say it’s somebody’s decision because we’re not sure Brett Brown makes the call here or if it’s the Colangelos exercising their decision to have their guys get the nod.  Whoever makes the call it’s not a good one, and for the foreseeable future Holmes’ production and playing time will be sporadic.  It’s doubtful they erase him from the rotation completely, and the calls for him to play more will only get louder as Basketball Twitter realizes how dumb this situation is. As we’ve said, we have zero doubts about the skill or stat set of the player, just the decision-makers in Philly.  

  • More signs of life from Marquese Chriss on Saturday

    Marquese Chriss scored 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting (1-of-4 from deep, 3-of-6 from the line) with two rebounds, two assists and three blocks over 25 minutes in the Suns’ 115-106 loss to the Wolves on Saturday.

    The Suns could easily ruin Chriss this season but it’s not hard to see how he can crank things up with even the most benign productive outing.  He has been terrible this year any way one slices it in fantasy, but his stat set is about as good as it gets to turn that statement around.  Owners should be trying to do whatever they can to hang on to him. 

  • Gorgui Dieng gets it done with 10 & 7, five cash counters

    Gorgui Dieng scored 10 points on 2-of-6 shooting (including two threes) with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 23 minutes off the bench on Saturday against the Suns.

    Dieng hit all four of his free throws and this was a vintage line for him.  There’s not much to say about him that we haven’t already, and over the last month he has brought back top-160 value in 20.8 mpg.  That’s the type of ratio that puts him in the conversation for being a stash, but if Nemanja Bjelica returns it could hurt and in general Thibs hasn’t been kind to him.  That said, we’ve seen him start slow and be a mid-round value late in the year so there is still a rationale to stash. 

  • Frank Ntilikina still being held back in New York

    Frank Ntilikina played just 20 minutes in Friday’s loss to the Pistons, scoring five points on 2-of-3 shooting with two rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

    Ntilikina hasn’t been a factor in fantasy leagues just yet but the Knicks need to turn the page at some point and it could basically happen at any time.  Jarrett Jack (four points, six rebounds, six assists, one steal, 28 minutes) could get hurt on any night and Ntilikina is a mid-to-high level stash for the foreseeable future. 

  • JaMychal Green still can’t get any footing in Oakland

    JaMychal Green scored four points on 1-of-5 shooting with four rebounds, two steals and one block over 24 minutes in Wednesday’s loss to the Warriors.

    Green hasn’t been able to capitalize on any of the gains he made last season and appears to have regressed a bit, though it’s hard to say coming off injury and dealing with the mess in Memphis if this is salvageable or not.  As a lower-upside player in standard formats, he should only be owned in 14-16 team leagues right now. 

  • Skal Labissiere still being held back by the Kings

    Skal Labissiere played just 12 minutes in Wednesday’s win over the Nets, scoring seven points on 2-of-6 shooting with six rebounds and no other counting stats.

    Dave Joerger clearly does not trust Labissiere and has him on the tightest of leashes.  There may come a time where he gets let loose but it’s hard to stash him in reasonably sized formats until we get some indication that Joerger believes he’s an integral part of the future of the Kings. 

  • Nemanja Bjelica (foot) questionable for Monday vs. Blazers

    Nemanja Bjelica (foot) is listed as questionable for Monday’s game against the Blazers.

    Tom Thibodeau said he would miss another week and we’re pretty sure that’ll play out.  It’s fair to wonder if Bjelica’s injury is related to the surgery he had even though the team and player are saying it’s not.  Gorgui Dieng continues to get just under 20 mpg and provide the type of low-end value that helps owners survive through what would hopefully be a payoff at the end of the road. 

  • Gorgui Dieng swipes four steals on Thursday

    Gorgui Dieng hauled in eight rebounds, dished out two assists, swiped four steals and blocked one shot in 24 minutes off the bench on Thursday.

    He has been delivering enough value in recent games to be worth owning in deep leagues. He’s found a way to produce and has been peeping out of coach Thibodeau’s doghouse every now and then. Dieng just needs the opportunity to shine but will continue to remain silent on standard-sized league radars until he is given a longer leash.

  • John Collins impressive in return

    John Collins returned to action for Hawks in their 91-105 loss to the Pistons, with the big man scoring 15 points in 20 minutes off the bench.

    His return was a breath of fresh air. The rookie also added seven boards, a steal and a block with zero turnovers. His return obliterates the near-non-existent fantasy value of Miles Plumlee, who has been a non-factor as a fill-in starter at center for the Hawks. Whether or not Collins makes his way into the starting lineup, he should be in line for some big minutes with an accelerated improvement track down the road.

  • Zach LaVine on schedule for early January return

    The Bulls expect Zach LaVine to start back-to-back practices in about a week, giving him a three week timeline to return to the court.

    The dates provided from the Bulls include a few ranges so we might see LaVine back as early as the last week of December. That said the Bulls are playing for the future and they’re hoping LaVine can have an impact similar to Victor Oladipo after he’s fully recovered and has the keys to their offense. If LaVine is on any waiver wires it’s time to pick him up and hold him through the new year. 

  • Maxi Kleber channels inner Dirk, scores 16 on three triples

    Maxi Kleber continued to stay relevant with 16 points, three triples, give boards, an assist and a block on 6-of-9 shooting vs the Timberwolves on Sunday.

    Kleber and Dirk Nowitzki are both from Würzburg, Germany which is not even close to being considered a big city in Germany. That said, something in the water must help develop lanky forwards who can hit triples. Kleber has been a top-100 player over his last four games in 8-cat and has averaged two blocks over that period. Given the Mavs have struggled to find big-men worthy of playing time this year Kleber could continue to emerge as an option as the year continues.

  • Trey Lyles scores career high 25 on five triples vs. Pacers

    Trey Lyles stepped up big against the Pacers on Sunday night, scoring a career high 25 with five boards, five triples and a steal.

    Lyles outplayed Mason Plumlee and Kenneth Faried tonight to help the Nuggets stay competitive against one of the hottest teams in the Association. If you’re in a deep league keep an eye on Lyles as Paul Millsap is going to be out for awhile. 

  • Justin Patton makes G-League debut

    16th overall pick Justin Patton played 16 minutes, shooting 5-of-9 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line to go with 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocks for the T-Wolves’ G-League affiliate, the Iowa Wolves.

    Interestingly enough, Patton had the worst +/- on the team with a minus 15 but his team still got the victory. An afterthought of the blockbuster Jimmy Butler, Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen trade, Patton has some upside as a dynasty league stash. Gorgui Dieng currently stands in his way for backup minutes.

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