March 10, 2020, 11:12 pmLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic was outstanding yet again on Tuesday night, cooking up 38 points on 13-of-26 shooting, seven rebounds, eight assists, two steals and six 3-pointers.
All this through a right wrist sprain, too. Doncic remains Dallas' primary source of just about everything, and it's been a delight to watch him grow by leaps and bounds as a fantasy asset. His percentages have both jumped notably, and that Doncic has managed to improve his FG% by almost 3.5 percentage points despite an increase of almost four shots per game is truly remarkable. We can't wait to see him in the NBA playoffs, much like his fantasy GMs can't wait to watch him in theirs.
March 8, 2020, 6:41 pmJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday carried the load on Sunday in Minnesota, leading the Pelicans to a win with 37 points (13-for-20 FG, 8-of-9 FT), nine rebounds, eight assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers.
Holiday set a new season-high in scoring today and it was good to see a line like this after he's been playing like more of a support player while New Orleans' younger charges have been outstanding. Holiday is as safe as it gets in the early-middle rounds and has top-20 upside. Hopefully this is the start of a production binge.
March 1, 2020, 6:23 pmKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis toyed with the Wolves on Sunday, dropping 38 points (13-of-25 FG), 13 rebounds, four assists, a steal, five blocks and six 3-pointers.
Porzingis feasted against a small front line and Luka Doncic out. He just hoisted up a season-high 14 triples on Friday but matched it in this one and he's clearly feeling it. KP has been a first-rounder for the last two months and it looks like Dallas swindled the Knicks (that was already assumed, now it's official) to form an elite young core. Porzingis' injury history depressed his ADP this year but there won't be any discount next season.
March 1, 2020, 3:51 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo was dominant on Sunday afternoon, posting 41 points, 20 rebounds, six assists, a steal and a 3-pointer against the Hornets.
It's the first 40 & 20 game of Antetokounmpo's career, and we're betting it won't be the last. He also shot an incredible 17-for-28 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line to cap off yet another huge performance. The Bucks are going to cruise to the first seed which might put Giannis in danger for some rest days down the stretch, but obviously he's going to be truly elite when he's on the floor.
February 28, 2020, 11:42 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled with 13 points, 25 rebounds, two blocks and a 3-pointer in Friday's loss to the Kings.
Valanciunas was a letdown on the offensive end with a 4-for-14 shooting line, but he made up for it with his work on the glass. That's a new career-best in boards for Big Science. Memphis' injuries guarantee JV extra minutes, and he was already a top-60 guy in a modest 25.8 mpg before this added opportunity appeared before him. A big finish could, and should, be on the way.
February 22, 2020, 10:35 pmJohn CollinsPF, Atlanta Hawks
John Collins was dominant in Saturday's 111-107 win over the Hawks, putting up 35 points, 17 rebounds, a steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers while shooting 13-of-18 from the field.
Collins has been cooking at a first-round level in the last two weeks, and is a few spots below that on the full season, and there's really nothing outside of health that can slow him down — not even Clint Capela. He made quick work of a smaller Mavs team tonight and kept Atlanta around until Trae Young popped in 13 of his 25 points in the final frame. Keep the young Hawks locked and loaded down the stretch.
February 9, 2020, 8:44 pmZach LaVinePG, Chicago Bulls
Zach LaVine was a game-time decision because of a neck injury on Sunday but played and stuffed the box score with 32 points (11-of-21 FG), eight assists, three steals, a block, five 3-pointers and nine turnovers in 40 minutes.
It's safe to say that the neck issue isn't a concern here. The turnovers are brutal but LaVine added another big line to his resume tonight and he's now a top-30/40 (8/9-cat) option on the season. Considering his ADP, that's a big win. As the featured player in Chicago, expect LaVine to keep this up as long as he stays healthy, though his value is currently being buoyed by a notable career-high in steals (1.4 per game).
February 2, 2020, 3:24 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic was dominant on Sunday afternoon, putting up 39 points (on 16-of-23 shooting), 10 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer.
The Nuggets lost a 21-point lead and ultimately fell in overtime, but it can't be pinned on Jokic. He schooled Andre Drummond for most of the day and had his way with the Pistons, with most of his missed shots coming late in the game when Denver needed to sacrifice shot quality to save clock. Remember when people were frustrated with Jokic to start the year?
February 2, 2020, 2:08 amDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard had another outstanding game in Saturday's 124-107 win over the Jazz with 51 points, 12 assists, nine 3-pointers and a steal while going 17-of-29 from the field.
Lillard has been the top fantasy player in the game over the last two weeks. In his last six contests he's averaging 48.8 points, 10.2 assists and 8.2 3-pointers while going .548 from the field on 28 shots per game. Oh, he's also hitting 92.3 percent of his free throws in that time too. Unreal.
January 14, 2020, 11:04 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks throttled the Knicks by a 128-102 score on Tuesday night, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo's 37 points (12-for-17 FG, 3-for-5 3PT, 10-of-12 FT), nine rebounds four assists and a block in just 21 minutes.
The Knickerbockers never stood a chance. This is the best of all worlds for GA's fantasy GMs — he put up a huge game, hit his threes and knocked down his freebies at a great clip, all while getting basically a half-night off. Khris Middleton added 17 points (6-of-9 FG), three rebounds, three assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 21 minutes though most of the other Bucks weren't needed for much in a blowout win.
January 14, 2020, 10:25 pmKevin HuerterSG, Atlanta Hawks
Kevin Huerter had a huge game on Tuesday night, posting 23 points, a career-high 15 rebounds, a career-high eight assists, a steal and four 3-pointers.
Huerter should be rostered in all leagues, and odds are that his injuries and low profile have probably kept him overlooked in more casual leagues. He's a top-110 guy on the year and is rolling along with top-50 numbers in the last couple of weeks. Huerter has no real threats to his playing time or role and should be able to notch late-middle round numbers with relative ease.
January 12, 2020, 9:09 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas crushed the Warriors in Sunday's 122-102 win over the Warriors, needing 29 minutes to post 31 points (13-of-17 FG), 19 rebounds, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer.
The Warriors are sitting ducks this year and opposing centers are feasting. Valanciunas made quick work of Omari Spellman and company and is absolutely rolling along with top-50 value. Hopefully you were able to buy low after a quiet start to the year. Jaren Jackson Jr. was no slouch either, delivering 21 points, five rebounds, a steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.
January 4, 2020, 7:08 pmJae CrowderPF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jae Crowder played through left ankle soreness on Saturday and the Grizzlies are thankful that he did, as the forward put up 27 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals, three blocks and six 3-pointers.
Crowder also went 10-of-17 from the field and if this weren't an 11-game night it would almost surely go down as the best fantasy line of the day. He's been a solid late-round guy on the season and has a definite 9-cat lean, but you can consider him a solid play in all formats given his recent run.
January 4, 2020, 1:38 amAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis (shoulder) suited up in Friday's 123-113 win over the Pelicans and made everything look easy with 46 points, 13 rebounds, three steals, a block and three 3-pointers.
Davis went an absurd 15-of-21 from the field and hit all 13 of his free throws against his old team, finding little resistance as he rolled right through the New Orleans defense. The shoulder injury remains something to keep an eye on but it hasn't cost him much time so far and clearly it isn't preventing him from dominating. LeBron James added 17 points and 15 assists in the home victory.
January 3, 2020, 10:11 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside predictably steamrolled the Wizards on Friday, racking up 23 points (8-for-14 FG, 7-for-8 FT), 21 rebounds and five blocks.
Whiteside's been putting up numbers all year long, so him taking advantage of this cake matchup is no surprise. There are questions about his long-term value given his on-court limitations and the eventual return of Jusuf Nurkic, so a sell-high move is probably the play in general, but to this point the big man has been thrashing his ADP and should have at least another month of unlimited production.