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.
December 18, 2019, 9:42 pmPascal SiakamPF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam cooked the Pistons on Wednesday night, scoring 26 points and stuffing the stat sheet with five rebounds, three assists, a steal, four blocks and six 3-pointers.
Siakam ended up shooting 10-of-23 from the field and took a few bad shots when the offense started to slow down, but that can be forgiven considering how full this line is. He's a second-round value and might see more playing time as both a center and a playmaker in the wake of Marc Gasol's injury.
December 17, 2019, 10:17 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young led the Hawks with 42 points, four rebounds, eight assists and seven 3-pointers in Tuesday's losing effort.
Young shot 16-of-29 from the field in what was an outstanding performance. It's a shame that none of his teammates could join him, as Atlanta lost to the Knicks by 23. Vince Carter took advantage of the debacle to post 15 points, two blocks and four triples in 24 minutes off the bench but is only a consideration in 30-team formats.
December 6, 2019, 11:21 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns had a huge game on Friday night, posting 30 points, five rebounds, eight assists, two steals, two blocks and five 3-pointers.
Towns went 11-of-16 from the field and didn't commit a turnover in 37 minutes. Not bad for a guy who was considered a game-time decision due to right knee tendinopathy. KAT is going to finish among fantasy's top-5, not that that's a surprise.
November 30, 2019, 12:32 amLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic led the Mavs in Friday's road win, going 12-of-24 from the field and 15-of-18 from the line en route to 42 points, nine rebounds, 11 assists, a steal and three triples with just two turnovers.
Wow. Doncic's major issues last season were free throws and turnovers, and tonight was an example of the progress he's made on both fronts. Though he's still averaging 4.6 TOs on the year, he has bumped his free throw percentage up from 71.3 as a rookie to 82.3 on extra volume this year. He's an unreal talent and should dominate fantasy rankings for years to come.
April 9, 2018, 10:47 pmAllen CrabbeSG/SF, Brooklyn Nets
Allen Crabbe was scorching hot in Monday's 114-105 win over the Bulls, going 12-of-15 from the field, 8-of-11 from deep and a perfect 9-of-9 at the line to score a career-high 41 points.
41 points on 15 shots is unbelievable stuff, and the threes also tied a career-high that he's hit two other times. Crabbe added five rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block if you're interested in that sort of thing. He had been scuffling a bit over the last couple of weeks with moderate scoring and poor shooting but had scored 45 points over the two games leading into tonight. Crabbe is finishing off his first year in Brooklyn with a bang and needs to be in all lineups if your leagues are still going.
April 7, 2018, 1:16 amGreg MonroePF/C, Boston Celtics
Greg Monroe was beastly in Friday's home victory, lighting the Bulls up to the tune of 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double.
Monroe did his damage in 28 minutes off the bench, shooting 8-of-10 while adding two steals and a block. We knew he was going to eat with Al Horford resting tonight but he exceeded just about all expectations with this one. Moose should be owned in all leagues and while he won't be a triple-double guy, he is in line for a few extra assists with the Celtics so thin in the backcourt. He's a pretty solid passer out of the post and the Celtics seem willing to leverage those abilities when they need a different look on offense. Monroe is in line for a solid finish to the year.
April 6, 2018, 10:20 pmLeBron JamesSF, Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James was unbelievable on Friday night, scoring 44 points and adding 11 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, a block and four 3-pointers in the Cavs' close loss to the Sixers.
This GOAT candidate seems hellbent on improving another candidacy — this year's MVP award. A good ole 44-11-11 oughta do the trick with James standing above all others in Friday night's classic. This one had a playoff feel and James was the best player on the floor. Get used to seeing that over the next two months.
April 4, 2018, 12:25 amJames HardenPG/SG, Houston Rockets
James Harden stole the show on Tuesday night with 38 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers in the Rockets’ 120-104 win over the Wizards.
The Beard is the likely MVP of the season and this is the type of performance that reaffirms that. Harden dismantled the Wizards with his offensive, well, wizardry. Much has been made about his shooting percentage of late and that’s a fair criticism after a 10-game stretch that saw Harden hit only 24 percent on triples. He corrected that with tonight’s 5-of-8 performance on top of everything else he did. An epic game and perfect timing to get the Rockets back on track after their blowout loss to the Spurs on Sunday.
April 3, 2018, 11:44 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook was all over the place on Tuesday night, piling up 44 points, 16 rebounds, six assists, two steals and three 3-pointers but the Thunder fell short to the Warriors.
This was about as Russell as Russell gets, without a triple-double of course. Westbrook was dominant on offense but it wasn't without its downside, turning the ball over six times in the loss. Westbrook now has six or more giveaways in three of his last four games. Still, turnovers or not, you cannot avoid how amazing Westbrook was, nearly beating the Warriors by himself while other members of the OK3 struggled. As the season winds down, it's clear Russ won't end up as fantasy's top star for the season but he will still end up a top-25 play with yet another stellar campaign.