• Nikola Mirotic scored 17 points with five treys in just 19 minutes against the Sixers on Monday.

    Mirotic’s minutes and role are shaky right now but he has enough upside to just roll with it.  He needed to average closer to 28 mpg to get the mid-round upside we were pitching this preseason and right now he’s at 23.6 per game, hence the value outside of the top-100.   It’s hard to see all of his teammates staying healthy this season — and in the meantime he’ll be incentivized to play defense with some time on the pine.

Fantasy News

  • Nemanja Bjelica
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Nemanja Bjelica stuffed the stat sheet on Monday with 20 points (7-of-10 FG) to go with nine boards, eight dimes, two steals, three blocks and four 3-pointers.

    Bjelica continues to fill it up across the board and needs to be plugged into all lineups and owned in all formats until further notice. Richaun Holmes (shoulder) remains out and Marvin Bagley (foot) always has a new ailment he's dealing with.

  • Jakob Poeltl
    C, San Antonio Spurs

    Jakob Poeltl filled in admirably for LaMarcus Aldridge (right thumb sprain) on Monday, double-doubling with 16 points (7-of-12 FGs, 2-of-8 FTs), 13 rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 36 minutes.

    Poeltl was intentionally fouled a couple times near the end of the game and made just 1-of-4 free throws in that stretch, causing Greg Popovich to remove him from the close game. Poeltl is an obvious fantasy start again on Wednesday if Aldridge misses that game, too. But even if Poeltl is relegated to the bench, he's now blocked at least two shots in 10 straight games, so he's worth starting on many squads if the fit is right.

  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, Miami Heat

    Jimmy Butler had an efficient game in a win over the Magic on Monday, going for 19 points (7-of-11 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block in 30 minutes.

    Butler has quietly remained in the top-20/12 (8-cat/9-cat) this season largely due to his elite steals and great assist and free throw numbers. His threes and steals have been down just a bit lately, but those numbers should stabilize to keep him near the top of the fantasy rankings for the rest of the season.

  • Duncan Robinson
    F, Miami Heat

    Duncan Robinson hit six 3-pointers on Monday in a win over the Magic on his way to a 21-point (7-of-11 FGs), five-rebound, one-assist performance over 33 minutes.

    That's six games in a row with at least four triples for Robinson. Despite averaging 3.5 treys over the past month, though, Robinson is barely inside the top-150 in that span. He doesn't provide much of anything else of value, so make sure that he fits your team if you've been holding onto him.

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
    SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Shai Gilegous-Alexander didn't have the best night in Monday's 97-107 loss to the Mavs, scoring 16 points on 5-of-20 shooting to go with 11 boards, four dimes, a block and three triples.

    Gilgeous-Alexander went 5-for-20 from the field and saved his night with some extra rebounding and three treys. He'll be much better as he's shown recently so just ride this one out.

  • Steven Adams
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Steven Adams scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting to go with five rebounds and four dimes on Monday.

    Adams returned from his ankle injury last game, but it looks like it's still bothering him. He's moving a bit slower out there and only logged 24 minutes tonight in what was a relatively close game most of the way. Nerlens Noel (19 minutes, nine points, eight rebounds, one assist and one block) didn't do too much either tonight.

  • Dennis Schroder
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Dennis Schroder started on Monday and scored 21 points on 6-of-16 shooting to go with seven rebounds, six assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers.

    Schroder played a game-high 41 minutes and for good reason. He got the spot start with Chris Paul (personal) sitting and if he's given extended minutes you can expect him to put up big lines. Sadly this is only a temporary boost.

  • Danilo Gallinari
    SF, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Danilo Gallinari struggled shooting on Monday, scoring 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting to go with five boards, six assists, a steal and two triples.

    Gallo didn't connect on as many shots as we'd like ,but he handed out a game-high six dimes to make up for it. Once Chris Paul (personal) returns, we can expect those dimes to cool off a bit.

  • Luka Doncic
    PG-SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Luka Doncic put up 29 points on 10-of-24 shooting (4-for-7 FTs) with 11 boards, five dimes and five triples in Monday's win over the Thunder.

    Doncic struggled again with his free throw shooting, as he shot under .700 in five consecutive games now. He always had a knack for gathering popcorn stats and knocking down triples, but the efficiency was what held him back last season in fantasy and that deficiency is rearing its head again. Hopefully he can get over this slump soon.

  • Kristaps Porzingis
    PF-C, Dallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porzingis double-doubled on Monday with 14 points and 10 boards to go with three assists, a steal, a block and two triples.

    Porzingis logged 26 minutes which is about where we'd expect him to land throughout most of the season due to his troubling knee issues. He went 5-for-15 from the floor which is also on par with his shooting numbers this year. Although the percentages aren't pretty, he's doing enough across the board to hold nearly top-50 value in 9-cat leagues.