December 4, 2015, 7:09 am
Serge Ibaka had just nine points, seven rebounds and one steal in Thursday’s loss to the Heat.
Ibaka hit 4-of-11 shots and one of those was a triple so it wasn’t all bad, but the lack of blocks hurt owners counting on him to be a force in that area on most nights. His 3-point attempts have been nearly cut in third so far this year but his field goal percentage hasn’t improved and he is only a top 50-60 guy so far. His free throws shooting is also down by a bunch and the only good news is that he’s not getting to the line that much, but free throw shooting had been a strength in past campaigns. The steals and blocks are mostly there, so owners need to look to the aforementioned categories as indicators. He’s probably a buy low guy, but to what extent is certainly up to date if he can’t get his efficiency back.
January 27, 2020, 11:22 amGrayson AllenSG, Memphis Grizzlies
Grayson Allen (left hip soreness) has been ruled out indefinitely.
Allen has improved as a shooter this year, but has been sidelines with both ankle and hip injuries for the majority of the season. The youth movement has continued with out him. He's off the fantasy radar.
Source: Chris Herrington on Twitter
January 27, 2020, 11:20 amLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen (right hip stress reaction) shared that his hip had only recently begun to bother him before being shut down for over a month.
This can be interpreted in two ways. One could understand the fact that Markkanen thought the hip problem was just "normal soreness" as positive, since it's unrelated to issues he's had with his oblique, elbow and ankle this season. On the other hand, this might just be further proof of just how brittle Markkanen has been throughout his young career, averaging about 24 missed games per season if this newest timetable holds true. Thaddeus Young has held top-30 value in his absence and is the type of pick-up that could propel you into the postseason.
Source: The Athletic
January 27, 2020, 11:13 amMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk expressed surprise at his name popping up in trade rumors and shared his commitment to the Hornets.
Monk was responding to a report about the Knicks being interested in trading for him. He responded with the typical, cookie-cutter non-answer. Monk has been playing his best basketball as of late, emerging as a spark plug off the bench, and the truth is that Charlotte should probably be testing the market to see what they can get for the inconsistent 21-year-old. Monk's not a stash per se, given that he's not likely to start wherever he gets traded, but he'd be a speculative add if trade rumors prove true.
Source: The Athletic
January 27, 2020, 11:08 amWillie Cauley-SteinC, Dallas Mavericks
Willie Cauley-Stein has yet to practice with the Mavericks and is uncertain to play on Monday against the Thunder, according to Rick Carlisle.
The report continues to say that Cauley-Stein may not be activated in time for Tuesday's game either. We're not sure why WCS' Mavs debut has to be delayed. In the piece, Carlisle describes him as a "rim-protector" and "rim-roller," two roles to which additional practice time would not necessarily contribute one way or the other. In any case, if you picked up the Mavs big man hoping for four games this week, you'll likely get less than a full slate of games from him.
Source: Dallas News
January 26, 2020, 11:32 pmDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard was unstoppable while leading the Blazers to a 139-129 victory over the Pacers on Sunday, totaling 50 points (14-of-23 FG, 14-of-16 FT), 13 assists, six rebounds, eight 3-pointers and one steal.
This will go down as one of the best fantasy lines of the entire season. Lillard has gone for 61, 47 and now 50 points over his last three games. Despite C.J. McCollum returning to help lighten his load, Lillard still dominated over 38 minutes. He just keeps getting better, and if he can do this all season he is going to be in the conversation for a top-5 selection next year.
January 26, 2020, 11:31 pmJeremy LambSG, Indiana Pacers
Jeremy Lamb woke up from his recent stupor of mediocrity in Sunday's loss to the Blazers, notching a team-high 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting and a full line.
Lamb rounded out his line for the night with two rebounds, one assist, two 3s, two steals and one block. He combined for 31 points over the last four games prior to tonight's gem. After this rampage on the stat sheet, you can consider his buy-low window officially slammed shut.
January 26, 2020, 11:27 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside was fantastic vs. the Pacers on Sunday, registering 21 points (9-of-11 FG), 14 rebounds and six blocks.
This was a high scoring affair, and it will be interesting to see if Whiteside can continue averaging 15 points a game alongside a fully healthy roster now that C.J. McCollum returned to the lineup. Either way, Whiteside is indispensable as long as Jusuf Nurkic (leg) remains out. Until Nurkic is back in action Whiteside is going to keep beasting with early-round value.
January 26, 2020, 11:26 pmDomantas SabonisC, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis dropped a huge line in Sunday's loss to the Blazers, erupting for 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting with 14 rebounds, 11 dimes and one blocked shot.
Sabonis is a beast and that beast was unleashed tonight in the absence of Myles Turner (illness). While his line was not enough to carry his Pacers to victory, the stats he put up in the box score were huge in the fantasy arena.
January 26, 2020, 11:23 pmDoug McDermottSF, Indiana Pacers
Doug McDermott caught fire for the Pacers on Sunday night, making six triples en route to a 19-point performance on 7-of-11 shooting with one rebound and one assist.
Streaky 3-point shooting specialists like McDermott are almost always worth riding out until their hot streak ends. He's making it rain over his last couple of games, so keep rocking him for a boost in that specific category.
January 26, 2020, 11:23 pmCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum (left ankle sprain) had a successful return against the Pacers on Sunday, putting up 28 points (11-of-21 FG), six 3-pointers and five assists.
McCollum jumped right back into the swing of things after missing the past three games and played nearly 36 minutes in this one. It's terrific to see no restrictions and that he was happy initiating the offense. Damian Lillard is on fire, but he more than happy to have McCollum chipping in, and you can count on his scoring abilities delivering mid-round value.