• Austin Rivers
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Austin Rivers started on Monday and scored a season-high 21 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and two triples.

    Rivers drew the start and was in attack mode from the beginning. He was comfortable out there as the main pick-and-roll ball handler, seeking out mismatches and attacking the rim. His fantasy value dips back to irrelevancy when either Russell Westbrook (rest) or James Harden (thigh) return, but his streaming appeal is there when either sits.

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  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr.’s starting stint is over, as Elfrid Payton is expected to return after a two-game absence from an ankle injury on Wednesday when the Knicks face the Hornets.

    DSJ had a strong game in Houston on Monday, putting up 15 points, five assists, seven steals and seven rebounds, but there were some defensive missteps and he committed three turnovers. With Frank Ntilikina still dealing with groin soreness Smith will likely get his minutes as the primary backup point guard and he deserved consideration in deeper leagues.

    Source: NY Post

  • Dragan Bender
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Dragan Bender put up a goose egg (0-for-4 FGs) in 25 minutes vs. the Kings on Tuesday, adding just five rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Bender once again played an encouraging amount of minutes in just his second game with Golden State. And while he shouldn't be expected to go crazy this early on a new team, this performance is disappointing. For a young player still thought to have decent upside, it's looking like he won't be able to make nearly as much of his opportunity as Marquese Chriss has.

  • Andrew Wiggins
    SF, Golden State Warriors

    Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points (6-of-14 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) but did little else (one assist) in a 94-112 loss to the Kings on Tuesday.

    Wiggins' Warriors six-game tenure has been a mixed bag to this point. Unfortunately, that may be the case for the rest of the season, as the Warriors will likely have inconsistent rosters with Stephen Curry (left hand fracture) and Draymond Green (right pelvic contusion) in and out of the lineup. Hold onto Wiggins and hope we see more of those early-season performances.

  • Damion Lee
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    Damion Lee contributed across the board in Tuesday's loss to the Kings as he posted 14 points (4-of-9 FGs), six rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Lee has been a solid fantasy option in 12-team leagues for a while now, but a recent surge in steals has him sitting as a four-round player in 8-cat leagues and a third-round player in 9-cat leagues over the last two weeks. Stephen Curry (left hand fracture) returns in three games, so Lee's production will likely take a small hit.

  • Buddy Hield
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Buddy Hield hit five 3-pointers as part of a 19-point (6-of-15 FGs), six-rebound, two-assist, one-steal performance in a 112-94 road victory over the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Hield, since exiting the starting lineup, has easily been an early-round player. He may not keep up such high shooting percentages and therefore will likely see a drop in threes and points as well. However, regardless of his role, Hield has solidified himself as a reliable top-35 player going forward.

  • Kent Bazemore
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Kent Bazemore provided a little of everything, including nine points (2-of-4 FGs, 3-of-8 FTs), 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes in a win over the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Bazemore's role appears to be growing. And if he's given the 28 minutes per game like he's played over his last four games, he's worth an add. In that small sample, Bazemore easily ranks in the fourth round (fifth round in 8-cat leagues). Harrison Barnes continued his hot stretch with 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting with two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

  • Harry Giles III
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Harry Giles nearly double-doubled again, this time with 13 points (5-of-9 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), nine rebounds, four assists and a steal in 24 minutes in a win over the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Giles has put together two solid games in a row now. It's hard to get too excited about his prospects this season, though. Giles will likely lose his starting role and meaningful minutes once the Kings' frontcourt gets healthier or even as Alex Len gets more comfortable in Sacramento. Nemanja Bjelica struggled in this one, providing just one point (0-of-5 FGs), three rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes. He should bounce back on Thursday against the Thunder.

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    LeBron James was looking spry on Tuesday in putting up a season-high 40 points on 17-of-27 shooting with eight rebounds, six assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 34 minutes in a win over the Pelicans on Tuesday.

    James looked like he had something extra in his step as Zion Williamson visited the Lakers in Staples Center for the first time. LeBron's defensive stats and free throw percentage have dipped lately, but there's little reason to think that he won't be a top-20 player for the rest of the season. Anthony Davis also came up big in this one despite banging his arm late in the game. He produced 21 points, 14 boards, three dimes, a steal and six blocks in 36 minutes.

  • Danny Green
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    After an early trip to the locker room, Danny Green (laceration) returned and had a true throwback performance with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting with five 3-pointers, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 31 minutes as the Lakers beat the Pelicans 118-109 on Tuesday.

    If only Green could do this consistently again, he'd be an early-round draft pick once more. Alas, he struggles to do enough across the board to earn a spot on most fantasy teams. Green is worth a dart throw whenever you need a little bit of everything.

  • Markieff Morris
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Markieff Morris came off the bench to play 15 minutes in his Lakers debut on Tuesday, recording four points (1-of-3 shooting), one rebound and one block.

    Morris' value will likely take a big hit with the Lakers, but he's certainly capable of putting up standard league value if he can regularly exceed 20 minutes per game. Keep an eye on how his role unfolds.