February 23, 2019, 10:21 pmD'Angelo RussellG, Brooklyn Nets
D'Angelo Russell filled it up on his birthday, leading the Nets with 40 points (14-for-31 shooting), seven assists, two steals, a block and six 3-pointers in Saturday's win over the Hornets.
Russell tied his career-high and did a ton of heavy lifting tonight as no other Net scored 20 points and only one managed more than 11. He's been a top-50 guy all season and hasn't slowed down yet with Caris LeVert back in the fold (small sample caveat), though we are expecting some kind of step backwards when LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie are both around. Even so, it would take a massive implosion for fantasy owners to not get a great return on their investment here considering D'Lo's mid-80s ADP. If you can get a certified early-round producer then it's probably wise to pull the trigger but there's nothing wrong with kicking back and enjoying the show, either.
December 6, 2019, 11:29 pmAbdel NaderSF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Abdel Nader moved into the starting lineup on Friday but only notched six points, two rebounds and a block in 30 minutes of action.
More troublingly, Nader only took three shots in his time on the court. After a short run of big scoring nights, Nader has only taken 13 shots combined in his last three contests. He's only worth your team in super deep leagues.
December 6, 2019, 11:27 pmJeff TeaguePG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeff Teague drew into the starting five with Andrew Wiggins out on Friday and put forth a monster effort with 32 points on 12-of-17 shooting, five rebounds, nine assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.
Teague has accepted a bench role this year but this is the kind of night that will earn him more minutes going forward. He remains under the radar and should be viewed as a solid late-middle round option whether he's starting or not, with room to improve if his steals and threes trend back towards his career norms.
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.
December 6, 2019, 11:20 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams kept his foot on the gas on Friday, delivering his best game of the season, tallying 22 points (9-of-13 FGs, 4-of-8 FTs), 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and four blocks.
Adams is scorching-hot lately, cracking the top-10 in 9-cat last week with uncharacteristic .900 shooting from the line, which will obviously see a dip after tonight. He's a sell-high player at the moment as this pace is not sustainable, plus he's also not going to be as productive if the Thunder are able to trade him away.
December 6, 2019, 11:19 pmJordan BellPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jordan Bell checked in for 21 minutes on Friday night, delivering 12 points and five boards in an OT loss to the Thunder.
Bell hadn't topped 17 minutes this year before tonight and had combined for just under 11 minutes over Minnesota's last four games combined. This one comes out of nowhere and did feature Andrew Wiggins sitting out, so take it with a grain of salt, but Bell looks to be ahead of Noah Vonleh in the rotation and is someone to monitor in deep formats.
December 6, 2019, 11:17 pmJosh OkogieSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Josh Okogie put up 12 points in 33 minutes on Friday, adding three rebounds and two 3-pointers.
It's been said that Okogie will be moving back into the starting five, which just makes sense considering where the Wolves are at on their development curve. The athletic wing can deliver standard-league numbers as a 3-and-D guy so keep a close eye on him. Treveon Graham moved to the bench and played only 14 minutes.
December 6, 2019, 11:15 pmKeita Bates-DiopSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Keita Bates-Diop slowed down substantially on Friday, missing all seven of his shots to finish scoreless in 16 minutes.
Despite Andrew Wiggins missing this one, KBD saw a six-game low in playing time and had his performance bottom out to match. His surprising middle-round run over the last couple of weeks came to a screeching halt tonight, and it wouldn't be a shock if Bates-Diop returned to fleeting deep-league relevance going forward. You can give him another game or two just in case this, and not the random five-game burst, is the aberration.
December 6, 2019, 11:15 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul donned some of his vintage form on Friday as he dropped a season-high 30 points on 11-of-20 shooting, with four rebounds, one 3-pointer, seven dimes and two blocks.
This was a sweet make-up game for his 4-point disaster vs. the Pacers on Thursday. As things stand, CP3 is looking solid as a top-30 value play while he's healthy (knocks on wood).
December 6, 2019, 11:11 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander woke up with a fantastic game in Friday's 139-127 win over the Wolves with a career-high 29 points (8-of-13 FGs, 12-of-12 FTs), five rebounds, one 3-pointer, two assists and one steal.
Wow. Talk about a bounce-back SGA has been floundering in the rankings lately, edged out of the top-200 last week. This strong showing may not be enough to slam his buy-low window shut just yet, but is a stern reminder of the tantalizing upside he brings to the table.
December 6, 2019, 11:05 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo had a light night of work in Friday's 119-91 thrashing of the Clippers, scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and a 3-pointer in just 26 minutes.
The Bucks came out on fire and ended this one early, which explains the lack of defensive numbers. Antetokounmpo is producing second-round value on the season, but that's almost entirely because of his atrocious .591 mark at the free throw line on 11 attempts per game. Unfortunately, The Greek Freak is a full-fledged punt-FT guy, which is going to prevent him from hitting his ceiling and his fantasy ADP despite the excellent numbers elsewhere.