• Bradley Beal - G - Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal was electrifying in Sunday's 138-140 double-overtime loss to the Raptors, posting 43 points, 10 rebounds, a career-high-tying 15 assists, three steals, two blocks and five 3-pointers.

    The Wizards were getting smoked for most of the day but rallied back from 14 down at the start of the fourth to tie things up, largely because of Beal. He hit a number of tough shots and scored 21 points in the fourth quarter alone, completely catching fire and nailing pull-ups and step-back jumpers over some great defensive efforts. Beal started the day hitting just one of his first nine shots and wound up finishing 17-for-36 from the field while playing 55 minutes. He went an ugly 3-of-7 from the free throw line, which hurts considering how close the Wizards came to pulling off an insane comeback, but Beal's fantasy owners have to be loving life without John Wall even with that blip. What a performance.

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  • Jae Crowder - F - Utah Jazz

    Jae Crowder put up 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting with five threes and three defensive stats in a big win over the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Crowder is going to have his ups and downs, but he is ultimately their sixth man and will need to play well for them to make it to the playoffs. He is currently outside the top-150 value right now and is merely a 3-point specialist in deep leagues.

  • Elfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans

    Elfrid Payton finished Wednesday's loss with seven points, five rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, a 3-pointer and a 3-for-10 shooting line.

    Payton also missed his only free throw and committed four turnovers, but this type of multi-cat line should drive him into the top-100 by season's end. You might be able to buy low in hopes that his minutes edge up above 30 going forward but he's not too far off the mark as is.

  • Julius Randle - F - New Orleans Pelicans

    Julius Randle had issues with foul trouble on Wednesday, which limited him to 23 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three triples in 22 minutes.

    Randle did well whenever he was on the court, hitting 6-of-8 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line, but availability was the big issue tonight. Niko Mirotic was also excellent tonight, which likely played a part. The line itself was fine but if you were wondering about the minutes, there you go.

  • Rudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert put up a monster game on Wednesday as he had 23 points with 22 rebounds and four blocks in a 129-109 win over the Clippers.

    He shot 7-of-10 form the field and went 9-of-10 from the line. The Jazz are on fire and it is due in large part to the stellar play of Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. Both guys are top-20 over the past two weeks and Gobert is actually top-20 for the entire season.

  • Donovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz

    Donovan Mitchell put up 28 points on 10-of-22 shooting with six assists and three steals in a win over the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Mitchell had a shaky start to the season, but he still holds top-70 value and is steadily rising as he is inside the top-20 over the past two weeks. He has the potential to be an early-round guy, so fantasy owners should could only hope that this hot streak lasts for the rest of the season.

  • Jusuf Nurkic - C - Trail Blazers

    Jusuf Nurkic triple-doubled while taking only six shots in Wednesday's 129-112 dismantling of the Cavs, posting 10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and five blocks in 28 minutes of action.

    It's Nurk's first career triple-double and the first one compiled by a Blazer since Nic Batum way back in 2014. The big man has been absolutely rolling of late, as weird blip on Monday aside, and looks poised to surpass his lofty ADP. He's posting numbers right on line with his previous career-bests in most categories while also shattering his personal high mark from the free throw line, hitting at .741 despite being a .642 career free throw shooter. Let the good times roll.

    Source: Jason Quick on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard - G - Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard, initially questionable to play, showed no signs of a right hand strain in Wednesday's win with 33 points, six assists and four triples on 11-of-19 from the field.

    The Blazers could've opted to give Dame the night off against the lowly Cavs but he was only out for light work in his 32 minutes anyway. He predictably cooked an awful team and while the nights won't always be this easy, there's never much reason to worry about Lillard. C.J. McCollum added 19 points and a pair of triples.

  • Maxi Kleber - F - Dallas Mavericks

    Maxi Kleber put up seven points with two 3-pointers, four steals and one block in a loss to the Spurs on Wednesday.

    He has stream potential while he is starting and could have an increase in value if Dennis Smith Jr. is ultimately traded. He has been a top-80 player over the past two weeks and worth an add if he is available in your league.

  • Jake Layman - F - Trail Blazers

    Jake Layman cooked the Cavs for 18 points on 8-of-11 from the field in Wednesday's win, adding three rebounds, three assists, a block and two 3-pointers in a start at small forward.

    Layman might hold the job for a while considering how long Moe Harkless (sore left knee) will likely need to ramp back up to a full workload following his latest absence. It's enough to make Layman an understandable option in 20-team leagues but he's still not a recommended add. We'll revisit if he can follow this up against an NBA-caliber team.

  • Rodney Hood - G - Cleveland Cavaliers

    Rodney Hood posted 20 points on 7-of-15 from the field on Wednesday night as the Cavs fell in Portland.

    Hood added four rebounds and two assists to fill out his hollow line, though he did hit all six free throws. He's dealt with Achilles issues lately and was still on a bit of a minutes limit tonight but at least he was able to stay productive. Alec Burks was less fortunate with seven points in 24 minutes. This is a deep-league situation when both are healthy.