February 11, 2018, 3:10 am
In his first game as a member of the Suns, Elfrid Payton totaled 19 points (8-of-13 shooting), six rebounds and nine assists in 35 minutes on Saturday.
Payton didn’t add any cash counters but hit all three attempts from the charity stripe as a small consolation. The move to Phoenix should help him out, and the sheer opportunity he’s been handed will probably compensate for any adjustment period as he tries to mesh with teammates who, for the most part, are finding their own ways in the NBA. Payton turned in middle-round value with a great run in the second half last year and is shaping up to post top-100 numbers from here on out if tonight was a sign of things to come. Josh Gray notched three steals and a block but only played 13 minutes, and it seems his fantasy stock is dropping hastily.
January 26, 2020, 10:43 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans' front office and coaching staff have liked what they've seen from Zion Williamson when he plays the five, and have indicated that they will continue to experiment with him there.
Head Coach Alvin Gentry in particular has shown an early willingness to test Zion out at the five. “We’re going to have to take a look at it" Gentry said "Sometimes we like matchups at the five, with guys having to guard him, and we feel like he can guard them. It gives us a quicker, more (ball movement)-oriented team.” Williamson saw time at center in both of his first two games, and the early returns appear to show that it actually can work well for the Pelicans. Should he see a lot of time there once he's fully ramped up to speed that will obviously take a toll on the playing time for Derrick Favors and Jaxson Hayes.
Source: The Athletic
January 26, 2020, 12:25 amZach LaVinePG, Chicago Bulls
Zach LaVine was an offensive juggernaut in Saturday's 118-106 win over the Cavs scoring 44 points, on 16-of-30 shooting, while chipping in 10 rebounds, eight assists and a steal.
LaVine is averaging nearly 29 points a game in the month of January and has notched 40-plus points in three games this month. Beyond the scoring he has been very efficient during the stretch while also providing across the board in other categories. Remarkably, he is averaging just shy of two steals a game putting him in top-40 territory, in terms of return on investment.
January 26, 2020, 12:24 amAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis shot 13-of-22 from the field and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc on his way to scoring 31 points with seven rebounds, two steals and one block in a 108-91 loss to the Sixers on Saturday.
Davis was questionable with a glute injury, but he was able to play and show why he's the number one player in 9-cat this season. Davis is a fantasy stud and should be a top-2 player ROS.
January 26, 2020, 12:20 amKris DunnPG, Chicago Bulls
Kris Dunn notched his fifth-straight double digit scoring effort with 10 points in Saturday's win over the Cavs, chipping in five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Dunn's minutes have crept up a bit in the month of January and he has responded by averaging nearly two steals a game to go along with respectable countable numbers. The low scoring output is ok in this one as he made four of the six shots that he attempted, providing an semi-efficient game as he made all two of his shots from the charity stripe.
January 26, 2020, 12:17 amLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James scored 29 points on Saturday to pass Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
James added eight assists and seven rebounds on this historic night but was unable to get the win as the Lakers lost 108-91 to the Sixers. LeBron will continue to chug along with top-10 value ROS and is now only behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone on the all-time scoring list.
January 26, 2020, 12:12 amTomas SatoranskyPG, Chicago Bulls
Tomas Satoransky scored 19 points, on 8-of-11 shooting, in Saturday's win over the Cavs, chipping in six rebounds, six assists and three steals.
After failing to score in double digits in the past five games, Satoransky woke up and dropped 19 in this one. This is his highest scoring output this month and it was paired well with an all-around efficient game, not to mention the three steals. With so many backcourt options it is hard to trust him on a night-to-night basis but this one reminds fantasy owners of what he is capable of producing.
January 26, 2020, 12:10 amKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma flopped on Saturday with four points (2-of-6 from the field) and five rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench.
Kuzma posted a dud and his fantasy value is tied heavily to his scoring. He's outside the top-220 the past month with 14.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 threes per game. He's a late-round value at his best and is worth trying to sell high since his name value may be greater than his fantasy value.
January 26, 2020, 12:06 amThaddeus YoungPF, Chicago Bulls
Thaddeus Young scored 11 points in Saturday's win over the Cavs, chipping in three rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block in 35 minutes of game play.
With both teammates Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. injured, Young is not only getting the start but also playing major minutes in their absences. He is definitely worth a look in the short-term as he is a nice source of defensive statistics while not fantasy owners in any particular area.
January 26, 2020, 12:03 amBen SimmonsPG, Philadelphia Sixers
Ben Simmons flourished on Saturday with 28 points (12-of-15 shooting), 10 rebounds, eight assists and four steals in a 108-91 victory over the Lakers.
LeBron James passed Kobe Bryant on the career scoring list, but Ben Simmons ruined his night and dominated on both ends of the court in an impressive win for a short-handed Sixers team. Simmons was already on a roll with Joel Embiid out and will be even better with Josh Richardson also sidelined. Ben Simmons owners will enjoy the next few weeks.
January 25, 2020, 11:56 pmTobias HarrisSF, Philadelphia Sixers
Tobias Harris scored a team-high 29 points while shooting 10-of-20 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line to go with eight rebounds and three triples on Saturday.
Harris is inside the top-50 on the season as an efficient scorer averaging 19.5 points per game while shooting .478 from the field and .801 from the line. He was an 86 percent free throw shooter last season and is shooting .838 the past month so he's trending up in that area too.