• Josh Richardson
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Josh Richardson will be traded to the Sixers when Monday's sign-and-trade deal involving Jimmy Butler can be made official.

    Richardson is a nice get for the Sixers, though how he adjusts to being the low man on the offensive totem pole remains to be seen. His shooting will be crucial to the success of Philly's starting five on offense, though his length and quickness will fit right in on what figures to be an elite defensive group. The likely decline in usage makes Richardson a less appealing fantasy target, but his stat set will still sustain legitimate value. The steals, blocks and threes will not dry up.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

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  • LaMarcus Aldridge
    PF, San Antonio Spurs

    LaMarcus Aldridge was just okay in a close loss against the Mavericks on Monday, finishing his night with 16 points (7-of-14 shooting) to go with nine rebounds, two assists, and one block in 35 minutes.

    Aldridge continues to alternate great games with so-so ones, and while that's perfectly fine in roto settings and get a little frustrating in head-to-head. Regardless, the big man seems locked into another season of producing at a top-40 rate, and should continue to be plugged into all lineups.

  • DeMar DeRozan
    SG, San Antonio Spurs

    DeMar DeRozan scored a season-high 36 points in Monday's loss against the Mavericks, adding eight rebounds, four assists and a steal in 34 minutes.

    DeRozan badly needed a game like this to help jump-start what has been a lackluster beginning to his fantasy season. Though the issues him with lie more in his diminishing counting stats than it does his scroing output, a game where he looked sharp like this one could hopefully lead to better all-around performances down the road.

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook (rest) returned and triple-doubled for the fist time in November on Monday in a big win over the Blazers, putting up 28 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Westbrook's production is noticeably down as many predicted would happen when he joined the Rockets. But overall, he's still a star in four categories and a big detriment in three.

  • Dorian Finney-Smith
    SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Dorian Finney-Smith scored a career-high 22 points in Monday's 117-110 win over the Spurs, adding in five rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    It was easily his best game of the season and it's not particularly close. There was nothing in the form of extended usage due to a missing player or increase in drawn-up plays to explain this performance, so consider it more as a one-off type of deal than signs of things to come for DFS.

  • Clint Capela
    C, Houston Rockets

    Clint Capela returned from a two-game absence and grabbed exactly 20 rebounds for the fourth straight game on Monday in a 132-108 win over the Blazers.

    Capela also stuffed the stat sheet with 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting, four blocks and a steal in his 35 minutes. The only concern with Capela is his free throw shooting which improved to 45.5 percent with tonight's 2-of-3 shooting from the line. He doesn't attempt too many freebies, so it's not getting in the way of Capela reaching near-elite center status.

  • Kristaps Porzingis
    PF-C, Dallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porzingis double-doubled again on Monday, finishing his night with 18 points, 10 rebounds, an assist and four triples in 32 minutes.

    Porzingis collected his third double-double in a row in this one, which is a nice sign of him slowly returning to form. There are likely more rest days ahead of him as the ware of a long season will start to grow, but he should also get bette ron a game-to-game basis with more reps. His long-term outlook is as difficult to peg as any in the NBA.

  • Danuel House
    PF, Houston Rockets

    Danuel House returned from a three-game absence and had three steals and three 3-pointers, supplemented by 11 points (4-for-9 FGs), six rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes in a sizable win over the Blazers on Monday.

    House is right back to putting up middle-round value. He may have a tough time keeping up his current rank of 64th/43rd (8-cat/9-cat), but with the shallow roster the Rockets have, House should continue to play a big enough role to stay fairly close.

  • Luka Doncic
    PG-SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Luka Doncic was extraordinary in Monday's win over the Spurs, scoring a career-high 42 points (14-of-27 shooting) to go with 12 assists, 11 rebounds, five triples and five turnovers in 35 minutes.

    The Legend of Luka added it's latest chapter in this spectacular performance against the in-state rival Spurs. The top-10 level that he is playing at passed the flukey stage a while ago, and this year could very well be the first step in a decade of dominance that Doncic is set to embark on both in fantasy and in real life. There is not much more to add here other than to enjoy the ride if you have him and stew in anger if you passed him up in the second round.

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen was off all night, shooting just 2-of-12 as part of a nine-point, eight-rebound performance in a loss to the Bucks on Monday.

    Since Markkanen's 35-point, 17-board season opener, he hasn't cracked 20 points or had more than 11 rebounds and he's shooting just 36.2 percent for the season. It's a good time to buy low, but he's unlikely to come anywhere close to the ceiling that many predicted him to hit this season. Zach LaVine also had a bad night from the field, shooting just 4-of-16 with 11 points, eight boards, four dimes and two triples in defeat.

  • Taurean Prince
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    Taurean Prince was off again on Monday, finishing his night with seven points (3-of-11 shooting), four rebounds, an assist and a block in 23 minutes.

    Prince has had three poor shooting games in a row, and his inefficiencies are slowley starting to bump him out of the top-120 ranks in 9-cat. The absence of Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is also clearly been a real drag to his game, and it isn't a terrible idea to bench him until he finds his stroke again.