February 14, 2019, 10:29 pmJrue HolidayG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday led the Pelicans in their 131-122 win over the Thunder on Thursday with 32 points on 12-of-27 shooting with five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, three blocks and three 3-pointers.
Holiday crushed the box score tonight and he's going to continue to do so as long as he's on the court. He's the best player on a Pelicans team that might shelve Anthony Davis (shoulder) so an early-round value with some top-15 upside is well within reason.
December 14, 2019, 11:47 amMatisse ThybulleSG-SF, Philadelphia Sixers
Matisse Thybulle's improvement as a 3-and-D wing has helped him regain a role in the Sixers' rotation and the team is counting on him to keep it.
Thybulle is shooting 58% from three in December and his minutes have crept up to 25 per game in the last two weeks, during which he's been a top-80 player. Naturally, the hot shooting from deep will stabilize and he'll have bad stretches on defense, where he's being given the freedom to gamble, often leading to foul trouble. That said, Thybulle only needs 25 minutes to hit value and Keith Pompey of the Inquirer notes that the team is 15-1 in games where he meets that minute mark. There are few free agent options in fantasy leagues with easier paths to top 100 value and Thybulle has already played his way into and end-of-bench spot in fantasy squads with his recent output.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
December 14, 2019, 11:42 amTyrone WallaceSG, Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks have waived Tyrone Wallace.
With the Hawks finally at full health, the versatile Wallace is the odd man out. He appeared in 14 games for the Hawks this year averaging 2.9 points in 11.5 minutes, shooting a dreadful 31.8 percent from the field although it is hard to get into a rhythm with playing time as inconsistent as it was. We wouldn't be surprised if he latched on with another NBA team at some point this season but he shouldn't make any noise in fantasy.
Source: Ben Stinar on Twitter
December 14, 2019, 11:31 amBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo's breakout season has begun to be noticed by opposing coaches and league executives, and he is garnering buzz as an All-Star reserve.
Of course, Adebayo would have to contend with the likes of Joel Embiid, Andre Drummond and Nikola Vucevic should he be considered at center, but the Heat's lineups are famously flexible so he could sneak in as a forward. Regardless of his positional eligibility, Bam's has been the most predictable fantasy and real-life breakout in some time, averaging 15.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, a whopping 4.4 assists and almost 3 combined defensive stats on elite field goal percentage. He still has a ways to go from the free throw line and as a shot creator on offense, but we're seeing some of that develop over the past two weeks which have seen his scoring inch closer to the 20s and his free throw percentage approach respectability. His ability as a playmaker and secondary ballhandler is uncanny given his age and position.
Source: South Florida Sun Sentinel
December 14, 2019, 10:03 amRajon RondoPG, Los Angeles Lakers
Rajon Rondo (left hamstring strain) returned to action on Friday after a two-game absence with no points, two rebounds, four assists and one steal in 24 minutes.
Rondo missed all five field goal attempts and should see better days. His playing time and game availability should remain inconsistent all year but outside of all that, he is putting up top-150 standard league per-game value with 7.9 points, 5.7 assists, 1.4 triples and 1.0 steals so he can provide some value if you need a spot start or some assists in your lineup.
December 14, 2019, 9:56 amGoga BitadzeC, Indiana Pacers
The Pacers assigned Goga Bitadze and Alize Johnson to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Saturday.
They will be in uniform and eligible to play. This is Bitadze's first stint with the G League squad, reminding all of us of just how accelerated his development has been as a "raw" rookie this season. Goga had a nice string of four-block games earlier this season, but he and Johnson are well off the fantasy radar with the Pacers nearing full health.
Source: Scott Agness on Twitter
December 14, 2019, 9:51 amKeita Bates-DiopSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Keita Bates-Diop (illness) played 11 minutes and compiled no stats on Friday after missing one game.
Diop missed his only shot on the night as he may have had some lingering illness effects. The 2018 second round pick is averaging 7.2 points and 1.3 triples in 18.5 minutes with a 51.5 field goal percentage on the season so he should see better days ahead is off the standard league radar.
December 14, 2019, 9:46 amMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk (right finger discomfort) played nine minutes in his return to action after a one-game absence.
This was season-low for Monk who is averaging 20.0 minutes on the season. With Nicholas Batum out, Terry Rozier, Davonte Graham and P.J. Washington all played heavy minutes. Cody Martin played 15 minutes off the bench and may have jumped Monk in the rotation for now.
December 14, 2019, 1:48 amTerance MannPG, Los Angeles Clippers
Terrence Mann replaced the injured Patrick Beverley in the starting lineup on Friday and added three assists, two rebounds and a block.
There was a decent opportunity for some sneaky DFS value here but Mann fell flat on his face. Don't consider Mann a fantasy option, especially when Beverley returns.
December 14, 2019, 12:55 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard accumulated 42 points (10-for-24 shooting, 19-for-19 free throws), 11 rebounds, three triples and two assists as the Clippers defeated the Wolves 124-117.
Leonard was relentlessly attacking the defense in this one and was rewarded with 19 free throw attempts which ties his career-high. It's odd to see a Leonard line with no defensive counters, but that's nitpicking what was an amazing line. The only thing holding Leonard back is load management.
December 14, 2019, 12:51 amPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George caught fire on Friday, finishing with 46 points (17-for-31 shooting), seven assists, six threes, five rebounds and two steals.
Nobody could stop George or Kawhi Leonard in this one, as the two both scored over 40 points for the first time this season. Something tells me this won't be the last time. The Clippers are starting to hit their stride, despite missing several contributors to injury. Look out.