January 9, 2019, 3:44 amKyle LowryG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry (back pain) was not listed on the injury report and he logged 32 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Hawks.
Lowry scored 16 points with two rebounds, six assists, a season-high four steals, one block and three treys. Owners won't ever be truly comfortable with Lowry but for now it appears the coast is clearing.
December 15, 2019, 1:04 amBen McLemoreSG, Houston Rockets
Ben McLemore scored 13 points with three steals and one 3-pointer in a start on Saturday.
McLemore started for Russell Westbrook (rest) but was unable to do much with the opportunity. McLemore has been hot lately but will probably regress soon, especially when Eric Gordon returns. He can continue to be started until he goes cold, then he will return to being a 3-point streamer only.
December 15, 2019, 12:59 amAustin RiversPG, Houston Rockets
Austin Rivers scored 14 points with five assists in 28 minutes off the bench on Saturday.
Russell Westbrook (rest) sat out of this one opening more ball handling opportunities for Rivers. Rivers can be used as a streamer when Harden or Westbrook are out, but he should return to the waiver wire when the Rockets are at full strength.
December 15, 2019, 12:55 amChris ClemonsPG, Houston Rockets
Chris Clemons shot 5-of-11 from deep on his way to scoring 17 points in 16 minutes on Saturday.
Clemons isn't afraid to shoot when given the minutes and added two steals and one block in this game. Clemons can be left on waiver wires and is too unpredictable to deploy as a streamer.
December 15, 2019, 12:51 amMarkieff MorrisPF, Detroit Pistons
Markieff Morris just missed a double-double on Saturday with 15 points, eight rebounds and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes off the bench.
The Pistons needed scoring badly with Andre Drummond (eye) out and Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) exiting early. Morris should see a boost if Griffin misses time, but he is outside the top-150 on the season and has limited upside. He can be left on waiver wires.
December 15, 2019, 12:47 amThon MakerC, Detroit Pistons
Thon Maker started on Saturday and scored four points to go with six rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes.
Maker started in place of Andre Drummond (eye) and Blake Griffin left this game early with left knee soreness. Drummond should be back soon, but Maker could see more minutes if Griffin misses extended time. However, Christian Wood (11 points and 12 boards in 22 minutes on Saturday) is the more appealing option.
December 15, 2019, 12:43 amTony SnellSG, Detroit Pistons
Tony Snell scored 15 points in a start on Saturday with three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.
Snell has played 24 minutes or more in 5 straight games and has hit 11 threes over that stretch. He is a 3-point streamer and that is it.
December 15, 2019, 12:38 amBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Bruce Brown Jr. double-doubled on Saturday with 16 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals in 31 minutes.
This was a monster line but Andre Drummond (eye) was out and Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) left early opening up more usage for Brown. Brown is trending up lately and is averaging 8.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.1 steals in the month of December. He is producing standard-league value lately and is worth a look to see if he can continue to improve.
December 15, 2019, 12:32 amDerrick RosePG, Detroit Pistons
Derrick Rose double-doubled on Saturday with 20 points (10-of-21 from the field) and 12 assists in a 115-107 win over the Rockets.
Rose is producing late-round value with points and assists as his biggest contributions with averages of 16.4 points and 6.0 assists per game.
December 15, 2019, 12:28 amChristian WoodPF, Detroit Pistons
Christian Wood double-doubled with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting and 12 rebounds in 22 minutes on Saturday.
Blake Griffin left this game with knee soreness and did not return. Wood is a per-minute monster and could be a standard-league player in only 25 minutes per game. He is worth a look in standard-leagues if Griffin misses extended time.
December 15, 2019, 12:20 amLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Rick Carlisle said that the X-rays were negative on Luka Doncic's ankle, but he doesn't expect Doncic to play on Monday.
Stay tuned for an update on Doncic's status as it gets closer to Monday. Lets just hope its not serious and the sophomore sensation can return quickly. Jalen Brunson started the second half for Doncic and scored 18 points with eight assists in 34 minutes. Brunson will be worth streaming on Monday if Doncic is sidelined and Kristaps Porzingis (22 points and 14 rebounds on Saturday) should see a big boost in usage if Doncic is out.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter