February 14, 2019, 6:15 pmLuke KornetF/C, New York Knicks
Luke Kornet is starting at power forward on Thursday with Noah Vonleh moving back to the bench.
Kornet's stat set is great and he did come out of nowhere to play 28 minutes last night, so if you've been looking for a chance to get him in your lineups here it is. David Fizdale seems to be doing everything in his power to ensure Noah Vonleh's fantasy relevance is over. While the Knicks do have some interesting fantasy players, they'll all be very tough to trust for any length of time given Fizdale's constant tinkering.
Source: Steve Popper on Twitter
December 5, 2019, 11:03 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry had another strong game on Thursday with 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go with five boards, eight dimes, a steal and three 3-pointers.
Lowry was on a tear before hurting his thumb and he's already back to speed. He logged 42 minutes which is actually a bit worrisome as the heavy minutes can really wear a guy like him down. If Coach Nurse continues to work him this hard, you may want to consider the injury risk you take with a guy like him, even though the production is undeniable.
December 5, 2019, 11:01 pmMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol filled up the stat sheet on Thursday, scoring five points with six rebounds, five assists, four steals, two blocks and a triple.
Gasol did a much better job playing against the Rockets' potent offense than Serge Ibaka (17 minutes, 10 points, five rebounds and two assists) which explains why he logged 29 minutes tonight. After an extremely slow start, Gasol has posted nearly top-80 value over the last two weeks with averages of 6.4 points, 5.3 boards, 4.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 3s.
December 5, 2019, 10:59 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden cooled off on Thursday, scoring 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting while adding seven boards, three assists, five steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Thursday's 119-109 win over the Raptors.
It looks like Harden will see the halfcourt double-teams all year long, but that shouldn't worry owners at all. He's a maestro on offense and even though his line wasn't as monstrous as we're used to, it's still better than 90 percent of the league. The Beard continues to be a fantasy animal.
December 5, 2019, 10:57 pmDanuel HousePF, Houston Rockets
Danuel House returned to action Thursday after recovering from an illness and scored 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting to go with one rebound, three assists and three triples.
House is an integral part in what Houston does as a playmaker and his fantasy value should remain consistent as well. He's the Rockets' best shooter from deep, hitting .444 from distance and his ability to put the ball on the floor makes him Coach D'Antoni's favorite wing. Grab him if he's on your wire.
December 5, 2019, 10:55 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook had a classic fantasy line, notching a 19-13-11 triple-doubler to go with two steals while shooting 7-for-27 from the floor against the Raptors on Thursday.
Westbrook is getting clean 4-on-3 opportunities in halfcourt sets, but his jumper has completely abandoned him. He went 0-for-6 from deep and after an encouraging start to the year, he's actually shooting .410 from the floor on the season, which would be the second lowest mark of his career. That being said, he got a bucket on Fred VanVleet in crunchtime which essentially sealed the game and his athleticism and rebounding abilities are still there which means he should continue to post triple-doubles. The shooting is just something owners will have to pray gets back on track.
December 5, 2019, 10:52 pmBen McLemoreSG, Houston Rockets
Ben McLemore scored a season-high 28 points on Thursday, hitting eight 3-pointers to go with two rebounds, three assists and a steal.
McLemore was red-hot in this game and Coach D'Antoni has decided to use him as a starter as he thrives playing with James Harden. Harden is being double-teamed before halfcourt and McLemore has been ready with a trigger finger. He won't always be this good, but he's worth a streaming spot if you need triples.
December 5, 2019, 10:50 pmPJ TuckerSF, Houston Rockets
P.J. Tucker scored 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go with 11 boards, two assists, a steal and five triples on Thursday.
Tucker is the glue guy for the Rockets and did his usual business on the boards while nailing 5-of-10 from deep. He's stationed at the corner and will continue to get easy looks all year with James Harden and Russell Westbrook creating for him. There will be inconsistencies, but over the long haul, he's posting top-40 value in 9-cat leagues.
December 5, 2019, 10:48 pmClint CapelaC, Houston Rockets
Clint Capela scored six points on 3-of-9 shooting with 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block on Thursday.
Capela continues to be a driving force for the Rockets on the defensive end of the floor and has been crushing it this season, averaging a career-high 14.9 rebounds while matching a career-high 1.9 blocks per game. There's a bonus in his contract if he has a 30% defensive rebound rate and he currently boasts a 34.5% rate on that end. He looks more spry than last year and health is the only limiting factor for him.
December 5, 2019, 10:46 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid had another big night on Thursday, scoring 26 points with 21 boards while adding an assist, a block and a 3-pointer.
He went 7-for-12 from the floor and 11-for-14 at the line. Embiid posted a monster game tonight, which was expected as they faced the league's worst defense tonight. He's been torching teams throughout the Sixers' four-game win streak and even though they lost tonight, he still put up big numbers. After that awful zero-point outing, Embiid has turned on the burners and is inside the top-10 on the year.
December 5, 2019, 10:45 pmMonte MorrisPG, Denver Nuggets
Monte Morris scored a season-high 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting with three boards, six dimes, three steals, a block and a triple on Thursday against the Knicks.
Morris filled up the stat sheet and played 26 minutes, which is more than Jamal Murray thanks to the blowout nature of this game. Malik Beasley (14 points, two rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers) also joined in on the fun but both players are streamers as long as the Nuggets are healthy.