• Malik Monk
    G, Charlotte Hornets

    Malik Monk, fresh off a DNP-CD on Friday night, bounced back in a big way with 26 points (9-of-15 shooting) and seven 3-pointers in Sunday's loss to the Hawks.

    Monk was on fire in this one and led the Hornets in scoring while only playing 24 minutes. It should be a while before he falls out of the rotation again, though Monk's flimsy stat set and general inconsistencies make him hard to own outside of deeper formats. He's a viable 3-point stream but will struggle to hold much more appeal than that despite his explosive potential.

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  • Jrue Holiday
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Jrue Holiday still can't buy a bucket from deep, going 0-for-7 from beyond the arc and hitting 6-of-21 shots from the floor en route to 18 points with nine rebounds, 11 assists, a steal and a block.

    Holiday still isn't scoring the ball well, but he's giving owners everything else. He went 0-for-7 from deep and is shooting .380 on the year. There's just no way he'll continue shooting nearly 10 percent below his career average. Once those numbers rise, he should hit early-round value as he's already averaging 6.7 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.4 triples.

  • Blake Griffin
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Blake Griffin (left knee/posterior knee soreness) made his season debut on Monday and went for 19 points (6-for-12 FGs, 6-for-8 FTs), seven rebounds, six assists and 3-pointer in 24 minutes vs. the Wolves.

    That's a pretty solid start coming off of his injuries for Griffin. He averaged 35 minutes per game last season, so he'll probably ramp up to something in that range before too long. He should be a safe middle-round player once he's up to speed with a ceiling not much higher due to his lack of defensive stats.

  • Jahlil Okafor
    C, New Orleans Pelicans

    Jahlil Okafor got off the bench on Monday for 16 minutes and scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting while chipping in five rebounds, an assist and a steal.

    Okafor saw some more action tonight and played as well as the Pelicans could have asked for. The Rockets abused him a bit in the pick-and-roll and Brandon Ingram (sore knee) should return soon and knock Okafor out of the rotation.

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    James Harden had an average night scoring the ball, dropping 39 points on 13-of-25 shooting to go with four rebounds, nine assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Monday's 122-116 win over the Pelicans.

    Harden has been a fantasy monster as usual this season and the talks about no load management is wonderful news for fantasy GMs. The addition of Russell Westbrook hasn't slowed Harden's scoring pace down at all and once his triples start to fall at his average rate, we might see some ridiculous box scores coming from the Beard.

  • Kenrich Williams
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Kenrich Williams scored eight points on 3-of-8 shooting to go with 11 rebounds, two assists and two triples on Monday against the Rockets.

    Williams put up some big rebounding numbers again with the Pelicans ailing, but Brandon Ingram should return soon and kill any value Williams has.

  • Josh Hart
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Josh Hart continued his strong play with 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go with four rebounds, four assists, two steals and four triples on Monday against the Rockets.

    Hart has played himself into a prominent role in the Pelicans rotation and should be started confidently in all leagues. To start the year, he's averaging 11.9 points, 2.0 3s, 7.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals on .447 shooting. He's a bigger guard and leverages his body well to grab those extra boards.

  • JJ Redick
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    J.J. Redick was on fire beyond the arc, hitting 7-of-15 of his triples en route to 24 points while adding three assists.

    Redick started and got extra run with Lonzo Ball sitting out his second consecutive game with a right adductor strain. His value is tied to 3-pointers which he gave owners tonight, but he's not reliable enough to trust on a daily basis with the Pelicans healthy.

  • Derrick Favors
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Derrick Favors posted a full-line on Monday, scoring 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go with 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

    The Pelicans are running low on bodies and Favors was the guy to mop up some of the stats left behind. There's still a possible buy-low with Brandon Ingram returning soon, but Favors is a solid big to have at the end of your bench.

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook posted 26 points to go with five boards, four assists, four steals and a 3-pointer against the Pelicans on Monday.

    Westbrook was on fire from mid-range today, hitting 6-for-8 from that area, but his 1-for-8 shooting from deep hampered what could have been a hyper-efficient day. His free throw shooting is still on and off, but the counting stats are there and he's shooting .462 from the floor on the season.

  • Clint Capela
    C, Houston Rockets

    Clint Capela was a beast on the boards again on Monday, hauling in 20 rebounds to go with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting while adding an assist, a steal and two blocks.

    That's his second consecutive 20-rebound game and Capela is getting back into a rhythm, slamming the buy-low window shut. The Rockets are starting to hit their stride thanks to his improved play and it looks like he finally has his legs under him.