• Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
    F, Charlotte Hornets

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returned from a six-game absence to log 17 minutes on Monday against the Bucks, finishing with seven points, seven boards, two blocks, a triple, a steal and an assist.

    This was MKG’s first game where he had a block, three and a steal all season. Maybe he had some time to work on his three while he missed the last two weeks of action but we wouldn’t count on it. View MKG as a defensive specialist in 16-team leagues.

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  • 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.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Eric Gordon
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Eric Gordon broke through his slump on Monday with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting while chipping in three boards, an assist, a block and four 3-pointers.

    Gordon has been by far the worst rotational player for the Rockets and it looks like he finally busted out of another one of his signature prolonged slumps. If you need to cut bait for a hot free agent, we don't blame you at all as all he does is provide triples and points and those can easily be found on the wire. Even though he shot well tonight, he's too much of a sink on your percentages to suggest holding onto.

  • PJ Tucker
    SF, Houston Rockets

    P.J. Tucker failed to record any defensive stats on Monday, but scored 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting to go with a 3-pointer and seven rebounds.

    After a big game on Saturday, Tucker cooled off a bit tonight, but he's still worth holding onto. He's going to be a bit inconsistent, but over the long haul, the numbers have him as a top-40 player on the year thanks to his 2.3 3s, 6.9 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 0.6 blocks.

  • Karl-Anthony Towns
    C, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Karl-Anthony Towns filled the stat sheet once more with 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting, eight rebounds, six assists, four 3-pointers and two blocks in 30 minutes in a road win over the Pistons on Monday.

    Towns is just dominating now, ranking in the top-5 in per-game value. He's improved in the steals category, which has traditionally been a it of a weakness. But his free throw percentage is down, so reason to expect his value to get even higher once that normalizes.

  • Stephen Curry
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    Stephen Curry (broken left hand) says he will have a second procedure on his hand at the beginning of December and plans to return in early spring.

    Curry also mentioned that he'll be reevaluated in three months. So in a best-case scenario, he could return around the all-star break. However, there are plenty of reasons to think the Warriors wouldn't rush him back, so it's hard to know just how effective he'll be around the fantasy playoffs.

    Source: Nick Friedell on Twitter

  • Derrick White
    PG, San Antonio Spurs

    Derrick White scored 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting to go with three rebounds, five assists, a block and two 3-pointers against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    White played 29 minutes compared to Dejounte Murray's 19 and Coach Popovich still refuses to play the two together. This caps White's upside as Murray is the Spurs' main point guard, but White makes for a great watch-list guy and a strong handcuff.

  • Draymond Green
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Draymond Green will start vs. the Jazz on Monday with Eric Paschall moving to the bench.

    Green is ready to go and Paschall should still have a big role for the depleted Warriors.

    Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Kemba Walker went to the locker room a little early on Monday after appearing to have some pain in his shoulder and neck area, though he led the Celtics to a win over the Mavs with a team-high 29 points in 33 minutes.

    Walker shot 9-for-17 from the field with eight of the makes from deep. He also had five boards, five dimes and a block. It was a great performance and the injury seems like it shouldn't be anything major.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter