November 16, 2016, 6:25 pm
Despite a relatively quiet 12 points Myles Turner brought the heat defensively on Wednesday against the Cavs, grabbing one steal and blocking four shots.
He struggled with his foul shooting (missing all three of his attempts) but Turner continues to find a way to impact the box score. He’s returned third round value so far this season, and owners who snatched him up early have to be happy.
January 29, 2020, 2:00 amJ.J. BareaPG, Dallas Mavericks
J.J. Barea got some extra run in garbage time on Tuesday and he finished with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, two rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes vs. the Suns.
Barea has been in and out of the lineup lately and he can be left alone in fantasy leagues. Jalen Brunson closed out the game and totaled 15 points (5-of-7 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 25 minutes.
January 29, 2020, 1:54 amKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis (left knee) had a rough go of it on Tuesday, producing just nine points on 2-of-8 shooting, three boards, one dime and one trey in 20 minutes in a big loss to the Suns.
Porzingis' minutes have been low since he returned from his injury, even aside from this lopsided game. That's a bit of a concern considering his past and present injury issues. Otherwise, Kristaps is doing well outside of his terrible field goal percentage.
January 29, 2020, 1:47 amDorian Finney-SmithSF, Dallas Mavericks
Dorian Finney-Smith hardly showed up in the box score again on Tuesday, going for just three points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes in a blowout loss to the Suns.
DFS had become a popular pickup after he posted back-to-back 10-rebound games last week. However, tonight's game and Monday's two-point, 8-rebound and nothing else game show that he's still no more than a real-life defensive specialist that doesn't produce defensive or offensive stats.
January 29, 2020, 1:40 amLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic was able to salvage a decent fantasy line in Tuesday’s blowout 104-133 home loss to the Suns, providing 21 points (7-of-15 FGs), six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.
One positive for Luka was that he went 6-of-7 from the free throw line, where he’s been struggling recently. He’s not near the top of the rankings for the past month, but with a small adjustment to his percentages, Doncic could be right back in the mix.
January 29, 2020, 1:32 amWillie Cauley-SteinC, Dallas Mavericks
Willie Cauley-Stein made his Mavs debut on Tuesday, playing 12 minutes and putting up four points (2-for-4 FGs), three rebounds, one assist and two steals.
It's hard to tell how much WCS will play normally as this game was a blowout that was decided in the third quarter. Even with Dwight Powell (right Achilles surgery) out, the Mavs have too many bigs to be playing WCS more than backup minutes.
January 29, 2020, 1:26 amDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton was incredible on Tuesday, scoring 31 points on an ultra-efficient 13-for-15 from the field and 5-for-5 from the stripe, while also adding nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 29 minutes as the Suns blew out the Mavs 133-104.
Ayton's sample size (17 games) is getting big enough to begin to trust for the season. He's now in the top-30/15 (8-cat/9-cat) with no reason to think he can't keep it up. It looks like we're not going to get any 3-point attempts added to Ayton's game this season, but it's certainly not unrealistic for future seasons.
January 29, 2020, 1:17 amDevin BookerSG, Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker was great on Tuesday in a blowout win over the Mavs, putting up 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting, six rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
Booker continues to shoot the lights out and is a top-5 player for the past month. He's fantasy's best free throw shooter over that period after factoring in his 9.8 attempts per game. It'll be tough for him to keep up the efficiency, but Booker could easily bring back some more threes and/or finally increase his steals to stay in the top-20 even with a drop in percentages.
January 29, 2020, 1:07 amMikal BridgesSF, Phoenix Suns
Mikal Bridges was efficient after moving into the Suns starting lineup on Tuesday, going for 13 points (4-of-5 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), two rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes in a win over the Mavs.
Bridges is definitely worth an add in 9-cat leagues. He's excellent in steals and also had zero turnovers in this game, with that category also being one of his specialties. Bridges won't stand out, but he's in the top-75 in 9-cat leagues over the past month and stands to make gains with this new larger role.
January 29, 2020, 12:55 amDuncan RobinsonF, Miami Heat
Duncan Robinson hit four more 3-pointers to go with 12 points, five rebounds and two assists in 39 minutes in a loss to the Celtics on Tuesday.
Robinson makes it seven games in a row with at least four 3-pointers. It shouldn't be surprising to see him doing this on a nightly basis, but it's hard to expect a player like this to keep up his pace. Robinson is 11th in 3-pointers per game for the season and 7th for the past month.
January 29, 2020, 12:49 amBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo double-doubled with 16 points (7-of-11 FGs), 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 33 minutes in a 101-109 home loss to the Celtics on Tuesday.
Adebayo skimped on the assists this time, but it's tough to complain about another performance this well-rounded and efficient. He even hit both of his free throws tonight. By the way, if you're a free-throw punter, Bam is the 18th-most-valuable player to you in 9-cat leagues (compared to 41st overall).