February 27, 2019, 2:16 amNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic scored a game-high 36 points in a big 121-112 home win over the Thunder on Tuesday, and of course he also provided 10 assists, nine rebounds, four threes and a block in 35 minutes.
Jokic was amazing once again, hearing MVP chants from the crowd. He's an elite fantasy player, and it seems he's just getting better. Remember that he's also had completely dominant months late in the season in years past.
October 18, 2019, 1:41 amDorian Finney-SmithSF, Dallas Mavericks
Neither Dorian Finney-Smith (hip flexor) nor Seth Curry (right knee contusion) played in Thursday's preseason finale.
There's no reason for the Mavs to push either player through this, though we'll keep an eye out for updates before the real games begin. Both figure to be important reserves and should be able to deliver top-250 value in fantasy, if that means anything to you.
October 18, 2019, 1:39 amKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis needed only 23 minutes to produce 18 points, 13 rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer in Thursday's preseason win over the Clippers.
Luka Doncic, not to be outdone, added 13 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers of his own, though nine turnovers were pretty ugly. It wasn't always pretty but it's obvious that this young dynamic duo will threaten early-round value for as long as they're on the court. How much they're on the court, Porzingis is particular, is the question.
October 18, 2019, 1:37 amDelon WrightPG, Dallas Mavericks
Delon Wright put a fitting end to a quiet preseason on Thursday, scoring six points with three rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes of action.
Wright was looking like a major breakout candidate but a poor preseason looks to have took some wind out of his sails. We still believe in his ability to rack up defensive stats out of a guard spot and his solid middle-round upside, so Wright's still worth a look sometime after pick No. 80.
October 18, 2019, 1:34 amJalen BrunsonPG, Dallas Mavericks
Jalen Brunson (sore left hamstring) posted six points, five rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 15 minutes on Thursday night.
Brunson started next to Delon Wright, which is something to remember in case the Mavs deal with injuries that force them to reshuffle the starting five during the year. He's only a deep-league option but did have some stints of relevance last season, so he's not someone to completely write off if injuries strike.
October 18, 2019, 12:44 amGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo blitzed the Wolves in Thursday's preseason win, racking up 26 points, 14 rebounds, two steals, three blocks and a 3-pointer in 27 minutes of work.
It's safe to say Giannis is ready for the regular season and is locked in as a top-5 pick in all formats. He went 9-of-15 from the field and a solid 7-of-9 from the line, and if that kept up all season fantasy players would be overjoyed. There's not much else to take from this one. Khris Middleton also had a good game with 18 points and seven assists.
October 18, 2019, 12:13 amMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. had a tough night on Thursday, posting five points, three rebounds and two assists on 1-of-5 from the field in a 110-104 preseason win over the Blazers.
Included in the battle for the team's starting small forward spot, Porter is probably on the outside looking in. That said, he should be in the rotation and has enough upside that we're not opposed to a deep-league flier despite Denver's big rotation. Juancho Hernangomez chipped in six points, four rebounds and three steals in 16 minutes, and these two figure to be battling for minutes all year long.
October 17, 2019, 11:56 pmTorrey CraigSG, Denver Nuggets
Torrey Craig started Thursday's preseason game against the Blazers and put up seven points and three rebounds in 13 minutes.
The Nuggets gave most of their starters a light night of work, and Craig's inclusion in that group, despite an ongoing battle for the starting spot, sure makes us think that he'll be lining up with the starters on opening night. Though he's a nice defensive presence, he'll only make waves in fantasy leagues with 20 teams or more.
October 17, 2019, 11:53 pmWill BartonSG, Denver Nuggets
Will Barton tied for the team lead in scoring on Thursday, scoring 13 points to go with eight rebounds, four assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 22 minutes of action off the bench.
Earlier in the day Mike Malone said that nothing was settled in the battle to determine the starting small forward, and Barton had the best box score performance of the candidates tonight. His scoring punch may make sense in a reserve role since he can lead the second unit offensively, but you can imagine that Barton is aiming to take a starting job that he lost because of injury last season. He remains an upside play in the final few rounds of drafts in case he recaptures his old top-100 form.
October 17, 2019, 11:50 pmAnfernee SimonsSG, Portland Trail Blazers
Anfernee Simons started Thursday's preseason tilt with the Nuggets, coming away with 11 points (5-of-13 shooting), four rebounds, two assists and a 3-pointer in 32 minutes of action.
Simons is looking like Portland's backup point guard this season, and talk out of the Blazers blogosphere has us optimistic that he'll look like a real player after spending most of his rookie season watching action from the bench. That said, he's still only really a handcuff for those of you who draft Damian Lillard.
October 17, 2019, 11:38 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins delivered 13 points, 11 rebounds and a 3-pointer on Thursday but shot 5-of-12 from the field and committed six turnovers.
Collins was tasked with a heavy load tonight as most of Portland's regulars got either the full night off or very limited minutes, and it was a mixed bag of a performance. Although Collins is likely to start for the Blazers this season, we'd like to see more out of him as a shot-blocker and shooter before endorsing him as more than a late-round flier in standard leagues. Skal Labissiere got some extra run with Hassan Whiteside absent tonight and produced 12 points, five rebounds, a steal and a block but he's only a handcuff in extremely deep formats.