September 24, 2016, 4:52 pm
Knicks GM Steve Mills says that Brandon Jennings and Joakim Noah will not face any minute restrictions heading into training camp.
Both Jennings and Noah are trying to have comeback years returning from injury. Jennings, who played 48 games last season after returning from an Achillies’ injury, averaged 6.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Noah (shoulder) played in just 29 games last season for the Bulls, but he’s now healthy and is ready to have a bounce back year for the Knicks. Both players have something to prove this season, but both also have injury risks.
January 26, 2020, 9:58 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young dominated the Wizards on Sunday, going for 45 points (13-of-24 FG, 13-of-16 FT), 14 assists, six rebounds, six 3-pointers and one steal.
Trae Young can do this against any opponent, and it does not get much easier than facing the Wizards. He has top-15 potential and only seems to be getting better. Keep relying on Young for huge amounts of points, assists and 3-pointers.
January 26, 2020, 9:52 pmKevin HuerterSG, Atlanta Hawks
Kevin Huerter impressed on Sunday against the Wizards, doing a bit of everything, including 18 points (7-of-11 FG), six rebounds, four 3-pointers, two assists and two steals.
Huerter can be shaky offensively, but he is consistently nailing 3-pointers, grabs rebounds, and is able to mix in steals and blocks on a night-to-night basis. It all adds up to a standard league option that should be added in 12-team leagues where available. De'Andre Hunter had 25 points (8-of-11 FG, 7-of-8 FT) and two 3-pointers in this one. This was all done against the porous Wizards defense, and we will have to see Hunter do this a few more times before viewing him as anything more than a deep league play.
January 26, 2020, 9:42 pmJohn CollinsPF, Atlanta Hawks
John Collins fouled out in just 22 minutes on Sunday vs. the Wizards, during which he scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had one block.
This was a step back compared to what Collins has been doing of late, but we can't expect top-10 production every night from Collins. Set this line aside and assume he will keep posting early-round value. With Collins limited, that gave some increased opportunity to Bruno Fernando, who also benefited from Alex Lens (right hip flexor strain) absence. Fernando had to exit due to an apparent knee injury but still went for 14 points, 12 rebounds and one block.
January 26, 2020, 9:37 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal scored at will on Sunday against the Hawks, putting up 40 points (12-of-22 FG, 15-of-18 FT), six assists, three rebounds, one 3-pointer and one steal.
Beal has been on a hot streak over the last three games, topping 35 points in each of them, while averaging over 22 shots a night. He is presumably feeling well-rested after missing several games to start the month. The only worry for Beal's owners is his long-term health at this point, he had been a warrior in prior seasons, and it would be great if he does not miss any games down the stretch. If you have any concerns now is a good time to sell.
January 26, 2020, 9:29 pmDavis BertansF, Washington Wizards
Davis Bertans struggled from deep on Sunday against the Hawks, going 2-of-9 from 3-point range, but still put up 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block.
Bertans cannot be stopped. His versatility to bring a handful of rebounds, assists, steals and blocks makes him an easy mid-round value. His role should be secure whether or not Thomas Bryant's minutes rise. Bryant still started ahead of Bertans, but he only received 18 minutes, during which he registered 11 points and five rebounds. The minutes should go up with time for Bryant, just hang in there.
January 26, 2020, 9:28 pmJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant made 8-of-18 shots from the field an 7-of-11 from the line to end Sunday night's win over the Suns with 23 points, five rebounds, eight dimes and one steal.
Shooting inefficiency and 3.0 turnovers per game have kept the rookie Morant outside the top-230 in 9-cat over the last week. While that may not be pretty, he's still oozing with potential and is someone to watch down the stretch. Once the game begins to slow down for him more and more, Morant's lines should be far more fantasy-friendly than they are now.
January 26, 2020, 9:23 pmKyle AndersonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Kyle Anderson drew the start for the Grizzlies on Sunday and brought his unique stat set to the table, recording 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and six points on 2-of-5 shooting in 29 minutes.
Anderson has not been right this season, mostly slowed by injuries. His 29 minutes tonight is a good indicator of improved health as well as his solid performance off the glass. Until he shows up more, Slow-Mo remains just an ultra-deep-league asset.
January 26, 2020, 9:22 pmTroy Brown Jr.SF, Washington Wizards
Troy Brown was good for 19 points (7-of-11 FG), three rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers on Sunday versus the Hawks.
Brown has been struggling offensively of late, and it would have been nice if he filled out this line with some steals or blocks. He has some talent to elevate his appeal as the season progresses, but things are crowded in the Wizards' lineup right now. They are hanging around the playoff race to a degree, which could limit Brown's ability to bust out into a larger role. Jordan McRae is one of his main competitors for minutes, and tweaked his ankle towards the end of the game, leaving him day-to-day as a result. Before going down he was having a strong showing with 12 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal.
January 26, 2020, 9:18 pmDillon BrooksSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Dillon Brooks did it all for the Grizzlies in a 114-109 win on Sunday, chipping in across the board with 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting with five rebounds, four assists, two 3s, three steals and two blocks in a team-high 36 minutes.
Wow. Brooks has truly come into his own this season and has emerged as a burgeoning two-way player. The 3-and-D wingman is just inside the top-120 value range in 9-cat, earning him end-of-bench status in standard leagues.
January 26, 2020, 9:15 pmElfrid PaytonPG, New York Knicks
Elfrid Payton did it all vs. the Nets on Sunday, totaling nine points, nine assists, three rebounds, one 3-pointer, one steal and one block.
Payton remains a great resource for assists, and he is now bringing healthy doses of steals and blocks to the equation. The jumper is good enough for now, and he clearly has won the point guard battle in New York. He deserves to be owned in 12-team leagues at this point.