November 24, 2018, 2:45 amRichaun HolmesF/C, Phoenix Suns
Richaun Holmes scored 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting (4-of-5 FTs) with four rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 17 minutes off the bench in Friday's win over the Bucks.
Holmes was playing great defense against Giannis and even got some key fourth quarter minutes, and if he could keep this 17-31 minute split with Deandre Ayton he might be on to something. Continuity is big for him as he works off the rust and bad habits he's developed under bad leadership in Philly. It's not strong add territory in 12-14 team leagues but as usual you'll want to watch him. He's a top-200 value over the last seven games in 16.4 mpg, and if he can convince Igor Kokoskov to give him minutes next to Ayton then he'd have the late-round floor we're always looking for in upside plays.
November 14, 2019, 11:38 pmWendell Carter Jr.C, Chicago Bulls
Wendell Carter Jr. (left thumb sprain) played 21 minutes on Thursday and scored 14 points (6-of-7 from the field) and pulled down six boards.
There were no defensive counters in this contest for WCJ who has otherwise generally improved in his sophomore campaign. If he can bump closer to two defensive stats a game, we're looking at a definite top-100 player.
November 14, 2019, 11:33 pmZach LaVinePG, Chicago Bulls
Zach LaVine (sprained right ankle) scored 25 points, dished out seven assists and tossed in four defensive stats to boot in 33 minutes on Thursday.
LaVine wasn't slowed by the ankle sprain in this one and put up a typical line. The profile for LaVine is cemented as a volume scorer with bad percentages and a propensity for turnovers. It's a top-100 value for sure with top-50 upside.
November 14, 2019, 11:25 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen continued to struggle on Thursday, making just two of his nine shot attempts, good for 11 points and eight rebounds in 32 minutes.
Markkanen has had a horrid time shooting the basketball in the early going and this didn't help his cause. He's the 127th ranked player in 9-category leagues at this stage, which is actually impressive given the struggles. There have definitely been some injury concerns here so hopefully time will sort all of that out and he'll be back to top-50 status.
November 14, 2019, 11:16 pmWesley MatthewsSG, Milwaukee Bucks
Wesley Matthews scored 15 points, with 10 of them coming at the free throw line, to go along with four rebounds in 27 minutes on Thursday.
Matthews had a decent game but didn't even do the damage where we would expect him to. He made 10 out of 13 free throws and made only one 3-pointer. He hasn't been good enough to be worth a look despite what seems like a promising role as a starting wing on a strong Bucks team. Unfortunately there's nothing to be excited about here.
November 14, 2019, 11:14 pmDonte DiVincenzoSG, Milwaukee Bucks
Donte DiVincenzo didn't do a lot with his first career start, playing 24 minutes and scoring four points and adding five boards in a win over the Bulls.
DiVincenzo got the first look to start for the injured Khris Middleton but his status is definitely not cemented. Frankly, Sterling Brown has the more enticing fantasy skill set if he can claim the job. Either way, it's hard to get excited about any of these guys until we have more clarity on where the minutes will go.
November 14, 2019, 11:10 pmEric BledsoePG, Milwaukee Bucks
Eric Bledsoe continued his heater with 31 points on just 12-of-14 shooting to go along with eight assists.
Bledsoe has been the 15th player on a per-game basis over the last two weeks across seven games. This is the correction we've been waiting on for Bledsoe. Lock him in as a top-40 option with Khris Middleton on the shelf too.
November 14, 2019, 11:06 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo paced the Bucks to another win on Thursday with 38 points (13-for-24 from the field, 11-for-20 from the line), 16 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block.
GA chugged along and did his thing again here. The thing is that his thing, as great as it is, still involves missing free throws and turning the ball over. The lines are herculean on paper but there are just warts that hold him back from being a top-five fantasy asset.
November 14, 2019, 11:04 pmJulius RandlePF, New York Knicks
Julius Randle scored 17 points on 8-of-18 shooting to go with 10 rebounds, three assists and a 3-pointer in Thursday's 106-103 win over the Mavs.
This is just another typical line for Randle and the only thing that was missing was a lack of free throw shooting. He's going to be good for points and boards, but that's about it and the Knicks are a fantasy wasteland.
November 14, 2019, 11:02 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Mitchell Robinson returned to action on Thursday and scored 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting to go with eight rebounds and a block.
Robinson was efficient as ever on Thursday and looked like he didn't miss a step after returning from his concussion. The same issues are here with him though, as he can't stop fouling. Even if he does tone down the fouls, Coach Fizdale refuses to let him loose which is why we were apprehensive about him on draft day. The blocks should roll in eventually though.
November 14, 2019, 11:01 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
R.J. Barrett was held to eight points on Thursday, hitting 3-of-10 from the floor and grabbing seven boards, two assists and a steal.
Barrett went 0-for-2 from deep and took a backseat to the plethora of Knicks forwards tonight. He had a beautiful spin move which ended up in a right hand flush over the Mavs interior defense which should make its way around highlight reels, but overall he had a quiet night. He's still a strong hold for owners that can stomach the awful free throw shooting, even though he hit both of his freebies tonight, we don't expect that to stick.