November 18, 2018, 12:40 amRyan AndersonF, Phoenix Suns
Ryan Anderson was a DNP-CD on Saturday, making this the third-such time he's been a healthy scratch in the last four games.
Anderson seems like a good dude but this is the way that fantasy owners are hoping this goes. Phoenix seems to be ready to let their younger, higher-upside options play. It's a positive development.
November 13, 2019, 10:52 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard saw 41 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Rockets, finishing his night with 26 points (10-of-24 shooting) to go with 12 rebounds, seven assists, a steal, a block, three triples and four turnovers.
The 41 minute mark was a season high for Leonard, and it would probably shock nobody if he wound up sitting out tomorrow's contest in New Orleans. He's great when he plays but the load management issue looks like it will continue to be tied to Leonard for the foreseeable future.
November 13, 2019, 10:47 pmTerry RozierPG, Charlotte Hornets
Terry Rozier exploded for 33 points on 13-of-21 shooting, adding five boards, six assists, two steals and seven from deep in a 119-117 loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday.
Rozier took advantage of Dwayne Bacon's absence and tied his career-high in points. He is just outside the top-100 after tonight's game and looks like a great start if there are any injuries in the Charlotte backcourt.
November 13, 2019, 10:42 pmBen McLemoreSG, Houston Rockets
Ben McLemore drew the start in place of Danuel House (back) and Eric Gordon (knee surgery) on Wednesday, scoring eight points to go with five rebounds, an assist, a steal and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes.
McLemore is set to see increased run with Eric Gordon sidelined for the next six weeks. However, he won't be the starter once Danuel House is able to return from injury. The extra run he will see also doesn't really put him on the fantasy radar either, aside from the deepest of leagues.
November 13, 2019, 10:37 pmDevonte' GrahamPG, Charlotte Hornets
Devonte' Graham received his first start of the season and ended with 19 points on 7-of-19 shooting, four assists, and four 3-pointers on Wednesday night.
Graham got the starting nod with Bacon out and put up very respectable numbers. This year has the making of a breakout season for Graham and if he is somehow still available, he needs to be picked up immediately.
November 13, 2019, 10:35 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook got into early foul trouble in Wednesday's 102-93 win over the Clippers, finishing his night with 17 points (6-of20 shooting) two assists, two rebounds, two triples and two turnovers in 30 minutes.
Westbrook, incredibly, picked up four fouls in the first quarter of this one and didn't collect another one afterwards. It's possible that the foul trouble forced him to play a little less aggressively so that he could stay on the floor, an observation bolstered by the fact that this is his first game all year without a defensive stat. Running into the buzzsaw that is Patrick Beverley didn't help either. He'll be better than this, but owners are probably a bit peeved that he tanked their FG percentage for the night with little else to show for it.
November 13, 2019, 10:32 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker led the charge in Wednesday's 140-133 win over the Wizards, netting 25 points, six 3-pointers, five rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block.
Walker went 8-of-17 from the field and didn't commit a turnover to round out a very nice line. He's been right around the top-10 this year and really hit the jets after some early bumps in the road. Tonight Walker was helped out by Jaylen Brown (22-5-4 on 9-of-19 shooting) and Jayson Tatum (23-3-4 on 9-of-20 shooting), and those three figure to lead Boston's scoring charge all year. They should be fixtures in all fantasy lineups.
November 13, 2019, 10:29 pmEnes KanterC, Boston Celtics
Enes Kanter took a big step forward in his second game back on Wednesday, dropping 13 points with nine rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes of action.
Kanter logged just six minutes on Monday but moved into the starting five with Robert Williams and Daniel Theis out. Brad Stevens made an offhand comment before the game about how Kanter wouldn't get close to 30 minutes tonight, so this is a pleasant surprise. Boston's depth may prove to be an issue for him this season, but if he can get even 22 mpg we're going to have a top-100 player. We'll see what happens when Theis and Williams return to the lineup.
November 13, 2019, 10:29 pmCody ZellerC, Charlotte Hornets
Cody Zeller continued plugging along to the tune of 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one from deep.
Zeller has consistently provided reliable numbers this season. He isn't the flashiest name in the NBA but is sitting just inside the top-100 and is looking like someone that deserves a roster spot in most leagues.
November 13, 2019, 10:29 pmClint CapelaC, Houston Rockets
Clint Capela never returned to Houston's win over the Clippers in Wednesday, finishing his night with 12 points, 20 rebounds and two blocks in 32 minutes.
The 20-rebound mark was Capela's third straight game of seeing that exact amount of boards. Head coach Mike D'Antoni said that Capela is still being evaluated and that there are no updates to his situation as of now. Hoepfully he is okay and able to suit up for his next one.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
November 13, 2019, 10:27 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart was excellent in Wednesday's home victory over the Wizards, putting up 17 points, four rebounds, five assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers while going 6-of-12 from the field.
Smart is off to a fantastic start with top-85/55 value in the early going, and he's about to play a much larger role with Gordon Hayward out for the next six weeks. Boston's emotional leader shouldn't be on any waiver wires, and to this point it looks like he's made more strides to become a league average 3-point shooter. Smart may never be an efficient shooter from the field, but if he can hover above .400 rather than wallow in the .300s, like he is this season, then we're looking at an easy win for anyone who drafted him.