December 20, 2017, 10:38 pm
Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 23 points in the Pacers’ road victory on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, two assists, three triples and a steal while shooting 8-for-15.
Oladipo will surely cool down from his current top-10 pace, but it might not be by much. His breakout has been worth the multi-year wait and he’ll have every opportunity to finish inside the top-25 given his steady workhorse role. You could be a little concerned by the margin between this year’s shooting (.483) and his previous career high (.442) but everything else looks pretty sustainable. Congratulations to those of you who snagged Dipo in the middle rounds of drafts.
February 26, 2020, 11:23 pmKyle AndersonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Kyle Anderson scored seven points with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in 18 minutes on Wednesday.
Anderson has the ability to post across-the-board production, but isn't great in any category outside of steals. He is a top-100 player over the past two weeks and will have a boost in value while Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke are sidelined. He can be added in 14-team leagues as a low-upside steals specialist until the Grizzlies get healthy.
February 26, 2020, 11:19 pmMarco BelinelliSG, San Antonio Spurs
Marco Belinelli technically fills the stat sheet on Wednesday by collecting 14 points (5-8 FG, 4-6 3PT), eight rebounds, and punching in just one assist, steal, block and turnover.
With LaMarcus Aldridge sitting this one out, Belinelli had some room to play off the bench and contributed from behind the arc and on the glass. Despite tonight's performance, he is someone that can be left on waivers in standard leagues.
February 26, 2020, 11:19 pmBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
Even though he suffered an ankle sprain on Monday, Bam Adebayo did not look too slowed on Wednesday as he flirted with a triple-double, recording 22 points (6-of-13 FGs, 10-of-15 FTs), 10 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks in 33 minutes.
Bam's line was soured by his .667 shooting from the line and his four turnovers. However, you should train your eyes on those minutes and his actual production. Bam owners should feel confident to keep slotted in as usual in their lineups.
February 26, 2020, 11:16 pmDe'Anthony MeltonPG, Memphis Grizzlies
De'Anthony Melton started on Wednesday and scored nine points with seven boards, three assists and one steal in 24 minutes.
Melton got the start in a small-ball lineup vs. the Rockets with Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke sidelined. Melton is worth holding in standard leagues as a steals-specialist with upside. He should be a top-100 player in 26 minutes per game given his strong per-minute production. He will have to fight Josh Jackson (five points and five rebounds in 23 minutes on Wednesday) for playing time, but it looks like he has the inside track and is the safer option over Jackson.
February 26, 2020, 11:13 pmLonnie Walker IVSG, San Antonio Spurs
Lonnie Walker IV made the most of his start on Wednesday night, finding himself with 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-2 3PT), three rebounds, two assists and three blocks at the end of the contest.
Walker had a respectable night while filling in for LaMarcus Aldridge. While he likely isn't someone of interest outside of the deepest leagues, he has interesting potential when he sees minutes. It's worth noting he has picked up four blocks over his last two games from the guard position.
February 26, 2020, 11:08 pmKelly OlynykC, Miami Heat
Kelly Olynyk saw just 16 minutes as a starter on Wednesday, but that didn't stop him from putting up a solid effort with 11 points on perfect 4-for-4 shooting from the field (3-of-3 from deep).
Olynyk filled the stat sheet with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block. He's been worth owning in standard leagues but be sure to give him a short leash in case his production drops off.
February 26, 2020, 11:08 pmLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic picked up, yet another, triple-double in his young career, ending with 26 points (10-25 FG, 3-11 3PT), 10 rebounds, 14 assists and one steal, but did turn it over seven times.
Doncic is a triple-double machine and is limited only by his turnovers and shooting percentages. Tonight was a great example of this as the popcorn stats were there, but it was unfortunately an inefficient night from the floor for the young star. That being said, he is still a top-20 player this year.
February 26, 2020, 11:04 pmEvan FournierSF, Orlando Magic
Evan Fournier scored a team-high 28 points (11-of-18 from the floor) on Wednesday, adding five assists, three steals and two triples in 35 minutes.
Fournier is a top-75 player on the season thanks to his contributions in points and threes on strong efficiency. He's been slightly better the past month, posting top-60 value in 9-cat leagues. He should remain inside the top-75 ROS and his teammate Terrence Ross (14 points and three triples in 27 minutes on Wednesday) is another points and threes specialist but doesn't have the ceiling that Fournier does. Ross is on the cusp of top-130 value over the past month and is a fine hold in standard leagues because of his safe role in Orlando.
February 26, 2020, 11:03 pmKendrick NunnPG, Miami Heat
Despite the return of Jimmy Butler on Wednesday, Kendrick Nunn was unperturbed and kept his foot on the gas for a team-high 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting, plus two rebounds, two 3s and six assists.
Nunn's shooting slump is now a distant memory with him scoring 20 or more points in three straight games now. He's a reasonably efficient scorer with .445 from the field on the season, so feel free to ride him out in standard leagues while the heater is on.
February 26, 2020, 10:59 pmKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis had a stellar night on Wednesday, finishing with 28 points (8-14 FG, 4-8 3PT), 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks.
Porzingis has the ability to contribute across the stat line, as witnessed in tonight's performance. He's had some ups and downs this season, but over the last two months as been a top-15 player in 9-cat leagues.