July 1, 2019, 12:49 pmTyus JonesPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
The Wolves spoke with RFA Tyus Jones on Sunday night, per Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
Jones was on the back burner while the Wolves pursued D'Angelo Russell, but Minnesota may pivot back to retaining Jones as the backup behind Jeff Teague. Jones would be a standard-league fantasy player in the proper playing time, but he's always been blocked by superior players and coaches with the Wolves. Perhaps he'll have more leash to work with this year with Ryan Saunders calling the shots and Derrick Rose out of the picture.
Source: The Athletic
November 19, 2019, 12:06 amDeMar DeRozanSG, San Antonio Spurs
DeMar DeRozan scored a season-high 36 points in Monday's loss against the Mavericks, adding eight rebounds, four assists and a steal in 34 minutes.
DeRozan badly needed a game like this to help jump-start what has been a lackluster start to his fantasy season. Though the issues him with lie more in his diminishing counting stats than it does his scroing output, a game where he looked sharp like this one could hopefully lead to better all-around performances down the road.
November 19, 2019, 12:04 amRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook (rest) returned and triple-doubled for the fist time in November on Monday in a big win over the Blazers, putting up 28 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
Westbrook's production is noticeably down as many predicted would happen when he joined the Rockets. But overall, he's still a star in four categories and a big detriment in three.
November 18, 2019, 11:57 pmDorian Finney-SmithSF, Dallas Mavericks
Dorian Finney-Smith scored a career-high 22 points in Monday's 117-110 win over the Spurs, adding in five rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
It was easily his best game of the season and it's not particularly close. There was nothing in the form of extended usage due to a missing player or increase in drawn-up plays to explain this performance, so consider it more as a one-off type of deal than signs of things to come for DFS.
November 18, 2019, 11:56 pmClint CapelaC, Houston Rockets
Clint Capela returned from a two-game absence and grabbed exactly 20 rebounds for the fourth straight game on Monday in a 132-108 win over the Blazers.
Capela also stuffed the stat sheet with 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting, four blocks and a steal in his 35 minutes. The only concern with Capela is his free throw shooting which improved to 45.5 percent with tonight's 2-of-3 from the line. He doesn't attempt too many freebies, so it's not getting in the way of Capela reaching near-elite center status.
November 18, 2019, 11:49 pmKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis double-doubled again on Monday, finishing his night with 18 points, 10 rebounds, an assist and four triples in 32 minutes.
Porzingis collected his third double-double in a row in this one, which is a nice sign of him slowly returning to form. There are likely more rest days ahead of him as the ware of a long season will start to grow, but he should also get bette ron a game-to-game basis with more reps. His long term outlook is as difficult to peg as any in the NBA.
November 18, 2019, 11:46 pmDanuel HousePF, Houston Rockets
Danuel House returned from a three-game absence and had three steals and three 3-pointers, supplemented by 11 points (4-for-9 FGs), six rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes in a sizable win over the Blazers.
House is right back to putting up middle-round value. With the shallow roster the Rockets have, House should continue to play a big role.
November 18, 2019, 11:43 pmLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic was extraordinary in Monday's win over the Spurs, scoring a career-high 42 points (14-of-27 shooting) to go with 12 assists, 11 rebounds, five triples and five turnovers in 35 minutes.
The Legend of Luka added it's latest chapter in this spectacular performance against the in-state rival Spurs. The top-10 level that he is playing at passed the flukey stage a while ago, and this year could very well be the first step in a decade of dominance that Doncic is set to embark on both in fantasy and in real life. There is not much more to add here other than to enjoy the ride if you have him and stew in anger if you passed him up in the second round.
November 18, 2019, 11:36 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen was off all night, shooting just 2-of-12 as part of a nine-point, eight-rebound performance in a loss to the Bucks on Monday.
Since Markkanen's 35-point, 17-board season opener, he hasn't cracked 20 points or had more than 11 rebounds and he's shooting just 36.2 percent for the season. It's a good time to buy low, but he's unlikely to come anywhere close to the ceiling that many predicted him to hit this season. Zach LaVine also had a bad night, shooting just 4-of-16 in defeat.
November 18, 2019, 11:34 pmTaurean PrinceSF, Brooklyn Nets
Taurean Prince was off again on Monday, finishing his night with seven points (3-of-11 shooting), four rebounds, an assist and a block in 23 minutes.
Prince has had three poor shooting games in a row, and his inefficiencies are slowley starting to bump him out of the top-120 ranks in 9-cat. The absence of Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is also clearly been a real drag to his game, and it isn't a terrible idea to bench him until he finds his stroke again.
November 18, 2019, 11:27 pmJarrett AllenC, Brooklyn Nets
Jarrett Allen played well in 24 minutes in Monday's 86-115 loss to the Pacers, finishing with 10 points, 12 rebounds, an assists and a block in 24 minutes.
Allen's fantasy prospects would be so much better if DeAndre Jordan (18 min, six points, three rebounds) wasn't around absorbing as much playing time as he has. If one is ever out of the way the other becomes a must-own, must-start type of player, but Allen is the clear guy to own between the two.