January 22, 2018, 12:32 pm
A report from Adrian Wojnarowski and Michael C. Wright of ESPN suggests that there has been some tension building between Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs over the treatment of his quad injury.
It’s not a big #WojBomb on the surface, but “chilling impact” and “turbulence” are not terms that you ever hear with the Spurs and their star players. The Spurs also started the offseason with rumors that LaMarcus Aldridge was thought to be on his way out after a couple of frustrating seasons, but those have silenced after Aldridge has helped carry the Spurs with Leonard sidelined for much of this season. This report is likely just a lot of smoke, but who could blame Leonard for being frustrated that his injury is taking longer to heal and his team being extremely cautious with him. There’s almost no chance he’s traded at the deadline so this will likely die down in the coming weeks as Leonard continues to recover. For fantasy owners, it’s a lost season, but perhaps there might be some owners willing to take a risk and trade for Kawhi in the hopes that he returns to full health come fantasy playoff time.
November 22, 2019, 9:48 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin scored 24 points (9-for-16 shooting) , with three assists, three rebounds, two triples and a block as the Pistons cruised to victory on Friday.
It was good to see Griffin log 33 minutes as he is got everything he wanted in the paint, going 7-for-9 from 2-point range. Continue to start Griffin in fantasy when healthy but don't hesitate to ship him off if someone makes a good offer.
November 22, 2019, 9:45 pmBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Bruce Brown posted 14 points (6-for-7 shooting), seven asssits, four rebounds, three steals, two triples and a block in Friday's win over the Hawks.
There is pretty much nothing to criticize from this performance from Brown. He tied for the team lead in minutes with 33 as this was one of his better fantasy games in a while. He remains an option in deeper leagues as a steals streamer.
November 22, 2019, 9:45 pmThomas BryantC, Washington Wizards
Thomas Bryant woke up from a slow start on Friday to finish strong for 21 points (9-of-12 shooting), 11 rebounds and one block.
Bryant has been a steady top-50 play this season and is showing no signs of a reversal nor a regression. He's rewarding owners who trusted him on draft day with early-season dividends.
November 22, 2019, 9:41 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal powered the Wizards to a 125-118 win over the Hornets on Friday, exploding for 30 points on 10-of-19 shooting with five rebounds, 12 dimes and four 3s.
This is the fifth straight game where Beal has scored 30 points or more, further propelling him up the fantasy rankings. He's a legit top-10 threat and is thriving in a weapon-starved Wizards team.
November 22, 2019, 9:41 pmLuke KennardSG, Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard added nine points, nine assists, four rebounds, two steals, one three and a block in Friday's win over the Hawks.
Kennard didn't have his shot going (4-for-11) so it was good to see him contribute in other ways, including the career-high assist total. Langston Galloway chipped in 12 points on four triples in 27 minutes.
November 22, 2019, 9:38 pmDavis BertansF, Washington Wizards
Davis Bertans was on full-auto mode on Friday, knocking down 6-of-11 shots from deep en route to his 20 points (7-of-13 shooting), eight rebounds, four assists and one steal.
This is a classic Bertans explosion. Efficient 3-point shooting is his upide-wheelhouse, so this is what you can expect when he's finding the bucket. Excellent value so far coming from a mostly late-round flier pick.
November 22, 2019, 9:37 pmChristian WoodPF, Detroit Pistons
Christian Wood played 12 minutes on Friday, posting 11 points, six rebounds, four blocks, one assist, one steal and one three-pointer.
Wood was extremely productive on a per-minute basis as he lead a trio of strong bench performances for the Pistons. Derrick Rose played 18 minutes and added 11 points, three triples, two assists, one rebound, one steal and a block. Markieff Morris produced 13 points, three rebounds and two triples.
November 22, 2019, 9:32 pmMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk was a solid contributor off the Hornets' bench on Friday, tallying 19 points (7-of-10 shooting), two rebounds, two assists, three 3s and one steal.
Monk has been on-and-off this season, but mostly "on" as of late. He's worth streaming if you need help in points and threes but can be held in 14-team leagues or deeper.
November 22, 2019, 9:30 pmJabari ParkerPF, Atlanta Hawks
Jabari Parker provided 14 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a triple across 21 minutes in Friday's loss to the Pistons.
Parker shot the ball well from the field (5-for-10), but with the blowout natrue of thsi game it was mostly a rest game for Parker. Continue to keep him in your lineups, especially with John Collins out.
November 22, 2019, 9:29 pmDevonte' GrahamPG, Charlotte Hornets
Devonte' Graham played well in Friday's loss to the Wizards, recording 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting with six rebounds, seven assists, three treys, two steals and one block.
Graham is legit. His rise in fantasy is no fluke and has settled into a reliable floor with a still-uncharted ceiling, making him one of the hottest FA adds of the season so far.