March 17, 2016, 7:09 pm
Bismack Biyombo had the night of his career in Thursday’s win over the Pacers, scoring 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting (6-of-11 FTs) with a franchise-record 25 rebounds and two blocks in 42 minutes.
Biyombo was a must-own player as long as a week or two ago in anticipation of the current five-game week, and the injury to Jonas Valanciunas’ previously broken hand certainly has helped things along. The question going forward is if Valanciunas’ timetable indicates a quick return, do fantasy owners hold through the upcoming three-game week to get to a pair of four-game weeks.
For perspective, Biyombo has returned top 145-160 value in 22.6 mpg on the year and he could easily start cutting into Valanciunas’ minutes after a night like this. Owners need to be clear about the stats they’re looking for, but he’s certainly on the radar for those four-gamers and he should be held until JV returns, obviously.
Bruno CabocloSF, Houston Rockets
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
Josh JacksonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
July 13, 2020, 11:09 amJaren Jackson Jr.PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr. finished his second season ranked 65/66 in 8/9-cat leagues, averaging 16.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.
After an impressive rookie campaign, expectations were high for Jackson, as he came into the year with an ADP just inside the top-40. Although he did not quite live up to those standards he did manage to improve on his overall rankings and jumped from top-90 to top-70. The long, 6'11" forward provides a combination of shooting and defense no other player in the league can. Jackson is the only player in the NBA to average over 2.5 3PM and 1.6 blocks per game on at least 46% shooting from the field. The substantial increase from 2.4 3PA last year to 6.3 this year, while shooting just under 40% from deep has made him an unique offensive threat. While his block numbers already have him in an elite category we would like to see the big man assert himself more often on the glass and increase his rebound stats from his 4.7 per game career average. The tools are there, we just hope JJJ can continue to improve and solidify himself as a superior fantasy option.
July 13, 2020, 10:43 amJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas held 5th-round value all season, averaging 14.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.
Valanciunas posted the best fantasy season of his career, finishing the year ranked 54/49 in 8/9-cat formats. After an ADP of 69 heading into the season the consistency and value he provided was all an owner can ask for. He was a double-double machine, ending the year in the top-eight in both FG% (59%) and rebounds per game (11.2). For a big man he was decent from the line and was the only player in the league that at least shot 73% from the line, 55% from the field while averaging at least 11 rebounds and one block. He has shown the consistency over the last few years and we expect more of the same to come next season. He could sneak into the top-five rounds in next year’s drafts.
July 13, 2020, 10:20 amJa MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant finished his rookie season holding 73/129 value in 8/9-cat formats.
Morant, the presumptive Rookie of the Year, finished his first season averaging 17.6 points, 6.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds on 49% shooting from the field. The high-flying Morant has become one of the more exciting players in the league but could not solidify himself as a top-tier fantasy player at any point this season. His playmaking ability carried him throughout the fantasy season, with well above average assists and average scoring and field goal percentage numbers. The lack of any other stats to speak of and very high turnover rate held Morant back from becoming a top fantasy player, as seen with the disparity of his 8-and 9-cat rankings. As a rookie, much of this is to be expected and he should post more well rounded numbers in the future. More threes (0.9/game) and steals (0.9/game) could eventually substantially increase his fantasy impact and have him flirting with being a top-50 player sooner rather than later.
July 13, 2020, 9:51 amDillon BrooksSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Dillon Brooks shot his way into the top-175 in both 8/9-cat leagues.
With the addition of Justise Winslow, Brooks could be relegated to a bench role but this season proved to fantasy owners what type of player he is. Starting all 65 games and playing 28.5 minutes a night, Brooks was a hit or miss points and threes guy, finishing the year averaging 15.7 points and 2.0 threes per game. It was boom or bust from the field for the most of the season as he shot 40% from the field and 37% from deep. The volume was consistent, but the output was not, as seen over the final two months of the year where Brooks was outside the top-325 due to his poor shooting (36% on 16.3 FGA). If he can contribute consistent steals, he averaged 1.0 per game the first 49 games and 0.5 the final 16, he is a worthy end-of-the-bench, points and threes fantasy player.
July 13, 2020, 9:28 amDe'Anthony MeltonPG, Memphis Grizzlies
De'Anthony Melton completed his second season ranked 167/169 in 8/9-cat formats.
Melton proved he had value for not only Memphis but fantasy owners, as well. In 52 games this season he averaged a pedestrian 8.1 points, 3.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds. The upside came with his low turnovers and high steals. Averaging 1.3 steals per game, Melton was one of only two players in the league to average 1.3 steals in less than 20 minutes per game. If Melton can increase his percentages in future seasons he can become a consistent backup fantasy option.
July 13, 2020, 9:13 amRajon RondoPG, Los Angeles Lakers
Rajon Rondo will miss 6-8 weeks after surgery on his fractured right thumb.
ESPN's Dave McMenamin reports Rondo suffered the "significant" hand injury during practice on Sunday. Rondo averaged 7.1 points and 5.0 assists in 20.5 minutes per game this season. With Avery Bradley opting to sit out the remainder of the season Rondo was expected to pick up some of the available backcourt minutes. LeBron James will continue to run the show with the first unit while Alex Caruso and Quinn Cook have the opportunity to get some extra run.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter
July 13, 2020, 12:16 amAlize JohnsonPF, Indiana Pacers
Second-year forward Alize Johnson spent most of his time in 2019-20 playing in the G League than with the Pacers, allowing him to finish ranked just inside the top-500.
Johnson was a little bit less than an afterthought in fantasy this season as he simply could not crack the team's rotation. In 13 games played for Indiana, the former second-round pick was able to post averages of 1.4 PPG and 1.4 RPG. He's not in line to see a significant bump in value anytime soon.