November 26, 2016, 7:16 pm
Jeremy Lamb started for an injured Nicolas Batum and had a monster night on the glass with 17 rebounds.
Going into this game, it was speculated that Lamb would receive around 20 minutes while a red-hot Marco Belinelli would get the lion’s share. However, this was not to be the case as Lamb ended up playing 36 minutes to Belinelli’s 20. Lamb made an impression early on in this game as he already had his double-double secured by half-time. With Batum expected back soon, Lamb will probably head back to the bench, but he has definitely earned himself more minutes going forward. He is worth a speculative pick up, but don’t expect a repeat performance when Batum is healthy.
Another interesting storyline to this game was this was the first time since the 2011 NCAA championship game that Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb started together in the same backcourt. They were teammates on the Huskies team that defeated Butler to win the title.
UPDATE: Marco Belinelli went down with a hamstring injury during the game and sat out the fourth quarter leading to more minutes and production for Lamb. Hamstring injuries can linger so Lamb may be a good candidate to absorb Belinelli’s 28 minutes per game if he isn’t ready by Tuesday.
January 19, 2020, 1:35 amBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield shot 5-of-11 from the field on his way to scoring 14 points with three rebounds, three assists and two triples in 35 minutes.
Hield is a top-90 player in per game value and there's some hope for him to improve slightly if his .418 field goal percentage can creep towards the .458 he shot last season. That isn't something to count on though since he's headed in the wrong direction lately, shooting .382 in the past month.
January 19, 2020, 1:34 amFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
In his return from a two-week absence, Fred VanVleet scored 29 points in Saturday's 122-112 win over the Wolves, chipping in four rebounds, two assists and four steals.
Not only did he shoot the ball efficiently (11-of-16) but he also held on to the ball and only committed one turnover. Though he only registered two assists, the four steals, make this one of the cleaner fantasy games for VanVleet this season. Look for him to keep it going as he is providing top-30 player return so far this season.
January 19, 2020, 1:27 amNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica was quiet on Saturday with 10 points, three rebounds and two threes in 33 minutes.
Bjelica had a double-double on Wednesday with 11 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, so owners shouldn't worry too much about Saturday's mediocre performance. Bjelica should be rostered in standard leagues while Richaun Holmes is out for the next few weeks. It's tough to see Bjelica holding standard-league value once the Kings get healthy though.
January 19, 2020, 1:27 amKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry scored 28 points in Saturday's win, chipping in seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.
The 28 points for Lowry is a nice but is muted a bit as he was only able to register two assists. Coming in to this game he is sixth in the league for assists per game with almost seven. The two is his lowest output all season whereas the 28 points is the highest point total this month.
January 19, 2020, 1:22 amMarvin Bagley IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
Marvin Bagley scored 17 points on 8-of-19 shooting with seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes.
Bagley has averaged 15.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in 27.8 minutes since returning from his left foot sprain three games ago. He's delivering with Richaun Holmes out and has done enough to keep his role safe once Holmes returns. Bagley has a good chance at posting top-100 value moving forward with top-75 upside.
January 19, 2020, 1:21 amPascal SiakamPF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam scored 14 points in Saturday's win over the Wolves, chipping in four rebounds, three assists and four blocks.
The backcourt players had the hot-hand in this one and limited Siakam to just 10 field goal attempts. Unfortunately, except for the defensive stats this seemed to take him out of the picture as he only registered four rebounds. No worries here as Siakam is still a beast.
January 19, 2020, 1:17 amNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell scored 20 points in 25 minutes off the bench in Saturday's win, chipping in three rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Powell has scored over 20 points in four consecutive games off the bench. Even with the return of teammate Fred VanVleet, Powell has continued to get shots up, averaging 14 field goal attempts a game. He is worth hanging on to in most leagues.
January 19, 2020, 1:12 amDanny GreenSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Danny Green racked up four steals on Saturday to go with 20 points, five rebounds, one block and four triples in 33 minutes.
This line is as good as it gets for Green with bunches of threes and defensive stats. Green is inside the top-130 on the season and can provide late-round value with threes, steals and blocks. His low upside makes him more suitable for 14-team leagues.
January 19, 2020, 1:06 amLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James dominated the Rockets in a 124-115 victory with 31 points, five rebounds, 12 assists and two steals.
James carried the Lakers to a victory without Anthony Davis. James has bounced back this year and is putting up first-round value again. Expect more of the same moving forward for LeBron.
January 19, 2020, 1:03 amKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 12 points in Saturday's loss to the Raptors, chipping in six rebounds, six assists, and a block on 4-of-11 shooting.
Following last nights 27 point game on his return from injury, KAT was flat tonight and did not contribute much on either side of the ball. This is nothing to worry about, though, as he is just playing under 30 minutes since his return. Once he finds his legs he should be back to returning first-round value for fantasy owners.