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December 12, 2018, 9:49 pmDarren Collison - G - Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison hit the brakes in Victor Oladipo's return, scoring three points with seven assists and a 3-pointer in 29 minutes on Wednesday night.
Collison was fully expected to take a step back with Oladipo around to resume some of the ball-handling duties, so this isn't much of a surprise. His lines will be less thrilling but Collison remains a rock solid late-middle round play, so don't even think about dropping him despite the lack of sizzle. Cory Joseph went 4-6-6 in 25 minutes while Tyreke Evans did nothing of note in his 15 minutes. That seems safe to project going forward.
December 12, 2018, 8:44 amDarren Collison - G - Indiana Pacers
League executives around the league believe that Indiana might look to move one of its point guards.
Collison and Joseph have been splitting the point guard minutes this season and are both in the final years of their deals so this makes sense on paper. The team is high on rookie Aaron Holiday and Brian Windhorst says that a potential move would aim to clear out room for him. Holiday has already shown flashes of his potential this year and a trade would open up even more minutes for him while Tyreke Evans could also benefit. Nothing is imminent but you should be stashing Holiday in keeper leagues.
December 10, 2018, 9:54 pmDarren Collison - G - Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison put together a huge game on Monday night, delivering 10 points, a season-high 17 assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and just three turnovers in 38 minutes of action.
Collison is the rare point guard who provides tons of assists without killing you in turnovers, as tonight illustrates. He got off to a very slow start to the season but has hit the jets since Victor Oladipo went down and is a top-30 player over the last two weeks. Hopefully you bought low.
December 8, 2018, 9:40 pmDarren Collison - G - Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison continues to be productive in the absence of Victor Oladipo (knee) and Saturday's 97-107 win over the Kings is a fine example with him dropping 14 points, three rebounds, six assists and two triples.
Collison has seen a decent uptick in production in the absence of Oladipo, making up for his slow start for the season. He's still the main guard to own in the short-term with Tyreke Evans, who had 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in this game, unable to pop in fantasy.
December 4, 2018, 10:30 pmDarren Collison - G - Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison scored 23 points on 6-of-7 shooting (3-of-4 3PTs, 8-of-8 FTs) with eight rebounds and three assists in Tuesday's win over the Bulls.
Collison performing like this gives owners some cover as he has a short-term ramp with Victor Oladipo out that could theoretically settle into his typical late-round value. He's a must-own player right now but if your team is stacked you definitely want to note his long-term risk.
December 2, 2018, 12:43 amDarren Collison - G - Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison was terrific on Saturday night, scoring 12 points to go with 11 assists, six steals and two 3-pointers in a heartbreaking loss to the Kings.
The six steals ties a career-high for Collison and the dimes were a season-high, and he while he diverged from his profile by shooting 3-of-9 with five turnovers owners can overlook that considering the rest of the line. Collison has been a letdown to start the year but remains a safe bet for at least late-round value by the time it's all said and done. He's thriving with Victor Oladipo out and we're just hoping he can keep it up even when Indiana's star returns, as he was a middle-round fantasy player last year even with Dipo healthy and hyper-active.
November 27, 2018, 11:42 pmDarren Collison - G - Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison scored 11 points on 3-of-9 shooting (5-of-8 FTs) with five rebounds, 11 assists and one steal over 32 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Suns.
The asterisk is obviously that Victor Oladipo (knee) is out and prior to that happening Collison had been dropped in a lot of leagues. There is a top 100-125 point guard in there somewhere, but it's anybody's guess if it's going to come out and there's not enough upside to call him a must-hold player in 12-team formats.
November 26, 2018, 11:26 pmDarren Collison - G - Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison led the Pacers in assists on Monday with 11 dimes to go with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting, three rebounds and four steals.
Tonight was one of the best lines of the season for Collison and he still only managed 26 minutes. He's been a fringe player this season as his offensive load has lessened and when Victor Oladipo returns it's going to be hard to justify rostering him.
November 24, 2018, 2:27 amDarren Collison - G - Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison scored four points on 2-of-8 shooting with one rebound, six assists and a steal in 26 minutes on Friday against the Spurs.
Collison is trending toward the bottom of the top-200 and with Aaron Holiday showing he's worth a look in a backup role things are only getting more crowded. He's not a must-own player and he gets much more interesting in deeper 14-16 team formats.
November 11, 2018, 9:57 pmDarren Collison - G - Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison played 35 minutes on Sunday and scored 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting in a loss to the Rockets.
Collison added three rebounds and three assists to the box score. His backup Cory Joseph only scored five points with three rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes. Joseph has actually put up higher value than Collison on the season, but do not expect that to be the case for the entirety of the season. Both can be owned in deep leagues and provide sufficient value in points, 3-pointers and steals.
November 9, 2018, 10:57 pmDarren Collison - G - Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison delivered a solid performance for the Pacers on Friday, tallying 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting with three rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks.
Collison's owners have been aching for a night like this one, a light at the end of a dark tunnel that he had not found the exit to in recent games. His sluggish start has been punishing and it appears that D.C. will require a splash of patience this season.
November 4, 2018, 12:00 amDarren Collison - G - Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison has nine points and four assists in 25 minutes on Saturday in a win over the Celtics.
He is currently is at top-140 value which is disappointing compared to last seasons top-60 value. He should still be owned in 12-team leagues and should improve his level of production sooner rather than later.
Chris Iseman (Knicks beat writer for The Record and NorthJersey.com) joins Dan Besbris to provide some key insight into the thought processes and timelines behind the New York Knicks' ever-changing lineups. Dan goes deep dive…