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January 13, 2019, 10:17 pmJalen Brunson - G - Dallas Mavericks
Jalen Brunson scored 12 points with four rebounds in 30 minutes in a loss to the Warriors on Sunday.
He shot 3-of-10 from the field and added two 3-pointers and one block to the box score. He is worth a speculative add now that J.J. Barea is out for the season and he could potentially see minutes in the upper-20's for the rest of the year.
January 11, 2019, 10:43 pmJ.J. Barea - G - Dallas Mavericks
J.J. Barea (lower leg) left Friday’s game in the fourth quarter and finished the win over the Wolves with 16 points, seven assists and a three.
Coach Rick Carlisle said that Barea will get an MRI tomorrow so we’ll relay the results when they come in. Barea is constantly injured and if he has to miss time it could be Jalen Brunson and Devin Harris who benefit assuming Dennis Smith Jr. misses more time with back tightness.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
January 5, 2019, 10:41 pmJalen Brunson - G - Dallas Mavericks
Jalen Brunson provided a spark off the Mavs' bench in a 100-106 loss to the Sixers on Saturday with the rookie posting 13 points (4-of-14 from the field), 11 rebounds, eight assists, one 3-pointer and one steal.
Brunson has been on and off with his value which has been mostly tied to the absence or lack of production, like in tonight's case, of Dennis Smith Jr., so he's a rough guy to count on in fantasy. Speaking of the Devil, DSJ was a veritable non-factor in this one with just two points (1-of-5 shooting), one rebound and four assists to his name. DSJ can me dropped in standard leagues and is a marginal hold in some deeper formats, at least until he finds a way to not suck so much.
December 26, 2018, 11:48 pmJalen Brunson - G - Dallas Mavericks
Jalen Brunson didn't leave the bench in Wednesday's win over the Pelicans.
Brunson had been starting at point guard with Dennis Smith Jr. (wrist) out but was a victim of the matchup game tonight as the Mavs went large up front. He's only a deep-league asset who is on the verge of drop territory with DSJ nearing a return.
December 23, 2018, 11:51 pmJalen Brunson - G - Dallas Mavericks
Jalen Brunson posted 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, a steal and a triple in Sunday's overtime loss.
Brunson played 33 minutes in another start but he really hasn't done much after two big games early on in this DSJ-less run. With Smith expected to return after the Christmas break, Brunson's deep-league stock is in a precarious spot.
December 23, 2018, 12:37 amJalen Brunson - G - Dallas Mavericks
Jalen Brunson scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with two rebounds, three assists, three steals and two treys over 24 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Warriors.
Brunson hasn't put anything together with Dennis Smith (wrist) out and he's only worth a look in very deep leagues.
December 21, 2018, 1:23 amJalen Brunson - G - Dallas Mavericks
Jalen Brunson started in place of Dennis Smith Jr. again on Thursday but only mustered seven points, three rebounds, two assists, a 3-pointer and a 2-for-9 shooting line in 21 minutes.
He was outplayed J.J. Barea and it looks like the big performances from his first two starts are the anomalies here. Brunson's still fine to deploy if you're desperate for a guard since DSJ will likely miss two more games at least, but he doesn't come with a strong recommendation. Wesley Matthews also struggled with six points and a steal in 27 minutes but remains worth owning in 12-team leagues.
December 16, 2018, 9:37 pmJalen Brunson - G - Dallas Mavericks
Jalen Brunson returned to the starting lineup on Sunday against the Kings to score 12 points with four boards and three assists.
Brunson logged 30 minutes with J.J. Barea and Dennis Smith Jr. both out of commission. He's only a streaming option at this point so keep an eye out as the Mavs play four times on the road next week.
December 13, 2018, 12:04 amJalen Brunson - G - Dallas Mavericks
Jalen Brunson cooled off in a major way in Wednesday's win, scoring five points with just two assists and a steal in 23 minutes of action.
Brunson had been playing well enough that Rick Carlisle went out of his way to cement that Dennis Smith Jr. (wrist) would start at point guard whenever he was ready to return, but just didn't have it tonight. He was bound to come back to earth but it's disappointing that it happened in such a cake matchup. The clock is ticking here but Brunson's fine to deploy until DSJ does get back on the floor.
December 10, 2018, 11:20 pmJalen Brunson - G - Dallas Mavericks
Jalen Brunson drew his second consecutive start on Monday against the Magic and delivered a career-high 17 points with four assists, three boards, a triple and a steal.
We've seen point guards come out of nowhere and deliver shot term value before and this is no different. Brunson is shooting over 70 percent over the past week and will see lots of normalization. It's also worth mentioning that Brunson is only hitting 33 percent of his free throws over the last week, further highlighting how hot he's been from the field.
December 8, 2018, 9:03 pmJalen Brunson - G - Dallas Mavericks
Jalen Brunson did not disappoint in his spot start in Saturday's 104-107 win over the Rockets, delivering 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting with three assists and three steals.
He started in place of Dennis Smith Jr. (wrist) and had himself a respectably efficient, albeit low-end line. Keep an eye on Brunson in deep leagues as he can hold some value while DSJ is on the shelf. His partner in the backcourt, Wesley Matthews, had a great night with 21 points (four 3s), three rebounds and three assists.
December 8, 2018, 6:05 pmJalen Brunson - G - Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks will start Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes and DeAndre Jordan on Saturday.
Brunson will be getting his second career start, and gets the task of guarding Chris Paul. Welcome to the league, rook. He set multiple career-highs on Wednesday in 25 minutes, though a good deal of it was in garbage time. The start was unexpected, but if he plays well, he could be in for real minutes going forward. He's worth an add to the watch list, and a decent daily play on Saturday.
Source: Bobby Karalla on Twitter
December 5, 2018, 11:35 pmJalen Brunson - G - Dallas Mavericks
Jalen Brunson set a number of career-highs on Wednesday night, including 11 points, seven assists and two steals.
Brunson played 25 minutes and also added a 3-pointer, taking full advantage of garbage time against the Pelicans. He's not on the fantasy radar but did play more than Devin Harris tonight. Brunson was the definite winner among the PG group with Dennis Smith Jr. (wrist) out, though J.J. Barea did post 14-2-4 with two steals and two threes off the bench.
October 26, 2018, 10:05 pmJalen Brunson - G - Dallas Mavericks
Jalen Brunson started on Friday with Dennis Smith Jr. out and shot 3-of-11 from the field for eight points, three rebounds, four assists, a steal and two threes in 30 minutes.
Even one or two more makes would've helped this line considerably but it's really not bad considering the opponent. He vastly outperformed J.J. Barea (also 3-of-11, but only three assists in 16 minutes) tonight and looks like the fill-in of choice when the Mavs lose one of their backcourt guys. He's only going to have situational value and can be ignored in just about all formats.