Our illustrious host Dan Besbris digs deep into the fantasy mail bag! Of course, we also recap the big stories from Wednesday night, including an injury to Jonas Valanciunas and the strong recent play of…
January 13, 2019, 12:48 amNicolas Batum - G/F - Charlotte Hornets
Nicolas Batum scored 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting (including three treys) with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks over 27 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Kings.
Batum had a nice size advantage against the smaller wings of Sacramento, but this game was about the Hornets stepping up following two blowout losses. They played with good energy, the Kings made the game loose and Batum knew he needed to be assertive in this one. Why he can't be this engaged every night is the money question, but for now he's just a late round guy with whatever upside you'd want to attribute to him turning the light bulb on. Marvin Williams also enjoyed the size advantage and ended up with two steals and three blocks to go with six points, eight boards, two assists and a trey in the loss.
January 5, 2019, 8:15 pmNicolas Batum - G/F - Charlotte Hornets
Nicolas Batum filled up the stat sheet in Saturday's loss to the Nuggets, dropping 11 points (three 3s), seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.
This has been one of Batum's better games lately. You could parlay this diamond in the rough performance from the former mid-round favorite into an exit strategy from his underwhelming 2018-19 campaign.
December 31, 2018, 8:33 pmNicolas Batum - G/F - Charlotte Hornets
Nicolas Batum scored seven points on 3-of-6 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds and three assists over 27 minutes in Monday's 125-100 blowout win over the Magic.
Batum is hanging around with value in the top 125-140 range and the Hornets will need him to step it up if Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) misses time. He should be owned in standard leagues even if owners aren't thrilled with the results.
December 19, 2018, 10:27 pmNicolas Batum - G/F - Charlotte Hornets
Nicolas Batum's up-and-down season found a midpoint in Wednesday's 110-99 win over the Cavs as he delivered 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and two triples.
He scored seven and 21 points in his last two games respectively, making him a tough player to peg. Overall, his value has been in a downward trend in 2018-19 making him a drop in standard leagues and a tough hold in 14-team leagues or deeper.
December 14, 2018, 10:11 pmNicolas Batum - G/F - Charlotte Hornets
Nicolas Batum broke out of his slump with extreme prejudice on Friday, blowing up for 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting (five 3s) with six rebounds and seven assists.
Nothing like a game against the Knicks to wake up the dead, or the slumping players in fantasy. Whichever. At the end of the day, it was what the doctor ordered to revitalize Batum from the stench of his putrid slump. Pick him up if he was dropped. Sometimes all it takes is a confidence-building performance for a player to find his groove.
December 12, 2018, 10:28 pmNicolas Batum - G/F - Charlotte Hornets
Nicolas Batum's awful slump persisted on Wednesday as the 10-year veteran was limited to producing two points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 31 minutes.
Low-end lines like this were not what drafters were expecting when they spent their mid-to-late-round picks on Batum this season. He can be dropped in standard leagues for a hot player off the wire but can be put on a watch list, should he find his form once again.
December 6, 2018, 12:23 amNicolas Batum - G/F - Charlotte Hornets
Nicolas Batum had a nice game on Wednesday night, posting 18 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes of playing time against the Wolves.
Batum is coming off a game where he scored two points in 14 minutes, and he has only exceeded 10 points one other time (besides this showing) in his last five games. It's been a very up-and-down campaign for Batum but anyone who has mustered the patience to have him in the lineup every night has received top-100/120 (8/9-cat) value. We're not holding out much hope, but maybe this can help turn Batum's season around.
December 2, 2018, 7:48 pmNicolas Batum - G/F - Charlotte Hornets
Nicolas Batum logged just 14 minutes on Sunday, going 1-of-7 from the field for two points, three rebounds and one assist.
This is ugly. Batum's been a roller coaster this season, and considering that his highs aren't all that eye-popping these days he's definitely qualified to be one of fantasy's more frustrating players. He'll be better than this on most nights and should hold top-120 value even at his ultimate worst, but the Hornets have shown a willingness to put him on the bench when things aren't going his way. Good luck trying to trade him for anything other than a significant loss.
November 28, 2018, 9:34 pmNicolas Batum - G/F - Charlotte Hornets
Nicolas Batum played well on Wednesday against the Hawks and delivered 13 points, six boards, three dimes, two steals and one blocked shot.
Batum made up for his nasty seven-point outing on Monday. He's really been seeing some wild volatility so far this season but should be able to settle on some late middle-round value once things stabilize.
November 17, 2018, 10:22 pmNicolas Batum - G/F - Charlotte Hornets
Nicolas Batum played only 19 minutes in Saturday's overtime win, posting zero points, one rebound, four assists, one steal and one block.
Batum came out of the gates with top-60 numbers but is now outside the top-100. He has yet to exceed 11 points in any November game and has as many games with five points or less than he does 10 or more. We haven't fielded many drop questions on him yet but they're going to start flooding in if Batum doesn't pick up the pace. He's still a hold.
November 3, 2018, 9:39 pmNicolas Batum - G/F - Charlotte Hornets
Nicolas Batum put up nine points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the Hornets blew out the Cavs on Saturday.
He shot 4-of-9 from the field and added one steal to the box score. His ability to stuff the stat sheet has always made him an enticing fantasy option and this season is no different. He is currently a top-60 value and will only improve as long as the Hornets remain in the playoff race.
October 31, 2018, 12:02 amNicolas Batum - G/F - Charlotte Hornets
Nicolas Batum had his best scoring night of the season on Tuesday, netting 20 points to go with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers against the Heat.
Batum hit 7-of-10 from the floor and set a season-high in scoring tonight. While his other seven games include four with 10 or more, Batum's previous season-high was just 15 points. Despite the paltry scoring totals, Batum has been giving owners 6.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.7 combined cash counters. He's not particularly flashy but would need a total collapse to fall out of the top-100.
October 27, 2018, 10:34 pmNicolas Batum - G/F - Charlotte Hornets
Nicolas Batum was held to scoring just two points on Saturday but contributed elsewhere via 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks.
This can be chalked up to a bad matchup in the form of the surging Sixers. Batum should bounce back in the next game.
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