FFF is back! And what a way to start the week with Chef Curry breaking the record for most threes in a game. Unfortunately, I’m up against Curry in my money league this week and it just sucks. More ranting later on. Aside from that, there were seven games tonight, highlighted by solid point guard play. Let’s take a look at the studs and duds from tonight’s games.
Stud of the Night: You guessed it. It’s Stephen Curry. After breaking his streak of a three a game in 157 games a couple of days ago, Curry bounced back and tortured the Pelicans (and owners who are up against Curry, i.e. me) by hitting NBA record 13 triples with 46 points. He did that with some efficient shooting as well, 16-26 from the field. He added 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals to that monster line of his. Because of the 13 threes from today, he’s still leading the league in threes by a comfortable margin. After seven games, Curry’s stats took an expected dip from last year. He’s just not required to do as much as he did with the arrival of Durant. He’s ranked eight in 9-cat right now and should climb the ranks as soon as the Warriors figure their stuff out.
Chris Paul – 24 points (8-10 FG, 3-4 FT), 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 triples, 2 steals and a block with no turnovers. A near perfect line from the reliable CP3 and he only played in 25 minutes tonight since they were blowing the Pistons out. His efficiency is off the charts and has been heads and has been the best point guard in 9-cat leagues right now. He’s averaging less than 2 turnovers per game and that’s a crazy rate considering the Clips needs Paul to create for them in nearly every possession. He slid in some drafts and owners are probably smiling right now.
Kemba Walker – 24 points (7-11 FG, 5-6 FT), 2 rebounds, 10 assists, 5 triples, 2 steals and a block with 1 turnover. Kemba had a good chance to blow up this game but the Hornets blew the Pacers out and had early garbage time this game. Walker’s has been carrying majority of the load for the Hornets and is now 5-1 for the first six games. He also played himself to first round value for the past two weeks. Walker showed that he was capable of being in the elite group of point guards towards the second half of last season. His efficiency is unreal and I don’t think he’ll keep the shooting up but he’s still a good chance as a top-20 player.
Otto Porter – 20 points (6-13 FG, 6-6 FT), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 2 triples, and a block with no turnovers. I wasn’t a big fan of Porter before the season started, especially with Kelly Oubre kicking his ass in preseason. But like I said, it’s preseason. Anything could happen in preseason. Porter has been quietly having a top-50 value in standard leagues, averaging 14.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, .1.2 steals, 0.7 triples and 0.5 turnovers. His value really comes from the percentages department, averaging 57.1 percent shooting and 88.9 percent from the line. He’s been getting heavy minutes and it doesn’t seem like Oubre has a chance to win the positional battle, so all signs show that he could keep this up.
Enes Kanter- 24 points (10-12 FG, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, and a block with 2 turnovers. My last mention could’ve went to the Butler or Harden but I wanted to mention some players that haven’t appeared on the FFF before. There’s a big enigma on Kanter this season. He’s only averaging 18.1 minutes per game. Owners kind of panicked a little bit after seeing Kanter play in three minutes against the Dubs but after that dud, Kanter dropped back to back 20 point games. The minutes aren’t high since Donovan doesn’t really trust Kanter defensively. There’s also Steven Adams in front of him and it’ll be hard to see the ‘Stache Bros play together much.
Fool’s Gold: Today’s fool’s gold belongs to Hassan Whiteside. In a loss against the Thunder, Whiteside had 5 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal. However he did have a poor shooting night as he shot 2-of-8 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line. The rebounds and blocks are nice but as the new franchise star of the Heat, he should’ve done better. Before the season started, there were much talk about Whiteside’s free throw shooting. He shot above 70 percent from the charity stripe for the last couple of months of last season. Now it seems like a fluke since he’s dropped that down to 50 percent this season. His field goal percentage also took a noticeable dip but that’s because his usage got higher and is now required to do much more for the Heat. He had a double double every game until today and should bounce back next game.
Dud of the Night: The player who dropped the biggest dud from tonight’s games is Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. He had 1 point and 1 rebound. He missed all six attempts from the field and went 1-of-3 from the line. This comes from a blowout loss against the Clippers and basically every player on the Piston’s had an off night. He’s been averaging 11.1 points with 1.6 threes and 1.7 steals and is clearly a three and steal guy. He still has top-100 value after today’s dud. KCP is known for his hot and cold moments and owners will have to live with them but now you know when he’s cold, he gets real cold.
Waiver Wire Gems:
C.J. Miles (19% owned) – 23 points (8-15 FG, 2-2 FT), 4 rebounds, 5 triples and a steal in 25 minutes. This man is getting hotter and hotter. He’s scoring more and more as each game goes by. In his last four games, he’s averaging 19.5 points, 3.3 triples and 1.3 steals in 23.3 minutes per game. I talked about him in the Adds and Drops I did yesterday, so I don’t really want to repeat it. Just go grab him.
Dante Exum (7% owned) – 11 points (4-6 FG), 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a block in 20 minutes. It’ll be hard for the Australian to find minutes in this Jazz lineup. George Hill wasn’t in the roster today and Exum was still off the bench behind Shelvin Mack. With HIll voted as the best player of the week in the Western Conference, expecting Exum to outplay Hill right now seems a farfetched. 7% ownership seems a little bit high.
Domantis Sabonis (2% owned) – 15 points (5-13 FG, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, 4 triples in 30 minutes. Billy Donovan really likes to use his rookie as he has the ability to stretch the floor. He’s averaging nearly 20 minutes per game with 7.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.1 threes, 0.4 steals and 0.4 blocks. The rookie has some upside to his game and he’s certainly very skilled. But all rookies will have their up and down moments, and maybe this is the time where owners can experience the high from him. This is his second good game from the previous three and there is a significant uptake in minutes from those three games. Owners in 14-man or 16-man leagues should take a risk in if you have someone to cut.
Marco Belinelli (2% owned) – 12 points (3-8 FG, 4-4 FT), 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 2 triples in 27 minutes. The Hornets blew the Pacers out early so there were garbage time involved. But he also played a lot because MKG couldn’t finish the game with a sore lwoer back. Hornets would want to be careful of MKG’s injuries and may miss a game or two. That leaves opportunity for Belinelli but he’s as streaky as it gets and you can’t really predict when he’ll have his stretches. He’s a decent streaming option for the coming week.
James Johnson (1% owned) – 18 points (5-12 FG, 7-7 FT), 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, a steal and a three in 25 minutes. Coach Spolestra really doesn’t like to use Derrick Williams right now and Luke Babbitt’s shot isn’t really falling too. He’s a triple one threat and deep-league owners should really pay attention to him as I think there’s a real chance of him getting the starting four spot.
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