Six games on Election Night and probably not many people have been paying attention to the league. Tonight’s highlighted by Marc Gasol’s game winner against the Nuggets. A quick note on this, if you watched it. Why did Mike Malone sub in Jameer Nelson over Nikola Jokic for a shorter guy on Marc Gasol. They were obviously going for a tip at the buzzer. If both Faried and Jokic stayed around the rim, I doubt that Marc Gasol could get a clean look at the rim. Instead, Mudiay switched out on Gasol and couldn’t even get close to bother the shot. Anyways, just a little rant by me. Let’s dive in and see who are the Studs and Duds from tonight’s games.
Stud of the Night: Tonight’s stud goes to C.J. McCollum. After dropping a career high 37 points against the Grizzlies, he followed up with 33 points on 11-18 shooting in a tough win against the Suns. He also added 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 triples, 2 steals and a block. He’s heating up right now and seems like made everything in the first half. Fourth Quarter was still Dame Time though so most of his effort came from the first three quarters. What’s surprising is that he’s playing himself to first round value in standard leagues with an average of 22.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.6 threes, 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocks on 48.1 percent from the field and 88.9 percent from the line. The Blazers backcourt are lighting it up and seems really motivated to carry the Blazers to success. The FG% seems likely to take a dip but it seems like he’ll have a decent season.
Anthony Davis – 34 points (14-22 FG, 6-7 FT), 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 4 blocks. The Brow is off to a hot start to the season, averaging 30.9 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 3.0 blocks and after this game, he’s the top ranked player in 9-cat right now. However, the Pelicans are now 0-8 and seems pretty certain that they don’t really have much to play for this season. Why would the Pelicans rush Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans back to their team? It doesn’t make any sense to do that and they should just tank their way to another top pick in next year’s draft. It doesn’t seem like Davis’ has any health problems and nagging injuries so owners should be happy with that. The problem is whether the Pels will shut Davis down towards the second half of the season. Owners shouldn’t worry about it just yet and should continue to enjoy the Brow.
LeBron James – 23 points (8-17 FG, 5-5 FT), 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 triples in a loss against the Hawks. Considering that LeBron is just pacing himself for the playoffs, it’s pretty insane that he’s flirting with averaging a triple double. He’s averaging 22.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 9.9 assists for the season. He’s playing the distributor role more this season while relying more on Love and Kyrie to score more. Let’s just say if this man decides that he wants to average a triple double, he could.
Rudy Gay – 21 points (7-16 FG, 5-5 FT), 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 triples, 2 steals and a block. This comes in a win against the Pelicans and Gay was matched up with Anthony Davis a lot this game and still performed well. Gay has been playing himself to top-25 value. It was ridiculous how his ADP was hovering around 70 something at one point. Even if Gay were in trade rumours, it won’t diminish his value that drastically. He’s averaging 22.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 threes, 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks. He’s almost averaging a triple one and that’s gold right there. His assists numbers bounced back up, which was expected since he was playing with Rondo last season. He’s been incredibly efficient for the season which probably won’t last. He’s a good sell high candidate right now as I don’t see him exceed his value or sustain it.
Eric Bledsoe – 31 points (9-13 FG, 11-12 FT), 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 triples. Bledsoe went blow for blow against Damian Lillard tonight but unfortunately it was Dame Time again in the Rose Garden. Bledsoe did have an incredibly efficient game and looked very aggressive at getting to the rim. Before this game, Bledsoe was in the shadow of the breakout players of Devin Booker and T.J. Warren but it seems like this Suns team is his again. Bledsoe’s value is just outside the top-100 in 9-cat but I wouldn’t suggest to buy low on Bledsoe because of the injury history. He is looking really healthy right now and will look better as the season progresses.
Fool’s Gold: T.J. Warren didn’t have that awful of a game but was clearly outplayed by his opposition. Warren dropped 12 points on 6-12 shooting 3 rebounds and a steal. He missed his pair of free throw attempts and had two turnovers. This was the kind of line Warren used to have last season. Points and pretty much nothing else. His teammate P.J. Tucker outplayed him tonight but owners don’t need to worry as Warren will bounce back the next game. He’s still young and will inevitably go through ups and downs. You still got yourself a steal on draft day.
Dud of the Night: Tonight’s biggest loser goes to Tristan Thompson. In 25 minutes of playing time, he grabbed 2 rebounds and had 1 steal. He missed his only 2 free throw attempts and didn’t shoot a single time on the floor, so basically he dropped an egg. Thompson isn’t known his high points volume but not attempting at least once is kind of ugly for the $82 million man. It also sucks that Thompson didn’t grab single offensive rebound this game and was clearly outsized, out-hustled and outmatched by Dwight Howard tonight. Thompson’s value is still inside the top-100 but just know that he’s only a good source of rebounds.
Waiver Wire Gems:
Seth Curry (15% owned) – 23 points (9-15 FG, 1-2 FT), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 triples, 3 steals in 31 minutes. This could be the breakout game that Curry envisioned for after the preseason finished. He’s gotten pretty consistent minutes but never performed. But it seems like the Curry family are all having a good start to this week. He’s averaging 22.4 minutes per game and it seems like he’s starting to find his stroke a little bit. The Mavericks did have Dirk and Deron Williams absent against the Lakers. And Dallas only plays one more game this week so I’d wait for a bit until I rush and go pick him up.
P.J. Tucker (6% owned) – 11 points (3-5 FG, 5-6 FT), 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals in 31 minutes. Tyson Chandler didn’t play this game and Watson decided to run a tighter rotation with Bender as the back up center. This means Tucker got a lot of power forward minutes tonight. Tucker hasn’t been getting consistent minutes lately. In his previous game, he only grabbed a rebound and blocked a shot, whilst dropping an egg in other categories. He’s still a good source of steals, averaging 2.2 steals in the last 5 games but that’s about it with Tucker.
Iman Shumpert (5% owned) – 5 points, (2-4 FG), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and a triple in 22 minutes. Shumpert’s getting consistent minutes but he should be averaging more than 21.7 minutes per game. He’s getting some run as the second unit’s point guard as well in the brief time that the Big 3 is not on the floor. He’s stealing the ball at an absurd rate, averaging 1.7 steals per game. He’s also hitting 1.1 threes per game so if you’re in need of some threes and steals for your streaming spot, Shumpert is good for standard leagues.
Vince Carter (2% owned) – 20 points (8-13 FG, 1-2 FT), 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 triples, 2 blocks in 31 minutes. He handed out the game winning assist to Marc Gasol and is probably one of the best crunch time sidelines inbound passer. Vinsanity is averaging 26.4 minutes per game for the season and he’s the first wing off the bench. However, Parsons is still easing his way back in and Tony Allen missed today’s game. I’m expecting his minutes to drop as the Grizzlies get more healthy bodies. He is 39 years old but he’s still solid for a streaming spot for deep leagues. Just not this week since the Grizzlies only have one more game this week.
Tyus Jones (1% owned) – 12 points (4-7 FG, 2-3 FT), 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals, 2 triples in 32 minutes. Thibs went to Jones for majority of the game. He even started in the second half ahead of Dunn. He probably earned himself more minutes but it doesn’t seem like he’ll take Dunn’s job right now. Rubio is still out with an elbow injury so Jones could be a good add for a cheap source of assists and steals in deep leagues. Just don’t expect him to play 32 minutes again.
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