Everyone get’s a brand new slate today because it’s the start of the new week! We are now in week 4 and you should probably have a good image of your team by now. An eight game night with a couple of nail-biting games and a bunch of expected blowouts. We also have some name dropping going around the rumour mill as well. Specifically, DeMarcus Cousins and Klay Thompson. The Boogie news seems kind of fishy since it’s an opposing team GM in the Western Conference saying stuff about him. Also, I don’t know how Brian Scalabrine got his sources about Klay moving to somewhere more green. Boogie seems the more realistic on though. Let’s dive in to the winners and losers from tonight’s games.
Stud of the Night: Chris Paul had an easy night against the Nets. When you’re up against the likes of Sean Kilpatrick and Yogi Ferrell, it’s a night where you start to defer to your teammates and let them feel good about themselves. At the meantime, CP still got his numbers and had an incredible efficient game. He had 21 points on 8-11 shooting while also adding 9 assists, 4 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 triples and only 1 turnover. The Clippers are really good this season and are blowing teams out which means Paul and co. aren’t really getting a lot of minutes. He played 25 minutes today and is averaging 29.7 for the season which is a career low. However, he’s the second best player in fantasy in 9-cat leagues so I’m guessing less is more with this guy. Congratulations Chris Paul owners.
James Harden – 33 points (12-20 FG, 5-5 FT), 7 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 triples, a steal and a block with 5 turnovers. The Rockets blew the Sixers out tonight and Harden, who is averaging 37.3 minutes per game, only played in 33 tonight so he could’ve blown up if the game were to be any closer. His usage rate this season is at 33.7 percent which is higher than last year’s 32.5 percent. The bump was to be expected since he was moved to the point guard position in D’Antoni’s offense. He has top-5 value right now in 9-cat and he’s the best player in fantasy in 8-cat. He’s stuffing the stat sheet every night and has five games with at least 15 assists while the rest of the league only has one. Harden vs. Westbrook on Wednesday so better stay tuned to that match up.
Trevor Ariza – 17 points (6-14 FG), 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 triples, 3 steals and a block with no turnovers. It’s pretty standard that players usually get good games against the Sixers. Ariza sure padded his stats well. He’s having an awesome start to the season and has top-30 value in standard leagues. The percentages, threes and steals all improved from last season and that’s probably thanks to Harden finding him better looks. Over the last 5 games, he’s averaging 13.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.2 triples and 2.8 steals. That’s the goodies that you want from him and I think he’ll smash his ADP for the rest of the season.
Tobias Harris – 22 points (9-16 FG, 2-2 FT), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 triples, 2 blocks and a steal with no turnovers. After a hot start to the season, Harris has cooled off in the month of November. Harris has been averaging 14.8 points on 42.0 percent shooting while also adding 4.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.8 treys and 0.8 steals. However, with Drummond out tonight, Harris was relied on heavily for offensive output and really stepped it up. He took advantage of this opportunity and hopefully it’s a good stepping stone for him to have a good string of games. His buy-low window should be closed now.
C.J. Miles – 16 points (5-12 FG, 2-2 FT), 4 rebounds, 4 treys, 2 steals and 2 blocks with no turnovers. Miles got moved back with the second unit tonight and only played in 23 minutes. However, I think most of his damage should be done against team’s second unit as well. He’s continuing his streak of hot games and a lot has been said about whether he can sustain this kind of performances. He’s a career 35.4 percent shooter from downtown and this season he’s shooting at an insanely 49.0 percent. He’s never shot above 40.0 percent from range so yes, I believe he’ll regress. But there’s no harm on riding the hot hand. He’s been returning top-30 value for the season and if you can get a mid-round for him, that’ll be pretty worth it.
Dud of the Night: Surprisingly none of the Nets or Magic players received the honours of being the biggest dud tonight. It goes to Derrick Rose. He dropped 3 points on 1-6 shooting, 4 rebounds and 5 assists, also adding 5 turnovers. Rose has always been a very popcorn-stat type of player. His main contribution are always points, assists, a few rebounds and that’s about it. When he doesn’t even contribute to those type of stats then you really got yourself a big loser. Fortunately, Knicks came out with the win tonight. Rose is returning outside of the top-190 value in standard leagues and is owned in 85% of Yahoo! leagues. He’s averaging 14.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists while also adding 3.3 turnovers in a Knicks Jersey. His only above average contribution is assists so I don’t really see what he’s doing on your team.
Waiver Wire Gems:
Dion Waiters (18% owned) – 27 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 triples, 3 blocks and 2 steals in 36 minutes. Wow what a line from Dion. Whoever is still on Waiters Island should make himself noticed tonight. The Heat were short handed tonight with Dragic missing so Waiters, Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson were left to fill the two guard spots on the roster. Waiters only had 4 points in his previous game but once in a while, he does have the talent to fill it up. He doesn’t hold any value in standard leagues though but deep leagues might want to check him out.
Jerami Grant (4% owned) – 11 points (5-8 FG), 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks and a triple in 27 minutes. It’s bad for the Thunder when Grant with 11 points is your second leading point scorer. However, Grant did have some impressive plays on defense and Donovan really likes the versatility and athleticism he brings to the floor. He was hovering around 14 minutes in his last four games and the 27 minutes along with points, rebounds and steals were all a season high. The position battle between him, Kanter and Sabonis is going to be really interesting to watch and you should keep monitoring this situation.
Joe Ingles (1% owned) – 20 points (7-11 FG, 2-2 FT), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 treys and a steal in 33 minutes. The Aussie started tonight due to the absence of Hood and Hill. The Jazz are banged up and now seems like Favors’ knee is acting up again. This is his only good game for the season and hasn’t played more than 24 minutes until today. Hood doesn’t seem like he’ll miss a long period of time and seems like he’ll return for next game so he should be left alone.
Justin Holiday (1% owned) – 16 points (6-7 FG, 2-2 FT), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 triples, 2 steals and a block in 25 minutes. He started the second half over Joakim Noah since the Mavs went small with Harrison Barnes at the four. Him and Jennings are the first guys off the bench and whenever the Knicks would want to go small with Porzingis at the five, Holiday is slotted in to that line up. He’s still not getting consistent minutes to have any solid fantasy contribution and should remain on the wire but keep an eye out on the Knicks’ situation.
Magic vs Pacers
- Fournier, Ibaka and Vooch all looked terrible tonight. After scoring 119 points, the Magic scored 69. The Magic situation is a mess and you never know what you’re going to get.
- Paul George didn’t seem like he could get any lift of that ankle of his. He’s not 100% yet and he’s easing his way in. His usage rate also took a dip this season compared to his last one, which makes sense because of the added help of Teague, Young and Turner’s emergence.
Thunder vs Pistons
- Oladipo looked bad tonight and only played in 23 minutes. He was starting to heat up from his past couple of games so tonight was a weird one. The Thunder didn’t bring the energy tonight and that’s probably because they were playing on a second night of a back-to-back.
- Somehow the Pistons got themselves a solid second unit. Jon Leuer is a bright spot and can play both big man position with the ability to stretch the floor. Aron Baynes looking good as a solid back up and Ish Smith is a legitimate understudy for when Reggie Jackson returns.
Mavericks vs Knicks
- It doesn’t seem like Wesley Matthews will ever return to his former self. The achilles surgery seems to be impacting him a whole lot and he’s been shooting at a horrendous rate this season and even the last one. He’s shooting below 30 percent from the field.
- Both Melo and Porzingis are starting to get it rolling and they’re coexisting very nicely together. It’s Porzingis’ first double-double and that’s party because he was playing center more tonight. Maybe they should do that more regularly, just saying.
Celtics vs Pelicans
- The Celts looked terrible closing the game out and it’s the same problem that they’re faced last year. Bright spot is that Marcus Smart had an efficient and solid game! The C’s started with three guards due to Crowder’s injury. They really need Horford and Crowder back
- Pelicans won their second game and I thought it wouldn’t come so soon. Anthony Davis got some surprising help from Galloway, dropping 21 points and Terrence Jones, 15 points and 10 rebounds. Solomon Hill also had a nasty dunk on Smart but it was ruled offensive foul.
Sixers vs Rockets
- Gerald Henderson was the only bright spot on the Sixers tonight. Ersan’s been pretty consistent with his contribution off the bench. Okafor’s been playing pretty bad when Embiid is playing. Not sure these two can coexist.
- Eric Gordon got moved back to the starting line up and is still hitting threes. Ryan Anderson has been disappointing and is returning outside top-130 value. A buy-low candidate definitely.
Heat vs Spurs
- Spolestra decided to start Derrick Williams over Luke Babbitt but both were utter garbage. It’s curious to me as to why he’s not playing James Johnson more often in that position as he’s been the better player out of those three. 5 straight losses for the Heat.
- Danny Green injured his groin but he says its not that bad. Knowing Pop, he’s definitely going to get rested. LaMarcus Aldridge started off 7-of-7 then cooled off. He only grabbed 3 rebounds, which was a season low.
Grizzlies vs Jazz
- Grizzlies got solid contribution off the bench with Vinsanity dropping 20 and Z-Bo scoring 18 and 10. Marc Gasol is continuing to hit threes and is averaging 1.3 per game. Him stretching the floor pulled Gobert out of the paint.
- Favors didn’t return to the game and they’re calling it a sore knee. Seems like Favors needs more time before returning to the floor. Diaw is back and would likely be the starter if Favors misses time.
Nets vs Clippers
- Brook Lopez had a maintenance day so Justin Hamilton filled in as the center. Chris McCullough played 12 minutes and had 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks and a triple. That’s from garbage time though.
- No one played more than 26 minutes on the Clips tonight. The Clips’ bench is a bright spot this season and is probably the best bench they had in a long time. Also Redick is starting to heat up after early season struggles.
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