We only got four games tonight but of course Anthony Davis left the game with an injury. It doesn’t seem severe and he was able to play again but it’s starting to pile up. Don’t dive into the crowd AD! That’s a knee contusion, a quad contusion and a back problem now. I’m not an Anthony Davis owner this year but if i were, I’d try and get a top-5 pick in return if you want to be risk adverse. In other news, the Lakers decided to shutdown D’Angelo Russell for tonight’s game and the next one. He didn’t look like himself and couldn’t explode off it. Shutting down makes sense. Buying low on D-Lo would be alright. Alright let’s take a look the winners and losers tonight.
Stud of the Night: Surprise surprise! Tonight’s stud of the night goes to someone I recommended to drop a week ago. The honour goes to Tim Frazier. As the starter for the Pelicans, he finished with 21 points on 7-12 shooting and made all four of his freebies. He also handed out 14 assists while adding 5 rebounds, 3 treys and 3 steals in 35 minutes. Jrue Holiday came back from his personal leave and played three games off the bench. In the long term, Frazier is going to be demoted back to the bench with Holiday starting. However, I don’t think Frazier will lose his value yet since Holiday and Frazier can coexist with each other on the floor. Plus the Pels won three straight games…When Tyreke Evans return, which is in two weeks, Frazier may lose more of his value but the biggest loser might be E’Twaun Moore. If Frazier still has some value in the league, I would try and sell.
Jimmy Butler – 35 points (11-20 FG, 11-12 FT), 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 triples and 2 blocks with only 1 turnover. Butler’s a stud he’s going to make his appearance here quite frequently this season. He is on a tear lately, averaging 29.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.3 treys over his last four games. Wade’s on a decline, Rondo doesn’t look good and the Bulls need every drop of Butler to score and put points on the board. He’s returning first round value and is making owners who didn’t believe in him look bad (that’s me). The Bulls had a chance to win or tie the game and Hoiberg decided to draw that play for Isaiah Canaan, even when Butler has been this hot. Come on Hoiberg.
Robin Lopez – 12 points (6-12 FG), 8 rebounds, 6 blocks and a steal with no turnovers. I’ve talked about this recently, but RoLo is looking really aggressive on offense, looking for his shots from midrange and even attempted a corner three the other night. The Bulls are leading the league in offensive rebounds and that’s heavily due to Lopez’s effort down in the paint as well. He’s averaging 31.7 minutes per game with 11.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks on 48.9 percent shooting over the past four games. The percentages are climbing up along with his value too. Low turnovers, good percentages big man are hard to find and I hope you didn’t get sell him when he was having a slow start to the season.
Kristaps Porzingis – 31 points (13-23 FG, 2-2 FT), 9 rebounds, 3 triples, 1 block and 2 turnovers. KPorzee looked gassed at the end of the game while he carried the Knicks to the win against the Blazers. Porzingod is hot as of late, averaging 25.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.3 triples, 1.3 steals and 0.5 blocks in 36.9 minutes per game over his last four games. It’s great news that he’s getting heavy minutes. KP’s returning top-20 value for the season and has really stepped up with his efficiency this season. The blocks are a little low compared to last year but when the season goes on and Noah gets hurt, you’d expect Zinger to play the five more often and be closer to the rim. And in a recent interview, he humbly credited Melo and DRose for his scoring outburst which is a good thing for young players. Three-Six-Latvia. How many nicknames did I put into this? Five?
Jordan Clarkson – 18 points (7-14 FG, 4-4 FT), 3 boards, 4 assists, 4 steals and only 1 turnover. After dropping a dud against the Bulls, he bounced back nicely and played in 26 minutes. Walton is still going deep to his bench even with Russell out so don’t expect Clarkson’s minutes to get a bump. Clarkson has been returning top-90 value this season and that’s partly due to his elite steals contribution. You’d like him to shoot more threes since he’s been hitting them at a career high 37.8 percent. The bench role has really hindered his value and he’s not even running the point in the second unit so he doesn’t get much value with assists. With Walton keen on sharing minutes equally throughout his team, it’ll be hard to see Clarkson step up with better production.
Dud of the Night: Tonight’s biggest loser goes to Kent Bazemore. He finished the game with a quadruple one, with one point, one rebound, one assist and one steal. He missed all six of attempts from the floor and turned the ball over two times. The Hawks lost this game to the Pelicans in the first quarter and Budenholzer went to his bench early. Bazemore played 18 minutes tonight, which is about nine minutes below his average. He hasn’t been bad this season, returning just outside top-100 value but that’s partly due to solid steals contribution, averaging 1.6 steals per game. His field goal percentage is bad, 39.9 percent and his threes aren’t falling like they were last year. Before this game, he scored in double digits for five consecutive games. He’ll bounce back but remember he got paid over the summer so maybe this is the difference between contract year and the year after the new contract.
Waiver Wire Gems:
Timofey Mozgov (25% owned) – 16 points (6-10 FG, 4-4 FT), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks in 31 minutes. Mozgov got some extra run tonight since the Thunder has some decent big men for Mozgov to match up well against. The Russian hasn’t been bad this season but he’s finding it hard to get more minutes in this roster. He’s averaging 23.4 minutes per game in his past seven games, while adding 9.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and 0.6 steals. Playing along with Randle is making it hard for Mozgov to grab rebounds but his per 36 numbers look good. Mozgov is also hitting elite percentages at 61.2 percent and 90.0 percent. He’s a good deep league player.
Jamal Murray (23% owned) – 24 points (9-13 FG, 3-3 FT), 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 triples in 22 minutes. Murray did majority of the work in the second quarter, scoring 15 points then. He was hot tonight which makes me question why Malone didn’t go to Murray over Barton more when Barton couldn’t buy a bucket. Murray’s the best shooter in his draft class and would get better as the season progresses. He has score 24 and 18 in his past two games and is a good streaming spot for this week for some good points and threes. I’m interested to see how the rotation will be when the Nuggets are fully healthy.
Ed Davis (8% owned) – 14 points (7-9 FG), 10 rebounds and 2 blocks in 33 minutes. Davis really helped the Blazers out tonight since C.J. and Dame couldn’t get their shots to fall consistently. He got the start tonight again, which makes it three games in a row. However, this was the only good game that came out of it and Terry Stotts rewarded him with more minutes. The most he played this season was 24 minutes which was on opening night so 33 minutes is like an early Christmas present for him. Aminu is going to be back soon and it’ll be interesting to see the rotation between Harkless, Aminu, Davis, and Leonard in that mix.
Jose Calderon (1% owned) – 12 points (4-5 FG), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 triples and 2 steals in 23 minutes. Russell has missed two out of the past three games and with those two games that he missed, the Spaniard got the start. Walton trusted Calderon today because his shot was falling but last Friday, when his shot wasn’t falling, Calderon only saw 13 minutes. Russell is scheduled to miss one more game for sure, so he’s a good plug and play guy or a DFS gamble for the Lakers next game but that’s really much it.
Pelicans vs Hawks
- Anthony Davis had a knee contusion (bruise) and left the game for a moment. He was able to return for a few minutes to test it out then Alvin Gentry took him off since the Pels were blowing the Hawks out. He should be alright. Holiday played 27 minutes with 15/4/4 and 2 steals. He’s been good and owners have an early round point guard on their hands after weeks of patience.
- Millsap had 10/8/2 and a triple one but he only played 23 minutes and that’s three straight losses for the Hawks. Millsap has been showing signs of improvement since the start of the season though. Dwight only had 8 and 6 with 3 blocks. Korver found his stroke with 4 triples tonight.
Blazers vs Knicks
- Really good game to watch. Dame had 22/5/6 with 2 triples and 2 steals. After a hot start, he’s dropped off pretty extremely for the past five games. C.J. had 16/5/5 and shot 35.3 percent from the field but should bounce back next game.
- Rose had a good game and that’s 2 solid games in his last three. He finished with 18/4/5 with 2 steals. Rose never had a problem with the popcorn stats, it’s the other things that he’s bad at. Noah continued to miss games with illness so O’Quinn got another start but sucked.
Bulls vs Nuggets
- Rondo flirted with a triple double with 13/11/8 and is starting to string some good games after is return. After resting against the Lakers, Wade found his threes again and hit two tonight and finished with 22 points. Mirotic went back to the bench and 11 points and a triple one.
- The Jurkic combination had good games together! Nurkic had the upper hand with 14/14/4 with 2 blocks. Jokic had 8/8/3 with a steal and a block. Jokic owners are seeing things improving but they definitely want more.
Thunder vs Lakers
- Westbrook had another beast game with 34/8/13 with 4 triples but 8 turnovers. He scored 15 straight in the fourth and almost led the team to victory. Adams had 20 points and 6 boards and is still hitting his free throws. OKC lost 6 of their last 8 games now.
- Nance got the upper hand tonight in the duel between him and Randle. Nance finished with 8/4/2/ with 2 steals and a block. Meanwhile Randle only played 20 minutes with 3/5/4. Uncle P hit the game winning three when he stole the ball from Lou Williams. He finished with 17 points, 4 triples and 2 blocks.
That’s it for Tuesday edition of FFF. Continue to shoot me questions on Twitter and until next time!