It’s a new start to the new week and to the new year. Eight games on the schedule tonight and I was hyped for Westbrook vs Giannis! But it was a 50-point gem that grabbed the spotlight from tonight’s games. On a negative note, injuries are already piling up and causing a lot of players to miss games. Chris Paul, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyrie Irving, Hassan Whiteside and George Hill to name a few. Let’s get to it.
Pelicans 82 – Cavaliers 90
No Kyrie Irving for the Cavs tonight. He’s still bothered by a hamstring issue since he cramped up two games ago. Kevin Love (illness) also left the game in the middle of the fourth quarter and was clearly under the weather. He finished with 12 and 11 with no threes. LeBron had to do LeBron things and he finished with 26-7-6 with two steals and a block. It wasn’t efficient LeBron tonight but he did make 8-of-10 from the line. Jordan McRae started for Kyrie tonight but doesn’t have any value to add. Channing Frye found his shooting stroke again with 14 points, six boards, four threes and two blocks in 25 minutes. Frye might be a good streaming option for triples and an occasional block if Love has to miss any time.
Anthony Davis struggled tonight and the Cavs played some good team defense around him. He finished with 20 and 17 with three blocks but he shot 10-of-27 and missed his only two attempts from the line. He’s dropped to the third best player in 9-cat with Giannis overtaking him. Buddy Hield also added 20 points and four triple on 6-of-13 shooting. The Rookie has been playing pretty well in his last four games, averaging 15.8 points, 3.8 boards and 2.8 threes. If you’re in need of some points and threes, he’s a good addition to your team but the Pelicans only have two more games this week. Jrue Holiday had a double-double with 11-4-13 with three steals and two triples. He’s still struggling with his free throws, going 2-of-4 and I have no idea why he’s not making them. His assist numbers have actually gone up since Tyreke Evans’ return, averaging 11.0 per game in his last four games.
Thunder 94 – Bucks 98
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a beast and he got the win over Westbrook tonight. He finished with 26-10-5 with a triple one. He’s already leapfrogged Anthony Davis in 9-cat rankings and still has a ton of room for improvement. Imagine Giannis improving his free throws and hitting his threes consistently by bumping it up to 1.3-1.5 instead of his season average of 0.7. He’s only 22, and should be a top-3 pick next season in fantasy. Owners got a steal. John Henson bounced back after a 14 minute dud on New Year’s Eve. He finished with 12 points, five boards with a steal and a block. His block numbers are slowly falling, only averaging 1.0 in the last week and 0.9 in the last two weeks. If Henson’s blocks aren’t there, he’s not really worth owning. Plus Greg Monroe has been playing well.
Worstbrook decided to show up today. He finished with 30-7-6 with three steals, two triples and 10-of-11 on the line. Only Westbrook can we say that’s a subpar performance. This shows how crazy of a season he’s having. He shot 9-of-28 and had a couple of hero shots that didn’t drop in clutch situations. Steven Adams had one of his good games with 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting. He added eight boards with three blocks and is a top-60 player in the last two weeks. Remember that hot start he had at the free throw line, well’ he’s dropped that to 70.7 percent for the season and 63.6 percent in the last two weeks. Enes Kanter dropped a dud with two points and five boards in 22 minutes. It’s rare to see him have a bad shooting night but his minutes have been increasing lately, averaging 26.0 minutes in his last four games.
Jazz 101 – Nets 89
Gordon Hayward has been outstanding lately and probably deserves his first All-Star appearance. He finished with 30-4-3 with three triples, two steals and a block. He’s returning top-25 value in the last two weeks and top-10 in the last week. Owners got a steal on their hands. George Hill is on the concussion protocol and is the biggest tease in fantasy. Shelvin Mack started in his place and he had 15 points, three steals and two triples. The Jazz still have four games remaining this week and Mack is a good streamer add until Hill returns. Alec Burks returned but only played three minutes. He won’t have any fantasy value for a while. In the long run, the Jazz got a lot of depth on the wing and with Joe Ingles hitting his threes, Rodney Hood’s value is probably going to fall.
Trevor Booker went up against his old team and dropped 17 points and 15 boards. It’s good to see him play 34 minutes tonight when it seemed like his minutes have been taking a hit. Jeremy Lin is still a week away with a new hamstring problem and owner’s are definitely fed up with his injuries. Sneaking a buy low offer now for Lin isn’t that bad of an idea but just keep in mind the Nets have nothing to play for. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 11 points with nothing else in other departments. I thought he would be good but clearly he isn’t. He only played 14 minutes tonight but with shouldn’t the Nets play guys like him and Caris LeVert more often to develop the young guys.
Magic 115 – Knicks 103
No Evan Fournier tonight and this is his fifth consecutive game he has missed due a heel problem. He was a GTD tonight and the Magic is just evaluating it day by day. Jodie Meeks continued to get the starting two spot and had his best game this season with 23 points and six treys. Fournier is close to returning and Meeks will be demoted to the bench thereafter. He’ll be a streamer for threes at best for when that happens. Aaron Gordon had a good game with 22-6-6 and three triples. What’s more alarming is that he attempted 10 threes tonight and that’s probably not his game. I still like him as a small ball four but that’s not going to happen this season. What he needs to do is watch more tape of Shawn Marion.
The Knicks have now fallen out of the top-8 in the Eastern Conference and lost five straight games. No Porzingis today so Lance Thomas got the start. He finished with 10 points, a triple and a steal. Porzingis is going to return soon and it may be next game so the 1% of owners can now drop him. Carmelo Anthony led the way with 19-7-3 with three steals but he went 6-of-17 from the field and has been struggling with shooting the ball lately. His last game with 50 percent or more field goal percentage was on December 20th. I would shoot a buy-low offer for Melo in hopes of him returning to be a top-50 player. Courtney Lee returned from a wrist injury and had 14 points with a triple and a steal. He’s an efficient three and steals guy and is worth owning in standard leagues. Joakim Noah played 33 minutes with 8-10-2 with two steals and two blocks. He’s been okay against teams who goes big so he’s dependent on match ups.
Hornets 111 – Bulls 118
Jimmy G Buckets and the G stands for Gets! He got 52 points along with 12 boards, six assists and three steals. He was a beast tonight and even had 22 free throw attempts, making 21 of them. Without Dwyane Wade, Butler had to get buckets tonight and he was one point away from his career high. He’s a top-10 player and a stud. Michael Carter-Williams started again with Rondo out of the rotation. MCW had 10-9-3 and his fantasy ceiling is pretty low. He’s a deep league guy and standard leagues should stay away from him. Robin Lopez only played 23 minutes tonight after playing 31 the previous game. Hoiberg is really sporadic and is trying to find what works for the Bulls. Cristiano Felicio had 19 minutes with 4-5-4. Meanwhile Taj Gibson had 27 minutes with six points and seven boards. And who would’ve thought it was Nikola Mirotic who had the most playing time in terms of the front court players with 28 minutes. He finished with 12 points and a triple-two and is worth owning. It’s a mess for the Bulls but they got the win
On any given day, Kemba Walker’s 34-11-4 with six triples could give them the win but Jimmy Butler was the man tonight. That’s two consecutive games with 34+ points but they both come in losses. Jeremy Lamb had another solid outing with 15 points, six boards with a triple and a steal. He’s a top-100 player in the last week and is getting some run with Marco Belinelli out. Belinelli still has no timetable to return with an ankle problem so Lamb with some solid points and good boards is a good short term plugin. Cody Zeller was placed in the concussion protocol so Roy Hibbert got the starting gig tonight but he only had six points with no boards, blocks, assists, steals in 22 minutes.
Wizards 91 – Rockets 101
The rockets were a little hungover after Harden’s 53-16-17 ridiculous triple-double as they only scored 101 points tonight. However, Harden still had a triple-double tonight with 23-10-10 but he only hit 6-of-24 shots. Owners wouldn’t mind the field goal percentage though. Eric Gordon came off the bench with 31 points with six triples. Gordon’s three-point shooting is ridiculous and is now averaging 3.8 per game for the season and that number is still climbing up! Montrezl Harrell had 14 points, nine boards with two blocks. He should be owned in more than 27% of the leagues. He’s a top-75 player in the last two weeks and a top-65 player in the last week. He should be owned in all leagues until Clint Capella returns.
John Wall was the Eastern Conference player of the week and he finished with 18-5-12 with two steals. Wizards have found something that’s working and has now won 7 of their last 10 games. Wall’s a top-15 player for the season and is really good! Bradley Beal led the team in scoring with 27 points, five triples and two steals. He came back from an ankle problem and only missed one game! Surprisingly he’s still relatively healthy and as long as he’s on the floor, he’s smashing his ADP. Otto Porter had a subpar game and is one of those rare games where he shoots below 50 percent. He finished with eight points, three boards, a steal and a block. He’ll bounce back.
Suns 98 – Clippers 109
After two poor shooting games from J.J. Redick, he finally had a good game with 22 points and three triples as the Clips snapped their 6-game losing streak. Redick hasn’t been as consistent as last season and is returning outside top-100 value. DeAndre Jordan was a monster on the boards as he grabbed 20 of them along with nine points and three blocks. Jamal Crawford had 18-7-5 and proved me wrong when I suggested dropping him in this week’s Adds & Drops. He needed 18 attempts to reach 18 points though but the other tangible stats are a fluke. Raymond Felton had 16-4-5 with two blocks. He’s a good short term add for when Chris Paul is injured.
T.J. Warren had a good game after dropping two duds in his last two games with 24 points and eight boards. He also added a steal and a block in 41 minutes. He’s been pretty inconsistent since his return from a mysterious head injury. Tyson Chandler was dropped in my 12-team league recently and he had a solid 12 points, six boards and a steal in 23 minutes. Alex Len on the other hand had 10 points and seven boards in 20 minutes. Yes, they’re still sharing minutes but Dragan Bender had 5 minutes at center tonight so keep an eye out on that situation.
Nuggets 119 – Warriors 127
Klay Thompson had 25 points with five boards and four triples. He’s hit at least three triples in his last six games and is having one of those consistent stretches. Stephen Curry had 22-3-5 with three triples. Curry’s field goal percentage has actually fallen off pretty badly. He’s averaging 46.5 percent for the season and 42.3 percent in the last two weeks. Kevin Durant had 21 points and a triple-one but no free throw attempts this game. Draymond had a triple-double with 15-10-13 and his last rebound was a big offensive tip in to seal the game. Finally, another player to talk about on the Dubs is Ian Clark, he finished with 12 points, two triples and two steals in 16 minutes. His minutes won’t rise unless it’s garbage time but he’s capable of scoring the ball.
Nikola Jokic is very good as he finished with a 21-13-5 with a triple and a steal in 25 minutes. Owners who cut him at the early parts of the season is probably kicking themselves and contemplating on quitting fantasy. Jusuf Nurkic had 15-6-4 with a steal and a block in 21 minutes. The Nuggets front court were too big and too talented for the Dubs to handle and this is the type of performances Nuggets fans were waiting for. How did these two get production and minutes at the same time? By not playing Kenneth Faried. He was out with a back problem and they should really trade him away. Danilo Gallinari had 19-8-4 with two steals and two treys. Since the lineup change, Rooster has been really good and is a top-35 player in the last two weeks. Sell high before he gets injured!
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