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Hill scores 23 points in 34 minutes 11-01-2014
Jordan Hill F LAL
Jordan Hill scored 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting with five rebounds and one block over 34 minutes in Friday's 118-111 loss to the Clippers. We know he can fill it up when the opportunity presents itself, but the 34 minutes really caught our eye tonight. Plenty of reports have been filed that he can't handle more than about 25 mpg, but it's possible both Hill and Byron Scott have different ideas about that. Either way, he should be owned in all leagues.
Boozer goes for nine and seven in loss 11-01-2014
Carlos Boozer F LAL
Carlos Boozer scored nine points on 3-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists and one block in Friday's loss to the Clippers. Boozer played a healthy 29 minutes and he needs to pick it up or find himself dropped in standard leagues. Already a low upside player, owners can't invest roster space in a guy that disappears like he has to start the year.
Johnson quiet again on Friday against LAC 11-01-2014
Wesley Johnson G LAL
Wes Johnson hit just 2-of-8 shots for five points, five rebounds, one steal and one three over 30 minutes in Friday's loss to the Clippers. Johnson hasn't done anything so far this season and it's possible he won't as a bit player now that Kobe Bryant is calling the shots. He might get it going at some point, but for now owners can move on for a hot free agent.
Jeremy Lin gets on the board with 17-4-9 line 11-01-2014
Jeremy Lin G LAL
Jeremy Lin finally got on the board with fantasy owners on Friday against the Clippers, scoring 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 35 minutes. Lin even waved Kobe off at one point and drew praise from the Mamba after the game for it. There are going to be ups and downs playing for a bad team, but Lin's mid-round upside is right there for the taking and he should be worth owning and/or starting as long as he's healthy.
Davis goes for 10 and six in 20 minutes 11-01-2014
Ed Davis F LAL
Ed Davis scored 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting with six rebounds and no steals or blocks in 20 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Clippers. Davis was plagued by foul trouble and it's going to slow some of his momentum as a pickup, but owners should keep in mind that he's bound to play his way into greater minutes as the year goes on.
Griffin hits 11-of-12 FTs, scores 39 vs. LAL 11-01-2014
Blake Griffin F LAC
Blake Griffin poured in 39 points in Friday's win over the Lakers, hitting 13-of-23 shots (2-of-2 3PTs, 11-of-12 FTs) with seven rebounds and four assists. Griffin did not have a steal or block but who cares when he's humming like this. If he's going to hit his free throws it's going to be a long season for his fantasy opponents.
Barnes posts tiny line in 22 minutes 11-01-2014
Matt Barnes F LAC
Matt Barnes hit 2-of-4 shots (all threes) in Friday's win, scoring seven points with one rebound and one assist. Barnes hasn't done much to inspire confidence in fantasy leagues and he's most certainly not a must-own player. He has shown the ability to put up serviceable value in the past, though, so owners shouldn't completely write him off.
Hawes limited to 14 minutes off the bench 11-01-2014
Spencer Hawes C LAC
Spencer Hawes played just 14 minutes off the bench on Friday, finishing with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds and a steal. That's great per-minute production but Hawes' playing time this year is officially a concern. If he's not getting a consistent 20-plus minutes per game, he'll probably be unusable in standard leagues.
Crawford scores 22 points off the bench 11-01-2014
Jamal Crawford G LAC
Jamal Crawford scored 22 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 5-of-11 shots with three treys, two boards and five assists. Crawford added 9-of-10 free throws to complete the solid outing, and looking sharp as ever this is what owners can expect on a moderately good night.
Rudy Gay explodes for 40-burger in win 11-01-2014
Rudy Gay F SAC
Rudy Gay bounced back from a bad outing on Wednesday to hit 13-of-19 shots for 40 points in the Kings' 103-94 win over the Blazers on Friday. Gay added eight rebounds, three treys, 11-of-13 free throws and one steal in what might be his best game of the season. He stayed within himself tonight and that's going to be the key to his success going forward.
Collison posts 17-8-8 line against Blazers 11-01-2014
Darren Collison G SAC
Darren Collison scored 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting (no threes) with eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals in Friday's win over the Blazers. This is an incredible line and Collison was similarly productive in the season opener, but both games have been sloppy and he's seen two of the league's worst defenders in Steph Curry and Damian Lillard. Regardless, he has run away with the starting job and he should be in all lineups until further notice.
McLemore quiet again in Friday's win 11-01-2014
Ben McLemore G SAC
Ben McLemore scored seven points on 2-of-5 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds and one assist in 32 minutes on Friday. McLemore hit a prayer three and had a fast break dunk to account for most of his production, and was pretty much terrible other than that. The Kings don't look quite ready to give up on him yet, but the announcement that they were trying to get in on Klay Thompson was clearly a ploy to signal that a change at SG could be in order if Ben doesn't get on track. Nik Stauskas went 0-for-4 in 16 minutes off the bench.
Aldridge still struggling on the boards 11-01-2014
LaMarcus Aldridge F POR
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points on 7-of-18 shooting (1-of-3 from deep, 7-of-8 from the line) with four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in Friday's loss to the Kings. That makes seven rebounds in two games for Aldridge and that's something for owners to watch. He started the year with a minor groin injury and perhaps that's the issue, but more than likely it's just the early season blues.
Lillard bounces back a little bit vs. Kings 11-01-2014
Damian Lillard G POR
Damian Lillard took a step forward in Friday's loss to the Kings, scoring 20 points on 4-of-13 shooting (4-of-8 3PTs, 8-of-9 FTs) with seven rebounds, two assists and one block. Lillard and his teammates looked like they were sleepwalking in Sacramento, but he managed to get things moving in the right direction tonight. Once he gets rolling he'll be among the safer, more consistent top-25 values in the NBA.
Markieff Morris goes for 20 and 11 vs. Spurs 11-01-2014
Markieff Morris F PHO
Markieff Morris scored 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting (no threes) with 11 rebounds, three assists and one block in the Suns' 94-89 win over the Spurs on Friday. That's more like it. Morris is primed for a breakout season, though consistency will likely be an issue from night to night. To be clear, this is not a sell-high moment.
Morris sputters in 22 minutes on Friday 11-01-2014
Marcus Morris F PHO
Marcus Morris played just 22 minutes on Friday against the Spurs, scoring four points on 2-of-8 shooting with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. The defensive stats keep this from being a total loss, but any momentum from his 21-point effort on Wednesday are stalled by this outing. P.J. Tucker returns after next game and things aren't getting any easier for Morris, and owners should be willing to move on a hot free agent given the depth in Phoenix.
Len double-doubles in 32-minute outing 11-01-2014
Alex Len C PHO
Alex Len double-doubled off the bench on Friday against the Spurs, scoring 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting with 11 rebounds and one block in 32 minutes. Miles Plumlee got into serious foul trouble and Len might have opened up a position battle tonight. Owners should wait to see more out of Len before making an add outside of deeper leagues, but be ready to act if Len makes a move on the starting job.
Green playing well, but productivity lacking 11-01-2014
Gerald Green G PHO
Gerald Green played well in Friday's win over the Spurs, but put up just 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds in 19 minutes. Green's having trouble getting run right now and P.J. Tucker isn't even back yet. It looked like he would be able to command 22-26 minutes per game during the preseason, but it's just not happening right now. Owners can feel free to move on if they'd like, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Green produce at a later time.
The Pizza Guy leads Suns to win over Spurs 11-01-2014
Isaiah Thomas G PHO
Isaiah Thomas continued to smolder in Friday's win over the Spurs, scoring 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting with two rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes off the bench. You just can't keep this guy down and he appears to have a real good chemistry with the other guards on the team. Thomas' big third quarter keyed a Phoenix comeback, and he pretty much kept it going all the way through the fourth. He should be in all lineups until he cools off, if he cools off.
Leonard returns to action in rusty effort 11-01-2014
Kawhi Leonard F SA
Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) returned to action in Friday's loss to the Suns, scoring six points on 6-of-6 FTs with eight rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes. Leonard missed all five of his field goal attempts in what was essentially his preseason tune-up. Owners may want to wait one more game before deploying him if you have other options, but he'll be good to go in short order.
Daye plays 19 minutes in start at center 11-01-2014
Austin Daye F SA
Austin Daye started at center in Friday's loss to the Suns, and he managed six points on 2-of-7 shooting with two rebounds, two assists, two steals and two threes in 19 minutes. You read that right, center. Pop could get away with that against a smaller Suns squad and Daye will need to do this and more many times before we pay any attention.
Green quiet in Friday's loss to the Suns 11-01-2014
Danny Green G SA
Danny Green hit just 1-of-5 shots in Friday's game against the Suns, finishing with three points, four rebounds, two blocks and one trey in 21 minutes. As a streaky player Green isn't a guy that you usually measure game by game, but if he goes cold for an extended period of time owners should certainly feel free to move along.
Ginobili shoots blanks in 25 minutes 11-01-2014
Manu Ginobili G SA
Manu Ginobili missed all five of his shots in 25 minutes of action on Friday. Ginobili finished with two points, two rebounds and two assists, and these are the breaks for an aging, streaky player that's on a strict minutes limit. He might be able to accumulate late-round value when he's on the floor, but owners should be willing to look elsewhere should the opportunity present itself.
Middleton scores 12 points with two threes 11-01-2014
Khris Middleton F MIL
Khris Middleton started and scored 12 points in the Bucks' 93-81 win over the Sixers on Friday, hitting 5-of-16 shots with two threes, four rebounds and one assist. Middleton has shown flashes of productivity in the past but nothing to justify a major investment. If he can keep his starting job and play within reasonable expectations he can be a late-round value, but if you have higher upside options on your wire you may want to consider a switch.
Parker double-doubles in 31 minutes 11-01-2014
Jabari Parker G MIL
Jabari Parker double-doubled for 11 points, 10 boards, a steal and a three in 31 minutes on Friday against the Sixers. Parker was quiet on Wednesday and he's likely to be inconsistent for much of the year, but there is enough upside to hang on and see how it all plays out. The Bucks are going to feed him as many minutes as he can handle as the centerpiece of their arena funding effort, not to mention because they'd like to win some games too.
Sanders blocks four with two steals, 15 rebs 11-01-2014
Larry Sanders F MIL
Larry Sanders started again and scored eight points on 4-of-12 shooting with 15 rebounds, two steals and four blocks in Friday's win over the Sixers. Sanders logged 27 minutes and only had four fouls, but the big thing to keep in mind is that the opponent was Philly. The Show has had a nice start to the year and he should be in all lineups until that changes.
Knight keeps his foot on the gas pedal 11-01-2014
Brandon Knight G MIL
Brandon Knight kept his foot on the gas pedal with 13 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and two steals in Friday's win over the Sixers. Knight hit just 2-of-8 shots from the field but did knock in 8-of-10 shots from the line while chipping in a three. Don't just attach this to the Sixers Bump, as he dropped a 22-8-13 line on the Bobcats on Wednesday. Knight could very well start and play above expectations all year long, but owners should at least entertain the idea of selling high while the going is very good.
Ilyasova plays five minutes on Friday 11-01-2014
Ersan Ilyasova F MIL
Ersan Ilyasova played just five minutes in Friday's win over the Sixers. Ilyasova played 12 minutes on Wednesday and whether this is due to injury or not he can't be held in fantasy leagues while he has no specified role.
Henson blocks six shots in 21 minutes 11-01-2014
John Henson F MIL
John Henson blocked six shots in Friday's win, and also added six points on 3-of-7 shooting with seven rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes off the bench. Henson did this against the Sixers so owners need to file that as a footnote, but this is the reason we like him to be owned in all formats right now. As a young, growing player with a history of productive outbursts, he has a serviceable floor and plenty of upside.
Antetokounmpo quiet in Friday's win 11-01-2014
Giannis Antetokounmpo G MIL
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored eight points off the bench on Friday, hitting 4-of-8 shots to go with six rebounds, two assists, one block and four turnovers in 26 minutes. Antetokounmpo has all sorts of upside but it's anybody's guess if that will manifest into value this year or not. On a team with so many parts, and parts in O.J. Mayo that didn't make themselves known until very late in the draft season, it's possible he doesn't get breathing room to break out. He's still a stash candidate, but he's not a must-own player given the overall lack of production in his short career.
O.J. Mayo posts 25-3-5 line with five treys 11-01-2014
O.J. Mayo G MIL
O.J. Mayo continued to put distance between his fat days and his skinny days with another solid effort on Friday, scoring 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting (including five threes) with three rebounds, five assists and a steal in 28 minutes. Starting or not he's arguably the Bucks' best player right now and he looks like he's going to be one of the steals of this year's drafts. If he's available in your league, he shouldn't be.
Noel double-doubles with three blocks 11-01-2014
Nerlens Noel F PHI
Nerlens Noel double-doubled with 14 points, 10 rebounds, one steal and three blocks in Friday's loss to the Bucks. So far so good for Noel, who has averaged a double-double and three blocks for both of his NBA games. He hit 7-of-11 shots tonight after starting the year on a 2-of-11 outing, and he didn't attempt any free throws which is also a good thing for owners.
Johnson hits 1-of-11 shots with eight boards 11-01-2014
Chris Johnson F PHI
Chris Johnson hit just 1-of-11 shots for four points on Friday against the Bucks, but did manage to chip in with eight rebounds, one block and a 3-point bucket in his 29 minutes. Johnson's shooting is bound to fluctuate given his role and how bad the Sixers are, so the key for owners to watch out for are his minutes and starting status -- both of which look to be in the right place for now. Whether or not those minutes translate into standard league value is questionable, but he's worth a look for now.
Sims has another slow night for Philly 11-01-2014
Henry Sims C PHI
Henry Sims had another slow night with just seven points and eight rebounds in 26 minutes on Friday against the Bucks. Sims hit 3-of-8 shots and he has been underwhelming in every outing so far this year. Regardless, he's going to be unchallenged for minutes and he has shown some ability to produce in the past. Unless you have other options, benching him (for now) is probably a wise course of action in anything but shallow leagues.
Wroten turns the ball over eight times 11-01-2014
Tony Wroten G PHI
Tony Wroten had eight turnovers in Friday's loss, but still managed 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting (6-of-11 FTs) with three rebounds, six assists, three steals and zero 3-pointers. If you're punting threes, free throw percentage, turnovers and field goal percentage he can be a pretty fun play. Wait a second, that's a lot of punting. Owners that can manage his various deficiencies have a unique asset, but the sum of all that activity is a late-round value at best.