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Jarrett Jack cools off on Wednesday 11-27-2014
Jarrett Jack G BKN
Jarrett Jack cooled off against the 76ers on Wednesday with four points, two rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 19 minutes. This is his second sub-par game in a row, so it's become a little harder to stay on his bandwagon in a backup role. If you have your eye on someone else, there's no need to be too attached to Jack.
Gerald Green scores 24 points vs. Denver 11-27-2014
Gerald Green G PHO
Gerald Green scored 24 points against the Nuggets during a 120-112 win on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, two assists and six 3-pointers in 26 minutes. When he's on, he's on. Green has been very busy in the fourth quarter when he plays and he's racked up a whopping 13 triples over his last three games. Isaiah Thomas (ankle) did not play tonight and it's pretty clear Green will see a massive bump in production when Thomas, Eric Bledsoe or Goran Dragic need to miss game action. He is still going to be inconsistent, but feel free to give him a look until IT3 is back.
Goran Dragic gets 36 minutes vs. Nuggets 11-27-2014
Goran Dragic G PHO
Goran Dragic played 36 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 20 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes. Isaiah Thomas (ankle), the Suns' leading scorer, did not play tonight, so there wasn't a big mess in coach Jeff Hornacek's guard rotation. Dragic had been quiet over his previous four games with just 9.8 points per game, so this line was nice to see. His fantasy owners shouldn't be expecting many 20-point games once IT3 gets back, though.
Miles Plumlee gets a big bump in minutes 11-27-2014
Miles Plumlee F PHO
Miles Plumlee played a surprising 30 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday with six points, seven rebounds, two assists and four blocks. He was dominated on Monday, but coach Jeff Hornacek gave him a little extra run. Plumlee's minutes really disappeared before tonight, so it would be another surprise to see him at 30 minutes again. He's not worth owning in most leagues.
Nick Young hits 4-of-14 shots in loss 11-27-2014
Nick Young G LAL
Nick Young hit just 4-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points and two blocks in Wednesday's loss. The Lakers were talking about "force feeding" Young tonight, but it never really happened. Like Isaiah Thomas, Gerald Green, Giannis Antetokounmpo and J.R. Smith, Young is always an interesting all-or-nothing play. Unfortunately, tonight was closer to nothing than all, and Young's been too inconsistent to be trusted as an everyday starter in most fantasy leagues.
Ed Davis bottoms out in loss to Memphis 11-27-2014
Ed Davis F LAL
Ed Davis hit just 1-of-3 shots for two points, eight rebounds, a steal and three blocks in 23 minutes off the Lakers' bench on Wednesday. Carlos Boozer was back in the starting lineup tonight, which hurt Davis' minutes and production. Davis has had a rough go of it over his last five games, averaging just 4.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in less than 20 minutes per game. And when the Lakers sign Earl Clark, it might be even tougher for Davis to get minutes. Yes, it's probably time to say goodbye.
Hail to the 'Kieff: Morris fills stat sheet 11-27-2014
Markieff Morris F PHO
Markieff Morris was all over the court against the Nuggets on Wednesday, posting a monster line of 15 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks and three steals in 37 minutes. He made the Manimal look like a pedestrian tonight and had a highlight-reel block in transition. Morris is filling it up like few others in his last five, averaging 14.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.8 steals and 0.2 treys on 50.8 percent from the field and 92.3 percent from the line. He's a fantasy star and he's going to do this all year.
Kobe Bryant hits 5-of-15 shots in loss 11-27-2014
Kobe Bryant G LAL
Kobe Bryant hit just 5-of-15 shots, two 3-pointers and 10-of-10 free throws for 22 points, four rebounds and two assists in Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies. Memphis is one of the league's best teams and plays solid defense, especially with Tony Allen guarding Kobe at times tonight. Bryant's shooting has been a disaster this season, but he's still been highly productive. And the fact he hit 10-of-10 free throws could mean he's getting some leg strength back. But once the Lakers fall completely out of the playoff race, owners have to be concerned that he may shut it down for the season with a mysterious 'back injury.' With the Lakers playing so poorly, selling high on Kobe appears to be a forward-thinking plan.
Eric Bledsoe says he's fine from fall 11-27-2014
Eric Bledsoe G PHO
Eric Bledsoe returned from a fall on his hip in the third quarter against the Nuggets on Wednesday, finishing with 21 points, one rebound, 10 assists, three steals and two 3-pointers. In the post-game interview, Bledsoe said he's dealt with this type of injury all the time and just needs to get treatment. Although, it's worth mentioning he did dismiss a calf contusion last season and it cost him multiple games. His owners will want to keep an eye on him until a rematch against Denver on Friday.
Ty Lawson hands out 12 assists 11-27-2014
Ty Lawson G DEN
Ty Lawson fueled the offense against the Suns on Wednesday during a 120-112 loss, making 4-of-16 from the field for 17 points with seven rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer. He played 40 minutes tonight and has seen a major increase in minutes lately. Lawson looks healthy and he did make a respectable 45.1 percent from the field in his previous 10 games. His fantasy owners shouldn't worry about the production and just need him to stay healthy.
Jeremy Lin plays well again despite back 11-27-2014
Jeremy Lin G LAL
Jeremy Lin continues to play through a tender back and hit 4-of-9 shots for 14 points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies. Despite the back issue, Lin has averaged 31 minutes, 13.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting over his last five games. And that's a vast improvement over his early-season struggles.
Kenneth Faried plays 29 minutes vs. Suns 11-27-2014
Kenneth Faried F DEN
Kenneth Faried played 29 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday with eight points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and five turnovers. He actually played down the stretch tonight, but Markieff Morris gave him the business throughout the game on both ends. Faried isn't going to turn it on in an instant, so his owners will have to be patient. He was a third-round guy after the break last year and he definitely could be that type of guy again.
Wes Johnson quietly fills stat sheet 11-27-2014
Wesley Johnson G LAL
Wes Johnson hit just 2-of-5 shots for five points on Wednesday, but added five rebounds, an assist, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in 29 minutes. He had a big game on Sunday with seven points, 12 boards, two steals and three blocks, but it's important to keep in mind he's scored in double figures just three times this season, the last coming back on Nov. 12. Regardless of what else he's doing, his total lack of scoring makes him nearly unownable in most formats.
Gee's up: Alonzo gets 18 minutes 11-27-2014
Alonzo Gee G DEN
Alonzo Gee picked up 18 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday with 11 points, five rebounds, one assist and two turnovers. He has seen playing time on occasion and even played over Kenneth Faried down the stretch in a game earlier this season. The Nuggets will likely throw him out there for minutes in the low 20s with Danilo Gallinari (knee) and Randy Foye (knee) hurt. He's only an option in deep leagues, of course.
Courtney Lee scores 10 against Lakers 11-27-2014
Courtney Lee G MEM
Courtney Lee hit 4-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals on Wednesday. The Lakers generally give it up to opposing guards, but Lee was simply mediocre tonight. Every time he starts rolling he's been slowed by an injury or illness, but he's on track to start putting up bigger numbers soon. Don't panic after his last couple bland performances.
Wilson Chandler gets 32 minutes 11-27-2014
Wilson Chandler G DEN
Wilson Chandler scored a team-high 19 points against the Suns on Wednesday with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers. The Nuggets are banged up and they also lost Danilo Gallinari (knee) to soreness. Chandler was already getting minutes as a stretch four and the team is clearly going to count on him for scoring with Randy Foye (knee) also out. He should be owned in all standards right now.
Mike Conley good, not great vs. Lakers 11-27-2014
Mike Conley G MEM
Mike Conley had 19 points, two rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on 6-of-11 shooting in 30 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday. This is a pretty standard stat line for Conley, which is the point. The Lakers are horrible at stopping opposing point guards and while there's absolutely nothing wrong with Conley's line, we were expecting a bit more against the defensive sieve known as Jeremy Lin.
Timofey Mozgov buries a trey in nice line 11-27-2014
Timofey Mozgov C DEN
Timofey Mozgov scored 18 points with 13 boards, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer against the Suns on Wednesday. That triple is not a misprint and it was his the fifth of his career and first of the season. Mozgov's role is solidified with JaVale McGee (leg) out and Jusuf Nurkic not getting minutes. He should be a top-100 player for the foreseeable future and should be owned in standard leagues.
Marc Gasol stays hot in win over Lakers 11-27-2014
Marc Gasol C MEM
Marc Gasol hit 5-of-10 shots and 9-of-10 free throws on his way to 19 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals and three blocks in 37 minutes. Gasol is on fire this season and might be the No. 1 center in fantasy when it's all said and done, although DeMarcus Cousins might have something to say about that. Zach Randolph was also solid against Carlos Boozer and the Lakers, as expected, with 16 points and nine boards on 7-of-10 shooting.
Zach LaVine plays OK in start on Wed. 11-27-2014
Zach LaVine G MIN
Zach LavIne started in place on Mo Williams (illness) on Wednesday against the Bucks during a 103-86 loss, scoring 12 points with three rebounds, four assists, two steals, three turnovers and five fouls in 37 minutes. Williams is not expected to be out much longer and will travel with the team. LaVine hasn't really done much to warrant more than 22 minutes per game and there are just going to be too many negatives to his fantasy value. Additionally, tonight was the first time in NBA history four teenagers, LaVine, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins, were on the court at the same time.
Ginobili! Manu goes for season-high 28 in win 11-27-2014
Manu Ginobili G SA
Manu Ginobili hit 10-of-18 shots, two 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws for a season-high 28 points, four rebounds and two assists in Wednesday's win over the Pacers. There was no way to see this one coming, as he had totaled just 19 points over his last four games and hasn't scored more than 28 points in a game since last February. He ruined Danny Green tonight, but it's nice to know he can still produce on occasion. He's not trustworthy enough to be owned in most leagues, but is worth keeping an eye on.
Andrew Wiggins taking/missing a lot of shots 11-27-2014
Andrew Wiggins F MIN
Andrew Wiggins made 4-of-14 from the field for 14 points against the Bucks on Wednesday with eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks, one steal and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes. He did have a big-time swat on Jabari Parker and brought a lot of energy, but he did look like a rookie. Wiggins has made just 34.8 percent of his 13.8 attempts from the field over his last five, averaging 14.8 points, 4.6 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 treys. He'll need to improve his shoot to climb into the top 100.
Chase Budinger plays just 14 minutes 11-27-2014
Chase Budinger F MIN
Chase Budinger played just 14 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday with seven points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer. He backed up Andrew Wiggins and Corey Brewer tonight, but he was still nowhere near 20 minutes. The return of Thaddeus Young seems like it's going to impact Budinger a little more than anticipated, so he's only an add in deep leagues.
Danny Green disappears in win over Pacers 11-27-2014
Danny Green G SA
Danny Green cooled off on Wednesday, hitting just 1-of-4 shots for two points, five rebounds, three assists, a steal and three blocks in 29 minutes. Green was cooking coming in and had scored 21 and 18 points in his previous two games, but Manu Ginobili decided to return to form tonight with 28 points, leaving Green in his wake. Green should bounce back sooner than later, but a healthy and confident Ginobili is not great news for Green's owners. He did at least salvage his line tonight with the blocks and steal.
Shabazz Muhammad gets 16 minutes 11-27-2014
Shabazz Muhammad G MIN
Shabazz Muhammad played 16 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday with 13 points and one rebound. He didn't have any other stats, which was a big concern about him coming into the NBA. Muhammad could still earn minutes in the 20s, but he's performing a little worse than we expected. He's only an asset in deep leagues.
Tony Parker scores 21, dominates Don Sloan 11-27-2014
Tony Parker G SA
Tony Parker hit 8-of-16 shots and a 3-pointer for 21 points, four rebounds, six assists and a steal on Wednesday. He also dominated Pacers' point guard Donald Sloan, who hit just 1-of-6 shots for three points after blowing up for 29 and a full stat line on Monday. Parker has now scored at least 21 in three straight games and is rolling, and the only thing that can seemingly slow him down right now is Gregg Popovich.
Corey Brewer gets some ball-handling in 11-27-2014
Corey Brewer G MIN
Corey Brewer helped handle the ball against the Bucks on Wednesday, making 7-of-17 from the field for 19 points with six rebounds, three assists, three steals, seven turnovers and on triples. Some players shouldn't be the focal point of an offense and Brewer is almost certainly going to see his efficiency drop with the Wolves being shorthanded. He's shot just 39.5 percent from the field in his last three games without Kevin Martin, so his season shooting of 46.5 percent is likely heading south for the winter. Still, the treys, steals and points make him a low-end fantasy option. He's not a must-own player due to ugly foul shooting, though.
Kawhi Leonard with a double-double in win 11-27-2014
Kawhi Leonard F SA
Kawhi Leonard had 21 points, 13 rebounds, two 3-pointers and hit 8-of-12 shots in Wednesday's win over the Pacers. Leonard was great tonight despite a lack of steals, blocks and 3-pointers, and is averaging 17.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 0.75 3-pointers over his last four games. And this is Kawhi we love Leonard.
Boris Diaw awful in win over Pacers 11-27-2014
Boris Diaw F SA
Boris Diaw hit just 1-of-3 shots for two points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal in 33 minutes of Wednesday's win over the Pacers. He also committed three turnovers in his worst game of the season. He had scored in double figures in his previous three games, but was scoring in single figures for most of the season prior to his hot streak. He's always worth a look in fantasy leagues, but is simply unreliable in the Spurs offense.
Copeland coping with fewer minutes for Indy 11-27-2014
Chris Copeland F IND
Chris Copeland came off the bench and played just 23 minutes to finish with 12 points, three rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on 4-of-10 shooting Wednesday. David West is finally expected back on Friday from a severely sprained ankle as Copeland's minutes and production have been slipping. Once West is back, Copeland is probably waiver-wire material in standard leagues.
Anthony Bennett plays well off bench 11-27-2014
Anthony Bennett F MIN
Anthony Bennett moved back to the bench against the Bucks on Wednesday with 12 points, four rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 21 minutes. The Wolves have to move some guys around, so Bennett could get minutes in the 20s for his versatility. He's probably not quite worthy of ownership in standard leagues, but we'll watch him because he's capable of filling the stat sheet and hasn't really squandered his chances since summer league.
Pacer C's Mahinmi, Allen quiet vs. Spurs 11-27-2014
Ian Mahinmi C IND
Ian Mahinmi started and had eight points, five rebounds, a steal and a block in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs, while Lavoy Allen came off the bench for eight points and nine rebounds. The Pacers desperately need Roy Hibbert back from his sprained ankle and might have had a chance against the Spurs tonight if Hibbert played (and was effective). The two big men are holding down the fort, but neither can be relied upon in most fantasy situations. Hibbert remains day-to-day with his injury.
Gorgui Dieng has some very low usage 11-27-2014
Gorgui Dieng C MIN
Gorgui Dieng was barely part of the offense against the Bucks on Wednesday, making 1-of-3 from the field for and both free throws for four points with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 36 minutes. That's good for a microscopic 4.3 usage rate, which would probably make Nick Young demand a trade. Dieng is not going to be a usage rate guy anyway and his value will lie in blocks and boards. He's still a must-own player in all standard formats with Nikola Pekovic (ankle) out indefinitely.
Rodney Stuckey scores 22 points on Wednesday 11-27-2014
Rodney Stuckey G IND
Rodney Stuckey got loose against the Spurs' defense to hit 9-of-20 shots for 22 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in a team-high 35 minutes. He played 32 minutes on Monday and had 12 points, and is starting to play a little bit like the guy we were talking about as a sleeper early in the season. He's not likely to fill the stat sheet on most night, but he's probably going to score points for the depleted Pacers and he's averaging a respectable 14.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 3-pointers over his last four games. It comes with a price though, as he's shooting just 37 percent over that stretch, but he's just now getting healthy. If you need a scorer in a deep league, give him a look.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has well-rounded game 11-27-2014
Giannis Antetokounmpo G MIL
Giannis Antetokounmpo played well in his 26 minutes against the Wolves during a 103-86 win on Wednesday with 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and one turnover. He's alternated good and bad games in his last five, turning in averages of 12.0 points, 6.0 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.8 steals, no blocks and no triples in that span. Antetokounmpo is going to need to increase his output in blocks and treys to really break out, but he's capable of doing it. Keep him owned for now because some other owner will pick up the buzzy player if you drop him.
Thaddeus Young F MIN
Thaddeus Young returned to action on Wednesday November 26.
Carlos Boozer F LAL
Carlos Boozer returned to action on Wednesday November 26.
Matt Bonner F SA
Matt Bonner returned to action on Wednesday November 26.
O.J. Mayo starts again, plays OK 11-27-2014
O.J. Mayo G MIL
O.J. Mayo started again on Wednesday against the Wolves with 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, two 3-pointers and five turnovers on 3-of-11 from the field. Coach Jason Kidd seems to like the idea of using Mayo in the starting lineup, but more lines like this one will make it tough to keep him around 30 minutes. Chances are nobody is going to be running to grab him in your league anyway, so you can probably leave him on the wire in most leagues.
Donald Sloan falls apart after career game 11-27-2014
Donald Sloan G IND
Donald Sloan, coming off a massive 29 points and a full stat line on Monday, hit just 1-of-6 shots for three points, three rebounds and six assists in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs. Sloan's night on Monday was almost too good to be true, while tonight's was just a case of Sloan being matched up against Tony Parker and the Spurs' tough D. He'll bounce back from tonight, but we suspect Monday's line will end up being the highlight of his season (and possibly career). George Hill is still likely three weeks away from a possible return, so there's no reason to drop Sloan at this point.
Larry Sanders capitalizes with 15 & 5 blocks 11-27-2014
Larry Sanders F MIL
Larry Sanders was the 2012-13 version of himself against the Wolves on Wednesday with 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, five blocks and four turnovers in 28 minutes. He made 7-of-10 from the field and only committed three fouls in his best game of the year. Sanders was coming off a nice 12-point, nine-board game, so it's going to be awfully hard to leave him on the wire considering his upside in blocks. If you have anything on your team you're not too attached to, go get him before someone else does.
Luis Scola scores 13, but end of run is near 11-27-2014
Luis Scola F IND
Luis Scola started and had 13 points and six rebounds on 5-of-12 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs. Scola could be on his way out of the starting lineup soon if David West is really ready to play through his ankle injury on Friday. He might hold onto some value with Roy Hibbert also sitting with a sprained ankle, but when both West and Hibbert are healthy, it's hard to see Scola being worth owning in most leagues.
James Harden scores 26 points on 31 FGAs 11-27-2014
James Harden G HOU
James Harden made 10-of-31 from the field for 26 points against the Kings during a 102-89 win on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, eight assists, two steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers. He only turned the ball over once and the Rockets did win against a good Kings team, so it's hard to bash The Beard for the ridiculous shooting clip. He set a career high in shot attempts tonight, but he's cleared the 30-point plateau in every game with at least 25 shots from the field. Regardless, Harden is a fantasy stud.
Donatas Motiejunas getting hot, scores 21 11-27-2014
Donatas Motiejunas F HOU
Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 21 points against the Kings on Wednesday with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer on 10-of-15 from the field. This is his third effective game in a row with an average of 13.5 points per game in his previous two. He's also seen a major bump in minutes with 35.7 per game over his last three. The Rockets won't get Terrence Jones (leg) back any time soon and Dwight Howard (knee) is out, so Motiejunas is worth a look in all standard leagues now that he seems to have figured it out.
Long range Canaan: Isaiah hits six treys 11-27-2014
Isaiah Canaan G HOU
Isaiah Canaan scored a career-high 24 points against the Kings on Wednesday with six rebounds, four assists, four steals and six 3-pointers in 32 minutes. He was open all night in easily his best game as a pro. Canaan was coming in with no momentum with only 15 points combined in his previous four games and Jason Terry was actually gaining ground on him. Considering how Patrick Beverley (hamstring) is out for a bit, Canaan is worth a look. Although, he has a bad matchup against Chris Paul on Friday.
Ben McLemore takes 17 shots vs. Rockets 11-27-2014
Ben McLemore G SAC
Ben McLemore made 6-of-17 from the field for 14 points during a 102-89 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday with three rebounds, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers. He was coming in as hot as ever with three games of at least 52.0 percent from the field with 3.0 treys per game in that span. Perhaps coach Mike Malone gave him the green light tonight, but that might not happen in the future with a line like this one. He's still not worth grabbing in standards despite the increase in output lately.
Omri Casspi scores 14 points vs. Rockets 11-27-2014
Omri Casspi F SAC
Omri Casspi scored 14 points against his former team in a loss to the Rockets on Wednesday with seven boards, two assists and two turnovers. He scored 22 points on Tuesday and he could have another start coming his way with Rudy Gay (Achilles) up in the air for Friday against the Spurs. Casspi has a good rapport with the first unit, so he'll be worth using in fantasy leagues as long as Gay is out.
Ramon Sessions has a bad game in start 11-27-2014
Ramon Sessions G SAC
Ramon Sessions had just eight points with three rebounds, three assists and five turnovers in 35 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday. The Kings apparently need Darren Collison (quad) back. Sessions is making just 34 percent from the field on the season and hasn't really been able to perform like he did after the break last season. Collision should be back soon, so Sessions has little value right now.
DeMarcus Cousins is 'fine' after injury scare 11-27-2014
DeMarcus Cousins C SAC
DeMarcus Cousins suffered a leg injury against the Rockets on Wednesday and did not miss time, finishing with 29 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and seven turnovers in 37 minutes.

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After the game, he said his knee is sore, but he will be fine for Friday against the Spurs. Cousins has put the team on his back over his last seven and has a usage of at least 36 percent in five of those games, which led to averages of 25.0 points, 14.3 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.9 blocks on 52.4 percent from the field and 83.3 from the line. He is a monster and is basically unstoppable.
DeMar DeRozan scores 27 points in win 11-27-2014
DeMar DeRozan G TOR
DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points in a win over the Hawks on Wednesday with three rebounds, two assists, five turnovers and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes. Kyle Lowry was also successful with 14 points, six boards, 13 assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes during the 126-115 win. The Raptors ran all over the Hawks with 25 fast-break points while DeRozan matched his season output with his two treys. He was only 2-of-13 before tonight and he really needs that part of his game to come around to be an elite fantasy guy.
Greivis Vasquez scores 21 points in 17 mins. 11-27-2014
Greivis Vasquez G TOR
Greivis Vasquez was on fire against the Hawks on Wednesday with 21 points, two rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers on 8-of-12 from the field in just 17 minutes. This is one of the most efficient lines of the year. For the advanced stats guys out there, Vasquez put up a 36.9 usage and had an 81.5 true shooting percentage. He was horrible before tonight and made just 33.3 percent from the field, so we'll obviously need to see it again.
Lou Williams scores 22 points vs. Hawks 11-27-2014
Louis Williams G TOR
Lou Williams may have had a revenge game against the Hawks on Wednesday during a win, making 6-of-11 from the field for 22 points with two assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes. He's so hot right now. Perhaps no bench player is performing at his level, averaging 24.3 points, 1.8 boards, 2.3 steals, 3.5 treys and 0.5 turnovers on 50.0 percent from the field and 96.4 percent from the line in his last four. We'd be lying if we said we saw this coming, but he's just too hot to leave on the wire right now.
James Johnson blocks three in 20 minutes 11-27-2014
James Johnson F TOR
James Johnson (illness) played 20 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday with four points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and three blocks. He was reportedly very ill, but Johnson takes great pride in calling himself Wolverine. He is doing a great job on the defensive side and he had a nice Euro step on the offensive end tonight, too. Johnson is a sneaky player to own in 14-team leagues.
Jeff Teague has 24-12 line in a loss 11-27-2014
Jeff Teague G ATL
Jeff Teague had a 24-point, 12-assist game in a 126-115 loss to the Raptors on Wednesday with three rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes. His defense wasn't great and the Hawks gave up a lot of open jumpers as a unit. Teague is starting to cruise on offense and has scored at least 23 in each of his last four games while making an impressive 94.4 percent of his 7.2 free throw attempts in that span. He looks like he's going to be a smart pick from his fantasy owners.
Al Horford scores 23 on 16 shot attempts 11-27-2014
Al Horford F ATL
Al Horford made 11-of-16 from the field for 23 points against the Raptors on Wednesday with nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 32 minutes. He had foul trouble on Tuesday in one of his worst games of the year, but Horford is starting to see his shots go up. It's just the second time he's been over 20 points all season, and there should be more of those games as he gets into a rhythm. Even with the low scoring of 13.3 points per game, Horford was still putting up third-round value.
Paul Millsap has a bad game vs. Raptors 11-27-2014
Paul Millsap F ATL
Paul Millsap was quiet against the Raptors on Wednesday with eight points, five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one turnover in 36 minutes. The other four starters had nice lines, but Millsap was left out of the stat party. Even with his dud, he still holds averages in last five of 17.0 points, 7.8 boards, 3.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.6 triples. He's a fantasy stud.
Derrick Favors quiet vs. OKC on Wednesday 11-27-2014
Derrick Favors F UTH
Derrick Favors had a quiet night vs. OKC on Wednesday, scoring 11 points and grabbing six rebounds with one steal, one block and zero turnovers in 36 minutes. He made 5-of-9 shots and his efficiency can't be faulted, but fantasy owners have to be tired of his marginal role in Quin Snyder's offense. Favors remains a prime breakout candidate but he's averaging a mere 11.9 shots per game, which must increase for him to vault past his current top-50 fantasy valuation.
Gordon Hayward scores 24 pts w/ four steals 11-27-2014
Gordon Hayward G UTH
Gordon Hayward, who was held to six points vs. the Bulls on Monday, bounced back with 24 points, one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, three assists and four steals in Wednesday's road loss in Oklahoma City. Hayward was solid from the field (8-of-15) but he made an uncharacteristic 7-of-14 free throws, dropping him from a career-best 85.9 percent FT average to 80.4 percent. He's notching career highs in virtually every category this season and the occasional hiccup should be easily overlooked by his fortunate fantasy owners.
Alec Burks gets 16 points in loss to Thunder 11-27-2014
Alec Burks G UTH
Alec Burks had 16 points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals in 35 minutes vs. the Thunder on Wednesday, making 6-of-14 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs in 35 minutes of action. Burks is shooting just 38.7 percent from the field this season, compared to 45.7 percent last season. He's been steady enough for 14-team value and has enough upside to hang onto in shallower formats, but his owners will need to see some consistency in the next month.
Sebastian Telfair waived by Oklahoma City 11-27-2014
Sebastian Telfair G OKC
Sebastian Telfair scored five points and handed out one assist in 13 minutes on Wednesday, but he was waived by the Thunder shortly after the game.

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The move trimmed OKC's roster to 15 players and was mandatory because of the team's expiring hardship exception, but it's also a clear indication that Russell Westbrook (hand) is nearing a return. Westbrook could be back as soon as Friday's game vs. New York.
Serge Ibaka has 20 pts, four blocks vs. Jazz 11-27-2014
Serge Ibaka F OKC
Serge Ibaka's streak of solid games continued on Wednesday with 20 points, two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and four blocks vs. the Jazz. His big night helped the Thunder snap a six-game losing streak, and it's what fantasy owners have been waiting for most of the season -- he racked up defensive stats while consistently scoring from distance (all but five of Ibaka's 19 shots came outside of the paint). He's found his footing after a rocky few weeks to start the season, and he should only improve upon the return of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Jeremy Lamb scores 21 points in 24 minutes 11-27-2014
Jeremy Lamb G OKC
Jeremy Lamb caught fire in 24 minutes of action vs. the Jazz, scoring 21 points on 7-of-8 shots including three 3-pointers, while adding four boards, two assists, three steals and one block. Lamb also turned the ball over three times before fouling out of the game in a frenetic performance that earned him a loud ovation from the home crowd in OKC. He was averaging 6.0 points in just 16.7 minutes in his past three games and it's futile to guess when he might explode off the bench. Most fantasy owners would be best served ignoring him, especially with Kevin Durant (foot) and Russell Westbrook (hand) on the verge of returning.
Reggie Jackson scores 22 points in OKC win 11-27-2014
Reggie Jackson G OKC
The Thunder snapped their six-game losing streak on Wednesday, led by Reggie Jackson's 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, eight assists and one steal. He turned the ball over five times, as usual, but at least he made more than half his shots tonight. Backup PG Sebastian Telfair was waived on Wednesday which suggests that Russell Westbrook (hand) might return as soon as Friday's game. Jackson will inevitably lose some minutes and offensive firepower, but he's still a must-own fantasy player even if he shifts to a bench role.