Ramon Sessions Playing Well For Bucks
Ramon Sessions stayed hot off the Bucks bench, hitting 7-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 18 points and six assists, and is a player worth adding if you need a point guard. Despite his bench role for the eclectic Bucks, Sessions is averaging 13.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists over his last five games. Khris Middleton hit just 3-of-12 shots for eight points, but played 32 minutes in the loss to Charlotte. Ersan Ilyasova took the day off with a lingering ankle issue. He’s been a nice player when healthy recently, but the surprise DNP didn’t do much to instill confidence in his owners. He’s been a headache to own again this season and we’ll have to wait and see if he’s ready to go on Tuesday at Portland.
Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker played well in the win over Milwaukee, while Gary Neal scored 18 off the bench. Neal is starting to play well for the Bobcats, making him worth a deep-league look, but I worry about inconsistency with him.
Gerald Green Leads Suns Over Raps
Gerald Green came off the bench to hit 9-of-18 shots and five 3-pointers for 28 points and five rebounds in the Suns win over the Raptors. He’s going to be hit-or-miss with Eric Bledsoe back in action, but is still worth owning in all leagues. Markieff Morris had a nice game with 16 points and 14 rebounds, and remains a must-own player for the Suns.
Amir Johnson hit 9-of-12 shots for 20 points, and despite just two rebounds and a block, is a guy I want to own in all leagues right now. Especially with Toronto’s 4-4-4-4 schedule the rest of the way. Terrence Ross had 22 points and four 3-pointers, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points, five boards, two steals and a block, Kyle Lowry had another big game with 28 points, five rebounds, 13 assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers, and DeMar DeRozan had 17 points, seven dimes and four steals in the loss. All of the Raptors starters look like safe plays right now, although you can expect inconsistency from JV and Ross from night to night.
Wade Plays Well As Heat Beat Rockets
Dwyane Wade hit 10-of-15 shots for 24 points, seven assists, two steals and a block, and is playing at a high level for the Heat. They play four times this week, but go back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday, and again on Friday and Saturday. That could mean four games for Wade, or just two, and you’re rolling the dice if you want to use him. I say go ahead and play with fire, and hope you get three solid games from him this week. Ray Allen went off for 25 points and scored 14 in the fourth quarter in the win. He had 22 points in his previous game, meaning he’s heating up. He could dry up as quickly as he got hot though, and had scored just 1, 13 and 7 points in his previous three games. Use him at your own risk, although he could continue to keep it going if Wade sits out half of his upcoming back-to-backs.
James Harden had 30 points and five 3-pointers in a loss to the Heat, while Patrick Beverley hit 5-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 15 points, five assists, four steals and a block. I don’t trust him enough to put him in weekly lineups, but he’s at least worth consideration with three games this week. Terrence Jones continued to baffle us with 12 points and four rebounds, and is another player who is completely hit or miss right now.
Derrick Williams, Gorgui Dieng Unlikely Heroes
Derrick Williams helped fill in for Cousins and got loose for 26 points, 11 rebounds and two 3-pointers, but remains a pretty risky fantasy play – especially if Cousins is back this week. Gorgui Dieng could be the starting center for the Timberwolves the rest of the way as Nikola Pekovic deals with ankle bursitis. Dieng got hot late and finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and five blocks in a win over the Kings, and enjoyed the absence of Cousins as much as anyone. If you need a center and are holding Samuel Dalembert or Kelly Olynyk, I’m down with making the switch for Dieng. Kevin Martin had 31 points and hit 14-of-14 free throws in the win.
Thunder Popped By Mavericks
Reggie Jackson started for Westbrook and had 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes, and is a strong play any time Westbrook is sitting out, which could be often with five sets of back-to-backs remaining for OKC. Kevin Durant scored 30 on Sunday, but the Thunder were blown out by the well-balanced Mavericks.
Jazz Thump Spurs
Derrick Favors is heating up at the right time and had a career-high 28 points and 10 boards on Sunday, while Enes Kanter struggled to hit 3-of-11 shots for eight points and 11 rebounds in a start over Marvin Williams. If Kanter sticks in the starting five, you’ll be glad you own him. Danny Green played just 19 minutes and had five points, and will have an MRI on his sore wrist on Monday. He's been inconsistent all season and is a very risky play until we find out the status of his wrist. Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 21 points in the blowout loss.