4 Games: ATL, BOS, CLE, DAL, GSW, MIA, MIL, NYK, OKC, PHI, PHO, TOR, UTA, WAS
3 Games: BKN, CHA, CHI, DEN, DET, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIN, NOR, ORL, POR, SAC, SAS
Russell Westbrook did it yet again on Sunday, producing his 29th triple-double of the year with 41 points (14-of-29 FGs, 11-of-12 FTs), 11 rebounds, 11 assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and of course, nine turnovers in 37 minutes. There’s not much left to say about this guy other than if you own him, you’re probably doing very well in the standings. I also think that Adam Silver should strongly consider bringing in cyborg testing next season, just sayin'.
Jonas Valanciunas followed up Friday’s 18-minute, seven-point disaster with a more encouraging stat line of 15 points, seven boards, one assist, one block and one turnover during Sunday’s 112-106 win over Toronto, but unfortunately, he still saw just 22 minutes of action. With Serge Ibaka in town, I think the 30-minute outings for JV will be a rarity, so his owners will just have to rejoice when he’s able to put up meaningful statistics in about 25 minutes. Lucas Nogueira didn’t do much during his 10 minutes of floor time, so it’s pretty clear that Ibaka has reduced Bebe to non-factor status in most leagues.
DeMar DeRozan’s scoring binge continued on Sunday as he popped off for 33 points on 9-of-16 shooting (15-of-16 from the stripe) to go with six boards, two dimes, two steals, one block and four turnovers in 36 minutes. In two games following the All-Star break sans Kyle Lowry, DeRozan has been working with a robust 40.0 usage rate, so he’s going to be a popular DFS target while Lowry is on the sidelines.
Rudy Gobert ripped down 20 rebounds during Sunday’s 102-92 win over the Wizards, to go with 15 points, three dimes, one steal, four blocks and four turnovers in 36 minutes. Gobert was working with an impressive 30.8 rebounding percentage in this one, and he was an absolute monster on the defensive boards, rocking a 44.4 defensive rebounding percentage. This year, The Stifle Tower has been everything I always wanted him to be last season.
Isaiah Thomas torched the Pistons to the tune of 33 points during Sunday’s 104-98 victory over Detroit, adding five triples, two rebounds, three assists, three steals and two turnovers in 35 minutes of action. IT4 has been playing some of the best ball of his life over the past month, ranking No. 7 overall in standard 9-cat leagues, but don’t forget that he’s been doing all of this while Avery Bradley has been watching from the sidelines. Bradley is reportedly on the cusp of a return, and while his return to action won’t immediately cut into Thomas’ value, it’s reasonable to think that IT4’s usage will dip once Bradley is fully up to speed. With Bradley healthy, I think Thomas will be more of a top-25 guy, so seeing what you can get in a sell-high deal makes sense to me.
DeMarcus Cousins fouled out in just 21 minutes during Sunday’s loss to OKC, but that didn’t stop him from racking up 31 points, 10 boards, three dimes and one turnover. Anthony Davis also did his part to stuff the stat sheet, tallying 38 points, seven boards, four dimes, two triples, one steal and one turnover in 32 minutes. So far, Boogie’n’Brow haven’t suffered much statistically, and through their first three games together they’ve produced an impressive net rating of 16.1.
Both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin double-doubled during Sunday’s 124-121 win over the Hornets, with CP3 tallying 15 points, 17 dimes, two triples and one steal in 41 minutes, and Griffin exploding for 43 points, 10 boards, three 3-pointers, five assists, two steals and one turnover in 42 minutes. It’s safe to say that both these guys are back to 100 percent, and their owners can expect early-round production with some occasional explosions moving forward.
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On the Radar
Alan Williams topped Friday’s career-high 16 points outing, with a new career-high 17 points during Sunday’s 96-100 loss to the Bucks, adding 15 rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and two turnovers through 34 minutes of floor time. Williams went 7-of-13 from the field and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe to give him a solid true shooting percentage of 59.4, and this was the second game in a row that he severely outplayed starter Alex Len. Len only managed to get on the floor for 14 minutes, and he ended his evening with just six points (2-of-7 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), nine rebounds and two steals. It’ll be interesting to see what Earl Watson’s frontcourt rotation looks like once Tyson Chandler stops collecting DNPs, but with how well Williams has been playing, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him jump ahead of Len in the rotation at some point. Because this is such a small sample size, I still wouldn’t really call Williams a “must-own” guy in standard leagues, but he’s definitely worth a speculative grab in deeper formats.
T.J. Warren had another solid outing, producing 23 points, five boards, one 3-pointer, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 39 minutes on Sunday. He was an impressive 11-of-14 from the field, giving him an impressive 82.1 true shooting percentage, and he looks all set up for a strong finish to the season with P.J. Tucker no longer around to mess with his minutes. In the two games following the All-Star break, Warren has seen his minutes rise to 38.7 and he's responded with averages of 20.0 points, 6.5 boards and 1.5 steals per contest.
Tony Allen ripped away another five steals during Sunday’s win over the Nuggets, adding eight points, seven boards, one block and four turnovers in 28 minutes. He’s one of the better deep league steals specialists out there.
Cory Joseph was effective in another start sans Kyle Lowry (wrist) on Sunday, registering 14 points (6-of-12 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), one rebound, six dimes, one 3-pointer, one steal and one turnover in 33 minutes. As long as Lowry is out, Joseph will be someone to consider streaming.