5 Games: POR
4 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MIA, MIL, MIN, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHX, SAC, SAS, WAS
3 Games: DAL, LAL, MEM, NOR, OKC, TOR, UTA
DeMarcus Cousins recorded a 26-point, 15-board double-double during Sunday’s 105-97 win over the Lakers, adding two assists, three 3-pointers, one block and four turnovers before fouling out in 31 minutes. Boogie’s usage rate (32.3) has taken a minor hit with the move to New Orleans, but that has been largely negated by his improved assist percentage (30.0) and ridiculous defensive rebounding percentage (42.0). In fact, DMC has jumped to a top-10 evaluation in standard 9-cat leagues since joining the Pelicans, pumping out gaudy averages of 23.0 points, 15.4 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.4 triples, 1.0 block and 3.8 turnovers per game on 46.3 percent shooting from the field and 82.1 percent from the stripe. This was also Cousins’ first win as an active member of the Pelicans’ roster, and at 25-38, New Orleans now sits just 3.5 games out of the No. 8 spot out West.
Anthony Davis also had an impressive performance, scoring a team-high 31 points on 10-of-22 shooting (11-of-17 from the stripe) to go with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks and one turnover in 36 minutes; and Jrue Holiday did a fine job setting up both his bigs, dishing out 12 dimes to go with 20 points, five boards, one triple, three steals and three turnovers in 36 minutes. Through 52 minutes together, the Pelicans’ starting five of Holiday, Hollis Thompson, Solomon Hill, Davis and Cousins owns a net rating of 16.8.
Stephen Curry helped the Dubs snap a two-game skid during Sunday’s 112-105 win over the Knicks, registering 31 points (11-of-24 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs), eight boards, six assists, five triples, two steals and two turnovers in 37 minutes. Curry’s usage rate has spiked to 36.0 in his past two outings with Kevin Durant (knee) on the sidelines (up from 28.5 alongside KD), and considering that Curry was only rocking a 32.0 usage during his second MVP season in which he lead the league in scoring and finished as fantasy basketball’s top option, it’s clear that his arrow is pointing way up.
Kristaps Porzingis double-doubled during the loss to Golden State, putting up 24 points, 15 boards, two assists, two 3-pointers, two blocks and two turnovers in 40 minutes. The swats were a welcome sight for PorzinGod owners after he failed to record one in his previous two outings, and the heavy minutes would suggest that he’s completely moved on from the Achilles and ankle issues. With Joakim Noah (knee) likely done for the year, Porzingis is going to see a ton of opportunity while being asked to log massive minutes, so he looks all set up for a strong finish to the 2016-17 season.
Paul George busted out of his shooting funk during Sunday’s 97-96 win over Atlanta, going 12-of-19 from the field and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe on his way to 34 points, five boards, four assists, six 3-pointers, one steal and five turnovers in 38 minutes. In the four games leading up to Sunday’s 3-point barrage, PG-13 had been connecting on a paltry 29.6 percent of his shot attempts, so hopefully, this is a sign that he’s ready to go on his next hot streak.
Bradley Beal put in a game-high 32 points on 12-of-21 shooting (5-of-5 from the stripe) during Sunday’s 115-114 win over Orlando, adding three triples, three rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and one turnover in 41 minutes. Beal did briefly leave the game after tweaking his left ankle (that’s his good leg, by the way), and while he played through it, there’s a chance it could swell up on him on the flight from D.C. to Phoenix. Owners can expect to get another update following Tuesday morning’s shootaround.
Rudy Gobert posted his 43rd double-double of the season during Sunday’s 110-109 overtime win over the Kings, tallying 16 points, 24 rebounds, one steal, three assists, three blocks and zero turnovers in 41 minutes. He’s been a steady top-20 stud all year long, and when you employ a free throw punting strategy, he jumps to a top-10 evaluation in standard 9-cat leagues. The Stifle Tower era has officially begun in Utah.
Isaiah Thomas shouldered the offensive load for Boston on Sunday with both Al Horford (elbow) and Avery Bradley (hamstring, rest) on the sidelines, scoring 35 points on 10-of-25 shooting (10-of-11 from the stripe) to go with five triples, two boards, five dimes, two steals and one turnover in 32 minutes. IT4 was working with a Russell Westbrook-like usage rate of 38.8 in this one, and with Horford uncertain for Monday’s game against the Clippers, Thomas could be again tasked with some added responsibilities on the offensive end.
Seth Curry had a remarkably efficient outing during Sunday’s 104-89 win over OKC, going 10-of-16 from the field on his way to 22 points, two 3-pointers, one rebound, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 30 minutes. He’s been absolutely scorching coming out of the All-Star break, pumping out first-round value with averages of 23.3 points, 3.2 boards, 3.0 dimes, 1.5 steals, 2.2 turnovers and an elite 3.3 triples per contest on 57.8 percent shooting. The Other Curry is finally getting his time to shine, and while it’s probably a bit unrealistic to expect him to finish the season as a first-round guy, I think top-50 value is probably something he could realistically strive for.
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On the Radar
C.J. Miles drained three more triples during Sunday’s win over the Hawks, adding 13 points, five boards, two assists and one turnover in 33 minutes. Miles is one of the more volatile assets in fantasy hoops, but he’s been hot since coming out the break, flirting with top-70 value behind averages of 13.2 points, 4.2 boards, 3.4 triples and just 0.6 turnovers per game. Miles’ next cold streak is always right around the corner, but he’s worth owning while he’s hot, so give him a look if you need some 3-point shooting.
Thabo Sefolosha scored 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting (2-of-2 from the stripe) in the loss to Indiana, to go with six boards, four dimes, two 3-pointers and two steals in 36 minutes. He’s worth owning as a deep league steals specialist. Tim Hardaway Jr. had another nice game off the bench, registering 24 points (9-of-16 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), four boards, four 3-pointers, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 35 minutes. He’s established himself as a key piece in head coach Mike Budenholzer’s rotation, and he’s doing enough right now to warrant a roster spot in most leagues.
Andre Iguodala saw 31 minutes off the Warriors’ bench during Sunday’s win over the Knicks, tallying six points, two 3-pointers, three boards, four assists, two steals and just one turnover. Iguodala won’t do much for you in the scoring department, but his minutes should be in the 30s fairly regularly with Kevin Durant (knee) on the sidelines and he makes for an intriguing deep league add with his ability to bring a little bit of everything to the box score without hurting you in any one area.
Bojan Bogdanovic buried eight trey-bombs off the Wizards’ bench on Sunday, going 9-of-12 from the field and 1-of-1 from the charity stripe on his way to 27 points, two boards, one assist and one turnover in 28 minutes. He’s played very well since arriving in D.C., pumping out averages of 15.5 points, 3.3 triples and 1.2 turnovers per game on 53.6 percent shooting, which has been good enough for top-65 value in standard 9-cat leagues. As I’m writing this, his ownership is at 47 percent in Yahoo! Leagues, but with the way he’s been playing that number should start trending towards 60.
Alan Williams recorded his third straight double-double during Sunday’s 109-106 win over the Celtics, racking up 11 points, 15 boards, two steals, one block and one turnover in 31 minutes off the bench. Williams has emerged as a top-45 option since the break, while Alex Len hasn’t even been able to crack the top-200. I’d view Williams as a must-own guy moving forward, whereas Len can be seen as a cut candidate just about everywhere. Marquese Chriss also had a nice game, sending away a career-high five shots on his way to 10 points, six boards, one steal and one turnover in 25 minutes, but his consistent inconsistency makes him strictly a deep league guy.
Tyler Ulis hit the game-winner during Sunday’s win, ending his evening with 20 points (8-of-12 FGs, 3-of-3 FGs), two boards, five dimes, one steal, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers in 33 minutes. He’s another impressive up-and-comer on the Phoenix roster who has played very well since the break, owning averages of 9.8 points, 5.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 turnovers per game on 53.3 percent shooting, which has been good enough for eighth round value in standard 9-cat leagues. If you’re in a deep league and looking for some help in the assists department, Ulis could be your guy.