Suns PG Tyler Ulis is a must-own player with Eric Bledsoe reportedly being shutdown, Rajon Rondo came through again, Paul George had a season-high 39, James Harden had his 16th triple-double, LaMarcus Aldridge (heart) returned and John Wall (foot) and Dwyane Wade (elbow) went down. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here!
Kings 107, Suns 101 – Darren Collison sat this one out in order to rest (a DFS killer for me) so Ty Lawson started and had 14 points and four assists, probation court-date be danged. Willie Cauley-Stein had 14 points, 11 boards, five assists, four steals and four blocks in 33 minutes, and is as must-own as they come these days, while starters Kosta Koufos, Arron Afflalo and Buddy Hield were all marginal, at best. Skal Labissiere went nuts with a career-high 32 points, 11 boards, a 3-pointer and two steals off the bench, and hit 11-of-15 shots in the process. I’m a big fan, but you already missed his best game of the season and he could easily go back to being mediocre the rest of the way. In other words, I’m intrigued, but have a hard time believing he’ll play like this again as long as Koufos and WCS are starting. But if you want to take a flier on him, it makes a ton of sense.
Tyler Ulis started over Eric Bledsoe last night and there are reports that Bledsoe is being shut down for the season. And with that news, Ulis is probably the pickup of the week, to say the least. He went off for 13 points, 13 assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer in 39 minutes, and you should run, not walk, to get him on the waiver wire. T.J. Warren hit 12-of-16 shots for 24 points and nine boards, Marquese Chriss had 17 points, seven boards, two steals, five blocks and two 3-pointers, and Devin Booker scored 19 points with three 3-pointers in 40 minutes, despite hitting just 6-of-26 shots. And Big Sauce Alan Williams came through with 14 points, 11 boards, a steal and two blocks off the bench. Ulis, Warren, Chriss, Booker and Williams are all must-owns until further notice. And stacking the Suns is a good idea in DFS every night from here on in.
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Grizzlies 98, Bulls 91 – Mike Conley and Marc Gasol both scored 27 and both flirted with triple-doubles, while literally every other Grizzly posted a disappointing fantasy line. Conley had a 27-9-7 line with five 3-pointers, and Gasol had a 27-6-7 line with three 3-pointers. Tony Allen was the only other player in double figures with 10 points, six boards and not much else. Memphis is a mess, but still won. Oh, and Vince Carter, who was all-world in his last one, started and hit 3-of-7 shots for seven points, three boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes. No thanks.
Rajon Rondo came through in another start with 17 points, six boards, eight assists, two steals and three 3-pointers, and it looks like the Bulls are set to roll with him. I’m picking him up where I can. Nikola Mirotic hit just 3-of-10 shots for 14 points, but also had five boards, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes. I’m also picking him up. Jimmy Butler was bad, hitting 4-of-16 shots for 14 points, but you have to start him when he’s playing, and no other Bulls players are worth mentioning. Except for Dwyane Wade, who suffered an elbow injury and will have an MRI on Thursday after saying he heard a “pop.” He left the arena in a sling and finished with eight points. Denzel Valentine had 11 points, seven boards and three 3-pointers, and could be worth a pickup if Wade’s going to miss time. I think he’ll miss time and owners just have to hope it’s not a season-ender.
Pacers 98, Hornets 77 – Thaddeus Young and C.J. Miles were both disappointing again, while Myles Turner made up for scoring just six points with 11 boards, two steals and three blocks. Jeff Teague added eight points, eight boards, 11 assists and two 3-pointers, while Paul George scored a season-high 39 in the win, hitting 15-of-21 shots and six 3-pointers. Monta Ellis had 16 and a couple 3-pointers off the bench for his highest scoring game since Feb. 24.
For the Hornets, starters Marvin Williams, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller, Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb were all somehow disappointing, as none of them scored more than 10 points, and none of them played particularly well – especially Kemba, who hit 3-of-11 shots. Frank Kaminsky beasted back into the spotlight with 20 points, four boards, a steal and a 3-pointer in 31 minutes, while Marco Belinelli was decent with 11 points, two steals and two 3-pointers. Maybe Kaminsky is finally healthy again and ready to start performing, but don’t cut anyone who’s really helping you right now. Nicolas Batum was out again and tested negative on a CT scan, but could miss more time. If it happens, Lamb should still be worth a look in all formats, despite last night’s eight points and seven boards on 3-of-9 shooting.
Mavericks 112, Wizards 107 – Seth Curry hit 6-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers for 19 points and two steals, and J.J. Barea came through with six points and a season-high 13 assists in just 20 minutes off the bench. And JJB’s big line hurt starter Yogi Ferrell, who hit just 2-of-7 shots for nine points, three assists and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes. I’m still not bailing on Ferrell, or picking up Barea, but the timeshare seems to have arrived, which is bad news for both of them. Nerlens Noel (knee) returned to action after a three-game absence and had 12 points, three boards and a block in 23 minutes. When he’s healthy, he’s a must-own player. Reserve SF Nicolas Brussino had career highs of 11 points and nine boards, along with two steals and three 3-pointers, and might be worth a look from those of you in very deep leagues.
Otto Porter Jr. and John Wall double-doubled, Marcin Gortat just missed one (8 & 10), Bradley Beal scored 24, and Markieff Morris had another quiet night. Bojan Bogdanovic was on again from the bench, hitting 4-of-5 shots and three 3-pointers for 19 points and three rebounds in 24 minutes. Morris has been quiet lately, but played 32 minutes and is averaging 10 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.0 steals over his last five. He should get hot again soon. Wall left the game briefly in the second quarter with a sprained left foot, but played through it. It’s sore and he’s not sure if he’ll play in Friday’s game, so keep an eye out for news if you own him. “I have no idea,” he said, when asked if he’ll play in that one. If Wall is out Friday, Brandon Jennings will be worth a look in DFS, if not season-longs, as well.
Celtics 117, Timberwolves 104 – Isaiah Thomas did what he always does, Al Horford actually had a big line with 20 points, nine boards, eight assists, two blocks and a 3-pointer, and Avery Bradley had 18 points and four 3-pointers in the win. Amir Johnson and Jae Crowder were bad, and Crowder hit just 1-of-8 shots in 28 minutes, while Kelly Olynyk and Marcus Smart each scored 10 off the bench.
As expected, Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Ricky Rubio all played well for the Wolves, Gorgui Dieng was decent (8 points, 9 boards), and Brandon Rush scored just five. Shabazz Muhammad was one of the surprises of the night with 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting in 31 minutes, but he’s only worth keeping an eye on in case he gets hot. And Nemanja Bjelica played just 11 minutes for three points, again reminding us that he can’t be counted on as an every-night fantasy starter.