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Dose: Here Comes Jimmy!

Monday, December 4, 2017


Games Played Week 8

 

4 Games: ATL, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, IND, MEM, MIL, NOP, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHX, SAS, UTA, WAS

3 Games: BRK, GSW, MIN, OKC, SAC, TOR

2 Games: HOU, LAC, LAL, MIA, POR

 

Oh, Hey Buckets

 

Jimmy Butler powered the Timberwolves to a 112-106 victory over the Clippers on Sunday, scoring a season-high 33 points on 10-of-20 shooting (11-of-13 from the line) to go with eight rebounds, two 3-pointers, four assists, one steal, one block and one turnover in 40 minutes. Butler was in Buckets-mode during crunch time, rocking a ridiculous 53.2 usage through the final frame of action while scoring 20 of his 33 points. The Wolves are starting to figure out that if they want to be a playoff team, this needs to be Jimmy Buckets’ team, and over the past four he’s worked himself into the first-round equation with averages of 22.8 points, 6.0 dimes, 1.5 steals, 1.8 triples, 0.8 blocks and just 1.8 turnovers per contest while logging 38.0 minutes a night. Really, at this point, it’s looking like the only thing that will be able to slow Butler down would be an injury, so hopefully, these heavy minutes don’t wear on him.

 

30-for-Curry

 

Stephen Curry (hand) popped off for 30 points (11-of-16 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs) during Sunday’s easy win over the Heat, adding five trey-bombs, three assists, two rebounds, two steals and zero turnovers through 30 minutes of floor time. His bruised right shooting hand was a complete non-issue and Curry said before the game that it’s just something he’ll have to deal with/play through, so I wouldn’t expect this to be a thing that regularly forces him to the sidelines.

 

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Return of the Dragon

 

Goran Dragic busted out of his shooting funk on Sunday, netting 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting (2-of-3 from the stripe) to go with four triples, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one turnover in 25 minutes. In the three games prior to this outburst, Dragic was connecting on just 24.1 percent of his shot attempts, so Sunday’s outing can be seen as a regression to the mean. He probably would have had a nicer night too if the game weren’t such a blowout, but hopefully, he’ll be able to keep this hot trend going into Wednesday’s game in San Antonio.

 

Austin Rivers? Austin Rivers

 

Austin Rivers went off for a season-high 30 points on 9-of-14 shooting (5-of-7 from the stripe) during Sunday’s loss, adding seven triples, five rebounds, five assists, one steal and three turnovers in 36 minutes. With the Clippers hurting for healthy bodies, Rivers has suddenly emerged as a primary option in the Los Angeles offense, and since Blake Griffin (knee) hit the sidelines he’s been flirting with top-50 value behind averages of 21.3 points, 3.7 triples, 4.3 assists and 2.0 turnovers per game on 48.9 percent shooting. For a career 41.5 percent shooter, that sky-high field goal percentage obviously isn’t sustainable and he’s not contributing as many defensive stats (1.5 steals, 0.7 blocks), but he’s locked into heavy minutes and is thriving as a primary option in the offense making him must-own. Yes, while it may have taken injuries to Milos Teodosic (foot), Patrick Beverley (knee), Blake Griffin (knee) and Danilo Gallinari (glute) Austin Rivers has emerged as a must-own option.

 

Lou Williams was replaced by C.J. Williams in the starting lineup, but that didn’t affect him much as he still saw 35 minutes off the bench on his way to 23 points (8-of-14 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), 10 assists, three 3-pointers and four turnovers. The other Williams only managed to put up five points, one rebound, one assist, one 3-pointer and one turnover through 13 minutes of floor time, so he’s not worth paying attention to in fantasy hoops and Sweet Lou owners should not be worried about what will likely be a temporary bench role. 

 

The Battle of the Defenseless Big Men

 

Nikola Vucevic went to work against Enes Kanter during Sunday’s 105-100 win over the Knicks, racking up 34 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, two blocks and one turnover in 35 minutes. Vuc didn’t have much trouble on the offensive end, connecting on 13 of his 19 attempts and finishing a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe for a remarkable 77.0 true shooting percentage to accompany his 29.9 usage rate, and this was a welcome sight for Vucevic owners following Friday’s six-point disaster. He’s hitting career-highs in dimes (3.0), free throw percentage (80.5), and triples (1.5) this season to go with averages of 16.8 points, 8.5 boards, 0.9 steals, 0.9 swats and 1.7 turnovers per game, which translates to top-25 value in 9-cat leagues, and he should have no trouble finishing out the year in that range.

 

Enes Kanter double-doubled in the loss, registering 18 points, 16 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three turnovers through 31 minutes of play. Kanter should be able to flirt with minutes in the 30s more often than not while Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) is out, so he should continue to pump out the double-doubles for the foreseeable future. That said, I think Kanter could fall off towards the second half once the Knicks are mathematically eliminated from the playoff hunt in order to give more developmental minutes to Willy Hernangomez (DNP-CD), so I view him as a sell-high guy.

 

On the Radar

 

Michael Beasley started sans Tim Hardaway Jr. (leg) and Kristaps Porzingis (illness, ankle) on Sunday, rocking a 35.7 usage rate on his way to a team-high 21 points on 10-of-19 shooting to go with one 3-pointer, three rebounds, one assist, one block and five turnovers in 28 minutes. THJ is likely looking at a lengthy absence and Porzingis has already been ruled out for Monday’s game in Indiana, so Beasley is going to be very busy as the now de facto No. 1 option in that offense. In three starts this season, Beasley has posted averages of 15.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 block and 4.3 turnovers per contest on 55.3 percent shooting, so as long as you can stomach the turnovers, he’s worth considering in most leagues.

 

Jarrett Jack handed out seven assists during Sunday's loss to the Magic, to go with nine points, four rebounds and three turnovers in 28 minutes. He’s in the top-20 in assists per game this season, dishing out 6.0 dimes per contest, so he’s worth owning as a dimes-specialist in deep leagues.

 

Jonathon Simmons scored 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting Sunday to go with one 3-pointer, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and three turnovers in 38 minutes. As a starter this season Simmons is posting averages of 15.0 points, 3.2 boards, 1.6 dimes, 1.0 triple, 0.6 steals and 2.8 turnovers per contest on 43.3 percent shooting, and he's locked into heavy minutes with Terrence Ross (knee) out indefinitely. Give him a look.

 

Danilo Gallinari (glute) is hopeful that he’ll be able to get back to the court for Wednesday’s game against the Timberwolves. He should immediately step into a significant role for the banged-up Clippers, and there’s a good chance he could be flirting with top-30 value as one of the primary offensive options in Los Angeles. He should be owned in all leagues.

 

Josh Richardson kept his hot streak alive on Sunday, scoring 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting to go with two triples, one rebound, two assists, one block and two turnovers in 32 minutes. He’s been flirting with top-55 value over the past week with averages of 16.8 points, 2.5 triples, 1.3 steals and 0.8 blocks per game on 56.3 percent shooting, so he should be owned in way more than just 40 percent of Yahoo! Leagues.

 

Tyler Johnson scored 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting (2-of-2 from the stripe) to go with three 3-pointers, two boards, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 27 minutes off the bench. He’s had an up-and-down season, but he’s someone to think about as a low-end option in deep leagues with averages of 9.5 points, 1.3 triples, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.8 swats on the year.

 


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A hoops fanatic, Jared Johnson has been a member of the Rotoworld team since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @JaredJ831, and feel free to send him your questions regarding trades, draft strategies and all things fantasy basketball.
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