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50 is nifty for Lou Williams

Thursday, January 11, 2018


It was a busy 11-game night in the NBA, so you know the drill. I’m going to focus on the interesting fantasy angles, the guys who might be on your wire, the guys you might be thinking of cutting, or just the ones who just had a crazy night, like Lou Williams. Luckily, it was not an injury-fest, although Rodney Hood smashing a cell phone after getting ejected was kind of different. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here!

 

Clippers 125, Warriors 106 – Tyrone Wallace, who I actually picked up and played in a few leagues this week (thanks, Gallagher) went off for 22 points, six boards, four assists, two steals and a 3-pointer on 7-of-11 shooting. With the Clippers hurting across the board at point guard, Wallace is getting minutes and playing well. The Clippers have two games left this week, and Wallace might be worth a shot if you have a one-gamer you want to drop. Jawun Evans just isn’t that good, and Wallace has basically been running circles around him. Oh, and Lou Williams dropped a career-high 50 points, seven assists and 10 3-pointers on 16-of-27 shooting. He’s having a great season, but even after last night’s monster performance it may still be tough to get value back for the Top 50 player. But if there ever was a sell-high moment on Sweet Lou, it’s right now. Eventually, Milos Teodosic, Austin Rivers and Blake Griffin will be healthy. But for now, Williams is the man.

 

The Warriors were without Stephen Curry (ankle), but he won’t get an X-ray or an MRI, so hopefully it’s a minor injury. Klay Thompson was rested in this one, so Kevin Durant went off for 40 points and six triples, but he was the only Warrior to live up to the hype. He also became the second youngest player to hit 20,000 points, trailing only a guy named LeBron. And Jordan Bell stayed quiet with six points, three rebounds and a block in just 14 minutes. As long as Draymond Green (7 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists) is healthy, you can probably move on from Bell. I have. 

 

Heat 114, Pacers 106 – Nothing too interesting happened for the Heat, except for the fact their intriguing bench all went off. Tyler Johnson played through his shoulder injury and notched 15 points, five boards, two assists, a steal and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes. He was doubtful earlier in the day on Wednesday. Bam Adebayo got some extra run with James Johnson suspended and racked up 15 points, five assists and a steal in 31 minutes, and Wayne Ellington hit four 3-pointers for 15 points, five boards, two assists and a block on 5-of-13 shooting. All three players are worth owning in some formats, although Adebayo is the shakiest. He’s played very well in two straight games, but if you picked him up, you might as well see what happens on Sunday against the Bucks before moving on. Then again, if you want to drop him for a guy who has two games left this week, that also makes sense.

 

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Two Games Left This Week – BRK, CHA, CLE, DEN, GSW, IND, LAC, LAL, MIL, MIN, NOP, NYK, PHX, POR, SAC, SAN, TOR, WAS

Everyone else has one game left this week.

 

The Pacers were without Myles Turner and he’ll sit out again on Friday with his elbow injury, leaving him iffy for Sunday’s weekly finale against the Suns. Domantas Sabonis had 18 points and seven boards, and looks like a nice pickup (if available) with Turner out at least one more game. Lance Stephenson also got a boost without Turner and had 15 points, eight boards, four assists and a 3-pointer, and might be worth a short-term add. Cory Joseph played 27 minutes and had five points and one assist, but could be pushing Darren Collison, who also played 27 quiet minutes, for the starting job. Just keep an eye on Joseph, who is not worth picking up right now.

 

Jazz 107, Wizards 104Ekpe Udoh started with Derrick Favors (ankle) out and went off for 16 points, nine boards, four steals and two blocks. Favors was a surprise DNP and he’d have to also miss the next one for Udoh to be worth a look, while the Jazz only play one more game this week. Udoh also hit 7-of-10 shots, which means this looks like a bit of a fluke. Ricky Rubio went off for 21 points, three assists, three steals and three 3-pointers on 9-of-17 shooting, so maybe he’s priming himself for a big second half. I think it might be coming. Joe Johnson also played 33 minutes and had 16 points, four boards, four dimes, three steals and three triples, but was a beneficiary of Rodney Hood getting ejected early. Hood knocked a cell phone out of a fan’s hand. I doubt he’s suspended, so don’t get too excited about Johnson’s game.

 

Otto Porter returned to action and played a solid 37 minutes, so make sure he’s back in your lineup. John Wall and Bradley Beal both had big games in the loss.

 

Mavericks 115, Hornets 111Yogi Ferrell replaced Maxi Kleber as a starter and went off, hitting 7-of-10 3-pointers for 22 points, four boards, one assist and one steal in 36 minutes. He played well in his last one too, but the Mavs only have one game remaining this week. Ferrell is still worth keeping an eye on if you need a guard, as he’s played very well in two straight and is coming on. Drop Kleber. Dennis Smith Jr. had 15 points and six assists, but hit just 4-of-13 shots. But he’s righted the ship and even hit 7-of-8 free throws tonight. J.J. Barea had another nice game with 12 points, six boards, five assists and two 3-pointers, and should be owned, while Wesley Matthews had an off night. Dwight Powell played just 12 minutes, meaning he’s really hit-or-miss right now. I don’t trust him enough to use him in any format.

 

Kemba Walker had one of the lines of the night with 41 points, three steals, a block and three 3-pointers on 16-of-28 shooting. If you rolled him in DFS, you probably cashed. Nicolas Batum was invisible, but I still think he might have a nice second half, while Dwight Howard continued the trend of opponents abusing Dallas centers with 15 points, 12 boards, a steal and four blocks. 

 

Bulls 122, Knicks 119 2-OTNikola Mirotic was out with an illness, so Lauri Markkanen decided to go bananas with 33 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, a block and eight 3-pointers. Mirotic is going to be traded, so just hang onto Markkanen and roll him out there. Bobby Portis was quiet in his 19 minutes, but Denzel Valentine, Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday all played well. Kris Dunn hit just 4-of-18 shots, as his struggles continue, but I think he’ll be fine. We’ll have to see what kind of damage Zach LaVine does to the Chicago core when he debuts on Saturday. I don’t think he’ll hurt anyone too much, but I’ve been wrong before. David Nwaba broke out for 13 points, five boards, a steal and a block, but I’m guessing he’s the guy who will take the biggest LaVine hit, at least initially.

 

Michael Beasley was back from his ankle injury and led the Knicks with 26 points, 12 boards, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer. It’s official: he should be owned everywhere when healthy. Kristaps Porzingis played well, as did Enes Kanter and Courtney Lee, while Jarrett Jack somehow triple-doubled with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and two steals. Frank Ntilikina was awful in his 18 minutes, and I’m starting to believe that Jack might hold down the point guard job all year. I didn’t feel that way a week ago. The Knicks have two games left this week, so Beasley and Jack look like nice targets if you’re looking to gain a game on the competition.

 


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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2017-18 NBA season marks (at least) his 16th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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