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Saturday, January 13, 2018


Another one for the ROY

 

Donovan Mitchell had yet another impressive performance on Friday, scoring 35 points on 10-of-20 shooting (10-of-11 from the stripe) to go with five rebounds, five 3-pointers, two steals, two Rubios, one Hood and five turnovers in 37 minutes. In case you’re wondering, a Rubio/ Hood is a pass to a wide-open player who bricks the jumper. Mitchell was the only starter for Utah to hit double figures in the scoring department, and he was so hot to start the game that Charlotte opted to put Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on him as his primary defender after halftime, which is pretty much the ultimate compliment. I mean, think about it. MKG is a perennial Defense Player of the Year candidate, so it’s not too often that he guards the opposing team’s rookie. A lot of people have compared Mitchell to Dwyane Wade (with a jump shot) this season, but I don’t really like that comparison. I’d say he’s more like a bouncier Damian Lillard with better defense. I don’t think I need to even use the #BenSimmonsisaFakeRookie argument anymore, Mitchell, straight up, should come home with the Rookie of the Year award this season.

 

Trending Up

 

Jusuf Nurkic had a nice bounce-back performance on Friday following Wednesday’s less-than-stellar outing, tallying 19 points (7-of-9 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), five rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks and three turnovers in 31 minutes. There’s no sugar-coating the fact that Nurkic was awful through the month of December, but he’s been a top-40 producer (punting free throws) since the calendar turned to 2018 with averages of 15.6 points, 9.3 boards, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.3 swats and just 1.6 turnovers per contest on 52.9% shooting from the field, so he’s finally showing signs of life. I do think these numbers are sustainable, and in fact, I’d argue that they could be even better consider he was a top-30 producer (punting free throws) after the break last year (in Portland) with averages of 15.2 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.2 dimes, 1.2 steals, 2.0 blocks and 3.1 turnovers per contest on 50.8% shooting. There haven’t been any major changes to the roster in Portland, so I don’t see any reason why Nurkic shouldn’t be able to return to those averages as we progress through the second-half of the season. He’s trending up, but I do think there’s still some opportunity to buy-low here.

 

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KAT gets his first win against Kristaps

 

Karl-Anthony Towns nearly triple-doubled as he guided the Wolves to a 118-108 win over the Knicks on Friday, scoring 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting (3-of-4 from the stripe) to go with 15 rebounds, nine assists, two 3-pointers, one block and three turnovers in 40 minutes of action. KAT was 0-4 against Kristaps Porzingis coming into this game, so after three years in the league, he was finally to pull out a win over his draft class colleague. The Timberwolves have posted a 12-4 over the past month, and Towns has been a major part of that hot streak, flirting with top-3 value in 9-cat leagues behind averages of 20.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 3.3 dimes, 1.8 blocks, 2.0 trey-bombs, 0.9 steals and 1.9 turnovers per game on 56.7% shooting from the field and 81.3% from the stripe in 36.2 minutes a night. Minnesota is currently sitting on the No. 4 seed out West, so they look poised to make the postseason for the first time since 2004.

 

Sell High!

 

Marc Gasol had a 22-point, 11-board double-double in Friday’s 87-78 loss to the Nuggets, adding one 3-pointer, two assists, one block and one turnover in 36 minutes. He’s really picked up his play over the past month, posting averages of 17.5 points, 8.5 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.5 triples, 1.0 steal, 1.8 blocks and 2.7 turnovers per game, but with the Grizzlies very far removed from the playoff hunt at 13-28, I’m nervous about Gasol potentially getting shutdown down the stretch if he remains in Memphis. I just don’t see them salvaging the season, and the rumors suggest that the Grizzlies aren’t interested in moving Gasol, so I think owners should sell high now while he’s still on the floor and producing early-round value.

 

On the Radar

 

Lance Stephenson double-doubled off the bench in Friday’s impressive two-point win over the Cavs, tallying 16 points (6-of-11 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), 11 rebounds, four assists, three 3-pointers, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 30 minutes. He’s been hot over the past two with averages of 15.5 points, 9.5 boards, 4.0 assists, 2.0 triples and just 1.0 turnover per contest on 54.5% shooting. Essentially none of that is sustainable, but the Pacers are one of eight teams taking the court on Sunday, so he could be someone to consider streaming this weekend with a favorable matchup against Phoenix.

 

Bismack Biyombo flirted with a triple-double in Friday’s loss to the Wizards, scoring 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting to go with 13 rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks over 33 minutes. Biyombo also continued his hot streak from the line, going 5-of-6 from the charity stripe to give him an elite 90.2 true shooting percentage on the evening. He’s been thriving as a starter with averages of 10.1 points, 10.9 boards and 1.9 swats per contest on 57.4% shooting from the field and 87.5% from the stripe, which has been good enough for top-50 value in 9-cat leagues, and with Nikola Vucevic (hand) still not close, Biyombo absolutely needs to be owned in all leagues. His ownership percentage in Yahoo! currently stands at just 42%, which is just ridiculous. Go pick him up now.

 

Jonathon Simmons busted out of his shooting funk, going 8-of-11 from the field and 6-of-6 from the stripe on his way to 23 points, five assists, one 3-pointer and two turnovers in 33 minutes. Simmons had been struggling mightily with his jumper ever since Christmas (32.9% shooting during that eight-game span), but perhaps Friday’s game was a sign that he’s ready to start rolling again; Orlando sure could use him. Simmons basically is only good for points, triples with a trickle of assists, so to me, he’s more of a deep league guy.

 

Kelly Oubre scored 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting to go with seven boards, two treys, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 29 minutes off the bench. He’s been solid over the past month with averages of 11.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.6 triples, 0.7 steals and just 1.1 turnovers per game on 46.9% shooting, so give him a look if those numbers are appealing.

 

Jahlil Okafor showed signs of life in 12 minutes off the bench during Friday’s win over the Hawks, scoring 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting (5-of-6 from the line) to go with one assist and one turnover. Kenny Atkinson clearly isn’t just going to hand the big man minutes, but he was gushing about Okafor after this performance, so maybe he’s earned some more minutes in the rotation. That said, Okafor can only be considered a deep league stash, as there are no guarantees he’ll ever get consistent run in Brooklyn this season, and his upside isn’t very impressive.

 

Dewayne Dedmon scored 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting to go with nine boards, one 3-pointer, one block and one assist in 23 minutes off the bench. It’s a bit strange that the Hawks are starting Miles Plumlee at the five spot right now and not John Collins or Dedmon, but Dedmon only needs minutes in the mid-20s to churn out reliable value. This was his highest minute outing since returning from the stress reaction, so hopefully, that’s a trend that continues. He’s worth a look in deep leagues.

 

Shabazz Napier started on Friday with Evan Turner (illness) unavailable, finishing with 17 points, six boards, six dimes, three triples, two steals and two turnovers in 36 minutes. He’s been hot over the past week with Damian Lillard (calf) and Turner missing games, posting averages of 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.8 triples, 1.8 steals and 3.0 turnovers per game on 50.0% shooting, so he’ll make for a strong DFS play on Sunday vs. Minnesota if Turner is out again.

 

Jarrett Jack kept his hot streak alive on Friday, scoring 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting (2-of-2 from the line) to go with eight dimes, two treys, one rebound, one steal and two turnovers in 33 minutes. Jack triple-doubled on Wednesday, and he’s been red-hot over the past three with averages of 15.3 points, 8.7 assists, 1.0 steal and 3.3 turnovers per game on an unsustainably ridiculous 60.6% shooting from the field, which has been good enough for top-50 value in 9-cat leagues. Obviously, he’s not going to connect on 60% of his looks for much longer, but he’s worth owning in most leagues while he’s this hot.

 

Dragan Bender had another nice game as a starter sans Marquese Chriss (hip), registering 14 points (5-of-12 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), eight boards, three 3-pointers, two assists and two blocks in 32 minutes off the bench. I’m not sure he’ll be worth owning once Chriss gets back, but he’s done enough to warrant a speculative add in deep leagues, particularly with Phoenix having a Sunday game.

 


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