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The Hawks will reportedly send Mo Williams and some cash to the Nuggets.

Denver will be sending the rights to Cenk Akyol (drafted in 2005 and yet to make his NBA debut) back to Atlanta in exchange for Williams, but it's unlikely Akyol will ever play a game in the NBA. The actual corresponding move here for the Hawks will be signing Gary Neal to a 10-day contract. Williams is going to be waived in Denver, and the 13-year-veteran may have already played his final NBA game.
Jan 18 - 8:36 AM

Lou Williams scored 24 points on 8-of-17 shooting in Tuesday's loss to Denver.

He's officially hot again after scoring 26 points in his previous outing. Williams started the last game with Luol Deng (wrist) out, but the Lakers went with Brandon Ingram in the first unit this time around and it will likely stick. Williams still logged 31 minutes because he helped the Lakers climb back into this game, adding seven assists, four rebounds and two triples. He won't be this good going forward and he's a candidate to be moved before the trade deadline, but he's worth owning right now and is giving Eric Gordon a run for his money for the Sixth Man of the Year Award.
Jan 18 - 1:23 AM

Jameer Nelson played 20 minutes and hit just 1-of-2 shots for two points, four assists and a steal in Tuesday's win over the Lakers.

He was probably a popular DFS play with Gary Harris out again, but he was strictly the backup point guard tonight. He had 18 points, four boards, four assists and two 3-pointers on Monday against his former team (Magic), but wasn't feeling quite as motivated tonight. Will Barton was awesome tonight and is the guy you want to target as long as Gary Harris is out with his ankle injury.
Jan 18 - 1:20 AM

Brandon Ingram moved into the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets and stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

This was arguably one of his best games as a pro. Ingram finished 6-of-14 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line with zero turnovers. With Luol Deng (wrist) out indefinitely, Ingram is looking at 30+ minutes per night moving forward. We'd like to see him do it again because he was averaging 10.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 3-pointer in his previous nine January games, and there are a couple of better fantasy pickups around the league including Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers. If those guys are unavailable, give Ingram a look, but expect some bumps in the road.
Jan 18 - 1:16 AM

Will Barton looked great on Tuesday, getting a start for injured Gary Harris (ankle) and hitting 9-of-16 shots, 5-of-5 3-pointers and 3-of-5 free throws for 26 points, four rebounds and a season-high eight dimes in a 127-121 win over the Lakers.

It's too bad the Nuggets can't play the Lakers every night, right? Barton was aggressive and looked fantastic, and it's time for the Nuggets to think about starting him over Harris, even when Harris is healthy. Barton was iffy coming into this one with the flu, but played in his last game and was never really in doubt for this one. And as long as Harris is out, Barton's worth using in any format. He scored 21 on Monday with seven boards and three 3-pointers.
Jan 18 - 1:14 AM

Emmanuel Mudiay hit 5-of-7 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, six assists and two steals in 28 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Lakers.

The Nuggets have now won three straight games and Mudiay is playing well again, averaging 16 points, 2.0 rebounds, 9.5 assists, and 2.0 steals on 11-of-19 shooting over his last two games. He was pretty bad prior to this two-game explosion, but it's time to make sure he's not sitting your league's waiver wire right now.
Jan 18 - 1:09 AM

Jordan Clarkson (ankle) scored 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting in Tuesday's loss to Denver.

He was considered questionable to play with a right ankle sprain, but you wouldn't have been able to tell by the way he was moving tonight. Clarkson added three assists, two steals and two triples in 36 minutes, and he saw a massive workload because he sparked a comeback attempt along with Ivica Zubac. Clarkson has been a headache to own this season in a crowded backcourt, but he's hot again with averages of 17.5 points, 2.2 assists and 1.3 3-pointers over his last four games. He should be more involved going forward with the Lakers sliding in the standings.
Jan 18 - 1:08 AM

Kenneth Faried hit 9-of-10 shots for 20 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in Tuesday's 127-121 win over the Lakers.

Faried has been all over the place for most of his career and even left this game to have his back looked at, but soon returned. He's starting and rolling right now, averaging 18.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals on an amazing 25-of-30 shooting over his last three games. More shots at the rim please! Faried has carved out a spot in the starting lineup going forward and even though he was helped by the absence of Darrell Arthur (knee) tonight, Faried looks like a must-start in all formats right now.
Jan 18 - 1:06 AM

Ivica Zubac had multiple career highs on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets with 11 points (5-of-11 FGs), 13 rebounds and three blocks in 26 minutes.

He also added one steal and one assist and sparked a comeback attempt that fell just short. The rookie was very impressive during the summer league and he's been lighting it up in the D-League as well, and coach Luke Walton has been talking about finding him more minutes. Zubac made just 10 brief appearances prior to Tuesday, but he should get a lot more opportunities to play in the second half of the season with the Lakers sitting in 14th place in the West with a 15-30 record. He looks like a great stash for the second half of the season.
Jan 18 - 1:04 AM

Nikola Jokic stayed red hot on Tuesday, racking up 29 points, 15 rebounds, three blocks and a 3-pointer on 12-of-22 shooting in a 127-121 win over the Lakers.

The Lakers are pretty bad against opposing bigs and Jokic took advantage tonight. He's absolutely crushing right now, scoring 29 and 30 points in each of his last two games, and averaging 25 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers over his last five games, while shooting a ridiculous 65 percent from the floor and 76 percent from the line. He might be the most underrated fantasy player in the land right now.
Jan 18 - 12:59 AM

Tarik Black (left ankle) played well on Tuesday, scoring 14 points with eight rebounds and a block in 20 minutes vs. the Nuggets.

He was averaging just 6.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in 16.0 minutes in his previous nine January games, so it's hard not to call this a fluke. Coach Luke Walton likes to ride the hot hand off the bench and Black had it tonight, finishing 7-of-13 from the field. As impressive as this was, Black can be left on the wire in most leagues unless he does this again.
Jan 18 - 12:56 AM

Kenneth Faried (back) has returned to Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers.

He was considered questionable to return after leaving the game in the third quarter due to tightness in his lower back, but he appears to be fine out there. We'll have another update after the game.
Jan 18 - 12:24 AM

Gorgui Dieng racked up 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and four blocks against the Spurs on Tuesday.

He only played 29 minutes because coach Tom Thibodeau is starting to have more trust in Nemanja Bjelica due to his ability to stretch the floor late in games. However, Dieng is still producing at a high level and was coming off a 21-point game on Sunday. The presence of Bjelica is annoying, but Dieng's owners shouldn't be too concerned.
Jan 17 - 11:58 PM

Shabazz Muhammad scored 15 points in 23 minutes vs. the Spurs on Tuesday, adding four rebounds and two triples.

A report by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical indicated that the Wolves are looking to include Muhammad in a package deal with Ricky Rubio, so he could be on his way to a new city before the Feb. 23 trade deadline. Considering coach Tom Thibodeau likes to give all his starters 30+ minutes a night, a move away from Minnesota might not be a bad thing. With that said, Muhammad is just a pure scorer and has very little upside in standard leagues.
Jan 17 - 11:51 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 27 points (10-of-18 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs) with 16 rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in Tuesday's loss to the Spurs.

Towns has made an effort to find his shot earlier in games and it's paying dividends, as he's averaging 11.4 points in the first quarter of his last five games. "Just wanted to do what I can to get us W’s and make it as easy as I can for us as a whole to try to get wins," Towns said. "I felt that me being more aggressive in the first quarter would help us a little more, and I’m glad that it’s been working so far. I’ll keep riding the train." If he keeps this up, Towns should be a top-10 option the rest of the way.
Jan 17 - 11:48 PM



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