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Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said "We’ll look at everything" when asked if he will shake up his starting lineup after Friday's 121-85 loss to the Pistons.

The Hawks have lost five straight games and seven out of their last eight, so they've got to try something. Coach Bud even benched his entire starting five at halftime because he was looking for a "spark." Kyle Korver has arguably struggled the most and he finished with seven points on 2-of-8 shooting with two rebounds and one steal in 34 minutes Friday, and he's been held to single-digit points in four out of his last five games. Standard-league owners are probably ready to move on.
Dec 3 - 12:12 AM

Willy Hernangomez played 17 minutes against the Wolves on Friday with six points, four rebounds and one assist.

He surprisingly only played eight minutes on Wednesday, but he was back to his normal role tonight. Hernangomez still hasn't shown enough upside in his limited minutes to warrant a pickup in most leagues.
Dec 3 - 12:09 AM

Marshall Plumlee was a DNP-CD on Friday.

It was a head scratcher to see him play 19 minutes on Wednesday, so this makes more sense. The Other Other Plumlee will need a ton of injuries to get consistent minutes.
Dec 3 - 12:06 AM

Tobias Harris scored 18 points with seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two triples in 32 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

If you bought low after his slump a couple weeks ago, you have to be feeling good. Harris shot 8-of-13 from the field in the win and is shooting a blistering 55.4 percent from the field over his last five with averages of 19.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.0 treys. The Pistons have won three straight games and get a date with the Magic on Sunday.
Dec 3 - 12:04 AM

Mindaugas Kuzminskas played 19 minutes against the Wolves on Friday with four points, one rebound, one assist and no turnovers.

He cooled off considerably after a 14-point game on Wednesday. Kuzminskas also had a tough time on defense, which isn't uncommon for a rookie. His playing time should take a hit once the Knicks get some bodies back.
Dec 2 - 11:59 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 23 points in Friday's 121-85 win over the Hawks, shooting 9-of-20 from the field in 30 minutes

KCP is from Georgia and also went to school there, so he put on a show in front of his family and friends. He added eight rebounds, one steal and five triples, and he's one of the hottest SGs in the East right now, averaging 18.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.0 triples on 45.3 percent shooting over his last five games.
Dec 2 - 11:58 PM

Brandon Jennings scored two points with three rebounds, eight assists and four turnovers in 19 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

Derrick Rose and Justin Holiday were both in a good groove, so the minutes were not there for Jennings tonight like they were on Wednesday. Obviously Rose isn't going to be on his game every night, so Jennings will see better days. Still, he's more of a desperate asset for a PG-needy owner in standard leagues.
Dec 2 - 11:56 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 points during a 118-114 loss to the Knicks on Friday, adding eight rebounds, one assist, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

The Knicks were very good against Towns and doubled him very nicely, especially in the first. Towns dropped 22 in the first on Wednesday and went scoreless in the first tonight. After Towns wasn't getting the ball enough, he may have to look for his teammates more, and on the other side of the ball their defense has been a disaster. Whatever happens with Towns, he's obviously going to get plenty of minutes and will be better than his disappointing second-round value in standard leagues so far.
Dec 2 - 11:53 PM

Zach LaVine scored 23 points in 40 minutes against the Knicks on Friday, adding two rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

He is playing a ridiculous amount of minutes with 42.0 per game over his last three with none of those games going to overtime. His crazy playing time lately has bumped him into the top five in the NBA with 36.8 per game. He may not play 42 minutes every night, but LaVine looks like he's maintain his value as a top-50 player to date.
Dec 2 - 11:48 PM

Jamal Crawford scored 21 points on Friday vs. the Pelicans, shooting 9-of-15 from the field.

The 36-year-old sharpshooter picked up a few extra minutes with J.J. Redick resting and added one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers. He was averaging 11.4 points, 2.1 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.4 treys in 25.1 minutes per game prior to Friday, but he could have some sneaky value later on this season if the Clippers rest their studs often.
Dec 2 - 11:44 PM

Cole Aldrich posted season-highs 10 points, 12 boards, three blocks and 27 minutes against the Knicks on Friday, adding two assists and two steals.

After getting just 10 minutes combined in his previous two, coach Tom Thibodeau mixed it up with Gorgui Dieng in foul trouble. Thibs seems to be open to anything to help stop this free fall, so maybe he plays Aldrich more. For now, it's tough to say he'll get run, but just keep an eye on him for his upside.
Dec 2 - 11:42 PM

Raymond Felton started in place of J.J. Redick (rest) on Friday vs. the Pelicans, scoring 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting with three assists, two rebounds, one steal, two triples and one turnovers in 26 minutes.

This was his first start of the season and he only plays 16.8 minutes per game off the bench, so there's no reason to own him unless you're the owner of Chris Paul in a very deep league.
Dec 2 - 11:40 PM

Nemanja Bjelica scored 17 points with seven rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Knicks on Friday.

He got a little bump in playing time because the Wolves were trailing and Gorgui Dieng was in foul trouble. Bjelica wasn't playing well coming into this game, so we'll have to see it again before moving the needle on him. Although, the Wolves losing so many games could help him get minutes.
Dec 2 - 11:39 PM

Tyus Jones was a DNP-CD against the Knicks on Friday.

Something had to change to possibly get the Wolves going, but this didn't work. With the Wolves playing on Saturday, we may see Jones get all the backup PG minutes and Kris Dunn loss playing time. Dunn scored six points with five assists and one steal in 18 minutes.
Dec 2 - 11:35 PM

Ricky Rubio played 30 minutes against the Knicks on Friday with three points, three rebounds, six assists and one steal.

He had a rough time on defense, but at least coach Tom Thibodeau used Rubio in the fourth for the second straight game. Rubio hasn't been taking as many bad shots and he has been able to get the ball to the scorers, so that's a positive. He's annoying his fantasy owners right now, but he should still be held in all standard leagues.
Dec 2 - 11:33 PM



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