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Lou Williams scored 25 points off the bench against the Nets during a 127-122 overtime victory on Friday with four rebounds, three assists, and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

He hasn't seen his production drop off in his last five games, averaging 17.8 points, 1.8 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.0 triples. Williams was at his best while DeMar DeRozan was active, so he should still be viewed as a hold in standard leagues. DeRozan had 26 points, four rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one turnover in 41 minutes tonight.
Jan 30 - 10:58 PM

Patrick Patterson played 32 minutes against the Nets on Friday with 12 points, five boards, one assist, one steal and one block.

With Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) questionable for Saturday, there's a chance we see a little more of Patterson against the Wizards. He might come off the bench, but he should see a much larger role with the frontcourt rotation being depleted. Give him a look as a plug-and-plug or in DFS.
Jan 30 - 10:56 PM

Jonas Valanciunas limped out of the arena on Friday due to an ankle injury and is up in the air for Saturday against the Wizards.

He played very well tonight and returned from the injury. Valanciunas made all seven shots from the field for 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in 33 minutes tonight. His ankle is likely going to swell up on him, so Patrick Patterson will likely benefit the most.
Jan 30 - 10:51 PM

Brook Lopez scored 35 points against the Raptors during a 127-122 overtime loss on Friday with 12 rebounds, three steals and three blocks in 41 minutes.

Jarrett Jack and Lopez were the first Nets teammates to score at least 35 points in 1981 (Mike Newline and Cliff T. Robinson). Obviously Lopez is healthy right now and the Nets are probably going to be asking a little more in a trade following this gem. He's a must-start player now, but there are a lot of things that could go wrong. If you can sell high, do it.
Jan 30 - 10:49 PM

Jarrett Jack scored a career-high 35 points against the Raptors on Friday, adding eight rebounds, 13 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

The Nets said they wanted to keep Jack's minutes down, but tonight was the most playing time he's ever had in an NBA game. Deron Williams (ribs) is going to be back at some point, but Jack will likely get minutes in the mid 20s when that happens. He should be owned everywhere.
Jan 30 - 10:45 PM

Donatas Motiejunas made 11-of-16 from the field for a career-high 26 points against the Celtics on Friday during a 93-87 win, adding 12 rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers.

He had a productive 16-point game on Wednesday and the loss of Dwight Howard seems like it'll help out D-Mo quite a bit. Motiejunas is more than capable of playing center for the Rockets and the team is really going to push the pace now that they'll have smaller lineups, so he's going to be worth owning in standard leagues for now.
Jan 30 - 10:39 PM

Josh Smith was effective against the Celtics on Friday with 15 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

He's played terrific in his past two games and the Rockets will need to go small with Dwight Howard (knee) out indefinitely. Smith seems to have a great rhythm in the offense right now, but we all know he's going to slow down and miss shots. If you want to give him a look and grab him, go for it. For what it's worth, we like Terrence Jones more in standard leagues.
Jan 30 - 10:36 PM

Terrence Jones played 20 minutes against the Celtics on Friday with seven points, two boards and three blocks.

He played 21 minutes on Wednesday and the Rockets are going to keep his minutes in check for a bit. Jones has a huge upside and the Rockets are going to need him to play him more with Dwight Howard (knee) out indefinitely, so more minutes are on the way. Jones is worth owning in standard leagues.
Jan 30 - 10:32 PM

Marcus Smart made 1-of-6 from the field for four points the Rockets during a 93-87 loss, adding three rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

The Rockets tend to keep point guards in check, so Smart gets a pass here. He's shooting the ball a little better over his previous 10, making 42.9 percent from the field for averages of 7.7 points, 3.0 boards, 4.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.1 treys. There's enough upside to stick with him.
Jan 30 - 10:24 PM

Marcus Thornton scored 17 points in 23 minutes against the Rockets on Friday with seven rebounds, one assist and four 3-pointers.

He scored 15 points in 14 minutes on Wednesday and seems to have gained a little more playing time. Thornton is more than likely going to be playing just 20 minutes, so it's going to be tough to count on him. If you want to give him a look in deeper leagues to see what happens, go for it.
Jan 30 - 10:23 PM

Brandon Bass scored 17 points against the Rockets on Friday with eight rebounds, one assist and one block in 33 minutes.

Coach Brad Stevens said he's going to stick with Brandon Bass in the starting lineup, so his fantasy owners can expect him to keep rolling as long as he doesn't get traded. He's worth a look in standard leagues.
Jan 30 - 10:18 PM

Jeff Teague scored 17 points in a 105-99 win over the Blazers on Friday, adding seven rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

The Hawks have won 18 games in a row and are 32-2 since Thanksgiving. They will take on the 76ers on Saturday, the Pelicans on Monday, the Wizards on Wednesday, and then the Warriors on Friday in what's shaping up to be the best game of the season. As for Teague, he's a top-10 fantasy guard and his owners can enjoy the ride.
Jan 30 - 10:14 PM
Al Horford - F/C - Hawks

Al Horford filled the stat sheet against the Blazers on Friday with 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

He's on fire. In his previous 10 games, Horford averaged 17.9 points, 7.9 boards, 5.1 assists, 1.2 blocks and 0.7 steals on 71.1 percent from the field. He's certainly capable of being a top-10 fantasy asset and his owners should be asking for a lot if they want to sell high.
Jan 30 - 10:06 PM

Kent Bazemore played a season-high 40 minutes against the Blazers on Friday, scoring 12 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

DeMarre Carroll (Achilles) didn't play and Thabo Sefolosha (calf) was hurt in the first quarter. Excluding the two games in which the Hawks rested guys, Bazemore hasn't played more than 26 minutes and he has a ton of DNP-CDs. However, there's a good chance he gets run with Carroll and Thabo out. He's still only worth a look in deep leagues.
Jan 30 - 10:01 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 37 points on 15-of-24 from the field against the Hawks during a 105-99 loss on Friday, adding 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

Umm, what thumb injury? Aldridge was the go-to option and the Hawks couldn't stop him. He's also coming off a 38-point game on Wednesday and it's probably safe to say he's comfortable playing through the torn ligament. Although, there is a ton of risk because an aggravation is possible, so his owners can consider trading him for 90 cents on the dollar.
Jan 30 - 9:55 PM



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