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Omri Casspi started again for the Warriors with Stephen Curry (ankle), Draymond Green (shoulder) and Zaza Pachulia (shoulder) out and went off, hitting 7-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for a season-high 17 points and 11 boards, along with two assists and two blocks in 30 minutes.

Casspi had 11 points, nine boards and a 3-pointer on Monday, but the Warriors hope to get Green back on Monday, which is when they have their next game. Casspi is worth a punt play in DFS on nights when he's starting, but has been far too inconsistent to trust on a regular basis.
Dec 15 - 2:08 AM

Kevin Durant hit 15-of-23 shots and four 3-pointers for 36 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks in 34 minutes of Thursday's easy 112-97 win over the Mavericks.

Even with Stephen Curry (ankle) and Draymond Green (shoulder) in street clothes, the Warriors had no problems dispensing of the Mavericks in quiet fashion. And as long as Curry, and/or Green are hurt, Durant should continue to put the Dubs on his back and make a lot of noise.
Dec 15 - 2:04 AM

Jordan Bell started in place of Draymond Green (shoulder) on Thursday and hit 4-of-5 shots for eight points, six rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 24 minutes.

Bell was a popular play in DFS tonight with Green being out and he came through with an efficient and productive line. He'll continue to be worth a look in all formats anytime Green is out, but "Mini Draymond" will only have value if the real Draymond is in street clothes. The Warriors are off until Monday, so chances are Green's shoulder will be feeling better by then. Bell is probably worth a deep-league stash, but still isn't worth owning in most fantasy leagues. That would change in a hurry if one of the Warriors' star players were to suffer an injury that would keep them out for any length of time.
Dec 15 - 2:01 AM

J.J. Barea came off the bench and hit 6-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, two rebounds and six assists in 26 minutes of Thursday's 112-97 loss to the Warriors.

JJB has scored either 14 or 16 points in three straight games and is still the best bet for success while Seth Curry (leg) and Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) are out. He's averaging 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games on 48 percent shooting.
Dec 15 - 1:56 AM

Devin Harris hit 5-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, six assists and four steals in 24 minutes of Thursday's loss to the Warriors.

Harris hit just 1-of-9 shots on Tuesday and Thursday's 13-point game snapped a streak of four single-digit scoring games in a row, when he hit just 5-of-24 shots. With Seth Curry and Dennis Smith Jr. both out for the Mavericks, Harris is going to get run and is capable of doing something like this every night. But as evidenced by his previous four duds, he's going to also be a hit-or-miss player if you decide to roll the dice in any format. For tonight, at least, he was a hit.
Dec 15 - 1:53 AM

Yogi Ferrell started at point guard again on Thursday and hit 5-of-11 shots and three 3-pointers for 13 points, one rebound, one assist and one steal in 24 minutes.

Ferrell was on Tuesday when he had 16 points, eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and two 3-pointers, and is averaging 13 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 3-pointers over his last three games. He's starting for Dennis Smith Jr., who's out until at least Monday, but makes more sense as a DSF punt play than a short-term pickup in standard leagues.
Dec 15 - 1:49 AM

Dirk Nowitzki played 27 minutes and hit 6-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, nine rebounds and two assists in Thursday's loss to the Warriors.

This was Dirk's highest scoring game since he scored 19 points on Nov. 25, and he has still not had a 20-point game this season. He also hasn't missed a single game yet this year and is averaging 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games. He's also hit just 37 percent of his shots over that stretch, but has been playing well enough to justify owning in most leagues. Just know that the old man's eventually going to start missing games if you decide to pick him up.
Dec 15 - 1:44 AM

Dwyane Wade hit 3-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 10 points, two rebounds and six assists in 23 minutes of Thursday's win over the Lakers.

He sat out on Tuesday due to knee soreness and while he didn't look great tonight, the good news is he's only missed two games thus far. Hopefully his knee feels fine in the morning and he'll be ready to go against the Jazz on Saturday.
Dec 14 - 11:52 PM

Jose Calderon hit 6-of-9 shots and a season-high five 3-pointers for a season-high 17 points, three rebounds, a season-high six assists and two steals in 23 minutes of Thursday's win over the Lakers.

If you didn't see the big revenge game coming against his former team, don't feel bad. He'd only hit double digits in scoring twice this season coming in, but had 14 points, four assists and four 3-pointers on Tuesday. Calderon's still not much of a target in 12-team leagues, but could quickly become one, at least until Isaiah Thomas is ready to go through his hip injury. Just keep an eye on Calderon to make sure his last two games weren't a fluke.
Dec 14 - 11:48 PM

LeBron James hit 8-of-18 shots, a 3-pointer and 8-of-12 free throws on his way to 25 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and two blocks in 39 minutes of Thursday's 121-112 win over the Lakers.

This was LeBron's 59th career triple-double, tying him with Larry Bird for No. 6 all time. LeBron sure doesn't look like he's been in the league for 15 seasons and might finish this one with the best numbers of his career.
Dec 14 - 11:44 PM

Kevin Love hit 9-of-15 shots, 4-of-6 3-pointers and 6-of-6 free throws 28 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals in Thursday's win over the Lakers.

Love's been dealing with a hip injury and missed Saturday's game, but is still averaging 20.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 2.8 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting over his last four. And we haven't heard any chatter about Love and LeBron James being unable to co-exist this season, which is nice.
Dec 14 - 11:42 PM

Kyle Kuzma came off the bench for 20 points, seven rebounds and a 3-pointer on 8-of-16 shooting in Thursday's 121-112 loss to the Cavaliers.

Kuzma had 19 points and a solid line on Tuesday, while Larry Nance started and finished with six points, 12 rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes, and Julius Randle came off the bench for 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and a block. As for ownership rankings, our recommended order is Kuzma, Randle and Nance.
Dec 14 - 11:39 PM

Josh Hart made a surprise start on Thursday, as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was out for personal reasons, and hit 4-of-11 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 33 minutes.

Hmmm. He played a career-high 34 minutes and looked very good. KCP should be back sooner than later, but deep-leaguers should put Hart on their radar in case KCP misses more time.
Dec 14 - 11:35 PM

Lonzo Ball had 13 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and six turnovers on Thursday, hitting 5-of-11 shots and 3-of-8 3-pointers in the loss.

That's two games in a row with three 3-pointers and he's averaging 15 points, 8.0 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 3.0 3-pointers over his last two games. He's going to be very good on nights when his shot and 3-pointers are falling, but we still think he'd be better off taking fewer threes and going to the basket more. He's shot a total of seven free throws over his last five games. Ball is rolling and should be owned everywhere, obviously.
Dec 14 - 11:33 PM

Brandon Ingram hit 10-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for 26 points, six rebounds, six assists and a steal in 40 minutes of Thursday's loss to the Cavaliers.

There we go. Ingram was just 2-of-12 from the floor on Tuesday, but killed it tonight. It's tough to tell if he's actually helping or hurting your team at times, but nights like this one should help owners decide that he's generally an asset.
Dec 14 - 11:28 PM



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