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Jason Smith had 11 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and a steal on 5-of-10 shooting in another start on Wednesday.

Smith is quietly playing well for the Knicks, as the tankers give guys heavy minutes who probably have no business getting heavy NBA minutes. Smith is averaging 11.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.6 blocks and a ridiculous 34 minutes a game over his last five, making him worth a look in many leagues. Then again, he's Jason Smith.
Jan 29 - 4:13 AM

Goran Dragic scored a game-high 20 points against the Wizards on Wednesday during a 106-98 win, adding three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

Dragic and Bledsoe are fourth and third in the NBA points in fast break and that style of play has helped a slew of guys put up favorable fantasy value. Dragic was coming off two horrendous games with just 12 points combined, so he needed a bounce-back game. In the last month, Dragic has been awesome at the rim in the past month, which explains why he's made 53.3 percent from the field in his last 16. His slow start is a distant memory.
Jan 29 - 2:55 AM

Rudy Gobert played just 10 minutes on Wednesday after getting into some early foul trouble, but still had seven points, three rebounds and a blocked shot.

The 10 minutes are frustrating, but Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter were both great tonight, and Trevor Booker stepped up in Gobert's place when he picked up the fouls. As usual, Gobert is still worth stashing in most leagues, but as long as Kanter and Favors are healthy and playing this well, Gobert is going to be a tough player to put into your lineup.
Jan 29 - 2:54 AM

Trevor Booker had eight points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes off Utah's bench on Wednesday.

He somehow manages to post decent numbers on most nights, despite having to battle with Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Rudy Gobert for minutes. He'll need one of those guys to suffer an injury before you want to think about picking him up.
Jan 29 - 2:52 AM

Trey Burke came off the bench again and hit just 4-of-15 shots for 11 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss.

He's easily outplayed starter Dante Exum for the last two games, and has been solid over his last four, scoring in double figures and averaging 14.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 3.0 3-pointers. He's shooting just 37 percent from the floor though, and his poor shooting, combined with his lack of assists and rebounds, makes him a borderline player to own right now. If he gets his starting job back though, we'd recommend picking him up.
Jan 29 - 2:49 AM

Markieff Morris scored 16 points against the Wizards on Wednesday with seven rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 36 minutes.

He was right back to his old role after being benched on Sunday due to a technical foul. The Suns are a much better team when Markieff is on the floor, so it's important for him to avoid technical fouls. Additionally, he is being investigated by Phoenix police for an alleged assault, according to CBS 5. Morris is a must-start player until further notice.
Source: KPHO.com
Jan 29 - 2:45 AM

Dante Exum started again on Wednesday, but hit just 1-of-6 shots for three points, one rebound and one assist.

He's been awful in his last two games, making his 15 points, five assists and five 3-pointers last Thursday look like a fluke. He's still worth keeping an eye on as long as he's starting, but Trey Burke, and about every other guard in the league, has outplayed him over his last couple games.
Jan 29 - 2:38 AM
Enes Kanter - F/C - Jazz

Enes Kanter came through with 21 points, 11 rebounds and a block in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.

The Jazz controlled much of this game, but fell apart late as the Clippers cruised by them for their 13th straight win over Utah. As much as Rudy Gobert continues to threaten Kanter's playing time, but big man just won't give way. Kanter is hot again, scoring 20-plus points in four of his last five games and averaging 19.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.4 blocks over that stretch. Sure, you can be mad at him for a lack of blocked shots, but the rest of his numbers are pretty impressive. Rudy Gobert was in foul trouble early and played just 10 minutes, but Kanter's strong play lately is going to make it tough for Gobert to get heavy minutes.
Jan 29 - 2:36 AM

Brandan Wright returned to action on Wednesday with 13 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 17 minutes.

He missed Sunday due to a heel injury and had his best game in a Phoenix uniform. Wright is not going to be thrust into a major role while Alex Len is around, but he could still be a top 150 guy with 20 minutes per game. There's no need to add him yet, but keep an eye on him in the up-tempo system.
Jan 29 - 2:31 AM
Joe Ingles - G/F - Jazz

Joe Ingles made another start and had 10 points, five rebounds, seven assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on 3-of-7 shooting Wednesday.

He had a sweet, behind-the-back pass to Enes Kanter and has been playing pretty well for the Jazz. He's not going to score much, but he is averaging 7.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.8 3-pointers in 31 minutes over his last five games.
Jan 29 - 2:31 AM

Gordon Hayward hit just 4-of-13 shots and was 0-for-5 from downtown for 11 points, four rebounds, five assists and two blocks in Wednesday's tough loss to the Clippers.

Had he brought his A Game tonight, the Jazz probably would have won. Hayward is having a great season and tonight was just 'one of those nights.' He'll bounce back in the next one.
Jan 29 - 2:28 AM

Derrick Favors had 18 points, nine rebounds and two blocks on 8-of-13 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.

The Jazz actually controlled this game for most of the night, but gave way to the Clippers in the fourth quarter. Favors was reportedly playing through a sore wrist tonight, but it didn't seem to bother him as much as the Clippers bother the Jazz. They've now won 13 straight games over Utah.
Jan 29 - 2:26 AM
Alex Len - C - Suns

Alex Len had a quiet night against the Wizards on Wednesday with eight points, two rebounds and one block in 25 minutes.

The Suns are playing great ball since Len has been named the starter and his minutes are certainly not at risk. In his previous games this month, Len averaged 8.0 points, 8.2 boards and 2.5 blocks on 61.5 percent from the field and 76.2 percent from the line. The Wizards defend frontcourt guys very well, so he gets a pass. He's a No. 2 fantasy center right now.
Jan 29 - 2:24 AM

Austin Rivers hit 5-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points, one rebound and one assist in 22 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

He likes playing for his dad and was the only Clipper to score off the pine tonight. Put him on your radar, but it will take more than an injury to J.J. Redick (out tonight with back spasms) to give him fantasy value.
Jan 29 - 2:23 AM

J.J. Redick could return from his back spasms on Friday.

He sat out Wednesday night and Jamal Crawford got the start, but Doc Rivers says he's hopeful that Redick will return against the Pelicans.
Jan 29 - 2:22 AM



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