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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

Luc Mbah a Moute matched his season-high with 15 points on Friday vs. the Pelicans, adding five rebounds with two steals, two blocks and three treys in 33 minutes.

Two LMAM blurbs in two days! He shot 5-of-9 from the field Friday and had five steals in his previous game, but you would have to be in a seriously deep league to consider adding him to your fantasy team. Leave him on the wire.
Dec 2 - 11:32 PM

Gorgui Dieng played 18 minutes against the Knicks on Friday with two points, five rebounds and two turnovers.

The Wolves looked awful in the first half, especially on the defensive side. Because they were down so much and due to Dieng's foul trouble, they had to go with more Nemanja Bjelica in the second half. While Dieng's usage rate has dropped and he's not rebounding as well these days, this is really the first time his playing time fell off. His value is just fine as a mid-round player.
Dec 2 - 11:27 PM

Blake Griffin scored 27 points on 12-of-22 shooting in Friday's 114-96 win over the Pelicans.

This was the second night of a back-to-back set and he logged 34 minutes, so it's safe to say that he's healthy after a knee/calf scare last week. Griffin added four assists, two blocks and hit a triple to give him five 3-pointers on the season. He gets a matchup with the Pacers on Sunday.
Dec 2 - 11:26 PM

Al Horford exploded against the Kings during a 97-92 win on Friday, scoring 26 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, six blocks and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

That's season highs in points, blocks and treys, and he also matched his best total in steals and minutes. We've seen coach Brad Stevens mix it up with his bigs, but he's never had someone as good as Horford. This massive game moved him to No. 6 on per-game value for standard leagues despite just 32.4 minutes per game. He's going to be outstanding all year.
Dec 2 - 11:18 PM

Tim Frazier scored eight points on 2-of-6 shooting and handed out eight assists with two rebounds, one steal and four turnovers on Friday vs. the Clippers.

Frazier's been trending in the wrong direction lately and he's averaging 8.8 points, 6.2 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.6 triples and 3.6 turnovers on 38.5 percent shooting over his last five games. Jrue Holiday's move into the starting lineup is going to limit Frazier's upside, but if there's one positive, it's that Frazier hasn't played less than 31 minutes in eight straight games.
Dec 2 - 11:18 PM

Jrue Holiday was held to nine points on 4-of-12 shooting with four rebounds, four assists, two steals, one triple and one turnover in 28 minutes vs. the Clippers on Friday.

The Clippers are second in the NBA in defensive efficiency and this was a tough matchup for Holiday, so he gets a pass here. Holiday was averaging 17.1 points, 6.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.9 3-pointers in his previous seven, so we still think he can be an early-round asset the rest of the way if he can stay healthy and if the Pelicans are competitive in the West.
Dec 2 - 11:12 PM

Jae Crowder played 37 minutes against the Kings on Friday with 16 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

He was fantastic and clearly all that playing time shows the minutes limit is totally gone. Since the minutes limit started to go away five games ago, Crowder averaged 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.8 treys on 49.2 percent from the field. He's extremely fantasy friendly in standard leagues. As a quick side note, Crowder said he's become good friend with DeMarcus Cousins, so feel free to tack that on the Boogie rumor mill.
Dec 2 - 11:11 PM



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