Jordan Hill scored 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting with five rebounds and one block over 34 minutes in Friday's 118-111 loss to the Clippers.
We know he can fill it up when the opportunity presents itself, but the 34 minutes really caught our eye tonight. Plenty of reports have been filed that he can't handle more than about 25 mpg, but it's possible both Hill and Byron Scott have different ideas about that. Either way, he should be owned in all leagues.
Carlos Boozer scored nine points on 3-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists and one block in Friday's loss to the Clippers.
Boozer played a healthy 29 minutes and he needs to pick it up or find himself dropped in standard leagues. Already a low upside player, owners can't invest roster space in a guy that disappears like he has to start the year.
Wes Johnson hit just 2-of-8 shots for five points, five rebounds, one steal and one three over 30 minutes in Friday's loss to the Clippers.
Johnson hasn't done anything so far this season and it's possible he won't as a bit player now that Kobe Bryant is calling the shots. He might get it going at some point, but for now owners can move on for a hot free agent.
Jeremy Lin finally got on the board with fantasy owners on Friday against the Clippers, scoring 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 35 minutes.
Lin even waved Kobe off at one point and drew praise from the Mamba after the game for it. There are going to be ups and downs playing for a bad team, but Lin's mid-round upside is right there for the taking and he should be worth owning and/or starting as long as he's healthy.
Ed Davis scored 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting with six rebounds and no steals or blocks in 20 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Clippers.
Davis was plagued by foul trouble and it's going to slow some of his momentum as a pickup, but owners should keep in mind that he's bound to play his way into greater minutes as the year goes on.
Blake Griffin poured in 39 points in Friday's win over the Lakers, hitting 13-of-23 shots (2-of-2 3PTs, 11-of-12 FTs) with seven rebounds and four assists.
Griffin did not have a steal or block but who cares when he's humming like this. If he's going to hit his free throws it's going to be a long season for his fantasy opponents.
Matt Barnes hit 2-of-4 shots (all threes) in Friday's win, scoring seven points with one rebound and one assist.
Barnes hasn't done much to inspire confidence in fantasy leagues and he's most certainly not a must-own player. He has shown the ability to put up serviceable value in the past, though, so owners shouldn't completely write him off.
Spencer Hawes played just 14 minutes off the bench on Friday, finishing with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds and a steal.
That's great per-minute production but Hawes' playing time this year is officially a concern. If he's not getting a consistent 20-plus minutes per game, he'll probably be unusable in standard leagues.