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 on Saturday 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.