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Kobe Bryant scored 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting (0-for-1 3PTs, 6-of-10 FTs) with five rebounds, five assists and five steals in the Lakers' 120-119 loss to the Wolves on Friday.

Kobe missed the only three he took in the game's deciding play with time expiring. Hitting just 38.8 percent from the field on the year on a humungous 23.1 shots per game, his overall value is only in the top 50-80 range (8/9 cat).
Nov 29 - 4:41 AM

Jeremy Lin scored 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds, 11 assists and four steals in Friday's home loss to the Wolves.

Lin is playing at a top 65-85 level after a terrible start and as long as he stays healthy he'll probably return solid mid-round value.
Nov 29 - 4:38 AM

Wes Johnson scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting (including four threes) with four rebounds, two assists and one steal over 38 minutes in Friday's home loss to the Wolves.

Johnson is a viable 9-cat option in 12-team formats based on the strength of his 0.5 turnovers per game, but in 8-cat leagues he is more of a 14-16 team option.
Nov 29 - 4:36 AM
Ed Davis - F/C - Lakers

Ed Davis grabbed 10 rebounds in 15 minutes on Friday against the Wolves, and also added six points on 3-of-3 shooting with one block.

Davis was off the floor and Byron Scott had Swaggy P covering Thad Young on the game-deciding play, which may be all we need to know about Scott's sense in using Davis. Despite playing just 21.8 mpg, he's returning late-round value and that means he should be on rosters in most formats.
Nov 29 - 4:33 AM

Nick Young hit 6-of-12 shots (including a three) for 16 points, one rebound and one assist in 26 minutes off the bench on Friday.

Young has turned the ball over just three times in six games and that has kept him in the top-160 in 9-cat leagues since his return, but in 8-cat leagues he hasn't been worth owning. If he can't dominate the No. 2 scoring role next to Kobe, and that was the case tonight, he won't be worth owning in 12-14 team formats.
Nov 29 - 4:30 AM

Thaddeus Young scored 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting (6-of-8 FTs) with three rebounds and one assist in Friday's road win over the Lakers.

Young hit 1-of-2 free throws to take the lead late and in his second game back following the death of his mother this qualifies as a good night.
Nov 29 - 4:26 AM

Andrew Wiggins hit 1-of-6 shots for three points with five rebounds and one steal over 30 minutes on Friday against the Lakers.

Wiggins checked Kobe and surely tonight was a learning experience, but it's going to be a rough go for him in fantasy leagues this season and he won't come close to his ADP.
Nov 29 - 4:25 AM

Gorgui Dieng played 23 foul-plagued minutes in Friday's win over the Lakers, scoring four points on 1-of-2 shooting with seven rebounds and eight assists but no steals or blocks.

Dieng did most of his damage in the fourth quarter to cap off a strange night, and he has returned top 60-75 value on the year. He'll be a must-own player even when Nikola Pekovic is healthy.
Nov 29 - 4:23 AM

Mo Williams (illness) returned to action on Friday against the Lakers, scoring 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting (including six threes) with one rebound, 11 assists and two steals in 30 minutes.

It was Williams third double-double of the year and his first 20 and 10 game since December 2012. He's going to be a must-start player unless owners know of an impending absence due to one of his various maladies.
Nov 29 - 4:21 AM

Corey Brewer flirted with a triple-double in Friday's win against the Lakers, scoring 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting (no threes) with seven rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

Even if we discount the fact that this was against the Lakers defense and assume he won't be this good on most nights, it's clear that Flip Saunders trusts him and there's a big window in which the team will be comprised of the same parts it had tonight. There's too much meat to this bone to not call him a must-own player.
Nov 29 - 4:19 AM

Rookie Zach LaVine scored a career-high 28 points on 11-of-14 shooting (including two threes) with one rebound and five assists in 26 minutes off the bench on Friday.

LaVine did this against the defenseless Lakers and for that reason it should be viewed skeptically, but perhaps we were a bit too harsh on him given his extremely limited experience. If he can roll this into some momentum there is a big window with Ricky Rubio out for over a month, and Mo Williams (25 and 11) isn't exactly the world's most durable player. Still, LaVine basically struck out in his first opportunity and he will likely be all over the board in terms of production, assuming he can get enough minutes to matter in standard leagues. If you want to take a flier after tonight, though, we couldn't blame you.
Nov 29 - 4:14 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge hit just 7-of-19 shots in the Blazers' 112-99 loss to the Grizzlies on Friday, but he backed up his 19 points with 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

Aldridge is hitting just 44.0 percent of his shots this year, a slump that isn't surprising for a fadeaway jumpshooter, but he's been able to stave off a huge drop in value by producing a combined 1.8 steals and blocks per game. He's also taking less shots per game, which helps his value because the lower percentages don't carry as much weight. So far he's turning in top 16-32 value (9/8 cat).
Nov 29 - 4:10 AM

Nicolas Batum said he's still struggling with his knee injury and it showed on Friday, as he hit just 3-of-11 shots (0-for-5 3PTs) for six points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 35 minutes.

Batum still defended Mike Conley (instead of Damian Lillard) and he doesn't look like he'll need time off, but owners should tone down their expectations in the short-term. "I’m short every time," he said about his shooting. "I got to get my rhythm back. Since I got my (platelet-rich plasma injection) in my knee. It’s short. I can’t really push on it yet. But, it’s going to come."
Source: Columbian
Nov 29 - 4:06 AM

Robin Lopez played just 23 minutes in Friday's home loss to the Grizzlies, scoring six points on 3-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds and one assist.

Lopez did not record a steal or block but he's been fine in fantasy leagues so there's no need to panic. Chris Kaman simply got hot in the second half and Terry Stotts rode the hot hand.
Nov 29 - 4:03 AM

Wes Matthews hit seven threes and 9-of-16 shots overall in Friday's loss, finishing with 26 points, four rebounds and three assists.

Matthews is rolling right now and averaging 4.3 threes per game over his last four contests. He's a solid mid-round value on the year and shouldn't leave lineups.
Nov 29 - 4:00 AM

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