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Emmanuel Mudiay went 0-of-5 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line for one point with one rebound, three assists and four turnovers in 25 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

Yuck. He was super sloppy on both ends in this game and doesn't look like a threat to take minutes from Jamal Murray. The lineup sheet had Mudiay as a starter, but it turns out that was wrong. Mudiay isn't really a strong hold in most leagues.
Nov 22 - 11:05 PM

Mason Plumlee scored nine points with eight rebounds, two assists and one steal in 22 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

He didn't get minutes at the four today, but that should change in some different matchups. Nikola Jokic (ankle) did also have an ankle tweak today, but he's going to be OK. If you're in dire straits for a center, Plumlee may not be a bad add in deeper 12-team formats.
Nov 22 - 11:02 PM

Kenneth Faried was a DNP-CD on Wednesday against the Rockets.

This was probably the worst matchup for Faried because of how the Rockets shoot so many treys and how Mike Malone hates when his team gives up open treys. Not playing at all is still a bad sign for his value and he will likely be a matchup-based guy for the Nuggets. The Nuggets did get crushed today, so maybe Malone will have second thoughts. If you want to add him to see if he can get going, hopefully you're not dropping anyone with solid value.
Nov 22 - 11:01 PM

Gary Payton II (right ankle sprain) will not return to Wednesday's game vs. the Suns, finishing with five points, three assists, two rebounds and one triple in nine minutes.

The Bucks were missing Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee), so the Bucks mixed it up and started a three-PG lineup with Malcolm Brogdon and Eric Bledsoe alongside Payton. The second-year guard will likely head back to the bench (or even the G-League) with Giannis expected back on Saturday, unless of course this ankle injury forces him to miss some time. Either way, he's not a fantasy pickup.
Nov 22 - 10:58 PM

Norman Powell (hip) scored 11 points with four rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes in his return to the lineup on Wednesday.

Powell had missed four straight games due to the hip ailment, but looked rust-free in this one. He came out firing, knocking down three treys within his first five minutes on the floor. He slowed down after that, but certainly exceeded expectations on the night. OG Anunoby started at small forward but finished with just three points, one board and one assist in 16 minutes. Norm has a good shot at winning back the starting SF gig, but the presence of C.J. Miles and Anunoby means it will likely remain an unattractive timeshare.
Nov 22 - 10:57 PM

Blake Griffin posted his first triple-double of the season to snap a nine-game losing streak in a 116-103 win over the Hawks on Wednesday, scoring 26 points with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

Finally. The Clippers have been destroyed this month with only one November win before today and Griffin's stats have been a letdown. In his previous November games, he averaged just 22.3 points, 7.4 boards, 4.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.9 treys on 38.2 percent from the field. Before his owners get too excited, this did come against the Hawks and rookie John Collins. Griffin's fantasy owners should be rooting for wins this year to give him more incentive to play late in the season.
Nov 22 - 10:49 PM

DeMar DeRozan finished with 18 points, six rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in Tuesday's loss to New York.

It was a rather pedestrian stat line from DeRozan, as he was outplayed by Tim Hardaway Jr. Wednesday was just the second time this season DeRozan has scored fewer than 22 points. However, the one positive was the two 3-pointers. After making a total of 33 treys all of last season, DeRozan now has 16 3-pointers in 17 games this year.
Nov 22 - 10:45 PM

Kemba Walker made 8-of-22 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws to finish Wednesday's game with 24 points, five rebounds, five assists and two turnovers in 40 minutes.

Walker didn't shoot particularly well, but he's been on a roll lately, averaging 27.8 points over his past four games, during which span the Hornets have gone 3-1. That includes one huge game (47 point) and one quiet night (14 points), but it all evens out in the end for Kemba. He's on pace for career-highs in percentages (45.2% FGs, 88.7% FTs) and assists (6.3).
Nov 22 - 10:45 PM

Michael Carter-Williams scored a season-high 11 points in 18 minutes on Wednesday, making 2-of-4 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs with two 3-pointers and three steals.

Prior to the game, Steve Clifford emphasized the need to be more disruptive defensively -- Charlotte averages the fewest steals in the NBA by a wide margin at 5.7 per game, which is a full steal below the No. 29 Cavaliers. That's one of MCW's strengths, but he's still a very long way from standard-league fantasy value.
Nov 22 - 10:44 PM

Jeremy Lamb started the second half of Wednesday's game for Nic Batum (elbow), posting 24 points (9-of-17 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

Lamb worked over Kelly Oubre on offense, and he would be in line for big minutes if Batum misses any games. Batum exited tonight's game with a 'contusion', but it's the same elbow he tore a ligament in this summer, so Charlotte will be extra cautious here. It makes sense to add Lamb while we await an update from the Hornets.
Nov 22 - 10:43 PM

Lou Williams made his first start of the season for 20 points with one rebound, eight assists, one steal, six turnovers and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday.

He and DeAndre Jordan have shown a good rapport together and maybe that's why Williams moved into the starting lineup. Even if coach Doc Rivers does play the matchups with Lou as a starter, he's now looking at minutes in the low 30s and he should be asked to score the ball a bunch on a team that lacks perimeter scoring. The move to the starting lineup could also help his dimes with a season high tonight. His fantasy owners can expect him to flirt with top-50 value now that Patrick Beverley (knee) is out for the season.
Nov 22 - 10:43 PM

The Hornets extended their win streak to three games on Wednesday, with Dwight Howard chipping in 26 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and one block.

The Wizards have been a tough matchup for centers but they are give up 10.4 offensive boards per game, so it wasn't surprising to see Dwight snag five on the offensive end. He was coming off a monster 25-point, 20-rebound game and is simply cruising as we head into the holiday season.
Nov 22 - 10:42 PM

Bradley Beal had 22 points (7-of-22 FGs, 5-of-7 FTs), four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block during Wednesday's 129-124 loss vs. the Hornets.

Beal has now scored at least 20 points in five straight games, but that's nothing groundbreaking -- he did it in 13 straight games last February/March. Part of the success has come at the FT line, where he ranks eighth in the East with a career-high 5.8 makes per game, up from 4.4 last season. He did appear to tweak his back and left wrist in overtime, but stayed in the game and attempted the free throws. We'll leave him off the injury report unless the Wizards give us reason to be concerned.
Nov 22 - 10:42 PM

Mike Scott returned to the rotation on Wednesday with 13 points, four rebounds and one turnover in 19 minutes of action.

Scott made 5-of-7 shots, including a 3-of-5 mark from downtown, but this comes on the heels of a DNP-CD on Monday. He's a matchup-based special and there's too much risk to even try streaming him.
Nov 22 - 10:41 PM

Otto Porter was quiet on Wednesday with 12 points, four rebounds, one assist and a pair of 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

Porter's stats are down across the board this month, after a scorching October, but he's still putting up mid-round value -- and he has demonstrated his top-30 upside in roto leagues. Wizards coach Scott Brooks put it best earlier this week, saying, "If you don’t love Otto, you are the problem."
Nov 22 - 10:41 PM


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