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Lonzo Ball shot just 1-of-6 from the field for two points in 22 minutes vs. the Heat, adding seven assists and six rebounds without any defensive stats.

Lonzo's fantasy owners were hoping for a nice bump with Rajon Rondo (hand) out of the lineup for 3-5 weeks, but it hasn't happened. He failed to score in Saturday's game, going 0-of-5 from the field, and is an abysmal 16-of-56 (28.6 percent) in November. He gets enough supporting stats to keep him afloat in most formats, but is still nowhere near his Average Draft Position.
Nov 18 - 8:59 PM

Kyle Kuzma played only 21 minutes on Sunday, making 7-of-15 shots for 15 points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

Kuzma scored double-digit points in 13 straight games to open the season, but was held to single-digits in his previous two outings. His minutes have dipped into the mid-20s and tonight was actually a season-low for playing time. It's a concerning trend, especially since the Lakers are winning, but he has far too much upside to panic after a handful of quiet games.
Nov 18 - 8:59 PM

JaVale McGee scored a season-low six points vs. Miami on Sunday, making 2-of-6 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs with three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

He failed to block a shot for the second straight game, the first time that's happened all season. His minutes are down to 22.7 per game in November (from 27.1 in October) and Tyson Chandler once again was on the court to close out tonight's road win. McGee's staggeringly effective start to the season may have been unsustainable but he's still crushing his ADP, despite the recent lull.
Nov 18 - 8:58 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a season-high 19 points on Sunday, making 4-of-11 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs with three 3-pointers, four rebounds, one steal and one block in 28 minutes.

It's been a very quiet season for KCP, who signed a one-year deal this summer to remain with the Lakers. His minutes have plummeted from 33.2 per game to just 19.1 this season, and his numbers are down across the board as a result. As long as the Lakers are at full strength there's no reason to think KCP will re-emerge with 12-team fantasy value.
Nov 18 - 8:58 PM

LeBron James scored a season-high 51 points vs. the Heat on Sunday, making six 3-pointers with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 38 minutes.

It was LBJ's first game in Miami wearing a Lakers uniform, and he mentioned his legacy with the Heat prior to the game, saying, "It’s been so long since I’ve played there, but the banners still hang and the memories are still there." Miami fans may want to erase the memory of this game, in which LBJ ran roughshod over the Heat making 19-of-31 FGs and 7-of-10 FTs in a road win. This was the second game of a back-to-back set but fatigue clearly wasn't a factor -- there's simply nothing he can't do.
Nov 18 - 8:56 PM

LeBron James scored 22 points with four rebounds, seven assists, one block, three turnovers and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes during a 130-117 loss to the Magic on Saturday.

The Lakers fall to 8-7, which is interesting the same record LeBron had in his first year with the Heat and to start his second stint with the Cavs in 2015. However, the Lakers only have a +1.5 net rating and aren't dominating at times like in his previous instances. All that aside, Bron is putting up big numbers as a top-five player in standard leagues.
Nov 17 - 10:26 PM

Brandon Ingram scored 17 points with six rebounds, seven assists and no turnovers in 34 minutes against the Magic on Saturday.

The seven dimes are a season-high and shatter his 2.0 average on the season. It's not a coincidence it came in a game without Rajon Rondo (hand) out of the lineup with Ingram getting minutes as the backup PG to go with his starting wing role. He'll likely be able to late-round value, but Ingram's game does not translate well to nine-cat leagues.
Nov 17 - 10:19 PM

Josh Hart scored 13 points with two rebounds, one assist, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 20 minutes against the Magic on Saturday.

His playing time has dropped a little lately with just 21.2 minutes per game over his last five, but the stats have been there with 12.0 points, 3.4 boards, 1.2 dimes, 0.8 steals, 0.6 blocks and 3.0 treys. He should have a shot at more wing minutes with Rajon Rondo (hand) out of the lineup, so Hart may offer a higher upside. He should be owned in all leagues.
Nov 17 - 10:16 PM

Lance Stephenson scored 19 points with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Magic on Saturday.

The Lakers slid Brandon Ingram over to the point guard in the new Rajon Rondo-less rotation, so there were a few minutes available on the wing. Stephenson likely won't be this efficient in his time and he'll likely be closer to around 11-14 points with a few other stats. He's more of a 16-team target with low upside.
Nov 17 - 10:14 PM

Lonzo Ball went 0-of-5 from the field for a scoreless night in Orlando on Saturday, adding five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in 28 minutes.

He's really struggling again, making just 24.3% from the field over his last five with averages of 5.2 points, 5.0 boards, 5.6 dimes, 1.6 steals and 1.0 treys. He's still doing enough in the non-scoring categories to offset the brutal shooting, so his owners should continue to start him while Rajon Rondo (hand) is out.
Nov 17 - 10:11 PM

Rajon Rondo (fractured right hand) had successful surgery on Thursday and is expected to miss 4-5 weeks.

Rondo fractured the third metacarpal on his right hand in Wednesday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski initially reported that Rajon would miss 3-5 weeks, but the Lakers are saying he'll be out at least a month. Lonzo Ball will see a significant uptick in playing time, and Josh Hart should see additional minutes off the bench as well.
Source: Lakers PR
Nov 16 - 9:28 AM

Luke Walton said Brandon Ingram will "absolutely" play some point guard minutes with Rajon Rondo (hand) out 3-5 weeks.

He also mentioned Lance Stephenson and Svi Mykhailiuk as guys "who can play point guard," as well as LeBron James and Lonzo Ball. There's no single 'winner' here, in other words, and no speculative pickups outside of deep leagues.

LeBron James rested during Thursday's practice.

This was just a precaution after his monster 44/10/9 game vs. a physical Blazer team on Wednesday. Coach Luke Walton said that LeBron "felt fine" and he'll be ready to go in Orlando on Saturday.
Nov 15 - 3:49 PM

Rajon Rondo (fractured right hand) will have surgery within 24 hours and he's expected to miss 3-5 weeks.

The timetable was already known and the only question was if he needed surgery -- he will. Lonzo Ball is a winner while he's sidelined and we'll see more of LeBron James, Brandon Ingram and Lance Stephenson as ball-handlers. Josh Hart could get a boost with the second unit, too. Given his assists-specialist appeal this season, it's hard to justify holding onto him.
Nov 15 - 3:22 PM

Rajon Rondo is expected to miss the next 3-5 weeks of action with a fractured third metacarpal in his right hand.

Rondo will meet with a specialist on Thursday to determine whether or not he will require surgery, at which point, we'll have a better idea on his exact timetable. Lonzo Ball will be the primary beneficiary while Rondo recovers, and Lance Stephenson could see some increased responsibilities with the second unit. Rondo was just barely clinging to late-round value this season, so if you're in a standard 12-team league without an IR-spot, he's not really worth holding.
Source: ESPN
Nov 15 - 10:05 AM


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