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Marreese Speights filled in at center for Andrew Bogut (illness) on Tuesday but shot just 5-of-14 from the field in 21 minutes, scoring 10 points with eight boards and two turnovers.

Speights' per-minute numbers are impressive offensively but he's been a borderline option over the Warriors' past 15 games, as he's averaging a mere 21 minutes in a reserve role. Bogut is day-to-day so owners shouldn't expect inflated production, but the Warriors' fantasy playoff schedule adds some incentive to keep Speights in standard leagues.
Jan 28 - 2:39 AM

Klay Thompson stayed hot vs. the Bulls on Tuesday, scoring a team-high 30 points on 13-of-27 shooting with four 3-pointers, 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in a disappointing overtime loss.

Thompson's usage rate is through the roof recently. He's averaging 35.0 points over the Warriors' past four games, on an average of 23.0 field goals and 5.8 free throw attempts per game. He's pouring in 3.2 triples per game this season, on 45.8 percent shooting beyond the arc, a ridiculous percentage which trails only Courtney Lee (46.4 percent) and Kyle Korver (53.1 percent). Those numbers are unquestionably elite.
Jan 28 - 2:29 AM

Derrick Rose turned the ball over a career-high 11 times vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, scoring 30 points on 13-of-33 shooting with four 3-pointers, seven rebounds and just one assist in 43 minutes.

Rose was launching shots indiscriminately, perhaps overcompensating during a nationally-televised game vs. the top-seeded team in the West. His lone assist helped to force overtime and he made a very tough jumper to give Chicago the lead late in OT, but his lack of efficiency is glaring -- he's now one of three people since the 1985-86 season to take at least 33 shots without a single free throw attempt, joining Gilbert Arenas and Hakeem Olajuwon. Rose's fantasy owners can't complain as long as he's healthy and racking up a ridiculous usage rate.
Jan 28 - 2:08 AM

The Bulls shocked the Warriors in California on Tuesday, aided by Joakim Noah's 18 points (7-of-12 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), 15 rebounds, six assists and two steals.

Noah recently said that he feels as healthy as he has all season, and tonight's 40-minute performance supports that claim. The combination of Pau Gasol's arrival and Noah's injury problems have thus far reduced him to a late-round value, but coach Tom Thibodeau hasn't lost faith and Noah could be primed for a solid second half of the season. Andrew Bogut wasn't playing for the Warriors tonight, which contributed to Noah's huge game, and this is a mild sell-high opportunity.
Jan 28 - 2:02 AM

David Lee exploded for a season-high 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting vs. the Bulls on Tuesday, adding nine rebounds and six assists in 30 minutes during the Warriors' disappointing home loss.

Lee had a phenomenal second half but his offensive efforts weren't enough to prevent the Warriors' defeat, just their second loss in 23 games at the Oracle Arena. Andrew Bogut was a late scratch with the flu on Tuesday, so a repeat performance isn't expected, but Lee is still worth owning if you need rebounds and FG% with a trickle of across-the-board production.
Jan 28 - 1:58 AM

Kirk Hinrich made an unexpected start for Jimmy Butler (illness) on Tuesday, but finished with only five points on 2-of-8 shooting, two rebounds, one assist and two steals in 38 minutes.

He logged 38 minutes but was given the impossible task of slowing down Klay Thompson for much of the night, so his sluggish offensive numbers can be forgiven. Hinrich has averaged 8.6 points, 2.0 boards, 3.1 assists and 0.9 steals in 19 starts this season, so there's no real incentive to deploy him even if Butler can't play vs. the Lakers on Wednesday.
Jan 28 - 1:52 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

The Bulls won a stunning overtime game in Golden State on Tuesday, paced by Pau Gasol's 18 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks.

Gasol made 7-of-12 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws and he continues to shatter preseason expectations. The 34-year-old veteran has missed only three games this season (in November) despite averaging 34.9 minutes per game, and fantasy owners have to be thrilled with his production under Tom Thibodeau's thumb.
Jan 28 - 1:47 AM

John Wall wasn't bothered by his sore Achilles on Tuesday, as he piled up 21 points on 8-of-12 FGs, nine rebounds, 13 assists in a comeback win vs. the Lakers.

He shot an unusually awful 5-of-12 at the FT line with four turnovers, but added three steals and it's all gravy for owners who weren't even sure if he'd suit up tonight. Wall has been perfectly durable over the past two seasons and his owners shouldn't fret about his minor ailment -- start him with confidence vs. the Suns on Wednesday.
Jan 28 - 1:41 AM

Otto Porter started Tuesday's road win vs. the Lakers, finishing with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting, one 3-pointer, four rebounds and one steal in 30 minutes.

He had two turnovers but has been a non-factor in fantasy leagues all season, and isn't worth a standard-league pickup with Paul Pierce listed as day-to-day with a minor toe injury. Given the probability of future DNPs for Pierce, it's at least worth noting that Porter played 10 more minutes than Rasual Butler (five points, three rebounds).
Jan 28 - 1:36 AM
Ed Davis - F/C - Lakers

Ed Davis got hot in 19 minutes off the bench vs. Washington, scoring 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting with four rebounds, one steal and one block.

Davis has ceded his starting job to a frontcourt of Robert Sacre and Jordan Hill, but this line is a reminder of his upside. He's been a borderline 9-cat option in 24.2 minutes over the past month, and is at least worth keeping an eye on in standard formats.
Jan 28 - 1:31 AM

Wayne Ellington exploded vs. the Wizards on Tuesday with a season-high 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting (three 3-pointers), three rebounds, three assists, three steals and two turnovers in 36 minutes.

Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is done for the season which makes Ellington an obvious pickup for any owner seeking points and 3-pointers. His big night tonight was also attributable to the absence of Nick Young (ankle) and the Wizards' careless defense, however, so don't expect more than late-round production.
Jan 28 - 1:25 AM

The Lakers blew a double-digit lead on Tuesday despite Jordan Clarkson's season-high 18 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one turnover in 37 minutes.

This game was an outlier in every department for Clarkson -- he approached his season-high in nearly every category and made his first 3-pointer in over six weeks, having gone 0-of-8 in 10 games since Dec. 15. Clarkson is a realistic pickup for anyone needing a PG, as coach Byron Scott has expressed at least a "10 to 15 game" commitment to him as a starter.
Jan 28 - 1:21 AM

Kris Humphries followed up Sunday's big double-double with eight points, 11 rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.

His typical production is somewhat below the extremes of this game and Sunday, when he exploded for 21 points and 14 boards. He's still worth a look for low-end production in deeper leagues, and should be on everyone's radar given the injury history of starting PF Nene.
Jan 28 - 1:15 AM

Ryan Kelly's third straight start at SF for the Lakers was a dud, as he scored just one point with two rebounds and no other statistics in 20 minutes of action.

Kelly was 0-of-3 from the field and 1-of-2 at the free throw line. Lakers coach Byron Scott has given no indication that he'll replace Kelly with Wes Johnson or Nick Young in the near future, but Kelly's lack of production gives fantasy owners no incentive to pick him up in typical leagues.
Jan 28 - 1:00 AM

Nene had a quiet game vs. the Lakers on Tuesday with six points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 26 minutes.

He's averaging a mediocre 13.1 points and 5.3 boards in 26 minutes since Dec. 31, but the bigger issue is his injury history -- Nene has missed 33.0 percent of his games over the past three seasons. Backup PF/C Kris Humphries has been terrific for two straight games and Nene's owners shouldn't rely on more than top-100 value going forward.
Jan 28 - 12:56 AM


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