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Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 22 points and dished out a career-high 11 assists in a 123-94 loss to the Nets on Monday.

He was one of the only bright spots for the Kings, as De'Aaron Fox hit 4-of-14 shots for nine points and Buddy Hield was quiet with 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting. Bogdanovic was also in triple-double territory with six rebounds, three triples, two steals and five turnovers in 32 minutes. It hasn't always been pretty and he's failed to score in double digits three times already in January, but he's just inside the top-100 over the past month in standard leagues because of his points (16.4), assists (4.7), rebounds (4.1), steals (1.2) and triples (2.1).
Jan 21 - 6:56 PM

Justin Jackson started the second half of Monday's game vs. the Nets, scoring 14 points with five rebounds, one steal, one block and two triples in 29 minutes.

Nemanja Bjelica is falling out of favor fast, and the Nets lacked a true power forward which resulted in smaller lineups for both teams. Jackson is coming off a scoreless game in 12 minutes and remains a long way off the fantasy radar.
Jan 21 - 6:40 PM

De'Aaron Fox couldn't find his shot vs. the Nets on Friday, going 4-of-14 from the field for nine points.

He didn't have much luck on defense either with D'Angelo Russell roasting him for 31 points. The second-year PG dished out six assists with three boards, one steal, one triple and three turnovers, but also missed both free throws. We saw a lot of lines like these during his rookie season, but this year they have been few and far between. We're not concerned and he's still hovering around the top-50 in standard leagues.
Jan 21 - 6:36 PM

Nemanja Bjelica hit rock bottom vs. the Nets on Monday with two points and one rebound in five minutes.

To make matters worse, Justin Jackson replaced him in the starting lineup for the second half. His minutes have gone down in four straight games and the production hasn't been there, so there's no reason to roster him in most leagues at this point.
Jan 21 - 6:26 PM

Buddy Hield hit an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Pistons 103-101 on Saturday, finishing with 35 points, nine rebounds, three assists, one block, one turnover and seven 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

It was one of the more unbelievable game-winning shots of the season as the Kings pulled off a huge late comeback down 12 with six minutes left (shot video in link below). His January is among the best for high-level scorers, sitting at a Curry-like 68.2 TS% with averages of 23.4 points, 4.2 boards, 2.0 dimes, 0.3 steals and 4.6 treys. He's taking 25% of his shots in the paint, he's on fire from deep with a 56.1 3P%, and he has been a strong finisher in the last two seasons. Armed with a strong late schedule, anyone wanting to sell high better ask for a whole lot. He looks like the real deal.
Jan 19 - 10:46 PM

Marvin Bagley started the third quarter against the Pistons on Saturday, finishing with 14 points, two rebounds, two steals and one block in 27 minutes.

Coach Dave Joerger trusted him against Blake Griffin for much of this game, which is unusual for a guy who likes to play vets against star players. Bagley also seems some time at the five and he's been in double-figure scoring since his last game out, averaging 12.6 points, 7.4 boards, 0.6 dimes and 1.0 steals in those five. He has hardly hit his stride yet, but he is trending up and should be owned in standard leagues.
Jan 19 - 10:34 PM

Nemanja Bjelica did not start the second half against the Pistons on Saturday, finishing with five points, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes.

He also didn't close this game out either, sitting on the bench for the final 9:36. His value has really been trending down since Marvin Bagley returned, and today was even more bad news. It's looking more and more obvious he should be dropped in most leagues.
Jan 19 - 10:29 PM

Harry Giles remained in the backup center role with eight points, five rebounds, two assists and one block in 18 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday.

It was a positive that he didn't get pulled after a tough game on Thursday. Giles is not exactly going to be a strong asset in the short term, but he could trend up and his schedule is awesome late in the season.
Jan 19 - 10:26 PM

Buddy Hield kept his hot January going during a 114-95 loss to the Hornets on Thursday, scoring 24 points with one rebound, one assist, two steals and six 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

The treys keep coming in bunches and his monthly average has gone up every month so far this season. His 4.3 treys per game in the month of January ranks fourth in the NBA behind only the greats of James Harden, Klay Thompson and of course Stephen Curry's absurd 7.3. It would be nice if Hield did a little more in the non-scoring areas, but he's doing more than enough as he flirts with early-round value in standard leagues.
Jan 17 - 9:34 PM

Justin Jackson played 24 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday, scoring six points with three rebounds, two assists and one 3-opinter.

He was starting to show some signs of life to start 2019, but he has lost some momentum recently because he's not playing nearly as much power forward with Marvin Bagley back in action. Jackson is one of the more quiet per-minute players in the NBA, so he would need a lot to happen for him to have value in most leagues.
Jan 17 - 9:27 PM

Harry Giles fouled out in 16 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday, scoring one point with four rebounds, four assists and four turnovers.

A few of the fouls weren't bad and the refs may have missed a block on two of them. Giles was starting to trend in the right direction with mistakes and coach Dave Joerger looks to have trusted him with the backup center role. Hopefully, this dud doesn't change that and he doesn't go back to Kosta Koufos. Giles is still more of a stash than anything else, but he offers some nice upside because he can do so many things on the stat sheet.
Jan 17 - 9:24 PM

Nemanja Bjelica made just 1-of-5 from the field for two points with six rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 19 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday.

He is ice cold right now, averaging just 4.0 points, 4.4 boards, 3.4 dimes, 0.8 blocks and 0.4 treys on a 30/18/100 shooting line over his last five. Plus, he's playing just 20 minutes per game as Justin Jackson has improved lately and most importantly Marvin Bagley is also back. Bjelica looks like a drop in most leagues.
Jan 17 - 9:20 PM

Marvin Bagley double-doubled vs. the Blazers with 13 points, 11 rebounds and one assist before fouling out in 24 minutes.

He outplayed a fading Nemanja Bjelica, hitting 6-of-12 shots and 1-of-5 free throws. Bagley's shooting percentages aren't always easy to look at, but he should be a great source of points and rebounds and a small trickle of defensive stats. Once he breaks out of his timeshare with Bjelica his value should rise a decent amount.
Jan 15 - 1:33 AM

Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 18 points in a 115-107 win over the Blazers, hitting 8-of-10 shots in 31 minutes.

He added three assists, two rebounds, one steal, one block and two triples. He's coming off a rough week, but has now put together two strong games with a 22-point effort on Saturday. He's on the verge of breaking into the top-100 of standard leagues, with most of his value coming from his assists (3.9), triples (2.1) and points (15.4).
Jan 15 - 1:24 AM

Harry Giles scored 12 points vs. the Blazers on Monday, hitting 6-of-7 shots with four rebounds, two assists and one block in 19 minutes.

He's coming off a quiet game, but he continues to get the backup center minutes behind Willie Cauley-Stein. Giles has excellent per-minute upside, but until he gets minutes in the mid-20s consistently it's hard to call him anything more than a stash. If WCS is moved at the deadline, lookout.
Jan 15 - 1:12 AM


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