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Isaiah Thomas filled it up in just 20 minutes during an easy 119-99 win over the Lakers on Wednesday, making 9-of-11 from the field for 23 points with one rebound, three assists and five 3-pointers.

That's good for a ridiculous 104.5 effective field goal percentage, 17.8 assist ratio and a 29.2 usage rate. Thomas is definitely going to have some down nights with his minutes taking a hit, but he just looks so good in this up-tempo offense. He won't be this great, but should be a player worth starting now and would become a tremendous asset should Goran Dragic or Eric Bledsoe need to miss time.
Oct 30 - 4:03 AM

Goran Dragic made 6-of-12 from the field and all six shots at the line against the Lakers on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 26 minutes.

His minutes would have been higher, but the Suns just demolished the Lakers to get this game to garbage time. Dragic was still the focal point of the offense and had no problems getting into the lane. He was more of a top-40 player while Eric Bledsoe was in the lineup last year, so fantasy owners shouldn't have the bar set too high right now.
Oct 30 - 3:53 AM

Miles Plumlee committed five fouls in 25 minute against the Lakers on Wednesday with 10 points, six boards, one steal and one block.

Just like his brother Mason, he had a couple egregious fouls and was easily the worst player in the starting five tonight. Plumlee should still be safe as the starter and would really have to have a meltdown, but the Suns going with smaller lineups will keep his minutes and touches limited. Fantasy owners in 16-team leagues can probably do better.
Oct 30 - 3:47 AM
Alex Len - C - Suns

Alex Len played 19 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday with three points, five rebounds and one block.

Not bad. Len looked good tonight and seemed to have a good grasp of the offense. That said, we'll need to see him stay healthy before even considering suggesting him as an add.
Oct 30 - 3:44 AM

Anthony Tolliver made both attempts from the field for seven points with six rebounds, two 3-pointers and two turnovers in 19 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday.

He is going to take a lot of triples and may actually be near 1.0 makes per game. Tolliver is still not a fantasy option in almost any format.
Oct 30 - 3:41 AM

Gerald Green played 22 minutes off the bench against the Lakers on Wednesday with four points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and three turnovers.

He did get some run at small forward, but Marcus Morris was easily the better option. Green is going to need a lot of things to happen to make his way onto the fantasy landscape in standard leagues. Coach Jeff Hornacek did say he could start Green at small forward if the matchup is right, but obviously he might change his tune.
Oct 30 - 3:39 AM

Markieff Morris played 26 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday with 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

He was a bit quiet tonight, but still made 5-of-10 from the field and didn't turn the ball over. Morris looked great in transition and filled the lane nicely and he also helped space the floor. He'll have bigger lines ahead of him and looks poised for a breakout season.
Oct 30 - 3:35 AM

Marcus Morris caught fire against the Lakers on Wednesday with 21 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and five 3-pointers as the starting small forward.

He owned the Lakers last season and got it going tonight in the blowout. In the post-game interview, Morris said he was practicing 200-300 attempts from beyond the arc per night, so it paid some immediate dividends. P.J. Tucker is still out for two more games, so fantasy owners should consider Marcus a near must-start option until further notice.
Oct 30 - 3:31 AM

Kobe Bryant attempted 25 of the Lakers' 86 shots from the field, making 11 of them for 31 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in a blowout 119-99 loss to the Suns on Wednesday.

If you're scoring at home, he had a usage rate of 43.6, which is a basically 150 percent of what the 2013-14 league leader posted. Usage is obviously not going to be a problem for Kobe, so the stats are going to be there as long as you're OK with some efficiency issues. He should get better and just needs to stay healthy.
Oct 30 - 3:27 AM

Wesley Johnson scored nine points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one block in 28 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.

He hasn't fared very well against his former team with only one positive outing in five tries. Johnson should get similar minutes with a decent allotment of shots until Nick Young (thumb) is out. Still, fantasy owners can part ways with him if they aren't enjoying all these blowouts and the lack of production.
Oct 30 - 3:18 AM

Jordan Hill played 25 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday with six points, 11 boards, two assists and four fouls.

He probably would have seen a few more minutes, but the Lakers were down 25 in the third quarter. Hill isn't going to be facing stiff competition from anyone, so he should get some opportunity. At the very worst, he should be able to post nice boards with some blocks here and there.
Oct 30 - 3:14 AM

Jeremy Lin had another quiet game against the Suns on Wednesday with six points, two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

All these blowouts have really hurt Lin and he's starting awfully slow. The Suns guards were also remarkably efficient against him, but it's not like Ronnie Price is going to unseat Lin. The Lakers need so much help that it's worth sticking it out for a couple more games to see if Lin can turn it around.
Oct 30 - 3:11 AM

Carlos Boozer had eight turnovers against the Suns on Wednesday with four points, four boards, one assist and one steal on 2-of-6 from the field.

Why did they pick him up again? Obviously the turnovers jump out, but the terrible shots and woeful defense make this arguably the worst game from any NBA player tonight. He'll be better for fantasy and his owners shouldn't panic. The Lakers need him to play consistent minutes.
Oct 30 - 3:07 AM
Ed Davis - F/C - Lakers

Ed Davis turned in a big line against the Suns on Wednesday with 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes.

He is 2-for-2 with big lines and it looks like he's earning his bump in minutes. The Lakers are getting absolutely torched on defense and Carlos Boozer isn't helping. A move to the starting lineup for Davis could help, but he's still worth owning in most leagues even with his current bench role.
Oct 30 - 3:04 AM

Andre Drummond fouled out in Wednesday's 89-79 loss against the Nuggets, finishing with 11 points, nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 27 minutes.

It wasn't a great start and he'll have better days ahead. Drummond attempted a few more shots through play design rather than just scoring off cuts and offensive boards, so the double-doubles should be coming in bunches.
Oct 30 - 3:00 AM


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