DeMar DeRozan didn’t have his usual backcourt mate, with Kyle Lowry given the day off for rest, but it didn’t matter. After starting slowly, Double D took over after halftime, producing a game high 36 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists. He was also a perfect 10-10 from the line.

And the guy replacing Lowry in the starting lineup, he was pretty good too. Cory Joseph slid into the starting lineup and responded with a career high 33 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists.

DeRozan is playing some of his best basketball of his career. That is now 20+ points in 13 straight games, a span that features all three of his double-doubles. While DeRozan should still remain a great player, the lack of threes and defensive stats will keep him from being elite. Now is a great time to see what you can get for him.

As for Joseph, he will return to the bench for the next game, but has shown top 150 value over the last 14 days for deep leaguers.

Terrence Ross – Coming off the bench Ross, knocked down 3-7 from three to go along with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks. He’s scored double figures in three straight games.

Brook Lopez – After receiving Sunday’s game off for rest, Lopez looked refreshed, finishing with 28 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Sadly, the 8 rebounds are the most he’s grabbed in 8 January games.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – RHJ scored 14 points in back-to-back games, giving owners 14 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal/block each.

Caris LeVert – LeVert reverted back to double figures, with 14 points, 4 assists, 2 threes, and 2 steals. He was much more effective than Joe Harris (0/0/0 line in 18 minutes) so perhaps LeVert or Hollis-Jefferson will be replacing Harris in the starting lineup soon.

Hassan Whiteside – Whiteside started a new double-double streak with 14 points, 15 rebounds, and 1 block.

Goran Dragic – Dragic led the Heat to an upset over the Rockets, snapping a 4 game losing streak. He posted a 21/8/8 line in the victory.

Dion Waiters – Starting again for Josh Richardson, Waiters served up 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. With Richardson already ruled out for the next two weeks, Waiters will remain in the starting lineup and makes a wise pickup.

James Johnson – One of the top waiver wire adds of the season, Johnson continues to produce, collecting 15 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals on Tuesday. Hopefully you were smarter than me and didn’t drop him in the midst of this hot streak…

Tyler Johnson – It was a good night to be a Johnson. Tyler scored 16 points and collected 3 assists and 3 steals each off the bench.

Wayne Ellington – Ellington caught fire off the bench, knocking down 5-9 from downtown to finish with 18 points and 4 rebounds.

James Harden – Harden picked up another 40-point triple double, collecting 40 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. He shot only 12-30 from the field, but knocked down 12-13 from the line.

Patrick Beverley – 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Not your typical point guard, Beverley continues to fill up the stat sheet and is especially helpful for steals and rebounds.

Clint Capela – Capela returned from a fibula fracture and surprisingly started for the Rockets. He was scoreless in 9 minutes, grabbing 5 rebounds and 1 block, as his minutes should be monitored after the time off. Coach D’Antoni indicated that the starting center would be matchup dependent so Montrezl Harrell (13 points) may still see some starts. In addition, Ryan Anderson (flu) did not play so this is a situation to monitor when all of the Rockets’ bigs are finally healthy.

Dirk Nowitzki – Nowitzki went for a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. More importantly that’s 8 straight games, after a lengthy absence from an Achilles injury. Owners should look to deal him before he’s shutdown or injured again.

Harrison Barnes – Barnes bounced back from a 13 point showing on Sunday, to post 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 threes.

Deron Williams – D-Will posted 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists, including the game winning dish to Wesley Matthews (11/4/2 lines) for a three with 12 seconds left.

Seth Curry and J.J. Barea – Steph’s younger brother posted a 18/2/2 line with 3 threes, while Barea went for double figures in back-to-back games, posting 12 points, 6 assists, and 2 threes. The minutes need to rise above 20 a night for Barea, but Curry or Barea could be options on the waiver wire for Chris Paul (thumb surgery) owners who missed out on Raymond Felton or Austin Rivers.

Jimmy Butler – Butler carried the Bulls with 24 points, 12 assists, and 9 rebounds, knocking down an impressive 14-16 from the charity stripe. Dwyane Wade (17 points, 5 rebounds), who? This is Butler’s team.

Robin LopezTaj Gibson sat with ankle soreness, allowing Paul Zipser (5 points, 3 rebounds) to start, but it was Lopez who benefited the most. Lopez made 10-15 from the field, scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds.

Nikola Jokic – Jokic wasn’t joking around on Tuesday, going off for 29 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocks. He’s been an absolute beast in January with 23/11/4.8 averages in 6 games.

Kenneth Faried – Another Faried sighting?!?! Receiving his second straight start, Faried posted 20 points again, to go along with 7 rebounds and 2 assists. With Jusuf Nurkic (3 points, 3 rebounds) playing single digits in the last three games, hopefully this is a sign that Faried can be trusted going forward.

Danilo Gallinari – Gallinari did his usual thing with 14 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 threes.

Emmanuel Mudiay – Posting a similar line to Gallo, Mudiay (14/6/2 and 2 threes) has picked it up in his last three games. Pick him up, if this is a start of a hot streak.

Will Barton – Fighting off an illness, Barton collected 26 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, and 5 threes. He’s a little up and down on a nightly basis, but the averages look great.

Wilson Chandler – Chandler generated 14 points, 6 rebounds, and an uncharacteristic 4 blocks. Owners are going to be especially happy about those 4 blocks.

Brandon Ingram – Taking advantage of Luol Deng’s wrist injury, Ingram had a nice all-around game with 15 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. With Deng out indefinitely, Ingram should see 30+ minutes going forward.

Nick YoungThat moment when you see your own meme. Swaggilicious bounced back from some poor shooting performances to score 22 points on 8-16 shooting and 4-11 from deep

Ivica Zubac – Spending most of his rookie year in the D-League, Zubac exploded for 11 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks off the bench. This was only his 10th NBA game, but there’s no reason why the Lakers shouldn’t give Zubac more playing in the second half of the season with low upside veterans Tarik Black (14 points, 8 rebounds) and Timofey Mozgov (4 points) playing ahead of him.

Jordan Clarkson – Outplaying starter D’Angelo Russell (5 points, 3 assists), Clarkson posted 19 points, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 threes on Tuesday.

Lou Williams – Instant offense. Lou Williams heats up quicker than a bowl of Ramen: 24 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 threes in 31 minutes off the bench for the Lakers. Lou Will now has back-to-back 20-point games.

Kawhi Leonard – Posting his 4th 30-point game in a row, Leonard finished with 34 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 threes.

LaMarcus Aldridge – Leonard’s fellow All-Star mate, LA put together 29 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.

Gorgui Dieng – Dieng posted an all-around line of 17/6/3 with 4 blocks. Nemanja Bjelica (6/4/3 line) has been cutting into his minutes lately, but Dieng should still have tons of value.

Karl-Anthony Towns – Playing a whopping 43 minutes, KAT produced 27 points, 16 rebounds, and 2 threes.

Ricky Rubio – Not known for his scoring, Rubio exploded for 21 points, 14 assists, and 2 steals. Rubio got to the line early and often, knocking down 13-14 from the charity stripe. It was the first time this season Rubio reached the 20-point threshold.

  1. S-wilk says:
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    9-Cat Roto. Looking for ratio boost

    My Embiid + Swagg for Heyward + Adams

    Just not sure what I should be looking for in trading Embiiiiiid. Once he’s unleashed I feel like he’s a top 15 player but not certain my evaluation is shared by others

    • Peter Kap

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      @S-wilk: I think that’s a great offer to start with. Selling Nick Young is a wise move because I expect the Lakers to play more of their younger guys down the stretch. Also, agree with you on Embiid. He’s a great player, but not quite sure that everyone realizes how good he is quite yet, which makes it hard for you to get the correct value for him (top 20-25 player). I would start with that offer and see where it goes.

  2. Tony C says:
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    Good job today recapping last nights action! Should I pick up Caris LeVert,, Kris Dunn, Evan Turner or put in claim for TJ McConnell who’s still on waivers and drop Patty Mills?
    My team in a 9-cat 12 team league:

    PG: Lowry, Brogdon, Mills
    SG Bradley, Seth Curry, Hardaway
    SF Alphabet, Crowder, Harkless
    PF Jokic, Myles Turner
    C Embiid, Olynyk

    • Peter Kap

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      @Tony C: I’d go either McConnell or Turner. Sounds like McConnell might play tonight so the wrist injury that sidelined him on Monday isn’t considered serious. I’d rather have Mills over LeVert or Dunn.

  3. BILL BLAST says:
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    Kind of want to grab Zubac… In a league where somebody will snatch him quick.

    Would you drop any of these 3 ? Harris, Hield, Seth ?

    Thanks

    • BILL BLAST says:
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      @BILL BLAST: And by Harris I mean Gary Harris** , Seth, or Hield ?

      • Peter Kap

        Peter Kap says:
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        @BILL BLAST: No, I wouldn’t drop any of those guys for Zubac. He had a good game, but it was one game. The other guys are all more or less top 125 players, while Zubac is a big question mark. He could just as easily be sent back to the D-League as he is to grab another double-double. I would hold onto those guys and just monitor Zubac for now.

  4. Shahed says:
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    Hey Peter,

    Wanted a little advice on my team. Standard 9 Cat, 12 Team, Roto.

    Current Roster:

    G: Wall, Klay Thompson, Dragic, Brogdon, Wade
    F: Kawhi, James Johnson, Ilyasova, Harkless
    C: Marc Gasol, Howard, Kanter, Pau Gaol

    Current Points, FG% 7, FT% 5, 3PTM 11, PTS 11, REB 10, AST 12, ST 12, BLK 10, TO 1

    I have just agreed a trade receiving Isaiah Thomas, for Howard and Wade.

    Just wanted any advice you can offer on potential moves?

    Thanks

    • Peter Kap

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      @Shahed: That sounds like a great trade to me. That should help with your free throw percentage. Depending on who’s available on the waiver wire, you might want to grab another big man with the extra roster spot to offset Howard’s loss of FG%, rebounds, and blocks.

  5. Edge says:
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    Amazing stuff as always, thanks

    I am currently number 2 seed in a 16 team league
    I have a 9pt lead vs. number 8 seed

    Should i stash cp3? droppables are lawson, bebe nog or jared sullinger

    • Peter Kap

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      @Edge: Yes, I would stash CP3 in a 16 team league. You’re not going to find another high impact guy like that on waivers all season. He’s out 6-8 weeks, but one of those weeks is the All-Star break. I’d feel okay dropping Lawson in that scenario. Sullinger is back practicing, which is great, but still doesn’t have a timetable for return. Might be a week or a few. Worse case scenario, if your lead falls a little, you could always trade CP3 to a team above you in the rankings.

  6. Pong says:
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    Ugh, just put CP3 in my IL and added Felton over Rivers. Thoughts? I’m hoping he recaptures that magical Knicks run he had way back lol.

    • Peter Kap

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      @Pong: I think both guys are set to see an increase in playing time and usage and thus, should be useful for all formats. Rivers will probably score more and hit more threes, while Felton will probably help more in rebounds, assists, steals, and turnovers (fewer TOs than Rivers).

  7. JJ says:
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    Drop Levert or Seth for Zubac? Looking for upside later this year!

    Thanks

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @JJ: If you’re looking for upside, then Seth Curry is the guy I’d want of those three. He’s already starting and if the Mavericks do a fire-sell, then he’d benefit even more. Zubac is just as likely to return to the D-League as he is to get another double-double. I’d monitor him, but would leave him on waivers for the time being.

  8. sicnss says:
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    9 cat standard. 2nd place with very strong team. Carrying Lin all year. Should i trade Butler and Lin for cp3 and Klay Thompson. Thoughts

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @sicnss: That’s a tough one. Butler has been playing so well right now that his value is pretty close to Paul when both are healthy. You do get a huge upgrade with Klay Thompson over Lin so if you think you can withstand the 6-8 weeks without Paul and still remain top 3, then this would definitely be a great trade for the end of the season and playoffs.

  9. Joe says:
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    Sent out Chris Paul and Ariza, along with two drafts picks (liekley 10th-12th the next 2 years) for curry and felton in dynasty league. Reasonable? Did I overpay?

    • Peter Kap

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      @Joe: Curry is by far the best player in the deal and he’s healthier and younger than Paul. I might have given up one less pick or asked for someone slightly more valuable than Felton, since he turns 33 this year and will be a backup when Paul is back, but that seems pretty reasonable to me. Curry will be a stud for a while.

  10. DT says:
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    THJ, Levert, Felton, Baze, Parsons, Aminu… who you got?

    • DT says:
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      @DT: or Thabo?

      • Peter Kap

        Peter Kap says:
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        @DT: I’d rank them as such: Felton, Aminu, Bazemore, RHJ, LeVert, Sefolosha (mainly because I think he gets traded, but if he stays in ATL, he’ll be higher than RHJ and LeVert), Parsons

  11. Tenethor says:
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    Hello Pete,

    Really frustrated CP3 owner here. Got offered Fournier for him, by the team leading in my league. Would you consider that?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Peter Kap

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      @Tenethor: I’d consider it, but Fournier is injured himself. That heel has really bothered him lately, after missing 5 games at the end of December. His shot isn’t the same, which makes me think that he can’t just play through it. With the Magic lottery bound, there’s no reason for them to push him. I’d reach for someone in the 40-50 range who is a less of a risk.

      • Joseph L. Biton says:
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        @Peter Kap: I just dropped fournier for austin rivers. need to climb up as I’m 10th out of a 12-team league hehe

  12. Tyler says:
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    Between middleton and jrich, whos the better stash?

    Also just lost rudy gay, should i pickup jmyke, mirotic, levert, chriss, sully, temple, matt barnes?

    • Peter Kap

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      @Tyler: J Richardson would be the better stash. More likely to play more minutes this season. Middleton is the better player long term, but I don’t think he’s playing until end of February/early March. Richardson should be back before then and you may be able to stash Middleton in a few weeks anyways.

      As for pickups, I think JaMychal Green is the best among those guys. Sullinger and Barnes are also intriguing.

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