Does it sometimes seem like what AD does on the basketball court is kind of unfair? He simultaneously makes everything look way too easy, while also looking like he hasn’t reached his potential. Those eyebrows only add to his mystique as some otherworldly basketball entity. I’m not saying he’s secretly a real life Monstar, but if that was revealed to be true, I would only be like 90% shocked. He’s the clear cut #1 option in fantasy basketball this year and it’s not even close. If you drafted him #1 this year, enjoy your chip.
AD has been on a crazy tear this season, and especially so in December. This game is just additional icing on the cake and shows his insane ability to produce in every cat. The only nitpick is the lack of 3’s, but hitting a go-ahead basket, in addition to nearly 50 points more than makes up for that.
Stars Gonna Star
These stars played like we expected them to, punking their inferior opponents, and racking up the stats that build the foundation of our fantasy teams. Enjoy the ride.
DRuss stepped it up against Charlotte, providing some nice scoring and solid efficiency. The lack of counting numbers brings his game back to earth for fantasy GMs, but overall this was good productivity from the streaky player.
Kemba ran the show against Brooklyn and went off for 7 three-pointers. He’s locked in as a top 15 player and should continue to reward GM’s that drafted him in the 3rd round.
After dealing with some injuries, it looks like he’s finally Ibaka. He had his hands full with a huge performance by Vuc, but he also provided some nice stats for any fantasy GMs. The 4 blocks were especially nice.
Big Vuc dominated with a classic 30 and 20 game, which was a near triple-double. He was the best player on the court and it appears he has put his recent struggles behind him. Orlando needs to stay in the playoff race for the benefit of Vuc and his GMs.
Beal seemed to have three or four defenders running at him any time he touched the ball and did everything he could to try to carry the Wiz to victory. He came up short, and without Wall, this may be a recurring theme, though fantasy GM’s can’t complain.
Starting point guard looks good on Winslow. He backed up the nice scoring with some good assist numbers. He may have finally started to come into his own and playing point guard may be the best role for his fantasy success. Keep rolling him out there.
KAT was impressive last night, putting up very nice numbers across the board. Minnesota lost, but fantasy GMs could not care less. He’s been slightly disappointing this season, currently residing at #11. He should creep back into middle round value, so hold tight.
BobCov posted a gem of a game, providing production in every category. Highlights include 28 points, 5 3’s and 3 blocks. He’s currently the ultimate 3-and-D player.
Luka is just so fun to watch, and his thunderous dunk on Jrue was filthy. This game was mostly just scoring, but fantasy GM’s will take an efficient 34 points with 7 3’s anytime.
Jokic put on a show, just barely missing a triple-double. He’s the best passing big man in the game and it’s not even close. He’s still outside of the top 10, but an uptick in stocks, 3’s, and/or FG% could help him move into that range.
This was a nice bounce back game for Murray. He’s still been a downer for fantasy GMs, hovering around the top 100 in ranking. Those who drafted him in the 6th round may be in for a disappointing season.
Westbrook took on more of the scoring load with PG out. He was also 2 assists away from messing around. The 40 points were a season-high, but those free throw woes continue.
While it wasn’t the most efficient outing, Booker offered up a nice line, somewhere close to a triple-double. He’s been a slight disappointment, offering late 3rd round value, but he should work his way closer to that top 25 position as the season progresses.
Dropped the Ball
Oooof. That’s not exactly what we were hoping for. Hopefully, these guys rebound next game and your fantasy team can stay afloat.
Dinwiddie followed up his career 37 point game with a real stinker here. The 5 assists help a little, but we expect him to bounce back next game.
All of the hope built off of his 16 and 15 game have vanished. This was a rough game for most of the Nets, but GM’s definitely hoped for more from RHJ.
Kurucs was bound for a bad game. He had been so consistently efficient and effective, so this game stings even though it was expected. Hopefully he can hold off Crabbe and keep the starting role.
Dipo just wasn’t cooking in this one. The 7 assists and 2 swipes helped rescue an otherwise bad game that GM’s would rather just forget. He’ll obviously bounce back soon.
This was a bummer of a game for Siakam. He’s been rolling in the top 50 this season, but besides his 26 point performance against Philly, his stock has been sliding. He could be a sneaky buy-low candidate.
When Sexton isn’t hot from the field, this is the garbage that you’re left with. The lack of diversity in his production has to be very frustrating for fantasy GMs. Wait for his next empty 25 point game and move him.
Solid and Noteworthy
These are the good performances we wanted to make note of.
Lamb continues to impress and is the best two-way player in Charlotte. We would appreciate some stocks, but the scoring has been surprisingly consistent.
This wasn’t the most efficient game from Zeller, but he contributed a little bit of everything, including a three-pointer and 4 blocks. He’s still just hovering around the top 100 for the season and offers limited upside.
Turner was an efficient 1-for-11 from the field and even offered up 5 combined stocks. If the game had been closer, Myles would have played more than 24 minutes and potentially could have had a monster line.
Sabonis was helped out by the blowout nature of the game and did not disappoint. He’s been a pleasant surprise this season and has been consistently around the top 75 mark. If you need points, board, and efficiency, Sabo is your guy.
Lauri threw it down with a thunderous dunk on Jeff Green, on his way to a nice 14 and 14 double-double. The counting stats are still a little lacking, but Markkanen should continue to find his game and help fantasy teams.
Nance moved back to the bench in another puzzling move in Cleveland. He still produced across the board with 11/7/4/2/1. There is no reason for Channing Frye to be starting ahead of him, but we’ll keep an eye on the situation.
Clarkson has been providing solid bench scoring plus a few extras that most of us weren’t expecting. It wouldn’t be the worst idea to flash his top 75 ranking over the last two weeks to potential trade partners.
It’s nice when Young can produce an efficient game. He posted solid all-around numbers, showcasing his playmaking abilities. His up-and-down performances will be a constant theme this season.
John Collins continues to roll with another double-double, though the lack of stocks is now officially concerning.
Dedmon has been red hot the last few weeks, particularly from the three-point line. His role was bumped up with Alex Len being out and will surely decrease post all-star break, but enjoy the ride for now.
I’d call this the trade showcase special. He’s actually been pretty hot over the last few games, but Bazemore has been one of the most obvious trade targets this season. Almost any new home will hurt his value.
The MVP chants from his game in NY must have carried over, as he put up another very nice game. The idea that Rose could finish inside the top 60 no longer sound ludicrous.
Derozan still doesn’t seem to like to take 3’s and this trend continued here. He’s still doing enough for top 40 value overall in standard category leagues.
Aldridge has been a reliable top 50 player, top 25 over the last few weeks, and this was another good one. The high steals here will only help boost his value in fantasy circles.
The German assassin had a nice game starting for the injured George. He produced everywhere besides blocks. On the season he’s barely standard league relevant, but if you are punting FG%, then he offers some nice value.
We expected more dimes with Rondo and Bron out, but overall this was a nice showing for Lonzo. If you can still possibly buy low, make that move, because we could be seeing a nice uptick for the rest of the season.
Kuzma took control of the team with LeBron out and produced some nice stats. Going 0-for-7 on 3’s definitely sucks, but he should be a good source of scoring and boards while the King is enjoying wine in the locker room.
Hot streaks are always fun.
Now this is a little more like it. Going 4-for-13 from the field doesn’t help, but the rest of the stat line looks promising. It might be time to hop back on the hype train.
LaVine returned from his five game absence and put up buckets, but not much else. Still, this was a confident return.
WCJ came out on fire this game, and did most of his damage in the 1st half. This was a very efficient 17 and 13 with a steal and 3 blocks. Maybe this means the slump is over? I’m sensing big things to come.
I’m starting to come around to the idea that Bryant could actually be the Wizards center of the future. He’s been statistically underwhelming as a starter, besides his perfect game, but he brings hustle to the ailing Wiz. He can contribute in multiple cats and has been growing in this trial by fire season.
Emeril Lagase must have given Adebayo a serious pep talk before this game, because he came out hot. Bam pulled off an impressive perfect night, and even added 5 assists for good measure. The lack of stocks were the only real downside to this perfomance.
DSJ put up a more than respectable game in his return from injury and trade rumors. It was especially nice to see him shoot 50% from the field. Buying low might not be an awful idea, but know that efficiency issues will most likely crop up.
While this was not the most productive game, it did flash some of the potential from White to contribute across the board. Also, please don’t miss the 6 steals. This kid can ball and may finally be starting to figure it out.
With Gary Harris out, Beasley has suddenly become more effective, at least in scoring, than new fantasy darling Monte Morris. Unfortunately, he tweaked his ankle and did not return. It may have been a short ride of relevance for Malik.
Mikal has actually been producing well recently, even if the points haven’t been there. This is another example of his ability to rack up counting stats and offer fantasy value even without scoring.
Unsure if good game with bad stats or bad game with good stats…
Blake comes through with another classic Blake game, points, board, assists, and not much else. The 3 three-pointers are nice, but the 7 turnovers are rough.
Jrue was on the wrong end of a Doncic dunk, but he still put up some good fantasy numbers, including 8-for-8 from the line. His efficiency from the field was not good, but he’ll do better next time around.
Where did that come from?
Well that was unexpected. Nice work, but can you keep it up?
Talk about stepping up when your name is called. He did absolutely nothing outside of scoring, 3’s, and boards, but this production was surprising. If you happened to have him in your lineup, congratulations. This was likely just a blip on the radar.