Ok, last night’s game between the Lakers and Pelicans didn’t have the drama and importance of Jordan’s classic flu game. In fact, if you watched the nationally televised game featuring a sick LeBron James facing up against Anthony Davis and leading his team to victory, it might be tough to tell James was even sick. He played with greatness and did everything that was needed to win. Now he has another Jordan-themed event he can check off his list.
LeBron had his version of the flu game. It wasn’t efficient, but he managed a triple-double and led the Lakers to victory. The old man is ranked #15 in standard cat leagues and helps fantasy GMs even more if you’re punting FT percentage.
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.
Blake had a pretty nice game in a losing effort. The out-of-position assists are always nice and a key part or Griffins game…that and the low stocks.
Drummo delivered a productive double-double along with 4 stocks. His boards and blocks have been the major drivers to his top 50 rank in standard cat leagues. His FT% actually has had the most negative impact of any player in fantasy, so if you’re punting enjoy the ride.
This was a solid game from Kemba. What was particularly nice were the 2 steals and 2 blocks. The assists could be better, but that’s never been his forte.
Kawhi was uber efficient in this one, though there were a lack of counting stats. But you can’t hate on 12-of-16 from the field and 11-of-12 from the line.
Oladipo came through with a nice bounce-back game, coming on strong with 14 in the final period. If he can start getting his steals up a little closer to what he did last season, he could start to pay off for GMs that drafted him in the early 2nd round.
Turner has been playing great of late, scoring and boarding, but more importantly, blocking a ton of shots. Keep rolling him out while he’s hot.
He didn’t grab many rebounds, but Thad scored efficiently and produced 4 stocks. He has had a nice season so far, and has far surpassed my expectations. At the same time, he probably won’t keep this up for too much longer, so a sell high might be advisable.
Collins has been playing great since returning from injury this season. The zeros in stocks is pretty on brand for JC and it’s looking like it won’t be a part of his game for now. His potential is still sky high and fantasy GMs can enjoy the points, boards, and efficiency.
Mudiay has been one of the biggest surprises in fantasy this season. I can only keep putting asterisks on his games for so long before I have to face the fact that maybe he’s figured it out. He has had off games, like the last one against the Sixers, but at this point, he has earned some trust and has been a steal off of waivers.
Middleton has had a rough month, as he’s been outside of standard league relevance. Still, for the season, he’s been top 50 and this game is more along those lines. He still might be a buy low in fantasy, so you may want to act quickly.
While the shooting could have been better, Vuc posted a nice line, best of all offering 4 blocks. He continues his surprising run as a top 10 player in fantasy. Enjoy the production.
Makkanen is now the clear-cut go-to on offense in Chicago with LaVine out. He’s going to take a ton of shots and his fantasy GMs should enjoy a nice boost.
Dame came on strong in the 2nd half to help lead his Blazers to victory. Lillard has been having another great season. You have to like the 5 stocks, just don’t expect that very often.
Conley had a nice all-around game and produced a line of 23/7/5 with a whopping 7 3’s! He continues to be an underrated player with elite skills. As long as he can stay healthy and Memphis stays in playoff contention, expect nice production from Conley.
AD dominated the paint, but it wasn’t enough to handle the Lakers. He could have offered up more defensive stats, but this is another example of the dominating presence he’s become in both the NBA and fantasy.
Greek Freak put up some huge numbers, which is to be expected. He’s become like LeBron and Shaq, in that he’s pretty impossible to officiate correctly. He is so big, strong, and athletic, that it is unfair. It was nice to see him hit a three-pointer.
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.
Ugh, what is going on with Batum? The only redeeming aspect to this performance were the 4 dimes. On the season, he’s barely standard league relevant. The most drastic thing has been the drop off in scoring. It might finally be time to move on from the Frenchman.
This was obviously a rough game for DRuss after he had been playing better recently. Fantasy GMs can at least enjoy the 9 assists, but there wasn’t much to like here. He’ll play better next game.
Oof. 3-for-13 hurts your fantasy team and maybe Hayward is better coming off the bench, leading the 2nd unit. He’s been hovering around top 100 value in fantasy and has been a bust for most GMs. He might still slowly improve as the season continues, so it’s worth checking how frustrated his GMs are.
Rose wasn’t having a good game, then he hurt his ankle. Keep an eye on the situation because, with Teague still hurt, Tyus Jones could FINALLY be getting his shot.
Mitchell was part of a big group of under performing players Friday night. He just couldn’t get it going and posted his lowest scoring game of the season. As with the other guys, Mitchell will easily bounce back next game.
Solid and Noteworthy
These are the good performances we wanted to make note of.
This makes four double-doubles in his last five games. The points and boards are really nice, as is the insane efficiency. The 2 assists were a letdown, after five straight 6 or more assist games, but you can’t fault him too much. He’s a great young big and should remain the starter when Thompson returns.
Clarkson put up points on an offensively-challenged Cleveland team. While Love is out, the scoring and opportunity are there.
The efficiency could have been better, but Siakam managed to offer up some solid stats across the board while starting at the 5. He’s been a beast this season and his fantasy production is pointing solidly up.
This was an interesting game for Trae as he shot no 3 pointers and only had 2 turnovers. He also offered up 15 points and 10 assists. Young will have his ups and downs but is a fun guy to roster in fantasy leagues.
Huerter GMs are just waiting for Kent Bazemore to be traded. The scoring and 3’s should be solid for standard leagues. He didn’t show it against the Knicks, but the boards and assist potential are also good.
Knox kept it going with 24 and 6 with 3 3’s. He hasn’t been doing it efficiently, but Knox has been scoring well and putting up some nice stats. He won’t get you more than points, a few boards and some 3’s, but if that sounds appealing for your team, he’s definitely worth picking up.
Brown was one of the few bright spots for the Celtics tonight. He hasn’t lived up to expectations this season, so his stat line was a welcome sight. He should hold some solid value while Morris is hurt.
He wasn’t great from the field, but Tatum had a nice game. He offered production across the board, which is music to his GM’s ears.
Fournier had a nice game, going for 24/4/6 with 5 3’s and solid efficiency. He’s been pretty up and down this season, so consider this an up game.
Dunn injured his ankle early in this game, but managed to return and put up some nice numbers, though he didn’t shoot well from the field. The points, boards, assists, and steals have been super helpful, and while LaVine is out there will be plenty of production to deliver.
This was an average game for the defensive specialist, except for the insane 6 steals. BobCov (he deserves a better nickname) has been destroying his preseason rankings and is top 20 so far. He might not keep top 20 production, but top 30 seems doable.
This marks back-to-back nice games for Ingles. He has the ability to contribute across multiple categories and looks to be back on track for top 60 level play.
Following his previous 3 point effort, it was time for Rubio to switch with Mitchell and put up some nice scoring numbers and efficient play.
This was a good and bad game for Fox, as he dealt with the defense of Conley, which led to some inefficient scoring. Still, he put up a couple 3s, 8 assists, and an impressive 5 steals.
Hot streaks are always fun.
7 threes??? Marvin has been turning it up the last few games and this was his best performance yet. What an excellent performance across the board. If you can sell high off this hot game, go for it.
FVV with another start, and this time he put up some nice numbers. He could be a starting caliber player, and while Lowry and Green are hurt, he should have plenty of opportunity to fill those stat lines.
Kurucs can really play and he’s getting a chance to show off. He’s providing the 3-point shooting that guys like RHJ are lacking. He’s a great fit on this team and is worth a speculative pickup in standard leagues. He’s probably already gone in your dynasty league.
So he CAN get assists. Well, it might have been more of a fluke, but Forbes put together one of his more complete games. Maybe he’s starting to figure it out.
Unsure if good game with bad stats or bad game with good stats…
Sexton put up another sexton-ish performance: solid, but inefficient scoring, and not much else. For a rookie who many fantasy GMs are high on, he’s been hovering around #250 for the season and I wouldn’t anticipate a ton of improvement this season.
This was not a great game by Kyrie, but he was still within striking distance of a triple-double. This Boston squad just got beat by a better team and Kyrie will be better next time around. He’ll continue to be a borderline 1st round player.
Air Gordon has been having a rough December from the field and the line, and this cold streak continued into the game against Chicago. He should improve but you may have to weather the storm for a while.
This was definitely a subpar game for KAT. He and the rest of Minnesota ran into issues against the Spurs defense. He’ll work his way back into the top 10 soon, and may start to work towards the top 5. If his GM is looking a little flustered, see if you can steal him.
Where did that come from?
Well that was unexpected. Nice work, but can you keep it up?
OG…Oh Wow! The counting stats were obviously lacking, but 21 and 8 is excellent production for Anunoby. He could be earning a nice role on this team and seems to play well next to Siakam. Dynasty GMs take note!
Zubac burst onto the scene with this gem. He was efficient and active and managed 4 stocks, including a nasty rejection on AD. He could have a nice run in LA, but don’t expect this level of production as the norm.