Remember when Emmanuel Mudiay was the #7 overall pick by Denver? He never seemed to live up to his potential or draft position. He ended up in NY and, for fantasy teams, was a complete afterthought. Well, looks like we were wrong because he has been playing great lately. I am skeptical about Mudiay’s overall production and his ability to continue, but for now, enjoy the ride because he’s playing like a totally new player. He’ll probably fall victim to the notorious Knicks rotation, but you have to like the production recently and, if you could use points, assists, and surprisingly solid percentages, you could do worse. He’s a definite sell high if you can find someone who is buying in. Just point to this game and see what a GM might give you in exchange.
Wow! Mudiay had been hovering close to the top 100 over the last month, on the strength of nice scoring, assists, and FT%, but this was his coming out game. The 34 points were a career-high. More importantly, he showed confidence and swagger and seemed to know he was the man. He nearly hit the game winner, which we all thought was going in. He could be a contender for Most Improved Player if he keeps it rolling.
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.
Kyrie can score at will and, against an inferior team like Atlanta, he makes it look so easy. Being up big meant he wasn’t on the court for too long (23 minutes), so he could have done much more if the game had been close. He continues his top 10 fantasy season with this game.
Beal has been the lone bright spot for the Wizards this season and has managed to meet expectations with a #27 ranking in standard 9-cat leagues. He’s now scored 30 or more points in three games so far this month. With Kelly Oubre potentially on the way out, it could mean that the offense leans on Beal even more.
The Greek Freak did his freakish things and was two assists away from a monster triple-double. The 44 points were a season-high. He still can’t hit 3’s, but at least he’s not taking them, I guess. He’s a guaranteed top 10 guy and could crack the top 5 if his FT% improves.
Thad has been a nice surprise this season. I didn’t think he had much left in the tank, but he’s proved me wrong with his excellent play of late. He’s posting top 25 numbers over the last two weeks and rewarded the GMs who begrudgingly drafted him because there weren’t any more PFs left.
Embiid beasted out and fully dominated Myles Turner. 40/20 games are always fun to watch, and even more fun for fantasy GMs. He’s a top 12 player in fantasy and has room to grow in the stocks department.
Conley continued his excellent play with a surprising 5 stocks. Don’t expect the defensive numbers to start flowing, but it is a reminder of how elite he was before injuries and how he’s still more than capable. Enjoy the nice value you got if you drafted him
PG had a nice game in a losing effort, posting some high efficiency numbers. He’s been doing a great job scoring, boarding, and getting assists. The counting stats were lacking tonight, but they should return in the next one.
The big man posted a nice line, minus the free throws. He’s been putting up some nice stats in December. Enjoy the points, boards, and especially the field goal percentage.
Jokic posted another dynamic game that showed his efficiency, along with his ability to contribute across the board. He also acted as the team’s best playmaker. The 6 turnovers are kind of a bummer, but if the points and rebound return to last year’s levels, he could start creeping into the top 10.
The fun guy has been amazing in Toronto and fully paying off for GM’s willing to take on the risk. Overall he’s top 5 in fantasy and shows no signs of fading.
Now that’s what I call efficiency! Dame came through and barely missed a shot, which is a nice remedy for the 4-for-18 he posted last game. He’s still posting late first round value, so keep it rolling.
KD has been playing at an elite level all season and is currently sitting comfortably at #3 overall in fantasy leagues for the season. He really does it all, though this game was severely lacking stocks. If you roster KD, your team is probably doing pretty well.
Along with KD, Curry has just been on a tear this season for both Golden State and fantasy GMs. He’s another do-it-all player who just happens to be averaging a whopping 5.2 3’s per game.
It’s too bad Klay will always be in Curry’s shadow because he is an absolutely ridiculous 3-point sniper. He just happens to play with the best shooter of all time. 27/9/3 is still an excellent line and helps cement his top 40 ranking for the season.
Fox continues his much improved sophomore season, posting an excellent line with 25/6/9 and 2 steals. The improvement from his rookie season have been a fun story to watch unfold. He’s quickly become one of the best young guards in the league. In fantasy he easily has top 50 potential this season, and higher in dynasty leagues.
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.
This was another rough one for Trae, as he just had zero answers for Kyrie and was cold as ice. When he’s on, it can be so much fun, but when he’s off, it gets super ugly like this stinker. If you roster him, you knew what you were getting into.
DRuss has hit a rough patch and has not looked right recently. Even when his shot isn’t falling, he’s at least offering some nice assists. Maybe he was shaken by the Dinwiddie extension?
Yikes! While Sexton has been playing more efficiently and scoring well of late, this was a reminder that he’s still a rookie, and one that doesn’t do much more than score. If you sold high on him before this game, you can consider yourself lucky.
If you haven’t moved on, it’s now officially time. He’s still getting minutes, but putting up garbage lines like this. Plus, once Love returns, his role will be cut way back. Osman has been one of the biggest disappointments in fantasy.
Turner was due for a down game after playing great over the last few. Myles was really starting to heat up and was looking more aggressive, so it’s unfortunate to have his momentum stopped. He punctuated this performance by giving the crowd the bird.
Solid and Noteworthy
These are the good performances that we wanted to make note of.
Morris continued his surprisingly nice and consistent play with some red hot scoring from outside. This marks three straight games with 20+ points. Ride him while he’s cooking.
Vonleh seems like he would be super annoying if he was guarding you. That peskiness serves him well and he had a very nice bounce back game after the last three. In fact, he was 3 assists shy of messing around. The recent assists have been a nice addition to his game.
Look out because Cody is en fuego! This is probably the best game he’ll have all season, but it was unfortunately overshadowed by the team’s overtime loss. Fantasy GMs could care less, though. Zeller is an easy double-double most nights and makes for a nice boring 2nd or 3rd center for your squad.
Wall had a letdown after his nice output from the last game against Boston. The assists are nice, but the efficiency continues to be a problem, which has to sting for all those fantasy GMs that drafted him in the 2nd or 3rd round this year.
Dinwiddie backed up his shiny new extension with a gem of a game, getting minutes in clutch time and looking every bit the floor leader. He’s been a nice surprise this season posting top 80 value. It will be interesting to see how the eventual return of Caris LeVert affects his production, but for now just enjoy the production.
Lopez will never help your team with rebounding, but the points and 3’s from the center position are certainly nice. With John Henson gone, it opens more minutes up to Brook. He’s ranked #59 overall in standard leagues, and his arrow could be pointing up.
I have no idea why Nance isn’t starting, while the Cavs roll out the likes of Channing Frye in the beginning of games. He could be an automatic double-double if he gets the minutes, plus the out-of-position assists are very interesting.
Simmons posted another diverse line to help fantasy GMs. The 3-point watch is still alive, as he just refuses to ever launch from beyond the arc. The free throw shooting continues to drag his value down, but otherwise he’s a great player to roster. If you’re punting free throws, he jumps into the top 25.
JRich had a solid game. The efficiency could have been a little better, though. He’s struggled with his field goal percentage this season and that has kept his value down. Also his stocks have been down from last year, so that’s a little disappointing. Currently ranked #72 overall, he’ll shoot up the rankings once he eventually heats back up from the field.
This was a solid game from Gasol, an improvement over what he’s been doing lately. Its possible nagging injuries could be at play. Keep an eye on his status if you roster him.
JJJ has been experiencing a mini slump, but maybe we are just expecting too much from the rookie. He’s still a top 50 player on the strength of his stocks and FG%. If you see an opening for a buy low, jump on it.
Juancho clearly has standard league relevance as long as Milsap is out. He’s a solid source for points, boards, and 3’s. Even when multiple players eventually return from injury, Hernangomez should have done enough to warrant relevant playing time.
Murray posted a solid, yet shallow game with nice points and boards, but not much else. He’s hovering around the top 100, but needs to improve his FG% to improve his ranking. This efficient game will help out a little.
Hot streaks are always fun.
The Ginger Ninja strikes again! That’s now back-to-back 19 point games and it’s officially time to hop on the bandwagon if you haven’t already. He’s a lethal shooter but also can produce in most areas. At a minimum, he’s a roster and see for 12 team leagues or larger. Atlanta could really set him loose post all star break.
Gordo had a nice return game after missing the last two. He looked confident and was hitting pretty much everything. The 5 assists help remind us of his great playmaking capabilities from the wing. As he ramps up, he could be in for a pretty nice 2nd half of the season.
Knox has had three straight nice games, and this makes back-to-back 7-for-15 shooting from the field. He won’t contribute much in the counting stats, but did last night. His scoring will be up-and-down, as he deals with NBA defenses, but he could be a useful fantasy player for GMs needing points and 3s.
Batum rewarded all of the patient GMs who didn’t release him in a rage after his last game, when he took two shots while being on the floor for 31 minutes. This is closer to the vintage Batum we were used to and expecting with his move to SF. The complete lack of stocks is disappointing, but Batum GMs will gladly take this line.
Kurucs is getting an opportunity and is making the most of it. Dynasty GMs need to take notice because this kid can play. He got his first ever start with Allen Crabbe out, and while he won’t supplant him, Rod may have earned a solid role in the rotation.
Sabonis took over for an ineffective Turner and did Sabonis things, scoring and boarding like a beast, but not much else. He’s seen a dip in production with Turner improving, but this was a nice bounce back game.
Olynyk joined Sabonis as another backup big man that outplayed the starter. Contributing 18 points, 5 boards, 5 assists, and 4 3’s for a very nice stat line. He played well during Whiteside’s absence and, so far, has continued that production with him back in the lineup. He could be a sneaky source of 3’s and points for the rest of the season.
Now that’s more like it! We were expecting something like this last game. With Kyle Lowry out, FVV got another chance and played great. He’s a potential top 50 player as long as he’s starting, so go grab him and wait to hear more about Lowry’s status.
Siakam has been lagging a little over the last few games, and this was the worst of the bunch. He apparently is dealing with some soreness that may be the result of serious minutes banging with NBA bigs. Keep an eye on the situation because he could end up getting some recovery time.
Anytime you can score 19 points on nine shots, it’s a nice performance. The 11 boards and 2 blocks are rare from a shooting guard, and the 5 3’s are super helpful. This makes back-to-back double-digit scoring, probably a result from having a key starter out.
Unsure if good game with bad stats or bad game with good stats…
The boards were very nice, but he killed fantasy GMs with that awful efficiency. He’ll keep improving and is an exciting young big, but what happened to his defensive stats? It wasn’t his forte, but he should be producing some more stocks than he has been.
Despite a near triple-double, Kemba seemed to disappear when his team needed him the most. The rebounds and assists were nice, but that FG% was brutal. He had been rolling in his last three before this game, so expect him to bounce back.
Westbrook was just shy of a trip-dub, and had 5 combined stocks. At the same time, he went 5-for-15 from the field and had 4 turnovers. At least he hit his lone free throw, which has been one of the biggest drags on his value.
Nurk almost came through with the super low end triple-double in a mixed bag game. The 3 stocks were a good sign, but going 4-for-15 hurts. At least he only missed one free throw.
Where did that come from?
Well that was unexpected. Nice work, but can you keep it up?
The Uni-Kornet was a problem for Charlotte at the end of the game. With Mitchell Robinson tweaking his ankle, the Knicks had to give Luke some crucial minutes, and he stepped up nicely. He’s barely played this season, but he did have stretches of production last season. If Robinson is out for any time, he has the potential to be a low-end producer.