Once a decade or so, a rookie comes into the league and, not only is it extremely obvious that they are special, they immediately hit the floor running. Not since LeBron has a rookie demonstrated All-Star level production, keeping up with and often times dominating seasoned pros in the best basketball league in the world. Luka Doncic provides matchup issues for opposing teams and is such a dynamic offensive force for the Mavs, making every teammate better. While making serious waves in the NBA, in fantasy he still has plenty of areas he can improve. Currently, he’s been hovering around the top 80 in standard category leagues. The main culprits of keeping his fantasy value anchored are his percentages and turnovers. He also has room to grow in the steals department. For now, he’s an exciting, yet flawed player to roster on your fantasy squad, but he’s already one of the most fun players in real life and fantasy.
Luka was 2 boards short of messing around and was just a savage in this one. He scored at all 3 levels and was the obvious leader of the Mavs. When the percentages start to creep up, look out, because the sky’s the limit for Doncic.
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.
Kevin put the Huert on Philly. This looks so much like a good Klay line. He’s capable of more in the counting stats, but the scoring is nice. He’s locked and loaded for the rest of the season.
JC has been on a serious tear putting up points and boards like they’re going out of business. At the same time, he’s been a stocks desert. It’s minuscule but worth noting that he’s strung together three straight games with a steal.
Without Embiid to contend with, Dedmon put his stamp on this game, dominating Muscala to a near triple-double. He’s still a serious trade candidate, but this was a gem of a game.
Simmons took over with Embiid out and put together a great performance, contributing in almost every cat. The three-point shot watch is still fruitless, but otherwise, this again shows how great BS can be.
Butler took the reigns as lead scorer and really gave fantasy GMs a boost with that efficient and high volume free throw shooting. Even with all of the drama, he’s putting up great numbers and is #14 overall in standard leagues.
With Giannis out, it was up to Middleton to pick up a majority of the slack. He put up a valiant effort against the Wiz. Maybe he’s getting back on track after four straight 20+ scoring games.
Beal is in the top 20 for the season and the #8 player overall the last two weeks. With Wall gone, it’s his team and he’s going to be putting up potential 1st round numbers the rest of the way.
Sato had been in a little bit of a funk so this performance was great to see. He messed around for the first time in his career. He’s more than capable of being a top 75 guy and helping fantasy teams for the rest of the season.
With only one dud so far in 2019, DRuss may be earning the trust of the coaches and heating up. He’s the #31 player in standard leagues over the last two weeks, so he may have found his groove and looks to meet his top 50 potential.
Toronto only needed Kawhi for 26 minutes in this one, so it’s an impressive line considering. Kawhi has been rewarding fantasy GMs with top 10 play and he has the potential to turn it up a notch and get into that top 5.
This was another ridiculous performance from the Beard. He was a perfect 11-for-11 from the line, hit 8 3’s, managed a 43-point triple-double, and even added 4 stocks. He’s the clear leader for MVP, and if you punt turnovers, he has no peer in fantasy.
KAT is coming in at #7 in overall value in standard leagues and this is a line that perfectly reflects that ranking. He’s bringing elite scoring, boards, percentages, and blocks. While the trading away of Jimmy hasn’t propelled him into the top 5 as many had hoped, he’s still playing great and is one of the best big men in the game.
Rose didn’t miss a beat after being out for six games with an injured ankle. I’m always expecting the ball to drop, but Rose keeps proving me wrong. He continues to defy the odds and is the #66 player in fantasy.
Who said Lillard couldn’t get defensive stats? 7 combined stocks is just bananas. He’s offering borderline 1st round value and continues to be a beast.
CJ posted a really nice one here, dropping 5 3’s and leading the game in scoring. Overall, he’s been a letdown for GMs that drafted him in the early middle rounds, but games like this help ease their pain.
Is Nurkic the best playmaker in Portland? Ok, probably not, but he does put up the 7 or 8 assist games more than you would expect. Also…6 blocks??? Wow. He’s a surprise top 40 player for the season.
Mitchell was electric in this one, taking over the reins of the point guard spot due to injuries. He was more or less unstoppable and even included a highlight dunk on Javale McGee. After an amazing rookie season, he’s been held back by rough FG%, so this game was a nice move in the right direction.
The efficiency could have been better, but it’s hard to complain about 12 and 18. He had a few highlight-worthy swats and has been delivering 2nd round value this season, even with his poor FT%. Enjoy the ride.
It seemed like LaVine was the only Bull scoring in this one. He has been a surprisingly efficient scorer this season and continued the trend here.
Durant is the #4 player in fantasy, and he continued his uber-efficient play in this one.
Klay’s been on a heater for back-to-back games. He won’t give much besides scoring, FT%, and 3’s, but he can definitely give you elite output in those categories.
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.
The Unikornet couldn’t take advantage of Kanter’s hamburger-related illness and totally flopped as a starter. He’s in the rotation for now but is really worth following in deep leagues.
Lowry appears to still be shaking off the rust after his time off from his back injury. He’ll most likely round into form soon, so buying low makes sense. He was balling hard before the injuries.
This was an extremely disappointing line for Thompson with Nance out. Even with the opportunity, Tristan has been trending down and is not worth rostering in standard leagues unless you are absolutely desperate for boards.
Kuzma really struggled in this one. Following his massive 40 point game, this has to be a letdown for his fantasy GMs, but the Lakers were just outclassed by Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz. He should have a nice bounceback next game.
Dunn has been rolling lately, but this was just an off game where they were way overmatched. He’ll probably get a double-double in the next one.
The last couple of games have been trending down, so this game is definitely a little concerning. Still, it was a blowout, so hopefully, he can get back to his 20 and 8 ways soon.
It appeared things were back on track after the big game against Portland. This game proved otherwise. He should be seeing a return to top 100 play soon.
Solid and Noteworthy
These are the good performances we wanted to make note of.
The turnovers and FG% keep him outside of the top 200, but Young’s points, 3’s assists, and steals are all helpful. He’ll continue to be a polarizing player in the NBA and in fantasy.
Brogdon has quietly been having an extremely solid season, offering up top 60 value. This is just another in a long line of boring but nice lines.
While his boards are never good for a center, his scoring has been in a slump, but the blocks and threes are so valuable. He’s currently inside the top 50, pushing 2.6 3s and 2 blocks. This is a validating bounce-back season after the Lakers debacle.
This was a standard line for Oladipo. He’s been a mild disappointment for fantasy GMs, but he’s still a top 40 player with room to improve.
Sabonis always seems to put up efficient scoring and boards up in a hurry. The assists can be nice too. While the lack of stocks and 3’s continue to hold him back from elite fantasy production.
This was a solid bounce-back scoring game for Mudiay, though fantasy GMs would have liked to have seen more counting stats. The points and assists are generally his only helpful areas, and the assists were obviously not great here.
This was a weird rotation for the Nets as no player got over 28 minutes. Still, Allen made the most of his time on the floor with a near double-double and 3 combined stocks.
Green once again shows his ability to be sneaky productive in 3’s and stocks, while contributing little in the other cats. He’s inside the top 100 for the season, so it’s been a decent return to form for Green.
This was an oddly low amount of boards for the generally reliable double-double machine. Still, Capela was extremely efficient, didn’t kill you from the line, and gave you a little something in every cat (minus 3s).
With CP3 and Gordon out, House has been solidly productive and a nice find in deeper leagues. Obviously, his fantasy value rests solely on having those guys out, but he has shown himself to be a decently productive player if given the opportunity.
Ingles has been more up and down this season than we expected, but he offered up a nice double-double, along with 3 3’s and 4 assists. He’s just outside of the top 100 for the season, but he can definitely work his way in to offer top 80 value.
Hot streaks are always fun.
Shannon’s little bro is starting to warm up and produce. This marks three of the last four games in double digits. Keep an eye on him and his potentially growing role.
Unsure if good game with bad stats or bad game with good stats…
It wasn’t efficient, but it was real close to a triple-double. If he has been hitting his shots, the scoring could have been huge. The 3 steals were also nice.
This was some rough shooting, but Kemba still managed to have a solid looking line if you turn a blind eye to that FG%. He’s having a great season and will bounce back in the next one.
Where did that come from?
Well that was unexpected. Nice work, but can you keep it up?
It was ugly from the field, but beautiful from the line. Getting to the line eight times in 18 minutes raises some eyebrows and 12/4/4 is nothing to sneeze at. With the Rockets dealing with some serious depth issues, Knight could start to carve out more of a role and is definitely a guy to keep an eye on in deep leagues.
This was a classic blowout game special. Still, this makes for a surprising four straight double-digit games. Unfortunately, he was shaken up at the end of the game and headed to the locker room. While the recent production has been deep league interesting, I’m not buying it.
For what has been a completely wasted season for Bell, he at least has this decent line to show for it. It looks like he can only get minutes in blowouts, and with Boogie looming, he’s a complete non-factor in fantasy.