Oh yes, The Greek Freak wreaked (havoc), while the Nets D leaked (like a sieve). His future looks un-bleak and he was anything but meek on Friday night, as the Bucks powered past the Nets en route to a 116-to-91 victory. Rhymes aside, Giannis Antetokounmpo went 3-41-13-7-2-2-1 at home in Milwaukee on 14-of-20 shooting and 10-for-11 from the charity stripe. This was a rare fantasy line that helped you in every single category, and if you own him in fantasy, you’re hoping he can build off of this, especially the free throw shooting. There was a 10-Game slate in the NBA last night so let’s dive on in:
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*Side Note: If you didn’t hear already, then I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. This is obviously a crushing blow to fantasy owners and to the Pelicans. He was enjoying one of the best seasons of his career, and the Pelicans were probably looking at a playoff spot with him in the lineup. They currently sit in the 6th seed in the West. We all wish him a speedy recovery.
John Henson– 12-10-5-0-1-2 on 5-of-7 FGs. He’s finally getting some minutes. Can you believe this is his sixth year in the league already? Actually, his sophomore season he had better numbers, but that was on a less talented Bucks team. Maybe the firing of Jason Kidd will help this team.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson– Left the game after only 13 minutes with a right groin strain. Hopefully, he’ll be alright, as he’s having a breakout year.
DeMarre Carroll– 1-14-9-3-2-0-1 He’s been ballin’ lately. Add him if he was dropped in 12-ers.
D’Angelo Russell– 2-14-1-0-0-0-7 in 21 minutes off the bench. “How Does it Feel” to have one of the worst Assist-to-Turnover ratios I’ve ever seen in a game?
Jarrett Allen-12-6-1-1-1-0 in 20 minutes. If he can keep getting minutes in the low to mid 20’s he can be effective. Keep an eye on him in 12-ers.
Milos Teodosic– 3-18-1-4-0-0-1. He’s been up and down, but probably worth owing in 12-ers. He’s mostly a punt TO’s guy though.
Lou Williams– 4-40-2-10-4-1-2. Definitely a candidate to get the lede tonight, as he shot 12-for-19 from the field and 12-of-14 from the FT line. Too Sweet! Anyone watch Raw 25 on Monday?
Mario Chalmers– 2-17-4-10-1-2-3. Superintendent Chalmers with one of the most unlikely double-doubles on the night. Skinnerrrr!
Chris Paul– 4-38-3-8-1-0-0 on 11-of-19 shooting and 12-for-12 from the line. Another candidate for the lede, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Pels, and Giannis had better headline potential. Next time CP3!
Anthony Davis- 27-11-5-0-5-1. The obvious beneficiary of the Boogie injury. Ugh… You hate to see one of the league’s superstars go down for the season. Just look at the NFL this year; One of the worst seasons for injuries in my memory. I mean you’ve got a backup QB in the Super Bowl for crying out loud. I’m rooting for Foles as a Jets fan, but I have little faith… What were we talking about again?
Jrue Holiday– 1-21-5-7-1-0-2 on 8-of-12 FGs. “Jrue Life: I Just got a Slight Boost in Fantasy Value due to a Devastating Injury to a Teammate. “
Ben Simmons– 21-5-7-2-1-3. ROY? Sophomore of the Year?
Joel Embiid– 1-18-13-3-1-0-0. My Namelganger had actually a slightly below average night for him.
Kyle Anderson– 4-4-1-1-0-2. He was a hot add after the Kawhi injury news, but he disappoints in this one as the Spurs fell to the Sixers 97-to-78. The Sixers were something like 0-15 in San Antonio their last 15 games there so this is a true changing of the guard.
Dejounte Murray– 10-9-5-1-1-2 in 34 minutes. He’s the new starter for the Spurs and getting a ton of burn. Tony Parker has bowed out as the starter like a true pro and Murray has taken advantage. Definitely an add if he’s still available. He won’t hit many 3’s, just be forewarned.
Damian Lillard- 3-29-3-3-0-0-4 on 9-of-18 shooting. Damn baby, all I need is a Lillard bit. Forced? Maybe. Worth it? Probably nah. Ballin’? Ya.
Ed Davis– 15-13-1-0-3-2 on 6-of-7 shooting in 28 minutes. Probably nothing worth monitoring, but a nice game. He’s a streamer.
Zach Collins- 2-9-3-2-1-1-2 in only 15 minutes. Just wanted to mention him quickly. I think he’s got potential, but he needs some minutes.
Harrison Barnes– 2-21-7-3-1-1-1 with 7-of-7 FTs. He’s pretty boring, but he puts up decent, consistent scoring stats.
Dennis Smith Jr.– 4-18-4-7-2-0-1 on 7-of-14 shooting. The Prodigy has had a nice month.
Taurean Prince– 3-21-4-1-1-0-3. The Prince of Georgia has been rough to own the last few weeks, but maybe this is the start of a turnaround.
Kent Bazemore- 4-26-2-4-1-2-4. Having one of his best seasons, playing like Clark Kent.
John Collins– 2-10-9-0-1-1-1 in 21 minutes. Unleash the Beast!
Kemba Walker– 5-29-4-4-3-0-4-3. Green Label tonight.
Nicolas Batum– 3-19-4-8-1-0-2. Batum made French toast of the Hawks D. It’s getting late, sorry…
Dwight Howard– 18-15-3-1-7-4. He was probably the runner-up to be the lede tonight, because of the revenge game narrative, but honestly, I couldn’t think of a good title. Just for S’s and G’s here’s some of my ideas: “Dwight Wedding”, “Atlanta, Out on Dwight, Dwight Plays Out of his Mind”, or “Dwight Supremacy”. I almost regret not going with that last one.
Derrick Favors– 10-9-1-2-1-1 in 27 minutes. It looks like he’s finally learning to coexist with Rudy.
Rudy Gobert– 18-15-3-1-2-3 and even chipped in 4-of-5 FTs. Damn, already wasted my French toast pun on Batum…
Ricky Rubio– 2-14-6-6-2-0-3 on 5-of-11 shooting. Unfortunately, this is about AGAIGs (As Good As It Gets) for Rubio this year.
Jonas Valanciunas– 2-28-14-2-1-4-1 on 12-of-16 shooting. Fourth runner up for the lede tonight, had an exceptional outing, but he’s been inconsistent. Late-round value on the year.
Domantas Sabonis– 1-17-11-2-1-0-4. ‘Bonis Points!
Victor Oladipo– 4-25-6-7-1-0-5. This is not even a great game for him with the TOs…
Darren Collison– 3-19-2-7-6-1-2. Mr. Efficient. Having a career year in FG%, FT%, TOs, and 3PT%.
LeBron James– 26-10-11-4-1-11 on 11-of-17 shooting. Action ‘Bronson with the quad-dub if you’re counting TOs. Not the prettiest AST:TO, but if you own LeBron, there’s a solid chance you’re punting free throws. I wonder if he congratulated his younger self on the triple-double before the game on Instagram…
J.R. Smith– 7-23-0-0-4-0-1. Probably his best line of the year without looking at his game log. He does seem to get hot just in time for fantasy playoffs. I know I lost one season because he hit like nine 3’s in a game a few years back.
Isaiah Thomas– 2-12-2-5-0-1-5 on 5-of-13 shooting. I am a little worried, but we’ll chalk it up to him still getting into rhythm. At least Cleveland won a game…Maybe they can get a good feeling going.
Brandon Ingram– 25-9-5-1-0-3 on 10-for-18 shooting, but hit only 5-of-8 free throws. Can’t complain too much after a nice line like this, but I’m going to anyway. He’s really tanking your FTs if you own him (67.6% on the year), which is extra frustrating because he looks like he’s stoned all the time. He definitely looks like he puts the ‘gram’ in Ingram.
Brook Lopez– 1-17-6-1-0-2-1 in 20 minutes. Had a little extra juice going up against his brother. This was his first game getting 20 minutes in his last eight games, and I feel sorry for anyone who drafted him, as he’s been one of the biggest disappointments of the season. At least if you took Hayward you could drop him right away. Some people are still holding on to Brook.
Kyle Kuzma– 1-9-2-2-1-1-1 on 4-for-12 shooting. Followed up a great performance on national television with this clunker. Actually, he did get a half-rainbow if you’re a rainbow half-full kind of guy.
Zach LaVine– 2-10-3-1-0-0-1 on an ugly 3-for-17 shooting in 26 minutes. The Bulls are still being cautious with him, so this is a buy-low if his owners forgot what he’s capable of.
Denzel Valentine– 4-16-11-4-0-1-2. You know he’s going off on the 14th! This was just the warm-up.
Bobby Portis– 2-16-9-1-0-0-1 on an efficient 6-of-13 shooting and 2-for-2 from the stripe. That’s why he’s worth owning, he can help your ratios. It’s always nice to have guys on your squad that just don’t really hurt you in any way, even if they don’t contribute in certain Cats.
Kristaps Porzingis– 3-19-7-2-0-3-1. ‘Zin-God is going to the All-Star game as a reserve, but his team has not played very well and fans are starting to doubt he can be a true number-one option on a team, but you don’t care about that, as long as he’s putting up big numbers!
Enes Kanter- 20-10-1-1-1-1 on 8-of-10 shooting and 4-of-5 from the line. I hope his head is ok, because he just hit his ceiling. Eh? Eh?
Michael Beasley– 1-7-6-1-2-0-1 in just 18 minutes. Man, I think I’d still hold on in 12ers. The Walking Bucket has been too good over his previous six games. C’mon Hornacek! Unleash the Beas!
Trey Burke- 2-18-1-3-0-0-2 on 8-14 shooting. He brings the energy on offense that Frank Ntilikina hasn’t been able to provide, and it’s looking worse and worse for the young rook. That said, Trey is looking like a spec. add.
Josh Jackson– 1-18-8-0-2-0-0 in 29 minutes off the bench. He’s creeping up towards being ownable, and it might not be the worst idea to add him in case he breaks out. Just beware of his poor FT shooting. His form is just fugly…
It was a big slate last night, so I’m sure there were some pretty good lines I left out, but nothing too earth-shattering. Hopefully, it was a good night for you guys, and to the Cousins owners out there, RIP to your season. Just kidding, keep fighting! Don’t be afraid to leave a comment or question, and as always, thanks for reading!