Matt Barnes capped off the Memphis Grizzlies comeback victory over the Pistons, by drilling a half court shot with 1.1 seconds left in the game. It’s probably the best mood that Barnes has been in all season. I don’t think Derek Fisher will have to worry about getting punched this week..

I was a bit surprised that Barnes took the shot considering there were still a few ticks on the clock when he chucked it up. Either way, it was a nice finish to a nice game from Barnes (8 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists in 30 minutes). The journeyman forward has always been a borderline fantasy player for his ability to do a little bit of everything.

Barnes had a nice string of games at the end of November, but now that Zach Randolph is back (21 points and 16 rebounds), Barnes has seen his minutes decrease. He should probably be dropped in 10 and 12 team leagues, but should continue to be monitored, should he see around 30 minutes a night.

Marc Gasol – Z-Bo and Barnes weren’t the only Grizzlies with double-digit rebounds, as Gasol finished with 19/12/4/2.

Andre Drummond – AD did his best to battle the Grizzlies frontcourt, posting 18 points and 19 rebounds himself. As an added bonus, he contributed 2 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks for a solid all-around game.

Reggie Jackson – After scoring only 4 points on Monday, Jackson rebounded to post 18/7/3 for the Pistons.

Patrick Beverley – After missing a bunch of games in the middle of November, Beverley looks to be finally healthy. It took him a few games to get back into the swing of things after coming back from injury, but he’s been fairly solid in the last 6 games with double figures and a couple steals, rebounds, and steals each game. Last night, he went 14/4/4 with 4 threes. He didn’t have any steals, which is unusual for him, but owners in need of threes, steals, and assists could do worse. If this strong play continues (and he stays healthy), then Beverley should have no problem maintaining the starter’s spot and minutes over Ty Lawson (2 points, 2 assists in 21 minutes).

James Harden – What a game for the beard: 42 points, 7 assists, 9 rebounds, 5 threes, 2 steals, and 2 blocks (13-23 FG, 5-9 3pt, and 11-12 FT). His shooting percentages will continue to rise with games like this.

Corey Brewer – Starting for the injured Trevor Ariza (back), Brewer put up 15/7/3. Nice stat line, but this should be short lived. Ariza was able to go through pregame warmups on Wednesday, but just didn’t feel well enough to play. He should be back soon.

John Wall – Wall was a rebound shy of a triple double, with 26 points, 12 assists, and 9 rebounds, and now has three straight 20-point games. I don’t expect him to be a 20+-point scorer every night, but the all-around play should continue.

Marcin Gortat – 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Polish Hammer in his return for the Wizards. He missed the past three games while tending to his sick mother in Poland.

Jared Sullinger and Isaiah Thomas – The Celtics had a balanced box score with 8 guys in double figures, but it was Sullinger and Thomas who carried the Celtics to their victory over the Bulls. Sullinger went 10 and 16 with 3 blocks, while Thomas went 20/5/5, all 20 of which came in the second half.

Jimmy Butler – Butler continues to show the NBA that the Bulls are now his team. 36 points and 7 rebounds for the losing Bulls.

Pau Gasol – Tim Duncan may be a few years older, but he’s not the only old big man still producing. At 35, Gasol continues to produce with a 16/15/4/2/1 line, giving him 5 straight double-doubles.

Nicolas Batum – While Wall was a rebound shy of a triple-double, Batum had no problem getting it Wednesday night. 10/11/11 in only 28 minutes for his 5th career triple-double.

Kemba Walker – Walker had a nice all-around game too for the Hornets with 18/4/5/5.

Tyler Johnson – The Heat were blown out so it gave the bench players more playing time. Johnson was productive in his 29 minutes, scoring 20 points on 6-12 shooting. Johnson can definitely score, but the Heat’s starters just had an off night, so leave him on the waiver wire.

Marvin Williams – Williams should probably be owned in more leagues (64% ownership). He went for 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 threes last night and is a potential for 1 block/steal/three on a given night.

DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry – DeRozan and Lowry led the Raptors to a surprise victory over the Spurs. DeRozan went for 28 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds, while Lowry went for 19 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds.

Manu Ginobili – The Spurs’ starters didn’t play particularly well, leaving the Spurs’ bench to keep them in the game versus the Raptors. Tony Parker led the starters in plus minus with a -8. That’s not very good, but it was good for Ginobili. He posted 17/4/3 off the bench, after receiving a night off on Monday. The extra rest must have helped, but Ginobili has been solid in 3 of the last 4 games and could be a pickup in deeper leagues, if the hot streak continues.

Chris Paul – Let’s hope that Paul’s rib injury is behind him. In his second game back from the injury, CP3 dished out 18 assists, to go along with his 18 points. More importantly it was against 2 assists. A 9 turnover to assist ratio is quite impressive.

J.J. Redick – It was also Redick’s second game back from an ankle sprain. He exploded for 31 points with 6 threes. He’s still probably over rostered, but has the ability to go off on any given night.

DeAndre Jordan – DJ put Greg Monroe in a coffin, in what’s already being called the dunk of the year. In addition to the dunk, Jordan grabbed 19 rebounds, scored 9 points, and blocked 3 shots.

Blake Griffin – Blake posted a 21/14/4 line for his third straight double-double.

Michael Carter-Williams – The Bucks lost by 14, but MCW went for 20 points and 11 assists off the bench. O.J. Mayo (14/8/4) has been starting with Jerryd Bayless hurt and MCW regulated to bench duties. With MCW playing much better off the bench lately, this might be a more permanent change. As long as he has nights like this, owners won’t care if he’s coming off the bench or starting,

Greg Monroe – Despite being dunked on, Monroe posted a solid game with 16 and 10.

Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors – The Jazz blew out the Knicks by 21 on Wednesday. They were led by Hayward (24/5/4 with 4 threes) and Favors (20 points and 8 rebounds). Hayward has really picked things up lately (22.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, and 4.8 apg over the last 5 games), while Favors has been his consistent rebounding self.

Alex Len – 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 blocks for Len, who has now put together three great games. He’s seen his minutes fluctuate over the course of the season, but has seen 32, 22, and 36 minutes in the last three games. Since the Suns are 2-1 in those games, I expect Len to continue to see more playing time and should be picked up in all leagues (25% ownership).

Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight – Len’s 20-point game is a little more surprising, but seeing Bledsoe and Knight score 20+ isn’t. Bledsoe posted a 21/9/3 line, while Knight went 21/5/6 with 6 steals.

Jon Leuer – I wrote about Leuer last week and didn’t think he was worth the pickup. Now, Markieff Morris has been pushed to the bench, missed Wednesday’s game with an illness, and rumored to be of great interest to the Pelicans. Leuer has responded with his 5th straight double digit scoring game, with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block last night. Pick him up and hope he remains in the starting lineup.

Mirza Teletovic – A popular pickup recently (up 11% ownership), Teletovic continues to knock down the three ball with 4 3-pointers to go along with 15/5/3. While he’s shooting this hot, Teletovic should be picked up.

Nikola Vucevic – Monster double-double for Vucci Mane: 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Elfrid Payton – You want him for his assists and steals (10 assists and 5 steals last night), but his shooting and scoring is slowly improving, increasing his fantasy value. He’s now shot over 40% with double digit scoring in the last five games.

Victor Oladipo – He came off the bench, but still delivered a useful fantasy line with 14 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 threes.

Kevin Martin – He exploded for 37 points with 6 threes, after scoring 0 points in 14 minutes on Monday. He’s just too inconsistent and unhelpful in other categories for me. I’d rather own Redick, but I don’t blame you for dropping either guy.

Karl-Anthony Towns – Kudos to you, if you invested. Another day at the office for the big man: 26 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

Ricky Rubio – While Towns and Martin were scoring at will, Rubio was grabbing rebounds and dishing out assists. He finished with 5 points, 9 rebounds, and 12 assists.

Poor Lakers. They lost 123-122 in overtime to move to 3-19. Kobe Bryant (11 points on 5-13 shooting) volunteered to sit out the 4th quarter and overtime to let the younger guys play. Jordan Clarkson (14/4), Louis Williams (19/5/7), Julius Randle (20/12) and D’Angelo Russell (23/3 and 3 threes) all took advantage of the extra playing time. All guys are worth looks, while Kobe is benching himself and Nick Young is in Byron Scott’s doghouse.

Paul Millsap – 20 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block, but no threes? He’s in a bit of a long-range funk, shooting 2-19 over the last 10 games, but should snap out of it soon.

Kent BazemoreThabo Sefolosha (7 points and 6 rebounds) is starting, but Bazemore has still been productive off the bench lately, with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 threes last night.

Zaza Pachulia – Every week, I complain about the Wizards losing and praise Pachulia’s play. Well this week was no exception as the Rockets defeated the Wizards and Pachulia went for 11 and 17. Did I mention he’s owned in only 69% of leagues!?!

Mavericks backcourt – Raymond Felton (11/6/5), Deron Williams (18/7/6), and Wesley Matthews (17/3/4) all put up respectable lines for the Mavericks. Felton has been seeing 30+ minutes lately and has started to deliver, with 12 ppg, 7 rpg, and 5 apg over the last three. Williams has definitely rebounded from last season, but is still a health risk for me. The ankle injury history scares me so sell high while he’s healthy. Lastly, Matthews is off the minutes’ restriction and seems to be finally hitting his stride. Invest in him for points, threes, and steals.

  1. RicoSuave says:
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    Great Stuff Peter Kap!

    12 team H2H points league…

    Who is the better pick up Ilyasova or Cody Zeller?

    What’s happening in Houston? I have both Capela and T Jones but it’s painful…

    Thanks man

    • Peter Kap

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      @RicoSuave: I’d probably say Ersan long term. He’s getting more minutes and I like getting those threes from him. Zeller offers more blocks, but will see his minutes decrease when Big Al returns from suspension.

      In Houston, there’s just not enough minutes for all the big men. Jones and Capela are both intriguing fantasy plays for their ability to get steals, blocks, and boards. Unless there’s an injury or more clarity on the roles, I’d prefer Jones for now, but their values are closer than they were at the beginning of the season.

  2. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Pete! Wes Matthews or Reddick ros? Thanks!

    • Peter Kap

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      @Jerry: Definitely would go with Wes.

  3. runfast says:
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    Hello, Thanks for the quick and easy read! May i ask for a little more insight please. I finally dropped freaking markieff, but my team is struggling a bit with my projected projections?

    I know i definitely need ast,my stls are meh, and blks are not dominating as much as i thought they would…and for some reason 3s are always close! Ive been trying to shore up all the low end PGs available and In my frustration I accidentally dropped Larkin afor bazemore (AGAIN).

    12 tm, yahoo standard, punting FT

    PG: curry, kemba, rubio, calderon
    Wings: beal, wes matthews, clarkson, bazemore
    BIGS: Drummond, Deandre, Favors, MarvinWill, TJones

    FA: Mudiay, Larkin, Mahinmi, Hibbert, Sefolosha, Lawson, Kief, Capela, Grant, Motiejunas, Mayo, Jennings, Wroten, C Joseph, Kendall Marshall

    I am considering Mudiay (ugh) and I am also reconsidering stashing Markieff (no please!)/ re-adding Larkin. I should have given Larkin another shot as RHJ is injured (oops). Maybe my past matchups have been too close for comfort since I was rostering Markieff, Jones, Humphries and not to mention the injuries to freaking Rubio/Beal and Wes not exactly playing well yet?

    Thank you!

    • Peter Kap

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      @runfast: I’m surprised you’re not winning blocks as much as you are. Jordan, Favors, and Drummond should be more than enough. Same with steals, with elite guys like Curry, Kemba, and Rubio.

      So the two big areas I’d try and improve would be to get another elite passer and/or a bigger name wing. Maybe packaging Kemba and someone for John Wall or Kyle Lowry. You can also gain assists by trading one of your big men for Paul Millsap or Pau Gasol for out of position assists. Then use your extra roster spot for a pickup. Mudiay will get assists, but hurt you in percentages and turnovers. Or Jennings could be a stash for when he’s healthy.

  4. J says:
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    Hey Peter,

    14 Team (11CAT w/ FGM + FTM)

    Lillard, Teague, Collison
    RJackson, Clarkson, Danny Green
    Mirotic, TJones, Bazemore
    Griffin, Porzingis
    Hibbert, Kanter

    Managed to claim Danny off waivers. (Dropped meyers leonard)
    Should I have let go of someone else?

    Also, is anyone else on the wire worth a look over what I have?
    MLeonard, Chalmers, ETurner, Ginobili, Barnes, CoJo, Powell, Crabbe, Felton, Afflalo, OQuinn

    Thanks!

    • Peter Kap

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      @J: Dropping Leonard for Green was a smart pickup. Ginobili or Afflalo would be the next two guys I’d pick up, but you don’t really have anyone else to drop.

      I think you could probably use more blocks since Kanter doesn’t do that much. Maybe do a 2-for-1 with one of your guards/wings to get a shot blocking big and pick up Afflalo to replace them.

  5. v00dr00 says:
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    Zeller or Len? Big Al is a bad girl, but is Len more valuable anyway?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @v00dr00: Alex Len because I think he has the better shot for more minutes in the long term.

  6. Melo says:
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    Hey Pete.

    I got offered up Carmelo (my all time favorite player!) for McCollum. I really want to take the deal, but I just don’t know yet. I invested a lot in CJ on the draft day, been riding his bandwagon before the season even started, I checked out the stats, and it’s not that big of a difference, but Melo is still struggling because of his knee surgery and he’s not yet in full form IMO. He should get better as the season progresses, and this is the perfect buy low window. So, if you can give me some kind of advice, it would be really helpful, moves like this can change your whole season.

    This is my team.
    Lillard, McCollum, Knight, Bledsoe
    Hayward, Covington, Tobias Harris, Casspi
    Draymond Green, Favors
    Monroe, Big Al Jefferson, Brook Lopez

    • v00dr00 says:
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      @Melo: That dual guard combo tho!

    • Peter Kap

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      @v00dr00:@Melo: I would take the Carmelo side. It’s much closer than when the season started, but McCollum is a bit of a sell high, while Melo is def a buy low. Especially if you’re fine with threes already. CJ makes a few more than Melo, but Melo is the better rebounder.

  7. charlie says:
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    Maybe I missed something, but Evan Fornier was dropped and I just swapped Mizra Teletovic for the Frenchmen.

    He’s been dropped in 8% of Yahoo leagues, so am I outsmarting myself on this one or does he still have value?

    • Peter Kap

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      @charlie: Fournier’s start was unsustainable and he’s regressed. Still ownable, but he was playing way over his head. Teletovic has been hot, but I’d still want Fournier over him. Both should hit lots of threes, but Fournier does a little more in other categories.

  8. jdubs says:
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    Hey man, great stuff as always!

    quick question: should I drop bismack biyombo to stream steven adams today? I think bismack should continue to produce but with 2 transactions available this week I think I can squeeze three games out of that slot in the next four days as opposed to bismack’s two decent games. what do you think?

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      @jdubs: oops…14 team h2h cat. this week I’m going into the final stretch down 2-7 but I’m close in pretty much all the counting stats (3’s, points, assists, rebounds, blocks and steals not as much). This is a huge opportunity for me to break out of the middle of the pack so any help is appreciated! (Others available on the wire: Olynyk, Ginobli, crabbe, delledova, brewer)

      • Peter Kap

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        @jdubs: Streaming is a wise choice if it’s close in multiple categories, but I’d pick up someone who would help you win the most categories. If Adams wins you blocks and rebounds, then use him, but if multiple games from Manu or Brewer helps you win steals, assists, threes, AND points than I’d go with them. It’s all about maximizing games played for the categories you have the best shot at catching.

        • jdubs says:
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          @Peter Kap: Thanks, appreciate the tip! I think I’m going to use one of my moves on adams today and then see how the stats shake out going into the weekend before deciding on making another move

  9. Hey Pete Tyson Chandler and Alex Len are available… Who are you taking for ROS?

    • @Wnwdotcom: also Marvin Williams is on waivers. So him, Len or Chandler? H2h 8 cat

      • Peter Kap

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        @Wnwdotcom: I would take Marvin Williams right now, but that could change quickly. Would depend on how the Suns use Len. He’s seen his minutes fluctuate so much this season. Chandler is due back Friday, but he wasn’t doing much when healthy. Hopefully his return clarifies him and Len’s roles.

        • @Peter Kap: Thanks man! I’ll put a claim in for Marvin and keep an eye on the Suns front court

  10. tentyme says:
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    In a 12 team 9 cat h2h weekly league I made a trade and I was wondering if you think I over paid. I traded duncan and Otto porter for the poison goose n Dennis Schroder who was a throw in. I’ll drop Dennis for p bev. I have jerret jack to fill Otto s spot in the utility roll. Did I over pay? I’m worried about how much duncan will sit randomly during the fantasy playoffs. Thank you for your response.

    • Peter Kap

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      @tentyme: I’m assuming Posion Goose is Porzingis. He should be a top 40/50 talent and for that price, I wouldn’t say you overpaid.

  11. James says:
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    Would you accept a trade of there Kawhi Leonard for my Oladipo and Nowitzki???

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @James: Yes, I would definitely take Kawhi for Dirk and Oladipo.

      • James says:
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        @Peter Kap: Thanks man. I was also recently offered J.Butler and a struggling Mirotic for Beal and the Greek freak Antetoukumpo. Any thoughts on that one?!? Mind you I roster P.George and Klay Thompson and can’t wait to pair the 4.

        • Peter Kap

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          @James: Not sure if this deal is still on the table with Beal’s injury, but I’d probably want the Beal/Giannis side if all parties are healthy. Butler is the best player, but Beal/Giannis aren’t too far behind Butler. Mirotic’s minutes are a little too low for me.

          • James says:
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            @Peter Kap: I accepted the deal the day before news broke that Beal was dealing with the injury. Based on fantasy playoff schedule for the Bulls and me trying to punt assist it made sense for me to accept. It was really hard for me to let the Greek Freak go but I like the last 2 transactions I made based on projections. I have never thought about punting assists but for the first time ever I might not be in the top 3 in turnovers in my league!

  12. Tyler says:
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    9cat h2h who you got, Bjelica or Warren?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Tyler: Both guys have seen their minutes decrease lately. I’d probably go with Bjelica since he can shoot threes and I expect their rebound and point totals to be similar.

  13. TheJohn says:
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    can u plz rank these guy… best 2 i should keep

    ellis
    e gordon
    jack
    larkin
    g hill

    am quite low on assist 3’s and steal woudl be nice…

    thanks!

    • Peter Kap

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      @TheJohn: I’d rank them George Hill, Eric Gordon, Jack, Ellis, and Larkin. Jack is probably the best bet for assists though.

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