Now that the election is over, we can all finally take a deep breath (we all deserve it) and focus on our fantasy teams. With six games on the slate last night, we saw the defending champs suffer their first loss of the season, the Blazers backcourt carry them to a win, and a showdown between DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. There's plenty to recap, so let's get to it!
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Harrison Can Hit Broad Side of Barn
Harrison Barnes had his third 30-point night in just seven games with the Mavericks in a 109-97 win over the Lakers. Barnes put up 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting to go with two rebounds, two assists, and one three-pointer. Owners who took a chance on Barnes after a lackluster preseason are being handsomely rewarded. J.J. Barea put up 18 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, and two three-pointers in 34 minutes, while Wesley Matthews only scored nine points, but added four rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and one three-pointer. Seth Curry scored 23 points off the bench and added four rebounds, four assists, three steals, and four treys. While Matthews is a player to own in standard leagues, Curry’s value is limited to deeper leagues and Barea’s value is more short-term while Deron Williams is nursing a groin injury.
Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson were the only Lakers players to top 20 points, with Swaggy P putting up 20 points, two rebounds, and three treys and Clarkson finishing with 22 points, two assists, three steals, and two treys. Clarkson is worth owning despite his role coming off the bench, but Young’s value is limited to the points and three-point categories for the most part. Julius Randle scored 15 points with 10 boards, one assist, and one steal, and D’Angelo Russell put up 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists, and two three-pointers. Outside of the aforementioned, there isn’t much standard-league fantasy value on the Lakers roster right now. Luol Deng is droppable after failing to score double-digit points for the third-straight
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Hawks Deal Cavs First Loss
The Hawks got three big performances from Denis Schroder, Paul Millsap, and Kent Bazemore in a 110-106 upset win over the Cavs. Schroder put up 26 points to go with two rebounds, six assists, and three treys, Millsap posted 21 points, five boards, one assist, and two treys, while Bazemore put up 25 points, six rebounds, three assists, and four three-pointers. Dwight Howard only scored seven points, but was able to grab 17 rebounds and block three shots in 27 minutes of action. D-12 briefly left the game to get stitches on his lip, but shouldn’t miss any time due to the injury. The Hawks didn’t get much production outside of those four players, and there really aren’t any other players worth owning in standard fantasy leagues at the moment.
The Cavs also got a Big-3 performance on Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough to keep the defending champs from losing their first game of the season. LeBron James scored 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go with nine rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two three-pointers. Not to be outdone, Kevin Love racked up 24 points, 12 boards, three assists, and two steals, while Kyrie Irving led the team with 29 points to go with one rebound, four assists, one steal, one block, and one trey. Chandler Frye had a strong game with 12 points, seven rebounds, one assist, and three treys, but he’s still not worth a look outside of deeper leagues. J.R. Smith struggled mightily and was just 2-of-13 from the field for six points, two rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two treys. Despite his struggles on Tuesday, Smith is still worth owning for his three-point shooting. Tristan Thompson didn’t attempt a shot in 25 minutes and while he’s worth holding, he’s not a must-own player in standard fantasy leagues.
Nets Improve to .500
The Nets surprisingly managed to get to .500 with a 119-110 win over the Timberwolves and were led by a 26 points performance from Brook Lopez to go with three rebounds, one assist, three blocks, and three treys. Trevor Booker came close to double-doubling with 15 points, nine rebounds, one assist, three steals, and one block. Needless to say, he’s worth picking up if he’s available. Bojan Bogdanovic and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson each scored 13 points, while Sean Kilpatrick scored 14 points off the bench to go with five rebounds, three assists, and one steal. Isaiah Whitehead also had an interesting stat line of six points, five rebounds, seven assists, and one block in 26 minutes. While Hollis-Jefferson and Kilpatrick as the players to own, Whitehead is worth a look while Jeremy Lin (hamstring) is out. Lopez is likely to play the back-to-back against the Knicks on Wednesday, but Justin Hamilton would get the start (and be an interesting DFS option) if Lopez sits.
While the Wolves are off to a disappointing 1-5 start, they got a great fantasy performance out of Andrew Wiggins in the loss. Wiggins put up 36 points on 13-of-29 shooting and added eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, and six treys. Karl Anthony-Towns joined the fun with 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one block, and one trey, while Zach LaVine contributed 17 points on 5-of-16 shooting. Kris Dunn was held scoreless in 16 minutes, and Tyus Jones ended up with the (much) better line of 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists, five steals, and two three-pointers in 32 minutes off the bench. Dunn is still worth owning over Jones, but keep an eye on Jones as Ricky Rubio (elbow) remains without a timetable.
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Vinsanity Leads Way
While the Grizzlies didn’t get any monster performances on Tuesday, they had quite the all-around effort with multiple players chipping in for the win. Vince Carter led the team with 20 points, while Marc Gasol finished with 19 points, two rebounds, six assists, and one block. Zach Randolph had 16 points off the bench to go with eight points, and Mike Conley played through a hamstring injury and only shot 4-of-15 from the field with 10 points, three rebounds, seven assists, and five steals. The injury shouldn’t be anything that forces him to miss action, so Conley owners shouldn’t worry too much. Chandler Parsons and James Ennis each had nine points with Ennis having the better game between the two. Carter can be left on waivers, but Ennis will likely lose standard league value with Parsons working back towards full health.
Emmanuel Mudiay and Danilo Gallinari both continued their strong play and led the way with 23 and 21 points, respectively. Gallinari had the better peripherals with seven rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block, and three treys, while Mudiay added four rebounds, seven assists, and one three-pointer. The Twin Towers of Nikola Jokic (12 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one three) and Jusuf Nurkic (11 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and one block) both had solid-yet-unspectacular games. Gary Harris had 15 points (and two threes) in 30 minutes while Kenneth Faried put up five points with 11 boards and one assist off the bench. While Mudiay, Gallinari, Jokic, Nurkic, and Harris are all worth owning, Faried is a borderline player in standard leagues.
Blazers Dynamic Duo
CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard both went off for Portland the Blazers beat the Suns 124-120 on Tuesday. Lillard scored a game-high 38 points to go with five rebounds, three assists, and three treys, while McCollum had 33 points, six rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block, and four three-pointers. Moe Harkless gets the third star of the game for the Blazers with 20 points, six boards, one assist, one steal, one block, and two three-pointers, while Mason Plumlee chipped in with 10 points, five boards, five assists, and one block. Both players are worth a flier in standard leagues, though Harkless will see his upside limited while splitting minutes with Allen Crabbe (three points) and Evan Turner (five points).
Eric Bledsoe continued his strong play with a team-high 31 points in the loss (to go with four rebounds, four assists, and two treys. He shot 9-of-13 from the field and 11-12 from the line in a game that fantasy owners have to be very happy about. Devin Booker followed Bledsoe with 23 points, one steal, and two three-pointers. His peripheral stats weren’t great, but Booker will have plenty of fantasy value this season. P.J. Tucker (11 points, nine rebounds, four assists, five steals, and three treys) and Brandon Knight (11 points, four rebounds, six assists, one steal, and one trey) had solid games off the bench and are both worth owning in deeper leagues (with Knight being the more solid option in standard leagues).
Boogie Beats Brow
DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings in a win over the Pelicans as he filled up the stat sheet with 28 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks. Rudy Gay chipped in 19 points with six rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block, and two three-pointers, while Arron Afflalo (15 points, two rebounds, two assists, two threes) was the only other Kings player with more than 10 points. Ty Lawson was held scoreless and can be dropped with the return of Darren Collison (nine points, one rebound, four assists, two steals, and one three) from suspension.
Anthony Davis had another big game (shocking, I know) with 34 points, eight rebounds, one assist, two steals, and four blocks. Davis’ health will always be a nightly question mark, but he’s been returning top-3 value thus far. Outside of Davis, E’Twaun Moore (13 points), and Buddy Hield (14 points), the Pelicans didn’t receive much help from the rest of their roster. Moore is worth a flier while Tyreke Evans (knee) and Jrue Holiday (personal) are out, but Hield is more of a deep league add right now. Tim Frazier struggled to five points on 2-of-8 shooting, but was still able to add five rebounds, nine assists, one block, and one three-pointers. He's worth holding onto while Holiday is out.