Caris LeVert was the story of the night with a gruesome leg injury, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s new owners are laughing on their way to the bank, Derrick White and Quinn Cook owners are probably not laughing this morning, and the Wolves looked rejuvenated in the wake of Jimmy Butler’s departure. But the whole night was a bit of a bummer given what happened to LeVert. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here.
Goodbye, Caris LeVert
This one hurts. I still haven’t watched it and I don’t plan to. LeVert suffered a gruesome leg injury last night and is almost certainly lost for the rest of the season, and I owned him in quite a few spots. But mainly I just feel bad for him, as he was having a career year and was a great story. In any case, D’Angelo Russell stepped up after LeVert played just 17 minutes last night and hit 9-of-15 shots (all nine makes were 3-pointers) on his way to a season-high 31 points, six assists and two steals. LeVert was doing so much for this team there will be several players who will see a usage boost, and DAR should be one of them. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who owners were dumping in bulk on Sunday and Monday, had a nice game with 14 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block in 27 minutes and is another winner in the loss of LeVert. Oddly, he started at center for Jarrett Allen (illness), but RHJ is a prime candidate to start in LeVert’s place going forward.
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Joe Harris hit just 3-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers, but the key is that Joe Harris took 15 shots, which is a season high. DeMarre Carroll was back tonight and had 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers, but I’m not too excited about him, and would still rather still own Harris or RHJ. And then there’s Allen Crabbe, who played 24 minutes, but hit just 2-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for six points and two steals. He almost has to also get a boost out of this sad situation. And as a side note, Ed Davis came off the bench for seven points and a season-high 14 rebounds, but keep in mind Allen was out with the flu.
So, in short, if I were going to rank Nets pickups right now, I’d go with this order.
Karl-Anthony Towns celebrated the loss of Jimmy Butler with 25 points, 21 rebounds, a steal and two blocks on 9-of-11 shooting. But he also had 10 turnovers for a dubious triple-double. Good riddance, Jimmy. And Derrick Rose went off for 23 points. And Jeff Teague (knee) was back and went off with a 23 & (a season–high) 11-assist double-double. And Andrew Wiggins (quad) was back and filled the stat sheet. And Taj Gibson had a season-high 17 points, nine boards, a steal and a block. And the Wolves beat the Nets. Forget about the turnovers, and simply celebrate KAT and the rest of his mates all putting up big numbers and getting the W in their special way of saying goodbye to Jimmy B. As for Gibson, he’s hot, scoring at least 15 points in three of his last four games, but Dario Saric is on his way and I just don’t see how he doesn’t hurt Gibson’s value substantially. But Saric, along with all the other Wolves starters, may have a new lease on life with Butler in Philly, and they should be fun to watch going forward.
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Popular Pickups, The Guards Edition
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander stayed red-hot for the Clippers on Monday, hitting 8-of-11 shots for 18 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. He missed all three of his 3-pointers, but is probably the hottest pickup in fantasy right now.
Bogdan Bogdanovic hit 9-of-17 shots and three 3-pointers for the Kings, finishing with 22 points and three assists in 25 minutes. He’s going to get run and hurt the usage of several of his teammates, and should be owned everywhere.
Derrick White had 11 points, five assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 26 minutes, so just hang in there with the Spurs starting point guard.
Quinn Cook struggled for the Warriors on Monday, hitting 3-of-7 shots for seven points, two assists, a steal and a 3-pointer, but he’s got four more games this week to make it up to you. Stephen Curry (groin) won’t play on Tuesday, so we know he’s got at least one more chance at success this week, if not more.
Furkan Korkmaz had a career-high 16 points with three 3-pointers and one steal in 22 minutes. Just put the Sixer on your radar.
Not So Hot
Cameron Payne was a DNP-CD for the Bulls last night and might be completely out of the rotation. It's time to drop him.
Hot Magic Men
Aaron Gordon was back from his ankle injury and had a great stat line that included a double-double, and Terrence Ross stayed hot with 21 points, three boards, two assists and four 3-pointers on Monday. Ross is averaging 17 points and 3.0 3-pointers over his last five games. Jonathan Isaac is nearing a return from his ankle injury, but Ross is worth owning until he cools off, especially in DFS.
OPJ No Bueno
Otto Porter Jr. was quiet and played just 22 minutes, while Jeff Green came through with 18 points, six boards, two steals, a block and four 3-pointers in 21 minutes, and Markieff Morris came through with 16 points, eight boards, a block and a three. Just hang in there with Porter, as he’ll get it going eventually, and if you picked up Green for the four games this week, so far, so good. I actually told people to play Green this week, which is odd, as I’m not really a Green guy.
Joel Embiid went crazy again with 35 & 18 with three 3-pointers, and J.J. Redick scored 25 with three 3-pointers. Wilson Chandler started at power forward, but it’s baby steps for him right now, as he had five points, three assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 23 minutes. Mike Muscala came off the bench for 13 points, eight boards and three 3-pointers, and with Chandler struggling to return to form from his hamstring injury, the two could be sharing time at power forward. I’m not racing out to pick either of them up. And Redick will likely take a hit when Jimmy Butler takes the floor on Wednesday.
Anthony Davis went for 25 & 20 with six assists, Julius Randle double-doubled, Jrue Holiday had 29 points and 14 dimes, and E’Twaun Moore had a season-high 30 with three 3-pointers on 13-of-18 shooting. Elfrid Payton (ankle) is getting close, which will hurt Moore. But props are due if you used him last night.
Joe Ingles stayed hot on Monday with 19 points, six boards, five assists, a steal and three 3-pointers after his monster 27-point game on Friday. Hopefully this means he’s going to keep it going after struggling recently.
Jump on JJJ
Jaren Jackson Jr. had 10 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, a steal and five blocks in 27 minutes for the Grizzlies Monday. Jonas Nader has been begging you to pick him up, and now I am too. Kyle Anderson had a 7-13-5-1 line on 3-of-11 shooting, and has picked it up over his last five games. Maybe he’s about to get it going, but there are other players on waivers I’m more interested in picking up in most leagues.
TJW Keeps It Going
T.J. Warren made another start for the Suns on Monday and hit 10-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 21 points, six boards, two steals and a block in 40 minutes. He also had just one turnover, and is a must-own player after averaging 25 points, six boards, 1.3 steals, 1.7 blocks and 2.7 3-pointers over his last three games. Mikal Bridges had a fun line for the Suns with 13 points, four boards, three assists, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer. Put him on your radar.
Dennis Schroder Still Rolling Without Westbrook
Dennis Schroder had 20 points, five boards, nine assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes on Monday. I like him, even when Westbrook is ready to return from his ankle injury.
Bjelica Bounce Back?
Nemanja Bjelica played 27 minutes and hit 4-of-5 shots and 3-of-3 3-pointers for 11 points, six rebounds and a steal. He’s really cooled off, but one of his threes was a late dagger and I’m just going to hang in there with him for at least two more games. But the return of Bogdanovic has me a little worried.
Warriors – Clippers offers good news, bad news
Draymond Green (foot) was back and had a nice game, Klay Thompson scored 31 with five triples, and Kevin Durant had a 33-point triple-double, yet the Warriors still lost to the Clippers. Jordan Bell played just two minutes, and continues to be one of the most frustrating players in the league. He’s got four more chances to get it going this week.
Montrezl Harrell ate again on Monday, hitting 10-of-13 shots for 23 points, eight rebounds, a steal and a block. He’s coming off the Clippers bench, but he’s a must-own player at this point.