Games Played Week 8
4 Games: BKN, CLE, DEN, DET, NOP, NYK, SAS, TOR
3 Games: ATL, CHA, CHI, DAL, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, OKC, ORL, PHX, POR, SAC, UTA, WAS
2 Games: BOS, PHI
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Elie Okobo Suns 18% - Okobo’s played in two games since Isaiah Canaan was cut by the Suns and averaged 14 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers in them. He’s starting at point guard now and probably will for the rest of the season, and is off to a better start than Derrick White was for the Spurs. I’d rather have Okobo than White. He and the Suns play three times in Week 8. The tank is on and Okobo should get a ton of burn going forward.
Emmanuel Mudiay Knicks 13% – Mudiay blew up on Saturday with 28 points, seven assists, a steal and four 3-pointers, Trey Burke (knee) is hurt and Frank Ntilikina didn’t even get off the bench. I have no idea if the Knicks will stick with Mudiay, but after Saturday he’s worth a flier until we find out. Especially with four games.
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Tim Frazier Pelicans 17% - He’s made two straight starts, getting Jrue Holiday off the ball, and may continue to start until Elfrid Payton comes back from his wrist injury. Frank Jackson is out with an ankle injury right now, and Frazier is averaging 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 10.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 3-pointers over his last two games. He’s very intriguing with four games this week.
Cory Joseph Pacers 12% – Joseph is averaging 28 minutes over his last five games and Victor Oladipo is out indefinitely with his knee injury. Over those five games, CoJo is averaging 9.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.4 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting. He’s not a must-own player, but he should be decent until Oladipo is back. The Pacers have three games in Week 8.
Derrick White Spurs 11% – White had a good game on Friday with 11 points, five rebounds, nine assists and a 3-pointer for the Spurs. He’s averaging just 5.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and isn’t hitting many threes or getting many steals, but maybe Friday’s game will get him going. The Spurs and White have four games this week.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Clippers 57% - SGA has scored at least 12 points in four of his last five games, averaging 13.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting in them. He’s starting and getting 30 minutes a night, and looks as must-own as they come these days. Especially with the steals, blocks and 3-pointers he’s offering. The Clips play three times in Week 8.
Tyreke Evans Pacers 52% - Evans has been disappointing, but has to keep playing a big role for as long as Oladipo is out. He’s averaging 9.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five. He’s shooting just 30 percent from the floor over his last five games, and if he breaks out of his funk, he should post better numbers. The Pacers play three times in Week 8.
Marcus Smart Celtics 19% – Smart’s averaging 9.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five games, getting 29 minutes per night. He could keep the starting gig even when Jaylen Brown is back from his tailbone injury. Starting or not, Smart has locked up a nice-sized role for the Celtics. Unfortunately, this isn’t the week to use him, as Boston plays just two games.
Allonzo Trier Knicks 21% – Trier has cooled off the last couple games and played just 17 minutes on Saturday, but he’s also had a nice season for the Knicks thus far. His value could be tied to the health of Trey Burke (knee), but Trier is averaging 15.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five games. He doesn’t have a steal in this last five and has blocked just one shot, but the rest of his numbers have been pretty fun.
Damyean Dotson 7% – Dotson is feeling it, averaging 18 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 3.3 3-pointers on 68 percent shooting over his last three games. With Ntilikina getting a DNP on Saturday and Burke (knee) getting hurt, Dotson should be able to keep it going for the Knicks, who go four times this week.
Jonathan Isaac Magic 59% – Isaac blossomed with Aaron Gordon hurt for part of last week, but disappeared on Friday night when Gordon returned to action. He’s averaging 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers over his last five. He’s more of a stash than a starter right now, but there’s still plenty of time for him to get it going this season.
Terrence Ross Magic 47% - Ross keeps chugging along and had 21 points and two more 3-pointers on Friday. He’s averaging 18.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.8 3-pointers on 52 percent shooting over his last five games. The Magic only have three games this week, but Ross might still be worth a start.
Kevin Knox Knicks 21% - Knox blew up for 26 points, four boards, four assists, a steal, a block and five triples on Saturday after not doing much this season. His shooting has been atrocious, but he hit 9-of-20 shots against the Bucks and may have gained some much-needed confidence on Saturday night. I like the idea of taking a flier on him with four games this week.
Josh Jackson Suns 20% – Jackson is starting to turn it on and has benefitted from an ankle injury to T.J. Warren, who is doubtful for Sunday’s game. Jackson has scored in double figures in four of his last five, and is averaging 10.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steals and just 0.4 3-pointers. He’s not a must-own player, but is making enough noise to be given a look. The Suns have three games in Week 8.
Nemanja Bjelica Kings 39% – Marvin Bagley’s dealing with back spasms and missed Saturday’s game. Bjelica has really cooled off and Bagley’s star is rising, but Bjelica has scored in double digits in three straight and four of his last five. He’s averaging 11 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers while shooting 64 percent over his last five. The Kings play three times this week.
Markieff Morris Wizards 63% - Morris hit just 1-of-10 shots for two points on Friday, but got back on track Saturday with 20 points and a big stat line. He’s scored 20 or more in three of his last four and is averaging 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers on 52 percent shooting over his last five. And those are big numbers considering he had Friday’s dud in the middle of all that.
Noah Vonleh Knicks 43% – Vonleh had 15 points, five boards and three 3-pointers on Saturday before fouling out and is averaging 9.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five games. If he could ever learn how to stay out of foul trouble, he might really take off, and the Knicks go four times this week.
Cedi Osman Cavaliers 31% - Osman is averaging 9.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games, but has hit just 28 percent of his shots over that stretch. If the shots start falling, Osman could become a fantasy stud. And the Cavs play four times a week for the next three scoring periods.
JaMychal Green Grizzlies 14% – Green is averaging 9.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 0.6 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting over his last five games, which isn’t great. But if you’re in a deep league and need a big man, he might be able to help.
Meyers Leonard Blazers 2% – Leonard is quietly averaging 7.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five. He had 11 points, a three and a block on Friday, and pulled down 16 rebounds last Sunday. But you have to be in a pretty deep league to be looking at Leonard, who has three games this week.
Jordan Bell Warriors 28% – Damian Jones went down on Saturday with a shoulder injury, which could force Bell into a bigger role. He’s averaging just 3.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 blocks over his last five, but he’s now interesting with Jones hurting.
Bam Adebayo Heat 43% - Bam has had some big games lately, hitting double digits in rebounds in three of his last four, and scoring in double digits in the same number of games. He’s averaging 11.2 points, 11.4 boards, 0.8 steals and a block over his last five. Hassan Whiteside watches a lot of games from the bench in the fourth quarter, and Adebayo has been taking advantage. The Heat go three times this week.
Kelly Olynyk Heat 19% - He’s averaging 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting over his last four games. He can play center and power forward and has gotten 20-plus minutes in each of his last two games. I’d rather have Bam, but Olynyk is worth a look going forward.
Nerlens Noel Thunder 9% - He had 14 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks in just 16 minutes on Friday, and is averaging 6.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.8 steals and a block in his last five games. He’s strictly a deep-league consideration, and needs more minutes to make a real impact.
Thomas Bryant Wizards 1% – Bryant is starting and has played 19 minutes in his last two games, averaging 7.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.5 blocks in them. Dwight Howard’s going to be out for a long time and Bryant’s role could continue to grow. If he sticks in the starting lineup, just keep an eye on him in case he gets hot.