Games Played Week 10
5 Games: PHX
4 Games: CHA, CHI, DAL, DEN, GSW, IND, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIL, MIN, ORL, PHI, TOR, UTA, WAS
3 Games: ATL, BRK, CLE, DET, HOU, NOP, NYK, OKC, POR, SAC, SAS
2 Games: BOS, MEM
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Evan Fournier ORL 61 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues – Fournier got off to a ridiculous start, then was unplayable for a stretch, and is now rolling again, averaging 15.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.0 3-pointers in 30-plus minutes over his last four games. If he was dropped and you picked him up, nice work.
Ish Smith PHI 32% - As you know, Smith was traded back to his former team, the Sixers, and they waived Tony Wroten, which is a good sign. Smith played well in his first game with the 76ers during a 111-104 win over the Suns on Saturday, scoring 14 points with two rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer. He averaged 12.4 points, 4.5 boards, 8.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 14 November games for the Pelicans earlier this season, so there’s a good chance he can do similar work for his new team, and last night was a great start!
Terrence Ross TOR 12% - Ross has quietly scored in double digits in six straight games and is averaging 16.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 4.2 3-pointers over his last five. Those 3-pointers alone make him worth owning and I’m frankly shocked he’s sitting at just 12 percent ownership.
Jeremy Lin CHA 41% - Lin blew up for 35 points and a nice line back on Dec. 17 and has kept it rolling since. He’s averaging 17.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, a block and 1.4 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games, scoring in double figures in all of them and playing 33 minutes a game. And his hair is kinda fun.
Garrett Temple WAS 17% - Temple went on a three-game tear last week in which he scored 20-plus points and even with a dud thrown in, is averaging 15.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five. As long as Bradley Beal is out, Temple looks like a serviceable addition. Ramon Sessions is also worth a look, but I prefer the hot hand of Temple right now.
Allen Crabbe POR 11% - Crabbe has set career scoring highs in three of his last nine games, including a 26-point explosion on Saturday night. He’s averaging 15.8 points, 3.0 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.6 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five games, and while he’s been helped by injuries to C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard, he’s still played well enough to be a factor when both are back and healthy. CJM is already there and Lillard is getting close. Now we just have to hope his best games of the season haven’t already happened.
J.J. Barea DAL 9% - Deron Williams has been out with a hamstring injury and still doesn’t have a timetable on his return. JJB has gone for 32 and 26 points in each of his last two games and he could stay hot for another week or so if Williams stays in street clothes. Even with three mediocre games, JJB is averaging 16.2 points, 1.4 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.0 3-pointers over his last five games. He should be owned as long as Williams is out.
Gerald Green MIA 26% - Green’s been a little inconsistent over his last five but is still averaging 13.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, a steal and 2.8 3-pointers over his last five. And if Dwyane Wade ever suffers an injury, Green would likely become a must-own player.
Devin Booker PHX 2% - Eric Bledsoe hurt his knee on Saturday and it didn’t look great. Booker started the second half and racked up 19 points and three 3-pointers, and if Bledsoe is going to miss time (I bet he does), Booker is certainly worth a flier – especially with the Suns going five times this week!
Ronnie Price PHX 0% - Price somehow scored 20 on Wednesday night and played 23 minutes on Saturday, when Bledsoe went down. He’s another player that may be worth a deep-league flier with five games this week.
Matt Barnes MEM 55% - Barnes has really cooled off over his last two games, scoring a total of nine points, but was rolling before that. He’s averaging 9.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 2.0 steals, 2.0 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s starting and getting 30 minutes a night, and I bet he bounces back on Sunday against the Lakers. Just keep in mind the Grizzlies only play two games this week, which hurts.
Jon Leuer PHX 30% - Leuer has been rolling with Markieff Morris in the doghouse and is averaging 11.8 points and 8.0 rebounds in 26 minutes over his last five games. He is also good for the occasional steal, block and 3-pointer, and looks like a great five-game play this week.
Jordan Hill IND 29% - Hill has hit double digits in scoring in five straight games with double-doubles in two of those. He’s averaging 13.0 points and 8.6 rebounds on 60 percent shooting over his last five, but I’d like him a lot more if he blocked some shots.
Josh Smith LAC 12% - Smith has played a total of 23 minutes over his last five games, but Blake Griffin is going to miss a couple weeks with a torn left quad. Luc Mbah a Moute, Wes Johnson and Lance Stephenson could all see a boost over that stretch, but I’m thinking Smith will be the biggest gainer. However, if you do take a flier on him for a four-game week, just know that he will hurt your field goal and free throw percentages. There’s just no way around it.
Lance Thomas NYK 11% - Thomas has been cruising along for the Knicks, averaging 13.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 63 percent shooting over his last five games. He’s averaging 26 minutes a night and looks like a nice addition right now, although the Knicks only play three times this week.
Jared Dudley WAS 14% - Dudley scored just three points on Saturday but played 29 minutes. He’s averaging 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 63 percent shooting over his last five games, making him worth a look.
Bobby Portis CHI 24% - Since blowing up for 20 points, 11 boards and two steals last Saturday, Portis has scored 6, 7 and 2 points in his last three games. He’s more of a luxury own/stash in case he ever breaks out, or if some of his teammates get traded, but I don’t think you can start him right now. He is a prospect and I wouldn’t recommend cutting a good player to get him.
Mirza Teletovic PHX 12% - Teletovic is just as likely to score two points as he is 17 on any given night, but he’s got a five-game week coming up and anything is possible. He had 17 points and seven boards on Monday, then disappeared in his next two games, which is how things have been going all season. But if he does get hot in two of his next five games, he could make a splash in deep leagues where games played count.
Nikola Jokic DEN 13% - Jokic is rolling and racked up 22 points, seven boards, five assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer on Saturday night against the Spurs. He’s averaging 14.0 points, 7.8 boards, 2.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.4 3-pointers over his last five games. He’ll take a hit once Jusuf Nurkic finally shows up, but for now, Jokic is the center to own in Denver.
Kelly Olynyk BOS 30% - Olynyk has a couple recent starts and has played well in three straight games, getting 28 minutes and averaging 16 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 3-pointers. He’s not blocking or stealing, but as long as he’s getting 25 minutes a night for the Celtics, he is worth owning in your league.
Bismack Biyombo TOR 32% - Biyombo had 14 points, 12 boards and four blocks on Saturday and is averaging 7.6 points, 15.6 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in 33 minutes over his last five games. He’ll take a big hit once Jonas Valanciunas is back, which could happen as soon as Monday. But either way, you have to think Biyombo has at least earned more playing time once JV is healthy.
Ian Mahinmi IND 23% - While Jordan Hill has come on lately, Mahinmi has stayed relevant by averaging 9.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.6 blocks over his last five games on 69 percent shooting. He’s a better shot blocker than he’s shown lately and is playing better than Roy Hibbert, among others.
Luis Scola TOR 17% - Scola has hit double figures in three of his last five games, but scored just two points in the other two games. He’s averaging 11.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer over his last five games. He’ll take a hit once Jonas Valanciunas is back, but could still get a lot of run at power forward. He’ll have some duds, but his numbers should average out to be decent on a weekly basis.
Alex Len PHX 33% - Even though he’s been starting over Tyson Chandler, Len hasn’t seen more than 19 minutes in three straight games. He blew up for 19 points, 13 boards, two steals and a block on Friday, Dec. 18, but hasn’t done much since. But as long as he’s starting and with five games this week, he could get hot at any time.
Clint Capela HOU 23% - Capela’s completely hit or miss right now and is averaging 5.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks over his last five games. He’ll need an injury to Dwight Howard or Terrence Jones to really blossom, but might still be worth a deep-league look if you’re desperate for a center.