Kristaps Porzingis, F/C New York Knicks
The Knicks may have finally realized that their best chance to win involves heavy Porzingis usage. Over his last three games, The Basketball Unicorn is averaging 25.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 3.7 triples on 27-of-48 (56.3%) shooting. The numbers should only get better as we move forward.
Eric Bledsoe, G Phoenix Suns
Bledsoe has really turned it up of late and it looks like he’s again ready to fulfill his Mini-LeBron nickname. In his last four contests, Bledsoe is filling it up to the tune of 22.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.3 3-pointers on 31-of-55 (56.4%) from the field. As usual, health is the only thing to worry about here.
Blake Griffin, F/C Los Angeles Clippers
Griffin just isn’t getting enough credit for how well he or the Clippers are playing. He’s started his season on a torrid pace by averaging 19.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals, but he’s been especially impressive of late with three double-double’s in his last four, one of which was just an assist shy of a triple-double. It’s going to be a big year for Blake.
Andrew Wiggins, G/F Minnesota Timberwolves
With averages of 32.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 3-pointers over his last two games, we’re starting to see the Wiggins I thought we’d be getting this season. He won’t be that good every night moving forward, but there is no reason he can’t contribute in all of those categories while shooting it efficiently from both the floor and the free throw line.
DeMar DeRozan, G/F Toronto Raptors
Mid-range game, shawty. DeRozan is on an absolute tear and showing no signs of slowing down. Remember when some people wanted to criticize the Raptors for giving DD a four-year, $40M extension? Yeah, me neither.
Otto Porter, F Washington Wizards
November has been kind to Porter, who is averaging a ridiculous 19.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.4 3PM on 65.0% shooting this month. I don’t doubt he can be a solid multi-cat contributor, but will you really get another chance to sell Porter’s stock for as much as he’ll command right now?
Nikola Jokic, F/C Denver Nuggets
Throw away Jokic’s one explosion game (23/17) this season and you’ve got a lot of disappointment. He’s eclipsed 10 points in exactly one other contest, has not exceeded 10 boards in any other matchup, isn’t blocking shots regardless and is averaging under 24 minutes nightly. I stayed away when his price was artificially inflated on draft night and I’m still not buying at a discount now.
Tobias Harris, F Detroit Pistons
Harris started the season on fire but has gone into a mini-slump over his last three games by averaging 10.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks on 12-of-36 (33.3%) shooting. This is a good time to buy low on a player who should bring steady mid-round value all year.
Serge Ibaka, F/C Orlando Magic
Ibaka doesn’t have a single game with more than seven rebounds, has failed to block more than two shots in any given contest and has played 30-plus minutes exactly as many times as he’s played 30 or fewer: four.
Pau Gasol, F/C San Antonio Spurs
The Gregg Popovich Effect is very real, but unfortunately for Seinfeld fans like myself in this case it is not spectacular. PG has really struggled to be productive, has three times as many single-digit scoring games (six) as he does double-digit affairs (two) and has already played 21 or fewer minutes in four of his first eight with the Spurs.
Nikola Mirotic, F Chicago Bulls
In addition to being extremely streaky, I just don’t feel like Mirotic is as appealing as some want to believe he might be. I do understand the potential appeal here given he’s capable of collecting the money stats, but there’s been no sign of putting it together consistently, Mirotic cannot defend at an NBA level and an effective Taj Gibson really eats into his fantasy upside.
DeMarre Carroll, F Toronto Raptors
Whether it’s due to injury-related issues or simply about comfort, Carroll hasn’t been the player Toronto signed him to be. And he hasn’t come close to cutting it in fantasy formats with 14 or fewer teams. I would have already moved on.