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Dose: Super Sunday

Monday, February 5, 2018


Slump Busted

 

Eric Bledsoe busted out of his shooting funk in a big way on Sunday, popping off for 28 points, three triples, four rebounds, six assists, one steal and four turnovers in 32 minutes. He went 12-of-20 from the field and 1-of-1 from the charity stripe in the 109-94 win, giving him a sterling 68.5 true shooting percentage on the evening to accompany his 34.1 usage rate, and it was nice to see him come through with an efficient outing given how much he had struggled to get his shot to drop since mid-January. Hopefully, that’s a trend that continues.

 

The Struggle is Real

 

The bad D’Angelo Russell showed up to Sunday’s loss to the Bucks, as he went just 1-of-8 from the field on his way to one 3-pointer, one rebound, seven assists and two turnovers in 18 minutes off the bench. He’s been very up-and-down since getting back from the knee injury, and it’ll be tough for him to correct that trend as long as he’s coming off the bench. Better days are ahead of him, though, so owners should just stick with him.

 

Terry Rozier started again on Sunday with Kyrie Irving (quad) unavailable but went just 5-of-18 shots from the field on his way to 11 points, six boards, five dimes and one triple in 36 minutes. Rozier had been remarkable in his previous two appearances as a starter, so Sunday’s less-than-stellar outing should be viewed as a sort of regression to the mean. He won’t be this bad on most nights, but he won’t be as good as he was in his previous two on most nights either, rather, he’ll be something in between. Irving looked like he could have played while going through his pre-game routine, so Rozier could be back with the second unit on Tuesday, although he should still be earning extended minutes with Marcus Smart (hand) still not close. 

 

Kyle Kuzma saw just 16 minutes of action on Sunday, scoring two points on 1-of-4 to go with three rebounds and one block. He's been seriously struggling ever since Lonzo Ball (knee) hit the sidelines, churning out meager averages of 11.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.6 triples and 1.3 turnovers per game on 41.4% shooting over the past 10 games, and he’s just struggled to find much chemistry with his teammates not named Ball. It’s fair to say that he’s slumping, but I’d expect him to miraculously find his way out of the mud once Ball gets back to the court.

 

Carmelo Anthony couldn’t buy a bucket during Sunday’s loss to the Lakers, going 3-of-13 from the field on his way to 10 points, 13 rebounds, one 3-pointer and three blocks over 34 minutes. I wrote this in Melo’s Sunday blurb, but I think it’s worth repeating: Anthony ranks in the top-10 in isolation plays, and he runs more iso-sets than both Russell Westbrook and Paul George, yet he’s connecting on a career-low 41.7% of his shot attempts this season. Melo could be so good if he would just accept a role as a spot up shooter ala #OlympicMelo, and while he’s paid lip service to embracing such a role, the stats prove otherwise. I’d expect Anthony to continue to jack up tightly contested shots because old habits die hard, so I wouldn’t expect a miraculous turnaround from Melo this season.

 

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On the Radar

 

John Henson had a big 19-point, 18-rebound double-double in Sunday’s win over Brooklyn, adding three dimes and two swats over 30 minutes. This stat line will probably be the high-water mark for Henson this season, but he’s a field goal percentage booster and a steady source of boards and blocks, making him worth owning in most leagues.

 

Jarrett Allen had yet another solid outing on Sunday, scoring 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go with seven rebounds and one turnover through 27 minutes as a starter. He’s been rolling over the past few weeks with averages of 13.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 0.9 swats and 1.3 turnovers per contest on 76.9% shooting from the field and 75.0% from the charity stripe, which has been good enough for top-60 value in 9-cat leagues. He should only get better as the year goes on, and now that he’s starting, he needs to be owned in all leagues.

 

Dewayne Dedmon got the start on Sunday sans Ersan Ilyasova (illness) and finished with 12 points (4-of-9 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), 14 rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist and one turnover in 29 minutes. His season-long outlook isn’t great as he should eventually concede minutes to John Collins, but he’s worth owning in deep leagues while he’s starting.

 

Mike Muscala came out of nowhere for 15 points, three 3-pointers, six rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 23 minutes off the bench. He got some extended run with Ilyasova unavailable, but I’ll need to see him do this again before recommending him as an add in fantasy hoops.

 

Josh Jackson scored a career-high 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting in a narrow loss to the Hornets, adding three 3-pointers, five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 26 minutes. He’s been ballin’ out over the past four games with averages of 21.0 points, 6.3 boards, 1.8 triples, 1.3 steals, 0.8 swats and 3.0 turnovers per game on 51.6% shooting, which has been good enough for fifth-round value in 9-cat leagues. The Suns have every reason to turn him loose towards the second half of the season with the playoffs being an unrealistic goal, so he should be owned in most leagues at this point. Just know that turnovers and shooting percentages will be an issue.

 

Ed Davis scored seven points on 3-of-5 shooting (1-of-2 from the line), to go with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks over 20 minutes. He’s been playing well over the past seven games with averages of 9.4 points, 8.3 boards, 1.3 dimes and 1.6 swats per contest on 70.6% shooting, so give him a look if those numbers are appealing. 

 

Fred VanVleet's recorded 13 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, one 3-pointer, two steals and one turnover in 28 minutes off the bench during Sunday’s win over the Grizzlies. He’s been rolling over the past few weeks with averages of 14.3 points, 3.5 dimes, 2.2 triples, 1.0 steal and just 0.5 turnovers per game on 52.5% shooting. It's unlikely he'll be able to keep up this stellar play for the remainder of the season, but he's worth owning in most leagues while he's this hot.

 

Andrew Harrison scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting Sunday to go with four rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers and one block in 31 minutes. Over the past four games, Harrison has put forth averages of 14.5 points, 5.8 dimes and 1.0 triple per contest on 47.7% shooting. He’s locked into big minutes in Memphis, and while he typically doesn’t help very much in the defensive categories, he’s been doing enough to warrant ownership in deep leagues.

 

Josh Hart recorded his second straight double-double during Sunday's win over the Thunder, tallying 14 points, 11 rebounds, two 3-pointers, two assists, two steals and two turnovers in 39 minutes. After the Lakers were embarrassed in a blowout loss to the Magic in Orlando on Wednesday, Luke Walton decided to replace Tyler Ennis in the starting five with Hart, and he’s responded with back-to-back double-doubles and Ws for the Lakers. Over that two-game span, Hart has posted averages of 14.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.5 triples, 1.5 steals and just 1.0 turnover per game while connecting on an unsustainable 71.4% of his shot attempts. As long as Ball is out and Hart is starting, he’s worth owning in deep leagues.

 

Brook Lopez had another productive game on Sunday, registering 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting to go with five boards, four 3-pointers, five assists, one block and two turnovers in 35 minutes. Over the past two, BroLo has been earning meaningful minutes and he's responded with averages of 19.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 3.5 triples, 2.0 swats and 2.5 turnovers in 31.1 minutes per contest. His minutes have been anything but consistent in L.A. this season, but he's done enough over the past two to warrant a speculative add in deep leagues. Just don't be shocked if he goes back to earning minutes in the teens in the near future.

 


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A hoops fanatic, Jared Johnson has been a member of the Rotoworld team since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @JaredJ831, and feel free to send him your questions regarding trades, draft strategies and all things fantasy basketball.
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