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Dose: Fantasy Game Genie

Saturday, December 29, 2018


Stat Sheet Stuffers

 

Nikola Vucevic posted a monster 30-point, 20-rebound double-double during Friday’s 116-87 win over the Raptors, adding eight assists, two steals, one block and one turnover across 33 minutes. He’s having himself a career-year in a contract season, but Orlando’s 14-19 record does make me semi-nervous. If the Magic fall out of the playoff hunt towards the second half of the season, it would make sense for them to start prioritizing Mo Bamba’s development, which inevitably would lead to fewer minutes for Vooch. Through the first 33 games of the year, Vucevic and Bamba have only shared the floor for a grand total of 37 minutes, and more often than not, those two have posted a negative net rating together. Still, Vucevic has been a top-8 option this season and has shown in year’s past that he can be lethal even when being confined to minutes in the 20s, so it’s not like Vooch owners should be frantically trying to sell-high here. However, if the right offer comes along, you might want to think about taking it.

 

Anthony Davis powered the Pelicans to a 114-112 win over the Mavericks, registering 48 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, two steals, two swats and just one turnover across 43 minutes. There was really nothing the Mavs could do to stop him, as he finished 20-of-32 from the field and 8-of-11 from the charity stripe for a sterling 65.1 true shooting percentage to accompany his 34.0 usage rate, and this was his ninth career game with at least 45 points and 15 rebounds (something that has only occurred 11 times in the NBA since AD entered the league in 2012). The man is a straight up cheat code and seriously unfair in fantasy hoops.

 

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The Timberwolves somehow lost to the Hawks in overtime on Friday, despite getting 31 points, 19 rebounds, five assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and three swats from Karl-Anthony Towns; and 28 points, seven boards, five treys, four dimes, one steal and three blocks from Robert Covington. Andrew Wiggins bricking three straight free throws with the game on the line during crunch time certainly factored into the loss, but the fact that it even got to that point against a 10-24 team should be considered a massive fail for Minnesota.

 

Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 40 points on 17-of-29 shooting (3-of-6 from the line) to go with 12 rebounds, eight assists, three 3-pointers and six turnovers during Friday’s easy win in Phoenix. He saw his usage rate spike to 38.0 with Paul George (quad) unavailable, and should again be operating with a gaudy usage on Sunday in Dallas in PG-13 can’t give it a go.

 

Trending Up

 

Wendell Carter Jr. managed to log 33 minutes despite dealing with foul trouble on Friday and finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal, three swats and two turnovers. Foul trouble remains an issue for the rookie, but he’s been trending up over the past few games, as he’s seen more opportunity sans Bobby Portis. WCJ’s per-36 numbers of 15.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.1 swats per contest give us a glimpse of his upside, so hopefully, he’ll do a better job of avoiding the silly fouls as we approach the second half of the season. 

 

Lonzo Ball logged 43 minutes for the short-handed Lakers during Friday’s 118-107 loss to the Clippers, tallying 19 points (7-of-16 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), three 3-pointers, five rebounds, six assists, one steal and four turnovers. He’s going to see major minutes and will be operating with the rock far more frequently while LeBron James (groin) and Rajon Rondo (finger) are out, so now would be an ideal time to try and sell-high, as his value will plummet once the Lakers get healthy again.

 

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On the Radar

 

Reggie Bullock busted out of his two-game shooting slump on Friday, scoring 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting to go with three 3-pointers, three rebounds, one steal, one block and four turnovers in 27 minutes. If you’re looking for a cheap source of triples, Bullock is your guy.

 

Terrence Ross hit 6-of-10 shots for 14 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds and one turnover in 21 minutes off the bench. He’s another guy who qualifies as a low-end, 3-point shooting specialist in deep leagues.

 

D.J. Augustin netted 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting (5-of-5 from the line) to go with two 3-pointers, six assists, one rebound and one turnover in 25 minutes. He’s been hot over the past two games with averages of 22.0 points, 6.0 assists, 2.5 triples, 1.5 steals and 2.0 turnovers per game on 52% shooting. Most of those numbers aren’t sustainable, but at the very least, he could be someone to consider streaming on Sunday with a favorable matchup against Detroit.

 

Tomas Satoransky moved into the starting lineup on Friday with John Wall (bone spurs) unavailable and scored nine points on 4-of-11 shooting to go with one 3-pointer, four rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 39 minutes. Wall will most likely miss Saturday’s game against the Hornets, so Satoransky should again be running the show at point guard. Across 10 starts this season, Satoransky has come through with averages of 8.8 points, 4.3 dimes, 1.0 3-pointer, 1.0 steal and 1.1 turnovers per game on 50.7% shooting.

 

Robin Lopez scored 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go with three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one turnover in 15 minutes off the bench. He’s been more involved in the rotation since Bobby Portis (ankle) went down, and over the past four games, he’s posted averages of 10.3 points, 4.8 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.8 turnovers per game on 51.4% shooting from the field and 44.4% from the stripe. He’s on the radar as a low-end, shot-blocking specialist for those punting free throws.

 

Thomas Bryant scored 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting (4-of-5 from the line) to go with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and three swats over 30 minutes. Bryant’s minutes have been all over the place this season, but he’s shown that he can be productive when given the proper floor time and Markieff Morris (neck) missing this game helped him. If Morris sits again on Saturday, Bryant will be someone to consider as a streamer.  

 

Cody Zeller posted a 14-point, 10-board double-double to go with one 3-pointer, four assists, one steal, four swats and zero turnovers in 26 minutes. He’s not the most exciting guy to own, but Zeller has been a sneaky top-100 player this season with averages of 9.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.1 turnovers per game on 56.2% shooting from the field and 81.8% from the stripe. He’s worth owning in deep leagues.

 

Justise Winslow flirted with a triple-double during Friday’s 118-94 win over Cleveland, tallying 24 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two turnovers in 34 minutes. He’s been flourishing ever since being thrust into the point guard role with Goran Dragic (knee) on the sidelines, and over the past three games he’s come through with averages of 22.3 points, 6.3 boards, 5.3 dimes, 2.3 steals and 1.7 turnovers per game on 59.2% shooting. The sky-high field goal percentage isn’t sustainable, but he’ll see nothing but opportunity while Dragic is out and doesn’t really have anyone on the roster to challenge him for minutes, so he’s worth owning everywhere until he cools off.

 

Tyler Johnson also had a solid game with 11 points, four rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, two steals, one block and one turnover in 23 minutes off the bench. He’s another guy who will benefit in a major way while Dragic is out, and he should be owned in most leagues.

 

Josh Hart looked good in another start sans LeBron James (groin), scoring 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting to go with six rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers, three steals and one turnover in 35 minutes. LBJ is expected to remain on the sidelines on Sunday, so Hart should again be looking at minutes in the mid-30s. He’s worth a look in most leagues.

 

Mikal Bridges scored 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting to go with three 3-pointers, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and zero turnovers in 29 minutes. The scoring comes and goes with Bridges, but he’s been very consistent with the defensive stats and has seen quality minutes since Trevor Ariza’s departure, posting averages of 8.6 points, 1.4 triples, 4.9 boards, 2.4 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.1 blocks and just 0.6 turnovers over his past seven games. He has great post-break potential and is worth owning in most leagues.

 

Derrick White ripped away a career-high six steals on Friday to go with 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and just one turnover in 28 minutes. Over the past five games he’s contributed averages of 7.6 points, 4.4 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.2 blocks and 2.0 turnovers per game on 44.1% shooting, so he’s on the radar as a steals and dimes specialist in deep leagues.

 


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