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Blake Griffin made 8-of-17 from the field for 26 points with eight rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

The matchup was as good as it gets against Jared Dudley, but Blake was obviously the focal point of the offense. Griffin got to the line 11 times in this game and only had one turnover to help his efficiency in this win. Production has never been the question with Blake and he'll have plenty of lines like this one.
Oct 17 - 10:50 PM

Taurean Prince tallied a team-high 21 points, six assists, six rebounds, three triples and six turnovers in the Hawks lopsided defeat to the Knicks on Saturday.

Prince was a whopping -23 plus/minus in his 32 minutes of action. He posted solid counting stats, but often forced the issue, as evidenced by his six turnovers. He finished the game 7-of-15 from the floor, 3-of-7 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. The Hawks have limited talent offensively, especially with John Collins sidelined, which will allow teams to focus on Prince.
Oct 17 - 10:47 PM

Allonzo Trier played well in his first career game, scoring 15 points, grabbing four boards and blocking two shots in the Knicks 126-107 victory over the Hawks.

Per Basketball-Reference, dating back to 1984, only three Knicks rookies have scored 15+ points in their first career game: Patrick Ewing, Kristaps Porzings and, now, Allonzo Trier. Iso Zo was not drafted back in June and ended up signing a two-way contract with the Knicks. It looks like a shrewd move for New York, as Trier has been stellar since arriving in NYC. He was one of just four rookies to average over 14 points per game during the preseason and didn't miss a beat in his pro debut on Wednesday. Trier didn't record an assist or steal, but was 5-of-9 from the floor, including 1-of-3 from downtown, and 4-of-4 from the line. He doesn't provide much other than points, but could still end up providing value in deep leagues.
Oct 17 - 10:45 PM

Reggie Jackson made 7-of-20 from the field for 19 points with two rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

The high minute total is a great sign for a guy who has been injured for most of the summer. Jackson also played next to Ish Smith down the stretch, which could become a wrinkle for coach Dwane Casey after he used Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet together a lot. Jackson has his holes to his game, but overall those who drafted him should feel OK based on his low ADP.
Oct 17 - 10:44 PM

Langston Galloway played 33 minutes with six points, three rebounds, one assist and no turnovers against the Nets on Friday.

He'll be fighting for minutes with Luke Kennard and Stanley Johnson (toe), and coach Dwane Casey has experimented with some super-small lineups. Regardless, Galloway is nowhere near the fantasy radar in most formats.
Oct 17 - 10:41 PM

The Mavericks will start Dennis Smith Jr., Wes Matthews, Luka Doncic, Dorian Finney-Smith, and DeAndre Jordan on Wednesday against the Suns.

Finney-Smith slides into the starting unit with Harrison Barnes still not quite ready to play. There's a chance Barnes will be back this weekend, which will push DFS to the bench. He should stay in the rotation, but won't have much fantasy value.
Oct 17 - 10:38 PM

Mitchell Robinson appeared to tweak his ankle in the first quarter of Monday's game and did not return.

The Knicks never provided an update on Robinson's status, so we will have to wait until we get word from the team or Robinson himself. The Knicks were up 20-plus points on the Hawks for most of the second half, so there certainly no reason to rush him back into action. If he is unable to play on Friday vs. the Nets. Noah Vonleh would see an uptick in playing time.
Oct 17 - 10:38 PM

Ish Smith scored 11 points with three assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

He did get some minutes in two-PG lineups, but some of that is due to the Pistons missing two of their rotation wings in Stanley Johnson (toe) and Reggie Bullock(illness). Coach Dwane Casey loves putting two point guards on the floor and this could still be a thing, but Smith won't offer enough upside while Reggie Jackson is healthy.
Oct 17 - 10:36 PM

Glenn Robinson III scored four points with one steal and one block in 20 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

He looks to be the backup SF in this rotation, but there won't be enough shots for Robinson III unless the Pistons are devastated by injury. Leave him on the wire almost everywhere.
Oct 17 - 10:33 PM

Noah Vonleh double-doubled in his Knicks debut, tallying 12 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists in just 16 minutes in Wednesday's win over Atlanta.

Vonleh brought a ton of energy and effort as soon as he checked in and helped propel the Knicks to a huge second quarter. He finished the game shooting a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor and posted a team-high +22 plus/minus. Mitchell Robinson appeared to injure his ankle during his first minute on the floor and never returned to the game, allowing Vonleh to soak up time at center. If Robinson is sidelined for Friday's game vs. Brooklyn, Vonleh would likely again see 15+ minutes off the bench and could be worth a dart throw in DFS formats
Oct 17 - 10:32 PM

Luke Kennard scored seven points with four rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

He got the start with both Stanley Johnson (toe) and Reggie Bullock (illness) out tonight. Although, coach Dwane Casey likes to keep his second unit together, so maybe Kennard is going to be ahead of Stanley Johnson, who has been awful lately. Still, Kennard lost minutes to two-PG lineups with Ish Smith out there, so he's not much of an add.
Oct 17 - 10:29 PM

Bruce Brown did not score with two rebounds, one assist and one block in 19 minutes in a start against the Nets on Wednesday.

Anyone who watched the Raptors last season knows that coach Dwane Casey does not like to break up his second unit, so that explains why Bruce got the start. Reggie Bullock (illness) should be back for the next one, so leave Brown on the wire in basically all leagues.
Oct 17 - 10:26 PM

Jarrett Allen's sophomore season got off to a wonderful start against the Pistons on Wednesday, scoring 17 points with 10 rebounds, four blocks and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

Giddy up. The Nets feasted inside with 66 points in the paint to tie their best in all of last season, and Allen's 3-pointers were not flukes as he sat in the corner to pull Andre Drummond away from the rim. Allen's four blocks were not cheapies either with the early candidate for swat of the year against Blake Griffin (video in link below). He'll be setting screens all season for guys who will look to him for easy buckets, so the breakout hype train for Allen has already hit full steam ahead after one game in the season. Don't look to sell high and enjoy the ride.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 17 - 10:25 PM

Frank Ntilikina was relatively quiet in the Knicks 126-107 dismantling of Atlanta, finishing with five points, five rebounds, one assist, three steals, one block and one turnover.

The French Prince logged a team-high 34 minutes (no one else played more than 29), but attempted just seven shots, making two of them. He was excellent defensively and did supply those three steals, but Frank's limited role in the offense caps his fantasy value. Coach David Fizdale raved about Ntilikina's performance after the game, so he'll continue to see plenty of playing time, but Frank is one of those guys that's a better "reality player" than fantasy player.
Oct 17 - 10:25 PM

Victor Oladipo scored 16 points with five boards, five assists and three triples during Wednesday's easy win vs. Memphis.

Oladipo and the Pacers ran away with this game, so he only needed to play 26 minutes. The reigning Most Improved Player didn't rest on his laurels this summer and is poised to another step forward in fantasy, making him a contender for top-10 output. Expect a bigger line vs. the Bucks on Friday.
Oct 17 - 10:20 PM



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