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Kevin Johnson Headshot

Johnson remains under the NFL's concussion protocol and did not practice Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Johnson has improved daily since being removed from last Sunday's win over the Cardinals, but has not yet been cleared to practice. Head coach Bill O'Brien was confident Johnson will be ready to go, telling the Houston Chronicle, "no question, I think he'll be ready to play." With Houston playing Baltimore on Monday night, Johnson will get some extra time to get himself ready for Week 12.
7:38 am (EST)
James Harden Headshot

Harden tallied 21 points (6-16 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 8-9 FT), nine assists and eight rebounds in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 125-95 victory over the Nuggets.

Harden cooled off, scoring his lowest point total of the month. The fact that a line like this is deemed a quiet night, speaks volumes about how good he has been this season. He appears to be fitting in well next to Chris Paul, who continues to ramp up his playing time. There is no reason to believe Harden cannot put up numbers similar to last season, apart from taking a hit to his assists total. He should remain a top-five fantasy asset, barring any injury setbacks.
6:45 am (EST)
Chris Paul Headshot

Paul finished with 23 points (8-11 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 12 assists, three steals and two rebounds across 27 minutes in Wednesday's 125-95 victory over Denver.

Paul had his best game in a Rockets jersey, collecting season-high totals in points, assists, and steals. He has his shot going tonight, albeit against a lackluster Dever defense. He played right on his minutes restriction of 28 minutes, and this is a great sign for owners given the nature of the scoreline. He should be locked in for 30 minutes plus moving forward, and should now be deployed in all formats.
6:39 am (EST)
Will Barton Headshot

Barton collected 20 points (7-16 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 125-95 loss to Houston.

Barton received another start, once again leading the team in scoring. With Paul Millsap (wrist) set to miss an extended period of time, Barton is in a prime position to cash in with more playing time. While his numbers looked good however, he did have a plus/minus rating of -42, the worst on the team. While this may or may not have an effect on his minutes distribution, it is an area of concern for the Denver coaching staff.
6:29 am (EST)
Blake Griffin Headshot

Griffin recorded his first triple-double of the year on Wednesday, as he collected 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 116-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

The Clippers had lost nine-straight prior to this victory, as it was clear Griffin was sick of that nonsense. The playmaking should come as no surprise though, as Griffin's five assists per game this season marks a career-high. That sort of production should only continue from here, as the Clippers will now be without Patrick Beverley (knee) for the remainder of the year. The only gripe fantasy owners can have are his rebounds (7.9) and field goal percentage (41.7%), which both mark career-lows. While the rebounds may remain the same, his field goal percentage is more than 75 points below his second-lowest total, as he's due for some positive regression there.
5:18 am (EST)
Wesley Johnson Headshot

Johnson scored 24 points (8-10 FG, 6-7 3PT) in a 116-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday,.

Johnson has been sneaky good since Danilo Gallinari went down, as he's taken the starting small forward role by the ears. Over his last four games, Johnson is averaging 15.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.8 steals per game. The most important stat is the fact that he's playing nearly 34 minutes per game in that four-game span. If he's going to play that much, Johnson will remain fantasy relevant with his defensive statistics alone.
5:13 am (EST)
DeAndre Jordan Headshot

Jordan totaled 14 points (6-6 FG, 2-2 FT), 16 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a 116-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

Jordan had a perfect night on Wednesday, as he was perfect from both the field and from the free-throw line. The free-throw shooting has been a nice development for Jordan this year, as his 61 percent mark from the line is the best of his career. While it's nothing special, it adds so much to his fantasy value, as this was a guy who couldn't even crack 44 percent for his career. If he can remain above 60 percent, Jordan is one of the values of fantasy drafts
5:08 am (EST)
Lou Williams Headshot

Williams started on Wednesday and amassed 20 points (7-15 FG, 3-6 3PT) and eight assists in a 116-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Williams has been coming off the bench all season, but it's clear Doc Rivers wanted to switch things up for this struggling Clippers team. Not to mention, the fact that Patrick Beverley is out for the year due to a knee injury obviously played in that decision as well, as this is one of the thinnest backcourts in the NBA. Whether he comes off the bench or not, Williams will play 30 minutes a game and run this offense as one of the only playmakers on this roster.
5:04 am (EST)
John Collins Headshot

Collins got a rare start on Wednesday, as he totaled 14 points (7-9 FG), 10 rebounds, three assists and four steals across a career-high 38 minutes of action in a 116-103 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

It's about time that Collins got the start, as he's been one of the best players on this team in his rookie season. He has now scored in double figures in five-straight games, as he's played at least 36 minutes in back-to-back games as well. That's an extremely promising sign, as those two games both marked career-highs. As long as he's playing this much, Collins will remain a threat for a double-double every single night.
4:59 am (EST)
Marco Belinelli Headshot

Belinelli led Atlanta with 20 points (7-11 FG, 5-5 FT), three rebounds, two assists and two steals off the bench in a 116-103 defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

Belinelli had at least 19 points in three of his first five games, as this is only the second time he's reached that threshold since. With that said, Belinelli has turned into one of the best scorers off the bench in the league, as he's averaging 12.1 points per game. That's pretty much all he'll provide for fantasy though, as his upside is limited with his lack of peripheral statistics.
4:54 am (EST)
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