Fantasy Alarm Starting 5: December 5
Jon Impemba brings you the top five players to build your lineups around for tonight's main slate
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J. Brown - SF
Brown had two points (1-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in 23 minutes during Saturday's 113-104 loss to the Pistons.
Brown was able to play through an illness but struggled badly during Friday's win over the Hawks, and that sickness seems to be lingering. After averaging 21.0 points (56.8 FG, 58.3 3Pt, 82.4 FT), 5.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 26.0 minutes per game across three recent tilts versus the Knicks, Bulls, and Pelicans, Brown missed Wednesday's win over the Wizards and has made just three-of-16 field-goals attempts while contributing as many turnovers as points (six) over the last two matchups.
Added 11:47 pm (EST)
A. Baynes - C
Baynes provided 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-2 FT) and four rebounds in 18 minutes during Saturday's 113-104 loss to the Pistons.
Baynes drew the start with Al Horford (kneecap) sidelined, and the 32-year-old center saw his playing time extended a bit after playing 16 and 14 minutes in his first two games back from the sprained ankle that kept him out for two tilts. Baynes is a steady role player, but he's best reserved for use in deeper leagues.
Added 11:36 pm (EST)
M. Smart - PG
Smart supplied 21 points (6-11 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 4-6 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 30 minutes during Saturday's 113-104 loss to the Pistons.
Smart finished with season highs in scoring and made threes, and even more surprisingly did so efficiently. He continues to thrive since entering the starting five, and apart from this loss, so has the team. As a result, it seems likely that coach Brad Stevens will continue to heavily rely on Smart even if offensive efficiency isn't exactly his calling card.
Added 11:31 pm (EST)
M. Monk - PG
Monk recorded 19 points (7-14 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, and one assist in 27 minutes during Saturday's 128-100 loss to the Lakers.
Monk had suffered a right foot injury during Friday's game against the Knicks, which forced him to briefly leave the contest. However, he ultimately returned to action and wasn't listed on the injury report in advance of Saturday's matchup. Monk has reached double figures in scoring in three of the last six games, but he is still trying to recapture his early-season magic, when he scored at least 10 points in 10 of the first 12 games.
Added 11:17 pm (EST)
M. Bridges - SF
Bridges supplied 17 points (5-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), three rebounds, and two blocks in 28 minutes during Saturday's 128-100 loss to the Lakers.
Bridges led the team in minutes, posted a career high scoring total, and swatted two blocks for the seventh time through 28 appearances, as the lopsided score resulted in coach James Borrego turning to some of his younger players. The only consistent thing about the role Bridges has held this year has been its inconsistency, as he barely reaches double-digit minutes on some nights and then earns 20-plus minutes on others.
Added 11:10 pm (EST)
K. Walker - PG
Walker had four points (2-13 FG, 0-5 3Pt), three assists, and one rebound in 25 minutes during Saturday's 128-100 loss to the Lakers.
Walker finished with a season low in scoring while matching his worst assist total as well. This was also just the second time through 29 appearances that Walker has failed to drain a three. Despite the dud, Walker is contributing career-high per-game averages across most categories. Moreover, with three days to rest up for Wednesday's matchup with the lowly Cavaliers, Walker will likely bounce back sooner rather than later.
Added 11:01 pm (EST)
M. Wagner - C
Wagner had five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and three rebounds in seven minutes during Saturday's 128-100 win over the Hornets.
Wagner made his sixth appearance of the season, as the blowout nature of the game allowed coach Luke Walton to clear his bench. Back in the offseason there was a tiny sliver of hope that Wagner could potentially earn a small role right away as a rookie thanks to his shooting ability, but the acquisition of veteran center Tyson Chandler has pushed Ivica Zubac and Wagner into irrelevance.
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S. Mykhailiuk - SF
Mykhailiuk managed 12 points (4-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four assists, and one rebound in 18 minutes during Saturday's 128-100 win over the Hornets.
Mykhailiuk has earned double-digit minutes in five of the first seven December games, and he contributed career highs in scoring and assists in this one. It's also the second time in the last four games that Mykhailiuk has canned three three-pointers. The absence of Brandon Ingram (ankle), who is expected to miss at least the next two games, is providing Mykhailiuk an opportunity and he's making the most of it.
Added 10:48 pm (EST)