NBA DFS - SHOWDOWN
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J. Wall - PG
John Wall (knee) played 21 minutes in Saturday’s win over the Mavericks, finishing with seven points ( 3-of-9 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), one rebound and eight assists.
Originally ruled out for the rest of the week, Wall was able to make his return to the lineup Saturday night. His minutes were capped, and with the Rockets extending their lead early in the fourth quarter Stephen Silas was able to get his starting point guard extra rest. Wall didn’t shoot the ball well, but he tallied eight assists with just one turnover. This isn’t “prime” Wall, but he’s still providing fourth-round value in 8-cat and sixth-round value in 9-cat. Hopefully his production improves as he shakes off the rust that accumulated during his nine-game absence.
Added 11:43 pm (EST)
E. Bledsoe - SG
Eric Bledsoe recorded a season-high 28 points on Saturday vs the Wolves, hitting 11-of-23 field goals, three triples and 3-of-6 free throws.
It was nice to see Bledsoe have a big game as he's been up and down this season and had been struggling to make jumpers for some time. He did most of his damage in the first half, scoring 19 points, which was more than his total output from the two previous games combined. He also added five boards, three assists and a steal in 34 minutes to round out his night. If you were thinking about trading Bledsoe, now would be a good time to do so while his stock is high. He might not score over 25 points again as his previous season high was 21.
Added 11:42 pm (EST)
D. Cousins - C
DeMarcus Cousins had his best game in three years Saturday night, accounting for 28 points (9-of-15 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), 17 rebounds, five assists and four 3-pointers in a win over the Mavericks.
Filling in for the injured Christian Wood (ankle) for a second straight night, Cousins played 30 minutes and bounced back from his brutal showing in Detroit. This was Cousins’ best stat line in three years, but given his recent injury history the fact that he played 63 total minutes in two nights is the big takeaway. Boogie’s fantasy value takes a major hit when Wood is healthy enough to play, so we’ll see what happens between now and Houston’s next game on Tuesday vs. the Wizards. Given how depleted Washington is in the post, that sets up to be a big game for Cousins if Wood is unable to go.
Added 11:33 pm (EST)
B. Bogdanovic - PF
Bojan Bogdanovic played 26 minutes in Saturday’s win over the Warriors, finishing with 14 points (3-of-13 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), seven rebounds, eight assists and three 3-pointers.
Bogdanovic didn’t have his best night shooting the basketball, but he made up for it in other areas. In addition to the season-high eight assists, he matched his season-best with seven rebounds. Bogdanovic ranks well outside of the top-200 in 9-cat for the season, well below his Yahoo ADP (127), but things may be turning around. He has now hit double figures in five straight games, his longest such streak of the season.
Added 11:32 pm (EST)
D. Mitchell - SG
Donovan Mitchell shot 9-of-18 from the field and 2-of-3 from the foul line in Saturday’s win over the Warriors, posting a line of 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes.
Two days after a rather awkward appearance on “Inside the NBA,” Mitchell put up another quality performance as the Jazz rolled to their ninth straight victory. After getting off to a slow start to begin the season, “Spida” has been a top-20 player in both 8- and 9-cat formats over the last week. He and the Jazz are rolling, and at this rate Mitchell may find himself in some MVP conversations before long.
Added 11:31 pm (EST)
A. Wiggins - SF
Andrew Wiggins shot 5-of-9 from the field and 1-of-2 from the foul line in Saturday’s loss to the Jazz, finishing with 13 points, five rebounds, two assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.
Wiggins has been a top-100 player in both 8- and 9-cat formats this season, with his production as a shot-blocker being one reason why. With three blocks Saturday night, he’s had two or more in six games this season. It’s worth noting that Wiggins was in the midst of a dry spell of sorts, as he tallied a total of two rejections in the four games prior. What the Warriors and fantasy managers need now is for Wiggins to get better at the foul line, as he entered Saturday shooting just 54.5% from the charity stripe over the last week.
Added 11:31 pm (EST)
B. Ingram - SF
Brandon Ingram notched his third 30-point game of the season on Saturday, tacking on four rebounds, two assists and a block in the loss.
BI hit 11-of-20 field goals, two 3-pointers and all six of his freebies but the Pelicans came up short to the Wolves. Still, Ingram has played well this season, averaging nearly 23/6/5 and providing top-50 value, although his ADP was 37.3 in Yahoo this year.
Added 11:18 pm (EST)
J. Embiid - C
Joel Embiid was unstoppable on Saturday vs the Pistons, dropping 33 points with 14 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in the win.
He was questionable coming into the game but what's not questionable is his case for MVP this season. Embiid shot 50% from the floor and 12-of-17 from the line, securing his 11th double-double and leading the Sixers to their 12th win this year. And though it hurts fantasy managers when he sits games, his near 32% usage rate and sixth overall ranking in 9-cat make up for it.
Added 11:12 pm (EST)