2017 Fantasy Basketball Player Rankings: Week 9 Cover Image
2017 Fantasy Basketball Player Rankings: Week 9
Justin Fensterman
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James Harden Headshot

Harden was added to the Rockets' injury report with a bruised left calf and is considered probable to play Monday against New Orleans, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Rockets are likely just listing Harden as a precaution, but it's nonetheless worth keeping an eye on the MVP candidate's status as tip-off approaches. The 28-year-old is coming off of one of his best performances of the season Saturday in Portland, when he finished with 48 points, eight rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes.
11:17 am (EST)
John Wall Headshot

Wall (knee) is listed as out for Tuesday's game against the Nets, Zach Rosen of Wizards.com reports.

The designation comes courtesy of the team's game notes, which are subject to change before Tuesday night, so it's still somewhat possible that Wall could return to action. That said, it appears that, at this point, Washington is prepared to again be without Wall, who is working back from inflammation in his left knee. The All-Star went through a five-on-five practice Friday, and if he doesn't play Tuesday, the belief is that he'd likely return Wednesday against Memphis.
10:34 am (EST)
Anthony Davis Headshot

Davis scored 29 points (11-19 FG, 1-1 3PT, 6-9 FT) to go with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and five blocks across 40 minutes in Sunday's 131-124 win against Philadelphia.

In his second game back in the lineup, Davis set a season-high with five blocks against Philadelphia. Averaging 1.8 blocks per game, the forward is as a solid rim protector as he is a scorer. On Sunday, Davis also scored 20-plus points for the first time since November 25 to push his season average to 25.1 points. Together with his 10.6 rebounds per game, Davis remains a force on the boards with the ability to light up the scoreboard in any given game.
8:53 am (EST)
JJ Redick Headshot

Redick scored 28 points (8-14 FG, 3-7 3PT, 9-9 FT) to go with three rebounds and four assists across 35 minutes in Sunday's 131-124 loss to New Orleans.

After scoring a team-high 28 points on Sunday, Redick is averaging 21.0 points in his last five games. In addition, the 39.4 percent three-point shooter is sinking, on average, 2.6 shots from beyond the arc on 7.2 attempts per game over this stretch. For the season, Redick is averaging a career-high 6.5 shots from long range. In fact, overall he is shooting the ball a career-high 13.1 times from the floor. As a result, Redick is off to a career-high pace of 16.6 points per game for the season.
8:49 am (EST)
Amir Johnson Headshot

Johnson scored 16 points (5-7 FG, 1-1 3PT, 5-5 FT) to go with five rebounds, four assists and one steal across 24 minutes in Sunday's 131-124 loss to New Orleans.

Johnson responded to being a late addition to the starting five by scoring a season-high 16 points on Sunday. In his previous five games which included two starts, the center averaged a meager 2.8 points. Of those five games, he was scoreless in two of them. If Embiiid's back tightness turns into a lengthy absence, Johnson and fellow center Richaun Holmes are Philadelphia's main replacements. After Sunday's performance, Johnson played a season-high 24 minutes, resulting in more chances to contribute offensively than the usual 15.7 minutes he has been averaging. If Embiid is out on Tuesday, Johnson may see about the same amount of minutes against Minnesota.
8:35 am (EST)
Jrue Holiday Headshot

Holiday scored 34 points (11-21 FG, 5-8 3PT, 7-8 FT) to go along with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks across 41 minutes in Sunday's 131-124 win against Philadelphia.

Holiday tied his season-high for the second time with 34 points against Philadelphia on Sunday. In fact, the guard also scored 34 points against Golden State on December 4. Both of these standout performances are part of a five game run in which Holiday is averaging 25.2 points, 5.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds. Overall, Holiday is averaging 17.3 points, which is his best offensive season since he averaged a career-high 17.7 points with Philadelphia in 2012-13. Holiday has proven to be a consistent scorer in an offense controlled by two, dominating big men in Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.
8:29 am (EST)
Ben Simmons Headshot

Simmons scored 27 points (10-16 FG, 7-9 FT) to go along with five rebounds, 10 assists and and one block across 35 minutes in Sunday's 131-124 loss to New Orleans.

While 20-plus point, 10-plus assist games are not uncommon for Simmons, a solid night at the free throw line is rare. The rookie guard has struggled at the free throw line, shooting 57.3 percent on 5.2 shots per game. However, Simmons has shot 13-of-19 for 68.4 percent from the line in his last six games since he shot 15-of-29 on November 29 against Washington. This marked improvement since his 29 free throw game is a step in the right direction to strengthening his free throw shooting.
8:17 am (EST)
Rajon Rondo Headshot

Rondo scored 13 points (5-7 FG, 1-2 3PT, 2-2 FT) to go with two rebounds, 18 assists, five steals and one block across 37 minutes in Sunday's 131-124 win against Philadelphia.

Rondo collected a season-high 18 assists in a season-high 37 minutes on Sunday. Over his last five games, the guard is averaging 11.8 points, 11.4 assists and 5.2 rebounds. Rondo has collected at least 10 assists in four out of his last five games. For the season, he is averaging 8.1 assists through 13 games. The New Orleans guard also contributed significantly on the defensive end with a season-high five steals to top off an overflowing stat sheet against Philadelphia.
8:04 am (EST)
Maxi Kleber Headshot

Kleber finished with 16 points (6-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one block in 34 minutes during Sunday's 97-92 loss to Minnesota.

Kleber had another impressive outing, despite the Mavericks suffering their third consecutive loss. He continues to start, having now averaged 29 minutes per game over the last three outings. Dallas has nothing to play for and developing their young players is going to be their main priority moving forward. While he isn't worth owning in most leagues at this stage, he is worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues for his interesting skill-set.
5:15 am (EST)
Harrison Barnes Headshot

Barnes tallied 19 points (8-15 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 32 minutes during Sunday's 997-92 loss to the Timberwolves.

Barnes led his team in scoring again Sunday, finishing with 19 points. He has been fairly consistent so far this season, without being spectacular. He is always going to be a nice source of points on an offensive starved Mavericks team but provides little else. He has seen his rebounding numbers go from 5.0 last season, to 7.4 this season. He still remains a purely a source of scoring and should be the number one option moving forward.
5:09 am (EST)
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