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  • Richaun Holmes drops 11-10-2 on Blazers
    Richaun Holmes started again and hit 5-of-6 shots for 11 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 31 minutes in Tuesday's big 107-99 win over the Blazers.

    Advice: He's been fun to own, just like teammate Nemanja Bjelica, since Marvin Bagley went down with a thumb injury and should continue to roll until Bagley comes back in early December. This could be your sign to sell high on Holmes, but if you want to ride him until Bagley is back, it makes sense. He'll look to keep it going on Friday against the Lakers. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica drops 19 & 12, 4 triples
    Nemanja Bjelica hit 8-of-14 shots and three 3-pointers on his way to 19 points, a season-high 12 rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes of Tuesday's shocking 107-99 win over the Blazers.

    Advice: Marvin Bagley (thumb) could be back around Dec. 2, which will hurt Bjelica, but until then, he's worth using in most leagues, including DFS. He was great against Portland and has (barely) hit double digits in scoring in six of his last seven games, with plenty of 3-pointers along with some steals, solid boards and assists. Ride him until Bagley is back and then plan on dropping him for a hot free agent. Don't look now, but the Kings have now won four of their last five games after starting the season 0-5. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky scores 16 points vs. Lakers
    Frank Kaminsky got hot for 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two triples in 23 minutes vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Frank the Tank is back? Not quite. Kelly Oubre got into some foul trouble which allowed Frank to be more aggressive, something we haven't seen much of lately -- he had a combined eight points in his previous three games. Kaminsky initially looked like a pickup after the Deandre Ayton suspension but has been floating on waiver wires while Aron Baynes continues to light up fantasy leagues. Baynes had 20 points, six rebounds, three assists and four triples. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Dario Saric scores 18 points vs. Lakers
    Dario Saric scored a season-high 18 points vs. the Lakers on Tuesday with seven rebounds, two assists and four triples in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Anthony Davis lit him up, but Saric was pretty effective on offense at least in what was arguably his best game of the season. Saric was well outside the top-100 in 9-cat before this game so he'll need to string a few of these together before we can call him anything other than a low-end asset. Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Taj Gibson scores season-high 17 points
    Taj Gibson dropped a season-high 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting on Tuesday, chipping in five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 26 minutes against Chicago.

    Advice: He continues to start in place of Mitchell Robinson (concussion). Robinson will be back soon, limiting the veteran Gibson to just short-term viability. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • LeBron James scores 19 points vs. PHX
    LeBron James put up 19 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds, one triple and one turnover in 37 minutes vs. the Suns on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lakers coach Frank Vogel said before the game that he was planning to play LeBron and Anthony Davis in both games of this back-to-back set. LeBron indicated last week that he's not going to be a "load management" player as long as he's healthy, so this pretty much confirms it. Just don't be surprised if his minutes are closer to 30 vs. the reeling Warriors. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Kyle Kuzma goes off for 23 points
    Kyle Kuzma found his shot on Tuesday in a 123-115 win over the Suns, scoring 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting with four rebounds, one steal and three triples.

    Advice: That's a season-high for points and it's his second game in a row hitting three triples. Kuzma has now scored 15+ points in three out of his last four games which indicates that he's getting into a rhythm, but we know what his upside in category leagues is and it's not great. He's a lukewarm pickup and more of a specialists for points and triples. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Thaddeus Young flirts with double-double
    Thaddeus Young fell just shy of a double-double on Tuesday against the Knicks, scoring eight points (3-of-9 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The 30 minutes were a season-high for Young, who is averaging 22.8 minutes per game on the season. He's clearly behind both Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. in Chicago, limiting his fantasy value quite a bit. Young is waiver wire fodder in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Davis takes a shot to ribs, scores 24
    Anthony Davis played through bruised ribs on Tuesday vs. the Suns, scoring 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting with 12 boards, four assists, two steals, one block and one triple in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He took a shot to the ribs in the first quarter and later went to the locker room to get taped up, so the injuries are piling up. His shoulder did seem to bother him a bit too, but it didn't prevent him from having another monster night as he feasted in his matchup with Dario Saric. Coach Frank Vogel said before the game that he planned to play Davis in both games of this back-to-back, but fantasy owners should check his status before Wednesday's game vs. the Warriors just in case the bruised ribs changes Vogel's mind. Yesterday, 8:58 pm
  • Alex Len scores season-high 17 in win
    Alex Len (ankle) came off the bench on Tuesday and had a good night against Nikola Jokic, hitting 6-of-8 shots, a 3-pointer and 4-of-8 free throws for a season-high 17 points, seven rebounds and a block.

    Advice: He was a little iffy coming in and came off the bench due to his ankle injury, but played his best game of the season tonight. The Hawks got a huge win on the road at Denver and while Len looked good, we need to see it a couple more times before getting too excited. Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • Nikola Jokic scores 20, struggles from deep
    Nikola Jokic hit 7-of-19 shots, 1-of-8 3-pointers and 5-of-6 free throws for 20 points, six rebounds, seven assists, three steals and zero blocks in Tuesday's loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: Jokic was left wide open, and we mean wide open, for most of his 3-pointers and they were all important, as the game was tight all night long. He missed most of them and couldn't buy one late, but despite the lack of blocks and poor shooting, he's still an elite fantasy center. He just didn't have his three-ball working tonight. Yesterday, 8:44 pm
  • Tristan Thompson makes career-high 2 triples
    Tristan Thompson notched another double-double on Tuesday, scoring 17 points (7-of-13 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs) with 12 rebounds and one steal in 33 minutes against the 76ers.

    Advice: Thompson now has eight double-doubles in 10 games and has been exceptional to start the season. The biggest surprise came tonight, though, when he made a career-high two 3-pointers, which doubled his career total. He had only made one triple in his career, and that came just a few games ago. If Thompson can add intermittent 3-point shooting to his game, he'll become even more valuable in fantasy hoops. Yesterday, 8:14 pm
  • Larry Nance grabs 10 boards, three steals
    Larry Nance scored just four points against the 76ers on Tuesday, but he added 10 rebounds, one assist and three steals in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Nance matched his season-high in steals with this performance. He's been limited to start the year with both Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson healthy and playing well, but he has still managed to post fringe top-100 value in category formats. Nance is a good hold due to the health issues that Love has faced in the past. Yesterday, 8:02 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 20 in 32 minutes vs. PHI
    Kevin Love scored 20 points (2-of-7 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs) with eight rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Tuesday against Philadelphia.

    Advice: After a lost season due to injury, Love has bounced back in a big way this year. He's posting top-25 value in category leagues through the first 10 games of the season, averaging 18.5 points, 12.9 boards, 3.4 dimes and 2.0 triples per game. As long as he's healthy and the Cavs are competing, Love is a must-start fantasy option going forward. Yesterday, 7:44 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk scores 13 points vs. Pistons
    Kelly Olynyk (knee) played 28 minutes vs. the Pistons on Tuesday with 13 points, five assists, three rebounds, one steal and three triples.

    Advice: Meyers Leonard has completely vanished after a hot start, so Olynyk has been coach Erik Spoelstra's go-to forward off the bench with Derrick Jones Jr injured. It was a bit concerning to see Olynyk on the injury report with the knee issue since it bothered him throughout the offseason and training camp, and maybe that explains why he's been pretty quiet. For now he's just a low-end streamer for points, rebounds, out-of-position dimes and triples. Yesterday, 7:44 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn plays nine minutes vs. Cavs
    Kyle O'Quinn didn't attempt a shot on Tuesday, but did grab four rebounds with one assist, one steal and one block in nine minutes against the Cavs.

    Advice: Al Horford (rest) was out, but that didn't afford KOQ any more playing time. He's been used strictly as the backup center, which limits him for fantasy purposes. He can put up numbers if he gets the minutes, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen very often this season. Leave him on the wire. Yesterday, 7:14 pm
  • Christian Wood scores 16 points vs. MIA
    Christian Wood scored 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting with three boards, two steals, two blocks and one triple in 26 minutes vs. Miami on Tuesday.

    Advice: The dude just puts up stats almost every chance he gets. Unfortunately, Wood was a DNP-CD on Monday and the only reason he got burn tonight was because Blake Griffin was rested on the second game of a back-to-back. That means it's safe to leave him on the wire in most leagues. Don't forget about him though, as the Pistons have stumbled out of the gate with a 4-8 record and could unleash him later this season barring a turnaround. Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • Mike Scott grabs season-high eight rebounds
    Mike Scott grabbed a season-high eight rebounds to go with nine points and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against Cleveland on Tuesday.

    Advice: Al Horford (rest) got the night off, which opened up a few more opportunities for Scott to cash out. He's posting similar numbers to his stint in Philly last year, but he as fewer chances with Horford in town. He'll see more shots and boards on nights when Horford or Joel Embiid sit. Scott's nothing more than a desperation stream for triples in deeper formats. Yesterday, 7:07 pm
  • Tobias Harris (illness) goes 0-of-11 from 3
    Tobias Harris (illness) was off against the Cavs on Tuesday, shooting just 4-of-17 from the field with five rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Harris was especially bad from 3-point land, going 0-of-11 from beyond. He became just the fifth player in NBA history two go at least 0-of-11 from three, joining Brook Lopez, Steph Curry, Trey Burke and Antoine Walker. Coach Brett Brown revealed post-game that Harris dealt with a stomach bug in the lead up to the game and that he did not expect him to play. The Sixers play the second game of a back-to-back on Wednesday in Orlando, so it's possible Harris sits if he's not feeling any better. He's off to an ice cold start from deep, but he's still scoring 17.3 points per game on nearly 50 percent shooting, including tonight's poor performance. Yesterday, 6:52 pm
  • T.J. Warren scores 23 points in easy win
    T.J. Warren put up 23 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and one triple in 31 minutes of a blowout win vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's on fire right now and is on pace to crush his ADP with 6th-round value in 9-cat. Warren is averaging 18.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.4 dimes, 1.5 steals and 0.7 triples, but it's going to be really interesting to see what stats he can manage once the Pacers get some reinforcements -- Myles Turner (ankle) and Jeremy Lamb (ankle) are day-to-day and Victor Oladipo (leg) has been doing some 5-on-5 at practice. Yesterday, 6:48 pm
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