A 10-game Wednesday in the NBA.
A nine-block game for Hassan Whiteside in Miami.
And a career-high seven treys (with 31 points) for Derrick Rose.
Here are some key fantasy takeaways from Wednesday’s action:
Have a night Hassan:After missing one game due to knee trouble, Hassan Whiteside returned to action and simply destroyed San Antonio. He had 18 points, 14 boards and eight blocks at halftime, and finished his night with 29-20-9 — one point shy of the elusive and much more symmetrical 30-20-10. He’s now averaging 14.2 ppg, 15.2 rpg and 3.4 bpg, and even with bad FT shooting (60.8 percent) holding him back, he is the No. 39 player in 9-category leagues.
Also notable for Miami: With Goran Dragic (knee) and Dwyane Wade (personal) out, Justise Winslow (16-5-3) and Wayne Ellington (20 points, six treys, two steals) both did some strong work. I would prefer Winslow (27 percent owned in Yahoo) if I had the option between the two on waivers, simply because he has a better chance of producing in more categories. Tyler Johnson was also useful off the bench (nine points, four steals, a block and a trey). His last five games: 11.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.6 spg and 1.4 3s in 26 minutes a game.
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When opportunity knocks, don’t pass it up: Collin Sexton and Dennis Schroder both got starts due to injury on Wednesday night, and both were productive though not very point guardish. Sexton’s start came in place of George Hill (shoulder), and in 41 minutes, he posted 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting with a trey and a block. The downside: He had just one assist. At some point Sexton figures to get a long look as a starter, and maybe that time will be right now, but his per-36 minute numbers (15.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.5 3s) don’t exactly have me thrilled about his fantasy prospects at the moment. J.R. Smith also got a start for the Cavs with Sam Dekker (ankle) out 2-4 weeks, shooting 5-of-17 for 13 points.
In the same game, Dennis Schroder got a start for Russell Westbrook (ankle), and somehow put up 28 points with seven boards — and zero assists. That would be 75 minutes, one assist total for starting point guards Sexton and Schroder. Highlighting what a strange game this was in that department — the high assist man for either team was Jordan Clarkson (11-9-8), who hadn’t topped three assists in a game all season.
About that Knicks rotation... Frank Ntilikina (14-3-3 in 22 minutes) and Emmanuel Mudiay (11-5-3 in 21 minutes) both managed to stay productive while splitting the PG minutes in somewhat annoying fashion, but they won’t get to play the Hawks forgiving defense every night, and I’d still bet on Ntilikina over Mudiay for the long run if you have to bet on one of them. Meanwhile, Allonzo Trier continued to score (16 points) without doing much elsewhere (one steal, one trey, one assist). Mitchell Robinson could easily be a dynamo later in the season, but is proving he’s too inconsistent to trust at the moment (five points, six boards, a steal and two blocks), while Kevin Knox played just nine minutes (and went 0-of-6) in his second game back. It may not be clear from my tone, but all of this is making me want to vomit. No such headaches though for Noah Vonleh, who put up 11 points, 13 boards, two steals, a block and two treys). Even though it came against the Hawks, Vonleh, when he stays out of foul trouble, is flat-out producing. His last six games, he has posted 8.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.0 spg, 1.2 bpg and 0.7 3s, and that includes two games where his minutes hit a wall due to foul trouble. I’m adding him.
Back in action: Derrick White (heel) returned, and got the start… but didn’t get the start in the 2nd half. In his place was Patty Mills, who posted 20 points with four treys and looks like a solid add wherever available (Mills has averaged 17.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.3 apg and 4.0 treys in his last three games). As for White, he played just 16 minutes (six in the second half), but is worth stashing on benches while he gets up to speed. In other notable returns to action on Wednesday:
*Kawhi Leonard (ankle) posted 25 and 11, but does plan to continue sitting out back-to-back sets for now (the next one is in a couple weeks — Nov. 20-21).
*Donovan Mitchell (ankle) scored 23. (He also threw down a rather ferocious dunk.)
*Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) made his season debut, scoring seven points in 18 minutes, and will reportedly be on a minutes limit for a few games while he gets up to speed.
*Reggie Bullock (ankle) returned, but scored just one point.
*Tim Hardaway Jr. (back) scorched his former team, the Hawks, for 34 (including 16-of-20 from the line).
*Tyson Chandler made his Lakers debut with two points and nine boards in 23 minutes, while JaVale McGee still had 16 points and four boards (with no blocks) in 25 minutes — which should be enough playing time to continue hitting value.
*Taurean Prince (ankle) returned for Atlanta, but came off the bench with DeAndre Bembry getting the start. Prince scored 16, while Bembry had a pretty classic Bembry line (seven points, five rebounds, a steal, a trey and three blocks). The real notable fantasy line for Atlanta was Omari Spellman (18-10-4 with a steal, three blocks and three treys), who would be an intriguing pickup if John Collins wasn’t getting closer to a return. As is, I’d give Spellman a look only in deeper leagues.
*After two DNPs in his last four, Jimmy Butler finally played in two straight, posting 24-5-5 with five treys and three steals.
Jaren Jackson Jr. — taking off: JJJ put up a monster all-around line on Wednesday (20 points, seven boards, three steals, three blocks and two treys), and now has eight blocks in his last two games. (He had eight total in his first eight games.) What Jackson and Wendell Carter Jr. (17 points, 11 boards, three blocks Wednesday) are doing at age 19 is pretty phenomenal — and I talked about their potential on the Rotoworld hoops podcast with Ryan Knaus recently.
Also playing well Wednesday (and possibly setting off waiver wire alerts in your league): Trey Lyles, who put up 16 and nine with a steal, a block and two 3s in a season-high 28 minutes. After a rough start, Lyles is averaging 12.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.8 bpg and 1.0 3s over his last eight games. In deeper leagues, it’s worth noting that Landry Shamet hit double digits for a fourth consecutive game for the Sixers. He’s not doing much other than score and hit 3s, but he’s at 12.0 ppg and 2.5 treys in 24 minutes a game over his last four.
Bjelica slumping: Nemanja Bjelica had a second straight ugly game (zero points, four steals and a block in 19 minutes). I would just like to say here that there’s almost no point in panicking. He had been phenomenal in his previous seven (16.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.6 spg, 1.1 bpg and 2.7 3s), and if he’s still struggling a few games from now — then sure, I’d consider dropping him. For now, I feel obligated to wait. Again, it’s only a two-game skid, and he was posting top-25 value before the (currently brief) slump.
Nikola Jokic — not scoring, barely shooting:This one is outright bizarre. Jokic was 0-for-0 from the field for most of the game, and didn’t attempt a shot until the final seconds. He ended up 0-for-1, and is now averaging just 4.5 FG attempts per game — with 5.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 7.8 apg — over his last four games. Again, it’s a strange situation, but odds are that we won’t be talking about Jokic not shooting a week or two from now. This is a clear opportunity to look into buying low.
Your Indiana update: Myles Turner disappointed again (seven points for a second straight game, adding four boards and two blocks). Turner did play 30 minutes with Domantas Sabonis getting 32, which is potentially a good development for both of their values — but Turner still has to find a way to produce. As for Sabonis, he put up 16 and 11 (and dunked on Joel Embiid), while Victor Oladipo broke out for a season-high 36 in an all-around monster line. Also in Indiana: Darren Collison is back to struggling (zero points in 18 minutes), and I understand if you want to drop him.
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Other Things to Know: Dario Saric broke out of a slump with a season-high 18 points and four treys in 36 minutes. … Jamal Murray followed up his 48-point game by scoring 15 on 6-of-21 shooting. … After a rough shooting stretch (24-of-68 over his previous four active games), Anthony Davis went off on the Bulls: 32-15-7 with four blocks. … Andre Drummond (23 points, 19 boards) has 48 points and 43 rebounds his last two games, and hit his second trey of the year. … Glenn Robinson III got another start, but had nine points and very little else in 27 minutes. … Langston Galloway had another useful game: 12 points, six boards, three assists and four treys in 26 minutes. That makes three double-digit games in a row, so he’s worth a look in deeper formats. … Willie Cauley-Stein put up 24 in a solid all-around line, and at this point I’m surprised when he doesn’t post good numbers. … Jerami Grant had 12 points, a season-high eight boards and what’s becoming a familiar sight: a steal, a block and a couple of 3s. … Recent waiver wire sensation Shelvin Mack cooled off: six points and four assists in 19 minutes. … Kyle Anderson scored a season-high 14. … Josh Hart scored 21 points in 21 minutes, but his playing time has been all over the place lately: 16, 25, 30 and 21 minutes in his last four games. … Jabari Parker equaled his season-high with 20 points and grabbed a season-high 13 boards. The bad news: He had zero steals, blocks or 3s, and is averaging 0.2 / 0.2 / 0.2 in his last five games.
Injury Quick Hits: Cedi Osman left early with back spasms. … Lauri Markkanen (elbow) has reportedly started ramping up his workload at practice and appears to be getting closer to a return. … Jonathan Isaac (ankle) does not have a timetable. … Elfrid Payton (ankle) remained out. … Gregg Popovich downplayed the sore heel that kept Rudy Gay out on Wednesday. … Draymond Green (foot) won’t play on Thursday. … Norman Powell (shoulder) is out 4-6 weeks. … Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) is aiming to return in three weeks. … Hawks rookie Kevin Huerter was out for personal reasons. … Derrick Jones Jr. left with a knee injury. … Denzel Valentine (ankle) is out indefinitely. … Avery Bradley (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday. … Eric Gordon (adductor) is questionable for Thursday. … Speaking of Thursday, there are four games on the schedule, including the 8-2 Bucks at the 10-1 Warriors. This may sound random, but from a fantasy perspective I’m watching Malcolm Brogdon in that one. He’s coming off a season-low four points on Wednesday, and hasn’t had a steal in his last seven games. My patience is running short.