Payton struggled with his shot against Minnesota, but made up for it by contributing across the board. He looks fully recovered from his hamstring injury, playing a season-high 34 minutes in the loss. While his assist and steal numbers have been nice, he has been terrible from the free-throw line, shooting just 33 percent over his last three games. He has also only shot 35 percent from the floor over the same period. While he is not a high volume scorer, these numbers will have a negative effect on your team, so should be monitored over the next few games.
Vucevic was cold from the floor on Wednesday, but salvaged his line with 14 rebounds and a block. He has been excellent so far this season, but has slowed down after his amazing start. Parallel to his form, the Magic have also regressed after their hot start, losing their last six consecutive games. Along with Aaron Gordon, Vucevic has added a three-point shot to his arsenal. This looks like it is here to stay, and something owners can rely on for the rest of the season.
Gordon led the Magic in scoring again, while putting up another eight three-point attempts in the process. Gordon has had some inconsistencies in his game this season, but for the most part, has looked like the player owners had been hoping for. His scoring and rebounding are right where they should be, however, it would be nice to see his defensive numbers come up slightly. His three-point shooting has been a nice addition to his game. While his efficiency from beyond the arc is likely not sustainable, he clearly has the green light to put the ball up whenever he likes.
Teague was excellent again Wednesday, leading the Timberwolves to a hard-fought victory. Out of all the players who switched teams during the off-season, Teague appears to have settled in the quickest. His numbers have not really taken a hit, and in fact, his defensive numbers have actually improved. He is shooting the ball below his career mark, so that could come up at any stage, leaving him as a solid fantasy option in all formats. Those people who took him in the middle rounds of their draft, have to be pleasantly surprised.
Towns recorded another double-double, but failed to collect a block for the third time in four games. Towns has been solid this season, but appears to have taken a back seat on the offensive pecking order. He has only averaged 11 field-goal attempts over the last four games, well down from his 18 he was attempting last season. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues, or whether it is simply a feeling out period for his new teammates. It is something to keep an eye on for owners, and if it does indeed continue, it could slightly limit his fantasy ceiling.
After a dud in his last game, Gibson bounced back nicely, scoring a season-high 24 points on only 11 shot attempts. Gibson has been a nice fit for his new team, and has sneaky value in most fantasy formats. He will not blow you out of the water with his numbers, but can contribute across the board while maintaining good efficiency. He should really be owned in all leagues, until further notice.
Fridays absence will mark Muscalas tenth consecutive game missed. The Hawks have failed to provide a specific update on his recovery, so he will continue being considered day-to-day going forward. With fellow power forward Luke Babbitt (back) also set to miss Fridays contest, rookie John Collins figures to be the prime candidate to start at power forward.
Babbitt will miss his second consecutive game due to a back issue. He sustained the injury in Mondays loss to the Clippers. Rookie John Collins replaced him at power forward in the starting lineup Wednesday, and will presumably be the favorite to do so again. Babbitts next opportunity to return will be Saturday versus the Raptors.
Booker was held out of Wednesdays game against Cleveland with a sprained ankle, but at this point it looks as though hell only miss one contest. Prior to the injury, the 29-year-old had strung together three straight double-digit scoring efforts, while averaging 6.0 rebounds per game during that span.
Caldwell-Pope followed up a season-high 21 points against the Bulls with another great outing despite the disappointing loss. His minutes have remained consistent through the first 16 games, but his output can be a bit under-the-radar due to players like Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram taking up the spotlight in Los Angeles. While he is widely owned in seasonal leagues, he is an intriguing GPP option and can also be utilized as a cheap option in cash games, depending on the matchup.
The second-year forward has started to come on, posting all three of his double-digit scoring efforts this season over the past five contests. Benders minutes total was easily a season high, while his rebound haul was his best since Oct. 28 against the Trail Blazers. The 20-year-old has been a solid source of rebounds all season, but it remains if his recent scoring uptick will endure.
The second-year point guard generated his second-double-digit scoring total in the last three games, an encouraging development considering hed failed to hit the mark in eight of the nine games prior to the current stretch. Ulis shot attempts are typically in the single digits, keeping his offensive contributions decidedly capped on most nights. However, he continues to retain a hold of the starting point guard job for the time being and has been offering solid rebounding, assist and steal totals for his fantasy owners.
Warren wasnt at his sharpest from the field, but he remained aggressive enough to hit the 20-point mark for the second straight game and fifth time in the last seven contests. The 24-year-old has been notably more aggressive in his fourth season, averaging career-high 15.6 shot attempts, 6.2 rebounds and 18.7 points over his first 19 contests.
Monroe saw plenty of playing time against one of his former squads, which led to his best scoring and rebound totals in his four games in a Suns uniform. The 27-year-old big man can offer plenty off the bench, although the Suns will have to sort out minutes between him and Alex Len behind Tyson Chandler for the time being. If hes afforded sufficient playing time, Monroe is a threat for a double-double on any given night.
Bookers scoring total led the Suns on the night, and his contested 28-foot three-pointer at the end of regulation sent the contest into overtime. The 21-year-old did shoot just 33.3 percent for the second straight contest and has been inconsistent from the field in November, posting a sub-40 percent success rate in five of 12 November contests. However, Booker is shooting a career-best 44.3 percent over his first 19 games, including a high-water mark of 37.1 percent from behind the arc.
Snell headed to the bench as part of head coach Jason Kidds makeover of the starting five with Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) out of the lineup. The fifth-year guard has provided modest scoring totals the majority of the season, but hes shooting a career-best 51.9 percent overall, including 46.2 percent from three-point range.
Brodgon was back in the starting lineup at small forward as part of the domino effect of Giannis Antetokounmpos absence with a knee injury. The second-year swingmans scoring totals had been down over the prior two games while shooting just 2-for-13 from the field, but hes capable of solid performances the likes of Wednesdays any time he sees enough minutes. However, hes been relegated to the bench recently in favor of Tony Snell at shooting guard, but it remains to be seen if that arrangement will persist over the long term.
The young center parlayed a season-high amount of minutes into a career-best scoring total, and his night could have potentially been even bigger had he not fouled out late in the contest. Maker has been seeing at least 20 minutes with regularity for the majority of November, but hed yet to hit double digits in the scoring column this season until Wednesdays performance. While he doesnt typically offer much offensively, hes been a solid source of rebounds and blocks for those owning him in deeper formats.
Bledsoe generated his best performance thus far in a Bucks uniform against his old squad, with only his game -high seven turnovers serving as a blemish on an otherwise dominant effort. The seven-year veteran was frequently booed by his former home fans, and with good reason, as Bledsoe frequently penetrated the Suns defense on his way to the second-highest scoring total for Milwaukee on the night. The 27-year-old has produced double-digit scoring efforts in six of his first seven games in his new digs, leaving to averages of 14.7 points, 4.9 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals.
Middleton exploded for a season-high scoring total and came within just a rebound of his second double-double of the campaign. His four free throws over the final six seconds of overtime sealed the hard-fought road win for the Bucks as well, capping off a masterful performance in which he took on a much larger offensive role in the absence of Giannis Antetokunmpo (knee). Middleton typically provides more modest scoring totals when Antetokounmpo is in the lineup, but he remains an above-average source of scoring, rebounds and assists even when sharing the floor with the latter.
Despite getting overshadowed nightly by the prolific trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, the 24-year-old center continues to offer impressive complementary production. Adams has three straight double-digit scoring efforts and also accomplished the feat in six of his previous nine contests. Even while sharing the floor with his high-usage teammates, Adams is averaging career bests in points (12.9 points) and shooting (65.8 percent) while also establishing a new high-water mark in rebounds (8.2).
George posted his first double-double since Nov. 3 and hit the 20-point mark for the second straight game in the process. The 27-year-old has also drained multiple threes in six consecutive contests and is shooting a career-best 42.3 percent from behind the arc.
Anthony continues to serve as an ideal complement to fellow stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George, with Wednesdays tally pushing his November scoring average to 18.0 across nine contests. However, hes actually accomplished the figure while scuffling with his shot, as the 33-year-old only has an underwhelming 38.8 percent success rate from the field during the current month. Anthonys shot attempts per game (16.6) are understandably down from his Knicks heyday, but he remains a valuable source of scoring and rebounding in all fantasy formats.
The dynamic All-Star seemed to turn it up a couple of notches Wednesday while facing former teammate and perennial rival Kevin Durant. Westbrooks scoring total was a season high, and he started building on it right from tip-off. He compiled 11 points, five rebounds and five assists in the first quarter and continued to posted his second consecutive double-digit rebound total in the process. While his numbers have notably been down across the board this season with the arrival of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, Westbrook has started to pick up his scoring, as hes supplied at least 20 points in seven of the last nine contests.
Green couldnt do much on the scoring front but did provide his typically solid production across the rest of the stat sheet. The outspoken forward did have a technical assessed for arguing with the officials and saw his point total dwindle for the fourth straight game. The 27-year-old has seen a slight drop in most of his numbers thus far this season, but he has improved in all three shooting columns on the stat sheet. His respective 46.6 percent and 33.3 percent success rates from the field and three-point range are his best since the 2015-16 season, while his 78.3 percent free-throw shooting is his highest since his rookie 2012-13 campaign.