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Deandre Ayton hit 13-of-15 shots and 5-of-5 free throws for a season-high 31 points, nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block in 29 minutes of Tuesday's 133-104 destruction of the Mavs in Dallas.
Jan 29   12:42 AM

The Mavericks start a forward (Maxi Kleber) at center and Willie Cauley-Stein and Boban Marjanovic don't play much right now, and Ayton took full advantage of the situation. Ayton will look to keep it going on Friday against Steven Adams and the Thunder, but he's been playing really well for the entire month of January.

Marcus Smart scored 11 points (3-of-13 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Heat on Tuesday.
Jan 29   12:23 AM

Smart sprained his right ankle in Sunday's game against the Pelicans, but he was able to return and play 36 minutes in that one, too. He's been dealing with a left hand injury on top of the sprained ankle, though he hasn't missed a game since just after Christmas. Smart's numbers have dipped recently, but he's still enjoying the best fantasy season of his career.

Jerami Grant hit 7-of-17 shots and a career-high six 3-pointers on his way to 21 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals, a block and zero turnovers in Tuesday's loss to the Grizzlies.
Jan 29   12:23 AM

Grant is really feeling it right now and is averaging 23 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 4.5 3-pointers over his last two games, while scoring in double digits in six straight. As long as Paul Millsap remains out with his sore knee, Grant has become a must-own, must-start fantasy player.

Nikola Jokic hit 8-of-16 shots and three 3-pointers for 25 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, a block and seven turnovers in Tuesday's 104-96 loss at Memphis.
Jan 29   12:23 AM

Turnovers have been a bit of an issue for the Joker lately, as he had six in his previous game, six on Jan. 22 and nine on Jan. 16. However, he's also been crushing it everywhere else and was one of just a couple Nuggets to play well in this one. Just keep rolling him out there and watch the stats roll in.

Monte Morris hit 3-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for nine points, five rebounds, six assists and a steal in 34 minutes off the bench on Tuesday.
Jan 29   12:23 AM

He had scored in double figures in his previous three games and has been racking up some decent rebounds, assists and 3-pointers in the absence of Jamal Murray. As long as Murray remains out with his ankle injury, Morris is worth a look, even when coming off the bench.

Josh Jackson was a DNP-CD in his first game with the Grizzlies on Tuesday.
Jan 29   12:23 AM

Many were hoping to see Jackson get some run with De'Anthony Melton (hand) and Jae Crowder (knee) out, but coach Taylor Jenkins said he wants Jackson to get some practice reps first. Jackson is only a player to watch in deeper leagues, as Melton is considered day-to-day and is the only reserve worth rostering in Memphis apart from Brandon Clarke.

Trae Young hit 5-of-13 shots, 1-of-7 3-pointers and 7-of-8 free throws for 18 points, 13 assists and seven turnovers in Tuesday's 130-114 loss to the Raptors.
Jan 29   12:23 AM

Not Young's best night but the double-double was helpful. Young throwing alley-oops to John Collins has become a thing of beauty in Atlanta and Young will look to bounce back on Thursday against the Sixers.

Jonas Valanciunas dropped 23 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday.
Jan 29   12:23 AM

The Grizzlies usually keep J-Val around 26 minutes but they let him go to work in a fun clash with Nikola Jokic. With Memphis eyeing the 8th seed, J-Val's role is locked in for the foreseeable future which means we peg him as a top-50 player in 9-cat going forward.

Daniel Theis double-doubled in 30 minutes against the Heat on Tuesday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting with 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks.
Jan 29   12:23 AM

Theis now has a career-high three double-doubles this season, matching the total from his first two seasons combined. He's been operating as the sole center with Enes Kanter (hip) and Robert Williams (hip) both out, and he's been finding success. Theis has been posting top-100 fantasy value in just 22 minutes per game, so he should be owned in most leagues now that he's seeing close to 30 minutes in a short-handed frontcourt.

Luka Doncic played through his sore ankle and hit 7-of-15 shots, one 3-pointer and 6-of-7 free throws for 21 points, six rebounds, two assists, a steal and four turnovers in Tuesday's ugly 133-104 home loss to the Suns.
Jan 28   11:52 PM

Rick Carlisle made a hockey line substitution when he pulled all five starters with 7:32 remaining in the third quarter. The move backfired, as the Mavs went on to give up a franchise-record 48 points to the Suns in the third. The Mavericks have struggled at home this season and are 13-12 in their arena. Doncic has hit a bit of a wall, but at least he hit some free throws in this one. He'll look to bounce back on Friday against the Rockets.

Dante Exum didn't do much in a fill-in start for Darius Garland (rest) on Tuesday vs. the Pelicans with four points (1-of-3 FGs) with one rebound and nothing else in 18 minutes.
Jan 28   11:52 PM

The Cavs have been giving Exum plenty of chances but he's been invisible since his 28-point outburst on Jan. 5. Plus, Kevin Porter Jr. is healthy again and picking up a ton of steam. Exum belongs on the waiver wire.

Willie Cauley-Stein played 12 minutes in Tuesday's ugly home loss to the Suns and had four points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals off the bench.
Jan 28   11:52 PM

Rick Carlisle is taking baby steps with WCS, who has yet to practice with his new team, but he got into the game tonight. He could offer a little value once he's acclimated to the new surroundings, but for now he's not worth using in most leagues. The entire Mavs' box score was a lost cause tonight, as the Mavs gave up a franchise-record 48 points in the third quarter and never had a lead in the game.

Tyler Herro made just 3-of-13 shots for five points in 28 minutes against the Celtics on Tuesday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.
Jan 28   11:52 PM

Herro made another start with Kendrick Nunn still out nursing a sore Achilles. He had been playing well of late before this one, but he failed to make a triple while playing 20+ minutes for the first time since early January. Herro posted a game-worst -20 in the +/- column, so it wasn't a good night on the floor for him. The rookie guard is best used as a triples specialist in deeper settings.

Ricky Rubio played through a sore ankle and hit 2-of-5 shots for six points, six rebounds, seven assists and two steals in Tuesday's 133-104 win over the Mavericks.
Jan 28   11:52 PM

He wasn't great, but he was better than Sunday's 1-of-10 shooting performance. He should get back on track soon and will look to get it going on Friday against the Thunder.

Dillon Brooks dropped 24 points on 11-of-19 shooting vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday, adding three assists, one rebound, one steal, one block and one triple in 33 minutes.
Jan 28   11:52 PM

He was on fire from the jump with 18 points in the first half, and while a lot of his acrobatic attempts usually end up going viral for the wrong reasons, they were going in tonight. He began the season as one of the most volatile scorers in the NBA, but he has really turned a corner since the new year and has scored at least 20 points in eight of his last 10 games.

Donte DiVincenzo came off the bench and hit 6-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes of Tuesday's easy win over the Wizards.
Jan 28   11:36 PM

He's been rebounding it well and racking up some steals, but had scored just eight and four points in his previous two games. He was helped by the fact that this was a blowout and got it done in limited run. DiVincenzo is a decent deep-league option, even though he's coming off the bench, and could go off down the stretch once the Bucks start resting some regulars.

E'Twaun Moore (neck spasms) did not play on Tuesday vs. the Cavaliers.
Jan 28   11:36 PM

The Pelicans called him questionable to play after tip-off, but his minutes have been way down anyways with Zion Williamson in the mix. Healthy or not, Moore can be left on the waiver wire.

George Hill missed all three of his shots and finished with two points and three assists in 21 minutes of Tuesday's easy win over the Wizards.
Jan 28   11:36 PM

Hill had 16 points, three rebounds, two assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on 6-of-10 shooting in his previous game, but never got anything going tonight. Once the Bucks start resting the regulars as they run away with the East, Hill could be a fantasy factor down the stretch.

Chris Silva played 10 minutes against the Celtics on Tuesday, scoring one point with five rebounds and a career-high three steals.
Jan 28   11:36 PM

Silva played his first significant minutes with the Heat in almost a month. He's spent most of the season in the G League and isn't on the fantasy radar.

Robin Lopez returned from an illness and had 10 points, one rebound and two blocks in 16 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Wizards.
Jan 28   11:36 PM

As long as his brother, Brook Lopez, is healthy, Robin's not going to offer much fantasy value, if any.

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