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Vince Carter    G/F  Kings

 

 

Vince Carter played six minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday. He'll be a first-ballot Hall of Fame player, but the Kings are using him as more of an extension of the coaching staff. If you miss watching Carter this year, you can probably spend a day on YouTube looking at his dunk reel.

Oct 22 - 12:42 AM

Mirza Teletovic    F  Bucks

 

 

Mirza Teletovic logged a season-high 17 minutes off the bench on Saturday, tallying nine points, three 3-pointers, two boards, one steal and one block. Teletovic doesn't have a consistent role in Milwaukee, and he rarely contributes anything outside of 3-point shooting to the box score, so there's no reason to roster him in most settings.

Oct 22 - 12:41 AM

Damian Lillard    G  Trail Blazers

 

 

Damian Lillard registered 26 points, five rebounds, four assists, three 3-pointers, four steals and six turnovers during Saturday's 113-110 loss to the Bucks. Lillard started the game out slow as he struggled with foul trouble, but he absolutely took over during the fourth quarter, scoring 16 of his 26 points while posting an absurd 40.0 usage rate. Lillard has gotten off to a hot start this year, owning averages of 23.7 points, 5.7 boards, 5.3 dimes, 2.0 steals, 2.3 triples, 1.3 swats and 2.0 turnovers per contest on 45.1 percent shooting, which has been good enough for top-10 value in 9-cat leagues. He's a stud.

Oct 22 - 12:41 AM

Joe Ingles    G/F  Jazz

 

 

Joe Ingles finished with 19 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot in 27 minutes Saturday against the Thunder. The man from Down Under will certainly cool off from the perimeter, but he has knocked down nine 3-pointers through his first two outings. He is a valuable contributor for fantasy owners in that category, as well as using his quick hands to nab a couple of steals per outing.

Oct 22 - 12:41 AM

Tony Snell    G/F  Bucks

 

 

Tony Snell was nearly perfect in Saturday's win over Portland, going 7-of-8 from the field on his way to 17 points, three 3-pointers, two boards, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 34 minutes. Through the first three games of the year, Snell has connected on 63.2 percent of his shot attempts, which clearly is not sustainable. At the moment, Snell can be viewed as a cheap source of steals and triples in deep leagues, but there's no way he'll be able to maintain his current level of play, making him an unattractive add in most settings.

Oct 22 - 12:40 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo    G/F  Bucks

 

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo bulldozed his way to a career-high 44 points in Saturday's 113-110 win over Portland, adding eight boards, four dimes, two steals, one block, one triple and two turnovers in 39 minutes. Not only did The Greek Freak set a new career-high in this one, but he also came through with two huge defensive stops within the final 30 seconds of the game to truly seal the deal for Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo's freakish combination of size and athleticism has allowed him to dominate in the paint, with 76 of his 115 points through the first three games of the year coming from directly under the bucket on 80.9 percent shooting. He'll be on a lot of championship squads this season.

Oct 22 - 12:40 AM

Thabo Sefolosha    G/F  Jazz

 

 

Thabo Sefolosha posted four points with four rebounds, three steals and an assist over 28 minutes in Saturday's 96-87 win against the Thunder. Sefolosha's quick hands were on display and the three steals made up for his 0-of-4 night from behind the 3-point line. He is averaging just 6.7 points per game through his first three outings in Salt Lake City, but his real value to fantasy owners comes in the steals category. He is averaging 2.0 steals per game so far.

Oct 22 - 12:39 AM

Khris Middleton    G/F  Bucks

 

 

Khris Middleton went 6-of-13 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line during Saturday's win over Portland on his way to 18 points, six boards, three assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes. The Bucks really made an effort to get him involved early, and head coach Jason Kidd did a nice job of staggering his minutes alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo to give him more opportunity to run the offense, but foul trouble limited him during the second half. Middleton’s 3-point shot hasn’t been falling through the first three games of the year, but as a career 40.1 percent shooter from distance, this is not a trend we expect to continue. Now would be a good time to try and buy-low on Khris.

Oct 22 - 12:39 AM

Malcolm Brogdon    G  Bucks

 

 

Malcolm Brogdon scored 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting during Saturday's win over Portland adding six assists, one rebound, four steals and two turnovers in 31 minutes. Brogdon played some excellent defense against Damian Lillard, and he's got off to a hot start this year with averages of 16.0 points, 3.7 assists, 2.3 triples, 2.0 steals and 2.0 turnovers per game on 47.2 percent shooting, which has been good enough for top-50 value in 9-cat leagues. He's locked in as the starting PG in Milwaukee and will be receiving minutes in the mid-30s, so he should be owned in all leagues.

Oct 22 - 12:39 AM

James Johnson    F  Heat

 

 

James Johnson scored 14 points in the starting lineup against the Pacers during a 112-108 win on Saturday, adding four rebounds, eight assists, five blocks and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes. The black-belted forward had a violent jam on Victor Oladipo in this game to make his case for dunk of the year (video in link below). As for his role, coach Erik Spoelstra showed last year that he'll use Johnson off the bench or in the starting lineup, but basically the results will be the same at the end of the day. Last year was no fluke.

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Oct 22 - 12:39 AM