NBA FANTASY BASKETBALL WEEKLY PLANNER
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J. Collins - PF
John Collins hit 6-of-8 shots for 15 points, seven rebounds, one 3-pointer, two assists, four blocks and two turnovers through 36 minutes in Monday's win over Minnesota.
Collins matched his career-high with the swats today, and he was also a perfect 2-of-2 at the charity stripe. However, this was the third time over the past five games that he's seen single-digit shot attempts, and while Collins isn't the type of player who needs a massive usage to produce (his usage was at 21.3 last year), his lowly 15.0 usage rate over the past five games is a bit concerning. That said, he finished today's game with a team-high plus/minus rating of plus-22, threw down some impressive alley-oops, and he appears to be getting more comfortable playing with Clint Capela. He's not out of the woods just yet, but he is moving in the right direction.
Added 5:48 pm (EST)
T. Young - PG
Trae Young flirted with a triple-double during Monday's win over Minnesota, tallying 20 points, eight rebounds, 13 assists, two triples, three steals and six turnovers in 32 minutes.
Young probably would have had his triple-double if it weren't for foul trouble, as he picked up his fourth foul just two minutes into the third quarter, which resulted in him sitting the final 10 minutes of that frame. He also struggled with his shot a bit, going 3-of-8 from the floor, but he made up for that by going 12-of-13 from the charity stripe. The Hawks were able to hit the brakes on a two-game skid today, and they'll look to keep that winning trend going on Wednesday vs. the Pistons.
Added 5:40 pm (EST)
N. Reid - C
Naz Reid hit 4-of-9 shots for nine points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two turnovers through 28 minutes as a starter on Monday.
Karl-Anthony Towns (COVID-19) is expected to miss the next two weeks (six games) as he's forced into quarantine, so Reid is suddenly back on the radar as a viable fantasy option. Through four starts this season, he's produced averages of 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 trey, 1.8 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.8 swats and 1.3 turnovers per contest on 52.6% shooting.
Added 5:34 pm (EST)
J. Vanderbilt - PF
Jarred Vanderbilt looked good as Minnesota's starting power forward on Monday, tallying eight points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block over 29 minutes.
Vanderbilt finished 3-of-4 from the field and 2-of-4 from the line, and the only real negative in his play today was the three turnovers. He tied his career-high with the steals, and the Timberwolves set a new season-high with 16 swipes on the evening. The Wolves have been searching for a solid option at the four-spot, and Vanderbilt may be their guy, considering how awful Juancho Hernangomez (COVID-protocol) has been — so he's worth a look if you've got someone to cut.
Added 5:27 pm (EST)
J. Culver - SG
Jarrett Culver snatched three steals and blocked one shot across 19 minutes off the bench in Monday's loss to the Hawks.
Culver added seven points (3-of-6 FG, 1-of-2 FT), seven rebounds and three turnovers while he was out there, and he should be seeing more opportunity on offense over the next few weeks while Karl-Anthony Towns (COVID-19) is in quarantine. He's worth a look in 16-team settings, although he's too inconsistent to roster in standard leagues.
Added 5:24 pm (EST)
M. Beasley - SG
Malik Beasley went just 5-of-17 from the field on his way to 15 points, four triples, five rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 34 minutes.
Beasley got hot late, but he was awful for most of the game, not reaching double figures in the scoring department until late in the fourth quarter. Anthony Edwards also had a tough time getting his shot to drop, going 5-of-16 from the field for 12 points, five rebounds, two 3-pointers, two assists and one turnover in 30 minutes off the bench.
Added 5:20 pm (EST)
D. Mathias - SG
Dakota Mathias is going to be waived by the Sixers.
Mathias filled in when several Sixers went into quarantine, averaging 6.0 points and 1.6 assists in 15.4 minutes per game. He made eight appearances and started two games. This roster change is for flexibility reasons, and Philly doesn't have another imminent move in place.
Added 5:09 pm (EST)
Added 5:09 pm (EST)
D. Russell - PG
D'Angelo Russell dropped in a game-high 31 points on 11-of-22 shooting (3-of-5 FT) Monday, to go with six triples, seven dimes, three boards, four steals, one block and three turnovers in 32 minutes.
Russell's four steals matched a career-high, and he got all of them through the first half of action. He did a nice job of creating havoc in the passing lanes, but he didn't get much help from his teammates, with D'Lo being the only guy with double digits in the scoring department until there were three minutes left in the game. The Timberwolves have now lost nine of their past 10 games, and it'll be tough for them to turn things around while Karl-Anthony Towns (COVID-19) is in quarantine for the next few weeks.
Added 4:58 pm (EST)