Tim Hardaway SG NY 1 Hr
Tim Hardaway scored 12 points with one assist and two 3-pointers in 19 minutes against the Nets on Thursday.
He scored 10 points in garbage time during the fourth quarter, so we wouldn't classify this as a positive game. Hardaway was coming off a 21-point game against the Pelicans on Sunday and none of his previous seven games included more than eight points, so that outburst seems like an outlier. He can be left on the wire in most leagues.
Chris Paul PG LAC 2 Hrs
Chris Paul scored 15 points in an easy 101-81 win at Memphis on Thursday to go with eight assists, four boards, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.
Mike Conley is one of the better defenders at point guard, but Paul was still able to turn in a very productive game. This was just the third game in which he failed to record a double-double and he's still way ahead of the NBA pack with his 12 dimes per game. He's one of the most complete guards in the league for fantasy purposes.
DeAndre Jordan C LAC 2 Hrs
DeAndre Jordan logged the third double-double in his last four games with 10 points, 14 boards, two assists, three blocks and two steals on 37 minutes on Thursday.
Jordan ranks second in the NBA in rebounding and has been is dominating on the glass. Among power forwards and centers playing at least 20 minutes per game, Jordan ranks second in percentage of rebounds per chance and is just 0.1 contested rebounds per game off the lead in that department. His nine-block game last week has moved him above the 2.0 blocks-per-game threshold and he's starting to live up to the hype from a big preseason.
Darren Collison PG LAC 2 Hrs
Darren Collison helped propel the Clippers to a win with his 15 points off the bench on Thursday, adding one rebound, three assists and one 3-pointer on 6-of-9 shooting.
His last four games have been eye-catching with an average of 27 minutes per game. Collison turned in 12.8 points per game with four 3-pointers over that span, so he's shaping up to be a deep-league add while J.J. Redick is recovering from his hand injury.
Jerryd Bayless G MEM 2 Hrs
Jerryd Bayless scored just four points in Thursday's 101-81 loss to the Clippers with one assist and one steal in 27 minutes.
It was his first start of the season with Tony Allen (hip) inactive tonight. Bayless had a nice run as a starter last year, scoring an average of 16.0 points in four games, but the Clippers have owned him in the past couple years. Allen isn't expected to be out long, so Bayless can be left on the wire in most leagues.
Kosta Koufos PF/C MEM 2 Hrs
Kosta Koufos scored a team-high 17 points against the Clippers on Thursday with nine boards and two steals in 30 minutes.
He snapped a four-game streak of grabbing double-digit boards and didn't block any shots for the first time since Nov. 22, but his 17 points tonight were a season high. Koufos has been great and put up second-round value in nine-category leagues last week, so he's worth owning in all leagues while Marc Gasol is out.
Mike Conley PG MEM 2 Hrs
Mike Conley kept up his season of efficient scoring against the Clippers on Thursday, shooting 6-of-8 from the field for 16 points with one rebound, four assists, one 3-pointer and two 3-pointers.
He entered tonight shooting exactly 50 percent on his two-pointers and made all four of them tonight. Conley has become a little like Tony Parker with his efficient shooting and ranks fourth among point guards in field goal percentage, but Conley also delivers at the line with his 86.4 percent from the line -- ranked seventh among point guards. He's an upper-echelon guard in fantasy.
Zach Randolph PF/C MEM 2 Hrs
Zach Randolph returned to the lineup on Thursday night, playing 31 minutes with a line of 12 points, 12 boards and seven turnovers on 4-of-13 shooting.
He didn't look all the way back from his ingrown toenail injury and was grimacing throughout the game. Randolph had four of Memphis' first five turnovers and his seven total are his highest since Nov. 20, 2007. He'll get a better matchup against David Lee on Saturday, so hopefully his toe injury didn't get worse tonight.
Deron Williams PG BKN 3 Hrs
Deron Williams (ankle) said he's "shooting for" a return to the lineup on Tuesday.
They need him back badly. The Nets became the first time this year to suffer multiple 30-point losses, they rank last in defensive efficiency, last in 3-point percentage allowed and 23rd in offensive efficiency. Williams has suffered a few ankle tweaks this season and he will likely have a few more, so he's one of the riskiest players to own in fantasy hoops.
Carmelo Anthony SF NY 3 Hrs
Carmelo Anthony scored a team-high 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting against the Nets during a 113-83 win, adding 10 boards, six assists, one block and one 3-pointer.
He entered tonight shooting just 42.3 percent from the field including 27.7 percent from downtown, but nothing cures offensive struggles like a trip to Barclays Center. The Nets are dead last in defensive efficiency and Carmelo got great looks all night. He'll look to keep it going against the Magic at Madison Square Garden on Friday.