Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 20 Hrs
Nicolas Batum handed out 11 assists in Monday's 105-94 win at Utah to go with seven points, eight boards, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.
His 3-pointer was a long-range bomb that served as a dagger in the win. He had six assists in the third quarter and he was able to match his season high with 11 dimes. Batum epitomizes a fantasy stud with the way he puts up numbers across the board without getting big headlines.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 3 Days
Nicolas Batum shot 4-of-10 from beyond the arc in Saturday's loss to the Mavericks, scoring 22 points with five boards, six assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 37 minutes.
He's been a bit of a mini LeBron this year with the way he fills the stat sheet.Among small forwards, Batum ranks second with 5.0 assists per game, ninth in rebounds per game and second in total 3-pointers while providing solid percentages. The Frenchman isn't a household name, but he's an absolute stud in fantasy hoops.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 9 Days
Nicolas Batum came tantalizingly close to another triple-double in Sunday's road win, scoring nine points with nine rebounds and nine assists.
He added one 3-pointer and one steal and this line encapsulates his across-the-board value -- Batum can be held to single-digit scoring and still deliver a borderline-elite fantasy performance. In a bit of esoteric NBA information, the only other players since the 1985-86 season to record exactly nine points, nine rebounds and nine assists were Brian Shaw (1994), Vlade Divac (1997) and Brad Miller (2007).
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 15 Days
Nicolas Batum hit 8-of-12 shots in the Blazers' win over the Knicks on Monday, scoring 23 points with seven rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block.
Batum is the third player behind Antonie Walker and Gary Payton to post 200 points, 90 rebounds, 70 assists, and 30 treys in the first 15 games of a season. Damian Lillard also went off with 23 points, four rebounds, six assists, two threes and a steal in the win. The Blazers have won 11 straight games.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 18 Days
Nicolas Batum scored 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting (including three treys) with eight rebounds, three assists, five steals and one block in the Blazers' 98-95 win over the Bulls on Friday.
Batum also hit all four of his foul shots and is slowly making his way back up to his second-to-third round ADP. He's right there with top 25-35 value in 8- and 9-cat leagues, respectively.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 20 Days
Eight was the magic number for Nicolas Batum and the Blazers on Wednesday, as he had eight points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the red hot Blazers won their eighth straight game with a win over the struggling Bucks.
Batum attempted just six shots and hit three of them, and also had two steals, a block and two 3-pointers. His lack of shots has been a disturbing trend at times this season, but he still manages to fill the stat sheet on most nights. He's attempted just 5.5 shots per game over his last two, but should get hot again soon.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 23 Days
Nicolas Batum filled the stat sheet in Sunday's victory over the Raptors with 24 points, six boards, four assists, one steal, two blocks and five 3-pointers in 41 minutes.
He shot 8-of-15 from the field and made all three attempts from the line to make this an eight-category line. Batum broke out last year and the Blazers are using him in a similar fashion, so there's no reason to think he'll be a letdown in his sixth season. He and the Blazers get four games this week.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 25 Days
Nicolas Batum was up to his usual tricks on Friday with 18 points, five boards, six assists, two steals and four 3-pointers on 6-of-15 shooting.
He was big on defense and his six dimes were a game high. Batum is a seven-category stud and while his shot isn't dropping, he's still holding up as a fantastic asset in all leagues.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 25 Days
Nicolas Batum hit just 3-of-10 shots for nine points on Wednesday night and may have sprained his ankle in the process.
While there's nothing being reported about an ankle injury in the media, we did see him tweak it on television during the game. He played through it and should be fine going forward, but if it was bothering him, it might help explain his rough night. He's been slow out of the gates, making him an interesting buy-low option, as he simply can't play much worse. We're guessing he's good to go for Friday's game at Boston, but owners might want to keep an eye out for news just in case.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 1 Month
Nicolas Batum (14 points, seven boards, eight assists) and Damian Lillard (22 points, eight rebounds, seven assists) both flirted with triple-doubles in the Blazers' 104-91 win over the Kings on Friday.
Lillard wasted no time this season going after his current first round value, while Batum has underperformed to a mild extent with third round value at this early juncture. While neither of them will be ridden as hard as they were last season, the flipside is that they'll probably improve their efficiency and take less chances with injuries throughout the year.