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12/18/2017 Garrett Temple, Sac, G-F
Garrett Temple scored 18 points Sunday on 6-of-13 shooting as the Sacramento Kings fell to the Toronto Raptors 108-93. Temple grabbed two rebounds and had two assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -12 in his 27:42 on the floor. He added one block and one steal. Temple went 2 of 7 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Temple took a big step forward after he produced a measly 10 points combined on 4-of-24 shooting over Sacramento's previous five games. Though certainly not a reliable fantasy option, the veteran guard is capable of hot stretches like the four-game run of double-digit scoring efforts he recorded a few weeks back.
12/18/2017 George Hill, Sac, G
George Hill scored 16 points Sunday, going 6 of 11 from the field, as the Sacramento Kings lost to the Toronto Raptors 108-93. Hill pulled down one rebound and dished out five assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -12 in his 33:04 of playing time. He added one steal. Hill went 4 of 7 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Finally, Hill appears to be settling in, as he's gone 10 of 15 from 3-point range and shot 58.6 percent overall while averaging 16.7 points over his last three games. While the proven veteran is clearly the Kings' best option at point guard at the moment, his minutes will continue to be threatened by the team's commitment to developing rookies De'Aaron Fox and Frank Mason.
12/18/2017 Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sac, SG
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 18 points Sunday, going 7 of 10 from the field, as the Sacramento Kings lost to the Toronto Raptors 108-93. Bogdanovic pulled down three rebounds and dished out five assists, tallying a plus-minus of -10 in his 28:34 of playing time. He added one steal. Bogdanovic went 4 of 7 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Bogdanovic entered the NBA with the reputation of being a quality shooter, and he's starting to live up to it by going 13 of 26 from beyond the arc over his last four games. The former Euroleague star is averaging an encouraging 13 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists during that period.
12/18/2017 OG Anunoby, Tor, F
OG Anunoby scored 11 points Sunday, going 4 of 8 from the field, as the Toronto Raptors topped the Sacramento Kings 108-93. Anunoby grabbed three rebounds and did not have an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of +13 in his 29:04 of playing time. He tacked on two steals. Anunoby went 3 of 6 from behind the arc.

Analysis: The 20-year-old has been shooting the better much better lately, as he's 13 of 24 from 3-point range over his last five games. Anunoby's still not close to being a finished fantasy product and likely won't be at all this season, but his development will be worth keeping an eye on.
12/18/2017 Kyle Lowry, Tor, PG
Kyle Lowry scored 16 points Sunday, going 5 of 11 from the field, as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Sacramento Kings 108-93. Lowry grabbed five rebounds and had seven assists, tallying a plus-minus of +4 in his 32:30 on the floor. He added two steals. Lowry went 4 of 8 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Lowry has very quietly ranked second in the NBA in 3-pointers per game (3.6) since Nov. 9, even though he's averaging just 14.3 points in December after putting up 18.1 per night in November. The invaluable point guard is still having a very good month, though, as he's complemented his scoring and shooting with averages of 7.9 assists, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals.
12/18/2017 DeMar DeRozan, Tor, G-F
DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points Sunday on 6-of-17 shooting as the Toronto Raptors topped the Sacramento Kings 108-93. DeRozan grabbed one rebound and dished out five assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +14 in his 33:30 of playing time. He added two blocks.

Analysis: DeRozan may have disappointed a few fantasy players with this line, considering he went off for 68 points while shooting 60.5 percent from the field over his previous two games. Still, the three-time All-Star hasn't had many clunkers during a nine-game stretch in which he's averaged an excellent 25.9 points, 5.8 assists and 4.7 rebounds.
12/18/2017 Jonas Valanciunas, Tor, C
Jonas Valanciunas scored 13 points Sunday, going 3 of 10 from the field, as the Toronto Raptors topped the Sacramento Kings 108-93. Valanciunas pulled down 16 rebounds and had two assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +4 in his 27:26 on the floor. He added three blocks.

Analysis: The double-double isn't that surprising since Valanciunas is averaging 17.5 points and 11.8 boards during a personal four-game surge. The five blocks the somewhat slow-footed center has produced over his last two games is more eye-opening. He's in the midst of his best stretch of the season, though he'll need to keep receiving minutes in the 25-30 range to keep it up.
12/17/2017 Tristan Thompson, Cle, F-C
Tristan Thompson scored four points Saturday on 2-of-2 shooting as the Cleveland Cavaliers topped the Utah Jazz 109-100. Thompson pulled down two rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +6 in his 7:11 of playing time. He added two steals.

Analysis: Thompson continues to be eased back from a calf injury that sidelined him for nearly six weeks. He's played just 13 minutes in two games since returning, was held out of another and won't participate in Sunday's matchup at Washington due it being on a back-to-back. The center's return to fantasy relevance remains quite a ways away.
12/17/2017 LeBron James, Cle, F
LeBron James scored 29 points Saturday, going 9 of 15 from the field, as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Utah Jazz 109-100. James pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out 10 assists, accumulating a plus-minus of 0 in his 36:48 of playing time. He added one steal. James went 1 of 4 from behind the arc.

Analysis: It's the third triple-double in four games for James, who continues to defy the odds in his 15th NBA season. The soon-to-be 33-year-old is in the midst of another ridiculous month, having averaged 28.4 points on 56.8 percent shooting along with 10.9 assists and 9.1 rebounds so far in December.
12/17/2017 J.R. Smith, Cle, G-F
J.R. Smith scored four points Saturday on 1-of-6 shooting as the Cleveland Cavaliers topped the Utah Jazz 109-100. Smith pulled down three rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -4 in his 34:34 of playing time. He tacked on two steals. Smith went 1 of 2 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Smith is actually shooting the ball well at the moment, having gone 18 of 33 from beyond the arc in eight December games. The problem is he's not shooting all that often. Having reached double-figure points in only one of his last eight games, the veteran guard looks to be behind several other Cleveland players in terms of current fantasy significance.
12/17/2017 Ekpe Udoh, Uta, F-C
Ekpe Udoh scored nine points Saturday on 4-of-6 shooting as the Utah Jazz fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-100. Udoh grabbed seven rebounds and dished out three assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +1 in his 32:43 on the floor. He added six blocks and three steals.

Analysis: With both Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors sidelined, Udoh received his first start of the season and responded by matching a career high for blocks. The former Warriors lottery pick should have a regular spot in the rotation with Gobert out multiple weeks, but likely won't make a consistent fantasy impact if he's backing up Favors.
12/17/2017 Joe Ingles, Uta, G-F
Joe Ingles scored nine points Saturday, going 3 of 7 from the field, as the Utah Jazz fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-100. Ingles grabbed six rebounds and had nine assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -2 in his 33:56 of playing time. Ingles went 3 of 7 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Ingles has now canned three or more triples in seven of his last nine games, a stretch in which he's 27 of 62 (43.5 percent) from 3-point range. The valuable wing still doesn't excel in any other category, but the 11.3 points, 4.9 assists and 4.3 rebounds he's averaged during that nine-game run still proves useful.
12/17/2017 Donovan Mitchell, Uta, G
Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points Saturday on 11-of-16 shooting as the Utah Jazz lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-100. Mitchell grabbed two rebounds and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of +2 in his 36:23 of playing time. He added one steal. Mitchell went 3 of 6 from behind the arc.

Analysis: The rookie has been carrying the Jazz offensively for several weeks now, and that doesn't figure to change with Rudy Gobert once again facing an extended absence. Unless he suddenly wears down, Mitchell stands a good chance of maintaining the 24.5 points, four assists and 3.4 treys he's averaged over his last 11 games.
12/17/2017 Rodney Hood, Uta, G-F
Rodney Hood scored 11 points Saturday on 3-of-9 shooting as the Utah Jazz lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-100. Hood grabbed one rebound and dished out three assists, tallying a plus-minus of -13 in his 26:22 on the floor. He added one steal. Hood went 3 of 6 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Hood has shot it well since coming back from an ankle injury, having gone 10 of 17 from 3-point range while averaging 14.3 points in three games upon coming back. The perimeter threat was averaging 17.7 points per game prior to being sidelined, but may have a hard time reaching that number now that Donovan Mitchell has emerged as Utah's go-to scorer.
12/17/2017 Nene, Hou, F-C
Nene Hilario scored a season-high 16 points Saturday on 7-of-9 shooting as the Houston Rockets topped the Milwaukee Bucks 115-111. Hilario grabbed four rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -8 in his 19:57 of playing time. He added one block and one steal.

Analysis: The 35-year-old saw a larger offensive role than usual on a night starting center Clint Capela sat out with a heel injury. Still a highly productive player on a per-minute basis, Nene may be worth a look if Capela remains out for Monday's matchup with the Jazz.
12/17/2017 Ryan Anderson, Hou, F-C
Ryan Anderson did not score Saturday on 0-of-4 shooting as the Houston Rockets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 115-111. Anderson pulled down four rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +8 in his 23:18 of playing time. He added two blocks and one steal.

Analysis: Anderson did have a good game Friday against the Spurs, but he's averaging a meager 4.8 points on 32.3 percent shooting - including a 4-of-18 effort from 3-point range - over his last five contests. Pass on him until he regains his usual form from the outside.
12/17/2017 Chris Paul, Hou, PG
Chris Paul scored 25 points Saturday, going 7 of 13 from the field, as the Houston Rockets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 115-111. Paul grabbed five rebounds and had six assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +7 in his 36:03 of playing time. He tacked on one steal. Paul went 3 of 8 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Think Paul isn't a fit for Mike D'Antoni's offense? He's averaging 24.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 steals over Houston's last seven wins, all of which would rate as career bests. Add in the 8.1 assists per game he's delivered during that surge, and CP3 has clearly maintained his spot as an elite fantasy point guard despite a new address.
12/17/2017 James Harden, Hou, G
James Harden scored 31 points Saturday on 8-of-21 shooting as the Houston Rockets topped the Milwaukee Bucks 115-111. Harden pulled down six rebounds and dished out five assists, tallying a plus-minus of +1 in his 39:12 of playing time. He added one block. Harden went 4 of 10 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Harden has shot just 36.1 percent from the floor over his last three games, yet he's still managed to put up gaudy point totals because he's the best in the business at drawing fouls. The MVP candidate is pretty good in other areas as well, as he's averaging a league-best 34.1 points along with nine assists, 5.5 rebounds and 4.4 3-pointers (also a league high) in 18 games since Nov. 5.
12/17/2017 Eric Gordon, Hou, SG
Eric Gordon scored 16 points Saturday, going 5 of 10 from the field, as the Houston Rockets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 115-111. Gordon pulled down one rebound and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of 0 in his 29:52 on the floor. He added one steal. Gordon went 1 of 5 from behind the arc.
12/17/2017 Eric Bledsoe, Mil, G
Eric Bledsoe scored 19 points Saturday, going 7 of 18 from the field, as the Milwaukee Bucks fell to the Houston Rockets 115-111. Bledsoe pulled down three rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -6 in his 36:13 of playing time. He added one block and one steal. Bledsoe went 1 of 7 from behind the arc.

Analysis: After scoring 20 or more points six times over a nine-game stretch from Nov. 22-Dec. 9, Bledsoe has failed to hit that mark in three straight because he's shot a lousy 37.8 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from the foul line during that span. He's still averaging 15 points to go along with above-average assist and steal totals in that period, so the in-season pickup's value is still quite high.
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