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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.
12/17/2017 Khris Middleton, Mil, G-F
Khris Middleton scored 23 points Saturday, going 8 of 17 from the field, as the Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Houston Rockets 115-111. Middleton grabbed six rebounds and dished out two assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -10 in his 34:03 of playing time. He tacked on two steals. Middleton went 3 of 9 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Middleton's outside shot has been a bit off lately, as he's 7 of 27 from beyond the arc over his last three games. The high-scoring wing has racked up six steals over the past two, though, and remains a quality fantasy option with averages of 23.2 points, five rebounds and 4.7 assists during a nine-game stretch.
12/17/2017 Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mil, F
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points Saturday on 10-of-22 shooting as the Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Houston Rockets 115-111. Antetokounmpo grabbed nine rebounds and dished out five assists, tallying a plus-minus of -5 in his 42:19 on the floor. He tacked on four steals.

Analysis: More or less another day at the office for the fantasy superstar, who's averaging 30.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.5 steals over his last 10 games to maintain his elite status. Antetokounmpo has now netted at least 20 points in 19 consecutive games.
12/17/2017 Malcolm Brogdon, Mil, G
Malcolm Brogdon scored 20 points Saturday on 7-of-12 shooting as the Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Houston Rockets 115-111. Brogdon grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists, tallying a plus-minus of +9 in his 36:27 on the floor. He added two blocks and one steal. Brogdon went 3 of 5 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Brogdon rediscovered his 3-point shot after going a woeful 4 of 27 from beyond the arc over his previous nine contests. Though his fantasy stock has declined since Eric Bledsoe became a teammate, the reigning Rookie of the Year has picked it up some by averaging 13.4 points over his last five outings.
12/17/2017 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LAL, G-F
Caldwell-Pope is ineligible to travel with the team over a 25-day span due to a plea agreement stemming from his DUI case in Michigan, he announced Saturday.

Analysis: Caldwell-Pope is not allowed to leave the state of California while attending a rehab program, meaning he will not be able to play in Los Angeles' games in Houston (Dec. 20 and Dec. 31) and Minnesota (Jan. 1). He did not play Thursday in the Lakers' 121-112 loss at Cleveland, as he was unable to get to the game in time after a court appearance in Michigan.
12/17/2017 Lou Williams, LAC, G
Lou Williams scored 13 points Saturday, going 4 of 16 from the field, as the Los Angeles Clippers fell to the Miami Heat 90-85. Williams pulled down one rebound and dished out seven assists, tallying a plus-minus of -2 in his 36:16 of playing time. Williams went 1 of 6 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Williams wasn't very good on this night, committing a season-high seven turnovers to go along with his erratic shooting. Owners shouldn't be too deterred, though, as he's still averaging 23.6 points and 7.1 assists over his last seven games and hasn't had those numbers affected much by Milos Teodosic's recent return.
12/17/2017 Milos Teodosic, LAC, G
Milos Teodosic scored 13 points Saturday, going 5 of 14 from the field, as the Los Angeles Clippers lost to the Miami Heat 90-85. Teodosic pulled down six rebounds and dished out five assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -11 in his 27:44 on the floor. Teodosic went 2 of 10 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Teodosic hasn't shot the ball well since returning from a long absence caused by a foot problem, as he's hit on just 31.4 percent of his field goal attempts in three games upon coming back. The Euroleague veteran has collected at least six rebounds in each of those outings and owns an 11-to-4 assist-to-turnover ratio during that period.
12/17/2017 Montrezl Harrell, LAC, F-C
Montrezl Harrell scored 15 points Saturday on 7-of-10 shooting as the Los Angeles Clippers fell to the Miami Heat 90-85. Harrell grabbed two rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of 0 in his 15:52 on the floor. He added two blocks.

Analysis: Harrell still isn't getting a ton of playing time since Blake Griffin went down, but he's made a case for an increase by averaging 10.2 points on a terrific .698 field goal percentage over his last nine games despite usually getting around 15 minutes a night. Since he hasn't completely earned Doc Rivers' trust, the young forward has to be considered a hit-or-miss fantasy play.
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