Thomas Bryant comes through on Sunday

We’ve seen it happen before. A player who seems well positioned to be a valuable fantasy add will go out and lay an egg if they get longer minutes. Lakers center Thomas Bryant took the spotlight on Sunday night, filling the huge void left by the injured Anthony Davis. So, what did Bryant do? He played 33 minutes in the 119–117 win, scoring 16 points (7 of 13 FGs) with 10 rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers, and his dunk with 7.4 seconds left proved to be the difference. Although his roster percentage has increased significantly in the last 48 hours, Bryant still sits at 37% in the Yahoo leagues. And with the Lakers facing a 4-3-4-3 schedule for the next four weeks (Davis will miss at least a month), Bryant’s roster percentage should be more than 50% ahead of Monday’s game in Phoenix.

Another Laker who proved to be a solid addition was Austin Reaves, who filled in for late scratch Patrick Beverley (calf) and scored with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes. However, Reaves had to leave Sunday’s game twice after spraining his right ankle. He was on the field to finish the game (Lonnie Walker IV pinched his left leg late and didn’t return), but that back-to-back is a bit concerning, especially with the Lakers traveling to Phoenix. Reaves has been placed in 19% of the Yahoo leagues and he will be worth watching if he gets to play on Monday.

Jalen McDaniels (35%)

With PJ Washington (personal reasons) back in Charlotte’s starting lineup, McDaniels returned to the bench and his time as an effective streamer appeared to be over. But Terry Rozier left Sunday’s loss in Denver after playing 14 minutes into the first half with a right hip contusion, freeing up extra minutes for McDaniels and Kelly Oubre. McDaniels played 20 minutes and scored 14 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers. A player who appeared to be an automatic drop prior to Sunday’s game may be given a new lease of life when the Hornets play in Sacramento on Monday night. If Rozier is sitting, McDaniels is worth a die in deep leagues. And yes, it would be a gamble.

Kevin Looney (34%)

With Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins on the sidelines, much of the focus for fantasy pickups has been on the perimeter, and with good reason. But Looney has emerged as another solid pick based on his play in the Warriors’ last two games. Two nights after completing one assist for his first triple-double, Looney finished Sunday’s win over the Raptors with 11 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot in 28 minutes. With that, he had another first in his career: double-doubles in consecutive games. But next week’s schedule isn’t great, which will limit how high Looney’s roster percentage will climb. The Warriors end their road trip with a back-to-back on Tuesday/Wednesday against the Knicks and Nets, then host the Grizzlies on Christmas Day.

Grant Williams (28%)

Boston played without Jayson Tatum on Sunday, as he was not with the team for personal reasons. This put Williams back in the starting line-up for the first time in four games. Like many of his teammates, Williams didn’t shoot well, going 4-for-11 from the field and 5-for-7 from the foul line, finishing with 14 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and a 3-pointer in 31 minutes. Worth streaming if he gets a starting spot, Williams is only an option in the deep league if he comes off the bench. And he won’t be of much value in Week 10, as the Celtics have a three-game week and Tatum is expected back for Wednesday’s game against the Pacers.

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Aaron Nesmith (4%)

Rick Carlisle changed his starting lineup on Sunday, replacing the struggling Jalen Smith with Aaron Nesmith. And that adjustment may stick around for a while, even if the Pacers lost to the Knicks. Not only did Nesmith score a career-high 23 points, but he also recorded his first career double-double (10 rebounds, one steal, and four 3-pointers), playing 31 minutes. Smith played just 11 minutes, tallying nine points, two rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot. However, similar to Looney and Williams, the upcoming schedule will affect how Nesmith is viewed in fantasy circles. The Pacers will play just two games in Week 10 (Wednesday in Boston and Friday in Miami), limiting Nesmith’s chances of building on Sunday’s performance. Chris Duarte also returned from a sprained ankle and played 15 minutes, scoring six points and grabbing two rebounds. Nesmith’s performance was great, but there’s not much to be gained by adding him now.

Austin Rivers (2%)

Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell was back after a two game absence, which meant a relegation to the bench for Rivers. Though he should have been dropped, the few survivors must have been pleased with Rivers’ night. He played 26 minutes off the bench and scored 14 points with four rebounds, one assist and four 3-pointers as part of Minnesota’s 150–126 victory over the Bulls. With Russell back and Minnesota playing just three games next week, there isn’t much to be gained from adding Rivers now. However, the Timberwolves have to consider the second game of their back-to-back (Monday vs. Dallas). When Russell sits, Rivers has streaming appeal again.

Malachi Flynn (1%)

Gary Trent Jr. missed his second game in a row on Sunday, which meant a new start for Juancho Hernangómez. But this also meant more minutes off the bench for Malachi Flynn, who finished the 16-point loss to the Warriors with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steals and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes. But those minutes were boosted by the fact that the Raptors were on the wrong side of a blowout (the final margin was a little flattering). Hernangomez recorded a statistic of three points, four rebounds, one block and one three-pointer, and he hasn’t been worth the effort as a streamer. The Raptors will play just three games in Week 10, the first of which is scheduled for Monday night in Philadelphia, and OG Anunoby (hip, hand) is expected to return during one of those games. While Flynn would be worth considering in deep leagues for Monday, that might be it for him.

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Nathan Knight (1%)

With Rudy Gobert (only) ruled out, Naz Reid was once again the streamer of choice on the Timberwolves roster. But he only played 12 minutes in the first half of Minnesota’s win due to tightness in his trapezius muscle. This marked a promotion for Knight, who scored 16 points in 26 minutes off the bench, with two rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer. As noted in the Rivers section, there’s Minnesota’s back-to-back second game to consider. If Gobert and Reid are available, there is no need to add Knight. But when one or both sit, that all changes. Keep an eye out for Monday afternoon’s injury report.

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