Thompson, originally ruled out for the game so that he could visit his ill grandfather in Oregon, informed the team he would try to make it back to the Bay Area in time for the game and he touched down two hours prior to tip off. With little preparation for the game, Thompson was de-emphasized in the offense, attempting a season-low 12 shots. We suspect more from him Friday when the Warriors play at Houston.
After missing one game, McConnell reclaimed his starting role. He played well, and the team won against one of the best teams in the East, both of which will help to keep McConnell in the starting point guard role ahead of current backup Sergio Rodriguez. McConnell doesn't score much, but he is an excellent source of assists and steals.
Rodriguez is not a particularly good rebounder, and so his high total in that category should be considered unusual. Even in limited minutes, he can be a good source of assists, but when he's playing less than 20 minutes a game, he is only really an option in very deep leagues. TJ McConnell (wrist) has the starting job right now, and as long as that is the case, Rodriguez is not worth rostering in most settings.
Temple is likely to see a huge bump in minutes, and perhaps a move into the starting five, as Rudy Gay left with what is feared to be a torn Achilles' tendon. If Gay is lost for the season, Temple would have a sizable role down the stretch, whether he is starting or coming off the bench. Matt Barnes and Anthony Tolliver also figure to see more minutes in Gay's stead, but Temple is the one to target off of the waiver wire.
Teague struggled with his shot around the holidays, but he has bounced back nicely in the month of January. Since flipping the calendar to 2017, Teague has averaged 17.3 points, 10.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds in seven games. He is on pace for career bests in assists and rebounds, as Teague continues to look very comfortable in his first season in Indianapolis.
Payne has averaged 23.0 minutes over his past two games, and he has posted 8.5 points and 3.0 assists during the span. The former Murray State standout is finally healthy and seeing an increased role in Billy Donovan's rotation. He is worth scooping up in deeper rotisserie formats, as he could be a real help down the line in the 3-pointers and steals categories.
Westbrook posted his 21st triple-double of the season, but it wasn't nearly enough against former teammate Kevin Durant and the defending Western Conference champs. He also continues to struggle from the perimeter, shooting just .308 (28-91) in 10 games in January. The superstar also had double-digit turnovers for the second time in four games. Despite the struggles from behind the arc and his high turnovers lately, Westbrook's fantasy owners aren't complaining too loudly.
Jackson's 26 points were a game high as he rebounded from a two-game stretch in which he shot just 9-of-27 from the field. It was his third-highest scoring output of the season, and the rest of the starting lineup followed suit as each Detroit starter scored in double figures. Jackson has been decent over the last five games, with averages of 16.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting, 3.4 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 three-pointers per game.
Neal made his season debut for the Hawks after signing a 10-day contract with the team earlier in the day. He received immediate playing time as the team got blown out, and secured all of his point from free throws. Every member of the Hawks got playing time in the loss, and with the amount of depth the team has at guard, Neal will likely not be getting a lot of minutes going forward.
Rose caught fire in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 points on 5-9 shooting. He also snagged seven rebounds that period, two of which were on the offensive end. Since Rose did the bulk of his damage off of mid-range pull ups, an shot he only makes 39.4 percent of the time, he probably won't look this good on most nights. Owners should be hesitant to put any stock into Wednesday's performance, but congratulations to all that started him.