Ameer Tyree goes over who’s shining and struggling early in Week 13 and looks ahead at one of Tuesday’s top DFS options
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Week 13 is off to an interesting start. Several interesting upsets took place on Monday, and the contests yielded some impressive fantasy performances. The Charlotte Hornets knocked off the Milwaukee Bucks for the second time in three days, the Detroit Pistons shocked the Utah Jazz, and the Portland Trail Blazers edged out the James Harden-less Brooklyn Nets. More unexpected results could be on the way for Tuesday’s six-game slate. Let’s go over who’s standing out, falling short, and poised to resurgence ahead of the action.
The NBA‘s second-ranked scoring offense has gotten a big boost from Rozier lately. While he’s hardly inside the top 30 among fantasy point guards in the season-long standings, his consistent scoring has helped power the Charlotte Hornets to three straight wins. Rozier’s averaging 21 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game in 2022 and has scored 25 or more points in three of his last five games. He’s made at least four triples in eight of his last 10 contests.
Durant hasn’t put together any spectacular stat lines as of let but has maintained his usual excellence in all facets of the game. The NBA’s scoring leader is averaging 29.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game in January and has scored at least 26 points in seven straight contests. He’s shot just under 50 percent from the field and contributed 1.3 steals with 1.5 blocks per game in the new year. He could be in for a major Week 13 while James Harden is dealing with a knee injury. He notched his first double-double since mid-December with 28 points and 10 boards against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.
Barrett is well on his way to putting together his best month of the season. The New York Knicks shooting guard tallied 31 points, three rebounds, and four assists in a win against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. He’s averaging 22.8 points per game in January and has eclipsed 30 points twice after notching just games with more than 30 points in the first two and a half months of the 2021-22 season. Barrett’s attempted 20 or more shots in three of his five 2022 appearances. If he continues to average more than 18 shots per game and convert threes at a 48 percent clip, he’ll remain a valuable fantasy asset.
Domantas Sabonis has thrived during the absence of Caris LeVert and Malcolm Brogdon, but the opposite has been true for Turner. The Indiana Pacers big man remains an elite shot-blocker with a league-high 2.9 rejections per game but hasn’t done much else as of late. He’s averaging 9.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in January while shooting 40 percent from the field and just under 19 percent from three. Those aren’t ideal numbers for a starting center, and it’s hard to see him surging forward when Indiana gets its second and third-leading scorers back.
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Ayton looked like someone who hadn’t played basketball in a week in his return from health and safety protocols against the Miami Heat over the weekend. The Phoenix Suns center played 32 minutes in his first game back but only logged 12 points and eight rebounds on 4-of-5 shooting. He has a great chance to bounce back against Toronto Raptors‘ smaller starting frontcourt and seems poised to finish as one of the best value plays among mid-tier options on Tuesday’s slate. His career averages of 15.3 points and 14.0 rebounds against Toronto are promising. Ayton’s only failed to record a double-double against Toronto once in six meetings.