Originally written on Hoop Fantasies Fantasy Basketball Blog  |  Last updated 4/10/15
D.J. Augustin, pre-Bulls (Joe Glorioso/IsoSports)D.J. Augustin may have found a home in Chicago. Augustin had bounced around the league, most recently getting released by Toronto. The Bulls were desperate for someone to run the point with Derrick Rose lost for the season and Kirk Hinrich out with a back injury. So they signed the former Texas Longhorn.Augustin has filled in nicely, and he had his best game in a Bulls uni in Saturday night's 100-84 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers: 18 points (7-of-12 field goals), four 3-pointers, five rebounds, 10 assists (vs. five turnovers) and two steals.In his last four games, Augustin is averaging 13.8 points (44.2% FG, 85.7% FT), 8 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 2.8 3-pointers and 1.5 steals. I'll take those numbers.Augustin is owned in just 11.4 percent of ESPN leagues and 12 percent of Yahoo leagues. The only downside to Augustin is the Bulls' two-game week -- and if coach Tom Thibodeau turns his offense back over to Captain KirkThe Bulls also got a nice game out of rookie Tony Snell (17 points, five 3-pointers, five rebounds, three assists and a block). Chicago is going to lean on Snell with Jimmy Butler and Luol Deng out. However, Deng is targeting a Christmas Day return.Jarrett Jack has been struggling with his shot, making just 34.1 percent of his field-goal attempts in his last three games. Jack was off again Saturday (4-of-13 field goals), and he finished with 11 points, three rebounds, six assists and a three in 31 minutes. The Rudy Gay revival rolled on in Sacramento with a 105-100 win over Orlando. Gay put up 23 points (8-of-20 field goals, 4-of-4 free throws), three 3-pointers, six rebounds, two assists and a block. He's another guy who appears to have found his fit.Isaiah Thomas led the Kings with 23 points (8-of-15 field goals, 4-of-4 free throws), three 3-pointers, five rebounds, nine assists and three steals. It's so crazy that none of IT2's previous coaches let him loose. He's going to have a fantastic fantasy season.Ben McLemore got into foul trouble, playing only 17 minutes. He's out of his shooting slump though, making 3-of-3 shots, including two 3-pointers, for nine points, two assists and a steal. That led to a Marcus Thornton sighting (15 points, three 3-pointers, three rebounds and a steal in 23 minutes). Thornton has racked up too many DNP coach's decisions to be an option.The Magic banished Victor Oladipo to the bench, and the rookie played just 21 minutes, finishing with 12 points, a three, a rebound, two assists, a steal and a block. Oladipo was mired in a slump of his own coming in, making just 4-of-24 field goals in his previous two games. The rookie's potential is off the charts, so hang in there.Tobias Harris started again and produced: 21 points (7-of-11 field goals, 6-of-8 free throws), a three, four rebounds, two assists and a steal. He's put together two solid games, and it's hard to imagine Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn benching him.Trey Burke led the Utah Jazz to an 88-85 win over the future Charlotte Hornets (if you missed the logo reveal, see it here). The rookie out of Michigan dropped 20 points, four 3-pointers, three rebounds and four assists on the Bobcats. Enes Kanter got himself in foul trouble, playing just 18 minutes and finishing with eight points, four rebounds, a steal and an assist. He has so much potential, but he's maddeningly frustrating to own. Kemba Walker led the future Hornets with 20 points (9-of-16 field goals, 1-of-2 free throws), a three, five rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block.Dwight Howard blew up for 35 points, 19 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and a steal in the Houston Rockets' 114-97 drubbing of the Detroit Pistons. (For more on the James Harden and Patrick Beverley injury situations, click here). Even with all of the injuries, Terrence Jones was rather quiet (eight points, two rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes). I'm hanging onto him heading into a five-game week.Josh Smith led the Pistons with a packed stat sheet (19 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks). Khris Middleton had a huge game for the Milwaukee Bucks (27 points on 11-of-15 shots, a three and 4-of-4 free throws) in a 116-106 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Middleton did his work across the stat sheet: five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 36 minutes. He's owned in 4.4 percent of ESPN leagues and 15 percent of Yahoo leagues, and both of those figures seem too low.Caron Butler returned and played a big 40 minutes: 22 points, two 3-pointers, 11 rebounds, four assists and a block.The Bucks were without John Henson (left knee injury). Keep an eye out for skittish owners who may drop him. If they do, pounce. Giannis Antetokounmpo also started and put together 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 35 minutes. He's another guy who you'll likely want on your roster as season goes on.Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 30 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, a block and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes. Spencer Hawes added 25 points (10-of-15 field goals, 3-of-3 free throws), 11 rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers. Michael Carter-Williams double-doubled with 19 points and 12 assists to go with three rebounds, a steal and a three. Tony Wroten was quiet: eight points, five rebounds, an assist, a steal and a three in 20 minutes. He's going to have a rocky road ahead, but I still see fantasy value in him.Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma City to a win over fellow Western Conference powerhouse San Antonio. Westy blew up for 31 points, four rebounds, eight assists and two 3-pointers. Reggie Jackson added 21 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, four assists and a steal off the bench. He's really found his groove as the Thunder's sixth man.San Antonio was without Kawhi Leonard, due to a dental procedure. Yes, a dental procedure. Gah. Marco Belinelli knocked down five 3-pointers for 17 points in a fill-in start. The Spurs' big guns all played: Tim Duncan (17 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks, a steal), Tony Parker (23 points, eight assists, two steals, two rebounds) and Manu Ginobili (11 points, two 3-pointers, five assists, a rebound and a steal). Brandon Wright is verging on a must-add player: 19 points, six rebounds, four blocks and an assist in 29 minutes in the Mavs' 123-108 defeat to Phoenix.Eric Bledsoe led the Suns with 25 points, four rebounds, six assists, a steal and three 3-pointers.Anthony Davis (21 points, nine rebounds, two blocks) and Tyreke Evans (21 points, six rebounds, six assists, two steals) both looked good in New Orleans' 110-107 loss to Portland. Damian Lillard continued his tear with 29 points, four 3-pointers, two rebounds and five assists. Andrew Bogut grabbed 20 rebounds in Golden State's 102-82 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. The awesome Aussie added 12 points, two blocks, a steal and an assist. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each hit four 3-pointers, finishing with 18 and 17 points respectively. Andre Iguodala played just 24 minutes, struggling to three points (1-of-6 field goals), two rebounds, two steals and an assist. Harrison Barnes continued to be a fantasy nonentity (eight points, two rebounds, a steal, a three). I was wrong about Barnes holding onto his fantasy value. He and Iggy have hurt each other's values. Chris Kaman emerged from his cave to start for the Lakers, and put up 17 rebounds, 10 points and three blocks. Jordan Hill added 14 points and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes.Xavier Henry's free-throw shooting saved his night, making 9-of-10 for 13 points (2-of-9 field goals). Henry added three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Wesley Johnson's struggles from the field continued, missing all seven shots, finishing with two points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal in 39 minutes. I believe Wes is going to break out soon.Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 24 points and 16 rebounds in L.A.'s 112-91 win over the Denver Nuggets. The Griffin Force also put up four assists, a steal and a block. Jamal Crawford added 27 points with six 3-pointers. Wilson Chandler was the Nuggets' leading scorer with 19 points to go with two 3-pointers, six rebounds, two steals and a block.
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