|Team Ranking||PTS/G||OPP PTS/G|
|Central Division||97.6 (5th)||105.7 (3rd)|
Merrill scored his first goal of the season in a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Merrill's tally 8:17 into the third period handed the Golden Knights -- and former Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury -- the victory over the visitors. The blueliner rarely plays, as he's regularly been relegated to the press box as a healthy scratch this season, and his career high is 14 points in 66 games back in 2014-15. Translation: go ahead and avoid him when it comes to your virtual squad.
Barnes recorded 16 points (6-18 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in 33 minutes during Thursday's 112-97 loss to the Warriors.
One could consider this an off night for the usually-consistent forward, who usually offsets any poor shooting with decent supporting statistics to boost his fantasy totals. Unfortunately for Barnes owners, that didn't occur on Thursday. Despite this poor matchup, he remains Dallas' most consistent contributor and stability is a valuable asset in many formats.
Nowitzki posted 18 points (6-13 FG, 203 3Pt, 4-5 FT), nine rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes during Thursday's 112-97 loss to the Warriors.
Nowitzki continues to turn back the hands of time as he continues to contribute significantly for the Mavs in his 14th season. While he's only averaging 25 minutes on the floor in 2017, Coach Rick Carlisle continues to hand him the keys to the Mavs frontcourt game after game, and Nowitzki continues to do all he can with the time he's given. While he definitely won't be anyone's first choice at the four or five spot, he can have some use in seasonal leagues an in DFS tournaments.
Thompson tallied 25 points (10-18 FG, 5-5 3Pt) and five rebounds across 37 minutes in Thursday's 112-97 win over the Mavericks.
With several Warriors starters sidelined, Thompson and Kevin Durant did a lot of the heavy lifting Thursday night, as they scored 61 points between them on the way to the team's 23rd win. Thompson didn't do much besides scoring in his stat line despite averaging a career-best 4.2 rebounds in his seventh season. His 2.6 assists in 2017 are also close to a career best. Although he's typically the third scoring option for Golden State, he's a must-start in every format.
Gibson saved 29 of 30 shots during Thursday's 3-1 win over St. Louis.
Two games with Ryan Getzlaf back in the lineup, and two wins for Gibson. Don't underestimate how important a true No. 1 center is to success, and the Ducks have been -- and still are -- riddled with injuries. Surprisingly, the poor fantasy setup hasn't considerably hurt Gibson's value. The 24-year-old American has 10 wins and a .922 save percentage, so with goals up across the league, his 2.83 GAA is also a serviceable mark. Don't forget, Gibson's also been a matchup-proof option in the past.
|2017-18 Team Leaders|
|PPG||Lauri Markkanen, PF||14.7|
|RPG||Lauri Markkanen, PF||8.1|
|APG||Kris Dunn, PG||5.1|
|FG%||Robin Lopez, C||51.9|
|FT%||Lauri Markkanen, PF||83.9|
|3P%||Denzel Valentine, SF||38.7|
|BLOCKS||Robin Lopez, C||24|
|STEALS||Kris Dunn, PG||46|
|MPG||Justin Holiday, SG||33.5|
|Full Team Statistics|