The Scoop:C.J McCollum, Dorell Wright, Allen Crabbe, and Will Barton will all step up to help fill the void with Batum sidelined, but none of these guys make for a great play in standard leagues. Portland plays again Saturday against the Pelicans, and we'll be considering Batum questionable for that one. Stay tuned.
The Scoop:Crabbe is averaging 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.0 three-pointer per game with the starting unit this season, so there's not much to like here. He can remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues.
The Scoop:This probably has to do with his bad fall from the incident with Larry Sanders on Wednesday. Batum did not miss time, but he does have a history with wrist and knee ailments. If he misses time, C.J. McCollum, Dorell Wright and Will Barton will likely pick up some minutes -- none are great fantasy plays. Batum owners will want to check back on Friday morning.
Nicolas Batum had a bad fall against the Bucks on Wednesday, finishing with eight points, six rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.
The Scoop:Larry Sanders committed a dirty foul on Batum and he was down for a couple minutes, but he did not miss time at all in tonight's game. Batum does play some stretch four, so that might actually help him get more shots while the Blazers adapt to not having Robin Lopez. He's still a nice buy-low player.
The Scoop:That means that Zaza Pachulia will likely start at center on Thursday night and makes for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Johnny O'Bryant may see some extended minutes off the bench, but Zaza is the guy that should be targeted in dailies.
Nicolas Batum was up to his stat-stuffing ways during a 95-85 win over the Pacers on Saturday, scoring 14 points with four rebounds, five assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.
The Scoop:He made 6-of-11 from the field, which he really needed after making just 33.7 percent from the field in his previous 10. Compared to last season, Batum's averages are down in points, boards and triples, but he should get it all sorted out soon. They buy-low window is going to close, especially with a four-game week on the horizon.
Nicolas Batum continued to shoot poorly in Friday's loss to the Bulls, hitting 3-of-12 shots (including a three) with five rebounds, five assists and no defensive stats.
The Scoop:Batum is shooting just 36.6 percent on the season and that's simply not going to be the case all year. He's a prime buy low candidate and things will start to look nice when he cleans up that crooked number.
Nicolas Batum hit just 1-of-6 shots (a 3-pointer) for five points, but still finished with three rebounds, six assists, two steals and four blocks.
The Scoop:If there such a thing as a good-bad game, this is it. Batum isn't scoring as much as his owners would like to see, but he's doing enough in every other category to still provide excellent fantasy value.
Dec 11 12:00 ET
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