A look at Paul Millsap's incredible start to 2015-16, plus three players to eye on your waiver wire this weekend
POSTED: Jan 21, 2016 4:40 PM ET
Paul Millsap has been dominant for the Hawks this season -- and for fantasy owners.
It's easy to forget about Paul Millsap.
The Hawks' versatile power forward fits seamlessly into coach Mike Budenholzer's scheme in Atlanta and rarely seeks the spotlight. In the third All-Star voting returns, he ranked 15th among Eastern Conference frontcourt players with less than 30,000 votes. But don't let his lack of fame and All-Star votes cause confusion. Millsap is the star for Atlanta.
On the season, Millsap is averaging a career-high 18.5 points on 49.4 percent shooting, 8.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists (career-high), 1.8 steals (career-high) and 1.3 blocks (career-high) in 32.8 minutes. He ranks eighth in Yahoo! fantasy on the season and is the only player averaging at least 18 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. He's a playmaker at the power forward position, which is a description that only fits two or three other players in the league.
"Just playing basketball man," Millsap said after his 7-for-10, 23-point night against the Blazers on Wednesday. "Just playing basketball and trying to make the right play. Taking what the defense gives me. Just trying to be myself."
This attitude is what allows Millsap to be so consistent and there's no reason to expect his elite level of play to slow down anytime soon. After being drafted on average with the 20th pick, Millsap is making his fantasy owners (and Hawks fans) extremely happy this season.
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Kemba Walker scores 52 points, grabs nine rebounds and hands out eight assists versus the Jazz.
January 18 vs. Utah - 52 points (16-33 FG, 6-11 3P, 14-15 FT), 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals in 47 minutes
The rookie is starting to find some playing time for Sacramento. Over his last three games, Cauley-Stein is averaging 7.7 points on 52.9 percent shooting, 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 steals in 21.9 minutes. This level of playing time should continue and it has a good chance to grow as the season moves on. Give him a look if you need rebounds and blocks this weekend. The Kings matchup with the Pacers on Saturday
Cole should see increased playing time with Eric Gordon (finger) out for the next 4-6 weeks. Over his last five games, Cole is averaging 9.6 points on 43.1 percent shooting, 3.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 25.7 minutes. These numbers should rise over the next few weeks, so give Cole a look if you need points with some assists thrown in. The Pelicans matchup with the Bucks on Saturday.
Turner is another rookie to keep an eye on this weekend. He has seen an uptick in minutes lately with Ian Mahinmi (ankle) sidelined and posted averages of 20.0 points on 75.0 percent shooting, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in 29.8 minutes over his last two games. His role will likely reduce when Mahinmi is back at full health. But maybe his strong play during this stretch will help him unlock more minutes. Give him a look if you need points, rebounds or blocks this weekend. The Pacers matchup with the Warriors on Friday and the Kings on Saturday.