Milwaukee Bucks (UP ⬆️)
Your stock would be going up, too, if you got a 💍 like this.
Grayson Allen, Milwaukee Bucks guard (UP ⬆️)
On Monday, the Bucks presented Allen with a two-year, $20 million contract extension. A day later, the 26-year-old sharpshooter made his Milwaukee debut and scored in double figures (10 points). The biggest boost to Allen’s stock? He was slotted in as a starter on opening night for the defending champs.
Khris Middleton, Green Bay Packers quarterback (UP ⬆️)
No, that’s not a typo. Middleton looked like a full-fledged NFL quarterback zipping a three-quarter court pass to Giannis Antetokounmpo in the first five minutes of Tuesday’s 127-104 win over Brooklyn. Middleton balled out per usual, knocking down 8 of 17 shots for 20 points and grabbing nine rebounds. But it was the first-quarter helper that the “Greek Freak” hammered home that was worthy of being dissected by Scott Hanson on NFL Red Zone.
Jrue Holiday, Milwaukee Bucks guard (UP ⬆️ then DOWN ⬇️)
Arghh. The one blemish on Milwaukee’s otherwise perfect night -- “Big Money” exited the Bucks’ season opener in the second quarter with a bruised right heel. Holiday was playing lights out before he left, shooting 5-for-7 from the floor and 2-for-4 from beyond the arc. He tallied 12 points in just 17 minutes. Holiday’s stock, hopefully, bounces back quickly. The good news: Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer confirmed after the game that the veteran point guard got an MRI already and everything was intact.
Leo Chenal, Wisconsin Badgers linebacker (UP ⬆️)
Chenal certainly looked capable of doing whatever on earth he wanted in Wisconsin’s 20-14 win over Army. The junior from Grantsburg, Wis., recorded a career-high 17 stops and added 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack versus the Black Knights. He feasted on his opponents’ physical run-oriented offense and flashed playmaking ability with a key forced fumble that secured the victory with 3:02 left in the game. Badgers defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard said Chenal’s football intelligence has been the most rewarding development. He feels Chenal and fellow linebacker Jack Sanborn are able to play off one another, whereas last year Chenal was less involved, or in tune with Sanborn from a mental standpoint.
Green Bay Packers backfield (UP ⬆️)
The Packers’ 154 rushing yards against Chicago were a season best. In the last three games, running mates AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones have combined for 397 yards on the ground. Who says you can’t have two ball carriers flourish on a week-to-week basis? Honestly, nobody. Deploying a two-headed backfield attack has become a staple in the NFL in recent seasons, and it’s no different for Green Bay this year. Dillon and Jones have been essential to the Packers’ winning formula during their five-game win streak. The best sign is they’re finding ways to contribute other than solely gashing lanes between the tackles. Dillon got involved through the air with his first career receiving touchdown in the Week 5 win over Cincinnati. Jones is tied for the league lead for touchdown receptions by a running back (4) with Atlanta’s Cordarrelle Patterson, a converted wide receiver, shooting the Packers backfield stock to the moon.