• Monday night gave us a big nine game slate and we have a new number one fantasy player after the night’s action. We saw Lucas Nogueira step up in the absence of two starters while Mike Conley and Kyle Lowry are still struggling to find their shot. Let’s dive into Monday’s action.

    Spurs 94 @ Celtics 108

    The Spurs are human and they need Kawhi Leonard back. Pau Gasol is providing some serviceable low end lines with 11 points and eight rebounds tonight while Danny Green isn’t consistent enough to be their third option, scoring seven points with two triples. Dejounte Murray‘s stat set still isn’t mature enough to be consistently valuabe standard leagues as he posted a 0-0-0 money counter line with five turnovers. LaMarcus Aldridge struggled with his shot, going 5-for-13 on his way to 11 points but he added a steal and a block. Overall it wasn’t a good game for the Spurs as the Celtics just outmatched them.

    Jalyen Brown looked good for the Celtics, scoring 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting and going a perfect 5-for-5 at the line. He usually struggles there and it’s unlikely we see him increase his efficiency in that spot, putting a damper on his season long value. Al Horford continues to be a steady early round play with a 14-13-5 line with two steals on 7-of-11 shooting. Jayson Tatum continues to impress across the board, grabbing 11 rebounds and swatting three shots. He only had seven points, but two shots came from deep and his ability to fill up the box score everywhere and rebound well has him at a higher valuation than Brown. Kyrie Irving scored 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting to go with three steals and six assists. The efficiency is climbing and the points should start to increase.

    Wolves 125 @ Heat 122

    Jeff Teague had his best game with the Wolves, scoring 23 points to go with 11 assists. His job is secure and Coach Thibodeau is going to play all his starters an obscene amount of minutes. Jimmy Butler is still taking a backseat to Andrew Wiggins, scoring 16 points to Wiggins’ 22. Butler attempted 13 shots while Wiggins shot 23. Coach Thibodeau has to figure out how to incorporate Butler as he’s simply a better scoring option. Karl-Anthony Towns posted another efficient double-double with 20 points and 12 boards on 7-of-11 shooting with three blocks. He should steamroll his way to top-5 value.

    Goran Dragic had a nice shooting night, going 8-for-16 on his way 18 points while also handing out five assists. James Johnson struggled for the Heat in 23 minutes of action, scoring two points, grabbing seven boards, but adding a steal and a block. He’ll be better and has top-75 value. Josh Richardson also couldn’t hit a shot, going 2-for-10, but added two steals and two blocks. Dion Waiters went off for 33 points but only hit one triple. He added three steals and went 14-for-28 from the field, but this means there’s going to be an inefficient shooting night coming up for Waiters Island. Kelly Olynyk played well with a 23-6-2 line but failed to record any defensive stats. The Heat roster is filled with multi-cat stat stuffers and even with Hassan Whiteside coming back, Olynyk and Johnson should retain value with 25 minute roles.

    Nuggets 110 @ Knicks 116

    Paul Millsap is shooting 41.6 percent on the year and shot 2-for-13 this game. He was able to pull down 10 boards with two steals and a block, but looks bad thus far. There will be an adjustment period with him and Nikola Jokic. Speaking of which, the Joker had a 28-8-2 line with a steal, a block and six shots from deep. He went 9-for-15 from the field and is the unquestioned primary option on offense. Jamal Murray had another nice game, scoring 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting with two shots from deep. He’s a solid play, but definitely not worth a mid round pick. Gary Harris scored 18 points on 6-for-15 shooting and will shoot better most nights. The three steals and four triples are what gives him mid round value. Emmanuel Mudiay also played well scoring 15 points and shot 3-for-6 from the field, but did little elsewhere on the box score and should be left alone for now unless he’s traded to a lucrative destination.

    Enes Kanter scored 12 points to go with nine boards on 5-of-8 shooting and did all of his damage in 24 minutes. The starting spot is his. Kyle O’Quinn double-doubled with 15 points and 12 boards to go with a whopping five blocks. Adding O’Quinn wouldn’t be crazy as he’s a per minute beast. Tim Hardaway Jr. was on his way to an awful night, going scoreless until he put up 13 points in the fourth quarter. He added three triples and three steals and will shoot better. Kristaps Porzingis continues to demolish opponents, shooting 14-for-26 on his way to 38 points and nine boards. He added three blocks and four triples. The Unicorn is locked and loaded in New York.

    Magic 115 @ Pelicans 99

    The Orlando Magic are playoff bound and they’re 5-2 thanks to all of their players shooting lights out. Evan Fournier and Jonathon Simmons scored 20 apiece, both going 7-for-12 from the field. Both can retain value in standard leagues. Nikola Vucevic scored 20 points with eight boards on 9-of-17 shooting and Aaron Gordon hit three triples with 17 points and seven boards. All of these players should be owned in standard leagues and the return of Elfrid Payton shouldn’t hurt them.

    DeMarcus Cousins struggled, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting, but added six money counters. Anthony Davis picked up the slack with a monstrous 39 point, 10 rebound double-double. He went 13-for-20 from the field and swatted three shots. The Brow just needs to stay healthy. Jrue Holiday is getting back on the right track, going 5-for-9 from the field and handing out eight assists. He only scored 11 points, but the three steals buoyed his value tonight.

    Sixers 115 @ Rockets 107 

    Robert Covington only scored five points, but hit a triple and swiped his way to four steals and that’s why you drafted him. Dario Saric started and scored 14 points on 6-for-14 shooting in 31 minutes. He doesn’t have standard league value due to a diminished role and the impending return of Richaun Holmes. Ben Simmons continues his quest for Rookie of the Year, dropping a 24-7-9 line on the Rockets with 10-of-15 shooting. Joel Embiid scored 22 points on an efficient 9-of-12 shooting but is outside of the top-50 on the year because of his lack of blocks. Those numbers need to go up to make the gamble worth it for owners, but for now we’re just happy he’s playing.

    Trevor Ariza continues to decimate your field goal percentage with a 3-for-12 night, and he’s shooting an abysmal 24 percent on the season. He added two steals and a triple, but I’m sure most owners would rather not deal with 25 percent shooting. Eric Gordon continues his strong play in the absence of Chris Paul, scoring 25 points with give triples. It’s a great sell high opportunity for owners as he won’t average 25 points for the season. Clint Capela grabs an impressive 15 rebounds and scores 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting with a block. His scoring and efficiency could get even beter with Paul returning. James Harden had 29 points with seven assists and seven turnovers. He didn’t shoot well from the field, going 8-for-21 and is dying for Paul to come back and relieve some of this offensive pressure from him.

    Hornets 104 @ Grizzlies 99

    Dwight Howard struggled, hitting 1-of-9 from the field and grabbing seven rebounds with a block. Marvin Williams and Frank Kaminsky both scored nine points and Kaminsky seems like the better long term play. Michale Kidd-Gilchrist grabbed six boards on 5-of-5 shooting for 10 points with a steal and a block. If he was dropped in your league and you need defensive stats, give him a look. Kemba Walker continues to scorch every team he plays and he went for 27 points on 7-of-15 shooting with six assists and a triple. He shot 12-for-13 at the line which will give owners a huge boost in free throw percentage on the first day of the week. Jeremy Lamb should also be owned in all standard leagues for as long as Nicolas Batum is out and it looks like he’ll retain value with a 25 minute role. He scored 17 points with eight boards tonight.

    Mike Conley went 4-for-18 and scored 16 points with six assists and two steals. He’ll get his shooting back on track and now might be a good time to float a buy low offer. Tyreke Evans has emerged as the wing to own in Memphis scoring 19 points with 10 boards and three assists. He also hit two from distance. Marc Gasol scored 10 points on an inefficient 4-for-15 shooting. He did go 2/2/3 on the peripherals, and there’s almost never a lost night with an early-round play like Gasol.

    Mavs 89 @ Jazz 104

    The Mavs are going to be prone to awful nights like this because they’re an awful team. When 39-year-old Dirk Nowitzki is leading your team in scoring with 18 points while Harrison Barnes puts up six, you’re going to be in trouble. Nerlens Noel still can’t crack the 30 minute mark and is a high upside hold with diminishing prospects at this point. Dwight Powell played well and grabbed 10 boards, but will need Dirk or Noel to sit to have standard league appeal. Wesley Matthews didn’t look as sharp, hitting 3-for-8 from the field for eight points. Dennis Smith Jr. went 1-for-7 with two points and besides Dirk there wasn’t a useful fantasy line on this Mavs team tonight.

    Granted, they played against a suffocating Jazz defense led by Rudy Gobert, who sent back six shots and grabbed 12 boards. He also added 17 points and the scoring in the upper teens is sustainable. Ricky Rubio scored 20 with four triples and handed out six assists with four steals. The assist numbers have to go up but he’ll be a fine middle-round guy either way. Joe Ingles scored three points, but contributed elsewhere to save his line by grabbing six boards, handing out six assists and tallying three steals. Rodney Hood stayed healthy and scored 25 points with five triples while Donovan Mitchell pulled a Houdini with eight points on 3-for-8 shooting.

    Raptors 99 @ Blazers 85

    Kyle Lowry shot 6-for-14 with 19 points after his 4-for-14 performance last game. Baby steps. Lowry will get back on track and you can buy low now, but health at the end of the year is always a concern. DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points and shot 50 percent from the field, but went 5-for-7 from the line. Lucas Nogueira was the standout performer tonight, scoring 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting with nine boards and five rejected shots. Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas both sat this one out, but Bebe is someone to keep your eye on later on in the year.

    C.J. McCollum went 5-for-16 for 16 points and is starting to regress back to his expected averages. That being said, he’s still an early round play, but a top-15 finish was optimistic. Jusuf Nurkic has been atrocious to start the year and in this game he put up eight points and six boards with no blocks. He’s healthy for now and should trend up, you might be able to get him for pennies. Damian Lillard found his shot and after spending last week tanking your field goal percentages, he redeemed himself going 13-for-23 and hanging 36 points on the Raptors. He added two steals, a block and three triples as well.

    Warriors 141 @ Clippers 113

    The Warriors’ big four did it again and they’ll continue to do it all season long. Kevin Durant had a rather quiet night with 19 points and seven boards with four assists. He shot the ball well, going 7-for-11. Klay Thompson scored 15 points and only hit one 3-pointer but handed out six assists. Draymond Green stuffed the stat sheet going for 16-9-6-2-1 with a triple on 5-for-8 shooting. Stephen Curry lit the Clippers up, scoring 31 points with seven triples and 9-for-14 from the field. He added six assists, two steals and a block. Although the Warriors haven’t looked like their flawless self, Chef Curry is cooking and has leapfrogged Giannis for the number one spot with this game. We expect him to finish there.

    Austin Rivers scored five points with three assists and two steals on 20 percent shooting. He’s still worth a pickup as the starter for the Clippers. DeAndre Jordan grabbed 11 boards but failed to block a shot and went 2-for-2 from the line, so it was a weird night for DeAndre. Patrick Beverley also failed to record any defensive stats but shot 5-for-11 from the field with four triples. Danilo Gallinari chipped in with 19 points and four assists on 8-for-15 shooting. He’ll hover around 40 percent from the field and he’ll get to the line much more than the one time he did tonight. Blake Griffin was shut down, scoring 16 points with four assists on 4-of-10 shooting. He had one steal and two triples as well. We’re still worried about his efficiency and injury history.

Fantasy News

  • MarShon Brooks - G - Chicago Bulls

    Marshon Brooks has agreed to terms with the Guangdong Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to Sportando.

    Brooks played 29 games for the Grizzlies this season averaging 6.6 points and he is expected to replace Malcolm Delaney. Leave him on the waiver wire.

    Source: Sportando

  • Kristaps Porzingis - F/C - Dallas Mavericks

    Mark Cuban said that Kristaps Porzingis won't play this season, even if the Mavs somehow are able to make the playoffs.

    The Mavs want to put their world-class training staff, led by Casey Smith, to work, strengthening Porzingis’ body the rest of this season and throughout the summer to hopefully prevent similar injuries in the future. And after all, given the amount of money the Mavs could be committing to KP this summer, a max salary of $158 million, there is no need to risk something happening to him in a season where making the playoffs seems unlikely. Kristaps remains a great stash in redraft leagues.

    Source: 247sports.com

  • LeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers

    Joe Vardon of The Athletic is reporting that the Lakers are "somehow a little concerned" about LeBron James.

    LeBron hasn’t been showing the same speed or overall movement lately and the team is concerned that he’s not fully recovered from the groin injury that cost him to miss a career-high 18 games. The Lakers are in the 10th place in the Western Conference, three games behind the Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot and they will need LeBron to be healthy for the rest of the season. James is averaging 26.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 7.6 assists in 35 minutes per game, while his shooting percentage (51 percent), 3-point percentage (35 percent) and free-throw percentage (68 percent) are all down from last season. He is still returning borderline top-15 value in standard leagues and owners can only hope he doesn’t suffer a setback.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Michael Beasley - F - Los Angeles Clippers

    Ex-Lakers forward Michael Beasley is finalizing a deal to play with Guangdong Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Beasley returns to a league he is familiar with after an up and down season with the Lakers where he failed to produce consistently. It’s the smart thing to do since the Chinese team is offering him a lucrative deal and we wouldn’t expect to see him play again in the NBA, at least this season. Drop him if you haven’t already.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans

    There are people within the Pelicans organization that feel Anthony Davis has played his last game with the franchise.

    This is according to Scott Kushner of The Advocate who also reminds us that AD says he wants to continue playing. This is just a reminder that Anthony Davis can realistically be anywhere from the most valuable to the least valuable player in fantasy for the rest of the season. The Pelicans are also tied for the fewest games during the head-to-head playoffs.

    Source: Scott Kushner on Twitter

  • Corey Brewer - G/F - Sacramento Kings

    The Kings have signed Corey Brewer to a second 10-day contract.

    Brewer has yet to make an appearance with the Kings, so there’s no fantasy relevance here. He would need a few wings to go down to even make him a potential streamer.

    Source: James Ham on Twitter

  • Chandler Parsons - F - Memphis Grizzlies

    Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff said he's open to giving Chandler Parsons (knee) some playing time going forward.

    "I think it’ll be good that we’re coming out of the break and we’ll have a few days to practice just to get him on the court, get him back with the group, see where he is," Bickerstaff said. "It’s been a while since he’s played as well. So it’ll be good to have him on the floor, get up and down a little bit, see where he is physically and mentally and then we’ll go from there." This is softer than the Shams Charania reports about returning to the Grizzlies lineup, which were curious at best, and owners should take a wait and see approach to his playing time. He hasn't been playing for multiple reasons.

  • Milos Teodosic - G - Los Angeles Clippers

    Milos Teodosic will reportedly sit out the rest of the 2018-19 season.

    Teodosic was never as good as the hype but he was fun to watch pass. Hopefully he can keep his career going overseas.

    Source: Nikola Stojkovic on Twitter

  • Kevin Knox - F - New York Knicks

    Knicks owner James Dolan is seriously considering selling the team according to The Ringer's Bill Simmons.

    The team outright denied the report today but surely Knicks fans are rolling their eyes over that, and hoping that Dolan sells the squad with no haste.

    Source: Forbes.com

  • Kawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors

    Kawhi Leonard (knee soreness) suited up for the All-Star Game on Sunday and scored 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting in 19 minutes of action in a Team LeBron win over Team Giannis.

    He added five rebounds, five threes and two assists to the box score. Leonard has been in and out of the lineup for the Raptors quite a lot this season, but hopefully he can have a healthy second half of the season. If he can stay on the court, he should continue to hover around top-5 value in all formats. Expect Leonard to return for the Raptors' first game after the break ends.