February 3, 2019, 8:33 am
Mikal Bridges (27%)
Saturday: 36 MIN, 7-10 FG, 1-3 FT, 20 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 3 STL, 5 3PM, 3 TO
Top-20 value over last three games with 17.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.7 steals, 3.7 triples and 67.9 FG%. Scoring at least 16 in three straight games might be a fluke but counting stats should keep him in the top-75 conversation the rest of the way.
Bobby Portis (48%)
Saturday: 34 MIN, 13-23 FG, 3-3 FT, 33 PTS, 9 REB, 2 STL, 4 3PM, 1 TO
Bulls have been competitive last few games and Portis is part of the reason. Two big scoring nights in a row on good percentages. Should easily maintain top-100 value if he is not traded.
Jonathan Isaac (55%)
Saturday: 28 MIN, 3-8 FG, 3-4 FT, 10 PTS, 12 REB, 1 AST, 3 STL, 3 BLK, 1 3PM, 3 TO
Thats two straight double-doubles with defensive stats already a given. May have finally turned the corner in terms of consistency and could be a very valuable piece the rest of the way.
Malik Beasley (38%)
Saturday: 29 MIN, 9-14 FG, 22 PTS, 2 REB, 2 STL, 4 3PM, 1 TO
Scorching hot with 24.3 pig and 4.0 triples over last four games. Gary Harris and Jamal Murray may miss more time.
Monte Morris (26%)
Saturday: 41 MIN, 7-13 FG, 2-2 FT, 17 PTS, 7 REB, 10 AST, 1 STL, 1 3PM, 1 TO
Three ridiculous lines in a row while starting. Jamal Murray and Murray could be out until the break.
Kelly Olynyk (19%)
Saturday: 34 MIN, 5-11 FG, 2-3 FT, 14 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 1 BLK, 2 3PM, 3 TO
Should be added in all leagues when he gets the minutes and now played 30+ in two straight.
Maxi Kleber (8%)
Saturday: 27 MIN, 3-8 FG, 2-2 FT, 10 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 2 BLK, 2 3PM, 1 TO
Should be added in all standard leagues for counting stat appeal now that he should getting consistent minutes in the high-twenties.
Shabazz Napier (34%)
Saturday: 26 MIN, 5-13 FG, 2-2 FT, 15 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 3 3PM, 3 TO
The big winner with Spencer Dinwiddie out. 18.4 points, 3.0 triples, 4.2 assists and 1.4 steals last five games since taking over for Dinwiddie.
Marvin Williams (55%)
Saturday: 35 MIN, 5-9 FG, 1-2 FT, 13 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 1 BLK, 2 3PM, 0 TO
A top-100 guy all season continues to produce. Should be rostered in more leagues.
Jerryd Bayless (15%)
Saturday: 35 MIN, 6-12 FG, 15 PTS, 3 RPG, 10 AST, 3 3PM, 2 TO
Played big minutes even with Derrick Rose back. Jeff Teague and Tyus Jones may still be out awhile.
Josh Jackson (34%)
Saturday: 37 MIN, 10-15 FG, 4-9 FT, 25 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 3 STL, 1 BLK, 1 3PM, 0 TO
Poor percentages caps his value to around top-150 but he is playing big minutes and producing in other categories.
OTHER STANDARD LEAGUE OPTIONS
Kevin Hurter (27%)
Saturday: 34 MIN, 4-9 FG, 10 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST, 2 STL, 2 3PM, 3 TO
Playing big minutes even with Bazemore back. Hawks seem to be committed to developing him. 10.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.0 assist, 2.5 triples, 1.5 steals over last four games.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (27%)
Saturday: 30 MIN, 4-9 FG, 5-8 FT, 14 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST, 3 STL, 1 BLK, 1 3PM, 2 TO
Minutes have trended up with Gallo out and so has his production. 13.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.8 assist and 2.3 steals over last four games with strong percentages.
Jae Crowder (36%)
Saturday: 35 MIN, 4-13 FG, 0-2 FT, 11 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 4 STL, 3 3PM, 3 TO
Has been getting steals and triples all season. Those stats are valuable as long as you can live with the bad percentages.
Jeff Green (33%)
Saturday: 34 MIN, 6-17 FG, 6-7 FT, 20 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 2 BLK, 2 3PM, 1 TO
Has been close to top-100 value all season and has turned up his three-point shooting in recent weeks.
Marco Belinelli (20%)
Saturday: 24 MIN, 7-10 FG, 17 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 2 STL, 3 3PM, 0 TO
Useful if you need some three-point shooting with 3.0 triples over last 4 games and at least three in 9 of his last 12 games.
Dwayne Wade (29%)
Saturday: 27 MIN, 7-15 FG, 4-4 FT, 21 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST, 1 BLK, 3 3PM, 1 TO
Three strong games in a row put him at top-100 value during that span. Hard to trust for rest-of-season but may want to use him while he is hot.
Jordan Clarkson (59%)
Saturday: 31 MIN, 7-16 FG, 4-6 FT, 19 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 1 BLK, 1 3PM, 0 TO
Will continue to be a boring yet solid top-150 guy. Should be rostered in standard leagues.
Alec Burks (15%)
Saturday: 34 MIN, 3-8 FG, 4-4 FT, 11 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST, 1 3PM, 1 TO
Could be dealt before the deadline but is a top-150 player while on the Cavs depleted team. Especially warm over last five games with 12.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists. Still lacks defensive stats.
Malik Monk (6%)
Saturday: 20 MIN, 6-9 FG, 5-5 FT, 18 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST, 1 BLK, 1 3PM, 4 TO
Coach recently praised him and he is taking minutes from Lamb. 17.0 points, 3.0 triples in 23.5 minutes over last four games for top-85 value.
Ed Davis (12%)
Saturday: 21 MIN, 4-8 FG, 3-4 FT, 11 PTS, 16 REB, 3 AST, 0 TO
Double-digit rebounding in 5 of last 7 games with 16 in three of those. If you need some rebounding, he’s your guy.
D.J. Augustin (42%)
Saturday: 29 MIN, 4-7 FG, 3-4 FT, 12 PTS, 3 REB, 8 AST, 2 STL, 1 3PM, 2 TO
Consistently top-150 guy all season. Nothing new here.
OTHER NOTABLE LINES
Tim Frazier (1%)
Saturday: 27 MIN, 4-10 FG, 9 PTS, 4 REB, 8 AST, 2 STL, 1 3PM, 1 TO
Gerald Green (4%)
Saturday: 25 MIN, 7-12 FG, 4-5 FT, 25 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 1 BLK, 7 3PM, 1 TO
Frank Jackson (1%)
Saturday: 42 MIN, 10-20 FG, 4-4 FT, 25 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 1 3PM, 0 TO
Kenrich Williams (3%)
Saturday: 30 MIN, 5-7 FG, 12 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST, 2 3PM, 1 TO
Darius Miller (6%)
Saturday: 34 MIN, 4-12 FG, 1-1 FT, 11 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 2 3PM, 1 TO
Lance Stephenson (7%)
Saturday: 24 MIN, 4-13 FG, 10 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 2 3PM, 4 TO
George Hill (4%)
Saturday: 23 MIN, 4-10 FG, 2-2 FT, 13 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 4 STL, 3 3PM, 1 TO
Dorian Finney-Smith (4%)
Saturday: 28 MIN, 3-7 FG, 7 PTS, 10 REB, 1 AST, 1 3PM, 2 TO
Jalen Brunson (3%)
Saturday: 33 MIN, 5-10 FG, 4-6 FT, 15 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST, 1 3PM, 2 TO
February 16, 2019, 4:24 pmHasheem Thabeet - C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Hasheem Thabeet worked out for the Rockets, Raptors and Pistons while the teams were in Charlotte for All-Star weekend.
Thabeet was the second overall pick in the 2009 draft by the Grizzlies and was quickly one of the biggest busts in NBA history. He was the highest overall pick to be sent to the then D-League until Anthony Bennett secured the top spot. Thabeet is somehow still only 31 years old, and 7'2" centers can certainly provide value in today's NBA, but it's unlikely Thabeet finds his way back into the league. He's currently playing in the Japanese B-League.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
February 16, 2019, 4:04 pmDirk Nowitzki - F - Dallas Mavericks
Dirk Nowitzki said he has not made any final decision on if this is his last season.
"I haven't said this will be it," Nowitzki said, "I'm going to wait and see the last couple of weeks, how my body feels and if I continue to see improvement and I'm still having fun, we'll see." While Dirk has been treating this season as a retirement tour, there's still a chance we see him playing next season.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
February 16, 2019, 3:58 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis (left shoulder contusion) said he is unsure if he will play in the All-Star game on Sunday.
Davis said the plan is to play, but we will have to wait and see if he's feeling okay. He's certainly not worried about saving himself for the second-half of the season.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter
February 16, 2019, 12:26 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irving (right knee strain) says he is healthy and plans to play in Sunday's All-Star game.
Irving missed the Celtics' last two games but fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to miss any more with the current injury. Terry Rozier was a hot pickup when Irving initially went down but now goes back to being a handcuff. Irving has put up top-10 per-game value this year with no holes in his fantasy game but he has already missed 11 games. He has missed at least 10 games in seven of his eight NBA seasons so this is something fantasy owners should already be used to.
Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter
February 16, 2019, 12:22 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis said that the Celtics are on his list of preferred destinations.
Moreover, Davis added "they were never not on my list," though he also confirmed that the initial reports of his list including the Knicks, Lakers, Clippers and Bucks were true. Initially it had been said that the Celtics are not a preferred landing spot, and Davis' dad would rather his son play elsewhere. It sounds like everything is on the table now that his push to end up on the Lakers has failed, as Davis also said "all 29 teams" (sorry New Orleans) are on his list. Get ready for more updates on AD's thoughts as the season rolls on.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter
February 16, 2019, 10:29 amNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets have agreed to extensions with president of basketball operations Tim Connelly and GM Arturas Karnisovas.
The Nuggets haven't reached the playoffs in the last five seasons but will surely end that streak this year. Their abundance of talent and depth currently has them in second place in the Western Conference although Paul Millsap, Gary Harris, Will Barton and Isaiah Thomas have all been injured for much of the season. Their draft choices and player development over the years has been a big catalyst for this as one could look at Nikola Jokic and the breakout seasons of Jamal Murray, Torrey Craig, Monte Morris and Malik Beasley, all of them having been with Denver since their first day in the NBA.
Source: Denver Post
February 15, 2019, 11:14 pmBen Simmons - G/F - Philadelphia Sixers
Ben Simmons paced Team World in Friday's loss to Team USA in the Rising Stars Challenge with 28 points on 14-of-17 shooting, five rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Everyone knew that defense would not be one of the highlights of this game, but his .823 shooting from the field was just crazy good. He did miss his only shot from the line which was in a way, Simmons' artistic signature on his line for the night. Bulls' Fantastic Finn Lauri Markkanen chimed in with 21 points (9-of-17 shooting), six rebounds, two dimes and three triples.
February 15, 2019, 11:07 pmKyle Kuzma - F - Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma led Team USA to a 161-144 victory over Team World in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday with 35 points on 15-of-27 shooting and was named the game's MVP.
Kuzma added six rebounds, two assists, three triples and a block to the box score in what was a for-fun yet still competitive game that ended Team USA's two-year drought. Special mentions go out to Jayson Tatum, who chipped in 30 points (12-of-24 shooting), nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and six 3-pointers, as well as rookie Trae Young who double-doubled with 25 points (six 3s), seven rebounds, 10 dimes and a block.
February 15, 2019, 10:58 pmRodions Kurucs - F - Brooklyn Nets
After missing the Nets' last game with a left elbow strain, Rodions Kurucs took to the court in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday and posted 10 points (4-of-9 shooting), four boards, five dimes and two triples in 16 minutes for Team World.
It's a once in a lifetime experience and it was good to see Kurucs healthy enough to make an appearance. He's been a low-end asset in fantasy thanks to his lack of consistent production but is one to watch especially if you're in deep keeper or dynasty leagues as he's shown some flashes of upside when he's had the chance to shine.
February 15, 2019, 3:16 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irving (right knee strain) is "very, very close" to a return and the Celtics would not be opposed to him playing in Sunday's All-Star game.
Irving made the trip to Charlotte with his personal trainer a the team's physical therapist. Although he's missed the last two games, the Celtics wouldn't mind him participating in Sunday's game and Danny Ainge things that an exhibition contest might actually function as a good workout. Brad Stevens speculated that Irving would've been able to play on Friday or Saturday had the Celtics had a regular game, so it sounds like he won't miss much more time.
Source: Boston Herald