February 10, 2019, 8:18 am
STANDARD 12-TEAM LEAGUES TOP PRIORITIES
(1) Bobby Portis (58%)
Saturday: 29 MIN, 4-11 FG, 2-3 FT, 10 PTS, 12 REB, 4 AST, 2 BLK, 2 TO
After two games with Wizards, Portis is at 20.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 0.5 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.0 triples. These top-50 numbers probably won’t stay so high but is worth an add just in case he really does like Washington this much. At worst, he should still remain in the top-100.
(2) Terry Rozier (49%)
Saturday: 31 MIN, 6-12 FG, 2-2 FT, 16 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 2 3PM, 1 TO
Showed last year what he can do with starters minutes and with Irving leaving the game with a non-contact injury, Rozier might be thrown into a much bigger workload so he is worth a speculative add.
(3) Kenrich Williams (29%)
Saturday: 37 MIN, 4-10 FG, 1-2 FT, 10 PTS, 13 REB, 7 AST, 1 BLK, 1 3PM, 0 TO
Williams got an opportunity seven games ago and never looked back. He is a top-70 player over that span with 12.9 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.1 blocks and 2.3 triples. He may very well remain a starter for the rest of the season the way he is playing.
(4) Mitchell Robinson (22%)
Saturday: 22 MIN, 7-9 FG, 1-1 FT, 15 PTS, 7 REB, 3 BLK, 0 TO
Already a must own player for his blocks, Mitchell has scored double-digits in three straight. If he continues this scoring surge (at around 70 percent shooting), he is a top-50 player.
(5) Patrick Beverley (37%)
Saturday: 31 MIN, 3-7 FG, 4-4 FT, 12 PTS, 9 REB, 7 AST, 2 STL, 2 3PM, 2 TO
Beverley remains as hot and deserves your attention if he hasn’t gotten it yet. He is top-25 standard leagues value over his last eight games. He won’t stay this hot but should definitely be on a fantasy league roster.
(6) Jabari Parker (57%)
Saturday: 35 MIN, 9-15 FG, 2-2 FT, 20 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL, 2 BLK, 4 TO
That’s two games in a row that Parker has stuffed the stat sheet with his new team. He seems rejuvenated and could be in the top-100 conversation the rest of the way. Not only are Parker and Portis both hot but the Wizards are 2-0 since their arrival.
(7) Ivica Zubac (33%)
Saturday: 23 MIN, 5-10 FG, 2-3 FT, 12 PTS, 9 REB, 3 BLK, 2 TO
Upside will be capped with Montrezl Harrell behind him but even at 20-25 minutes per game, he is a double-double threat with a few blocks thrown in and that should be enough for most leagues.
(8) Marvin Williams (53%)
Saturday: 35 MIN, 12-16 FG, 27 PTS, 3 REB, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 3 3PM, 0 TO
Not the most exciting pickup but he has been a consistent top-100 or better player all season and deserves to be rostered in more leagues than he currently is. The 27 points is a new season high.
(9) Danny Green (50%)
Saturday: 30 MIN, 5-9 FG, 14 PTS, 4 REB, 1 BLK, 4 3PM, 0 TO
Most minutes Green has played over last five games. His value comes from triples/steals/blocks and he had five of those tonight. Hopefully minutes stay up.
(10) Cody Zeller (18%)
Saturday: 26 MIN, 3-5 FG, 4-6 FT, 10 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 2 TO
Zeller returned to the starting lineup this game and has top-150 value since he returned from injury with 8.3 points, 10.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.7 blocks on 61.5 percent shooting.
12-TEAM LEAGUE APPEAL – 2ND TIER
(1) Ivan Rabb (28%)
Saturday: 28 MIN, 4-7 FG, 2-3 FT, 10 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST, 0 TO
Even though Rabb’s minutes will take a hit once Valanciunas joins the team, the coach said that Rabb will remain the starter. After three games as the starter, he averaging 14.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks.
(2) Justin Holiday (42%)
Saturday: 31 MIN, 6-10 FG, 15 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 3 3PM, 2 TO
Will minutes stay up when Kyle Anderson returns from injury with the new additions of Avery Bradley, C.J. Miles and Delon Wright? While he is still at 30 minutes per game as tonight, he should be rostered in all standard leagues.
(3) Marcus Smart (44%)
Saturday: 27 MIN, 1-5 FG, 2 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 2 TO
Smart is in a mini-slump but is still a top-125 player on the season and with details of Irving’s injury unknown, Smart should be worth a speculative add.
(4) Kevin Huerter (34%)
Saturday: 34 MIN, 7-9 FG, 17 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 3 3PM, 2 TO
The Hawks seem to be committed to developing Huerter at Kent Bazemore’s expense. Huerter’s line of 11.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.7 triples and 1.1 steals over the last seven games has him at around top-75 value.
(5) Jordan Clarkson (59%)
Saturday: 31 MIN, 8-16 FG, 18 PTS, 2 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL, 2 3PM, 2 TO
More of the same of what Clarkson has been doing all year but a little more hot than usual lately.
(6) Collin Sexton (44%)
Saturday: 30 MIN, 6-14 FG, 1-1 FT, 16 PTS, 5 REB, AST, 3 3PM, 4 TO
He is hot right now with 23.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.0 triples over last three games. Has he finally turned the corner?
(7) Landry Shamet (2%)
Saturday: 27 MIN, 5-9 FG, 3-4 FT, 17 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 4 3PM, 0 TO
Made his Clippers debut with a bang. Would just be a speculative add and might just be a 3-point socialist at best.
(8) Cory Joseph (10%)
Saturday: 31 MIN, 5-7 FG, 0-2 FT, 10 PTS, 9 REB, 10 AST, 1 STL, 0 TO
Has been getting big minutes with at least 30 in five in last six games. Stat line won’t be that impressive on most nights but could get the job done if you have the space at the very end of your bench.
(9) Terrence Ferguson (3%)
Saturday: 35 MIN, 6-9 FG, 15 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST, 3 3PM, 0 TO
Is anyone noticing Terrence Ferguson and his three-point shooting? He is averaging 3.0 triples over his last 14 games and that could be useful in some leagues if that’s what you need.
(10) Kevin Knox (43%)
Saturday: 40 MIN, 7-12 FG, 2-2 FT, 20 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 4 3PM, 3 TO
Knicks are giving Knox all the minutes he can handle. Has played at least 34 minutes in five straight games with 15.2 points, 2.4 triples and 0.8 steals over that span.. which is fine if that’s the only categories you need, but be prepared to be crushed in field goal percentage.
OTHER NOTABLE LINES (2% OWNED OR LESS) – IN NO SPECIFIC ORDER
Joakim Noah (1%)
Saturday: 30 MIN, 8-14 FG, 3-3 FT, 19 PTS, 14 REB, 3 AST, 1 TO
Robin Lopez (2%)
Saturday: 19 MIN, 7-10 FG, 4-5 FT, 18 PTS, 3 REB, 2 BLK, 0 TO
Wayne Selden (2%)
Saturday: 25 MIN, 5-13 FG, 6-6 FT, 17 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 1 3PM, 0 TO
Marquese Chriss (2%)
Saturday: 24 MIN, 3-7 FG, 7 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 1 3PM, 0 TO
Kadeem Allen (0%)
Saturday: 28 MIN, 5-11 FG, 2-4 FT, 14 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST, 2 STL, 2 3PM, 0 TO
Norman Powell (1%)
Saturday: 16 MIN, 5-14 FG, 1-1 FT, 14 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST, 3 3PM, 0 TO
Royce O’Neale (1%)
Saturday: 25 MIN, 6-7 FG, 1-1 FT, 17 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 4 3PM, 0 TO
Brandon Knight (0%)
Saturday: 12 MIN, 3-3 FG, 9 PTS, 2 AST, 3 3PM, 0 TO
Wesley Johnson (0%)
Saturday: 20 MIN, 5-6 FG, 1-2 FT, 14 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 1 BLK, 3 3PM, 0 TO
Chasson Randle (0%)
Saturday: 25 MIN, 8-10 FG, 20 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 4 3PM, 1 TO
C.J. Miles (1%)
Saturday: 21 MIN, 6-9 FG, 13 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 1 3PM, 0 TO
Khem Birch (1%)
Saturday: 19 MIN, 2-2 FG, 2-2 FT, 6 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 4 BLK, 2 TO
May 25, 2019, 11:19 pmBrook Lopez - C - Milwaukee Bucks
Brook Lopez scored 18 points on Saturday's Game 6 loss adding nine rebounds, one assist, four blocks, and zero 3-pointers.
Lopez had a productive 4th quarter for the Bucks scoring six points in the paint against the Raptors front court. Unfortunately, he could not get it going throughout the rest of the game and caused most of his damage at the free-throw line, going 8-for-9.
May 25, 2019, 7:58 pmPatrick McCaw - G - Toronto Raptors
Patrick McCaw, who has been dealing with a personal issue for the last few games, is active for Game 6 on Saturday vs. the Bucks.
It looks like McCaw got things sorted out. With him active now, the Raptros will get a bit more depth at the guard spot. That said, Fred VanVleet has been playing well, so McCaw will not likely see a lot of burn tonight outside of potential garbage minutes (if any).
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
May 25, 2019, 7:26 pmPatrick McCaw - G - Toronto Raptors
Patrick McCaw (personal) is back with the Raptors but will not play in Saturday's Game 6.
McCaw has been away from the team and hasn't played at all in the Conference Finals. Odds are he needs time to work back into shape, and we have a hard time imagining that Nick Nurse introduces him into the mix in Game 6 or a possible Game 7.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
May 25, 2019, 6:42 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
According to Anthony Puccio of SNY, there's mutual interest between Kyrie Irving and the Nets.
Irving reportedly likes what the Nets have been building, and the fact that he grew up as a Nets fan certainly doesn't hurt either. The Celtics and Knicks are also known suitors in the Irving sweepstakes, with the Lakers becoming a more popular rumored destination by the day. Brooklyn would love to pair Irving with D'Angelo Russell and have room to add a max free agent.
May 25, 2019, 6:33 pmOG Anunoby - F - Toronto Raptors
OG Anunoby was spotted on the court before Saturday's Game 6, where he was taking jumpers and working on dribbling and footwork drills.
Anunoby still has no timetable to return but he is trending in the right direction. Should the Raptors make the Finals the general expectation is that Anunoby would at least be an option at some point, but there's not much to act on until we get a more concrete update from the team.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
May 25, 2019, 1:45 pmJimmy Butler - G/F - Philadelphia Sixers
Arash Markaz of the LA Times said on Colin Cowherd's show that he's been told the Clippers do not want to sign Jimmy Butler.
Markaz hinted that the Clippers will go after bigger names than Jimmy Butler this offseason and that the Lakers would likely land him if they were to offer him the max. LeBron James has reportedly already reached out to Butler as well. He will be 30 years old at the start of season and should remain in his prime for at least a couple more seasons. Over 12 playoff games with the 76ers, he averaged 19.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.0 triples while shooting 45.1 percent from the field.
Source: Arash Markazi on Twitter
May 25, 2019, 9:31 amTaylor Jenkins - C - Milwaukee Bucks
The Grizzlies have interviewed Bucks assistant coach Taylor Jenkins for their vacant head coaching position.
Jenkins has been on Mike Budenholzer's staff over the last six years with the Hawks and Bucks and was a head coach for the Spurs G-League team prior to that. He is the sixth known candidate to interview for the position with the others being Alex Jensen, Nate Tibbetts, Jarron Collins, Igor Kokoskov and Adrian Griffin.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 24, 2019, 9:48 pmMike DAntoni - Coach - Houston Rockets
Despite Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta stating his intention to bring back coach Mike D’Antoni, recent departures of key staff may indicate that the team is trying to nudge MDA out according to NYT’s Marc Stein.
Large parts of D’Antoni’s staff including assistant coach Roy Rogers, assistant Mitch Vanya, video coordinator John Cho and player development coach Irv Roland (noted for his work with James Harden) will not be returning next season for the Rockets. There’s some speculation that despite Fertitta’s comments, GM Daryl Morey isn’t fully on board and might be the primary reason behind the recent firings. D’Antoni has one more season on his contract and it’s looking increasingly likely that there will be another shoe to drop.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
May 24, 2019, 4:32 pmKevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant (calf strain) still hasn’t progressed to on-court work.
Durant has already been declared “unlikely” for Thursday’s Game 1 of the Finals and considering DeMarcus Cousins has practiced in full and scrimmaged with the team, it’s looking like he might return to action before Durant. There’s almost a week until the Finals start so we’ll have an update before then.
Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter
May 24, 2019, 4:10 pmDeMarcus Cousins - C - Golden State Warriors
DeMarcus Cousins (torn left quad) scrimmaged on Friday with coach Steve Kerr adding that he looked good.
It's still unclear what the timetable is for Cousins but he hasn't yet been ruled out for Game 1 of the Finals. We'll have an update as we draw closer to the start of the Finals next Thursday.
Source: Nick Friedell on Twitter