• Here are the top recommendations from Saturday’s eight game slate of players owned in less than 60% of Yahoo! leagues.

    Dwight Powell (59%)
    Saturday: 29 MIN, 8-10 FG, 0-1 FT, 16 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 2 BLK, 1 TO
    Has been rolling with top-30 value over last three weeks so make sure he’s not still somehow available in your league.
    Recommendation: 8-10 Team Leagues (4 games next week)

    Marcus Morris (57%)
    Saturday: 33 MIN, 6-14 FG, 5-6 FT, 19 PTS, 11 REB, 1 STL, 2 BLK, 2 3PM, 3 TO
    Started the season smoking hot and may be heating up again with 20.0 points and 12.0 rebounds in last two. Gordon Hayward was only able to play one minute with a strained neck and it’s possible he misses more time.
    Recommendation: 10 Team Leagues (4 games next week)

    Marcus Smart (47%)
    Saturday: 34 MIN, 5-9 FG, 4-4 FT, 16 PTS, 1 REB, 9 AST, 5 STL, 1 BLK, 2 3PM, 1 TO
    Should be rostered for his steals alone but he has drained a triple in 10 straight and made over half of his shots over the last four games. Ignoring field goal percentage, he is easily a top-50 player on the season.
    Recommendation: 10 Team Leagues (4 games next week)

    Jalen Brunson (44%)
    Saturday: 26 MIN, 6-10 FG, 2-2 FT, 16 PTS, 2 REB, 7 AST, 2 3PM, 1 TO
    The 26 minutes are the first time he’s played less than 30 in the last six games but has been absolutely rolling in recent weeks and the Mavs seem committed to giving him run for the rest of the season.
    Recommendation: 10 Team Leagues (4 games next week)

    Jakob Poeltl (22%)
    Saturday: 25 MIN, 4-7 FG, 8 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST, 5 BLK, 1 TO
    Since being named the starting center is averaging 7.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.4 block with 71.4 field goal percentage in 26.5 minutes per games over his last seven games.That’s good enough for top-30 value in standard leagues and he should be given serious consideration.
    Recommendation: 10-12 Team Leagues (4 games next week)

    Cedi Osman (50%)
    Saturday: 37 MIN, 8-16 FG, 22 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST, 6 3PM, 0 TO
    Could hurt your field goal percentage and doesn’t produce many defensive stats but has been producing everywhere else for several weeks now. Extra hot over last four with 16.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 3.0 triples.
    Recommendation: 10-12 Team Leagues (4 games next week)

    Collin Sexton (56%)
    Saturday: 38 MIN, 10-17 FG, 4-5 FT, 28 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST, 4 3PM, 0 TO
    26.4 points, 3.4 triples, 3.8 assists over last five games. Doesn’t do much in other categories but someone shooting this well can’t be left on the wire.
    Recommendation: 10-12 Team Leagues (4 games next week)

    Mikal Bridges (28%)
    Saturday: 40 MIN, 4-9 FG, 3-3 FT, 12 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 1 3PM, 1 TO
    Same as Marcus Smart, should be rostered for steals alone, but without the production in other categories.
    Recommendation: 12 Team Leagues (3 games next week)

    Thomas Bryant (23%)
    Saturday: 20 MIN, 1-5 FG, 8-8 FT, 10 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST, 2 BLK, 0 TO
    Hot and cold all season, finding it difficult to be consistent with minutes in the teens on most nights. Blocks have been consistent however and over last three games has 12.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 0.7 steals, 1.7 blocks.
    Recommendation: 12 Team Leagues (4 games next week)

    Maxi Kleber (8%)
    Saturday: 25 MIN, 5-11 FG, 5-5 FT, 18 PTS, 12 REB, 1 AST, 3 3PM, 0 TO
    That’s three double-doubles in the last four games. Has the stat-set to make a real difference in fantasy but could put up a dud just as easily.
    Recommendation: 12 Team Leagues (4 games next week)

    Avery Bradley (34%)
    Saturday: 34 MIN, 9-17 FG, 21 PTS, 2 REB, 5 AST, 3 3PM, 2 TO
    In the previous nine games he flopped twice, but in the other seven his lines were pretty similar to tonight’s. Has been an afterthought in fantasy since his days with the Celtics days so he may not even be on the radar, but he should be.
    Recommendation: 12-14 Team Leagues (3 games next week)

    Wesley Matthews (34%)
    Saturday: 32 MIN, 2-5 FG, 1-2 FT, 7 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST, 1 BLK, 2 3PM, 2 TO
    Has not been shooting the ball well but is a cheap source for low-end production in the other categories and the Pacers have been giving him all the minutes he can handle.
    Recommendation: 12-14 Team Leagues (4 games next week)

    Jaylen Brown (56%)
    Saturday: 26 MIN, 8-14 FG, 4-6 FT, 23 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 3 3PM, 0 TO
    Has been rolling last three games with at least 22 points and three triples in each. Lack of production in other categories limits his value but he does average a steal per game and doesn’t turn the ball over much. Gordon Hayward only played one minute with a neck strain so Brown should see a minute increase if Hayward misses any time.
    Recommendation: 12-14 Team Leagues (4 games next week)

    Josh Jackson (26%)
    Saturday: 33 MIN, 6-11 FG, 5-6 FT, 19 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 2 BLK, 2 3PM, 4 TO
    Strong line but inconsistency has plagued him all season. Difficult to trust but can produce in every category when he gets it going.
    Recommendation: 12-14 Team Leagues (3 games next week)

    Jeff Green (32%)
    Saturday: 32 MIN, 6-9 FG, 15 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST, 3 3PM, 1 TO
    Provides points, triples and good percentages but not much in other categories. Has been on and off the waiver wire all season as a serviceable spot-starter. Should be more of the same to end the season.
    Recommendation: 12-14 Team Leagues (4 games next week)

    Joakim Noah (23%)
    Saturday: 26 MIN, 6-8 FG, 3-4 FT, 15 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST, 1 BLK, 2 TO
    Played over 20 minutes in five straight games with 10.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists over that span. He has been great over the last month but there is risk he doesn’t keep this up at this stage of his career and he may get some rest days thrown in.
    Recommendation: 14 Team Leagues (3 games next week)

    Check Diallo (15%)
    Saturday: 25 MIN, 4-7 FG, 2-2 FT, 10 PTS, 10 REB, 2 STL, 1 BLK, 0 TO
    Produces when he gets the minutes and played over 20 tonight for the first time in the last five games. Difficult to trust that the Pelicans will give him consistent minutes but might be worth a flier.
    Recommendation: 14 Team Leagues (3 games next week)

    Jordan Clarkson (59%)
    Saturday: 30 MIN, 6-12 FG, 4-4 FT, 17 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 1 3PM, 2 TO
    Consistently providing points and triples without much else.
    Recommendation: 14 Team Leagues (4 games next week)

    Darius Miller (3%)
    Saturday: 33 MIN, 6-10 FG, 0-2 FT, 16 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 4 3PM, 2 TO
    11.8 points, 3.0 triples, 4.0 assists over last four games while paying 30.4 minutes. Could be a decent three-point specialist to finish the season.
    Recommendation: 14 Team Leagues (3 games next week)

    Patty Mills (12%)
    Saturday: 25 MIN, 3-9 FG, 4-4 FT, 12 PTS, 1 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 2 3PM, 1 TO
    Much of the same of what he has done all season which is a couple triples with low turnovers.
    Recommendation: 14 Team Leagues (4 games next week)

    Bryn Forbes (11%)
    Saturday: 25 MIN, 4-9 FG, 1-1 FT, 11 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 2 3PM, 0 TO
    See Patty Mills.
    Recommendation: 14 team Leagues (4 games next week)

    Dorian Finney-Smith (3%)
    Saturday: 35 MIN, 5-10 FG, 14 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST, 1 BLK, 4 3PM, 1 TO
    Luka Doncic may be back next game but if not, Smith could provide some low-end standard league value.
    Recommendation: 14-Team Leagues (4 games next week)

    Frank Jackson (11%)
    Saturday: 35 MIN, 4-13 FG, 3-4 FT, 14 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 3 3PM, 2 TO
    Has scored double figures in six straight but will not help you much in other categories.
    Recommendation: 16+ Team Leagues (3 games next week)

    Chandler Parsons (0%)
    Saturday: 23 MIN, 6-10 FG, 2-3 FT, 16 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 2 3PM, 0 TO
    This is the first signs of life Chandler has shown all season so we’d surely like to see it a few more times.
    Recommendation: 16+ Team Leagues (3 games next week)

    Ante Zizic (7%)
    Saturday: 31 MIN, 4-5 FG, 3-3 FT, 11 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 2 TO
    Continues to get minutes as Larry Nance and Tristan Thompson remain out. 12.8 points, 6.3 rebounds in 30.5 minutes over last four but doesn’t do anything in other categories so don’t get too excited.
    Recommendation: 16+ Team Leagues (4 game next week)

Fantasy News

  • Eric Gordon
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Rockets guard Eric Gordon has improved his diet, focused on sprints, and has apparently shed 12 pounds in the process, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic.

    Gordon has battled knee ailments for essentially his whole career and has dealt with his fair share of nagging injuries this season as well. Losing weight to create a lighter frame would seem sensible, especially with the knee issues. The Rockets, remember, fully adopted the "small ball" lineup and move fast so Gordon is smart to keep his endurance and fitness at high levels. He's going to have to play well and make shots for the Rockets when the NBA returns to action, otherwise coach Mike D'Antoni won't be able to justify giving Gordon minutes. We don't anticipate much fantasy value out of him if and when the league starts back up.

    Source: The Athletic

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that the NBA is planning for a Board of Governors vote on Thursday, during which they are expected to approve Adam Silver's proposal for re-starting the season in Orlando.

    The trend lines are all moving in this direction, and this adds another bullet point on the schedule as the league prepares for launching games on July 31. Adam Silver has been able to bridge any divides between ownership and the players, and has been taking into account all his key constituent's views as we approach approval of a plan for moving forward. We still have plenty of items to resolve before we see game action, but the NBA is gaining momentum as these details come into place.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    On Friday, the Wizards resumed holding voluntary workouts at their practice facilities.

    The Wizards have joined a chorus of teams that are returning in limited capacities to their facilities at this point. The NBA as a whole is continuing its march towards the resumption of play with a target date of July 31 now established. The District of Columbia also entered phase one of reopening today, and it makes sense for the team to proceed on a similar trajectory.

    Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter

  • Julius Randle
    PF, New York Knicks

    Part of the Knicks' off-season thinking is to shape the roster around RJ Barrett, and it unclear where Julius Randle will fit in those plans.

    Barrett and Randle have similar offensive styles, as they typically have an advantage relying upon their strength to attack the basket, but neither has a component deep ball at this stage in their careers. As Barrett is the younger option it makes sense that the Knicks want to sign shooters to give him more space to operate with. Randle's lousy percentages and turnovers has made for a disappointing season with the Knicks thus far, and Barrett will also need to make some strides in the shooting department to become a 12-team asset. Randle is under contract for next season is owed at least $4,000,000 in 2021-22.

    Source: https://www.sny.tv/knicks/news/heres-who-knicks-could-target-as-leon-roses-front-office-reshapes-roster/313481746

  • Jayson Tatum
    SF, Boston Celtics

    On Friday, the Celtics' announced that their practice facilities would reopen on June 1.

    That leaves us with four NBA teams without access to their facilities. Things are beginning to accelerate throughout the league as teams ramp up activities in hopes of resuming competition in Orlando on July 31. So far so good, but the NBA still has many hurdles to overcome on the path to resuming the season.

    Source: Celtics PR on Twitter

  • RJ Barrett
    SF, New York Knicks

    The Knicks reopened their practice facility for voluntary workouts on Friday.

    Another step in the right direction for the NBA's return to action at the end of July. It's still unclear if the Knicks will even be involved in whatever plan is agreed upon, but it is good to learn that the players can now access their facilities in New York. Only five team facilities have not opened up in some capacity at this point.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    On a call with the Board of Governors on Friday, Adam Silver and the league office confirmed July 31 as a target date for the resumption of the NBA season, according to a report from Shams Charania.

    We have to imagine that this is just one of the possible options on the table, as the league still has much to figure out. Charania adds that the league has four scenarios for the return: 16 teams move directly to the playoffs, 20 teams engage in group/stage play, 22 teams have games to determine seeding with a play-in tournament, and all 30 teams reconvene for a 72-game season with a play-in tournament. It's seemed unlikely that we'll have a full 30-team return given the stated priorities for player safety. There are still tons of logistical hurdles to clear but the NBA is getting its ducks in a row for a potential return.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Andre Iguodala
    SF, Miami Heat

    Andre Iguodala returned to South Florida after living in California since the NBA season was suspended.

    Iguodala returning to the market where his team is could mean that he believes team workouts will begin soon. However, there is no official timetable on when team workouts will begin and Jimmy Butler has yet to return to Miami.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Zach LaVine
    SG, Chicago Bulls

    K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Bulls were cleared by the Governor of Illinois and are in talks with city officials to open practice facilities on Friday for voluntary workouts that would follow the NBA guidelines.

    The NBA's guidelines currently state that a maximum of four players are allowed in the facility at any given time and there can only be one player per hoop. The Bulls are currently eight games behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls may not play again this season given how far behind they are in the standings and the recent reports of proposals to not continue the regular season.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Luka Doncic
    PG-SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Marc Stein of the New York Times has reported that the Mavs plan to open their practice facility on Thursday.

    This news would make the Mavs the 23rd team to have their facilities open for "voluntary and socially distanced player workouts". Continue to monitor the wire as we should learn more about the potential of the league resuming in early June.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter