March 3, 2019, 8:21 am
There were nine games on Saturday’s schedule and plenty of players that made an impact, many of whom may be available in your league so without further adieu…
Wesley Matthews (35%)
Saturday: 32 MIN, 3-8 FG, 4-4 FT, 12 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 2 3PM, 1 TO
Matthews has an eight game sample size with the Pacers and at his current role, it seems he needs to be rostered in all standard leagues. He scored only eight points in his first two games but reached double-digits in the following six. Over those last six games his numbers are at 16.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.5 triples. Pacers play three times next week.
Luke Kennard (8%)
Saturday: 22 MIN, 10-15 FG, 26 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 1 BLK, 6 3PM, 1 TO
His duds are coming fewer in between with two duds in the last eight games. Over that 8 game stretch, he is at 14.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists but most importantly 3.1 triples per game which is where he gets most of his value. His defensive stats aren’t quite there so he is more of a specialist at this point. The Pistons have three games next week.
Justise Winslow (50%)
Saturday: 27 MIN, 6-9 FG, 0-2 FT, 13 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST, 1 BLK, 1 3PM, 3 TO
Poor free-throw shooting continues but so does his productivity in other categories. Dragic’s return hasn’t affected Winslow’s value yet and it might not even once Dragic gets to full speed. Since missing two games with a sore knee, Winslow has 14.7 points, 5.7 assists, 6.3 assist and 2.0 triples over his the Heat’s last three games. The Heat play four times next week.
Kelly Olynyk (32%)
Saturday: 34 MIN, 9-13 FG, 4-4 FT, 25 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 2 BLK, 3 3PM, 2 TO
Olynyk has been straight fire over his last four games, putting up top-15 value with 22.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steals, and 2.8 triples while shooting 64.8 percent from the field and 100 percent from the stripe. His per-minute production has always been great and he is enjoying his time with James Johnson and Hassan Whiteside both sidelined but both players could already be back on Monday. Spoelstra will face a tough decision on wether he wants to take away any minutes from Olynyk as hot as he has been.
Bam Adebayo (29%)
Saturday: 28 MIN, 3-8 FG, 3-4 FT, 9 PTS, 16 REB, 6 AST, 2 BLK, 0 TO
Adebayo picked up the start for Whiteside for the third straight game here and feasted on the Nets as most big men tend to do. Whiteside could return on Monday. Nonetheless and Olynyk has been too hot to take out. Adebayo remains a top-150 player even at 22 minutes per game with the upside for top-75 whenever Whiteside sits out.
Mikal Bridges (24%)
Saturday: 30 MIN, 4-8 FG, 3-4 FT, 12 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 1 3PM, 0 TO
Miles is a legit top-100 player that specializes in cash counting stats (steals, blocks and triples) as he had one of each tonight. He’s actually been more of a steals specialist lately as this was the first block he recorded in the last eight games and his three-point shooting has been down too. On the bright side, his minutes have been there all season and are not going away and he has recorded at least one steal in 18 straight games.
Elfrid Payton (57%)
Saturday: 32 MIN, 3-9 FG, 2-4 FT, 8 PTS, 7 REB, 10 AST, 2 TO
Payton has played over 30 minutes in five straight games with 9.2 points, 6.6 rebonds, 10.4 assists and 1.2 steals over that stretch. He value is dragged down because of his poor percentages and lack of three-point shooting but if you need help in the assist column, he could help immensely. The Pelicans plays four games next week.
Mason Plumlee (16%)
Saturday: 25 MIN, 6-6 FG, 2-2 FT, 14 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 1 TO
Plumlee keeps trucking along and putting up value even with Paul Millsap fully reinstated from injury. He has 9.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in the six games since being moved back to the bench, not to mention his strong field goal percentage. His defensive stats have been missing lately but that should turn back around as he is still averaging 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks on the season. The Nuggets have three games next week.
Derrick White (45%)
Saturday: 30 MIN, 6-10 FG, 1-1 FT, 14 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST, 3 STL, 1 BLK, 1 3PM, 2 TO
White is rounding back into form after missing six games with an injury. He has 12.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.3 steals 1.3 blocks and 1.0 triples in the three games since returning and should picked up where possible. However, the Spurs play only three times next week.
Dwight Powell (36%)
Saturday: 32 MIN, 4-7 FG, 4-6 FT, 13 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 1 3PM, 2 TO
Since being named the starter, Powell has produced in all three games with 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.7 blocks an 1.3 triples on a ridiculous 73.1 field goal percentage in 35.2 minutes. He should be the top priority pickup right now.
Joakim Noah (38%)
Saturday: 17 MIN, 4-7 FG, 4-5 FT, 12 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST, 2 BLK, 2 TO
Noah has scored double-digits in five straight with 15.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 blocks over that span with a 58.5 field goal percentage and 80.0 free-throw percentage. He is looking rather fresh after taking all of that time off last season has taken full advantage of Jaren Jackson being out of the lineup. Even with in limited minutes, Noah is well worth a look in all leagues.
Other notable lines and players to consider…
Wayne Ellington (11%)
Saturday: 21 MIN, 5-9 FG, 15 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 1 BLK, 5 3PM, 1 TO
Cedi Osman (50%)
Saturday: 32 MIN, 3-9 FG, 2-2 FT, 10 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 2 3PM, 2 TO
Collin Sexton (50%)
Saturday: 35 MIN, 3-13 FG, 10-13 FT, 16 PTS, 3 REB, 0 TO
Cory Joseph (8%)
Saturday: 22 MIN, 6-9 FG, 2-3 FT, 14 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST, 0 TO
Dion Waiters (16%)
Saturday: 28 MIN, 2-10 FG, 2-2 FT, 7 PTS, 8 REB, 7 AST, 1 3PM, 1 TO
Cheick Diallo (16%)
Saturday: 22 MIN, 6-9 FG, 12 PTS, 10 REB, 1 AST, 2 STL, 1 BLK, 3 TO
Kenrich Williams (12%)
Saturday: 29 MIN, 3-7 FG, 7 PTS, 5 REB, 2 STL, 1 3PM, 1 TO
Bryn Forbes (13%)
Saturday: 26 MIN, 6-9 FG, 1-2 FT, 16 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 3 3PM, 1 TO
Mike Scott (1%)
Saturday: 32 MIN, 7-15 FG, 2-2 FT, 22 PTS, 4 REB, 1 STL, 6 3PM, 1 TO
Jonah Bolden (2%)
Saturday: 22 MIN, 4-5 FG, 1-1 FT, 12 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 2 BLK, 3 3PM, 1 TO
Avery Bradley (22%)
Saturday: 32 MIN, 5-12 FG, 2-2 FT, 15 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST, 3 3PM, 0 TO
Bruno Caboclo (1%)
Saturday: 35 MIN, 3-8 FG, 1-2 FT, 9 PTS, 11 REB, 6 AST, 1 BLK, 2 3PM, 1 TO
March 23, 2019, 10:30 amMalcolm Miller - F - Toronto Raptors
The Raptors have sent Malcom MIller to the G-League on Saturday.
Miller will play for the Raptors 905's final regular season game. He is averaging 10.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.6 triples in the G-League this season but has only appeared in six games for the Raptors, playing very limited minutes.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
March 23, 2019, 10:23 amJustin Bibbs - G - Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers have signed Justin Bibbs to a second 10-day contract.
Bibbs spent most of the first 10-day deal in the G-League and is yet to make his Clippers debut. The undrafted rookie out of Virginia Tech has G-League averages of 11.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.7 triples in 29.7 minutes.
Source: Andrew Greif on Twitter
March 23, 2019, 10:12 amTyson Chandler - C - Los Angeles Lakers
Tyson Chandler has no plans to retire anytime soon.
Chandler on his future in the league says, "I feel like I got a lot left.” He is 36 years old and averaged 3.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in 15.9 minutes across 54 games this year. He will be an unrestricted free agent after this season and the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year will hope to sign the veteran's minimum deal somewhere but no longer has value in fantasy circles.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
March 23, 2019, 1:37 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James (sore left groin) returned from a one-game absence on Friday night and put up 25 points, nine rebounds, 14 assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in a 106-111 loss to the Nets that eliminated the Lakers from playoff contention.
James went 8-of-25 from the field and 8-of-12 at the line while committing eight turnovers, but the real insult-to-injury part of the night came in the final minute when LeBron slipped out of bounds while driving the baseline. He came up limping after the play, so maybe it's more of an injury-to-injury situation. James returned to the game for a final offensive possession but was subbed out when the Lakers had to defend. With the Lakers' season over, we can expect more nights off going forward, especially after James appeared to get hurt again tonight.
March 23, 2019, 1:33 amJaVale McGee - C - Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee set a new career-high in points on Friday night, going 15-of-20 from the field for 33 points to go with 20 rebounds, a steal and six blocks in 35 minutes against the Nets.
McGee went 3-of-7 from the charity stripe to put a single blemish on a fantastic performance. This game surely swung some weekly matchups out there, and despite L.A.'s spot in the standings they don't appear ready to dial back on McGee's minutes just yet. Tyson Chandler played 13 minutes while Mo Wagner and Johnathan Williams didn't take the floor. Just hope that it keeps up so McGee can put up big numbers as the Lakers play out the string.
March 23, 2019, 1:28 amKyle Kuzma - F - Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma scored 18 points with five rebounds, a block and three triples on Friday night, though he shot 5-of-19 to get there.
Kuzma's stat set is just not good enough for him to really help you out when the shot isn't falling. Points, threes and rebounds will be there — as will some assists if LeBron James sits out — but everything else will be lacking. Deploy as needed.
March 23, 2019, 1:26 amAlex Caruso - G - Los Angeles Lakers
Alex Caruso came off the bench on Friday and posted 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Nets.
Caruso shot just 3-of-10 but it's certainly better than Rajon Rondo, who had five points, three rebounds, four assists, a steal and a triple in 25 minutes. Now that the Lakers are officially out of the playoffs we could see the scales tilt further in Caruso's direction, which means only those of you who are in desperate need of assists should be hanging onto Rondo. Caruso's a decent flier with the Lakers having four games next week but we wouldn't be entirely surprised if he ended up burning you, so buyer beware.
March 23, 2019, 1:24 amKentavious Caldwell-Pope - G - Los Angeles Lakers
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored seven points (1-of-6 FG) to go with four rebounds, one assist, two steals and a triple in 33 minutes against the Nets on Friday.
KCP took a predictable hit with LeBron James back in action, and even the absence of Josh Hart wasn't enough to earn him more looks on offense tonight. He's a 3-point streaming option but we wouldn't fully trust him as a permanent member of lineups in standard-sized leagues — at least not when LeBron is healthy.
March 23, 2019, 1:21 amD'Angelo Russell - G - Brooklyn Nets
D'Angelo Russell put up 21 points and 13 assists in his return L.A., adding three steals, four triples and six turnovers in a win over the Lakers.
Technically Russell had been back to L.A. given that Brooklyn played the Clippers several days ago, but the sweet narrative can ignore such things. It wasn't anything special as far as the vaunted "Revenge Games" go, but Russell gets the last laugh as the Lakers were eliminated from playoff contention with the loss tonight. We'll see if he can get back on a roll now that the Nets have removed Caris LeVert, another ball-handler, from the starting lineup. Spencer Dinwiddie was also productive with 19 points, two steals, a block and two triples off the bench, though he shot just 4-for-14.
March 23, 2019, 1:17 amEd Davis - C - Brooklyn Nets
Ed Davis came off the bench for 14 points, 15 rebounds (seven offensive), a steal and a block on 7-of-11 shooting in 20 minutes on Friday against the Lakers.
Davis is always one of the top rebound streamers available and odds are that someone in one of your leagues got pushed over the hump by this huge game. Hopefully it was you. Boss would've had a bigger game if not for five fouls, too. Jarrett Allen was less impressive but still turned in a decent game with 13 points, 11 rebounds and a block.