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
December 13, 2019, 4:07 pmTerrance FergusonSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Terrance Ferguson is making progress, but his right hip issue will keep him out on Saturday against the Nuggets according to head coach Billy Donovan.
Abdel Nader will get extra minutes in Ferguson's absence, but he is not much of a fantasy factor. Ferguson does not move the needle either unless you are in the deepest of leagues and have an injury spot to slot him into.
Source: Erik Horne on Twitter
December 13, 2019, 3:42 pmAllonzo TrierPG, New York Knicks
Allonzo Trier (concussion) has been ruled out of his next two games vs. the Kings and Nuggets.
He was doubtful just a couple of hours ago but it looks like the Knicks are going to play things safe with him. Kadeem Allen is being summoned to play in the game vs. the Knicks with Trier and Wayne Ellington also out.
Source: Marc Berman on Twitter
December 13, 2019, 3:39 pmJaMychal GreenPF, Los Angeles Clippers
JaMychal Green (tailbone) has been ruled out on Friday vs. the Wolves.
This will be Green's fifth straight missed game and he will join Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and Landry Shamet on the sideline tonight. The Clippers will be very short handed but with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George they're still better equipped than most teams.
Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter
December 13, 2019, 3:13 pmWendell Carter Jr.C, Chicago Bulls
Wendell Carter Jr. is once again being listed as probable with injuries to his abdomen, tailbone and head, and will likely suit up Friday’s matchup against the Hornets.
We’re only writing this blurb to note the sloppiness with which injury reports out of Chicago are being written. Carter’s specific injury this time is “left abdomen surgery.” Of course, Carter underwent sports hernia surgery in early July and there is a possibility that he’s dealing with some residual discomfort, but there’s no reason to read too deeply into what may be another one of Jim Boylen’s convoluted motivational tactics. The Bulls had 11 players on their injury report earlier this week and only three players ended up sitting out the game. Carter himself has only missed one game this season despite being listed on the report for every single game. Be very skeptical of the Bulls’ injury reports moving forward.
Source: NBA Injury Report
December 13, 2019, 2:59 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook will play on Friday vs. the Magic and likely rest on Saturday vs. the Pistons.
The Rockets are just trying to keep Westbrook fresh and they probably feel like they can beat the Pistons without him. Expect Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore to get some more opportunity with Westbrook out on Saturday.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
December 13, 2019, 1:36 pmEric PaschallPF, Golden State Warriors
Eric Paschall (sore left hip) has been ruled out on Friday vs. the Jazz.
He was doubtful coming into this one so this is no surprise. Expect Glenn Robinson and Alec Burks to pick up some extra minutes in his absence.
Source: NBA Injury Report
December 13, 2019, 1:33 pmLou WilliamsSG, Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams (sore right calf) will not suit up on Friday vs. the Wolves.
He's being considered day-to-day and this will cause Williams to miss his first game of the season. With Patrick Beverley and Landry Shamet already ruled out, the Clippers won't have many options in the backcourt and Jerome Robinson could see an increased workload.
Source: Andrew Greif on Twitter
December 13, 2019, 1:29 pmDevin BookerSG, Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker (forearm contusion) did not practice on Friday.
Coach Monty Williams said that he's considering him day-to-day and he'll be listed as questionable vs. the Spurs on Saturday. Stay tuned for updates closer to tip-off.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter
December 13, 2019, 1:24 pmAllonzo TrierPG, New York Knicks
Allonzo Trier (concussion symptoms) is being considered doubtful vs. the Kings on Friday.
Trier reportedly bumped his head while working out yesterday and is now experiencing some concussion-like symptoms. Stay tuned for updates closer to tip-off but the Knicks will likely be cautious with him.
Source: Stefan Bondy on Twitter
December 13, 2019, 1:21 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford (left knee soreness/left hamstring tightness) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Friday.
Horford will miss his second straight game and this is what owners should've expected when they drafted him. He's going to take some days off and get banged up but this doesn't seem like too bad of an injury. Expect Mike Scott to benefit the most from Horford's absence.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter