• Pickups of the Night: Thursday, February 7 ($)

    We had another busy six-game Thursday night so let’s dive right in . As usual, players owned in at least 50 percent of leagues will not be covered since they are already widely owned.

    Pickups

    Patrick Beverley, LAC (38% owned) had nine points, a three, five boards, three assists, a steal and a block in only 24 minutes. The minutes were down as the game got out of hand early, but Beverley has a more secure role with Avery Bradley being traded. He’s had top-50 value over the last two weeks, and while he probably won’t maintain that output, a top-100 finish to the season is certainly in play.

    Cory Joseph, IND (10%) tied Bojan Bogdanovic for a team-high 32 minutes and he scored 13 points to go with a trey, nine boards, six assists, a steal and one turnover. Jospeh has been a top-100 play in 9-cat over his last four games and if Tyreke Evans (outside the top-300 over the same span) continues to throw up stinkers, Joseph’s increased run should stick, though he probably won’t be that good to end the season; it’s more likely he ends up an asset for 14-16-deep.

    Josh Okogie, MIN (2%) continues to start had a nice game with 13 points, a three, four boards and three steals but he hasn’t been able to put together a stream of strong games, and with value outside the top-200 in pretty much all time frames, he’s best left on the wire.

    Fred VanVleet, TOR (48%) exploded for 30 points, four treys, six assists and five rebounds in a spot-start and we pretty much know the score with FVV at this point: when one of either Kawhi Leonard or Kyle Lowry misses games, he’s a top-90 play with considerable upside, but when he’s coming off the bench he’s relegated to a low-end, but still usable, guard at the end of your roster. Considering the shaky health of both Leonard and Lowry, it’s not a stretch to assume VanVleet will be a top-100 play going forward.

    Norman Powell, TOR (1%) had 11 points (with a triple) and not much else in 21 minutes. He’s solidified his role as a bench gunner but the lack of run or defensive stats means he’s not likely to exceed the top-185ish value he’s had for several months which makes him strictly a deep-league streamer.

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LAL (38%) pumped in five 3s and added 17 points and a single assist. KCP has been a low-end top-150ish play over the last few months and his biggest problem is not being able to maintain any semblance of consistency. He’s a deep-league guy until he can do that.

    Lance Stephenson, LAL (7%) continued his low-minute, high-popcorn output with 14 points, three 3s and two assists in just 17 minutes. He’s surprisingly been outranking KCP over the last two weeks with top-120 value in 9-cat despite only getting 23 minutes a game. LeBron James is back so don’t go adding Stephenson expecting him to duplicate that. For deeper-leagues or streaming purposes, KCP is still the preferred play.

    Terry Rozier, BOS (48%) got hot off the bench with 19 points, five treys, six assists, four boards and a steal in only 19 minutes and though he’s been a top-70 play over the last two weeks, Kyrie Irving is still in Boston and Marcus Smart (46%) is still starting and getting more run. Smart is still the preferred own, but if you’re already rolling with Rozier, you can ride him ‘til the wheels fall off.

    Daniel Theis, BOS (1%) has been a top-75 play over the last two weeks and he didn’t disappoint tonight with 20 points, two 3s, six rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes. He’s useful as a low-usage stream as long as Aron Baynes (left foot contusion) is out as he’s the only player backing up the 4 and 5 spots. When he cools off, it won’t be pretty.

    Ivan Rabb, MEM (26%) has been added with the quickness as he’s been putting up top-130 9-cat value over the last week for a tanking Grizzlies squad. Rabb had 15 points, a three, nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 31 minutes and with the team trading away Marc Gasol and JaMychal Green, only new addition Jonas Valanciunas stands in his way to maintaining value. It remains to be seen if coach Bickerstaff uses J.V. in a reduced role similar to his last two coaches.

    Bruno Caboclo, MEM (1%) had one of the best games of his career with 16 points, three 3s and five rebounds in 31 minutes. He didn’t record a block but has been averaging 1.3 swats per game over the last two weeks so they will come. Aside from the bad shooting from a big (34.0% on the season), Caboclo could be a difference maker down the stretch for deeper-formats.

    Al-Farouq Aminu, POR (49%) fell under the ownership threshold and deserves a mention. He got 11 points (on 3-of-5 shooting), eight rebounds and a steal but only played 21 minutes, which has become a trend and the reason why he’s been dropped so much (that, and he’s in a shooting slump). Until he can start getting consistent minutes in the late-20s, he’ll be more of a deep-league asset.

    Rodney Hood, POR (10%) played his first game in a Blazer uniform and dropped in 14 points (6-of-7 from the field) with two 3s, three rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes off the bench. This is a one game sample size, but Hood looked good playing off Lillard and McCollum so maybe it sticks. Until he gets hurt. And he didn’t have a great track-record in Cleveland, either.

    Jake Layman, POR (5%) was able to have a good game despite Rodney Hood joining the rotation. Layman scored 13 points with a three, two assists, three rebounds and a steal and a steal in 31 minutes. He’s been returning top-100 value over the last two weeks but it’s hard to see him and Rodney Hood get heavy run but maybe they both do at the expense of Aminu.

    Bryn Forbes, SAS (23%) managed to collect 11 points and three 3s in 23 minutes but he only had five field goal attempts and has been losing run to Patty Mills.

    Patty Mills (15%) had seven points, one trey and eight assists in 29 minutes. Mills has also been playing better than Forbes over the last two weeks (top-115 vs. top-185). Mills is a stream while he’s hot and until Derrick White returns.

Fantasy News

  • Josh Hart - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    Josh Hart (left knee tendinitis) will play against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Hart was probable to play after resting up over the All-Star break following a PRP injection. He'll lengthen the bench but isn't a fantasy option with Rajon Rondo, Reggie Bullock and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope all around to play similar roles.

    Source: Brad Turner on Twitter

  • Mike Muscala - F/C - Los Angeles Lakers

    Mike Muscala (sprained right ankle) has been ruled out of Thursday's matchup with the Rockets.

    From probable to out in a matter of hours. If the Lakers need a floor-spacer up front it'll fall on Moe Wagner tonight, but this isn't a situation that should yield much fantasy value.

    Source: Brad Turner on Twitter

  • Tyson Chandler - C - Los Angeles Lakers

    Tyson Chandler (stiff neck) will play on Thursday against the Rockets.

    Chandler was initially questionable but is ready to go. He might not play much considering the matchup, but he should work as the Lakers' backup center either way.

    Source: Brad Turner on Twitter

  • Tyreke Evans - G - Indiana Pacers

    Tyreke Evans (sore left ankle) is questionable for Friday after going through a limited practice on Thursday, and he could be headed for an MRI.

    Evans tweaked his ankle in the last game before the All-Star break and is still dealing with some soreness. He's not a fantasy option, though his potential absence might leave more minutes open for Wes Matthews and Aaron Holiday.

    Source: J. Michael on Twitter

  • Myles Turner - F/C - Indiana Pacers

    Myles Turner (bruised left hip) is questionable ahead of Friday's game against the Pelicans.

    Turner recently shed his mask, but is now dealing with a new injury. The big man is returning second-round value in a real breakout season and hopefully this injury is minor. If he's forced to sit, Domantas Sabonis and Kyle O'Quinn will split the minutes at center.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Mike Muscala - F/C - Los Angeles Lakers

    Mike Muscala (sprained right ankle) is now questionable to face the Rockets on Thursday.

    Muscala was previously listed as probable. The Lakers will be thin up front tonight if he can't play. We'll keep you updated on his condition.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot - G/F - Chicago Bulls

    Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (oblique strain) missed Thursday's practice and is questionable for Friday's game against the Magic.

    Luwawu-Cabarrot has averaged 16.6 mpg in five games with the Bulls this season, so there will be some effects on the rotation here. Just not any that will change the landscape for fantasy owners.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Robert Covington - F - Minnesota Timberwolves

    Robert Covington (right knee bone bruise) was able to go through a limited practice on Thursday but will not travel with the Wolves on their upcoming two-game road trip.

    Covington was able to do some shooting drills that involved jabbing, pivoting and running before the break and it looks like another week has done him some good. We'd imagine that there's a minutes restriction upon RoCo's return considering he's already missed 20 games — and the team would be wise to decrease his playing time a bit either way — but it's a good time to pick him up if he's been dropped in any of your leagues.

    Source: Jon Kraqczynski on Twitter

  • Luc Mbah a Moute - F - Los Angeles Clippers

    Luc Mbah a Moute (sore knee) will not travel with the Clippers for their next two games.

    Mbah a Moute has only appeared in four games all season, so what's two more absences? There's no fantasy appeal here.

    Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter

  • Wilson Chandler - F - Los Angeles Clippers

    Wilson Chandler (right quad strain) will miss at least two more games.

    Chandler isn't traveling on the Clippers' short road trip but it sounds like he'll be available sometime soon. With Landry Shamet seemingly locked into the starting five, it looks like Chandler will be coming off the bench for LA — not that it hurts his already-minimal fantasy appeal.

    Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter