June 5, 2018, 11:05 am
Adrian Benjamins can’t handle Dan Besbris’s freshly shaved face, but the guys can definitely handle some fantasy chatter from the Southeast Division.
The Miami Heat are the focus on this Tuesday episode, including the logjams at every position, and the potential fruit the center tree could bear if a key piece gets moved.
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February 26, 2020, 2:26 amHarry Giles IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
Harry Giles nearly double-doubled again, this time with 13 points (5-of-9 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), nine rebounds, four assists and a steal in 24 minutes in a win over the Warriors on Tuesday.
Giles has put together two solid games in a row now. It's hard to get too excited about his prospects this season, though. Giles will likely lose his starting role and meaningful minutes once the Kings' frontcourt gets healthier or even as Alex Len gets more comfortable in Sacramento. Nemanja Bjelica struggled in this one, providing just one point (0-of-5 FGs), three rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes. He should bounce back on Thursday against the Thunder.
February 26, 2020, 2:16 amLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James was looking spry on Tuesday in putting up a season-high 40 points on 17-of-27 shooting with eight rebounds, six assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 34 minutes in a win over the Pelicans on Tuesday.
James looked like he had something extra in his step as Zion Williamson visited the Lakers in Staples Center for the first time. LeBron's defensive stats and free throw percentage have dipped lately, but there's little reason to think that he won't be a top-20 player for the rest of the season. Anthony Davis also came up big in this one despite banging his arm late in the game. He produced 21 points, 14 boards, three dimes, a steal and six blocks in 36 minutes.
February 26, 2020, 2:07 amDanny GreenSG, Los Angeles Lakers
After an early trip to the locker room, Danny Green (laceration) returned and had a true throwback performance with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting with five 3-pointers, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 31 minutes as the Lakers beat the Pelicans 118-109 on Tuesday.
If only Green could do this consistently again, he'd be an early-round draft pick once more. Alas, he struggles to do enough across the board to earn a spot on most fantasy teams. Green is worth a dart throw whenever you need a little bit of everything.
February 26, 2020, 1:57 amMarkieff MorrisPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Markieff Morris came off the bench to play 15 minutes in his Lakers debut on Tuesday, recording four points (1-of-3 shooting), one rebound and one block.
Morris' value will likely take a big hit with the Lakers, but he's certainly capable of putting up standard league value if he can regularly exceed 20 minutes per game. Keep an eye on how his role unfolds.
February 26, 2020, 1:51 amBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram scored a team-high 34 points (12-of-20 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs) with seven boards, four dimes, two swipes and three triples in 37 minutes in a 109-118 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
There was valid concern that Ingram's production would drop off once Zion entered the rotation. But to this point, Ingram's overall value has stayed largely the same, as his improved efficiency has helped to offset a small decline in counting stats.
February 26, 2020, 1:44 amNicolo MelliPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Nicolo Melli came off the bench to score 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting against the Lakers on Tuesday, adding six rebounds, two assists, a block and a three in 27 minutes.
Melli started his rookie season slowly, even with some extra minutes due to injuries to the Pelicans frontcourt. But even with a healthy squad, Melli has now scored in double figures in five of the last seven games. He's mainly good for threes on a high field goal percentage, but Melli can contribute some boards and blocks when he gets enough minutes as well. If he continues to play about 23 minutes per game, he's worth a look in standard leagues.
February 26, 2020, 1:35 amJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday struggled to get his shots to fall in a road loss to the Lakers on Tuesday, going for just 11 points on 5-of-19 shooting with five rebounds, nine assists, two steals and a three in 38 minutes.
Holiday was tasked with guarding LeBron James for much of this game, so he could be forgiven for not being at his best on the other side of the floor. He should bounce back on Friday against the Cavs with no problem.
February 26, 2020, 1:28 amTrevor ArizaSF, Portland Trail Blazers
Trevor Ariza had a well-rounded game on Tuesday, turning out 17 points (5-of-6 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 38 minutes in a 106-118 home loss to the Celtics.
Ariza now has at least two steals in six straight games. That's not the only unsustainable number helping him put up middle-round value recently. Ariza's shooting percentages this month are miles above where they normally sit, so expect a drop in production. Treat him as a steals streamer in standard leagues.
February 26, 2020, 1:22 amCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum came up big again with Damian Lillard (right groin strain) sidelined, posting 28 points on 10-of-24 shooting with four rebounds, 10 assists, three blocks and five 3-pointers in 38 minutes in a losing effort on Tuesday.
Aside from hitting just half of his six freebies and the lack of steals, this was a great fantasy performance from McCollum. He should have a few more games of increased activity while Lillard recovers.
February 26, 2020, 1:14 amHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside had a big 18-point, 19-rebound double-double vs. the Celtics on Tuesday, adding three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.
While Whiteside catches plenty of flak for not contributing much toward winning real basketball games, he continues to thrive in fantasy. But keep an eye on those free throws. Much of his resurgence this season was due to a huge jump in free throw percentage. However, he's back to 53.1% over the past month after hitting over 70% for most of the season.