January 24, 2020, 11:44 pmMike MuscalaPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Mike Muscala was effective in 20 minutes off the Thunder bench on Friday, providing a sprak of offense with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, three rebounds, two assists and four 3s.
Muscala can sometimes heat up like this and is someone who can pop for points and threes. However, due to his lack of consistency, he cannot be trusted in 14-team leagues or shallower.
January 24, 2020, 11:41 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic produced 27 points (9-for-20 shooting), 12 rebounds, seven assists, four steals, a triple and a block in 35 minutes as the Nuggets defeated the Pelicans 113-106 on Friday.
Jokic continues to hum along at an elite pace over the last few weeks as he is on his way to returning the top-10 draft day price with each passing monster fantasy line.
January 24, 2020, 11:38 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel started again for the Thunder on Friday and was able to chip in 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting with eight rebounds and one block in 25 minutes.
The Thunder were without Steven Adams, who is dealing with a left ankle sprain. Noel is a top-60 value in 9-cat on the season and should be owned even when Adams returns and retakes the starting center role.
January 24, 2020, 11:37 pmTorrey CraigSG, Denver Nuggets
Torrey Craig double-doubled in Friday's win, adding 15 points (6-for-9 shooting), 10 rebounds, three triples, two assists and a block across 35 minutes.
Craig started alongside Will Barton, who had 13 points, five rebounds, two triples, two steals, an assist and a block. Barton is the more consistent fantasy option as Craig can only be trusted as a streamer.
January 24, 2020, 11:35 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant compiled 14 points (5-for-14 shooting), nine rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in 37 minutes in Friday's win over the Pelicans.
Grant continues to thrive while Paul Millsap is out and there doesn't seem to be a clear point where he's expected to return. As long as that is the case, continue streaming Grant and Michael Porter Jr. for production.
January 24, 2020, 11:30 pmMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. was productive in 24 minutes off the bench on Friday, finishing with 15 points (5-for-15 shooting), 10 rebounds, three triples, a steal and an assist.
Porter Jr. took advantage of the absence of Paul Millsap to put up a double-double in relatively limited minutes. He was clearly the most productive Nuggets bench player in this one and has the most upside moving forward. That said, it's tough to say who will get the most opportunity when this loaded roster is healthy.
January 24, 2020, 11:24 pmJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday finished Friday's 106-113 loss to the Nuggets with 12 points (5-for-17 shooting), nine assists, six rebounds, three steals and a block across a team-high 38 minutes.
The big minutes total suggests he's feeling pretty good after missing some time with a left elbow injury. Keep an eye on this situation and how the return of Zion Williamson impacts the value of Holiday.
January 24, 2020, 11:21 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson finished second on the Pelicans in scoring with 15 (7-for-9 shooting) in only 21 minutes to go with six rebounds, a steal and a block.
Williamson got the start and played a few more minutes than he did in his debut which is good to see. Through two games, it appears Williamson will have no issues scoring in the NBA. The fantasy world will just have to patiently wait as the Pelicans ramp him up and unleash him.
January 24, 2020, 11:17 pmBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram finished with 13 points (3-for-11 shooting), five assists, two rebounds, two blocks and a triple in 34 minutes in Friday's loss to the Nuggets.
It was the third game in a row that Ingram struggled to find any rhythm with his shot. Is it coincidence that this cold shooting is happening after Ingram missed some time due to injury? There's a chance he's still not fully healed, plus he's acclimating to playing with Zion Williamson now as well.
January 24, 2020, 11:14 pmJosh HartSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Josh Hart fought through some ankle soreness on Friday to post 15 points (6-for-11 shooting), 13 rebouds, two assists, two steals, a triple and a block in 28 minutes off the bench.
Hart is known for putting up impressive rebounding totals from the guard spot, which he did here. He played the most minutes of any Pelican off the bench in this one, but still should be considered nothing more than a streaming option.
January 24, 2020, 11:12 pmJJ RedickSG, New Orleans Pelicans
J.J. Redick scored 18 points (6-for-10 shooting), five triples, two rebounds and an assist in Friday's loss t the Nuggets.
Redick is nothing more than a three-point streamer these days and he did his job perfectly in this game. Redick is not offering much upside these days but most leagues can find a place for these types of category specialists.
January 24, 2020, 11:06 pmAndrew WigginsSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Andrew Wiggins stayed hot on Friday, recording 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting, with five rebounds, three assists, three triples and one steal in 33 minutes.
Wiggins led the team in minutes and was great all around. He's been smashing his ADP all season long thanks to his improvement in peripheral contributions across the board. He's a solid bet to finish as a top-50 asset by season's end.
January 24, 2020, 11:03 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns was back to his top-5 fantasy form on Friday, going 12-of-23 from the field (two 3s) for 30 points, adding 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
KAT is playing rock-solid once again and it appears that his injury concerns are well behind him. He's back on track to finish in the top-5 for 8/9-cat formats ROS.
January 24, 2020, 10:59 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De'Aaron Fox had 18 points (5-for-14 shooting), seven assists, six rebounds and three seals in Friday's 98-81 win over the Bulls.
Fox only needed 25 minutes to produce the sellar line as he was aggressive attacking the basket all night, as his 8-for-9 performance from the charity stripe would indicate. Fox continues to be a strong play ever since the calendar flipped to 2020.
January 24, 2020, 10:54 pmHarrison BarnesSF, Sacramento Kings
Harrison Barnes notched 19 points (8-for-14 shooting), three rebounds, an assist and a steal in Friday's win over the Bulls.
Congrats if you streamed Barnes, as this is pretty much the best you can hope for out of him. Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 12 points (4-for-10 shooting), three rebounds, two triples and an assist. In the frontcourt, Nemanja Bjelica played 32 minutes and had 13 points (5-for-11 shooting), seven rebounds, three assists, a triple, a steal and a block.