March 11, 2020, 2:19 amJarrett AllenC, Brooklyn Nets
Jarrett Allen was not much to look at in his 21 minutes off the bench on Tuesday, recording just three points (1-of-2 FG, 1-of-4 FT) with seven rebounds, two steals and one block.
It's a sad state of affairs for Allen owners right now. The move to the bench has not been kind to his fantasy value at all. He's now a drop candidate in standard leagues and a hold in 16 to 18-teamers or deeper.
March 11, 2020, 1:36 amPatrick BeverleyPG, Los Angeles Clippers
Patrick Beverley played 21 meaningful minutes for the Clippers in their 131-107 over the Warriors, chipping in 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting along with four treys, three rebounds and two assists.
Considering Beverley’s scored10 points over his last five game combined, tonight’s 15-point effort could be the wake-up call he’s been waiting for. He’s likely lying around in most waiver wires, so aggressive owners might be willing to roll the dice after tonight.
March 11, 2020, 12:21 amDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Saric had a strong showing in Tuesday's loss to the Blazers, recording an unexpected double-double with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting, adding 11 rebounds, four 3s and two assists plus a block.
Saric has run hot-and-cold with seemingly unpredictable frequency post-ASB. This was obviously one of his better games, but he can just as easily fall off a cliff in his next one, limiting him to being a points-and-threes streamer in most formats.
March 10, 2020, 11:33 pmDerrick WhitePG, San Antonio Spurs
Derrick White was outstanding in Tuesday's home win, registering 14 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, two steals, four blocks and a 3-pointer in 35 minutes of action.
White has been a top-130 type on the full season with stretches of viability and complete frustration, but you need to go check and make sure he's not still free in any of your leagues. With Dejounte Murray out for an undisclosed period of time, White will have the starting PG spot all to himself and is obviously capable of multi-cat lines with elite defensive production. This looks like a player that can put fantasy teams over the championship hump.
March 10, 2020, 11:20 pmThomas BryantC, Washington Wizards
Thomas Bryant notched a modest double-double on Tuesday, finishing with 14 points (5-of-9 FG), 10 rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes of play vs. the Knicks.
Bryant's playing time has been so sporadic lately and the Wizards have no incentive to push him to play if he isn't at full strength. He is not a reliable fantasy option the rest of the way and can safely be cut in shallower leagues.
March 10, 2020, 10:55 pmBobby PortisPF, New York Knicks
Bobby Portis had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists on Tuesday in a loss to the Bulls.
He's been usable over the last two weeks, nearly ranking inside the top-125 during those eight games. His production and volume is just too inconsistent for him to be trusted in fantasy formats. Portis has gotten more playing time lately and has been productive in the past with more opportunities, so he could definitely be a streaming option if you are desperate.
March 10, 2020, 10:55 pmEric GordonSG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon (sore right knee) logged 30 minutes off the bench in his return on Tuesday and managed to put up 16 points on 5-of-15 shooting with two 3s, two rebounds and one assist.
Gordon's 30-minute workload is an encouraging sign that his knees are up to the challenge. At least for now. On that note, he's still just a 3-point streamer in standard leagues and a hold/pickup in 16-teamers or deeper.
March 7, 2020, 11:11 pmJosh JacksonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Josh Jackson led the Grizzlies bench in minutes with 22 on Saturday and promptly filled the stat sheet with 17 points (6-of-15 shooting), four rebounds, three assists, one triple, one steal and one block.
Jackson has been providing standard-league serviceable lines over his last few games, doing what he does, chipping in a little bit across the board. Give him a look if your team could use a glue guy at the end of its bench.
March 7, 2020, 8:39 pmMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol (left hamstring tightness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game.
Gasol will get a chance to test his hamstring pre-game and will be a GTD. It's a step in the right direction, signalling he's nearing a return, making him a solid pickup in all formats.
Source: NBA Injury Report
March 7, 2020, 5:23 amLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen had a rough go of it on Friday, scoring only three points (1-of-10 FG, 0-for-5 3PT) and collecting five rebounds in 22 minutes in a loss to the Pacers.
Ok, so he's rusty. After missing 15 games with a right pelvic injury, this was only Markkanen's second game back. His per game rank sits just outside the top-100 on the year but his ability to ramp up his production this late in the season seems increasingly doubtful. The Bulls have plenty of minutes to go around, however, and Markkanen had been good prior to the injury. Coach Jim Boylen also announced that he and Otto Porter Jr. will be receiving more minutes going forward. If you've managed to stash Markkanen this long, you might as well use him. If he's on the wire, add him only if you have an open spot.
March 4, 2020, 11:40 pmNaz ReidC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Naz Reid posted his second straight double-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.
It took Reid a little bit to get going even with the lengthy absence of Karl-Anthony Towns, but it's safe to say that things are starting to click. With a steady role and a fun stat set, as evidenced by the blocks and threes, it's probably time to scoop Reid up if he's still available in your leagues. He's just a late-round guy in 8-cat formats but is a top-100 player in 9-cat over the last couple of weeks.
March 4, 2020, 1:02 amWill BartonSG, Denver Nuggets
Will Barton finished with 18 points (8-of-18 FG, 1-of-9 3PT), five rebounds and a steal in 35 minutes during the Nuggets' loss to the Warriors on Tuesday.
Barton was atrocious from beyond the arc on Tuesday, but only missed two shots from two-point range. Since returning from a four game absence two weeks ago, Barton has not been very good, ranking outside the top-200. He still sits right at top-70 value on the year but if you're in a situation where a guard like Malik Beasley, for example, is somehow still on the wire, Barton could be a cut candidate.
March 4, 2020, 12:30 amThomas BryantC, Washington Wizards
Thomas Bryant saw just under 20 minutes on Tuesday, an improvement from his 15-minute limit in recent games, and was able to put up a productive outing with 12 points (4-of-4 FG, 2-of-2 FT), two triples, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks.
Bryant's raised minutes cap is the biggest takeaway here, aside from the fact that he didn't miss single shot from anywhere on the floor, of course. The across-the-board production was just enough to make standard-league managers use him to a degree of success tonight. The minutes are ramping up and so is his production.
February 29, 2020, 8:43 pmThon MakerC, Detroit Pistons
Thon Maker is questionable to face the Kings on Sunday with a right ankle sprain.
Maker has been on the downtrend prior to this injury, which pretty much is the nail in his fantasy-value coffin. He's a drop even in deep leagues.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 29, 2020, 1:04 amMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. was invisible in Friday's loss to the Clippers, getting just nine minutes off the bench from coach Mike Malone and wound up chipping in seven points on 3-of-4 shooting with three rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist and one block.
So much for MPJ being someone the Nuggets would like to see develop this season. He's shown his fair share of flashes this season, but random night like this make him difficult to trust, even in ultra-deep H2H leagues. Drop him if your fantasy team needs a consistent end-of-bench kinda guy.