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  • Bam Adebayo double-doubles with 15 & 13 and more

    Bam Adebayo scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting (5-of-10 FTs) with 13 rebounds and six assists in 29 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Sixers.

    Hassan Whiteside logged just 18 minutes due to an illness, but both Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk (19 points, six boards, one block, two threes, 25 minutes) saw solid playing time, regardless.  Adebayo hasn’t been burning up the per-minute scene, bringing back just top 180-200 value in 20 mpg on the floor, but one has to think he would improve on his current 1.2 combined steals and blocks per game and that some of it is a function of the topsy-turvy fit with three bigs getting minutes.  Olynyk is working on a top 75-90 season (8/9 cat) so far this year.  

  • Frank Ntilikina productive in limited minutes on Friday

    Frank Ntilikina scored nine points on 4-of-9 shooting (including a three) with two rebounds, five assists and one steal in just 17 minutes off the bench in Friday’s loss to the Bucks.

    The game was tight and Jeff Hornacek decided to roll with Jarrett Jack (11 points, seven boards, seven assists, two steals, one three, 32 minutes), passing up a great opportunity to develop the lottery pick in important situations.  The good news for Ntilikina speculators is that this is a step up for him and Trey Burke was a DNP-CD.  Frankie Smokes is still a stash that has top-50 upside in a very best-case scenario if he gets totally let loose.  That math gets bad as you go down the ladder and owners have to weigh that out as a stash. 

  • Deyonta Davis efficient off the bench vs. Pistons

    Deyonta Davis scored 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting, accompanied by eight rebounds and a blocked shot in 15 minutes on Thursday.

    Davis seems like a potential monster-in-waiting for the stretch run. Marc Gasol is very likely to move on at the trade deadline which will hopefully open up a larger chunk of minutes for Davis. He has all the tools to be a strong positive impact player in field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks. This is a prototypical stash candidate until at least the trade deadline to see what happens with the Gasol situation.

  • Dragan Bender still sputtering for the Suns

    Dragan Bender scored four points on 2-of-5 shooting with five rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes off the bench on Wednesday against the Mavs.

    Bender has been given a bunch of opportunity and some of it is on him for being young and unproductive, but a good amount is on the Suns having a generally chaotic operation.  The Suns just handed away Greg Monroe and that’s one less obstacle for Bender, but mostly it’s going to be on him being more aggressive and taking some steps forward.  He’s a lower-end stash for deep leagues heading into the deadline. 

  • Rick Carlisle thinks Seth Curry (tibia) could play after All-Star break

    Coach Rick Carlisle thinks there is a chance Seth Curry (tibia) could return after the All-Star break. 

    “I do think he’ll play in 2018 sometime. I think there’s a chance he’ll play after the All-Star break. But if not, he’ll I’m sure get ready for the Fall.” Carlisle also added “He’s not close to being out there,”so this could just be wishful thinking. With that said if you have an open IR spot you could stash the guard in case he does return, but he would probably be limited even if he does come back so don’t drop anybody more important out of your IR spot. 

  • George Hill scores 14 points in empty stat line on Tuesday

    George Hill scored 14 points with one 3-pointer but no other statistics in Tuesday’s win over the Pelicans.

    Hill logged 28 minutes and is a major trade candidate heading into the deadline, which also means he’s a solid stash candidate because anywhere other than Sacramento (or Cleveland) he’ll have a top 75-125 valuation.  Garrett Temple added 15 points, three treys, two boards, six assists and one steal in 32 minutes, but has no real fantasy value going forward.  

  • Frank Ntilikina gets 26 minutes off the bench vs. Nets

    Frank Ntilikina scored eight points on 3-of-7 shooting (including two threes) with five assists and one steal in 26 minutes off the bench in Tuesday’s blowout win over the Nets.

    Ntilikina got run but so did Trey Burke (17 minutes, two points, four assists) and that situation isn’t going away.  Jarrett Jack (20 minutes, two points, four assists) got held back and that’s the trend Ntilikina owners are hoping for and in general the question is whether the Knicks are really going to ice their lottery pick, which is totally possible.  If you’re stashing you might try and wait out the trade deadline but there will be chances to add players that will test even the most optimistic stashers. 

  • Jabari Parker (knee) will make his return on Friday vs. Knicks

    Jabari Parker will be making his season debut on Friday in Milwaukee against the Knicks.

    Parker is coming off an ACL injury and those typically take a season of play to get your legs completely back. Expect the Bucks to really take it slow with Parker and while now is the time to pick him up, he will have a hard time breaking into the top-150 in February. Once mid-March rolls around Parker should be approaching 12-team value on weeks he plays three games with no back-to-backs.

  • Greg Monroe gets more run with Tyson Chandler (illness) out

    Greg Monroe started for Tyson Chandler (illness) in the Suns’ 107-85 loss to the Knicks on Friday, scoring seven points on 3-of-6 shooting with 10 rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes.

    Monroe has returned top 125-150 (8/9 cat) value in 22 mpg when on the floor this season and it’s pretty fair to say that he hasn’t been able to get into any sort of rhythm.  As we head into the deadline — though we know the Suns are about as dumb as it gets as a franchise and might continue to give Chandler big minutes — there are injury risks for both Chandler and Alex Len (ankle) and theoretically somebody could get traded. 

  • Trey Burke is Scott Perry’s guy and Frank Ntilikina is not

    Trey Burke scored 18 points off the bench in 18 minutes on Friday against the Suns, hitting 8-of-14 shots (including two threes) with one rebound and three assists.

    Burke isn’t going to produce enough across the board to matter in any normal-sized fantasy leagues but this is a story about how Burke is a Scott Perry guy and Frank Ntilikina (nine minutes) was drafted by Phil Jackson.  The New York media (that doesn’t work for the team) has done a good job calling this out, but the Knicks are among the league’s dumbest franchises and they could easily decide to mess with their lottery pick.  It’s a really small sample size for Burke, who has been productive, but you have to be in a deeper league or have plenty of rope to be stashing Ntilikina right now. 

  • Brook Lopez productive in 20 minutes on Friday vs. Bulls

    Brook Lopez scored 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds and two blocks over 20 minutes in Friday’s win over the Bulls.

    Lopez has been one of the bigger busts in fantasy hoops this year and has returned just top-150 value in 21.0 mpg.  Still, he has fended off an ankle injury and doesn’t look to have experienced a major dropoff in talent, but rather he just isn’t in the Lakers’ plans this year.  If that changes for whatever reason he has easy mid-round upside and for that reason alone he has stash potential.  A trade wouldn’t hurt him either. 

  • Ivan Rabb collects eight points and six boards in first career start

    Ivan Rabb was tabbed to start at power forward on Wednesday and was able to deliver eight points, six rebounds and a block in 17 minutes of action.

    It was the rookie’s first career start and he was an efficient 4-of-5 from the field. He’ll probably return to third on the depth chart when Memphis’ frontcourt gets back to full health, and tonight’s line doesn’t inspire much confidence for the short term. Deyonta Davis played 21 minutes and notched 12 points and five boards, and he makes for a more intriguing stash. That’ll only pay off if Memphis shuts down their veterans, so it’s not the greatest proposition in the world. The two youngsters are only worth monitoring in very deep leagues for now.

  • Injuries allow Willy Hernangomez to play 18 minutes on Tuesday

    The Knicks, down two of their usual four bigs, were forced to turn to Willy Hernangomez on Tuesday and he delivered eight points, three rebounds, five assists and a steal in 18 minutes of work.

    Hernagomez is going to be a name to keep in mind as the trade deadline approaches. While his playing time is going to be pretty much non-existent when the Knicks get healthy, there is some serious talk about them trading away either Kyle O’Quinn or Hernangomez himself. Ideally it’s O’Quinn who moves since we’ve seen what Willy can do with the Knicks, though he’d have a much higher ceiling if he somehow landed in a spot without an imposing presence at center or power forward. While he could pretty quickly produce top-100 numbers in the proper playing time, Hernangomez is just a stash for now. We’ll have some resolution by February 8th, if nothing else.

  • Frank Ntilikina falls to third on the depth chart on Friday with just five minutes

    Frank Ntilikina played just five minutes in Friday’s road victory while Jarrett Jack started and produced six points and six assists in 28 minutes and Trey Burke picked up 15 minutes off the bench.

    The Knicks may have fallen prey to the foolish revenge narrative with Burke facing his old team, but it’d be lunacy if this were to continue going forward. Burke knocked in seven points with a three, a steal and two assists but isn’t on the fantasy radar yet outside of 30-team formats. While Jack is just a seat-warmer until Ntilikina is ready to rock, it’s become clear that the rookie will have a hard time producing consistently until the change is made. Burke’s presence will only clog up the works and Frank is just a stash for the time being. Even Ron Baker saw 13 minutes.

  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) gets some shooting work in at Monday’s practice

    Jonathan Isaac was able to get some shots up after Monday’s practice, per Orlando Magic Daily.

    They were all set shots and the last update had Isaac riding the exercise bike. He’s still not close to returning with Orlando likely to hold their rookie out until he’s definitely 100 percent. Isaac missed a month with a sprain earlier in the season and re-aggravated the injury shortly after returning. While his incredible defensive potential makes him a nice stash, most owners need not worry until he ramps up his rehab activities. Mario Hezonja will continue to see extra time at the forward spots.

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