June 18, 2019, 1:37 pmAl HorfordF/C, Boston Celtics
The Celtics had a -9.8 net rating after the All-Star break when Al Horford was off the court.
It's safe to assume that the Celtics will do what they can to bring Horford back to the team after he entered free agency by declining his player option. With Kyrie Irving widely expected to move on, the Celtics can ill afford to lose both of their two best players in the same offseason.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
January 17, 2020, 11:26 pmDejounte MurrayPG, San Antonio Spurs
Dejounte Murray double-doubled in Friday's home loss, picking up 13 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals in 33 minutes.
Murray took a back seat to Derrick White earlier in the week but took charge again tonight as the two continue to jockey for the lion's share in San Antonio's backcourt. Murray is the better play as a steady middle-round value, though the random disappearing acts when White is playing well are frustrating. White had eight points, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in 18 minutes while Patty Mills harshed everyone's mellow by scoring 15 points in 24 minutes.
January 17, 2020, 11:23 pmJakob PoeltlC, San Antonio Spurs
Jakob Poeltl came off the bench for four points, five rebounds, four assists, a steal and three blocks in 20 minutes on Friday night.
Poeltl is on a nice block run of late, with 11 over his previous five games. He's swatting enough shots to be worth your time in 12-team leagues if you need a simple blocks specialist, though his overall output leaves him better suited for the 14-16-team range.
January 17, 2020, 11:22 pmTrey LylesPF, San Antonio Spurs
Trey Lyles went scoreless on Friday but managed to post 10 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in 20 minutes.
That's not bad all things considered, though he didn't really do much to take advantage of Rudy Gay's absence opening up more minutes at power forward. He's getting 17.3 mpg on the season and is a rebounding specialist if you're scraping the bottom of the barrel in 20-teamers.
January 17, 2020, 11:15 pmDennis SchroderPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder shot 6-of-16 from the field on his way to scoring 18 points with seven rebounds and eight assists in 38 minutes.
Schroder tanked your team's field goal percentage but was able to fight through the poor shooting to put up a nice fantasy line. Schroder is a fine hold in standard-leagues and has upside if Chris Paul gets injured or traded.
January 17, 2020, 11:13 pmCam ReddishG-F, Atlanta Hawks
Cam Reddish turned in a big game in Friday's road win, scoring 22 points while adding five rebounds, four assists, four steals, a block and five 3-pointers.
Reddish went 8-of-13 from the floor and the Hawks won in San Antonio for the first time since February of 1997. That's a long, long time, even with the teams only meeting there once a year. Reddish's play is starting to even out a bit and lines like this show you the multi-cat upside, but his terrible efficiency (.323 on 8.7 attempts entering tonight) make him a non-option in builds where FG% matters, and his overall inconsistencies make him tough to work with outside of extremely deep leagues. Still, nights like this make you wonder how impactful he can be in the long term.
January 17, 2020, 11:10 pmBruno FernandoPF, Atlanta Hawks
Bruno Fernando returned to the rotation on Friday night, notching three points and four rebounds in eight minutes of action.
Fernando missed the last four games after his mother passed away but is back with the team and ready to play. He remains a deep-league option for this year.
January 17, 2020, 11:09 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young shot 10-of-16 from the field in Friday's road victory on his way to 31 points, five rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and six 3-pointers.
Young has had two outstanding games since returning from a minor hamstring injury and he'll be an early-round player in just his second season in the league. The Hawks have a chance to boast two top-20 fantasy players between Young and John Collins, who put up 18 & 10 in this win over the Spurs.
January 17, 2020, 11:08 pmBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo scored 21 points on Friday (7-of-11 from the field) with eight rebounds, fives assists and one block in 32 minutes.
Adebayo also shot 7-of-10 from the line and has improved to .681 from the line on the season after shooting .730 in the past month. He is a multi-category monster in fantasy and will post early-round value the rest of the way.
January 17, 2020, 11:05 pmKevin HuerterSG, Atlanta Hawks
Kevin Huerter stuffed the stat sheet on Friday night, posting 18 points, including the game-winning triple, as well as two rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers.
Huerter should not be on any waiver wires. He looks to have found his groove and there's a legitimate chance for him to finish as a top-100 player. He does a little bit of everything for the Hawks, and while there will be random bad games sprinkled in, Huerter can contribute in every category like this.
January 17, 2020, 11:01 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler scored 14 points (3-of-8 from the field) with 10 rebounds, seven assists and two steals in a 115-108 win over the Thunder on Friday.
Butler didn't take too many shots but went a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line and put up a well-rounded fantasy line to make up for it. Butler is on the edge of first-round value and is a lock for the top-20 as the star in Miami.