• Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard put forth a valiant effort with 29 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and two threes in Friday's 113-136 loss to the Lakers.

    Even as the Blazers continue to scuffle, Lillard is locked in as an elite fantasy talent. It's looking increasingly unlikely that the Blazers make the postseason this year but, A: Never count out Lillard and B: He doesn't seem like the kind to accept a shutdown. We're a long way off from that point, thankfully, and you can continue to enjoy first-round value in the meantime.

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  • Donte DiVincenzo
    SG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Donte DiVincenzo continued his low-end way, putting up eight points, seven rebounds, two steals, a block and a three-pointer.

    We normally wouldn't blurb about DiVincenzo, but this is just to emphasize how much he's improved as a fantasy asset this season. He has one of the highest steal rates in the league and can contribute across the board when he isn't scoring. The Bucks have shown no indication that they're willing to unleash him, but DiVincenzo is rosterable in standard leagues even if his production may appear minimal on first impression.

  • Alex Len
    C, Atlanta Hawks

    Alex Len is no longer on the injury report for his lower back strain and will participate in the Hawks-Thunder game on Friday.

    Len was able to successfully return on Wednesday and will get another run on Friday now. He received 20 minutes on Wednesday, and if you are in need of a center with 3-point shooting skills in deep leagues he is a solid pickup.

    Source: Peachtree Hoops on Twitter

  • Khris Middleton
    SF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Khris Middleton struggled with his shot somewhat, scoring 14 points (5-of-12 shooting) with nine rebounds and four assists.

    Middleton also added two triples. This is only a minor struggle for the red hot Middleton, who came into this one hitting 61% of his shots over the past two weeks. Devonte Graham would be envious of this shooting line. Keep rolling out Middleton, who has settled into the top-40 ranking where he finished two years ago.

  • Eric Bledsoe
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Eric Bledsoe posted a beautiful line on Friday, putting up 20 points (6-of-10 shooting, 5-of-6 from the line), five assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Bledsoe sees your trade rumors and raises you a roto gem. This is a reminder of Bledsoe's fantastic statistical profile, but he doesn't get to do this every night with Giannis in town. Bledsoe is a sure shot for top-50 or -60 value when all is said and done, which makes him one of the perennially underrated fantasy assets.

  • Patrick Beverley
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Patrick Beverly will miss Friday's contest against the Heat due to a sore right groin.

    That's two games on the sidelines for Beverly due to the injury. It should not drag out for weeks, and whether or not you want to drop Beverly if you lack an IL spot is a tough call in standard leagues. He will be a useful source of 3-pointers and steals once he's back on the floor. While he's sidelined the Clippers will be sending more minutes Landry Shamet's way.

    Source: Andrew Greif on Twitter

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Hornets predictably had no answer for Giannis Antetokounmpo, who dropped 30 points (13-of-19- shooting), 16 rebounds, six assists and a block.

    Antetokounmpo put on a show in front of the Parisian crowd. More defensive stats would've been nice, but you have to be content seeing Giannis get anywhere close to 30 minutes any time he faces off against a bottom-barrel team. As usual, he tankes your free throw percentage today, going 4-of-7 from the stripe, but you knew that coming in.

  • Thaddeus Young
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Thaddeus Young will start in the place of Lauri Markkanen on Friday after Markkanen was diagnosed with an early stress reaction on his right pelvis earlier in the day.

    Thad should be in for a nice run as a starter in the weeks ahead. He is also interested in getting dealt so things could change in a moment's notice, but for now, he is well worth a pickup in standard leagues. Don't forget Wendell Carter Jr. and Daniel Gafford remain out for the Bulls too.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Goran Dragic
    PG, Miami Heat

    Goran Dragic's calf will force him to sit out Friday's faceoff with the Clippers.

    You can see this as more of a rest day for Dragic who should not be out of action for long. In the meantime, you can turn towards Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson on Friday. Kendrick Nunn is also joining Dragic on the sidelines.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Kendrick Nunn
    PG, Miami Heat

    Kendrick Nunn will miss Friday's matchup with the Clippers due to an Achilles injury.

    Nunn will join Goran Dragic on the sidelines on Friday, which should open up some extra minutes for Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson. This is looking like more of a maintenance day so expect Nunn to return in short order.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, Miami Heat

    Jimmy Butler's knee will allow him to play on Friday against the Clippers.

    Throw Butler into your lineups, and he should be in for a robust night of production as Kendrick Nunn and Goran Dragic are set to miss this game. Butler's dominance from the free-throw line has kept him near first-round value all season, and if his shooting from the field and 3-point range improves he could start heading for top-5 value.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter