• Allonzo Trier
    G, New York Knicks

    After two games in which rookies Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier started for the Knicks, David Fizdale said he might make some changes.

    Fizdale removed Robinson and Trier to begin the second half on Sunday, replacing them with big men Enes Kanter and Noah Vonleh. In losing their fifth straight game, New York gave up 44 first-quarter points and a season-worst 131 by the Magic. The Knicks play the Blazers on Tuesday and Fizdale might give more minutes to Frank Ntilikina and Damyean Dotson, the Knicks’ best perimeter defenders, but both of them can only be seen as streaming options.

    Source: Newsday

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  • Khris Middleton
    SF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Khris Middleton scored 21.1 points and added 6.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.4 triples and 0.9 steals in 52 starts for the Bucks, good for 32/22 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    The career year comes after Milwaukee signed him to a five-year, $177 million dollar contract last summer. Middleton solidified his status as the No. 2 scoring option next to Giannis while shooting career-highs from the field (.499) and the 3-point line (.418). Coach Bud of course did not hesitate to yank him in games where he looked indifferent on the other side of the ball but the truth of the matter is that his perimeter shooting is essential to the success of the Bucks. The charismatic scorer surpassed his ADP and was a pleasant surprise for anyone who invested a pick for him in the early rounds of the draft.

  • Ben Simmons
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Ben Simmons said on Tuesday morning that his back feels really good and that he is as fast as he's ever been on the floor.

    It’s likely that no other player benefited more form the four-month hiatus other than Simmons. While he was expected to miss the playoffs he is now fully healed and ready to get back to the court, while fans really can’t wait to see him again in his new role as the starting power forward for the Sixers. His fantasy ceiling is still open and it’s very encouraging to see him sounds rejuvenated.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Bucks GM Jon Horst said that he can’t really worry about Giannis Antetokounmpo mingling, talking and hanging out with other players while in the bubble.

    “We can only control what we can control”, said Horst. “At the end of the day, I have full confidence in my personal relationship, our league’s relationship, our coach’s relationship, his teammate’s relationship with Giannis in what we’re doing and what we’re about.” Giannis is eligible for a supermax extension this summer, one the Bucks are going to offer him the minute they can, while most people around the league expect him to sign the deal. The Greek freak has been spending time with his brother Thanasis, who also plays for the Bucks, and Kostas, who is on the Lakers roster, while in Orlando, so Bucks fans really have no reason to worry at this point.

  • Brook Lopez
    C, Milwaukee Bucks

    Brook Lopez scored 11.0 points while adding 4.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 triples, 0.7 steals and a career-high 2.4 blocks in 61 games and 26.6 minutes per contest, good for 75/61 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    His percentages from the field (.427) and behind the arc (.296) were both career-lows but BroLo continued to be a strong inside presence for the Bucks, forcing his opponents to avoid driving to the basket. His 1.4 triples were down compared to last year’s 2.3 per game, as defenses paid more attention to him, but he showed no hesitation launching from deep. Lopez is a very important piece for the Bucks and his fantasy value continues to be close to the top-50 range.

  • George Hill
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    In his first full season with the Bucks, George Hill looked great once again, scoring 9.6 points to go with 3.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.4 triples and 0.8 assists, returning 163/145 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Hill was the primary backup for both guard positions shooting .530 present from the field and .480 percent from behind the 3-point line. Coach Budenholzer felt very comfortable with him in the lineup, even opting to finish games with him running the point instead of Eric Bledsoe. Hill was a nice bounce-back fantasy option and even though his starting days are over he is still able to help managers due to his contribution in multiple stat categories.

  • Ersan Ilyasova
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    In 56 contests and 16.0 minutes per game for the Bucks, Ersan Ilyasova averaged 6.8 points to go with 4.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.8 triples, good for 266/247 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    The Turkish forward tied his career-high from the field, shooting an impressive .472 present, while hitting an equally remarkable .371 percent from behind the arc. He made eight starts and provided extra length and shooting when the team chose to go small against opponents. Ilyasova has found his Ithaca in Milwaukee and he is one of the key veteran presences around Giannis as the team is trying to compete for a championship.

  • Pat Connaughton
    SG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Pat Connaughton played in 61 games for the Bucks this year, averaging 5.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.2 triples, 1.6 assists and 0.5 blocks, returning 285/276 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Connaughton was a pleasant surprise and one of the many veterans the Bucks relied upon throughout the season. With Donte DiVincenzo sidelined for most of the year, he filled the need for perimeter shooting and tough defense, establishing himself as a primary option off the bench. He is only a fantasy option in deeper leagues but his stat set is very appealing and he deserves consideration every time he gets the minutes.

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Once thought to be out for the season because of a serious knee injury, Jonathan Isaac said it feels surreal to be competing again and given something of a chance at returning because of the four-month layoff in the NBA season.

    Isaac, whom the Magic consider to be one of their cornerstone pieces for the future, continues to make progress toward a potential return for the NBA’s restarted season. He is one of just two players in the NBA to be in the league’s top-15 in both blocked shots (2.44) and steals (1.56), but the Magic will proceed cautiously with a talent such as him and they will only allow him to return if he is fully cleared by the team’s medical staff. His body has responded well to the process of trying to return fully, but like any sort of rehabilitation process, Isaac said he’s had his good days and bad days. Regardless, he is pleased with where he stands now some 17 days prior to the NBA season restarting, while a possible return could do wonders for a Magic squad hoping to pass the injury-and-illness-ravaged Brooklyn Nets in the standings for the No. 7 seed.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Sterling Brown
    SG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Sterling Brown had a down year averaging 5.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.8 triples and 0.5 steals in 45 games, good for 333/337 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Brown was part of a deep backcourt but he made the most out of his playing time while taking advantage of the minutes created due to multiple injuries. His percentages were down but the Bucks trust him as a defensive wing, a much-needed commodity in today’s NBA. Brown is only a deep league option and he will continue to compete primarily with Donte DiVincenzo for more minutes next to Giannis and Khris Middleton.

  • D.J. Wilson
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    In his third season with the Bucks, D.J. Wilson averaged just 3.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.5 triples in 31 games and 9.0 minutes per game, returning 431/437 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Wilson was bothered by a left hamstring injury but more importantly he failed to earn coach Bud’s trust and remained out of the rotation for the most part of the year. He is a versatile forward who can even play some minutes as a center and it remains to be seen how long will the Bucks continue to develop him. Keep him on your radar only in dynasty formats.