• Elfrid Payton
    G, New Orleans Pelicans

    Elfrid Payton (finger) is going to be a game-time decision on Monday.

    Payton got off to a nice start to his year but has dealt with ankle issues and then broke a finger in his first game back. He's chomping at the bit to return and should be added in all leagues where he may be available. Even if he ends up sitting out tonight it sounds like he'll definitely be back in action this week. Deep-league owners who were leaning on Tim Frazier for assists should look for alternatives.

    Source: Scott Kushner on Twitter

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  • Markelle Fultz
    PG, Orlando Magic

    Markelle Fultz set a career-high with 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting in a win over the Wizards on Sunday.

    Fultz has averaged double figures on just under 50-percent shooting this season, so it is nice to see the former No. 1 pick getting things going. He sealed the game with a steal and dunk late in the fourth quarter. He outplayed D.J Augustin, who had 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Neither guy holds standard league value, but Fultz is the preferred option of the two due to his potential to produce late-round value.

  • Isaiah Thomas
    PG, Washington Wizards

    Isaiah Thomas was solid on Sunday against the Magic, delivering 13 points, five assists and two steals on 6-of-13 shooting.

    This performance was not flashy, but it gets the job done for fantasy purposes. Thomas has settled into a stable role around 30 minutes a night, and considering how high-scoring the Wizards games have been Thomas has an enticing setup to take on a larger scoring load.

  • Davis Bertans
    F, Washington Wizards

    On Sunday vs. the Magic, Davis Bertans let it rain from deep as he scored 15 points on 5-of-11 3-point shooting along with eight rebounds and two steals.

    We know Bertans will always be good for 3-pointers, but the increased rebounding of late would be a welcome addition to his fantasy game. If you are in need of 3-pointers Bertans is your guy, just don't expect much else from the low thrills fantasy option.

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Nikola Vucevic scored 30 points with 17 rebounds on 11-of-14 shooting in a 125-121 win over the Wizards on Sunday.

    The buy-low window is officially shut for Vucevic, who had a slow start to the season. He is poised for his second consecutive top-20 finish, so congrats if you took advantage of the buy-low opportunity. He added six assists, one block and three 3-pointers to the box score. Aaron Gordon did not quite have the game that Vucevic had, as he put up just 13 points and nine boards on 5-of-16 shooting. Gordon has a buy-low window as he should climb into top-100 territory.

  • Jaren Jackson Jr.
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jaren Jackson Jr. nailed five 3-pointers on his way to 22 points on Sunday, as he made the most of his 23 minutes against the Nuggets.

    After a rough shooting night against the Jazz on Friday, Jackson got right back to his strong shooting from 3-point range, and has now hit four or more 3-pointers in three out of his last four games. It would appear JJJ is not going to snag a ton of rebounds (5.4) this season so you'll have to settle for enjoying bounties of 3-pointers and ideally Jackson's blocks (1.1) rise alongside his playing time (26.9 minutes).

  • JA Morant
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Ja Morant had one of his weaker performances on Sunday versus the Nuggets, going for 13 points, six assists, one 3-pointer and four turnovers.

    This comes with the territory for a rookie with Morant's considerable talents. Until Morant can start hitting 3-pointers or racking up steals his value is going to be kept in check, but it is apparent that he is only going to get better, and will be a strong finisher in all likelihood this season.

  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jonas Valanciunas managed to double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while chipping in two 3-pointers over the course of 22 minutes on Sunday.

    Valanciunas is always able to provide useful production but is still unable to carve out major minutes with the Grizzlies. The blowout was probably the biggest issue restricting his numbers today, but much like every season he spent with the Raptors, it appears we are not going to see Valanciunas get unleashed as a fantasy beast this season either.

  • Brandon Clarke
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Brandon Clarke did not miss on Sunday, as he went for 19 points (8-of-8 FG), five rebounds and two 3-pointers.

    Clarke continues to hum along to solid late-round fantasy value as he regularly posts terrific shooting numbers. After he has a down game or two consider trying to acquire him from an inpatient fantasy owner and enjoy the benefits as the youngster's role increases as the season progresses.

  • Jamal Murray
    PG, Denver Nuggets

    Jamal Murray had the definition of a bounce-back performance on Sunday, going for 39 points (14-of-24 FG), eight assists, three steals, one block and zero turnovers.

    This was a complete performance to make up for the awful game Murray had against the Nets on Thursday. The scoring in combination with an excellent assist-to-turnover ratio is what we need to see for Murray to live up to early-round billing that has always seemed within reach of Murray's potential.

  • Nikola Jokic
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokic did little during the Nuggets 131-114 victory over the Grizzlies on Sunday, scoring nine points, handing out eight assists and grabbing five rebounds over 25 minutes.

    The game turned into a blowout and Jokic was not pressed to do much in this one. Jokic had been on a strong scoring binge heading into this game, but he just seems incapable of delivering across the board production that used to be his calling card. Don't do anything drastic, in all likelihood Jokic will play his way into elite production.