May 16, 2019, 11:42 pmEnes KanterC, Portland Trail Blazers
Enes Kanter logged only 19 minutes in Thursday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors, posting four points, five rebounds, a steal and a block.
Kanter did do a better job of defending pick-and-rolls around the arc tonight, but even if he gets way out to deter shooters he still lacks the speed to provide truly effective defense. That was reflected in his playing time tonight, and despite his heroics in earlier rounds the matchup may relegate Kanter to a bit part in this series. Zach Collins figured to be the next man up but picked up five fouls in eight minutes, and Meyers Leonard was forced into 17 minutes as a result. Though he responded with seven points, six rebounds and a 3-pointer, the Blazers may consider rolling with more small-ball lineups going forward, even though those groups allowed the Warriors to rack up plenty of second-chance points tonight.
February 28, 2020, 11:10 pmDerrick FavorsPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Derrick Favors' muted offensive production continued on Friday with just five points, though he was able to chip in 15 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in 24 minutes of work.
Favors has exceeded 25 minutes just once in the month of February, and the return of Zion Williamson has hit him the hardest of any Pelican. He's outside the top-150 in the last month and it doesn't look like that'll be changing anytime soon. This was a nice response after Wednesday's zero-point, five-rebound dud against the Bucks, but at this point Favors isn't a must-hold unless you're looking for boards and blocks.
February 28, 2020, 11:07 pmJosh HartSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Josh Hart couldn't capitalize on JJ Redick's early absence on Friday, finishing with five points, four rebounds, two assists and a 3-pointer in 19 minutes.
Hart is sitting inside the top-120 on the season as New Orleans' super-sub, so keep an eye on his workload going forward if Redick misses any time. Right now Hart is only an option in the 16-team neighborhood but he typically offers some short-term punch when his teammates are in the infirmary.
February 28, 2020, 11:07 pmGeorge HillPG, Milwaukee Bucks
George Hill shot a perfect 4-for-4 from the field (two treys) and 4-for-4 from the line for 14 points, five rebounds, six assists and one steal in 19 minutes in Friday's blowout win over the Thunder.
Hill has been too inconsistent to trust in standard leagues this season and only got some extra run with the garbage-time factor. He's best used in 16-team leagues or deeper right now as a source of threes.
February 28, 2020, 11:06 pmPJ WashingtonPF, Charlotte Hornets
P.J. Washington was productive in 31 minutes on Friday, finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Washington didn't shoot the ball great (6-for-15 FG) but made an impact on the fantasy side of things. He's been slowed by injury of late but is a prime candidate to be let loose at the end of the year when the Hornets decide its time to see what their young guys can do with bigger minutes. If he's available in your league Washington is definitely someone to keep an eye on.
February 28, 2020, 11:03 pmDonte DiVincenzoSG, Milwaukee Bucks
Donte DiVincenzo started for Khris Middleton (neck) on Friday and was quiet with just seven points (3-of-7 shooting), six rebounds, one triple and three assists in 19 minutes.
DDV's subdued performance was due to the blowout nature of the game. There was no need for him to log heavy minutes. Still, he's been able to hover around the top-100 value. Things should stabilize and normalize once the Bucks play against a more competitive opponent.
February 28, 2020, 11:01 pmCollin SextonPG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Collin Sexton led the charge on Friday with 31 points (11-of-20 shooting), four rebounds, three assists, a steal and six 3-pointers in a road loss to the Pelicans.
Sexton's plenty capable of big scoring lines, and lately he's been shooting well enough to deliver middle-round value despite paltry contributions in assists and steals. Over the last two weeks he's at .474 from the field, which has him sitting pretty in the top-75/100 (8/9-cat). He'll float back down towards late-round value when the next shooting slump hits but for now Sexton belongs in all lineups. The last time he failed to hit double digit points was December 20.
February 28, 2020, 11:00 pmBismack BiyomboC, Charlotte Hornets
Bismack Biyombo recorded a double-double in Friday's victory over the Raptors, putting up 13 points, 11 rebounds and blocking two shots in 31 minutes, the fifth most he has played in a single game this season.
He has not really been fantasy relevant, even in 20-team leagues. Biyombo putting up a productive game or stretch is nothing new, we've been down this road before. Leave him on the wire.
February 28, 2020, 10:58 pmKevin Porter Jr.SG-SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Porter Jr. delivered 16 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers off the bench in Friday's loss to the Pelicans.
Porter responded nicely from a five-point dud against the Sixers, though he burned many fantasy owners who scooped him up after a 30-point outburst in the prior game against Miami. Of course, Porter combined for five points in his two games before that. He's getting some nice minutes for the rebuilding Cavs and has top-130 value in 8-cat leagues over the last two weeks, so consider him a worthwhile roll of the dice if you need some scoring upside.
February 28, 2020, 10:56 pmLarry Nance Jr.PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Despite no Andre Drummond on Friday, Larry Nance Jr. only put up two points, five rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes of action.
Nance had topped 25 minutes in each game since the All-Star break so we wouldn't worry too much about this tilt against the smaller Pelicans. Although the trade deadline didn't go his way, Nance has remained a top-100 option over the last two weeks and should be safe to deploy in lineups for the stretch run.
February 28, 2020, 10:55 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo led his herd to an easy 133-86 win over the Thunder on Friday with 31 points (13-of-20 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), 13 rebounds, two 3s and six assists in only 27 minutes.
Giannis was unstoppable, plain and simple. The Bucks took an early lead and never really looked back. This was still a good line, lack of defensive stats notwithstanding, considering it was recorded in just 27 minutes. At this point, the only thing that can possibly hold Giannis back from a strong finish to the season is the back soreness that's been bothering him as of late.