February 13, 2019, 3:38 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet will undergo surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his left thumb and miss approximately five weeks.
The Jeremy Lin signing looks doubly important now. FVV has been Toronto's steadiest bench performer this year and often logs big minutes beside Kyle Lowry in two-guard groups, so this is a significant loss for a team that's only had its full roster available for two games all season. VanVleet is leaving behind 26.8 minutes a night, with Lin likely to fill most of those once he gets up to speed. Norman Powell and Patrick McCaw should also be beneficiaries here, while Marc Gasol and Pascal Siakam will get a few extra possessions as primary playmakers. VanVleet has also been the fill-in starter whenever a guard or forward can't play, and the Raptors will likely play more of a matchup game in those situations going forward. Lin's on the table if you need a low-end guard.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
February 23, 2019, 1:05 amDonovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell went 14-for-35 from the field to finish Friday's 147-148 double-overtime loss to the Thunder with 38 points.
Mitchell added four boards, five dimes, four 3s and one steal to his line for the night. His inefficient scoring lately has dragged his value outside of the top-150 in 9-cat over the last couple of weeks, but knowing Mitchell, he should be able to heat up sooner than later.
February 23, 2019, 1:02 amRudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert stepped up late for the Jazz on Friday and posted 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting with 16 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in a loss to the Thunder.
Gobert is money when you're looking for those key big-man stats. He's also going to be a force come the fantasy playoffs given the Jazz's stacked schedule. Derrick Favors is a low-end option as well. He posted 24 points (10-of-11 shooting), 11 rebounds, two assists and three blocks tonight.
February 23, 2019, 12:59 amJae Crowder - F - Utah Jazz
Jae Crowder knocked down four 3s to finish Friday's loss to the Thunder with 20 points (6-of-14 shooting), eight rebounds, three dimes and one block.
He was the only Jazz reserve to crack double-digit scoring. Crowder's been a solid source of threes lately, averaging 2.8 triples over his last five games.
February 23, 2019, 12:56 amDennis Schroder - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder played 35 minutes on Friday after missing the Thunder's last two games to welcome the birth of his child but struggled with his shot as he went 3-of-16 from the field to finish with nine points, two rebounds, seven dimes and one steal.
Schroder is a .426 shooter from the field on the season, so we're not too worried. We're chalking this ugly shooting night to some rust. He should bounce back closer to top-120 value as he finds his shot.
February 23, 2019, 12:52 amRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook was in the groove in Friday's 148-147 double-overtime win over the Jazz on Friday, dropping 43 points (15-of-29 shooting), 15 boards, eight assists, six triples, one block and two steals before fouling out in 43 minutes.
Westbrook has been holding steady as a top-20 play over the last couple of weeks in 9-cat. This is the second time he's scored 40-plus points in his last five games and is looking to finish strong as we head down the stretch this season.
February 23, 2019, 12:47 amJerami Grant - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Jerami Grant (sprained right ankle) returned from a two-game absence on Friday and put up a solid performance with 18 points (6-of-10 shooting), four rebounds, one assist, three treys, two steals and three blocks.
Grant looked good as he logged 41 minutes in this double-overtime barn burner. Feel free to slot him into your active lineups and enjoy his late middle-round value moving forward.
February 23, 2019, 12:44 amPaul George - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George shook Joe Ingles to sink the game-winning floater in Friday's 2OT win over the Jazz and ended the night with 45 points (17-of-31 shooting), nine rebounds, seven dimes, five triples and a steal.
PG13 makes yet another case to be included in the MVP discussion with this amazing performance. Owners who trusted him late in the first or early in the second rounds of drafts are now cashing in his top-5 fantasy value all the way to the bank (and hopefullly a fantasy trophy).
February 23, 2019, 12:14 amEmmanuel Mudiay - G - New York Knicks
Emmanuel Mudiay (strained left shoulder) returned from a 12-game absence on Friday and showed no signs of rust as he delivered 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting and a full line.
The .375 shooting clip from the field was nasty but that's par for the course with Mudiay. It was a pleasant surprise to see him fill up the box score as he added six rebounds, one assist, two 3-pointers, three steals and a block to his line for the night. The Knicks' rotations have been a hot mess all season, so don't bank on Mudiay to deliver this kind of spread in the next one.
February 22, 2019, 11:42 pmJonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac had a game to forget in Friday's loss to the Bulls, scoring only four points (on 1-of-6 from the field) to go with a trey, three rebounds and two steals.
The money counters salvaged a bad night and despite this dud, Isaac has still been a top-35 play in 9-cat over his last five games. He played 31 minutes in this one so hopefully he can get back on track his next time out.
February 22, 2019, 11:31 pmDorian Finney-Smith - F - Dallas Mavericks
Dorian Finney-Smith chipped in 13 points (4-of-9 shooting), nine rebounds, one assist and two steals in Friday's 104-114 loss to the Nuggets.
DFS has been a top-140 play over the last couple of weeks and is a viable end-of-bench guy in standard leagues for the rest of the season. He's more of a plodder, albeit a reliable one, so don't expect too many explosive games on the horizon.