May 8, 2019, 10:52 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo only needed 31 minutes to put up 20 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two blocks in Wednesday's Game 5 win over Boston.
Giannis and the Bucks were mostly unchallenged in this one, as he barely needed to play in the fourth quarter. He will now get much deserved rest as he and the Deer await their opponent for the Eastern Conference Finals.
February 28, 2020, 11:24 pmNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica was good for 13 points (5-of-15 FG), 11 rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on Friday night.
That's two solid games after a dud against the woeful Warriors. Although Bjelica's defense remains abhorrent, and will likely cost the Kings in key games as they try to revitalize their playoff hopes, he's locked into a big role and has posted top-75 value on the year.
February 28, 2020, 11:23 pmNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell returned to action on Friday and put up 22 points and three assists in 36 minutes of floor time.
His return kind of came out of nowhere, but the Raptors are terrible at reporting and disclosing injury information so this is not shocking. The Raptors were thin tonight with only nine players, and Powell benefited from the absence of Fred VanVleet. On a per game basis Norm ranks safely inside the top-100 this season, so he's worth scooping up if you have space or a need. It helps that he's on a really good team as well.
February 28, 2020, 11:22 pmHarry Giles IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
Harry Giles came through with 16 points, five rebounds, a steal and a block on Friday against the Grizzlies.
Giles has managed late-round value over the last couple of weeks thanks to the fact that he's the last big standing in Sacramento these days. Richaun Holmes' return will hurt him substantially but until then, Giles is a fine option as long as you don't expect the world. He's got double digits in four straight games and at least five rebounds in each of those as well.
February 28, 2020, 11:20 pmBogdan BogdanovicSG, Sacramento Kings
Bogdan Bogdanovic went 1-for-7 from the field on Friday night, scoring five points to go with eight rebounds, four assists, a steal and a 3-pointer.
Bogdanovic has been a top-125 value over the last month, and while his elevation to the starting role has given him a modest bump it's certainly not anything game-changing. He's probably worth rostering in standard formats but he's not a must-own if there's a serious name sitting on your waiver wire. There's late-middle round upside here, and as we approach silly season you might find someone capable of more emerging on the wire.
February 28, 2020, 11:16 pmTerry RozierPG, Charlotte Hornets
Terry Rozier ended with 18 points, six rebounds and six assists in Friday's victory over the Raptors, adding the game-clinching free throws in the waning seconds to seal the win.
Rozier's production has taken a dip in the second half of the season, but sits right at number 75 in the fantasy rankings on a per game basis. As long as he stays healthy, there is no reason to see his minutes decrease and to see him close out the year on an upswing would not be surprising.
February 28, 2020, 11:15 pmBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram scored a team-high 29 points in Friday's 116-104 win over the Cavs, going 11-of-19 from the field while adding six rebounds, seven assists, a steal and two 3-pointers.
Impressively, Ingram also went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe as his remarkable turnaround there continues. After shooting .621, .681 and .675 in his first three seasons, Ingram is at a sterling .860 on a career-high 6.1 attempts per game this season. It's led to a massive season with second-round fantasy value. Ingram's efficiency was replicated in this one by Zion Williamson (24 points on 11-of-16 FG) and Jrue Holiday (22 points on 10-of-16 FG with six assists, two steals, a block and two triples) as the Pelicans rolled right over the hapless Cavs.
February 28, 2020, 11:12 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball filled up the stat sheet with five points, six rebounds, 12 assists, four steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in Friday's win.
Ball's never going to be a big scorer but this line is him at his multi-cat best. He's rolling with top-30 value in his last 11 games and is rolling along with outstanding production in threes, assists and steals, with positive contributions in blocks and rebounds out of the point guard slot.
February 28, 2020, 11:12 pmMiles BridgesSF, Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges scored 17 points, grabbed five rebounds and swatted three shots in a win over the Raptors on Friday.
Bridges has been an effective fantasy player all year, hovering right around the top-120 depending on format. With the Hornets out of playoff contention and likely looking to play their young guys even more, Bridges may even see his numbers jump a little bit to close out the season.
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.