March 23, 2019, 12:38 amGiannis AntetokounmpoF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo (right ankle sprain) returned from two games on the shelf and looked fresh with 27 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer in a 116-87 win over the Heat.
The Greek Freak shot 12-of-19 from the field and 2-of-4 from the line. He might get some more precautionary nights off if anything pops up, especially with Milwaukee coasting its way to the top seed, but it was great to see him back tonight.
December 15, 2019, 7:43 pmJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday was able to deliver 29 points, four rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in Sunday's 119-130 loss to the Magic.
Holiday also shot 12-of-20 from the field to cap off a great day. The Pels' current freefall has extended to Holiday, as he's posting just top-80/130 value over the last couple of weeks, so hopefully this one gets him pointed in the right direction. Brandon Ingram posted 21-6-6 while JJ Redick chipped in 23 points and five threes.
December 15, 2019, 7:41 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball wasn't anything to write home about in Sunday's loss to the Magic, logging 27 minutes and turning in nine points, five rebounds, six assists, a steal and a 3-pointer.
Despite a really nice start to the year, Ball is sitting with top-115/155 value in 8/9-cat formats. While he remains a potential core piece for the Pelicans, the fact is that he doesn't offer a single thing that the team can't get from someone else that offers a better complementary skillset. Lines like this are undoubtedly helpful for fantasy, but the logjam on the wings is what kept us from getting aggressive about Ball, even as he left a terrible situation in LA. He's just a late-round player despite obvious tools.
December 15, 2019, 7:38 pmJaxson HayesPF-C, New Orleans Pelicans
Jaxson Hayes logged 29 minutes in Sunday's home loss, producing 10 points, seven rebounds and a block.
Hayes still took the lion's share of minutes at center, but that figures to flip next week when Derrick Favors gets his conditioning back. The rookie is a fun player to watch and has some nice upside but he can be considered just a deep-league player going forward. Jahlil Okafor was a DNP and can be dropped just about everywhere.
December 15, 2019, 7:37 pmKenrich WilliamsPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Kenrich Williams had a well-rounded game on Sunday, notching three points, six rebounds, four assists, three blocks and a 3-pointer.
Williams can check multiple boxes on any given night, and while he never really pops off the page there's nice value in someone chipping in like this consistently. Williams can be viewed as a top-200 guy at his peak, but those hustle stats are especially appealing if you need some specialist help.
December 15, 2019, 7:34 pmDerrick FavorsPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Derrick Favors had his minutes cap raised to 20 on Sunday, though he could only muster two points, five rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in that time.
The rest of the line isn't terrible but fantasy managers were definitely hoping for more points here. Favors looks safe to get back into lineups next week, as his minutes restriction looks like it'll be vanishing shortly.
December 15, 2019, 7:32 pmJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac was able to post 21 points (7-of-11 FG), 11 rebounds, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer in Sunday's road win.
Isaac looked a lot more comfortable on offense in Nikola Vucevic's return game, as he was able to take better shots and spend less time forcing the action. It's been a real breakout season and Isaac could be in for a light step forward now that his percentages should steady themselves.
December 15, 2019, 7:31 pmAaron GordonPF, Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon was the only member of the Magic to score less than 10 points on Sunday, going 3-of-13 from the field for nine points, four rebounds, a steal and a three.
Gordon continues to disappoint and he's going to slide down the pecking order with Nikola Vucevic healthy again. There is middle-round upside, but at this point in his career fantasy GMs should be aiming for top-100 instead of top-60.
December 15, 2019, 7:29 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
Mo Bamba logged 19 minutes on Sunday, producing 13 points, six rebounds and two 3-pointers.
Bamba took a minutes hit with Nikola Vucevic back in the mix but this is a promising performance, as it suggests he might still hold standard-league value. He got on a nice roll while Vuc was out and is worth hanging onto for another game or two in case this keeps up.
December 15, 2019, 7:28 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch didn't leave the bench in Sunday's win over the Pelicans.
The return of Nikola Vucevic knocked Birch right out of the rotation and he can be dropped in all formats.
December 15, 2019, 7:27 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic returned from an 11-game absence on Sunday and didn't show any ill effects, going for 20 points, nine rebounds, a steal and two threes in 29 minutes of work.
Vucevic looked great in his first game back and is safe to get into all lineups moving forward. The Magic haven't shown the sort of improvement this year that they were hoping to see so perhaps they force-feed their star in order to get things rolling again.