• Ja Morant
    G, College

    Ja Morant says he’s pain-free after undergoing a surgery to remove loose bodies from his right knee, and also expects to play in Summer League.

    Morant is widely expected to be taken by the Grizzlies at No. 2 overall in Thursday’s draft, and Wednesday’s trade of Mike Conley completely clears the runway for Morant to play a ton right out of the gates. Delon Wright will also be around and is good enough to push Morant for minutes to an extent, but the Grizzlies figure to spend most of the season exploring a Morant – Jaren Jackson Jr. pairing and figuring out what works around that. Barring a draft night surprise, Morant looks like one of the safer rookies to project in terms of sheer opportunity. There was some worry that his knee procedure would put him behind the eight ball but it no longer seems like that will be the case.

    Source: Ben Golliver on Twitter

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  • Larry Nance Jr.
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Larry Nance Jr. showed signs of life on Friday, collecting 16 points (7-of-8 shooting), six rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes off the bench.

    Nance has been in a slide down the fantasy rankings since opening the year on a top-90 run, and as things stand he's only a stash in 12-team formats. That said, this line is a nice reminder of why, as Tristan Thompson (ejected after 25 minutes) and Kevin Love could both be traded. Nance would be a must-add if he's the last man standing in Cleveland's frontcourt, so we'd try and carve out space for him unless your team is completely full of top-100 guys.

  • Al Horford
    PF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Al Horford put up 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go with five rebounds, six assists and two threes in 32 minutes on Friday.

    Horford stuffed the stat sheet on Friday and has had at least five rebounds and five assists in each of the five games since Joel Embiid (finger) has been sidelined. Horford is a top-30 player over that stretch, averaging 15.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 blocks. This is vintage Horford but his value will take a hit when Embiid returns. Try and sell-high on Horford after this stretch but make sure you get a top-40 player in return.

  • Alfonzo McKinnie
    SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Alfonzo McKinnie corralled a double-double on Friday night, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and a block against the Grizzlies.

    McKinnie's on a 10-day deal with the Cavs but has played well, making a start and now producing this solid line. He was let go for cap reasons and it would be surprising if he didn't lock down an NBA gig for the rest of this year, whether that's in Cleveland or elsewhere. Regardless, he's not much of a fantasy option.

  • Ben Simmons
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Ben Simmons double-doubled on Friday with 20 points (10-of-17 shooting), 11 rebounds and seven assists in a 100-89 win over the Bulls.

    Simmons even managed to avoid going to the free throw line so he didn't hurt his owners' free throw percentage. His fantasy holes are well-documented with bad free throw percentage, high turnovers and no threes. However, Simmons still puts up enough in the counting stats to hold early-round value.

  • TJ Warren
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    TJ Warren led the Pacers with 28 points in Friday's 116-114 win over the Wolves, going 11-of-18 from the field with five rebounds, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers.

    Warren is rumbling right along with top-85/70 value in 8/9-cat leagues on the year. He's made it work after switching to small forward full-time to accommodate Indiana's frontcourt, and he remains one of the better sources of points that was available outside the first handful of rounds.

  • Jeremy Lamb
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Jeremy Lamb broke out of a recent slump on Friday, scoring 18 points to go with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and a 7-for-13 shooting line.

    Lamb had scored two, four and nine points over his previous three contests and it was nice to see him get back to business in this one. He's an automatic add if anyone dropped him, though he's currently around the top-100 neighborhood and might slip a bit more when Victor Oladipo returns in a few weeks.

  • Furkan Korkmaz
    SG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Furkan Korkmaz caught fire on Friday, shooting 8-of-11 from the field and 6-of-9 from beyond the arc on his way to a career-high 24 points with four rebounds in 27 minutes.

    Korkmaz played great on Friday and Coach Brown noticed. Brown said Korkmaz "changed the game" and they ran plays for him that they used to run for JJ Redick. That's high praise for Korkmaz and he could be worth an add in 16-team leagues as a threes specialist after two good games in a row (15 points with three 3-pointers on Wednesday).

  • Malcolm Brogdon
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Malcolm Brogdon put up 12 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, a block and two 3-pointers in Friday's win over the Wolves.

    Brogdon hit a clutch floater to put the Pacers up late in the game and he's been nothing short of spectacular for Indiana this season. Victor Oladipo's eventual return will undoubtedly hurt a little bit, but Brogdon should be able to easily maintain middle-round value. Myles Turner was also solid if unspectacular tonight with eight points, six rebounds, a steal and three blocks.

  • Domantas Sabonis
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Domantas Sabonis finally had an off game this season, finishing with eight points, five rebounds, four assists, a block, five turnovers and five fouls in 26 minutes on Friday night.

    Sabonis just couldn't get things going and picked up three fouls relatively quickly. Considering his elite production all season long, it's easy to overlook this one. A night of light minutes may not even be a bad thing considering his recent bout with left knee soreness — that's said to be an external bruise that simply hurts, as the Pacers have been adamant that Sabonis playing through it is not a risk for further injury.

  • Matisse Thybulle
    SG-SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Thybulle started on Friday and scored seven points to go with four rebounds, two steals and three blocks in 36 minutes.

    The defensive stats are the bread and butter of Thybulle's fantasy game. He has at least one steal and one block in his past four games and is averaging 1.5 steals and 2.3 blocks over that stretch. Thybulle should continue to start with Embiid out and has standard-league value in the short-term as defensive stats specialist.