• Jayson Tatum stepped up for the Celtics on Thursday, scoring 19 points, grabbing five boards, and getting two steals and a block.

    This was a good game for the Celtics’ prized rookie. His defensive numbers have been consistent and his ability to be a 1-1-1 threat makes him one of the better fantasy assets in the 2017 crop of fresh blood. He has not reached his full potential yet, making him a must-watch player in 2018.

Fantasy News

  • Jordan McLaughlin
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jordan McLaughlin saw 22 minutes off the bench on Wednesday and was able to be productive with 13 points (4-of-5 shooting), two 3s, five assists, one rebound and three steals, despite an offensive explosion by D'Angelo Russell.

    McLaughlin is someone you should stick with in deep leagues, whether or not D-Lo is healthy. In tonight's game, McLaughlin was there to close out this nail-biter of a game and even successfully made a layup in the dying seconds of the contest. He's good for some efficient scoring, threes and some assists.

  • Bruno Fernando
    PF, Atlanta Hawks

    Bruno Fernando started on Wednesday and scored 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting with nine boards and one steal in 22 minutes.

    Fernando got the start with Dewayne Dedmon (right elbow pain) sitting out. Fernando can be streamed for field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks while Dedmon is sidelined and should return to the waiver wire once Dedmon returns. Dedmon owners should hold on through his absence if they can, as he is likely to post standard-league value when he returns.

  • John Collins
    PF, Atlanta Hawks

    John Collins shot 11-of-19 from the field and 3-of-5 from deep on his way to scoring 26 points with seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 35 minutes on Wednesday.

    Collins continued his strong play and is posting first-round value over the past month. He's averaging 24.7 points, 11.1 boards and 1.2 blocks while shooting .637 from the field and .815 from the line over that stretch. Clint Capela (foot) is being re-evaluated in two weeks, but Collins owners shouldn't worry about Capela's return impacting his value too much. Collins should be a top-20 player ROS with first-round upside. Congrats if you held him or bought low during his suspension earlier this season.

  • D'Angelo Russell
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    D'Angelo Russell went berserk on the Heat on Wednesday, leading his pack of Wolves to a win with 27 points (9-of-18 shooting), including seven treys, one short of the team record of eight held by Kevin Love.

    Russell not only shot the ball extremely well but also actually filled the stat sheet with five rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block. As long as Russell's playing, be ready for huge lines like this one, making him one of the upward trending players post-ASB.

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (left shoulder sprain) said that he will have an MRI on Thursday.

    Embiid left Wednesday's game in the first half after injuring his shoulder and did not return. Embiid owners will need to hold on and hope for good news after tomorrow's MRI with the fantasy playoffs looming in most leagues. Al Horford's fantasy value was tanking before this news, but Embiid's absence will allow Horford to post top-75 value.

    Source: John Clark on Twitter

  • Juancho Hernangomez
    PF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Juancho Hernangomez had himself a productive night in Wednesday's 129-126 nailbiter win over the Heat, chipping in 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, with three triples, five rebounds, one assist and two steals in 31 minutes.

    Considering Hernangomez combined for 15 points in the last couple of games, it's apropos to call tonight's performance a successful bounce-back line. Hernangomez's role looks like it's going to stick even with the likes of James Johnson and Jake Layman pushing him for minutes. Consider Juancho as an end-of-bench kinda guy in standard leagues right now.

  • Shabazz Napier
    PG, Washington Wizards

    Shabazz Napier was disappointing in his first start with the Wizards, settling for nine points (4-15 FG, 1-6 3PT), one rebound, five assists, and two steals.

    The assists and steals were encouraging enough, but Napier couldn't buy a basket in his first start for the Wizards. He is capable of much better games than this and could be an immediate value for any team should he keep the starting job.

  • Trae Young
    PG, Atlanta Hawks

    Trae Young (illness) shot 13-of-14 from the line on his way to scoring 37 points with 11 assists, one steal, one block and four triples in 38 minutes.

    Young was questionable with flu-like symptoms but was able to play and lead the Hawks in points and minutes. Young was hot to start the game with 26 points in the first half, and his block came against Mo Bamba. Young is posting first-round value in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues this season. He's locked in as a top-20 player ROS and will flirt with first-round value for seasons to come, making him a great asset in dynasty leagues.

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal led the Wizards to a 106-110 victory over the Nets on Wednesday night, finishing with 30 points (11-24 FG, 4-9 3PT), five rebounds, five assists and three steals.

    Beal has now scored 30 or more points in five of his last six games. He is looking a lot like the first-round value that many people hoped for him to be at the start of the season. It took a little bit of time to find his groove, but he is currently sitting as a top-25 player on the season.

  • Allonzo Trier
    PG, New York Knicks

    Alonzo Trier scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting with one steal and two triples in 16 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    Trier had the hot hand and he has been known to have scoring outbursts sporadically. He played 6 minutes in the last game and can't be relied on even in 30-team leagues.