• Joel Embiid scored 29 points and added nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 11-of-19 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the line as the Sixers beat the Bucks 116-94 on Saturday.

    Embiid led his team to the win in this one and has seen a nice boost in his efficiency over the last three games.  He should continue to be the top option on offense for Philly and could even see a slight uptick in usage with J.J. Redick out for a while.  He could still see the occasional rest game as the season goes on, but when he plays he’s a borderline first-round fantasy asset.

Fantasy News

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo was solid but failed to meet his lofty ADP in the 2019-20 fantasy season.

    He would end up ranked 14/20 in 8/9-cat formats. Antetokounmpo had an absurd ADP of 1.3 on ESPN and 3.9 on Yahoo, which is simply far too high for a player that is a huge drag on free throw percentage. The Greek Freak was one of the biggest negatives at the charity stripe this season, shooting an atrocious .633 from the line on 10 attempts per game. The rest of his numbers were more in line with expectations, but decreases in key stats offset other notable gains. Giannis established career-highs with 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds and 1.5 threes per contest, but also had that counteracted by five-year lows in steals and blocks, which both sunk to 1.0 per game. Antetokounmpo is an elite NBA player but the cracks in his fantasy game were apparent. If the defensive numbers can rebound it'll ease the pain of those free throws, but it's going to be tough for him to meet such high expectations with that one glaring hole in his game. Some market correction may be in order this offseason.

  • Eric Bledsoe
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Eric Bledsoe slipped down the fantasy rankings in 2019-20, ending up as a top-65/80 (8/9-cat) player mostly because of a decline in steals.

    Bledsoe has previously been a steady top-60 type, but this year his steals fell from 1.5 to just 0.9 per game. All of his other numbers are right in line with expectations, but it goes to show how valuable those cash counter stats are. Bledsoe is settling in as a 15 ppg guy for the Bucks and isn't tasked with offensive heavy lifting, but that's not really what he's drafted for in fantasy anyway. Bledsoe is still an efficient scoring guard, even if he's not a great 3-point shooter, and a correction in the theft department would boost him back to more familiar heights.

  • Nikola Jokic
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokic has arrived in Orlando but will not participate in Tuesday's practice.

    Jokic has cleared quarantine, which is the biggest step after he tested positive for COVID-19 in Serbia, but still needs results of other physical testing before getting back on the court. Assuming Jokic returns without any further hitches, he'll be one of the top players on the board for any fantasy games.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Michael Beasley
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    According to multiple reports, Michael Beasley has left the Orlando bubble after testing positive for COVID-19.

    Beasley was initially signed as a replacement player for the thinned-out Nets, but his place on the roster is now in question. Brooklyn needs bodies, and Beasley, who already is facing a five-game suspension, may not be able to get up to speed in time between his departure, quarantine, return and re-quarantine. Details are limited at this point but if Beasley tested positive after getting to Disney World, it should be of major concern to the NBA.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Donte DiVincenzo
    SG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Donte DiVincenzo authored a low-key breakout season with averages of 9.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.3 3-pointers in 23.1 mpg.

    DiVincenzo did that while hitting at a .462 clip from the floor, which was good for top-115/100 (8/9-cat) value. He never really got the props that he deserved from the fantasy community, but DiVincenzo became a valued member of the Milwaukee rotation and was able to provide some excellent ROI for any GMs that hopped on board the train early. This was a big step forward after injuries limited him to 27 games as a rookie, and it's entirely possible that DiVincenzo keeps a similar role going forward. Fantasy players just have to hope that the efficiency and steals stick, as those numbers weren't exactly expected given his track record.

  • Lance Thomas
    SF, Free Agent

    The Nets have officially signed Lance Thomas as a Substitute Player ahead of the NBA restart.

    Thomas finds himself back in the NBA after sitting playing his last game in the 2018-19 campaign with the Knicks. He averaged 4.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.5 threes in 17.0 mpg across 46 contests. He would normally just be a depth piece, but with the Nets depleted of talent for the league resumption, there is a possibility that he will play a decent chunk of minutes off the bench.

    Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter

  • Harrison Barnes
    SF, Sacramento Kings

    Harrison Barnes revealed that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

    Barnes is going through quarantine and hopes to join his teammates in Orlando soon. He adds that he's largely asymptomatic, which is good news. He's the fourth member of the Kings to test positive.

    Source: Harrison Barnes on Twitter

  • Marvin Williams
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Marvin Williams took a big step back in 2019-20, largely due to a big decline in playing time.

    Williams finished the season averaging 19.4 mpg overall with minimal difference between his Hornets and Bucks figures (19.7 vs. 18.5). Charlotte was focused on developing its younger players, while there were no expectations that Williams would hold a big role after being bought out and signing with the league's best team. The veteran has always had a 9-cat game that ticks multiple boxes, and that was still present even if the volume wasn't: 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.0 threes per game. He was able to manage top-250/215 value (8/9-cat), but unfortunately it seems unlikely that he'll come back into big minutes going forward.

  • Kyle Korver
    SF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Kyle Korver continued to age gracefully this season, knocking down 1.7 threes per game on a sterling .415 mark from deep.

    Korver continues to make it work despite declining playing time, and this year's 16.7 mpg is the fewest he's received since his rookie season, while this also marks the sixth straight season in which his playing time has decreased. Korver was able to finish as a top-285 fantasy player but he's really only good for one category. With threes more abundant than ever in today's NBA, it makes Korver tough to endorse as an elite specialist until you get into the 16-20-team range.

  • Robin Lopez
    C, Milwaukee Bucks

    Robin Lopez finished around fantasy's top-350 mark in 2019-20, settling into a clear backup role with the Bucks.

    Lopez did appear in 60 games but saw just 14.4 minutes per contest, his lowest playing time since a 2012 campaign with the Suns. While RoLo got with Milwaukee's program and shot a career-high .366 from deep, he also shot a career-low .535 from the free throw line. His 0.7 blocks per game kept him on the radar as a desperation blocks specialist but it looks like it'll take a new team to reinvigorate Lopez as a potential late-round asset.

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