• Jonas Valanciunas recorded 10 points, eight rebounds, one steal and one block in 24 minutes on Friday against the Pistons.

    JV shot 5-of-7 from the field on the night. It was a tidy night for Valanciunas in somewhat limited time on the floor. In his last 13 games he’s only averaged 21.8 minutes a night so it’s a downward trend for him. He is still worth holding onto for now.

Fantasy News

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook has tested positive for COVID-19 and is quarantined.

    Westbrook had yet to join the Rockets in Orlando, though Mike D'Antoni has recently been optimistic that he can join the rest of the team shortly. Westbrook also said that he's feeling well, which is good news.

    Source: Russell Westbrook on Twitter

  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Nickeil Alexander-Walker (right wrist fracture) will be able to play in the Pelicans' Orlando games.

    Whether or not he'll be in the rotation remains to be seen, but it's good to know that the rookie is healthy. Alexander-Walker generated plenty of hype with a strong Summer League but fell out of the rotation as the season progressed and ultimately ended up in the G League for a short stretch, which is where he suffered the injury. He might be a DFS target if the Pels rest a few regulars but we don't foresee him having a shot at serious fantasy value in the immediate future.

    Source: Christian Clark on Twitter

  • Bruno Caboclo
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Bruno Caboclo inadvertently broke quarantine and must now quarantine for another eight days in his hotel room before returning to team activities, per a report from ESPN.

    Caboclo is the first player who will have to undergo these steps — or at least the first that the public knows about. He's not a member of Houston's rotation, so this won't have a major effect on the basketball side of things, but it is a reminder of the protocols in place while the NBA tries to get going again. Hopefully it's enforced strictly.

    Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter

  • Josh Jackson
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    After spending most of the year in the G-League, Josh Jackson averaged 10.4 points per game in 18 appearances off the bench for Memphis.

    Jackson's NBA struggles have been well documented and after two dismal seasons in Phoenix to start his career he landed with Memphis' G League affiliate to start the 2019-20 season. He made his debut for the big club in late January and appeared in the final 18 games of the season, averaging 10.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 19.8 minutes per game. It is worth mentioning that the majority of his production came in garbage time as he played over 20 minutes 11 times and only one of them came in a game that was decided by less than 10 points. Whether or not he can prove his worth as a former fourth overall pick remains to be seen but outside of deep-leagues he provides little-to-no fantasy value until further notice.

  • Brandon Clarke
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Brandon Clarke finished his rookie year averaging 12.0 points and 5.8 rebounds, landing him a 104/80 ranking in 8/9-cat leagues.

    While Ja Morant stole most of the headlines in Memphis, Clarke may have been the most surprising rookie for the squad. After an ADP in the tenth round, Clarke outperformed those expectations and nearly cracked the top-100 in both 8/9-cat, finishing the season ranked 104/80. His value was carried by his consistency and FG%, where he finished top-five in the NBA at 62.3%, the highest mark for any rookie with at least 300 FGA, ever. Before missing the the final two weeks of the season with hip and quad injuries, Clarke finished the season on a high note, averaging 13.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals on 60% shooting over his final 10 full games. He should sneak into the top-100 of drafts next season.

  • Jaren Jackson Jr.
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jaren Jackson Jr. finished his second season ranked 65/66 in 8/9-cat leagues, averaging 16.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.

    After an impressive rookie campaign, expectations were high for Jackson, as he came into the year with an ADP just inside the top-40. Although he did not quite live up to those standards he did manage to improve on his overall rankings and jumped from top-90 to top-70. The long, 6'11" forward provides a combination of shooting and defense no other player in the league can. Jackson is the only player in the NBA to average over 2.5 3PM and 1.6 blocks per game on at least 46% shooting from the field. The substantial increase from 2.4 3PA last year to 6.3 this year, while shooting just under 40% from deep has made him an unique offensive threat. While his block numbers already have him in an elite category we would like to see the big man assert himself more often on the glass and increase his rebound stats from his 4.7 per game career average. The tools are there, we just hope JJJ can continue to improve and solidify himself as a superior fantasy option.

  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jonas Valanciunas held 5th-round value all season, averaging 14.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.

    Valanciunas posted the best fantasy season of his career, finishing the year ranked 54/49 in 8/9-cat formats. After an ADP of 69 heading into the season the consistency and value he provided was all an owner can ask for. He was a double-double machine, ending the year in the top-eight in both FG% (59%) and rebounds per game (11.2). For a big man he was decent from the line and was the only player in the league that at least shot 73% from the line, 55% from the field while averaging at least 11 rebounds and one block. He has shown the consistency over the last few years and we expect more of the same to come next season. He could sneak into the top-five rounds in next year’s drafts.

  • Ja Morant
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Ja Morant finished his rookie season holding 73/129 value in 8/9-cat formats.

    Morant, the presumptive Rookie of the Year, finished his first season averaging 17.6 points, 6.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds on 49% shooting from the field. The high-flying Morant has become one of the more exciting players in the league but could not solidify himself as a top-tier fantasy player at any point this season. His playmaking ability carried him throughout the fantasy season, with well above average assists and average scoring and field goal percentage numbers. The lack of any other stats to speak of and very high turnover rate held Morant back from becoming a top fantasy player, as seen with the disparity of his 8-and 9-cat rankings. As a rookie, much of this is to be expected and he should post more well rounded numbers in the future. More threes (0.9/game) and steals (0.9/game) could eventually substantially increase his fantasy impact and have him flirting with being a top-50 player sooner rather than later.

  • Dillon Brooks
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Dillon Brooks shot his way into the top-175 in both 8/9-cat leagues.

    With the addition of Justise Winslow, Brooks could be relegated to a bench role but this season proved to fantasy owners what type of player he is. Starting all 65 games and playing 28.5 minutes a night, Brooks was a hit or miss points and threes guy, finishing the year averaging 15.7 points and 2.0 threes per game. It was boom or bust from the field for the most of the season as he shot 40% from the field and 37% from deep. The volume was consistent, but the output was not, as seen over the final two months of the year where Brooks was outside the top-325 due to his poor shooting (36% on 16.3 FGA). If he can contribute consistent steals, he averaged 1.0 per game the first 49 games and 0.5 the final 16, he is a worthy end-of-the-bench, points and threes fantasy player.

  • De'Anthony Melton
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    De'Anthony Melton completed his second season ranked 167/169 in 8/9-cat formats.

    Melton proved he had value for not only Memphis but fantasy owners, as well. In 52 games this season he averaged a pedestrian 8.1 points, 3.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds. The upside came with his low turnovers and high steals. Averaging 1.3 steals per game, Melton was one of only two players in the league to average 1.3 steals in less than 20 minutes per game. If Melton can increase his percentages in future seasons he can become a consistent backup fantasy option.

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