• Otto Porter Jr. scored 16 points adding three rebounds, one assist, three steals and four triples against the Hornets on Saturday.

    OPJ continued his breakout season on Saturday in a 98-93 loss to the Hornets. His ability to collect valuable steals and triples with impressive shooting percentages has him an early round value in all formats. It seems the arrival of Bojan won’t hurt Otto as much as initially thought as he has played very well lately, posting top-30 value in standard leagues over the last two weeks. He will look to continue on Monday against Boston.

     

Fantasy News

  • Yuta Watanabe
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Yuta Watanabe's minutes declined, but he showed some improvement in several key statistics in his second NBA season.

    Watanabe averaged 11.6 mpg in 15 games for a shorthanded Grizzlies team down the stretch in 2018-19, but he slipped to 6.2 mpg in 16 games for a more competitive outfit this year. He did shoot .375 from deep, a vast improvement over last season's .125 mark, and his steals and blocks remained the same despite losing almost half of his playing time. Watanabe finished as a top-470 player in fantasy and there's no reason to track his game, despite the modest steps forward.

  • Jarrod Uthoff
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jarrod Uthoff was a top-490 fantasy player in 2019-20, playing in only four contests.

    Uthoff was on a 10-day deal with the Grizzlies so this isn't surprising. He's been around the NBA for a few years now but this was his first appearance at the top level since a 2017 stint with the Mavs. The fantasy appeal here is non-existent.

  • Gary Harris
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    Chris Haynes is reporting that Gary Harris, Michael Porter Jr. and Torrey Craig did not travel to Disney World with the rest of the Nuggets.

    A number of healthy players have chosen to head to Orlando on their own time rather than go with their teams' traveling parties, but any absences are sure to generate speculation. Hopefully this is a case of the former, as Harris and Craig are critical to Denver's perimeter defense, while Mike Malone was talking Porter up as a potential member of the playoff rotation thanks to his rebounding, offensive touch and energy. This trio of Nuggets will be subject to quarantine whenever they do arrive in Orlando, assuming they're all still planning on making the trip at some point.

  • Shake Milton
    SG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Shake Milton has been starting at point guard in the Sixers' Orlando practices, with Ben Simmons working as a power forward.

    Simmons will still do a ton of playmaking, but the big news here is Milton's likely full-time promotion into the starting five. It shouldn't come as a surprise considering his outstanding play prior to the NBA shutdown. In 16 starts with the Sixers, Milton averaged 14.1 points, 2.2 3-pointers, 3.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals and was rolling along as a surprising standard-league asset. Feel free to upgrade Milton in any short-season fantasy games, though be aware that much of Milton's output came when the Sixers were missing important players. Simmons, Joel Embiid and Josh Richardson were all dinged up when Shake really broke out.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • 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.

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