• The Raptors have extended the contract of Masai Ujiri and promoted him to team president

    It’s a multiyear extension of unknown length. The Raptors also promoted Jeff Weltman to General Manager and Bobby Webster to assistant GM. It’s a strong move from Raptors owner Larry Tanenbaum. Masai Ujiri was responsible for the Carmelo Anthony trade in Denver, as well as some of their collection of young pieces. He hit the ground running in Toronto by signing Kyle Lowry and Amir Johnson, and inked DeMar DeRozan to a long term extension. Reports indicate Ujiri will still have final say over newly minted GM Jeff Weltman. 

Fantasy News

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal scored at will on Sunday against the Hawks, putting up 40 points (12-of-22 FG, 15-of-18 FT), six assists, three rebounds, one 3-pointer and one steal.

    Beal has been on a hot streak over the last three games, topping 35 points in each of them, while averaging over 22 shots a night. He is presumably feeling well-rested after missing several games to start the month. The only worry for Beal's owners is his long-term health at this point, he had been a warrior in prior seasons, and it would be great if he does not miss any games down the stretch. If you have any concerns now is a good time to sell.

  • Davis Bertans
    F, Washington Wizards

    Davis Bertans struggled from deep on Sunday against the Hawks, going 2-of-9 from 3-point range, but still put up 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block.

    Bertans cannot be stopped. His versatility to bring a handful of rebounds, assists, steals and blocks makes him an easy mid-round value. His role should be secure whether or not Thomas Bryant's minutes rise. Bryant still started ahead of Bertans, but he only received 18 minutes, during which he registered 11 points and five rebounds. The minutes should go up with time for Bryant, just hang in there.

  • JA Morant
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Ja Morant made 8-of-18 shots from the field an 7-of-11 from the line to end Sunday night's win over the Suns with 23 points, five rebounds, eight dimes and one steal.

    Shooting inefficiency and 3.0 turnovers per game have kept the rookie Morant outside the top-230 in 9-cat over the last week. While that may not be pretty, he's still oozing with potential and is someone to watch down the stretch. Once the game begins to slow down for him more and more, Morant's lines should be far more fantasy-friendly than they are now.

  • Kyle Anderson
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Kyle Anderson drew the start for the Grizzlies on Sunday and brought his unique stat set to the table, recording 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and six points on 2-of-5 shooting in 29 minutes.

    Anderson has not been right this season, mostly slowed by injuries. His 29 minutes tonight is a good indicator of improved health as well as his solid performance off the glass. Until he shows up more, Slow-Mo remains just an ultra-deep-league asset.

  • Troy Brown Jr.
    SF, Washington Wizards

    Troy Brown was good for 19 points (7-of-11 FG), three rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers on Sunday versus the Hawks.

    Brown has been struggling offensively of late, and it would have been nice if he filled out this line with some steals or blocks. He has some talent to elevate his appeal as the season progresses, but things are crowded in the Wizards' lineup right now. They are hanging around the playoff race to a degree, which could limit Brown's ability to bust out into a larger role. Jordan McRae is one of his main competitors for minutes, and tweaked his ankle towards the end of the game, leaving him day-to-day as a result. Before going down he was having a strong showing with 12 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal.

  • Dillon Brooks
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Dillon Brooks did it all for the Grizzlies in a 114-109 win on Sunday, chipping in across the board with 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting with five rebounds, four assists, two 3s, three steals and two blocks in a team-high 36 minutes.

    Wow. Brooks has truly come into his own this season and has emerged as a burgeoning two-way player. The 3-and-D wingman is just inside the top-120 value range in 9-cat, earning him end-of-bench status in standard leagues.

  • Elfrid Payton
    PG, New York Knicks

    Elfrid Payton did it all vs. the Nets on Sunday, totaling nine points, nine assists, three rebounds, one 3-pointer, one steal and one block.

    Payton remains a great resource for assists, and he is now bringing healthy doses of steals and blocks to the equation. The jumper is good enough for now, and he clearly has won the point guard battle in New York. He deserves to be owned in 12-team leagues at this point.

  • Michael Carter-Williams
    PG, Orlando Magic

    Michael Carter- Williams benefitted from a bit of garbage time in Sunday's blowout loss to the Clippers and was able to provide a team-high 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

    MCW was able to record seven rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer to round out his line for the night. He has some fringe value in 16-teamers, especially during this time that D.J. Augustin is sidelined with an injury.

  • Julius Randle
    PF, New York Knicks

    Julius Randle had a strong showing on Sunday with 22 points, 15 rebounds and one block against the Nets.

    This is Julius Randle we're talking about, so naturally, his line had some issues, including 10-of-22 FG, 2-of-4 FT and six turnovers. Randle will be a roller coaster to own, but you simply take the strong counting stats and assume he will be a pain on your percentages. Markieff Morris also helped guide the Knicks with 21 points, four rebounds, one 3-pointer, one steal and one block. Morris puts up less flashy rebound and assist totals, but he carries the solid percentages that Randle lacks.

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Nikola Vucevic had an off Sunday night as he struggled with both foul trouble (six fouls) and poor shooting (5-of-15 from the field) to finish with 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

    It was simply not Vucevic's night. This low-end performance is pretty much close to his floor, so a bounce-back game should be in the cards.