June 18, 2019, 10:44 pmKevin LoveF/C, Cleveland Cavaliers
According to Brian Windhorst, Kevin Love has been in some trade talks and the chances that he's on the Cavs next season are 50/50.
Windhorst mentioned that it's hard to find the right deal for Love, who is set to start a 4-year $120 million contract this fall, but that's a much bigger chance of him leaving than had been recently reported. The Cavs likely have some summer deals to make, but as it sits now, the fantasy values of Larry Nance Jr. and Ante Zizic would be on the rise with a Love departure.
Source: Aaron Goldhammer on Twitter
January 17, 2020, 10:23 pmBen SimmonsPG, Philadelphia Sixers
Ben Simmons double-doubled on Friday with 20 points (10-of-17 shooting), 11 rebounds and seven assists in a 100-89 win over the Bulls.
Simmons even managed to avoid going to the free throw line so he didn't hurt his owners' free throw percentage. His fantasy holes are well-documented with bad free throw percentage, high turnovers and no threes. However, Simmons still puts up enough in the counting stats to hold early-round value.
January 17, 2020, 10:19 pmTJ WarrenSF, Indiana Pacers
TJ Warren led the Pacers with 28 points in Friday's 116-114 win over the Wolves, going 11-of-18 from the field with five rebounds, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers.
Warren is rumbling right along with top-85/70 value in 8/9-cat leagues on the year. He's made it work after switching to small forward full-time to accommodate Indiana's frontcourt, and he remains one of the better sources of points that was available outside the first handful of rounds.
January 17, 2020, 10:16 pmJeremy LambSG, Indiana Pacers
Jeremy Lamb broke out of a recent slump on Friday, scoring 18 points to go with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and a 7-for-13 shooting line.
Lamb had scored two, four and nine points over his previous three contests and it was nice to see him get back to business in this one. He's an automatic add if anyone dropped him, though he's currently around the top-100 neighborhood and might slip a bit more when Victor Oladipo returns in a few weeks.
January 17, 2020, 10:16 pmFurkan KorkmazSG, Philadelphia Sixers
Furkan Korkmaz caught fire on Friday, shooting 8-of-11 from the field and 6-of-9 from beyond the arc on his way to a career-high 24 points with four rebounds in 27 minutes.
Korkmaz played great on Friday and Coach Brown noticed. Brown said Korkmaz "changed the game" and they ran plays for him that they used to run for JJ Redick. That's high praise for Korkmaz and he could be worth an add in 16-team leagues as a threes specialist after two good games in a row (15 points with three 3-pointers on Wednesday).
January 17, 2020, 10:10 pmMalcolm BrogdonPG, Indiana Pacers
Malcolm Brogdon put up 12 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, a block and two 3-pointers in Friday's win over the Wolves.
Brogdon hit a clutch floater to put the Pacers up late in the game and he's been nothing short of spectacular for Indiana this season. Victor Oladipo's eventual return will undoubtedly hurt a little bit, but Brogdon should be able to easily maintain middle-round value. Myles Turner was also solid if unspectacular tonight with eight points, six rebounds, a steal and three blocks.
January 17, 2020, 10:08 pmDomantas SabonisC, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis finally had an off game this season, finishing with eight points, five rebounds, four assists, a block, five turnovers and five fouls in 26 minutes on Friday night.
Sabonis just couldn't get things going and picked up three fouls relatively quickly. Considering his elite production all season long, it's easy to overlook this one. A night of light minutes may not even be a bad thing considering his recent bout with left knee soreness — that's said to be an external bruise that simply hurts, as the Pacers have been adamant that Sabonis playing through it is not a risk for further injury.
January 17, 2020, 10:06 pmMatisse ThybulleSG-SF, Philadelphia Sixers
Thybulle started on Friday and scored seven points to go with four rebounds, two steals and three blocks in 36 minutes.
The defensive stats are the bread and butter of Thybulle's fantasy game. He has at least one steal and one block in his past four games and is averaging 1.5 steals and 2.3 blocks over that stretch. Thybulle should continue to start with Embiid out and has standard-league value in the short-term as defensive stats specialist.
January 17, 2020, 10:02 pmAndrew WigginsSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Andrew Wiggins was able to tally 22 points, four assists and two 3-pointers while hitting 9-of-17 from the field on Friday night.
Wiggins has slowed from his early season tear but he's still producing solid top-80/100 value in 8/9-cat formats. We'll see how the return of Karl-Anthony Towns changes things but at this point it's hard to call Wiggins anything other than a win for fantasy GMs who rolled the dice on his upside in the late rounds of drafts — if you took him in the top-100, you got more lucky than anything.
January 17, 2020, 10:00 pmJosh OkogieSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Josh Okogie delivered 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting on Friday night, adding four rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer.
Okogie played 25 minutes tonight, slightly up from his season average of 23.8. If he can continue that upward trend, which seems likely given Minnesota's recent trade to clear up the wings a bit, then he could pop on the radar as a 3-and-D guy.
January 17, 2020, 9:59 pmJarrett CulverG-F, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jarrett Culver put up 12 points, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in Friday's loss to the Pacers.
Culver logged a team-high 36 minutes and is going to get some big run down the stretch. He's not someone you should feel great about as a nightly play in standard-sized leagues but he does make for a nice stash if you can afford to be patient. The Wolves appear ready to prioritize his playing time and while there will be growing pains, Culver has shown a lot to like about his game even if it hasn't yielded much for fantasy purposes.