June 18, 2019, 4:49 pmRobert CovingtonF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Wolves President of operation Gerrson Rosas said that Robert Covington’s (right knee bone bruise) health is improving and he is on pace to be ready to go at the start of next season.
Covington missed the majority of this past season with a knee injury that just could never heal. That said, when Covington was on the court he showed massive fantasy potential with averages of 2.1 steals, 1.3 blocks and 2.4 threes. Those numbers alone would make him a fantasy monster, and a name to keep tabs on should he put the knee issues behind him.
Source: Dane Moore on Twitter
January 17, 2020, 10:39 pmDe'Anthony MeltonPG, Memphis Grizzlies
De'Anthony Melton didn't do a ton of scoring (three points) on Friday night but did come away with four rebounds, five assists and four steals in 20 minutes.
Melton's been a great pickup for the Grizzlies and he's actually posting value befitting rostership in 12-team leagues, though if you don't need steals or assists his appeal is severely limited. Still, Melton is averaging 1.2 steals and 0.4 blocks in just 17.3 mpg on the year, making him one of the league's more valuable and unheralded defensive specialists.
January 17, 2020, 10:38 pmCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum appeared to roll his left ankle on Friday and headed to the locker room with the trainers.
McCollum stepped on Maxi Kleber's foot and hopped around until the Blazers could call a timeout. He then headed straight to the locker room. Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr. could see extra minutes if McCollum misses time, but they probably won't be an impact in standard-leagues. Most of McCollum's value would be absorbed by Damian Lillard, Carmelo Anthony and Hassan Whiteside if he misses time.
Source: Jason Quick on Twitter
January 17, 2020, 10:37 pmCollin SextonPG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Collin Sexton dropped 28 points in Friday's road loss, going 11-of-25 from the field while adding four rebounds, six assists and three 3-pointers.
Sexton's now scored in double digits in 13 straight, with 20 or more in nine of those. Unfortunately, his lack of just about every other fantasy stat makes him a late-round option that's only suited for teams in need of scoring punch.
January 17, 2020, 10:34 pmLarry Nance Jr.PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Larry Nance Jr. showed signs of life on Friday, collecting 16 points (7-of-8 shooting), six rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes off the bench.
Nance has been in a slide down the fantasy rankings since opening the year on a top-90 run, and as things stand he's only a stash in 12-team formats. That said, this line is a nice reminder of why, as Tristan Thompson (ejected after 25 minutes) and Kevin Love could both be traded. Nance would be a must-add if he's the last man standing in Cleveland's frontcourt, so we'd try and carve out space for him unless your team is completely full of top-100 guys.
January 17, 2020, 10:33 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford put up 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go with five rebounds, six assists and two threes in 32 minutes on Friday.
Horford stuffed the stat sheet on Friday and has had at least five rebounds and five assists in each of the five games since Joel Embiid (finger) has been sidelined. Horford is a top-30 player over that stretch, averaging 15.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 blocks. This is vintage Horford but his value will take a hit when Embiid returns. Try and sell-high on Horford after this stretch but make sure you get a top-40 player in return.
January 17, 2020, 10:32 pmAlfonzo McKinnieSF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Alfonzo McKinnie corralled a double-double on Friday night, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and a block against the Grizzlies.
McKinnie's on a 10-day deal with the Cavs but has played well, making a start and now producing this solid line. He was let go for cap reasons and it would be surprising if he didn't lock down an NBA gig for the rest of this year, whether that's in Cleveland or elsewhere. Regardless, he's not much of a fantasy option.
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).