June 18, 2019, 9:12 amDion WaitersG, Miami Heat
According to Kevin Pelton of ESPN, with All-Stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson likely to miss a big chunk, if not all, of next season, the Warriors will spend the summer on the lookout for help, and one of their targets may be Heat guard Dion Waiters.
Durant, Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins could all be lost in free agency, but even if all three players re-sign, the Warriors will have no salary left under the cap to sign free agents and the only possible way to improve would be through a trade. Waiters has two years and around $27 million remaining on his contract while the Heat are very open to trading him. He could see a boost in his numbers if traded to the Warriors but his efficiency has always been an issue.
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.
January 17, 2020, 9:58 pmTristan ThompsonC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Tristan Thompson scored 3 points on 1-of-5 shooting with eight rebounds, one steal and one block in 25 minutes before being ejected on Friday.
Thompson was ejected after slapping Jae Crowder in the butt. It was a rough night for Thompson and maybe the frustration got to him. Thompson is inside the top-125 on the season and is a hold in standard-leagues.
January 17, 2020, 9:54 pmShabazz NapierPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Shabazz Napier finished Friday's loss with 12 points, nine assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes of action.
Napier is looking at this type of run for the near future and is a fine low-end pickup in all formats. The Wolves may be in the market to acquire another point guard before the trade deadline but until that happens, Napier's value is safe and sound.
January 17, 2020, 9:52 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns made his long-awaited return to the court on Friday night, logging 28 minutes and delivering 27 points (9-of-21 shooting), five rebounds and three 3-pointers.
Towns played less than usual, which shouldn't come as a surprise, but he immediately assumed the lead dog role and led Minnesota in field goals. We'll see if he's good to go for tomorrow's game, as the Wolves could play it cautious and sit KAT on a back-to-back after a month-long absence due to a left knee sprain. Gorgui Dieng had eight points, four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes off the bench but might be worth holding onto for the next couple of games until it's sure that Towns is in the clear.
January 17, 2020, 9:51 pmCoby WhitePG, Chicago Bulls
Coby White scored 14 points (5-of-13 from the floor) on Friday with four rebounds, four assists and two threes in 25 minutes off the bench.
White can pop off for flashy scoring lines once in a while, but he is inconsistent and is outside the top-250 on the season. His poor percentages (.379 from the field and .723 from the line) and lack of defensive stats hold him back. He is a name to watch late in the season in case he gets hot, but for now he is only a points streamer that is better suited for 14-team leagues.
January 17, 2020, 9:48 pmNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors cruised to a 140-111 win over the Wizards on Friday, led by 28 points, five rebounds, two assists, three steals, a block and four 3-pointers from Norman Powell.
Powell now has 10 games of 20-plus points this season, including three in a row after missing almost a month because of a shoulder dislocation. He's worth starting in all leagues until further notice, and he's playing so well that even the return of Fred VanVleet doesn't figure to affect him all that much.
January 17, 2020, 9:46 pmTerence DavisG-F, Toronto Raptors
Terence Davis took over the fourth quarter of Friday's blowout win, scoring 17 points and finishing the game with a career-high-tying 23.
Davis also added seven rebounds, three assists and five 3-pointers while going 9-of-16 from the field. After a brief dip in play and a subsequent callout from Nick Nurse, Davis has been excellent. His fantasy appeal should wane with Fred VanVleet expected back tomorrow but TD remains a solid deep-league asset.
January 17, 2020, 9:43 pmMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol matched his Raptors high in scoring with 20 points on Friday, also adding six rebounds, five assists, two steals, a block and a career-high-tying six 3-pointers.
Gasol went 7-of-9 from the field and was superb in his 29 minutes, hitting some tough shots and whipping gorgeous passes across the court. The Raptors tied their franchise high in points in this 140-point explosion and also managed to keep everyone under 30 minutes, which bodes well for their game tomorrow against Minnesota. Kyle Lowry had 11 points, eight assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in just 22 minutes while Pascal Siakam had 12 points, two steals and a triple in 25 minutes and Serge Ibaka had 15 points and eight rebounds in 26 minutes. Gasol has been great through two games since returning from a lengthy absence and you can get all the usual Raptors into all fantasy lineups.