April 12, 2018, 12:48 amStanley JohnsonSF, Detroit Pistons
Stanley Johnson started and played 21 minutes in Wednesday's season finale against the Bulls, scoring 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds and two assists.
Johnson had back and hip issues that limited him to just 69 games and at the end of the season when a door appeared to open for him, he once again was not able to walk through it. He finished with identical finishes at No. 207 when on the floor in both 8- and 9-cat leagues, with averages of 27.4 mpg, 8.7 points, 1.0 threes, 3.7 boards, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals. The theft number is promising if he can shore things up elsewhere, but he'll have to do way better than 37.5 percent from the field.
December 13, 2019, 11:03 pmDaniel GaffordPF, Chicago Bulls
Daniel Gafford blocked a career-high six shots in 20 minutes off the bench on Friday to go along with four points and two rebounds.
This was an eye-opening performance from Gafford, who clearly is a promising big man with the potential to be a contributor in rebounds and blocks. He's still more of a dynasty stash at this stage of his career, though. Wendell Carter Jr. posted six points on 2-of-6 shooting with 11 rebounds, two dimes and three steals.
December 13, 2019, 10:56 pmJaren Jackson Jr.PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jaren Jackson exploded on Friday for a career-high 43 points (14-for-21 shooting), adding nine triples, five rebounds, an assist and a block as the Grizzlies fell to the Bucks 114-127.
Jackson was trending in the right direction the last few weeks, and it all came together for him on Friday night. He did still have five fouls in this one, which really seems to be the only thing that can hold him back.
December 13, 2019, 10:55 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen cooled off vs. the Hornets on Friday, mustering just 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting with four rebounds, two assists, two treys and one steal.
Consider this just a bit of regression, but Markkanen's upward trend remains intact. He may require a bit of patience, but good times are in the cards, just further down the road.
December 13, 2019, 10:53 pmZach LaVinePG, Chicago Bulls
Zach LaVine could not buy a bucket on Friday, going 4-of-19 from the field for 12 points, eight rebounds, one 3-pointer, two dimes and one steal.
LaVine is dealing with a right shoulder strain, which may or may not have contributed to his poor showing. Keep an eye on his performances moving forward.
December 13, 2019, 10:51 pmDillon BrooksSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Dillon Brooks finished Friday's loss against the Bucks with 19 points (6-for-17 shooting), four triples, three assists, two rebounds and a block.
Brooks logged a team-high 35 minutes and his usage on a nightly basis for this Memphis team keeps him relevant in standard leagues. He will occasionally catch fire from beyond the arc like he did tonight.
December 13, 2019, 10:47 pmJae CrowderPF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jae Crowder finished with 15 points (3-for-11 shooting), 11 rebounds, three threes, four assists, one steal and one block as the Grizzlies fell to the Bucks on Friday.
Crowder's rebounding was nice, but the shooting performance from the field was less than stellar. The shooting keeps him from being an option in every league, but he can be relied on for some cheap counting stats when needed.
December 13, 2019, 10:39 pmCody ZellerC, Charlotte Hornets
Cody Zeller double-doubled off the bench on Friday with 11 points (4-of-8 shooting), 10 rebounds, one 3-pointer and two assists.
Zeller has been playing well enough to warrant a pickup in 12-team leagues. Bismack Biyombo, who started but left the game briefly with right groin soreness, was equally effective with 12 points (4-of-6 shooting), nine rebounds, one assist and one block. Zeller remains the preferred big man to own in Charlotte.
December 13, 2019, 10:32 pmDevonte' GrahamPG, Charlotte Hornets
Devonte' Graham struggled on Friday, making just 4-of-14 shots from the field for a team-high 16 points, five rebounds, seven dimes, two 3s, three steals and seven turnovers.
It's a testament to how good Graham is this season, when you consider a team-high 16 points, a poor showing. It's just a bad game, which was shared by the whole team, so there's no cause for serious concern here. Keep deploying Graham with confidence.
December 13, 2019, 10:25 pmPJ WashingtonPF, Charlotte Hornets
P.J. Washington looked good in Friday's 83-73 win over the Bulls, recording 13 points on 6-of-17 shooting with 10 rebounds, two dimes, one steal and three blocks in a team-high 38 minutes.
Marvin Williams (right knee soreness) was out in this game, so Washington had a few more minutes to snack on for value. Washington's role is officially carved in stone and is a safe long-term hold in standard leagues.
December 13, 2019, 10:24 pmDerrick Jones Jr.SF, Miami Heat
Derrick Jones Jr. logged 28 minutes on Friday, adding 17 points (4-for-6 shooting), four assists, four rebounds, two triples and two steals
It was a nice night for Jones, who recently returned from injury and is showing he can handle a full load of minutes. The shooting was unsustainable in this one, but Jones is someone that can provide threes and defense and is well worth a look in deeper leagues.