May 9, 2019, 1:42 amStephen CurryG, Golden State Warriors
The Warriors took a Game 5 win over the Rockets thanks in part to Stephen Curry, who tallied 25 points on 9-of-23 shooting (three 3s), six rebounds and five assists.
Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 52 points in this one, but both sharpshooters will need to raise the bar in Game 6 with the possibility of Kevin Durant (right calf strain) possibly sitting it out. The Curry-Chris Paul matchup will be key factor in determining whether or not the Warriors close out the series or the Rockets live to fight another day.
February 28, 2020, 11:50 pmJohn HensonPF, Detroit Pistons
John Henson picked up four fouls in just 19 minutes of Friday's start against the Suns, but he did manage seven points, four rebounds, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer.
Henson's cracking late-round value since getting traded to Detroit, thanks entirely to solid efficiency and blocks. He's averaging 1.1 swats in just 14.6 mpg on the year and should be able to consistently provide specialist appeal.
February 28, 2020, 11:47 pmSekou DoumbouyaPF, Detroit Pistons
Sekou Doumbouya played 20 minutes on Friday night, notching six points, three rebounds and a steal.
Doumbouya has yet to earn the trust of the coaching staff, and while it's possible that he breaks out in silly season there's just not enough there to make him more than a luxury hold right now. The upside remains tantalizing and the minutes he does earn this year will benefit him down the line, but it's tough to project him as more than a deep-league asset over the next few weeks as things currently stand.
February 28, 2020, 11:45 pmDillon BrooksSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Dillon Brooks dropped 32 points, a block and three 3-pointers on the Kings before fouling out in Friday's 101-104 loss.
It's a tough loss to a beatable opponent, and the Grizzlies are starting to fall back towards the pack in the playoff race. Brooks is a gunner, pure and simple, and he has been awful over the last month thanks to a .327 mark from the field, but on the full year he's right on the edge of the top-150. Consider him worth an add if you need points and threes. This could be the start of another hot streak.
February 28, 2020, 11:42 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled with 13 points, 25 rebounds, two blocks and a 3-pointer in Friday's loss to the Kings.
Valanciunas was a letdown on the offensive end with a 4-for-14 shooting line, but he made up for it with his work on the glass. That's a new career-best in boards for Big Science. Memphis' injuries guarantee JV extra minutes, and he was already a top-60 guy in a modest 25.8 mpg before this added opportunity appeared before him. A big finish could, and should, be on the way.
February 28, 2020, 11:39 pmKyle AndersonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Kyle Anderson had an unimpressive four points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block on Friday.
That's not inspiring but Anderson has been a comfortable middle-round play over the last two weeks and still saw 33 minutes. He looks locked in as a starter with Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke out, and while his blend of production certainly works better in roto formats it's time to consider Slo Mo a must-add, especially if you need defensive stats, a strong FG% and a smattering of rebounds.
February 28, 2020, 11:36 pmGorgui DiengC, Memphis Grizzlies
Gorgui Dieng logged 23 minutes off the bench on Friday, tallying five points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block.
Dieng shot 2-of-7 from the field but that's skewed by an 0-for-4 mark from deep. He's quietly delivering middle-round value in the last two weeks and is worth deploying as a steady center type while Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke are out — you have another week at least.
February 28, 2020, 11:36 pmPascal SiakamPF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam had a nice all around game on Friday vs. the Hornets, finishing with 24 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals in 39 minutes.
Siakam went 5-of-9 from the stripe on Friday, which is the only spot he hurt fantasy owners. He's only getting better overall, though, and has been very good over the last two weeks. During that time, he sits inside the top-30 and should carry a lot of managers into and through the fantasy playoffs.
February 28, 2020, 11:35 pmJosh JacksonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Josh Jackson had a decent deep-league game on Friday with nine points, three rebounds, three assists and a 3-pointer.
Against all odds, Jackson has returned to the NBA and carved out a rotation spot, posting top-130 value over the last two weeks. He's not for any teams concerned with the percentages but this sort of modest multi-cat line makes him a decent add in 16-team formats.
February 28, 2020, 11:31 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry scored 21 points and added six rebounds and six assists in a loss on Friday at the hands of the Hornets.
Lowry got 38 minutes in this one, which is just above his season average. Lowry has been a fantasy superstar again this season, as he's firmly inside the top-30. He has been very consistent (again) and should not be on anyone's bench for any reason as long as he is healthy.
February 28, 2020, 11:27 pmOG AnunobySF, Toronto Raptors
OG Anunoby had another nice game on Friday in a loss to the Hornets, putting up 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists and a whopping six steals.
Holy steal. Anunoby extended his streak of games with at least one steal to 10 with this monster effort. He has settled into the top-80 with his recent hot stretch and is inching further away from the question marks surrounding his play midway through the season. Anunoby is a top-25 player over the past two weeks and needs to be on fantasy rosters in every league.