• Omri Casspi logged a season-high 41 minutes in Tuesday’s win over the Jazz, scoring 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting (including three treys) with 10 boards, four assists and one steal.

    Casspi’s production is going to be sporadic because the Kings’ offense has no rhythm so owners should take his late-round value in 27.6 mpg this season as a guide.  He’ll be worth owning in 12-team standard leagues for the next few weeks while Willie Cauley-Stein is out, and with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay not looking like spring chickens this season there’s also some opportunities for playing time if they go down.

Fantasy News

  • Domantas Sabonis
    C, Indiana Pacers

    In a recent interview, Domantas Sabonis expanded on earlier reports from this week that he could not hurt his left knee anymore by playing through the pain.

    “I’ve been told it’s a bone bruise, so there’s swelling in the bone that all doctors say it can’t get worse unless you get hit in that same spot,” he said. “It’s the same thing if I get hit in my healthy knee,” Sabonis said, pointing to his right knee. “There’s the same chance. It’s not a muscle or anything, so by doing more stuff, you can’t technically get it worse.” He said he met with team doctors and two outside specialists, all of whom reiterated that playing on the knee would not damage it anymore, beyond normal ways one could injure their knee. The clarity helps alleviate some concerns about him playing through potential structural damage, though it remains to be seen how playing through constant pain will effect him on a game-to-game basis.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Kent Bazemore
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Kent Bazemore is reportedly not interested in pursuing a buyout due in part to his great relationship with head coach Luke Walton according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

    Bazemore's value will undoubtedly take a hit with less opportunities in Sacramento's wing-heavy rotation. He wasn't doing much for teams anyway with inconsistent percentages and defensive stat output.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    In a recent article exploring their most recent trade, John Hollinger of The Athletic made note that the Blazers are now capable of combining Hassan Whiteside's contract with one of the minimum contracts on their roster to fully get under the luxury tax threshold.

    This matters only because the entire point of yesterday's trade from Portland's side seemed to be an effort to reduce their tax burden and the potential for the dreaded 'repeater tax'. If their new MO is to work towards alleviating that completely, trading Whiteside's giant contract could now accomplish that in one fell swoop. To be clear, there is no official rumor to indicate that he is on the block, but if we are to believe this is the direction that Portland would like to take with this season it's worth keeping a side-eye on.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Buddy Hield
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Buddy Hield shot 5-of-11 from the field on his way to scoring 14 points with three rebounds, three assists and two triples in 35 minutes.

    Hield is a top-90 player in per game value and there's some hope for him to improve slightly if his .418 field goal percentage can creep towards the .458 he shot last season. That isn't something to count on though since he's headed in the wrong direction lately, shooting .382 in the past month.

  • Fred VanVleet
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    In his return from a two-week absence, Fred VanVleet scored 29 points in Saturday's 122-112 win over the Wolves, chipping in four rebounds, two assists and four steals.

    Not only did he shoot the ball efficiently (11-of-16) but he also held on to the ball and only committed one turnover. Though he only registered two assists, the four steals, make this one of the cleaner fantasy games for VanVleet this season. Look for him to keep it going as he is providing top-30 player return so far this season.

  • Nemanja Bjelica
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Nemanja Bjelica was quiet on Saturday with 10 points, three rebounds and two threes in 33 minutes.

    Bjelica had a double-double on Wednesday with 11 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, so owners shouldn't worry too much about Saturday's mediocre performance. Bjelica should be rostered in standard leagues while Richaun Holmes is out for the next few weeks. It's tough to see Bjelica holding standard-league value once the Kings get healthy though.

  • Kyle Lowry
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    Kyle Lowry scored 28 points in Saturday's win, chipping in seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.

    The 28 points for Lowry is a nice but is muted a bit as he was only able to register two assists. Coming in to this game he is sixth in the league for assists per game with almost seven. The two is his lowest output all season whereas the 28 points is the highest point total this month.

  • Marvin Bagley III
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Marvin Bagley scored 17 points on 8-of-19 shooting with seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes.

    Bagley has averaged 15.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in 27.8 minutes since returning from his left foot sprain three games ago. He's delivering with Richaun Holmes out and has done enough to keep his role safe once Holmes returns. Bagley has a good chance at posting top-100 value moving forward with top-75 upside.

  • Pascal Siakam
    PF, Toronto Raptors

    Pascal Siakam scored 14 points in Saturday's win over the Wolves, chipping in four rebounds, three assists and four blocks.

    The backcourt players had the hot-hand in this one and limited Siakam to just 10 field goal attempts. Unfortunately, except for the defensive stats this seemed to take him out of the picture as he only registered four rebounds. No worries here as Siakam is still a beast.

  • Norman Powell
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    Norman Powell scored 20 points in 25 minutes off the bench in Saturday's win, chipping in three rebounds, four assists and two steals.

    Powell has scored over 20 points in four consecutive games off the bench. Even with the return of teammate Fred VanVleet, Powell has continued to get shots up, averaging 14 field goal attempts a game. He is worth hanging on to in most leagues.