July 23, 2016, 10:42 am
Meyers Leonard, after going through shoulder surgery last season, says that he’s hopeful to return by the start of the 2016-2017 season.
“It’s a progression, first introducing rebounding, grabbing stuff overhead, then one-on-one, three-on-three, extending to the full court,” Leonard said. “We’ll see. You just never know.” The Blazers won’t rush Leonard’s return, especially after re-signing the forward to a four-year, $41 million deal. Leonard has the potential to be a nice fantasy asset, but with the recently acquired depth and the possibility of the team re-signing Moe Harkless, he may not be able to showcase that potential.
January 29, 2020, 12:55 amDuncan RobinsonF, Miami Heat
Duncan Robinson hit four more 3-pointers to go with 12 points, five rebounds and two assists in 39 minutes in a loss to the Celtics on Tuesday.
Robinson makes it seven games in a row with at least four 3-pointers. It shouldn't be surprising to see him doing this on a nightly basis, but it's hard to expect a player like this to keep up his pace. Robinson is 11th in 3-pointers per game for the season and 7th for the past month.
January 29, 2020, 12:49 amBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo double-doubled with 16 points (7-of-11 FGs), 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 33 minutes in a 101-109 home loss to the Celtics on Tuesday.
Adebayo skimped on the assists this time, but it's tough to complain about another performance this well-rounded and efficient. He even hit both of his free throws tonight. By the way, if you're a free-throw punter, Bam is the 18th-most-valuable player to you in 9-cat leagues (compared to 41st overall).
January 29, 2020, 12:40 amGoran DragicPG, Miami Heat
Goran Dragic posted a team-high 23 points (6-of-14 FGs, 10-of-11 FTs) with two boards, four dimes, two swipes and a trey in 30 minutes in a loss to the Celtics on Tuesday.
Dragic has been little more than a low-end assists and threes source this season. This still gives the 33-year-old value in standard leagues given the scarcity of assists. However, if you do rely on Dragic as one of your starters and you find yourself hurting in steals and rebounds, that may be part of the reason why.
January 29, 2020, 12:30 amDaniel TheisPF, Boston Celtics
Daniel Theis was productive once again on Tuesday, double-doubling with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes against the Heat.
With the other Celtics' bigs struggling to stay healthy, Theis has surprisingly provided top-60 value in 9-cat leagues over the last month. He's a must-start player while Enes Kanter (right hip contusion) remains out, but he'll likely be back in the streamer class after that.
January 29, 2020, 12:22 amJaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown had a strong performance on Tuesday with 25 points (10-of-16 FGs), three rebounds, five assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 41 minutes in a 109-101 win over the Heat.
Brown hasn't been quite as valuable lately as he was earlier in the season, but it may not be tough to rectify. His shooting percentages have each fluctuated throughout his season (and his career) and one would expect them to settle at some point. Also, if he could ever get his block numbers up, which doesn't seem unrealistic, Brown could move into early-round territory.
January 29, 2020, 12:11 amGordon HaywardSF, Boston Celtics
Gordon Hayward had an efficient night on Tuesday, shooting 10-for-14 from the field and 8-for-10 from the line on his way to a line of 29 points, nine rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes vs. the Heat.
Hayward was great in this one. His drafters are getting a great return on their investment, seeing as Hayward sits just inside the top-50 for the season. Look for more of the same as the second half rolls on.
January 29, 2020, 12:03 amJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant was great again in a 104-96 home win over the Nuggets on Tuesday, going for 14 points (6-of-11 FGs), six rebounds, seven assists and four steals in 30 minutes.
For as exciting as Morant and the Grizzlies have been of late, he may not be as great in fantasy as most would expect. Morant's assist numbers are excellent and his steals and field goal percentage are great, but that's really where the impressive stats end. He's fun to watch, but if you've got him, there's a great chance you can deal him for more than he's actually worth right now.
January 28, 2020, 11:56 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas posted a big double-double on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets with 23 points (11-of-19 shooting), 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes.
Valanciunas has crept into the top-40 for the past month but he still has spots where he can easily improve. He's seen a dip in free throw percentage recently that should get corrected. He was only outscored by one Grizzly, Dillon Brooks, who had 24 points, one rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one triple in 33 minutes in this game.
January 28, 2020, 11:46 pmJaren Jackson Jr.PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr. threw a block party on Tuesday with seven rejections in a win over the Nuggets, adding 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting, two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
Jackson's blocks have been trending up for quite a while now, putting him near the top-30 for the last month. He still has plenty of room for improvement, but for the month, the blocks are elite (2.4 per game), and the threes are great too (2.9 per game).
January 28, 2020, 11:35 pmDavis BertansF, Washington Wizards
Davis Bertans had a good showing for himself on Tuesday, notching 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 4-for-4 from deep, chipping in three rebounds, one steal and two blocks.
Bertans found his shooting rhythm once again tonight and should be good for a massive end-of-season run. As long as he's healthy, he will be one of the league's best sources of 3-pointers and a sprinkling of peripherals.