• Nicolas Batum (ankle) will come off the bench in Game 6 on Friday against the Heat.

    Batum didn’t look healthy at all but gutted out a great performance in the Hornets’ Game 5 win.  The bench is a perfect spot for him in case the ankle does act up, as it will be less invasive of a rotation that has just started to gel. 

Fantasy News

  • Carmelo Anthony
    PF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points (6-for-17 shooting) in Friday's loss to the Pelicans, adding five rebounds, two triples, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Anthony was once again inefficient from the field and looked pretty slow against the athletic Pelicans lineup. Trevor Ariza started alongside Melo and chipped in 13 points (5-for-7 shooting), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, one triple and a block. Each could see a bit more usage while Damian Lillard is out.

  • Gary Trent Jr.
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Gary Trent Jr. started in place of the injured Damian Lillard on Friday and chipped in 15 points (5-for-11 shooting), three triples, two assists, one rebound and one steal.

    It sounds like Lillard is set to miss anywhere from four to six games so feel free to add Trent while Lillard is on the shelf. Expect production in threes and points mainly.

  • Josh Jackson
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Josh Jackson put up a season-high 20 points in Friday's loss to the Lakers, shooting 9-for-12 from the field and hitting two 3-pointers plus grabbing three rebounds.

    This makes it back to back games where Jackson has pinged in deep-league radars. He scored 11 points in his last game, so he's definitely someone to keep an eye on for value moving forward. Kyle Anderson started at SF but was mostly quiet in his 22 minutes with just seven points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal to his name.

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis needed only 31 minutes to post 28 points (8-for-17 shooting), 13 rebounds, seven blocks, four assists, two triples and one steal in Friday's 117-105 victory over the Grizzlies.

    Davis left the game early in the first half with an injury scare before eventually returning, which explains the lower minutes total. Fortunately that didn't impact his production much as he continues to be one of the best players in fantasy basketball.

  • Brandon Clarke
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Brandon Clarke started the second half of Friday's vs. the Lakers after Jaren Jackson Jr. went down with a knee injury and was able to excel in 33 minutes with 14 points (7-of-11 shooting), 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.

    Clarke has always been a roto-friendly player and now that he's been earning some serious minutes once again, he's re-entered the standard-league conversation once again. Ridde him while he's productive.

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    LeBron James schooled the Grizzlies in Friday's win, nothing 32 points (10-for-17 shooting), seven assists, three rebounds, two blocks and a triple across 36 minutes of action.

    James and the Lakers were in control of this game for the entire time, which can be said for many games in the first season of the James/Davis pairing. LeBron even drained 11 of 12 free throws tonight as he continues to add to an already elite fantasy season.

  • Rudy Gobert
    C, Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert posted a double-double in Friday's 113-104 loss to the Spurs, adding a block and two assists in 37 minutes of action.

    Gobert was efficient from the floor, going 7-for-8 on the night, but was only 4-for-7 from the free-throw line. Gobert's swat extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one block to eight. He's averaging almost two blocks per game on the season, sitting at 1.9 BPG, and that alone is worthy of fantasy ownership. Nothing new here, keep using the first-time All-Star as you normally would.

  • Gorgui Dieng
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Gorgui Dieng played well in 21 minutes off the bench on Friday, tallying 14 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Dieng got some extra burn in this one with Jaren Jackson Jr. failing to return after sustaining an injury to his knee. The injury isn't considered serious, so Dieng will remain a deep-league guy for the time being.

  • Avery Bradley
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Avery Bradley was productive in Friday's win over the Grizzlies, posting 14 points (6-for-10 shooting), five rebounds, three steals, two triples, one assist and a block in 29 minutes.

    Bradley hasn't been fantasy relevant all season in standard leagues, but is starting to put together a strong run of performances. Don't add him at all costs, but if you could use a 3-and-D contributor on the margins of your team he is a possible flier option.

  • Jordan Clarkson
    PG, Utah Jazz

    Jordan Clarkson played 34 minutes on Friday, putting up 15 points and 3 assists. He went 5-of-12 from the floor and 2-for-7 from beyond the arc.

    This was an unusually high amount of minutes for Clarkson, as Rudy Gobert was the only player on the Jazz who played more. Mike Conley was out for this contest, so that certainly helped, but Clarkson has kept his value right around the 100 mark and needs to be owned everywhere right now. He's averaging 16.2 PTS and 2.3 threes over the last two months and has been especially effective over the last two weeks.