• Russell Westbrook went through a non-contact practice and his status for Tuesday night remains up in the air.

    Russ has missed the past two games with the injury and is surely dying to get back on the court for a matchup against the Cavs on Tuesday. While it sounds like he’s closer to a return, Raymond Felton would see another night of over 30 minutes if he’s held out one more game. Paul George has also feasted with Westbrook sidelined. While he’s usually a must-start every week, fantasy owners should scour the news closely for updates before putting Russ into lineups on a short week.

     

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  • Brad Wanamaker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Brad Wanamaker averaged 6.6 points, 1.4 triples, 2.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 19.3 minutes off the bench, returning 241/245 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.

    With Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart missing time due to various injuries, the Celtics had to turn to Wanamaker for some much-needed help at the point guard position and the veteran delivered. His percentages though were ugly and he doesn’t really have a diverse fantasy game but Wanamaker proved to be a nice option in deeper formats. He is a free agent at the end of the season and he should be able to generate some interest around the league as a scoring guard who can hit the triple.

  • Enes Kanter
    C, Boston Celtics

    After signing with the Celtics as a free agent last year, Enes Kanter lost the starting job to Daniel Theis and played just 17.5 minutes in 51 games, good for 187/181 in 8/9-cat scoring formats.

    Kanter failed to score in double-digits for the first time since 2013, but he collected 7.7 rebounds and blocked a career-high 0.7 shots per game. His lack of defensive efficiency was what forced Brad Stevens to move him to the bench and it looks likely that he continues to battle Robert Williams for the backup center minutes in Boston. He has a player option for next year and it will be interesting to see if he chooses to look for a better deal in the open market.

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Kemba Walker’s numbers fell slightly in his first year in Boston, but he still managed to return top-50 value in just 50 games, ending up ranked as 43/42 in 8/9-cat scoring formats.

    Playing with a much more talented group, the charismatic guard ended up averaging 21.2 points, 3.3 triples, 4.9 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals while shooting .421 from the field, .377 from behind the 3-point arc and .867 from the charity line. Health was the main issue for Walker who had to miss some time due to knee soreness but the recent break probably worked in his favor and he should be ready for the Orlando bubble.

  • Dwight Howard
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard has decided to play for the resumption of the season in July.

    His status was up in the air at first, but he has now decided to play. This was a big redemption year for Howard and it's his best shot at a title since he was on the Orlando Magic so it isn't surprising to see him take advantage of this opportunity.

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  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Kyrie Irving's 2019-20 was marred by injuries, limiting him to play just 20 games, but the guard still impressed based on per-game averages, ending the season ranked 6/5 in 8/9-cat scoring formats.

    Irving came into 2019-20 with chip on his shoulder, failing to deliver as a leader for the Celtics, both on and off the court. Unfortunately, a myriad of injuries kept him on the sidelines for majority of the season. Out of all them, it was his nagging right shoulder injury that was his biggest bane. It even forced him to undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery to address it. That said, expect that aforementioned chip on his shoulder to still be there next season. We should see more of his improved production from 2019-20 with averages of 27.8 PPG, 2.8 3PG, 5.2 RPG and 6.4 APG on a new career-high shooting of 47.8 percent from the field. Both he and Kevin Durant will be big question marks for the 2020-21, especially when it comes to their health history.

  • Joe Harris
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    Joe Harris had a solid fourth year as a pro in 2019-20, averaging 13.9 PPG, 2.4 3PG and 2.1 RPG on .471 shooting from the field, to finish the season with ranked at 137/140 in 8/9-cat per game value.

    Harris saw a slight slide from his 2018-19 production, but it wasn't too bad as he still was able to be a standard-league value player, thanks to his efficient shooting percentages from the field and the line and his respectable 1.5 turnovers per game. Harris remains one of the league's best sources of 3-point shooting without putting fantasy teams' field goal percentage at risk. His role should remain steady in 2020-21, though he could slide below the 30-minute per game mark.

  • Taurean Prince
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    A trade to the Nets in 2019-20 allowed Taurean Prince to bounce back from a disappointing 2018-19 campaign and provide top-150/178 in 8/9-cat per game value.

    It wasn't all popcorn and cotton candy for Prince, who, despite being handed the starting PF job, failed to take full advantage of his opportunity to shine. He struggled with a lack of consistency and struggled with his shot, hitting at a dismal .376 clip from the field. In his 29.0 minutes per game, Prince was able to post averages of 12.1 PPG, 2.3 3PG, 6.0 RPG and 0.9 SPG. Sadly, the eventual return of Kevin Durant will surely dampen Prince's outlook for the 2020-21 season.

  • Garrett Temple
    SG, Brooklyn Nets

    Thanks to his 186/177 8/9-cat per game value and 186/176 value by totals, Garrett Temple was one of the better streaming options in fantasy in 2019-20.

    Temple proved to be a sneaky option for many fantasy teams, averaging 28.1 minutes per game and delivering a diverse stat line. He was able to offer up averages of 10.3 points, 2.0 3s, 3.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 0.8 steals per game. It wasn't all good though, as Temple did hurt teams' field goal percentages with .378 shooting from the field on 9.5 attempts per game. At 34 years of age, this was likely a brave late-career hurrah for the veteran, who should see his role slightly diminished once the Nets are all healthy and playing steady minutes.

  • Spencer Dinwiddie
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Spencer Dinwiddie averaged 20.6 points, 1.9 3s, 3.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.3 blocks in 64 games for 93/155 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Dinwiddie brought the volume again and benefited from extra playing time with injuries either to Kyrie Irving or Caris Levert. The Nets had trouble finding any consistency from their starting guards in terms of health and we've seen this movie before, Dinwiddie to the rescue. He was far from efficient but you can't find 20 & 7 late in your drafts so he provided a big boost for owners this year. Next year will be a tougher sell for Dinwiddie. He also tested positive for COVID-19 this past week, which means his status for playing during the resumption of the year is in question.

  • Jarrett Allen
    C, Brooklyn Nets

    Jarrett Allen averaged 10.6 points, 9.5 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.3 blocks in 64 games for 114/95 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Allen showed a lot of promise in his rookie year only to have the wet blanket of the DeAndre Jordan signing to ruin things in fantasy land. With Jordan opting to sit out the resumption of the season, we'll see a lot more Allen at center which is a good thing for everyone.