January 16, 2019, 9:56 pmTerrence Ross - G/F - Orlando Magic
Terrence Ross played well on Wednesday as he dropped 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting with six 3-pointers in a loss to the Pistons.
He did not add much else to the box score aside from two defensive stats, two rebounds and one assist. He has been a solid late-round value in standard leagues and is a good scoring and 3-point specialist. As long as he remains the sixth man for the Magic and doesn’t get traded, he should have top-120 appeal for the remainder of the season.
January 16, 2019, 9:49 pmNikola Vucevic - C - Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic managed to score 24 points on 11-of-22 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds and three assists in a loss to the Pistons in overtime on Wednesday.
He added two 3-pointers and one steal to the box score. He is still a top-15 value on the season, but lately his value has been trending towards top-20/25. Regardless, Vucevic is outplaying expectations and is having a career year for the Magic.
January 16, 2019, 9:44 pmEvan Fournier - G/F - Orlando Magic
Evan Fournier dropped 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting in a team-high 40 minutes in an overtime loss to the Pistons on Wednesday.
Fournier has not been as productive as fantasy owners hoped he would be this season as he has become a scoring and 3-point specialist in deep leagues. His shooting numbers are down from previous seasons as he is currently at 43 percent on the season and he does not add much else to the box score other than points. His backcourt mate DJ Augustin put up 13 points with seven assists in 32 minutes. Augustin has actually been a higher value on the season, but both players are late-round guys in 12-team or higher leagues.
January 16, 2019, 9:38 pmAaron Gordon - F - Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon fouled out in 37 minutes of action after putting up 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds in an overtime loss to the Pistons on Wednesday.
Gordon has been red-hot as of late and this game was definitely a sign that he is cooling down. He is boasting middle-round value on the season as he currently sits inside the top-90 in 9-cat value. He has top-50 potential, but he has been unable to consistently produce at a high level this season. Roll with Gordon and live with the ups and the downs that come with his game.
January 16, 2019, 6:14 pmMohamed Bamba - C - Orlando Magic
Mo Bamba (sore left foot) will not play on Wednesday.
The Magic don't want to rush Bamba back and he'll increase his activity levels at Thursday's practice. Khem Birch will be the backup center tonight while Bamba should go back to deep-league value on Friday.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
January 15, 2019, 1:03 pmMohamed Bamba - C - Orlando Magic
Mo Bamba (sore left foot) was able to go through a full practice on Tuesday but coach Steve Clifford suggested that Friday was a more reasonable return date than Wednesday.
Bamba said he hoped to play but the Magic may exercise caution with their rookie. Center isn't exactly a weak spot on the roster for them, so there's no need to rush him back to the court. Despite upside and a fun stat set, Bamba is only a deep-league bench guy in redraft leagues. If he ends up sitting out tomorrow it'll be his fourth straight absence.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
January 13, 2019, 8:44 pmTerrence Ross - G/F - Orlando Magic
Terrence Ross delivered for the Magic on Sunday with 17 points, two triples, four boards, two assists and a steal against the Rockets.
Ross was a top-70 player this week and delivered for owners who streamed him for four games. Ross is hot right now but could fall off at any point. He’s a solid top-140 option so feel free to stream him during four game weeks and drop him on others.
January 13, 2019, 8:40 pmEvan Fournier - G/F - Orlando Magic
Evan Fournier hit 6-of-11 shots on Sunday against the Rockets to score 19 points with five boards, two assists and a triple.
Fournier has been a bit of a disappointment for owners this season. After a top-70 campaign last season he’s been outside the top-130 so far this season. The main fall off has been to his scoring as his shooting has regressed after he shot close to 46 percent last season. He’s down by over two percent this season.
January 13, 2019, 8:35 pmNikola Vucevic - C - Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic woke up in the final frame on Sunday to deliver a double-digit outburst on his way to 22 points, nine boards, six assists, a steal and a triple.
Vooch is a top-15 value on the season but he’s slowly been trending down towards a top-25 valuation. He’ll likely settle somewhere between the two ranks as long as the Magic stay competitive and in the hunt for a playoff spot.
January 13, 2019, 8:32 pmAaron Gordon - F - Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon helped lead the Magic past the Rockets on Sunday with 22 points, eight boards, five assists, two steals and two triples.
Gordon has been a top-50 producer over his last four games thanks to strong scoring and rebounding numbers. The Magic need to stay competitive in the playoff race to ensure that Gordon's value is safe all season. He's been outside the top-80 on the season and has some room for improvement.
January 13, 2019, 4:34 pmMohamed Bamba - C - Orlando Magic
Mohamed Bamba (sore left foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rockets.
Coach Steve Clifford said on Friday that he hopes to have Bamba back for Wednesday's game, so it's not surprising that he's out. Khem Birch played 17 minutes on Saturday and figures to have a similar role. He tallied seven points, four boards, one steal and two blocks. Bamba is only a hold in deep leagues if you're desperate for blocks.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
January 12, 2019, 9:48 pmNikola Vucevic - C - Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic had a relatively quiet outing vs. the Celtics on Saturday, posting 16 points (7-of-18 shooting), 13 rebounds and five dimes.
The noticeable lack of commonly seen peripherals puts a damper on tonight's performance but this is but a minor speedbump in his already-stellar 2018-19 campaign. He's playing at an elite level this season so we can give him a pass for this less-than-magical performance.
January 12, 2019, 9:43 pmEvan Fournier - G/F - Orlando Magic
Evan Fournier had a solid performance for the Magic in their win over the Celtics on Saturday, producing 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting with three boards, five dimes and two 3-pointers.
Fournier redeemed himself in this one after burning owners on Wednesday with a 0-for-8 shooting night. He's still not a top-150 value on the season but has been in a general upward trend, ups and downs not withstanding.
January 12, 2019, 9:39 pmKhem Birch - C - Orlando Magic
With Mo Bamba (sore left foot) out on Saturday, the Magic turned to Khem Birch off their bench and he delivered a solid performance in 18 minutes with four points, 10 rebounds, one assist and four blocks.
He's seen a minor uptick in usage lately but this is his first real noteworthy performance. Bamba is not expected to be out long, so Birch's appeal is most likely going to disappear in a puff of smoke in due time.
January 12, 2019, 9:35 pmTerrence Ross - G/F - Orlando Magic
The Magic pulled a rabbit out their hats on Saturday, defeating the favored Celtics 103-105, thanks in part to Terrence Ross who rained down five triples en route to his 25-point performance.
Ross shot 8-of-20 from the field and went 4-for-4 from the line, adding four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 31 minutes. He's a shooter and sometimes they heat up like this. He's been outside the top-120 this season with random peaks like this dotting largely unimpressive valleys of production.