March 31, 2020, 3:16 pmJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac has been continuing his rehab work from a severe knee sprain amid the NBA hiatus.
Isaac has been out since early in the calendar year after suffering a left knee sprain and bone bruise. The NBA denied the Magic a Disabled Player Exception earlier in the year, as doctors believed that Isaac wouldn't be out until mid June. Isaac was a long shot to return by the playoffs, but the hiatus has given him a better chance to return and potentially be ready for the start of the playoffs. This is an interesting watch as we continue to wait for the NBA, and life in general, to resume as normal.
Source: The Athletic
March 24, 2020, 4:45 pmJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Per Josh Robbins of The Athletic, Jonathan Isaac (sprained left knee and bone bruise) is still "far off" from a return to the court.
For his part, Robbins did not want to speculate much on Isaac's potential return date with all the uncertainty going on with the league, but he did note that the last time he saw Isaac he was sporting a bulky knee brace over his jeans on March 11th. There is still optimism that Isaac can return for the playoffs, and with an uncertain date in terms of resuming play, Isaac will have additional time to get right.
Source: The Athletic
March 17, 2020, 12:14 pmAl-Farouq AminuPF, Orlando Magic
There is a chance that Al-Farouq Aminu (knee) could possibly be cleared to return to game action if/when the 2019-20 season resumes.
Aminu was thought to be out for the season, as the NBA granted the Magic's request for a Disabled Player Exception. With the season being suspended indefinitely there is a chance Aminu will be healthy enough to play by then. Aminu shed his knee brace last week.
Source: The Athletic
March 11, 2020, 12:05 amNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic finished Tuesday's win over the Grizzlies with 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in 35 minutes.
Vucevic is a top-25 guy both on the season and over the last two weeks and is a fantasy backbone for any manager who drafted him. Vucevic missed about three weeks earlier in the season with a right ankle sprain but he shed that injury and continued his dominance when he returned. He has been healthy other than that this year and should finish the year strong with the Magic playing good, competitive basketball at the moment.
March 10, 2020, 11:57 pmMarkelle FultzPG, Orlando Magic
Markelle Fultz posted 14 points, six assists, three steals and four rebounds in 32 minutes on Tuesday in a loss to the Grizzlies.
Fultz has been decent as of late but only offers late-round value in 12-team formats. He is a very usable guard in deeper leagues and his contributions across the box score are particularly useful in categories leagues. Fultz definitely qualifies as a streaming option for playoff-hungry fantasy GMs.
March 10, 2020, 11:52 pmTerrence RossSG, Orlando Magic
Terrence Ross had 24 points (8-of-19 FG, 5-of-11 3PT), two rebounds and two blocks on Tuesday in a losing effort against the Grizzlies.
He's been on a tear recently and sits comfortably inside the top-75 over the last two months. If he was dropped in your league and you were able to get him off the wire, you have been readily rewarded with his performances during that time (26 games).
March 10, 2020, 11:46 pmMichael Carter-WilliamsPG, Orlando Magic
Michael Carter-Williams had 20 points (6-of-9 FG, 2-of-3 3PT), three rebounds and two steals in Tuesday's win over the Grizzlies.
Carter-Williams has picked up more playing time over the last two weeks and has made the most of his opportunity, ranking inside the top-120 over that span. He's merely a streaming option, however, as he offers little else besides points and some steals.
March 10, 2020, 10:59 amD.J. AugustinPG, Orlando Magic
D.J. Augustin’s much-improved play of late has factored heavily into the Magic having the NBA’s most productive offense over the last 11 games.
Augustin has shown tremendous signs of regaining his rhythm of late. Two nights after scoring 18 points in the Magic’s rout of the Wolves, the veteran guard torched the Rockets for 24 points, one shy of his season high. For the season, he has averaged 10.0 points and 4.6 assists on 39.2 percent from the floor and 34.1 from 3-point range while also helping mentor Markelle Fultz. Augustin is a nice commodity in deeper leagues and the hope is that he can remain healthy until the end of the season.
March 8, 2020, 11:04 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic guided the Magic to victory over the Rockets on Sunday, posting a 16-point 16-rebound double-double along with three assists, one steal and one block.
It was not the greatest performance in comparison to Vucevic's past games but we'll take it. He should be locked into a major offensive role with Evan Fournier (elbow) indefinitely out of the picture, and it's pretty nice for 9-CAT leagues when your center posts zero turnovers over 33 minutes of play. Keep riding this efficient early-round production to the finish.
March 8, 2020, 10:58 pmAaron GordonPF, Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon's resurgence continued against the Rockets on Sunday as he posted 19 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.
Gordon did not have his best night from the field (7-of-17 FG), but when he fills the boxes with steals and blocks that does not matter so much. There is no logical explanation for why he has suddenly turned things around, but its best to not fret over that, and just keep crossing your fingers that this can last for the rest of the year.
March 8, 2020, 10:52 pmTerrence RossSG, Orlando Magic
Terrence Ross checked the boxes with 16 points (5-of-10 FG), four three-pointers, four rebounds and three steals while facing the Rockets on Sunday.
This is what we've come to expect from Ross. He should see a boost in value while Evan Fournier (elbow) is out indefinitely, and that will ensure he remains a standard league player from here on out as the Magic look to lockup a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
March 8, 2020, 10:47 pmMarkelle FultzPG, Orlando Magic
Markelle Fultz was solid vs. the Rockets on Sunday, accounting for 18 points (8-of-12 FG), five assists, two 3-pointers and three turnovers.
Fultz had a tidy game in just 28 minutes of action. He remains a reliable end of the roster point guard in standard leagues. D.J. Augustin was also productive in this game, going for 24 points (7-of-10 FG, 6-of-6 FT) and four 3-pointers. Augustin has had two strong games and could be in for some standard league value while Evan Fournier (elbow) is out indefinitely. Michael Carter-Williams has emerged as a deep league option, and he put up 16 points on strong percentages along with one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.
March 8, 2020, 5:57 pmMarkelle FultzPG, Orlando Magic
Markelle Fultz (right calf soreness) is going to start on Sunday against the Rockets.
Fultz left last night's game with cramps and was a GTD tonight, but he'll be in there against the dynamic Rockets backcourt. Feel free to roll with Fultz if you typically would.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
March 8, 2020, 4:29 pmMarkelle FultzPG, Orlando Magic
Markelle Fultz (right calf tightness) is questionable to face the Rockets on Sunday.
Fultz left Saturday's game with cramps late in the fourth quarter, so he'll likely go through pregame work to see how he's feeling. If Fultz can't go, DJ Augustin makes for a nice stream if you need assists and threes.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
March 6, 2020, 11:14 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic dominated the Wolves, accumulating 28 points (12-for-21 shooting), 12 rebounds, four assists, one triple and one steal leading the Magic to a 132-118 win over the Wolves.
Vucevic is on an absolute tear, posting his fifth straight double-double. Look for his scoring to tick up even more if Evan Fournier continues to miss time.