July 15, 2020, 5:56 pmElfrid PaytonPG, New York Knicks
Elfrid Payton was able to produce 99/125 per-game value in 8/9-cat leagues due to his high assist (7.2) and steal (1.6) numbers.
At the beginning of the season, it was unclear who the starting point guard would be for the Knicks. They have three young guards in Payton, Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr., who was the key piece of the Kristaps Porziņģis trade. After returning from a hamstring injury that cost Payton 17 consecutive games, it became clear by mid-December that he was the starting point guard and he started every game that he was healthy from December 21 on. Payton struggles to help in other categories outside of assists and steals as he averaged 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.4 blocks, 0.3 threes and 2.1 turnovers in 27.7 mpg on .439 shooting from the field, a horrendous .203 from long range and an awful .570 from the charity stripe. The Knicks have a $7M option on Payton for the 2020-21 season ($1M guaranteed) and it seems likely that they will bring him back as either the starter or as a primary back-up. Until he proves that he can become a more efficient player on the offensive end, Payton will remain as a standard-league specialist and figures to remain around the same value we have seen over the past three seasons.
July 15, 2020, 5:12 pmFrank NtilikinaPG, New York Knicks
In his third year with the Knicks and the league, Frank Ntilikina averaged 6.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks, 0.8 threes and 1.2 turnovers in 20.8 mpg across 57 games with 26 starts.
The biggest improvement for Ntilikina was with his efficiency as he had career-bests in all the percentages (.393/.321/.864 splits). While these are still disappointing numbers, it is the area that needed to improve the most in order to enter the fantasy conversation. Ntlikina will enter the final year of his rookie contract in 2020-21 and has the opportunity to improve on his 233/248 per-game value in 8/9-cat leagues if he continues to improve his efficiency. Although Ntilikina was drafted as a point guard, he may end up playing more and more at small forward if the Knicks continue to go with Elfrid Payton.
March 11, 2020, 10:35 pmElfrid PaytonPG, New York Knicks
Elfrid Payton scored 11 points while picking up 12 assists on Wednesday night, rounding out his line with five rebounds, four steals and a single block.
Payton looks good as the team's facilitator recently and put up some solid defensive numbers as well. A beneficiary of Payton's passing was RJ Barrett who scored 26 points to go with five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block of his own.
March 10, 2020, 9:18 amElfrid PaytonPG, New York Knicks
While the Knicks contemplate potentially drafting another point guard in June, and while they wait for former lottery picks Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr. to be more productive, Elfrid Payton continues to effectively run the team on the floor.
The six-year NBA veteran is playing his best basketball of the season, helping the Knicks to three wins in their past five games where he is averaging 18.0 points, 8.0 assists and 7.8 rebounds. Payton signed a two-year contract worth $16 million as a free agent in July but only $1 million of next season’s $8 million salary is guaranteed and new team president Leon Rose could decide to pick up his option as a veteran complement at the position. Due to Rose’s past ties, the Knicks have also already have been linked to his former client, Chris Paul. Payton is looking at a strong finish to the season though and he should be owned in all formats.
Source: NY Post
March 8, 2020, 10:30 pmElfrid PaytonPG, New York Knicks
Elfrid Payton put up 16 points with five boards and six assists in a win over the Pistons on Sunday.
Payton shot 7-of-11 from the field in 31 minutes of action and added one steal to the box score. He has produced top-130 value on the season and can be considered a steals and assists specialist.
March 6, 2020, 10:27 pmElfrid PaytonPG, New York Knicks
Elfrid Payton was the lone bright spot for the Knicks in an ugly loss to the Thunder on Friday, flirting with a triple-double thanks to 18 points (7-of-12 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), nine rebounds and eight assists.
Unfortunately for Payton owners, he missed his only shot attempt from beyond the arc and was also not able to record any defensive stats. He's going to start trending upward again, especially once those steals come rolling in, which they will.
March 4, 2020, 11:00 pmElfrid PaytonPG, New York Knicks
Elfrid Payton was solid for the Knicks on Wednesday night, finishing with 20 points (8-13 FG), seven rebounds, nine assists and only one turnover.
Payton continues his rocky season with a strong performance tonight. For some insight into how up and down he has been, here is his value over given time periods. Over the last two months, he is a top-95 player. Over the last two weeks, he is outside of the top-250 players. And on the season he is a top-130 player. It's a gamble what Payton you're going to get, but the talent is there.
March 2, 2020, 9:36 pmElfrid PaytonPG, New York Knicks
Elfrid Payton started on Monday and scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting to go with six rebounds, six assists and two steals.
Payton had a solid night as a starter, but the Knicks ran a deep rotation as Frank Ntilikina (29 minutes, 11 points with four dimes, two steals and a triple) got extra run for his defensive ability and Wayne Ellington (15 points with three boards, two assists, two blocks and five triples) was red-hot off the bench shooting the ball. Payton is stsill the guy to own here.
February 29, 2020, 8:22 pmFrank NtilikinaPG, New York Knicks
Frank Ntilikina (sore groin) was able to give it a go on Saturday and saw 17 minutes off the bench, recording four points, two rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer.
Elfrid Payton was awful in 33 minutes, going 1-for-4 from the field and the free-throw line for three points, one rebound and 10 assists. As long as Payton is playing, Ntilikina will not be a viable player in fantasy.
February 27, 2020, 10:04 pmElfrid PaytonPG, New York Knicks
Elfrid Payton had a nice outing on Thursday night, finishing with 18 points, six boards and 12 assists in 36 minutes.
Payton is a quietly productive player when he's healthy and he should continue to be a good source of assists the rest of the way. We wish we got a couple steals in this game, but let's not get too greedy. He will likely end up the second most valuable Knick at the end of the season. This totally tanks anything we might see from Dennis Smith Jr., who left the game with concussion-like symptoms and did not return after scoring four points in seven minutes.
February 26, 2020, 9:55 pmElfrid PaytonPG, New York Knicks
Elfrid Payton (right ankle soreness) returned from a two-game absence on Wednesday and scored six points on 3-of-8 shooting with nine assists in 27 minutes.
Payton is a top-90/75 player in 9/8-cat leagues over the past two months and should continue to post that value ROS. His return kills Dennis Smith Jr.'s value (nine points in 21 minutes) and DSJ can be dropped by anyone who picked him up.
February 26, 2020, 5:33 pmElfrid PaytonPG, New York Knicks
Elfrid Payton (right ankle soreness) will return to action for Wednesday’s matchup vs. the Hornets.
Payton will be able to play in his first game after the All-Star break, after missing the last two contests. He has proven to be the most reliable point guard that the Knicks have on their roster this season and should be rostered across standard formats as he is currently producing top-91/108 per-game value in 8/9-cat this season. Dennis Smith Jr. will head back to the bench but could see limited minutes with Frank Ntilikina (groin) sidelined.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 25, 2020, 2:08 pmFrank NtilikinaPG, New York Knicks
Frank Ntilikina (sore groin) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.
Ntilikina is looking likely to miss his second straight game. With Elfrid Payton probable for this one, Ntilikina would be pushed back to a reserve role if he can get cleared. Dennis Smith Jr. will again look to pick up extra minutes in this one.
Source: Mike Vorkunov on Twitter
February 25, 2020, 2:05 pmElfrid PaytonPG, New York Knicks
Elfrid Payton (sore right ankle) is being listed as probable for Wednesday's contest against the Hornets after missing the previous two games.
Payton should slide right back into the starting lineup, where he was on a tear before the break. Over the past month, Payton has provided top-20/30 per-game value in 9/8 cat leagues on the back of 13.4 points, 9.4 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game. Feel free to get him back into all lineups.
Source: Mike Vorkunov on Twitter
February 24, 2020, 6:39 pmElfrid PaytonPG, New York Knicks
Elfrid Payton (sore right ankle) will not play on Monday.
Dennis Smith Jr. will start in his place. Payton was unable to practice over the weekend after missing Friday's contest.
Source: Steve Popper on Twitter