January 17, 2020, 10:50 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas finished Friday's 113-109 win over the Cavs with only eight points but 18 rebounds, four assists and four blocks.
Valanciunas predictably feasted, as Tristan Thompson got ejected and nobody else could hang with JV on the glass. He's going to cruise along with top-65 numbers from here on out, with the Grizzlies settling into a nice rhythm that has their main frontcourt pieces all returning standard-league value. Expect Valanciunas to put more points on the board in the next contest.
January 17, 2020, 10:47 pmBrandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon Clarke put forth a strong effort in Friday's home victory over the Cavs, chipping in 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go with two rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a 3-pointer in 24 minutes.
Clarke went through a little lull at the start of January but has been solid through the last week, so hopefully you were able to buy low. The rookie has been outstanding, and his current top-100/80 standing in 8/9-cat leagues is buoyed by an elite .635 mark from the field. Fellow rookie Ja Morant was also solid in this one, posting 16 points, five rebounds, eight assists, three steals and a block. Big multi-cat lines are becoming a very regular occurrence there.
January 17, 2020, 10:45 pmJae CrowderPF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jae Crowder played through hip soreness on Friday night and was able to manage nine points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and a 3-pointer.
Nothing spectacular but Crowder played 30 minutes and this is the sort of plodding line that has him as a worthwhile option for the end of benches in 12-team leagues. His shooting isn't good but the rebounds, steals and threes are generally there.
January 17, 2020, 10:43 pmJaren Jackson Jr.PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr. had a very quiet night against the Cavs on Friday, posting just 10 points, one rebound and a steal in 20 minutes of action.
Jackson picked up three fouls tonight and Brandon Clarke played well, so things just weren't going his way. Don't sweat this one much and expect JJJ to get back to typical business in the next one.
January 17, 2020, 10:42 pmDillon BrooksSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Dillon Brooks continued his nice scoring run in Friday's win, tallying 26 points and four 3-pointers while going 9-of-17 from the field.
Brooks did basically nothing else in the box score but there's low-end pickup appeal in all formats while he's running this hot. In his last seven, he's scored 22, 19, 28, 22, seven, 24 and now 26 points. Let the good times roll.
January 17, 2020, 10:39 pmDe'Anthony MeltonPG, Memphis Grizzlies
De'Anthony Melton didn't do a ton of scoring (three points) on Friday night but did come away with four rebounds, five assists and four steals in 20 minutes.
Melton's been a great pickup for the Grizzlies and he's actually posting value befitting rostership in 12-team leagues, though if you don't need steals or assists his appeal is severely limited. Still, Melton is averaging 1.2 steals and 0.4 blocks in just 17.3 mpg on the year, making him one of the league's more valuable and unheralded defensive specialists.
January 17, 2020, 6:27 pmJae CrowderPF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jae Crowder is set to return from right hip soreness to face the Cavs on Friday.
It was a brief one-game absence for Crowder who has been able to carry late-round value in standard leagues all season. He is not going to win you a championship but Crowder makes for a nice end of the roster glue guy. Unfortunately, Crowder's return will go back to capping De'Anthony Melton's upside.
Source: Anthony Sain on Twitter
January 17, 2020, 11:16 amBruno CabocloSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Bruno Caboclo has been diagnosed with a left knee bone bruise and will miss 4-6 weeks.
Caboclo likely helped some readers win championships last year with some eye-opening performances during the fantasy playoffs and it's looking like his next chance to contribute to fantasy teams will come smack dab in these year's fantasy playoffs. However. Caboclo's star has since fallen with the signing of Jonas Valanciunas and the dual emergence of Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke. While it's good that the former first-round project has carved out a spot in the pros, he's not worth monitoring in fantasy this season.
Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter
January 16, 2020, 8:59 pmBruno CabocloSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Bruno Caboclo (left knee soreness) will miss Friday's game against the Cavs.
The Brazilian Durant has not had much of an impact so far in his young career and isn't on the fantasy radar in the short term.
January 16, 2020, 8:57 pmJae CrowderPF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jae Crowder is questionable for Friday's game with right hip soreness.
Crowder missed Tuesday's game with the hip issue but should be considered day-to-day for now. He's been a borderline top-100 player which is perfectly serviceable given his muted expectations.
Source: NBA Injury Report
January 15, 2020, 12:20 amBrandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon Clarke (right thumb soreness) came off the bench for 24 minutes, hitting 6-of-7 field goals and 2-of-2 free throws for 14 points to go with seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in a win over the Rockets on Tuesday.
Clarke has been pretty consistent this season, though his ceiling remains capped due to the entrenched starting frontcourt. There's a realistic chance that Clarke starts nabbing more defensive stats like he did in college as the season goes on, though. So, make sure you hold him or consider acquiring him in case he's being underrated. The starting bigs were solid as well with Jaren Jackson Jr. puting up 15 points, two rebounds, one assist, three steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes and Jonas Valanciunas going for 19 points, six boards, two dimes and a block in 28 minutes.
January 15, 2020, 12:08 amDe'Anthony MeltonPG, Memphis Grizzlies
De'Anthony Melton was given 26 minutes on Tuesday and he turned in a solid performance, scoring 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting with six rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer as the Grizzlies beat the Rockets.
Jae Crowder (right hip soreness) missing this game allowed for a few extra Melton minutes, and he performed well. It's not quite the breakout game that has many drooling in anticipation. He's a player to own, but Melton has a lot of other young competition capping his production this season. Dillon Brooks, for example, may not be losing his role anytime soon with performances like he had tonight: 24 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and six big 3-pointers.
January 14, 2020, 11:58 pmKyle AndersonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Kyle Anderson went scoreless (0-for-3 FGs, all 3-point attempts) in 17 minutes in a spot start on Tuesday, producing just four rebounds and a block in a win over the Rockets.
Anderson just isn't getting the minutes he would need in order to become standard-league relevant again. He can be left on the waiver wire even if he starts a game here or there.
January 14, 2020, 11:52 pmJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant was special on Tuesday in a 121-110 home win over the Rockets as he hit 10-of-11 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line as part of a performance that included 26 points, five rebounds, eight assists, three 3-pointers, a steal and a block in 37 minutes.
Morant is causing a lot of excitement with recent games like this. His stats over the last two weeks put him in the top-20/50 (8-cat/9-cat) in that stretch. But keep in mind that he's outside the top-65/110 for the whole month. That's just a reminder that although his assists and efficiency have been great, he's still lacking in a lot of areas in which one would expect a rookie point guard to lack. He'll be fun to own down the stretch, but this could also be his peak, meaning you might be better off accepting an overwhelming offer for him before he hits another cold stretch.
January 14, 2020, 7:00 pmYuta WatanabePG, Memphis Grizzlies
Yuta Watanabe has been called up by the Grizzlies and will be available for Tuesday's game against the Suns.
Watanabe is strictly a depth option and can be ignored in fantasy circles.
Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter