• Hey folks! It’s me, Erik. I’m filling in for one of our writers tonight and bringing you a condensed, to-the-point list of guys worth adding or streaming based on tonight’s performances.

    Pickups

    Ish Smith (16% owned)

    Stats Tonight: 15 points, eight assists, two rebounds, two 3s, one steal, 32 minutes

    He’s simply been solid as a starter for the Wizards in the absence of Isaiah Thomas, who isn’t exactly known to be durable. Smith can give you dimes and some peripherals but that’s pretty much the ceiling you should expect.

    Moritz Wagner (33% owned) 

    Stats Tonight: 19 points (7-of-14 shooting), nine rebounds, one assist, one 3-pointer, two steals, 31 minutes

    It’s crazy that Wagner isn’t owned in more leagues. For the time being, consider him must-own while Thomas Bryant is sidelined with a stress reaction in his foot.

    Garrett Temple (19% owned)

    Stats Tonight: eight points, two rebounds, four assists, two 3s, one steal, one block, 33 minutes

    Temple is one of those under-the-radar guys who simply doesn’t get the respect he deserves in this game. He can fill up the stat sheet, albeit in a low-end way. Still, who’s going to complain about reasonable across-the-board production, right?

    D.J. Augustin (25% owned)

    Stats Tonight: 10 points (2-of-10 shooting) three rebounds, seven assists, three steals, one 3-pointer,  26 minutes

    The Markelle Fultz party has all but silenced Augustin’s already limited fantasy appeal. That said, he’s been a serviceable streamer for assists over the last couple of games. Give him a look if your team is in need of a boost in that particular category.

    Cedi Osman (22% owned)

    Stats Tonight: 14 points (5-of-12 shooting), five rebounds, four assists, four steals, three treys, one block, 32 minutes

    Personally, I’ve never been a fan. I consider Osman a fantasy tease, who just disappoints after luring your team into a dangerous rock formation during high tide. Still, I cannot discount how good Osman was tonight. On that note, ride him while he’s playing well and hope he keeps it up – but for the love of all that’s holy, drop him like a  hot potato once the crappy mode switch has been flipped.

    Glenn Robinson III (26% owned) 

    Stats Tonight: 20 points (8-of-12 shooting), seven rebounds, two steals, two 3s, 34 minutes.

    GR3 is a guy with consistency issues. However, given the Warriors’ injury plight this season, there’s no reason to avoid the variance he brings to the table if only to snag a game like this from time to time.

    Kris Dunn (16% owned) 

    Stats Tonight: nine points (4-of-11 shooting), four rebounds, one assist, one 3-pointer, three steals, one block, 29 minutes

    Dunn is barely more than a steals streamer right now, but if you consider how hard it is to find steals on the wire, he’s worth a hold as an end-of-bench kind of guy – if only to lock down that category week-on-week.

    Ivica Zubac (28% owned) 

    Stats Tonight: 14 points (6-of-10 shooting), 12 rebounds, two assists, 24 minutes

    Zubac may not be a sexy big man in the game, but he does enough on the glass and with a block per game, that he’s worth owning in 14-teams or deeper. Yes, Montrezl Harrell steals his time and Thunder on most nights, but at least Zubac does not bury your FT percentage.

    Trevor Ariza (4% owned)

    Stats Tonight: nine points, six rebounds, three 3s, two assists, two steals, 29 minutes

    Ariza has been showing signs of life in recent games – supporting his career-long habit of being a slow starter. That said, three 3s and two steals off the wire, ain’t so bad.

    Kent Bazemore (25% owned)

    Stats Tonight: 10 points, two rebounds, one 3-pointer, 25 minutes

    Never mind his line tonight. Bazemore started the second half of this game for the Blazers and could be in line for a bump in minutes and subsequently, usage. He’s been known to fill the stat sheet in his heyday, making him a risky but potentially profitable speculative add.

    Digging Deeper

    Kevin Porter Jr. (1% owned) 

    Stats Tonight: 12 points (5-of-8 shooting), two 3s, four rebounds, one assist, one steal, 20 minutes

    Porter has quietly been productive in recent games and is worth streaming for points and threes in 16-team leagues or deeper.

    Derrick Jones Jr. (1% owned)

    Stats Tonight: five points, three rebounds, one 3-pointer, two assists, three steals and one block, 27 minutes

    DJJ is one of those guys you can help but cheer for. Aside from having a cool nickname in “Airplane Mode,” this kid can really stuff the stat sheet when he’s feeling it. He’s off to a slow start thanks to injuries, but can be someone who’ll benefit from a lengthy absence of Justise Winslow and Goran Dragic.

Fantasy News

  • Jakarr Sampson
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    Jakarr Sampson is questionable to face the Warriors on Friday due to his left ankle sprain.

    Sampson is barely cracking the Pacers' rotation. Whether he is healthy or injured, it does not make much of a difference for his status in fantasy.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Goga Bitadze
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Goga Bitadze is questionable to face the Warriors on Friday with a sore left knee.

    Bitadze's role is irrelevant as long as Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner are around to play center for the Pacers. You can ignore Bitadze beyond the deepest of leagues.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Tim Frazier
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Tim Frazier has recovered enough from his illness to return to the Pistons lineup for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Illness and injuries still have his teammates down for the moment, but with Reggie Jackson back in action, it has only gotten tougher for Frazier to crack the Pistons' rotation. He's best left on waivers.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Bruce Brown
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Bruce Brown Jr. will sit out Friday's tilt with the Grizzlies as he continues to cope with an illness.

    Brown's absence from the lineup will give Reggie Jackson another opportunity to shine. It was surprising to see him so successful right off the bat, but if you have room feel free to pick up Jackson and see where things go. Jackson has never had a fantasy-friendly game, and he will have to perform well a couple more times to justify being a must-add in standard leagues.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Andre Drummond
    C, Detroit Pistons

    Andre Drummond (lip) will miss Friday's matchup against the Grizzlies.

    This will be Drummond's second missed game after taking a rough hit to the head on Monday. The incident should not be a long term setback so just stay patient here. Christian Wood could be in for a large stat line and Markieff Morris should have a chance to grab more rebounds with Drummond inactive.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    According to Shams Charania, Bogdan Bogdanovic will get the start in place of Buddy Hield when the Kings face the Bulls on Friday.

    The Kings have been stinking it up over the course of a six-game losing streak, and they've only won three out of there last 18 games. Maybe Hield will get more opportunities leading the bench unit, but one has to hope his minutes remain in the 30s. Bogdanovic will have a hard time breaking out as long as De'Aaron Fox is healthy and operating the offense, but he could get a few more minutes as a starter.

    Source: Sham Charania via Jason Jones on Twitter

  • Jaylen Brown
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Jaylen Brown (right ankle sprain) will not play on Friday against the Magic.

    Brown will be on the sidelines with Jayson Tatum and Enes Kanter. The rest of the Celtics roster should be in for big nights, making Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Gordan Hayward and Daniel Theis popular targets in DFS on Friday. In particular, Brown's absence should open up increased opportunities for Hayward. Brown was originally projected to tough it out on Friday so hopefully, he's back in action soon.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • DeAndre' Bembry
    SF, Atlanta Hawks

    Deandre' Bembry (neuritis) underwent a non-surgical procedure on his right hand and will be reassessed prior to Sunday's game.

    Bembry will be able to return without restrictions so there is no need to be overly concerned about his status. He remains a useful resource when you are seeking steals, but he brings little else to the fantasy table.

    Source: Kevin Chouinard on Twitter

  • Isaiah Roby
    PF, Dallas Mavericks

    Isaiah Roby has been traded to the Thunder, while Justin Patton and cash considerations are being sent back to the Mavs.

    Roby has not appeared in an NBA game this season, and the second-round pick has been spending the campaign in the G League with the Texas Legends until now. Maybe he gets an opportunity with the Thunder down the line, but in all likelihood, he will remain a developmental project that is best left in the fantasy free agent pool.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Justin Patton
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Justin Patton and cash considerations have been traded to the Mavs for Isaiah Roby.

    It's been a lost fantasy season for Patton who has appeared in just five games with the Thunder thus far. He will serve as a big back big for the Mavs now that they are without Dwight Powell. He is still not much of a fantasy asset, but keep an eye on him in case another injury occurs in Dallas.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter