• It’s me again, Erik, still just filling in.

    It was an interesting Saturday night. Even with just five games on tap, there were more than a few worthwhile adds that popped up. Now to be clear, I want to focus on only solid value adds. Yes, Mike Scott and Kyle O’Quinn played well tonight, but that was because Joel Embiid was sitting out the front end of a B2B set. Those were spot performances and the players are not worth considering – even as streamers, at least not right now.

    Jalen Brunson (1% owned)

    Brunson is potentially in line for more minutes moving forward. Delon Wright got hurt with a right adductor strain and is already unlikely to play on Sunday. Brunson flirted with a breakout towards the end of 2018-19, so we all know that there’s a serviceable asset tucked away in there, somewhere.

    Aaron Holiday (4% owned)

    Holiday started for an injured Malcolm Brogdon, who was out tonight with a sore left hand. Holiday is more of a short-term add for while Brogdon remains sidelined.

    Elfrid Payton (11% owned)

    Payton stuffed the stat sheet with a low-end line. But out of the mess that we call the Knicks’ point guard rotation, Payton remains my pony to come out ahead of the three-headed race. He’s the best balance of offense and defense and maturity.

    Trey Burke (0% owned)

    Burke is purely a deep-league play. He has the scoring chops to edge out Raul Neto of the backup PG job in Philly. You can play it safe and do a wait-and-see approach, but at the very least, put him on your watch list.

    Ben McLemore (15% owned)

    McLemore has been scorching-hot lately and there’s simply no reason that he should be sitting in your league’s wire right now. He’s playing out of his mind and it’s important – no, critical, that you ride out his hot streak while it lasts. His 28 points the last game and 27 points tonight might be the tip of the iceberg.

    Tyus Jones (10% owned)

    The real Tyus Jones finally showed up tonight to deliver seven dimes and three steals, overshadowing De’Anthony Melton. Jones is worth a speculative short-term hold while Ja Morant is week-to-week with his back issue.

    Grayson Allen (1% owned)

    Allen has scored in double figures in three of his last five games now. He’s worth a look in 14-team leagues or deeper.

    Jeff Green (2% owned)

    Green really turned back the clock tonight with his 19 points. He’s getting heavier usage lately, but remains more of a deep-league asset right now.

Fantasy News

  • Enes Kanter
    C, Boston Celtics

    Enes Kanter (right hip contusion) will not play against the Magic on Friday.

    Kanter, along with Jayson Tatum, limped off the court on Wednesday and did not return to the game. It seems like Kanter's injury was a bit more serious and he was seen limping as he left the stadium. Kanter had been clinging onto 12-team value by a thread, but take this a sign to move on from him and add any hot, low-end big man, such as Ivica Zubac, Jerami Grant or teammate Daniel Theis, who should produce top solid top-100 value as the lone viable center on the roster.

    Source: Boston Celtics on Twitter

  • Jayson Tatum
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Jayson Tatum (right groin strain) has avoided major injury and is being listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Magic.

    Tatum injured his groin on Wednesday and did not return to the game. As with any soft tissue injury, short return-to-play timetables can be a relief, but they can also place a player in position to reaggravate the original strain. Check back in before game time on Friday, but we wouldn't be surprised to see the Celtics hold their star forward out at least one game.

    Source: Boston Celtics on Twitter

  • Jaylen Brown
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Jaylen Brown (right ankle sprain) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game versus the Magic.

    Just as expected, Brown's absence won't be a long one. He's picked up a few injuries to his ankle and thumb since returning from an illness, so 2020 hasn't gotten off to a great start for Brown. With the Celtics nearing full health, don't expect the same statlines he was putting up about a month ago, but Brown's proven that his early-career statistical inadequacy is a thing of the past. Of course, he's still no dynamo, but he should be able to cruise as a top-60 or so asset moving forward. Check back in before game time tomorrow.

    Source: Boston Celtics on Twitter

  • Cameron Johnson
    SF, Phoenix Suns

    Cameron Johnson (right quad contusion) is considered uncertain for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Johnson is only a 3-point specialist at this moment in time but could find himself in a more significant role if the Suns decide to be sellers at the trade deadline. Keep an eye on the situation in the coming weeks.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Aron Baynes
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Aron Baynes (left hip soreness) is being listed as uncertain for Friday's game against the Spurs.

    Coach Monty Williams added that he is hopeful to have the big man back. The Suns' experiment of trying Deandre Ayton at PF next to Baynes didn't pan out as hoped, and the big man has returned to being a role player off the bench when healthy. While the team isn't actively shopping Baynes, he is a name that will be floating around for teams looking to acquire size.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Tim Frazier
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Tim Frazier (illness) is expected to play against the Grizzlies on Friday.

    With Reggie Jackson re-entering the guard rotation, Frazier's minimal role will take an even bigger hit. He is not on the fantasy radar.

    Source: Keoth Langlois on Twitter

  • Bruce Brown
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Bruce Brown Jr. is expected to return to the lineup for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Brown missed Wednesday's game with the illness, which coincided with Reggie Jackson returning to the lineup. Jackson went off for 22 points in limited minutes, and the roles and usage od the Pistons backcourt is something to monitor closely moving forward.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Andre Drummond
    C, Detroit Pistons

    Andre Drummond (lip) is expected to play against the Grizzlies on Friday after missing Wednesday's game.

    Drummond will wind up missing one game after losing a tooth on Monday, and he should resume his usual dominance in the paint in this one. Drummond is a top-10/5 player in 9/8 cat leagues on the season, but that drops to top-50/30 over the past month as his name has been swirling in trade rumors. A change of scenery may be the recipe to get Drummond over the recent slump.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Ivica Zubac
    C, Los Angeles Clippers

    Marc Stein of The New York Times is reporting that the Clippers are exploring the trade market to add a dependable big man and wing depth to the team.

    The Clippers could use another big man to pair with Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell, as well as another wing defender to play behind their superstar forwards. The Clippers are set with their core and will be doing their due diligence to round out the kinks of the roster before the stretch run.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • DeAndre' Bembry
    SF, Atlanta Hawks

    DeAndre' Bembry (personal) will miss Friday's game against the Thunder as he deals with the passing of his aunt.

    Our prayers go out to Bembry and his family. De'Andre Hunter could see a few extra minutes in his absence.

    Source: Jameelah J on Twitter