Player Notes

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 33 as MIL tops MIN
    Giannis Antetokounmpo ended Friday’s victory over the Timberwolves with 33 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, a steal and a triple across 41 minutes.

    Advice: Giannis was hot leading up to this high-profile matchup, as he averaged 31.3 points, 11.0 rebounds, 8.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.3 blocks over his last three games. He stayed hot as a scorer, leading all players in that category, and he did plenty of damage as a rebounder and facilitator to help lead his team to a narrow win. His night could have been even better offensively, but the Greek Freak struggled from the charity stripe with a 14-of-21 mark. Rotoworld 9 minutes ago
  • Fred VanVleet hits six three-pointers vs. Phoenix
    Fred VanVleet finished Friday’s 114-110 win over the Suns with 23 points (7-of-15 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), five rebounds, five assists, two steals, and six 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: VanVleet stands within the top 40 in 9-category leagues this season, showcasing his valuable contributions despite recent challenges. Known for his grit and determination, VanVleet’s last performance against the Pelicans didn’t go as planned, reflecting his current struggle with shooting efficiency at 40% from the field. Despite this, VanVleet’s playmaking skills remain sharp. Averaging 8.1 assists per game, he continues to set up his teammates for success, highlighting his role as a facilitator. His ability to distribute the ball and keep the offense flowing is a bright spot in his game, compensating for the shooting woes. In Friday’s contest against the Suns, he bounced back, knocking down six triples. Rotoworld 14 minutes ago
  • Kris Murray corrals eight rebounds in spot start
    Kris Murray accumulated nine points (4-of-10 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), eight rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 35 minutes in Friday’s 127-112 loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: With Scoot Henderson sidelined, Murray made his second start of the season. While the offensive production was limited, as the rookie missed all four of his 3-point attempts, the eight rebounds were a positive. That tally eclipsed Murray’s previous season-high (five on four occasions) and went a long way toward ensuring he would play heavy minutes. In his first start, a February 4 loss in Denver, Murray only grabbed two rebounds and played 20 minutes. He’s someone to watch as the “silly season” approaches, especially if Portland were to shut down Jerami Grant eventually. Rotoworld 16 minutes ago
  • Damian Lillard teases triple-double in win vs. MIN
    Damian Lillard posted 21 points, nine rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, a block and two triples in Friday’s win over Minnesota.

    Advice: Coming out of an All-Star break in which he won the 3-Point Contest and ASG MVP, Lillard kept the momentum rolling with another clutch performance. The Bucks led 93-76 with nine minutes to play, but Minnesota charged back to keep it interesting. The Wolves cut the lead to 110-107 with 30 seconds to play on an Anthony Edwards three-pointer, but Lillard hit a long two with 10 seconds remaining to ice the game and steal victory from the jaws of defeat. In four games before this one, Dame averaged 21.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.3 triples, but he did a bit more in the peripheral categories here with a near triple-double. Lillard was a cold 8-of-23 from the floor, but he was ice cold on his final field goal, and that was the one that mattered most. Rotoworld 17 minutes ago
  • Nikola Jokic records 17th triple-double of season
    Nikola Jokic tallied 29 points (12-of-17 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), 15 rebounds, 14 assists, two steals, one block, and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes in Friday’s 127-112 win over Portland.

    Advice: One night removed from making history in a win over the Wizards, Jokic added another triple-double to his tally on Friday. He’s up to 17 on the season and provides top-5 per-game value in 8- and 9-cat formats. With Jamal Murray dealing with shin splints, the Nuggets could need even more from Jokic regarding serving as a playmaker. While no one wants Murray limited due to injury, that would boost the Joker’s already-plentiful assist opportunities. Denver finishes its Week 17 slate on Sunday with a road game against the Warriors. Rotoworld 22 minutes ago
  • Amen Thompson amasses double-double vs. Phoenix
    Amen Thompson scores 15 points (6-of-11 FG, 3-of-4 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks in Friday’s 114-110 win over the Suns.

    Advice: Over the last week, Thompson surged into the top 40 in 9-category leagues thanks to his remarkable efficiency and versatile play. Thompson is shooting an impressive 69% from the field, averaging 22 points, five rebounds, four assists, and an outstanding three blocks per game during this stretch. This OTE product’s transition to the NBA has been gradual despite quickly proving to be a formidable force on the court when given the opportunity. His rapid development and multifaceted contributions have garnered the praise and trust of head coach Ime Udoka, who’s given Thompson the opportunities to shine. Amen played 33 minutes in Friday’s win over the Suns. Rotoworld 24 minutes ago
  • Brandon Miller swipes four in loss to Warriors
    Brandon Miller ended Friday’s loss to Golden State with 11 points (4-of-14 FG), three rebounds, five assists, four steals, a blocked shot and two three-pointers across 31 minutes.

    Advice: Miller had a poor shooting effort, and he’s now gone 10-of-30 for a combined 27 points across his last two outings. Despite the shooting slump, he’s been quite a valuable fantasy option thanks to his work in other categories. The rookie has been particularly active as a defender, piling up at least four defensive stats in three straight contests. Miller was scoring 20 and knocking down triples in bunches on a regular basis, but he’s proven that even when his shot isn’t falling, he’s still worth a starting spot in fantasy lineups. Rotoworld 25 minutes ago
  • Jonathan Kuminga goes 6/7/6/2/3 in win vs. Hornets
    Jonathan Kuminga contributed six points (2-of-9 FG), seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and three blocks across 28 minutes in Friday’s 97-84 win over Charlotte.

    Advice: Kuminga had a magical run from January 12 to February 2 in which he scored at least 20 points in eight straight games. He’s cooled off considerably since then, averaging just 17 points over his last nine while scoring at least 20 twice. It’s been a rough recent stretch for him since the scoring dried up, and he’s ranked outside the top 175 in per-game fantasy value thanks to a lack of meaningful peripheral contributions. He had a loaded box score in this one, albeit one filled with single-digit stats, so fantasy managers can look at this as an encouraging step in the right direction for the young forward. Rotoworld 31 minutes ago
  • Bol Bol records double-double in loss to Rockets
    Bol Bol played 26 minutes in Friday’s 114-110 loss to the Rockets and dropped 25 points (11-of-17 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), 14 rebounds, one steal, one block, and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Bol’s standout performance against the Rockets on Friday, where he tallied 25 points and 14 rebounds, was a glimpse of what he’s capable of when given the opportunity. Despite this impressive showing, Bol’s challenge this season has been securing consistent minutes on the court. His potential for continued value hinges on his playing time. Given the fluctuating nature of his minutes, this recent game might only partially predict Bol’s role moving forward. Bol’s situation is a classic case of potential versus opportunity. His performance against the Rockets indicates he can be a significant contributor when on the floor, combining scoring prowess with rebounding ability. However, he’ll need a more consistent role in the rotation to become a reliable fantasy asset. Rotoworld 34 minutes ago