Player Notes

  • Scores season-high 37 points
    Butler notched 37 points (12-19 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 10-11 FT), three rebounds, seven assists, one block and one steal over 36 minutes during Saturday's 126-120 victory over the Jazz.

    Advice: Butler carried the Heat to victory Saturday, scoring a season-high 37 points. He has now tallied at least 20 points in four straight games, a welcome sight for fantasy managers. While the risk of missed games is an ongoing concern, Butler typically increases his production down the stretch. As long as he can stay on the floor, Butler could be a sneaky top-20 asset moving forward. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 8:27 pm
  • Michael Porter Jr. doesn’t miss, scores 25 points
    Michael Porter Jr. shot 10-of-10 from the field in Saturday’s win over the Lakers, finishing with 25 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block, and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: While most of the Lakers’ defensive attention was focused on Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray (for good reason), Porter came up big on Saturday. He shot the basketball perfectly, making all ten attempts while recording a double-double and a full stat line. And his fantasy value has taken off recently, as MPJ has been a top 20 player in 9-cat formats over the past three weeks. While he remains ranked outside the top 50 in season-long value, Porter’s recent run could be a difference-maker for managers who have him rostered. Denver plays three games during Week 19. Rotoworld Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • LeBron James cracks 40K points threshold vs. DEN
    LeBron James accumulated 26 points (12-of-20 FGs, 0-of-1 FTs), four rebounds, nine assists, four steals, and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes in Saturday’s 124-114 loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: The NBA’s all-time points leader added another noteworthy achievement to his resume on Saturday, surpassing the 40,000-point mark during the second quarter. James would score an efficient 26 points, but it wasn’t enough to cap the night with a win. Over the past three weeks, LeBron has provided top 10 per-game value in 8- and 9-cat formats. As long as the lingering care of ankle tendinopathy does not flare up, he will consistently offer high-level fantasy production. The Lakers head home for four games during Week 19, beginning with the Thunder on Monday. Rotoworld Yesterday, 8:05 pm
  • Will not return Saturday
    Grant will not return to Saturday's game versus Memphis due to right quad soreness. He finished with five points (1-5 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), one assist and one steal over 15 minutes

    Advice: The injury sounds relatively minor, but Portland tends to be cautious with their veterans. With Grant sidelined, Portland could lean more on players such as Jabari Walker and Matisse Thybulle. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 6:31 pm
  • Good to go Saturday
    Reddish (ankle) will play in Saturday's game versus Denver, Ryan Ward of LakersNation.com reports.

    Advice: No surprise here, as Reddish was carrying a probable tag prior to this update. Reddish played just four minutes in his most recent outing versus Washington on Thursday, but he saw 20 minutes the night before. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 5:05 pm
  • Lauri Markkanen posts 25/5/6/2/1 line with 4 treys
    Lauri Markkanen posted a full line on Saturday with 25 points (5-of-15 FGs, 11-of-12 FTs), five rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers against the Heat.

    Advice: Markkanen got off to a slow start in this game and entered halftime shooting 2-of-10 from the floor. However, after adding five points from the free throw line in the third quarter, Markkanen scored 12 more in the fourth while shooting 3-of-5 from the floor. His field goal percentage was still subpar, but he was able to provide value across the board and keep his scoring average up by getting to the free throw line. Markkanen is a true fantasy superstar, and after two straight poor performances, he got back on track in this game. He’ll look to build off this one on Monday when they host the Wizards. Rotoworld Yesterday, 5:02 pm
  • Taylor Hendricks hauls in career-high 13 rebounds
    Taylor Hendricks provided solid value on Saturday with eight points (4-of-7 FGs), 13 rebounds, one assist and two blocks against the Heat.

    Advice: While he wasn’t able to get the double-double, Hendricks was still able to set a new career-high for rebounds on Saturday. The rookie has started their last five games and sits just outside the top-100 in 9-cat value during that stretch. He has been figuring things out, and he should continue to improve as he plays more games. He should be a solid option for the rest of the season, though managers may have to deal with some dud performances, which is common for rookies. He has a super high ceiling and will get the chance to showcase his potential for the rest of the year, since the Jazz have seemingly pulled the plug on a push for the Play-In. Rotoworld Yesterday, 4:58 pm
  • Starting Saturday
    Stevens will enter the starting lineup for Saturday's game versus Portland.

    Advice: Jaren Jackson (quadriceps) is out again Saturday, and Stevens will replace Trey Jemison in the starting five. In seven appearances for the Grizzlies, Stevens holds averages of 12.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 4:36 pm
  • Out for Saturday
    Little (knee) will not play Saturday versus Houston, Amanda Pflugrad of 3TV Phoenix reports.

    Advice: Little will miss his second game in a row Saturday, but his absence won't have a big impact on the rotation with Bradley Beal returning. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 4:12 pm