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  • McDaniels, Plumlee enter health & safety protocols
    Jalen McDaniels has entered the COVID-19 health and safety protocols, according to Shams Charania.

    Advice: With McDaniels and Mason Plumlee both out, PJ Washington should start at center for the shorthanded Hornets, while Nick Richards could see a short-term bump in playing time. Today, 7:31 am
  • Plumlee, McDaniels enter health & safety protocols
    Mason Plumlee and Jalen McDaniels have entered COVID-19 health and safety protocols, according to Shams Charania. 

    Advice: The Hornets will already be without LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier, so these latest injury announcements really sting (no pun intended). Obviously, Gordon Hayward and Miles Bridges will be needed to carry a heavier workload, but the biggest beneficiary of these frontcourt injuries is PJ Washington, who should start at center until Plumlee is healthy. Today, 7:15 am
  • Anthony Davis goes for 27/10/4/1/1 in loss Friday
    Anthony Davis scored 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting (7-of-11 free throws) and added 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block, and two turnovers as the Lakers lost to the Clippers 119-115 on Friday.

    Advice: Davis shot 0-of-2 from the three-point line on Friday, and his four missed free throws ended up looming large for the Lakers who shot 13-of-21 from the free-throw line for the game. The Lakes never led in this one and right now are simply not a great basketball team. Davis is having a great season from a fantasy standpoint, and as long as he stays healthy, this shouldn't change. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Juan Toscano-Anderson has best game of season
    Juan Toscano-Anderson had his best game of the season vs. the Suns on Friday with 17 points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and a triple. 

    Advice: This will likely be JTA's best line of the season but we had to blurb him simply for this incredible dunk (link below). His fantasy value has been non-existent for most of the season and we don't see that changing with the Warriors about to get some serious reinforcements. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Paul George goes for 19/9/8/2 in win over Lakers
    Paul George scored 19 points on 7-of-20 shooting and added nine assists, eight rebounds, and two steals as the Clippers beat the Lakers 119-115 on Friday night.

    Advice: George was 0-of-7 from distance on Friday night but was great everywhere else. The nine assists were a season-high and he turned it over just three times, after tallying 15 in his last two games. George got the night off on Wednesday, and it seemed like he got the chance to clear his head and regroup a bit for this matchup. Reggie Jackson chipped in 16 points with eight assists, two rebounds, two triples, and one steal and Ivica Zubac scored 12 points on 3-of-4 shooting (6-of-6 free throws) and added five rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Draymond racks up six steals and three blocks
    Draymond Green racked up nine points, nine rebounds, nine assists, six steals, three blocks and a triple in a 118-96 win vs. the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: It’s been a long time since we’ve seen defensive stats like these from Draymond that once made him an elite fantasy asset during his prime. Prior to this gem, Draymond was only putting up 9th-round value in 9-cat, averaging 8.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.7 dimes, 1.2 steals and 0.9 blocks. The Warriors get a game vs. the rebuilding Spurs on Saturday, so it makes sense to confirm the status of both Green and Stephen Curry since they rested in their previous back-to-back. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Marcus Morris scores season-high 21 in win Friday
    Marcus Morris scored a season-high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting (6-of-9 3-pointers) with two rebounds and one assist as the Clippers beat the Lakers 119-115 on Friday night.

    Advice: Morris had his best game of the season on Friday, and he hit one of the biggest shots of the game to help seal the win for the Clippers. Morris banked in a three-pointer with 7.6 seconds to go that gave the Clippers a 119-113 lead and essentially end the game. Morris at best is a DFS pick, so those that have him probably feel pretty good right now. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Al Horford scores 21 points vs. Utah
    Al Horford had 21 points, nine assists, six rebounds, one steal, one block and three triples vs. the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: Boston was having trouble containing Rudy Gobert, so Robert Williams only played 15 minutes with Horford and Grant Williams getting most of the run. Horford actually leads the Celtics in 9-cat fantasy value right now, and nothing that he's doing seems unsustainable apart from a frothy block rate that is likely to dip a bit. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Jayson Tatum's 37 points not enough vs. UTA
    Jayson Tatum's 37 points (12-of-25 FGs, 11-of-11 FTs) wasn't enough in a 137-130 loss to Utah on Friday.

    Advice: Tatum added six rebounds, five assists, one block and two triples for his second strong performance in a row after a few rough games vs. the Spurs, Raptors and 76ers. Tatum gets a 5% usage rate boost whenever Jaylen Brown (hamstring) is out, and while the counting stats will be through the roof, we'd like to see more consistency -- Tatum's FG% has been dragging down his fantasy value. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Maxi Kleber puts up 13 & 9 in loss
    Maxi Kleber put up 13 points, 9 rebounds, one assist, and one steal, but the Mavericks lost to the Pelicans 107-91 on Friday night. 

    Advice: Kleber has scored in double figures in three of his last four games, ironically they have all been 13-point performances. Kleber was one rebound shy of tallying his second double-double of the season, as the first came back in late October against San Antonio. Kleber should get another start on Saturday if Porzingis misses another game, but since the Unicorn sat out tonight with a left knee contusion, he might give it a go on Saturday. We will have more updates as we get closer to tip-off. Yesterday, 8:57 pm
  • Royce O'Neale puts up solid line in return
    Royce O'Neale (ankle/foot) was excellent in his return to action on Friday vs. Boston with 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two triples in 32 minutes. 

    Advice: Royce rarely puts up fantasy lines that make you look twice, but he's usually a safe bet to play big workloads for the Jazz and he can do a little bit of everything on the stat sheet. That makes him an underrated player in 9-cat where he is currently ranked as a top-80 player on the season. Yesterday, 8:48 pm
  • Christian Wood puts up 20/14/4 line vs. ORL
    Christian Wood (ankle) feasted in a 118-116 win vs. Orlando on Friday with 24 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and two triples. 

    Advice: Considering he was in a walking boot less than 48 hours ago and didn’t miss a single game, Wood and his fantasy managers are quite fortunate. He was averaging 24.3 points, 15.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 blocks in his previous three full games, so it was great to see him pick up where he left off. He’s playing a lot more center which is helping, but a change in mindset has gone a long way too with coach Stephen Silas talking him up this week. Yesterday, 8:19 pm
  • Brandon Ingram scores 24 w/ 12 dimes, 8 boards
    Brandon Ingram scored 24 points on 7-of-20 shooting and added 12 assists, eight rebounds, two steals, and one triple as the Pelicans beat the Mavericks 107-91 on Friday. 

    Advice: The Pelicans got ran out of the gym by this same Dallas team on Wednesday in New Orleans. The tables were turned on Friday in Dallas as the Pelicans led by as much as 18, and cruised to a victory over Dallas. Ingram was spectacular and showed out on both sides of the ball. the 12 assists were a career-high, and the first time this season that Ingram has even tallied double-digit assists. If Ingram can add a few dimes per night to his line it will help his fantasy value a ton. Yesterday, 8:18 pm
  • John Collins puts up 18/8/2/1 in loss Friday
    John Collins scored 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting (2-of-5 3-pointers) and added eight rebounds, two blocks, and one steal but the Hawks lost to the Sixers 98-96 on Friday night. 

    Advice: Collins has been one of the most efficient forwards in the league, which makes him ideal for 9-cat formats, and he proves his worth again on Friday. He also provided some solid defensive stats and drilled two triples. Collins did a bit of everything on Friday, but the Hawks couldn't come out with a win. We will see if they can get back in the win column on Sunday against the Hornets. Yesterday, 8:04 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari puts up 18/8/3 off bench Friday
    Danilo Gallinari scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds with three assists on Friday, but the Hawks fell to the Sixers 98-96.

    Advice: Gallinari shot 5-of-12 from the floor and 2-of-5 from the three-point like while making all six of his free throws. He had a shot at the buzzer that would have won the game, but it was a bit off the mark and the Hawks went home with a loss. Lou Williams was also in double-figures off the bench, scoring 11 points on 3-of-8 shooting with two triples, one rebound, and one steal. Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Jarred Vanderbilt ties career-high w/ 15 rebounds
    Jarred Vanderbilt grabbed 15 rebounds to go with 10 points, three assists, one steal and one block in 30 minutes vs. the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: The Wolves tried to shadow Kevin Durant’s minutes with Vanderbilt, but foul trouble prevented it from being a full-time assignment. Still, it’s pretty telling how highly the Wolves think of Vando, and his head coach and several players are on the record saying he deserves to be an All-Defensive player. Since winning the starting job, Vanderbilt has been a mid-round fantasy value for his ability to rack up boards, dimes, steals and blocks on elite efficiency. Yesterday, 7:38 pm
  • Joel Embiid puts up 28 & 12 in win over Atlanta
    Joel Embiid put up 28 points on 10-of-23 shooting with 12 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and one steal as the Sixers beat the Hawks 98-96 on Friday night.

    Advice: Embiid got off to a bit of a slow start, but he picked it up late and willed his team to a victory over the Hawks in what has become a bit of a rivalry in the Eastern Conference. The big fella made just 1-of-3 three-pointers but knocked down 7-of-8 foul shots with three turnovers in the win. Georges Niang played well as well scoring 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting (3-of-5 3-pointers) and added four rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 29 minutes. Yesterday, 7:28 pm
  • Kevin Durant posts 30/10/6 line in win vs. MIN
    Kevin Durant was dominant in a 110-105 win vs. Minnesota on Friday with 30 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five turnovers.

    Advice: Durant’s minutes have been through the roof lately, so we’ll need to watch his status closely on Saturday vs. Chicago – he played 45, 40 and 38 minutes in his last three games. "It's not ideal to have him have such a burden," coach Steve Nash said. "But I don't know what options we have other than to play him less and lose more. He's a great player, and we're down a great player and a really good player and a few others." Yesterday, 7:14 pm
  • Laiuri Markkanen puts up 15/6/2 in win Friday
    Lauri Markkaned scored 15 points with four triples, six rebounds, two assists, and no turnovers as the Cavaliers beat the Wizards 116-101 on Friday night.

    Advice: Markkanen wasn't the most efficient on Friday, shooting 5-of-14 from the floor and  4-of-12 from the three-point line. Hw also didn't provide anything in terms of defensive stats, but this game was a blowout, so not much defense was needed from Mr. Markkanen. Kevin Love was also good again off the bench scoring 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting and made 1-of-4 triples with nine rebounds and two assists. Both should be rostered everywhere at this point. Yesterday, 6:57 pm
  • Sabonis posts 14/16/3 line vs. Miami
    Domantas Sabonis came off the bench for 14 points, 16 rebounds, three assists, two steals and five turnovers vs. Miami on Friday.

    Advice: Sabonis wasn’t in the starting lineup which caused some chaos after lineup lock, but after tending to a “family matter,” he checked in midway through the first quarter and put up a quality line. This loss does drop the Pacers to 9-16 this season, and their upcoming schedule won’t do them any favors with games vs. the Wizards, Knicks, Mavericks and Warriors. Yesterday, 6:49 pm
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