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Josh Jackson finished Monday’s loss to the Clippers with 14 points (4-of-12 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs), five rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes.
Feb 25   2:26 AM

Jackson has played well since Memphis called him up from the team’s G-League affiliate, earning consistent rotation minutes in the process. While his NBA career hasn’t panned out the way that many expected him to when he was selected by the Suns with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Jackson is making the most of his opportunity in Memphis. Over the last two weeks he’s provided 11th-round value in nine-cat formats, and he’s playing a shade under 22 minutes per game. Currently rostered in just three percent of Yahoo leagues, Jackson is worth considering in deeper leagues.

Marcus Morris shot 5-of-11 from the field in Monday’s win over the Grizzlies, finishing with 13 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.
Feb 25   2:26 AM

Morris had a good night, as he was one of five Clippers to score in double figures. That being said, this was also the game that marked Paul George’s return to the lineup. With that being the case Morris stands to lose some of his fantasy value, but not enough to make him an automatic drop in most leagues. It’s fine to be conservative here and hang onto Morris for the time being, as George will likely need a few games before he takes on a full workload.

Montrezl Harrell played 20 minutes in Monday’s win over the Grizzlies, finishing with 22 points (9-of-11 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), three rebounds and two blocked shots.
Feb 25   1:46 AM

Harrell and JaMychal Green (13/9/1/1/1 with three 3-pointers) both played well off the bench Monday, combining to score 35 of the Clippers’ 67 bench points. Over the last month Harrell has produced at a sixth-round level in nine-cat and a seventh-round level in eight-cat, punting turnovers. His presence and Doc Rivers’ desire to have Harrell on the court to end games has limited the fantasy value of starting center Ivica Zubac (6/10/2 in 21 minutes), but it’s a setup that more often than not is effective.

Ja Morant shot 7-of-13 from the field and 2-of-2 from the foul line in Monday’s loss to the Clippers, finishing with 16 points and one assist in 27 minutes.
Feb 25   1:46 AM

Morant may have shot better than 50% from the field, but the Clippers managed to shut him down as a playmaker. This was the first time in the rookie’s young career in which he failed to dish out at least two assists, and he also missed all three of his three-point attempts. The good news for Morant is that he won’t be up against Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers’ other perimeter defenders next time out, as Memphis visits Houston Wednesday night. That's another challenging matchup, but the Rockets guards don't defend as well as Leonard, Paul George and Patrick Beverley do.

Gorgui Dieng played 28 minutes off the bench in Monday’s loss to the Clippers, finishing with 14 points (5-of-10 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), 10 rebounds, one steal, four blocks and two 3-pointers.
Feb 25   1:46 AM

Memphis was without Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee), and Brandon Clarke left the game after just four minutes due to a sore right hip. That freed up additional minutes for Dieng, and to his credit he took advantage of the opportunity. Over the last two weeks he’s provided fourth-round value in nine-cat formats while playing just under 19 minutes per game. With Jackson set to miss the next two weeks, Dieng merits short-term consideration in standard leagues.

Brandon Clarke (right hip soreness) did not return to Monday's game against the Clippers.
Feb 25   1:17 AM

Clarke, who started in place for the injured Jaren Jackson Jr. (left knee), left the game during the first quarter and ultimately did not return. The severity of the issue isn't known, but the fact that Monday's game was a blowout may have bought the rookie additional rest. Josh Jackson is a player to keep an eye on if Clarke has to miss time beyond Monday.

Paul George (hamstring) shot 3-of-11 from the field in Monday’s win over the Grizzlies, scoring seven points with four rebounds, four assists and one three-pointer in 21 minutes.
Feb 25   1:17 AM

George has been dealing with the hamstring issue for quite some time, missing two significant stretches of games this season. For that reason the Clippers will likely exercise caution with regard to his workload, so don’t expect him to be back into the 30’s in minutes right away. There’s still some rust, as evidenced by George’s field goal percentage, but that shouldn’t be an issue as he gets more reps under his belt.

Patrick Beverley (right groin) posted a line of six points (2-of-3 FGs), three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 19 minutes in Monday’s win over the Grizzlies.
Feb 25   1:17 AM

Beverley and Paul George (hamstring) both made their returns to the starting lineup, with the former bumping Landry Shamet back to the bench. Beverley still has some work to do before he’s ready to take on a full workload, so he probably won’t realize his full fantasy value for another couple games. That being said the Clippers’ rotation is finally whole, and that will help all involved as the team looks to make a move in the West. Shamet posted a line of 13 points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

Jake Layman (left toe sprain) finally returned to action vs. Dallas on Monday with five points, three rebounds and one triple in 13 minutes.
Feb 25   12:52 AM

The Wolves are shorthanded right now but Layman has been out since November and they will gradually ramp up his minutes. Layman can play both forward spots and he's under contract through the 2021-22 season, so it would make sense for the Wolves to turn him loose once he has his legs under him. He can contribute across the board in fantasy, so it makes sense to throw him on your watch list in deeper leagues.

Naz Reid blocked a career-high three shots vs. Dallas on Monday with six points (2-of-10 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), five rebounds, two assists and one triple in 27 minutes.
Feb 25   12:52 AM

It looked like it was going to be a long night for Naz and his fantasy owners with foul trouble being an issue again, as he picked up two fouls 73 seconds into the game. However, those would end up being his only two of the night, so the only thing left to complain about here is the poor shooting. He definitely gets a pass though, as he's averaging a solid 12.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.0 dimes, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 triples in 25.8 minutes over his last four games. He should be owned everywhere for as long as Karl-Anthony Towns (wrist) is out.

Bojan Bogdanovic finished Monday’s loss to the Suns with 16 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 34 minutes.
Feb 25   12:52 AM

Bogdanovic didn’t provide much offensively, as he shot 4-of-10 from the field and missed all three of his 3-point field goal attempts. This performance doesn’t change the fact that he’s a top-100 player in nine-cat formats. He’s rostered in 84 percent of Yahoo leagues, so it will be difficult to add him in most leagues.

D'Angelo Russell returned from a day of rest on Monday vs. Dallas, dropping 29 points (10-of-20 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs) with five assists, three rebounds, one steal and three triples in 31 minutes.
Feb 25   12:52 AM

He had a planned rest day on Sunday because he still has some lingering soreness in his knee and quad from his Golden State days. It was probably wishful thinking to expect the DNPs to go away after the trade from Golden State, as he went from one lottery-bound team to another. He'll be a monster when he's active though, as he's averaging 23.8 points, 8.5 dimes, 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 3.8 triples over his last four games.

Rudy Gobert played 37 minutes in Monday’s loss to Phoenix, accounting for 13 points (3-of-5 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), eight rebounds, two assists one steal and one blocked shot.
Feb 25   12:52 AM

Over the last month Gobert has provided 10th-rounds value in nine-cat formats and six-round value in eight-cat. The good news for Gobert is that he’ll have the opportunity to redeem himself with a solid performance after playing poorly on Monday. He has now reached double figures in five consecutive games.

Elie Okobo (right ankle) played 11 minutes in Monday's win over the Jazz, going scoreless while grabbing three rebounds.
Feb 25   12:31 AM

Okobo didn't have much of an impact from a statistical standpoint, and he really isn't a player who should be rostered right now. Jevon Carter had a better night, as he accounted for eight points, one rebound, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 15 points.

Devin Booker played 34 minutes in Monday's win over the Jazz, scoring 24 points with four rebounds, 10 assists and two 3-pointers.
Feb 25   12:31 AM

Booker shot 8-of-18 from the field and 6-of-7 from the foul line, and this was his first double-double since going for 35 and 10 assists in a January 24 win over the Spurs. Over the last two weeks he's provided third-round value in eight-cat formats and fourth-round value in nine-cat

Delon Wright scored 16 points in 22 minutes vs. the Wolves on Monday, shooting 6-of-11 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line with four rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Feb 25   12:31 AM

The game was a blowout and Wright only got less than a minute of garbage time, so the line could've been really juicy if the score wasn't so lopsided. Jalen Brunson (right shoulder sprain) being ruled out for at least the next five games does give Delon a bit of wiggle room, and he did put up this line with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis back in action. He's been frustrating this season for sure but he's put together two impressive games in a row and is certainly trending up as a flier, especially if you need steals.

Seth Curry salvaged his line in garbage time vs. the Wolves on Monday, finishing with 19 points, two rebounds, two assists and five triples in 25 minutes.
Feb 25   12:31 AM

He did get the start which is nice to see, but he was quiet for most of the evening before dropping a quick 10 points in the fourth with the game pretty much over. However, his recent success is hard to ignore, as he's posting 6th-round value over his last 10 games on the back of his points (16.1), dimes (2.9) and 3-point shooting (3.1). His floor should be higher too with Jalen Brunson (shoulder) out for at least five games. Keep throwing Curry into your lineups.

Donovan Mitchell accounted for 38 points (11-of-19 FGs, 10-of-12 FTs). four rebounds, four assists, one steal and six 3-pointers in 35 minutes Monday vs. the Jazz.
Feb 25   12:31 AM

Mitchell was one of the few bright spots for the Jazz in this one, as they’ve now lost their last three home games. And he’s been quite productive recently, ranking within the top-50 in both eight- and nine-cat formats over the last two weeks. Offense hasn't been an issue for Mitchell and his teammates, who have struggled to string together stops recently.

Luka Doncic (right ankle soreness) returned from a one-game absence to score 20 points vs. the Wolves on Monday with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and one triple in 25 minutes.
Feb 25   12:14 AM

Doncic and three other starters played just 25 minutes in the blowout, while Tim Hardaway Jr. led all Mavs with 23 points in 28 minutes. Doncic sitting out on Saturday was likely just a precaution for the second game of a back-to-back, but it will be interesting to see if they take the same approach on March 1st and 2nd when the Mavs play the Wolves and Bulls on the road. As for his fantasy value, the gaudy counting stats have been there all season but his downward trend at the free throw line has watered down his value in category leagues quite a bit.

Deandre Ayton (ankle) shot 8-of-9 from the field in Monday’s win over the Jazz, scoring 16 points with five rebounds and two assists in just 21 minutes.
Feb 25   12:14 AM

Ayton was a bit limited on the glass, which is understandable given the matchup with Rudy Gobert, but he shot very well from the field in helping Phoenix knock off the Jazz. A fifth-round player in eight-cat formats, Ayton has been a seventh-rounder in nine-cat over the last two weeks. He has to be in the lineup whenever he’s deemed healthy enough to play.

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