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Dario Saric (left ankle) came off the bench in Monday's win over the Jazz, scoring 14 points with three rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 16 minutes.
Feb 25   12:14 AM

After playing just five minutes in Monday's win over the Bulls, Saric was on the court for 16 minutes Monday night and put up a solid stat line. Coming off the bench he isn't a player worth rostering, especially with Mikal Bridges taking over the starting job about month ago.

Spencer Dinwiddie had a strong performance vs. the Magic with 24 points, eight assists, one rebound and four triples on 9-of-20 shooting, but it wasn't enough in a 115-113 loss.
Feb 24   11:58 PM

The Nets had won five straight games at home by double digits and were on pace to do that again tonight before an epic collapse in the second half. The Nets are still hanging onto the 7th seed in the East, and even with Kyrie Irving (knee) out for the season they have no intention of waving the white flag. "We feel like we can still do something special," coach Kenny Atkinson said. That bodes well for Dinwiddie who could hang around the early rounds the rest of the way.

Brandon Clarke (right hip soreness) is considered to be doubtful to return to Monday's game against the Grizzlies.
Feb 24   11:58 PM

Clarke started for the injured Jaren Jackson Jr. (left knee), put he played just four minutes before leaving in the first quarter. A return doesn't look too promising, especially with the Grizzlies being blown out by the Clippers.

Kristaps Porzingis (left knee, injury recovery) returned from a one-game absence to score 15 points on 5-of-14 shooting with nine rebounds, three assists and one triple in 25 minutes vs. the Wolves on Monday.
Feb 24   11:58 PM

The game wasn't remotely close and the Mavs only had one starter play more than 25 minutes. The Mavericks are pretty much guaranteed a playoff spot at this point with a 7.0 game lead over the 8th-seeded Grizzlies, so that means more rest-related DNPs for Porzingis could be on the horizon. Looking ahead, Dallas' next back-to-back set is on March 1st and March 2nd vs. the Wolves and Bulls, so we'd bet on him sitting one of those. He'll be a stud whenever he's active though as his per-minute production is way up when he plays the five.

RJ Barrett finished Monday’s loss to the Rockets with 21 points (8-of-17 FGs, 3-of-7 FTs), six rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
Feb 24   11:42 PM

Barrett shared the backcourt with Dennis Smith Jr., who started in place of the injured Elfrid Payton (ankle). The Knicks’ prized rookie saw action both on and off the ball, but in addition to his point total he turned the ball over a team-high five times. Barrett won’t lack for opportunities to initiate things offensively as the Knicks finish out the season, regardless of which point guards are available to play. That bodes well for him fantasy-wise, provided he keep the turnovers to a minimum.

Markelle Fultz (left calf) had a quiet game vs. the Nets on Monday, hitting 2-of-9 shots and 1-of-2 free throws for five points with seven assists, one steal and four turnovers.
Feb 24   11:42 PM

The Nets allow the 6th most fantasy points to PGs so this was a pretty disappointing night for Fultz. On the bright side he was able to play 34 minutes tonight after seeing just 25 minutes on Friday due to cramping in his left calf, so we'd expect him to bounce back vs. Atlanta on Wednesday. Fultz is a hold and was playing pretty well before this dud, averaging 16.0 points, 7.0 assists and 1.6 steals in his previous five games.

Jarrett Allen bounced back vs. the Magic on Monday with 16 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks on a perfect 8-of-8 shooting.
Feb 24   11:42 PM

That's a relief. Allen was averaging 19.4 minutes in his previous four games compared to 27.1 for DeAndre Jordan, but the position battle swung back in Allen's favor tonight with the big man closing this one out and playing 26 minutes. Coach Kenny Atkinson gave Allen a vote of confidence before this game so hopefully his workload gets back into the high 20s in time for the fantasy playoffs.

Mitchell Robinson played 26 minutes off the bench in Monday’s loss to the Rockets, finishing with 10 points (4-of-5 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and five blocked shots.
Feb 24   11:42 PM

Robinson’s offensive game is limited to dunk and layups at this point in his career, but he makes up for that by putting up solid defensive numbers. In New York’s two games after the All-Star break he’s racked up nine blocks while also collecting two steals in Monday’s defeat. He should feature prominently for New York as the team plays out the remainder of the season, but Mike Miller is still giving vets such as Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis quality minutes. That doesn’t help matters when it comes to Robinson’s potential fantasy value.

Kenny Wooten will miss at least six weeks of action after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.
Feb 24   11:42 PM

Wooten wasn't a factor in fantasy before this news, so he was likely already on your league's waiver wire. Which is where he should stay regardless of the league.

Joe Harris scored 12 points with six rebounds, two assists and two triples in 30 minutes vs. the Magic on Monday.
Feb 24   11:42 PM

He's not a world beater by any means but continues to quietly help his fantasy owners with consistent production in points (13.7), rebounds (4.3), assists (2.1) and 3-pointers (2.4) on efficient shooting. He's sitting just inside the top-100 for total value in 9-cat and we don't see that changing with Kyrie Irving (knee surgery) leaving a ton of shots behind.

Moe Harkless made his first start as a Knick Monday night, scoring seven points (3-of-6 FGs) with one rebound, one assist, one steal, two blocks and one three-pointer in 28 minutes.
Feb 24   11:26 PM

Harkless replaced Reggie Bullock, who finished with three points, one rebound, three assists, one block and one three-pointer in 22 minutes, in the starting lineup. While his defensive numbers were solid as he tallied one steal and two blocks, Harkless’ lack of production in other areas limits his fantasy value, but he’s getting solid playing time and that makes him worthy of consideration in most leagues.

Terrence Ross scored 21 points in a comeback win over the Nets on Monday, shooting 8-of-15 from the field with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and four triples in 28 minutes.
Feb 24   11:26 PM

Aaron Gordon had the game of his life but Ross certainly played his part, dropping 13 of his 21 points in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter to give Orlando the momentum to close this one out. The win moves the Magic within 1.5 games of the Nets for the seventh seed, so Ross isn't in danger of losing any minutes in favor of a youth movement. He's not the most consistent player but he's getting the job done in recent games, averaging 17.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 dimes, 1.6 steals and 2.8 triples over his last five.

Starting for the injured Elfrid Payton, Dennis Smith Jr. played 29 minutes in Monday’s loss to the Rockets and finished with 15 points (5-of-12 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), seven rebounds, five assists, seven steals and one three-pointer.
Feb 24   11:26 PM

The absences of Payton (ankle) and Frank Ntilikina (groin) meant that it was largely Smith’s team to run, with RJ Barrett spending a little more time on the ball as well. Over the last two weeks DSJ has provided seventh-round value in fine-cat formats, but the struggle for minutes has kept Smith from cashing in on that level on a consistent basis. Hang onto Smith until Payton is deemed healthy enough to return.

Ben McLemore shot 4-of-9 from three in Monday’s win over the Knicks, tallying 17 points (6-of-11 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs) and three rebounds in 29 minutes.
Feb 24   11:10 PM

Joining the Rockets has been just what the doctor ordered for McLemore, who’s averaging 10.3 points and 2.6 3-pointers per game on the season. He’s a points and 3-pointers guy in fantasy, and his value depends in part upon the availability of players such as Eric Gordon. McLemore is worth taking a flier on if you’re in need of threes, but don’t expect too much from him.

Robert Covington played 30 minutes in Monday’s win over the Knicks, posting a line of 11 points (4-of-11 FGs), seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, four blocks and three 3-pointers.
Feb 24   11:10 PM

Covington has scored in double figures in five of the seven games that he’s played in since being acquired from the Timberwolves in early February. And he’s been a blocks machine as well, averaging 2.1 rejections per game over the last month. He has now blocked at least three shots in three of Houston's last four games. Covington’s ability to produce defensive stats and 3-pointers makes him a high value player in most leagues. He’s providing second-round value in nine-cat over the last month.

Robin Lopez made a fill-in start for Brook Lopez (back) on Monday vs. the Wizards, scoring 11 points with one rebound, one assist, one steal, three blocks and three triples.
Feb 24   10:54 PM

He already has two starts to his name this season when Brook missed two games in December with the same ailment, averaging 8.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 blocks in 23.0 minutes. He doesn’t have the same upside as his Chicago days because Giannis Antetokoumpo is a magnet for rebounds, but he’ll get the job done as a low-end streamer for FG%, rebounds and blocks whenever Brook sits. It’s possible that this was just a planned rest day for Brook though since it's the front end of a back-to-back.

Starting in place of the injured Russell Westbrook (thumb), Eric Gordon (knee) finished Monday’s win over the Knicks with 16 points (4-of-13 FGs, 7-of-7 FTs), two assists, two steals and one three-pointer in 28 minutes before leaving due to knee soreness.
Feb 24   10:54 PM

Gordon’s fantasy value comes primarily from his three-point shooting ability, but he didn’t offer much in that area Monday night before departing. He made 1-of-7 3-pointers, with his work at the foul line salvaging what could have been a bad night from a statistical standpoint. Gordon was likely headed back to the bench for Houston’s next game, provided Russell Westbrook (thumb) is healthy enough to play. The good news regarding Gordon’s knee is that Mike D’Antoni said after the game that he’s OK.

Donte DiVincenzo double-doubled vs. the Wizards on Monday with 12 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two triples in 29 minutes.
Feb 24   10:54 PM

He entered tonight posting top-90 numbers in 9-cat in just 22.8 minutes per game, so he's definitely a per-minute stud. The biggest surprise tonight was the lack of a steal, as he's currently 4th in the NBA for steal rate. He got a few extra minutes because of overtime and the absence of Brook Lopez (back), and it's pretty safe to call him a top-75 option whenever the Bucks are down a key player. Just keep him locked into lineups and let him quietly contribute across the board.

Kendrick Nunn shot 9-of-18 from the field in Monday’s overtime loss to Cleveland, finishing with 22 points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
Feb 24   10:38 PM

Nunn scored a total of 45 points in Miami’s two games against Cleveland, shooting a combined 16-of-30 from the field and 6-of-14 from three. His fantasy value has dropped some since he began the season scalding hot, but he’s still worth rostering especially with Jimmy Butler (personal) away from the team. Wednesday’s matchup with the Timberwolves sets up to be another good one for Nunn, as he scored 25 points and made five 3-pointers in a loss to Minnesota back in October.

Goran Dragic played 34 minutes off the bench in Monday’s loss to the Cavaliers, shooting 7-of-16 from the field and 6-of-7 from the foul line and finishing with 22 points, four rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers.
Feb 24   10:38 PM

Dragic once again led the way for the second unit, and with Jimmy Butler (personal) away from the team his playmaking ability was of even greater importance down the stretch. Over the last month Dragic is providing ninth-round value in eight-cat and 12th-round value in nine-cat, making him a player that has to be rostered in standard leagues despite coming off the bench.

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