Kelly Olynyk Solid Against Raptors
Written by Staff 11 hours ago Category: Heat
Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk scored 17 points and made four triples in Monday's loss to the Raptors. Olynyk only averaged 18.6 minutes per game before the shutdown, but that number has ballooned up to 27.5 minutes per game in two bubble games. Now, it's worth noting that the first game was a blowout when Olynyk did his damage and the second saw both Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson struggle from the field. Still, if Olynyk gets the minutes, he could be a cheap DFS option who offers three-point shooting at the power forward spot. Next up is a matchup with his former team, the Celtics, who just allowed 19 made three-pointers to the Trail Blazers.
Jayson Tatum Bounces Back With Huge Game
Written by Staff yesterday Category: Celtics
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum had a huge game in Sunday's 128-124 win over the Trail Blazers, scoring 34 points on 11 of 22 shooting from the field and 5 of 8 shooting from deep. Tatum added eight assists, seven made free-throws, four boards, two steals and a block. The performance was much-needed after he scored just five points against Milwaukee. Tatum looked like a star in this one and it looks like his third-year breakout is going to continue in the bubble. He'll have shaky shooting performances every now and again, but he'll be a dependable DFS option most nights. Up next is a matchup with the Heat, who defended Tatum well in their first matchup, though that was when they had Jimmy Butler (quarantine) in the lineup. Tatum would be a more appealing option if Butler doesn't play.
Kyle Lowry Scores Game-High 33 Points
Written by Staff 2 days ago Category: Raptors
Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry led his team to a big 107-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night. Lowry scored a game-high 33 points, adding 14 rebounds, six assists, five triples and a steal in 35 minutes. He became the first Raptors guard since Vince Carter with 30 points and 14 rebounds in a game as he took advantage of a sluggish Lakers team. Toronto's next game on Monday against the Heat will be another playoff-type game for the defending champs. Lowry has shot just 18 percent from the field against Miami this year, though he salvaged his fantasy performance with 19 dimes in the two contests.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot Erupts For 22 Points In Loss
Written by Staff 3 days ago Category: Nets
Brooklyn Nets guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot finished with a team-high 24 points during the relaunch loss to the Magic on Friday. TLC was efficient with his shooting percentages in this one, going 8-for-12 from the field and 5-for-8 from distance. With the team down a handful of players, including Kyrie Irving (shoulder), DeAndre Jordan (illness), and Spencer Dinwiddie (illness), the 25-year-old had his number called off the bench to provide a spark for a Nets team that was looking for answers on the offensive end outside of Caris Levert. As a result of collective absences across the board for the team, Luwawu-Cabarrot could be a bargain DFS option with upside when Brooklyn squares off with Washington on Sunday, with both clubs looking to gain ground in the playoff picture.
Jordan Clarkson Provides Spark Off The Bench In Win
Written by Staff 4 days ago Category: Jazz
Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson lead his team in scoring during the 106-104 narrow victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday. The 28-year-old dropped 23 points on the night, going 8-for-17 from the field and 6-for-7 from the charity stripe. While he struggled from deep by making only one of his eight three-point attempts, he made amends by grabbing five boards, dishing out three dimes, and coming away with two steals. With Bojan Bogdanovic out for the remainder of the season due to a wrist injury, Clarkson will likely continue to have his number called often off the bench as the Jazz look to gain ground in the standings heading into the playoffs. Due to his stellar play in this one, his salary may dramatically increase on Saturday when Utah takes on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Kemba Walker Might Play 15-20 Minutes Friday
Written by Staff 4 days ago Category: Injuries Celtics
Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (knee) is reportedly a little bit ahead of schedule and could play 15-20 minutes during Friday's game, according to head coach Brad Stevens. Walker has been bothered by left knee issues for quite some time, but said he felt good during Tuesday's scrimmage. The Celtics are going to limit him during the seeding games, but hopefully he'll be fully healthy by the time the postseason rolls around. His fantasy value is going to fall significantly especially when he's only playing around 15 minutes per game.
Zion Williamson Uncertain For Thursday
Written by Staff 5 days ago Category: Sit-Start Pelicans
New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is reportedly a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Utah Jazz, according to head coach Alvin Gentry. He has been trying to get up his conditioning after being quarantined. Williamson mentioned that he wants to be on the court, but who knows if that'll happen this quickly. He would likely be somewhat limited if he does play, so he'd be a risky DFS option.
Hassan Whiteside, Zach Collins Limited on Tuesday
Written by Staff 6 days ago Category: Sit-Start Trail Blazers, Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside and forward Zach Collins will be limited for Tuesday's exhibition game. Neither player is injured, but head coach Terry Stotts wants to make sure both players are healthy for the seeding games. As of right now, it sounds like Whiteside is going to start alongside Jusuf Nurkic. It'll be interesting to see how they play with each other. Stotts is likely going to mix up his rotation a bit, but none of the centers stand out from the pack. It seems like most of the big men in Portland are going to see around 20 minutes per game.
Fred VanVleet Exits Early During Scrimmage
Written by Staff 8 days ago Category: Injuries Raptors
Toronto Raptors guard Fred Vanvleet (knee) limped to the locker room during the first quarter of Sunday's scrimmage. He suffered a left knee injury while attempting to take a charge. The Raptors have not given much information since then, but they really have no incentive to rush VanVleet back out there. They likely kept him out as a precaution, but more information should be announced soon. Norman Powell and Terence Davis would benefit the most if VanVleet is forced to miss time.
De'Aaron Fox Will Participate In Saturday's Scrimmage
Written by Staff 9 days ago Category: Injuries Kings
Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (ankle) has been cleared to participate in Saturday's scrimmage versus the Milwaukee Bucks. He tweaked his left ankle on July 15, but has been making solid progress since then. The fact he will already be back on the court for a meaningless game is a great sign. There is a good chance he'll be somewhat limited his first game back. Cory Joseph will lose some value and minutes with Fox returning on Saturday.
Kemba Walker Practices On Thursday
Written by Staff 11 days ago Category: Injuries Celtics
Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (knee) was a full participant during Thursday's practice. "I felt really good (today), actually. It was really fun to get out there with my teammates," Walker said. He has been bothered by left knee problems since he was in college. The organization plans to limit Walker during the seeding games. That way, Walker will hopefully be fully healthy for the postseason. His fantasy value is going to take a small hit while he's limited.
Ricky Rubio Has Joined The Team In Orlando
Written by Staff 13 days ago Category: Sit-Start Suns
Phoenix Suns guard Ricky Rubio has officially joined the organization in the bubble on Tuesday. There has been some confusion on Rubio's status, but he's in Orlando and participated in practice on Tuesday. He carried fairly decent fantasy value during the regular season, but that might not be the same case anymore. Head coach Monty Williams has mentioned that he plans to somewhat limit his starters since the team doesn't have much of a chance at the postseason. It's unclear which other players in Phoenix plan to sit out, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Rubio's value decrease a bit.
Markelle Fultz Still Unavailable For 5-On-5
Written by Staff 16 days ago Category: Injuries Magic
Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz is still not taking part in 5-on-5 scrimmages, according to head coach Steve Clifford. He went on to say that Fultz looks good, but the organization wants to be careful with him. Fultz has dealt with health issues throughout his career, so the Magic want to make sure he's 100 percent ready to go for the upcoming restart. It doesn't sound like the organization plans to limit him at all once the games start. He'll continue to have fairly decent fantasy value as the starting point guard in Orlando.
Alex Caruso Expected To Have Bigger Role
Written by Staff 19 days ago Category: Risers Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso is expected to have a fairly significant role in the rotation during the upcoming NBA restart. He mentioned that he'll likely have increased ball-handling responsibilities with Rajon Rondo (thumb) sidelined. Caruso, Dion Waiters, and J.R. Smith are all expected to see more minutes without Rondo available. It sounds like Caruso is going to benefit the most, but he won't be a great DFS option. He's averaging 5.4 points over 17.8 minutes per game this season. He'll be a low-cost DFS option for smaller slates.
Justise Winslow Looks Good During Practice
Written by Staff 21 days ago Category: Risers Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies guard Justise Winslow has hit the ground running during the NBA restart, according to head coach Taylor Jenkins. Winslow is expected to play both guard and forward for Memphis. His versatility is really going to come out in our style of play, Jenkins said. There is a good chance that Winslow spends a majority of his time at small forward. He should get a bulk of the playing time over Kyle Anderson or Josh Jackson. He'll be an intriguing DFS option because he can do just about everything on a basketball court.
Rajon Rondo Could Return During Playoffs
Written by Staff 21 days ago Category: Injuries Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (thumb) was forced to leave Sunday's practice early after suffering an injury. He will undergo thumb surgery and could return at some point during the playoffs. Rondo is likely going to miss around six-to-eight weeks of action. Alex Caruso, Dion Waiters, and J.R. Smith will be asked to step up in the absence of Rondo. The Lakers are confident that Rondo will be able to contribute again this season. It'll be a significant blow to the Lakers if he's unable to play during the postseason. Caruso might end up benefiting the most, but it depends on what Frank Vogel does with his rotations.
Nets Nearing Deal With Lance Thomas
Written by Staff 22 days ago Category: Transactions
Free-agent forward Lance Thomas is closing in on a deal with the Brooklyn Nets. The organization has seven spots to fill with players opting out for the upcoming NBA restart. Thomas has not played in the league since the 2018-2019 season with the New York Knicks. He is averaging 5.2 points per game over 18.4 minutes per game during his NBA career. Thomas should see some action off the bench at power forward, but it won't be enough to warrant ownership in fantasy formats.
Michael Beasley Signs With Nets
Written by Staff 24 days ago Category: Transactions
Free-agent forward Michael Beasley has signed a deal with the Brooklyn Nets as a substitute player for the Orlando restart. However, he will be suspended for the first five games of the season, according to Shams Charania. He should see significant minutes in the rotation once he's cleared to play. The Nets are thin in terms of depth, but Beasley hasn't really been an impact player throughout his career. Rodions Kurucs and Justin Anderson could lose some playing time once Beasley has finished his suspension. Beasley could have some DFS value, but it really depends on his role in the rotation.
Johnathan Motley, Amir Coffey Sitting Out Of Restart
Written by Staff 24 days ago Category: Sit-Start Clippers, Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers center Johnathan Motley and forward Amir Coffey will not join the organization for the NBA restart in Orlando. Motley has seen minimal playing time this season and would've been the fourth center on the depth chart behind Joakim Noah. Coffey was getting spotty playing time whenever Kawhi Leonard would sit out. He wasn't likely going to see significant playing time with the Clippers basically fully healthy. The Clippers rotation should stay pretty much the same since Motley and Coffey weren't regular contributors.
Isaiah Roby Ruled Out For Restart
Written by Staff 26 days ago Category: Injuries Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Isaiah Roby (foot) has been ruled out for the rest of the regular season. He will sit out the upcoming NBA restart after undergoing a minor procedure on his right plantar fascia. The Thunder don't plan to fill his spot on the roster, but he only played in three games with the team. He was acquired by the Thunder from the Dallas Mavericks in January. He averaged 8.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists over 20.2 minutes per game in the G-League. Roby has the potential to be a possible rotational piece in the NBA, but likely won't have much fantasy impact next season. The loss of Roby shouldn't impact the Thunder rotation during the restart.