Serge Ibaka continues to solidify his place in the Raptorsâ€™ lineup scoring 14 points and grabbing eight boards on Friday night. Toronto beat Washington 114-106. The Raptors head to Milwaukee for a Saturday night meeting with the Bucks.Ibaka continues to remain a solid fantasy option. At a bargain price, Ibaka has been getting fantasy owners their money’s worth. He continues to see upwards of 30 minutes a game and has logged at least six times his value twice since joining the Raptors. His price will rise but he will remain a solid fantasy option, especially with Kyle Lowry out. He is worth a place in every fantasy owner’s lineup for the foreseeable future. Continue to play him.
DeMarre Carroll once again under performs in Torontoâ€™s Friday night win over the Washington Wizards. Carroll had a forgettable seven points and five rebounds in just over 25 minutes of action.Hopefully by now, everyone understands that playing Carroll is not a smart thing to do. Want proof? Over the last 10 games, Carroll has played over 30 minutes per contest, averaging just under nine points a game and a handful of rebounds. He is just too inconsistent to trust and will let you down more often than not. If you want to lose you fantasy basketball league or your daily fantasy slate, continue to play him.
DeMar DeRozan had a huge night in Torontoâ€™s Friday night 114-106 win over the Washington Wizards. DeRozan had a team high 32 points and also had five assists. His biggest stat of the night though was on the glass, grabbing 13 rebounds. Toronto will travel to Milwaukee on Saturday night for another showdown with the Bucks. DeRozan is producing crazy numbers and obviously with Kyle Lowry out, this isn’t surprising. Over the last 10 games, DeRozan is averaging 28 points and five assists in just over 36 minutes per. Regardless of Toronto playing a back-to-back Saturday night, DeRozan will be expected to continue to see significant minutes and continue to produce solid fantasy numbers. Continue to enjoy the benefits of having DeRozan in your fantasy lineup. Play him.
Cory Joseph played just over 32 minutes Friday night, scoring 15 points. The Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 114-106. Toronto will travel to Milwaukee Saturday night for the second game of their back-to-back.Joseph started once again and was a big part of the Raptors win. Opting to play smaller in order to match Washington’s speed, head coach Dwane Casey allotted minutes to a group that consisted of Joseph, Normal Powell, Delon wright and P.J. Tucker. Along with his high minutes, Joseph also isn’t scared to shoot the ball. Is he a number one fantasy option at point guard? Of course not. Is he a good option when you are looking for a big upside at a low dollar amount? Yes, he can be. Continue to use him when looking to spend up elsewhere.
Aaron Gordon finished Friday’s win with 21 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, and one blocked shot in 32 minutes. Gordon shot 9-for-17 from the field, including 1-for-4 from three-point range, and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.Great game for Gordon on Friday. It would be great if we could start to see more consistency from the third-year pro, particularly with Serge Ibaka now in Toronto. The Magic’s next game is Sunday in Washington.
Elfrid Payton finished Friday’s win with 12 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, and three steals in 27 minutes. Payton shot 5-for-8 from the field and 2-for-3 from the free-throw line. According to his head coach, Payton played one of his strongest games of the season on Friday, and did it as a starter. Payton has been playing as a starter with C.J. Watson out, but started this game despite Watson’s return. The Magic’s next game is Sunday in Washington. In the Magic’s previous appearance at the Wizards, Payton exploded for 25 points and nine assists.
In Friday’s 104-100 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Mike Conley scored 30 points on 9-of-15 shots from the floor. Conley added four assists, two rebounds, and a steal in 36 minutes on the court.Conley was 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Much like Zach Randolph, Conley is enjoying a scoring outburst recently. Conley has averaged 19.6 points per game this season, but has averaged 30 points per game over the last three games. He’s gotten about two more shots per game during that span. The Grizzlies play again on Saturday when they take on the Houston Rockets.
Nikola Vucevic scored 25 points (11-for-18 shooting, including 1-for-2 from three-point range, and 2-for-3 from the free-throw line) in Friday’s win over the Heat. He added nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, and three blocked shots in 32 minutes.Vucevic played at a high level in this one, scoring at will and blocking three shots. Hopefully he can keep the momentum going Sunday in Washington vs. the Wizards.
Zach Randolph scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Friday’s 104-100 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Randolph shot 11-of-14 from the floor, and added two assists and a steal.Randolph has averaged 14.3 points per game this season, but is averaging 22.3 points per game over the last three games. He is shooting an 63 percent from the floor, so his scoring outburst won’t last forever. Randolph and the Grizzlies play the Houston Rockets on Saturday.
LeBron James scored 38 points in a record setting regular season night for the Cavaliers who made a total of 25 three-pointers. James made a team-high six three-pointers while finishing with 38 points. James added 13 boards, eight assists and committed just two turnovers. James finished 14-for-27 from the floor, 6-of-10 from three-point land and 4-of-8 from the line.James continues to be a nightly triple-double candidate with seven on the season and almost an eighth on Friday. He’s played at least 37 minutes in each of the last three games so a rest day is in order soon. Continue to get him in your lineups with confidence.
Channing Frye started on Friday against the Hawks while Richard Jefferson moved back to the bench. Frye scored 11 points while adding three three-pointers, four boards, one assist and one block. Frye will likely continue to start while possibly coming off the bench depending on the matchup. Andrew Bogut’s arrival doesn’t help his cause but Frye isn’t much more than a three-point specialist.
Wow. Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 43 points in a big 135-130 win over the Hawks on Friday. Irving shot an impressive 14-of-21 from the floor, 5-of-8 from three-point land and a perfect 10-for-10 from the line. Irving added nine assists, four steals, two boards and one block.Irving scored his second 40 plus point game this season with a season-high of 49 this season against the Pelicans. Irving is averaging 30.6 over his last five games and remains a must start.
Tyler Zeller will not play on Friday against the Lakers due to an illness. Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk will see a few more minutes with Zeller out. Zeller isn’t playing more than 10 minutes a game so he can be left on the waiver wire. Olynyk, Johnson and Al Horford draw a very solid matchup against the Lakers.
Updating a previous post, Gerald Green will play on Friday against the Lakers. He will see a few minutes behind Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder.Green’s presence shouldn’t effect Smart, Crowder or Bradley but could take a hit from Jaylen Brown’s minutes. Bradley should see about 25 minutes making Green not worth a daily play.
Mike Dunleavy has been diagnosed with right ankle synovitis and will likely miss more time with the injury. He’s only played one game since the break now has fallen been rookie Taureen Prince.Dunleavy can be left on the waiver wire as he’s already behind Kent Bazemore, Tim Hardaway, Thabo Sefolosha and now Taureen Prince.