Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs
- Lonnie Walker IV has been on an absolute heater lately. The enigmatic wing dropped 30 off the bench for San Antonio on 12-of-20 from the floor, with five bombs from deep. It’s the fourth consecutive game Walker has scored 20 or more, and over his past seven games he’s averaged 21.7 PPG and 2.6 3PTM. Unfortunately he doesn’t really do anything else and has just two steals and one block total in that stretch, but if you need points, the notoriously streaky Walker is your best bet on the wire (28 percent rostered).
- Donte DiVincenzo has a chance to carve out a niche for himself in Sacramento. Nights like last night will help, when he 11 points, six boards, three assists, two steals, and two threes in 29 minutes. He’s battling a couple of players for wing minutes off the bench, but his recent play should help his cause. Over his past three he’s averaged 10.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 3.7 APG, 2.3 SPG, and 2.3 3PTM. That’s a robust mix of stats that would make a nice fantasy cocktail if he continues to get the burn. I wouldn’t mind speculating on him now (12 percent rostered).
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Detroit Pistons vs. Toronto Raptors
- Not much to report fantasy-wise from Detroit in this one. They pulled out the road win with their four top players—all of whom are rostered in at least 80 percent of Yahoo! leagues—doing all the heavy lifting. There isn’t a whole lot of value to mine on this roster, at least until Marvin Bagley gets back in the lineup.
- As long as Fred VanVleet remains sidelined, Malachi Flynn is a strong steamer. He was a little quiet last night, with 11 points (on just six shots) with three rebounds and two triples. The San Diego State product has been uber-efficient in his last three contests, all starts. He’s averaging 14.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 4.7 APG, 2.3 3PTM, 1.0 SPG, and just 0.3 TOV. Pick him up while he’s getting 35 MPG (16 percent rostered).
Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks
- I raved about Ayo Dosunmu in this space last week, then he went out and put up a bagel in his next game. I hope you didn’t drop him after that because he’s been incredibly effective again in the two games since. That includes last night, when he made seven out of 10 from the field to score 15 points, while handing out four assists and recording a three, steal, and block. Even with the one dud, over his past eight games he’s averaged 11.9 PPG, 5.5 APG, 1.3 3PTM, 1.5 SPG, 0.9 BPG while shooting a blistering 57 percent from the floor. I’d definitely still grab him if he’s available (56 percent rostered).
- If you want to stream points and threes with positive percentages, Danilo Gallinari can do just that. He shook off a cold start to finish with 11 points, five boards, a three and a steal. He’s averaged 14.7 PPG over his last six, with 1.7 3PTM. Plus his secret weapon—he’s only turned the ball over twice in that frame. As long as John Collins is out, he has some value (20 percent rostered).
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Boston Celtics
- Six steals is a rare feat in basketball, but Kyle Anderson accomplished it, and off the bench no less in 24 minutes. He’s seen a boost in playing time in the last three games, and he’s posted some fantasy friendly lines, with averages of 7.0 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 4.3 APG, 2.0 SPG, and 1.3 BPG. If his minutes stay in the 20s he’s a low-end streaming option (40 percent rostered).
- Grant Williams has seen an uptick in minutes, and with a couple of injuries on the wing in Boston, that shouldn’t change in the near future. We saw the Celtics deploy Williams as a 3 in three-big linueps, and they worked. He finished with 11 points, knocking down all three of his triples with four rebounds and no errors in 35 minutes. Williams is a whisker away from a 50/40/90 season, and over his past seven appearances he’s averaging 12.1 PPG and 2.0 3PTM on sterling percentages. He’s a sneaky short-term pickup (10 percent rostered).
Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn Nets
- The Heat have been a MASH unit all season long, but they’ve extracted gritty performances from every crack and crevice on the roster to carve out the best record in the Eastern Conference. Caleb Martin was the pleasant surprise on Thursday, coming off the pine to produce 22 points, five rebounds, three treys, two steals, and a swat on 8-for-11 shooting. Martin is a better real-life player than fantasy player, so even if Miami is nursing a slew of injuries, I probably still wouldn’t pick him up (four percent rostered).
- Bruce Brown drew another start even with Kevin Durant back in the lineup. Brown provided some surprising scoring punch, with 21 points and three triples on 8-of-13 shooting from the field, while also recording two swipes and a block. Over his past nine contests, Brown is averaging of 13.7 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.7 SPG, 1.2 3PTM, and 0.7 BPG. He should be added in more leagues (28 percent rostered).
Golden State Warriors vs. Dallas Mavericks
- We don’t think about rebounding specialists much in fantasy, but Kevon Looney would qualify. The sturdy center hauled in nine to go along with eight points on perfect 4-of-4 shooting. Looney has averaged 8.0 RPG over his past seven games, and has quietly added 3.6 APG over that span as well. If you need to stream for boards, reel in Looney (24 percent rostered).
- Perhaps no one has benefitted from a change of scenery at the trade deadline more than Spencer Dinwiddie, who’s found new life in North Texas. Dinwiddie racked up 17 points and seven dimes on 6-of-11 from the field in 29 minutes. He’s put up 18.7 PPG, 5.7 APG, and 2.3 3PTM over his past four outings. He’s been scooped up in most leagues now, so hopefully you didn’t miss the boat on him 75 percent rostered).
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers
- Malik Monk has re-entered the starting lineup for the Lakers, and he’s worth taking a hard look at. In a blowout defeat against the Clips, Monk managed 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting, with four assists, a pair of threes, a steal, and a block. The Lakers are trying desperately to find something that works, and Monk has had some brilliant flashes this season. His inconsistency makes him tough to trust, but his talent is legit (40 percent rostered).
- Just about everybody on the Clippers had a field day last night, but Isaiah Hartenstein has trended in this direction recently. The big man scored 12 points on 6-for-7 from the field to go along with five boards, five dimes, a steal, and a swat. It was the fourth time in five appearances that Hartenstein tallied in double figures. In that time frame he’s averaging 10.8 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.2 SPG, and 2.2 BPG. He’s unlikely to usurp Ivica Zubac as the starting center, but he’s proving that he can have nice value even in a backup role (13 percent rostered).