Memphis Grizzlies vs. Detroit Pistons
- The Grizzlies are one of the deepest teams in the league, with upwards of 10 guys who can contribute fantasy-wise on any given night. That was the case last night when three of the bench mob scored in double figures, but today we’re going to highlight Brandon Clarke, who’s been consistently good for several weeks, even while playing right around 20 MPG. Against Detroit, Clarke scored 14 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out three assists, and recorded a steal and a block apiece. It was the sixth time in seven outings Clarke reached double digits in the points column. Over the past 30 days he’s actually been a borderline top-50 player overall, making him a good pickup for those looking for efficiency and defense with modest points and boards (35 percent rostered in Yahoo! leagues).
- Since entering the starting lineup, Hamidou Diallo has been putting up stats. That continued in a blowout loss to Memphis, as he went for 17 points, 10 boards, three assists, and a block in 31 minutes. Over his past four games, Diallo is averaging 16.8 PPG, 8.8 RPG, and 1.0 SPG, while registering just a single turnover. He should be streamed as long as Cade Cunningham remains out (27 percent rostered).
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Miami Heat vs. New Orleans Pelicans
- Dewayne Dedmon was effective off the pine for Miami, finishing with 11 points on just five shots, hauling in seven boards, and blocking two shots in 17 minutes of action. Dedmon doesn’t play enough to warrant a pickup, but if he were to get some more burn he would be on the streaming radar. He’s been good even in short minutes of late, with averages of 9.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG, and 1.3 BPG over his last four (three percent rostered).
- CJ McCollum underwhelmed in his Pelicans debut, mustering 15 points on a brutal 6-for-21 shooting from the field, and 2-for-10 from long distance. He did at least contribute seven rebounds and five dimes. More noteworthy may be what his presence will do to Brandon Ingram, who had a timid line that saw him take just 12 shots and hand out a solitary assist. McCollum’s value shouldn’t change, and fantasy managers have to hope that Ingram’s won’t either.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Washington Wizards
- The Nets made waves trading away James Harden for a package headlined by Ben Simmons. That sort of roster upheaval has a chance to unearth some sweet, sweet fantasy goodness. In this case, Cam Thomas should be the primary beneficiary, especially while Kevin Durant remains on the shelf. Simmons certainly isn’t going to fill the scoring void created by Harden’s departure, so Thomas will have the ultimate green light, especially in home games when Kyrie Irving is unable to suit up. Thomas was great against the Wizards, scoring 27 points on 11-for-18 from the field, knocking down four triples—including a clutch four-point play in the final minute. Over his past four contests, the rookie is averaging a stellar 23.5 PPG, 2.3 3PTM, and 1.3 SPG. He should be picked up everywhere to see what he can do (22 percent rostered).
- With Spencer Dinwiddie getting dealt, pay attention to Washington’s point guard situation. They acquired former Wizard Ish Smith, but it was Raul Neto who got the start last night, and he certainly made the case that he deserves to keep that role. Neto led the Wiz with 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting, to go along with six assists in 31 minutes. If he entrenches himself as the starter he will have solid value for assists and steals with modest scoring. Keep an eye on him (three percent rostered).
Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets
- I need a mea culpa on Gary Trent Jr. I thought he was way overvalued coming into the season, but in reality he’s been even better than most thought. He’s scored in bunches without being an anchor in the FG department. He’s hit a bushel of treys and most impressively, been among the league leaders in steals. He showed off the total package last night, with a game-high 42 points on 15-for-26 from the floor, connecting on six triples and racking up five swipes (for the second straight game!). Over his past 10 appearances, Trent has been unconscious, averaging 27.8 PPG, 4.9 3PTM, and 2.4 SPG. Good on you, Gary!
- Garrison Mathews has been one of the more anonymously useful players in fantasy this season. Mathews has carved out a nice little role for himself in Houston as a guy who provide points and threes. He scored 19 on Thursday, with three three-pointers and a steal. It was the sixth time in his past seven outings he’s gone for double figures in scoring. Over that stretch he’s also averaged 2.7 3PTM. He’s on the streaming radar for a Rockets team that has nothing to play for (15 percent rostered).
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks
- Terance Mann had his second straight spunky performance off the bench. He finished with 13 points, five boards, three dimes, and two thefts in 31 minutes. Mann has been inconsistent all season, but he has the potential to be a big deal. The back-to-back good games (13.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 5.0 APG, 2.0 SPG) has my antennae up, but I’ll leave him on the wire for now (16 percent rostered).
- Jettisoning the polarizing Kristaps Porzingis opens the door for fantasy value for the remaining Mavs big men. I’m most intrigued by Maxi Kleber, who got the lion’s share of center minutes (27) against LA. Kleber had a modest line with eight points, nine rebounds, a and a made three, but he has a track record of being sneaky valuable with his combo of treys and swats. I’m not rushing out to grab him, but I’m keeping an eye on him (16 percent rostered).
New York Knicks vs. Golden State Warriors
- Alec Burks did not get moved at the deadline, meaning he will reprise his sixth man role in the Big Apple for the time being. Burks was solid last night, amassing 15 points, six boards, five helpers, a three, and a steal in 26 minutes. Burks has been up and down all year, but on balance there’s usually more good than bad. He can contribute a bit across the board if you can stomach a boom-or-bust type (32 percent rostered).
- Jonathan Kuminga continued his stellar recent play, this time as a member of the starting five. In 36 active minutes, the rookie scored 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting, with two threes, a steal, and a block. Since receiving a bump in minutes in February, Kuminga has produced big time, averaging 16.4 PPG on 53 percent shooting. His upside is worth a flier (25 percent rostered).
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Phoenix Suns
- Milwaukee’s wing rotation has been a morass the past couple months, but there finally looks to be some clarity. After shipping Donte DiVincenzo and Rodney Hood out of town, Pat Connaughton unfortunately fractured a finger on his shooting hand, leaving the path clear once more for Grayson Allen, who had wormed his way onto many a fantasy squad early in the season, and he bears a hard look again. Though he had a quiet night in Phoenix with eight points and a pair of threes in 25 minutes, Allen had been playing better of late, with averages of 11.2 PPG and 2.0 3PTM over his previous five appearances. Now that the door is open for him, he can get back to the top-75 status he held several months ago (21 percent rostered).
- After a couple of uncharacteristically poor performances, Cam Johnson got back into the swing of things, knocking down six of his eight field goals—including 3-for-4 from downtown—to score 15 points, while also stacking up eight boards, three dimes, and two swipes. Johnson continues to be rock solid, and provide a little more oomph than your run-of-the-mill three-point specialist. He’s been dropped in a few leagues lately, but that will likely change after a return to form (43 percent rostered).