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Game Recaps

Alex Len scored nine points off the bench in the Suns' loss to the Blazers, shooting 2-of-5 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line including 10 rebounds and one assist.

Fantasy Impact: Alex Len came off the bench and played 25 minutes in relief of Tyson Chandler. Len has shown the ability to provide fantasy value when given the minutes but his playing time remains sporadic. Len is someone to keep an eye on as the season progresses but he is going to be frustrating to own in season-long leagues until his role increases.

Josh Jackson scored just 8 points, shooting 4-of-12 from the field while missing all four of his three-point attempts including two rebounds, two assists, one block, and one turnover during the Suns' Tuesday night loss to the Blazers.

Fantasy Impact: Josh Jackson started for TJ Warren but played just 23 minutes. Jackson made a few highlight reel plays on Tuesday but struggled to knock down shots. Troy Daniels had a great shooting night off the bench and ultimately soaked up a lot of Jackson's minutes. Jackson has long term upside but his offensive game is still a major work in progress. Jackson will return to the bench when TJ Warren (back) is able to return to the starting lineup.

Jonathon Simmons scored four points on 2-for-9 shooting with two rebounds and four assists over 32 minutes on Tuesday as the Magic defeated the Wolves.

Fantasy Impact: Simmon's production has been up and down over the last few weeks which makes it hard for fantasy owners to own him. Simmons is not a must own in 12 team leagues and should not be owned in standard leagues.

Elfrid Payton scored six points on 3-for-5 shooting with four rebounds, three assists and a steal over 24 minutes as the Magic defeated the Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Payton has been inconsistent of late and Tuesday was one of his off nights. Overall the 23-year-old guard is averaging 12.7 points and 6.5 assists. If a fantasy owner is desperate in the assist category it would be worth holding onto Payton.

Aaron Gordon scored 14 points on 5-for-17 shooting with seven rebounds, one assist and one three-pointer over 39 minutes as the Magic defeated the Wolves on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Gordon is in the midst of a shooting slump and over his last six games is shooting just 33% from the field and 20% from the three-point line. Gordon will turn things around but right now is a good buy low on the 22-year-old forward.

D.J. Augustin scored 18 points with six assists, six rebounds and two triples in 24 minutes against the Wolves on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Augustin barely sees above 24 minutes per game for the Magic, and doesn't contribute enough on a consistent basis to be considered as a reliable option in standard formats. Leave him on the wire.

Bismack Biyombo scored 10 points on 3-for-7 shooting with 16 rebounds, five blocks, two assists and one steal across 29 minutes during a 108-102 win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Biyombo is really taking advantage of the extra playing time with the injury to Nikola Vucevic. Over the last 10 games, Biyombo is averaging 10.1 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks. Those are numbers that make Biyombo worth owning in all leagues especially if an owner is desperate for blocks and rebounds.

Khem Birch scored 12 points on 4-for-4 shooting with 10 rebounds, four blocks and one assist across 19 minutes during a 108-102 win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Birch got his first real opportunity this season with injuries hitting the Magic frontcourt and Mareese Speights dealing with a personal issue. Birch may get more minutes going forward but when the Magic are all healthy its hard to see the 25-year-old big man getting any run.

Evan Fournier scored 32 points on 12-for-22 shooting with six three-pointers, three assists and two rebounds across 35 minutes during a 108-102 win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Fournier was feeling it from downtown shooting 6-for-12 on threes. The 25-year-old is hot scoring 21.3 points over his last three games. Now is a good time to play him in DFS action.

Anthony Davis played a team-high 44 minutes and recorded 45 points, grabbed 16 rebound, and dished out two assists in an overtime win against the Celtics.

Fantasy Impact: Davis has been on an absolute tear as of late, averaging 34 points and 12 rebounds per game through six January contests. He has also been averaging 40 minutes per game with the Pelicans playing some very close games as of late. Davis continues to thrive even against tougher opponents, he makes a great DFS play no matter the matchup and is an everyday stud in season-long leagues.

DeMarcus Cousins scored 19 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and dished out five assists in an overtime win against the Celtics.

Fantasy Impact: Cousins has been a double-double machine as of late and only has one January game without double-digit rebounds. The elite big man has been struggling from beyond the arc over his last two games going a dreadful 1-for-11. Cousins remains an amazing talent and should continue to put up big numbers even while he tries to find his three-point form.

Isaiah Canaan scored 10 points off of the bench, shooting 4-of-10 from the field and 1-of-5 from the three-point line including two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers during the Suns' Tuesday night loss to the Blazers.

Fantasy Impact: Canaan played 24 minutes off the bench as the backup point guard for the Suns. Canaan did not light up the scoreboard but he posted a decent multi-category fantasy line. Canaan has the ability to catch fire from the field but his fantasy appeal is limited by his bench role. Canaan is not really on the season-long fantasy radar aside from deep leagues.

Dragan Bender scored just six points, shooting 2-of-4 from the field and 2-of-3 from the free throw line including eight rebounds, one assist, two three-pointers, and two turnovers during the Suns' Tuesday night loss to the Blazers.

Fantasy Impact: Bender started in place of Marquese Chriss for the third consecutive game but once again posted a disappointing stat line. Bender received quality playing time but was predominantly a non-factor on the offensive end, posting a team-low usage rate of 7.9 percent. The young forward has intriguing fantasy upside but his inconsistency makes him hard to trust as a fantasy player at this point in time. Chriss' timeline remains relatively unknown but even if Bender draws another start on Friday he will be nothing more than a dart-throw streamer or DFS play.

Will Barton played a team-high 42 minutes, scoring 22 points adding five rebounds and six assists. Barton was 9-for-15 shooting including 2-for-5 from three in the Nuggets win over the Mavericks.

Fantasy Impact: As always Barton will be wildly inconsistent with his scoring and his playing time seems to be a little difficult to predict. Barton is still worthy of a roster spot for his scoring on a high-scoring Nuggets team.

Gary Harris has been an incredibly consistent and efficient scorer this season and continued this trend against the Mavericks Tuesday night. Harris scored 25 points on 8-for-14 shooting including 3-for-6 from three, adding four assists and four steals.

Fantasy Impact: Gary Harris has been a steal in fantasy drafts with his fantastic scoring and efficiency this season. Harris will continue to be a great scorer on a high-scoring offense playing around 35 minutes a night.

Nikola Jokic had a huge night scoring 29 points adding 18 rebounds and seven assists in the Nuggets win over the Mavericks. Jokic was 11-for-23 shooting and pitched in two steals and a block.

Fantasy Impact: Jokic did all of his damage in just 33 minutes of play, he has had his ups and downs this season but hopefully this will get him back on track.

Troy Daniels scored 18 points off the bench, shooting 6-of-13 from the field including six three-pointers, one rebound, one steal, and one turnover during the Suns' Tuesday night loss to the Blazers.

Fantasy Impact: Josh Jackson struggled and TJ Warren did not play on Tuesday so Troy Daniels got some extended run off the bench. Daniels made the most of his opportunity, knocking down 6-of-11 three-point attempts in 32 minutes. Daniels is one of the league's best three-point snipers but he offers nearly nothing else in terms of fantasy production. Daniels will have occasional scoring outbursts but he is not nearly consistent enough to be fantasy relevant.

Devin Booker scored a team-high 43 points in a loss to the Blazers, shooting 14-of-29 from the field and 10-of-10 from the free throw line including six rebounds, eight assists, five three-pointers, two steals, one block, and four turnovers.

Fantasy Impact: Booker delivered an all-around fantasy gem on Tuesday night, eclipsing the 40-point mark for the third time in his career. With multiple rotation players on the shelf, D-Book played a team-high 41 minutes and posted an absurd usage rate of 39.1 percent. Booker started off hot with 13 points in the first quarter and caught fire in the fourth quarter, scoring 18 points in the final eight minutes of the game. At just 21 years old, Booker is truly an elite scoring guard. His 25.2 points per game scoring average ranks third for NBA guards, trailing only perennial all-stars James Harden and Demar DeRozan. Along with a prolific scoring ability, Booker has now recorded seven or more assists in three consecutive games. Simply put, if you are fortunate enough to have Booker in season-long leagues just sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Michael Beasley scored 23 points, had 10 rebounds, and two blocks in 29 minutes off the bench in a 119-104 win over the Nets.

Fantasy Impact: Michael Beasley on the season is averaging 12.4 points, 1.4 assists, and 5.1 rebounds a game. Enes Kanter played only nine minutes on the night, affording Beasley plenty of action alongside Kristaps Porzingis in the Knicks' frontcourt, and he responded with his third double-double in the last five games. Beasley played only 25 minutes total in his prior two games, however games in which Tim Hardaway (leg) was healthy enough to play and once Hardaway is able to see a full workload every night, Beasley's role figures to shrink.

Al Horford scored 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting with nine rebounds, six assists, four three-pointers, one steal and one block in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Pelicans.

Fantasy Impact: Horford was a game-time decision on Tuesday with a sore knee and sore calf. But the veteran big man was able to dress up and ended up playing 38 minutes. Expect Horford to be good to go when the Celtics face the Sixers on Thursday.