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RJ Barrett registered 20 points (7-12 FG, 2-4 3PT, 4-4 FT) four rebounds, three assists and two blocks across 33 minutes during Friday’s 106-103 loss to the Cavaliers.

Fantasy Impact: Barrett has now scored 20 points in back-to-back contests while shooting 51.9% (14-for-27) from the floor. The 20-year-old continues to log heavy minutes (37.5) and will be given every opportunity to break out this season. Barrett is averaging 16.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 0.9 triples over 13 games in 2020-21. He will try to keep his 20-point streak alive in Sunday’s contest against the Celtics.

Immanuel Quickley scored a career-high 23 points (9-17 FG, 3-7 3PT, 2-2 FT) with five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block across 27 minutes during Friday’s 106-103 loss to the Cavaliers.

Fantasy Impact: Quickley led the Knicks bench in minutes and was second in field goal attempts in Friday’s loss. He has been productive his last two games, averaging 21.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.0 triples across 25 minutes. Fantasy managers should look to add Quickley in all league formats as he continues to see an uptick in minutes and usage. The Knicks next scheduled game is Sunday, away against the Celtics.

Julius Randle scored a team-high 28 points (11-20 FG, 2-4 3PT, 4-5 FT), with six rebounds and six assists across 38 minutes during Friday’s 106-103 loss to the Cavaliers.

Fantasy Impact: Randle led the Knicks in scoring once again in Friday’s loss to the Cavaliers. He has now scored at least 20 points in five of his last seven games. The 26-year-old PF is absolutely crushing it for fantasy managers this season as the Knicks primary option on offense. Randle is averaging 23.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 1.4 triples across 37.4 minutes in 2020-21. The Knicks have lost five in a row and will try to end their losing streak in Sunday’s game against the Celtics.

Cedi Osman compiled 25 points (10-20 FG, 5-9 3PT, 0-1 FT), three rebounds, five assists, two steals, and three turnovers in Friday night's win versus New York.

Fantasy Impact: Osman took full advantage of the absences of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland tonight, registering his first 50+% shooting performance since December 27th. He should remain a solid streaming option in all formats while the starting backcourt duo stay sidelined, but fantasy managers need to be reminded of his high volatility.

Larry Nance Jr. accounted for 14 points (6-10 FG, 2-4 3PT), nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block, and four turnovers in Friday's close win against the Knicks.

Fantasy Impact: Nance Jr. bounced back nicely in a game-high 44 minutes, after an ice cold shooting night versus the Jazz. However, the acquisitions of Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince likely won't do any favors to Nance's production, as the front court somehow gets even busier. As a result, his rebounds are likely to take a dip, but hopefully his points and dimes still show up on the stat sheet.

Andre Drummond cruised to the tune of 33 points (10-18 FG, 0-1 3PT, 13-19 FT), 23 rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks, and two turnovers in Friday night's win against New York.

Fantasy Impact: The Knicks simply had no answer for the big man tonight. This was Drummond's best performance of the season thus far, and it came at an optimal time for fantasy owners, as they soon likely have to get acclimated to less dominant stat lines with the eventual emergence of Jarrett Allen. Cavaliers GM Koby Altman assured Drummond on Thursday that his role would remain the same, but it's tough to envision him maintaining this level of production going forward. Either way, he should still be a beast on the boards.

Kyle Kuzma netted 11 points (3-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 13 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes of action versus New Orleans.

Fantasy Impact: Kuzma dominated the glass for Los Angeles on Friday night. His 13 boards were the most he's recorded in a game this season. He also flaunted his touch from long range, connecting on three out of four shots from beyond the arc. Kuzma has yet to take the next step in his progression and, until that occurs, will be a modest at best fantasy option going forward.

Dennis Schroder bagged 12 points (4-14 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, four assists and three steals en route to a 112-95 victory on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Schroder didn't display the most efficient shooting effort on Friday night, instead he was active on the boards and caused havoc on the defensive end. Schroder's contributions this season have lightened the burden placed on LeBron James and co. and have provided managers with serviceable depth. Schroder continues to be a steal in DFS as well, rarely rising over a $6,000 asking price on FanDuel and routinely reaching the 30 fantasy point plateau.

Clint Capela recorded 16 points (8-9 FG) and 11 boards in Friday night's blowout loss to Utah.

Fantasy Impact: With Trae Young and John Collins underperforming for fantasy managers this season, Capela has been the most consistent Hawks player thus far. His apparent right hand injury didn't seem to impact his game in the slightest. It also helped that he avoided any trips to the charity stripe tonight, as he currently averages 48.0% from the line.

Cam Reddish poured in 20 points (8-13 FG, 4-5 3PT), five rebounds, one steal, and three turnovers in Friday's blowout loss to the Jazz.

Fantasy Impact: Reddish registered an efficient shooting night despite the Hawks earning their fifth loss in six games. There's currently no timetable for Bogdan Bogdanovic to return to the court, which means Reddish should be capable of recording strong offensive performances like this one going forward. Hopefully he can improve his consistency, as he still currently averages only 37.8% from the field.

Montrezl Harrell nabbed 16 points (8-10 FG, 0-1 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one steal in a 112-95 win over New Orleans.

Fantasy Impact: Harrell was a virtual no-show through the first three quarters of Friday night's contest. 10 of his 16 points came in the final period and he had only seen the court for 11 minutes prior to the fourth quarter. Much of Harrell's success this season has been defined by mop-up duty and the bench stud capitalized on Friday. The presence of Marc Gasol will seemingly cap Harrell's fantasy potential as coach Frank Vogel has opted for experience over athleticism in the starting lineup, but Montrezl continues to produce despite his limited exposure.

Trae Young struggled with four points (1-11 FG, 0-2 3PT, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block, and two turnovers in Friday night's defeat to Utah.

Fantasy Impact: Young was playing like a superstar in the first few games of the season, and has now looked like a completely different player since the new year. Perhaps his recent feud with John Collins has messed with his head, as he is currently averaging 29% from the field across the past four contests. Regardless, fantasy owners will have to sit tight and hope that Young gets out of this slump, or else he may finish as one of the biggest fantasy busts of the season.

LeBron James notched 21 points (6-11 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 7-7 FT), 11 assists, eight rebounds and one steal across 31 minutes in 112-95 victory.

Fantasy Impact: LeBron's double-double effort on Friday was slow to start as he didn't kick into high gear until the second half. The way the game played out serves as a testament to James' ability to serve up results despite the circumstances. LeBron continuously personifies the definition of a "sure thing" in fantasy. He's the universal thread that ties fantasy teams and DFS lineups together. The King will be on hand Monday when the Warriors come to town.

Anthony Davis posted 17 points (5-16 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 7-10 FT), six rebounds, five assists, three blocks and three steals in a 112-95 win over New Orleans.

Fantasy Impact: Davis' impact was felt all over the court on Friday night. He didn't shoot the ball particularly well, but he found ways to reach the free-throw line and was gargantuan on defense. AD continues to prove his dominance, even if he isn't dropping 40 points a night. Davis appeared to tweak his ankle a bit in the fourth quarter but finished the game. It's an occurrence that warrants monitoring moving forward.

Khem Birch scored 12 points (5-8 FG, 0-1 3PT, 2-2 FT) with 12 rebounds, two assists and one steal across 33 minutes in a 124-97 blowout loss against the Boston Celtics on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Birch was dominant on the boards for Orlando, leading the team in rebounds (12) and going 5-of-8 from the field to generate his second double-double of the season on Friday. Birch is only rostered in 3.5% of ESPN leagues and is worth rostering off waivers in most fantasy formats. The Magic have now extended their losing streak to four games and will try to bounce back in a tough matchup against the star-studded Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.

Nikola Vucevic scored 15 points (6-13 FG, 1-4 3PT, 2-2 FT) with six rebounds, four assists and two steals across 26 minutes in a 124-97 loss against the Boston Celtics on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Vucevic failed to secure a double-double against the Celtics on Friday, ending his three-game streak but still managing to generate solid production on the offensive side of the ball. The All-Star center should remain an automatic starter in all fantasy formats despite going 1-of-4 from 3-point range on Friday. The Magic will travel to Brooklyn to face Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and newly acquired super star James Harden on Saturday.

Willie Cauley-Stein managed 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-2 FT) to go along with 11 rebounds, one assist, and one block across 30 minutes in the Mavericks 112-109 loss to the Bucks on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: The double-double was Cauley-Stein's first of the season as he logged a season-high 30 minutes. He's been a legitimate contributor since joining the starting lineup five games ago. Over that span, he's averaging a solid 26.6 minutes, 8.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.2 blocks per game. He's worth considering in deeper fantasy leagues if you need help with rebounds and blocks.

Trey Burke carved out 13 points (5-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt) to go along with three rebounds and one assist across 28 minutes in the Mavericks 112-109 loss to the Bucks on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Burke has seen an increase in production over the last three games since Dallas' COVID-19 outbreak left the team shorthanded in the backcourt. He's averaging 27 minutes, 16.6 points, 3.0 assists, and 1.6 boards over that span. Even with the uptick in minutes, Burke's mini-run could be short lived with Josh Richardson and Jalen Brunson expected back soon.

Cole Anthony scored 15 points (7-18 FG, 1-6 3PT, 0-1 FT) with six rebounds and three assists across 27 minutes in a 124-97 loss against the Boston Celtics on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Anthony has been starting at point guard since Markelle Fultz went down with a season-ending ACL tear and has filled in nicely as a rookie. Only rostered in 16.9% of ESPN leagues, Anthony is averaging 11.7 points over the last week and is a solid streaming option in most fantasy formats. The Magic will prepare to face the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday in hopes of ending their four-game losing skid.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points (9-17 FG, 4-9 3Pt) while adding six rebounds and one block across 37 minutes as the Mavericks were defeated by the Bucks 112-109 on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: THJ started once again and scored over 20 points for the third time this year. Hardaway Jr. rejoined the starting lineup three games ago in the wake of the Mavericks COVID scare and is averaging 36.6 minutes and 25.3 points per game while shooting a red hot 52-percent from the field and 46.8-percent from three over that span. He's not giving you much in other categories but fantasy managers that picked up have to be feeling satisfied with his scoring production up to this point.