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Game Recaps

Fred VanVleet scored 16 points on 46 percent shooting from the field during Toronto's 132-129 loss to the Cavs on Wednesday. VanVleet added five assists, three steals and a rebound in 29 minutes off the bench.

Fantasy Impact: VanVleet was back in a big way after missing the previous two games, seeing the third-most minutes on the team and going 4-for-9 from downtown on the night. The former Shocker hasn't been shooting the lights out, but he has been putting up 10.3 points, 4.0 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 treys and 1.1 steals per game in March.

Dwight Powell scored five points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in Thursday's loss to the Utah Jazz.

Fantasy Impact: Oddly, Powell played just 19 minutes in the loss. A contributing factor was the Mavericks going with smaller lineups as evidenced by six players receiving 15-plus minutes off the bench for Dallas on Thursday. Fantasy owners can expect Powell to bounce back in his next outing.

Jakob Poeltl scored 17 points on 62 percent shooting from the field during Toronto's loss to Cleveland on Wednesday. Poeltl added eight boards, a dime, a swat and a swipe in 27 minutes off the bench.

Fantasy Impact: Poeltl played his most minutes this month and put up his highest single-game point total since December 1st. Poeltl and Toronto's second unit have been seeing extended run and playing well on it, but it won't be translating into substantial fantasy production for the big Austrian.

Yogi Ferrell scored 20 points with four rebounds, three assists, three three-pointers, and one steal in Thursday's loss to the Utah Jazz.

Fantasy Impact: Ferrell has now scored double-digit points in five straight games. With Dennis Smith Jr. out with an injury, Ferrell has been able to find stable value in his absence. Ferrell's value could continue to climb with veteran J.J. Barea also dealing with an injury and receiving games off to rest. Fantasy owners in need of point guard help could ride with Ferrell based on how he is playing in his current role.

J.J. Barea scored 23 points with eight assists, five three-pointers, and two rebounds in Thursday's loss to the Utah Jazz.

Fantasy Impact: Barea recorded his fourth 20-plus point outing on Thursday against the Jazz. He was listed on the injury report prior to the game but received the start in favor of a healthy Yogi Ferrell. With Dennis Smith Jr. still out, Barea could be worth holding on to but the chances of him sitting out games down the stretch is a possibility. Fantasy owners could find Barea worth owning while he is filling in as the starting point guard for the Mavericks.

Harrison Barnes scored 21 points with five three-pointers, four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in Thursday's loss to the Utah Jazz.

Fantasy Impact: With Barnes's five three-pointers on Thursday, he has now made more than one three-pointer in just two of the past 10 games. Barnes has been shooting better of late and he has also been throwing in some defensive stats. Fantasy owners can keep Barnes plugged in lineups.

Kyle Kuzma scored 22 points to go with five rebounds, one steal and two assists across 43 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Ever since Lonzo Ball returned and Brandon Ingram has hit the sidelines, Kuzma has averaged 16.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, two assists and 0.9 steals a game on 45.8% shooting. Kuzma looks to have a strong finish to the season and should see more minutes.

Isaiah Thomas scored 15 points with one rebounds and two assists, but had six turnovers in Thursday's loss to the Pelicans.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas has played well since coming to the Lakers and has stated he'd like to stay, but doesn't want to stay unless he's treated like a starter. Thomas has a lot of scoring upside, but that's pretty much all you're going to get from him.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit eight three-pointers for 28 points, four rebounds and two assists in Thursday's loss to the Pelicans.

Fantasy Impact: KCP will continue to see major minutes and plenty of chances to score with Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram sidelined with injuries.

Brook Lopez scored 23 with six rebounds and one assist in Thursday's loss to the Pelicans.

Fantasy Impact: Lopez is finally earning minutes in the 30s and has responded with a top-20 value in the month of March. In the month of March, Lopez has averaged 19.7 points, 4.7 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.5 blocks per game on 58.8% shooting.

Julius Randle posted 23 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one block in Thursday's loss to the Pelicans.

Fantasy Impact: Randle struggled in the first half due to foul trouble, but was able to turn things around in the second. Randle continues to remain the Lakers top scorer with Brandon Ingram out with an injury. Expect some production to go down once Ingram returns.

Lonzo Ball struggled again with his shooting going only 2-of-15 from the field for six points. However, Ball did add 13 rebounds, nine assists and two blocks.

Fantasy Impact: Expect a bounce-back performance on Saturday against Memphis, but Ball has been very inconsistent with his shot all season.

Trevor Ariza scored nine points on 3-of-11 shooting across 38 minutes on Thursday. He added five rebounds, two assists, and one steal in the overtime win.

Fantasy Impact: Ariza nailed three from deep on Thursday, but did not provide much else. He was held to single-digit scoring in back-to-back games for the first time since the opening week of the season. March has been an up-and-down month for the veteran, but his floor still has good fantasy value.

Eric Gordon drew the start at shooting guard Thursday and logged 42 minutes. He scored 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting, including three three-pointers, while adding three rebounds, five assists, and two steals.

Fantasy Impact: With a struggling James Harden and no Chris Paul, Gordon showed up in a big way, leading the team with 22 points. It was his fourth 20-plus point game this month, and he is averaging 3.4 three-pointers made per game in March. His scoring is more volatile than some other sixth men, but he offers more upside than most.

Clint Capela logged another double-double on Thursday, finishing with 10 points and 14 rebounds. He shot an efficient 5-of-8 from the field, and added three assists.

Fantasy Impact: Capela had another productive game in the overtime win against the Pistons. Thursday marked his fourth double-double in five games, and he should continue this pace the rest of the season. Capela has truly established himself an elite fantasy player for rebounds and field goal percentage.

James Harden struggled Thursday night, finishing 4-of-20 from the field. He still managed 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocks.

Fantasy Impact: You wouldn't think so based on the final stat line, but Harden had a rough outing against the Pistons. He couldn't get anything to fall, including missing all eight shots from deep, making this his first game the entire season without a made three-pointer. His fantasy night was salvaged with 13 made free-throws and some strong defensive stats. Harden will look to bounce back Sunday night against the Pelicans.

The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Orlando Magic on Thursday by the score of 118-98. Marco Belinelli was in double-figures, scoring 15 points on 5-of-10 from the floor. He hit 2-of-5 from beyond the arc and 3-of-4 from the free throw line.

Fantasy Impact: Belinelli is averaging 17 points on 19-of-34 shooting from the floor and 45 percent from three-point range over the last three games. A solid bench performer, Belinelli is averaging 11.4 points and shooting 92 percent from the free throw line this season.

The 76ers improved to 41-30 with a 118-98 win over the Magic. Ben Simmons recorded a double-double despite scoring just six points on 3-of-4 from the floor. He had 11 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and blocked shot in 27 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Over the past five games, Simmons is averaging just 12.8 points, but 11.6 assists and 9.6 rebounds per game. He's still shooting just 57 percent from the free throw line, but is excelling on most other phases of the game.

The Philadelphia 76ers cruised to a 118-98 win over the Magic on Thursday. Ersan Ilyasova lead the 76ers with 18 points on 7-of-11 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from three-point range. He added three rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench.

Fantasy Impact: Ilyasova's 18 points was his highest since he dropped 18 versus the Hornets on March 2. He's averaging 10.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game this season.

Austin Rivers had 22 points, four assists, and three rebounds during Wednesday night's contest against the Bucks. Rivers played a team-high 38 minutes and also led the team with the most field goal attempts with 17. Rivers is a big part of the Clippers both offensively and defensively which gives him flexibility for fantasy purposes. Rivers will look to continue his hot run against the Pacers Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: Rivers has been playing the most and also taking the most shots of any player on the Clippers which would suggest that he has been their most important and most consistent player on the team. The sheer minutes and volume that Rivers receive gives owners a good reason to start him for the remainder of the year.