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Aaron Gordon shot 7-of-14 from the field for a total of 17 points. He also had 5 rebounds and 4 assists over the course of 32 minutes during Friday’s loss to Chicago.

Fantasy Impact: Gordon posted an overall solid stat line against The Bulls, contributing in almost every category. He shot 50 percent from the field and posted his highest number of blocks in the past 8 games. His assist average has gone up from 2.3 last season to 3.6 but his regression in points, 17.6 last season to 15.8 this season, is discouraging. Gordon is a solid fantasy option but owners can be a bit disappointed he hasn’t taken that next level jump in production they were hoping for when they drafted him.

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Dennis Schroder (personal) returned from a two-game absence to face the Jazz on Friday. He tallied nine points (3-for-16 FG, 1-for-6 3PT), three rebounds, seven assists and one steal, over 35 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Despite double-overtime, Schroder did not accrue double-digit stats in any category. The recent addition of Markieff Morris is going to cut into his contributions, making him hard to hold onto other than as a vital handcuff to Russell Westbrook.

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Steven Adams had a double-double against the Jazz on Friday, with 16 points (7-for-14 FG) and 10 rebounds, along with three assists, five steals and one block, over 47 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Owners will be hoping this is a return to form for Adams, who had been in a slump prior to the All-Star break. His stats on Friday were boosted by the game going to double-overtime. However, this is still encouraging for those who had been holding him out of lineups.

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Gary Harris made his return to the court on Friday against the Mavs as he played 21 minutes off the bench. Harris finished with eight points, two rebounds, one assist, and one steal. He didn't shoot the ball particularly well as he went 3-for-8 from the field and 1-for-3 from three.

Fantasy Impact: Harris will most likely take his starting spot back from Will Barton once he's fully healthy but for now he should not be started in any leagues.

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Isaiah Thomas had a phenomenal game off the bench on Friday night as he finished with 16 points, three rebounds, and two assists in only 16 minutes. The best part was that he was extremely efficient as he went 5-for-11 from the field and 4-for-7 from three.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas should now be owned in all leagues as he's proven to be the guy Denver trusts with scoring off the bench. His minutes should go up as he gets his legs under him in a week or so.

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Jerami Grant (ankle) returned to action on Friday against the Jazz, where over 41 minutes he tallied 18 points (6-for-10 FG, 3-for-4 3PT), four rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block.

Fantasy Impact: Grant missed two games with a right ankle sprain, but appeared to be fully healed from that injury on Friday. His 41 minutes were the result of a double-overtime, in which his defensive acumen helped the Thunder secure a 148-147 victory. Grant owners will be happy to see him looking good in his return.

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Malik Beasley drew the start despite Gary Harris returning to game action on Friday night but he didn't really show out as he did prior to Harris' return. In 27 minutes, Beasley put up 13 points, four assists, three rebounds, and one steal. He ended up going 4-for-10 from the field but saved his fantasy day by going 3-for-7 from the field.

Fantasy Impact: Beasley will most likely lose some minutes to Gary Harris but I fully expect him to play 25-30 minutes a game anyway. He's far too good of a three-point shooter for the Nuggets to drop minutes for so keep on rolling him out there in lineups.

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Evan Turner will not play on Saturday due to a sore left knee. (Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Turner out, Moe Harkless and Jake Layman will pick up a few more minutes with Layman the preferred option.

Category: Injury Updates

Mason Plumlee had a great game off the bench as he finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds, and three assists in 22 minutes. Plumlee went 5-for-9 from the field as well.

Fantasy Impact: Plumlee is a consistent player when he gets consistent minutes but unfortunately Paul Millsap is actually showing some signs of life so Plumlee hasn't been starting for the past two games. He's a solid player to keep on your bench if you have Nikola Jokic or Paul Millsap.

Monte Morris had a poor shooting night in Friday's win against the Mavs as he finished with seven points, five rebounds and three assists on 3-for-10 shooting from the field and 0-for-4 from three.

Fantasy Impact: Morris' minutes have gone down ever since Isaiah Thomas returned and it doesn't help his value that Gary Harris finally returned to the court on Friday night. Hold onto him for now but don't expect him to put up the numbers he was putting up when the Nuggets were dealing with a plethora of injuries.

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Will Barton once again started given that Gary Harris just returned from injury. In 28 minutes, Barton put up 10 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals in a win. Barton only attempted eight shots, making four of them as well as going 2-for-3 from the three-point line.

Fantasy Impact: This was a nice game for Barton as he shot over 50% from the field for the first time over his last five games. The Nuggets have a lot of wing depth so it's expected that his minutes might be reduced so look for another option in your lineups but still hold onto him for your benches.

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Nikola Vucevic scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the 110-109 loss to the Bulls on Friday. He shot 9-of-16 from the field and added seven assists, two steals, and two blocks in 29 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Vucevic has posted 10 double-doubles in his last 11 games while putting up 20.0 points and 12.6 rebounds per game during that stretch. He has posted career-high marks this season with 20.5 points and 12.1 rebounds per game.

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Joakim Noah played 30 minutes for Memphis on Friday and the big man was able to finish with a double-double. Despite his 22 points and 11 rebounds, Noah shot 5-of-10 overall, net 12-of-12 free throws, dished out three dimes, blocked two shots, stole one pass and only committed one turnover.

Fantasy Impact: In the last six games that Noah has played for Memphis, the center has averaged 28.7-FanDuel points. In addition, prior to Friday's contest the big-man cost $4000 in salary, the highest it has been since January 19th. Noah is interesting for DFS players, but it is noteworthy to disclose that starting center, Jonas Valanciunas, was unable to play on Friday. This means that Noah will likely have an inconsistent fantasy floor, while having a ceiling of 25-to-30-FanDuel points, once Valanciunas returns.

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Otto Porter Jr. had 17 points, five rebounds, and four assists during the Bulls 110-109 win over the Magic. Porter shot 6-of-15 from the field with three three-pointers in 38 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Porter has averaged 21.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in five outings with the Bulls. The scoring has spiked with his new club pushing him into fantasy consideration in most leagues.

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Lauri Markkanen had 25 points and 11 rebounds during the Bulls 110-109 win over the Magic on Friday. He shot 8-of-21 from the field including 4-of-10 from beyond the arc in 38 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Markkanen has posted eight double-doubles over his last 10 games while averaging 23.0 points and 13.2 rebounds per game during that stretch. He has moved into must-start territory in all fantasy leagues.

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Russell Westbrook fouled out during Friday's 148-147 double-overtime win against the Jazz but not before he put up 43 points, 15 rebounds, and eight assists. In 43 minutes, he shot 15-of-29 from the field with six three-pointers.

Fantasy Impact: Surprisingly it took a double OT game where the Thunder scored 148 points to snap Westbrook's triple-double streak at 11 games. No worries, he'll probably start a new streak on Saturday against the Kings.

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After a buyout was imminent, Chandler Parsons and ownership were able to come to an agreement which had the forward suiting up for the Grizzlies again. In his 20 minutes that he played, Parsons shot 1-of-7 from the field overall and 1-of-4 from behind the three-point line, which was good for three points. He contributed two rebounds, one assist, one steal and turned the ball over once.

Fantasy Impact: When it comes to fantasy, Parsons is not a player that I would want to immediately roll the dice on for DFS leagues. Season-long leagues may find some value in the forward since he did play 20 minutes in his first appearance since October 22nd of 2018. Either way, it is important to monitor Parsons going forward. It is unlikely that Parsons will be the player he once was, but that does not mean he cannot find a quality and consistent role on a Grizzlies team set for a lottery finish.

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Paul George hit the game-winner to propel the Thunder to a 148-147 double-overtime win over the Jazz on Friday night. He finished with 45 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. George shot 17-of-31 from the field with five three-pointers.

Fantasy Impact: George has scored at least 45 points in three of his last five games and has topped 30 points in 11 of his last 14 outings. During that 14 game stretch, George is averaging 36.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 2.2 steals per game.

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DeAndre Jordan scored 16 points and grabbed 19 rebounds during the Knicks 115-104 loss to the Timberwolves on Friday. Jordan shot 5-of-8 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line while adding two blocks and an assist.

Fantasy Impact: Jordan has produced a double-double in six out of eight games with the Knicks while averaging 11.8 points and 12.0 rebounds with his new team. Those numbers fall right in line with his seasonal numbers.

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Placed into the starting-five, Ivan Rabb was able to stay on the floor for a total of 25 minutes; during which he shot at 50-percent rate, making his lone shot from deep, and going 4-of-4 from the foul line. His 15 points were accompanied by nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block.

Fantasy Impact: Rabb may be in the starting lineup, but that does not equal consistent minutes. With that in mind, Rabb remains a high-risk value play for DFS players. If you rolled the dice on Rabb for Friday's contest, you were rewarded with a 36.3-FanDuel evening. However, it is important to note that Rabb's salary dropped from $6500 to $3800, prior to Friday's contest. If Rabb remains in the starting lineup, I can only see his salary increasing again, making him even more risky of a play.

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