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Charlotte Hornets

Eastern Southeast

Miles Bridges totaled 22 points (8-12 FG, 4-4 FT, 2-5 3PT), grabbed five rebounds, two assists, and turned the ball over four times in the Hornets’ 146-143 loss to the Rockets on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Bridges turned in his first 20+ scoring effort in the last four games on Saturday, scoring 22 points in 33 minutes. He is now averaging 20.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. Miles Bridges has come back to earth since his red-hot start to the season but is still providing solid production that puts him above his fantasy ADP, and we have seen his ceiling is much higher.

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Terry Rozier totaled 31 points (9-23 FG, 7-7 FT, 6-16 3PT), grabbed three rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block, and turned the ball over once in the Hornets’ 146-143 loss to the Rockets on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Rozier played 43 minutes on Saturday, scoring a team-high 31 points. He wasn’t the most efficient, shooting only 9-23 from the field, but did convert on all seven attempts from the charity stripe. Rozier is now averaging 17.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.

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LaMelo Ball totaled 19 points (7-19 FG, 3-3 FT, 2-6 3PT), grabbed 11 rebounds, 13 assists, one steal, and turned the ball over twice in the Hornets’ 146-143 loss to the Rockets on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Ball scored 19 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and 13 assists en route to his second triple-double of the season. Despite struggling with his shot in this one, LaMelo was still able to provide excellent fantasy production. Ball is already delivering above fantasy expectations this season, and that should continue even in games where he is having trouble getting his shot to fall.

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Mason Plumlee (calf) will be out of the Hornets lineup on Sunday as they take on the Houston Rockets. (Source: Jonathan Feigen on twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Plumlee has already been ruled out ahead of time for tomorrow’s tilt against the Rocket’s. P.J. Washington started at center last night when Plumlee was out and it will likely be the same again on Sunday.

Category: Injury Updates

P.J. Washington totaled 17 points (6-12 FG, 5-7 3PT), grabbed six rebounds, one assist, and turned the ball over twice in the Hornets' 133-115 win over the Timberwolves on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Washington took his first start of the season on Friday with only one game back from his extended absence with an elbow injury. He didn't do much in defensive categories but did record 17 points and six rebounds. Washington averages 9.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.2 assists on 19.6 minutes per game this season. He is a decent streaming candidate should Plumlee miss any more time.

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Kelly Oubre Jr. totaled 27 points (10-17 FG, 7-13 3PT), grabbed one rebound, and blocked one shot in the Hornets' 133-115 win over the Timberwolves on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Oubre came off the bench on Friday and led the Hornets' scoring attack, dropping 27 points, including seven shots from beyond the arc. Oubre has had ups and downs this season; however, after two straight 20+ point performances, he is a decent streaming candidate to see if he maintains the hot hand.

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Gordon Hayward totaled 18 points (7-13 FG, 2-3 FT, 2-5 3PT), grabbed six rebounds, six assists, three blocks, and turned the ball over five times in the Hornets' 133-115 win over the Timberwolves on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: After struggling on Wednesday, Hayward got back on the right track against the Timberwolves, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds, six assists, and blocking three shots. He averages 16.8 points, five rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 33.7 minutes per game this season. More importantly, he is staying healthy, which was the primary concern coming into this season. If you grabbed Hayward at his typical later-round fantasy ADP, you are happy with these solid mid-round numbers.

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Jalen McDaniels totaled 14 points (5-7 FG, 1-1 FT, 3-4 3PT), grabbed eight rebounds, and one assist in the Hornets' 133-115 win over the Timberwolves on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: McDaniels saw an increase in minutes with Mason Plumlee sidelined on Friday and played well. He finished with 14 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes. If Plumlee continues to miss time, McDaniels is worth consideration in deeper leagues.

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Cody Martin totaled 14 points (6-11 FG, 1-3 3PT), grabbed three rebounds, one assist, and turned the ball over three times in the Hornets’ 115-105 loss to the Hawks on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Martin played 31 minutes off the bench on Saturday, scoring 14 points and grabbing three rebounds. His minutes have been consistent this season; unfortunately, his night-to-night production hasn’t been. He does provide some defensive value in deeper category leagues, averaging 1.3 steals per game, but not much else.

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Nick Richards totaled seven points (3-4 FG, 1-1 FT), grabbed three rebounds, three blocks, and turned the ball over one time in the Hornets' 140-129 loss to the Celtics on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Richards played 14 minutes on Monday for the short-handed Hornets team and played well, scoring seven points and blocking three shots. While the blocks are impressive, he is only a fantasy target in deep-leagues while the Hornets deal with injuries.

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Ish Smith totaled 15 points (7-15 FG, 1-1 3PT), grabbed four rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block, and turned the ball over one time in the Hornets’ 111-95 win over Brooklyn on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Smith got hot in the fourth quarter on Sunday, and the Hornets’ stuck with him. Smith will be coming off the bench as long as LaMelo is healthy and will probably average around 20 minutes per game.

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Devonte' Graham has agreed to a four-year deal with the Pelicans worth $47 million. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: This was a sign-and-trade as Graham was a restricted free agent. The Pelicans sent Charlotte its 2022 lottery-protected first-round pick. Graham figures to replace Lonzo Ball, who signed with Chicago. He should slide into that starting role for the Pelicans coming off a season where he averaged just under 15 points and over five assists per game.

Category: Transactions

Bismack Biyombo registered 13 points (6-9 FG, 1-2 FT) with seven rebounds, an assist, and three turnovers across 26 minutes during Thursday's 113-90 blowout loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Fantasy Impact: Biyombo shot efficiently as Charlotte's starting center against the Clippers, finishing with 13 points and collecting seven boards in a one-sided loss on Thursday. The Hornets will prepare for their upcoming road game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks. Biyombo remains a low-value floor play in DFS contests ahead of Saturday's game against the Knicks.

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Cody Zeller registered 15 points (7-9 FG, 1-2 FT) with 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, a block, and two turnovers across 29 minutes during Tuesday's 117-112 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Fantasy Impact: Zeller shot 77 FG% across 29 minutes off the bench, collecting 10 boards and forcing two steals. He held his own in the paint against Nikola Jokic at times and is a solid floor play in DFS contests when the Hornets host the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

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Malik Monk scored 20 points (7-16 FG, 6-11 3PT) with four rebounds, seven assists, and three turnovers across 31 minutes during Thursday's 120-99 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Fantasy Impact: Monk recently returned from a multi-game absence and has looked good in limited minutes off the bench. The Hornets' shooting guard earned 31 minutes and made the most of his extended time on the floor, draining six triples and handing out seven assists in a loss to the Bulls on Thursday. Monk is a great value addition to lineups in DFS contests and can be salaried at just $4,700 on FanDuel during Friday's game against the Orlando Magic.

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Caleb Martin scored 17 points (6-14 FG, 2-8 3PT, 3-4 FT) with five rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block, and a turnover across 34 minutes during Tuesday's 102-99 win against the Detroit Pistons.

Fantasy Impact: The second-year small forward out of Nevada earned a start in the lineup with Miles Bridges (health and safety protocols) ruled out on Tuesday. Martin took advantage of the increased minutes, draining a couple of triples and forcing two steals on defense to finish well above his projected fantasy outcome. If Bridges and P.J. Washington are unable to play against the Bulls on Thursday, fantasy managers can run it back with Martin in deeper leagues and DFS contests.

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Vernon Carey Jr. scored 21 points (9-14 FG, 1-2 3PT, 2-2 FT) with six rebounds, an assist, and a block across 35 minutes during Friday's 130-115 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Fantasy Impact: The rookie center out of Duke earned his first start with the Hornets on Friday, as head coach James Borrego attempts to deploy new lineups to end Charlotte's losing skid. Carey Jr. finished with 21 points and six rebounds across 35 minutes and is available on virtually all ESPN waiver wires heading into the fantasy playoffs. It remains to be seen whether VCJ will get another opportunity in the starting lineup against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday but his performance against the Nets was certainly encouraging.

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Brad Wanamaker registered 13 points (6-11 FG, 0-2 3PT, 1-1 FT) with three rebounds, five assists, a block, and two turnovers across 28 minutes during Sunday's 105-101 loss against the Atlanta Hawks.

Fantasy Impact: Wanamaker came off the bench shooting 54 FG% and dishing five assists across 28 minutes, signaling that he is starting to find a role with the Hornets. Traded from Golden State at the deadline last month, he is an intriguing streaming option to add to your bench but should only be inserted into lineups if absolutely necessary.

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