Stew: No P.J. = More T.J.

Stew: No P.J. = More T.J.
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Nikola Mirotic scored 20 points with eight rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes off the bench against the Suns on Friday.

With Taj Gibson out of the picture, it's a whole new opportunity for Mirotic now. Back in October, Mirotic was fully expected to start for the Bulls this season, but Gibson thriving and Mirotic flopping caused a change. The Bulls still really, really need a shooter in their first unit, so the chance is there for Niko to start over Bobby Portis. He's on the 2017 Mt. Rushmore of most annoying players in fantasy, but give him a look if you want to see if he can stay hot with added motivation.
Feb 25 - 1:18 AM

Michael Beasley scored 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting vs. the Jazz on Friday.

He played 32 minutes in the loss, adding six rebounds with one turnover. Beasley looks like the primary beneficiary with Jabari Parker (knee) out for the season with averages of 16.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 blocks and 0.8 steals over his last five games. His upside is low outside of the scoring category, but feel free to give him a look if he meshes well with your roster.
Feb 25 - 1:16 AM

Bobby Portis scored nine points with seven rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in a start against the Suns on Friday.

The Bulls said they traded away Taj Gibson because they wanted to free Bobby Portis. He didn't have a great game while his main competition for minutes, Nikola Mirotic, was very effective. Portis' inconsistent play makes him more of a 16-team guy until he can string games together.
Feb 25 - 1:14 AM

Denzel Valentine had his best game as a pro against the Suns on Friday, scoring 15 points with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and five 3-pointers.

That's career highs in steals and assists while matching his best in treys. On Thursday, the Bulls front office said they traded away Doug McDermott because they wanted to get a longer look at Valentine. So far, it's looking like a beautiful view for their 2016 first-round pick. Valentine was hurt to start the year, so that may explain the slow start. He's still not an add in 12-team leagues yet, but he's on the radar and should remain in the rotation.
Feb 25 - 1:11 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo's 33 points weren't enough in Friday's 109-95 loss to the Jazz.

The Jazz have the third best defensive rating in the NBA, but the Greek Freak has proved time and time again that he's matchup proof. He shot 10-of-16 from the field and 11-of-15 from the line, adding 12 rebounds, three assists, five steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes. He's attempting 8.7 free throws per game in February compared to 5.7 FTAs in January, so expect him to keep being super aggressive with Jabari Parker (knee) out for the season.
Feb 25 - 1:10 AM

Rajon Rondo played 29 minutes with six points, four rebounds, nine assists, four steals and one block against the Suns on Friday.

He and Denzel Valentine were the first two Bulls of the bench. Before the game, coach Fred Hoiberg said he wants to keep Rondo in the mix to have a balance of youth and veteran leadership in his rotation. Still, this game is fluky and Cameron Payne's debut should affect Rondo negatively. We wouldn't add him here.
Feb 25 - 1:06 AM

Michael Carter-Williams scored two points with one assist in eight minutes during a start against the Suns on Friday.

Even with the Bulls having little depth on the wing, Carter-Williams still couldn't do much. His chances as a shooting guard figure to fall off with the Bulls wanting to get a look at Denzel Valentine. Drop MCW.
Feb 25 - 1:03 AM
Joe Ingles - G/F - Jazz

Joe Ingles moved back to the bench on Friday against the Bucks and scored six points with seven rebounds, five assists and two triples in 26 minutes.

Rodney Hood (knee) only played 21 minutes in his return and looked rough, but Ingles' minutes should start to trend down as Hood gets his legs under him. It's time to move on from Ingles if you haven't already, despite tonight's solid line.
Feb 25 - 1:02 AM
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