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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

Robin Lopez scored 19 points with six rebounds, one block and no turnovers in 36 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

It looked like Cristiano Felicio was going to push him for minutes, but things are looking up with the Bulls on a three-game winning streak right now. Lopez hasn't really turned heads this season, but he has posted eighth-round value in standard leagues over his last 10. If all the hot adds are gone, he's a fine low-end guy.
Feb 25 - 1:01 AM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood (knee) struggled mightily in his return to action on Friday vs. the Bucks, scoring three points on 1-of-9 shooting in 21 minutes.

He returned from a seven-game absence and was clearly rusty. Hood added two rebounds, one assist and one steal, and he's just a low-end pickup until he proves that he can consistently string together a few good games. He was averaging 13.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.1 3-pointers and 0.6 steals this season prior to Friday.
Feb 25 - 1:00 AM

Jerian Grant played 13 minutes off the bench against the Suns with seven points, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer.

There's a very good chance he'll be falling all the way out when Cameron Payne (illness) returns for the next one. Grant is a drop candidate just about everywhere.
Feb 25 - 12:58 AM

George Hill scored 19 points with one rebound, one assist, four steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes vs. the Bucks on Friday.

Hill has missed 25 games this season due to a variety of injuries, so the All-Star break was probably huge for his health. He finished 4-of-6 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line for a 99.8 true shooting percentage, his best mark of the season. Expect a strong finish to the campaign from Hill.
Feb 25 - 12:56 AM

Cristiano Felicio scored five points with six rebounds and no turnovers in 17 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

He's lost a little bit of his momentum after a strong finish to his first half. Felicio hit the 22-minute mark in three of his previous four games, but he's just too unreliable to use while the Bulls are in playoff contention. It doesn't help that Robin Lopez is extremely durable.
Feb 25 - 12:55 AM

Devin Booker scored 27 points during a 128-121 overtime loss in Chicago on Friday, adding three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes

With the Suns down two, Booker was fouled on a 3-pointer with one second left in regulation. After he made the first two, Booker just missed the third to get this game to OT. He was furious with himself and chances are that miss will haunt him for a long time. Tonight aside, the Suns will be looking to their youth more often, which does include Booker despite how he's clearly the most untouchable player on their roster. He is trending up and hopefully more non-scoring stats are on the way.
Feb 25 - 12:53 AM

Marquese Chriss scored 17 points with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

There's absolutely no doubt Chriss is going to get more minutes going forward. Based on the comments from general manager Ryan McDonough, Chriss seems to be the No. 1 priority for the Suns youth movement, so he'll be getting minutes in the 30s more often -- he needs to avoid foul trouble. Chriss should be owned in all standard leagues with his multi-stat upside.
Feb 25 - 12:49 AM

Rudy Gobert double-doubled with 15 points, 16 rebounds, two assists and three blocks vs. the Bucks on Friday.

This was his sixth game of the season with 15+ points, 15+ rebounds and 3+ blocks -- only Hassan Whiteside (8) and Anthony Davis (10) have more such games. Gobert shot 5-of-7 from the field and 5-of-7 from the line with four turnovers, and he's now shooting 66.3 percent from the free throw line on the season which means he's well on pace for a career-best.
Feb 25 - 12:49 AM

Eric Bledsoe scored 17 points with seven rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block, two 3-pointers and five turnovers against the Bulls on Friday.

General manager Ryan McDonough did the rounds in the past couple days with interviews for the Phoenix TV broadcast and also on a local radio station. He talked about guys like Devin Booker and the youth movement, but didn't really mention Bledsoe as a guy to get big minutes. In other words, there's a chance he gets some games off at some point later this season because the Suns basically already know what they have with him. His fantasy owners may want to expect a decrease in his fantasy value going forward. Don't forget Bledsoe has already been rested one game this season.
Feb 25 - 12:43 AM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len got the start for a resting Tyson Chandler against the Bulls on Friday, scoring four points with seven rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 35 minutes.

He flopped big time with this massive opportunity. There will still be more chances coming for Len with the Suns saying they want to get a long look at him before he becomes a restricted free agent this summer. Alan Williams continues to outplay him, but Len is worth a pickup in standard leagues with Chandler certainly getting more rest going forward.
Feb 25 - 12:40 AM



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