Jordan Hill played just 15 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring seven points on 3-of-5 shooting with nine rebounds and two blocks.
Hill's problem isn't his skill but instead his knees (and a recent ankle issue), so Mike D'Antoni moved him to the bench where he can manage the limited minutes that he can give. As long as Chris Kaman isn't inserted into the rotation then owners can make the case to hold onto Hill, as he'll eventually feel better and put up some bigger lines. But if Kaman is brought back into the fold it could get ugly quick.
P.J. Tucker followed up his solid Wednesday night with 18 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two triples and a steal over 38 minutes in the Suns' 106-97 win over the Raptors on Friday.
Tucker hit 4-of-12 shots from the field but 8-of-10 from the foul line and he's officially a must-own player in 12-team formats after flashing some upside over the past two games. The Suns are increasingly excited about his role as a lockdown defender and the fact that he is adding offense is icing on the cake. He has top 110-115 value on the year in standard leagues and that didn't include many lines like his last two.
Channing Frye hit just 1-of-4 shots for two points in Friday's win over the Raptors.
Frye added four rebounds and one steal in his 18 minutes, as Markieff Morris got busy tonight and Frye was left in the dust. He has been playing at a pretty high level in fantasy leagues so cut him some slack for the off-night.
Markieff Morris hit a career-high 11 field goals in Friday's win, finishing with 25 points and 11 rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench.
Morris only missed three shots from the field and on the flip side he had five turnovers and no steals or blocks, but on the whole he needed to remind owners of his upside and he did that tonight. Go run and pick him up if the top-100 value was dropped.
Gerald Green scored 10 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 4-of-9 shots (including two triples) with four rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes.
This is going to be a pretty good representation of what to hope for if everything is going well. That makes him a better option in deeper formats, but if he can hit a pair of threes on most nights he will have some low-end value in standard leagues, too.
Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled in Friday's loss to the Suns, scoring 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting with 10 rebounds and no steals or blocks in 29 minutes.
It's not a great line but Tyler Hansbrough's shoulder injury opened up a few more minutes and if he misses any time that could make Valanciunas a more viable starter. For now, he's just a high profile stash in standard leagues.
Amir Johnson scored a season-high 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting with seven rebounds and three blocks in 33 minutes off the bench on Friday.
Tyler Hansbrough will be seen on Saturday for his shoulder issue and that alone makes Johnson a must-own player, but it's worth noting that Johnson actually told Dwane Casey that he was down to come off the bench when the decision was ultimately made. He's been great in that role lately and especially with Hansbrough's immediate future in question he should be in all lineups.
Dwight Howard scored 22 points on 5-of-8 shooting (12-of-20 FTs) with 18 rebounds, three steals and one block in the Rockets' 105-83 blowout win over the Warriors on Friday.
Howard got Andrew Bogut into foul trouble and from there he had little resistance on the glass. He did well to hit the free throws he hit and he finally blocked a shot, but he's still bogging down the offense with unnecessary post-ups and clogging up the lane for would-be drivers. Fantasy owners aren't going to complain about a night against the soft interior defense of the Warriors, though. James Harden got back on track with 34 points on 13-of-22 shooting and a full line in the win.