Player News - Magic

Date: Team: Pos:

Devyn Marble has been assigned to the D-League.

He'll play for the Erie BayHawks and should be back with the Magic soon. Marble has no fantasy value right now.
Dec 26 - 4:29 PM

Elfrid Payton made 6-of-10 shots to finish Tuesday's win vs. the Celtics with 12 points, one rebound, seven assists, two steals and four turnovers in 29 minutes.

Orlando's lottery pick hasn't shot well as a rookie and he was 0-of-7 from the field on Sunday, but he's showing signs of improvement -- with Sunday's dud excluded, he's a combined 16-of-25 from the field (64.0 percent) in his past four games.
Dec 23 - 10:14 PM

Kyle O'Quinn blew up for 18 points, two 3-pointers, 13 rebounds, two steals and one block in another start on Tuesday, playing 34 minutes without a single turnover.

Channing Frye had eight points and four rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench. This could easily be a permanent change at PF, which makes O'Quinn a terrific player to grab wherever he's available. He's now averaging 30.0 minutes over his past two games, well above his season average of 19.7 minutes, so all signs are pointing in the right direction.
Dec 23 - 10:14 PM

Victor Oladipo's shot abandoned him during Tuesday's game, as he scored eight points on 2-of-15 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs.

He still played 36 minutes, chipping in four rebounds, six assists and two steals to salvage some value for his fantasy owners. This was Oladipo's third single-digit performance in Orlando's past four games, which should be viewed as a buy-low opportunity for owners in need of scoring, assists and steals.
Dec 23 - 10:13 PM

Willie Green (flu) will be available to play Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

Green doesn't do enough statistically to be owned in almost any league, leave him on the waiver wire.
Dec 23 - 5:15 PM

Tobias Harris (finger) appears to be fine from his finger injury.

He went through shootaround without a splint or tape, so he's good to go. Harris was not affected by the lineup change of Kyle O'Quinn in the starting lineup and played 38 minutes on Sunday. He's for real and should keep it going all season.
Dec 23 - 1:20 PM

Elfrid Payton will be in the Magic's starting lineup when they face the Celtics on Tuesday.

Payton is averaging 5.5 points, 4.3 boards, 5.5 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.3 blocks on 30.0 percent field goal shooting as a start this season, so the rookie's fantasy upside is a bit capped as he continues to develop his game. He's a decent plug-and-play option in daily games while continues to start, but fantasy owners in standard leagues can feel free to leave Payton on the waiver wire.
Dec 23 - 10:55 AM

Kyle O'Quinn will remain in the Magic's starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Celtics.

The 24-year-old is averaging 11.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.6 blocks, and 0.4 three-pointers as a starter this season, so this is great news for fantasy owners. As long as O'Quinn continues to start ahead of Channing Frye, he's worth a flier in standard fantasy leagues due to his potential to fill up the stat sheet.
Dec 23 - 10:50 AM

Aaron Gordon (foot) is no longer in a walking boot.

Gordon is still a ways away from his targeting February return, but this is a step in the right direction as the rookie rehabs his surgically-repaired left foot. While Gordon is a solid stash in dynasty leagues, fantasy owners in standard leagues can feel free to focus their attention elsewhere.
Dec 23 - 10:46 AM

Tobias Harris injured his finger in Sunday's embarrassing defeat to the 76ers, finishing with 17 points, four boards, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

He was spotted with a wrap on his right hand, and he is said to have hurt his pinkie. However, his finger can't be hurting as bad as his ego after that loss, and Harris acknowledged that his team needs to be much better. "People pay good money to bring their families to the games," Harris said. "And we’re not even putting on a good enough show for them." We will update Harris' status as needed moving forward, but the good news is that it doesn't appear serious enough to keep him out of action. Stay tuned.
Dec 21 - 9:35 PM

Elfrid Payton struggled in his return to the starting lineup vs. Philadelphia, missing all seven of his field goal attempts to finish with one point, five rebounds, six assists and one steal.

He logged 35 minutes, which is encouraging, but owners should either ignore him or learn to live with low scoring and painful percentages from the field (39.6 percent) and at the FT line (47.0 percent). Most owners, particularly those in roto leagues, should leave him on the waiver wire.
Dec 21 - 8:58 PM

Victor Oladipo didn't skip a beat while moving to SG for Sunday's game, which he finished with 23 points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Oladipo isn't a pure PG, as evidenced by a dreadful assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.26 that ranks dead last among qualifying guards. Turnovers and poor percentages have taken a toll on Oladipo in 9-cat leagues, where he's treading water as a late-round value, and owners should be hoping that he sticks at SG.
Dec 21 - 8:56 PM

Channing Frye shifted to Orlando's bench on Sunday, where he finished with only four points, three rebounds, one steal and one block in 18 minutes of action.

Frye's court spacing is a boon for the Magic offense, but he wasn't doing enough in other categories to warrant the starting job ahead of Kyle O'Quinn. Fantasy owners may want to wait a game or two before cutting Frye in case this was a matchup-based lineup change, but anyone fed up with his muted production should take this as their cue to unload him.
Dec 21 - 8:55 PM

Evan Fournier shifted to a bench role on Sunday, scoring 16 points with three 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 27 minutes vs. the Sixers.

Magic coach Jacque Vaughn praised Fournier before the game, citing his impressive size and ability to play multiple positions, but it's tough to sugarcoat this demotion for fantasy purposes. He's averaged 33.2 minutes per game in 28 starts this season but played only 27 minutes on Sunday -- if that becomes a trend he could fall out of standard-league contention, and owners should keep a close eye on his production this week.
Dec 21 - 8:54 PM

The Magic lost to the visiting 76ers on Sunday despite a big game from Nikola Vucevic, who scored 19 points with 17 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block.

Vuc made 8-of-14 shots and turned the ball over just once in 36 minutes of action in the type of performance that has cemented him with top-40 fantasy value. The Magic are somehow just two games out of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, giving them extra incentive to feed Vuc heavy minutes for the foreseeable future.
Dec 21 - 8:54 PM

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