Player News - Magic

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Evan Fournier returned to action on Monday January 16.

Jan 17 - 3:41 AM

Bismack Biyombo took a nasty spill on Monday in Orlando's loss to Denver, but still managed to surprisingly score a season-high 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting) and grab nine rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

Biyombo had not scored more than 10 points since early December, so this was offensive outburst wasn't expected, especially after a scary fall in which it appeared his leg bent the wrong way. Nonetheless, Orlando has shifted towards a small-ball approach, which has capped Biz's fantasy upside significantly.
Jan 16 - 9:24 PM

Nikola Vucevic scored 17 points with four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 28 minutes on Monday in Denver.

Vooch has scored at least 15 points in each of Orlando's last five games and is averaging 19.4 points (on 55.7 percent shooting), 8.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals over that five-game stretch. His stock is trending upwards and his appears to be poised for a solid second half of the season now that his role in the offense is secure.
Jan 16 - 9:15 PM

Aaron Gordon had a disappointingly quiet night on Monday in Denver, finishing with just four points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 28 minutes.

Gordon has alternated bad games and good games over the last two weeks. Here are his scoring totals over Orlando's last six games: 18, two, 28, eight, 21, four. Hopefully, that means he'll bounce back in a big way on Wednesday when the Magic travel to New Orleans. Despite the inconsistency, his numbers are solid this season and his roster spot in standard leagues should be secure.
Jan 16 - 9:10 PM

Jodie Meeks scored 11 points with four rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointers and three turnovers in 34 minutes on Monday vs. Denver.

Meeks once again start in place of the injured Evan Fournier (foot). Meeks' ceiling isn't very high, but he is consistent when starting. He has now scored in double-figures in four straight games. With Fournier potentially out the rest of the week, Meeks should continue to start for the foreseeable future, which makes Meeks a decent short-term add in deep leagues.
Jan 16 - 9:03 PM

Elfrid Payton posted a big line in a 125-112 loss to the Nuggets, finishing with 20 points, 12 assists, four rebounds and three turnovers.

Payton has had an up-and-down season but has reeled off three straight great games. He is averaging 22.3 points, 9.3 assists and 5.6 rebounds over Orlando's last three contests. Backup D.J. Augustin played only 19 minutes, as Payton is badly outplaying Augustin of late. In addition, Evan Fournier (foot) missed another game, which opened up more minutes for Elf. Payton's stock is definitely on the rise.
Jan 16 - 8:55 PM

Evan Fournier (heel) will not suit up for Monday's game against the Nuggets, as expected.

He's currently without an official timetable to return, and it sounds like there's a good chance he'll spend the entire week on the sidelines. Jodie Meeks will draw the start in his place, and Elfrid Payton, Aaron Gordon, Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic will join him in the starting five.

Evan Fournier (heel, foot) doesn't currently have a timetable to return.

"I was compensating a lot, so now it’s more than just the heel," Fournier said. "It’s just the bottom of the foot, period. It’s frustrating, man. I could probably keep playing like this, but it’s not getting any better and I’m playing [at] like 60 percent [of my ability]." This is the same injury that sidelined him for five games in a row earlier in the season, so don't expect him to play on Monday vs. the Nuggets or Wednesday vs. the Pelicans. His owners just need to hold onto him for now, while Jodie Meeks is worth a look if you need a short-term boost in triples and points.
Jan 15 - 10:24 AM

Serge Ibaka played 32 minutes and scored 13 points with five rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in Saturday’s 107-114 loss to the Jazz.

It was his second game back since returning from a one-game absence with a shoulder injury and he appears to be just fine. This was a tough matchup, so his lack of rebounds was to be expected. His next game is against the Nuggets, a team he scored 22 points with four rebounds and four blocks against in their last meeting. He attempted seven 3-pointers tonight, so his shoulder injury has not affected his confidence as a shooter.
Jan 15 - 12:54 AM

Nikola Vucevic played 32 minutes, scoring 15 points with eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in Saturday’s loss to the Jazz.

Despite the tough matchup, Vuc was able to put together a nice performance. He continues to play significant minutes, playing 32 minutes in three consecutive games. In the month of January, he is averaging 30.1 minutes, 16.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. Orlando’s new approach on offense has not affected Vucevic in a negative way whatsoever.
Jan 15 - 12:05 AM

Aaron Gordon hit 8-of-14 shots for 21 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointer in Saturday’s loss to the Jazz.

After a subpar game against Portland, Gordon bounced back nicely tonight and continues to have a nice month. Prior to tonight’s game, he averaged 31.4 minutes, 15.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in January. At this time, there is no reason why he should be on waivers in any format, especially now that the Magic have abandoned the two-center ball that has hurt Gordon for so much this season and with Evan Fournier (foot, heel) hurting.
Jan 14 - 11:56 PM

Jodie Meeks scored 12 points with six assists, three rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes on Saturday against the Jazz.

He got the start in place of the injured Evan Fournier (foot) and scored in double-figures for the third consecutive game -- he was also used at small forward in this one. Fournier could miss at least the next two games, which would move Meeks into the starting lineup and give him a boost. He can be added in 14-team leagues as long as Fournier is sidelined.
Jan 14 - 11:51 PM

Bismack Biyombo missed all of his field goal attempts, scoring four points on 4-of-4 free throws, with four rebounds and one block in 15 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

It is very clear that going big is not an option for the Magic, as it has been an inefficient strategy. Plus, this is one of the best matchup for it, so it looks even worse for Biz. This has been a rough month for Biyombo, who averaged 20.1 minutes, 4.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in January heading into this game. With Orlando going smaller, Biyombo appears to be the odd man out for the Magic and is a drop candidate unless you're in dire strait for blocks.
Jan 14 - 11:41 PM

Elfrid Payton scored a career-high 28 points with nine assists, nine rebounds, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in Saturday's 107-114 loss to the Jazz.

Payton took advantage of Evan Fournier (foot) being out tonight and thrived in a terrible matchup. There is a chance that Fournier misses the remainder of Orlando's road trip, so Payton could be in for a boost in production. He has been a volatile player thus far this season, but games like this put fantasy owners at ease. He probably should be added everywhere.
Jan 14 - 11:39 PM

Evan Fournier (foot, heel) could miss the remainder of the Magic's road trip due to the concern of his foot and heel injuries.

On top of being out Saturday, he could be out Monday and Wednesday. The interesting thing here is that it sounds like he has problems in two different areas on his right foot. His heel injury was a problem at the end of last month and cost him five games, so he could be looking at a similar amount of time off due to the aggravation. In the meantime, go ahead and add Jodie Meeks in competitive leagues for short-term value.
Jan 14 - 8:09 PM


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