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Hassan Whiteside was benched for the final 19:35 of Friday's loss to the Wizards, finishing with 10 points, two rebounds and one block in 20 minutes.

It's been a long time coming, but Whiteside finally had a bad game and this was not due to an injury or foul trouble. Coach Erik Spoelstra did say it was because of fatigue. "He was very good in the last game and he has an opportunity to get after it again tomorrow," Spoelstra added. Whiteside still has his fair share of problems as a player, but it's obviously going to take more than one bad game to say he's going to lose minutes. He'll be a must-start player against his former team, the Kings.
Mar 7 - 12:18 AM

Ray McCallum hit just 4-of-10 shots for 13 points, two rebounds, two assists and one trey in 32 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

McCallum can get to the rim but he lacks a jumper and in general he gets lost within the Kings offense pretty easily. The organization will break their necks to give him every chance possible to be productive, and the Kings could very well start tanking at any time, so owners should be patient with the top-100 returns over the past two weeks.
Mar 7 - 12:17 AM

Ben McLemore was forgotten within the Kings offense on Friday after he missed five shots, finishing with just four rebounds and two assists to go with zero points in 21 minutes.

For better or worse the Kings are going to let Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins take all of the shots. McLemore has plenty of talent and it would probably be wise for the Kings to get him involved since they lack secondary scorers, but they're in the midst of a transition to life with George Karl and things are about to get real. Banking on McLemore during that process is risky business, but he's worth watching in case the Kings make it a point to get him involved during a lost season.
Mar 7 - 12:15 AM

Following Friday's 89-83 loss to the Jazz, coach Brett Brown said he thought Robert Covington may still be hurt.

"I thought it was clear that his elbow was hurting him," Brown said. "He had a very down night for himself." Covington made just 1-of-8 from the field for five points with six boards, one assist and one steal. His fantasy owners might want to keep their eyes peeled for a possible DNP on Saturday. Jerami Grant is also hurt because of a bad back, so there will be more minutes for basically everyone else.
Mar 7 - 12:10 AM

George Hill tweaked an ankle in the Pacers' 98-94 win over the Bulls on Friday, scoring seven points on 3-of-9 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

No starter played more than 26 minutes as the Pacers pulled away in the fourth quarter. We haven't heard anything after the game about Hill's ankle, so owners can file this under 'minor' and keep him locked into lineups.
Mar 7 - 12:07 AM

Isaiah Canaan scored 16 points on 6-of-15 from the field against the Jazz on Friday, adding two rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

This is pretty much all the 76ers can ask for. Canaan should be somewhat efficient because he's going to take so many treys -- attempted nine tonight -- and he should have a handful of dimes with some steals, too. He should be worth owning in standard leagues and should have more shots going his way with Jason Richardson likely to sit on Saturday.
Mar 7 - 12:06 AM

Roy Hibbert (rest) returned to action in Friday's win over the Bulls, scoring six points on 2-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, one steal and one block in 20 minutes of action.

Hibbert is just on the outside of the top-100 when he plays this season and owners should use that as a guide for start/sit decisions.
Mar 7 - 12:04 AM

Coach Brett Brown could play Thomas Robinson more going forward.

"I think he's going to force me to play him more minutes," Brown said. Robinson has basically had his minutes capped at 15 most nights, but he has provided a ton of energy, especially on the glass. He double-doubled on Friday with 11 points, 12 boards and one foul against the Jazz on Friday. Against a team like the Hawks on Saturday, we might see Robinson log 24 minutes. Give him a look if you're looking for a double-double to stream.
Mar 7 - 12:03 AM

Rodney Stuckey scored 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting (no threes) with seven rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Bulls.

Stuckey has been a top-90 player over the last 25 games, and a top 50-60 player over the last month with basically 50 percent shooting over the entire span. Of course you missed on that if you didn't own him in standard formats during that time, but he's eventually going to cool off from the field. That just started this week in a three-game, 42 percent stretch, but he has still been worth owning.
Mar 7 - 12:01 AM

Jason Richardson missed all 10 shots from the field against the Jazz on Friday.

Yikes. He added just three rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes. Richardson is almost a lock to sit against the Hawks on Saturday, so be sure to take him out of your lineup. He's going to be tough to own because he is unlikely to play in back-to-back sets.
Mar 6 - 11:58 PM

Ian Mahinmi scored a season-high 14 points with 11 rebounds, one steal and one block in 27 minutes off the bench on Friday.

Mahinmi did this with Roy Hibbert back in the lineup and one look at his game log will show that it's an aberration.
Mar 6 - 11:57 PM

C.J. Watson (elbow) returned to action on Friday, scoring 11 points on 2-of-5 shooting (7-of-9 FTs) with four rebounds, four assists and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench.

Watson has deep league credentials if he can stay healthy and owners in those formats will want to put him on their watch list.
Mar 6 - 11:56 PM

Gordon Hayward scored a game-high 25 points against the 76ers on Friday during an 89-83 win, adding nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

He was coming off one of his worst games from a usage standpoint, attempting just 11 shots from the field and two from the line in 37 minutes against the Celtics. Hayward was off to a bad start in the second half before tonight, averaging 17.3 points, 4.7 boards, 4.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.9 treys on 38.7 percent from the field in his previous seven. He'll get hot again.
Mar 6 - 11:56 PM
Tony Snell - G/F - Bulls

Tony Snell managed just eight points on 2-of-5 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs) with two rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes in Friday's loss to the Pacers.

Snell doesn't really have a good fantasy stat-set and he has been shooting over his head for a while. None of that bodes well for his fantasy value and he is nowhere near being a must-own player.
Mar 6 - 11:54 PM

Trey Burke had another poor outing against the 76ers on Friday with 10 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one 3-pointer and two blocks.

He doesn't get steals too often, his dimes are down and his March is not going well. In those three games, Burke averaged 10.0 points, 3.0 boards, 4.0 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.3 treys on 30.0 percent from the field. He hasn't been in the top 200 in the past month and isn't in the top 150 on the season. After a nice little run as the sixth man back in January, Burke has regressed back to being a questionable player to own at best.
Mar 6 - 11:52 PM


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