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L. Doncic - PG
Luka Doncic returned to the lineup on Wednesday and contributed 30 points (11-for-27 FGs), seven rebounds, 17 assists, one steal, two triples and five turnovers in a 127-125 loss to Golden State.
Based on his numbers, you wouldnâ??t have known that Luka missed their last five games. He set a new season-high for assists, and he still managed to nearly record a double-double. Dallas plays two more back-to-backs this season, with the first coming on Sunday and Monday. It wouldn't be shocking to see Luka sit out one leg of those, which would allow players like Jaden Hardy and Josh Green to play much larger roles offensively. Aside from that, managers will be grateful to have Luka back in the lineup.
Added 10:39 pm (EST)
J. Jackson - C
Jaren Jackson Jr. played 35 minutes in Wednesday's 130-125 win over the Rockets, posting a line of 37 points (14-of-20 FGs, 8-of-11 FTs), 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks, and one 3-pointer.
While the return of Ja Morant was the headline in Memphis, JJJ ultimately stole the show with arguably his best game of the season. In addition to scoring a season-high 37 points, this was his second 30-point double-double of the season. Jackson's right on the precipice of 1st-round value for the season in 9-cat formats and shouldn't have much trouble cracking that threshold in short order. With the Grizzlies hosting the Rockets again on Friday, it would not be a surprise if JJJ had another big game at Houston's expense.
Added 10:35 pm (EST)
J. Kuminga - PF
Jonathan Kuminga provided solid value off the bench with 22 points (9-for-11 FGs), three rebounds, one assist, two steals and two triples against Dallas on Wednesday.
Kuminga scored in double figures for the fourth straight game, which ties his longest streak of the season. This was just his fifth time scoring 20 points in a game this season, three of which have come this month. Kuminga has been excellent off the bench as of late, and he could be due for a breakout season in 2023-24. With Draymond Green set to hit free agency, Kuminga could slide into a starting role next year, which would make him a coveted target in drafts early next season.
Added 10:27 pm (EST)
P. Siakam - PF
Pascal Siakam accounted for 31 points (11-of-17 FGs, 9-of-11 FTs), 10 rebounds, seven assists, and one blocked shot in 40 minutes during Wednesday's 118-114 loss to the Pacers.
Siakam didn't do a whole lot offensively, shooting 3-of-6 from the field, and that may have concerned some fantasy managers. But Spicy P kicked things up a notch in the second half, shooting 8-of-11 from the field and surpassing the 30-point mark for the 10th time this season. And the field goal percentage boost is positive, as Siakam averaged 17.6 points on 42.5% shooting in the 10 games prior. But his production wasn't enough to make up for O.G. Anunoby (7/6/1/4 with one 3-pointer) shooting a frigid 2-of-13 from the field. And the schedule sets up well for Siakam to finish Week 22 on a high note, as the Raptors finish with home games against the Pistons and Wizards.
Added 10:26 pm (EST)
S. Curry - PG
Stephen Curry recorded a double-double on Wednesday with 20 points (9-for-18 FGs), five rebounds, 13 assists and two triples in a 127-125 win over the Mavericks.
He wasnâ??t able to reach his season-high of 15 assists, but Steph recorded a double-double for the first time since February 1st. Steph usually doesn't facilitate as much as he did in this game, but it was a nice boost for fantasy managers. The Warriors were able to end their road trip with two straight wins after losing their previous 11 games away from home. They return home for their next three games, with the first two still coming this week. The Warriors are a half game out of fifth place, so a few games at home should help them.
Added 10:22 pm (EST)
G. Antetokounmpo - PF
Giannis Antetokounmpo shot 14-of-23 from the field and 2-of-5 from the foul line in Wednesday's 130-94 win over the Spurs, accumulating 31 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, one blocked shot, and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.
Milwaukee established a comfortable lead by halftime and then proceeded to blow San Antonio's doors off in the second half. The outcome got some of the Bucks' established stars additional rest, with Antetokounmpo playing 24 minutes and no starter going beyond 29 (Khris Middleton). While Giannis may still be ranked outside the top 100 in 9-cat value, that's due largely to his poor free throw percentage and high turnover count. Managers who have him rostered will be in a good place as the fantasy playoffs approach their conclusion.
Added 10:18 pm (EST)
O. Brissett - SF
Oshae Brissett played 23 minutes in Wednesday's 118-114 win over the Raptors, tallying nine points (4-of-8 FGs), six rebounds, one assist, and one 3-pointer.
Brissett replaced Aaron Nesmith in the starting lineup Wednesday night in a move that was likely motivated by matchups instead of anything that the latter had done wrong. Brissett shot 50% from the field and was solid on the boards, but the overall production wasn't enough to justify streaming him. As for Nesmith, he played 26 minutes off the bench, scoring nine points (3-of-7 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with six rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one 3-pointer. Neither Neismith nor Brissett is a great streaming option, even with Tyrese Haliburton out due to injury. But the one who gets to start will be worthy of consideration in deeper leagues, especially with the Pacers playing two more games in Week 22.
Added 10:13 pm (EST)
J. Butler - SF
Jimmy Butler finished Wednesday's 127-120 win over the Knicks with 35 points (11-of-19 FGs, 11-of-14 FTs), four rebounds, nine assists, four steals, and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
Butler was nothing short of spectacular Wednesday night, leading the Heat to a win they had to get in their quest to avoid the play-in tournament. After scoring 38 points in Miami's March 11 loss to Orlando, Butler averaged 24.3 points in the four games that followed, shooting 55.1% from the field. He was even better than that against the Knicks, with the assists and steals production being welcome bonuses for fantasy managers who have him rostered. The bad news: Miami only plays one more game this week, Saturday night against the Nets.
Added 10:08 pm (EST)
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