Friday’s 10-game schedule offered multiple streaming opportunities. Warriors Timberwolves These were two teams that started without key contributors. They also had fantasy managers who could use their players, such as a big man who is indispensable when Minnesota is losing one or more of its big men.
Naz Reid (9%)
Karl-Anthony Towns It was already available. Rudy Gobert He was also on the Oklahoma City injury list prior to Friday’s game. Reid was well-positioned for an impressive night, considering that the Thunder’s frontcourt doesn’t have a top-tier center. He did exactly that, scoring 28 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Reid was only 3-of-7 from the foul line, but his 11-of-18 shooting night more than saved the day. Minnesota will finish its week on Sunday with a home contest against the Bulls. The Bulls’ game is also the first in a back-toback (Dallas) on Monday. It’s possible that Gobert, who was unable to play Friday’s game due to a sprained ankle on Friday, will be able to play Sunday. Do not hesitate to add Reid after this performance.
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Rivers, Nowell and others were also in the Timberwolves game. The former started for the injured. D’Angelo Russell (knee). Nowell was the better streaming option based on his season-long production, even though he remained with a bench unit. Rivers scored a season-high of 20 points. He had three rebounds, one assist and five steals. Rivers also made it four 3-pointers in just 31 minutes. Nowell had 13 points, four rebounds and four assists. He also made one block and hit one 3-pointer. Nowell is currently being streamed to deep leagues in the basis of their respective rostered percentages. Fantasy managers aren’t sure Rivers is trustworthy, given his performance in Wednesday’s loss against the Toronto Raptors). ClippersWho can blame them? Keep an eye on Russell’s injury report.
Quentin Grimes (16%)
While serving as the KnicksGrimes has been the Yahoo league’s starting shooting guard since November 20. He is currently rostered in less that 20% of Yahoo leagues. This could change with his recent play. Grimes has scored double figures in four out of his five last games. Grimes scored 22 points, two rebounds and two assists in the Knicks’ win over the Bulls. He also made five 3-pointers and one steal in the game. Grimes has been providing 7th-round value per-game in 9-cat formats for the past two weeks. Grimes has solid percentages and can provide defense stats, points, and 3-pointers. With Cam Reddish Evan Fournier Grimes can be added to deeper leagues if they are completely out of the lineup.
Donte DiVincenzo (37%) (mention Kuminga at 33%)
As of Philadelphia, Golden State did not have three starters. Stephen Curry (shoulder) Draymond Green (knee) joined Andrew Wiggins (groin) at the sideline. DiVincenzo and Jonathan Kuminga Three-thirds of the rostered players were moved to the starting lineup. There was also a clear answer as to which streaming service would be the best. DiVincenzo played in the same city, or close to it, as he was part of two national title team at Villanova. He shot 5-of-6 in quarter one and ended up with 17 points, 10 boards, six assists and one steal in 35 minutes. Kuminga was responsible for seven points and three assists as well as one 3-pointer in just 29 minutes. There were no rebounds or defensive stats. Managers with one roster spot left are likely to choose DiVincenzo, particularly with Green closer to Curry’s return.
Kevon Looney (29%)
Green’s absence meant that the Warriors were without a frontcourt facilitator. Looney excelled in this role, scoring 14 points, 11 boards, nine assists and two blocks in only 26 minutes. Looney is a valuable addition, even if Green will not be available Sunday in Toronto. Looney will be able to play a little more offensively with Curry absent. He will he be a prolific scorer? Of course not. Looney was able to provide more than just a screener for a team who must use every option available to make up Curry’s absence.
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Shake Milton (22%)
With James Harden Milton was back in action and ranked outside the top 200 in 9 cat formats in the four games before Friday’s matchup against the Warriors. But Tobias Harris (back) was a late scratch that led to Matisse Thybulle Milton was able to play more minutes off the bench and start. Shake played 31 minutes and scored 11 points, six boards, three assists, three steals, two blocks, and one 3-pointer. Is it too late for Milton to jump on board? Unfortunately, yes. Philadelphia will not play again this week. Their next game is scheduled for Monday against Raptors. Harris should be back by then, and Milton will have to take a hit on his fantasy value.
Thomas Bryant (5%)
Bryant was not on the streaming radar prior to Friday’s game. Anthony Davis As expected, Davis dominated the scoring opportunities and minutes in the frontcourt. Davis sustained a right foot injury during Friday’s victory over the Nuggets. The severity of the injury will not be known until Saturday. He did not return to the court after halftime. Bryant took over the lead in the second half. He finished with 21 points and six rebounds, one assist as well as two steals and one 3-pointer. Even if Davis is given a clean bill, Sunday’s game against Wizards will be the first in a two-to-back series for the Lakers (Monday at Phoenix). Bryant is worth streaming consideration at a minimum. He could also be an option if Davis or the Lakers get bad news Saturday.