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Wesley Iwundu    G  Magic

 

 

Wes Iwundu scored two points with one rebound in 19 minutes against the Blazers on Friday. He moved to the bench in this game, but he may be moving right back into the starting lineup because Aaron Gordon (calf) is getting an MRI. Iwundu is only worth a look in super deep leagues.

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Dec 16 - 12:12 AM

Mario Chalmers    G  Grizzlies

 

 

Mario Chalmers scored 16 points with three boards, one assist, four steals and three triples in 32 minutes in Friday's 96-94 win over the Hawks. He was huge down the stretch, scoring 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. As good as Chalmers was, this was first strong game in a while and the Grizzlies have been watching his minutes closely lately. He was averaging just 15.3 points per game in his previous three games with a combined seven points in that span, so he'll need another big game on Saturday vs. Boston for him to be on the fantasy radar again.

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Dec 16 - 12:10 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo    SF  Bucks

 

 

Antetokounmpo scored 29 points (11-18 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 6-9 FT) while adding 16 rebounds, four assists and a block in 40 minutes during Friay's 115-109 loss to the Bulls. He's now scored at least 25 points in seven straight games and at least 20 in 18 straight, but a lack of help for Antetokounmpo aside from Khris Middleton sent the Bucks to their second straight loss. The 23-year-old is putting up MVP-caliber numbers this season, and the addition of Eric Bledsoe to the mix has allowed Antetokounmpo to focus even more on attacking the glass -- he's averaging 11.0 rebounds a night, with nine double-doubles in 16 games, since Bledsoe came over from Phoenix.

Fantasy Alarm

Dec 16 - 12:09 AM

John Henson    F/C  Bucks

 

 

John Henson posted 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots across 20 minutes in Friday's 115-109 loss against the Bulls. Henson was on his way to a big night, hitting 5-of-6 from the field, but his output was limited because he was in foul trouble early. Still, the line was nothing to sneeze at and he has a season-high three-game streak with double-digit points while he is working on a five-game run with six or more rebounds. Henson is averaging 12.0 PPG, 6.7 RPG and 2.7 BPG over his past three outings.

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Dec 16 - 12:06 AM

Russell Westbrook    G  Thunder

 

 

Russell Westbrook made 10-of-33 from the field for 27 points against the 76ers during a 119-117 triple-overtime win on Friday, adding 18 rebounds, 15 assists, two steals, six turnovers and two 3-pointers in 52 minutes. In traditional Westbrook fashion, he attempted 15 shots in the overtime frames he was asked about his inefficiency after the game. "I don’t really give a damn about percentages, honestly. All I care about is wins," he said to ESPN's Doris Burke. Joel Embiid also had something to say about Westbrook's high usage. "The dude shot like 10-of-33. I wish I would have shot it 33 times," Embiid said. We all know about the triple-doubles, but Westy has been at just 0.8 points per possession this season (Synergy), and he's only at 70.0 percent at the line. In other words, his fantasy owners should give a damn about his percentages.

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Dec 16 - 12:06 AM

Nikola Mirotic    PF  Bulls

 

 

Mirotic scored 22 points (7-16 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 5-7 FT) while adding eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in 29 minutes during Friday's 115-109 win over the Bucks. He's now scored at least 22 points in three straight games since being thrust into the starting lineup to replace Lauri Markkanen (back), averaging 25.0 points, 8.3 boards, 3.0 three-pointers and 1.0 steals over that brief stretch. Markkanen isn't expected to be sidelined for much longer, but Mirotic has made a strong case to remain in the starting five, or at least in a prominent role in the frontcourt rotation, even after the rookie is back in action.

Fantasy Alarm

Dec 16 - 12:02 AM

Khris Middleton    G/F  Bucks

 

 

Khris Middleton finished tied for a game high with 29 points in Friday's 115-109 loss against the visiting Bulls. Middleton hit 9-of-19 from the field with six rebounds, six assists and four steals across 42 minutes while hitting 2-of-9 on 3-pointers and 9-of-9 from the charity stripe. He is having a good week, posting 21.3 points, 7.0 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game over his past three outings. He is humming along as a top-35 in standard leagues.

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Dec 16 - 12:00 AM

Bobby Portis    PF  Bulls

 

 

Portis scored 27 points (9-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 7-7 FT) while adding 12 rebounds and a steal in 29 minutes off the bench during Friday's 115-109 win over the Bucks. Just two games after establishing a new career high with 23 points against the Celtics, Portis raised the bar again with his performance Friday, adding in his third double-double of the season for good measure. The third-year forward still isn't providing consistent offense from the Bulls' second unit, but with Lauri Markkanen (back) sidelined, Portis is getting a chance to show his potential as a scoring threat.

Fantasy Alarm

Dec 15 - 11:58 PM

Chandler Parsons    F  Grizzlies

 

 

Chandler Parsons (back) scored nine points with four assists, three rebounds, one steal and two turnovers in 25 minutes against the Hawks on Friday. Parsons hasn't played both games of a back-to-back set all season, and now that he has lower back issues on top of his knee concerns, we'd be surprised if he was active on Saturday vs. the Celtics. He's going to be annoying to own unless the restrictions are lifted.

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Dec 15 - 11:57 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo    G/F  Bucks

 

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 29 points with 16 rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot across 40 minutes in Friday's loss against the Bulls. Antetokounmpo connected on 11-of-18 from the floor while hitting 1-of-3 from behind the stripe. He was rather mediocre 6-of-9 from the free-throw line, if you're looking to complain about something. But it was another very nice night at the office for the Greek Freak and his fantasy owners.

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Dec 15 - 11:56 PM