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Royce O'Neale    F  Jazz

 

 

Royce O'Neale scored a career-high 19 points against the Suns on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes. He made 7-of-12 from the field and both free throws to make this a fantasy gem. O'Neale has been incredible in his three starts, and he fits in perfectly on this roster. In his three starts, he leads the Jazz with a +22.1 net rating over his 107 minutes, averaging 10.3 points, 6.3 boards, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 treys. He won't blow you away on the stat sheet and Ricky Rubio returning will probably drop Royce to 26-29 minutes, but he's worth a look in some 14-team formats.

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Feb 15 - 12:35 AM

Derrick Favors    F/C  Jazz

 

 

Derrick Favors scored 18 points with 12 rebounds, two assists and one block in 33 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday. He's been locked in for one of his best stretches of the season, averaging 17.3 points, 10. boards, 1.0 steals and 1.7 blocks on 64.5 percent from the field over his last three. The Jazz offense is running faster than usual and they're in the top 10 for offense in their 11-game streak. These are all good things for Favors, who is a must-own player right now.

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Feb 15 - 12:30 AM

Devin Booker    G  Suns

 

 

Devin Booker returned to action during a 107-97 loss to the Jazz on Wednesday, scoring 28 points with five rebounds, three assists and six 3-pointers in 36 minutes. It was pretty clear his left hip was bothering him as he was grabbing at it throughout the game. He was still aggressive and the injury didn't seem to affect his play, so the All-Star break should get him right. Plus, coach Jay Triano said he wouldn't play Booker at less than 100 percent, so it's mostly positive on the injury front. The Booker PG experiment isn't over yet, but the Suns did run a PG out there for 48 minutes in this game. Either way, Booker's value in fantasy will be fine as long as he's active. He said earlier this week he did not want to rest, so that'll help.

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Feb 15 - 12:27 AM

Emeka Okafor    C  Pelicans

 

 

Emeka Okafor started on Wednesday and had eight rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes of action, adding three points on 1-of-4 FGs and 1-of-2 FTs. Alvin Gentry said before the game that he'll tweak his lineups based upon matchups -- some nights Okafor will start, while other nights it will be Nikola Mirotic. Okafor's minutes aren't likely to exceed 20 per game in a best-case scenario, which eliminates any potential fantasy appeal.

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Feb 15 - 12:24 AM

Nikola Mirotic    F  Pelicans

 

 

Nikola Mirotic came off the bench on Wednesday for 16 points on 7-of-17 shooting, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers. Mirotic was initially reported as a starter tonight, but at the last second Emeka Okafor took his spot. New Orleans will vary the lineup based on matchups, according to coach Alvin Gentry, but Mirotic's minutes and touches should be safe regardless -- he logged 30 minutes tonight. He's a solid 'hold' and should only get better as he builds chemistry with his new team.

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Feb 15 - 12:24 AM

Dragan Bender    F  Suns

 

 

Dragan Bender scored six points with four rebounds, and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday. It wasn't his best game and Bender is definitely at his best when he plays the stretch five. He does look to be ahead of Marquese Chriss, and you would think Alex Len won't last long if the Suns play him 38 minutes. Bender will be annoying to own, but he has upside.

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Feb 15 - 12:24 AM

DeAndre Liggins    G  Pelicans

 

 

DeAndre Liggins (hip) scored three points with four assists in 14 minutes of action on Wednesday. Liggins exited late during Monday's game with a hip injury but it was never a real concern. His recent experiment as a starter lasted all of one game, and he's persona non grata in fantasy leagues while Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo are active -- he benefited a bit from Rondo being ejected early tonight, but it was Ian Clark who started the second half.

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Feb 15 - 12:23 AM

Ian Clark    G  Pelicans

 

 

Ian Clark started the third quarter for Rajon Rondo (ejected), posting five points and two assists in 24 minutes. New Orleans' offense was humming tonight despite Rondo's early exit, finishing with a season-high 79 points in the first half alone. Clark hasn't offered much beyond sporadic scoring even when he earns more minutes, so he's off the radar in typical leagues.

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Feb 15 - 12:23 AM

Elfrid Payton    G  Suns

 

 

Elfrid Payton posted the ninth triple-double of his career against the Jazz on Wednesday, scoring 13 points with 11 rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, one block, five turnovers and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes. It's his first triple-double of the season and his first since Apr. 1 of last season. Payton finds himself in an ideal spot for his fantasy value because the Suns do not have any traditional point guards that can threaten his playing time, and the increased pace helps, too. Devin Booker should still see time at point guard, but obviously Payton will be getting his, especially with how he's shown some chemistry with bigs on pick and roll. He's trending up.

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Feb 15 - 12:19 AM

Anthony Davis    F/C  Pelicans

 

 

Anthony Davis erupted for 42 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, three steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers on Wednesday, making 15-of-18 FGs and 10-of-11 FTs. Davis exited briefly with a right groin injury, but it obviously didn't impact him as he led New Orleans to a franchise-record 139 points in a home win vs. the Lakers. He's good for an injury scare almost every night, but he's only missed six games this season (one since Dec. 11). New Orleans is playing him 38.4 minutes per game over the past month, so he'll surely welcome some rest during the All-Star break. We'll let you know if the Pelicans provide more updates about his injury status, but presumably he'll be fine for the All-Star game.

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Feb 15 - 12:13 AM