Magic News

Elfrid Payton    PG  Magic



Payton had 14 points (7-15 FG, 0-4 3Pt), four rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in 24 minutes during Saturday's 115-98 loss to Washington. This game was over early and Payton saw limited minutes as the bench got some extra playing time. He was able to contribute a bit of everything, putting up a typical line for the young guard. He matched his season-high with two blocks and while his defensive numbers have been excellent he has seen his playing time dip over the past three games. He has not eclipsed the 25 minutes mark in any of those games and with the Magic playing for nothing, there is some chance he is rested more as the season draws to a close.

Fantasy Alarm

Feb 04 - 4:56 AM

Mario Hezonja    SG  Magic



Hezonja finished with 15 points (4-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 30 minutes during Saturday's 115-98 loss to the Wizards. Hezonja came off the bench again Saturday but played a team-high 30 minutes. He has seen increased run with Aaron Gordon (hip) on the sidelines and has looked pretty good in his time on the court. He has now scored in double-figures in three consecutive games and has played at least 35 minutes in all three. Gordon has had a slew of injuries this season and the Magic have no incentive to risk bringing him back too soon. That being said there is no word from the team that the injury is too serious and he could return at any time. Hezonja could hold value even once Gordon returns and is worth a flier in most leagues, at least until we see how the rotations play out.

Fantasy Alarm

Feb 04 - 4:52 AM

Khem Birch    F  Magic



Khem Birch played 28 minutes in Saturday's 115-98 loss to Washington, finishing with four points, eight rebounds, two assists, and a steal. We like Birch's potential, but it's going to be hard for the big man to make a mark in standard settings with Nikola Vucevic (hand) and Jonathan Isaac (ankle) on the mend, not to mention the presence of Bismack Biyombo and Marreese Speights (10 points, 18 minutes) on the roster.


Feb 03 - 10:13 PM

Mario Hezonja    F  Magic



Mario Hezonja made it three straight games with double-digit points on Saturday, finishing with 15 points, four boards, two assists, two steals, a block, and three triples in 29 minutes. The bad news is that he was only 4-of-10 from the field and had five turnovers, and while garbage time was a factor in this game, Hezonja has now played 25 minutes or more in four straight contests. Due to his potential upside and his team's current situation, Hezonja is just intriguing enough to monitor closely as we approach Thursday's trade deadline.


Feb 03 - 10:10 PM

Elfrid Payton    G  Magic



Elfrid Payton was one of the only Orlando Magic players to show up on Saturday, finishing with 14 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks on 7-of-15 shooting. Payton has bounced back since his four-point, 18-minute dud two games ago with averages of 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 3.0 steals, and 1.5 blocks since. Although his production can be erratic, Payton has been an undeniable fantasy asset this season.


Feb 03 - 10:07 PM

Evan Fournier    G/F  Magic



Evan Fournier finished Saturday's loss 115-98 blowout loss to the Wizards with more shot attempts (12) than points (11). Fournier added just one assist, one steal, and one 3-pointer, but at least he didn't turn the ball over. This was a forgettable game for the entire Orlando starting five, and hopefully, they'll be better in their next one.


Feb 03 - 10:04 PM

Bismack Biyombo    C  Magic



Bismack Biyombo turned in another stinker in Saturday's 115-98 loss to the Wizards, finishing with just four points, five boards, and one block in 18 minutes. Biyombo has been steadily trending down since mid-January, and things are going to get worse before they get better with Nikola Vucevic (hand) and Jonathan Isaac (ankle) working their way back into form. Those holding onto Biyombo can drop him for a can't-miss free agent, but if you do decide to hold on, just remember that his fantasy stock is a ticking time bomb.


Feb 03 - 10:00 PM

Jonathon Simmons    G/F  Magic



Jonathon Simmons scored 15 points in Orlando's 115-98 blowout loss to Washington. Simmons added two boards, two steals, and two triples on 5-of-9 shooting (three turnovers), but there was room for more here with Aaron Gordon (hip) still out of the lineup. Unless you're in a shallow league, Simmons is a fine enough hold, but there isn't a lot to get excited about here.


Feb 03 - 9:56 PM

Aaron Gordon    PF  Magic



Gordon (hip) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Wizards, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports. Gordon has missed the last two games with a strained hip flexor, and while he was listed as questionable Saturday morning, the Magic have since ruled him out. Gordon attempted to go through a practice Friday, but he was forced to exit with some lingering pain in the hip. Marreese Speights started in place of Gordon in Wednesday's win over the Lakers, so both he and Wesley Iwundu will be in line for increased minutes Saturday.

Fantasy Alarm

Feb 03 - 11:28 AM

Aaron Gordon    F  Magic



Aaron Gordon (strained left hip flexor) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Wizards. This will be Gordon's third straight game on the sidelines. Marreese Speights started in place of Gordon on Wednesday and finished with 21 points, four rebounds, and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes. Mario Hezonja had 14 points and four boards in 25 minutes off the bench. Both players will likely see extended minutes again on Saturday and are worthy of DFS consideration.


Feb 03 - 11:17 AM

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Pos Name
Jacque Vaughn    
Frank Vogel    
Kadeem Batts    
C Nnanna Egwu    
C Fran Vazquez    
C Nikola Vucevic    
C James Borrego    
F Aaron Gordon    
F Khem Birch    
F Jonathan Isaac    
F Patricio Garino    
F Adreian Payne    
F Janis Timma    
F Hakim Warrick    
F Moe Harkless    
F Romero Osby    
F Mario Hezonja    
F Justin Harper    
F Pat Garrity    
F Andrew Nicholson    
F Aaron Gordon    
F Jonathan Isaac    
F Jamel Artis    
F/C Bismack Biyombo    
F/C Anthony Randolph    
F/C Solomon Jones    
F/C Marreese Speights    
G Yuki Togashi    
G Rodney Purvis    
G Doron Lamb    
G Jordan Sibert    
G Tyler Harvey    
G Jonathon Simmons    
G Evan Fournier    
G Von Wafer    
G Ramon Galloway    
G Peyton Siva    
G Troy Caupain    
G Wesley Iwundu    
G Ben Gordon    
G Luke Ridnour    
G Elfrid Payton    
G Willie Green    
G Devyn Marble    
G Shelvin Mack    
G D.J. Augustin    
G/F Arron Afflalo    
G/F Terrence Ross    
G/F Christian Eyenga