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Darren Collison scored 25 points (7-9 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 9-9 FT) to go along with three rebounds, two steals and an assist in 25 minutes on Friday in a loss against the Nets.
Collison was the beneficiary of the Sacramento Kings going to a smaller lineup late, and the 25 points were a season-high for him. If DFS players thought Rajon Rondo was going to miss this game with a turf toe injury, they certainly lucked out in this contest. The turf toe injury is something to look out for with Rondo going forward because Collison would certainly swallow up all of his minutes. Collison can remain on the waiver wire for now in season-long leagues, but will become valuable should any injuries occur within the main rotation of the Kings' backcourt.
Rajon Rondo had 15 points (7-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt), 15 assists, three steals and one rebounds in 35 minutes on Friday in a loss to the Nets.
Rondo got off to a great start in this game, scoring 11 points in the first quarter, but only four for the remainder of the game. His rebounds have inexplicably gone down in the month of February, as he's had only five of them in three games. Rondo will continue to be a major part of the offense moving forward, and there's no cause for concern with the lack of rebounds because the production will come in other areas. Rondo's next matchup on Sunday will inspire some added incentive as the Sacramento Kings take on the Celtics in Boston. Look for Rondo to have a little more pep in his step than usual.
Bojan Bogdanovic dropped 23 points (8-10 FG, 7-9 3Pt) and added four rebounds and an assist in 27 minutes on Friday in a win against the Kings.
Bogdanovic will pop up every now again with a decent performance, but Friday's outburst was a pleasant surprise. The 23 points, and seven 3-pointers it took to get him there were both season-highs. Bogdanovic's great night could be somewhat attributed to Friday's opponent, as the Kings were giving up the most 3-pointers per game in the NBA heading into the contest. Bogdanovic lost his starting role to Wayne Ellington earlier this month, which basically cancelled out his fantasy value. It would probably take a major injury at shooting guard or small forward for him to get major minutes again.
Ish Smith posted 22 points (11-25 FG, 0-2 3Pt), five rebounds, five assists, three steals, and one block in 32 minutes during the Philadelphia 76ers ' 106-94 loss to the Wizards on Friday.
Smith is shooting just 39 percent from the field over the last five games. He is averaging 15.6 points, 7.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per appearance over these past five, but he has needed a staggering 17.6 shot attempts. Though his counting stats haven't fallen off much, the honeymoon is clearly over. Still, Smith has helped the 76ers establish themselves as an actual NBA team since his arrival, and he will likely have the keys to the offense for the remainder of the season.
Isaiah Canaan recorded 18 points (5-12 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 32 minutes during the Philadelphia 76ers ' 106-94 loss to the Wizards on Friday.
Over the last three contests, Canaan has scored 15.3 points while sinking four threes per game. Apart from that, he is only managing three rebounds, two assists, and 1.7 steals per appearance over the last week. Canaan can certainly fill it up on occasion when he gets sufficient playing time. Nevertheless, he is averaging a modest 25 minutes per game on the season, and his field goal percentage for the year is downright dismal.
Bradley Beal contributed 22 points (10-16 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 32 minutes during the Washington Wizards ' 106-94 win against the 76ers on Friday.
Beal rejoined the starting lineup after coming off the bench the previous four games. He has averaged 17.2 points over these last five contests, but is managing only 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.8 steals in 29 minutes per appearance over that span. Beal has never been known as a guy who puts up really well-rounded stats, but it'd still be nice to get a bit more out of him in the other categories besides scoring. The Wizards are back in action on Saturday when they take on the Hornets in a battle between the East's ninth and 10th seeded teams.
Joe Johnson scored 27 points (11-16 FG, 5-7 3Pt) to go along with 11 assists, six rebounds, two steals and a block in 37 minutes on Friday in a win against the Kings.
Johnson has been on fire these last two games, but this was a great matchup in which he took full advantage of. Friday marked a night of season-highs across the board for Johnson. In addition to the 27 points, his 11 assists and five 3-pointers set new marks as well. In the last two contests, he's tallied 20 assists and nine 3-pointers. Johnson has another fine opportunity ahead of him on Saturday, as the Brooklyn Nets take on the Sixers.
John Wall recorded 18 points (7-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 13 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, and one block in 33 minutes during the Washington Wizards ' 106-94 win over the 76ers on Friday.
Two nights after he went for 41 points and 10 helpers, Wall mustered up his first triple-double of the season and the fourth of his career--albeit against the 76ers. The East's 10th-seeded Wizards are 22-26, and Saturday's matchup with the ninth-seeded Hornets is extremely important heading into the All-Star break. As a result, look for Wall to try and take over once again in what feels like a must-win affair.
Elfrid Payton provided six points (2-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT), three assists, and one rebound in 30 minutes during the Orlando Magic 's 107-93 loss to the Clippers on Friday.
Payton had as many turnovers as he did assists, and the Magic are 1-9 in the last 10 games. Payton is shooting 42 percent from the field on the season, but he is averaging 7.8 points on 37 percent from the floor, 3.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 0.6 steals in 27 minutes per appearance over the last five games--all of which are significantly lower than his season averages. The sophomore and his team have hit a rough patch, but the All-Star break is coming up soon, which should allow Payton and company the chance to rest and recover for the final third of the campaign.
C.J. Wilcox went 0-1 from the field during the Los Angeles Clippers ' 107-93 win against the Magic on Friday.
Wilcox appeared in his seventh game in 2016, albeit only for two minutes. The sophomore made his season debut on Jan. 13, and he has yet to top six minutes in a game this year. As a result, he is not worth targeting in fantasy this season.