D'Angelo Russell pitched in 16 points (6-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists and four rebounds over 38 minutes in Saturday's 108-96 loss to Portland.
The rookie point guard posted his second-best point total and field goal percentage on the season, while tallying his fourth double-digit scoring performance over the last five contests. Russell's five assists also equaled his second-highest total in that category in the current campaign, and he continues to demonstrate steady improvement as the season progresses. While he is mired in a bad team situation overall at this point, Russell's minutes have increased over the last five games, a positive sign for his fantasy prospects. The rookie has now been on the floor for 34 minutes or higher in three of his last four games, after only accomplishing that benchmark once in the season's first 11 games.
After his infamous 1-for-14 shooting night Tuesday, Bryant bounced back with his second-highest scoring total of the season. The 14-year veteran still struggled mightily from the field, draining only 35 percent of his buckets (7-for-20), and has only been at 40 percent or better in two contests all season. Bryant appears to require a considerably elevated shot volume at this stage of his career in order to post respectable offensive numbers.
Tommy Wingels opened the scoring, added an assist and fired four shots on goal in Saturday's win over the Flames.
Wingels' bottom-six role limits his fantasy value, but he's a decent depth scorer who now has two goals and eight points in 23 games. He won't pile up the points, but after scoring 15 goals last season, Wingels can be of value in some very deep leagues due to his strong hit totals and ability to light the lamp from time to time.
Tomas Hertl scored his first goal in 19 games and had a assist in Saturday's win over Calgary.
A much-needed offensive outburst from Hertl, who now has 11 points in 23 games. The 22-year-old is currently skating on the third line and seeing limited minutes, so don't expect consistent goal scoring from him unless he squeezes into a top-six role.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored his third goal of the season and added an assist in Saturday's win over the Flames.
A strong game for Vlasic, who logged 22:03 of ice time. The top-pairing blueliner has 11 points in 23 games and is sporting a tidy plus-7 rating. Vlasic has never reached 40 points in his career, but he's seeing quality power-play time and logging heavy minutes this season, so expect him to keep putting up some decent offensive totals.
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