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Matisse Thybulle shines as starter in first game for Trail Blazers

Matisse Thybulle

Matisse Thybulle

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

It was a busy 11-game night that featured stars shining brightly. Jalen Brunson, Donovan Mitchell and Damian Lillard all topped 40 points. Nikola Jokić nearly recorded a triple-double while shooting 12-for-14 and not turning it over. LaMelo Ball dominated the Hawks, while Anthony Edwards outdueled Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving. So many games and so many stars, so here’s the players that aren’t widely rostered that likely went under the radar, despite being able to provide valuable numbers in fantasy leagues.

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Matisse Thybulle- 12% rostered in Yahoo leagues

With Jerami Grant out with a concussion, Thybulle got the start at power forward in his first game as a member of the Trail Blazers. He had one of the best shooting games of his career with four 3-pointers, while also providing a steal and three blocks. When Grant is back, it seems more likely that Thybulle remains in the starting unit than Cam Reddish. Either way, Thybulle will play a much larger role for Portland than he did with the 76ers this season. He should be a solid source of defensive numbers, and he can apparently fill it up from deep.

Malaki Branham- 17%

After missing four games, Tre Jones was back in the lineup on Saturday, before being ruled out for Monday’s game. Branham has been the starter when Jones is out, which could continue in Charlotte on Wednesday, though he was still in the starting unit when Jones was back. Branham has nearly provided top-100 value over the past two weeks, largely because of his scoring.

Devonte’ Graham- 25%

In three games with the Spurs, Graham has averaged 17.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.7 threes. He has provided an offensive jolt of the bench on a young team that needs a veteran scorer. He has benefited from Tre Jones being out of the lineup, but he still played 24 minutes when Jones played. He seems to have found himself in a situation where he can provide value for the rest of the season.

Vlatko Čančar- 1%

With Aaron Gordon sidelined for their last two games and four of their last seven, Cančar has gotten the chance to start in his place. In five starts this season, he has averaged 10.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. If AG remains out for Wednesday’s matchup with Dallas, Cančar should be a solid streaming option.

Max Strus- 22%

Strus got the start with Tyler Herro out with a left knee contusion and played 42 minutes. He contributed a line of 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers. If Herro remains out for Wednesday’s matchup in Brooklyn, Strus should start again and play big minutes. His shooting percentage has been inconsistent, but he’s still provided 3-pointers consistently this season.

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Gabe Vincent- 11%

With Kyle Lowry set to be re-evaluated after the All-Star break, Vincent should continue to start at point guard for the Heat. In 10 starts this season, Vincent has averaged 15.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.8 threes per game.

Josh Richardson- 14%

Richardson made his debut for the Pelicans on Monday, playing 34 minutes off the bench. He missed all four of his 3-point attempts, but he contributed 10 points, two rebounds, three assists, five steals and two blocks. He played an increased role with C.J. McCollum, Dyson Daniels and Zion Williamson sidelined, but he should continue to play a consistent role for a team that is pushing for the playoffs.

Isaiah Joe- 4%

He’s more of a deeper league option, but Joe has nearly provided top-100 value over the past two weeks. He has been able to fill it up from deep consistently this season, especially as of late. He has played at least 22 minutes in three straight games, providing 13 triples during that stretch.