Talen Horton-Tucker shining in starting point guard role for Jazz
Another day of the stars shining brightly in the NBA, with Kawhi Leonard, Jayson Tatum, Stephen Curry and Talen Horton-Tucker leading their teams to victory. Well, maybe the term “star” doesn’t apply to THT, but he’s been playing like over the past few weeks. He has taken advantage of an increased role with a Jazz team that appears to be shifting towards a tank and could end up as the silly season MVP if he keeps this up.
After 10 games on Saturday, four teams will play the second night of a back-to-back on Sunday. The Hornets, Pelicans, Thunder and Knicks all play again, which could impact the availability of C.J. McCollum, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jalen Brunson, who missed Saturday’s game. Since it’s a Sunday, there are games earlier in the day, with Denver and Brooklyn set to tip off at 3:30 PM ET. With the fantasy playoffs in full swing for many leagues, every game matters, so here are the players that played on Saturday that could help you advance in the postseason.
Talen Horton-Tucker- 33% rostered in Yahoo leagues
THT has been an excellent option in 8-cat leagues since the All-Star break, but he had his best performance of the season on Saturday. He finished with 37 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists, while only turning it over three times. Turnovers have plagued his value, but with a turnover punt, THT has been a fifth round asset since the break. Over the past week, he’s been so good, that he’s been a top-100 player while averaging 3.3 turnovers per game. THT should be rostered everywhere until both Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton are back in the lineup.
Donte DiVincenzo- 39%
Over the course of the season, DiVincenzo has been a top-100 player in 9-cat leagues, but that has leaped to top-60 over the past two months. DiVincenzo has been a consistent starter as of late, and he was a huge reason that the Warriors were able to beat Milwaukee on Saturday. He posted a 20/10/3/2/1 line with six 3-pointers, which was his best game of the season.
Patrick Beverley- 7%
When Pat Bev was playing with the Lakers, he wasn’t worth rostering, since he didn’t provide any fantasy value. However, he has fit in much better with the Bulls and has been a top-100 asset over the past week. He provided a 16/10/5 line on Saturday and will look to continue to contribute across the board as the starting point guard. They don’t play again until Wednesday, but they do have a back-to-back on Friday and Saturday.
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Killian Hayes- 35%
After a long stretch of providing excellent value, Hayes hasn’t been able to produce as well lately. However, with the Pistons tanking as hard as they can and Jaden Ivey in health and safety protocols, Hayes posted a 17/6/13/2/1 line as the starting point guard on Saturday. They play Indiana again on Monday, where Hayes should remain the starter.
Franz Wagner exited this game early with a right ankle injury, which allowed Suggs to play an increased role down the stretch. He posted an excellent line of 16/5/4/4/3 with four 3-pointers. If Wagner remains sidelined in San Antonio on Tuesday, Suggs could slide into the starting unit. For very deep leagues, Houstan could play a role if Wagner is out, and he has been able to provide some value from deep in his limited minutes.
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With Kyrie Irving (foot) and Luka Dončić (thigh) sidelined on Saturday, Green and Hardy had big nights. Green posted a 21/10/4 line, while Hardy scored a team-high 22. They play Memphis again on Monday, so there’s a chance that they play big minutes again. Kyrie is more likely to be back in the rotation than Luka, which would limit Hardy’s value.