Darius Garland played 26 minutes in Friday’s 111-99 win over the Heat, amassing 18 points (6-of-11 FGs, 5-of-7 FTs), two rebounds, six assists, four steals, and one 3-pointer.
Early foul trouble parked Garland on the bench for all but 18 minutes of the first half, and he contributed just four points, one assist, and one steal. To the relief of fantasy managers, the Cavaliers’ point guard was much better after the halftime break. Garland shot 5-of-9 from the field and 3-of-4 from the foul line, racking up 14 points, two rebounds, five assists, three steals, and one 3-pointer. Add in Georges Niang (13/3/2 with three 3-pointers), who scored all 13 of his points in the second half, and the Cavaliers were able to pull away for the win. Garland is still ranked outside the top 100 in 9-cat per-game value, but he’s a top 50 player in 8-cat. If he can get the turnovers (3.9 per game) in check, that would significantly improve Garland’s fantasy value.