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  • UTA Point Guard #00
    Jordan Clarkson (left hamstring strain) amassed six points (2-of-9 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), four rebounds, five assists, and one steal in Friday’s 117-103 loss to the Clippers.
    With Clarkson having been sidelined since November 29, he was done no favors with Friday’s matchup. The Clippers boast two of the league’s top perimeter defenders in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, the last thing a player returning from a hamstring injury needed to see. Deep-league managers shouldn’t read too much into Clarkson’s performance. However, those in standard leagues may want to consider potential alternatives. Clarkson, who’s rostered in 79% of Yahoo leagues, remains ranked outside the top 200 in 9-cat per-game value, but he’s a top 150 player in 8-cat. A rebuilding team isn’t the best place to look for efficient production.
  • UTA Center #41
    Kelly Olynyk (right thigh contusion) recorded a stat line of 13 points (4-of-5 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), four rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one 3-pointer in Friday’s 117-103 loss to the Clippers.
    Back in action for the first time since November 30, Olynyk played 18 minutes off the bench on Friday. The continued absence of Lauri Markkanen (hamstring) gives him a shot at establishing fantasy relevance, mainly if Jazz coach Will Hardy sticks with Olynyk and starter Walker Kessler (eight points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and five blocks in 31 minutes) as the only two bigs in the rotation. Omer Yurtseven, who started Utah’s prior six games, was a DNP-CD on Friday. Utah will play four games in Week 8, beginning with the Thunder on Monday.
  • UTA Shooting Guard #5
    Talen Horton-Tucker played 22 minutes in Friday’s 117-103 loss to the Clippers, accumulating 15 points (6-of-11 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block, and one 3-pointer.
    After going six straight games with seven points or less, Horton-Tucker has hit double figures in three straight. Also of note from his performance is that this was THT’s first full stat line (while scoring in double figures) since November 10. Still ranked outside the top 200 in 9-cat per-game value, Horton-Tucker is still rostered in 15% of Yahoo leagues. Even with rookie Keyonte George (15 points, three assists, one steal, and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes) ranked well below that, it will take a lot for Horton-Tucker to jump back into the starting lineup.
  • LAC Small Forward #13
    Paul George played 37 minutes in Friday’s win over the Jazz, recording a stat line of 20 points (8-of-13 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), three rebounds, three assists, five steals, one block, and two 3-pointers.

    George and Kawhi Leonard have been performing at an elite level this season and if the Clippers can figure out a way to get James Harden and Russell Westbrook into a flow, this squad could make some noise. George has been healthy this season, which is a welcomed change for managers who have rostered him over the years.
  • MIA Shooting Guard #0
    Josh Richardson logged 31 minutes in Friday’s 111-99 loss to the Cavaliers, accounting for 17 points (6-of-11 FGs), one rebound, two assists, one steal, and five 3-pointers.
    On a night when Duncan Robinson finished with more turnovers (six) than points (one), shooting 0-of-7 from the field, Richardson did his best to help pick up the slack. J-Rich shot 5-of-7 from three, with the five triples being a season-high. He’s reached double figures in eight of his last nine outings, scoring 15 or more in five. Rostered in 14% of Yahoo leagues, Richardson has been an 11th-round player over the previous two weeks. At best, he’s a deep-league streamer, but Week 8 could be a good time to gamble on Richardson. The Heat play four games, two against the Hornets and two against the Bulls, two teams ranked in the bottom third of the league in defensive rating.
  • MIA Power Forward #42
    Kevin Love played 28 minutes in Friday’s 111-99 loss to the Cavaliers, amassing 14 points (5-of-9 FGs), 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, and four 3-pointers.
    With Bam Adebayo (hip) still sidelined and spot starter Orlando Robinson (5/8/3/0/1 in 20 minutes) struggling, Love stepped up and produced one of his best stat lines of the season. Not only was this Love’s first double-double since the season opener, but the 12 rebounds were a season-high. Ranked just inside the top 200 in 9-cat per-game value, Love is only worthy of streaming consideration as long as Adebayo remains sidelined. And even then, there should be better options on the waiver wire.
  • DET Small Forward #44
    Bojan Bogdanovic played 28 minutes in Friday’s loss to the Magic, recording a stat line of 9 points (4-of10 FGs, 0-of-1 FTs), three rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one 3-pointers.
    Bojan scored 20 or more points in his last two games so managers were excited about his successful return. His production came crashing down to earth in Friday’s blowout loss to the Magic. Bojan will bounce back from this performance and provide rest-of-season value if he stays healthy.

  • CLE Power Forward #32
    Dean Wade finished Friday’s 111-99 win over the Heat with five points (2-of-5 FGs), six rebounds, three steals, and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.
    Starting for the injured Evan Mobley, Wade didn’t provide much scoring for the Cavaliers. But he was active as a rebounder and defender, with the three steals matching his high for the season. Wade is rostered in less than one percent of Yahoo leagues, so fantasy managers weren’t expecting much from him production-wise. Outside of the rebounds and steals, he proved them right. Even if Mobley remains sidelined, Wade isn’t worth streaming for Cleveland’s four-game Week 8 slate.
  • CLE Point Guard #10
    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.
  • UTA Power Forward #20
    John Collins goes for 19 points (7-of-12 FG, 4-of-4 FT) with 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals, four blocks, and one 3-pointer in Friday’s loss to the Clippers.
    Collins has scored in double figures in all but one game this season. He finished Friday’s game with another double-double, his ninth of the season. Collins has been decent this season and may continue to have increased production as long as Lauri Markkanen (left hamstring strain) is out.