Mike Conley PG MEM 10 Hrs
Conley posted 16 points, three rebounds, five assists, and three steals in 32 minutes of action Friday against the Warriors.
Conley is averaging 13.6 points, 5.2 assists, and 2.0 three-pointers made over the last five games, and he's finally starting to get his rhythm back. He hasn't been contributing much in steals -- averaging just 0.8 during that span -- but Friday's 3-steal performance will hopefully be the start of better games to come.
Dwight Howard C HOU 10 Hrs
Howard (knee) posted 18 points and four rebounds in 20 minutes of action Friday against the Timberwolves.
Howard is on his second game back from a knee injury, and he still hasn't found his groove. He's averaging 11.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks ever since returning, and it's apparent that he's not the same player. Still, it's hard to have him sitting in the wire, so don't ignore him too harshly.
James Harden SG HOU 10 Hrs
Harden posted 33 points, four rebounds, eight assists, five steals, and six three-pointers made in 37 minutes of action Friday against the Timberwolves.
Harden is averaging 33.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 3.0 three-pointers made over the last five games. He's making his case as this season's fantasy MVP, and he'll continue to play well moving forward.
Josh Smith F HOU 10 Hrs
Smith (ankle) grazed a triple-double Friday against the Timberwolves, posting 16 points, nine rebounds, 11 assists, and three blocks in 40 minutes of action.
Smith was dealing with a sore ankle but ultimately was able to go. He's been massively inconsistent as a member of the Rockets, but his contribution in multiple counting categories (as evident with his Friday play) makes him a fantasy asset.
Chase Budinger SF MIN 10 Hrs
Budinger posted 23 points and four rebounds in 29 minutes of action Friday against the Rockets.
Budinger is averaging 16.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.4 steals over the last five games. He's made the most of Kevin Martin (hamstring) sitting, but it's hard to imagine him playing this well when Martin returns. Still, he's worth an add in 14-man leagues.
Andrew Wiggins SG/SF MIN 10 Hrs
Wiggins posted 31 points, four rebounds, and four assists in 41 minutes of action Friday against the Rockets.
Wiggins is averaging a whopping 22.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.2 steals over the last five games. He's been logging a massive 44.0 minutes during that span as well, which has certainly helped him produce strong fantasy numbers.
James Johnson F TOR 11 Hrs
Johnson stuffed the stat sheet Friday against the Lakers, posting 17 points, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 26 minutes of action.
Johnson is averaging just 8.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists over the last five games and isn't producing enough to be worth owning in most leagues.
Greivis Vasquez G TOR 11 Hrs
Vasquez disappointed in his start Friday against the Lakers, posting just five points and five assists in 26 minutes of action.
Vasquez may continue to see a lot of opportunities to contribute with Kyle Lowry (back) out. However, Friday's performance didn't quite help owners. Still, Vasquez is known to be a solid player when given the minutes, so he's worth holding onto in 12-man leagues until further notice.
DeMar DeRozan SG/SF TOR 11 Hrs
DeRozan went ice-cold from the field Friday against the Lakers, going just 1-for-10 for six points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and one steal in 41 minutes of action.
In spite of his lack of scoring contributions in Friday's game, it's encouraging for owners to see him go for 10 rebounds and seven assists. That being said, DeRozan is a scorer, and so owners will just have to take Friday's anomaly with a grain of salt and look forward to better games ahead.
Jordan Clarkson PG LAL 11 Hrs
Clarkson posted 14 points, four rebounds, and two steals in 33 minutes of action Friday against the Raptors.
Clarkson has held onto his starting spot in spite of Jeremy Lin's promotion. He's averaging 16.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.0 steals over the last five games, which makes him worth owning in standard leagues.