Porter salvaged some fantasy value with his steals and his block, but this was not a good night for Porter. It was his second poor performance in a row, and unlike on Tuesday, he cannot blame Thursday's showing on foul trouble. The silver lining here is that, both nights, Porter's backup Kelly Oubre Jr, was also generally unimpressive. It is worth noting that Oubre outplayed Porter for much of the preseason, and some expected Oubre to siphon minutes from Porter during the regular season. Porter performed well enough through the first month of the season to have probably earned the right to try to play his way through this slump, but managers may want to keep an eye on whether or not Porter continues to outplay Oubre.
Though he missed three games in the middle, this is Jokic's fourth straight double-double. This string of strong performances, combined with his high expectations entering the season, means that he should be owned in almost all fantasy formats. He is coming off the bench behind Jusuf Nurkic, but Jokic has played more minutes than Nurkic in each of the last six games that Jokic has played in.
The injury occurred in the latter half of the third quarter. After a trip to locker room he was deemed available to return, but one seemed unlikely given the Warriors sizable lead at that point. However, the Jazz were able to rally, and Green did indeed return. He finished the contest by filling the stat sheet with 13 points (4-9 FG, 4-6 3PT, 1-4 FT), ten boards, eight dimes, and four steals across 35 minutes. The Warriors next play against the Grizzlies on Saturday, so Green's status should be monitored until then.
Wiggins is slowly emerging from a scoring slump. In the season's first 11 games, he averaged 27.4 points per game, and only twice scored less than 22 points. Over the following eight games, his average fell to 15.8 points, and only once scored at least 20. But Thursday marks the second time in three games that he has scored at least 25, and both times he did it while shooting better than 50 percent from the field. Owners, and the Timberwolves, hope that these games mark a return to the excellent productivity he showed to start the season.
The injury occurred in the latter portion of the third quarter. Green had been stellar up to that point, recording 12 points (4-9 FG, 4-6 3PT) nine rebounds, six assists, and three rebounds in 29 minutes. It remains to be seen if Green will return to the contest, given that the Warriors have had a sizable lead for the majority of it. However, his availability to return is a good sign for his status going forward. Expect an update on his status when more information is made available.
Leonard is starting in place of Ed Davis as a result of a last minute lineup change by head coach Terry Stotts. Leonard will figure to see an increase to his 15.8 minutes per game as long as he remains in the starting five. He's averaging 5.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.0 assist per contest this season.
Davis had been seeing some spot starts in place of the injured Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) but is now being benched in favor of Meyers Leonard. Expect Davis to see a slight reduction in minutes now that he's returning to his typical bench role.
Harkless injured his ankle during Wednesday's game against the Bucks and after going through pregame warmups determined that he wasn't ready to play in the second night of the back-to-back. Evan turner and Allen Crabbe figure to see some extra minutes while Harkless is out. Looking ahead, Harkless' next chance to return will be on Saturday against the Pacers.
Faried logged a season-low of 12 minutes during Wednesday's game against the Nets, so it's unclear if he's dealing with some sort of injury or if coach Michael Malone is just trying to shake up the lineup. Darrell Arthur is slated to draw the start at power forward, so it may be wise to avoid Faried for the time being while his role remains uncertain.
Arthur has logged less than 15 minutes in two of the Nuggets' last three games, but coach Michael Malone will shake up his starting lineup Thursday, pushing Arthur into the starting five, with Kenneth Faried coming off the bench. Arthur could see a temporary boost in minutes while working with the top unit, although that doesn't guarantee a big boost in value, as Arthur has largely remained off the fantasy radar this season.