While always a consistent source for rebounds, Whiteside only shot 1-for-9 from the field and was pulled in favor of backup Willie Reed once Miami solidified their lead. While this is probably just a blip, it is his lowest scoring total so far this season, and it appears Miami had no problem without him. Either way, it is hard to bench a player who double-doubled in seven of his last nine games.
Despite nearly dropping a triple-double on his matchup, T.J. McConnell, the Wizards ultimately couldn't get the win. Wall also set a season high in made free throws with 13, only missing one of his attempts. Most notably as of late though, his assist numbers are on the rise, as he's dropped at least 11 assists in each of the past 10 contests. Wall should continue to be owned in all fantasy formats, and is one of the most consistent DFS options available.
Faried endured an awkward fall that ultimately led to his exit from the contest. He finished with nine points (3-4 FG, 3-4 FT) and six rebounds in 16 minutes before leaving the game. He was on the injury report with an ankle injury heading into the night, but he did deal with back issues earlier in the season. His status for Sunday's matchup against the Grizzlies is seemingly up in the air at this point.
Porter, who's shooting a scorching-hot 46.6 percent from beyond the arc this season, had a rare 1-for-5 outing from that distance against the 76ers. This can partly be contributed to his matchup against Robert Covington, who's largely known for his defensive abilities on the wing. Though he struggled on the offensive end, Porter did manage to tie his season high in steals with four, where he averages 1.5 on the season. He'll look to bounce back with a better performance Sunday against the Jazz.
Johnson once again wiggled into the backcourt as the Heat's sixth man and ended up leading the team in scoring. While he sits behind Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters, he averages 37.5 minutes a game this year. Johnson has unique ability to slide into the 3 spot in certain looks which leaves this pure shooter out in the wing to score at will. This resurgent Heat team is making a run at the playoffs, and with Anderson's game, they have a decent shot. He is a great value play in DFS and seasonal leagues based on his minutes alone.
It appears that Conley was still trying to shake the rust off from the All-Star break, as Friday marked only the fifth time this season that he has scored 10 points or less. He also missed all four of his attempts from the free-throw line, which is uncharacteristic considering he's knocking down 86.1 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe this season. That being said, he still managed to dish out seven assists to a team that shot 41.7 percent while committing only one turnover. Though Conley has had bouts of inconsistency this season, likely frustrating those who frequently roster him in DFS, he still remains a top year-long option at the point guard slot, averaging 19.3 points, 6.2 assists, and 1.3 steals across 32.7 minutes per game this year.
Gasol has been struggling since being sat for rest purposes Feb 4. against the Timberwolves, hitting only 36.6 percent of his looks in the five games prior to Friday's performance. He wasn't able to right the ship Friday against his matchup, the young and athletic Myles Turner, who's known for his defensive abilities. Gasol's poor performance could also be attributed to needing to shake the rust off after the All-Star break. Despite his uncharacteristically inefficient stretch of games, fantasy owners shouldn't fret, as he still remains one of the most dynamic centers in the league capable of filling up every category of the stat sheet.
Friday marked George's second-worst scoring outing of the season, but it comes in a win over the Grizzlies, who also had their star players struggle in their first outing after the All-Star break. In the nine games prior to Friday, George averaged 21.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists, so his performance against the Grizzlies, a stingy defensive team, seems like an outlier rather than a trend. He'll look to bounce back Saturday against the Heat.
Young has been a staple for the Pacers at the power forward position this season, averaging 11.5 points on 52.2 percent shooting, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.7 steals across 31.1 minutes per game. He's also been a surprising help stretching the floor for the Pacers, hitting a career-high 39.6 percent of his attempts from three after knocking down only 23.3 percent of his attempts last season with the Nets. While he isn't a premier fantasy option, he provides a nice combination of steals and threes from the power forward slot while getting consistent minutes.
Abrines got the start with Victor Oladipo (back) sidelined and took advantage, posting a season high with 19 points. He also matched his season high with five three-pointers made. It is unclear how much time Oladipo will miss, but if he is forced to miss a number of games, Abrines could be looked at as a fairly reliable source of three-pointers, but not too much else.