Lakers' Lou Williams: Drops 27 points off bench in win
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(2:55 am ET) Williams finished with 27 points (7-15 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 9-10 FT), four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a blocked shot over 30 minutes in Friday's 108-96 win against Indiana.

After struggling with his shot earlier in the month, Williams is on fire lately. He is averaging 25.7 points, 4.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game over his past three outings, and he has dropped in 11 3-pointers during the span. Williams might come off the bench, but he remains a must-start fantasy option in most formats for his solid point totals.

Lakers' Tarik Black: Snags 13 rebounds in Friday's win
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(2:55 am ET) Black posted eight points (4-6 FG, 0-1 FT) with 13 rebounds, three assists and a steal over 28 minutes in Friday's 108-96 loss against Indiana.

Black missed nearly a month due to an ankle injury, but he is back and producing decent numbers in a reserve role behind Timofey Mozgov. He has picked up the pace over the past two outings with 11.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. If you need center help in deeper fantasy leagues, Black is worth a roll of the dice.

Lakers' Jose Calderon: Sees increased playing time
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(2:50 am ET) Calderon finished with seven points (3-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt) with six assists, a rebound and a steal over 19 minutes off the bench in Friday's 108-96 win against the Pacers.

Calderon might continue to see increased playing time if D'Angelo Russell is forced to miss time due to the MCL sprain he suffered Friday. The 35-year-old played his most minutes since Nov. 25. While he might see more playing time, he still has just one double-digit point performance this season. He is only worth a look in the deepest of fantasy leagues at this point of his career.

Pacers' Myles Turner: Productive across board in loss
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(2:45 am ET) Turner finished with 15 points (6-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT) to go along with four rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocked shots over 33 minutes in Friday's 108-96 loss at L.A. Lakers.

Turner is having his most productive month of the season, averaging 17.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots in eight games in January. He has emerged as a solid fantasy option in most formats. Turner is especially useful in rotisserie leagues for help in the field goal percentage and blocks categories.

Pacers' Al Jefferson: Productive off bench again
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(2:40 am ET) Jefferson finished with 20 points (7-15 FG, 6-6 FT) with six rebounds, two steals and an assist across just 17 minutes in Friday's 108-96 loss at L.A. Lakers.

Jefferson hadn't scored more than 18 points over his first 40 games, but he has back-to-back 20-point efforts across his past two outings. Despite the increased offensive production, he has still played just 17 minutes in each of the past two games. He continues to play with a cap, limiting his fantasy appeal.

Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Leads team in scoring with 30 points Friday vs. 76ers
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(1:30 am ET) Lillard manufactured 30 points (12-25 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), five rebounds, one assist, and one steal across 36 minutes during Friday's 93-92 loss to the 76ers.

Lillard handled the vast majority of the scoring load for the Trail Blazers on Friday, with no one else on the team providing more than 16 points. He only managed to dish out one assist while committing five turnovers, but the team shot just 37.1 percent from the field, including Lillard's high-volume 48 percent, so his passes often resulted in a miss. He was also handed a different starting lineup than usual by coach Terry Stotts at the last minute before tipoff, so Lillard's game Friday may have been a result of unfamiliarity with the rotation. The Trail Blazers travel to Boston on Saturday for a tilt against the Celtics, and we'll just have to wait and see what lineup coach Stotts uses, and how Lillard reacts on the second half of a back-to-back set.

Mavericks' Devin Harris: Logs 18 minutes in overtime loss
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(1:15 am ET) Harris posted 10 points (2-4 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT) with three assists over 18 minutes off the bench in Friday's 112-107 loss against Utah.

Harris is expected to see a bump in playing time with J.J. Barea aggravating a calf injury. If Barea misses several weeks, Harris could re-emerge as a decent fantasy option in standard leagues of 12 or more teams. He is also a solid play in deeper rotisserie formats for help in the 3-pointers, assists and steals categories.

Hornets' Cody Zeller: Accumulates 11 points, three rebounds Friday vs. Raptors
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(1:15 am ET) Zeller provided 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-4 FT), three rebounds, and one assist across 23 minutes during Friday's 113-78 victory over the Raptors.

Zeller continued his efficient season from the floor Friday, hitting four of his six attempts from the field. The center is knocking down 58.5 percent of his field goals this season, and is averaging 10.8 points to go along with 6.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 26.7 minutes per game. His three rebounds Friday does leave something to be desired from the seven-footer, but it's clear that the Hornets had success without Zeller crashing the glass, and he did see about four minutes less than average in the blowout victory. The Hornets will face off against the Nets on Saturday in the second half of a back-to-back set.

Jazz's Joe Ingles: Productive in spot start in Big D
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(1:05 am ET) Ingles finished with 12 points (4-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and three steals over 38 minutes in Friday's 112-107 win against the Mavericks.

Ingles was playing heavy minutes with Rodney Hood (knee) sidelined. If Hood is unable to go Saturday against Indiana, Ingles will likely draw another start at the two based on this solid performance.

Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki: Veteran has disastrous night from field
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(1:05 am ET) Nowitzki finished with just three points (1-13 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and 10 rebounds over 25 minutes in Friday's 112-107 loss against the Jazz.

Nowitzki sunk to new lows with this effort, but at least he had a double-digit rebound total to salvage the stat line. The 18-year veteran is a shell of his former self, and he is on pace to score his fewest points per game since his rookie campaign. He remains useful for depth at the forward position, but he is obviously no longer a fantasy cornerstone player.

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