February 21, 2021, 1:29 am
A number of postponements resulted in just five games actually going ahead on Saturday, although all were overshadowed by the news DeMarcus Cousins is on his way out of Houston. The Warriors snatched defeat from the jaws of victory thanks to a Draymond Green brain explosion. His ejection in the final seconds allowed Terry Rozier to put the icing on a miraculous comeback victory. For Scary Terry, it was just another bright spot in what has been an improbable rise over the past few weeks. The Heat held on to defeat the Lakers thanks to another prolific scoring night for Kendrick Nunn. Montrezl Harrell made up for his previous showing; however, the playing time is still highly underwhelming. The Suns thumped the Grizzlies who basically rested their entire roster for some reason. Justise Winslow played his first game in over a year and as rehearsed, destroyed your percentages. The Bulls edged by the Kings, powered by another stellar performance by Zach Lavine, who seems destined for an All-Star berth. Marvin Bagley had arguably his best game of the season and is a strong sell-high candidate at the moment. To close the night, the Wizards won their fourth game in a row, the first time they have achieved that feat since 2017. Bradley Beal dropped a game-high 37 points while Robin Lopez certainly had an impact in his 28 minutes. For the Blazers, Robert Covington continues to be a standout performer despite some poor shooting. He is the 25th ranked player over the past two weeks and while the production is likely to regress, this is why we preached patience for so long.
Add(s) of the Night
Davis Bertans, F, Washington Wizards – Bertans was not good on Saturday, let’s be honest. However, he played a ton of minutes and closed the game. He had the hot-hand prior to this game and so I would be picking him up if he is dropped.
PJ Washington, F, Charlotte Hornets – Washington is likely rostered in a number of leagues but I have seen him dropped over the past week. If that’s the case in your league, he is worth picking up to see if he can get things going again.
Juan Toscano-Anderson, F, Golden State Warriors – JTA was a fringe guy anyway and with both James Wiseman and Kevon Looney nearing their returns, he can be safely returned to the waiver wire.
Cody Zeller, C, Charlotte Hornets – Zeller continues to regress, and based on what we have seen in recent games, he is trending towards a 12-team drop.
Steph Curry was a late scratch due to illness
James Wiseman and Kevon Looney did not play but are a chance to return on Tuesday
Devonte Graham was ruled out again due to a knee concern
Tyler Herro appeared to suffer a hip injury and was unable to close the game
Dennis Schroder is going to miss at least another two games due to health and safety protocols
The Grizzlies rested a number of players including Kyle Anderson, Brandon Clarke and Grayson Allen
Dillon Brooks was out with a thigh injury
Justise Winslow returned and played 21 minutes
Richaun Holmes, Glenn Robinson and Harrison Barnes were both absent on Saturday
Boogie On The Move
About an hour before games began on Saturday, we received the next that DeMarcus Cousins and the Rockets would be going their separate ways at some point in the coming days. The team had only guaranteed his contract 24 hours prior to the news and so this certainly came out of left-field.
There are a number of moving pieces here, especially when it comes to fantasy value moving forward. Starting with Cousins, it is highly unlikely we see him moving to a situation where he plays more minutes than he has been recently. If you picked him up in standard leagues, you have to hold on and see what happens; however, there is a chance you could be moving on as soon as the move is decided upon.
The Rockets are going to fully invest in Christian Wood as their center and so for him, this really just solidifies his long-term value. On the surface, P.J. Tucker should see a bump as he spends more time at the center position. Before we get too excited, we did see him as a small-ball center last season and it is safe to say he did not set the world on fire. There is also a chance he could be on the move at some point if the Rockets opt to buy him out.
Perhaps the biggest winners here are Jae’Sean Tate and Danuel House Jr. While their projected value might not change too much, it does provide them both with a more assured role moving forward. Tate has been a real surprise for the Rockets this season and currently sits as the 129th ranked player in standard formats. He has a nice, well-rounded fantasy game and certainly has the ability to defend multiple positions. Across 29 games this season, Tate is averaging 9.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks, all while shooting an impressive 55 percent from the floor. It is unlikely he fully breaks out but the upside is enough to warrant a roster spot in competitive leagues. As for House, we have seen him produce at a level worthy of standard leagues in the past and that should put him in a favorable position moving forward. He sits outside the top-200 this season but injuries have limited his opportunities thus far. Of the two players, Tate would be my preferred target, although House has a safer floor in most situations.
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