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Daily notes for Wednesday: Grizzlies win streak commands fantasy attention

Ja Morant led the Memphis Grizzlies with 29 points, 15 of which came in the first quarter. Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time in franchise history, the Memphis Grizzlies have won 10 consecutive games in a season. Morant has been an important element of the team's success, averaging 27.9 points per game during the win streak. He scored 29 points, had five rebounds, eight assists, two blocks, and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes against the Golden State Warriors.

It would not come as a surprise if Morant participated in the All-Star Game next month in Cleveland thanks to the Grizzlies putting the league on notice. In fantasy formats, he's exceeded expectations and is providing fantasy managers with third-round value.

Let's explore some of the highlights, lowlights, and takeaways below.


Highlights

Tyus Jones, Memphis Grizzlies: 17 points (6-8 FGs), 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal

Josh Giddey, Oklahoma City Thunder: 18 points (8-15 FGs), 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals

Lowlights

Desmond Bane, Memphis Grizzlies: 11 points (3-14 FGs), 3 rebounds, 4 assists

Cade Cunningham, Detroit Pistons: 8 points (3-11 FGs), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal

Tuesday's Takeaways

  • Malik Beasley remains a source of points and triples for the Minnesota Timberwolves and fantasy managers alike. He scored 18 points, grabbed four rebounds, and made six 3-pointers against the New Orleans Pelicans. The last six games have seen Beasley average just 10.5 points and 2.8 three-pointers. He's available in 64% of ESPN leagues.

  • Karl-Anthony Towns scored 26 points, grabbed eight rebounds, had five assists, three steals, and a block against the Pelicans. Since returning from the COVID protocol, he's been excellent for fantasy managers because he can accumulate statistics in multiple categories.

  • In the fourth quarter, Anthony Edwards scored 18 of his 28 points. In 37 minutes overall for the Timberwolves, he had four rebounds, five assists, and a steal. Edwards has averaged 23.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.7 blocks in the last seven games.

  • A 33-point performance from Brandon Ingram helped the Pelicans to victory. In addition, he had four rebounds, nine assists, a steal, and a block. Ingram has averaged 22.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, and five assists per game this season, despite a sore Achilles. If you have Ingram on your roster, it's a great time to sell high.

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Brandon Ingram hits game-winning 3 with 1.3 seconds left

Brandon Ingram drills a late 3-pointer to give the Pelicans a 128-125 win over the Timberwolves.

  • Jonas Valanciunas had 13 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists. In four of his last six games, he has recorded a double-double.

  • As Bradley Beal was in the protocols for the Washington Wizards, Spencer Dinwiddie stepped up against the Oklahoma City Thunder with 22 points, three rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes. Over the last two weeks, he has been a top 20 player in category formats.

  • In 35 minutes, Kyle Kuzma had 29 points, five rebounds, three assists, a block and three steals. In his previous seven games, he averaged 26.3 points, 12 rebounds, and 2.7 assists. In the last two weeks, Kuzma has provided fantasy managers with fourth-round value in category formats.

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 32 points, collected three rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer. After two poor performances, he bounced back. For Gilgeous-Alexander, it was his seventh game this season with 30 or more points and eighth game with eight or more assists.

  • The Phoenix Suns' Chris Paul finished with 15 points, two rebounds, 12 assists, and five steals against the Toronto Raptors. It was his third game this season with at least 15 points, 10 assists, and five steals. This is the most by a player 36 or older in a season, tying John Stockton.

  • OG Anunoby scored 25 points with two rebounds, an assist, and two steals in 39 minutes against the Suns. In four of his last five games, he has scored 20 or more points. Fred VanVleet had 21 points and Pascal Siakam had 22 for the Raptors. Chris Boucher was phenomenal off the bench by scoring 13 points, grabbing 16 rebounds, and blocking three shots. He's available in 43.6% of ESPN leagues.

  • Stephen Curry had his ninth triple-double of his career and his second of the season. He scored 27 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, handed out 10 assists, stole two balls and hit two 3-pointers against the Grizzlies.

  • Klay Thompson has been playing on a minutes restriction over the last two games, but has been effective for the Warriors. In addition to scoring 14 points, he added three rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers.

  • In a win over the Warriors, Brandon Clarke scored 14 points, had nine rebounds, two steals, and an assist. He's been given an opportunity to play more minutes for a shorthanded Grizzlies squad, and he thrives playing power forward alongside Jaren Jackson Jr. Over the last two weeks, Clark has ranked in the top 100 in category formats. He's available in 63% of ESPN leagues.

  • Isaiah Stewart had 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and four blocks for the Detroit Pistons against the Chicago Bulls. Look no further than Stewart for rebounds and blocks. During the last four games, he has averaged 2.8 blocks and 7.3 rebounds. Stewart is available in 40% of ESPN leagues.

  • Since the Bulls went into the fourth quarter with a 31 point lead over the Pistons, DeMar DeRozan played just 27 minutes. Despite this, he scored 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out seven assists.

  • Aaron Gordon set a season-high with 30 points and 12 rebounds against the LA Clippers. He has scored 10 or more points in four of his previous five games while averaging 5.2 rebounds per contest. Gordon is available in 58% of ESPN leagues.

  • The performance of Amir Coffey over the last two games may result in him starting the remainder of the season. He finished with 18 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four steals in 43 minutes against the Denver Nuggets. Coffey is available in nearly all ESPN leagues.

Analytics advantage for Wednesday

There are nine games scheduled for Wednesday night. With Jimmy Butler (ankle) and KZ Okpala (wrist) out against Atlanta, Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson are once again some of the top plays in season-long leagues and DFS contests.

Guards score the eighth most points per game against the Hawks on FanDuel. In DraftKings, it is similar. Herro has averaged 23 points, five rebounds, and four assists per game in his last six games. In 29 minutes last Saturday against the Suns, Robinson recorded 27 points, four rebounds, and an assist, and is available in 86% of ESPN leagues.

DFS discussion

Dejounte Murray, San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs still have a handful of players in the COVID-protocol, which makes Murray an excellent DFS centerpiece against the Houston Rockets. Murray has averaged 23 points, 6.7 rebounds, 9.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 0.7 blocks since returning from a five-game absence during COVID-19. No team has allowed more DraftKings or FanDuel points to point guards this season than the Rockets.