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The eight categories we will focus on each week are:
- Field goal percentage
- Free throw percentage
Cameron Johnson (SF/PF – PHO): 65%
The threshold is usually 60%, but Johnson has been on fire lately, so I’m making an exception here.
Johnson had nine three-pointers for a career-high 38 points — including the winner of Friday night’s game against the Knicks. It wasn’t just an outlier performance from Johnson either. He now has at least 20 points in four of his last five games, and for the past two weeks he’s the No. 9 player in fantasy.
We’ve been talking about it all year, and he’s back to play big minutes for the best team in the NBA. Pick it up if it’s available.
Isaiah Roby (C – OKC): 31%
Roby has played 35 minutes per game in his last two contests, and he’s done well for OKC. In those games, he averaged 23.5 points and 8.5 rebounds.
Over the past two weeks, Roby has been posting top-50 numbers, and the Thunder should continue to play him semi-consistently as they continue to be shorthanded.
Cameron Payne (PG/SG – PHO): 48%
The Suns have two Cams who are not just must-haves, but must-haves. The second is Payne, who played full throttle after being brought down slowly on his return.
Payne lost 17 points and 16 assists Friday night against the Knicks. While you can’t expect 16 cents every game, you can expect a great assist total going forward with Chris Paul (PG – PHO).
Payne is a go-to option in every league of every size.
Herb Jones (SF/PF – NOP): 49%
We took a few weeks off, but Jones is back in the interceptions spot in this column.
He deserves serious consideration for the Rookie of the Year vote, and he also deserves more respect from fantastic managers.
Jones contributes on every level to fantasy and he continues to excel defensively for both real and fantasy purposes. He has 11 interceptions in his last four games.
Aleksej Pokusevski (SF/PF – OKC): 25%
Playing time and production continue to be inconsistent for Poku, but he’s played 26 minutes or more in three consecutive games and recently offered overall production.
Ahead of his recent three-game streak, Poku has scored in double figures in his previous three games, making it four of his last six overall.
The Thunder should keep dropping him on the stretch, and his skills are super fantasy-suited.
Grant Williams (SF/PF – BOS): ten%
The Celtics didn’t need Jaylen Brown (SG/SF – BOS) against the Memphis Grizzlies this week, but if his ankle injury persists, we could see more of a run for Williams.
He has quietly put together a strong season, posting top 100 numbers over the past month.
Plus, he became a three-point shooter for Boston, in a bizarre turn of events.
Are there better snipers available? Sure, but Williams continued to see his run increase and should continue to thrive given the opportunity.
Field goal percentage
Bruce Brown (SG/SF/PF – BKN): 28%
Since the All-Star break, Brown has been very, very solid for fantasy managers, delivering contributions at every level.
He scored at least 14 points in five of his six games after the break, shooting 50% from the field and posting the best 58 numbers for fantasy.
The fillets are bad, and until they are completely healthy, Brown should keep producing.
Free throw percentage
Markelle Fultz (PG/SG – ENT): 24%
You now know the exercise with this category. We find someone who can knock down free throws, yes, but it’s also to highlight a player that we can’t quite fit into one of the above categories. This week we’ll be talking about Fultz.
Fultz returned after missing an entire year with a torn ACL. Now he has been limited – of course – on his return, playing a combined 31 minutes in two games. But he scored 21 points with eight hundred during that streak.
The Magic have a busy backcourt, and Fultz will likely be limited for the rest of the season when it comes to his minutes. But in the deeper leagues, Fultz may still have some counting value, and he could see an increased role if Cole Anthony (PG – ENT) or Jalen Suggs (PG/SG – ENT) miss out at any time.