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Amar’e Stoudemire (rest) participated in practice Friday.
It's been five years since Stoudemire's been a dominant fantasy force (he averaged 25.3 PPG, 8.2 RPG, and 1.9 BLK in 2010-11, which was his first season as a New York Knick). Since then, we've seen his production drop off yearly, leading up to his current 11.9 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 0.9 BLK average of 2014-2015. At this point, Stoudemire's name is worth more than his production in fantasy leagues. Analysis: Brad Costilo
O.J. Mayo (hamstring) was ruled out for Friday.
When he's been given the opportunity to be a full-time starter, Mayo has produced an average of 17.1 PPG. Unfortunately, Mayo hasn't been given the opportunity to be a full-time starter in his two years with the Bucks. As a result, Mayo just hasn't been producing enough to make him anything other than a guy who teeters between the bench and the final spot on your fantasy roster. While Mayo is dealing with this hamstring injury, he is an easy bench whether he's active or not. Analysis: Brad Costilo
Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he's thinking of starting Jeremy Lin at some point.
Jeremy Lin was the starting PG for the Houston Rockets in 2012-2013 season, averaging 13.4 PPG, 6.1 AST, 3.0 REB, and 1.6 STL per game. In the two seasons since then Lin's production has been lower, but he's only been given the opportunity to start about 50% of the time. If Lin can solidify himself as the Lakers starting PG, then his fantasy value will increase quite a bit. Expect him to produce numbers similar to the above stat-line if/when that happens. Analysis: Brad Costilo
Amar’e Stoudemire (rest) practiced on Friday.
Stoudemire sat out Wednesday night's game against Atlanta, the second night of a back to back. He comes off the bench to get Tyson Chandler a rest, but it depends on your fantasy need on who you should play. Chandler is the defensive option with rebounds and blocks, but Stoudemire is the one who will be scoring the points. Pick your poison. Analysis: Rob Trayah