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Arron Afflalo scored 18 points (5-6 FGA, 6-8 FTA) going 2-for-3 from three-point range with two rebounds and two assists in Friday's 115-112 win over the Thunder.

Afflalo logged his best performance since joining the Blazers but is now averaging only 12.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists through his last three games. His fantasy value ha taken a serious hit now that he is used off the bench, so fantasy owners may want to cut bait if more nights like Friday don't come around more often.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Damian Lillard scored 29 points (10-22 FGA, 7-8 FTA) going 2-for-7 from three-point range with three rebounds, five assists and one steal in Friday's 115-112 win over the Thunder.

Lillard is now averaging 19.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.4 three-pointers over his last five games as he continues to have the best season of his young career. Barring a significant injury down the stretch he will remain one of the best point guards to own with fantasy playoffs right around the corner.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 29 points (10-23 FGA, 9-10 FTA) with 16 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in Friday's 115-112 win over the Thunder.

Aldridge continues to play through a thumb injury that has limited him of late, but is still averaging 23 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks through 50 games. As long as he can put up with the pain in his non-shooting hand, he remains one of the better big men to own the rest of the way.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Mitch McGary scored 20 points (10-13 FGA) with nine rebounds, two assists and one steal in Friday's 115-112 loss to the Trail Blazers.

McGary fell just one rebound shy of posting his third double-double of the season as he continues to see more minutes for the Thunder down the stretch. However, until his production becomes more consistent, he remains a fringe fantasy options for those in deep league formats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Serge Ibaka scored 14 points (7-12 FGA) with six rebounds and two blocks in Friday's 115-112 loss to the Trail Blazers.

Ibaka is now averaging 17.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.8 blocks while shooting 57.4 percent from the floor over his last five games without Kevin Durant on the floor. Although his production will likely take a hit once his teammate returns to the starting lineup he is still a must-start in all formats for the foreseeable future.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Carlos Boozer scored 10 points (5-8 FGA, 0-1 FTA) with six rebounds, one steal and one block in Friday's 101-93 win over the Bucks.

Boozer started for the third straight game on Friday night and is now averaging 12.0 points and 6.6 rebounds in that stretch. Considering the move back into the starting five has not increased his production, there is no reason he should be in anyone's starting lineups outside of deep league formats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Wayne Ellington scored 14 points (6-13 FGA) going 2-for-6 from three-point range with six rebounds, five assists and two steals in Friday's 101-93 win over the Bucks.

Ellington continues to prove he deserves to be in the starting lineup on a nightly basis as he is now averaging 12.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 three-pointers over his last five games. However, his production is not good enough to warrant fantasy consideration at this time so no need to look too much into this solid performance.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Jordan Clarkson scored 16 points (7-9 FGA) going 2-for-2 from three-point range with four rebounds and five assists in Friday's 101-93 win over the Bucks.

Clarkson is now averaging 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists while shooting 58.2 percent from the floor over his last five games as he continues to prove worthy of a starting gig down the stretch. If he is able to keep u phis current pace there is a possibility he could help out desperate fantasy owners, but he still has a lot to prove before becoming a must-own option.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 13 points (4-12 FGA, 5-8 FTA) with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in Friday's 101-93 loss to the Lakers.

Antetokounmpo continues to have himself a solid season and continues to improve as he gets more experience under his belt. Although his production has been inconsistent at times he remains a must-start in all fantasy formats while contributing across the board on a nightly basis.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Ersan Ilyasova scored 17 points (5-10 FGA, 6-8 FTA) going 1-for-4 from three-point range with 12 rebounds and one steal in Friday's 101-93 loss to the Lakers.

Ilyasova posted his second double-double in his last three games on Friday night as he continues to see quality minutes for the Bucks of late. If he is able to keep up his current pace he makes for a solid add in deep league formats. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Rudy Gay scored 16 points (6-15 FGA, 4-4 FTA) with six rebounds, four assists and one steal in Friday's 107-6 loss to the Spurs.

After positing 28 points his last time on the court, Gay failed to keep up the pace in Friday's loss despite DeMarcus Cousins missing the game. However, Gay is now averaging 20.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists over his last five games so he should remain a must-start in all formats even if regression was to occur.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Ray McCallum scored 20 points (10-17 FGA) with three assists and one steal in Friday's 107-96 loss to the Spurs.

McCallum is now averaging 11.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.2 steals over his last five games as he continues to be a part of the Kings starting lineup on a nightly basis. With Darren Collison out for the foreseeable future after undergoing hip surgery, McCallum makes for a decent deep league add if he continues to see quality minutes.  Analysis: Matthew Beck
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