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Dustin McGowan allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts over five innings against the Angels on Friday.

McGowan has now limited his opponents to two or fewer runs in each of his last three starts, but is still not worth owning in any format as he is more likely to do more long-term damage to your fantasy team than good. Also consider he has struck out just 22 batters while walking 15 in his 35 innings pitched this season and you can see wherein the danger lies.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Wesley Matthews said he will not get an x-ray on his right hand.

Matthews appeared to be favoring his hand at the end of the game Friday, but it cannot be too serious if he is not going to get an x-ray. He could still miss some time, but if he does play he needs to be in your fantasy lineup. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Jared Dudley had an x-ray taken on his left knee after Milwaukee's 101-93 loss to the Lakers Friday. He said it was the same knee that bothered him with the Clippers last season.

Dudley's campaign in Los Angeles was his worst season in five years. He is shooting .491 on the season after shooting .438 last season. If his knee affects him like it did last season, Dudley is droppable in all leagues. His fantasy owners should probably bench him until we see how he responds the next time out. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said he did not know yet if Russell Westbrook would miss any time after taking a knee to his face late in Oklahoma City's 115-112 loss to the Trail Blazers Friday.

Westbrook had 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his third consecutive triple-double and fifth this season. Westbrook's fantasy owners should enjoy this while it lasts, as he will come back to earth a bit when Kevin Durant returns. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Will Barton came off the bench to score 22 points (8-15 FGA, 5-6 FTA) with one rebound, four assists and a steal against the Jazz on Friday.

That makes two consecutive 22-point games for Barton. Since he was traded to the Nuggets he has averaged 16.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 3PM in 27.8 minutes. He is still widely available, and should be added in most leagues.  Analysis: Steve Pimental

Kenneth Faried came off the bench to score 12 points (4-9 FGA, 4-4FTA) with eight rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block during Denver's 104-82 loss to the Jazz on Friday.

Faried did not play Wednesday due to a thumb injury, but his 28 minutes Friday were his most since before the All-Star Break. Faried still needs to be owned in most leagues, and if you do own him you can start him with confidence. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Trey Burke came off the bench to score 19 points (8-12 FGA, 3-4 3PT) with two rebounds, four assists, four steals and one block during Friday's win over the Nuggets.

Burke has 16 or more points in four of his last five games, and his four steals were a career high. Burke doesn't provide much outside of scoring, so it would be a very big deal if he starts to provide consistent steals. Burke is a nice fantasy play if you need scoring and can absorb his ups and downs. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Rudy Gobert scored 10 points (4-4 FGA, 2-2 FTA) with eight rebounds, one assist and six blocks during the Jazz' 104-82 win over the Nuggets on Friday.

Gobert has averaged 9.3 points, 10.8 rebounds 4.5 blocks 30.8 minutes per game since Enes Kanter was traded. There is no reason to believe Gobert's minutes or production will decrease the rest of the season. He is still available in some shallow leagues, and is a must-add if you need blocks. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Gordon Hayward scored 15 points (5-12 FGA, 4-5 FTA) with five rebounds, five assists and two steals during Friday's win over the Nuggets.

It may not have been one of the best of nights for Hayward, especially against the Nuggets, but a line the includes 15, five and five, along with two steals - is definitely a solid night on the fantasy front. Utah faces of at home against the Bucks on Sunday.  Analysis: Keith Tro

Derrick Favors scored 21 points (7-10 FGA, 7-8 FTA) with 10 rebounds, one assists, one steal and three blocks during the Jazz' 104-82 win over the Nuggets on Friday.

Over his last five games, Favors is averaging 16.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.8 blocks in 32.6 minutes. On the year, the 23-year-old is tallying 15.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 30 minutes of play. Pretty darn similar. Favors is a must start in all formats.  Analysis: Keith Tro

Courtney Lee scored 12 points (3-8 FGA, 3-3 FTA) while going 3-for-5 from three-point range with five rebounds and four assists during the Grizzlies' 97-79 loss to the Clippers on Friday.

Courtney Lee does enough to stay relevant in deeper formats, but his inconsistency makes him too difficult to trust in most leagues. He is averaging 10.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists across 31 minutes for the Grizz.  Analysis: Keith Tro

Marc Gasol scored 11 points (5-12 FGA, 1-2 FTA) with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks during Friday's loss to the Clippers.

Marc Gasol has been struggling since before the All-Star break. The 30-year-old is averaging 18.2 points and 8.0 rebounds on the season, but Gasol has only reached 18 points twice over his last ten games and has collected eight rebounds just four times over the same stretch. He will look to bounce back Sunday at Minnesota.  Analysis: Keith Tro

Zach Randolph scored 20 points (10-18 FGA) with 10 rebounds, one assist and one steal during the Grizzlies' 97-79 loss to the Clippers on Friday.

Zach Randolph, 33, has put together back-to-back 20 points performances after registering just seven points back on Feb. 23rd. Oddly enough, Randolph's dud of a game earlier in the week game against the very same team he did so well against tonight - the LA Clippers. He is averaging 16 points and 11 boards on the year, it goes without saying he should always be in your lineup.  Analysis: Keith Tro

Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 19 points (8-16 FGA, 1-1 FTA) while going 2-for-5 from three-point range with five rebounds, one assist and two blocks against the Grizzlies on Friday.

Crawford has registered more than 20 points in seven seven of his last ten contests, and was just one point shy of making it eight of ten tonight against the Grizzlies. Typically not one to do much aside from scoring, Crawford is plenty valuable and worth starting for any fantasy squad at nearly 20 points per game in recent weeks.  Analysis: Keith Tro

J.J. Redick scored 18 points (6-12 FGA, 4-4 FTA) while going 2-for-5 from beyond the arc with three rebounds and two blocks during the Clippers' 97-79 win over the Grizzlies on Friday.

J.J. Redick has been averaging 34.4 minutes across his last five contests, which is nearly five minutes more than his season average in that span - but has been able to collect just an additional 1.4 points per contest during that time. Redick is averaging 16 points over his last five games and 14.6 points on the season. The increase in minutes hasn't resulted in much in the way of production.  Analysis: Keith Tro

Chris Paul posted a double-double during Friday's win over the Grizzlies as he scored 19 points (7-14 FGA, 4-4 FTA) with 13 assists. He also added four rebounds and two steals.

Chris Paul has been on a tear of late, and with Blake Griffin scheduled to be sidelined for at least another week, you can expect to see CP3 continue to take advantage of his expanded role. He is averaging 17.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 9.9 assists on the year, but has been playing at even higher level in recent weeks.  Analysis: Keith Tro
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