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Ben Bishop Headshot

Bishop saved 13 of 15 shots during Tuesday's 4-2 win over Detroit.

The American netminder wasn't tasked with many shots, and he easily held down the fort to grab his 20th win of the campaign. Bishop is proving to be a solid fantasy asset during his first tour of duty with the Stars, and while his .916 save percentage and 2.51 GAA aren't standout marks, owners will take them considering the volatility throughout the goalie position this season. Additionally, the boost of starting for a Stanley Cup contender shouldn't go unappreciated.
11:37 pm (EST)
Connor McDavid Headshot

McDavid has been named to his second-consecutive All Star game according to NHL.com

McDavid is the fan-elected captain of the Pacific Division All Stars. With 15 goals and 37 assists this season, the former first-round pick is on pace to finish slightly under his 100-point total from 2016-17. However, McDavid remains a matchup-proof play in all formats.
11:35 pm (EST)
Darius Miller Headshot

Miller managed three points (1-5 FG, 1-5 3Pt) and two rebounds in 18 minutes during Tuesday's 116-113 overtime win against the Celtics.

Miller remains mostly a three-point shooting specialist who will occasionally cobble up some additional stats. The Pelicans are usually looking for all the help they can get in the area of bench scoring, with Ian Clark, Miller, and Jameer Nelson chipping in more often than anyone else. Coach Alvin Gentry has shown a willingness to stick with the hot hand down the stretch of close games, and on this night it was Ian Clark who excelled and ultimately replaced Rajon Rondo during crunch time. Meanwhile, Miller has scored in double figures 13 times in 2017-18, and he is averaging 21.3 minutes per game.
11:27 pm (EST)
Carter Hutton Headshot

Hutton saved 31 of 32 shots during Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win against Toronto.

This was Hutton's fourth win in five starts, and he now sports a 9-3-1 record, .942 save percentage and 1.78 GAA for the campaign. The 32-year-old veteran has been a career backup, so while he might be receiving the bulk of starts for the Blues currently, it's unlikely he remains their No. 1 starter through the end of the season. For the time being, Hutton clearly checks out as an excellent option, though.
11:26 pm (EST)
Jimmy Butler Headshot

Butler provided 28 points (11-22 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, five steals, four assists and two blocks across 39 minutes during a 108-102 loss to the Magic on Tuesday.

Butler was excellent across the board despite the loss as he matched a season high with five steals and scored a team-high 28 points. He has been particularly pesky on the defensive end of late, with averages of 3.4 steals and 1.0 block per game over his last five outings. Butler has also scored at least 21 points in seven of nine January games.
11:24 pm (EST)
Bismack Biyombo Headshot

Biyombo recorded 10 points (3-7 FG, 4-5 FT), 16 rebounds, five blocks, two assists and one steal across 29 minutes during a 108-102 win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Biyombo was phenomenal as he stayed hot in Tuesday's win. He picked up his second consecutive double-double and the 16 boards were a season high. Biyombo is now averaging a stellar 11.8 points on 60 percent shooting, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game over his last five outings, making him an intriguing add. Nikola Vucevic's eventual return will likely affect his value, though.
11:24 pm (EST)
Khem Birch Headshot

Birch contributed 12 points (4-6 FG, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, four blocks and one assist across 19 minutes during a 108-102 win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Birch came out of nowhere for his first double-double and by far his best game of the season as the points, rebounds and blocks were all season highs. The 19 minutes also far eclipsed his previous season-high of seven minutes. He benefited from the absence of Marreese Speights (personal), but this performance could earn him more minutes going forward.
11:23 pm (EST)
Evan Fournier Headshot

Fournier totaled 32 points (12-22 FG, 6-12 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists and two rebounds across 35 minutes during a 108-102 win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Fournier's 32 points and six three-pointers made marked season highs as he got hot after a quiet 10 points in has last outing. He started the season on fire, with nine 20-point efforts in his first 11 games, and this could be a sign that he is starting to find that form again.
11:23 pm (EST)
Jaroslav Halak Headshot

Halak allowed four goals on 42 shots during Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Devils.

This was the seventh time in eight starts that Halak has allowed four goals or more, and the slump has him at a crippling .906 save percentage and 3.22 GAA for the campaign. Additionally, after a strong start in the win column, his 13-13-2 record is hardly moving the needle. There's still value here, as Halak is capable of helping fantasy owners. It's just becoming more difficult to pinpoint when he's going to provide a serviceable outing.
11:21 pm (EST)
Keith Kinkaid Headshot

Kinkaid saved 25 of 26 shots during Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Islanders.

This was the second consecutive strong showing from Kinkaid, as he saved 27 of 29 shots during an overtime loss on the road against St. Louis last time out. It's an encouraging turn of events following an awful start to the campaign, too. The backup now owns a 6-3-2 record, .901 save percentage and 3.10 GAA, and he should continued to be viewed as a matchup-based option when receiving the starting nod.
11:16 pm (EST)
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