NBA Barometer: Bagley Takes Advantage of Starting Role
NBA Barometer: Bagley Takes Advantage of Starting Role

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GAINING VALUE

Elfrid Payton, NOP: Payton has endured an injury-plagued season, but he's been solid whenever he's been able to suit up. Given that he's (somewhat of a) veteran on an expiring contract, he may be supplanted by younger pieces if/when the Pels are eliminated from playoff consideration, but for the moment, he's worth owning in all formats. The veteran has returned from a recent absence due to an ankle injury with three straight double-digit scoring efforts, including a 10-point, 14-assist tally against the 76ers on Monday. With Anthony Davis' minutes potentially limited in many games down the stretch as New Orleans looks to protect its extremely valuable trade chip, Payton could also be the beneficiary of a bump in usage in those contests.

Damyean Dotson, NYK: The Knicks appear to finally be finding some consistent offense, and the emerging Dotson is a big reason why. Prior to Tuesday's win over the Magic, the 2017 second-round pick generated four straight double-digit scoring efforts, including 20 and 27 points against the Timberwolves and Spurs, respectively. One of the more impressive aspects of Dotson's game is his willingness to attack from distance. The University of Houston product has attempted 40 three-pointers over his last five games, including 13 against San Antonio on Sunday. It's a bit concerning that Dotson saw only 17 minutes Tuesday, but he still started the game, and the Knicks' rotation has been prone to nightly swings all season.

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Juan Carlos Blanco
Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for over 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, NFL, CFL and Arena Football for Rotowire.com, including serving as the beat writer for teams in multiple sports. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports as well.
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