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Jonathan Isaac made 6-of-9 FGs and 3-of-4 FTs for 16 points on Sunday, with four boards, three assists, two steals and one block.

He's not on your waiver wire, right? Isaac had multiple energy plays at both ends to stem second-half runs by the Knicks, and he even knocked down a 3-pointer tonight without a single turnover in 24 minutes. He won't be nearly this efficient offensively most nights, but still needs to be owned now that he's healthy.
Nov 18 - 9:29 PM

Aaron Gordon was on fire Sunday, making his first seven shots to finish 13-of-17 from the field for a season-high 31 points in a win vs. the visiting Knicks.

Gordon had 20 points in the first quarter and Orlando tied a franchise record with 44 points in the frame, taking a double-digit lead over the visiting Knicks. He sank four 3-pointers tonight while adding one rebound, two assists, one steal and four turnovers in just 29 minutes. AG is hovering around top-50 value and something tells us the best is yet to come.
Nov 18 - 9:29 PM

Evan Fournier had 19 points with six assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block on Sunday, making 7-of-10 shots including two 3-pointers.

It's the fourth time all season that Fournier has made at least half of his shot attempts, and his 41.4% shooting has dragged him outside the top-100 in most formats. The good news is that he's averaging 4.1 assists and 1.2 steals, both career highs, so his value could spike if the shots continue falling.
Nov 18 - 9:28 PM

Nikola Vucevic piled up 28 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists during Sunday's 131-117 home victory.

The Magic led by 17 points early and held on to move above .500 for the first time since opening night. Vuc was coming off consecutive 30+ point games and he already has one triple-double this season, as he continues to play at a career-best level. He has added motivation in a contract year and coach Steve Clifford is getting the most out of him, to fantasy owners' delight.
Nov 18 - 9:27 PM

Wesley Iwundu will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Knicks.

The Magic have been very cautious in bringing Jonathan Isaac back from the ankle issue, but it should only be a matter of time until Isaac regains his place in the starting unit. Joining Iwundu in the starting five will be D.J. Augustin, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic.

Nikola Vucevic scored a season-high 36 points during a 130-117 win over the Lakers on Saturday, adding 13 rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

The Magic were in rare form and hit 130 points in regulation for the first time since 2016. Vucevic also has scored 30 points in consecutive games to become the first Magic player to accomplish that feat since Victor Oladipo in 2015. He will continue to put up big numbers as long as he's active, and he's currently sitting on top-15 value on the season in standard leagues.
Nov 17 - 10:36 PM

Aaron Gordon scored 12 points with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Lakers on Saturday.

He was a game-time call for an ankle issue and he had his usual bounce with a breakaway slam, but he didn't have his jumper with just a 5-of-13 shooting line. Gordon also had to guard LeBron James and fared well, so that also may have been a factor for the subpar stat line. He'll be fine going forward as he continues to hang around top-50 value.
Nov 17 - 10:31 PM

D.J. Augustin made 7-of-9 from the field for a season-high 22 points with one rebound, six assists, two turnovers and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Lakers on Saturday.

He didn't have to worry about any defensive issues because Lonzo Ball couldn't get it going. Augustin has been solid over his last five games, averaging 12.2 points, 1.2 boards, 5.2 dimes, 0.8 steals and 2.2 treys on 51.4 percent from the field. He'll continue to be a low-end hold in standard leagues.
Nov 17 - 10:29 PM

Jonathan Isaac blocked a career-high five shots against the Lakers on Saturday, adding seven points, five rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 17 minutes.

He's all upside and he showed it yet again. Isaac was on a minutes limit because of his oft-injured right ankle, and the Magic may have to keep a limit on him for a bit. Isaac may not see as many minutes at small forward either, but obviously this kind of line is just too good to leave on the wire in any league where he was dropped.
Nov 17 - 10:28 PM

Aaron Gordon (ankle) will play Saturday against the Lakers.

Gordon has been bothered by this ankle ailment for about a week now, but has only missed one game. He's played 30+ minutes in each of his two games since sitting one game last weekend. Get him in your lineups.
Nov 17 - 6:28 PM

Aaron Gordon (ankle) is a game-time decision against the Lakers on Saturday.

He'll be going through warmups and the Magic will decide after that. If he can't go, Jarell Martin is likely going to get the start and he should see decent minutes because Jonathan Isaac is still on a minutes limit. Gordon not playing would also lead to more shots for the rest of the rotation in what should be a faster game than the team is used to, so there would be a lot of DFS targets.
Nov 17 - 5:30 PM

Jonathan Isaac (sprained right ankle) will remain on a minutes limit Saturday vs. the Lakers.

Isaac returned to action on Wednesday after missing Orlando's previous six contests due to his ankle injury. He logged 16 minutes on Wednesday and finished with four points, six rebounds and a block. Aaron Gordon (left ankle sprain) is questionable for Saturday's game, but the Magic won't push Isaac beyond his minutes cap, even if Gordon is unable to play.
Nov 17 - 12:42 PM

Aaron Gordon (left ankle sprain) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Lakers.

Gordon missed one game last weekend due to his ankle issue, but has played 30-plus minutes in each of the Magic's two games since. Unless he suffered a setback in practice on Thursday or Friday, he should be good to go for tonight's matchup with LeBron James in Orlando.
Nov 17 - 11:34 AM

Evan Fournier struggled on Wednesday with nine points on 4-of-12 shooting, four rebounds, four turnovers and no other stats.

His minutes have been down the past three games at 25.3 per game, though one of those was a blowout. The return of Jonathan Isaac and the red-hot play of Terrence Ross isn't helping matters, but this is just something to monitor -- he's had brief lulls before this season, only to quickly bounce back. He should fare better in an up-tempo game vs. the Lakers on Saturday.
Nov 14 - 9:49 PM

Jonathan Isaac (sprained right ankle) got going in the second half on Wednesday, finishing with four points, six rebounds and one very impressive block on Joel Embiid.

Isaac missed six games with the injury and Orlando had him on a minute-limit. It's unclear how long that will last, but coach Steve Clifford seems eager to keep Isaac on the court because "everything just makes sense" on both ends when he's out there. He was cut by plenty of owners after a slow start and the injury, but makes sense as a pickup with huge potential for defensive stats -- evident again when he met Embiid at the rim tonight. He's also wearing the same model ankle braces that helped Steph Curry get over his early-career ankle problems, which can only help.
Source: NBA.com
Nov 14 - 9:49 PM


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