Pickups of the Day

Trey Murphy set for larger role after Brandon Ingram injures toe

by Noah Rubin
Updated On: November 28, 2022, 12:56 pm ET

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Friday was a busy slate. 14 games. It's easy to miss some of the under the radar performances when Jerami Grant goes for 44 in a win over the Knicks. Or when Dejounte Murray goes for career-highs of 39 points and eight 3-pointers, bops Jabari Smith in the head after hitting one, and the Hawks still lose. A lot happened, but here are the guys that are worth taking a look at in fantasy.

Trey Murphy- 38% rostered in Yahoo! leagues

Murphy had a lot of success earlier in the year as a starter. He returned from a two game absence with a right foot contusion, only for Brandon Ingram to go down with an ankle injury. Whether or not BI misses time, Murphy is serviceable in standard leagues. If BI is sidelined for a few games, Murphy becomes a must-add.

Kai Jones- less than 1%

Jones was the first sub off the bench for Charlotte, even before Nick Richards, who was coming off three straight double-doubles. He finished with nine points and 12 rebounds. If he continues to be the first bench player in the game, he's worth a look.

A.J. Griffin- 5%

Griffin led the team in bench minutes yet again, hitting three 3-pointers and swiping two steals. He's the sixth man in Atlanta, and he should be more widely rostered, especially with his adeptness to come away with both triples and steals.

Vlatko Čančar- less than 1%

Cancar has led Denver in minutes off the bench for two straight games now. He had 13 points, two triples, one steal and one block in this game after having a 19/5/4 line with three blocks and three triples in their last one. His role may decrease when Michael Porter Jr. returns to the lineup, but he's a solid streamer until then.

Montrezl Harrell- 7%

If Joel Embiid returns for their next game, then disregard this. Without Embiid for their last three games, Harrell has averaged 12 points and 7.3 rebounds. He can be solid in deeper leagues if he's the starter, but he shouldn't be rostered if he's coming off the bench.

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Caleb Martin- 32%

Martin has been a top-100 fantasy asset this season. He's one of the few Heat starters that has stayed healthy recently. He's scored at least 20 in two straight games. Make sure he isn't available in your league.

Killian Hayes- 36%

Hayes starred with Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey and Cory Joseph all out for this game, Hayes finished with a 17/8/9 line with three steals. If all the other point guard options for Detroit remain injured, Hayes appears to be more than serviceable.

Marvin Bagley- 33%

With Isaiah Stewart still sidelined for at least a week or two, Bagley is the starting center in Detroit. In this game, Bagley played a season-high 31 minutes, while Jalen Duren only played 14. Dwayne Casey seems to trust Bagley more now, and he's already just outside the top-75 in 9-Cat leagues this season.

Darius Bazley- 5%

In his three games since returning from injury, Bazley has blocked six shots. He added two triples in this game. The upside is there, but he needs the opportunity before he can ascend to being worthy of a roster spot in standard leagues. Still, he's an excellent source of blocks in deeper leagues.

Theo Maledon- 1%

With no LaMelo Ball or Dennis Smith Jr. in the lineup, Maledon had 14/7/3 off the bench. He's the only backup point guard available and should be serviceable until DSJ or Ball returns.

Notes for Saturday:

- Dallas plays Toronto, and they're the only teams that didn't play on Friday.

- The Lakers take on the Spurs in round two, as the teams played on Friday as well.

- Hopefully there's an update on Brandon Ingram's toe.

- Jarrett Allen left early with a hip injury, so hopefully there's an update on him as well.

- Fred VanVleet and Dalano Banton are questionable against Dallas, so we'll see if one of them gets the start, or if Malachi Flynn will continue to be the only point guard available.

Noah Rubin

Noah is a recent college grad who loves all things basketball. You can find him on Twitter @NoahRubin22 for NBA insights that hopefully aren’t too biased towards his Atlanta Hawks.