This Valentine’s Friday was a slower night in fantasy, with just a four-game NHL slate and the NBA officially beginning its All-Star break. However, there was still some love to go around from around the sports world.
With the break came the start of All-Star Weekend festivities in Chicago. In the afternoon, the finalists for the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame class were announced. The big name was Kobe Bryant, whose tragic death is still being felt as the basketball world gathers in the Windy City.
Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Tamika Catchings headline the 2020 Hall of Fame Class finalists 🌟 pic.twitter.com/ABMG9Pix0D— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 14, 2020
The evening would also see the All-Star Celebrity game, featuring the exploits of the renowned Cream E. Biggums, who our own Greg Ehrenberg wrote about before the game.
Cream E. Biggums getting loose out there 😅pic.twitter.com/c5ApC4GnGG— Stadium (@Stadium) February 15, 2020
Cream’s legendary game would not be enough, however, as Team Steven A. fell to Team Wilbon and MVP Common, 62-47. Common put up 10 points, five assists and five rebounds in the win.
Meanwhile, the league’s young guns took the floor for the annual Rising Stars Challenge. And rise Zion Williamson did.
HOW?!?!?!? pic.twitter.com/T2MxcnJWI2— The Ringer (@ringer) February 15, 2020
Zion wasn’t the only player rocking the rim in this one.
MILES. BRIDGES. WOW. 😱 pic.twitter.com/r0Mjgjk2dZ— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 15, 2020
Miles Bridges takes home the MVP in the Rising Stars Challenge — I’m not exactly sure how tight the scorekeeping is in a game that ended with an impromptu Slam Dunk Contest, but Bridges ($6,200; 39.5 DKFP) deserved one more assist in the USA’s 151-131 defeat of the World in the Rising Stars Challenge. I mean, at least I think you should get a dime for passing it to yourself off the backboard for a vicious dunk. In any case, the night’s MVP finished the contest with 20 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals. On the other side of the ball, RJ Barrett ($7,400; 47.5 DKFP) was this evening’s high scorer, winding up with 27 points and three steals of his own. — Garion Thorne
Here’s how DK Live recapped Friday’s most noteworthy fantasy performances and news from the NHL and PGA:
Sidney Crosby registers three assists in win vs. Canadiens — At this point, why would we even allow ourselves to believe that an injury could possibly slow down Crosby ($7,300; 23.8 DKFP)? Despite being sidelined for over two months, the former MVP has hit the ground running since his return on Jan. 14, coming into Friday’s slate with 14 points in 10 games. Well, the good times would continue in Pittsburgh’s 4-1 victory over Montreal. Crosby would hand out three assists in the win, two of which led to goals by Jason Zucker ($4,900; 20.0 DKFP) – the 28-year-old’s first two tallies since being traded from Minnesota last week. It’s the second time in 2019-20 that Crosby’s managed three helpers in one night. — Garion Thorne
Hurricanes pile on in win over Devils — The Devils have allowed the second most goals in the league this season, making them a team to target against whenever they play. Friday wasn’t any different than normal. Carolina scored five goals on 31 shots in the win. Nino Niederreiter ($3,700) and Martin Necas ($3,200) had identical stat lines, finishing with a goal, an assist and 16.5 DKFP. Both made for strong value plays. In net Petr Mrzek ($8,200) had a strong game. He scored 20.5 DKFP and stopped 35 of the 37 shots he faced. — Greg Ehrenberg
Alexandar Georgiev makes 36 saves in win vs. Blue Jackets — If not for an injury to Igor Shesterkin (ankle) it’s very likely Georgiev ($7,300; 30.7 DKFP) wouldn’t have been starting on Friday. Luckily for New York, the 24-year-old was between the pipes versus Columbus, as he was fantastic. The Rangers defeated the Blue Jackets 3-1, with Georgiev stopping 36 of the 37 shots he faced in the win. It’s the sixth-most saves Georgiev has made in 2019-20 and the fourth time he’s exceeded 30.0 DKFP in a start. Chris Kreider ($6,000; 18.0 DKFP) provided the support for his goaltender, scoring his 23rd goal of the season to break a 1-1 tie with just over three minutes left in the third period. — Garion Thorne
Brent Burns stays hot in win over Jets — Overall, it’s been a disappointing season for Burns ($7,000) and the Sharks. One of the top scoring defenseman for years, Burns is on pace for his lowest point total since 2013. As of late, he’s starting to turn his season around. With an assist and 18.3 DKFP, Burns has five points in his last four games. In a loss, Blake Wheeler ($6,000) had a goal, an assist and 19.5 DKFP. — Greg Ehrenberg
Jason Day misses cut after falling apart at The Genesis Invitational — After shooting -3 on Thursday, it looked like Day ($8,800; 26 DKFP) was going to make a run at winning the tournament. Friday couldn’t have gone much differently. He shot +5 for the day despite starting with a birdie and was done in by a pair of double bogeys. He wasn’t the only big name to miss the cut. Phil Mickelson ($8,300; 22.5 DKFP) and Bubba Watson ($9,600; 24 DKFP) also won’t be playing into the weekend. — Greg Ehrenberg
Adam Scott sits tied for fourth at The Genesis Invitational — After Thursday’s round, it looked like Scott ($9,000; 58.0 DKFP) might spend Friday fighting off the cut line; however the 39-year-old pulled it all together for an amazing 18 holes. Scott was the low man for the day at The Genesis Invitational, shooting a 7-under round that has him tied for fourth-place heading into the weekend. Scott was especially dialed in on the back nine, where he birdied four of the final six holes he played. It’s not the first time Scott’s had success at Riviera, either. He finished second to Bubba Watson at this event in 2016. — Garion Thorne
A LOOK AHEADThere’s no NBA action on Saturday, but there is action on DraftKings Sportsbook. Check out odds for the Skills Contest and 3-Point Shootout.
The XFL also has its second weekend of play, and fantasy owners can set their XFL lineups here: XFL $350K Saturday Special [$100K to 1st]. For more on this weekend’s XFL slate check out Anthony Amico’s Cheat Sheet and Picks.
Mike Clevinger (knee) to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks — Clevinger had surgery today to repair a partially torn meniscus in his left knee. He sustained the injury while working out on Wednesday, and the team announced that he will resume baseball activities in 6-8 weeks time. Clevinger, Shane Bieber and Carlos Carrasco were expected to headline the Cleveland rotation after the team traded Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber to the Rangers. If Clevinger isn’t ready to start the season, the Indians will need to go with a combination of Zach Plesac, Aaron Civale, Jefry Rodriguez, Adam Plutko and Logan Allen in the final three spots in their rotation. — Zach Thompson
Domingo Santana agrees to a contract with the Indians — The Indians finalized a deal to add another corner outfielder to the mix by adding Santana, as originally reported The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The incentive-laden deal is worth $1.5M with $500K in roster bonuses this season and includes a $5M club option for 2021. Satana struggles defensively but does have some power. He hit 30 homers in 2017 with the Brewers before a down year in 2018 when he was squeezed out of a regular role. Last season with the Mariners, he bounced back and hit .253 with 21 home runs, 20 doubles and a .770 OPS while playing 121 games. He’ll enter the corner outfield and DH mix in Cleveland along with Franmil Reyes, Jordan Luplow, Oscar Mercado and Jake Bauers. — Zach Thompson
Zack Kassian has been suspended for seven games — The Oilers are going to be without Kassian for a while after he kicked Erik Cernak of the Lightning in the chest with his skate. He had a hearing over the phone today, which didn’t go his way. It was a pretty difficult act to defend. This is a blow the Oilers’ depth, especially since they are currently without Connor McDavid for the next few games. Kassian has 14 goals and 16 assists this season. — Greg Ehrenberg
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