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New York Knicks power forward Julius Randle was at it again in Friday's loss to Sacramento, posting a 26-point, 15-rebound double-double with four assists and 8-for-17 shooting. He hurt his shooting numbers with a 0-for-4 effort from downtown but rolled to another big scoring number thanks to a 10-for-11 effort at the charity stripe. Randle has looked amazing so far and the Knicks as a team aren't doing badly either. They will get to see the Blazers next in a favorable matchup for Randle, who has a chance to look for his 13th double-double of the season against a team that is among the worst defensive sides in the league and that boasts a lowly 48.0 rebounding rate.
New York Knicks power forward/center Julius Randle came just an assist shy of logging his second triple-double of the season during Thursday's win over the Warriors, marking his third straight double-double. Randle also tied his season high in rebounds in the process, snatching 17, while adding 16 points and nine assists across his 36 minutes. The 11 shot attempts that Randle took were his second-fewest all year, yet he still delivered one of his strongest performances across the board. He'll draw a favorable matchup Friday when he faces the Kings on the second leg of a back-to-back, as the group has allowed the most DFS points per contest to the opposition this year, which further elevates Randle's floor when factoring in his massive minutes allotment.
New York Knicks shooting guard/small forward RJ Barrett may have snapped his double-double streak at two contests Thursday, but he responded by pouring in a career-high 28 points during a victory over the Warriors. Barrett's shooting percentages haven't been kind this year, but he shot 10-for-17 overall against Golden State, including 2-for-3 from behind the arc. Continuing to play a hefty minutes allotment (37), Barrett was also able to pad his stat line with five assists and two rebounds. He goes from one advantageous matchup to another one Friday, facing Sacramento and their league-worst defensive efficiency, which should elevate his DFS intrigue despite the back-to-back.
New York Knicks guard Alec Burks (ankle) is listed as probable Thursday night against the Golden State Warriors. Burks has been out a few weeks after dealing with an ankle sprain, but stated he feels great and is expected to play. The tail end of his absences were due to conditioning so Burks should not have a strict minutes limit, if any. The return of Burks comes at a great time for New York as both Austin Rivers (Achilles) and Frank Ntilikina (knee) are doubtful. Burks was a top-40 player before the injury and, although he likely won't have that same value, he should be picked up off the waiver where available.
New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett has been on a roll lately, a trend that continued in Monday's 91-84 win over the Magic. Barrett poured in a team-high 22 points with 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double, adding four assists and a block in 38 minutes. The former Duke star has averaged 20.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.3 triples on 49.1 percent shooting from the field over his last four games. The lack of defensive stats leaves a bit to be desired, though the youngster continues to rank in the top-five in minutes per game, an underrated statistic in fantasy hoops. Barrett will get two days off before a back-to-back on the west coast against the Warriors and Kings, two bottom-five defensive teams. He should be strongly considered for DFS purposes in both of these matchups.