Elfrid Payton turns in another triple-double
That's the fourth triple-double of his season and sixth of his career. On top of the increased output in dimes and boards, Payton is also up in efficiency with his 53.4 percent from the field and 85.0 percent from the line in his previous March games -- those are by far his best percentages in any full month this season. He's kind of peaking right now, so keep rolling him out there in season long.
Elfrid Payton grabs 13 more rebounds
Payton continues to help fantasy owners in multiple categories, and he has been on fire in the month of March. He is averaging 11.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game over his past 10 outings. Payton has been one of the most unheralded fantasy options out there, giving his owners early-round production lately.
Elfrid Payton leads Magic with just 13 points
Payton actually played pretty well, but the game was over in the first half and he played a total of just 22 minutes, as the Warriors really broke it open by winning the third quarter 36-21 and opening up a 103-71 lead. Even with tonight's line, Payton is still averaging 12.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 9.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks over his last five games, while shooting 49 percent. Nik Vucevic had 10 points and eight boards, Terrence Ross scored eight, Evan Fournier had 12 points and Aaron Gordon added six points in a lost cause for the Magic starters. Jeff Green also scored 13 points off the bench in 18 minutes, but isn't worth owning.
Elfrid Payton turns in triple-double vs. SAC
Payton has turned up the intensity lately, as all three of those triple-doubles have come over the past five games. He is averaging 13.4 points, 11.0 assists and 9.4 rebounds over the impressive five-game stretch. As long as he is performing at these levels he is an obvious must-start in seasonal fantasy play, but also a steal in DFS play until his salary rises to meet his production.
Elf Payton cools off in bad loss to CHA
It was not a good matchup against the Hornets, who take care of the ball very well and also play a sound defensive game. Payton's usage rate actually doesn't change too much with Nikola Vucevic (Achilles) out of the lineup, so that two-game triple-double streak is more of a fluke than anything else. He's still worth owning with his added ball-handling responsibilities, but he's likely going to be more of a role player in fantasy. He gets a better matchup against the Cavs on Saturday and Kings on Monday.
Elfrid Payton thriving in small-ball lineup
Since trading Serge Ibaka for Terrence Ross, the Magic have been playing at a much faster pace, pushing the ball whenever possible. Payton has benefitted greatly. He has posted triple-doubles in back-to-back games and is averaging 16.3 points (on 65.9 percent shooting), 10.0 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.5 steals over Orlando's last four contests. He won't be able to match these enormous numbers indefinitely, but he clearly belongs in fantasy lineups going forward.
Elfrid Payton w/ consecutive triple-doubles
Payton runs as hot and cold as any guard in the league, but he's thriving in his past four games with averages of 16.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.5 steals. He's even shooting a combined 27-of-41 from the field and 11-of-14 from the line during that span, a welcome turn of events for the typically inefficient shooter. He'll cool off eventually, but is obviously must-start material until that happens.
Elfrid Payton triple-doubles in loss to NYK
It's his fourth career triple-double which is the most in franchise history. Payton took advantage of a great matchup with Derrick Rose, shooting 7-of-13 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line with one steal and two turnovers in 35 minutes. Payton's minutes have gone up in three straight games, and with the Magic focusing on player development, his outlook is bright moving forward. D.J. Augustin played just 13 minutes on Monday, scoring four points with three assists.
Elfrid Payton efficient from floor
Payton's only miss came from behind the arc, as he was working it down low. The point guard added five rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot in 30 minutes. Payton has back-to-back double-digit point totals for the first time since a 15-game streak from Jan. 13-Feb. 9. It appears he is heating up again, and that's good news for his impatient fantasy owners.
Payton flirts with triple-double in win
Payton was a game-high +27 in the win, but his minutes didn't take a hit with C.J. Watson (Achilles) returning to action because Watson was used off the ball -- D.J. Augustin logged 21 minutes and his presence is still annoying for Payton's owners. The 10 rebounds tied a career-high for Payton, and he shot 5-of-8 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line with three steals and three turnovers. He hasn't been the easiest player to trust this season and he was coming off a two-point dud on Wednesday, but his development should be a priority for a Magic team that is headed to the lottery yet again.