Fantasy Basketball: Tobias Harris Breaking Out for Orlando Magic

By Rich Arleo
Tobias Harris - Orlando Magic
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After falling out of favor for the Milwaukee Bucks, it seems that Tobias Harris may have found a home with the Orlando Magic and has become a relevant fantasy basketball forward.

The Magic traded J.J. Redick at the deadline and received, along with Doron Lamb and Beno Udrih, the second-year small forward Harris. Udrih himself has done a nice job in Orlando, scoring 28 points with 24 assists in three games. The stud, however, has been the forward out of Long Island. With Hedo Turkoglu in the midst of a 20-game suspension, he has gotten significant run at the small forward position, playing 31 minutes in his last two games.

Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings, he led the team with 23 points on 9-for-12 shooting from the field. He went 4-for-5 from the line and also added six rebounds, two assists and two steals. It was the second straight game he led the team in scoring as he had 16 points and seven rebounds in 31 minutes in their previous game.

After starting the season as a regular in the Bucks rotation, Harris played more than five minutes in a game just five times since Dec. 1 and didn’t even see the court in 25 games during that span. Maybe the Bucks were just missing out, or maybe the change of scenery has worked wonders, but Harris has become the Magic’s top scoring option right away.

Turkoglu will have served seven of his 20 game suspension after the Magic play March 1, so Harris will continue to see significant time during that time. If he continues to play like this, don’t be surprised if his minutes take just a slight hit even when the veteran returns. Owners in all formats should take advantage of this streak by Harris during the stretch run in fantasy basketball leagues.

Rich Arleo is a fantasy sports expert with Rant Sports. Be sure to follow him on Twitter and ‘Like’ him on Facebook

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