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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, January 20
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Jokic, LeBron James, John Wall, Carmelo Anthony, Kawhi Leonard, DeAndre Jordan and Goran Dragic.
RotoWorld reports: Kawhi Leonard was on fire yet again during a 118-104 win over the Nuggets on Thursday, scoring 34 points with five rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.
He earned an All-Star starting spot today, which was fairly obvious. Leonard has scored at least 30 points for five consecutive games, which has only been done by two other Spurs ever (George Gervin and Mike Mitchell). Coach Gregg Popovich had a very typical answer about Kawhi's play after the game. "Kawhi Leonard was super, but he's getting paid to be super," Pop said. Leonard is going to be super for a long time.
RotoWorld reports: Dejounte Murray had easily his best NBA game of his career in a start for Tony Parker (foot) on Thursday, scoring a career-high 24 points on 7-of-11 from the field with two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one turnover and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
Wow. Murray had no jumper in his time at Washington, making just 34.0 percent of his twos and 28.8 percent of his threes. He also had some horrendous turnover woes, so the one turnover in all that playing time is almost as impressive as the scoring. Clearly, things are working out nicely for the rookie and the Spurs clearly trust him as their No. 3 point guard. This game is a huge fluke, but keep him in mind if Tony Parker (foot) misses games again. Parker is likely to play on Saturday against the Cavs.
RotoWorld reports: Nikola Jokic erupted for a career-high 35 points during a 118-104 loss to the Spurs on Thursday, adding 12 rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers.
He went bonkers in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 straight points for the Nuggets to keep them in this game. As you might expect, coach Mike Malone had some nice things to say after the game. "Whether it's playmaking, scoring, rebounding, he's a terrific young talent who's only getting better before our eyes," Malone said. Jokic became the first Nugget with three straight games of at least 25 points and 10 boards since Carmelo Anthony. In those three games, Jokic averaged 31.3 points, 12.7 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 treys on 61.9 percent from the field. He's been a top-five player in his last 10 games.
RotoWorld reports: John Wall scored 29 points in a 113-110 win at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, adding five rebounds, 13 assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.
Revenge game for not making the All-Star starters? Whatever the case, Wall's Wizards are the hottest team in the East with their four-game winning streak -- nobody else has more than two straight wins. Not surprisingly, Wall has crushed in those four games, averaging 25.8 points, 4.5 boards, 10.0 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.8 treys. He'll obviously be an All-Star reverse and has first-round value in standard leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points against the Wizards on Thursday, adding 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
He scored 25 points in the second quarter to set a Knicks franchise record for most points in a quarter. Anthony played more power forward in this game and he's looked a lot more comfortable in that role. Plus, the Knicks are more likely to stagger him from Kristaps Porzingis going forward. While Melo is playing better, his troublesome knee and shoulder will be black marks on his fantasy value. Keep him rolling, of course.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, January 18
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, Kawhi Leonard, Nikola Jokic, Cory Joseph, Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler.
RotoWorld reports: Karl-Anthony Towns scored 27 points (10-of-18 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs) with 16 rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in Tuesday's loss to the Spurs.
Towns has made an effort to find his shot earlier in games and it's paying dividends, as he's averaging 11.4 points in the first quarter of his last five games. "Just wanted to do what I can to get us Wís and make it as easy as I can for us as a whole to try to get wins," Towns said. "I felt that me being more aggressive in the first quarter would help us a little more, and Iím glad that itís been working so far. Iíll keep riding the train." If he keeps this up, Towns should be a top-10 option the rest of the way.
RotoWorld reports: Nikola Mirotic returned from an illness on Tuesday and had six points, five rebounds, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.
Not a bad line from Mirotic, who also benefitted from the absence of Taj Gibson, who was out with an ankle injury. The song remains the same with Miro - he'll have some big games and some bad games, so catching him on the right night can be tough. But if Gibson's ankle injury lingers, Mirotic will be someone worth picking up, while he could also bounce back for a decent second half, with or without Gibson. Mirotic is the textbook definition of a borderline player to own in 12-team leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Cory Joseph scored a career-high 33 points in Tuesday's win over the Nets.
Starting in place of the resting Kyle Lowry, Joseph shattered his previous career high of 20 points set back in 2014. He hit 15-of-22 shots from the field with four rebounds, four assists and one triple in 37 minutes, as the Nets' young backcourt had no answer for him. Lowry is expected to return on Wednesday vs. the 76ers, but remember this performance from CoJo the next time Lowry gets a night off.
RotoWorld reports: Brook Lopez scored 28 points in Tuesday's loss to the Raptors, but appeared to roll his right ankle in the fourth quarter.
Lopez had a slight limp on the next couple plays, but he was moving better and better as the fourth quarter progressed. There's a chance that his ankle will swell up on him overnight, but luckily he gets a few days of rest before Friday's game vs. the Pelicans. Lopez added eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks on 11-of-23 shooting from the field and 6-of-6 from the line. If you're in a deep league, handcuffing him with Justin Hamilton isn't a bad idea. For what it's worth, Lopez said he felt "fine" after the game.
RotoWorld reports: Ricky Rubio scored 21 points on 4-of-9 shooting with 14 assists in Tuesday's loss to the Spurs, adding two rebounds, two steals and three turnovers in 39 minutes.
He set new career highs in free throws made (13) and attempted (14), so that's not a bad way to respond to the trade rumors. The Wolves are actively shopping Rubio according to The Vertical and the Kings are a rumored destination, but that would actually be a decent spot for him in terms of fantasy value. His owners should sit tight until we learn more, but it sounds like there's a decent chance that he's moved before the Feb. 23 deadline. There are a lot of teams in need of an upgrade at the point, so there's no need to panic if you own him.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, January 17
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Eric Bledsoe, Nikola Jokic, Draymond Green, Isaiah Thomas, Markieff Morris, DeAndre Jordan and Dennis Schroder.
RotoWorld reports: Marreese Speights scored a season-high 23 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes in Monday's 120-98 win over the Thunder.
He scored 10 of his points in garbage time during the fourth quarter, but Speights was on fire all night, hitting 8-of-15 shots from the field and 4-of-4 from the line. Speights is a per-minute monster, but the problem is that he's only eclipsed the 20-minute mark one time in January (tonight). With Blake Griffin (knee) nearing a return, it's tough to get excited about this. We'll let you know if his role grows.
RotoWorld reports: X-rays on Chris Paul's left thumb came back negative.
This is awesome news because it means we can rule out any breaks. CP3 will have additional tests on Tuesday morning which will include an MRI, so hopefully we get more good news. For now, the Clippers have diagnosed him with a sprained left thumb and he should be considered day-to-day barring another update. If we learn that he will miss additional time, Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers will benefit the most.
RotoWorld reports: Draymond Green triple-doubled in an easy 126-91 win over the Cavaliers on Monday, scoring 11 points with 13 rebounds and 11 assists.
This was his third triple-double of the season and the 17th of his career. Green was incredible on the defensive end, racking up one steal and matching his career-high with five blocks. He didn't have a single turnover in 35 minutes and finished 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from the stripe in one of his best lines of the season. The Warriors will go for their fifth straight win on Wednesday vs. the Thunder.
RotoWorld reports: Kevin Love (back) will not return for the second half of Monday's game vs. the Warriors.
He is dealing with lower back soreness, but the lopsided score probably has a lot to do with their decision to hold him out -- the Warriors are up by 29 points at halftime. Kyle Korver started the second half in Love's place, but we should see more minutes from Channing Frye as well. Love finished with three points on 1-of-6 shooting with three rebounds and one assist.
RotoWorld reports: Avery Bradley returned from a three-game absence with an Achilles injury on Monday and hit 2-of-9 shots for five points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and a 3-pointer in 33 minutes.
Bradley was playing at an incredible level when he exited three games ago and showed some rust tonight. But the minutes were encouraging and he should be put back in fantasy lineups across the board. His five points were a season-low, but he should get back on track soon, as he only missed three games with the injury.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, January 16
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mike Conley, DeMarcus Cousins, Enes Kanter, James Harden and Doug McDermott (Bulls).
RotoWorld reports: Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek threatened to make changes to his starting lineup after Sunday's blowout loss to the Raptors.
"I had to start looking at different possibilities with that group," Hornacek said. "This isnít the first time that it has happened. We saw the second group come in there and play hard and get after it defensively and consequently they got stuff on the offensive end.íí None of the Knicks' starters played more than 29 minutes in the blowout, but it's possible Hornacek was keeping them fresh for Monday's game vs. Atlanta. The Knicks are tipping off in just a few hours, so we won't have to wait long to figure out if Hornacek was simply blowing off some steam. For what it's worth, many beat reporters are speculating that Joakim Noah will move to the bench with Kristaps Porzinigs (Achilles) moving to the five, assuming he's cleared to play.
RotoWorld reports: Enes Kanter scored a season-high 29 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in Sundayís 122-118 victory over the Kings.
Kanter recorded his 12th double-double of the season tonight and his fourth in the last six games. He finished one rebound short of tying his season-high. Steven Adams (head) left tonightís game after hitting his head on the floor and was being evaluated for a concussion. If he misses any time, Kanter will see a boost. He faces the Clippers on Monday, a team he is averaging 23.3 minutes, 14 points, 10.3 rebounds, and one steal against this season.
RotoWorld reports: Doug McDermott scored 20 of his career-high 31 points during in the second quarter of Sunday's road win in Charlotte, finishing 9-of-16 from the field and 10-of-11 from the line.
McDermott caught fire in the first half and helped the Bulls escape with a 108-104 road win, benefiting from extra minutes with Nikola Mirotic (illness) unavailable tonight. The third-year SF out of Creighton has had some nice moments over the past month, but tonight's eruption (against a tough Grizzlies' defense) doesn't necessarily make him worth owning. He added six boards, one steal and one block tonight, but for standard-league purposes he's only worth owning if you need a 3-point specialist.
RotoWorld reports: Mike Dunleavy scored a season-high 20 points vs. the Bucks on Sunday, making 6-of-10 shots with four 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 23 minutes.
Dunleavy also went 4-of-5 at the FT line, but he had a few things working in his favor tonight -- the Hawks played a lot of wing-heavy lineups against a relatively small Bucks team, and more minutes were available with Mike Muscala injuring his ankle after one minute of action. We're very skeptical of Dunleavy, who is only worth a look in deep leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled in his 28 minutes of action during Sunday's 116-101 blowout victory over the Knicks, tallying 12 points, 16 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.
Ever since head coach Dwane Casey challenged Valanciunas to earn his minutes by dominating his matchup, JV has been a double-double machine owning averages of 14.0 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.0 block and just 1.2 turnovers per contest on 53.1 percent shooting, which has been good enough for top-50 value in standard 9-cat leagues. After the game, Casey said that there are "no excuses" for Valanciunas to not "dominate" the boards, and he's been pleased with JV's performance as of late.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, January 15
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, DeAndre Jordan, Jimmy Butler, Elfrid Payton, Rudy Gobert, Devin Booker, Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul and John Wall.
RotoWorld reports: Coach Quin Snyder said Rodney Hood (right knee) has a hyperextended knee.
"Hopefully it's not serious," Snyder said. This is just an initial diagnosis and it's still very unclear how much time he's going to miss. Hood's knee looked like it buckled on the way up, so it's possible there was some ligament damage. This could be a tough blow for the Jazz, especially with Hood getting hot all of the sudden. Alec Burks looked great in limited action and could pick up some added run. Plus, Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles may help out. The mysterious factor for Burks makes him an interesting speculative add in deeper leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Elfrid Payton scored a career-high 28 points with nine assists, nine rebounds, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in Saturday's 107-114 loss to the Jazz.
Payton took advantage of Evan Fournier (foot) being out tonight and thrived in a terrible matchup. There is a chance that Fournier misses the remainder of Orlando's road trip, so Payton could be in for a boost in production. He has been a volatile player thus far this season, but games like this put fantasy owners at ease. He probably should be added everywhere.
RotoWorld reports: Jahlil Okafor went off in his start for Joel Embiid (rest) against the Wizards during a 109-93 loss on Saturday, scoring a season-high 26 points with nine rebounds, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.
Nerlens Noel also sprained his ankle and was in foul trouble, so Okafor saw some serious burn as the only other active center. In his halftime interview, Okafor said he put in extra work for this game because he knew this was his chance. As encouraging as this was, the 76ers were ripping off before with Okafor out of the lineup, so he's likely going to fall out of the rotation again. Maybe this game will make teams more willing to trade for him.
RotoWorld reports: Devin Booker matched his career-high 39 points in a thrilling 108-105 win over the Spurs on Saturday, adding two rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
Apparently he likes to play in Mexico with another 39-point game coming on Thursday. It's also worth mentioning this game was played in altitude at over 7,000 feet above sea level and Booker also had a 35-pointer in Denver last season, so apparently he likes the thinner air. Booker will take his red-hot game back to Phoenix in a bad matchup against the Jazz. His owners have to be loving this after a rough start.
RotoWorld reports: Jimmy Butler filled it up across the board during a 107-99 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, scoring 28 points with eight rebounds, six assists, four steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers.
This comes after missing about 2.5 games due to an illness and Butler kicked this game off with a 12-minute first. He's arguably the most valuable player to his team than anyone based on how terrible the Bulls are without him while he leads the Eastern Conference in real plus-minus wins. Butler gets a really bad matchup against the Grizzlies on Sunday, but Jimmy G. Buckets has gone off in bad matchups before and his usage will be massive with Dwyane Wade (rest) out.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, January 14
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Vucevic, Kelly Olynyk, DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, Rodney Hood, Rudy Gay and Damian Lillard.
RotoWorld reports: Rodney Hood scored a season-high 27 points with seven pointers in Friday's 110-77 win over the Pistons.
Coach Quin Snyder said before the game that he wants Hood to fire away and he's now posted two solid games in a row after he scored 18 points with four triples on Tuesday. "I donít want him to ever pass up a shot," Snyder said. Hood finished an efficient 10-of-14 from the field with four rebounds, two assists and a block, and he was a team-high +33 in the win. He obviously won't be this good going forward, but it's time to get him back in your lineups now that he's finally out of his slump.
RotoWorld reports: Kelly Olynyk was on fire against the Hawks on Friday, making 9-of-11 from the field for a season-high 26 points with eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.
He started the third quarter with coach Brad Stevens going with the hot hand after KO scored 18 in the first half. On top of that 100.0 effective field goal percentage, Olynyk's defense was very good on the low block to help Horford. Coach Brad Stevens lives on the hot hand, so Olynyk is going to be up and down. He's only worth an add if he was on your short list before this gem.
RotoWorld reports: Nikola Vucevic scored a season-high 30 points in Friday's win over the Blazers.
He likes this starting thing and coach Frank Vogel confirmed this week that he will stick with him in the first unit going forward. Vucevic played 32 minutes and hit 13-of-18 shots with 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks. He's trending in the right direction and should see a healthy workload on Saturday vs. Rudy Gobert and the Jazz. Bismack Biyombo only played 16 minutes and had two points, five rebounds and two turnovers.
RotoWorld reports: Karl-Anthony Towns lit up the Thunder during a big 96-86 win on Friday, making 11-of-17 from the field and all seven free throws for 29 points with 17 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks in 37 minutes.
And here comes the Wolves. After a big win against the Rockets on Wednesday, they now are on their longest winning streak with three wins in a row. Towns is also looking like the player his fantasy owners drafted over his last five, averaging 24.4 points, 14.2 boards, 3.2 assists, 2.0 blocks, 1.0 steals and 0.6 treys on 57.8 percent from the field and 88.5 percent from the line. We're expecting him to turn in early-first value in standard leagues going forward.
RotoWorld reports: Giannis Antetokounmpo (illness) looked much better in Friday's 116-108 win over the Heat, scoring 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
After failing to score in nine minutes on Tuesday vs. the Spurs, Antetokounmpo had a few days to recover for this one and didn't look limited at all. He logged 36 minutes and added eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block, finishing 3-of-4 from the line. The Bucks deployed him at center tonight when the Heat went small, but his owners already know by now that he's matchup proof.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, January 13
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, Pau Gasol, Tyreke Evans, Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard, Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams.
RotoWorld reports: Devin Booker hit 14-of-19 shots for 39 points with three assists, one rebound, one steal and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes on Thursday against the Mavericks.
Booker was unconscious in the fourth quarter, scoring 28 points in the quarter. He also matched his career-high 39 points and now holds the record for most points scored in a regular-season game in Mexico. This was his sixth 30-points game of the season and his 12th career. Booker has played at least 33 minutes in seven consecutive games and remains a focal point of the Suns offense. He has made at least one 3-pointer in seven straight games.
RotoWorld reports: Kawhi Leonard was on fire early in a 134-94 win over the Lakers on Thursday, making 10-of-13 from the field for 31 points with two rebounds, two assists, two steals, three 3-pointers and no turnovers in just 26 minutes.
His 24 points in the first half was a career high and he also made 8-of-9 from the line for some magnificent efficiency. Leonard became the only player to score at least 30 points in fewer than 29 minutes in multiple games this season -- he scored 30 in 27 minutes on Dec. 10. His offense may have caught up to his defense.
RotoWorld reports: Pau Gasol made all nine of his attempts from the field for 22 points against the Lakers on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, six assists and one block in 26 minutes.
Revenge game? Gasol was coming in as cold as maybe ever with only 11 points combined in his previous two games. The last time he made all of his field goals was in 2010 when he made all 10 for 28 points as a Laker -- he's also gone 5-0 in his five perfect FGA games. The Spurs don't have a back-to-back until Jan. 23-24, but you can bet Gasol will sit in one of those. Until then, start him.
RotoWorld reports: Tyreke Evans turned in his best game since his knee surgery in a 104-95 win over the Nets on Thursday, scoring a season-high 29 points with four rebounds, three assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers.
He played a season-high 28 minutes, made all seven from the line and hit 10-of-15 from the field. After the game, Evans talked about all his work he's put in to recover from knee surgery. "I'm still trying to strengthen my knee up. It shows the hard work I'm putting in," Evans said. The minutes limit should still be there, but Evans' fantasy owners have to love this. HIs 29 points are the most scored by a Pelican not named Anthony Davis.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, January 12
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Karl-Anthony Towns, Russell Westbrook, Isaiah Thomas, CJ McCollum, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr.
RotoWorld reports: Aaron Gordon made 11-of-17 shots to finish Wednesday's road loss with a game-high 28 points, four 3-pointers, three rebounds and three assists in 39 minutes.
Gordon scored a career-high 33 points in his last game vs. the Clippers on Dec. 14, but unfortunately this is the last time he'll face them this season. He was coming off a dreadful two-point game, and he saw extra opportunities tonight with Serge Ibaka (shoulder) on the sidelines, but that's no reason to downplay tonight's performance. He was aggressive all night and seems to have found his sweet spot in the offense -- excluding Sunday's dud, he's averaging 20.8 points on 50.8 percent shooting in his past four games. Needless to say, he shouldn't be on your waiver wire.
RotoWorld reports: C.J. McCollum carried the Blazers' first unit during a 102-86 win over the Cavs on Wednesday, scoring 27 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, five 3-pointers and a career-high four blocks.
He's simply been awesome lately. McCollum joined Anthony Davis, James Harden and Russell Westbrook as the only players to score 25-plus in at least seven consecutive games -- he's also the first Blazer to do that since Clyde Drexler in 1987. McCollum is destroying opponents with his midrange, making 64.2 percent of his 53 attempts in that seven-game span. Even though the Western Conference guards are stacked, C.J. makes a case to be an All-Star. This gem moved McCollum inside the top 20 for standard leagues.
RotoWorld reports: The Wolves upset the visiting Rockets on Wednesday, aided by Karl-Anthony Towns' 23 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and one steal.
KAT has nine straight double-doubles and 29 on the season, which is third in the league behind the usual suspects -- Russell Westbrook and James Harden. He made 10-of-17 shots tonight, with a 3-of-4 mark at the line, and is toying with first-round value (8-cat) over the past month.
RotoWorld reports: Isaiah Thomas exploded for 20 points in the fourth quarter on Wednesday, finishing a win vs. the Wizards with a game-high 38 points, six rebounds, five assists and five 3-pointers.
Thomas leads the league in fourth-quarter scoring, partly because the Celtics don't have many players who can create their own shot, and that was especially true with Avery Bradley (Achilles) out tonight. He made 14-of-29 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs in 38 minutes and simply been amazing in recent weeks, ranking second only to Giannis Antetokounmpo for 9-cat value since mid-December.
RotoWorld reports: Bradley Beal scored 35 points in a losing effort in Boston on Wednesday, sinking six 3-pointers with four assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block.
He shot 13-of-26 from the field with a 3-of-4 mark at the line, all while committing just two turnovers in 37 minutes. The Wizards couldn't stop Isaiah Thomas down the stretch, though, and their offense suffered due to a combined 10-of-42 shooting night from starters Markieff Morris and John Wall. The loss doesn't impact Beal's fantasy line, of course, and he's cruising along with top-50 value.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, January 11
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, Hassan Whiteside, Kawhi Leonard, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Mike Beasley (Bucks), Gordon Hayward, Kemba Walker, Kyle Lowry and LeBron James.
RotoWorld reports: DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points and helped the Kings snap a three-game losing streak with a 100-94 win over the Pistons on Tuesday.
Boogie hit 8-of-14 shots from the field and 4-of-7 from the line, adding 13 rebounds, six assists, one block, one steal and four triples. He only played 30 minutes because of foul trouble, but he dominated in the fourth quarter. DeMarcus Cousins promised that he will make an R&B album if he's voted into the starting lineup of the All-Star game, so let's make sure that happens.
RotoWorld reports: Hassan Whiteside hit 13-of-17 shots for 28 points, 20 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in Tuesday's 107-95 loss to the Warriors.
He's been back from his eye injury for two games and has double-doubled in both of them. This was his third 20-20 game of the season and he missed a fourth one by a single point back in November. Whiteside's owners had a rough week while he sat out for four games, but he's back and should be in all lineups. The Heat might be open to trading Whiteside, but it's far from inevitable. Welcome back, Hassan! Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson and James Johnson also scored in double figures for the losing Heat tonight and all four players should be owned.
RotoWorld reports: Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Bucks.
LaMarcus Aldridge (gastroenteritis) didn't play, so it's not a surprise that The Claw went off because his usage rate rises from 28.4 to 33.9 with Aldridge off the court. Leonard added seven rebounds, two assists, three steals, three blocks and two triples, hitting 8-of-10 free throws in 36 minutes. He should torch the Lakers on Thursday with or without Aldridge.
RotoWorld reports: Michael Beasley stepped up for the Bucks in a 109-107 win over the Spurs on Tuesday, scoring 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting.
Beasley scored 20 of his points after the break to give the Bucks their first win over the Spurs since 2008. Giannis Antetokounmpo only played nine minutes because of an illness, so Beasley played 34 minutes with five rebounds, four assists, two steals, three blocks and one triple in one of the lines of the night. As impressive as this was, Giannis has a few days to heal up for Friday's game vs. the Heat, so it's tough to pick Beasley up in standard leagues.
RotoWorld reports: DeMar DeRozan hit 16-of-29 shots and a 3-pointer for a season-high 41 points, a season-high 13 rebounds and two steals in 38 minutes of Tuesday's 114-106 win over the Celtics.
This was just the second double-double of the season for DeRozan but he didn't have a rebound or block tonight. This was also his first game with a 3-pointer since Dec. 18, which is why he's not a more fantasy beast on most nights.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, January 10
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns, Russell Westbrook, Ricky Rubio and Enes Kanter.
RotoWorld reports: Anthony Davis suffered a hip pointer in Monday's win, but X-rays came back negative and Davis downplayed the injury.
Here's the full quote from Davis after the game: "I'm good. I have a bruised hip...going to try and get it right. I have a couple days before I play again so I'll get a lot of treatment." The Pelicans next game is Thursday in Brooklyn. We will have to wait for a formal update from the team regarding his status going forward. Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas would see major increases in minutes if Davis were to miss time.
RotoWorld reports: Knicks officials eventually heard from Derrick Rose on Monday night, but it wasn't until after the team's loss to New Orleans.
The Knicks are trying to determine what course of action they should take with Rose now that they have learned he is okay. A suspension seems like a very real possibility at this point. It is being reported that Rose may request a trade or a buyout. This situation is obviously still developing, as we have not yet heard Rose's side of the story. From a fantasy perspective, it makes sense to grab Brandon Jennings, who will start any games that Rose misses.
RotoWorld reports: Ricky Rubio dished out a season-high 15 assists with 13 points (3-of-9 FGs) in Monday's 101-92 win over the Mavericks.
It was an incredible performance from Rubio and he also racked up five steals with five rebounds in 30 minutes. Since entering the league in 2011, no other player has more 4x5 games than Rubio's 16. Zach LaVine left the game with a hip injury and didn't return, so Rubio could have the ball in his hands a bit more moving forward -- Rubio's usage rate rises from 12.4 to 15.0 when LaVine is off the court.
RotoWorld reports: Harrison Barnes scored 30 points with four 3-pointers in Monday's loss to the Wolves.
The four triples were a season high. Barnes finished 13-of-23 from the field with two boards and one assist, but wasn't able to get himself to the line. He's shooting a blistering 56.3 percent from the field over his last five games, averaging 24.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steal, 0.6 blocks and 2.2 triples in that span. He's crushing his ADP right now and gets two more great matchups with the Suns and Wolves (again) this week.
RotoWorld reports: Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 26 points in Monday's 101-92 loss to the Wolves.
He also played 31 minutes, his largest workload of the season since he played 38 minutes on opening night. Nowitzki finished 8-of-16 from the field with five rebounds, four assists and five triples, hitting 5-of-7 free throws. Dirk will feel every one of those minutes in the morning, but luckily he has a couple days off before Thursday's game vs. the Suns. He will be rested a lot down the stretch, but he's still Dirk Nowitzki and should be owned in all formats.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, January 9
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Chris Paul, CJ McCollum, DeMar DeRozan, Eric Bledsoe, Stephen Curry, Jabari Parker and Andre Drummond.
RotoWorld reports: DíAngelo Russell finished Sunday's home win with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals, one block and two turnovers.
Russell was listed as 'probable' tonight due to a sore left knee. His status was never truly in doubt, but we'll monitor him as a precaution since it's the same knee that required a platelet-rich plasma injection in late November. He tied his season-high in boards tonight, while falling one short in assists, and owners shouldn't hesitate to deploy him in L.A.'s upcoming four-game week.
RotoWorld reports: Allen Crabbe scored a career-high 30 points on Sunday, making 12-of-15 shots with a 5-of-5 mark from downtown in a heartbreaking home loss to the Pistons.
Crabbe added one rebound, one assist and one steal in a season-high 43 minutes off the bench. He's scored double-digit points in six straight games, one shy of his career high, but hasn't offered much fantasy value beyond efficient scoring and 3-pointers. Feel free to deploy him until he cools off.
RotoWorld reports: Andre Drummond piled up 28 points, 14 rebounds, four steals and two blocks with just one turnover in 52 minutes of action vs. Portland on Sunday.
Drummond made 13-of-20 shots during the Pistons' clutch double-OT victory, and he even went 2-of-3 at the FT line tonight. He played just 25 minutes in Detroit's previous game but that was due strictly to foul trouble. He's scored 20+ points just nine times this season but three of those games are in January, so his owners are certainly enjoying a happy new year.
RotoWorld reports: DeMarre Carroll looked great during Sunday's home loss, finishing with a season-high 26 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including a career-high six 3-pointers.
Carroll played a season-high 41 minutes on Saturday and he's no longer facing precautionary DNPs related to his offseason knee surgery. He added eight rebounds and one steal, while making 6-of-6 free throws in 34 minutes tonight. Don't hesitate to grab him off the waiver wire now that he's healthy and playing big minutes.
RotoWorld reports: The Warriors bounced back from Friday's tough loss with a road win on Sunday, led by Steph Curry's 30 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals.
Kings' opponents have made 37.9 percent of their 3-point attempts this year, third-highest in the league, but Steph was the only Warrior to really take advantage of the matchup tonight. He went 5-of-11 from deep and 11-of-22 overall, and he's now averaging 35.0 points in the Warriors' past three games. He's finding his groove alongside Kevin Durant, and that's a scary sight for the rest of the NBA.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, January 7
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Zach Randolph, Andrew Wiggins, Mike Conley, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins.
RotoWorld reports: Stephen Curry scored 40 points on 15-of-27 from the field in a 128-119 overtime loss to the Grizzlies on Friday, adding four rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers in 42 minutes.
He scored 17 points in the first and another 17 in the third. The Warriors didn't blow a 3-1 lead in this game, but they did blow a 24-point lead for the largest blow lead of the NBA season. As for Curry, the Warriors seem determined to get him more touches, so we may see more of a 2015-16 version of Steph than the 2016-17 one.
RotoWorld reports: Zach Randolph went off for 27 points in Friday's 128-119 overtime win over the Warriors.
Incredibly, the Grizzlies outscored the Warriors 49-21 after the third quarter. They were down by as much as 24 points, so this was their third-largest come-from-behind win in franchise history. Randolph said after the game that he still feels like he's in his prime and it showed tonight, as he shot 12-of-17 from the field with 11 rebounds, six assists and one triple in 35 minutes. He may not post another line as good as this the rest of the season, so this doesn't move the needle much on his fantasy value.
RotoWorld reports: Lou Williams scored 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting with three assists, one rebound, five triples and three turnovers in 24 minutes in a 127-100 win over the Heat on Friday.
His minutes and production were trending down prior to Friday, but he benefitted from the lopsided score and from Jordan Clarkson's ejection in the third quarter. Williams has been solid all season, but the veteran's outlook isn't the greatest with the Lakers sliding in the standings. With that said, it's possible the Lakers trade him to a contender prior to the deadline.
RotoWorld reports: James Johnson (Heat) stayed hot on Friday vs. the Lakers with 20 points, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
Johnson continues to light it up and finished 7-of-11 from the field, but only hit 2-of-4 from the line. The Heat are going to ride Johnson and deploy him at several different positions with Justise Winslow (shoulder) done for the season, so the minutes will be there. He's averaging 19.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.8 blocks, 1.3 steals and 3.5 triples over his last four games, and while he won't be this good when Hassan Whiteside (eye) returns, Johnson is worth owning in standard leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals, five blocks and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Bucks on Friday.
For context, only 12 other players in NBA history have matched this line in a regular season game. Giannis hit 9-of-21 shots from the field and 5-of-6 from the line, and still had a great game despite Kristaps Porzingis' impressive defense. He's on pace to become the first player in the top 20 in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks in the same season. Unreal.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, January 6
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Jeff Teague, Kyle Lowry, Myles Turner, Kemba Walker, James Harden, CJ McCollum and Tony Parker.
RotoWorld reports: Paul Millsap scored 17 points during a 99-94 win over the Pelicans on Thursday, adding 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.
He is now the most likely impact player to be traded. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that the Kings have interest in Millsap, which would be a fantastic landing spot for him. Adrian Wojarowski of The Vertical says a Millsap trade is "on deck" for the Hawks following the Kyle Korver deal. He may not be able to be a top-20 player on another team, but his fantasy owners should expect him to still be an early-round guy because of how he does so much more than scoring.
RotoWorld reports: Kyle Lowry scored 33 points during a 101-93 win over the Jazz on Thursday, adding six rebounds, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers 41 minutes.
It was Kyle Lowry Over Everything late in this game with Lowry putting up 19 in the fourth quarter for the comeback win. He even had what looked like an ankle sprain and even went to the locker room, but he was able to return. He bounced back from a horrible game against the Spurs on Tuesday with just six points, but that was never a concern. Lowry is in the mix to be the most valuable guard in fantasy for Eastern Conference players. He deserves an All-Star spot, too.
RotoWorld reports: Myles Turner busted loose for a monster stat line in a 121-109 win over the Nets on Thursday, scoring 25 points with 15 rebounds, one steal, five blocks and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.
Wow. He made 9-of-15 from the field, all five free throws and didn't turn the ball over to make this a monster nine-category line. Turner is knocking on the door for the league lead in blocks and has a nice cushion for the Eastern Conference lead with his 2.5 blocks per game. This comes along with him being one of the best bigs in percentages, making 80.8 percent from the line and 53.7 percent from the field. He has top-20 value and he has managed to exceed all that hype.
RotoWorld reports: Boban Marjanovic hit 3-of-4 shots and 9-of-11 free throws for a season-high 15 points with a career-high 19 rebounds and one block on Thursday against the Hornets.
His previous season highs were just seven points and five rebounds, so this game came out of nowhere. With Aron Baynes (ankle) sidelined, Marjanovic played a season-high 22 minutes and came through in a big way. He has displayed this type of upside in the past, but he is not a big part of the rotation. This has fluke written all over it, so just a keep an eye on him. And if you somehow started him in DFS, you should probably play the lottery on Friday.
FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYER RANKINGS SO FAR THIS SEASON:
Updated December 28, 2016
Eight category, including FG%, FT%, Threes
BEST FANTASY GUARDS: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, John Wall, Kyle Lowry, Damian Lillard, Jimmy Butler, Isaiah Thomas.
BEST FANTASY FORWARDS: Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, Kevin Love, Paul George, Draymond Green, Kristaps Porzingis.
BEST FANTASY CENTERS: DeMarcus Cousins, Al Horford, Karl-Anthony Towns, Brook Lopez, Rudy Gobert, Marc Gasol, Joel Embiid, Hassan Whiteside, Dwight Howard.
2015-16 FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYER RATINGS:
Updated April 11, 2016
This is how good fantasy players were, last season, WHEN HEALTHY. Missed games weren't taken into account. Only their level of play when on the court.
1) Stephen Curry,
2) Kevin Durant,
3) James Harden,
4) Russell Westbrook,
5) Chris Paul,
6) Kawhi Leonard,
7) Anthony Davis,
8) LeBron James,
9) Kyle Lowry,
10) Hassan Whiteside,
11) Draymond Green,
12) John Wall,
13) Paul George,
14) Paul Millsap,
15) DeMarcus Cousins,
16) Damian Lillard,
17) Karl-Anthony Towns,
18) Eric Bledsoe,
19) Kemba Walker,
20) Pau Gasol,
21) Jimmy Butler,
22) Klay Thompson,
23) Brook Lopez,
24) Isaiah Thomas,
25) Al Horford.