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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tue, April 10
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Nikola Jokic, Russell Westbrook, Allen Crabbe, Eric Bledsoe, LeBron James, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jusif Nurkic, D'Angelo Russell, Jeff Teague.
RotoWorld reports: Frank Ntilikina scored a career-high 17 points in Monday's 123-109 loss to Cleveland, hitting 8-of-16 shots.
He played a team-high 40 minutes, adding six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and one triple. The Knicks were outscored by 17 points when Ntilikina was off the floor and this will go down as one of his best all-around games of the season. Coach Jeff Hornacek said Ntilikina has put on eight pounds since the season started and we're already starting to see dividends. "That’s great in his development," Hornacek said. "He’s only going to get bigger and stronger. Our trainers are working with him hard every day to improve on those things.’’
RotoWorld reports: Nikola Jokic triple-doubled for the 10th time this season in Monday's huge 88-82 win over the Blazers, scoring 15 points with 20 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, one block and one triple.
He pulled down some key rebounds late and had a sick dime to a cutting Jamal Murray in the final two minutes. Jokic finished 5-of-14 from the field and hit all four free throws, finishing with a +18 rating. That's Denver's sixth straight win and they could claim their first playoff berth since 2013 with a win over the Wolves on Wednesday -- both teams are currently tied for the No. 8 seed.
RotoWorld reports: Eric Bledsoe hit 7-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 20 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and three steals in Monday's 102-86 win over the Magic.
Maybe he was trying to make a statement to Malcolm Brogdon, who was back from his quad injury tonight, or maybe he just felt like ballin' out with Giannis Antetokounmpo in street clothes. Either way, Bledsoe's had a fine season for the Bucks and this was his first triple-double of the year, and just his third double-double, as well. He's feeling it right now, hitting double digits in assists in his last two games and averaging 21.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five. Hopefully he'll be ready to do it again on Wednesday against the Sixers in his regular-season finale.
RotoWorld reports: Anthony Davis hit 11-of-22 shots for 28 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and five blocks in 35 minutes of Monday's easy win over the Clippers, securing a playoff spot for the Pelicans in the postseason for the second time in AD's career.
Davis was great, as usual, but ran to the locker room in the third quarter, later returned, and then took a couple shots to the face before finally exiting with the game in control in the fourth quarter. The Pels are in, but playoff seeding is still not set in the West. Davis has been a beast all season, but we can add another trip to the locker room to his resume and we're guessing he's the career leader in that category. We don't know if AD will play on Wednesday, as the Pelicans simply have to have him healthy for the playoffs, but at least he got out of tonight's game in one piece. They play the Spurs on Wednesday, who will likely be resting the starters, and the Pelicans still have a shot at the No. 4 seed, so chances are he'll be out there on Wednesday.
RotoWorld reports: Rudy Gay came off the bench for 18 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in 26 minutes to lead the Spurs in scoring and help secure a playoff berth with a 98-85 win over the Kings on Monday.
Gay, Manu Ginobili and Bryn Forbes combined for 25 points in the fourth quarter, which is when the Spurs put the Kings away and secured a spot in the postseason for the 21st consecutive time. The Spurs playoff streak is the longest active one in the four major sports, followed by the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are second with 12 straight playoff appearances. The Spurs now have a somewhat meaningless game on Wednesday against the Pelicans, and it's going to be hard to trust any of them as they prepare for the playoffs.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Mon, April 9
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Dennis Smith Jr, Donovan Mitchell, Domantas Sabonis, Taurean Prince, Ben Simmons, Joe Ingles, Marc Gasol, Dillion Brooks, Victor Oladipo, Robert Covington.
RotoWorld reports: Donovan Mitchell posted a game-high 28 points across 38 minutes in Sunday's 112-97 road win against the Lakers.
Mitchell hit 9-of-18 from the field, including 3-of-7 from behind the 3-point line, while going 7-of-10 from the free-throw stripe. With the victory the Jazz were able to officially punch their ticket to the playoffs in the Western Conference, and their opponent will be determined this week. They're now within a game of the Trail Blazers for the third spot in the Western Conference, too.
RotoWorld reports: Jayson Tatum looked great in his return from a one-game absence, scoring 19 points on 8-fo-12 shooting to go with one 3-pointer, four rebounds, four steals and two assists in 29 minutes.
Foul trouble was a bit of an issue in this one, and Tatum was also regularly roasted by Taurean Prince on the other end of the floor, which resulted in him riding the pine through the entire fourth quarter of action. Jaylen Brown joined him on the bench through the final frame in what was an embarrassing loss to the 24-57 Hawks, finishing with 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one turnover in 28 minutes.
RotoWorld reports: OG Anunoby scored a career-high 21 points with seven rebounds, one block and five triples in Sunday's 112-101 win over the Raptors.
Anunoby usually takes a backseat on offense, but there was a lot of shots up for grabs with DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas resting. Anunoby has made a name for himself this season for his defense, but his offense has been another story -- this was his first game with double-digit points since Feb. 1.
RotoWorld reports: MarShon Brooks scored 25 points in 26 minutes on Sunday vs. the Pistons, adding four assists, three rebounds, one steal and four triples.
He's now scored 21 or more points in all five of his appearances, averaging 23.6 points, 3.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 3.2 triples on 57.9% shooting. He won't stay this hot forever, but the Grizzlies deserve some credit for locking him up to a guaranteed two-year deal.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sun, April 8
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, Nikola Jokic, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Jrue Holiday, Kyle O'Quinn, Nikola Mirotic, LaMarcus Aldridge.
RotoWorld reports: Kevin Durant scored 41 points with 10 rebounds, five assists and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes during a 126-120 loss to the Pelicans on Saturday.
The Warriors would've been blown out of their own gym if not for KD being on a heater. This was his fourth 40-point game on the year, and his first 40-point, 10-board game of the season -- 19th 40-10 of his career. As for his team, they have some major defensive issues, giving up 126 in consecutive games. The Warriors not playing well could give KD a chance to play in both of the final games.
RotoWorld reports: Anthony Davis did his thing during a 126-120 win at Golden State on Saturday, scoring 34 points with 12 boards, four assists, two steals and four blocks in 40 minutes.
He blocked Quinn Cook on the last play of the game to make this line even sweeter. James Harden will be winning MVP this year, but all fantasy owners know that The Brow is the fantasy MVP and it's not close at all. Since the break and even before this gem, AD averaged 30.2 points, 12.0 boards, 2.1 dimes, 1.9 steals, 3.5 boards and 0.7 treys on 52.4 FG% and 86.8 FT% over his previous 22. He's almost twice as valuable as anyone else in fantasy and he will be on a lot of title teams. The Pelicans also needed this win with the Spurs, Thunder, Wolves, Jazz and Nuggets all winning their last game.
RotoWorld reports: Kyle O'Quinn went off again with 15 points, 16 boards, five assists, four blocks and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Bucks during a 115-102 loss on Saturday.
He's absolutely rolling. O’Quinn is the first Knick since Patrick Ewing in 1999 to record at least 13 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in three straight games. If you added him after the Enes Kanter injury, it could be the difference in your championship. He's also a real joy to watch, so it's been an enjoyable experience all around.
RotoWorld reports: Bobby Portis scored 18 points in a start with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes during a 124-96 loss to the Nets on Saturday.
It looked like he was in for a mega line with 13 points in the first quarter, but he was quiet after that. Portis isn't going to play this much when Lauri Markkanen comes back, but he still should have value on a team with a front office trying to lose games. In honor of Coolio performing at half today, the Bulls are livin' in a tanksta's paradise as they come along and ride on a tank-tastic voyage.
RotoWorld reports: Nikola Mirotic scored 28 points with six rebounds, four assists, three steals and six 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.
He did roll his ankle towards the end of the second quarter, but he was back out there for the second half. All the razor companies should be on clean-shaven Mirotic for an endorsement deal with this gem and a 31-point Friday. He's a nice fit with Anthony Davis and has continued to crush in road games.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thu, April 5
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were LeBron, J.Wall, Giannis, Durant, Nikola Jokic, Oladipo, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Khris Middleton.
RotoWorld reports: Rudy Gobert scored 15 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 28 minutes during a 117-95 win over the Clippers on Thursday.
He has to have Defensive Player of the Year locked up as the Jazz win their fourth straight. Sure, he's not going to hit 60 games due to two knee injuries, but the Jazz are just so good with him on the court and it's not like Kawhi Leonard or Draymond Green are threatening him. Utah also has a comfortable lead to make the postseason and they're just two games behind the Blazers for the No. 3 seed, which is even more interesting because they play each other in the finale. Gobert is not likely going to rest this season.
RotoWorld reports: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 14 points with 11 rebounds, five assists, one steal and four blocks in 37 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday.
He and Jarrett Allen brought a block party to Milwaukee to become the first pair of Nets to register 10+ rebounds and 4+ blocks in the same game since Benoit Benjamin and Derrick Coleman in the 1993-94 season. The Nets also had 12 blocks as a team for the most they've had since moving to Brooklyn. Hollis-Jefferson was outstanding on defense all night and he bounced back nicely from a subpar game on Tuesday.
RotoWorld reports: Karl-Anthony Towns scored 26 points with 13 rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes before fouling out in a 100-96 loss to the Nuggets on Thursday.
It was a tough play to foul out as KAT leaned into Jamal Murray on a long jumper. It's just the third time he's fouled out all year, but Towns' fouls were on the rise with his 3.8 per game in March. Towns fouling out was huge in this loss because the Nuggets picked up three offensive boards down the stretch. The Wolves' lead for the postseason is now gone with a virtual tie with the Nuggets for No. 8 and No. 9. Towns looks like he'll be hitting 82 games again this season.
RotoWorld reports: John Wall erupted for 28 points, 14 assists, four rebounds, three steals and two 3-pointers against the Cavs on Thursday.
The only blemish on Wall's evening was the six turnovers he committed, with the final one coming in the closing seconds of a one-possession game. Wall was instrumental in the Wizards building a 17-point lead with under eight minutes left, but then LeBron James took over. Nonetheless, Wall owners obviously have to be very happy with his production. However, Wall said on Thursday that he plans to rest Friday. After the game, coach Scott Brooks said that Wall "probably" won't play Friday, but added, "you never know." Check back Friday afternoon for an update.
RotoWorld reports: Devin Harris scored 20 points with three rebounds, one assist and five 3-pointers in 20 minutes against the Wolves on Thursday.
He outscored the Wolves' bench by himself with three huge shots in the third quarter to get him to his big game. It's been a while since Harris returned to his All-Star form from his 2008-09, but you could say the Nuggets would've lost this game without him. It doesn't sound like Gary Harris (knee) will play in the next couple, so Harris could get another chance to produce off the bench.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thu, April 5
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, LaMarcus Aldridge, Dejounte Murray, E'Twaun Moore, Josh Richardson, MarShon Brooks, Ish Smith, Delon Wright, Mario Herzonja, Jrue Holiday, Kyle Kuzma.
RotoWorld reports: E'Twaun Moore made a career-high seven 3-pointers on his way to 30 points against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, adding one rebound, four assists, three steals and one block in 29 minutes.
He caught fire to get him to his second 30-point game of the season, making 11-of-16 from the field in this easy win. Moore could be picking up some extra shots because of Ian Clark (ankle) going down tonight. He should be owned in most fantasy leagues in what has been a mini-breakout year.
RotoWorld reports: J.J. Redick was en fuego during Wednesday's 115-108 win over the Pistons, netting 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting to go with five triples, six assists, two rebounds, one steal and two turnovers.
Redick was hot to start the game, getting off a quick 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting through the first quarter of action, and he kept his foot on the gas pedal throughout the game. He’s been much more involved in the offense ever since Joel Embiid (face) hit the sidelines, seeing his usage rate spike to 25.9 and he’s responded with averages of 20.8 points, 3.0 treys, 3.0 assists and 2.0 turnovers per game on 57.9% shooting.
RotoWorld reports: Josh Richardson scored 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting Wednesday, to go with two 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists, three steals and four blocks over 27 minutes.
This was a solid bounce-back performance for J-Rich following Tuesday's nine-point effort, and he had the ball in his hands a bit more than usual in this one with Goran Dragic (ankle) and Dwyane Wade (wrist) unavailable. With the win, Miami clinched all tiebreakers with Milwaukee and Washington, so they're pretty much locked in at the No. 6 seed.
RotoWorld reports: MarShon Brooks posted season-highs with 25 points, four rebounds and seven assists against the Pelicans during a 123-95 loss on Wednesday, adding five 3-pointers and two steals.
He was the first Grizzlies player ever to score 20-plus points in his first two games, so now he adds to that with a third. Brooks finally played huge minutes in this game after playing just 39 in his first two games combined. The Grizzlies may give him an extended look and Brooks looks like a hot pickup in most leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Anthony Davis scored 28 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Grizzlies during a 123-95 win on Wednesday.
There were a couple minor injury notes here. Davis fell late in the first half and the team said he suffered a "lower left leg injury" on the play. Davis also had a heat wrap on his back in the fourth quarter, but coach Alvin Gentry even risked AD out there with a 20-point lead. Small injuries are nothing new to AD, and he could still have a shot at his second 75-game season, assuming he plays in the final four contests this year.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wed, April 4
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Westbrook, Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge, Nikoka Jokic, Giannis, Lillard, Oladipo, Dwight Howard, Durant, Tobias Harris, Will Barton.
RotoWorld reports: James Harden torched the Wizards for 38 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, a steal, a block and five 3-pointers, and also hit 9-of-10 free throws in a 120-104 win over the Wizards.
It's hard to imagine him not being named MVP and he might have sealed it with tonight's monster line. The Rockets have nothing left to play for, but Harden doesn't seem like he wants to sit out any games. Hopefully he's good to go for the next three games, but there's a real good chance he won't play in next Wednesday's season finale.
RotoWorld reports: LaMarcus Aldridge went 13-of-21 from the field and 9-of-9 from the charity stripe on his way to 35 points in Tuesday's narrow loss to the Clippers.
Aldridge added nine rebounds, one assist, two steals, three swats and zero turnovers in his 37 minutes of action, and he got off to a hot start, scoring 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting through a short stint in the first. LMA pretty much got what he wanted all night long, but he didn't get much help on the offensive end from his teammates, and the Spurs ended up blowing an early 19-point lead. They've now lost 10 of their past 11 road games.
RotoWorld reports: Russell Westbrook tried to put his team on his back and carry the Thunder to a win over the Warriors, but his 44 points, 16 rebounds, six assists, two steals and three 3-pointers weren't enough in the 111-107 loss.
He was highly efficient tonight, hitting 15-of-26 shots and 11-of-12 free throws, but the Thunder just didn't make enough plays when it mattered to get by the Dubs. Westbrook's monster line might have helped win you a fantasy championship tonight, though. The loss hurt the Thunder, as they now sit at No. 6 in the West, tied with the No. 5 Jazz, a 1/2 game up on the No. 7 Wolves, and 1.0 games up on the No. 8 Pelicans. And they have a tough one on Saturday at Houston.
RotoWorld reports: Tobias Harris went 11-of-19 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line on his way to 31 points in Tuesday's comeback win over the Spurs.
Harris added nine rebounds, one 3-pointer, three assists, two steals and three turnovers across 35 minutes, and he essentially single-handily kept the Clippers in the game early, helping them go on a huge 17-2 run during the second to erase a 19-point deficit. Harris did appear to tweak an ankle midway through the third, but he played through it without requiring a trip to the locker room, so he should be fine for Thursday's game in Utah.
RotoWorld reports: Dennis Smith Jr. had 18 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes of Tuesday's unlikely 115-109 win over the Blazers. However, he will not play on Wednesday in Orlando due to knee soreness.
DSJ got off to a rocky start this season and really didn't even offer much fantasy value at one point, but has had a better second half, scoring in double figures in every game since a four-point dud on March 11 and averaging 16.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.4 3-pointers on 45 percent shooting over his last five games. Unfortunately, the tanking Mavs will rest him on Wednesday against Orlando.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Mon, April 2
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Victor Oladipo, Ben Simmons, Nikola Jokic, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Robert Covington, Jabari Parker, Anthony Davis, Paul Millsap, LaMarcus Aldridge, Eric Bledsoe, Damian Lillard.
RotoWorld reports: Victor Oladipo set a season-high with 12 assists vs. the Pacers, adding 30 points (11-of-17 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), five steals, three 3-pointers and one block in 38 minutes.
Head coach Nate McMillan was prescient, saying before the game, "[Oladipo] creates a lot of offense for us, in transition, as well as the halfcourt. You can play him off the ball, with the ball ... Teams are playing him a little different. He’s seeing some double teams, which is opening up opportunities for other guys." Oladipo has been carrying fantasy teams all season long and he's not about to stop with Indy battling for playoff position.
RotoWorld reports: Ricky Rubio (left hamstring soreness) got the last laugh vs. the Wolves on Sunday, scoring 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and a season-high five 3-pointers.
This was a critical game vs. a Conference opponent, which just happened to be Rubio's former team, so there was almost no way he was sitting out. He came one shy of his career-high for 3-pointers in a game, and one shy of the Wolves' total as a team tonight -- if revenge is what he wanted, he got it. His hamstring looked fine, obviously, but it can't hurt to confirm his status prior to Tuesday's home game.
RotoWorld reports: LaMarcus Aldridge came through with a 23-point, 14-rebound double-double during Sunday's win over the Rockets, to go with two assists, three blocks and one turnover in 36 minutes.
Aldridge did a really nice job cleaning up the glass on defense with his 30.6 defensive rebounding rate, and the Rockets didn’t really have any answers for him, as he finished 11-of-19 from the field and 1-of-1 from the stripe. With the win, the Spurs are now just 2.5 games back from the No. 3 seed out West and they have a one-game advantage over Minnesota for the No. 4 spot. It looks like the Spurs will make the postseason after all.
RotoWorld reports: Jabari Parker lit up Denver for a season-high 35 points on Sunday, making 14-of-23 shots with five 3-pointers, 10 rebounds, two steals and two assists in 39 minutes.
It was all for naught, as the Bucks fell 128-125 in overtime. Parker took over this game for stretches and the playing time was a stunner -- it's the first time all season that he's played more than 30 minutes in a game. It's unfortunate that his breakout came with just five games left on the schedule, but at least we're reminded of his sky-high potential when healthy. He'll face a stiffer defense vs. the visiting Celtics on Tuesday.
RotoWorld reports: Harrison Barnes looked great on Sunday with a game-high 30 points on 10-of-19 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs, five 3-pointers, five assists, three rebounds and just one turnover in 36 minutes.
His efforts weren't enough to get a win vs. LeBron James and co., but they'll put a smile on fantasy owners' faces. Even better is the prospect that Barnes won't be rested down the stretch. Before the game, Dennis Smith Jr. said, "I feel like the more I learn to play with [Barnes] that would be better for the future, so we’re trying to build that chemistry as soon as possible." Head coach Rick Carlisle will have the final say, of course, but that's still an encouraging quote.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sun, April 1
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were DeMar DeRozan, Caris Levert, Andre Drummond, Otto Porter, Trey Burke, Kevin Durant, Marcus Morris, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
RotoWorld reports: Andre Drummond scored 22 points with 17 rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 37 minutes during a 115-109 win over the Knicks on Saturday.
He need a Lasik endorsement for much he can produce a 20/20. Drummond didn't get it today, but he has 20 20/20s since 2012-13 for the most in the NBA in that span. Drummond's blocks are also surging these days and now he's averaged two-plus blocks per game in both February and March. His free throw percentage issues are worth the trouble in head-to-head category leagues, so taking him in the second round next year kind of makes a lot of sense.
RotoWorld reports: Brandon Ingram has been officially diagnosed with a concussion after being evaluated again Saturday morning, and he will not play on Sunday.
He will be placed in the concussion protocol and he will be held out of activities until he is symptom-free. Ingram looked a little out of it as he headed to the locker room last night, and now he'll likely be missing multiple games. Simply put, Josh Hart needs to be added in all leagues. Additionally, the other rotation players will have to pick up scoring, and this also really helps out Alex Caruso.
RotoWorld reports: Trey Burke matched his career-high 15 dimes with 18 points, five rebounds, one steal, one turnover and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes during a 115-109 loss to the Pistons on Saturday.
What is going on here? Nobody thought Burke could sustain his output, but he's been going strong since the break. In his previous games since All-Star, Burke averaged 16.2 points, 2.2 boards, 5.0 dimes, 0.8 steals and 1.4 treys on a mind-boggling 51.2 FG% at 6'1". He couldn't even produce consistently in summer league during his Jazz days, but Burke has somehow become of the best scorers you could've found off the waiver wire.
RotoWorld reports: Michael Beasley scored 32 points in a loss to the Pistons on Saturday, adding four rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes.
He's basically a Sprinting Bucket these days with how much he's scoring. Make it three straight games with at least 20 shots from the field to give him 27.0 points per game. Enes Kanter not playing set up the big day for Beasley and he continues to clean up without him. Per 36 without Kanter this season, he averaged 22.6 points, 10.4 boards, 2.6 dimes and 0.6 treys. Beasley should be scoring a bunch to finish up this season.
RotoWorld reports: Terry Rozier scored 21 points with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Raptors during a 110-99 win on Saturday.
He did get poked in the face by DeMar DeRozan, but he was fine. With Shane Larkin (illness) out, Rozier basically had no backup with Kadeem Allen getting just eight minutes behind him. Rozier is starting to heat up and continues to show he needs more minutes even when Kyrie Irving is back. Keep him rolling for the rest of the season.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sat, March 31
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Eric Bledsoe, James Harden, Nikola Jokic, LeBron James, Paul Millsap, Karl-Anthony Towns, Ben Simmons.
RotoWorld reports: MarShon Brooks scored 24 points in just 18 minutes vs. the Jazz on Friday.
Wow. This comes on the heels of his 21-point debut on Wednesday with five 3-pointers, two assists, one rebound, one steal and one block. He was just as good in his second go around, hitting 8-of-13 shots and 7-of-7 free throws with two assists, one rebound, two steals and one triple. The Grizzlies lack firepower and Brooks has always been an excellent scorer, so it's probably time to add him for Sunday's game vs. the Blazers.
RotoWorld reports: LeBron James scored 27 points (12-of-24 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with 11 assists, nine rebounds, one steal and one turnover in Friday's 107-102 win over the Pelicans.
James has now scored 10+ points in 867 consecutive games, more than any other player in NBA history — Michael Jordan is in second with 866. "Anytime I'm mentioned with some of the greats, and arguably the greatest basketball player of all time in Mike, it's just another feat for me to be appreciative and humbled by what I've been able to do," he said. James continues to exceed expectations in his age-33 season and it’s going to be awesome to see him switch into another gear for the postseason.
RotoWorld reports: Paul Millsap scored a season-high 36 points during a thrilling 126-125 win over the Thunder on Friday, adding nine rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.
All those concerns about Millsap not being able to play with Nikola Jokic probably went away. Millsap lived in the paint with almost all of his shots in that range or from deep, and he drew his fouls within 10 feet to help him get to 11 attempts, as well. Coach Mike Malone has talked about using Millsap more as a facilitator, but maybe he just asks him to score more. Either way, Millsap is going to be huge for his fantasy owners.
RotoWorld reports: Ben Simmons scored 13 points with 12 rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and two blocks during a 101-91 win over the Hawks on Friday.
He only need 25 minutes to get to this triple-double and played 28 minutes total. That is also his 11th of the season make him only the second 76er with more than 10 in a season (Wilt Chamberlain had 31 and 22 in two seasons). The 76ers may not be as good on paper without Joel Embiid, but their schedule is a piece of cake except for a home game vs. Cleveland. Simmons and these young 76ers will be dangerous and they still have a good chance at the No. 3 seed.
RotoWorld reports: Dante Exum scored a season-high 21 points in Friday's 107-97 win over the Grizzlies, hitting 8-of-10 shots and 2-of-2 free throws in 27 minutes.
We've seen some flashes from Exum since he returned from his shoulder injury, but this was his first extended look because Ricky Rubio sat out with hamstring soreness. Exum buried three triples with three rebounds, three assists and one steal, and his ability to attack off the dribble is going to give the second unit in Utah a huge lift. His dynasty stock is rising and he'll also be worth a look on Sunday vs. the Wolves if Rubio can't go.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thu, March 29
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Karl-Anthony Towns, LeBron James, Dario Saric, CJ McCollum, D'Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic, Ricky Rubio, Brook Lopez.
RotoWorld reports: MarShon Brooks scored 21 points in his second debut on Wednesday, going 7-of-12 from the field with five 3-pointers, two assists, one rebound, one steal and one block.
Brooks just signed a 10-day contract on Tuesday and this was his first NBA action since the 2013-14 season when he played for the Celtics, Warriors and Lakers. He played with complete confidence in 21 minutes tonight, and his efforts helped Memphis earn an upset win vs. the Blazers -- granted, it was costly since they're now tied with Atlanta after two straight wins. The Grizzlies are a mess due to injuries and tanking, but maybe Brooks will be a sneaky source of scoring and 3-pointers down the stretch. Most owners can take a wait-and-see approach here, though.
RotoWorld reports: Karl-Anthony Towns made 19-of-32 from the field and 12-of-15 from the line for a career-high 56 points during a 126-114 win over the Hawks on Wednesday, adding 15 boards, four assists, one block and six 3-pointers in 41 minutes
Those points set a franchise record for a game to top Mo Williams' 52, and it's just the fourth game over 50 (Kevin Love, Corey Brewer). Towns is also the youngest player since Shaquille O'Neal in 1994 to put up a 50-15 line in a game. At multiple points this season, it was head-scratching to see coach Tom Thibodeau limit KAT's usage, so maybe those days will be few and far between. Additionally, a viral video from last night was flying around the internet with Ben Simmons saying KAT had "plenty of time" to keep playing PUGB because he was facing the Hawks (video in link below). Towns still hasn't missed a game yet, so he's apparently doing something right with his down time.
RotoWorld reports: Josh Jackson finished Wednesday's game with 18 points, five assists, three rebounds, two steals and two blocks, making 8-of-17 field goals with one 3-pointer.
Jackson has now scored 15+ points in eight consecutive games, which is the longest streak by a Suns rookie since Richard Dumas in 1993. Phoenix is giving him unfettered minutes and offensive looks, and he's cashing in with 21.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals over the past two weeks. He's tanking FT% in that span with 61.5% on a whopping 6.5 attempts per game, but it's a flaw most owners can accept for his all-around production.
RotoWorld reports: Mike Muscala scored a career-high 24 points with two rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Wolves on Wednesday.
Yeah, the defense wasn't great, but Muscala made 8-of-10 from the field for a tidy 100 eFG% to top his previous career-high 19. The return of John Collins hasn't really hurt Muscala with three productive games in a row, averaging 16.0 points, 5.0 boards and 2.0 treys. He's someone to consider in competitive leagues, but this output doesn't seem sustainable.
RotoWorld reports: Lonzo Ball (bruised left knee) will have a precautionary MRI on Thursday.
Ball expects to be fine, saying, "I think it’s just a bruise to the back of my knee and I should be OK." The Lakers will obviously play it safe with their prized No. 2 pick, though, so owners should consider alternatives for Friday's game vs. the Bucks -- for now, we'll consider Ball questionable. If he misses time, expect Alex Caruso, Tyler Ennis and possibly Josh Hart (hand) to pick up the slack in the backcourt.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wed, March 28
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Nikola Jokic, Jrue Holiday, Trevor Ariza, James Johnson, Jusuf Nurkic.
RotoWorld reports: Anthony Davis put up a monster effort in Tuesday's 107-103 loss to the Blazers with 36 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, two steals and six blocks.
Davis did have a scary fall and rolled his right ankle, but he never went to the locker room and checked back into the game just a few moments later. He finished 15-of-24 from the field and hit all six free throws and continues to carry his fantasy owners in the playoffs. Since he entered the NBA, Davis has 12 games with 30+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ blocks, while the next closest player has just two. The Pelicans are off until Friday, so he'll have a few days to rest his ankle.
RotoWorld reports: Nikola Jokic hit 11-of-21 shots, three 3-pointers and 4-of-4 free throws for 29 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and a block in 40 minutes of Tuesday's tough 114-110 loss to the Raptors.
Jokic did his part tonight, and then some, but the Nuggets couldn't overcome a balanced attack from the best team in the East. The Joker is rolling right now, averaging 24.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games. If the Nuggets don't make the playoffs (they're 2.0 games out), it won't be because of a lack of effort from Jokic.
RotoWorld reports: Jrue Holiday triple-doubled in Tuesday's loss to the Blazers with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
He hit all three free throws and was 9-of-17 from the field, adding two key blocks in crunch time with six turnovers. That's Holiday's first triple-double of the season and the third of his career. He's been a second-round player in 9-category leagues this season and is one of just seven players averaging 19-5-4. He'll have a few days off before Friday's excellent matchup vs. Cleveland's 28th ranked defense.
RotoWorld reports: Chris Paul returned from his hamstring injury and hit 4-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers for 13 points, four boards, 10 assists and four steals in 28 minutes of Tuesday's 118-86 win over the Bulls.
Welcome back, CP3. Paul was out for three games with the injury but looked fine tonight. The Rockets hold a 6.0 game lead over the Warriors for the best record in the West (and the league) and have now won 10 straight, so don't be surprised if Paul gets some more rest between now and the start of the playoffs.
RotoWorld reports: Giannis Antetokounmpo stuffed the stat sheet with 24 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, one triple and five blocks in Tuesday's 105-98 loss to the Clippers.
That's his third game of the season with 5+ blocks and the seventh of his career. Giannis didn't have much help tonight, so his heroic effort was wasted. He hit 10-of-16 shots from the field, though he was just 5-of-9 from the line with four turnovers. With three more games on the schedule this week, Giannis will be carrying a lot of owners to fantasy basketball glory.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tue, March 27
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Trey Burke, Marc Gasol, Al Horford, Brook Lopez, Lonzo Ball, Karl-Anthony Towns, Joel Embiid.
RotoWorld reports: Brook Lopez dished out a career-high nine assists with 14 points, three rebounds and five blocks vs. the Pistons on Monday.
Lopez hit 6-of-16 shots and missed all four of his triples, but didn't turn the ball over once. The Lakers were running a lot of offense through him tonight with good results and he became the first Laker with a game of at least 10 points, five assists and five blocks since Pau Gasol in 2010-11. Lopez was an afterthought in fantasy leagues just a couple months ago and now he might be the reason a lot of owners win the title.
RotoWorld reports: Trey Burke started, played 41 minutes in an overtime loss, and hit 19-of-31 shots, three 3-pointers and 1-of-1 free throws for a career-high 42 points, one rebound, 12 assists and a steal in Monday's loss to the Hornets.
If you dropped Stephen Curry and picked up Burke, you might have just won a fantasy championship. The NBA's silly season has become notorious for stuff like this, although Burke has actually been playing well for some time, and he had scored between 15 and 19 points in his previous three games. It's anyone's guess what will happen in his two remaining games this week, but if you rolled with him tonight, it probably doesn't matter. Emmanuel Mudiay was out sick tonight, Jarrett Jack might be done for the rest of the season, and Frank Ntilikina might come off the bench the rest of the way. Pick up Burke if he's out there.
RotoWorld reports: Wayne Selden scored a team-high 23 points in a 101-93 win over the Wolves on Monday, hitting 9-of-14 shots and 1-of-1 free throws.
Selden also dished out four assists with one rebound, three steals and four triples. He's had some trouble staying healthy this season and that could keep his minutes limited to the 20s, but he was already trending up before this outburst. He's now played 20+ minutes in six straight, averaging 16.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.5 triples in that span. Give him a look if you need wing help as the Grizzlies have three more games this week.
RotoWorld reports: Lonzo Ball hit 7-of-8 shots and nearly triple-doubled in Monday's 112-106 loss to the Pistons with 11 assists, eight rebounds, two steals, one triple and two turnovers in 43 minutes.
When his shot is falling, Ball can put up some sexy fantasy lines. His shot has been an obvious concern, as he was hitting 31.9% from the field, 26.4% from deep and 29.4% from the line in March prior to this line. With a nice schedule against the Mavericks, Bucks and Kings this week, we like Ball's chances of staying hot and we know he's going to play big minutes with 40+ in three straight.
RotoWorld reports: Tyler Ulis played 30 minutes and hit 7-of-12 shots and two 3-pointers for a season-high 19 points, five rebounds, eight assists, a steal and a block in Monday's 102-94 loss to the Celtics.
That makes three solid outings in a row for Ulis, and while we still don't really trust him, the Suns might be ready to wind him up and let him loose the rest of the way. Elfrid Payton did nothing in 15 minutes tonight and the Suns already know what he can do, so Ulis is officially an intriguing pickup if you need a point guard to end your season's fantasy run.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Mon, March 26
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were LeBron, Terry Rozier, Harden, Westbrook, Thaddeus Young, Lillard, CJ McCollum, LaMarcus Aldridge, Lou Williams.
RotoWorld reports: Thaddeus Young caught fire during Sunday's win vs. Miami, scoring 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting with nine rebounds, five steals and three blocks.
Young committed just one turnover in 36 minutes of action, and his efforts helped Indiana clinch a playoff berth -- incidentally, the victory also means the Sixers have clinched a spot in the playoffs. Thad's superior defensive stats are the key to his mid-round fantasy appeal, and he's also been a terrific source of rebounds (8.3) and FGs (53.7%) over the past few weeks. Indy is still fighting for playoff position, so there's no reason to expect a drop-off in the coming weeks.
RotoWorld reports: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 34 points on 12-of-21 shooting in Sunday's loss to the Bucks, adding seven rebounds, two assists and one block over 32 minutes.
Aldridge had the hot hand early for San Antonio, netting 16 points through the first half of action, and his hot play continued into the second half with the Bucks not really having any answers for him. He also went 10-of-12 from the charity stripe to give him a sterling 64.7 true shooting percentage, and over the past two games, LMA has been rocking a 37.8 usage rate.
RotoWorld reports: Terry Rozier carried the Celtics on Sunday with a career-best performance, scoring 33 points on 12-of-16 shooting with eight 3-pointers, five rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Rozier went 8-of-12 from deep while committing just one turnover in 36 minutes of action, helping Boston win on the road in Sacramento. He's been an elite waiver-wire pickup since injuries knocked out Marcus Smart (thumb) and Kyrie Irving (knee), and is the first player in NBA history to record the numbers he had tonight. He also fell one shy of the Celtics' single-game record for 3-pointers, and when asked if he knew he was that close, he replied, "If I knew that, I would’ve shot five more." Congratulations if you're the savvy owner who plucked him off the wire.
RotoWorld reports: Stephen Curry (knee) is not only expected to miss the remainder of the regular season, but he is a question mark heading into the playoffs, too.
"There's no way he's playing in the first round," head coach Steve Kerr said on Sunday. Fantasy owners have already accepted the bad news that Curry is done for the rest of the regular season due to the Grade 2 MCL sprain he suffered in his left knee. Fantasy owners of Quinn Cook aren't shedding any tears, though. He is expected to do some heavy lifting down the stretch, and now apparently into the Western Conference Quarterfinals, with Curry on the shelf.
RotoWorld reports: Rudy Gobert posted 17 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks and three assists on Sunday, hitting 7-of-11 FGs and 3-of-4 FTs in 31 minutes of action.
The Warriors started JaVale McGee at center tonight but they had no real answer for Gobert's interior presence -- five of Rudy's boards came on the offensive glass. Owners who survived Gobert's injuries early this season (27 DNPs through Jan. 17) have been rewarded with elite matchup-winning production since the All-Star break.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sun, March 25
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Andre Drummond, Clint Capela, Aaron Gordon, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, Ben Simmons, Kyle Kuzma, Nikola Vucevic, James Harden, Elfrid Payton.
RotoWorld reports: Stephen Curry (knee) suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.
He is going to be re-evaulated in three weeks, so he's officially out for the regular season. Typically, a Grade 2 sprain requires six weeks out of the lineup, which means Curry is likely out for the first round of the postseason. This is very similar to the MCL sprain Kevin Durant suffered in March when Zaza Pachulia fell into him, so hopefully he won't miss more than six weeks. Quinn Cook has to make the roster now, which means someone on the Warriors is going to be cut and it's probably Omri Casspi.
RotoWorld reports: Andre Drummond scored 15 points with 20 rebounds, four assists, four steals, four blocks and no turnovers during a 117-95 win over the Bulls on Saturday.
Monster game. That's a 5x4 for Drummond to make him the seventh player with one of those in the last two seasons (Brow, Wade, Giannis, Boogie, Draymond, Cauley-Stein). None of those guys had more boards than Drummond and this line punctuates how he's not just a double-double anymore. He's only 24 and he could be even better next year.
RotoWorld reports: Dwight Howard racked up 18 points with 23 rebounds over 33 minutes in Saturday's 102-98 win in Dallas.
Howard was back from an automatic one-game suspension after picking up his 16th technical foul of the season on Wednesday. He was making up for lost time, abusing the overmatched men in the middle in Big D. Howard is averaging a ridiculous 24.0 points and 26.5 rebounds over the past two outings. He has a four-game week for his fantasy owners, starting Monday against the Knicks, so expect big things.
RotoWorld reports: Ben Simmons posted another triple-double against the Wolves on Saturday with 15 points, 12 rebounds 13 assists and two steals in 30 minutes.
Make it 10 trip-dubs for Simmons for the second most ever for a rookie. Everyone gets caught up in the Rookie of the Year, but it's so fun to watch both Simmons and Donovan Mitchell. They're so different and Simmons continues to electrify with his passing with a ridiculous bounce pass in transition today (video in link below). He'll be a top-30 pick next year and could go top 20 if you're looking for counting stats. He also gets four games next week, so that's huge for his fortunate owners.
RotoWorld reports: Aaron Gordon had a monster line against the Suns during a 105-99 win on Saturday, scoring 29 points with 11 rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
Hello, Mr. Gordon. Those dimes were a career high and he did a little bit of everything on offense, including getting to the basket. He's been a stat-stuffer since his return to the lineup, averaging 18.3 points, 9.3 boards, 4.3 dimes, 2.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.0 treys in those three. If you stashed him while he was hurt, you have to be happy about it.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Fri, March 23
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, Kemba Walker, Kosta Koufos, Rondo, Blake Griffin, Donovan Mitchell, Harden, Andre Drummond.
RotoWorld reports: Rajon Rondo scored 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting Thursday, to go with 10 assists, two rebounds, one 3-pointer, three steals and three turnovers in 31 minutes.
This was a solid bounce-back performance following Wednesday’s 1-of-6 shooting, two-point disaster, and Rondo also did a really nice job defensively against Lonzo Ball. He made numerous clutch plays down the stretch, running the offense to perfection and also hit two huge shots with two minutes left to give New Orleans the lead. The Pelicans won all three games of their back-to-back-to-back set, moving them into fourth place out West.
RotoWorld reports: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was en fuego from beyond the arc on Thursday, hitting eight 3-pointers on his way to 28 points, four boards, two assists and one turnover in 43 minutes.
KCP opened the game with guns blazing, going 5-of-5 from beyond the arc through the first quarter of action, and the hot 3-point shooting was a team-wide trend with the Lakers matching their season-high in trey-bombs with 17. Caldwell-Pope will continue to see major minutes and plenty of opportunity on offense with Josh Hart (hand) and Brandon Ingram (groin) watching from the sidelines.
RotoWorld reports: Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points with five rebounds, four assists, three steals and one 3-pointer during a 119-112 win over the Mavs on Thursday.
He carried his team late with some strong drives to the hoop. Mitchell's season is in rare air all time for scoring, and his 24th 25-plus point game tonight ties LeBron James for his rookie season. Mitchell does so much more than score and he's strung together nine straight games with at least one steal and one 3-pointer. He might be a second-round pick next year after being arguably the best add in fantasy during his rookie season.
RotoWorld reports: Anthony Davis scored 33 points on 12-of-20 shooting in Thursday's 128-125 win over the Lakers, adding nine boards, three steals, two blocks and one assist in 37 minutes.
Lakers coach Luke Walton summed up the challenge of trying to defend AD pretty well prior to the game, saying: "He just scores all over. It’s not like he’s got a go-to that you can kind of take away from him. Offensive rebounds, transition buckets, putting it on the ground, the step-backs, the three-point shots, he really does it all." Accurate. Davis did appear to tweak his right (shooting) hand late in the game, but he played through it and didn't seem any worse for the wear, so he should be good to go for Saturday's game in Houston.
RotoWorld reports: Frank Mason scored 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting Thursday, to go with seven rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 30 minutes off the bench.
De’Aaron Fox was seriously struggling with his jumper, so Dave Joerger opted to close out the game with Mason at the point, and he made some really nice plays down the stretch to help seal the deal for the Kings. Unfortunately for Mason, Fox is still going to be the starting point guard in Sacramento, meaning his minutes will be too inconsistent for him to sustain much value in most formats.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thu, March 22
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were LeBron, Dwight Howard, Anthony Davis, LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan, Paul Millsap, Khris Middleton, Kelly Olynyk, Enes Kanter, Kevin Love.
RotoWorld reports: Dwight Howard grabbed a career-high 30 rebounds vs. the Nets on Wednesday, while scoring 32 points (10-of-17 FGs, 12-of-21 FTs), but he also committed his 16th technical foul of the season.
First, the good news. Howard set a Hornets franchise record for boards in a game and simply obliterated the Nets' frontcourt all night long, including 11 offensive rebounds. Jarrett Allen fouled out, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson fouled out, and Quincy Acy just wasn't big enough to keep Dwight off the glass. The bad news is that unless his technical foul is rescinded, he'll now face a mandatory one-game suspension -- Willy Hernangomez and Frank Kaminsky stand to benefit if Dwight does sit out, which would likely be vs. Memphis on Thursday.
RotoWorld reports: Jabari Parker scored 20 points with six rebounds, three assists, one block, two steals and three turnovers in 30 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday.
He started the second half because of an injury to Giannis Antetokounmpo. In a halftime interview, assistant coach Stacey Augmon confirmed Parker would play "a lot" in the second half, and that he'd get a big opportunity to play more with the first unit. If Giannis is going to miss time, expect Parker to get more minutes and more chances to score. He gets a dream matchup in a hometown game in Chicago on Friday.
RotoWorld reports: LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs to their fifth straight win on Wednesday, scoring 27 points with nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal.
Aldridge is doing it all as the focal point of the Spurs' attack right now, and he finished this game 12-of-23 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line without any turnovers. He's now scored 148 points in his past five games, the highest such total since he joined the Spurs, and he's the only player in the NBA with 16,000+ points and 900+ blocks since he entered the league in 2006. Kawhi Leonard's quad injury saga has thrust LA into the spotlight for the Spurs, to his fantasy owners' delight.
RotoWorld reports: Anthony Davis (bruised left shin) picked up 28 points, 13 rebounds, five blocks, one steal, one assist and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes vs. Indiana on Wednesday.
This was the second game in the Pelicans' triple-header, but AD looked spry with 9-of-14 field goals and 9-of-9 free throws in another dominant two-way performance. New Orleans is in the thick of a very competitive playoff race in the West and there have been no indications that they'll rest anyone on the team -- Davis included. Head coach Alvin Gentry said they wanted to keep AD around 32 minutes per game during this extra-busy stretch, yet he's played 35 in consecutive games. Expect more of the same unless Thursday's game becomes a blowout.
RotoWorld reports: Kelly Oubre was a bright spot for the Wizards on Wednesday, coming off the bench for 21 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers.
Oubre sank 9-of-17 shots with just two turnovers in 34 minutes, putting the second unit on his back tonight without Mike Scott (flu) or Jodie Meeks (flu) available. He's racking up copious steals and 3-pointers and is a valuable source of weighted FT%, which makes him worth holding despite some recent inconsistency.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wed, March 21
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Rondo, Harden, Karl-Anthony Towns, Dennis Schroder, Jusuf Nurkic, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis, Jayson Tatum.
RotoWorld reports: Anthony Davis hit 15-of-21 shots, two 3-pointers and 5-of-7 free throws for 37 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks in Tuesday's 115-105 win over the Mavericks.
He was iffy to play in the second half after suffering a lower leg injury, but he was back out there doing work in the second half. The Pelicans are going to be in must-win mode every night so if Davis can play, he's going to. Just check back to make sure he's good to go against the Pacers on Wednesday.
RotoWorld reports: Blake Griffin nearly triple-doubled in an easy 115-88 win over the Suns on Tuesday with 26 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds, one block and three triples in 32 minutes.
He hit all five of his free throws and shot 9-of-15 from the field with zero turnovers. Ever since his 13-point dud against the Jazz, Griffin has been on an impressive run over his last four games, posting averages of 23.3 points, 8.3 assists, 7.5 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 3.0 triples. The Pistons are six losses behind the No. 8 seed (Bucks), but Detroit has no choice but to make a push for the playoffs since they traded away their first-round pick. That's good news for Griffin's fantasy owners.
RotoWorld reports: Rajon Rondo started and hit 8-of-14 shots, a 3-pointer and 2-of-4 free throws for 19 points, nine rebounds, 14 assists and three steals in 30 minutes of Tuesday's 115-105 win over the Mavericks.
He missed a couple free throws with the game close late, but also hit a big 3-pointer to put the Mavericks away tonight. This was a nice revenge game for Rondo, who also had 11 assists on Sunday. The Pelicans are in must-win mode and Rondo is averaging 10.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 11.8 assists and 2.8 steals over his last four games. Make sure he's in your lineup.
RotoWorld reports: Jusuf Nurkic hit 9-of-10 shots for 21 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and four blocks in 27 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Rockets.
Nurkic was awesome tonight and was able to stay on the floor despite being in foul trouble for most of the game. Clint Capela disappeared for the Rockets tonight and Nurk's domination was part of the reason why that happened. Nurkic has had his ups and downs this season, but has been a beast in March. He's a big reason why they won 13 straight games before losing tonight.
RotoWorld reports: Dennis Schroder hit 16-of-28 shots, three 3-pointers and 6-of-10 free throws for a career-high 41 points, five rebounds and seven assists in Tuesday's unlikely 99-94 win over the Jazz.
Schroder had his way with Ricky Rubio (who also fared well with 23 points) and had a very efficient game. He missed some big free throws and made a foolish flagrant foul on Rubio late by poking him in the eye, but the Hawks only won this game because of what Schroder was able to do. He's scored in double figures in 10 straight games, but the tanking Hawks need to be careful, as they accidentally tied the Magic tonight for the worst record in the East with the win.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tue, March 20
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were LeBron, Giannis, Kelly Olynyk, Ben Simmons, LaMarcus Aldridge.
RotoWorld reports: LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs to an 89-75 win over the Warriors on Monday with 33 points in 35 minutes.
He had 19 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, the second-highest scoring fourth quarter of his career. He finished 13-of-22 from the field and 7-of-7 from the line, adding 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks. LMA has been rested a good bit since February, but he's still crushing his ADP for his fantasy owners and now has six games this season with 30+ points and 10+ rebounds -- that's the most by a Spur since Tim Duncan had six in 2004-05.
RotoWorld reports: Kevin Love returned from a 22-game absence and started at center, finishing with 18 points, seven boards, four assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 25 minutes of Monday's win over the Bucks.
Nice! If you were recently able to pick him up, congratulations are in order, as he originally wasn't expected back until March 23. And the Cavaliers need him with Larry Nance's hamstring injury, as well as Tristan Thompson's ankle injury. Love's minutes may be iffy for the next few games, but he made the most of them tonight.
RotoWorld reports: Nikola Jokic's 34 points weren't enough in Monday's 149-141 double-overtime loss to the Heat.
This was just a brutal loss for the Nuggets, as they slide to 10th in the Western Conference standings. They are still just two losses behind the No. 8 seed (Minnesota) and three losses behind the No. 7 seed (New Orleans), and the good news is that this means Jokic will be locked and loaded as a first-round player for the duration of the fantasy playoffs. He finished 12-of-21 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line, adding 14 rebounds, three assists, four triples and four turnovers.
RotoWorld reports: Allen Crabbe returned from an illness and hit 7-of-10 shots and four 3-pointers for 22 points, three rebounds, two assists and a block, and also hit 4-of-4 free throws in 27 minutes of Monday's 118-115 win over the Grizzlies.
Crabbe had missed his last two games with the illness, but looked great tonight. If he's available in your league, give him a look, as the Nets have three more games this week and Crabbe is back in the starting lineup.
RotoWorld reports: Kelly Olynyk hit 11-of-16 shots and four 3-pointers for 30 points, eight rebounds, five assists, a steal and four blocks in Monday's double-overtime thrilling win over the Nuggets.
Wow. Olynyk came through in a big way in the fantasy playoffs, but this wasn't a season-high game for him, as he scored 32 in a game just before Christmas. Olynyk filled the stat sheet all the way across the board tonight and has been playing well for the Heat. He's now averaging 16.4 points, 7.4 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.8 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games, so congratulations are in order if you recently picked him up. He's going to get a ton of minutes going forward, regardless of when we see Hassan Whiteside (hip) again.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Mon, March 19
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Westbrook, Harden, Anthony Davis, Jeff Teague, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Mirotic, Montrezl Harrell, Clint Capela, Al-Farouq Aminu.
RotoWorld reports: Kawhi Leonard (quad) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Warriors.
After Monday, Leonard will have just 11 games to make his potential return to the court, so he's clearly running out of time and is more of a liability than an asset at this point. With no clear return date in sight and heavy restrictions to be expected once/if he does get back out there, we'd recommend letting someone else deal with Leonard; particularly at this juncture in the fantasy season.
RotoWorld reports: James Harden took a hit to his right wrist on Sunday, but continued to play and finished with 34 points, 12 assists, four rebounds, two steals and one block in 37 minutes.
Gorgui Dieng committed a hard foul on Harden and he was favoring the wrist afterward, but he stayed in the game and was terrific down the stretch. He finished 9-of-18 from the field and a pristine 14-of-14 from the line, helping Houston earn a 129-120 road win -- they're now a full 3.0 games ahead of Golden State for the No. 1 seed. We're leaving Harden off the injury report, but cautious owners should still confirm his status prior to Tuesday's game in Portland.
RotoWorld reports: Brandon Ingram (groin) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Pacers, as expected.
Ingram still hasn't gotten through a full contact, 5-on-5 practice, and until that happens, he won't be returning to the court. There is a chance he'll make it back at some point during the Lakers' four-game road trip, but with his next game not coming until Thursday and a maximum of just two games played next week, owners may want to seriously consider cutting him. Kyle Kuzma will continue to start while he's out, with more minutes falling to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Julius Randle.
RotoWorld reports: Jeff Teague was terrific in a losing effort on Sunday, posting 23 points, 11 assists, six rebounds, three 3-pointers and two steals in 37 minutes vs. Houston.
The Wolves dropped their second game in a row -- combined with New Orleans' win on Sunday, the Wolves are now the sole occupant of the No. 8 seed. That just means they'll ride key players even more down the stretch, which is great news for Teague's owners. He's already thriving with double-digit points in 13 straight games, and at least two steals in nine of the past 10 games. If he keeps this up he'll be on plenty of league-winning fantasy squads.
RotoWorld reports: Jimmy Butler (knee surgery) said that while he remains without an official timetable to return, he expects to make it back to the court prior to the playoffs.
"I’m excited at my progression because I know I’m going to be back out there with my guys soon," said Butler in his first presser since going under the knife back in February. The Wolves never released an official timetable for Butler, nor did they announce the specific procedure he had, but Shams Charania indicated he'd be out 4-6 weeks, so we'll go with that. Based off that timetable, the earliest Butler will be able to return to the court will be March 26 against Memphis. He's tough to stash in leagues that don't offer an IR-spot.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sun, March 18
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Giannis, LeBron, Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge, Lillard, Denzel Valentine, Draymond Green, Josh Jackson, Nikola Jokic, Taurean Prince.
RotoWorld reports: Denzel Valentine made the most of his opportunity to start Saturday against the Cavaliers, finishing with a career-high 34 points.
Valentine moved into the starting five with Zach LaVine (knee) sidelined, and he played 39 minutes with Kris Dunn (toe) and Lauri Markkanen (back) also missing in action. He hit 13-of-20 from the field, including an impressive 8-of-11 from behind the 3-point line, while chipping in with seven rebounds, six assists and a blocked shot. If he is called upon to start again Monday in New York he might be a solid DFS option, although expect plenty of others to also use him after this huge performance.
RotoWorld reports: Damian Lillard scored 24 points with seven rebounds, eight assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers during a 100-87 win over the Pistons on Saturday.
Make it 12 straight for the red-hot Blazers to give them a two-game lead over the Thunder for the No. 3 spot, and a huge 5.5-game cushion to remain in the postseason. The Blazers first unit has been solid on defense, but Dame has been no slouch with averages of 31.1 points, 4.3 boards, 6.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 4.0 treys. He has a tidy 61.5 TS% and a 32.3 usage rate, so Dame is scoring the ball extremely well. They get a big game against the Clippers on Sunday.
RotoWorld reports: Rudy Gobert went off yet again during a 103-97 win over the Kings on Saturday, scoring 22 points with 13 rebounds, four blocks and one turnover in 39 minutes.
He made 7-of-8 from the field and 8-of-10 from the line for this tidy 20-10. That's now three straight 20-10s for Gobert and he also has multiple blocks in five straight games. The Jazz are by far the best defensive team in the league over their last 23 games with their 21-2 record and their team net rating of +13.1 leads the NBA in that span. Gobert has been an absolute monster this month and no player with two eye brows has been better than him since Mar. 1 for total fantasy value.
RotoWorld reports: Josh Jackson put in a career-high 36 points in Saturday's loss to the Warriors, adding two triples, six boards, four assists, two steals, one block and four turnovers in 36 minutes off the bench.
Jackson didn’t waste any time to get going once he got into the game, rattling off 18 points during his first 12-minute stint, and he never really took his foot off the gas pedal. He's been on quite the hot streak over the past three with averages of 24.0 points, 6.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.3 triples, 0.7 swats and 2.7 turnovers per game on 53.1% shooting, and with T.J. Warren leaving the game with a knee injury, Jackson is looking like a must-grab guy.
RotoWorld reports: Draymond Green fell two assists shy of a triple-double on Saturday, finishing with 25 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, four triples, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 35 minutes.
Green went 10-of-20 from the field and 1-of-2 from the stripe, and his 20 field goal attempts accounted for the most amount of shots he’d taken in a regular-season game since December 11 of 2015 (not once did he attempt 20 shots during the 2016-17 season). He’s obviously going to be more involved in the offense as the last man standing out of the Core Four (27.2 usage over the past two), and he should have a handful of triple-doubles coming his way.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Fri, March 16
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were LeBron, Nikola Jokic, Dwight Howard, Jrue Holiday, Andre Drummond, Clint Capela, Embiid, Jonas Valanciunas, Gobert.
RotoWorld reports: Nikola Jokic scored 23 points with 12 rebounds, 10 assists, three blocks, three steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Pistons during a 120-113 win on Thursday.
He becomes the first players since Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2016 to put up a 20-point trip-dub with at least three steals and blocks. It feels like every time people push the panic button on Jokic, he just goes on a tear. There was some concern about his usage drop with Paul Millsap back, but Jokic is rolling again. Over his last five, he's averaged 23.0 points, 10.2 boards, 7.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.2 treys on 67.2 percent from the field and 91.7 percent from the line. He'll be a first-round pick next year and his fantasy owners should enjoy the Denver run for a playoff spot.
RotoWorld reports: C.J. McCollum popped off for 29 points in Thursday's 113-105 win over Cleveland, adding three triples, one rebound, three assists, one steal and one turnover in 38 minutes.
McCollum went bonkers during the second quarter, rocking a 33.7 usage rate while scoring 11 of his 29 points on 5-of-8 shooting, and he never really let up after that. Portland is clicking at the right time, as they’ve now rattled off 11 straight wins, and McCollum has been solid over that stretch with averages of 22.8 points, 3.3 dimes, 2.7 triples and just 1.4 turnovers per contest.
RotoWorld reports: Jamal Murray scored 26 points with nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and five 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Pistons on Thursday.
He did have a minor left thigh issue and was on the exercise bike, but Murray continues to be one of the tougher young players in the NBA. Murray's third-quarter was terrific 11 straight Nuggets points in 2:21. He also could be looking at a bump to his minutes and usage with Gary Harris (knee) getting hurt today. The Blue Arrow has been a little inconsistent, but he's still had a breakout season.
RotoWorld reports: Rudy Gobert scored 21 points with 13 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 34 minutes against the Suns during a 116-88 win over the Suns on Thursday.
The Jazz look almost unbeatable now and it all starts with Rudy Gobert coming back. They've went an incredible 20-2 in their last 22 games, and not surprisingly Gobert has been a monster. In that span, Gobert averaged 15.6 points, 11.6 boards, 1.6 assists, 2.2 blocks, 0.9 steals and 1.6 turnovers on 62.4 percent from the field and 71.1 percent from the line with a +18.0 net rating. Gobert has been a top-15 player for total value in standard leagues in that stretch, and it's time we start considering him for Defensive Player of the Year despite missing time.
RotoWorld reports: Tyreke Evans (ribs) looked great in his return from a 10-game absence on Thursday, tallying 25 points, nine dimes, five boards, two steals, five triples and three turnovers in 33 minutes.
Evans did an excellent job of running the floor and he came just one triple shy of matching his career-high in long-range makes, but most importantly, he looked healthy and didn’t hesitate at all taking it right to the rack through contact. Evans also had an epic pro-tank play at the end of the game, fouling Atonio Blakeney on a 3-point attempt with 1.8 seconds left and the Grizzlies clinging to a one-point lead. Blakeney went 2-of-3 from the line and Memphis lost the game.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thu, March 15
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Giannis, B.Beal, Nikola Vucevic, Terry Rozier, Eric Bledsoe, James Johnson, Marcus Morris, Kevin Durant, Brook Lopez.
RotoWorld reports: Buddy Hield bounced back on Wednesday with a team-high 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting, making two 3-pointers with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.
Hield played 31 minutes tonight and was at his best down the stretch and in overtime, helping the Kings earn a 123-119 victory. That said, Hield has been wildly inconsistent on offense lately -- in his previous four games he scored 20, zero, 18 and three points. He was cruising in late February and still belongs in active lineups, despite the roller-coaster ride.
RotoWorld reports: Marcus Morris dropped a season-high 31 points during Wednesday's tough loss, making 11-of-22 FGs and 5-of-7 FTs with four 3-pointers, nine boards, two steals and one assist.
It's no coincidence that Morris' high-water mark came with Boston decimated by injuries tonight, and his scoring kept Boston competitive. He did make a horrible play leaving Jodie Meeks open in the corner for a game-tying 3-pointer, but that won't impact the veteran going forward -- he's bound to have higher minutes and usage until Boston gets healthy bodies back. Most owners should roll with him through the weekend, in the hopes that he stays hot.
RotoWorld reports: Jonathon Simmons scored a career-high 35 points during a 126-117 win over the Bucks on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, three assists and a career-high seven 3-pointers.
After missing his first two shots to start the game, he was red hot in the first half and hit the 26-point mark with just 11 minutes left in the third quarter. Simmons has actually been awesome in back-to-back sets with 18.2 points per game on 63 TS% in his previous 12 instances, so savvy DFS players may have had a leg up. He's playing with more energy and he looks like the big winner from the Evan Fournier (knee) injury.
RotoWorld reports: Goran Dragic tied his season-high with 33 points vs. the Kings, making 11-of-21 FGs and 8-of-9 FTs, with three 3-pointers.
Dragic didn't do much else with three assists and two rebounds in 39 minutes, but who's complaining? He had free rein offensively with Josh Richardson, Dwyane Wade and Hassan Whiteside all injured, and it helped that this was an OT game vs. the Kings' defense. Dragic gets one day to rest before facing the Lakers in L.A. on Friday.
RotoWorld reports: Bradley Beal scored a game-high 34 points to help snap the Wizards' two-game losing streak on Wednesday, making 14-of-27 shots with nine assists, seven rebounds, two assists and one block.
The Wizards were down 21-6 against a skeleton crew for the Celtics, but they woke up behind a stellar effort from Beal. It was almost like he realized Boston was playing without five key rotation players and couldn't stop him one-on-one. He wound up playing 47 minutes in the double-overtime road win, and was understandably exhausted -- when asked how he felt afterward, he referenced his injured All-Star teammate -- "First off, John [Wall] better hurry up." Fantasy owners may not share that sentiment.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wed, March 14
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, LeBron, Westbrook, DeAndre Jordan, K-A Towns, Rondo, Nic Batum, Embiid, Kuzma, Wilson Chandler.
RotoWorld reports: Anthony Davis kept it going on Tuesday, hitting 13-of-26 shots and 5-of-6 free throws for 31 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, two steals and five blocks in 39 minutes of a 119-115 win over the Hornets.
He was 0-for-3 from downtown, but the rest of his game was on point. Davis is out of his mind lately, averaging 28.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.5 steals, 6.0 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers over his last four games. He's the No. 1 player in fantasy this season, any way you slice it, and the Pelicans are in a tense battle for not only playoff seeding, but just to make sure they get in. And that's great news for AD's fantasy teams, as the Pelicans simply have to have him out there every night the rest of the way. Apparently, his ankle is just fine.
RotoWorld reports: Rudy Gobert posted a 22-point, 12-board double-double during Tuesday's blowout win over the Pistons, adding one assist, two blocks and three turnovers in 31 minutes.
Gobert dominated down low, creating numerous second-chance opportunities for the Jazz while gobbling up the O-boards. It was an up-and-down season for Gobert with the knee injuries, but finally looks healthy and has come into the month of March with averages of 18.2 points, 14.2 boards, 1.3 steals, 2.3 swats and just 1.7 turnovers per contest on 63.9% shooting from the field and 77.5% from the stripe, which has him flirting with top-5 value in 9-cat leagues.
RotoWorld reports: DeAndre Jordan hit 11-of-12 shots and scored 29 points with 18 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal during a 112-106 win over the Bulls on Tuesday.
That's just one assist off his career high. The Clippers are in one of the most highly-contested playoff races ever, and even their winning streak hasn't helped them because teams like the Jazz and Pelicans are playing even better. As for DJ, he's cleaning enough glass to get an endorsement from Windex, averaging 17.3 points, 19.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.2 blocks and 0.7 steals over his last six games. He's even been at 65.3 percent from the line over that stretch, so life is good for his fantasy owners.
RotoWorld reports: LaMarcus Aldridge hit 11-of-17 shots for 24 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes in his return from an ankle injury on Tuesday.
Aldridge sat out on Monday night but looked pretty good tonight. The Spurs are currently back in the No. 8 spot in the West, but will need to continue to win on a nightly basis if they're going to stick in the playoffs. And their schedule is one of the most difficult remaining in the entire league. This all works in Aldridge's favor, as the Spurs simply need him to play, but Gregg Popovich might still give him the occasional day off.
RotoWorld reports: Jonas Valanciunas dominated the Nets in a 116-102 win over the Nets on Tuesday, scoring 26 points with 14 rebounds, one assist and one block in 27 minutes.
The Nets have allowed the most fantasy points to centers this season and were forced to play Dante Cunningham and Quincy Acy big minutes with Jarrett Allen (foot) out. Needless to say, this was the perfect storm for Valanciunas. March has been his best month by far this season and his fantasy owners should be in great shape with three more games on the schedule for Toronto this week.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tue, March 13
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Jusuf Nurkic, Damian Lillard, Brandon Jennings, Russell Westbrook, Justise Winslow, James Harden.
RotoWorld reports: Boston does not know the probability of Marcus Smart (thumb) playing again this season, according to sources of Celtics' reporter Mark Murphy.
"[They're] waiting for that second opinion," the source said. "Don't know if it's a 50 percent chance or a 30 percent chance. Just don't know." There have been conflicting reports on exactly what Smart is dealing with, with Adrian Wojnarowski reporting that he had suffered a torn tendon in his thumb, but Adam Himmelsbach indicated it was just a sprain. Either way, he's looking at a lengthy absence and belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues at this point in the fantasy season. Terry Rozier should be picked up everywhere.
RotoWorld reports: Jusuf Nurkic hit 12-of-18 shots for 27 points, 16 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 31 minutes of Monday's 115-99 win over the Heat.
Wow. He missed season highs in both points and boards by the narrowest of margins and had one of his best games as a professional. Nurkic has disappeared at times this season and is always an injury risk, but has hit double figures in rebounds in three of his last four, and has scored in double figures in nine of his last 10 games. He's as must-start as they come right now and the Blazers have won 10 straight games.
RotoWorld reports: Corey Brewer started again and hit 4-of-8 shots, a 3-pointer and 7-of-7 free throws for 16 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block in 33 minutes of Monday's win over the Kings.
Shockingly, Brewer's making some noise for the Thunder, averaging 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.8 3-pointers in his last four games for his new team. For a guy who's had trouble scoring in his career, Brewer has looked pretty good since joining the Thunder five games ago. And as long as he's going to continue to start and get 30 minutes a night, he might be worth adding in 12-team leagues. Don't drop a good player for him, but if you're sitting on an injured guy like Dwyane Wade, Brewer might be a suitable replacement.
RotoWorld reports: Damian Lillard hit 8-of-19 shots, 7-of-14 3-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws for 32 points, five rebounds and 10 assists in 37 minutes on Monday.
Lillard is calling himself the best shooter in the league and he's playing like it lately, averaging a ridiculous 31.2 points, 6.4 assists and 5.4 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five games. He's returning first-round value this season and is in the talk for the MVP Award, although James Harden pretty much has it wrapped up. And the No. 3 seeded Blazers won their 10th straight game tonight.
RotoWorld reports: Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) will not play Tuesday vs. Orlando.
It was reported over the weekend that Leonard and the Spurs are targeting Thursday's game vs. the Pelicans. We should get some clarity by Tuesday evening regarding Leonard's status moving forward, as coach Gregg Popovich told reporters on Monday night that he plans to meet with Kawhi on Tuesday in an effort to determine when Leonard will return to game action. Stay tuned.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Mon, March 12
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, Julius Randle, Kevin Durant, Nikola Jokic, Taurean Prince, LeBron James, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert, Marcus Smart, Ricky Rubio.
RotoWorld reports: Anthony Davis recorded his first career triple-double on Sunday, racking up 25 points, 11 rebounds, 10 blocks, three assists, three steals, one 3-pointer and two turnovers in 40 minutes.
Davis tied his season-high in swats (six) before the first half ended, which tied a franchise record (held by Davis) for the most blocks in a half, and his 10 blocks not only set a personal best but also set the new franchise record for most swats in a single game. This was the first points-boards-blocks triple-double since Hassan Whiteside did it back in 2016, and AD is just the second player in NBA history to amass 9000 points and 9000 swats prior to turning 25. The other guy? Shaquille O'Neal. He did, however, exit the game during the closing minutes, but maybe he was just gassed after going HAM on his born day.
RotoWorld reports: Kyrie Irving (sore left knee) said after Sunday's game that his knee has been "achy" for the past week, and admitted that he might need time to rest.
Irving added that he's "not concerned" about his injury long-term, but there's no urgency for him to play with Boston seven games up on Cleveland for the No. 2 seed. It sounds like he'll miss a few games to fully recover, but owners should obviously check for updates on Monday before locking in weekly lineups. If he does miss more games, it will primarily benefit Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart.
RotoWorld reports: Nikola Jokic scored 20 points to go along with 11 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and a blocked shot across 30 minutes Sunday against Sacramento.
Jokic recorded his seventh triple-double of the season and the 13th of his career. The team is also 6-1 in his triple-doubles this season, winning each of the past six since dropping a 124-114 decision in his first one back on Jan. 8. He was a very efficient 8-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-4 from behind the 3-point line, and he rolled up a game-high plus-33 rating, too. The Nuggets are back at it on the road Tuesday against the Lakers to tip off a three-game week.
RotoWorld reports: Brandon Ingram (strained left groin) will not play during the Lakers' back-to-back set on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Ingram was initially expected to be evaluated on Monday, so this is a minor setback for owners -- and it's discouraging that he's been ruled out for multiple games days in advance. Guys like Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Julius Randle will continue to pick up the slack until Ingram returns, and L.A. has also been relying on Brook Lopez for an increased share of the offense. It makes sense to hold him until Thursday's evaluation, but that might not be feasible if there's a fantasy playoff on the line.
RotoWorld reports: Nerlens Noel finished with 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in just 15 minutes off the bench on Sunday.
Noel was rested on Saturday as a precaution but this is the second straight game he's put up impressive numbers -- he had eight points, 14 boards, one steal and one block in 26 minutes on Tuesday. His minutes are unlikely to spike while Dwight Powell is playing well, especially since Dallas seems content to keep Dirk Nowitzki on the court, but few big men have as much raw upside as Noel. If you need boards and defensive stats, you could do worse.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sun, March 11
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Dwight Howard, Nic Batum, Westbrook, Jonathon Simmons, Tobias Harris, Harrison Barnes, Nikola Vucevic, Kelly Olynyk, Paul George.
RotoWorld reports: Kawhi Leonard (quad) could return as early as Thursday's game against New Orleans, according to ESPN's Lisa Salters and Adrian Wojnarowski.
First off, make sure he's not on your waiver wire. Leonard is not on the trip for the three-game stretch right now, and an additional report from the San Antonio Express News adds "there is gathering hope he might be able to return in the middle of this month." He'll obviously have a minutes limit, but this is awesome news for basketball fans and fantasy owners.
RotoWorld reports: Dwight Howard scored 30 points with 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocks in 37 minutes during a 122-115 win over the Suns on Saturday.
The biggest takeaway from this one is start centers in DFS against the Suns. Another takeaway is Howard is hot with two 30-point games in his last three, and he's even made 19-of-26 from the line in his last two. There's still no word of the Hornets dialing him back, so keep rolling him out there and hope he keeps putting up big lines.
RotoWorld reports: Dwight Powell scored 15 points with 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two turnovers during a 114-80 win over the Grizzlies on Saturday.
He continues to do it for his fantasy owners and he's been hot for 14 games now. In that span, Powell averaged 13.0 points, 8.6 boards, 1.9 dimes, 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.0 turnovers on 61.3 percent from the field. That gives him fifth-round value per game in standard leagues, so he's been tremendous for his savvy fantasy owners.
RotoWorld reports: JaMychal Green scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer during his start at center in a 114-80 win loss for the Grizzlies in Dallas.
He would have played a lot more, but the Grizzlies were blown out again. The Grizzlies are now on a 17-game losing streak and the Philadelphia Eagles have a more recent win than Memphis' victory way back on Jan. 29. Green appears to be safe from the Grizzlies rest and he should keep getting heavy usage with big minutes. Hey, grizzly bears aren't supposed to hibernate in the spring, right?
RotoWorld reports: Russell Westbrook was good for 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists over 36 minutes in Saturday's 104-94 win against the Spurs.
It was Westbrook's 19th triple-double of the season, as he continues to be very pleasing to his fantasy owners despite the fact he also picked up five more turnovers. He is now just two triple-doubles shy of 100 for his NBA career. Only three players in NBA history have hit 100 or more triple-doubles - Jason Kidd (107), Earvin 'Magic' Johnson (138) and Oscar Robertson (181).
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sat, March 10
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Giannis, Durant, LeBron, DeAndre Jordan, Harden, Lonzo Ball, Jamal Murray, Brook Lopez, Blake Griffin, Marc Gasol.
RotoWorld reports: Brook Lopez scored a team-high 29 points in Friday's 125-116 loss to Denver, shooting 12-of-18 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line.
He's coming off a 27-point game and also shot 12-of-18 from the field in that one. Lopez added five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three triples, and he's making the most of his extra touches with Brandon Ingram (groin) out. The Lakers have shortened up their rotation which also helps. His fantasy arrow is pointing up as we approach the first week of the fantasy playoffs for most owners.
RotoWorld reports: Kyle Lowry scored 30 points during a thrilling 108-105 win over the Rockets on Friday, adding three rebounds, six assists, one steal and seven 3-pointers in 33 minutes.
He beat the Rockets at their game with plenty of treys, especially in the early going. In fact, Lowry at one point had six 3-pointers while the Rockets only had one make at that time. Lowry's scoring was actually way down coming in at just 13.9 points per game since the break, but basically every other stat was just fine. We've seen Lowry take a couple usage dips, but obviously his fantasy owners don't care as long as he's out there for 32-35 minutes.
RotoWorld reports: Jamal Murray scored 22 points with three rebounds, eight assists, one block, four steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes during a 125-116 win over the Lakers on Friday.
There he is. He made a career-high 10 free throws on his 11 attempts, and his four steals were also a career best. Murray is also a slight winner from the Wilson Chandler (hip) injury because he's lost a few late minutes to Will Barton sliding into his spot with the other starters. Murray's usage rate is down since the break and it could take a hit with Paul Millsap back, but he was shooting 22.6 percent from deep since the break before tonight and that won't continue. The Blue Arrow should be in all standard lineups.
RotoWorld reports: Jae Crowder scored a season-high 22 points with one rebound, three assists, one block, one steal and six 3-pointers against the Grizzlies on Friday.
He has really figured it out again and he's been one of the best backup power forwards in the league since joining Utah. In fact, when he's with the other four starters not named Derrick Favors, that unit has a +31.2 net rating to make them one of the best units in hoops over their 76 minutes. Crowder is worth a long look in standard leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Jonathon Simmons poured in a team-high 25 points in Friday's 94-88 loss to the Kings, adding five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 35 minutes.
He's not going to shoot 9-of-15 from the field every night, but this is an indication that we can expect big things from Simmons while Evan Fournier (knee) and Aaron Gordon (concussion) are out. The bad news is that Orlando has a terrible fantasy playoff schedule, playing just three games in each of the next three weeks.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Fri, March 9
In yesterday's NBA games, top fantasy basketball players were Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge, Draymond Green, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, Steven Adams, Ronade Hollis-Jefferson, Kyle Anderson, Nemanja Bjelica, Allen Crabbe, Hassan Whiteside.
RotoWorld reports: Hassan Whiteside scored 26 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 29 minutes during a win over the 76ers on Thursday.
He wins his second battle in a row with Joel Embiid, and he was clearly pumped on his post-game interview on Heat TV. "I love it. I love it. I love it. Let's keep it going. I love it," he said about the win. Whiteside's minutes were down coming into this game, and he's still going to have to deal with coach Erik Spoelstra sitting him in some fourth quarters. That said, the stats are still there for him overall, so there's nothing to worry about from a fantasy perspective.
RotoWorld reports: LaMarcus Aldridge pulled down a season-high 17 boards during a 110-107 loss to the Warriors on Thursday, adding 30 points, four assists and two turnovers in 37 minutes.
This wasn't the LMA that scored just 12.3 points per game in his final three games against the Dubs in the postseason last year, and the version that scored just seven on Monday. He'll likely be the lone Spurs big when he's on the court, so his boards could see a nice increase. Plus, this should relieve some concerns about any lingering ankle or knee issues.
RotoWorld reports: Dario Saric scored 20 points with 10 rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Heat on Thursday.
He probably isn't getting enough credit for one of the best shooting seasons in the NBA. Over his 15 previous games, Saric sports an elite 63.5 TS% on his 21.1 usage rate to help him to a +9.1 net rating. If you're wondering why the 76ers aren't missing Markelle Fultz at all, look no further than Saric after he probably should've won Rookie of the Year last season.
RotoWorld reports: Draymond Green posted his third triple-double of the season with 11 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, two blocks, two steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.
He earned the 22nd career triple-double on a putback to help the Warriors get a 107-105 lead. Besides his assists, all of Green's counting stats were down after the break compared to before in points, treys, boards, blocks, steals and having more turnovers. He'll be asked to do more while Stephen Curry (ankle) is out, but it's possible Green gets a night off at some point in the next month.
RotoWorld reports: Alex Len struggled yet again with two points, three rebounds, one block and one steal in 11 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.
It was all good just a week ago. Len had a six-block Friday against this OKC team, but he's been unfathomably bad since. In those three games combined he had just 11 points, eight boards, one block and one steal in only 25 minutes. Maybe Tyson Chandler is dinged up again, but it's almost impossible to hold him in fantasy through these struggles. Len's fantasy value has been falling off cliffs so much that it probably should come with a parachute.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thu, March 8
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were LeBron James, Kyle Lowry, Nikola Vucevic, DeMar DeRozan, Aaron Gordon, James Harden, Blake Griffin, Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday.
RotoWorld reports: Aaron Gordon scored 28 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, four 3-pointers and one block in 36 minutes on Wednesday.
Gordon went 2-of-7 from the free-throw line, to the detriment of category-based owners, but he also made 11-of-20 field goals. It's a step in the right direction after Monday's 4-of-18 dud vs. the Jazz, but he's yet to resume the every-night dominance owners enjoyed in October and November. He's at least trending in the right direction, and his usage rate would only increase if Evan Fournier (knee) is forced to miss time.
RotoWorld reports: Kyle Kuzma took advantage of another start on Wednesday with 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting, 10 rebounds, three steals and one block in a game-high 42 minutes.
Brandon Ingram (strained hamstring) is out until at least Mar. 12, which means he'll spend at least two more games on the sidelines -- and it's debatable whether L.A. would play him in back-to-back games on Mar. 13-14. That leaves Kuzma in a terrific position, at least short-term, and his patient owners can safely deploy him in active lineups.
RotoWorld reports: Blake Griffin had 31 points, four assists, three rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers during Wednesday's 121-119 home loss.
Griffin sank a 3-pointer to tie the game with 37.2 seconds left in overtime, finishing 12-of-21 from the field and 4-of-8 from the line. Since Blake joined the Pistons, they had been 6-0 vs. opponents on the second night of a back-to-back set -- tonight's loss snapped that streak, but it did come against the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors. Roto owners haven't been thrilled with Griffin's percentages, turnovers and lack of defensive stats in Detroit, but he's getting it done in most points leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Nikola Jokic went off for 36 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers in a losing effort on Wednesday, making 12-of-14 field goals and 10-of-11 free throws in 34 minutes.
The Joker had been struggling and coach Mike Malone even benched him in the fourth quarter on Monday to send a message. "I told [Jokic] we need to get him back being a lot more aggressive and stop deferring to everybody," Malone said. "He’s our best player and we need him to step up in these last 18 games." The recent return of Paul Millsap (wrist) has done Jokic no favors, but tonight's huge line cements our lack of concern. Jokic is a fantasy dynamo.
RotoWorld reports: Larry Nance Jr. picked up 13 points, 13 rebounds, four steals and three assists in 37 minutes vs. Denver on Wednesday.
Tristan Thompson's sprained ankle will cost him roughly two weeks, according to coach Ty Lue, and Nance is off to a torrid start as the Cavs' fill-in center. It's only been two games, but he's averaging a stellar 17.5 points on 60.0% FGs and 83.3% FTs, 14.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 0.5 turnovers. If you didn't pick him up this weekend, it's already too late.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wed, March 7
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Damian Lillard, Dwight Howard, Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul.
RotoWorld reports: Nikola Jokic was benched for the entire fourth quarter in Tuesday's 118-107 loss to Dallas, finishing with a season-low four points on 2-of-9 shooting.
Coach Michael Malone has done things like this in the past and isn't exactly loved by the fantasy community. What makes this benching even worse is that the Nuggets are sitting in 9th place with the Thunder, Clippers and Jazz all within a couple games of each other. Jokic added nine rebounds with five assists, one block and two steals and has seen his production fall off a cliff since Paul Millsap returned. Malone even said on Monday that his offense still revolves around Jokic, but that wasn't the case tonight.
RotoWorld reports: Montrezl Harrell dropped a season-high 26 points vs. the Pelicans on Tuesday, hitting 11-of-17 shots and 4-of-6 free throws in 31 minutes.
He started the second half in place of Wes Johnson and finished with a +/- rating of +16 in the 5-point loss, adding eight rebounds, two assists and one steal. This was the third-highest scoring game of his career and Harrell has been very productive recently, averaging 18.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 blocks and 0.8 steals in 23.0 minutes over his last five. If Harrell moves into the starting lineup (Tobias Harris could slide to SF) or continues to see minutes in the 20s, he'll be worth an add if you can live with his free throw shooting.
RotoWorld reports: Yogi Ferrell started again with Wesley Matthews out (hip) and hit 9-of-11 shots and 6-of-7 3-pointers for a season-high 24 points, four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 38 minutes of Tuesday's 118-107 win over the Nuggets.
Ferrell hadn't scored more than nine points in his previous four games, but shot it lights-out tonight and was largely responsible for the Mavs getting the unlikely win over one of the league's hottest teams. With nothing left to play for, the Mavs could just turn Yogi loose the rest of the way, making him at least worth a look going forward. But just beware that his scoring lines in his previous four games were 5, 2, 4 and 9.
RotoWorld reports: Nerlens Noel played 26 minutes and hit 3-of-6 shots for eight points, a season-high 14 rebounds, a steal and a block in Tuesday's 118-107 win over the Nuggets.
He came through against Nikola Jokic, who was benched down the stretch, but this was really one of the first solid games he's played since opening night. If he continues to get heavy minutes the rest of the way, Noel could make some noise for the Mavs, so think about taking a flier on him if you're hurting at center. But be prepared to be disappointed, as he's had a lost season up to this point. We'd still rather own Dwight Powell for now.
RotoWorld reports: Jrue Holiday dished out a career-high 17 assists in Tuesday's win over the Clippers to go with 19 points, four rebounds, one steal, two blocks and two triples in 36 minutes.
The Pelicans have won nine straight games, and while Anthony Davis is getting all the headlines, Holiday has been a stud as well. During their streak, Holiday is averaging 25.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.4 triples on 52% shooting. His defense has been just as good and he's returning second-round value in 9-category leagues on the season.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tue, March 6
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Hassan Whiteside, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard, LeBron James, Joe Ingles, Larry Nance Jr, Rudy Gobert, Bojan Bogdanovic, Blake Griffin, Justise Winslow.
RotoWorld reports: Hassan Whiteside put on a show vs. the Suns on Monday with 24 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks in just 25 minutes.
He didn't play down the stretch, but that was due to the lopsided score. The Suns have allowed the fourth most fantasy points to centers this season and are currently starting a washed-up veteran in Tyson Chandler, so this was the perfect storm for Whiteside. He hit 10-of-13 shots and 4-of-5 free throws as Miami picked up their second straight win, and he should be relatively fresh for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards on the second night of a back-to-back.
RotoWorld reports: Tony Parker scored a season-high 23 points in Monday's 100-98 win over the Grizzlies.
He checked into the fourth quarter with 6:05 left and buried four shots for a quick eight points to give the Spurs a spark. Parker turned back the clock tonight and hit 10-of-14 shots with four assists and a steal, but there's a good chance that this will end up being his best game of the season. Dejounte Murray is the starting point guard and that isn't going to change. Leave Parker on the wire.
RotoWorld reports: Marc Gasol dropped 23 points with 10 rebounds in a 100-98 loss to the Spurs on Monday.
Gasol was on the injury report with left ankle and right quad injuries, but didn't seem limited tonight. He added four assists, one steal and three triples in a team-high 37 minutes, hitting 8-of-13 shots and 4-of-5 free throws. The Grizzlies play three games in the span of four nights from Wednesday to Saturday, so his fantasy owners are just hoping he plays in at least two of those.
RotoWorld reports: Damian Lillard hit 12-of-25 shots, 6-of-11 3-pointers and 9-of-12 free throws for 39 points, five rebounds and six assists, racking up 19 of his points in the fourth quarter to hold off the streaking Lakers.
Lillard was a freak tonight and several of his threes came from way beyond the arc, or with tough defense in his face. He basically single-handedly got his team the win and the Blazers have now won all six games since the All-Star break. The Blazers have a one-game lead on the Pelicans, Spurs and Timberwolves for the No. 3 seed in the West and are going to try to win every night out in hopes of grabbing home-court advantage in at least the first round of the playoffs. And Lillard is on fire, averaging 32 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.8 3-pointers over his last five. He's having an MVP-type season, but won't have much of a shot at winning it given what James Harden and LeBron James have done.
RotoWorld reports: Rudy Gobert hit 9-of-10 shots and 3-of-6 free throws for 21 points, 17 rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 37 minutes of Monday's 94-80 win over the Magic.
The Jazz have been one of the best defensive teams in the league since Gobert got healthy and they are rolling, currently sitting as the No. 10 seed in the West, just 1.5 games behind the Nuggets for the final playoff spot. The Jazz have won three straight and eight of their last 10, and Gobert's a big reason why. The Clippers, Nuggets, Thunder, Timberwolves, Spurs and Pelicans are all within striking distance for the Jazz (3.0 games behind the No. 4 Pelicans), but they'll have to keep winning consistently just to get in. It should be a wild race down the stretch, but we wouldn't bet against a healthy Jazz team right now.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Mon, March 5
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Giannis, Anthony Davis, Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris, Elfrid Payton, B.Beal, Caris LeVert, Jrue Holiday, DeAndre Jordan, Kyle O'Quinn.
RotoWorld reports: Ben Simmons handed out a season-high-tying 15 assists on Sunday, with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting, five rebounds and two blocks.
Simmons didn't attempt any free throws tonight, which is the first time that's happened in nearly six weeks. Considering he shoots nearly as well from the field (53.4%) as the FT line (57.4%), his lack of attempts was a blessing in category-based leagues. Simmons is still just 21 years old and it's scary to think what he's capable of long-term.
RotoWorld reports: Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to a comeback win on Sunday with 35 points (14-of-23 FGs, 6-of-10 FTs), nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.
The Bucks trailed by 20 points early tonight, but they fought back and completely dominated the second half with a 58-38 advantage. Giannis came in with a mini slump, shooting 38.5% over his previous four games, but his jumper was fluid and he helped Milwaukee snap a four-game skid with this critical win vs. an Eastern Conference foe. Next up is a road game vs. the Pacers on Monday.
RotoWorld reports: Dirk Nowitzki went 8-of-13 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line for a season-high 23 points in 26 minutes on Sunday.
In the process, Dirk moved ahead of Elvin Hayes for 8th all-time in made field goals (10,980), with Wilt Chamberlain next on the list. He added seven rebounds, one assist and one block tonight, while hitting three 3-pointers, and it's still amazing that he's only had one DNP this season. As a veteran on a lousy team, Dirk is playing on borrowed time. Let's see what happens during the Mavs' next back-to-back set on Mar. 10-11.
RotoWorld reports: Caris LeVert went off for a career-high 27 points on Sunday, making 11-of-19 shots with five 3-pointers, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 29 minutes.
Savvy owners who've had LeVert stashed since his return on Feb. 26 were richly rewarded tonight, and his 27 points were the most by a Nets' reserve since Sean Kilpatrick last March. LeVert was in attack mode early tonight and it paid off -- he challenged the Clippers' guards to prevent him from getting into the paint, and when they gave him space he drained 5-of-7 triples. He won't be on your waiver wire 24 hours from now.
RotoWorld reports: Jonas Valanciunas feasted vs. the Hornets with 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting, 13 rebounds, two blocks, one steal and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.
JV didn't get to the FT line tonight, but he went 2-of-3 from deep and generally outworked Dwight Howard in an eventual 103-98 home win. Toronto swept their season matchup vs. Charlotte for the first time in 11 years, and they're rolling again with four straight wins. Even though his minutes are typically in the 20-24 range, JV is a safe every-night play in typical leagues.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sat, March 3
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Devin Booker, DeAndre Jordan, Elfrid Payton, Aaron Gordon, Giannis, Embiid, Kanter, Khris Middleton, D.Schroder.
RotoWorld reports: Devin Booker put up 39 points (16-of-28 FGs) with eight assists, six rebounds, one block and six triples in a 124-116 loss to the Thunder on Friday.
If not for some heroics by Russell Westbrook in the fourth quarter, Booker would be celebrating a win to go with his big night -- he became the third youngest player to reach 4,000 career points (LeBron James and Kevin Durant). He's been on fire with four straight games of 30+ points, the first Suns player to do that since Amar'e Stoudemire in 2004.
RotoWorld reports: Will Barton scored 24 points off the bench with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Grizzlies on Friday.
The homecoming game narrative strikes again for the University of Memphis product. He's one of the best sixth men in the league and he will be getting his shot attempts when he's on the floor. Barton looks like he'll still be able to hit around 30 minutes even when Paul Millsap's minutes cap is gone, so he should still be fired up in all fantasy leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Khris Middleton's 30 points weren't enough in Friday's 103-96 loss to the Pacers, Milwaukee's fourth straight loss.
Middleton finished 11-of-21 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line, adding five rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block, two triples and six turnovers. He's been more aggressive lately, getting to the free throw line at least six times in each of his last five games. Middleton is one of five players in the East averaging 20+ points, 5+ rebounds and 4+ assists, and he's been a steady third-round value in 9-category leagues. There's no reason why he can't hold onto that ranking with the Bucks fighting for playoff seeding.
RotoWorld reports: Paul Millsap scored 15 points with seven rebounds, one assist, five steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minues during his start against the Grizzlies on Friday.
Coach Mike Malone pulled a fast one on everyone after he said it would be a few more games before he would throw Millsap into the first unit. Well, maybe it's because they lost two games before this win, but either way Millsap is likely here to stay in the first unit. He'll likely be hitting 30 minutes in the near future and he could be an early-round player for his stat-stuffing ways.
RotoWorld reports: Victor Oladipo led the Pacers to a 103-96 win over the Bucks on Friday, scoring 21 points with seven rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and two triples in 36 minutes.
After dropping two games against the tanking Mavs and Hawks, the Pacers got back on track tonight. Oladipo was cold from beyond the arc entering tonight's game, hitting just 1-of-12 attempts in his last two outings. "You give me that shot nine more times, I think I'm going to make it eight," Oladipo said. "Obviously, I haven't been shooting it great from 3. I'm aware of that. I just got to keep working on it. Shoot with confidence -- don't think about it and just let it fly." He did exactly that on Friday, hitting 9-of-19 shots and 2-of-6 triples. He's been a top-10 player this season and isn't slowing down.
FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYER RANKINGS
Updated March 29, 2017
Eight category, including FG%, FT%, Threes
BEST FANTASY GUARDS: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, John Wall, Isaiah Thomas, Chris Paul, Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, CJ McCollum, Mike Conley, Kemba Walker, Eric Bledsoe, Bradley Beal, Jeff Teague, Gordon Hayward.
BEST FANTASY FORWARDS: Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, Paul George, Nikola Jokic, Draymond Green, Hassan Whiteside, Rudy Gay (out for season), Myles Turner, Kevin Love, Kristaps Porzingis, Otto Porter Jr, Paul Millsap, Serge Ibaka.
BEST FANTASY CENTERS: Karl-Anthony Towns, DeMarcus Cousins, Joel Embiid (out for season), Rudy Gobert, Marc Gasol, Brook Lopez, Al Horford, Nikola Vucevic, DeAndre Jordan, Gorgui Dieng, Dwight Howard, Jonas Valanciunas, Tyson Chandler, Marcin Gortat, Nerlens Noel, and Steven Adams.
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.
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