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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, February 27
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were LeBron James, Eric Bledsoe, Russell Westbrook, and Markieff Morris. There were only two games.
Rotoworld reports: Magic - Aaron Gordon (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.
With Gordon sidelined, Channing Frye will see a healthy heaping of minutes. However, with season averages of just 7.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 three-pointers per game, Frye can't be viewed as anything more than a 3-point specialist in very deep leagues.
Rotoworld reports: Suns - Gerald Green played 16 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with two points, one assist and one steal.
He was the No. 2 guy off the bench and he only made 1-of-4 from the field. Green was more focused on defense tonight, but he still has a long way to go to getting back in the good graces of his coach. If you want to add someone like Kelly Olynyk for Green, go for it.
Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Enes Kanter scored 18 points with six boards, one assist and one block in 37 minutes on Thursday against the Suns.
Kanter has always been able to score and rebound at a reasonable rate, but his defensive stats are still not there. He has totaled just one block and one steal in four games for the Thunder, and he is still having trouble finding the open man, averaging just 1.5 assists over that span. Steven Adams (hand) will likely return soon, but Kanter should still be locked in as the starting center for the rest of the season to the delight of his owners.
Rotoworld reports: Cavs - J.R. Smith was held to just four points for the second straight game on Thursday vs. the Warriors, shooting just 1-of-5 from the floor and missing both of his 3-point attempts.
He saved his line with four rebounds, five assists and four steals, but this has been the story of Smith's career so far. He is one of the streakiest players in the NBA, and his owners will simply have to take the good with the bad. Smith is still worth owing in most leagues, especially now that Kyrie Irving could miss some time with a shoulder issue.
Rotoworld reports: Knicks - Jose Calderon is not considering shutting it down for the season after his latest Achilles injury.
Calderon is currently in a walking boot and is listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Pistons, but it's great to see him eager to return to action despite the Knicks fighting the 76ers for last place in the Eastern Conference. Langston Galloway will be the primary beneficiary if Calderon misses time, while Shane Larkin (illness) could get some increased run as well.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, February 26
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Wes Matthews, DeAndre Jordan, Chris Paul, Rudy Gay, Pau Gasol, John Henson, and Will Barton. Unusual day.
Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw said he'd like to see more consistency out of Kenneth Faried (thumb).
Faried is dealing with a thumb injury, but he was also benched in favor of Darrell Arthur on Monday. "The expectation level with Kenneth was never as a go-to guy. He was never a guy we expected to be able to throw the ball into and say: 'Go get us 20 points every night.' It's probably unfair for people to expect that," Shaw said. "But the other things — the rebounding, the running the floor and the energy — that's what people expect. And that's been a little bit inconsistent." The Manimal's fantasy owners likely agree with Shaw and may want to think about cutting Faried in deeper leagues if another solid option is available.
Rotoworld reports: Mavs - Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said Rajon Rondo will start against the Nets on Saturday after serving a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.
An on-court verbal exchange and ensuing post-game shouting match in the locker room led to a one-game suspension for Rondo, but Carlisle is ready to move forward. "It’s one game, we’ll be off [Thursday]," Carlisle said. "He’ll practice Friday, and he’ll be back in the starting lineup on Saturday. The events of last night are in the past. And we’ve got to move forward." It sounds like it's safe for fantasy owners to plug Rondo back into their lineups for Saturday's game against the Nets, while J.J. Barea and Devin Harris will return to bench roles.
Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Wesley Matthews, who missed all seven of his shots and scored four points on Sunday, got it back on Wednesday, hitting 11-of-18 shots and four 3-pointers for 31 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in a win over the Spurs.
Yes! Arron Afflalo scored 10 points off the bench, and owners who were scared that Afflalo's presence would ruin Matthews should be feeling much better about things after this performance. And yes, he just went from a season low in scoring to a season high in back-to-back games, which is pretty hard for fantasy studs to do at this point in the season.
Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Manu Ginobili played just 13 minutes and hit 1-of-5 shots for two points, one rebound and two assists on Wednesday.
He might have been jealous of Tony Parker getting all of Gregg Popovich's attention recently, so he decided to put up a line just as brutal as Parker's tonight (Parker had two points, four assists, four turnovers on 1-of-8 shooting). Ginobili hasn't scored more than eight points in three straight games and the Spurs have lost four in a row. If you feel like dropping the old man, we're not going to stop you. And maybe, just maybe, old age has finally caught up with San Antonio.
Rotoworld reports: Rockets - Donatas Motiejunas played one of his better games in the past month against the Clippers on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers.
Before this one, he hasn't been great this month, averaging 11.8 points, 5.9 boards, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks in his previous eight games. Donuts was also more of a cream puff on defense, allowing his man to shoot 5.1 percent higher than his average in that span, too. Motiejunas hasn't been in the top 200 for February this month and is clearly being outplayed by Terrence Jones, a much better player to own.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, February 25
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Stephen Curry, Reggie Jackson, Kevin Love, Serge Ibaka, Paul Pierce, and Russell Westbrook.
Rotoworld reports: Bulls - Derrick Rose's medial meniscus tear is not as severe as it was in 2013 and he is expected to have surgery sooner rather than later.
Additionally, the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson added some notes this morning: Rose was told after first surgery last season of possibility another tear could happen and that "snip" procedure likely then. He also opted for meniscus to be reattached rather than removed in 2013, but the snipping procedure tends to have a shorter rehab. There's no timetable for his return, but sadly his fantasy owners can cut him in all redraft leagues. Aaron Brook is likely to score more from the point guard spot and is worth a look in standard leagues. Meanwhile, expect Jimmy Butler to really step up. Butler saw a massive increase in production the last time Rose went down, but he's grown immensely since and could have another boost. Tony Snell has also been on a tear and is worth watching.
Rotoworld reports: Mavs - Rajon Rondo had a heated verbal exchange with coach Rick Carlisle early in the third quarter on Tuesday, after which Rondo never re-entered the game.
"Emotional game and we had a difference of opinion," Carlisle said afterward. "Once it was over, it was over." Rondo appeared to ignore Carlisle's play call during an offensive possession, which led to a frustrated timeout during which Rondo and his coach openly yelled at one another in the huddle, and the fact that he didn't return to the game suggests it wasn't immediately "over" as Carlisle suggested. Rondo finished with four points and four assists in 18 minutes and we expect him to resume his typical role as a starter vs. Atlanta on Wednesday.
Rotoworld reports: Raptors - DeMar DeRozan scored 18 points on 7-of-21 shooting in Tuesday's road loss, while backcourt partner Kyle Lowry scored 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting.
DeRozan's fantasy value has tumbled thanks to career-low 39.6 percent shooting this season, and he's been slow to regain his All-Star form since returning from a groin injury in mid-January. He's still a steady top-75 producer in most formats, however, and an uptick in his offensive numbers would vault him into the early rounds.
Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Serge Ibaka made 9-of-11 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws vs. Indiana, finishing Tuesday's victory with 23 points, one 3-pointer, 10 rebounds and three blocks in 29 minutes.
Ibaka ranks eighth in the league as a roll-man off screens, though his 168 points pale in comparison to category-leader Anthony Davis' 329 points. The Thunder have encouraged Ibaka to bomb away from downtown, resulting in a career-high 1.3 triples per game, but his ability to attack the rim has helped him maintain solid 46.8 percent shooting. That number will only go up after tonight's ultra-efficient display.
Rotoworld reports: Pacers - C.J. Miles pitched in a team-high 21 points vs. the Thunder on Tuesday, making 9-of-14 shots with two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one steal and two turnovers.
He did his damage in 27 minutes and none of Indy's starters hit the 30-minute mark tonight, as coach Frank Vogel leaned on his bench after the starters dug a double-digit hole in the first quarter. Miles appears to have locked up a starting job and he's returning solid late-round value over the past month with averages of 13.8 points, 1.8 triples, 3.0 boards and 1.1 steals, all with solid percentages.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, February 24
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Chris Paul, Luol Deng, Goran Dragic, Avery Bradley, and Eric Bledsoe.
Rotoworld reports: Clippers - Spencer Hawes saw 32 minutes on Monday against the Grizzlies, scoring nine points on 4-of-12 shooting (including a three) with one rebound, two assists and three blocks.
We don't know if Hawes' injuries are catching up to him or if he simply sucks now, but he just hasn't clicked in L.A. and he's not exactly making the most of Blake Griffin's absence. He's worth owning in the hopes his fantasy friendly game can start to take off, but not at the expense of a free agent with long-term prospects.
Rotoworld reports: Grizzlies - Jeff Green hit 5-of-12 shots with three treys in Monday's win, finishing with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal against the Clippers.
Green had a decent outing on Sunday but between that game and tonight's contest we're not seeing a major shift in value. With low upside owners can look at him as a potential short-term solution but expecting more is probably too optimistic.
Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Rudy Gobert scored seven points on 3-of-6 shooting with 14 rebounds, two steals and three blocks over 31 minutes in the Jazz's 90-81 win over the Spurs on Monday.
Gobert is just scratching the surface and he's a game-changer in both fantasy and reality basketball. If you had the foresight to draft him and stay the course, you're about to get paid off in a massive way.
Rotoworld reports: Suns - Eric Bledsoe scored 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting (including two threes) with seven rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and six turnovers in Monday's home loss to the Celtics.
With Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas out and just Brandon Knight coming in, don't be surprised if Bledsoe posts first and second round value in 8- and 9-cat leagues, respectively.
Rotoworld reports: Celtics - Avery Bradley scored 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, three assists and six steals in Monday's road win over the Suns.
Bradley hit all four of his freebies for good measure. The addition of Isaiah Thomas is probably going to help him because of the point guard's ability to penetrate and find shooters on the perimeter. The two had extremely good chemistry tonight and Bradley should be owned in all formats.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, February 23
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Nikola Vucevic, Paul Millsap, Rodney Stuckey, Marcin Gortat, Klay Thompson, Andre Drummond, and Serge Ibaka.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Nick Young scored 19 points vs. Boston on Sunday, making 5-of-9 FGs and 6-of-8 FTs with three 3-pointers in his highest-scoring game since Jan. 19.
Young added one rebound, one assist, one steal and a rare block during 26 minutes off L.A.'s bench, and his lackluster supporting stats are a big reason why he can't be relied upon in typical fantasy leagues. He was reportedly 15 minutes late to practice but the Lakers haven't confirmed it and he shouldn't face any punishment for Wednesday's game in Utah.
Rotoworld reports: Celtics - Evan Turner finished Sunday's OT defeat with 12 points on 5-of-19 shooting, six rebounds and a season-high 12 assists.
He added two steals while turning the ball over four times in 36 minutes of action. Fantasy owners should view this line skeptically for numerous reasons -- he did this against the Lakers' lackluster defense, Isaiah Thomas was ejected during his Celts' debut off the bench, and Turner is now a combined 23-of-90 from the field over his past nine games (25.6 percent).
Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Arron Afflalo made his Trail Blazers debut on Sunday with eight points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench.
Afflalo hit one 3-pointer and he'll add some much-needed punch to the Blazers' second unit, but the trade to Portland spoils his fantasy value as long as Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews are healthy. Afflalo doesn't get many boards and assists, and he's even worse in defensive stats, so the 29-year-old veteran belongs on the waiver wire in most standard leagues.
Rotoworld reports: Grizzlies - Mike Conley played through a sore left wrist vs. Portland on Sunday, hitting 6-of-15 shots to finish with 15 points, one 3-pointer, six rebounds, eight assists and two steals.
His wrist has bothered him since late January and it's concerning that it didn't fully heal during the All-Star break, though for now there are no indications that he'll miss any games. Tonight's line is reason enough to keep him active in all leagues -- he also blocked a shot for just the sixth time all season and didn't turn the ball over in 30 minutes of action.
Rotoworld reports: Hornets - Mo Williams continued his stellar play with the Hornets in a loss to the Mavericks on Sunday, scoring 22 points with three assists, one board, three steals and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
The Hornets clearly got a bargain in their trade with the Wolves, as Williams has been nothing short of incredible with his new team. He scored 24 points with 11 assists and five 3-pointers on Saturday, and with Kemba Walker set to miss at least a few more weeks, Williams is going to be a must-start player for the foreseeable future. Congrats are in order if you were able to snag him off the wire. As for Brian Roberts, it's safe to drop him in almost all leagues after he failed to score in just 14 minutes.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, February 22
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Corey Brewer (Rockets), James Johnson (Raptors), Mo Williams (Hornets) and Austin Rivers (Clippers). Strange day.
Rotoworld reports: Knicks - Lance Thomas will replace Cleanthony Early in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.
Early scored just two points in 23 minutes in a start against the Heat on Friday, but coach Derek Fisher said that Thomas was starting for his ability to guard multiple positions. in 15 starts this season, Thomas has averaged 6.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists, so there's no reason to grab him in most leagues.
Rotoworld reports: Celtics - Jared Sullinger will miss the remainder of the season with a left metatarsal stress fracture.
This is devastating news for Sullinger and we wish him nothing but the best as he begins the road to recovery. There's no known timetable for his return, but hopefully he can be healthy in time for the start of training camp next season. Brandon Bass and Tyler Zeller are going to have their hands full in the frontcourt for the foreseeable future, while Kelly Olynyk (ankle) should see a larger role when he returns and should be stashed in all leagues. Sullinger finishes the season with averages of 14.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 3-pointer in 28.7 minutes per game.
Rotoworld reports: Cavs - Shawn Marion revealed that he has been dealing with an injured hip for the past couple of months.
"My hip is bothering me right now. I’ve been trying to fight through it as much as I can, but it’s causing me a lot of discomfort," Marion said. " I just want to get back to 100 percent healthy." Marion has played a combined 18 minutes in the Cavs' last five games including picking up a couple DNPs over that same stretch. The hip injury explains why his role in the rotation has been so erratic, and it's surprising that Marion continues to suit up for games instead of taking the necessary time to recover. If it's not already obvious, Marion can be left on the wire in almost all leagues.
Rotoworld reports: 76er - Jason Richardson will make his second consecutive start against the Magic on Sunday.
He scored seven points with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes against the Pacers on Friday, so J-Rich proved that he still has some gas left in the tank. He's obviously a huge injury risk at this point in his career, but owners in deeper leagues can certainly do worse while he is active.
Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Aaron Afflalo is excited about his recent trade to Portland, and he has said that he will accept any role that the team gives him as they look to make some noise in the Western Conference.
"I look at myself as a person that gives a team what it needs," Afflalo said. "If this team needs depth, if it needs scoring off the bench, if it needs a defensive stopper for segments, that's what I'm going to be." Afflalo's is going to come off the bench in Portland and play fewer minutes than he did in Denver, so even though he should see a decrease in production, his efficiency might rise with a much stronger supporting cast. Afflalo is by no means a must-own player anymore, but he's still worth a look for owners in need of 3-pointers.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, February 21
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Avery Bradley, LeBron James, Lou Williams, Jimmy Butler, Markieff Morris, Rudy Gay, and Rodney Stuckey.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Nick Young (ankle) returned to action on Friday, scoring just five points on 2-of-9 shooting (including a three) to go with three rebounds in 25 minutes.
The swag just isn't there for Young, even if we should probably cut him some slack in his first game back. And with the way the Lakers' rotation is looking these days, this is a situation that most owners can pass on in standard formats.
Rotoworld reports: Nets - Deron Williams started for Jarrett Jack (hamstring) on Friday against the Lakers, scoring 12 points on 6-of-14 shooting (no threes) with four rebounds, 15 assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers in 40 minutes.
Nice. And it's about time. Surely the All Star break helped him get his legs back and some time off probably didn't hurt the noggin, either. We're nowhere near declaring that he's back in the vicinity of his early season production, especially after beating up on L.A., but this outing makes him an interesting gambler's target via trade.
Rotoworld reports: Nets - Thaddeus Young made his Nets debut on Friday, scoring eight points on 4-of-8 shooting with four rebounds and one steal in just 12 minutes.
Not bad for the first night and he should have a similar opportunity in Brooklyn that he had in Minnesota, though Young was playing a bit over his head for the last month and will likely settle in as a mid-round value.
Rotoworld reports: Warriors - Draymond Green scored 11 points with six rebounds, four assists, three steals and three 3-pointers against the Spurs on Friday.
While several Western Conference teams made some improvements in the trade market, none of them compare to the improvements made by Draymond. He's a huge difference maker in reality and in fantasy, averaging 10.0 points, 11.0 boards, 4.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.6 steals and 1.2 treys in his last five. The Warriors wouldn't have the No. 1 seed in the NBA without Green and his fantasy owners are probably looking good in the standings too.
Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Tim Duncan scored just eight points against the Warriors during a 110-99 loss on Friday, adding three boards, three assists and one steal in 21 minutes.
Duncan is playing 28 minutes per game on the second half of back-to-back sets, but coach Gregg Popovich said he might lower his minutes tonight. Although, Duncan didn't play in the final 18:37 of this game because the Spurs were down 14 at the time. The Spurs next back-to-back starts on Friday Feb. 27.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, February 20
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Tim Duncan, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Serge Ibaka, and Tony Parker.
Rotoworld reports: Heat - The initial tests taken to determine whether Chris Bosh has blood clots on his lungs came back inconclusive, according to the Miami Heat.
There is a fear that Bosh could have blood clots on his lungs, a condition that would end his season, but nothing is certain at this point in time. He is set to undergo further testing at a Miami-area hospital, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. Obviously he has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Knicks, so there will be more minutes to go around for guys like Udonis Haslem, Luol Deng, Chris Andersen, and potentially James Ennis.
Rotoworld reports: Heat - The Heat are expected to offer Goran Dragic a five-year, max-contract worth upwards of $100 million when he opts out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Miami wouldn't have given up two first-round draft picks without feeling good about their chances of retaining Dragic this offseason, and his fantasy value is due for a significant boost with the move to South Beach. Mario Chalmers' value on the other hand is due to take a sizable hit, as he's forced to a bench role to accommodate The Dragon in the starting unit.
Rotoworld reports: Clippers - Chris Paul handed out 16 assists against the Spurs on Thursday during a 119-115 win, adding 22 points, five rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers.
This was a huge win for the Clippers to move them up to No. 5 in the Western Conference standings. CP3's numbers have taken off without Blake Griffin (elbow) in his last three, averaging 19.7 points, 5.7 boards, 13.7 assists and 1.3 treys -- all wins against Western Conference playoff teams (Spurs, Rockets and Mavericks). Paul raised his assists to 9.8 per game with tonight's performance and there's a chance he can catch John Wall and Ty Lawson (10.1) for the league lead.
Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Kawhi Leonard made just 1-of-11 from the field for four points with six rebounds, six assists and one steal in 27 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.
He is struggling on the offensive end right now and this was one of his worst games in a long time. In his last four games, Leonard made just 12-of-52 (23.1 percent from the field. The vast majority of his misses were jump shots tonight, which was the story in his previous three because he missed 20 of his 23 jumpers in that span. Leonard will likely get back to being more of a close-range guy and he's still filling the stat sheet in other areas, so try to buy low if you can.
Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Serge Ibaka logged the first 20-20 line of his career on Thursday against the Mavericks, scoring 21 points with 22 boards and two turnovers.
The rebounds were a career high, which has been a huge part of his success recently. In fact, Ibaka has a 15.2 total rebounding rate in his last 12 games, which is a nice increase from his 12.0 in his first 42 games of the season. Although, Ibaka's rebounding numbers should head back down with Steven Adams returning soon and the addition of Enes Kanter and his 17.1 total rebounding rate this season. On the other hand, Kanter's defense is going to be a problem, which may actually help Ibaka's block totals due to the weak side help. Ibaka has been able to climb back into being a second-round guy on the season and he should stay there the rest of the way.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, February 13
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Tony Snell and Pau Gasol. There was just one game. The regular season resumes Thursday, February 19.
Rotoworld reports: Cavs - J.R. Smith shot 3-of-10 from the field on Thursday to finish with eight points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in 31 minutes of action.
The poor shooting and single-digit points may jump out, but he knocked down one 3-pointer and quietly stuffed the stat sheet tonight. Smith hasn't fallen off as much as expected with Iman Shumpert (six points, two boards in 22 minutes) healthy and he's finding ways to produce despite the Cavs' trio of stars, making him a player worth holding in standard leagues through the All-Star break.
Rotoworld reports: Bulls - Derrick Rose was in attack-mode all night vs. the Cavs on Thursday, posting a team-high 30 points with four rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two turnovers in the Bulls' final game before the All-Star break.
Rose heads into the break with serious momentum, having averaged 21.8 points, 2.3 threes, 3.1 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 0.9 steals over the past 15 games. He looked phenomenal tonight and took half of his shots in the paint, making 12-of-24 field goals while going a perfect 6-of-6 at the FT line. Rose has missed only one game since mid-December and is poised for an exciting finish to the 2014-15 regular season.
Rotoworld reports: Knicks - Carmelo Anthony told ESPN Radio on Thursday that he is "very likely" to shut down after the All-Star Game.
It would appear Melo is going to succumb to the reported pressure to shut down this season. He had some knee soreness on Monday and was in visible pain. He didn't surpass any of his season averages from last year in the major stat categories and had an identical 32.4 usage rate. His fantasy owners can consider cutting him, but it makes more sense for this news to solidify first. Meanwhile, nobody wants to step up for the Knicks on the wing. Tim Hardaway Jr. has made just 37.0 percent from the field for 12.6 points per game in his six starts at small forward. Langston Galloway has been awful in his last seven, making just 28.9 percent from the field while his assists fell to 2.9 per game with little else. Lance Thomas missed Wednesday and did have a couple bright spots, but it's hard to count on a 26-year-old forward who hasn't done much in his career before this season. Maybe Cleanthony Early steps up.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, February 11
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Ty Lawson, Pau Gasol, Greg Monroe and Eric Bledsoe.
Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - JaVale McGee made a brief cameo vs. the Lakers on Tuesday, scoring three points without any other stats to his credit in one minute of action.
McGee recently returned from an illness and the Nuggets had no incentive to push him in their final game before the All-Star break, especially after his recent setback with another leg injury. He's a potential trade candidate for Denver but remains a dubious source of fantasy value no matter where he finishes the season.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Nick Young scored 12 points with two 3-pointers on 4-of-13 shooting during Tuesday's dispiriting 96-106 home loss to the Nuggets.
This was Young's first double-digit scoring performance in three games and he's a combined 20-of-65 from the field in his past seven games. He does nothing else to help fantasy owners, particularly in defensive categories, and his Swaggalicious persona shouldn't obscure his lack of value while launching inefficient shots in a bench role for L.A.
Rotoworld reports: Pelicans - Anthony Davis (sprained right shoulder) remains questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.
Davis was a partial participant in Tuesday's practice and coach Monty Williams said he's improved since Monday, when he sat out vs. the Jazz. "He's still a bit sore, but he's still day to day,'' Williams said. "There's is a chance that he could play [Wednesday], but it's all about how he feels when he wakes up because he did a lot today with treatment to on-court stuff. He did very little physical stuff." The fact that Davis is even questionable is encouraging after watching his hard fall on Saturday, and owners should check back for updates after the Pelicans' shootaround.
Rotoworld reports: Nets - Jarrett Jack (hamstring) said that he could have returned to Tuesday's game but the Nets wanted to play it safe with the All-Star break looming.
Brooklyn doesn't play again until Feb. 20 so it made sense for them to pull Jack and avoid aggravating what seems to be a minor injury -- he said his hammy "tightened up" which is an encouraging update after watching him leave the court with a severe limp. Deron Williams started the second half of Tuesday's game prior to Jack's absence, a situation we'll keep an eye on throughout the All-Star break.
Rotoworld reports: Grizzlies - Mike Conley scored two points on 1-of-8 shooting vs. the Nets on Tuesday, adding four assists and three steals, but his dud didn't prevent the Grizzlies from earning a 95-86 home win.
The Grizzlies have now won 10 of their past 11 games and enter the All-Star break in terrific shape, as Jeff Green (11 points, three boards, four assists) provided some of the length and perimeter shooting they've sorely lacked. Conley was averaging 19.0 points on 54.9 percent shooting over his past four games, and he should bounce back quickly vs. OKC on Wednesday.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, February 9
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Al Jefferson, Pau Gasol, Jimmy Butler, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and DeMarcus Cousins.
Rotoworld reports: Kings - Ramon Sessions had 10 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two turnovers in 32 minutes while starting in place of Darren Collison (hip) on Sunday.
Sessions was judicious offensively, finishing 4-of-5 from the field and 2-of-5 from the FT line in the Kings' last-second victory. The win improved Sacramento to 18-32, which leaves them 10 games out of the playoff picture, and Sessions isn't worth owning with Collison day-to-day.
Rotoworld reports: Bulls - Derrick Rose handed out a season-high 11 assists during Sunday's road win in Orlando, adding 10 points, one 3-pointer, one rebound and two steals in 35 minutes.
Rose has dished out double-digit dimes four times this season and this was only the eighth time that he's posted multiple steals. Those caveats, in addition to 41.0 percent shooting from the field, help to explain why he's been a mid-round option this season. His value gets even worse in 9-cat leagues thanks to a whopping 3.3 turnovers per game, so owners should consider capitalizing on his health and name-brand value in trade talks during the All-Star break.
Rotoworld reports: Bulls - Pau Gasol double-doubled before halftime on Sunday and finished a razor-thin victory in Orlando with 25 points, 15 boards, four assists one steal and one block.
The 34-year-old Gasol has blown away expectations this season, averaging a lofty 18.1 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks with just three DNPs all season. He'll start the All-Star game for the East but should still be rested and ready for a strong push toward the playoffs, so just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Kawhi Leonard scored just 11 points on 5-of-17 shooting in Sunday's loss to the Raptors, adding five boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.
It was a disappointing night by his standards, but James Johnson's defense had a lot to do with Leonard's poor shooting performance. After averaging 22 points over his last three games, Leonard's owners should cut him some slack here. As long as he can stay healthy, he is going to be an elite fantasy asset the rest of the way as the Spurs look to solidify their spot in the Western Conference playoffs.
Rotoworld reports: Pacers - Roy Hibbert struggled during Sunday's road win, scoring seven points on 2-of-9 FGs with seven rebounds, one assist and zero blocks, while giving up 30 points to Al Jefferson.
Hibbert's inconsistency has been a career-long issue and fantasy owners should be used to occasional disappearances. He was averaging 13.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in two previous games in February, however, and should fare better vs. the Spurs on Monday.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, February 8
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Pau Gasol, Damian Lillard, Gordon Hayward, Draymond Green, Brandon Knight, and Derrick Favors.
Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Damian Lillard scored 26 points on 7-of-19 shooting in Saturday's overtime loss to the Mavericks, adding seven assists, seven boards, four steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 42 minutes.
Lillard was stunningly 2-of-30 from 3-point range in his previous four games, so it was nice to see him get his touch back by connecting on 4-of-10 3-pointers tonight. Lillard did turn the ball over five times in this one, but his owners can't really complain about this line. It's just a matter of time before he wreaks havoc on the league for snubbing him in the All-Star voting, so his owners should be prepared for a wild ride to end the season.
Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Gordon Hayward scored an easy 30 points against the Kings during a 102-90 win on Saturday, adding two rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.
He's as hot as ever over his last four, averaging 24.0 points, 4.0 boards, 3.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.3 blocks and 2.5 triples on 56.1 percent from the field. In that span, he's been rolling outside of the paint, making 58.9 percent from the field on those shots. He's also been able to beat guys off the dribble to get 27.3 percent of his shots at the rim. After a month of slumping, Hayward looks like he's ready to cruise again.
Rotoworld reports: Kings - Rudy Gay made 1-of-8 from the field for four points with one rebound, one assist, one block and two turnovers against the Jazz on Saturday.
Yikes. He made just 2-of-13 from the field on Thursday and he’s made a paltry 11.8 percent from deep in his last five, averaging 17.2 points, 5.4 boards, 2.2 assists, 0.6 blocks and 0.4 steals. His owners should just sit tight.
Rotoworld reports: Bucks - Giannis Antetokounmpo filled the stat sheet against the Celtics on Saturday with 14 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and three turnovers.
He made 6-of-10 from the field and the improved shooting numbers continue to be the big story, making 50.9 percent from the field this season. Antetokounmpo scored at least 25 points in each of his previous two and made at least 60 percent from the field in three of his last five, averaging 17.6 points, 10.8 boards, 2.8 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals. It's on.
Rotoworld reports: Hornets - Lance Stephenson played 33 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday with six points, five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block.
It's a decent line, but he only made 3-of-11 from the field. Stephenson could get some more run with Michael Kidd- Gilchrist (hamstring) going down, but the disastrous shooting from the field and from the line severely caps his upside. He's worth owning in points leagues, though.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, February 7
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, Tobias Harris, Tyreke Evans, Marcus Morris, Greg Monroe, Blake Griffin, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Nikola Vucevic and James Harden.
Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting (including a career-high five threes) with four rebounds, four assists and three steals in the Spurs' 98-85 win over the Heat on Friday.
It's not hard to see what fantasy owners have been excited about for the better part of two years and he seemingly just needs to stay on the floor to maintain elite status. Over the last month he has been the No. 9 and 13 fantasy producer in 9- and 8-cat leagues, respectively.
Rotoworld reports: Heat - Mario Chalmers (shin) hit just 2-of-8 shots (including a three) for seven points, one rebound, four assists and two steals in 25 minutes on Friday against the Spurs.
Chalmers might get some benefit of the doubt for the shin injury if he hadn't been struggling for a while. A lack of aggression has plagued his output and from what we hear this is more a confidence issue than anything physical, which means if he can get over whatever is holding him back he could still have some upside. If you already moved on we wouldn't blame you, though.
Rotoworld reports: Suns - Marcus Morris had a career-night setting highs in scoring (34) and rebounding (12) in Friday's win over the Jazz.
Morris hit 11-of-17 shots (5-of-7 3PTs, 7-of-8 FTs) with two steals and a block in 33 minutes, and he's certainly on the radar as a pickup, but Alex Len's absence certainly had a role in this. Len is expected to be out through the All Star break at least, so there's a small ramp for owners to take a test drive on, and with this game he's a top 75-100 guy over the past month. Plan accordingly.
Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Gordon Hayward scored 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting (1-of-2 3PTs, 5-of-6 FTs) with five rebounds and five assists in Friday's loss to the Suns.
Hayward can be a pretty streaky player and he's on a heater right now, returning top 20-25 value over the past month. Derrick Favors added 20 points, five rebounds, three steals and one block in the loss.
Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Russell Westbrook scored a career-high 48 points on 15-of-28 shooting (3-of-5 3PTs, 15-of-15 FTs) with nine rebounds, 11 assists and four steals in the Thunder's gut-wrenching 113-110 loss to the Pelicans on Friday.
Westbrook and Anthony Davis, who hit the game-winner, are putting some real pressure on consensus top players LeBron James and Kevin Durant in the reality basketball circuit. Fouled on a 3-pointer late, Westbrook calmly hit all three free throws to send the game to overtime, had Davis not broken the Internet with his double-pump trey with no time left.
CBS Sports reports: Pelicans' PG Tyreke Evans had a career-high 16 assists in a 116-113 win over the Thunder, Friday in Oklahoma City. Evans also had 22 points and 10 rebounds to complete a triple-double. He inbounded the ball to Anthony Davis with 1.2 seconds remaining for a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Pelicans return home to host the Bulls, Saturday.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, February 6
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Gerald Henderson, LeBron James, Tyson Chandler and DeMarcus Cousins. It was a quiet, four-game night.
Rotoworld reports: 76ers - Michael Carter-Williams is dealing with a sore right foot and is a game-time decision on Friday vs. the Celtics.
MCW has already been dealing with shin and ankle issues in recent weeks, so this latest foot injury is a major cause for concern. The 76ers are known to be extremely cautious with their players, so owners should have a backup plan ready. Philadelphia just signed point guard Tim Frazier to a 10-day contract this week, and he may be forced to play big minutes if MCW sits this one out. Check back before tip-off for the latest updates.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Carlos Boozer and Ed Davis will continue to come off the Lakers' bench despite the absence of Jordan Hill (hip).
Boozer is coming off a 28-point performance on Wednesday, while Ed Davis was able to snag 20 rebounds in the Lakers' overtime loss to the Bucks. However, head coach Byron Scott has decided to go with a frontcourt of Robert Sacre and Tarik Black in recent games, suggesting that the Lakers are starting to grasp the idea of tanking. Boozer and Davis' upside will be limited as long as they continue to come off the bench, so owners in standard leagues may want to avoid this situation altogether.
Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Robin Lopez looked great against one of his former teams on Thursday, scoring 11 points with 12 boards and four blocks in 31 minutes against the Suns.
Besides some uncharacteristic issues at the charity stripe, Ro-Lo is off to a nice start in his return. His minutes were back to normal tonight and he had a season high in rebounds. Make sure he's not floating around on the waiver wire in standard leagues.
Rotoworld reports: Suns - Markieff Morris scored 18 points with eight rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.
If the Suns are going to miss Alex Len (ankle), that could mean Morris gets minutes at the five a bit more. Morris has struggled around the rim lately and from deep, but he's spent extra time in practice on his long-range shot. That means the Suns have no intention of abandoning his 3-point contributions, especially since he's been great in the mid-range. He has a buy-low feel right now.
Rotoworld reports: Mavs - Tyson Chandler stayed hot against the Kings on Thursday with 16 points, 16 boards, one assist and one steal in 30 minutes on 7-of-9 from the field.
He owns the Kings this season, averaging 15.0 points, 14.0 boards and 1.5 blocks in his previous two games against them. Chandler has been equally great over his last five, averaging 14.8 points, 13.0 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 steals on 79.5 percent from the field and 80.0 percent from the line. He is destroying his ADP value.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, February 5
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Hassan Whiteside, Tobias Harris, John Wall, Carlos Boozer, Tyson Chandler, Nikola Vucevic, Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton, and Jeff Teague. It was a busy night so multiple other guys stepped up as well.
Rotoworld reports: Warriors - Stephen Curry went nuts on Wednesday, hitting 16-of-26 shots and 10 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 51 points, four rebounds, four assists and a steal, leading the Warriors to a comeback win over Dallas.
He became the first player in NBA history to post 50 points and 10 3-pointers in multiple games, set his personal best scoring night at Oracle Arena, and scored 26 points in the third quarter. That's his highest total for any quarter in his career, and is second in the league this season behind teammate Klay Thompson, who scored 37 points in the third quarter against the Kings on Jan. 23, when he finished with 52 points. If there was any question as to the best backcourt in the NBA, Curry and Thompson have put an exclamation point on the answer over the last two weeks. Additionally, Curry and Thompson became the first teammates to score 50 points in the same season since 1995 (Mavs Jamal Mashburn & Jim Jackson, and Heat's Dana Barros & Willie Burton). And yes, Mash and J.J. make sense there, but we didn't see Barros and Burton coming.
Rotoworld reports: Mavs - Al-Farouq Aminu came off the bench again and had 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer on 5-of-9 shooting in 28 minutes on Wednesday.
He's quietly averaging 9.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.6 steals, 1.8 blocks and 0.8 3-pointers, while shooting 52 percent from the field and 79 percent from the line over his last five games. Dirk Nowitzki's not getting any younger, and it looks like Rick Carlisle trusts AFA. Think about grabbing him if those numbers help your team.
Rotoworld reports: Grizzlies - Mike Conley started again and had 17 points, three rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers on 6-of-11 shooting in Wednesday's win over the Jazz.
Conley had just one assist on Monday and may still be dealing with pain in his wrist. In his three games since returning from injury, Conley is averaging 16.7 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.0 3-pointers. The scoring and threes are nice, but the 2.0 dimes per game from your top point guard are a total buzzkill. He should get better soon, as long as his wrist starts feeling better. Zach Randolph had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Marc Gasol added 23 points, six rebounds, four assists and a block in the win.
Rotoworld reports: Bulls - Jimmy Butler scored 27 points against the Rockets during a 101-90 loss on Wednesday with six rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers.
Since missing a game due to an illness last week, Butler has been sick over his last three. In that span, he's averaged 28.0 points, 6.7 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.7 treys on 49.1 percent from the field. He's arguably the best player on the Bulls and he's a good bet to be a top-20 player in standard leagues this season.
Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Joe Ingles started again on Wednesday but had just four points, one rebound and two assists in 20 minutes.
He had five points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal on Tuesday night, and is in a funk. He's still worth keeping an eye on and could help owners in daily leagues if he gets hot again, but we wouldn't recommend touching him right now.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, February 4
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were DJ Augustin, DeMarcus Cousins, Gordon Hayward, Chris Bosh, Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley, Stephen Curry, and Damian Lillard.
Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Updating a previous report, Kevin Durant (toe) has officially been ruled out of Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.
Durant didn't even make the trip to New Orleans which suggests that he could spend some additional time on the sidelines. The All-Star break can't come quick enough for Durant's owners as he will finally get a chance to recover extensively before fantasy playoffs begin. Dion Waiters will draw the start on Wednesday, but Russell Westbrook is in line for a huge game and is obviously the primary beneficiary.
Rotoworld reports: Magic - Victor Oladipo (Achilles) didn't suffer any setbacks during Monday's game vs. the Thunder and will play vs. the Spurs on Wednesday.
This is excellent news for Oladipo and this confirms that the injury he was dealing with was relatively minor. Owners can deploy Oladipo like they normally would moving forward and those of you who speculatively picked up Evan Fournier can now look elsewhere for production.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Nick Young had a talk with head coach Byron Scott about his most recent DNP-CD and said that they are both on the same page.
Coach Scott opted to rest Young's ankle on Sunday to the dismay of Young but they have both cleared the air since then. "It was about to be bigger than what it was," said Young on his relationship with coach Scott. "I just wanted to know what was going on. But we’re all right." Young will return to action on Wednesday against the Bucks and will look to bounce back after a rough shooting slump in January. If you are in need of points and 3-pointers, Swaggy P is worth a look, especially with Kobe Bryant (shoulder) out of the picture.
Rotoworld reports: Rockets - Dwight Howard (knee) had a bone marrow aspirate injection on Wednesday and will be re-evaluated in four weeks.
This practically rules him out until March, and it's possible that he misses even more time following his re-evaluation. The Rockets are obviously not going to play Howard at less than 100 percent with playoffs drawing closer, so owners who are on the verge of their own fantasy playoffs may be forced to cut ties with D12. Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith and Terrence Jones just received a huge boost to their value with this news, and we will pass along further updates on Howard when they are available.
Rotoworld reports: Knicks - Cleanthony Early played just three minutes against the Celtics on Tuesday after head coach Derek Fisher said that he would try to give the rookie more playing time.
With the Knicks obviously thinking towards the future, it's definitely surprising to see coach Fisher give valuable minutes to Lance Thomas and Quincy Acy as opposed to Early. The rookie has plenty of potential, but he still hasn't been able to carve out a role in New York. Early will be someone worth monitoring after the All-Star break if Carmelo Anthony is shut down, so owners in deep leagues should at least keep tabs on the rookie.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, February 3
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton, Joe Johnson, and Tyreke Evans.
Rotoworld reports: Pelicans - Omer Asik grabbed 17 rebounds in Monday's win, and also chipped in with nine points on 2-of-6 shooting (5-of-6 FTs) and a block.
Asik might have some very low-end value in points leagues that don't count percentages, but his body of work in standard leagues this season hasn't warranted any attention. He'll need to string some games together before we give him a look.
Rotoworld reports: Hawks - DeMarre Carroll (Achilles) played 23 minutes in his return to action on Monday, scoring six points on 2-of-4 shooting (all threes) with two rebounds and no other stats.
Owners will want to bench him where they can as he gets back up to speed. Carroll is a must-own player in standard formats.
Rotoworld reports: Nets - Deron Williams returned to action on Monday after about a month off due to rib injuries, scoring 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting (including three treys) with three rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes.
As far as return games go this wasn't bad, but it's more than a little disconcerting that Jarrett Jack logged 40 minutes and made the game-winner tonight. If Williams can stay healthy, he's all-but a lock to be worth owning. Hopefully the trade deadline will bring clarity to his role and return him to normal production.
Rotoworld reports: Clippers - DeAndre Jordan went for 22 and 20 in the Clippers' loss to the Nets, but did not have any steals or blocks and also hit just 2-of-12 free throws.
Factor in three turnovers and in standard leagues the good is nearly outweighed by the bad in this line. Jordan has been a top 30-40 player this season and the slide downward can be attributed to increased free throw attempts, which has now reached 5.4 attempts per game over the last month. He spent the first few months of the year taking half that amount. Chris Paul nearly triple-doubled in the loss, putting up 20 points, eight boards, eight assists, three steals and two threes.
Rotoworld reports: Bucks - John Henson played 29 minutes against the Raptors on Monday with 12 points, four rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks.
The Bucks are very shorthanded in their frontcourt and it's led to a increase in minutes for Henson in each of his last seven. Henson has 2.7 blocks per game in his last three and he's turning a profit in standard leagues right now. If you need blocks, give him a look. Also, he's up to 67 percent from the line this season, which is a nice increase from 51.4 last season.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, February 2
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Carmelo Anthony and Hassan Whiteside. There were just two games.
Rotoworld reports: Wolves - Wolves coach Flip Saunders is "hopeful" that both Ricky Rubio (ankle) and Mo Williams (hip) will play vs. Dallas on Monday.
Saunders said that he'll give Rubio "a few minutes" in his return, whether that comes on Monday or Wednesday, and Lorenzo Brown gives the Wolves an insurance policy at PG. Although instant top-60 production isn't feasible, Rubio's owners can look forward to a very productive stretch after the All-Star break. Check back after shootaround for updates on Rubio, Williams and Zach LaVine (ankle).
Rotoworld reports: Knicks - Jose Calderon had another lackluster outing on Sunday, scoring just nine points on 4-of-5 shooting, with four assists, two rebounds, two steals, one 3-pointer, and two turnovers.
Calderon is shooting a career-low 40.6 percent from the field this season, which has really hurt his value. His other averages of 9.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.5 three-pointers per game leave a lot to be desired, and owners just need to hope he is shipped out of New York soon as it just can't get much worse than this for Jose.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Nick Young (ankle) said he was healthy enough to play on Sunday, but head coach Byron Scott elected to keep him on the bench.
Young was clearly disappointed with being benched, and it appears there's some tension between him and Scott. When Young was asked about his relationship with Scott, he simply responded: "I don't know." For what it's worth, Young said that if up to him, he will play on Wednesday when the Lakers take on the Bucks, so we'll be monitoring his status closely. His return to the lineup will likely hurt the limited value of Jeremy Lin.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Jordan Hill (hip) said that he's dealing with more of a hip flexor injury than the initially reported right quad strain, and that he will be out a couple days or a couple weeks.
A couple days and couple weeks are obviously a big difference, so we'll be waiting for an official update from the Lakers' medical staff after he is re-evaluated on Monday. Should he be forced into an extended absence, Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis, Tarik Black, and Ryan Kelly will all benefit with Boozer offering the most upside out of the group. Stay tuned.
Rotoworld reports: Heat - Luol Deng (calf) said that he expects to play Tuesday vs. Detroit.
Deng said that he's felt good enough to go for the past three games, but the trainers have told him no. It sounds like he'll play Tuesday, and his return to the lineup will send Danny Granger back to the bench. He'll have some more opportunity on offense with Dwyane Wade (hamstring) sidelined, so make sure you have him active on Tuesday with a favorable matchup against the Pistons.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, January 31
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were LaMarcus Aldridge, Jarrett Jack, Brook Lopez, Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan, Eric Gordon, Chris Paul, Gordon Hayward, and Hassan Whiteside.
Rotoworld reports: Suns - Eric Bledsoe scored 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting (2-of-3 from deep, 5-of-5 from the line) with four rebounds, six assists and three steals in the Suns' 99-93 win over the Bulls on Friday.
The Suns' three-headed point guard experiment is working and at 16-6 over their past 22 games, they look plenty happy as a squad. Goran Dragic added 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting with two rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks and one three, and Markieff Morris went for 12 and 14 with three assists in the win.
Rotoworld reports: Bulls - Joakim Noah backed up a very good night on Thursday with a solid outing on Friday against the Suns, scoring nine points on 3-of-8 shooting with 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes.
As Noah builds a foundation since returning from injury owners will want to step up their efforts to sell him high. Between his injury risk and the fact he's not needed to handle the ball so much this year, he's simply in a different tax bracket than his public perception would suggest.
Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Enes Kanter played just 19 minutes on Friday, scoring five points on 2-of-7 shooting with 10 rebounds and as usual, no steals or blocks.
Quin Snyder didn't seem happy with Kanter's comments downplaying how good Andrew Bogut was, and with Trevor Booker playing well the big man lost some minutes. He's going to be worth owning as a low-end asset in standard fantasy leagues in all reasonable scenarios.
Rotoworld reports: Heat - Hassan Whiteside probably upped his 2K rating once again in the Heat's 93-72 loss to the Mavs on Friday, scoring 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting with 24 rebounds, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.
Hopefully you didn't drop him or sell him at some low-rent rate. He's bringing back late first-round fantasy value over the past 11 games as waiver wire pickup of the year in both fantasy and reality.
Rotoworld reports: Mavs - Charlie Villanueva scored a season-high 20 points off the bench on Friday, hitting six threes with five rebounds and one block in 23 minutes.
Villanueva had a few nice games earlier in the month but has been dead quiet ever since. If he can parlay this into a few nice outings in a row we'll let you know.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, January 30
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Jimmy Butler, Jordan Hill, Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol. There were just four games.
Rotoworld reports: Bulls - Jimmy Butler said he hurt his left knee against the Lakers on Thursday and is unsure if he will play against the Suns on Friday.
He didn't go to the locker room and was not in visible pain on the bench in the closing minutes of the game. Butler usually sucks it up and plays through minor injuries, so he has a good chance to play on the second game of a back-to-back set. If he is out, Tony Snell and Aaron Brooks benefit most.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Jordan Hill scored a season-high 26 points against the Bulls on Thursday with 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 41 minutes.
The Lakers gambled here with all of this playing time for Hill, but he looked great in the second overtime. Hill has become a bigger part of the offense in his last 13 games with 12.9 attempts per game from the field, averaging 14.6 points, 8.7 boards, 1.4 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks on 51.2 percent shooting. He should be owned in all leagues following this game.
Rotoworld reports: Bulls - Pau Gasol returned to the Staples Center to face the Lakers in a double-overtime 123-118 loss on Thursday, scoring 20 points with 10 rebounds, six assists and four blocks in 44 minutes.
He received a standing ovation from his former home crowd and the fans even received a Pau Gasol T-shirt. It's pretty clear Gasol made the right move heading to Chicago and he's been one of the best big men in the NBA in his age-34 season. There's no need to sell high unless you can trade him for a first-round asset.
Rotoworld reports: Grizzlies - Zach Randolph logged his 11th consecutive double-double against the Nuggets in a 99-69 win on Thursday with 15 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover.
He also had a career-high 17 consecutive double-digit boards with tonight's win. Randolph's stats in 2015 were already extremely impressive before this game, averaging 19.6 points, 13.1 boards, 2.8 assists and 0.5 blocks on 59.2 percent from the field. What's more, Z-Bo is making an unsustainable 51.9 percent on his mid-range shots in 2015. He's a sell-high player, but his fantasy owners can certainly just enjoy the ride if they want to.
Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - Kenneth Faried was a disaster on defense against the Grizzlies during a 99-69 loss on Thursday, scoring 10 points with seven rebounds, one assist and one turnover.
The bar was pretty low against one of the toughest matchups for frontcourt guys in the NBA. Faried has been mediocre in his last five, averaging 11.6 points, 8.2 boards, 1.2 assists and 0.8 blocks. There's a buy-low window opening up on him again.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, January 29
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kyrie Irving, LaMarcus Aldridge, Russell Westbrook, Monta Ellis, Paul Millsap, Al Horford, Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony.
Rotoworld reports: Suns - Goran Dragic scored a game-high 20 points against the Wizards on Wednesday during a 106-98 win, adding three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.
Dragic and Bledsoe are fourth and third in the NBA points in fast break and that style of play has helped a slew of guys put up favorable fantasy value. Dragic was coming off two horrendous games with just 12 points combined, so he needed a bounce-back game. In the last month, Dragic has been awesome at the rim in the past month, which explains why he's made 53.3 percent from the field in his last 16. His slow start is a distant memory.
Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Dante Exum started again on Wednesday, but hit just 1-of-6 shots for three points, one rebound and one assist.
He's been awful in his last two games, making his 15 points, five assists and five 3-pointers last Thursday look like a fluke. He's still worth keeping an eye on as long as he's starting, but Trey Burke, and about every other guard in the league, has outplayed him over his last couple games.
Rotoworld reports: Wizards - John Wall (ankle, Achilles, migraines) didn't have a great game against the Suns during a 106-98 loss on Wednesday, making 5-of-16 from the field for 11 points with seven boards, seven assists, one steal, two blocks, one 3-pointer and five turnovers.
He has been dealing with migraines for the past two weeks and he's dealing with some foot issues, as well. Wall and the Wizards had their four-game West Coast trip end tonight, so they'll head back home to face the Raptors on Saturday. While the Raptors have been struggling against PGs, Wall actually had one of his worst games against them with eight points earlier this season.
Rotoworld reports: Hawks - Al Horford hit 10-of-13 shots for 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in Wednesday's win over the Nets.
Horford came into this one hitting 53-of-72 shots over his last seven games, and that number got a lot better tonight. The Hawks are playing out of their minds right now and have won 17 straight, and 31 of their last 33 games. And with Mike Budenholzer coaching the East All-Stars, it's possible that Horford, Paul Millsap (28 & 15), Jeff Teague (13 & 11) and Kyle Korver (full stat line, 5 3-pointers) could all be joining him in Brooklyn as coach's picks.
Rotoworld reports: Nets - Brook Lopez had 18 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Hawks.
He's back to coming off the bench with Kevin Garnett back in action, but looked pretty good. Bro-Lo had scored a total of 10 points with six rebounds over his previous two games, so tonight's line was a huge improvement. And if you fully trust him after this one, we've got some swamp land in Florida you might be interested in. Having said that, he is still worth owning and should come closer to tonight's line on most nights, as opposed to the pair of duds he posted previously.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, January 28
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kyrie Irving, Pau Gasol, LeBron James, John Wall, Wayne Ellington (Lakers), Joakim Noah, David Lee, and Klay Thompson.
Rotoworld reports: Nets - Mirza Teletovic (lungs) was released from the hospital on Wednesday and will now fly home to New York.
His playing career is still up in the air, so we can only hope that we will see him back in the NBA soon. We will track his progress very closely as he recovers from this ailment, and we with him all the best. Teletovic's minutes will be soaked up by Cory Jefferson, Bojan Bogdanovic and Brook Lopez.
Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Danny Green is in the midst of a major shooting slump, but a lot of that has to do with the fact that he has seen an increased workload this season.
"Some days the energy is there," said Green. "Some days, you’re fighting to find it." He is averaging a career-high 30.1 minutes per game, and currently leads the Spurs in minutes played so far this season. Over his last four games, he has made just 8-of-33 shots, including 6-of-21 from 3-point range. He should be able to turn things around soon, but knowing coach Gregg Popovich it's very possible that Green misses a game or two down the stretch in order to keep him fresh for playoffs.
Rotoworld reports: Hornets - With injuries to Bismack Biyombo (knee) and Marvin Williams (concussion), Noah Vonleh could step into the rotation according to coach Steve Clifford.
"I think he’s getting there. Today was one of his best days," Clifford said of Vonleh after practice Tuesday. "It’s a big jump but I think he’s a great worker and a very serious player. He’s getting closer." While it will be exciting to see what the rookie can do, owners in most leagues can use a wait-and-see approach here, as Vonleh is still very raw and it will take him some time to adjust to the NBA.
Rotoworld reports: Bulls - Derrick Rose turned the ball over a career-high 11 times vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, scoring 30 points on 13-of-33 shooting with four 3-pointers, seven rebounds and just one assist in 43 minutes.
Rose was launching shots indiscriminately, perhaps overcompensating during a nationally-televised game vs. the top-seeded team in the West. His lone assist helped to force overtime and he made a very tough jumper to give Chicago the lead late in OT, but his lack of efficiency is glaring -- he's now one of three people since the 1985-86 season to take at least 33 shots without a single free throw attempt, joining Gilbert Arenas and Hakeem Olajuwon. Rose's fantasy owners can't complain as long as he's healthy and racking up a ridiculous usage rate.
Rotoworld reports: Warriors - David Lee exploded for a season-high 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting vs. the Bulls on Tuesday, adding nine rebounds and six assists in 30 minutes during the Warriors' disappointing home loss.
Lee had a phenomenal second half but his offensive efforts weren't enough to prevent the Warriors' defeat, just their second loss in 23 games at the Oracle Arena. Andrew Bogut was a late scratch with the flu on Tuesday, so a repeat performance isn't expected, but Lee is still worth owning if you need rebounds and FG% with a trickle of across-the-board production.
CBS Sports reports: Along with a sore Achilles' tendon, Wizards guard John Wall is also dealing with sprained ankles and a migraine, reports CSNWashington.com. Despite the variety of ailments, Wall suited up in Tuesday's win over the Lakers and scored 21 points with 13 assists, which did not surprise coach Randy Wittman. "He fought through a lot of different things. He's beat up a little bit. He's under the weather a little bit, but John loves playing," Wittman said. "That's why I love that kid. It takes a lot for him to miss a game." Wall has not missed a contest this season and plans to play in all 82 games. "I'm just a guy that always [doesn't] want to let my guys down," Wall said.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, January 26
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players James Harden, DJ Augustin, Kevin Durant, Ty Lawson, Chris Paul, LeBron James, Monta Ellis, John Wall, Tyreke Evans, Hassan Whiteside, and Thaddeus Young.
Rotoworld reports: Rockets - James Harden ran roughshod over the Lakers' defense in Sunday's road win, scoring 37 points (12-of-20 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs) with four 3-pointers, eight boards, five assists, two steals and six turnovers.
Harden is averaging 37.0 points over Houston's past four games and continues to lead the NBA in scoring at 27.3 points per game, well ahead of LeBron James (26.0), Kevin Durant (25.3), Anthony Davis (24.2), DeMarcus Cousins (24.2) and Carmelo Anthony (24.1). Just get comfortable and enjoy the fireworks.
Rotoworld reports: Celtics - Evan Turner had a strong showing against the Warriors on Sunday, scoring 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with seven boards, seven assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.
Turner has never been known for his efficiency or for his defensive ability, so this line was definitely a pleasant surprise. While he will always be tough to own in standard leagues for his shooting percentages and turnovers, Turner will continue to be a solid asset in points leagues as long as he continues to run the show in Boston.
Rotoworld reports: Warriors - Andrew Bogut played 28 minutes in a win over the Celtics on Sunday, scoring 13 points with 13 boards, four assists, one steal and one block.
It was a little surprising to see him play 28 minutes, but his owners won't be complaining with this line. Bogut is still worth owning even if he only sees around 25 minutes per game going forward, but his owners will always have to worry about precautionary DNPs, especially with the Warriors virtually locked into a top seed in the Western Conference.
Rotoworld reports: Wizards - John Wall led the Wizards to an overtime win in Denver on Sunday, scoring 19 points and dishing out 16 assists, one shy of his career high.
Wall made 8-of-16 shots including one 3-pointer and he was huge down the stretch, scoring or assisting on six of Washington's scoring plays. He added one steal with only two turnovers in tonight's high-scoring affair, and he's overtaken Ty Lawson for the league-lead in assists with 10.1 per game. When you eliminate turnovers from the equation, Wall's fantasy valuation leaps into the top-25.
Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - Ty Lawson went off in his return from a one-game personal absence on Sunday, scoring a game-high 31 points with 12 assists before missing a potentially game-tying jumper in overtime.
Lawson hit 10-of-20 shots and 8-of-8 free throws with three 3-pointers, three rebounds and three steals, perhaps taking his emotions out on the court after being arrested on suspicion of a DUI on Friday. He may eventually face a short suspension from the league, but for now owners can tentatively expect to have him for all four of Denver's games this week.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, January 25
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players John Wall, Tim Hardaway Jr, LaMarcus Aldridge (playing with a thumb injury instead of having surgery -- for now), and Zach Randolph.
Rotoworld reports: Hornets - Kemba Walker is set to have an MRI on his knee and surgery is reportedly not off the table.
He has been dealing with a cyst in his left knee since high school so it's very surprising to see it flare up now. There is no indication as to when Walker will be evaluated, but we would expect another report soon. Walker's owners shouldn't panic just yet, and should wait until further details are released before doing anything drastic. Should Walker miss any time, Brian Roberts will likely step into a starting role with Lance Stephenson and Gary Neal also handling the ball more. Stay tuned.
Rotoworld reports: Knicks - Jose Calderon's (knee) status for Monday's game against Sacramento is uncertain at this point according to coach Derek Fisher.
Coach Fisher did say that Calderon was making good progress, but we would guess that he is closer to doubtful considering that he didn't even make the trip to Charlotte on Saturday. If Calderon is unable to play, Langston Galloway will get another chance to run the show for New York with Shane Larkin picking up a few more minutes off the bench. If you are in need of a guard, Galloway deserves a long look.
Rotoworld reports: Pistons - There is a "strong belief" within the Pistons that Brandon Jennings tore his left Achilles on Saturday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Sadly, all signs support this claim. Jennings was in agonizing pain at the time of the injury and couldn't put any weight on his leg. Those who have torn their Achilles before have mentioned it felt like being drilled with a baseball in their lower leg, which seemed to be the case for Jennings. The Pistons will conduct an MRI to confirm the damage, but fantasy owners in all re-draft leagues should consider Jennings out for the season. D.J. Augustin is expected to start and is worth owning in all standard leagues. Spencer Dinwiddie will also get more run.
Rotoworld reports: Blazers - LaMarcus Aldridge looked fantastic in his shocking return to the lineup on Saturday during a 103-96 victory over the Wizards, making 9-of-22 from the field for 26 points with nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes.
He wore a brace on his thumb and didn't seem to be too bothered with his injury. Aldridge was hit on his bad hand a few times and was not in visible pain. Additionally he had some interesting comments today. Before the game, Aldridge said that he is going to try to play through the injury, but he did leave the door open of him changing his mind. Following the game, he said the Blazers losing two games in a row before tonight factored into his decision. Aldridge also said "of course" when he was asked about his thumb hurting. He didn't mention Nicolas Batum (wrist) directly, but reading between the lines suggests that was a factor, too. Aldridge is going to be a volatile fantasy property, but he's a must start player while he's active.
Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Dante Exum made 5-of-7 from the field for 13 points during a 108-73 win over the Nets on Saturday with four rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.
He is inexplicably a knock-down shooter in the starting lineup. In his last two games as the starter, Exum averaged 14.0 points, 2.0 boards, 4.5 assists and 4.0 triples on 52.6 percent from the field. That's good for a 73.7 effective field goal percentage, which is actually higher than Kyle Korver this season. Exum's shot is a little funky and he was not effective from deep before this hot streak. He still doesn't have a tremendous game for fantasy, but go ahead and give him a look to see if he can keep his 19-year-old Aussie magic going.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, January 24
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players Klay Thompson, Nikola Vucevic, James Harden, LeBron James, DeMarcus Cousins, Al Jefferson, Eric Bledsoe, and Russell Westbrook.
Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Kawhi Leonard scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting (including a three) with 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Spurs' 99-85 win over the Lakers on Friday.
So far so good with regard to Leonard's hand and obviously if he's on the floor the production is going to be there. He's returning top 20-25 value on a per-game basis so far.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Nick Young scored 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting with three treys and a 4-of-4 mark from the line in Friday's loss.
Young didn't have any other stats and while that's not too shocking the 20 minutes is pretty annoying with Kobe Bryant out. Byron Scott played nine players between 19-29 minutes tonight and has been a mess in the fantasy sense, and he hasn't been all that impressive in the reality sense either. But Young should be owned in all formats with an excellent shot to be productive with Kobe Bryant expected to be out for the year.
Rotoworld reports: Timberwolves - Gorgui Dieng went for 14 and 15 with three assists and a block over 35 minutes in Friday's loss to the Pelicans.
Dieng is going to be a hard guy to take off the court and Flip Saunders is already talking about playing he and Nikola Pekovic (13 points, nine boards, 21 minutes) together some. If anything, it's a buy low moment if Dieng's current owner thinks Pek is going to significantly change his season-long outlook.
Rotoworld reports: Pelicans - Eric Gordon scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds, five assists and one steal over 35 minutes in Friday's road win over the Wolves.
Gordon is going to be worth having in lineups at least until Jrue Holiday returns and if Ryan Anderson misses more time with his ankle injury he could have a nice little run here. Anthony Davis added 21 and 12 with two steals and a block, and Tyreke Evans is also enjoying life without Holiday as he poured in 17 points with eight assists in an otherwise full line.
Rotoworld reports: Mavs - Rajon Rondo was benched during the fourth quarter of the Mavs' 102-98 loss to the Bulls on Friday, finishing with six points on 3-of-9 shooting, two rebounds, four assists and a steal in 27 minutes.
Rondo was benched earlier in the year under the premise of Achilles' pain and it's starting to look to some like it's a basic offensive issue. Teams are packing it in against Rondo and Rick Carlisle decided to go with Devin Harris instead. Rondo is also struggling in fantasy leagues, so consider moving him to your bench in 8-cat leagues. Rondo is radioactive in 9-cat leagues unless you're punting turnovers, but some added production might sneak him into late-round value in those formats.
CBS Sports reports: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins scored a team-high 28 points on 9 of 19 shooting while hauling in 11 rebounds in his team's 126-101 loss to the Warriors Friday.
Cousins has strung together nine straight appearances with double-doubles, but the Kings are just 2-7 in those games, and the team owns a six-game losing streak overall. The center also chipped in three steals and two assists in 35 minutes. The Kings are set to face the Knicks Monday.
CBS Sports reports: Rockets center Dwight Howard left the arena in a walking boot after injuring his ankle in his team's 113-111 win over the Suns, the Associated Press reports.
Howard twisted his ankle while landing on the foot of a Suns player and limped back to the locker room before being ruled out for the remainder of the game. "I really couldn't put any pressure on it," Howard said after the game. "But we got the win, so that's the only thing that matters." Coach Kevin McHale said the team would know more about the center's availability for the upcoming slate of games after he's evaluated Saturday.
CBS Sports reports: Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson set a new NBA record Friday by scoring 37 points in a single quarter against the Kings.
Thompson went 13 of 13 from the field in the third quarter, including 9 of 9 from three-point range, to give him 50 points in the first three quarters of the game alone. The nine three-pointers also represent a new NBA high for a single quarter. Prior to Thompson's huge quarter, Wilt Chamberlain held the franchise record for points in a quarter, scoring 31 in a game in 1962.
Thompson scored his team's last 18 points in the massive quarter, in which the team managed to put up 41 points as a unit. Though he was given a breather at the start of the fourth quarter, the shooting guard eventually came back into the game.
After a two-point fourth quarter, Thompson finished the game with 52 points, matching Minnesota's Mo Wiliams for the highest scoring output in a single game this season. The Warriors guard shot 16 of 25 from the field, including 11 of 15 from three-point range, falling just one shy of matching the NBA record for three-pointers in a game. He also chipped in five assists, four steals, two rebounds and two blocks in the team's 126-101 win over the Kings. The Warriors next square off with the Celtics Sunday.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, January 23
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Enes Kanter, Blake Griffin, Gordon Hayward and Pau Gasol. There were just four games.
Rotoworld reports: Magic - Tobias Harris may come off Orlando's bench again on Friday, according to beat writer John Denton.
It's surprising that Harris wouldn't overtake struggling starter Devyn Marble, but he should still get a healthy dose of minutes and shot attempts even if he's stuck in the second unit. Keep him active and check back prior to tip-off for updates on Orlando's starting lineup.
Rotoworld reports: Timberwolves - Ricky Rubio (ankle) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Friday.
He's ramped up his activity in recent weeks and is nearing a return, but he still has soreness and the Wolves are being very cautious to avoid further damage. Mo Williams will continue to be a viable fantasy option until Rubio's return, at which point standard-league owners may have to look elsewhere for PG production.
Rotoworld reports: Nets - Mirza Teletovic will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs.
Teletovic pulled himself from Thursday's game due to shortness of breath and subsequent testing revealed that he's suffering from bilateral pulmonary embolus. He'll stay at a hospital in L.A. for further tests and to begin treatment, which includes blood-thinners, and will return to Brooklyn once doctors clear him to travel. His absence should lead to more playing time for backup forwards Cory Jefferson and Bojan Bogdanovic.
Rotoworld reports: Bulls - The Bulls have lifted all playing-time restrictions for Derrick Rose, who logged a season-high 37 minutes last Saturday.
"I think the more he plays, the better he's going to be," Tom Thibodeau said after Thursday's convincing win vs. the Spurs. Rose has missed 11 games this season but he's been healthy and effective over Chicago's past six games, averaging 23.7 points, 3.5 triples, 6.5 assists and 1.0 steals in 32 minutes per game.
Rotoworld reports: Cavs - LeBron James said that new teammate Timofey Mozgov is a "walking double-double."
Mozgov has had a few peaks and valleys since joining the Cavaliers, but over the past two games he's averaging 15.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.0 blocks, while shooting a combined 15-of-26 from the field. Cleveland is riding a four-game win streak and fantasy owners who stuck with Mozgov have to be pleased with the expansion of his role since leaving Denver.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, January 22
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Andre Drummond, Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Jennings, Nic Batum, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Greg Monroe, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, DeMarcus Cousins and Marc Gasol.
Rotoworld reports: Warriors - Andrew Bogut had nine points, 10 rebound, a steal and five blocks in just 22 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Rockets.
He appeared to baffle Dwight Howard tonight and it's becoming really clear that the Warriors are going to need to have him healthy for the playoffs. Expect less than 25 minutes a game from Bogut going forward, and expect him to keep putting up decent numbers on nights when he's healthy enough to play.
Rotoworld reports: Rockets- Josh Smith lasted just 14 minutes and finished with five points before being ejected with two technical fouls in Wednesday's ugly loss to the Warriors.
Smith thought he got fouled when he banged knees with a Warrior, and later tore into the referees. It kind of looked like he wanted to go home early in a blowout loss, as he continues to do "Josh Smith" kind of things, regardless of what uniform he's wearing. He's been a bit of a disaster with the Rockets and things aren't likely to get better once Terrence Jones finally returns from his leg injury.
Rotoworld reports: Nets - Jarrett Jack had a productive game in a 103-100 win at Sacramento on Wednesday with 16 points, four rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.
Deron Williams (ribs) is going to miss at least the next three games and there's a decent chance we don't see him this month. Even once he does return. Jack's minutes should be safe in the 20s and he'll likely start, as well. He should be owned everywhere.
Rotoworld reports: Kings - Rudy Gay scored 25 points with eight rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer against the Nets on Wednesday.
He's been consistent since returning from a knee injury on Saturday with at least 22 points and five boards in each of his last three games. Gay also played more than 40 minutes for the first time in 2015 tonight, so any concern of a knee issue should basically be put to bed.
Rotoworld reports: Suns - Eric Bledsoe hit 11-of-22 shots, a 3-pointer and 10-of-15 free throws for a career-high 33 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals in 34 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Blazers.
That's a season high in points for Bledsoe, who has increased his scoring in each of his last five games. Isaiah Thomas came off the bench for 27 points and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes, while starter Goran Dragic added 16 points, four assists and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes. Thomas is coming on again, so it wouldn't be surprising to suddenly see Dragic or Bledsoe start to struggle a bit, but that was not the case tonight.
CBS Sports reports: Wizards point guard John Wall scored 18 points on 6 of 17 shooting while dishing out 13 assists in his team's 105-103 overtime loss to the Thunder Wednesday.
Wall managed to deliver his second straight double-double Wednesday after going five straight games without one such performance. His 13 assists mark his highest total since he tallied 17 against Minnesota in mid-December. Wall also racked up six rebounds and four steals in 44 minutes Wednesday. He'll square off with the Blazers Saturday.
CBS Sports reports: Thunder center Steven Adams scored six points on 3 of 7 shooting while hauling in a career-high 20 rebounds in his team's 105-103 overtime win over the Wizards Wednesday.
Adams' previous rebounding high came earlier this season when he racked up 15 rebounds on Christmas Day. He was able to post a double-double in that performance but couldn't manage many points on a night where Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined to score 66. The Thunder are set to face the Hawks Friday.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, January 21
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kenneth Faried, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant. There were just two games.
Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Kawhi Leonard tied his career-high with 15 rebounds during Tuesday's road win in Denver, adding 17 points with three 3-pointers, three assists, two steals and one block.
This was Leonard's eighth double-digit rebounding game of the season, and he racked up tonight's stats in just 31 minutes of action. The numbers agree with the eye-test where Leonard is concerned, as he's peaking at career-high levels in rebound rate (13.3 percent), usage rate (22.7 percent), assist rate (12.9 percent) and PER (19.4). The sky is the limit for San Antonio's rising star.
Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - Kenneth Faried posted a huge double-double on Tuesday, hitting 9-of-17 FGs and 8-of-12 FTs to finish with a team-high 26 points and 14 rebounds in a loss to the Spurs.
Faried was averaging a mere 5.3 shots in Denver's past three games, but he was more involved tonight with a terrific usage rate of 32.1 percent. He also took all 17 of his shots within seven feet of the hoop, but his effective performance wasn't enough to prevent the Nuggets' fourth straight loss, dropping them to 18-24.
Rotoworld reports: Spurs - The Spurs used balanced scoring to escape with a road win in Denver on Tuesday, led by Tony Parker's 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting, four rebounds, seven assists and one turnover in 32 minutes.
Eleven different Spurs scored tonight, with six players cracking double-digits. San Antonio is fourth in bench scoring (40.8 points per game) and Gregg Popovich isn't afraid to lean on his reserves when appropriate, which leads to some unpredictable performances up and down the roster. Parker was coming off a four-point game after Sunday's blowout so hopefully he can carry this momentum into Thursday's showdown vs. the Bulls.
Rotoworld reports: Heat - Updating a previous report, Hassan Whiteside (sprained right ankle) will not travel with the Heat for Wednesday's game in Charlotte.
Whiteside was diagnosed with a Grade-1 sprain, which is the least severe variety, so he should have a chance to return for Friday's home game vs. the Pacers. He's played well enough to earn the full-time starting center job, so nobody should think about cutting him after a minor injury. Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will be asked to pick up the slack in his absence.
Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Dion Waiters was awful on Tuesday, shooting 1-of-9 from the field to finish with three points and zero rebounds, assists, steals or blocks in 26 minutes.
This drop-off wasn't unexpected, as the career 42.1 percent shooter was making an unrealistic 50.9 percent over his past four games. He's getting enough minutes and touches to hold some value as a primary option with OKC's second unit, but fantasy owners will have to take the good with the (very) bad.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, January 19
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kevin Durant, Tyreke Evans, Rudy Gobert, and Alexis Ajinca. There were just three games.
Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Manu Ginobili tied his career high with four blocks in only 19 minutes vs. the Jazz on Sunday, adding six points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, four assists and one steal.
Manu is uniquely capable of helping fantasy owners in limited minutes, but this defensive outburst was totally unforeseeable -- he had three blocks all season prior to Sunday, with his last one coming on December 5th. When Gregg Popovich was asked if he expects another four-block game from Manu, he laughed and replied, "No."
Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Rudy Gobert snagged a career-high 18 rebounds in 29 minutes vs. the Spurs on Sunday, adding 13 points, two assists, four blocks and only one turnover.
He started the second half but coach Quin Snyder claimed the switch has "no long-term implications." Gobert shot 5-of-10 from the field and 3-of-5 from the FT line, and continues to impress despite his (perhaps temporary) move back to Utah's bench. He's swatting a ridiculous 4.2 shots per game in January, to go along with 10.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals, which places him in elite fantasy territory. It's inevitable that Gobert will enter Utah's starting lineup at some point, but he's a must-start player no matter where he begins the game.
Rotoworld reports: Magic - Magic rookie Aaron Gordon (foot) returned on Sunday with eight points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds and one assist in 12 minutes off the bench.
Gordon was averaging 5.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 15 minutes per game before getting injured. That sets a reasonable near-term expectation, though his minutes should increase with the Magic prioritizing player development in a lost season. For now, Gordon belongs on the waiver wire in all standard leagues.
Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Serge Ibaka set up camp on the perimeter during Sunday's easy road win, hitting 4-of-8 shots from downtown to finish with 16 points, eight rebounds, two steals and one block in 28 minutes.
Ibaka's 1.4 triples per game are easily a career high and coach Scott Brooks has given him a green light, adding a valuable new facet to his fantasy game. His FG percentage has dipped as a consequence, to a career-low 47.2 percent, but he's been better with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant both healthy, shooting 49.0 percent over the past month. Owners can pencil him in for top-20 value the rest of the season.
CBS Sports reports: The Suns are reportedly still trying to make more moves, according to ESPN senior NBA writer Marc Stein. Phoenix is actively shopping center Miles Plumlee after acquiring Brandan Wright from the Celtics.
The Suns are hoping to get a future first-round pick for Plumlee, who is averaging 4.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game this season. So far, no teams have been linked to Plumlee.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, January 18
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Andrew Wiggins, Stephen Curry, LaMarcus Aldridge, Jason Thompson, Klay Thompson, Blake Griffin, Matt Barnes, Kyle Korver and Al Horford.
Rotoworld reports: Wizards - Nene stuffed the stat sheet against the Nets on Saturday with 20 points, six boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 28 minutes.
His minutes have solidified at 26.3 per game in 2015. In his previous nine games, Nene averaged 11.7 points, 5.7 boards, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steals on 52.4 percent from the field. That's usable production in standard leagues, but there's no need to bend over backwards to add him considering how much he's hurt.
Rotoworld reports: Clippers - Matt Barnes made 10-of-15 from the field for 26 points against the Kings on Saturday with 10 rebounds, one assist, one block, three steals and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes.
Apparently, Matt Barnes and James Harden switched bodies tonight. Although, Barnes has played very well over his last five, averaging 15.8 points, 6.8 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.6 triples in 36.8 minutes. He has to be picked up while he's this hot.
Rotoworld reports: Kings - Jason Thompson exploded against the Clippers on Saturday with 23 points, 22 boards, two assists and one block in 36 minutes.
DeMarcus who? The Kings were still popped on the mouth on the defensive side, but Thompson had his best game in a long time. He was out of the rotation earlier this season for one game and he hadn't scored in double-figures since Dec. 11 before tonight, so this line is a major fluke. Unless we get some bad news on DeMarcus Cousins, JT can stay on the wire.
Rotoworld reports: Grizzlies - Jeff Green had another terrific game off the bench on Saturday during a 102-98 win over the Blazers with 17 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes.
It's been a seamless transition with 29.4 minutes per game with his new team. In his three games, Green averaged 16.0 points, 4.3 boards 0.3 steals and 1.0 triples on 39.5 percent from the field. As bad as that shooting line looks, Green has taken 48.8 percent of his attempts from within eight feet, which is up from 38.1 percent from his Boston days. That should allow him to shoot a higher percentage. Still, he's not a high-upside guy and isn't a must-own player.
Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Nicolas Batum struggled yet again on Saturday during a 102-98 loss in Memphis, making 1-of-6 from the field for three points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.
Trying to defend Batum in fantasy has become very old here. In his last three games, he's managed to average just 4.0 points, 3.7 boards, 3.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks, 0.7 triples and 3.0 turnovers on 16.7 percent from the field. He also has a 13.4 usage rate and is being eliminated from the offense right now. Still, the non-scoring stats are there, so he should remain owned.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, January 17
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, Gordon Hayward, Russell Westbrook, Tristan Thompson, Brandon Jennings, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
Rotoworld reports: Clippers - Blake Griffin scored 34 points on 14-of-23 shooting (6-of-7 FTs) with 10 rebounds, three assists and one steal in the Clippers' 126-121 loss to the Cavs on Friday.
Griffin did not attempt a three and he addressed his rebounding problem, so this is as good of a game as owners could have hoped for. Like many big men whose value is struggling, the move away from the hoop has killed him and stuck him with just top 40-50 value on the year. Hopefully tonight is a step in the right direction. Chris Paul hit just 4-of-15 shots and 1-of-7 threes, but finished with 15 points, eight boards, 14 assists and three steals in the loss.
Rotoworld reports: Cavs - Tristan Thompson scored a season-high 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 12 rebounds and two blocks in 40 minutes on Friday against the Clippers.
Thompson hit all four of his free throws for good measure. His fantasy deficiencies were not on display tonight but they have been well-chronicled. If Kevin Love misses time due to his back injury, then Thompson is a pretty good bet to produce at a late-round level.
Rotoworld reports: Kings - DeMarcus Cousins was seen limping throughout Friday's loss to the Heat, but so far there have been no reports that he has any serious ailment.
Cousins finished the game with 17 points on 4-of-12 shooting, 11 rebounds, five assists, one steal and eight turnovers. He certainly wasn't himself and the situation in Sacramento is percolating underneath the surface, as the team continues to reel from the firing of Mike Malone. Owners will want to keep an eye out on the injury report.
Rotoworld reports: Heat - Luol Deng scored 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting with six rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in Friday's road win over the Kings.
The Kings can't defend anybody right now and Deng took advantage of that. Considering his mileage and injury risk, owners might want to float a few offers to see what they can get in return.
Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Gordon Hayward scored 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting (including four threes) with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block in the Jazz's 94-85 win over the Lakers on Friday.
On a night of huge performances this one fits right in. He has settled into top 30-40 production and that's what owners should expect going forward.
CBS Sports reports: Magic coach Jacque Vaughn indicated Friday that rookie power forward Aaron Gordon has been cleared for practice, but his timeline for return remains fluid, the Associated Press reports.
''I don't have a date for you,'' Vaughn said. ''We always want to put guys back on the floor when they're comfortable. Once he gets back on the floor, we'll just be smart about his minutes.''
Gordon has missed 32 games since undergoing surgery to repair a fractured left foot in November.
CBS Sports reports: Suns point guard Goran Dragic scored 21 points on 10 of 17 shooting in Phoenix's 110-99 win over the Timberwolves Friday. It was Dragic's second game in his last eight of scoring at least 20 points.
He also added eight assists and five rebounds on the night. It was his most assists in a game since Dec. 17. He and the Suns will look to keep rolling Monday against the Lakers.
CBS Sports reports: Mavericks center Tyson Chandler scored 11 points on a perfect 4 of 4 shooting and grabbed 16 rebounds in Dallas' 97-89 win over the Nuggets Friday.
In seven games played this month, Chandler is averaging 11 points and 13.6 rebounds per contest. He also had one block and one assist in Friday's win.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, January 16
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Brandon Knight and Kevin Durant. There were just three games.
Rotoworld reports: Cavs - LeBron James looked as healthy as ever against the Lakers during a 109-102 win on Thursday, scoring 36 points with five rebounds, five assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
A little rest can work wonders. James shot the ball well yet again. He is going back to his bread and butter from last season, driving to the rim and finishing. Last season, he had one of the most ridiculous at-the-rim years ever. On top of shooting 80 percent at the rim, those shots accounted for 39.9 percent of his shot total. That’s why he was the No. 1 guy for fantasy in field goal percentage with his 56.7 percent at a 17.6 shot-per-game clip. On the other hand, before his return this week, he was only shooting 67.2 percent at the rim and those shots account for 33.7 percent. Based on the past two games, he looks like he's back. The key will be if he can stay healthy.
Rotoworld reports: Cavs - J.R. Smith cooled off against the Lakers on Thursday during a win, making 5-of-13 from the field for 13 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.
He is known for his streakiness, so his fantasy owners should not be surprised he slowed down following his 29-point gem on Tuesday. Smith gets a back-to-back in Staples on Friday, which hasn't been a problem based on him shooting 43.8 percent from the field with no days rest this season. Feel free to give him a look as a boom-or-busy guy.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Wes Johnson made a couple 3-pointers on Thursday against the Cavs, finishing with eight points, four rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.
His fantasy value won't come from scoring while Kobe Bryant is playing, which means he'll be very inconsistent. Still, Johnson is one of a handful of guys who can be a steal, block and trey guy, so he's worth holding in most standard leagues unless it's to grab a hot free agent.
Rotoworld reports: Rockets - Dwight Howard scored 13 points with eight rebounds, one assist, three steals, one block and one turnover in 34 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.
He actually had a stretch of 10 consecutive makes from the line with his seven makes on Wednesday, but that was snapped on his last attempt tonight. While he's making free throws, his stats are very quiet elsewhere in his last five, averaging 13.0 points, 7.8 boards, 0.8 blocks and 2.2 turnovers on 48.0 percent from the field. He'll look for a big game in a must-see matchup against the Warriors on Saturday.
Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Dion Waiters continued his love of garbage time on Thursday with 16 points, one rebound, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 6-of-16 from the field.
Besides the garbage time output and a spike of a Patrick Beverley layup, this was a brutal game for Waiters. He is going to have a tough time adapting to playing next to Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Waiters has yet to post usable fantasy value in standard leagues over a long period of time while his team is healthy, so leave him on the wire in most cases.
CBS Sports reports: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant set a career-high with 17 assists on Thursday against the Clippers.
Bryant was looking for his teammates from the beginning of the contest. He managed to collect 10 assists by the end of the first half. Bryant would add seven assists in the second half, breaking his previous career-high of 15 assists.
Bryant was also a useful offensive force. He shot 7-14 from the field, including 3-6 from beyond the arc. He also sunk two of his three free throws, finishing with 19 points. He added six rebounds.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, January 15
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were LaMarcus Aldridge, Victor Oladipo, James Harden, Ty Lawson, Nikola Vucevic, Anthony Davis, DeAndre Jordan, Derrick Rose, and Stephen Curry.
Rotoworld reports: Knicks - Andrea Bargnani (calf) did not make the trip to London and will not play in Thursday's game against the Bucks.
There has been speculation that Bargnani not making the trip is evidence that the Knicks are planning on buying out the former No. 1 overall pick if they can't find a trade partner, but head coach Derek Fisher explained the absence by saying that Bargnani could get better treatment on his calf strain back home. With just two games under his belt this season, Il Mago can safely be left on waivers.
Rotoworld reports: Magic - Tobias Harris (ankle) has been declared out for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.
Friday will be Harris' fourth consecutive missed game as he continues to recover from an ankle sprain. He's been out longer than expected, but fantasy owners shouldn't panic yet as Harris has too much upside to drop in any league. Devyn Marble and Channing Frye will continue to see extra minutes while Harris is out and Frye should be the priority pickup of the two for fantasy owners looking to take short-term advantage of this situation.
Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said that Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will be playing back-to-back sets for now.
"If it was later in the year, we’d be doing that," Popovich said of resting Duncan and Ginobili on the second night of back-to-back sets. "Now it’s just a minutes thing. They’re not going to play 30 minutes a night, that’s for sure." The tricky part for fantasy owners becomes deciphering when Pop decides that it's "later in the year," but fantasy owners can count on Duncan and Ginobili suiting up for back-to-back sets for the time being.
Rotoworld reports: Bulls - Joakim Noah (ankle) left the United Center in walking boot Wednesday night after spraining his right ankle in a loss to the Wizards.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said that Noah will have his ankle examined on Thursday and it's worth noting that the big man missed four games in December due to a similar ankle sprain. We'll update Noah's status as more information becomes available, but Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic both become viable options in standard fantasy leagues if Noah misses any time.
Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Meyers Leonard played 31 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday with 11 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four fouls.
He did a nice job on the glass and coach Terry Stotts made him his only bench big man tonight. Leonard has actually been posting some decent numbers over his last five, averaging 9.6 points, 8.2 boards and 1.0 treys in 22 minutes. He's worth a look if you need a big man.
CBS Sports reports: Clippers guard Chris Paul posted a double-double on Wednesday against the Trail Blazers.
Paul didn't have a great shooting night, hitting just 6-18 shots from the field. He sunk just one of his four three point attemps. Paul was able to salvage the performance somewhat, hitting all 10 of his free throws. He finished with 23 points. Paul made sure to involve his teammates during the contest, dishing out 10 assists. He also had six rebounds and two steals.
CBS Sports reports: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan came up with 18 rebounds on Wednesday against the Trail Blazers.
Jordan was dominant on the defensive end of the court, pulling down 14 of his 18 rebounds on that end. He was also effective as a scorer. Jordan shot 8-8 from the field. He sunk one of his free throws, finishing with 17 points. He added one block as well.
CBS Sports reports: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry scored a team-high 32 points on 11 of 19 shooting, including 7 of 10 shooting from behind the arc, in his team's 104-89 win over the Heat Wednesday.
Curry came within one three-pointer of matching his season high, but his line lacked the typical amount of assists he dishes out on a regular basis, as the point guard managed just three assists to go with five rebounds and two steals in 32 minutes. The Warriors take an eight-game winning streak into Friday's matchup with the Thunder.