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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, December 9
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Marc Gasol, Kyle Lowry, Rudy Gobert, Zach LaVine, Ersan Ilyasova, and Kawhi Leonard.
RotoWorld reports: Marc Gasol (groin) scored a season-high 36 points during an 88-86 win over the Blazers on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
What right groin injury? He popped up on the injury report today, but looked totally fine. The Grizzlies are on a five-game winning streak and Gasol is the heavy favorite for Western Conference Player of the Week. In his three wins so far, Gasol has averaged 30.0 points, 10.7 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks and 2.3 treys on 50 percent from the field. Big Spain has been a top-five player for standard leagues over his last 10 and is making a great case for the All-Star team.
RotoWorld reports: Draymond Green returned to Thursday's game after spraining his left ankle and going to the locker room, and finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, four steals and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
His ankle injury didn't look great and he appeared to be in a lot of pain, but we're guessing he just had it re-taped and was good to go. He played most of the fourth quarter until the end of the game, but the key will be to see if it swells overnight. The Warriors are off until Saturday, when they visit Memphis, so hopefully his ankle will have time to heal between now and then.
RotoWorld reports: Bradley Beal looked great against the Nuggets during a 92-85 win on Thursday, scoring 26 points with three rebounds, five assists and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
He is playing the best ball of his career right now. Over his last 10, Beal has a fantastic 61.4 true shooting percentage and a 27.4 usage rate in his 37.8 minutes per game. He has been awesome as a shooter, turning in a 60.5 effective field goal percentage on his jumpers in that span. As long as he stays healthy, the breakout looks for real. He's been a third-round value over his last 10.
RotoWorld reports: Al-Farouq Aminu played 24 minutes and hit 2-of-9 shots for five points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals on Thursday, before leaving late with a back injury.
Aminu took a very hard fall and landed flat on his lower back. He hobbled to the sideline, but was clearly in pain. The Blazers don't play again until Saturday at Indy, so there's a chance he'll be feeling better by then. But it also wouldn't be surprising to miss a game or two. Watch for updates on his status throughout the weekend. Aminu was just getting back from a calf injury and is still on a minutes limit, so his new injury just adds some fuel to the fire. If Aminu misses time, guys like Moe Harkless (ankle), Ed Davis and Evan Turner all benefit.
RotoWorld reports: Kenneth Faried was a DNP-CD against the Wizards on Thursday.
From starter on Wednesday to out of the rotation on Thursday. Faried has been in coach Mike Malone's doghouse before, but this time it may be for a decent amount of time. The odds of Faried getting traded may be at an all-time high with guys like Juancho Hernangomez currently ahead of him. He may be back in the rotation at some point, but his short-term outlook looks bleak. He's a drop candidate in standard leagues.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, December 8
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Andre Drummond, Dwight Howard, James Harden, DeMarcus Cousins, Giannis, LeBron, Lillard and Millsap.
RotoWorld reports: Tristan Thompson scored three points on Wednesday, going 0-of-5 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, but he also secured a season-high 20 rebounds in 34 minutes of action.
Thompson added two steals, one block, one assist and zero turnovers, and his work on the glass was instrumental in the Cavs' 126-94 victory. Although he'll never offer much upside, Thompson remains a rock-steady source of boards, blocks and FG percentages. As a bonus for 9-cat owners, he turns the ball over just 0.5 times per game.
RotoWorld reports: Eric Gordon's sprained ankle didn't bother him on Wednesday, as he came off the bench for 26 points with a season-high eight 3-pointers, four boards and two assists in just 24 minutes of action.
Gordon scored 12 of the Rockets' season-high 43 first-quarter points, and all but one of his 13 field goal attempts came from downtown tonight. He's found a perfect niche as a 3-point gunner leading Houston's second unit, and his 3.2 triples per game have staked him to top-80 value on the season.
RotoWorld reports: Jabari Parker scored 27 points against the Blazers on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.
He's not just scoring at the rim anymore. Over his last nine, only 44.9 percent of his shots have been at the rim. He hasn't really shot the ball too well over that span with a 48.6 percent field goal percentage, averaging 19.8 points, 5.0 boards, 1.2 steals and 1.2 treys. Parker has posted sixth-round value on the season and could improve on that going forward.
RotoWorld reports: Emmanuel Mudiay was benched extensively in the second half of Wednesday's road loss, finishing with just six points (2-of-10 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), two rebounds, one assist and 18 minutes.
"We have to look at everything," a frustrated Mike Malone said after the game. "We’ll look at starting groups and combinations." Jameer Nelson played point guard during the Nuggets' late run, with help from Jamal Murray, and this is the last thing Mudiay's owners wanted to hear. He averaged just 21.5 minutes in Denver's two previous games, and there are no guarantees that he'll be starting vs. John Wall and the Wizards on Thursday.
RotoWorld reports: Paul Millsap (hip) scored 21 points on 8-of-12 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs during Wednesday's 103-95 win vs. the Heat, adding nine boards, two assists, four steals and three blocks in 32 minutes.
Millsap admitted before the game that his hip still hurts, saying that he's "just playing through and seeing what happens. Hopefully, getting better." That's not entirely encouraging for fantasy owners, but tonight's vintage-Sapper production was a terrific indication that he's feeling better. There's no reason to think he's in imminent danger of missing games.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, December 7
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were John Wall, Elfrid Payton, Goran Dragic, Kawhi Leonard, Marc Gasol, Gordon Hayward, Carmelo Anthony, Jimmy Butler, and Ersan Ilyasova.
RotoWorld reports: Andrew Bogut (right knee bone bruise) said he could miss anywhere from 10 days to 3-4 weeks.
Bogut tends to be a slow healer, and he was initially given a 2-week timetable, so it's extremely unlikely we see him back on the court in 10 days, particularly with Dallas sitting on a 4-16 record. On the season, Bogut has only produced 14th round value in standard 9-cat leagues with averages of 3.8 points, 10.3 boards, 2.2 assists and 0.9 blocks per contest, so he's not really worth hanging onto in standard leagues. Dwight Powell should benefit most in Bogut's absence.
RotoWorld reports: Tim Hardaway Jr. will move into the starting unit for Atlanta's next two games with Kent Bazemore (knee) on the shelf.
Hardaway Jr. tends to be inconsistent, although he has managed to produce late-round value over his past four outings with averages of 14.8 points, 2.3 dimes, 1.0 steal and 1.5 triples per contest on 48.0 percent shooting. The move into the starting five will only help him, but with relatively low upside, he's basically only worth a speculative add in deep leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Rudy Gobert scored a career-high 22 points on 6-of-8 shooting in Tuesday's 112-105 win over the Suns.
The Stifle Tower was coming off a 14-point, 17-rebound and five-block effort against the Lakers the previous night and kept his foot on the gas pedal with 11 rebounds and four blocks Tuesday. He also hit 10-of-11 free throws on the night, bringing his season average up to 66.9 percent. You can check out his final dunk of the game in the link below.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, December 6
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Klay, Westbrook, Harden, LeBron, Marc Gasol, Lou Williams, J.Wall, DeRozan, D-Wade, Anthony Davis and Jimmy Butler.
RotoWorld reports: Klay Thompson not only scored 40 points in the first half, and not only scored a career-high 60 points on the night, but did it on 21-of-33 shooting, 8-of-14 3-pointers and 10-of-11 free throws in Monday's 142-106 blowout win over the Pacers.
Sure, he only had two rebounds and one assist, but who cares? This game was over by halftime, but Klay played through the third quarter in order to get his career high. Many of us thought Thompson would take a scoring hit this season, but it simply hasn't happened. And his average is going up - way up - after tonight's game. Steph Curry double-doubled, Kevin Durant scored 20 and Draymond Green had 10 assists, four steals and a block in the scrimmage.
RotoWorld reports: Lou Williams lit up the Jazz for 38 points, seven assists, six rebounds, one steal and four triples in 34 minutes on Monday.
Incredible. This comes on the heels of a 40-point effort against the Grizzlies on Saturday, so he's clearly stepping up for a Lakers team that recently lost Jose Calderon (hamstring) and Nick Young (calf) to injuries. He hit 13-of-27 shots from the field and hit all eight of his free throws. D'Angelo Russell (knee) will be re-evaluated on Tuesday, and with Williams playing out of his mind right now, he's a very nice sell-high candidate.
RotoWorld reports: Marc Gasol's crazy season continued on Monday when he had 28 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers on 11-of-25 shooting in 46 minutes of Monday's 110-108 double-overtime win against the Pelicans.
Gasol is insane right now, knocking down threes and flirting with a Russell Westbrook-like line tonight. Gasol, never known for assists or 3-pointers, has hit a three in all but three games this season, and has racked up 19 dimes over his last two games. He's returning third-round value right now, but that arrow appears to be pointing up after this one. And over his last five games? He's averaging 21.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.6 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting.
RotoWorld reports: Harrison Barnes scored 29 points on 10-of-21 shooting in Monday's 109-101 loss to the Hornets.
Harry B was everywhere, racking up seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and two triples while hitting all seven of his free throws. With the Mavs banged up and possibly tanking, Barnes should be the best fantasy asset in Dallas the rest of the way as the clear focal point of the offense. He's returning top-60 value in standard leagues on the season with averages of 20.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 3-pointer on 45.9 percent shooting.
RotoWorld reports: Russell Westbrook hit 10-of-22 shots, 3-of-8 3-pointers and 9-of-14 free throws for 32 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists, a steal, a block and just four turnovers in Monday's tough 102-99 win at Atlanta.
The dude is just sick and has now triple-doubled in six straight games, the longest streak since Michael Jordan did it seven straight times in 1989. He has 11 of them on the season, is averaging a triple-double on the season and has led the Thunder to six straight wins. Maybe he'll run out of gas one day, but then again, maybe he won't. Jordan had 15 triple-doubles in that 1988-89 season and Westbrook is on pace to destroy that number, possibly before Christmas.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, December 5
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, Westbrook, D.Cousins, Blake Griffin and Ibaka.
RotoWorld reports: Paul George (sore left ankle) returned to action on Sunday with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
George missed six of the Pacers' past seven games and he showed some rust early, going scoreless in the first quarter, but he quickly found his groove in an impressive road win. The offense ran through him extensively as the Pacers fended off the Clippers down the stretch, and the fact that he logged 34 minutes proves that he doesn't have any medical restrictions.
RotoWorld reports: Reggie Jackson (knee, thumb) looked sharp in his season debut on Sunday, posting 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting with four assists in just 23 minutes as a starter.
The Pistons were limiting Jackson to around five minutes per quarter, a number that should slowly creep up in the coming weeks. He's obviously a must-own player now that he's back on the court, and he looked good enough tonight to activate in nearly all lineups. If you were relying on Ish Smith for assists this season, it's time to start monitoring the waiver wire for a promising pickup.
RotoWorld reports: Anthony Davis (right foot/ankle) reportedly had X-rays taken after Sunday's game in Oklahoma City, though Davis denied the report.
ESPN's Justin Verrier reports, "Davis had an X-ray taken after the game in Oklahoma City, according to league sources. Davis denied the account, but the Pelicans forward received treatment and [had] a black wrap on his right foot at his locker before speaking to the media. Davis ... appeared to be walking without a hobble in the locker room." He played 43 minutes on Sunday and did appear to be limping on certain possessions, though he never left the game. We're adding him to the injury report, and in the absence of an update owners should consider him questionable for Monday's home game.
RotoWorld reports: DeMarcus Cousins went 9-of-30 from the field and 14-of-16 from the line on Sunday, finishing with 36 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, one steal and just two turnovers in 43 minutes.
Cousins had a few 3-point attempts blocked late in the game but he still finished 4-of-10 beyond the arc. He's averaging a career-high 1.7 triples on 38.4 percent shooting, and at this point he's basically matchup-proof. One negative tonight is that he picked up another technical foul, giving him six techs in Sacramento's first 20 games.
RotoWorld reports: Serge Ibaka filled up the boxscore on Sunday with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and four blocked shots.
Ibaka got off to a slow start this season but he's coming on strong in Orlando's past dozen games, averaging 16.1 points, 7.6 boards, 2.3 blocks, 1.5 triples and 1.0 assists, on 50.0 percent FGs and 87.5 percent FTs. That's good for top-30 value and he shows no signs of slowing down.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, December 3
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Horford, LeBron, Rondo, Blake Griffin, Taj Gibson, CP3, Jimmy Butler, Marcin Gortat, Melo, Lowry, D-Cousins, Kyle O'Quinn, and Joel Embiid.
RotoWorld reports: Marcin Gortat went off for 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting with 18 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals before fouling out in 42 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.
He's averaging a career-high 35.2 minutes per game and this was the second time this season that he played 42 minutes. Ian Mahinmi (knee) can't stay healthy and coach Scott Brooks doesn't trust his bench at all, but Gortat's owners aren't complaining. He's flirting with top-50 value in standard leagues and his owners just have to hope that the Wizards can remain relevant in the East.
RotoWorld reports: Rajon Rondo triple-doubled against the Cavs on Friday with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.
He's had a few phenomenal matchups to get him going strong and his coach has been impressed with how he runs the offense. "I thought Rondo was great all night long," coach Fred Hoiberg said. "You could hear him yelling 'Run with me' to all the guys all game." Rondo will take his momentum in an ultimate revenge game against the Mavs and Mark Cuban with Dwyane Wade (rest) out. After Saturday, it's not a bad idea to try and sell high off the string of favorable matchups.
RotoWorld reports: Kyle O'Quinn came out of nowhere against the Wolves on Friday with 20 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 31 minutes.
Wow. That's season highs in points, boards and minutes for KOQ in his start today. He was outstanding on the defensive end and coach Jeff Hornacek stuck with him after not playing him for more than 18 minutes in any of his previous four games. Joakim Noah (ankle) could be back for Sunday, so O'Quinn would only be worth a look in deeper leagues. This looks like one of the flukiest games of the season.
RotoWorld reports: Blake Griffin scored 27 points on 12-of-22 shooting in Friday's 114-96 win over the Pelicans.
This was the second night of a back-to-back set and he logged 34 minutes, so it's safe to say that he's healthy after a knee/calf scare last week. Griffin added four assists, two blocks and hit a triple to give him five 3-pointers on the season. He gets a matchup with the Pacers on Sunday.
RotoWorld reports: Al Horford exploded against the Kings during a 97-92 win on Friday, scoring 26 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, six blocks and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
That's season highs in points, blocks and treys, and he also matched his best total in steals and minutes. We've seen coach Brad Stevens mix it up with his bigs, but he's never had someone as good as Horford. This massive game moved him to No. 6 on per-game value for standard leagues despite just 32.4 minutes per game. He's going to be outstanding all year.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, December 2
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Durant, Harden, Giannis, Gordon Hayward, Joe Johnson, Marc Gasol, and Draymond Green.
RotoWorld reports: Marc Gasol scored 25 points in 32 minutes during a 95-94 comeback win over the Magic on Thursday, adding two rebounds, three assists, five blocks, one steal and two 3-pointers.
What a huge win for the Grizzlies. Coach David Fizdale continues to talk up The Nasty Nine, and his squad has just been money in tough situations. In fact, the Grizzlies are now 5-0 on the second night of a back-to-back set and they improved to 8-0 when the margin is within three points in the final minute. As for Gasol, the solid playing time after 35 minutes on Wednesday. He'll likely get rest at some point, but expect Gasol to post great stats sans Mike Conley (back).
RotoWorld reports: Giannis Antetokounmpo went berserk during a 111-93 win over the Nets on Thursday, scoring 23 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in just 30 minutes.
The steals numbers are off the charts and it's moved Giannis to No. 3 in steals per game while he's also fifth in blocks per outing. Antetokounmpo made a season-high two treys in this game and hit his first corner trey, which make have lead to some post-game talk on his shooting. After the game, Giannis said he's been invited to work out with Dirk Nowitzki next summer and Giannis also talked about his shot. "My main focus is to shoot without hesitating," Antetokounmpo said. "That's my main focus right now. I don't care if it goes in or it goes out. I just shoot. I have nothing to lose. Just let it fly." If he develops a strong shot, no team is safe.
RotoWorld reports: Kemba Walker scored 18 points during a 97-87 win over the Mavs on Thursday, adding three rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.
The Hornets look like they're back for the most part with a 3-1 record in their last four. Walker hit a huge three in this game to help ice the win, but he didn't shoot the ball very well overall at 7-of-19 from the field. He's been very good in the clutch before tonight, turning in a 59.9 true shooting percentage on a 38.3 usage rate in those situations. He's playing like an All-Star, but he may have peaked a little early. Walker has third-round value over his last 10 games. He's still an elite option.
RotoWorld reports: John Henson played 25 minutes against the Nets on Thursday with 12 points, eight rebounds, one assist and five blocks.
Believe it or not, we may actually have a consistent role for Henson. He's played at least 21 minutes in each of his last three games, averaging 13.0 points, 8.0 boards, 1.3 assists and 3.3 blocks. This does come with a grain of salt because the matchups have helped Henson, but his block rate is just too good to leave on the wire in any standard-style league.
RotoWorld reports: Elfrid Payton came off the bench and hit just 1-of-8 shots for three points, three rebounds, five assists, two steals, a block and three turnovers in Thursday's bad loss to the Grizzlies.
He turned the ball over late, allowing a JaMychal Green steal that sealed the win for the Magic, who made up a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to steal the game. Payton played 29 minutes compared to starter D.J. Augustin's 19, but the shooting and bad turnover will leave a bad taste in the mouth of Orlando's fans and coaching staff. He was shooting it well and had scored in double digits in his previous three games, and could move back into the starting unit at any time. If you own him, it's probably best to keep hanging on to see what his role is next time out.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, December 1
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were K-A Towns, Lillard, Westbrook, Whiteside, Lowry, Dennis Schroder, Oladipo, Porzingis, Jeff Teague and Ish Smith.
RotoWorld reports: Dennis Schroder scored a career-high 31 points in Phoenix on Wednesday, hitting 13-of-23 shots with nine assists, four rebounds, two 3-pointers and one block.
The Hawks came in with three straight losses, including blowouts vs. the Jazz and Lakers, and they fell again tonight despite Schroder's best efforts. He did have five turnovers, continuing a career-long trend, but his 8-cat owners have to be thrilled -- over the past two games he's averaged 27.5 points on 50.0 percent shooting, 2.5 boards, 7.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks.
RotoWorld reports: Damian Lillard scored 28 points during a 131-109 win over the Pacers on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, 10 assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.
He's back after a brief slump with his fourth consecutive game with at least 27 points. Lillard's 564 points to start the season are the most by any Blazer in the first 20 games of a season. He's also the first player with at least 28 points, 10 dimes and four steals in a game this season. Lillard is back to posting first-round value on the season for his standard league owners.
RotoWorld reports: Wayne Ellington (Heat) erupted offensively on Wednesday with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including a 5-of-9 mark from downtown, and 12 of his points came in the fourth quarter.
Ellington was playing in his second game of the season but he looked great, adding two rebounds, two assists, four steals and just one turnover in 32 minutes. His role will decrease overnight once guys like Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Dion Waiters return to action, and it doesn't help that he'll face Utah's defense on Thursday. Most season-long owners can take a wait-and-see approach here.
RotoWorld reports: Bradley Beal scored 31 points against the Thunder during a 126-115 overtime loss on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, one assist, two steals and four 3-pointers in 42 minutes.
He was red hot late and the Thunder made sure to have him covered down the stretch. "They were so focused on me they were leaving guys open," Beal said about the OKC defense. He also had the tall task to guard Russell Westbrook for some clutch minutes, including Westbrook's clutch trey in regulation. Beal is cooking over his last five, averaging 28.6 points, 4.6 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 4.2 treys on 50.5 percent from the field. He could stay hot all year and needs to stay healthy.
RotoWorld reports: Kristaps Porzingis scored 29 points during a 106-104 win over the Wolves on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.
He carried the Knicks throughout this game while Carmelo Anthony struggled and scored just 14. On the other hand, Melo hit a game-winning jumper to help give the Knicks the win and get them back to .500. Porzingis did have an awkward landing today and was limping for about 20 seconds, but he was fine and stayed in the game. The Wolves and Knicks get a rematch at Madison Square Garden on Friday.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, November 29
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Westbrook, D-Cousins, Whiteside, Dragic, Durant, Kanter, LaVine, D-Rose, B.Beal, and K.Lowry.
RotoWorld reports: Dennis Schroder went off for 24 points against the Warriors on Monday, shooting 10-of-20 from the field with six assists, one rebound, one block, two steals, one triple and five turnovers in 34 minutes.
The only highlight you will see of Schroder is him getting stuffed at the rim by Draymond Green in the final minute, but he played excellent on Monday and was giving Stephen Curry problems all night. Schroder is a peaks and valleys PG who has lacked consistency, and for the most part he's been a letdown for his owners who drafted him in the middle rounds. Hopefully this was a sign of better things to come.
RotoWorld reports: Draymond Green returned from a one-game absence in Monday's 105-110 win over the Hawks and blocked four shots with four points, seven assists, three rebounds, one steal and two turnovers in 39 minutes.
Green said that he wants to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award "bad" and he showed it tonight, blocking two shots in the final minute of the game. Green didn't look limited at all Monday and his ankle shouldn't be an issue going forward. He only shot 2-of-9 from the field, but Green's fantasy values comes from his elite ability to rack up assists, steals and blocks.
RotoWorld reports: Zach LaVine made 9-of-17 shots for 28 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists in 44 minutes of Monday’s loss against Utah.
LaVine erupted tonight just three games after scoring 31 points against the Warriors, and has now scored at least 26 points in three of his last four games. He was two rebounds and two assists shy of a triple-double and currently has career highs in scoring and 3-pointers made, as well as field goal and free throw percentage. LaVine's 44 minutes were at least 10 more than the next closest T-Wolf, and he may be starting to challenge Karl-Anthony Towns for the title of best player on his team.
RotoWorld reports: George Hill scored 24 points with eight rebounds, four assists and two turnovers in 34 minutes in a 112-103 win over the Wolves on Monday.
Hill has arguably been the MVP of the Jazz this season and his team is 3-0 since he returned from his thumb injury. The Jazz were outscoring opponents by 23 points per 100 possessions with Hill and Gordon Hayward in the lineup prior to Monday, and Hill has scored 22 or more points in seven out of his 10 appearances this season.
RotoWorld reports: Jeremy Lamb stayed hot on Monday in a 104-85 win over the Grizzlies, scoring 21 points with nine rebounds, one steal, one block and two triples in just 23 minutes.
The points were a season-high and he shot an efficient 7-of-11 from the field. He's coming off a dominant 18-point, 17-rebound performance on Saturday with two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes, but his minutes dipped tonight with Nicolas Batum (eye) back in action. Lamb has likely earned a nice role off the bench moving forward and is now worth a look if you have some dead weight on your roster.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, November 28
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were D-Cousins, Anthony Davis, Bledsoe, Harden, Kyrie, Evan Fournier, Rudy Gay, LeBron, CJ McCollum and Eric Gordon.
RotoWorld reports: Eric Gordon thrived in 30 bench minutes vs. Portland, scoring 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting with a 6-of-9 mark from downtown, five rebounds, four assists, one steal and just one turnover.
Gordon's scoring outburst isn't a complete surprise, as the Blazers have ceded the sixth-most points to opposing benches this season. His off-ball movement got him free for plenty of open looks, and tonight's production was sweet relief for his fantasy owners -- he came in shooting 29.0 percent in his previous three games.
RotoWorld reports: Wesley Matthews drained 6-of-8 three-pointers to finish Sunday's victory with 21 points, three rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 39 minutes of action.
Dallas improved their record to 3-13 but that's still the worst mark in the NBA, trailing teams like the Suns (5-13), Wolves (5-11), 76ers (4-13) and Nets (4-12). They'll take what they can get at this point, though, and that includes a strong game from Matthews. He got off to a terrible start shooting the ball, but in his past four games he's a combined 14-of-25 from downtown. Now is the time to pick him up if he's floating on your waiver wire.
RotoWorld reports: Aaron Gordon couldn't buy a bucket as a fill-in starter on Sunday, going 0-of-12 from the field to finish scoreless with eight boards, three assists and one steal in 32 minutes.
Jeff Green (sore lower back) was unavailable tonight, giving Gordon a boost in the playing-time department, but he simply couldn't get his shot to drop. He's shooting 62.0 percent within eight feet of the hoop, but is a miserable 31-of-103 beyond eight feet (30.1 percent). Gordon's multi-cat contributions give him nice upside, but he'll need to start making jumpers to crack top-100 value.
RotoWorld reports: DeMarcus Cousins piled up 37 points, 11 rebounds, four 3-pointers, four steals, two assists and one block during Sunday's game in Brooklyn, making 13-of-24 field goals and 7-of-9 free throws.
The Kings got off on the right foot to start a six-game road trip that includes matchups vs. the Wizards, 76ers, Celtics, Knicks and Mavericks. The only bad news for Cousins' owners tonight is that he picked up his sixth technical foul for hitting Luis Scola in the mouth after a shot attempt. It may have been inadvertent, however, so there's a chance the league will rescind the tech upon further review.
RotoWorld reports: Myles Turner got into early foul trouble vs. the Clippers on Sunday, but he still racked up 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting, 12 rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in just 25 minutes.
Opposing centers have averaged a league-high 6.9 fouls per game vs. the Clippers this season, so Turner isn't alone in his foul problems against DeAndre Jordan. He was still awesome on a per-minute basis and continues to cruise as a top-30 value in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues.
FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYERS SO FAR THIS SEASON:
Updated November 21, 2016
BEST FANTASY GUARDS: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Kemba Walker, John Wall, Damian Lillard.
BEST FANTASY FORWARDS: Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George, Draymond Green, LeBron James.
BEST FANTASY CENTERS: Al Horford, Hassan Whiteside, DeMarcus Cousins, Brook Lopez, Karl-Anthony Towns, Myles Turner and Joel Embiid.
FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYER RATINGS:
Updated April 11, 2016
This is how good fantasy players were, last season, WHEN HEALTHY. Missed games weren't taken into account. Only their level of play when on the court.
1) Stephen Curry,
2) Kevin Durant,
3) James Harden,
4) Russell Westbrook,
5) Chris Paul,
6) Kawhi Leonard,
7) Anthony Davis,
8) LeBron James,
9) Kyle Lowry,
10) Hassan Whiteside,
11) Draymond Green,
12) John Wall,
13) Paul George,
14) Paul Millsap,
15) DeMarcus Cousins,
16) Damian Lillard,
17) Karl-Anthony Towns,
18) Eric Bledsoe,
19) Kemba Walker,
20) Pau Gasol,
21) Jimmy Butler,
22) Klay Thompson,
23) Brook Lopez,
24) Isaiah Thomas,
25) Al Horford.