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FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYER RATINGS
Updated January 20, 2019
BEST FANTASY GUARDS: James Harden, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, Ben Simmons, Jrue Holiday, DeMar DeRozan, Kemba Walker, Bradley Beal, Kyrie Irving, De'Aaron Fox, Mike Conley, D'Angelo Russell, Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic and Jamal Murray.
BEST FANTASY FORWARDS: Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George, Blake Griffin, LeBron James< LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard, Julius Randle, Tobias Harris, Kyle Kuzma, Khris Middleton, Pascal Siakam, Danilo Gallinari and Aaron Gordon.
BEST FANTASY CENTERS: Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Vucevic, Kevin Love (has barely played though), Andre Drummond, Clint Capela (out for the next 4-6 weeks), Rudy Gobert, Marc Gasol, Jusuf Nurkic, Deandre Ayton, Steven Adams, Domantas Sabonis, Enes Kanter and Willie Cauley-Stein.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, January 20, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Buddy Hield, Blake Griffin, Nikola Jokic, Eric Bledsoe, Kyle Kuzma, Joel Embiid and Devin Booker.
RotoWorld reports: James Harden continued his historic run during a 138-134 overtime victory over the Lakers on Saturday, scoring 48 points with eight rebounds, six assists, four steals, one block, six turnovers and eight 3-pointers.
For the third game in a row, he was unassisted on all of his points to make it a ridiculous 163 points in the last three without any of those points coming off an assist. Plus, none of his 30 shots came directly off a pass, finishing today shooting 14-of-30 from the field and 12-of-15 from the line. Harden also had 19 attempts from three to make it at least 19 in three games in the last month after hitting that number just once in his career prior to this stretch. The Rockets took 68 treys in this one to put them two short of their record 70 on Wednesday -- the old record was 61. He has scored 30-plus points in 19 straight with Wilt Chamberlain the only player ever with more. Harden is creating some space to win his second consecutive MVP award.
RotoWorld reports: Blake Griffin got very little help during a 103-101 loss to the Kings on Saturday, scoring 38 points with six rebounds, three assists, three steals, five turnovers and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.
The other four starters combined for just 25 points in a tough home loss. Andre Drummond didn't play today, and that should lead to some big lines from Blake in games the big man can't miss. Per 36 without Drummond, Blake sits at 29.4 points, 10.5 boards, 4.5 dimes, 1.0 steals and 2.3 treys. He'll be a popular DFS play when the matchup isn't tough.
RotoWorld reports: Kyle Kuzma stayed hot against the Rockets on Saturday during a 138-134 overtime loss, making 12-of-19 from the field for 32 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, three turnovers and four 3-pointers in 44 minutes.
He hit all four of his treys in the first quarter to get him to 20 points for his second 20-plus scoring quarter of the season. Kuzma may have to handle the rock even more with Lonzo Ball (ankle) getting hurt, and coach Luke Walton has emphasized that Kuzma needs to pass more if he is going to be the first option. Whatever the case, he will continue to hang some big stat lines until the Lakers start to get players back.
RotoWorld reports: Buddy Hield hit an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Pistons 103-101 on Saturday, finishing with 35 points, nine rebounds, three assists, one block, one turnover and seven 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
It was one of the more unbelievable game-winning shots of the season as the Kings pulled off a huge late comeback down 12 with six minutes left (shot video in link below). His January is among the best for high-level scorers, sitting at a Curry-like 68.2 TS% with averages of 23.4 points, 4.2 boards, 2.0 dimes, 0.3 steals and 4.6 treys. He's taking 25% of his shots in the paint, he's on fire from deep with a 56.1 3P%, and he has been a strong finisher in the last two seasons. Armed with a strong late schedule, anyone wanting to sell high better ask for a whole lot. He looks like the real deal.
RotoWorld reports: Nikola Jokic posted his sixth triple-double of the season Saturday vs. the Cavaliers, tallying 19 points (8-of-12 FGs, 0-of-1 FTs), 12 assists, 11 rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.
Jokic (22 career triple-doubles) is now second on the NBA's all-time list for triple-doubles by a 7-footer, passing the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He's got a long way to go before he catches Wilt Chamberlain at 78, but the 7-footer has at the very least established himself as one of the top centers in the NBA. Over the last five games Jokic is averaging 23.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 8.6 assists per with 53.8/38.1/85.2 shooting splits.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Kyrie Irving, D'Angelo Russell, Blake Griffin, Rudy Gobert and Stephen Curry.
RotoWorld reports: DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) made his long-awaited Warriors' debut in a win over the Clippers on Friday, scoring 14 points (5-of-11 FGs) with six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three triples before fouling out in 14 minutes.
Fouls aside, his debut was a massive success. Boogie's first basket was a monster jam off a feed from KD, and the Clippers made a mistake sagging off him on the perimeter -- his 3-point shot was his primary focus during his rehab. Perhaps the biggest takeaway is that Boogie was getting up and down remarkably well, and that's going to be crucial for Golden State's style of play. "I'm pretty sure our guys aren't going to slow down," coach Steve Kerr said before the game "We're still going to throw the ball ahead." DMC said he felt "great" and it's going to be fun watching his role develop over the next few weeks (they staggered Boogie with the second unit quite often which will be great for his value). If you've been stashing Boogie all season, your patience looks like it will pay off.
RotoWorld reports: Donovan Mitchell kept it rolling on Friday, scoring 24 points (9-of-15 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs) with two rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Cavaliers.
Mitchell scored 20 or more points for the eighth straight game, which is his longest such streak of the season. He’s been excelling with Ricky Rubio (hamstring) out of the lineup. Over the previous five games prior to this one, all with Rubio unavailable, he’s averaging 31.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 3.0 triples on a sterling 50% shooting. This stretch has seen Mitchell post top-20 value in 9-category leagues. The next step will be for him to continue with this level of production when Rubio returns.
RotoWorld reports: Damian Lillard made 8-of-20 shots for 24 points with five rebounds, eight assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.
Lillard wasn't particularly efficient, but he still dropped 20+ for the fifth straight game. He's been battling a few different ailments over the last week or so, but continues to play through anything and everything. Part of the reason why Dame is so valuable is because of his durability. He'll have two days to rest up before Monday's game against the Jazz.
RotoWorld reports: Rudy Gobert was a monster against the Cavaliers on Friday, scoring 19 points (8-of-10 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with 15 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals in 27 minutes.
Gobert tied Joel Embiid for the league lead in double-doubles with his effort in this one, as both are now sitting at 38 on the season. He continues to score at a career-best rate and is surprisingly over the 2.0 assist per game mark for the first time in his career. Including tonight, he’s blocked multiple shots in five straight games, which is the fourth time he’s done so this season. Gobert is one of the best centers in fantasy basketball.
RotoWorld reports: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander matched his career-high of 24 points in a 112-94 loss to the Clippers, adding five assists, three rebounds, three steals and two turnovers in 43 minutes.
What a way to break through the rookie wall. Not only was he a stud offensively (7-of-17 FGs, 10-of-10 FTs), SGA was also a big reason why Klay Thompson was held in check. The Clippers will be without Lou Williams (hamstring) for at least the next two games and Danilo Gallinari (back) left this game early, so SGA will be asked to do a lot more on offense -- he had a 22.2 usage rate tonight compared to his season average of 17.1. He's worth picking up with one more game this weekend and four games next week.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Kyle Kuzma, Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid, Paul George, Ivica Zubac, Deandre Ayton and Russell Westbrook.
RotoWorld reports: Ivica Zubac dominated against the Thunder on Thursday, making 12-of-14 from the field for a career-high 26 points with 12 rebounds, one assist and four turnovers in 28 minutes.
The one they call Zupac wasn't going platinum, he was going double-uranium in this win. Zubac had a +35 plus/minus and he played the final 20 minutes excluding a few seconds for situational subs. He played just eight minutes in the last game after coach Luke Walton made a switch to Tyson Chandler to start, but this outstanding game could be enough for Walton to make another switch -- Chandler also tweaked his hand. If Zu starts, he would get a potential dream matchup against the Rockets on Saturday after Jarrett Allen went for 20 and 24 against Houston on Wednesday. Zubac might not stick, but it's hard to leave him on the wire after this strong game, especially when his coach is searching for answers at the five. Fantasy owners can picture Zubac rollin' to the rim and may want to get around to picking him up in standard leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Lauri Markkanen didn't get much help during a 135-105 loss to the Nuggets on Thursday, scoring 27 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and five 3-pointers in 25 minutes.
He scored 15 of the first 21 points for the Bulls, including a run with 10 points in 90 seconds. The Bulls were actually leading at the end of the first, but their defense fell apart with 42 points given up in the third. Markkanen was in a mini-slump before this strong outing, failing to hit 20 points in five straight. There was some concern that he is still playing through his elbow injury, but e is starting to show more confidence in his shooting. The Bulls are bad, but Lauri should be a mid-round player going forward with some early-round upside.
RotoWorld reports: Paul George scored 27 points (9-of-19 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs) with seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals and five 3-pointers in 44 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.
George did almost all of his damage in the first three quarters of this one, scoring 26 of his 27 points in that time frame. He didn't attempt any shots in the fourth quarter and missed all five of his shots in the overtime period. Outside of that, PG matched his season-high in assists and swiped at least two steals for the fourth straight game. He continues to put up first round value in 9-category formats.
RotoWorld reports: Jamal Murray made seven 3-pointers against the Bulls on Thursday, finishing with 25 points, two rebounds, five assists and one turnover in 29 minutes.
He's getting hot again and coincidentally he's made 50.0% from the field in each of his last three, averaging 23.3 points, 3.0 boards, 4.0 dimes, 0.3 steals and 4.0 treys in those outings. The made treys tell the story here, and Murray only made two shots at the rim over these three. The Blue Arrow gets another easy matchup against the Cavs on Saturday, so maybe he'll shoot above 50% in that one. He's trending up.
RotoWorld reports: Kyle Kuzma matched his career-high seven 3-pointers during a 138-128 overtime victory over the Thunder on Thursday, finishing with 32 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and four turnovers.
Not bad against the NBA's best defense, and his three steals also matched his career-high. Kuzma was slumping over his previous three games despite two easy matchups against the Bulls and Cavs, so this was unexpected. LeBron James (groin) is set to start practicing next week, but he doesn't have a timetable to return just yet. With the Rockets on the horizon for Saturday, Kuzma could keep it going with another strong performance.
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