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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, April 1, 2019
3:30 a.m. ET

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were LaMarcus Aldridge, Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo, Nikola Jokic, John Collins, Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee and Tim Frazier.

According to, "Jamal Murray rolled his left ankle on Sunday vs. the Wizards, finishing with 12 points, two rebounds, two assists, one block and two triples in 22 minutes. He initially returned from the locker room after the tweak and seemed OK, but left the game for good in the third quarter. Coach Malone did not have an update on his status after the game, but he was spotted leaving the arena with a slight limp. He did miss six games earlier this season due to this same ankle, so maybe the Nuggets give him some time off. If they do, Monte Morris would become a must-own fantasy asset for the final 1.5 weeks"

According to, "Danilo Gallinari hit 6-of-11 shots, a 3-pointer and 14-of-16 free throws on his way to 27 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes of Sunday's 113-96 win over the Grizzlies. While a ton of fantasy superstars are sitting out right now, it was clutch to see Gallinari out there getting it done tonight, despite a sore ankle. He was given the day off against the lowly Cavs on Saturday, but came through with one of his better lines of the season on Sunday. The Clippers, currently the No. 6 seed in the West, are still battling for playoff position, so Gallinari is hopefully good to go for their final four games of the season. And that's the only bad news, that the Clips play four more times, while some other teams have six games."

According to, "Rajon Rondo came through with a 24-point, 12-assist double-double during Sunday's easy win over the Pelicans, adding four triples, five boards, three steals and two turnovers in 31 minutes. Rondo exited the game early in the third after taking an elbow to the face via Ian Clark, but after getting stitched up in the locker room, he returned for the fourth quarter of action despite the Lakers being up by 20-plus. The Lakers don't play again until Tuesday, so Rondo should be fine for that one, and he's a must-own guy with LeBron James (groin) done for the year."

According to Rotowire, "Nic Batum had just two points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in 24 minutes during Sunday's 137-90 loss to the Warriors. Batum was back on the floor Sunday but did very little apart from racking up three defensive stats. He has been out with an illness and was a healthy DNP in their last game. His role moving forward is certainly far from set in stone and he should be viewed as a player to stream in most situations, and even that could be a stretch at this point of the season."

According to Rotowire, "Paul Millsap totaled 13 points (3-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-9 FT), 16 rebounds, and three assists in 31 minutes during Sunday's 95-90 loss to the Wizards. Millsap matched his season high with 16 rebounds Sunday, but unfortunately, that is where the good news ends. He shot just 3-of-13 from the field and failed to record a single defensive stat. He has been solid enough this season but is far from the player he was only two seasons ago. The Nuggets are likely to finish with the second seed in the West after this loss and may decide to rest a number of players leading into the playoffs. Millsap would certainly be a candidate there and owners should keep an eye on the injury report moving forward."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Joel Embiid, Andre Drummond, De'Aaron Fox, Khris Middleton, Giannis, James Harden, Goran Dragic and Pascal Siakam.

According to, "DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting during Thursday's 116-110 win over the Cavs, adding eight assists, two rebounds, two steals and two turnovers in 35 minutes. DeRozan was oddly passive to start the game, attempting just two shots and zero free throws through the first half of action, but he came out firing after halftime and rallied off a quick 13 points over the first four minutes of the third quarter. He also was a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe and played a pivotal role in salvaging Manu Ginobili's jersey retirement night."

According to, "Julius Randle scored 34 points during 121-118 win over the Kings on Thursday, adding 11 rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes. It's no secret that Julius has some monster stat lines when Anthony Davis (back) and Jrue Holiday (core) are out, and now he could be looking at free reign the rest of the season. Randle's minutes haven't seen much of a dip when there isn't a back-to-back factor or when the Pels are blown out. He should be good to go the rest of the way."

According to, "Khris Middleton scored a season-high 39 points with nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday. Middleton made 16-of-25 attempts from the field and all three of his free throws en route to his best scoring night of the season. The 16 shots made mark a new career-high for the All-Star wing. Middleton hasn't been as good of a fantasy asset as he was last season, but he's been producing at a top-35 level in 9-category leagues over the last two weeks. The Bucks are all but assured the East's top seed, which could mean Middleton sits half of the their upcoming back-to-back on Sunday and Monday."

According to Rotowire, "LaMarcus Aldridge managed 14 points (6-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), three rebounds, one assist and two blocks across 36 minutes in the Spurs' 116-110 win over the Cavaliers on Thursday. Aldridge played the third wheel on offense behind DeMar DeRozan and Bryn Forbes, but he still turned in a serviceable line overall. The All-Star forward was coming off a pair of ultra-productive games where he'd averaged 34.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists against the Celtics and Hornets, respectively. While Thursday's line represented a downturn from those numbers, Aldridge continues to serve as an above-average asset as the fantasy postseason unfolds."

According to Rotowire, "Kevin Love posted 18 points (7-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds and one assist across 35 minutes in the Cavaliers' 116-110 loss to the Spurs on Thursday. Love's scoring total was second only to that of Collin Sexton's on the night for the Cavs, as the veteran produced his fourth straight double-digit scoring effort. The 30-year-old has been highly productive throughout March on the rebounding front as well. Love has hauled in no fewer than eight boards in eight consecutive contests, and he's churned out seven double-digit rebounding performances during the month as well."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Jabari Parker, Steven Adams and Rudy Gobert.

According to, "JaVale McGee had 16 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks and one assist vs. Rudy Gobert and the Jazz on Wednesday. McGee held his own in 30 minutes vs. Gobert, to his credit, and he's has been on fire over the past three games with 23.3 points, 16.0 rebounds, 5.0 blocks and 1.3 steals. "JaVale's playing with a lot of energy right now," coach Luke Walton said on Tuesday. "Itís reminding me of how he was to start the season, where heís up above grabbing rebounds where no one else can get. [Heís] keeping balls alive for us, diving to the rim, all those good things." McGee's resurgence has propelled plenty of owners to victory in weekly matchups, and he should continue to dominate vs. the visiting Hornets on Friday."

According to, "Josh Hart underwent a procedure on his right patellar tendon on Thursday and he will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season. He's expected to resume full basketball activities in 12 weeks, so he should be fine for next year. Hart probably should have had this procedure months ago, but he wanted to wait until the Lakers' postseason hopes were officially done before calling it quits. He'll end his sophomore season with averages of 7.8 points, 3.7 boards, 1.4 treys and 1.0 steal per game on 40.7% shooting."

According to, "Joe Ingles handed out a career-high 14 assists during Wednesday's game, adding 11 points, nine rebounds and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes. Ingles had nine assists by halftime and fell one board shy of his first career triple-double -- the home crowd chanted 'We Want Joe!' down the stretch, but didn't get their wish. He's had at least four dimes in 18 consecutive games and is averaging 7.1 in March, to go along with 11.8 points, 2.4 triples, 4.2 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.3 blocks. That's been enough for top-75 value in 9-cat, and he jumps a few rounds if you toss out his turnovers (2.6 per game since the All-Star break)."

According to Rotowire, "Rudy Gobert totaled 22 points (9-12 FG, 4-6 FT), 11 rebounds, three blocks, and two steals in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 115-100 victory over the Lakers. Gobert was dominant yet again Wednesday, producing 22 points and 11 rebounds to go with three blocked shots. It was Gobert's 60th double-double for the season and he remains about as consistent a fantasy producer as you will find. He is certainly a favorite to secure the defensive player of the year given he was last season's winner, playing in fewer games."

According to Rotowire, "Devin Booker accounted for 50 points (19-29 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 9-10 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 124-121 loss to the Wizards. Booker torched the Wizards, finishing with 50 points on 19-of-29 shooting. It was his second straight game scoring at least 50 points and certainly highlights his offensive abilities on a team starved of talent. This was also the first time Booker has collected double-digit rebounds this season, making his overall line a little more appealing than his 59-point effort just two days prior."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Kemba Walker, Luka Doncic, Thaddeus Young, Jamal Murray, LeBron James, JaVale McGee and Nikola Vucevic.

According to, "Luka Doncic played through his left knee soreness on Tuesday vs. the Kings, racking up 28 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists and four turnovers in 36 minutes. The Mavs have nothing to play for and are moving up the tank ranks with 16 losses in their last 19 games. They owe a top-5 protected pick to the Hawks, and currently they are sitting in the sixth slot, 2.5 games behind Atlanta (No. 5). However, Luka continues to play through a variety of ailments, and there's been zero talk of a possible shut down. This was his seventh triple-double of the season which ties Magic Johnson for third most all-time by a rookie and fantasy owners can keep throwing him out there with matchups coming up against the Heat on Thursday and the Thunder on Sunday."

According to, "Jamal Murray hit 12-of-19 shots, three 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws for 33 points, three rebounds, five assists and a steal in Tuesday's 95-92 win over the Pistons. Blue Arrow bounced back from a rough outing on Sunday when he hit just 2-of-12 shots for four points. He's been playing very well outside of that game and the Nuggets are going to try to keep winning in hopes of surpassing the Warriors for the No. 1 seed in the West. Hopefully Murray wasn't on your bench on a 10-game night after Sunday's dud. If he was, we'd like to offer our condolences."

According to, "JaVale McGee went nuts again on Tuesday, racking up 20 points, 15 rebounds, two steals and four blocks on 9-of-11 shooting in 32 minutes. He dominated Thomas Bryant and had another one of the best games of his career, as he's simply crushing it right now. His last three games included tonight's explosion, 17 & 14 with five blocks on Sunday, and 33 & 20 with six blocks on Friday. If you own McGee and started him in a weekly playoff matchup this week, you've got to be feeling pretty good about it. He'll try to keep it going against Rudy Gobert and the Jazz on Wednesday night."

According to Rotowire, "Collin Sexton scored a game-high 24 points (9-19 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding three assists and two rebounds in 39 minutes during Tuesday's 116-106 loss to the Celtics. He doesn't get the attention of the likes of Luka Doncic or Trae Young in this rookie class, but Sexton is finishing up his first NBA campaign in style, scoring at least 20 points in nine of the last 10 games. His contributions in other fantasy categories is lackluster at the moment, but the 20-year-old still has a bright future."

According to Rotowire, "Marcus Smart scored 21 points (8-14 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding six rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block in 33 minutes during Tuesday's 116-106 win over the Cavaliers. With Kyrie Irving (rest) getting another night off, Smart stepped up and tied Jayson Tatum for the team lead in scoring. The 25-year-old guard hasn't been a consistent scorer this season -- this was the first time he'd popped for at least 20 points since he scored 21 against the Nets on Jan. 28 -- but he remains a threat at the other end of the court, grabbing multiple steals in nine of the last 14 games and averaging 11.9 points, 4.3 assists, 3.1 boards, 2.1 steals and 1.7 three-pointers over that stretch."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Devin Booker, Jusuf Nurkic, Damian Lillard, D'Angelo Russell, Bruno Caboclo and Rudy Gobert.

According to, "Jusuf Nurkic suffered a fractured left leg during the second overtime of Monday's game vs. Brooklyn. Nurkic suffered the injury with 2:22 remaining in the second extra session, as he landed awkwardly after being fouled while grabbing an offensive rebound. He was eventually taken off the court via stretcher after the leg was immobilized. Nurkic finished the game with 32 points (13-of-24 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs), 16 rebounds, five assists, four blocked shots and two steals. With Portland's starting center set to miss an extended period of time, Enes Kanter and Zach Collins stand to absorb the majority of Nurkic's minutes moving forward."

According to, "Damian Lillard didnít have his best night shooting the basketball, as he was 10-of-30 from the field and 4-of-16 from three, but he finished with 31 points, 12 assists, six rebounds and one steal in a double-overtime win over the Nets. Lillard has scored 30 points or more in four of his last five games, and his average of 28.1 points per game in March is his second-highest for a month this season (29.6 ppg in October). The All-Star point guard is also averaging 8.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game this month, and heíll have even more on his plate offensively as Jusuf Nurkic was lost to a horrific leg injury. Portland is also without CJ McCollum (knee), meaning that the Trail Blazers will look to solidify its playoff seeding without two of the teamís top three scorers."

According to, "DíAngelo Russell shot 16-of-34 from the field Monday, scoring 39 points (4-of-8 FTs) with nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes. Russell had a tough time shooting the ball from beyond the arc, as he made just three of his 14 attempts on the night. In that regard Monday was his worst shooting performance since March 11, when he was 1-of-6 in a win over the Pistons. From a scoring standpoint Russell has tallied 30 points or more in three of his last four games, and that includes a 44-point effort in Brooklynís March 19 win over Sacramento. Over the last two weeks heís been a top-40 player in nine-category leagues, and a top-20 player in eight-category leagues. That shows the impact that turnovers have had on Russellís fantasy production, and he racked up six in Mondayís double-overtime loss."

According to Rotowire, "Michael Carter-Williams produced 15 points (5-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block across 20 minutes in Monday's 119-98 win over the 76ers. Carter-Williams had his best game of the season Monday night, registering season-highs in both points and rebounds. What is more important, however, is that his shooting was much more efficient Monday night as he eclipsed 50 percent shooting, a big uptick from his 22.2 percent average since coming onboard the Magic."

According to Rotowire, "Tobias Harris registered 15 points (5-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one steal across 34 minutes in Monday's 119-98 loss to the Magic. Harris had a subpar game by his standards Monday night, lacking a presence on the boards and not taking as many shots. He'll find his legs sooner rather than later and show up in the rebound column again, as before Monday's game, he was averaging 8.5 rebounds over the previous 15 games."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were LaMarcus Aldridge, LeBron James, Nikola Jokic, Giannis, Kemba Walker, Bojan Bogdanovic, DeAndre Jordan and Kawhi Leonard.

According to, "LaMarcus Aldridge got hot early on Sunday and never let off the gas, hitting 20-of-31 shots, a 3-pointer and 7-of-8 free throws for 28 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in 37 minutes of Sunday's 115-96 win over the Celtics in Boston. Gregg Popovich was so impressed he even left LA in the blowout win late in hopes of seeing him get 50 points, but he came up just short. He had 56 points on Jan. 10, so this wasn't Aldridge's peak performance, but he's been playing well all season and took advantage of Al Horford's knee injury tonight. Aldridge's 48 points are a career high on the road and the most point by a Spur in Boston in the team's history."

According to, "De'Aaron Fox shot just 3-of-16 from the field vs. L.A. on Sunday, scoring nine points with six rebounds, four assists, a career-high six steals and one block in 27 minutes. The shooting was obviously brutal tonight, including three misses in the restricted area, but those steals probably won the category for some owners. Fox's downfall lately has been lousy shooting at the FT line (68.6% on 6.4 attempts in March), but he was 2-of-2 from the stripe tonight. He's been top-100 since the break in roto leagues, even better in points leagues, and the Kings still have two four-game weeks coming up. Enjoy."

According to, "Gordon Hayward returned from his concussion on Sunday night and started with Al Horford and Jayson Tatum in street clothes, finishing with 13 points, 10 rebounds and not much else in a 115-96 blowout loss to the Spurs. This was the Celtics worst home loss of the season and the Celtics have now lost four straight games. Kyrie Irving's not happy, Brad Stephens is frustrated and the Celtics are now possibly locked into the No. 5 seed in the East. They have really been struggling from 3-point land lately, but the return of Hayward should help, in theory. If Irving sits out on Tuesday at Cleveland, Hayward could be ready for a big game in that one."

According to Rotowire, "Chris Paul pitched in 10 points (4-12 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 13 assists, five steals, and three rebounds in 27 minutes during Sunday's 113-90 win over the Pelicans. Paul was inefficient as a scorer but posted a double-double and snagged at least five steals for the third time through 51 appearances this season. He has already recorded more double-doubles here in 2018-19 (18) than he did in 58 tilts last season (14), but these are still by far the two lowest totals of his entire career."

According to Rotowire, "Eric Gordon produced 18 points (6-12 FG, 6-11 3Pt), two assists, two blocks, and one steal in 21 minutes during Sunday's 113-90 win over the Pelicans. Gordon was dynamite from beyond the arc, torching his old team despite seeing limited minutes in the lopsided victory. With the Rockets still fighting for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, Gordon and the rest of the regulars can be expected to see a full load of minutes during Tuesday's tilt versus the Bucks."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Kemba Walker, Karl-Anthony Towns, Ben Simmons, Luka Doncic, Rudy Gobert and Trae Young.

According to, "Damian Lillard made 9-of-16 from the field for 28 points with six rebounds, nine assists and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday during a 117-112 victory. He was on fire early with 11 points in a 2:49 span in the first, making his first five shots, as well. Lillard did have his three-game streak of 30-plus scoring games, he is playing his best ball of the year with C.J. McCollum down right now. Dame gets the Nets, Bulls, Hawks and these Pistons again in a four-game week, so his fantasy owners have quite the advantage in the fantasy playoffs."

According to, "Buddy Hield shot 7-of-14 from three in Saturdayís win over the Suns, finishing with 25 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot. Hield now holds the franchise record for most three-pointers made in a season, as he passed Peja Stojakovic during Saturdayís win. After going 0-of-8 from deep in a March 19 loss to the Nets, Hield has made 14 of his 27 attempts in the two games since. A top-40 player in nine-category leagues for the season, heís been a top-25 player over the last month. Productive as a scorer and three-point shooter, Hield entered Saturday averaging 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game in his last 13 games."

According to, "Luka Doncic triple-doubled on Saturday, scoring 23 points (6-of-14 FGs, 7-of-11 FTs) with 11 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Warriors. Doncic notched his sixth triple-double of the season, which draws him one shy of Magic Johnson for third all-time in triple-doubles as rookies. Three of those trip-dubs have come since the All-Star break. His field goal percentage has really been sapping his overall value, but being a nightly triple-double threat makes up for that. Doncic has had a special rookie season to date."

According to Rotowire, "Blake Griffin supplied 27 points (10-18 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six assists, three rebounds and one steal across 35 minutes in the Pistons' 117-112 loss to the Trail Blazers on Saturday. Griffin paced the Pistons in scoring on the night with his best shooting night since March 10. The All-Star forward had found the net on just four of 17 occasions versus the Suns in his most recent game on Thursday, so Saturday's resurgence was an especially welcome sight. "

According to Rotowire, "Deandre Ayton logged 19 points (9-16 FG, 1-4 FT), 11 rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot across 29 minutes in Saturday's 112-103 loss to the Kings. Ayton's double-double tied the Suns' franchise record for that category, a stellar achievement for the rookie. Ayton's excellent play in a losing campaign makes a strong argument for Rookie of the Year, although Luka Doncic still figures to be the front-runner at this juncture. The injury-riddled Suns will hobble through season's end with Ayton holding down the fort under the basket."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, March 22, 2019
1:00 a.m. ET

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Karl-Anthony Towns, Bradley Beal, Donovan Mitchell, Kemba Walker, Marvin Bagley and Buddy Hield.

According to, "Marvin Bagley was terrific off the bench with 22 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Mavs on Thursday. He saw minutes at the five again and that may be a bigger part of his role with Harry Giles (thigh) getting hurt today. Bagley's minutes have been on the rise over his last three, and he should've been added in all leagues a week ago. The Kings have a great schedule going forward, so Bagley's fantasy owners should have some high hopes."

According to, "Trae Young scored 23 points during a comeback 117-114 win over the Jazz on Thursday, adding two rebounds, 11 assists, five turnovers and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes. It's an impressive win for the Hawks to snap their three-game losing streak while also snapping Utah's five-game winning streak. Young continues his post-break tear, averaging 25.0 points, 4.6 boards, 8.5 dimes, 0.7 steals and 2.8 treys on a 45/42/89 shooting line in his previous games since All-Star. His shot-selection woes have subsided with Trae possibly moving into early-round ADP next year for standard leagues."

According to, "Buddy Hield was hot on Thursday during a 116-100 win over the Mavs, scoring 29 points with two rebounds, four assists, two steals and seven 3-pointers in 35 minutes. He had been in a small slump on his previous three, missing all eight from deep against the Nets. The Nets have terrific perimeter defense, but the Mavs do not as Buddy Buckets torched them on the outside. His volume continues to be there, but Hield still had been cold in March with a 32.9 3P% in his previous nine games. Regardless, he needs to be in all lineups no matter how long he's cold."

According to Rotowire, "Kemba Walker produced 31 points (10-22 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 10-12 FT), six assists and five rebounds across 35 minutes in the Hornets' win over the Timberwolves on Thursday. Walker did it all in Thursday's win, leading all scorers with 31 points and making solid contributions in rebounding and assists. Over his last 10 games, Walker has averaged 24.0 points, 5.9 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals. He's an elite option at guard every time he takes the court."

According to Rotowire, "Andrew Wiggins finished with 20 points (8-15 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-7 FT), five rebounds, two assists and a steal over 38 minutes in the Timberwolves' loss to the Hornets on Thursday. Wiggins finished just one off of the team-lead in scoring behind Karl-Anthony Towns in Thursday's loss. Wiggins is averaging his fewest points per game (17.5) since his 2014 rookie season due mainly to the worst shooting mark of his career (39.8 percent). Still, he has a great opportunity for increased production. With injuries piling up in the Minnesota backcourt, Wiggins' role on offense should be extensive down the stretch."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Joel Embiid, Damian Lillard, Pascal Siakim, Russell Westbrook, Mike Conley, and Lauri Markkanen.

According to, "Pascal Siakam scored 33 points in 42 minutes during a 123-114 overtime win over the Thunder on Wednesday, adding 13 rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block, five turnovers and one 3-pointer. Maybe he saw fellow Most Improved Player hopeful D'Angelo Russell go off on Tuesday night. On defense, he has been able to do so many things, and guarded Russell Westbrook a lot in this one. On offense, his 44-point explosion back on Feb. 22 appears to be no fluke, averaging 19.7 points, 6.5 boards, 3.9 dimes, 0.8 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.5 treys on a 52/43/72 shooting line over his previous 13 games. He's a stud at just age 24."

According to, "Mike Conley scored 35 points (12-of-23 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs) with five rebounds, eight assists, six 3-pointers and one turnover in 42 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday. Conley has been on fire of late, averaging 27.4 points over his last five outings. In that five-game span, he's posting to-10 value for fantasy owners. He willed the Grizzlies due a big home win over the Rockets here, even though James Harden tried to ruin it. Conley will be a big threat to rest down the stretch, but he remains a must-start option when active."

According to, "Damian Lillard obliterated the Mavs on Wednesday with 33 points (9-of-18 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs), 12 assists, six triples, five rebounds, two steals and one turnover in 30 minutes. That gives Lillard 19 games with 30 & 10 in his career, tying Clyde Drexler for most in franchise history. It may not take long to pass Clyde, either, since in two games without C.J. McCollum (left knee) he's averaging 31.5 points and 13.5 dimes. Portland received good news about McCollum when he was diagnosed with a popliteus strain, but Lillard still expects to "finish the regular season without him." Dame's owners should buckle up for a big finish."

According to Rotowire, "Jimmy Butler posted 22 points (7-17 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four rebounds, and two assists in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 118-115 win over the Celtics. Butler shook off a slow start (four points in the first half) to come up in the clutch with big buckets galore. His four-game streak of scoring at least 20 points is the longest he has managed through 49 appearances with the 76ers, and he seems to be hitting his stride just in time given that the playoffs are on the horizon."

According to Rotowire, "Jayson Tatum totaled 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt), six rebounds, four assists, and one block in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 118-115 loss to the 76ers. Tatum has handed out at least four assists in four of the last five games, and he continues to provide pretty well-rounded counting stats on an almost nightly basis. Those who were expecting a monumental leap from the sophomore forward have likely been left feeling disappointed and underwhelmed overall. Still, Tatum has improved his per-game averages across every category here in 2018-19, with drops in field goal and three-point percentages being the lone areas where he has taken a step back this season."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were D'Angelo Russell, Brook Lopez, James Harden, Karl-Anthony Towns, Ben Simmons, Stephen Curry, K. Caldwell-Pope, JJ redick and Khris Middleton.

According to, "Brook Lopez hit 8-of-14 shots, 5-of-11 3-pointers and 7-of-10 free throws on his way to 28 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and four blocks in 35 minutes of a 115-101 win over the Lakers. Thank you, Lakers. Bro-Lo tied his season high in scoring tonight and came through with the best fantasy line he's had this year, as the rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and threes were all fantasy gold. Hopefully he'll keep it going, but he clearly benefitted from the absence of Giannis (ankle) and Malcolm Brogdon (heel) tonight."

According to, "D'Angelo Russell took over Tuesday's game in the fourth quarter, when he scored 27 of his career-high 44 points, and the Nets overcame a 28-point second-half deficit to beat the Kings 123-121. Russell couldn't miss in the final quarter and scored at will, leading his team into contention, while letting Jared Dudley and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson get the glory. Dudley hit the go-ahead 3-pointer late, and RHJ made a circus shot for the game-winner with 0.8 seconds left. DAR had four rebounds, 12 assists, four steals and six 3-pointers, to go along with his 44 points, and might be looking at a max contract in his near future."

According to, "Kentavious Caldwell-Pope got hot off the bench on Tuesday and hit 12-of-20 shots and 8-of-14 3-pointers for a season-high 35 points, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block in 34 minutes. LeBron James (groin) was out and KCP got hot in his absence, missing his career high by just three points and scoring 23 in the first half. KCP has scored in double figures in three straight and has played well in five straight games, and should continue to flourish as long as LeBron is sitting. However, the Lakers said they are not planning to shut LeBron down, so there's a chance he could return at any time."

According to Rotowire, "Domantas Sabonis ended with 13 points (5-11 FG, 3-3 FT), 16 rebounds, and six assists in 28 minutes during Tuesday's 115-109 loss to the Clippers. Sabonis bounced back after a mediocre effort Monday, finishing with 13 points and 16 rebounds in 28 minutes. He saw more action that Myles Turner in this one and got things back on track with a performance in line with what he has been doing all season. The lack of defensive numbers are an ongoing trend, however, his ability to rebound at a high rate and hit the majority of his shots more than makeup for that."

According to Rotowire, "Shai Gilgeous-Alexander tallied 17 points (6-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT), three rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 29 minutes during Tuesday's 115-109 victory over Indiana. Gilgeous-Alexander has now scored in double-digits in nine of his last ten games, continuing his push back into standard league relevance. After a solid enough start to his rookie season, Gilgeous-Alexander appeared to have hit the rookie wall, however, it would seem as though it was merely a form slump. His playing time has certainly been more consistent of late which has allowed him to find some rhythm on both ends of the floor. At this stage, he should be on a roster in most formats as a source of points, assists, and steals as well as out-of-position rebounds."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Andre Drummond, Deandre Ayton, Damian Lillard, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic, Paul George, Goran Dragic, Julius Randle and LaMarcus Aldridge.

According to, "Deandre Ayton shot 12-of-17 from the field Monday vs. Chicago, finishing with 25 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocked shots, in 35 minutes. Ayton put together one of his best stat lines of the season in Mondayís loss to the Bulls. While this was the second game this month in which the rookie tallied three steals, the three blocks are the most heís had in a game since a January 12 win over Denver. A top-50 player in nine-category leagues over the last month, Ayton is averaging 15.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in March. Productive with regards to points, rebounds and field goal percentage, Ayton would become even more valuable from a fantasy standpoint with more consistent production in categories outside of those three."

According to, "Luka Doncic (knee) triple-doubled in a 129-125 overtime loss to the Pelicans on Monday, finishing with 29 points (10-of-26 FGs, 8-of-11 FTs), 13 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one triple and five turnovers. He played 39 minutes after a one-game absence, so that's a pretty big indication that his knee injury is minor. Still, it makes sense to double check his status for the Wednesday-Thursday back-to-back since this is silly season in the NBA with DNPs, rest and tanking galore. When Luka improves his efficiency down the road, he'll be unfair in fantasy leagues."

According to, "Damian Lillard powered Portland to a win over Indiana on Monday, racking up 30 points, 15 dimes, four triples, two boards, three steals, one block and six turnovers over 40 minutes. It was Lillard time from the jump, as he finished the first half with 18 points and eight dimes, and he did a wonderful job orchestrating the offense, falling just one assist shy of matching his career-high. He went 9-of-16 from the field, 4-of-9 from 3-point range and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe to give him an elite 75.2 true shooting percentage on the evening, and itís obvious that heíll be dominating the offense while McCollum is out. Thrillard could very realistically close out the year as a top-5 guy."

According to Rotowire, "Paul Millsap scored 12 points (4-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding 11 rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes during Monday's 114-105 win over the Celtics. It's his 12th double-double of the season, half of which have come in the last 13 games. Millsap isn't an involved in the offense as he was in Atlanta, but the 34-year-old forward will still playing a key supporting role in the Nuggets' push for the top seed in the Western Conference."

According to Rotowire, "Nikola Jokic scored a team-high 21 points (9-14 FG, 3-7 3Pt) while adding 13 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and two steals in 36 minutes during Monday's 114-105 win over the Celtics. With the road victory, the Nuggets have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2012-13, and they're now tied with the Warriors for the top seed in the Western Conference, with 13 games left to go. Jokic's career-best numbers have been a huge part of the team's success, and he figures to keep seeing big minutes and putting up elite fantasy numbers down the stretch given what's on the line for Denver."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, March 16, 2019
3:30 a.m. ET

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Julius Randle, Giannis, Joel Embiid, Bradley Beal, Elfrid Payton, Zach LaVine, Danilo Gallinari and Robin Lopez.

According to, "Danilo Gallinari (sore left ankle) scored 27 points (10-of-14 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs) on Friday against the Bulls, adding seven rebounds, two assists, one block, one steal and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes. Gallo got Tuesday off to rest a very minor ankle issue, but returned here and didn't miss a beat. He's scoring 27.3 points per game in his last four outings on an absurd 63.3% shooting. Those numbers, in addition to his 3.3 triples per in that span, have him inside the top-30 in 9-category leagues over the last two weeks. Gallo has settled in nicely as the team's go-to scorer."

According to, "Julius Randle made 20-of-34 from the field and 3-of-11 from the line for a career-high 45 points with 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals, three blocks, seven turnovers and two 3-pointers in 42 minutes. He had a Westbrook-like 44.7 usage rate in all that playing time after his previous season-high in usage rate came against these Blazers. He got the ball rolling with 21 points in the first quarter, and Randle becomes the first player in franchise history to drop a 45-point game with more than 10 boards and more than five dimes. It'll be interesting to see if he gets a night off on Saturday against the Suns, but he should have more huge lines when Anthony Davis (rest) sits."

According to, "Zach LaVine (knee) was back in action on Friday against the Clippers, scoring a team-high 31 points (9-of-19 FGs, 10-of-13 FTs) with seven rebounds, seven assists and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes. LaVine missed the team's previous two games with a knee issue, but returned to the lineup and didn't have any minutes limit. He's now scored 30+ in three of his six games in the month of March. It's possible that the team will shut him down with the team far from contention, but he remains a must-start player in all leagues until any decision is made on that front."

According to Rotowire, "Elfrid Payton produced 14 points (4-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 16 assists, 12 rebounds, and one steal in 41 minutes during Friday's 122-110 loss to the Trail Blazers. Payton handed out a career high assist total while supplying his third straight triple-double (and fourth through 31 appearances this season). Given that the Pelicans don't seem to be in any rush to bring Jrue Holiday (abdomen) back, Payton is likely to continue earning heavy minutes while owning a high usage rate, which is a promising recipe for plenty of counting stats heading into Saturday's matchup with a Suns team that acquired him last season but let him walk in free agency this past summer."

According to Rotowire, "Hassan Whiteside scored 14 points (5-9 FG, 4-7 FT) while adding 11 rebounds and three blocks in 19 minutes off the bench during Friday's 113-98 loss to the Bucks. The Heat's efforts to limit his court time and keep him fresh seem to be paying off. Whiteside has grabbed a double-double in four of the last five games, averaging 12.8 points, 11.0 boards and 1.6 blocks over that stretch despite not playing more than 23 minutes in any of them."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Kyrie Irving, Buddy Hield, Paul Millsap, Karl-Anthony Towns, Paul George and Russell Westbrook.

According to, "Paul Millsap made 14-of-19 from the field for a season-high 33 points with eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Mavs on Thursday. The Mavs did not want to cover him with Millsap getting all but two of his makes in the paint today. Millsap has been hit or miss lately with a 23-point Tuesday and just 32 points combined in his three previous games, but more often than not he should be able to add stats in several categories. He has a fantastic schedule and should be valuable when he's healthy."

According to, "Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points (8-of-17 FGs, 7-of-9 FTs) with three rebounds, six assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against Minnesota on Thursday. Mitchell has been quite good over his last five games, averaging 27.0 points with 4.6 boards, 3.8 dimes, 1.6 steals, 0.8 blocks and 3.0 triples on a tidy 48.5% shooting in 35.0 minutes a night. He's turned into an early-round player over the last month and is peaking at the right time for fantasy owners."

According to, "LeBron James (rest) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Pistons. This news is not surprising, as LeBron logged 32 minutes in the Lakers loss on Thursday night and it was assumed the Lakers would hold James out of back-to-backs over the final month of the season. As far as who will soak up extra minutes for L.A., Josh Hart (right knee) is questionable for Friday's game, while Lance Stephenson (toe) is probable. Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Johnathan Williams could also see additional playing time."

According to Rotowire, "Yuta Watanabe finished Monday's 126-115 win over the Skyforce with 26 points (8-16 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 8-8 FT), 11 rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal. It was only the third double-double of the season for the two-way player, and the first time since January 25th Watanabe has scored 20 or more points in a given contest. The 24-year-old is averaging 14.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 30 games this season."

According to Rotowire, "Allen Crabbe, due to a sore knee, will be sidelined over the Nets' next two games, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports. According to Lewis, Crabbe's knee began bothering him late in Wednesday's loss to the Thunder. He's started and averaged 30.6 minutes over the past five games, so coach Kenny Atkinson will have to look for a replacement. Among the candidates to see additional minutes are Joe Harris, Caris LeVert and Rodions Kurucs."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins, John Collins, Paul George, CJ Miles and James Harden.

According to, "C.J. Miles erupted for 33 points in 33 minutes on Wednesday, making 11-of-16 shots with eight 3-pointers, three rebounds and zero assists, steals or blocks. The Grizzlies came in having won four of the past five games, but their defense abandoned them in a 132-111 road loss tonight. Miles' career-high was 40 points and we don't expect him to repeat this red-hot performance over the final 13 games of the season -- or perhaps ever again in his career. Count your blessings if you somehow had him active tonight, on the heels of a 13-point game on Sunday and a scoreless effort on Friday."

According to, "Thomas Bryant racked up 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting vs. Orlando, adding 10 rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 25 minutes. That's quite the per-minute performance from Bryant, who continues to sprinkle in huge games among far more modest outings. He was coming off a game on Monday with two points and zero rebounds or blocks on Monday, for instance, and it's hard to guess when he'll catch a tailwind. As long as Bobby Portis is playing 25-30 minutes as a starter, Bryant's inconsistency is likely to continue."

According to, "Klay Thompson was outstanding in a 106-104 win over the Rockets on Wednesday, making 12-of-23 from the field for 30 points with six rebounds, two assists and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes. He was a near no-brainer play in DFS with Kevin Durant (ankle) out, getting to 30 points for the 12th time this season. In his 517 minutes without KD, Thompson put up per-36 stats of 30.5 points, 4.0 boards, 3.1 dimes, 1.0 steals and 4.0 treys. Durant isn't expected to be out for long and probably wants to play at OKC on Saturday, but Thompson is playing extremely well regardless."

According to Rotowire, "Mike Conley totaled 20 points (6-14 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 7-8 FT), seven assists, four rebounds and one steal across 26 minutes in Wednesday's 132-111 loss to the Hawks. Conley was the only starter to even record double-digit points Wednesday night, as this game got out of hand early. He should provide serviceable point and assist totals, given he is the offense for the team at this point."

According to Rotowire, "Andre Drummond totaled five points (1-3 FG, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds and two blocks over 24 minutes in the Pistons' loss to the Heat on Wednesday. Drummond, much like his teammates, couldn't get anything going in Wednesday's bludgeoning by the Heat. After an amazing 19-game run that saw Drummond average 20.4 points, 16.3 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.7 blocks, he was bound to come back to earth eventually, though fantasy owners who played him couldn't have been too happy. Drummond's streak of 19 consecutive double-doubles was snapped, but he'll have the chance to start a new streak on Friday when the Pistons take on the Lakers."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, March 13, 2019
2:45 a.m. ET

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Joel Embiid, DeMar DeRozan, Karl-Anthony Towns, LeBron, CJ McCollum, Elfrid Payton, Jalen Brunson (Mavs), Ben Simmons and Jamal Murray.

According to, "Jalen Brunson had his best game as a pro with a career-high 34 points vs. the Spurs on Tuesday. He was unconscious in this one, hitting 12-of-16 from the field, 7-of-7 from the line and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc with five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one turnover in 37 minutes. Luka Doncic wasn't himself tonight, so credit to Brunson for stepping up and keeping the Mavs in striking distance. He's been a mediocre fantasy asset for most of the season, but he's trending up in a hurry with 16.7 points, 4.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.4 triples over his last six games."

According to, "Bulls coach Jim Boylen doesn't have a return date in mind for Zach LaVine (knee), but is "optimistic" he'll play again this season. "I'm optimistic," he said after Tuesday's loss to the Lakers. "I'm not eyeing a return date, but I'm optimistic." While that's good news, the fact that it's not guaranteed that LaVine will play again this season means it's probably time to move on and pick up a healthy body if LaVine is leaving a hole in the middle of your lineup. And that's a shame, because he was having an exceptional fantasy season. Owners in weekly leagues or deep-league owners should probably hang on, but if you're missing games in Yahoo! daily leagues with LaVine, you may have to make a move."

According to, "Karl-Anthony Towns returned from a knee scare on Tuesday and hit 14-of-25 shots, two 3-pointers and 4-of-4 free throws for 34 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 32 minutes of a 133-107 loss to the Nuggets. His knee scare was just that - scary - but he looked fantastic tonight and wasn't even on a minutes limit after missing Sunday's game against the Knicks. Just keep rolling him out there, as he simply doesn't miss games unless he's really hurt."

According to Rotowire, "Myles Turner delivered 15 points (5-15 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-8 FT), nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks across 37 minutes in Tuesday's 103-98 victory over the Knicks. Turner has the capability to be a five-category monster before, posting 22 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and one steal just two games ago. His inconsistency on a night-to-night basis is a little worrisome, but Turner has the size and range to be a focal point of the offense while still contributing plus rebound and block numbers."

According to Rotowire, "Emmanuel Mudiay totaled 21 points (7-14 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, four assists and two blocks across 32 minutes in Tuesday's 103-98 loss to the Pacers. After four-straight single-digit duds in the scoring column, Mudiay lit up the scoreboard Tuesday night, hitting 50 percent of his shots in the contest. While Dennis Smith Jr. continues to man the starting role, Mudiay has noticeably gotten his fair share of time too, playing 32 minutes on the night, nine more than any other bench player."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Kemba Walker, Bradley Beal, James Harden, Donovan Mitchell, Russell Westbrook, Lou Williams, Clint Capela and Collin Sexton.

According to, "Donovan Mitchell hit 8-of-22 shots and 6-of-8 free throws in Monday's 98-89 loss to the Thunder. This was a monster line from Mitchell, as he racked up five assists, four rebounds, five steals, one block and three triples in 37 minutes. Mitchell has put his slow start to the season well behind him and looks like the player who helped knock out this OKC team from the playoffs last season. He's averaging just under 30 points per game for the past month and is peaking for the fantasy playoffs."

According to, "Kemba Walker dropped a game-high 40 points in Monday's 118-106 loss to the Rockets, shooting a blistering 14-of-20 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line. He was a one-man show tonight with the Hornets missing Cody Zeller, Marvin Williams, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Nicolas Batum and Tony Parker. Walker grabbed 10 boards with seven dimes, one block and six triples, making this the second 40/10/5 performance in franchise history (Kemba has the other one too). This loss dropped the Hornets to 1.5 games behind the No. 8 seed (Miami), but expect more herculean efforts like this one as Kemba tries to keep his team in the race."

According to, "Lou Williams put forth one of his best efforts of the season Monday, as he scored 34 points (14-of-21 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with five rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes. Williams moved past Dell Curry into the top spot on the NBAís all-time bench points list, as he has 11,148 points to Curryís 11,147. And Lou Will sat for a significant portion of the fourth quarter, as the Clippers led the Celtics by a comfortable margin. Williams is one reason why the Clippers have won five straight, as heís averaging 26.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game during the streak. Over the last two weeks heís been ranked just outside of the top-100 in nine-category leagues, but over the last week Williams is ranked fourth. Itís fair to say that heís got it rolling right now."

According to Rotowire, "Collin Sexton produced 28 points (10-18 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds and four assists across 36 minutes in Monday's 126-101 win over the Raptors. Sexton has now led the charge for the Cavs in each of their last two games, averaging 27.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists over that span. The most notable reason for his scoring uptick would be his increased efficiency, as he has shot 60 percent from the floor in his last two games, but just 40.8 percent on the season."

According to Rotowire, "Rudy Gobert amassed 15 points (5-8 FG, 5-7 FT), 12 rebounds, four blocks, one assist, and one steal in 35 minutes during Monday's 98-89 loss to the Thunder. Gobert has logged 52 double-doubles across 66 appearances this season, and he's quickly closing in on his career high in that department (58 double-doubles in 81 appearances in 2016-17). With the Jazz still fighting for playoff positioning down the stretch of the regular season, it's unlikely that Gobert and company will be taking their feet off the gas anytime soon."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Devin Booker, LaMarcus Aldridge, Luka Doncic, Giannis, Joel Embiid, Blake Griffin, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.

According to, "LaMarcus Aldridge scored a game-high 29 points during an impressive win vs. the Bucks on Sunday, hitting 14-of-26 shots with 15 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. Aldridge now has more career rebounds than Oscar Robinson. He's not the flashiest player but has basically been a human metronome for San Antonio this season -- he'll rebound the ball, score efficiently and play underappreciated defense, especially in the paint. He didn't have any free throws tonight but he's usually money there, too, shooting 84.8% on 5.3 attempts per game."

According to, "Luka Doncic (left knee) grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds on Sunday, one shy of Jason Kidd's franchise record for a guard, adding 19 points, nine assists, two steals and two blocks. Doncic was limping and asked out of this game late in the fourth quarter, but quickly returned for the final handful of plays. He shot 5-of-16 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line, but was forced to give up the ball on the Mavs' final possession due to a swarm of defenders -- the result was Jalen Brunson getting blocked to conclude a 94-93 defeat. We'll add Doncic to the injury report as a simple precaution, with the Mavs' next game coming at home vs. the Spurs on Tuesday."

According to, "Devin Booker hit 13-of-23 shots, two 3-pointers and 9-of-9 free throws on his way to 37 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists and two steals in 41 minutes of Sunday's 115-111 win over the Warriors in Oracle Arena. Booker was awesome and took over the game in the fourth quarter, helping the Suns snap an 18-game, five-year losing streak against the Warriors. The Suns have won five of their last seven games, and have now beaten both the Bucks and the Warriors in the past week. And despite all of that goodness, the Suns are still just 16-52 on the season, trailing only the Knicks for the league's worst record."

According to Rotowire, "Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 27 points (10-18 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 6-10 FT), 13 rebounds, six assists, and one block in 35 minutes during Sunday's 121-114 loss to the Spurs. The Bucks have already clinched a playoff berth, however, the Raptors are closing in on the number one seed. The Bucks sit two wins clear, although the Raptors will be in action again Monday against the Cavaliers. The number one seed likely means a lot to the franchise and Antetokounmpo is obviously a major part of their success going forward. That being said, he has had a number of minor injury concern this season and they will be careful with him, so he can be fully healthy for the playoffs. Owners need to hope he can remain injury free and that sporadic rest in blowout games is enough to offset the games missed."

According to Rotowire, "DeMar DeRozan produced 28 points (10-20 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 8-9 FT), six assists, four rebounds, two steals, and one block in 36 minutes during Sunday's 121-114 victory over Milwaukee. DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge combined for almost half the Spurs points Sunday, in another dominant performance. DeRozan continues to have a stellar season for his new team, despite playing alongside a ball dominant player such as Aldridge. The Spurs are moving along nicely at the moment and appear as though they are headed for another playoff run. They will be doing all they can to avoid the eighth seed, meaning winning will be a primary focus. That should result in plenty of court time for DeRozan across the fantasy playoffs."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Karl-Anthony Towns, Bradley Beal, John Collins, LeBron, Kyrie Irving, Trae Young, Giannis, and D'Aaron Fox.

According to, "Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) will get further testing on Saturday night, according to coach Ryan Saunders. Presumably, it's going to be an MRI for KAT. The good news is he was walking around after the game, and coach Saunders said that he "has not heard concern" of a serious injury. Towns has only missed a game in his NBA career because of a dangerous car crash and he said he was lucky to not be seriously hurt, so hopefully the luck continues. Until we get more news, Taj Gibson, Keita Bates-Diop, Dario Saric, Anthony Tolliver and Gorgui Dieng could become adds."

According to, "LeBron James notched a triple-double on Saturday, scoring 30 points (13-of-23 FGs, 3-of-7 FTs) with 10 rebounds, 12 assists, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 28 minutes against the Celtics. James saw his minutes fall within in the limit that was reported a few days ago, but he still managed to produce a pretty nice line. The Lakers have multiple players out for the year and have fallen out of the playoff race, making LeBron's contributions all for naught of late. He's averaging 29.2 points, 8.2 boards, 10.2 dimes and 2.2 triples on 53.4% shooting over his last five games and is still an elite fantasy option when he plays, even in limited minutes. It seems unlikely that he's going to play in every game down the stretch, but it's easier to put up with when he's still giving you nights like this."

According to, "Kyrie Irving (left thigh contusion) returned to action on Saturday against the Lakers, scoring 30 points (12-of-18 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs) with seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks, two steals and five 3-pointers in 35 minutes. Irving missed the team's last game on Wednesday, but looked no worse for wear in his return in Los Angeles. He took a shot to the jaw on a drive by his former teammate LeBron James, but continued to play and didn't looked dazed at all. Irving's been a top-8 player over the last week and looks primed for a big close to the season as the Celtics fight for playoff positioning."

According to Rotowire, "Taj Gibson collected 15 points (6-11 FG, 3-4 FT) and 13 rebounds in 24 minutes during Saturday's 135-130 overtime win against the Wizards. Gibson posted his 12th double-double of the campaign while earning more than 21 minutes for the first time since Feb. 23. If Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) is forced to miss Sunday's matchup with the Knicks, Gibson would likely draw the start at center and represent a fairly appealing option in daily leagues."

According to Rotowire, "Bradley Beal produced 36 points (13-25 FG, 2-10 3Pt, 8-11 FT), 10 rebounds, nine assists, one steal, and one block in 45 minutes during Saturday's 135-130 overtime loss to the Timberwolves. Beal got back on track after suffering through one of his worst scoring performances of the season (15 points on four-of-21 from the field) in Friday's loss to the Hornets. The 25-year-old guard has recorded 11 double-doubles and two triple-doubles across 66 appearances here in 2018-19, this compared to a combined 11 double-doubles and zero triple-doubles through his first six seasons (406 games)."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Lou Williams, Andre Drummond, Klay Thompson, James Harden and Russell Westbrook.

According to, "Danilo Gallinari scored 34 points with six rebounds, two assists and two triples in 34 minutes vs. the Thunder on Friday. He finished 10-of-19 from the field and 12-of-15 from the line, combining with Lou Williams for 74 points as the Clippers rattled off their fourth straight win. The Clippers are 7th in the West (38-29) and are starting to pull away from the Kings (32-32) and Wolves (30-35), so Gallo's fantasy value looks as safe as it's ever been."

According to, "Lou Williams dropped 40 points in Friday's 118-110 win over the Thunder, hitting 13-of-24 shots and 10-of-15 free throws. This wraps up a two-game week for the Clippers, but Lou did his part to make up for the soft schedule with his second highest point total of the season. This was his 28th career game with at least 30 points, moving him past Rickey Pierce for the most in NBA history. He added seven rebounds, five assists, four steals and four triples and is locked in with Danilo Gallinari as LAC's No. 1 and No. 2 options on offense as they look to solidify a playoff spot."

According to, "Klay Thompson was on fire during a 122-105 win over the Nuggets on Friday, making 13-of-22 from the field for 39 points with three rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and nine 3-pointers in 35 minutes. He did his damage in the first half with 27 points for his eighth 20-point half of the season. It was his 11th 30-point game of the year with the Warriors going 9-2 in those games. Thompson had missed the last two games with knee soreness, but he obviously looked terrific today and coach Steve Kerr even left him in until 2:05 left with the Dubs up 20 when he cleared the bench. While there is going to be some rest risk, the Dubs want the top seed this year. That should help Klay stay in the lineup."

According to Rotowire, "Nikola Vucevic scored 20 points (8-17 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding 13 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks in 35 minutes during Friday's 111-06 win over the Mavericks. The veteran center's now grabbed double-doubles in three straight games, and he's already established a new career high in that category with 48 and counting. If the Magic are able to make the postseason, Vucevic's career year will be the key reason why."

According to Rotowire, "Luka Doncic scored a game-high 24 points (9-20 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 3-5 FT) while adding eight rebounds, five assists and a steal in 33 minutes during Friday's 111-106 loss to the Magic. As per usual. the rookie didn't get a whole lot of help -- in addition to leading the Mavs in scoring, he paced the club in made three-pointers and boards as well. Since returning to action from a minor ankle injury, Doncic has scored at least 20 points in five of the last six games, averaging 24.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.7 threes and 1.3 steals over that stretch."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Damian Lillard, Giannis, Paul George, Russell Westbrook and Myles Turner.

According to, "Damian Lillard made 15-of-28 from the field and 18-of-20 from the line for a season-high 51 points during a 129-121 loss to the Thunder on Thursday, adding five rebounds, nine assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 47 minutes. His 18 makes from the line are a career best to get him to his fifth 50-point game of his career. Post-break Dame has been a thing in each of the previous two seasons, but this year he got off to a slow start with three games under 22 points after the All-Star Game. However, Lillard has topped 22 in each of his last five, averaging 31.0 points, 5.0 boards, 5.8 dimes, 0.8 steals and 3.2 treys on a 48/35/92 shooting line. He should be among the most reliable star point guards to finish up the season."

According to, "Paul George made 7-of-23 from the field and 17-of-20 from the line for 32 points during a 129-121 overtime win over the Blazers on Thursday, adding 14 rebounds, six assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes. His 17 makes and 20 attempts from the line are both career-highs as PG-13 was not afraid of contact. The TNT broadcast shared that George had rehab on his shoulder with five-pound weights and focused on lifting above his head. He had a strained rotator cuff to keep him out for three games and had worked on it over the summer, so this might have been something he has played through. He looked much healthier in this game compared to Tuesday, but it'll be interesting to see if the Thunder dial him back for a Friday back-to-back set. He has a four-game week coming up next week, too."

According to, "Joel Embiid (sore left knee) will not play vs. Houston on Friday. Sixers coach Brett Brown telegraphed this decision by saying recently, "I am at a stage where if it requires more time, so be it. The end game is obvious. It is trying to deliver [Embiid] to the playoffs healthy." His absence once again means more minutes for Amir Johnson and Jonah Bolden, but the big winners are Philly's high-usage guys Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris. The Sixers have been encouraged by his progress and haven't ruled out a return on Sunday, so hopefully the DNPs will end soon."

According to Rotowire, "Thompson (foot) has been ruled out for Friday's game against Miami. Thompson hasn't taken the court since Jan. 16 against Portland since suffering a left foot sprain. He'll remain out for at least one more contest before having an opportunity to return Monday against Toronto."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday
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fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Luka Doncic, Andre Drummond, Devin Booker, Derrick White, Zach LaVine, LeBron James, Bradley Beal and LaMarcus Aldridge.

According to, "Gordon Hayward hit a game-winner with two seconds left vs. the Kings on Wednesday, scoring 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting with five dimes, three rebounds and one steal. Boston had lost five of their last seven games despite beating Golden State on Tuesday. Despite the absence of Kyrie Irving (thigh) tonight, they gutted out another win vs. a tough opponent on the road. Hayward allowed the Kings to tie this game by fouling Buddy Hield on a 3-point attempt, but immediately followed with his clutch running jumper to reclaim the lead. After a 30-point eruption on Tuesday, it looks like Hayward has truly found a groove following a rough stretch of single-digit scoring games."

According to, "Harrison Barnes grabbed eight rebounds with two steals and one assist on Wednesday, adding 24 points on 8-of-14 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs. After Monday's win vs. New York, Barnes said offense isn't his priority with the Kings. "There are plenty of people to score the basketball, so that's something that I don't necessarily have to focus on," Barnes said. "Rebounding and defending. Those are the things I try to do every night." To his credit, his rebounds (7.1 per game) and steals (1.0) have both spiked to career-high levels in 10 games with Sacramento, and he's also dishing a career-high 2.2 assists. With scoring games like this also within reach, there's no reason to think he can't keep sustain that momentum."

According to, "Gary Harris hit a pair of clutch 3-pointers to preserve the Nuggets' win on Wednesday, finishing with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, six rebounds and four assists. The Nuggets led this game by 23 points before giving most of it away, and Harris' clutch play went beyond his timely buckets -- he was typically stingy on defense and had a few key offensive rebounds to give his team new life. Harris added one steal without a single turnover in 30 minutes tonight -- despite some unimpressive play lately, it's time to grab him if he's available in your league."

According to Rotowire, "Trevor Ariza scored 22 points (8-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-5 FT) and collected six rebounds along with three assists over 35 minutes Wednesday against Dallas. Ariza hit three treys for the second consecutive contest and also found a way to contribute on the boards as well as in the assist column. He's finished in double digits in three of his previous five contests and is averaging 15.0 ppg along with 6.2 rpg over that stretch."

According to Rotowire, "Luka Doncic registered 31 points (11-26 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 7-9 FT), 11 rebounds, seven assists and four steals across 36 minutes Wednesday against Washington. Doncic didn't have his best shooting day from beyond the arc, but he did convert on 77.8 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe and tallied his third double-double over the last five games. The 20-year-old is averaging 19.0 points through his first three contests in March and should continue to impress in the scoring and rebounding department going forward."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Karl-Anthony Towns, Westbrook, M.Conley, Ben Simmons, Gordon Hayward, Tobias Harris and J.Harden.

According to, "Gordon Hayward hit 12-of-16 shots and four 3-pointers for 30 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in 28 minutes off the Celtics bench in Tuesday's 128-95 blowout win over the Warriors in Oracle Arena. Hayward played just 18 minutes in his previous game on Sunday, and hadn't even scored in double figures in his previous five games. This game may have not only gotten Hayward's season jump started, but the Celtics looked like a completely different team tonight. The chatter about poor chemistry appears to have gotten to the Celtics and they fixed the problem tonight, but they shot 51 percent from the floor and didn't have any problems with Golden State. If Hayward keeps it going in Sacramento on Wednesday and the Celtics handle their business, the Celtics should be back on track to make a run at the East."

According to, "Mike Conley was back on Tuesday after a day of rest and hit 12-of-18 shots, 6-of-7 3-pointers and 10-of-15 free throws on his way to a career-high 40 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal in 35 minutes of a 120-111 win over the Blazers. Conley outplayed both Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, scored 19 in the fourth quarter, and showed no signs of rust after getting a day off. He's still a bit of a shut-down candidate, but he's not talking (or playing) like a guy who is thinking about shutting it down. Just keep rolling him out there as long as he's playing, and hope that he continues to lead the Grizzlies in scoring down the stretch."

According to, "Kawhi Leonard returned from a day of rest and hit 10-of-22 shots and a 3-pointer for 26 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 36 minutes of Tuesday's 107-95 loss to the Rockets. He's healthy, but the Raptors haven't been afraid to rest him this season, whenever they deem necessary. The Raptors have lost two straight and are now 2.5 games behind the No. 1 seeded Bucks in the East. The Raptors have a back-to-back this Sunday and Monday, and then again on March 17 & 18, which is their last one of the season. Ideally, Leonard only misses two games down the stretch, but if the Raptors end up locking into the No. 2 seed and don't have anything to play for late in the season, it's possible Leonard could be rested more as the regular season winds to a halt."

According to Rotowire, "Damian Lillard scored 24 points (8-18 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 5-5 FT) while adding eight assists and two rebounds in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 120-111 loss to the Grizzlies. That's now five straight games with at least 20 points and at least three three-pointers for the point guard, who continues to form a dominant backcourt partnership with C.J. McCollum. Lillard is averaging more than 25 points a night for the fourth straight season, and he'll need to stay sharp down the stretch if the Blazers are going to host a first-round playoff series."

According to Rotowire, "Paul George registered 25 points (8-25 FG, 4-14 3Pt, 5-7 FT), five rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 38 minutes during Tuesday's 131-120 loss to the Timberwolves. George rejoined the lineup following a three-game absence with a shoulder injury and struggled to find his form from the field. Moreover, he didn't do as much damage as usual across the other categories. George will look to get back on track during Thursday's bout with a Trail Blazers team that sports the same 39-25 record."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday
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fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Julius Randle, Kelly Oubre, Buddy Hield, Rajon Rondo, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gobert, LeBron James and Nikola Jokic.

According to, "Kyle Kuzma tweaked his right ankle on Monday vs. the Clippers and was limping badly after the game. He also had an off night, finishing 5-of-15 from the field for 13 points, six rebounds, one assist and one triple in 36 minutes. Coach Luke Walton said he doubts Kuzma will be able to play on Wednesday vs. the Nuggets, but it may depend on how much it swells overnight. That means JaVale McGee will likely remain in the starting lineup with Brandon Ingram (shoulder) hopeful of returning for Wednesday. Mike Muscala may pick up some minutes as well but isn't a standard-league option."

According to, "Jamal Murray scored a game-high 25 points in a 104-103 loss to the Spurs on Monday, hitting 8-of-19 shots and 3-of-3 free throws. He did all his damage in 28 minutes, racking up eight assists, two rebounds, one steal, six triples and four turnovers. Murray has battled through a variety of injuries this season, but he's healthy and on fire right now with 20+ points in four straight games with 15 3-pointers in that span. He'll get a date vs. the reeling Lakers on Wednesday, a team that he's averaging 21.0 points across two contests this season."

According to, "Julius Randle dominated with 28 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 39 minutes of a 115-112 win over the Jazz on Monday. He hit 10-of-22 shots and 8-of-10 free throws with zero turnovers for his fourth monster game in a row. Over that stretch, Randle has been a top-40 asset in standard leagues with 28.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks in 36.1 minutes. The Pelicans have won three straight games and remain a long-shot to reach the postseason, but Randle should continue to feast and it's helped that Anthony Davis is limited to about 20 minutes on the nights he's active."

According to Rotowire, "Devin Booker scored 22 points (8-18 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), and added seven assists, five rebounds and a steal in 39 minutes during Monday's win over Milwaukee. Booker's played 79 minutes over his last two games although his shot attempts haven't noticeably increased with the heavy workload. The fourth-year guard appears unbothered by a minor toe injury that was hampering him last week and has topped 20-points in each of his past six games. While Booker's scoring is slightly decreased from a year ago, he's dishing out nearly two more assists per game and has improved his field goal percentage by over two-percent despite shooting nearly seven-percent worse from behind the arc this season."

According to Rotowire, "Kelly Oubre accumulated 27 points (7-14 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 12-17 FT), 13 rebounds , three blocks, an assist and a steal in 32 minutes Monday against Milwaukee. Oubre dominated the Bucks, scoring his second-most points of the season while grabbing a season-high 13 boards. He's thrived in an expanded role in Phoenix, and is averaging 18.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.6 assists in his six starts for the Suns. Oubre would be a worthy pickup if available in any format as he's receiving a much heavier workload than he was in Washington and has managed to translate the added opportunity to more consistent production in points, rebounds and steals."

According to Rotowire, "Khris Middleton posted six points (1-13 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and a steal in 30 minutes during Monday's loss to the Suns. Middleton was unable to get anything going on the offensive end, tying his season-low point total and scoring in the single-digits for just the second time this year. While Middleton's complementary stats remained solid, he converted just one field goal and shot a paltry 1-of-7 from behind the arc. Monday's performance will likely be a bump in the road during Middleton's otherwise strong season as the seventh-year guard's averaging 17.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.3 threes in 31.3 minutes per game in 2018-19."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Nikola Vucevic, James Harden, Jusuf Nurkic, Bradley Beal, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kyle Lowry, Eric Gordon and Avery Bradley.

According to, "Avery Bradley, battling through a sore knee and wrist, hit 11-of-19 shots, two 3-pointers and 3-of-3 free throws for 27 points, five rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 35 minutes of Sunday's loss to the Thunder. Bradley has found new life in Memphis and is finally returning to the form he showed a few years ago in Boston. He's been rocking over his last four games, averaging 20 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 3-pointers, and now looks like a must-own player. Unfortunately, the Grizzlies only play three times in the upcoming week."

According to, "Blake Griffin scored a team-high 27 points on Sunday, making 9-of-21 FGs and 7-of-10 FTs with seven rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist and one block. Griffin didn't have any steals and he committed five turnovers, but he was terrific in most areas and even knocked down some clutch FTs to help Detroit beat the Raptors in OT. He went to the locker room just before halftime and may have tweaked something on a dunk attempt, but he started the third quarter and didn't seem bothered. We'll leave him off the injury report and this is just something to keep an eye on."

According to, "Kyle Lowry looked fine after slipping during Sunday's game, finishing with a season-high 35 points, seven rebounds, five assists, six 3-pointers and one steal in 42 minutes. Lowry had help getting to his feet after an awkward spill, but clearly it didn't seem to bother him. We'll leave him off the injury report. "I see a twinkle in [Lowry's] eye a little bit," coach Nick Nurse said recently. "I think the [Marc] Gasol thing is just unbelievable, the synergy that they have and the plays they can create for each other." Lowry certainly sounds like he loves playing with Gasol. "Just give [Gasol] the ball and ... make the cut," Lowry said. "To be honest with you, it's kind of easy." The emerging Gasol-Lowry connection can only be a good thing, since it should produce easy buckets for K-Low -- tonight is Exhibit A."

According to Rotowire, "Jeremy Lamb scored a team-high 23 points (9-13 FG, 4-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT) while adding five rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 118-108 loss to the Trail Blazers. Despite moving to the second unit, Lamb has received 30-plus minutes in four straight games, averaging 19.8 points, 6.3 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.8 three-pointers and 1.3 steals over that stretch. As long as the 26-year-old keeps getting a full workload at Miles Bridges' expense, Lamb should retain plenty of fantasy value."

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.

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