2017 Fantasy Basketball News
2017 Fantasy Basketball News
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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sat, Feb. 24
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, Tobias Harris, Giannis, LaMarcus Aldridge, Nikola Jokic, Goran Dragic, Bradley Beal, DeMar DeRozan, LeBron James, Victor Oladipo, Jrue Holiday.
RotoWorld reports: Anthony Davis had another gigantic stat line in a 124-123 win over the Heat on Friday, scoring 45 points with 17 rebounds, two assists, five steals, five blocks and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes.
Goodness. AD is posting 40-15s like he scoring a tennis match these days with three of those in his last four. His averages over his last four are almost off the charts with 42.3 points, 14.8 boards, 2.0 dimes, 4.0 steals, 3.0 blocks and 2.3 treys on 55.9 percent from the field and 83.7 percent from the line. He's just incredible when he's cruising like this.
RotoWorld reports: Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets to a 122-119 win over the Spurs on Friday, posting his third straight triple-double with 28 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds.
The Joker finished 10-of-16 from the field and 5-of-7 from the line, adding three triples in 34 minutes. Jokic and the Nuggets have now won four straight games and are tied with the Blazers for the No. 6 seed out West. "I think there's some people that understand what Nikola's doing, what we're doing but overall I think a lot of people, they don't even understand what's going on right now in Denver," coach Mike Malone said after the game. Led by Jokic, Gary Harris and Jamal Murray, this team is on the rise and they are only going to become more dangerous with Paul Millsap (wrist) due back soon.
RotoWorld reports: Julius Randle ended up with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists over 30 minutes in Friday's 124-102 victory against the Lakers.
Randle finished 9-of-14 from the field while turning in an impressive plus-27 rating. It was his fifth-career triple-double, and the only thing that went wrong was he ended up 0-of-1 from the free-throw line. But that's splitting hairs. Randle certainly looked rejuvenated after the All-Star break. He has made at least seven successful field goals in nine consecutive outings. He'll look to keep it rolling Saturday in Sacramento against the NBA's 20th-ranked scoring defense.
RotoWorld reports: LaMarcus Aldridge (knee soreness) returned from a two-game absence in Friday's 122-119 loss to the Nuggets, scoring a game-high 38 points in 36 minutes.
Coach Gregg Popovich talked about resting LMA before the All-Star break so he wouldn't have to do it down the stretch, so we'll see if he keeps his word. Popovich also said he'd be "surprised" if Kahwi Leonard (quad, personal) played again this season, meaning Aldridge could carry the offense the rest of the way. He's locked in as an early-round asset and hit 13-of-23 shots and 12-of-14 free throws with five rebounds, three assists and one steal.
RotoWorld reports: Wilson Chandler pulled down a season-high 16 rebounds in Friday's win over the Spurs, adding 18 points, three assists and four triples in 38 minutes.
This was his third double-double of the season and his fourth career game with at least 16 rebounds -- his career-high is 17 set back in 2010. He's on fire right now and has played 34+ minutes in four straight contests, averaging 18.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.5 triples in that span. He's worth owning while he's hot, but his minutes could be in jeopardy when Paul Millsap (wrist) returns.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Fri, Feb. 23
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Bobby Portis, Steven Adams, Zach Randolph, Paul George and Russell Westbrook.
RotoWorld reports: LeBron James racked up 32 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and two steals in a tough loss vs. the Wizards on Thursday.
LBJ sank 13-of-18 field goals tonight, with one 3-pointer, but that was the extent of the Cavs' offensive efficiency -- his teammates shot a combined 29-of-66 from the field (43.9%). Cleveland's revamped lineup had won five straight prior to this loss, but the No. 3 seed Cavs are still just 2.5 games ahead of the No. 6 seed Bucks. With home-court advantage in the playoffs at stake, LeBron's fantasy value looks rock-solid.
RotoWorld reports: Stephen Curry popped off for 44 points on 14-of-19 shooting in Thursday's 134-127 win over the Clippers, adding eight triples, nine dimes, six boards, two steals and four turnovers in 36 minutes.
The Dubs got off to an incredible start in this one, and Curry had his #StephGonSteph moment early, draining a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to end the first quarter of action. He was also a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe, giving him a remarkable 94.2 true shooting percentage on the evening to accompany his 33.1 usage rate, and it looks like Steph has a decent chance of putting together yet another 50-40-90 season.
RotoWorld reports: Ben Simmons scored a career-high 32 points with seven rebounds, 11 assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 34 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.
He was very good from the field at 13-of-18, but he did make just 6-of-11 from the line. His free throw shooting has been an Achilles heel, but he knocked down two huge ones with six seconds left to help the 76ers earn their sixth straight win. Plus, coach Fred Hoiberg said the Bulls wanted to foul Simmons on the previous possession, but the 76ers got the ball to J.J. Redick, who made both with eight second left. Simmons and Joel Embiid play very well off each other and the sky is the limit with this duo.
RotoWorld reports: Joel Embiid filled it up during a 116-115 win over the Bulls on Thursday, scoring 30 points with 13 rebounds, five assists, three steals, four blocks, one turnover and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
Hello, Mr. Process. This was about as close to a 5x5 as he's been in his career. Embiid's minutes were starting to trend down earlier this month at just 29.7 in his previous February games, so getting up to 35 makes it seem like he could be closer to the 32.5 per game he played back in January. The 76ers are rolling with a six-game winning streak and they now have a 98 percent chance to make the playoffs, per FiveThirtyEight.com. The 76ers also have one of the easiest remaining schedules in the NBA, so playoff fever in Philly looks like it'll go beyond February.
RotoWorld reports: Bobby Portis went berserk off the bench against the 76ers on Thursday, scoring a career-high 38 points with eight rebounds, two assists and six 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
Those 3-pointers were a career-high and he only turned the ball over one time while taking a whopping 26 shots from the field. Portis is likely going to stay on the bench for the foreseeable future, but that's OK as this gem ranks second for points off the bench in a single game behind 6MOY favorite Lou Williams (40, twice). Portis needs to be owned in all leagues.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Fri, Feb. 16
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe, Taj Gibson, Jamal Murray and K.Caldwell-Pope. There were just two games.
RotoWorld reports: Nikola Jokic turned in one of the best stat lines of the year during a 134-123 win over the Bucks on Thursday, making 11-of-14 from the field for 30 points with 15 boards, 17 assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
He recorded the quickest triple-double based on his playing time at just 14:33 played to break Jim Tucker's record of 17 minutes back in 1955. Jokic also hit the triple-double mark with 1:54 left in the second quarter to make it the quickest in the last 20 years based on game-clock time. The Joker also joins James Harden and Larry Bird as the only players with at least 30 points, 15 boards and 15 dimes in a game over the last 35 years. He's also loved playing the Bucks with a triple-double in each of his last three games against them. It's almost hard to believe how much skill this 22-year-old Serbian has.
RotoWorld reports: amal Murray made 9-of-12 from the field for 26 points with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday.
He caught fire in the third quarter to help give the Nuggets a huge cushion in the third. On the downside, Murray actually missed multiple free throws for the first time this season, which is very impressive for a guy with over 160 attempts on the season. He'll be taking his silky smooth jumper to Los Angeles to defend his Rising Stars MVP. The Blue Arrow is having a breakout year in reality and fantasy.
RotoWorld reports: Jimmy Butler scored 24 points with five rebounds, four assists, one steal, three blocks and one turnover in 41 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.
He and coach Tom Thibodeau seem to be a good fit together with Jimmy playing some of his best ball right now. According to NBA.com's David Aldridge, Thibs could "do whatever is necessary" to keep Butler on the Wolves for a long time, which could include an extension this summer. Either way, his fantasy owners have a stud on their hands the rest of the way, but the Wolves have have played two more games than every other team in the NBA. His fantasy owners may want to check how that affects them.
RotoWorld reports: Ivica Zubac scored put up season-highs 19 points and 11 rebounds in 20 minutes during a 119-111 loss to the Wolves on Thursday.
He only scored 23 points for the entire season before tonight, so this was a shocker. Zubac has reportedly been very impressive in the G League and it looks like the Lakers will go back to giving him minutes. He was really starting to turn the corner last season before a season-ending injury, so maybe the Lakers try it again. He did only play six minutes combined in the last two games, so he still has a lot of work to do before he becomes a hot pickup in standard leagues. He's more of a mystery-box stash in deeper leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Taj Gibson scored a career-high 28 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 39 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.
He continues to be the steady hand and maybe he's just what the Wolves needed to be a playoff team. They are tied with the Spurs for the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference and may have the inside track for that spot with the Spurs having a really tough schedule ahead. Gibson has quietly coasted to top-40 value in nine-category leagues this season and has been a steal for his fantasy owners. In Thibs he trusts.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thu, Feb. 15
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, DeAndre Jordan, Russell Westbrook, Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr, Jrue Holiday, Kyrie Irving.
RotoWorld reports: Elfrid Payton posted the ninth triple-double of his career against the Jazz on Wednesday, scoring 13 points with 11 rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, one block, five turnovers and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.
It's his first triple-double of the season and his first since Apr. 1 of last season. Payton finds himself in an ideal spot for his fantasy value because the Suns do not have any traditional point guards that can threaten his playing time, and the increased pace helps, too. Devin Booker should still see time at point guard, but obviously Payton will be getting his, especially with how he's shown some chemistry with bigs on pick and roll. He's trending up.
RotoWorld reports: Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 44 points, eight assists, three rebounds and two steals in 40 minutes during Wednesday's 123-117 win vs. the Warriors.
Lillard sank 14-of-25 field goals and 12-of-12 free throws, with a 4-of-11 mark from downtown. He's been absurdly good lately and has scored 133 points over the past three games, which shatters the Blazers' previous franchise record. He's attempted double-digit free throws in each of those games, and owners should hope he maintains such aggression on the other side of the All-Star break.
RotoWorld reports: Devin Booker returned to action during a 107-97 loss to the Jazz on Wednesday, scoring 28 points with five rebounds, three assists and six 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
It was pretty clear his left hip was bothering him as he was grabbing at it throughout the game. He was still aggressive and the injury didn't seem to affect his play, so the All-Star break should get him right. Plus, coach Jay Triano said he wouldn't play Booker at less than 100 percent, so it's mostly positive on the injury front. The Booker PG experiment isn't over yet, but the Suns did run a PG out there for 48 minutes in this game. Either way, Booker's value in fantasy will be fine as long as he's active. He said earlier this week he did not want to rest, so that'll help.
RotoWorld reports: Kevin Durant was on fire Wednesday, scoring a season-high 50 points on 17-of-27 field goals and 10-of-10 free throws with seven rebounds, six assists and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
His heel went out of bounds on a 3-pointer that would have brought the Warriors within one point with 8.8 seconds left, but on a night when his teammates were struggling, Durant was a one-man wrecking crew. He even made consecutive four-point plays during an 18-point outburst in the third quarter, giving him 13 such plays in his auspicious career. This is the most he's scored with the Warriors, and his highest-scoring game since 2014, sending fantasy owners into the All-Star break smiling.
RotoWorld reports: Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points with four rebounds, seven assists and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes during a 107-97 win over the Suns on Wednesday.
Break up the Jazz. They're on an NBA-high active win streak at 11 games with Mitchell leading the way. He becomes the first rookie in NBA history to lead his team in scoring during a win streak of at least 11 games. Mitchell has also hit his stride with volume as a scorer with 24-plus in each of his last four games while launching 8.8 treys per game. The Jazz have one of the more favorable schedules among Western Conference teams, so don't be surprised if this Rookie of the Year candidate leads his team to the postseason.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tue, Feb. 13
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, TJ McConnell, Pau Gasol, Mario Herzonja, Donovan Mitchell, Ben Simmons, Jrue Holiday, Andre Drummond, Stephen Curry.
RotoWorld reports: Elfrid Payton went off for 29 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two triples and four turnovers in a blowout loss to the Warriors on Monday.
Payton was getting whatever he wanted offensively, but didn't provide much resistance on defense just like the rest of his teammates. Payton finished 11-of-18 from the field and 5-of-7 from the line, and he was coming off a 19-point game on Saturday with nine assists and six rebounds. He's off to a great start in Phoenix, but we may not see how he fits next to Devin Booker (hip) until after the break.
RotoWorld reports: Nikola Vucevic (hand) said he expects to return on February 22nd, Orlando's first game after the All-Star break.
Vucevic fractured his left hand on Dec. 23 and has missed each of the 22 games Orlando has played since. However, he plans on returning to game action next Thursday, when the Magic host the Knicks. "I expect to be back against the Knicks, so Iíll stay in Orlando during the break and keep working on my game," Vucevic said Monday night. Bismack Biyombo will start just one more game before he is bumped back to the bench. Khem Birch will also see his minutes reduced.
RotoWorld reports: Joe Ingles kept his foot on the gas vs. the Spurs on Monday, scoring 20 points with seven rebounds, five assists, four triples and one steal in 39 minutes.
Once again, it was Donovan Mitchell and Ingles running most of the offense with Ricky Rubio (hip) missing his second straight contest. He was on fire coming into tonight's game, and while Mitchell is getting all the headlines, Ingles has been a monster too with a +/- rating of +142 in his previous nine games, shooting 60.45 from the field and 59.3% from the line in that span.
RotoWorld reports: Donovan Mitchell scored 25 points in a 101-99 comeback win over the Spurs, giving the Jazz their 10th straight win.
He's been the Jazz's leading scorer during the 10-game win streak, becoming the first rookie since Wilt Chamberlain to accomplish that. Mitchell only hit 9-of-28 shots and 4-of-6 free throws, but racked up seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and three triples. He was also clutch down the stretch, helping the Jazz claw their way back from a double-digit deficit with 13 points and two dimes in the fourth quarter. He's giving Ben Simmons a run for his money in the Rookie of the Year race and is going to be flying off draft boards in the early rounds next season.
RotoWorld reports: Lonzo Ball (knee) will not return for the Lakers until after the All-Star break.
Ball went through part of Tuesday's practice and "looked good," but L.A. will play it safe since he still felt "a little bit of discomfort." This also makes it unlikely that Ball will play in the Rising Stars game during All-Star weekend, but coach Luke Walton added that it's not his decision to make. Josh Hart and Isaiah Thomas should soak up Ball's minutes in L.A.'s upcoming back-to-back set.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Mon, Feb. 12
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Victor Oladipo, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andre Drummond, James Harden, Chris Paul, LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Dewayne Dedmon, Kemba Walker.
RotoWorld reports: Joe Ingles set a new career-high with 24 points during Sunday's win vs. Portland, making 8-of-12 shots including a 6-of-9 mark from downtown.
Ingles had just established a career high in scoring on Friday with 23 points, and it didn't take him long to exceed that mark. He was particularly good in the third quarter, helping the Jazz open up a big second-half lead, and his renewed aggression is part of the reason Utah has reeled off nine straight victories. He shouldn't be on the waiver wire, especially with Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson both out of the picture.
RotoWorld reports: Dennis Smith Jr. notched his fourth double-double of the season on Sunday, scoring 16 points with a career-high 11 assists in 35 minutes.
DSJ added five rebounds, two 3-pointers and one steal tonight, but he also shot 7-of-18 from the field with six turnovers. Dirk Nowitzki (ankle), Wesley Matthews (back) and J.J. Barea (rest) were all sidelined tonight and we got a glimpse of the future with Smith Jr. consistently leading the Mavs' attack. He continues to destroy roto owners from an efficiency standpoint, but his rest-of-season outlook is terrific in points leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Dewayne Dedmon was terrific as a starter on Sunday, posting 20 points (7-of-9 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), 13 rebounds, three steals, one assist and one block in an impressive win vs. Detroit.
The best news for Dedmon's fantasy owners came after the game. "I think weíll probably stick with these starters and weíll just see what we want to do with Miles [Plumlee]," said coach Mike Budenholzer. Dedmon hit a critical 3-pointer with under a minute left and his shooting range is part of the reason Budenholzer turned to him tonight. With the starting job his to lose, fantasy owners should make sure he's not floating on the waiver wire.
RotoWorld reports: LeBron James flirted with a triple-double during Sunday's blowout win over the Celtics, tallying 24 points, 10 dimes, eight boards, two triples, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 28 minutes.
King James absolutely spoiled Paul Pierce's jersey retirement day, and he appeared to be well aware of what he was doing, staring down the former Celtics who were in attendance on numerous occasions after knocking down shots (link below). He did briefly exit the game after being kneed in the quad by Aron Baynes, but he never went to the locker room and looked fine upon re-entering the game, so he should be fine for Tuesday's game in OKC.
RotoWorld reports: Victor Oladipo piled up 30 points, eight rebounds, six steals, one block and a season-high-tying nine assists on Sunday, helping Indiana beat the visiting Knicks.
This was Oladipo's first career game with at least 30/5/5/5, and he tied Ron Artest's franchise record with at least one steal in 40 consecutive games. With top-10 value in the majority of fantasy formats, he's exceeding the expectations of even the most optimistic owners. The Pacers are tied with Milwaukee for No. 6 in the East, just 1/2 game behind the No. 4 seed Wizards, so there's no reason to think Oladipo will slow down.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sun, Feb. 11
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, Nikola Mirotic (Pelicans), Joel Embiid, Rajon Rondo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Draymond Green, Josh Jackson, Nikola Jokic, Spencer Dinwiddie, Kyle Anderson and Dragan Bender.
RotoWorld reports: Anthony Davis went bonkers during a 138-128 double-overtime win over the Nets on Saturday, scoring 44 points with 17 rebounds, two assists, six steals, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 50 minutes.
Well, this line probably swung some fantasy matchups. Since steals became official in 1973-74, Anthony Davis joins Bob McAdoo as the only players with multiple career games with at least 40 points, 15 rebounds and 5 steals. The Pelicans needed this win badly and they did blow a 28-point lead, so coming away with the win is big time. Davis is going to be incredible without Boogie Cousins.
RotoWorld reports: Nikola Mirotic scored 21 points with 16 rebounds, one assist, two steals, two 3-pointers and a career-high five blocks against the Nets on Saturday.
He was protecting the rim a bunch with three blocks on Spencer Dinwiddie, one on Quincy Acy and one on DeMarre Carroll. We have seen too many bad games from Mirotic to count including Friday night, but he has a knack for some stat-stuffing lines like this one. He should be owned in all leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Joel Embiid scored 29 points with 16 rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks and and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Clippers during a 112-98 win on Saturday.
It was a scary game for Embiid with several bumps and bruises. Embiid had to go to the locker room, but he was able to return. He was also asked about it after the game and didn't sound too concerned. He said his knee took contact from the floor and it didn't twist, and he said he knew he was going to check back in after the quick trip. Embiid also said he didn't get treatment and that he wasn't nervous about coming back. He should be ready to roll, but don't be surprised to see him on the injury report as a precaution. Trust The Process.
RotoWorld reports: Spencer Dinwiddie was busy in his 43 minutes during a 138-128 double-overtime loss to the Pelicans on Saturday, making 5-of-22 from the field for 24 points with four rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and two 3-pointers.
While he did struggle to make shots, he is completely locked in as the offense runs through him on the vast majority of possessions when he's out there. Dinwiddie actually had 25 potential assists on Wednesday, but his teammates couldn't make shots to get him to 11 dimes against the Pistons. Dinwiddie has to be a candidate for Most Improved Player right now and the Nets reportedly turned down a first-round pick to keep him. He's a starting NBA point guard and he's thriving in a PG-friendly system.
RotoWorld reports: Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points during his Lakers debut against the Mavs in a 130-123 loss on Saturday, adding one rebound, six assists, one steal and four 3-pointer in 31 minutes.
He came off the bench and looked a lot better as a scorer, making 7-of-12 from the field and all four from the line. As Thomas has said before, he wants to be the go-to scorer he was last year and he had that opportunity off the bench. "I felt like I got my powers back with this team," Thomas said after the game. Even if he sticks on the bench, Thomas should be able to boost his fantasy in the up-tempo Lakers system.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tue, Feb. 6
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Andre Drummond, Nikola Jokic, Bobby Portis, Jrue Holiday, Bam Adebayo, Boban Bogdanovic, Rodney Hood, Wes Matthews.
RotoWorld reports: Bam Adebayo was a beast in Monday's loss to the Magic with 18 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 26 minutes.
He played the entire fourth quarter over Hassan Whiteside and had a couple huge blocks in the final minutes. Adebayo hit 6-of-13 shots and 6-of-8 free throws, and could be looking at a bump in value if Kelly Olynyk's shoulder forces him to miss time. If the Heat decide to use the Adebayo-Whiteside frontcourt combo like we saw earlier this season, that would also increase his fantasy appeal. He's an intriguing speculative add and keep in mind that Whiteside could be on the trade block.
RotoWorld reports: Hassan Whiteside (illness) returned from a one-game absence to score 19 points with 14 rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes in a 111-109 loss to Orlando on Monday.
Whiteside was 8-of-16 from the field and 3-of-5 from the line, but like we've seen many times this season, he didn't close the game or touch the floor in the fourth quarter. Bam Adebayo went off with a double-double, but coach Erik Spoelstra has used those two together in the past and may have to do that again if Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) misses time. The good news for Whiteside's owners is that he only needs minutes in the 20s to put up a monster line.
RotoWorld reports: Rodney Hood hit 12-of-14 shots, 4-of-4 3-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws for 30 points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 27 minutes on Monday.
He was pretty bad on Saturday and was a little questionable tonight due to a leg injury. He's on the trading block and the Jazz have Donovan Mitchell and Royce O'Neale, so they don't really need to keep Hood around. He was on fire tonight and helped the Jazz blowout the Pelicans from the bench, missing his season high by a single point. He's been injured a few times this season and with trade rumors flying, this looks like a great time to sell high on Hood before he gets dealt.
RotoWorld reports: Bojan Bogdanovic hit 9-of-15 shots, five 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws for a season-high 29 points, four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 37 minutes of Monday's 111-102 loss to the Wizards.
Bojan has outplayed his namesake, Bogdan, of the Kings, for a couple weeks now and he's been especially hot over his last four games, averaging 21.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.5 3-pointers. Coach Nate McMillan was all about feeding him tonight. "We tried to give it to him as much as possible," he said. "I thought he made some big shots, some tough shots for us." He's available in 61 percent of Yahoo! leagues, so go get him if you need a hot wing player.
RotoWorld reports: Gary Harris went off for 27 points, five 3-pointers, two assists, one rebound and one steal in Monday's 121-104 win over the Hornets.
He hit all five of his triples in the first quarter, finishing 9-of-13 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line. Coach Mike Malone has called him Denver's MVP this season and it's easy to see why. He's been their most consistent player and this was his 17th game of the season with 20+ points. He'll get a few days off before Friday's game vs. the Rockets.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Mon, Feb. 5
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kristaps Porzingis, Dwight Howard, John Henson, Russell Westbrook, Eric Bledsoe, Paul George, Al Horford, Damian Lillard.
RotoWorld reports: Josh Jackson scored a career-high 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting on Sunday, hitting three 3-pointers with five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 26 minutes.
Jackson has now scored at least 20 points in four consecutive games -- the only other rookies to accomplish that in Suns history are Devin Booker, Walter Davis and Alvan Adams. The Suns are already turning him loose and that will only accelerate in the final 28 games. Despite tonight's hot shooting, he's still a more appealing option in points leagues that don't penalize FG percentages (39.5% this season) -- it was just last Sunday that he went 0-of-13 from the field vs. Houston.
RotoWorld reports: Nicolas Batum had 22 points, five assists, four rebounds, three 3-pointers and one steal during Sunday's 115-110 road win in Phoenix.
The Hornets are making a concerted effort to get Batum involved in the first quarter, and it's paying dividends. "By the very nature of how [Batum] plays, heís good to play through early," said coach Steve Clifford. "Heís going to make the right play ... When he has the ball, everybody touches it." Charlotte has won three straight games, aided by Batum's improved play, and he's surging as a top-50 value over the past few weeks. The wait may have been worth it for patient fantasy owners.
RotoWorld reports: Brook Lopez had another productive game on Sunday, registering 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting to go with five boards, four 3-pointers, five assists, one block and two turnovers in 35 minutes.
Over the past two games, Lopez has been earning meaningful minutes and he's responded with averages of 19.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 3.5 triples, 2.0 swats and 2.5 turnovers in 31.1 minutes per contest. Those past two outings have come against more traditional frontcourts, so it'll be interesting to see if BroLo can continue working with expanded minutes on Tuesday vs. the Suns. He's still not must-own, but he's done enough to warrant a speculative add in deep leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Kristaps Porzingis stuffed the boxscore with 22 points, eight rebounds, five blocks, four steals and two 3-pointers on Sunday, making 9-of-20 shots in a brutal loss to the Hawks.
The Knicks blew a late lead with a series of mistakes, and they seemed shell-shocked after the game. "Itís a tough loss, probably the toughest loss of the season," said coach Jeff Hornacek. Courtney Lee described it as "the most embarrassing game [we've] lost," while Porzingis added, "I can't even process that we lost. I can't believe it. It was our game." The good news is that KP still came through for fantasy owners in a big way.
RotoWorld reports: Josh Hart notched his second straight double-double during Sunday's win over the Thunder, tallying 14 points, 11 rebounds, two 3-pointers, two assists, two steals and two turnovers in 39 minutes.
The Lakers got embarrassed in a blowout loss to Orlando last Wednesday, which prompted Luke Walton to replace Tyler Ennis in the starting five with Hart, and the end result has been back-to-back wins for L.A. Over that two-game span, Hart has posted averages of 14.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.5 triples, 1.5 steals and just 1.0 turnover per game while connecting on an unsustainable 71.4% of his shot attempts. Lonzo Ball (knee) isn't expected to play Tuesday, so Hart figures to earn another start, putting him on the radar in deep leagues.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thu, Feb. 1
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were CJ McCollum, Kemba Walker, Terry Rozier, Joel Embiid, Elfrid Payton, Marc Gasol, Myles Turner.
RotoWorld reports: C.J. McCollum erupted for a career-high 50 points vs. Chicago on Wednesday, making 18-of-25 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs with six 3-pointers, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in just 29 minutes.
McCollum scored 28 points in the first quarter alone, which was the most ever scored in a single quarter against the Bulls. He also broke Damian Lillard's single-quarter scoring record for the Blazers, and might have gone for 60+ if this game wasn't a complete blowout. He's the seventh player in franchise history with at least 50 points in a game, joining Lillard, Clyde Drexler, Geoff Petrie, Andre Miller, Brandon Roy and Damon Stoudamire. He's held top-50 roto value all season and is about as steady as they come for fantasy purposes.
RotoWorld reports: Kemba Walker caught fire during a 123-110 win over he Hawks on Wednesday, scoring 38 points with two rebounds, six assists and a career-high nine 3-pointers.
Those nine treys also set a franchise record, and he joins Dame Lillard and Stephen Curry as the only players with nine-plus triples in a game this season. This was his seventh 30-plus point game this season and he continues to go off basically every night since the trade rumors. He's not bad and it's going to cost a lot to acquire him. Despite the trade rumors, Walker has a good chance to stay put.
RotoWorld reports: Terry Rozier turned in a triple-double in his first NBA start during a 103-73 win over the Knicks on Wednesday, scoring 17 points with 11 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.
He's just the second player in the last 40 seasons to drop a triple-double in his first career NBA start -- usage-rate stud Tony Wroten will live on forever. Rozier also matched Kyrie Irving's one triple-double in his career, and it's possible Irving misses additional time with how well Rozier played. After the game, Rozier did joke that he'll give Irving his job back when he's ready, but he said he wants to be a starter. "Not trying to toot my own horn or anything because I got a triple-double in my first start but thatís what I truly believe and thatís my goal," Rozier said. He should clean up while Irving and Marcus Smart are out.
RotoWorld reports: Dennis Smith Jr. scored 17 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.
The bad news is he made just 6-of-15 from the field and 4-of-9 from the line in this loss. Smith Jr. has really played well since his triple-double 16 games ago back on Dec. 29 and he's hit double-digit scoring in each. It's becoming very clear DSJ has his coach's trust late in the game and he scored seven points in the final four minutes. In his last 15 games, DSJ has a whopping 31.0 usage rate and a 64.1 TS%. Expect a strong finish, especially if he can up his percentages early in games.
RotoWorld reports: Josh Jackson matched his career-high 21 points with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Mavs as a starter at shooting guard on Wednesday.
The lineup move was a big success and coach Jay Triano really seems to be coming around on Jackson. Earlier this week, he said he liked how he produced offense in the open floor and he likes how he attacks the basket. Of course, the key to Jackson's minutes will be his defense, and he had that in spades today with great isolation and PNR defense. He's playing well enough to add in most standard leagues, but just know he'll probably have some bad games mixed in going forward.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tue, Jan. 30
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Giannis, Whiteside, Nikola Jokic, Khris Middleton, Kyrie Irving, Karl-Anthony Towns.
RotoWorld reports: Myles Turner came off the bench in his second game back from an elbow injury on Monday, but hit 8-of-11 shots and four 3-pointers for 22 points, four rebounds, three assists and a block in a 105-89 win over the Hornets.
This was actually one of his better scoring lines of the season and the four triples set a season high. If you were worried about Turner needing some time to shake off the rust after a long absence, it's time to get him back into your lineup.
RotoWorld reports: Jeff Teague hit 1-of-12 shots for two points, 10 assists, four steals and two crucial turnovers in Monday's 105-100 loss to the Hawks.
Teague threw a horrible, long pass that was intercepted with the Hawks holding a one-point lead late, and then failed to get the ball inbounded after a timeout, resulting in another turnover that allowed the Hawks to put the game away. Teague just doesn't look right right now, going 1-of-16 for four points over his last two games, but he was playing well before that. He's dealing with an ankle injury and the Timberwolves play again on Tuesday night at Toronto, so owners should double check to make sure he's playing tomorrow night.
RotoWorld reports: Josh Jackson bounced back nicely on Monday vs. the Grizzlies with 20 points on 6-of-16 shots.
He missed all 13 of his shots from the field on Sunday and continues to be a hit-or-miss option for fantasy owners. Jackson finished 6-of-8 from the line with eight rebounds, one block, two triples and three turnovers, and though he has been inconsistent, he's shown significant improvement on both ends of the court. He's a little too volatile for owners in category leagues right now, but keep an eye on him down the stretch as a potential stash.
RotoWorld reports: T.J. Warren scored a team-high 24 points in Monday's loss to the Grizzlies, hitting 10-of-18 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line.
He got a small bump with Devin Booker (ribs) out (his usage rate goes from 24.1 to 28.9 with Booker off the floor), but it sounds like Phoenix's star guard could be back on Wednesday vs. Dallas. Warren added seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in what was his seventh game with 20+ points out of his last eight. He's been on fire in January and has been a top-50 player in standard 9-category leagues over the past month.
RotoWorld reports: Hassan Whiteside bounced back to hit 10-of-15 shots and 5-of-6 free throws for 25 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and a block in 26 minutes of Monday's win over the Mavericks.
Whiteside scored just six and eight points in each of his previous two games, but had a heart-to-heart talk with coach Erik Spoelstra recently that appeared to help. Additionally, the Mavericks are constantly torched by opposing centers and Whiteside went to work on them in the first quarter and never looked back. He's been a bit inconsistent this season, but with trade rumors quieting down and a positive meeting with his coach under his belt, Whiteside could be getting ready to roll.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Mon, Jan. 29
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis, Devin Booker, Paul George, Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Jrue Holiday, Joel Embiid.
RotoWorld reports: De'Aaron Fox scored a career-high 26 points on Sunday, draining 6-of-6 three-pointers with three assists and one block in 33 minutes.
Fox came in shooting 30.4% from deep but he lit up the Spurs tonight, and he's playing with increased confidence with dozens of NBA games under his belt. He made 8-of-15 shots overall and 4-of-4 free throws, and even though this 3-point barrage was fluky, he's still thriving in January with averages of 13.1 points, 0.8 triples, 5.5 assists, 2.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 0.3 blocks. His arrow is pointing straight up for fantasy purposes.
RotoWorld reports: Fred VanVleet came off the bench to post a career-high 25 points over just 20 minutes in Sunday's win against the Lakers.
VanVleet hit 9-of-13 from the field, including 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point line, and he added a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw stripe. Steady Freddy looks to be over the knee injury which cost him two games last week, averaging 15.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocked shots per game over his past three outings. The game started to get out of hand, and VanVleet benefited from DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry sitting for large chunks of the second half. Despite the giant game his fantasy value remains limited to deeper leagues unless an injury claims one of the members of Toronto's starting backcourt.
RotoWorld reports: Steven Adams had another ultra-efficient game on Sunday with 20 points on 10-of-11 shooting, 13 rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes.
Adams hauled in 10 offensive rebounds tonight, one shy of his career-high. He also attempted zero free throws, which is perfect for fantasy since he's 59.0% at the stripe this season and has been intentionally hacked on occasion. He's making field goals at a 63.5% clip this season, on 9.3 attempts per game, which ranks second behind Clint Capela for category-based fantasy purposes. Add it up and he's flirting with top-50 roto value.
RotoWorld reports: Josh Jackson shot 0-of-13 from the field on Sunday, scoring two points with four rebounds and one turnover in 22 minutes.
According to Basketball-Reference, Jackson is the 21st player since 1963-64 to attempt at least 13 shots without a single make. He's also just the fourth bench player to hit that dubious mark, joining Derrick Favors (2012), Dino Radja (1993) and Junior Bridgeman (1984). His game was distinguished by historically poor efficiency, in other words, and Jackson has a lot to prove to fantasy owners even if his role balloons down the stretch for Phoenix.
RotoWorld reports: Joel Embiid racked up 27 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes on Sunday, and he will reportedly be available to play on Monday.
If Embiid plays on Monday it would be his first back-to-back of the season. Although he's technically "available" to play, this could ultimately be a game-time decision based on how he's feeling prior to tip-off -- it's interesting that coach Brett Brown still played him 36 minutes tonight. Check back for details on Embiid's status after the Sixers shootaround.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sun, Jan. 28
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Lance Stephenson, Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard.
RotoWorld reports: Kemba Walker scored 30 points during a 95-91 loss in Miami on Saturday, adding six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 41 minutes.
The Hornets completely unraveled yet again vs. Miami to drop them to 20-28 because they lost the fourth 24-13 -- they folded vs. Miami on Jan. 20. Walker basically didn't have a backup tonight with Malik Monk only getting seven minutes, so that explains the high playing time. He's been awesome since the Hornets reportedly put him on the market and his owners should be hoping he stays put.
RotoWorld reports: yrie Irving was outstanding in a 109-105 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 37 points with two rebounds, four assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
He apparently likes to play in Oracle with the biggest shot of his career coming there. Irving actually had all five 3-pointers on the wing tonight, which is much like his huge trey to cause the Warriors to blow a 3-1 lead. Irving got off to an efficient start in this game, starting 7-of-7 from the field to get him to 19 points in just 11 minutes. He's already up to 15 30-point games on the season and taking a game off for his shoulder injury seems to have fixed that mini-slump from earlier this month.
RotoWorld reports: Stephen Curry scored a season-high 49 points during an exciting 109-105 win over the Celtics on Saturday, adding four rebounds, five assists, two steals and eight 3-pointers on 16-of-24 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line.
He has to be in the MVP conversation now. Since he's returned from injury, he is on one of the biggest heaters of all time among high-volume players. In those 12 games, he has a 30.1 usage rate and an unbelievable 75.0 TS% in 34.0 minutes per game. In simpler terms, he's averaged 31.5 points, 5.3 boards, 6.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 5.9 treys in those dozen contests. Curry is also knocking on the door of a 50/40/90 with his 49.8/43.0/90.9 on the season. He'll go down as one of the best offensive weapons in NBA history.
RotoWorld reports: Nikola Jokic turned in his second triple-double this season with 11 points, 16 boards, 11 assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.
He was all over the place with jumpers from different ranges. Jokic has played well next to Mason Plumlee and that lineup doesn't sound like it's going anywhere. On the lighter side of things, Jokic changed his deodorant to women's Dove because he called his other deodorant "bug spray." He also hinted that he will continue to wear it. We smell endorsement deal.
RotoWorld reports: Jamal Murray was benched for violating team rules against the Mavs on Saturday, finishing with 15 points, five rebounds, five assists, six turnovers and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
The specific violation was not revealed. He didn't check in until midway through the first quarter, but did check in a little earlier to start the third. It doesn't sound like this will stick, but Murray did say all the right things after the game. "Coach did what he had to. I put him in a tough position, and he made the right decision to bring me off the bench," he said. Murray still was very busy late in this game and this issue shouldn't affect him going forward.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sun, Jan. 14
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Willie Cauley-Stein, Stephen Curry, Nikola Jokic, Kevin Durant, Kris Dunn, John Wall.
RotoWorld reports: Andre Drummond had another big all-around game on Saturday with 21 points (8-of-13 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), 15 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, two steals and one turnover.
Drummond committed just one turnover and two fouls in 34 minutes, and it's safe to conclude that his rib injury is no longer a concern. He missed one game on Jan. 6, but in the three games since he's averaging a stellar 19.7 points, 16.3 boards, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks. That was against a trio of vulnerable frontcourts, though, and he'll draw a tougher matchup vs. Dwight Howard on Monday. Trainers did look at Drummond's right foot in the second quarter tonight but he looked fine after halftime, so we'll leave him off the injury report.
RotoWorld reports: Kris Dunn filled up the boxscore on Saturday with 18 points (7-of-13 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals, three blocks and two turnovers in 31 minutes.
Chicago opened the game 15-of-20 from the field against a listless defensive effort from Detroit, and they held on for an impressive 107-105 victory. Dunn has now recorded at least eight assists in six consecutive games, which is a career-long streak, and he's thriving as the undoubted starting PG for Chicago. Zach LaVine's return is primarily a threat to Denzel Valentine and David Nwaba, so Dunn's owners can keep him locked in active lineups going forward.
RotoWorld reports: Stephen Curry (right ankle) returned from a two-game absence on Saturday with 24 points, nine assists, six rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal and just one turnover in 34 minutes.
Golden State absolutely destroyed the Raptors in the first half, committing one turnover with 22 assists on 32 made field goals (71.1% shooting). They nearly gave it away in the second half, but held on for a 127-125 win, despite Curry missing a few late free throws. He finished 6-of-12 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line, and is obviously safe to activate everywhere.
RotoWorld reports: The Raptors mounted a furious comeback attempt on Saturday, ultimately falling 127-125 despite DeMar DeRozan's game-high 42 points on 17-of-31 FGs and 8-of-10 FTs.
DeRozan was phenomenal but Toronto's defense was the issue, as they gave up 81 points in the first half and trailed by as many as 27 points tonight. He added five rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 38 minutes, with a huge usage rate in the absence of Kyle Lowry (tailbone). As a footnote, DeRozan's big game tonight also pushed him past Vince Carter as the Raptors' all-time leader in games with 30+ points (92 games). He's surging as a top-20 value over the past month.
RotoWorld reports: Zach LaVine (knee) was impressive in his long-awaited Bulls debut on Saturday, posting 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, three 3-pointers and two assists in 19 minutes.
The Bulls kept LaVine on a 20-minute limit and he sat out the fourth quarter by design, but he looked spry while on the court tonight. Fred Hoiberg expects to keep LaVine around 20 minutes the next few games, after which his playing time should slowly ramp up -- it helps that Chicago doesn't play back-to-back games until Feb. 9-10. He played a handful of minutes at PG tonight, which is even more encouraging, and his fantasy owners are finally being rewarded for their patience.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sat, Jan. 13
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns, DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Dennis Schroder, Bradley Beal, LeBron James, Elfrid Payton, Bismack Biyombo, Jrue Holiday.
RotoWorld reports: Karl-Anthony Towns scored 23 points with 15 rebounds, nine assists, one block and two triples in 40 minutes in a 118-108 win over the Knicks on Friday.
He was 9-of-15 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, becoming just the third player this season (Russell Westbrook, LeBron James) to record 23+ points, 15+ rebounds and 9+ assists. This was the third game of his career with nine or more assists and he now has a double-double in eight straight. He's been a monster lately and it's no coincidence that the Wolves have won each of their last four games by 10+ points, tied for the second-longest streak in franchise history.
RotoWorld reports: Dennis Schroder's career-high of 34 points weren't enough in a 110-105 loss to the Nets on Friday.
Schroder was getting whatever he wanted, but that's not a surprise with the Nets allowing the third most fantasy points to PGs this season. He finished 14-of-26 from the field, 3-of-3 from the line and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, adding seven assists, three rebounds and three steals in 32 minutes. This was the sixth game of his career with 30+ points and second of the season, and now he gets a couple days off to prepare for Monday's matchup with the Spurs.
RotoWorld reports: Bismack Biyombo erupted for 21 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and a steal over 33 minutes in Friday's 125-119 loss at Washington.
Biyombo was outstanding, hitting 8-of-9 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free-throw stripe. The Zaire native continues to be a decent fantasy option when the matchup is favorable, as he fills in for the injured Nikola Vucevic (hand). He'll have his hands full next time out on Tuesday night when Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves invade Orlando.
RotoWorld reports: Jahlil Okafor scored a season-high 17 points in just 12 minutes vs. the Hawks on Friday.
Okafor had 11 of Brooklynís first 14 points in the fourth quarter and finished 6-of-8 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line with one assist, zero rebounds and one turnover. Coach Kenny Atkinson said he was glad to see that Okafor's hard work is starting to pay off and called him a beast after the game. The Nets are still using four different guys at center, so it will be hard to trust Okafor until Atkinson shortens the rotation.
RotoWorld reports: Tim Hardaway Jr. (leg) returned to action in a 118-108 loss to the Wolves on Friday, scoring 16 points (6-of-13 FGs) with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and four triples.
He came off the bench and played 25 minutes, but he showed little to no rust at all. As long as his leg responds well in the morning, his workload will continue to ramp up and he should be back in the first unit sooner rather than later. With top-70 value in 9-category leagues on a per-game basis, there's no reason for him to be sitting on the waiver wire.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wed, Jan. 10
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were CJ McCollum, Julius Randle, Bam Adebayo, Russell Westbrook, Goran Dragic.
RotoWorld reports: Lonzo Ball hit just 2-of-10 shots and 1-of-7 3-pointers (including a wide open airball) for five points, but also had 11 rebounds, 11 assists, a block and a career-high five steals in Tuesday's 99-86 win over the Kings.
Ball's court vision is as advertised and he's played well since returning from his shoulder injury three games ago, averaging 9.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 2.7 steals and 2.3 3-pointers since then. He's going to struggle to score and his field goal percentage could be a killer, but he's going to rack up boards, assists and steals with some 3-pointers every time out
RotoWorld reports: Julius Randle started and played 30 minutes on Tuesday, hitting 8-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer for 22 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, a steal and six turnovers in a 99-86 win over Kings.
Randle looks great after a slow start to the season and is rolling right now, averaging 15.2 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 0.8 steals while shooting 53 percent over his last five games. He's outplaying both Kyle Kuzma and Larry Nance right now and should be owned everywhere, as he can also back up Brook Lopez at center. The Lakers won back-to-back games for the first time since early December tonight.
RotoWorld reports: Aaron Gordon, who was benched at the start of Tuesday's game vs. the Mavericks, was back in the first unit in the second half and finished with 19 points in a 114-99 loss.
The Magic brought him off the bench because he was late for their team plane on Monday, but he saw his normal allotment of minutes (33) and finished with eight rebounds, two assists and one triple. He was 6-of-16 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line, but it says a lot about his improvement that this is considered an off night. He should be back in his usual role on Wednesday vs. the Bucks and will likely see a lot of Giannis Antetokounmpo.
RotoWorld reports: Bam Adebayo hit 8-of-14 shots for 16 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and a career-high five blocks off the bench in Tuesday's 90-89 win over the Raptors.
James Johnson was ejected for fighting and should be facing a one-game suspension, which means we could see a lot more Bam on Wednesday night. He was also playing alongside Hassan Whiteside tonight, which is more good news. Bam should be a strong play on Wednesday and is worth keeping a close eye on going forward. However, once Johnson is back, it wouldn't be surprising to see Adebayo crawl back into his hole.
RotoWorld reports: Goran Dragic hit 10-of-21 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to 24 points, a season-high 12 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in 39 minutes of Tuesday's win.
Tyler Johnson was out and Josh Richardson appeared to be playing point guard for much of the night, so Dragic focused on scoring and rebounding, helping the Heat to a season-high 64 boards. Johnson doesn't sound likely for Wednesday with his shoulder injury, so Dragic should have another big game. Dragic got into a scuffle with DeMar DeRozan while walking off the court, but if anyone threw a punch, it was DeRozan. However, it was more of a slap or push than a punch, in our opinion, so a suspension probably isn't coming.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tue, Jan. 9
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Nikola Jokic, Draymond Green, Spencer Dinwiddie, Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, DeAndre Jordan, Kris Dunn, Serge Ibaka, Anthony Davis, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
RotoWorld reports: Draymond Green (knee) notched 23 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, three blocks, two 3-pointers and one steal in 35 minutes during Monday's win vs. the Nuggets.
Green's constant presence on the Warriors' injury report makes him seem like more of an injury risk than he really has been -- other than a mid-December stretch with five DNPs, he's missed just one game (Nov. 24). He also averaged 38.0 minutes in a back-to-back set in early January, which is a great sign, and owners shouldn't fret about his availability until the bitter end of the regular season.
RotoWorld reports: Trey Lyles had another efficient night on Monday with 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.
Lyles said his confidence is at an "all-time high," which isn't surprising considering he's averaging 17.4 points on 57.6% shooting over the past month. When coach Mike Malone was asked about Lyles' meticulous pre-game shooting routines, he replied, "The level heís playing at right now ó whatever youíre doing, Trey, keep on doing it." Lyles' fantasy owners must feel the same, as he's cruising with mid-round value in Paul Millsap's absence.
RotoWorld reports: Nikola Jokic had his first triple-double of the season on Monday, scoring 22 points (9-of-16 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with 12 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.
Jokic collided with Stephen Curry late in the third quarter and briefly exited, but he soon returned and continued his terrific play. He came in shooting 26.1 percent in his previous two games, but coach Mike Malone offered a pre-game vote of confidence, saying, "Weíre gonna stay with [Jokic] in his struggles. And I have no doubt heís gonna find a way to fight through this." If you own Jokic, remember those words the next time he goes through a brief slump.
RotoWorld reports: Jimmy Butler nearly triple-doubled with 21 points, nine assists, eight rebounds, three steals and four triples in a 127-99 blowout win over the Cavaliers on Monday.
He basically shadowed LeBron James and was a big reason why he was held to 10 points for just the 12th time in his career. Butler has improved his numbers in every single month this season and has top-10 value in 9-category leagues over the past month. He really should be getting more MVP consideration for how good he's been.
RotoWorld reports: Lou Williams led the Clippers to a 108-107 win over the Hawks on Monday with a game-high 34 points.
He continues to feast on a nightly basis with the Clippers so banged up -- with Blake Griffin (concussion), Austin Rivers (heel), Danilo Gallinari (glute), Patrick Beverley (knee) and Milos Teodosic (foot) all out, the Clippers had 72.6 points, 21.3 rebounds, and 19.4 assists on the shelf tonight. He finished 12-of-29 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line, adding four assists, three rebounds, four triples and six turnovers. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday that Williams will be a popular name at the trade deadline and it's easy to see why with his expiring cap-friendly contract.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Mon, Jan. 8
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were LaMarcus Aldridge, Russell Westbrook, CJ McCollum, Dragan Bender, Manu Ginobili.
RotoWorld reports: Manu Ginobili poured in a season-high 26 points on Sunday, making 9-of-16 shots with six 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steals in 27 minutes.
The 40-year-old Ginobili is setting records on a nightly basis. On Friday, he became the oldest player in NBA history to score 20+ points in fewer than 20 minutes. Tonight, he became the oldest player to score 20+ points in back-to-back games, in addition to becoming the seventh player in NBA history with 8,000 career points off the bench. Fantasy-wise, though, he's still a sporadic value due to limited minutes and random DNP-CDs.
RotoWorld reports: LaMarcus Aldridge posted 30 points and a season-high 14 rebounds in a losing effort vs. his former team on Sunday, hitting 12-of-21 FGs and 5-of-7 FTs in 35 minutes.
Aldridge added one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer without any turnovers tonight, but he bricked a potential game-winner in Portland. The Spurs held him out of Friday's game as a precaution and sporadic DNPs will be an annoyance for his owners down the stretch, especially during busy parts of the schedule -- they play the second of back-to-back games on Monday, so it can't hurt to confirm the status of guys like Aldridge and Pau Gasol prior to tip-off.
RotoWorld reports: C.J. McCollum hit a game-winning floater vs. the Spurs on Sunday, finishing with 25 points on 11-of-24 shooting, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer.
Blazers coach Terry Stotts praised his team's selflessness after Friday's game, saying, "Our passing has been improved the last three games ... It's been below average most of the season." They had a modest 19 assists tonight, on 48 made field goals, but that's partly because Damian Lillard (calf) was absent. McCollum would be leaned on more for playmaking if Dame were out long-term, but there's a good chance he'll return vs. OKC on Tuesday.
RotoWorld reports: Dragan Bender erupted for a career-high 20 points on Sunday, making 6-of-8 three-pointers with six rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal in 39 minutes.
Bender started the second half in place of Marquese Chriss (hip strain), which obviously helped, but he was simply on fire tonight with 7-of-9 field goals overall. Chriss should be re-evaluated in the next few days and the Suns only play twice this week, which reduces the incentive to speculatively pick up Bender. Most owners should just keep an eye on the Suns' injury report, but it can't hurt to add him if there's a guy you've been itching to cut. Let's see him reproduce this gem before getting too excited.
RotoWorld reports: Kristaps Porzingis made 9-of-25 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs on Sunday, adding three 3-pointers to finish with 29 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one block in 38 minutes.
The Knicks improved to 4-14 on the road with tonight's victory in Dallas, which concluded a three-game road trip. Porzingis recently lamented that he's "tired ... so tired," and that the mental aspect of losing makes it harder to fight through physical fatigue. He looked fine in big minutes tonight, but still hasn't made more than half his shots since Dec. 12, a span of 11 games. He gets a few days off before hosting the Bulls on Wednesday.
FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYER RANKINGS
Updated March 29, 2017
Eight category, including FG%, FT%, Threes
BEST FANTASY GUARDS: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, John Wall, Isaiah Thomas, Chris Paul, Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, CJ McCollum, Mike Conley, Kemba Walker, Eric Bledsoe, Bradley Beal, Jeff Teague, Gordon Hayward.
BEST FANTASY FORWARDS: Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, Paul George, Nikola Jokic, Draymond Green, Hassan Whiteside, Rudy Gay (out for season), Myles Turner, Kevin Love, Kristaps Porzingis, Otto Porter Jr, Paul Millsap, Serge Ibaka.
BEST FANTASY CENTERS: Karl-Anthony Towns, DeMarcus Cousins, Joel Embiid (out for season), Rudy Gobert, Marc Gasol, Brook Lopez, Al Horford, Nikola Vucevic, DeAndre Jordan, Gorgui Dieng, Dwight Howard, Jonas Valanciunas, Tyson Chandler, Marcin Gortat, Nerlens Noel, and Steven Adams.
2015-16 FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYER RATINGS:
Updated April 11, 2016
This is how good fantasy players were, last season, WHEN HEALTHY. Missed games weren't taken into account. Only their level of play when on the court.
1) Stephen Curry,
2) Kevin Durant,
3) James Harden,
4) Russell Westbrook,
5) Chris Paul,
6) Kawhi Leonard,
7) Anthony Davis,
8) LeBron James,
9) Kyle Lowry,
10) Hassan Whiteside,
11) Draymond Green,
12) John Wall,
13) Paul George,
14) Paul Millsap,
15) DeMarcus Cousins,
16) Damian Lillard,
17) Karl-Anthony Towns,
18) Eric Bledsoe,
19) Kemba Walker,
20) Pau Gasol,
21) Jimmy Butler,
22) Klay Thompson,
23) Brook Lopez,
24) Isaiah Thomas,
25) Al Horford.
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