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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Fri, March 24

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were DeMar DeRozan, Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Marquese Chriss, DeAndre Jordan.

RotoWorld reports: Damian Lillard scored 30 points during a 110-95 win over the Knicks on Thursday, adding four rebounds, five assists, two steals and four 3-pointers. That's seven 30-plus scoring games in March to tie him with James Harden for the most in the NBA this month. Since the break, Lillard averaged 31.1 points, 4.6 boards, 5.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 3.4 treys on 49.5 percent from the field and 90.0 percent from the line. His Blazers are just 1.0 games behind the Nuggets for the No. 8 seed, so this will likely come down to the wire. Lillard has been the No. 2 player for total value in standard leagues since the break..

RotoWorld reports: Coach Rick Carlisle said the Mavs "need" to take an extended look at Seth Curry as a point guard going forward. Interesting. Curry played mostly the two during a win over the Clippers and he's played a lot of two since his breakout. Curry was not a very good point guard earlier in his career, and the change to the SG is part of the reason he's been so good. Regardless, Curry has a big role coming his way and he should continue to be a must-start player in all formats. Curry turned in a strong Thursday game, scoring 23 points with three rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in a win over the Clippers.

RotoWorld reports: DeMar DeRozan scored 40 points during a 101-84 win in Miami on Thursday, adding six rebounds, three assists and one steal in 36 minutes. He just scored 42 points on Tuesday to make this the first time he's scored 40-plus points in consecutive games in his career. The Raptors have had tremendous success when DeMar drops 40, going 8-0 in those instances. DeRozan did tweak his ankle earlier in the game, but obviously it wasn't affecting him too much. The Raptors are playing solid ball again with a four-game winning streak to put them just 0.5 games behind the third-seeded Wizards.

RotoWorld reports: Hassan Whiteside rolled his ankle at the end of Thursday's game. Coach Erik Spoelstra said he doesn't know how severe the ankle injury is, so we'll have to wait on the details. Whiteside had a right ankle injury before the All-Star Game and there's a chance that injury affected him for arguably the worst part of his season. As for this new injury, the schedule helped the Heat out this week because they won't play again until Sunday. Whiteside already was playing with 13 stitches in his hand, finishing with 16 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in this loss to the Raptors.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thu, March 23

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Rudy Gobert, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Russell Westbrook Nikola Mirotic, Jimmy Butler, Enes Kanter, Paul George.

RotoWorld reports: Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points in a 116-98 win at Sacramento on Wednesday, adding 13 rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block, one 3-pointer and no turnovers. It's just the second time this month he's hit the 30-point mark, and Antetokounmpo scored at least 20 points in just two of his previous six games. The Bucks finally had their six-game road trip end and they'll be heading back home this weekend. Antetokounmpo is much better at home with a 54.0 field goal percentage with better averages in points, boards, steals, blocks and threes at home compared to being on the road. After a down couple weeks, Giannis should go back to being a top-three guy going forward.

RotoWorld reports: X-rays were negative on Derrick Rose's left ankle, but he exited the arena after Wednesday's game with an ankle brace and a noticeable limp. Rose did return after the injury, finishing with 17 points and six assists in 32 minutes, but we're considering him questionable to face the Blazers on Thursday. The only good news is that his oft-injured knees don't seem to have been affected. If he is forced to miss any time, Ron Baker and Chasson Randle would absorb the PG duties.

RotoWorld reports: Kyrie Irving scored 33 points in 27 minutes vs. Denver, making 11-of-22 FGs and 7-of-7 FTs, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 126-113 defeat. Kyrie went 4-of-5 from downtown with three assists, two rebounds and zero turnovers tonight. LeBron James was also efficient with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting, but offense wasn't the problem -- Cleveland put up no defensive resistance and the Nuggets finished 53.1 percent from the field. They'll try to right the ship in Charlotte on Friday.

RotoWorld reports: J.R. Smith was back in the Cavs' starting five on Wednesday, finishing 1-of-7 from the field with one 3-pointer to score three points. Smith added three assists, two rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes, but that doesn't compensate for another lousy night shooting the ball. He's a combined 6-of-31 in his past three games, and almost has to be benched in fantasy until he warms up.

RotoWorld reports: Paul George scored 37 points in a 109-100 loss to the Celtics on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and five 3-pointers. After a down February with only 17.8 points per game, George is on a roll in March. Even before this explosion, he was averaging 25.7 points, 7.7 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.1 steals and 3.0 treys in his previous 10 outings. George gets another friendly matchup against Denver on Friday, so he may be flirting with 40 for that game, as well.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wed, March 22

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were DeMarcus Cousins, Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, Damian Lillard, Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul.

RotoWorld reports: Brandon Ingram scored 21 points in 40 minutes in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Clippers. This was his second game of the season with 20+ points and he finished one point shy of his career high. He added five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two triples, and it looks like he's going to make some noise in the final few weeks of the season. Over the last five games, he's averaging 16.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 triples on 53.0 percent shooting. However, he's still struggling from the free throw line, hitting just 3-of-8 FTAs in this one.

RotoWorld reports: Khris Middleton racked up 26 points, three rebounds, three assists, three steals, a block and three 3-pointers on 11-of-22 shooting in 33 minutes of Tuesday's big 93-90 win over the Blazers. Wow. He was worth the wait if you stashed him long before he came back and there was some risk involved, as no one was really sure how he'd look or fit in with the new-look Bucks. He's been fantastic, averaging 18.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting over his last five games. With the Bucks fighting for their playoff life and seeding, Middleton should continue to roll the rest of the way. He's also played in all 12 of the Bucks' March games, scoring in double figures in all of them.

RotoWorld reports: Chris Paul scored 27 points in a 133-109 blowout win over the Lakers on Tuesday. CP3 didn't touch the floor in the fourth quarter for the second straight game due to blowouts. That might not be a bad thing for his fantasy owners, as the Clippers play three more times this week including a back-to-back set -- his low minutes early this week decreases the chances that he will be rested for a game. He finished 9-of-15 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and four triples, so his owners should be in great shape.

RotoWorld reports: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points on 12-of-24 shooting vs. the Wolves on Tuesday. He got it going early with 12 points in the first quarter, his third-highest scoring quarter this season. This was one of his most complete games of the season, as he racked up five rebounds with three assists, two steals and two blocks in 38 minutes. The Spurs don't have another back-to-back set until Apr. 4 and Apr. 5, so LMA hopefully won't be rested too much since the Spurs are within striking distance of the No. 1 seed.

RotoWorld reports: DeMarcus Cousins dropped 41 points in a 95-82 win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday, adding 17 rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes. This was easily his best game with the Pelicans as he shot 14-of-27 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line. He became just the second player since '83 with 41+ points, 17+ rebounds and 5+ triples, and the first since Kevin Love did it in 2010. The Pelicans trail the No. 8 seed (Denver) by 3.5 games, so expect him to keep playing through some minor ailments -- he missed Friday's game with a right rib contusion and a knee issue.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tue, March 21

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Gordon Hayward, Klay Thompson, Will Barton, Richaun Holmes, Nikola Jokic.

RotoWorld reports: Blake Griffin dropped 30 points in Monday's easy win over the Knicks. He did all of his damage in just 31 minutes, shooting 12-of-19 from the field with six rebounds, one steal and one block. He also tied his career-high with three triples. Griffin didn't play in the fourth quarter tonight, so hopefully that means he won't be rested on Tuesday vs. the Clippers on the second night of a back-to-back set. The Clippers have four more games this week, so his owners should be in great shape.

RotoWorld reports: Klay Thompson lit up the Thunder for 34 points and seven 3-pointers in Monday's 111-95 win over the Thunder. This was Thompson's 19th career game with seven or more 3-pointers and that's four straight wins for the Warriors since their three-game losing streak. Thompson finished 12-of-21 from the field in 32 minutes with six rebounds, two assists and two steals, but his owners will want to make sure he's active for Tuesday's road game vs. Dallas on the second night of a back-to-back set. With Kevin Durant (knee) iffy to return for the regular season, Thompson's owners will continue to see a bump in production.

RotoWorld reports: Nikola Vucevic finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and a steal over 36 minutes in Monday's 112-109 win against the 76ers. Vucevic has back-to-back double-doubles for the first time in five games since returning from a four-game absence due to an Achilles' tendon injury. He is a rebound machine, averaging 12.4 boards in the past five outings, two more than his season average. As long as the Magic continue to make an effort and not tank then Vucevic will be a good fantasy option. However, keep in mind they could pull his plug at any time.

RotoWorld reports: Richaun Holmes was plugged into the starting lineup Tuesday at Orlando and he delivered, finishing with 24 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in 42 minutes. Holmes hit 11 of his 19 field goal tries while also adding four assists with a steal and a blocked shot. He certainly responded well to his return to the starting five and he will likely remain there until Jahlil Okafor (knee) is ready to return. Since there is no real reason to rush Okafor back it could be an extended period of starting for Holmes which is great news for his short-term fantasy appeal.

RotoWorld reports: Isaiah Thomas (knee) returned from a two-game absence and scored 25 points in a 110-102 win over the Wizards on Monday, adding four rebounds, four assists, two steals and two triples. He admitted that his knee isn't 100 percent, but there was no doubt that he would play. "I canít sit this one out," Thomas said before the game. "I know whatís at stake, I know itís a big game for us." The Celtics now have a 2.5 game cushion over the Wizards for second place in the East, and they only trail the Cavaliers by 2.0 games. It's possible IT4 could get another DNP-rest down the stretch, but the good news for his fantasy owners is that the Celtics play three more times this week.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Mon, March 20

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, D'Angelo Russell, Joe Johnson, Al Horford, Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Davis.

RotoWorld reports: The Lakers want to evaluate how D'Angelo Russell plays off the ball for the remainder of the season. Coach Luke Walton said Russell will continue to start next to Jordan Clarkson, and if Sunday was any indication, he should finish the season strong -- he scored a career-high 40 points with six assists, two rebounds, two steals and seven 3-pointers vs. the Cavs. Looking at the big picture, it's possible the Lakers want to see Russell off the ball because the top prospects in this year's draft are point guards and the Lakers have a great chance of keeping their top-3 protected pick. Walton added that Russell is a great cutter and his highest 3-point percentage is off a screen, and it sounds like Russell is on board with the idea. "Iím a basketball player, not a point guard or a shooting guard," he said.

RotoWorld reports: Kyrie Irving blitzed the Lakers on Sunday with a season-high 46 points, making 15-of-21 field goals and 10-of-10 free throws with six 3-pointers, three assists and two rebounds in 38 minutes. Irving exited Thursday's game due to a sore and tight left knee, and he sat out Saturday's game as a precaution -- the rest obviously served him well. He dealt with left knee tendinitis late in the 2014-15 season, and eventually required surgery to fix a fractured kneecap, so the Cavs will likely play it safe with their star PG with the postseason looming. Owners can expect him to play in Denver on Wednesday, but a DNP wouldn't be shocking during the Cavs' back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday.

RotoWorld reports: Buddy Hield knocked down 8-of-14 shots with a pair of 3-pointers on Sunday, finishing with 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 32 minutes. This was one of Hield's best performances of the season, with the assists tying his career-high, but it wasn't enough to get a road win vs. the Spurs. He injured his right index finger during the game, ripping half of his nail, but didn't leave after getting it bandaged up. We'll let you know if it's serious enough to jeopardize his status for Tuesday's game. For now we're assuming he's fine and leaving him off the injury report.

RotoWorld reports: Damian Lillard was unstoppable vs. the Heat on Sunday, pouring in 49 points on 14-of-21 field goals and 12-of-12 free throws, while tying the Blazers' franchise record with nine 3-pointers. Lillard has been awesome in March, helping the Blazers move to within one game of the No. 8 seed Nuggets, and he earned a ton of milestones with tonight's performance. He fell just two points shy of his career-high in scoring, matched his career-best streak with six consecutive games of 25+ points, and became the first player in Blazers' history to make 1,000 three-pointers in his career. His recent onslaught is carrying fantasy owners at the ideal moment.

RotoWorld reports: DeMarcus Cousins (knee) returned on Sunday with 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting, 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and four turnovers in 31 minutes. Cousins had an MRI, which came back negative, and the fact that he played two days later confirms that it's not serious. The Pelicans host the Grizzlies on Tuesday, after which they don't play until Friday, so Cousins' knee should have plenty of time to heal.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sun, March 19

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Jimmy Butler, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum.

RotoWorld reports: Dion Waiters (left ankle) is on crutches and is hoping he can return before the end of the regular season. Waiters said this ankle sprain is worse than his last one and he did break this ankle back in high school. The Heat are going to give him treatment every day and have not provided a timetable on his return. While Waiters is out, Josh Richardson gets a big chance and is starting on Sunday. If you need a guard and the wire dried up, J-Rich could be your guy with his nice upside.

RotoWorld reports: Kent Bazemore has a right knee bone bruise and will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days. he suffered the injury on Saturday night and did not return. Bazemore had an MRI to confirm the diagnosis and the Hawks will now have to move on to start this week without 40 percent of their starting lineup -- Paul Millsap (knee) is out for two games. With those two out, Ersan Ilyasova will be firing away from three, Tim Hardaway Jr. will get big minutes, Taurean Prince should play more than 20 minutes, the Hawks will likely use Malcolm Delaney at the two and maybe even DeAndre Bembry gets in the mix again.

RotoWorld reports: Al Horford scored a season-high 27 points during a 105-99 loss to the 76ers on Sunday, adding eight rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes. That's two 20-plus scoring games in his last three. Before that, Horford didn't hit 20 points in any game since Jan. 25, so it's been a prolonged offensive slump for one of the most consistent offensive players over the last decade. Not having Isaiah Thomas obviously helped and he does have a 22.7 usage rate without him and he's even more efficient, too. We saw Horford tear it up earlier this year even with IT next to him, so maybe this gets him going. His owners have to love this line heading into four home games this week.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sat, March 18

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Solomon Hill (Pelicans), Hassan Whiteside, Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Davis, Robin Lopez (Bulls), Jimmy Butler, Giannis Antetokounmpo.

RotoWorld reports: Georgis Papagiannis (Kings) turned in career-highs 14 points and 11 rebounds for his first NBA double-double of his career against the Thunder on Saturday, adding one assist, one block and one steal in 22 minutes. It was obviously his best game. His defense was better, he had his first make outside of the paint, showed an array of post moves, and only committed two fouls. The days of Papa G getting DNP-CDs are probably over and he's likely looking at close to 20 minutes in the short term and possibly more after that. It's also worth mentioning this game comes with both Anthony Tolliver and Kosta Koufos playing -- one or both will likely rest on Sunday. He's not quite worth adding in standard leagues, but he's trending up for owners in deeper formats.

RotoWorld reports: Kevin Durant (knee) was getting shots up at shootaround on Saturday. It's a step in the right direction for the former MVP. Durant is still not close to a return and he is expected to be re-evaluated around Mar. 28. He'll likely need at least a week or two off after that, so he's still unlikely to play this regular season. Pat McCaw, Ian Clark and Matt Barnes have stepped up, but none of them are great pickups. Andre Iguodala has seen his value increase, too.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Fri, March 17

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Will Barton, Rudy Gobert, Marc Gasol, Klay Thompson, Nikola Jokic, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Kyle O'Quinn.

RotoWorld reports: Klay Thompson hit 8-of-11 shots and five 3-pointers on his way to a 21-point first quarter on Thursday, the seventh time in his career he's scored at least 20 points in a quarter. He finished with 29 points, four rebounds, five assists and a block on 12-of-20 shooting in just 29 minutes. Klay's best quarter ever was a 37-point job against the Kings on Jan. 23, 2015 and he didn't even flirt with that one tonight. The Warriors won 122-92 and the game was never close, mainly because of what Klay did to the Magic at the opening bell.

RotoWorld reports: Nikola Jokic dropped a triple-double during a 129-114 win over the Clippers on Thursday, scoring 17 points with 14 rebounds, 11 assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes. That is five triple-doubles in his last 20 games, so look out Russell Westbrook. There really isn't much left to say about Jokic outside of how he's looking like a lock to be drafted in the first round of fantasy drafts next year. The Nuggets are also one of the hottest teams in basketball with their second-ranked offense since the break, so Jokic is a DFS stud unless he's in foul trouble. They have a 2.5 game cushion on the Blazers to hold their No. 8 seed.

RotoWorld reports: Will Barton scored a career-high 35 points against the Clippers on Thursday, adding five rebounds, three assists, one block and seven 3-pointers. Those seven treys also match his career best. Barton took full advantage of Danilo Gallinari (knee) and Will Barton (groin) not playing today, and both of those forwards have an unclear return date. Barton was trending down big time coming into the week because of guys like Jamal Murray coming for his minutes, but he basically has a vertical line upward trend right now. He should be owned in standard leagues while Gallo and Wil-Chand are out.

RotoWorld reports: Stephen Curry, who left during the first quarter in Thursday's game to have his right ankle attended to, headed to the locker room for good with about seven minutes remaining with a 114-78 blowout lead against the Magic. Steph appears to be fine (and coach Steve Kerr said as much after the game) and he finished with 25 points, nine assists and two 3-pointers in an incredibly easy win. He basically got a new ankle brace and tape job on his first trip to the locker room, and then went in to ice it early with the game completely out of reach for Orlando. Curry could be a sit candidate any time the Warriors are in a back-to-back situation, but they'd still like to finish with the league's best record and they'll need Curry in order to make it happen over the Spurs. Consider him very probable for Saturday's game against the Bucks.

RotoWorld reports: Marc Gasol hit 7-of-16 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, giving him his third triple-double of his career. He's the Grizzlies franchise leader in trip-dubs and he's on fire right now, averaging 17.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five. He's doing it all right now and is a big reason the No 7 Grizzlies have bounced back to win three straight games as they chase the No. 6 Thunder and No. 5 Clippers in the Western playoff hunt.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thu, March 16

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Lou Williams, Mike Conley, Damian Lillard, Goran Dragic, Skal Labissiere, DeAndre Jordan and Julius Randle.

RotoWorld reports: Isaiah Thomas will miss the next two games with a right knee bone bruise. He's not even traveling with the team and will miss at least Friday's game vs. the Nets and Sunday's game vs. the 76ers. Celtics coach Brad Stevens has said that he won't rest his players if they're healthy, but Thomas is sitting out against two teams with a combined 36-97 record. The Celtics have a huge game vs. the Wizards on Monday, so Thomas' owners should expect him back for that one. Marcus Smart is worth deploying in all formats if you're OK with a volatile FG percentage, while Terry Rozier gets a bump in minutes as well. Additionally, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and Al Horford will all see a bump in usage.

RotoWorld reports: Dwyane Wade has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a fractured right elbow. An MRI on Thursday morning confirmed that Wade has a "sprain and a small fracture" in his right elbow. The Bulls have ruled him out for the regular season, but it's currently unclear if he can make it back in time for the playoffs if the Bulls can sneak in (he'll be re-evaluated in a week). With Wade out, Jimmy Butler gets a massive bump in usage and Rajon Rondo benefits as well. However, the biggest winner could be rookie Denzel Valentine. Over his last five games, Valentine has averaged 9.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.6 triples. Wade has a player option for $23.8 million next season and it's possible he has already played his last game as a Bull.

RotoWorld reports: The Suns are shutting down Eric Bledsoe (knee soreness) for the season. This confirms an earlier report. Bledsoe has been taking it easier in practice and does have a wrap on his leg more often these days. He is under contract for the next two years and is still just 27, so this is somewhat unconventional. Although, the Suns clearly are looking at beyond the 2017-18 season. Bledsoe did take to Twitter after Wednesday's game to drop an unamused face, so he may not be happy about this. He should be dropped in fantasy leagues while Tyler Ulis shouldn't be on any waiver wires. Basically the entire rotation benefits and maybe Brandon Knight plays again.

RotoWorld reports: Skal Labissiere scored a career-high 32 points against the Suns on Wednesday, adding 11 rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes. The youth movement is on. Skal went berserk in the fourth quarter, scoring the Kings' first 15 points of that frame and scoring 21 total in the fourth. Clearly, he's going to be getting more minutes as the Kings pick their spots on what veterans they will rest next to him. He's been extremely efficient and he's also shown improvement on the glass on defense. He won't be this good, but he should be picked up in standard leagues.

RotoWorld reports: Julius Randle scored a career-high 32 points during a 139-100 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in just 29 minutes. He hit the 30-point mark with eight minutes left in the third quarter to keep this game within reach until the start of the fourth quarter. Randle did fall off and he was accountable for not finishing strong. "Fourth quarter was garbage, I blame myself for that, and Iíve got to be a better leader than that," Randle said. He's clearly on the rise and can be viewed as a must-start player.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wed, March 15

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Draymond Green, Dario Saric, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James.

RotoWorld reports: Draymond Green posted one of the best fantasy lines of the season in Tuesday's 106-104 win over the 76ers, racking up 20 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, six blocks, four steals and one 3-pointer. Incredible. Hakeem Olajuwon is the only other player to reach those totals in a single game. Green finished 4-of-12 from the field and 11-of-14 from the line, turning the ball over just once in 38 minutes. Apparently the rest day against the Spurs on Saturday paid off. Green made a strong case for the Defensive Player of the Year Award and helped the Warriors rally back from a 16-point deficit to end their three-game losing streak. He gets a matchup with the Magic on Thursday and the Bucks on Saturday.

RotoWorld reports: Dario Saric hit 11-of-20 shots and two 3-pointers for 25 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks in 37 minutes in Tuesday's tough 106-104 loss to the Warriors. Go ahead and give him the Rookie of the Year Award and if you're looking for something he did wrong, the six turnovers qualify. Saric has been a beast ever since the Sixers sent Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks and it will be interesting to see what Saric's role is next season, when Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, theoretically, will be playing. Saric has played well enough this season that the Sixers will surely find a way to get him 30 minutes a night, regardless of who he's playing with.

RotoWorld reports: Jeremy Lin scored a season-high 24 points vs. the Thunder on Tuesday, but he rolled his left ankle pretty bad. You can check out the incident in the link below, but Lin was able to stay in the game. He shot 8-of-15 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line with five assists, two rebounds, one steal, one block and two triples, doing all of his damage in just 26 minutes. There was no update on his ankle after the game, but considering how cautious the Nets are with injuries, we'll consider him questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks. Spencer Dinwiddie and Isaiah Whitehead will pick up his minutes if he can't go.

RotoWorld reports: Russell Westbrook recorded his 33rd triple-double in Tuesday's 122-104 win over the Nets, racking up 25 points, 19 assists and 12 rebounds. Per Statmuse, the last player to match/exceed those totals in a game was Magic Johnson in 1987. The Nets have given up the most fantasy points to point guards this season, so it was the perfect storm for Westy. He shot 6-of-18 from the field and 11-of-13 from the line with two steals, one block and two triples in 35 minutes. He's unfair right now. Westy will be back in action vs. the Raptors on Thursday.

RotoWorld reports: Anthony Davis finished Tuesday's blowout 100-77 win over the Blazers with 15 points, 15 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks on 5-of-15 shooting in 29 minutes, despite suffering an ankle injury during the game. Davis missed about half of the second quarter after twisting his left ankle, but was able to start the second half. He also re-entered the game with six minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Pelicans up 20, which wouldn't have happened if there were any concerns about AD's ankle, at all. He's fine.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tue, March 14

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Karl-Anthony Towns, Ricky Rubio, Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler, Vince Carter, Nikola Vucevic, Elfrid Payton, Ivaca Zubac (Lakers), Darren Collison.

RotoWorld reports: Elfrid Payton posted 13 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in Monday's 120-115 loss against the Kings for his third triple-double of the season. Payton has turned up the intensity lately, as all three of those triple-doubles have cover over the past five games. He is averaging 13.4 points, 11.0 assists and 9.4 rebounds over the impressive five-game stretch. As long as he is performing at these levels he is an obvious must-start in seasonal fantasy play, but also a steal in DFS play until his salary rises to meet his production.

RotoWorld reports: Ivica Zubac had the game of his life on Monday vs. the Nuggets, racking up a career-high 25 points. Magic Johnson said he wanted to see what Zubac could do in a 30-minute role, so we guess he got his answer. He played a career-high 30 minutes and shot a ridiculous 12-of-15 from the field with 11 rebounds, one assist and one block, showcasing a soft touch around the rim. Timofey Mozgov isn't even on the active list anymore and Zubac's competition for minutes consists of Tarik Black, so the upside here is enormous. The Lakers have three more games on the schedule this week and hopefully you took our advice last week and picked him up in all standard leagues.

RotoWorld reports: Kawhi Leonard (concussion) returned from a one-game absence in style, scoring 31 points in a 107-99 win over the Hawks on Monday. With the win, the Spurs moved into a tie with the Warriors for the top seed in the West. Leonard shot 10-of-24 from the field and 8-of-10 from the line, adding five rebounds, four assists, one block and three triples in 39 minutes. With LaMarcus Aldridge (heart) out indefinitely, Leonard should be unfair the rest of the way -- he gets a 5.8 usage rate bump with Aldridge off the court.

RotoWorld reports: Serge Ibaka failed to score in 32 minutes vs. the Mavericks on Monday. He was a team-high +18, but missed all four of his field goals for his third scoreless game since 2011-12. Ibaka did add nine rebounds and two blocks, but this wasn't an easy matchup for him -- the Mavericks have allowed the third fewest fantasy points to power forwards this season. Ibaka will look to bounce back on Thursday vs. the Thunder in a "revenge game."

RotoWorld reports: Ricky Rubio scored 22 points with a franchise record 19 assists and three steals over 39 minutes in Monday's 119-104 win against the Wizards. Rubio also has 20-plus points in back-to-back games for the first time since March 12-13, 2013. He also tied a season best with six straight double-digit point totals. The Spaniard is averaging 11.8 assists per game over his past nine, three per outing above his season total.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Mon, March 13

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Jordan Clarkson, Hassan Whiteside, Damian Lillard, Dario Saric, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Paul George.

RotoWorld reports: Coach Alvin Gentry said he benched DeMarcus Cousins for the final 14:25 on Saturday because of how the game was going. Gentry said he liked how the smaller lineups were working without Cousins in there, so he stuck with it. In other words, this isn't about Cousins' performance or attitude, so he should play big minutes most nights. Additionally, Cousins himself said he thought the expectations were set too high. He thought that it's really tough to just put a team together in the middle of the season, especially on the offensive end. He's absolutely right here and things may get better. Even after a very un-Boogie 11 points on Saturday, he's a no-brainer start in season-long leagues. Be careful in DFS against smaller teams, though.

RotoWorld reports: Malcolm Brogdon (back) will be available off the bench Monday against the Grizzlies. After missing the last two games, coach Jason Kidd may ease him back in. Brogdon looked like he was trending up in a big way with 42 minutes on Mar. 4, but he only played 21.5 minutes per game in the two following that and he missed the last two. Considering the Bucks have won six straight, they may go with more of a split with him and Matthew Dellavedova. He's still probably worth owning, but he's not likely to hit the ground running. Keep that in mind if you have a big playoff matchup this week.

RotoWorld reports: Nerlens Noel (left knee soreness) said he's "real likely" to play on Wednesday vs. the Wizards. He's already been ruled out for the third straight game on Monday vs. the Raptors. Noel said his knee was a "little too uncomfortable" to play Monday, but said it was a "close decision." He added that the swelling is going down and he sounded confident about his status for Wednesday's game vs. the Wizards. His fantasy owners should stick with him. You can check out some of his comments regarding his knee in the link below.

RotoWorld reports: Frank Kaminsky (shoulder) was able to go through the morning shootaround. He's been on the shelf since early March with an AC joint sprain in his left shoulder, but he was spotted getting some shots up last week. While he's still listed as questionable, coach Steve Clifford said that "there is a good chance he plays tonight." He will likely be limited right out of the gate, but he was on fire before the injury and at least deserves a look. If Kaminsky plays, Cody Zeller's ceiling won't be as high and Christian Wood may drop out of the rotation.

RotoWorld reports: Victor Oladipo said that the six games he took off for his back issue also helped him recover from his wrist injury. "[The rest] was amazing for my wrist, actually," Oladipo said. "I'm not one to complain. It wasn't 100 percent, but that rest kind of helped it out a little bit. It's a lot better now." Oladipo missed nine games in December after spraining his right wrist, but now that he's nearly 100 percent, that likely explains why he's shooting a blistering 55.3 percent from the field over his last three games with 10 3-pointers in that span. He could flirt with early-round value the rest of the way if he keeps it up, but unfortunately for fantasy owners, the Thunder only have three games this week and three games next week.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sat, March 11

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Bradley Beal, Nikola Jokic, Klay Thompson, John Wall, James Harden, Marvin Williams, DeMar DeRozan, Giannis Antetokounmpo.

RotoWorld reports: Bradley Beal continued to prove he should've been an All-Star with 38 points during a 130-122 overtime win over the Kings on Friday, adding 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers in 43 minutes. That's a season high in boards and just four points off his career high in scoring. He's been arguably the hottest shooting guard in fantasy over his last 20 games, averaging 26.3 points, 3.6 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.3 treys on 55.0 percent from the field and 84.2 percent from the line. Among the 101 players with at least 29 minutes per game over their last 20, Beal is first in true shooting percentage at 66.8. That just should not happen for a guy with 36 minutes per game and a 26.3 usage rate. You can't find many scorers better than Real Deal Beal right now.

RotoWorld reports: Willie Cauley-Stein grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds during an overtime 130-122 loss to the Wizards on Friday, adding 20 points, three assists and one steal in 42 minutes. The 42 minutes were a career high and he was just one off his career high for boards. There does seem to be a trend of the Kings playing Cauley-Stein more at home, which makes sense because he's such a fan favorite. Trill has still just hung around top-125 value since the DeMarcus Cousins deal, but he should still move closer to the 75-100 range going forward, especially once the Kings are officially eliminated from the playoffs.

RotoWorld reports: Nikola Jokic (illness) returned from a two-game absence in Friday's 119-99 win over the Celtics and racked up 21 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists. Not too bad for a guy that was considered "very questionable" just a few hours before tip-off. Jokic looked exhausted at times, but carried his team tonight and shot 8-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line with four steals and one block in 27 minutes. More importantly, he helped the Nuggets hold onto the No. 8 seed in the West with the Blazers, Mavericks and Wolves all closing in. The Nuggets play again on Saturday vs. the Kings, so hopefully Jokic still has some gas left in the tank.

RotoWorld reports: Isaiah Whitehead scored a career-high 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting in Friday's 105-96 loss to the Mavericks. He also hit a career-high three 3-pointers in 25 minutes, adding one assist and three turnovers with a 31.4 usage rate -- his usage rate on the season is 19.4. Whitehead has shown flashes of serious upside at times this season and it bodes well for his outlook that the Nets are rolling out more two-PG lineups. He's hit 40 of his last 41 free throws, and while he's too inconsistent to trust in standard leagues, his dynasty value is on the rise.

RotoWorld reports: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala will all be rested on Saturday vs. the Spurs. It's the second night of a back-to-back set, but it's a little surprising because the Warriors only hold a 1.5 game edge over the Spurs at the top of the standings. Curry has been struggling lately and he logged 35 minutes vs. the Wolves on Friday, so hopefully he will be rejuvenated for next week when the fantasy playoffs start up for a lot of owners. Expect Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark to pick up the slack at PG for the Warriors on Saturday. Curry finished Friday's game with 26 points (10-of-27 FGs), seven assists, six rebounds, one steal and one triple.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Fri, March 10

In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Jusif Nurkic, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Andre Drummond, Dario Saric, D'Angelo Russell, Robert Covington.

RotoWorld reports: D'Angelo Russell kept his post-break tear going during a 122-110 win in Phoenix on Thursday, scoring 28 points with four rebounds, three assists, three steals and six 3-pointers in 34 minutes. He's rolling. Coach Luke Walton talked about his complete play and also that Russell is communicating more with his teammates. This recent uptick may have a lot to do with Lou Williams being in Houston. In his last seven games, DAR averaged 21.9 points, 3.1 boards, 5.1 assists, 2.3 steals and 3.1 treys on 46.9 percent from the field and 78.6 percent from the line. In that span, he's been a top-20 player in standard leagues, so all that patience could pay off for anyone who was able to overcome his slow start due to injuries.

RotoWorld reports: T.J. Warren grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds against the Lakers on Thursday, adding 17 points, three assists and three blocks in 39 minutes. That's his second-straight double-double and only his third of his career, so Warren is doing a great job on the glass. Interestingly, coach Earl Watson actually talked about Warren hitting the glass a little harder before the game. Warren is getting some heavy run, his scoring is back up, and should be locked and loaded the rest of the way.

RotoWorld reports: Jahlil Okafor returned from his knee injury on Thursday and started, finishing with 16 points and eight rebounds on 7-of-14 shooting in 29 minutes. Hopefully the knee problems are behind him, but the concern is still there after he missed his previous two games with soreness. His nice game will be completely overshadowed by what opponent Jusuf Nurkic did tonight, but as long as Okafor's playing for the Sixers, he should be starting for fantasy teams.

RotoWorld reports: The Spurs said Kawhi Leonard (head) is fine following his head injury on Thursday. Bullet dodged. Leonard did not return from his shot to the head in the second half, but that may have been different had the Spurs had a chance to win in this double-digit loss. Leonard had probably his worst game since the break with his lowest output of 19 points, two boards and 40.0 percent from the field in those seven games. For now expect him to play on Saturday against the Warriors.

RotoWorld reports: J.R. Smith finally made it back to the court after missing his last 33 games due to thumb surgery, but hit just 1-of-9 shots for three points in 19 minutes. He also managed a +/- of -28, so his defense was just as rusty as his offensive game. He'll get it figured out eventually, but perhaps the biggest impact of his return will be to limit the minutes of Kyle Korver. However, we still don't really know, as Korver sat this one out with a sore foot.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thu, March 9

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Elfrid Payton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Karl-Anthony Towns, John Wall, James Harden, Jonas Valanciunas.

RotoWorld reports: John Wall scored 30 points during a 123-113 win over the Nuggets on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes. He was off to a bad start as a scorer after his All-Star Game appearance, but now he's really attacking. In his last two games, he's made 15-of-17 shots in the paint, which accounted for 42.6 percent of his shot total. Yeah, it's two games, but Wall seems determined to get shots closer to the basket a la Russell Westbrook. Wall should have another big game in Sacramento on Friday night.

RotoWorld reports: Gary Harris scored a career-high 26 points during a 123-113 loss to the Wizards on Wednesday, adding two rebounds, four assists and six 3-pointers. Those 3-pointers were also a career best for the man they call Garris. After an epic dud with no points in 22 minutes on Saturday, Harris has busted out with incredible efficiency in his last two, scoring 20.5 points per game on an 86.3 true shooting percentage. He hasn't really done too much outside of the scoring lately, which is basically bizarro Harris as one of the highest-floor, multiple-stat guys in fantasy. He should be owned in all standard leagues.

RotoWorld reports: The Spurs erased a 28-point deficit to steal a win vs. the Kings on Wednesday, aided by Manu Ginobili's 19 points, five assists, four rebounds, three steals and three 3-pointers off the bench. Manu did his damage in just 25 minutes. "It was a team effort," Gregg Popovich said, "But [Patty Mills], Manu and [David Lee] were pretty special tonight." Manu's 25 minutes don't seem like much, but his energetic performance could earn him a rest day on Thursday, so anyone relying on him should keep a close eye on Rotoworld's player news feed.

RotoWorld reports: Chris Paul scored a season-low seven points during a 107-91 loss to the Wolves on Wednesday, adding 10 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes. The Wolves are playing some of the best defense in the NBA and they were all over CP3. In fact, his only make outside of the paint was a halfcourt buzzer beater during this game (video in link below). Paul was starting to turn the corner and his jumper was clicking, so he should bounce back on Thursday against a struggling Grizzlies defense -- they're last in defensive rating since the break.

RotoWorld reports: Tyreke Evans started Wednesday's game and wound up with a game-high 26 points on 9-of-13 FGs and 5-of-7 FTs, hitting three 3-pointers with four assists, two rebounds and two steals. Evans did his damage in a team-high 29 minutes but it wasn't enough to avoid a horrible road loss -- the Kings led by 28 points at one juncture, but wound up losing 114-104. Sacramento is now the only team this season to have blown a lead of at least 20 points on multiple occasions. Evans' strong play as a starter bodes well, and he's worth considering in all formats despite Dave Joerger's chaotic rotations.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wed, March 8

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, John Wall, Dirk Nowitzki, Bojan Bogdanovic, Eric Bledsoe and Julius Randle. There were only three games.

RotoWorld reports: Bojan Bogdanovic stayed hot and hit 5-of-9 shots, three 3-pointers and 16-of-16 free throws on his way to 29 points, and nine rebounds in Tuesday's 131-127 win over the Suns. The 29 points tied his season high and he's scored at least 27 points in three of his last four games, despite coming off the bench for the Wizards. He's been one of the trade deadline's biggest success stories and he's wrecking teammates Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre in the process. Despite a six-point dud on Friday, BB is now averaging 21 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.0 3-pointers on 58 percent shooting over his last five games. He also hasn't missed a free throw in eight straight games. Make sure he's in your lineup, and if he's not, make sure he's not somehow floating around on waivers. He doesn't have enough time to win the Sixth Man of the Year Award, but he might make it interesting.

RotoWorld reports: Ian Mahinmi came off the bench and played 26 minutes Tuesday, hitting 5-of-8 shots for season highs of 15 points and nine rebounds, with one assist, a block and a career-high seven steals in a 131-127 win over the Suns. Wow. Marcin Gortat was in some foul trouble, while both Mahinmi and Jason Smith posted big lines while he sat and watched. Mahinmi had four points, five boards, two steals and two blocks in his previous game and has quietly been playing well in limited minutes, but it was nearly impossible to see this coming. After tonight's monster, he's averaging 6.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 1.6 blocks over his last five games, but a best-case scenario is a three-way timeshare developing between Mahinmi, Gortat and Smith. As of now, Gortat is still the guy to own, but Mahinmi and Smith should be on the radar after this one.

RotoWorld reports: Eric Bledsoe dropped 30 points on 9-of-18 shooting (8-of-8 FTs) in Tuesday's loss to the Wizards, adding five assists, three rebounds, four triples and six turnovers in 27 minutes. Per Suns TV, Bledsoe was dealing with an undisclosed injury/soreness tonight and was on the bench to "keep his muscles warm" during the fourth quarter. He did check back into the game for the final four minutes of regulation, so the issue must be very minor. While we would expect Bledsoe to play on Thursday vs. the Lakers, maybe the Suns will look to get him some rest on Saturday vs. the Mavericks -- that's the road game of a back-to-back set with the Suns returning to home to face the Blazers on Sunday. If you own Bledsoe, handcuffing him with Tyler Ulis is a wise move.

RotoWorld reports: Julius Randle posted a triple-double in Tuesday's 122-111 loss to the Mavericks, posting 13 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. The Lakers were torched by Dirk Nowitzki tonight and Randle didn't play particularly well on defense, but that won't bother his fantasy owners too much. He shot 3-of-8 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line with one steal and three turnovers, and coach Luke Walton subbed him back into the game for the final few minutes so he could pick up a couple garbage time assists for his third triple-double of the season. He gets a great matchup with the Suns on Thursday.

RotoWorld reports: Dirk Nowitzki hit 9-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for 25 points, 11 rebounds and a block, joining five other superstars in the elite 30,000-point club on Tuesday night. The pressure was on, as t-shirts were printed up to celebrate the milestone, but Dirk scored all 25 points in the first half, much to the delight of owner Mark Cuban and personal coach Holger Geschwinder. Emotions were running high and there was dancing (from Cuban) and tears (from Geschwinder). The Mavs also got the win and are now just 2.0 games behind the Nuggets for the No. 8 seed in the West. Nowitzki joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain in the 30,000-point club. Congratulations!


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tue, March 7

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Wilson Chandler, LeBron James, Paul George, Isaiah Thomas, Mike Conley, Kemba Walker, Giannis Antetokounmpo.

RotoWorld reports: Wilson Chandler poured in a career-high 36 points with 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot in Monday's 108-96 win against the Kings. Chandler was a very efficient 13-for-23 from the field, including 5-for-10 from behind the arc. It was certainly a surprise considering he entered the game with 19 total points over his past two outings, hitting just five of his 16 field-goal attempts. Chandler is very versatile and very effective from the perimeter. He remains a solid fantasy option despite occasional poor shooting spells.

RotoWorld reports: Kawhi Leonard scored 39 points in a thrilling 112-110 win over the Rockets on Monday for San Antonio's ninth straight win. He's just insane. Leonard hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds left in regulation and then blocked James Harden on the next possession. He shot 12-of-18 from the field and 11-of-11 from the line, adding six rebounds, five assists, two blocks, one steal and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes. He is the only player in the NBA this season in the top-15 in offensive rating, defensive rating and usage percentage, and he deserves way more consideration for the MVP Award.

RotoWorld reports: Sean Kilpatrick came off the bench and hit 3-of-5 shots, a 3-pointer and 16-of-17 free throws for 23 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in 28 minutes of Monday's surprising 122-109 win over the Grizzlies. Despite coming off the bench, Kilpatrick had 20 in his last game and is now averaging 14.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 42 percent shooting in 26 minutes a night over his last five games. If he's available in your league, he's certainly worth a look right now, especially with Joe Harris (concussion, shoulder) out and with Bojan Bogdanovic on fire in Washington.

RotoWorld reports: Paul George posted a monster line in a 100-88 loss to the Hornets on Monday, scoring 36 points with 10 rebounds and five assists. PG-13 shot 15-of-25 from the field and 6-of-14 from beyond the arc, but did turn the ball over six times. This was his 12th game of the season with 30+ points and his third game with 6+ 3-pointers. After a sluggish four-game stretch since the All-Star break, George is rolling again and was coming off a 34-point performance on Sunday vs. the Hawks. He should feast against the Pistons on Wednesday in a game that has playoff implications -- the Pacers are sixth in the East with a 32-31 record and the Pistons are seventh with a 31-32 record.

RotoWorld reports: Andre Iguodala scored a season-high 24 points with five rebounds, four assists, three steals, a block and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes off the bench on Monday. This was Iguodala's first 20-point game since Feb. 10 and just his second of the season. But with Kevin Durant likely out for the remainder of the regular season, we could see more lines like this from Iguodala going forward. Matt Barnes had just five points in 18 minutes, so if you own him and Iguodala's available, making the switch looks like a good idea.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Mon, March 6

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Rudy Gobert, Bradley Beal, Paul George, Eric Bledsoe, Isaiah Thomas, Stephen Curry, Kristaps Porzingis, Jrue Holiday, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins.

RotoWorld reports: Jrue Holiday dished out 12 assists to go along with 20 points, five rebounds and three steals during Sunday's road win vs. the Lakers. It's been a struggle for Holiday to adjust to the arrival of DeMarcus Cousins, whose ball-dominance has occasionally relegated Jrue to spectator status. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has been pushing him to stay aggressive, however, and his big double-double was capped by a clutch 3-pointer tonight. He's averaging 22.7 points in his past three games, and his owners' patience is starting to pay off.

RotoWorld reports: Rudy Gobert scored 16 points while gathering 24 rebounds on Sunday, and his tip-in at the buzzer sent Utah to a 110-109 overtime win against the Kings. Gobert took advantage of a soft middle for Sacramento, routinely beating Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein for boards on both ends. It was a welcome big stat line for Gobert after he averaged just 10.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in his first two games in the month of March. His 24 rebounds were his most since a 25-board effort Jan. 20 in Dallas.

RotoWorld reports: Marquese Chriss set a new career-high with five blocks on Sunday, adding 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting, six rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 25 minutes. Chriss is a bit hit-or-miss, but his ability to contribute across the board has helped him earn late-round value over the past few weeks. He's a tantalizing rest-of-season asset, with post-break averages of 12.0 points on 55.8 percent shooting, 1.4 threes, 3.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks. His rim protection tonight helped limit the Celtics to a dismal 2-of-13 shooting in the restricted area during the first half. All signs point to a strong finish.

RotoWorld reports: Eric Bledsoe had 28 points, nine assists, six rebounds and two 3-pointers during Sunday's tough home win vs. Boston, going 9-of-20 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line. Before the game, Isaiah Thomas said the Celtics "had to try to just slow [the Suns] down ... because we know they like to get out in transition." Phoenix ranks second in the NBA with 19.3 fastbreak points per game, and they wound up scoring 25 fastbreak points vs. Boston's defense tonight. Bledsoe tied the game with a late layup and his owners have to be thrilled -- he averaged just 27.0 minutes in the Suns' previous two games, and his robust playing time tonight came despite a huge game from Tyler Ulis.

RotoWorld reports: Kristaps Porzingis scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds on Sunday, adding two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers during a tough loss to the Warriors. Porzingis shot 9-of-21 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line, and his 11-point second quarter helped the Knicks hang tight after a miserable first quarter. He hadn't played 40 minutes in a game since late December and this is a terrific indicator that his Achilles and ankle injuries are fully behind him. He's heating up at just the right time for fantasy owners headed into the playoffs.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sun, March 5

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Nikola Jokic, CJ McCollum, Mike Conley, Karl-Anthony Towns.

RotoWorld reports: C.J. McCollum scored 31 points during a 130-116 win over the Nets on Saturday, adding five rebounds, five assists, one block, four 3-pointers and no turnovers in 38 minutes. It's been almost a month since we've seen C.J. drop a 30-point night with his last one coming on Feb. 7. He did get the ol' Nets bump here, but he's also catching fire from deep again after a slump last month. McCollum has made 10-of-16 from deep in his last three games to get him to 41.7 percent on the year. He's back into the top 20 for standard leagues on the season with this gem. More importantly for the Blazers, they're just 1.5 games behind the Nuggets for the No. 8 spot.

RotoWorld reports: Kawhi Leonard looked like an MVP again during a 97-90 win over the Wolves on Saturday, scoring 34 points with 10 rebounds, five assists, six steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 44 minutes. He is dropping full 30-point lines like it's going out of style. Leonard also become the first player since 2014 to score more than 30 points, pick up more than five steals, grab at least 10 boards and hand out at least five assists in a game (James Harden). He's scored more than 30 points in 22 games this season, so he's just one shy of David Robinson's best of 23 from 1995-96. This guy just won't stop getting better.

RotoWorld reports: Eric Gordon hit six 3-pointers on his way to 18 points vs. the Grizzlies on Saturday. Gordon now has 10 games with 6+ 3-pointers this season which leads all NBA players -- Stephen Curry is second with nine such games. All nine of his shot attempts were from deep, but that's not a huge surprise on a Houston team that wants to attempt 50+ 3-pointers every game. He added a couple rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block, and while his ceiling is lower playing next to Lou Williams in the second unit, he's still worth owning in standard leagues.

RotoWorld reports: Ricky Rubio continued his strong play against the Spurs in a 97-90 overtime losing effort on Saturday, posting a triple-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes. This triple-double is the 79th this season, which sets an NBA record for most trip-dubs league wide in a single season. Of course, this isn't about Rubio and some other guy in Oklahoma City accounts for 38 percent of that total alone, but at least Rubio gets the glory. His fantasy owners have also seen some glorious times with Rubio turning in fifth-round value in his last 15 games.

RotoWorld reports: Nikola Jokic made 13-of-15 from the field for 31 points during a 112-102 loss to the Hornets on Saturday, adding 14 rebounds, four assists and one steal in 33 minutes. Not that anyone should've worried about Jokic's slow start after the break, but now there's some hard evidence. He has an elite 70.5 true shooting percentage in his last five games with his 21.7 usage rate, 24.2 rebounding rate and 38.1 assist percentage. Jokic is basically the center version of Russell Westbrook and looks to be locked in as a top-10 player in fantasy for a long time.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sat, March 4

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, George Hill, DeMar DeRozan, John Wall, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Tim Hardaway Jr, Greg Monroe, Nikola Vucevic and Kawhi Leonard.

RotoWorld reports: Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points during a 101-98 win over the Pelicans on Friday, adding seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes. He is still somehow underrated and is going off on a nightly basis with career highs in scoring, assist rate and usage rate. Before this time last year, Kawhi Leonard never had a game with 30-plus points, five-plus boards and five-plus dimes, but now he's done it six times since April of 2016. He's still just 25 years old and it's scary to think how he's improved in a big way every year. He deserves more MVP consideration.

RotoWorld reports: DeMarcus Cousins scored 19 points during a 101-98 loss to the Spurs on Friday, adding 23 rebounds, four assists, six turnovers and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes. The Pelicans still have not won any of their four games with Boogie in the lineup and did win Wednesday while he served his suspension. Cousins went coast-to-coast on the last play of the game and attempted a step-back trey, but he missed badly. After the game, he did seem visibly upset, which could be due to the losses or maybe his lack of impact without many assists and only a 26.3 usage rate. Before Boogie arrived in NO, he failed to hit a 27 usage rate just twice in Sacramento this season, but now he's failed in three of his last four. The Pelicans get the Lakers on Sunday, so that should cure their woes. Cousins' rebounding total tied a franchise record and was also his second best of his career.

RotoWorld reports: Nerlens Noel made his first start as a Mav during a 104-100 win over the Grizzlies on Friday, scoring 15 points with 17 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 35 minutes. On a night Justin Anderson went off, Noel didn't disappoint as the other player in that Mavs-76ers deal. Earlier this week, he was late for a flight or he would have started on Wednesday, but obviously he's going to be starting for the rest of the season and possible beyond. His patient fantasy owners may have hit the jackpot for his landing spot.

RotoWorld reports: Derrick Favors looked great on Friday vs. the Nets, scoring 19 points with 12 rebounds. This was his second straight double-double after he posted 10 points and 12 rebounds on Wednesday. Favors was feeling it tonight and shot 8-of-9 from the field, and he also hit his third 3-pointer of the season with three assists and one steal in 34 minutes. "I was hot. I was hot," Favors said. "I had the hot hand." This was his third highest workload of the season and he gets a great matchup vs. the tanking Kings on Sunday, so his fantasy owners finally have a reason to be optimistic. Let's see if he can keep it going.

RotoWorld reports: George Hill lit up the Nets for 34 points on 10-of-12 shooting (11-of-12 FTs) in a 112-97 win on Friday. This comes on the heels of a report that Hill is seeking a four-year deal worth $132 million as a free agent this summer, so that was great timing by his agent. In all seriousness, the Nets have been the easiest matchup for opposing PGs all season, so Hill took advantage and added seven assists, two rebounds and three triples in 32 minutes. He looks healthy and can look forward to another tasty matchup on Sunday vs. the Kings.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Fri, March 3

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, Jusuf Nurkic, Jimmy Butler and Kemba Walker. There were just three games.

RotoWorld reports: Damian Lillard scored 33 points during a 114-109 win over the Thunder on Thursday, adding four rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes. After winning just one of their previous six games, the Blazers looked like the team they were last year. They're still just 2.5 games behind the Nuggets for the No. 8 seed and have a host of teams right behind them. As for Lillard, he's coming out swinging in the second half, averaging 32.0 points, 6.5 boards, 6.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.5 treys on 50.5 percent from the field in those four. Maybe he can live up to the hype from the preseason and can be a first-round guy going forward.

RotoWorld reports: Jusuf Nurkic dominated during a win over the Thunder on Thursday, scoring 18 points with 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals and five blocks in 38 minutes. The mother of all Nurk Alerts. Nurkic is the first Blazer with 15-plus points, 10-plus rebounds, five-plus assists and five-plus blocks in a game since Cliff Robinson. In his last five games, he averaged 14.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.8 blocks. Nurk has been a fantastic screener and also has made some Jokic-like passes. His playing time is soaring and he has to be owned everywhere.

RotoWorld reports: Devin Booker handed out a season-high nine assists against the Hornets during a 120-103 win on Thursday, adding 15 points, six rebounds and one 3-pointer. The Suns have hinted at turning Booker into more of a play-making guard and that was on display tonight. They shot a season-high 60 percent from the field in this game in what was arguably their most well-rounded contest all season with contributions up and down the rotation. The youth movement is on, but the Suns still want to see the 20-year-old Booker grow. He should trend up as the year goes on.

RotoWorld reports: Jimmy Butler scored 22 points during a 94-87 win over the Warriors on Thursday, adding five rebounds, six assists, four steals, one block and two turnovers in 35 minutes. The Bulls have won 18 straight games on TNT Thursday with their last loss coming against Dwyane Wade's Heat. The Bulls are playing their best ball of the season with five wins in their last six games to keep them at the No. 6 seed. These wins are coming despite Jimmy not playing well, averaging 16.0 points, 5.7 boards, 7.3 assists, 2.7 steals and 1.7 treys on 34.0 percent from the field in his previous three games since the break. Butler will get hot soon and should be a first-round player going forward.

RotoWorld reports: Stephen Curry scored 27 points with six rebounds, five assists, five steals and two 3-pointers during a 94-87 loss to the Bulls on Thursday. Following a loss in D.C. on Tuesday, the Warriors have now suffered consecutive losses for the first time since April of 2015. Not coincidently, Curry finds himself in an absolutely brutal slump from deep, making just 4-of-31 in his last three games. In other news, he should be looking at more shots based on how he has a 34.5 usage rate without Kevin Durant this season. Curry should dominate very soon and obviously there's no reason to worry about his current slump. This was also the lowest scoring game for the Warriors this season.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thu, March 2

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Jokic, James Harden and Isaiah Thomas.

RotoWorld reports: David Lee went 8-of-8 from the field to score 18 points during Wednesday's 100-99 win vs. Indiana. D-Lee added five rebounds and one block in 21 minutes, and anyone who rolled the dice on him tonight should be overjoyed. He's maintained a solid spot in the rotation, but lacks fantasy upside while the rest of the Spurs' bigs are healthy.

RotoWorld reports: Pau Gasol came off the bench on Wednesday with 18 points on 4-of-7 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs, four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in just 21 minutes of action. Gregg Popovich confirmed that he prefers Dewayne Dedmon with the starting unit, and Gasol said he "want[s] to be real mature about this and really wise. [I] understand whatís best for the team is not really whatís best for me." Pau added that it's been an "adjustment" coming off the bench, but you can't tell from his play -- among other things, he's a combined 8-of-10 from deep in his past three games.

RotoWorld reports: Karl-Anthony Towns took care of the Jazz during a 107-80 victory on Wednesday, making 9-of-16 from the field for 21 points with 15 rebounds, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers. His consistency is arguably the best in the league. Towns actually hasn't shot below 42 percent from the field since Jan. 7 -- that game was against the Jazz. He's also had a double-double in five of his last seven halves, and his five straight 20-15 games is tied for the longest such streak this season (Anthony Davis). KAT is arguably the best property to own in fantasy going forward. It's a fairly easy argument to make, too.

RotoWorld reports: Khris Middleton (rest) came off the bench in his return on Wednesday, scoring 21 points (7-of-12 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs) with three 3-pointers, five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Middleton didn't travel for Monday's game and the occasional DNP should be expected down the stretch, especially during back-to-back sets. There are no guarantees that he will sit out, but owners should be aware of consecutive games looming on Mar. 3/4, 10/11 and 17/18. Owners will have to tolerate some risk, but tonight's terrific game was a reminder of his sky-high fantasy ceiling.

RotoWorld reports: Nikola Jokic notched his second straight triple-double on Wednesday with 13 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and one block in 30 minutes. Jokic is the first Nuggets player with consecutive triple-doubles since Dikembe Mutombo in 1994. He powered the Nuggets to a 26-point lead by halftime, after which the Nuggets held on for the road win. The victory helps Denver maintain their cushion with the No. 8 seed, sitting 2.5 games or more ahead of the Kings, Blazers, Mavericks and Timberwolves. As long as the Joker stays healthy, they show no signs of relenting.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wed, March 1

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, Julius Randle, Marc Gasol, Nikola Jokic, Marcus Morris, Draymond Green, Mike Conley, Kemba Walker, Frank Kaminsky.

RotoWorld reports: Frank Kaminsky scored 24 points with 12 rebounds in Tuesday's 109-104 win over the Lakers. You think he wants to keep his job? Cody Zeller (quad) returned from a six-game absence tonight and played 18 minutes off the bench, but Frank the Tank isn't going away any time soon. He shot 8-of-15 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line with three assists, one block and four triples, logging 36 minutes on the night. Even before the season started, the Hornets always talked about wanting their bigs to stretch the floor, so there's a legitimate chance that Kaminsky keeps his job. He's worth holding onto even though Zeller will eat into his workload once his restrictions are lifted.

RotoWorld reports: Julius Randle racked up 23 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks in Tuesday's 109-104 loss to the Hornets. He feasted against Frank Kaminsky and played a lot of center with the Lakers going small. He finished 10-of-14 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line, but one big game isn't going to make up for his quiet February -- he averaged 11.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.1 blocks and 0.4 steals in his previous eight games. Coach Luke Walton praised him after the game and said "thatís the longest period of time heís played hard like that all season long," so maybe we'll see more of the same in March.

RotoWorld reports: Marc Gasol scored 28 points and matched his career-high with five 3-pointers in Tuesday's win over the Suns. Gasol hit 12 3-pointers in his previous eight seasons combined, yet he's already up to 85 triples this campaign. He finished 10-of-16 from the field in the easy win and also sank 3-of-4 free throws, adding seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block. Not bad for a 32-year-old center who suffered a broken foot a little over a year ago.

RotoWorld reports: Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 19 points in 24 minutes in Tuesday's loss to Denver. He finished 8-of-15 from the field and four of his shots came outside of the paint, so this has fluke written all over it. To his credit, Rondo has accepted his reduced role off the bench and has been playing better lately including a 15-point effort on Saturday. He dished out five assists with four rebounds, three steals and one triple, but he's only a safe play in points leagues because of his shooting percentages and turnover rate -- he was shooting 37.9 percent from the field and 58.7 percent from the line coming into tonight's game.

RotoWorld reports: Marcus Morris hit 13-of-23 shots and three 3-pointers for a career-high 37 points to go along with eight rebounds and six assists in 42 minutes of Tuesday's 120-113 overtime win against the Blazers. Wow. Morris went off against the Blazers, who tend to give it up to opposing forwards on a nightly basis, but it was hard to see this coming. Teammate Jon Leuer had his worst game of the season (0-for-8, zero points), which helped Morris and he even hit 8-of-9 free throws in the win. A steal or block would have been nice, but no one is going to complain about this game from the twin. He scored in double figures in 10 of his 12 February games and set two career highs in scoring this month, so make sure he's not available in your league.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, Feb. 28

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Karl-Anthony Towns, DeMar DeRozan, James Harden, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

RotoWorld reports: Lou Williams' 28 points weren't enough in a 117-108 loss to the Pacers on Monday. Williams shot 8-of-15 from the field in the loss with three boards, one assist, one steal, one block and five triples in 28 minutes. He also sank 7-of-8 free throws, but that's nothing new for him as he was averaging 5.9 FTAs per game coming into tonight's contest. He's loving life with his new team and may have more value in Houston than he did in Los Angeles, averaging 24.0 points, 1.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 4.7 3-pointers in his last three games.

RotoWorld reports: Jeff Teague broke out of his slump with 25 points in Monday's 117-108 win over the Rockets. He was averaging 13.8 points, 7.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.1 triples on 41.6 percent shooting in February prior to tonight, so this performance will be a relief for his fantasy owners. Teague shot just 5-of-13 from the field against one of the league's top perimeter defenders in Patrick Beverley, but hit 12-of-12 free throws with eight rebounds, six assists and three triples in 36 minutes. Hopefully he carries this momentum into March because he's capable of being an early-round player when he's rolling.

RotoWorld reports: Ty Lawson will start on Monday vs. the Wolves, sending Tyreke Evans back to the bench. The Kings shuffle their lineups quite often, so don't read too much into this. Lawson is more of a deep-league guy right now with averages of 6.0 points and 4.0 assists in his last two games, while Evans' value should be safe regardless of where he starts the game -- the Kings are thin on the wings right now and Arron Afflalo (hamstring) and Garrett Temple (hamstring) are both out Monday.

RotoWorld reports: Derrick Rose suffered a left shoulder stinger on Monday vs. the Raptors. He collided with Patrick Patterson and asked out of the game, but he eventually returned and closed this one out. DeMar DeRozan hit the game-winning shot over Rose, but he said after the game that it was "Great [defense], better [offense]." He finished with 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting with six rebounds, four assists, two steals and three turnovers in 40 minutes. Coach Jeff Hornacek hinted before the game that Rose will have a larger workload after the team waived Brandon Jennings on Monday morning, but that's obviously a risky move for one of the most injury-prone players in the NBA. Rose said his shoulder is fine, so we'll consider him as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Magic.

RotoWorld reports: Dario Saric played 35 minutes and hit 6-of-15 shots and 9-of-10 free throws for 21 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and a steal in Monday's loss to the Warriors. As if things weren't going well enough for the Homie, he also logged some minutes at center tonight with Jahlil Okafor in foul trouble, although it's doubtful that he'll actually qualify there this season. His line would have been a whole lot sweeter had he hit any of his six 3-point attempts, but we're not about to complain about his 21-7-7 line. His price is rising quickly in DFS, but it looks like he's going to be a fantasy beast the rest of the way.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, Feb. 27

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mike Conley, Nic Batum, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan.

RotoWorld reports: Joakim Noah is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and miss the rest of the season. Just when we thought his contract couldn't look any worse. This report comes from Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, so it's more than credible. Noah's hamstring is the reason he's been sidelined recently, so the knee issue is coming out of nowhere -- this is the same knee he injured back in 2014, but it's reportedly unrelated. We'll have an update when the Knicks address this, but Willy Hernangomez should be picked up in all standard leagues. Kyle O'Quinn gets a nice boost as well. Marc Berman of the NY Post is reporting that Noah's surgery is scheduled for Monday night.

RotoWorld reports: Ben Simmons had a "minor foot procedure" to stimulate bone growth and accelerate healing. He had bone marrow injected in his effective fracture area, but the 76ers said he will resume training by the end of the week. Simmons has already been ruled out for the season, but he will continue to have scans on his foot every month. For now, he's expected to be ready for the summer league.

RotoWorld reports: Thabo Sefolosha will start ahead of Tim Hardaway Jr. on Monday vs. the Celtics. Sefolosha has played in two straight games after returning from a nine-game absence due to a groin injury. He's averaging 7.5 points, 4.1 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.7 triples in 27 starts this season, so he's more of a deep-league add if you need to stream some steals.

RotoWorld reports: Magic coach Frank Vogel finally admitted that Aaron Gordon is better at power forward. It only took Vogel four months, but better late than never. "Everybodyís now in their right position, quite frankly," Vogel said. "I think Aaron being a four is better for him. He did well at the three defensively, but heís better at the four." Gordon said there's better floor spacing with him at the four and added that he feels like the team is quicker. Gordon had 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting with three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one turnover in 24 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday, so his fantasy arrow is pointing up for the final couple months of the season as he's going to be getting a lot more easy looks around the rim.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, Feb. 26

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, Carmelo Anthony, Frank Kaminsky, and Jahlil Okafor.

RotoWorld reports: Karl-Anthony Towns scored 37 points with a career-high 22 rebounds in Saturday's 142-130 loss to the Rockets. So good. KAT has been the top player in standard leagues for over a month and showed why tonight, shooting 16-of-24 from the field, 4-of-4 from the line and 1-of-2 from beyond the arc with three assists, one block and one steal. He took advantage of a Houston team that has allowed the fourth most fantasy points to centers this season, but he gets another great matchup on Monday vs. the Kings. There's no reason to sell high.

RotoWorld reports: Anthony Davis scored 39 points during a 96-83 loss to the Mavs on Saturday, adding 14 rebounds, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer. That's two blowout losses in the two games since DeMarcus Cousins arrived. Coach Alvin Gentry has done a decent job of staggering his two bigs with the pair on the court for only 44 minutes together in the two games -- Davis has played 72 total minutes and Cousins has played 67. It seems pretty clear Boogie will be affected more than AD, who should still be a first-round guy going forward.

RotoWorld reports: Jimmy Butler posted his first triple-double of the season during a 117-99 win in Cleveland on Saturday, scoring 18 points with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes. Sure, LeBron James (illness) did not play, but the Bulls will take it to put them on a four-game winning streak -- they are now sixth in the Eastern Conference. Butler looks to be over his troublesome heel issue from earlier this month with 40.0 minutes per game in his last four. His fantasy owners can start feeling good about him being a first-round player in standard leagues during his career year.

RotoWorld reports: Kyrie Irving scored 34 points during a 117-99 loss to the Bulls on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, seven assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes. He made 13-of-25 from the field with two turnovers as a one-man band at home. Before tonight, Irving had a massive 45.5 usage rate when he's not playing next to LeBron James (illness) and Kevin Love (knee) this season, so his 43.8 usage rate in this loss is hardly a surprise. If LeBron's strep throat keeps him out on Monday, Irving will be another easy DFS target. The Cavs do have a road-road back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday, so keep that in mind for the upcoming four-game week.

RotoWorld reports: Carmelo Anthony carried the Knicks during a 110-109 win over the 76ers on Saturday, scoring 37 points with six rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers. He hit a jumper over Robert Covington with 0.3 seconds left to give the Knicks the lead for good. After the game, Melo sounded very confident and said he had just enough space to get the look he needed (video in link below). Anthony is a better shooter when he's not next to Kristaps Porzingis with better percentages in mid-range, the left corner, right corner and above the break compared to when he's not with KP. Regardless, Melo should be firing away as long as he's active.


FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYER RANKINGS SO FAR THIS SEASON:
Updated February 8, 2017
Eight category, including FG%, FT%, Threes

BEST FANTASY GUARDS: James Harden, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Isaiah Thomas, John Wall, Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Kyrie Irving, Eric Bledsoe, Kemba Walker, Gordon Hayward.

BEST FANTASY FORWARDS: Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, Paul George, Draymond Green, Myles Turner, Kevin Love, Nikola Jokic, Rudy Gay (out for season), Otto Porter Jr, Kristaps Porzingis, Hassan Whiteside.

BEST FANTASY CENTERS: DeMarcus Cousins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Joel Embiid, Marc Gasol, Rudy Gobert, Al Horford, Brook Lopez, Marcin Gortat, Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan, Andre Drummond, Steven Adams, Gorgui Dieng, Jonas Valanciunas, Nikola Vucevic.

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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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