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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, May 17, 2022
On May 16, 2022 ESPN.com posted their "way-too-early" 2022-23 fantasy basketball player rankings: "Player, Positions, Team, (Primary Position Rank): 1. Nikola Jokic, C, Den (C1), 2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, PF/C, Mil (PF1), 3. Luka Doncic, PG/SG, Dal (PG1), 4. LeBron James, PG/SF/PF, LAL (SF1), 5. Joel Embiid, C, Phi (C2), 6. Dejounte Murray, PG/SG, SA (PG2), 7. Kevin Durant, SF/PF, Bkn (SF2), 8. Trae Young, PG, Atl (PG3), 9. Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Min (C3),
10. Stephen Curry, PG, GS (PG4)."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, April 11, 2022
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Austin Reeves, Victor Oladipo, Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin and Amir Coffey. It was the final day of the 2021-22 regular season, so most of the league's stars played very few minutes.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Amir Coffey scored a career-high 35 points on 13-of-22 shooting (7-of-10 3-pointers) to go with 13 rebounds, five assists, and one block in 43 minutes of Sunday's 138-88 blowout over the Thunder.
Sunday marked the first 50-point win in Clippers franchise history, setting a new record for margin of victory. The Clippers rested a plethora of key guys including Paul George, Reggie Jackson, and Normal Powell, while Nicolas Batum (ankle) and Marcus Morris (illness) were also out. Coffey took full advantage on Sunday and had the best game of his NBA career. Luke Kennard scored 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting (4-of-10 3-pointers) to go with four assists, three rebounds, and one turnover. Ivica Zubac scored 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds with two assists and two blocks in 23 minutes."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Klay Thompson popped off for 41 points on 16-of-29 shooting (2-of-3 FT) in Sunday's 128-107 win over the Pelicans, adding three rebounds, two assists, seven trey-bombs and three turnovers across 31 minutes.
This was the most points Thompson has scored since January, 21 of 2019, and he’s now scored at least 30 in four of his past six games, so he looks extremely ready for his first taste of postseason action in three years. With the win tonight the Warriors secured their spot as the No. 3 seed out West, so they’re headed for a First Round matchup with the Nuggets, a team they went 1-3 against during the regular season."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Mikal Bridges played six scoreless minutes on Sunday, making him one of five NBA players to appear in all 82 games for their team this regular season.
Bridges is a proven iron-man whose durability is doubly impressive since he's defending superstars every single time he takes the court. He had an Average Draft Position of 58.4 in Yahoo leagues this season, so he's not exactly flying under the radar, but he's a no-brainer if you can get him at 50-60 in 8-cat or 9-cat leagues next year. He falls multiple rounds in points-based formats, though, as he generated a modest 26.9 DFS points per game in 2021-22."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Malik Monk led the Lakers B-team in scoring in Sunday’s overtime victory over the Nuggets, netting a career-high 41 points on 14-of-25 shooting (6-of-6 FTs) along with four boards, one assist, seven 3-pointers and three turnovers in 35 minutes.
Monk was the clear-cut best offensive option on a Lakers team missing most of its starters (but shoutout Austin Reaves, of course), and his 13.8 points per game in 76 games played this season mark a new career high in that category in his five seasons thus far. Sadly, his fantasy appeal was limited due to a general lack of surrounding stats, and the Lakers should be prepared to be without Monk next season since he’s on a veteran minimum deal on a team that couldn’t even make the play-in. Monk will continue to provide a nice scoring punch wherever he lands, but he’s not going to be a popular fantasy target in the majority of leagues. Stanley Johnson also fared well with 15 points, eight rebounds, three dimes, one triple and two turnovers in 46 minutes."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "DeMarcus Cousins got the spot start for Nikola Jokic in Sunday’s OT loss the Lakers, scoring 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting (5-of-6 FTs) with nine boards, five assists, one steal, two blocks, two triples and three turnovers in 24 minutes.
Since the Jazz also won tonight, the Nuggets are confirmed to be in the sixth spot in the Western Conference, where they’ll draw a matchup with the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs. Jokic was among four usual Nuggets starters that took the night off, so the lineup was funky to say the least, funky enough that they managed to miss their final 12 shots of the game and all eight FGAs in overtime. Boogie Cousins has always been great on a per-minute basis but it doesn’t help that he backs up the highly durable and elite Jokic, meaning this is more of a once in a blue moon situation. He went off for 31 points and nine boards in his lone start this season before tonight, and he wasn’t that good, but he still got the job done if you decided to steam him on the final day of the regular season. Bryn Forbes started and scored 24 points with five 3-pointers, Bones Hyland posted a 17/4/6 line with three swats and Jeff Green scored 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, April 10, 2022
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Joel Embiid, Paul George, James Harden, Draymond Green and Ja Morant.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Ja Morant (right knee) returned from a nine-game absence in Saturday’s 141-114 win over the Pelicans, showing minimal rust with his 21 points (7-of-14 FGs, 5-of-7 FTs), four boards, nine dimes, one block, two triples and four turnovers in 27 minutes.
All of the “the Grizzlies are better without Ja Morant” people are probably pretty quiet right about now. They absolutely demolished the Pelicans and had a 55-point third quarter, which marks a franchise record for points in any quarter and the fourth most points by any NBA team in a single quarter since 1955. Morant was aggressive from the opening minutes and got to his average free throw attempts per game in his first game since March 18, and boy was it a pleasure to watch King Ja play basketball again. The Grizzlies are locked and loaded into the second seed in the West, so be on the lookout for Morant and other main Grizzlies to get the day off on Sunday as they prepare for the postseason. Dillon Brooks shot 9-of-16 from the floor for a 23/3/5 line, Desmond Bane scored 18 points with four triples and Ziaire Williams scored 19 points with a career-high four triples in just 22 minutes."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Paul George shot 8-of-14 from the field and 1-of-2 from the foul line in Saturday's 117-98 win over the Kings, tallying 23 points, eight rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, and six 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
George hit five of his first six field-goal attempts Saturday night, ultimately finishing two rebounds shy of his first triple-double of the season. Since returning from the right elbow injury that sidelined him for three months George has looked sharp, scoring 22 or more in three of the five games that he's appeared in. With the Clippers locked into the 8-seed in the West, George has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Thunder. Expect to see plenty of Terance Mann, Luke Kennard, and Amir Coffey in that one."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "In 37 minutes, Joel Embiid shot 14-of-17 (11-of-15 FTs) for 41 points, 20 rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block, and three turnovers in Saturday's win over the Pacers.
In the past four days, the 76ers have played the Pacers twice, with Embiid scoring 86 points and grabbing 33 rebounds. Today was his 13th double-double of the season with at least 40 points scored (45 double-doubles overall). The Process, at the moment, leads the NBA in scoring, and with only one game left, Giannis Antetokounmpo would need to score 47 points to pass him if Embiid scored zero points Sunday."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, April 9, 2022
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Pascal Siakam, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Jaylen Hoard and Kevin Porter Jr.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "LaMelo Ball scored all of his points in the first half of action in Friday’s win over the Bulls, netting 24 of them on 8-of-16 shooting to go along with five boards, nine dimes, five 3-pointers and four turnovers in 29 minutes.
Ball got whatever he wanted against early against a Bulls team that didn’t show up, and despite it only being a 16-point win, the 79-51 halftime lead was plenty to get the important victory. The seeding of the Hornets after tonight will depend on the Hawks, who are playing a close game with the Heat at the moment, but a Hawks loss would still have them in the 10th spot since Atlanta holds the tiebreaker. Seven Hornets scored in double figures in the win, with starters Miles Bridges (20 points, three treys) and Terry Rozier (15/4/8 with a triple) playing well as usual. We'll see how thinks go when Charlotte plays the Wizards on Sunday."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Bam Adebayo scored 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting (8-of-10 free throws) to go with six rebounds, four assists, and two steals as the Heat beat the Hawks 113-109 on Friday night.
Adebayo didn’t rebound as well as he usually does, but he got you some extra assists to make up for it. He also got some big buckets in the fourth quarter after Atlanta took a 99-93 lead with 8:10 to play and then a 103-97 lead with 5:18 to play. Jimmy Butler added 20 points on 5-of-10 shooting (10-of-12 free throws) with four rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Miami will finish out the regular season with Orlando on Sunday before getting some time off to rest for their first-round playoff series."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Luka Doncic dropped 39 points with 11 rebounds, seven assists, seven triples and a block in a 128-78 blowout win vs. Portland on Friday, but he picked up his 16th tech and will be suspended for the season finale.
The Mavericks now match the No. 2 seeded Warriors with 51 wins, though Golden State has two games remaining. But barring the league rescinding Luka's 16th technical foul, the Mavericks will have to face the Spurs on Sunday without their franchise player. If the Warriors win their next game on Saturday, the Mavericks would’ve likely rested Luka in the season finale anyways."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Devin Booker scored 33 points on 13-of-26 shooting (2-of-5 3-pointers) with four rebounds, three assists, and one turnover as the Suns beat the Jazz on Friday night.
Booker came out scorching in this one as he scored 24 points in 19 minutes in the first half while shooting 10-of-16 from the floor. The Suns trailed by 17 in this one before walking the Jazz down and coming back to win the game in the fourth quarter. Booker has now scored at least 30 in five of his last six games, and though he likely won’t win the MVP award, he is making a heck of a push to finish the season. Phoenix will end the season on Sunday with a home game against Sacramento before they get some time off ahead of their first-round playoff series. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Stanley Johnson scored a season-high 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting (1-of-5 3-pointers) and grabbed a season-high eight rebounds to go with one steal, and one turnover as the Lakers beat the Thunder 120-101 on Friday evening.
The Lakers finally got back in the win column after dropping eight straight games and being eliminated from postseason play. The Lakers were without all of their veterans again on Friday, meaning that the young guys like Johnson got to take center stage. Johnson saved his best for last as a Laker, and after the game, he said that he would hope to be back with the team next season. The Lakers have a team option for Johnson for next season, so we will have to wait and see if he lands back in La La Land next season."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, April 8, 2022
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Nikola Jokic, Pascal Siakam, Anthony Edwards, Jrue Holiday and LaMelo Ball.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Keldon Johnson netted 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting (4-of-7 FT) Thursday, to go with six rebounds, five assists, two triples, one steal, one block and one turnover across 34 minutes in a loss to the Timberwolves.
Johnson got off to a sluggish start this season, but he’s been red hot over the past month, flirting with top-50 numbers behind averages of 21.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 3.0 triples and just 1.1 turnovers per contest on 47.6% shooting from the field and 76.8% at the line. Devin Vassell was San Antonio’s second-leading scorer tonight, and he finished with 18 points (6-of-14 FG, 2-of-2 FT), two rebounds, four triples, two steals and one turnover in 30 minutes."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jakob Poeltl registered a 15-point, 17-rebound double-double over 31 minutes on Thursday, adding three assists, three blocks and two turnovers in a loss to the Timberwolves.
"I'm proud of that achievement," Poeltl said of his team making the play-in tournament after missing the postseason entirely over the past two years. "I don't think we're satisfied yet. We want to take those opportunities and win those games and make it to the playoffs." With the Spurs losing and the Pelicans winning tonight, San Antonio is now locked in as the No. 10 seed for the play-in tournament, meaning they won’t have homecourt advantage against the Pelicans. However, it’s worth noting that San Antonio went 3-1 against New Orleans this season, and they were actually better on the road this year with a record of 18-22."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Anthony Edwards poured in a career-high 49 points to go with eight assists, six rebounds, six triples, and one steal as the Timberwolves beat the Spurs 127-121 on Thursday night.
Edwards was absolutely unstoppable in this one, and he shot 16-of-28 from the floor and 6-of-14 from the three-point line. He also shot 11-of-14 from the foul line and turned it over just twice in 39 minutes. Edwards now has five career 40-point games before turning 21. The only person with more is a man named LeBron James, who had eight. With the Nuggets' win over the Grizzlies on Thursday, Minnesota is now locked into the seven-seed, where they will face the Clippers in game one of the Western Conference play-in round. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Nikola Jokic recorded 35 points (16-of-24 FG, 2-of-2 FT), 16 rebounds, six assists, one 3-pointer, five steals, one block and three turnovers across 35 minutes in Thursday’s blowout win over the Grizzlies.
The Joker is now the first player in NBA history to record at least 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a single season, and he was dominant in a must-win game for Denver. The Nuggets have now officially avoided the play-in tournament, so there’s a decent chance we’ll see Jokic hit the sidelines for Sunday’s regular-season finale against the lowly Lakers. If he does requires a maintenance day, that’ll create more opportunity for DeMarcus Cousins and JaMychal Green."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Klay Thompson scored 33 points on 12-of-22 shooting (6-of-10 3-pointers) and added four rebounds with four assists as the Warriors beat the Lakers 128-112 on Thursday night.
Thompson missed Sunday’s game against Sacramento as it was night two of a back-to-back. In Saturday’s win over Utah, he scored 36 points and drilled eight triples in 29 minutes. The Warriors didn’t need as much mileage out of him in this one, but he was still able to cross the 30-point plateau for the second-straight game. Thompson looks like he is back in his vintage form, but with the last two games of the season coming on a back-to-back, he will likely play Saturday against San Antonio before resting in Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Pelicans. Draymond Green added 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting with seven assists, three rebounds, two steals, and one block in 26 minutes."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, April 7, 2022
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Kevin Durant, Kristaps Porzingis, Luka Doncic, Jaylen Brown and Cade Cunningham.
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Luka Doncic knocked down 8-of-21 shots and 8-of-13 free throws for 26 points, 14 assists, eight rebounds, one steal and two triples in a 131-113 win over Detroit on Wednesday.
The Mavericks claimed their 50th win of the season tonight with two games to spare as they close in on the Warriors for the third seed out West – Golden State also has 50 wins but with one less loss. "Our goal is to get home [court] advantage and we're so close,” Luka said on Tuesday. “We've got three games left, and that's our goal right now." Even though there is still plenty at stake in the final few days, you better believe the Mavericks are eying that Portland game on Friday as a potential maintenance day for Luka."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Kevin Durant led the Nets to a 110-98 comeback win over the Knicks on Wednesday with a triple-double, posting 32 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds, one steal, two blocks and two triples.
This was a huge win for Brooklyn as they are still within striking distance of the 7th seed with two games to play. The Nets went smaller tonight with Durant at the five for large stretches and the Knicks had no answer in the second half. With seeding still up for grabs vs. Cleveland on Friday, we expect KD to see his usual minutes in that one with a potential maintenance opportunity vs. Indiana in the season finale."
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Jaylen Brown hit 10-of-21 shots and two 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 25 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block with just one turnover in 35 minutes of Wednesday's easy 117-94 win over the Bulls.
He hit just 3-of-6 free throws but the rest of his game was basically flawless tonight. Jayson Tatum struggled to the tune of 16 points on 5-of-18 shooting but also had 10 rebounds and eight assists to just miss a coveted triple-double, while Al Horford came through with 17 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and a block, and Daniel Theis finished with 15 points and six rebounds in the win. The Celtics are trying to hold off the Bucks for the No. 2 seed in the East and currently sit a half game ahead of Milwaukee with just two games to play, while the Bucks have three games remaining. Marcus Smart cooled off with just nine points and six assists on 3-of-7 shooting, but also hit three 3-pointers with a steal and a block. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Bojan Bogdanovic hit 7-of-11 shots, two 3-pointers and 11-of-12 free throws for a team-high 27 points and five rebounds in Wednesday's easy 137-101 win over the Thunder.
Rudy Gobert added 20 points, 10 rebounds, one steal and two blocks, Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points with a season-high 10 assists, Danuel House added 14 points and four triples, Hassan Whiteside had 15 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, and Rudy Gay had 12 points and eight rebounds with two 3-pointers and two blocks in the blowout win. The Jazz are locked into a playoff berth and sit 1.0 games above the No. 6 Nuggets with just two games to play. They can pretty much chill out for the final two games so make sure the regulars are playing on Friday and Sunday before deploying them. "
Per NBC Sports Edge, "Norman Powell returned from his left foot injury to lead the Clippers to a humorous 113-109 win over the Suns on Wednesday.
Powell, who came off the bench and last played on Feb. 10, hit 6-of-10 shots, three 3-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws on his way to a team-high 24 points, four rebounds and a block in 23 minutes of the win. This was a tale of two halfs, as the Clippers won the second quarter 34-9 to take a 60-31 lead at the half, while the Suns won the fourth quarter 48-26 to actually make it a game before losing without stars Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. The Clippers are going to be the No. 8 seed in the West, pitting them in a play-in situation in order to get into the playoffs. "
FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYER RATINGS
Updated March 9, 2022
BEST FANTASY GUARDS: Luka Doncic, James Harden, Dejounte Murray, Trae Young, Ja Morant, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Paul George, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, LaMelo Ball, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker, Fred VanVleet, Bradley Beal, Darius Garland, Russell Westbrook, Zach LaVine, CJ McCollum, De'Aaron Fox, Jrue Holiday, D'Angelo Russell
BEST FANTASY FORWARDS: Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan, Jayson Tatum, Anthony Davis, Domantas Sabonis, Pascal Siakam, Jimmy Butler, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram, Khris Middleton, Miles Bridges, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle Kuzma, Tobias Harris, Draymond Green, RJ Barrett, Scottie Barnes, John Collins, OG Anunoby, Jerami Grant, Gordon Hayward
BEST FANTASY CENTERS: Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Vucevic, Bam Adebayo, Rudy Gobert, Jonas Valanciunas, Christian Wood, Jusuf Nurkic, Jarrett Allen, Wendell Carter, Jakob Poeltl, Deandre Ayton, Evan Mobley, Bobby Portis, Clint Capela, Robert Williams, Al Horford, Montrezl Harrell, Myles Turner, Steven Adams, Mo Bamba
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