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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, October 27

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were Anthony Davis, James Harden, Myles Turner, Russell Westbrook, DeMar DeRozan, Isaiah Thomas, Jonas Valanciunas, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Paul George and Isaiah Thomas.

RotoWorld reports: Lakers - Julius Randle was a beast vs. Houston on Wednesday, sinking 9-of-11 shots to finish with 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists and one block in the Lakers' 120-114 home win. Randle's assists ticked upward late last season, including a triple-double in late March, and this is a stellar way to kick off the 2016-17 campaign. The primary complaints about his fantasy value are poor efficiency and limited supporting stats, both of which he provided tonight. We'll see how he fares vs. Utah's much stiffer defense on Friday.

RotoWorld reports: Rockets - James Harden dished out a career-high 17 assists vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, adding 34 points (9-of-19 FGs, 15-of-16 FTs) with eight rebounds, one steal and one turnover. The Rockets' newly-minted point guard is on the verge of a ridiculous season, and he could vie with Russell Westbrook for the lead in both usage rate and MVP votes. He's PG-eligible in most leagues, which is a cherry on top of his already delicious fantasy outlook. The only bad news tonight is that he also committed seven turnovers, and his offensive theatrics couldn't compensate for the Rockets' paltry defense.

RotoWorld reports: Thunder - Russell Westbrook just missed a triple-double in 36 minutes during a 103-97 win against the 76ers on Wednesday, scoring 32 points with 12 rebounds, nine assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes. Surprisingly, he only had a 31.8 usage rate, but he was a complete beast on the glass with a 29.7 defensive rebounding rate. Westbrook's usage rate without Kevin Durant has been around 40 in the past two seasons, so expect him to lead the NBA in that department to go with a slew of triple-doubles.

RotoWorld reports: Nuggets - Jusuf Nurkic opened the 2016-17 season with a career-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, to go along with nine rebounds, three assists and one block. Nurkic also went 5-of-6 from the line with just one turnover in 26 minutes, an incredibly assured debut that solidifies his case as a breakout fantasy center. Efficiency has been a big issue for Nurkic in his brief NBA career, so it was great to see him feasting in the paint tonight -- none of his makes came from beyond six feet, however, so don't expect him to start drifting toward the perimeter.

RotoWorld reports: Bucks - Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 31 points, nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block during Wednesday's home-opening loss, going 13-of-21 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line. Owners who spent a first-round pick on Antetokounmpo were hoping for some fireworks, and he didn't disappoint. He even made a 3-pointer while turning the ball over just once in 39 minutes of action, melding efficiency with elite versatility. His owners should have a lot of fun this season.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, October 26

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were Damian Lillard, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Joe Johnson, Kyrie Irving, LaMarcus Aldridge and Draymond Green.

RotoWorld reports: Spurs - Jonathan Simmons came off the Spurs' bench and went off for a career-high 20 points, four rebounds, three assists, a block and three 3-pointers on 8-of-13 shooting in 28 minutes on Tuesday. Wow. We have our first real surprise of the young season and Simmons will be a hot pickup in fantasy. "He was the spark that gave us that lead," Manu Ginobili said of Simmons. "He was outstanding." The 3-pointers were also a career high and he was terrific at moving the help defense to open things up. If you don't think the guy you'll cut will be a top pickup, go get Simmons and hope that this wasn't a fluke.

RotoWorld reports: Jazz - Rodney Hood scored 26 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and three treys vs. the Blazers, but he appeared to roll his left ankle. Hood stayed in the game and didn't receive any medical attention, but he hasn't been very durable in the past and we will put him on the injury report to be safe. With Gordon Hayward (finger), Derrick Favors (knee) and Alec Burks (knee, ankle) all out, Hood was the focal point of the offense in the first half, while seven-time All Star Joe Johnson took over in the third quarter. Hood averaged 14.5 points and 2.0 treys per game last season, so the talent is there for the 24-year-old SG. His value will inevitably take a hit when Hayward is back, but ride Hood while hes hot.

RotoWorld reports: Jazz - Joe Johnson caught fire in the second half of Tuesday's loss to the Blazers, finishing with 29 points, four boards, three assists, one steal and three treys in 31 minutes. He looked every bit of his 35 years in the first half with just two points, but responded with a 15-point third quarter and finished 12-of-16 from the field. Johnson isnt the most reliable fantasy option, but hes likely going to be starting for the next 2-3 weeks with Gordon Hayward (finger) out. Just keep your expectations in check.

RotoWorld reports: Blazers - Damian Lillard led the Blazers to a 113-104 win over the Jazz on Tuesday, scoring 39 points with nine rebounds, six assists and four treys in 35 minutes. He said that his personal goal for the season is to take home the MVP trophy, so clearly he means business. Lillard's efficiency is expected to rise this season with a stronger supporting cast around him, and while he did have four turnovers, he shot an impressive 13-of-20 from the field and 9-of-9 from the line. You can sleep easy if you ended up spending a first-round pick on Lillard.

RotoWorld reports: Cavs - J.R. Smith started at SG and hit just 3-of-13 shots and 2-of-8 3-pointers for eight points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 25 minutes. You know the drill with J.R. if you've played fantasy hoops before. He's going to be one of the streakiest shooters in the league, and you just have to hope you don't choose to bench on a week when he goes bananas. He's healthy and played 25 minutes, so it hopefully won't be too long before he provides us with one of his mini offensive explosions.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, Oct. 22

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA preseason games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Bobby Brown (Rockets), Otto Porter, Markieff Morris, DeMar DeRozan, Goran Dragic and John Wall.

And that's it. Preseason is over. The regular season begins Tuesday.

RotoWorld reports: Blazers - Coach Terry Stotts confirmed Moe Harkless will start on opening night. It seemed obvious with the cohesion of the first unit in the preseason and how it performed last year. Plus, Evan Turner makes more sense off the bench and the same can be said for Allen Crabbe. Still, Harkless is only a flier in 14-team leagues for now.

RotoWorld reports: Warriors - Kevin Durant was unfair against the Blazers on Friday, scoring 28 points with seven rebounds, six assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 30 minutes. So that's a wrap for his preseason. Durant finished with a 70.0 true shooting percentage to go with his 28.3 usage rate. What's more, KD's per-36-minute scoring in the preseason was 29.8, which is actually a better rate than last season. The former MVP was playing more like his teammate Stephen Curry with numerous highlight reel treys. He could still wind up being fantasy's top player.

RotoWorld reports: Lakers - D'Angelo Russell made 5-of-14 from the field for 17 points on Friday, adding seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes. This is the kind of game to show the type of upside Russell has. Even when he doesn't shoot the ball well, he adds output in several other categories. He'll be running the offense for basically his entire time on the court and offers added upside with steals, treys, dimes and more. There will be some bumps in the road, but Russell is in the mix as an early-round pick.

RotoWorld reports: Rockets - Patrick Beverley (knee) will undergo a minor surgical scope on his left knee early next week. He is expected to miss three weeks, which is a slightly better prognosis than what coach Mike D'Antoni said with Beverley possibly missing 20 games. The Rockets are going to lean more on Eric Gordon and James Harden to take on most of their guard minutes while Pablo Prigioni, K.J. McDaniels and Tyler Ennis could fill in the gaps.

RotoWorld reports: Sixers - Joel Embiid scored 18 points with nine rebounds and two turnovers in 18 minutes on Friday. It was a busy process for him this month. Embiid finished his first NBA preseason with a 37.8 usage rate -- DeMarcus Cousins led the NBA last year at 35.2. On the regular stats, he averaged 11.4 points, 6.0 boards, 0.9 blocks and 2.6 turnovers in just 14.7 minutes per game. There's a ton of risk here and you know the 76ers will be careful because of all their bad luck lately, but feel free to pull the trigger on Embiid in the later rounds to see what happens.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, Oct. 21

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA preseason games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones(Pelicans), Jeremy Lin and Elfrid Payton.

Don't take preseason fantasy stats too seriously. In preseason, many stars play fairly limited minutes, and lots of bench players get increased minutes as a result put up bigger stats than they will in the regular season.

RotoWorld reports: Rockets - Dwight Howard continued his awakening this month on Thursday, scoring 16 points with 15 rebounds, three assists and one block in 29 minutes. His preseason averages look really nice, posting 14.6 points, 10.0 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.8 blocks and 1.6 turnovers in 24.3 minutes. Howard was unassisted on 27.6 percent of his buckets this preseason, which is right around his 29.0 from last year. He really fell off in the past two years and has injury concerns, but Dwight could have new life in his hometown.

RotoWorld reports: Nets - Jeremy Lin was busy again on Thursday, scoring 24 points with 10 assists, two steals, eight turnovers and two 3-pointers. Is Linsanity back? One interesting item from the preseason is coach Kenny Atkinson upping his team's pace to a head-turning 105.7 this preseason. While preseason pace numbers are inflated, that's still a massive bump from last year. Lin is going to be one of the focal points of the offense as he helps set up Brook Lopez. He was also outstanding in the preseason, scoring 17.2 points per game on a magnificent 77.3 true shooting percentage. The new role and system have moved him back into the mix as a mid-round pick.

RotoWorld reports: Thunder - Serge Ibaka played 44 minutes in a preseason game on Thursday, finishing with 18 points, nine rebounds, one steal and one block. The preseason matters, apparently. In his five preseason games, Ibaka averaged 14.8 points, 9.5 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.5 steals and 1.0 treys. Ibaka seems to have his wish with more usage on offense and he should see a scoring bump into the teens. On the other hand, the dip in his block rate is still a bit unsettling with his blocks per game dropping in his last four seasons. There's still enough upside to pounce on Serge in the first 40 picks of standard drafts.

RotoWorld reports: Pelicans - Terrence Jones was phenomenal on Thursday, scoring 24 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes. Hey now. This comes on the heels of a 18-point game on Tuesday and he averaged 15.0 points per game in the preseason even before this beauty. Jones essentially took a pay cut to put himself in the best spot, and he appears to have made the right choice. Coach Alvin Gentry can use him next to Anthony Davis and both can guard fives depending on the matchup. He's solidified himself as a very nice late-round pick in almost all leagues.

RotoWorld reports: Pelicans - Anthony Davis (ankle) returned from his Oct. 12 injury on Thursday, scoring 33 points with 13 rebounds, four assists, two 3-pointers and five turnovers in 37 minutes. He probably shouldn't have played 37 minutes in a preseason game, right? Whatever the case, Davis came out of this game healthy and he obviously showed his upside. While he has monster upside, failing to play in the final three-plus games in three of his four NBA seasons. The risk-reward factors have him as a late-first pick in standard leagues.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, Oct. 20

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA preseason games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were Stephen Curry, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Lowry, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, and Gorgui Dieng (Timberwolves).

Don't take preseason fantasy stats too seriously. In preseason, many stars play fairly limited minutes, and lots of bench players get increased minutes as a result put up bigger stats than they will in the regular season.

RotoWorld reports: Warriors - The Warriors beat the Lakers 123-112 on Wednesday, led by Steph Curry's 32 points on 11-of-19 shooting with six 3-pointers, five assists, five rebounds, three steals and one turnover. Steph shot 11-of-19 from the field and 4-of-4 from the FT line in a prime example of the Warriors' stat-happy attack -- Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson all filled up the boxscore despite playing no more than 32 minutes. Sure, this came against a Lakers team which ranked dead-last in defensive efficiency last year, but it doesn't negate the fact that Steph is a truly elite fantasy option in any format.

RotoWorld reports: Pacers - Myles Turner was fantastic yet again on Wednesday, scoring 16 points with nine rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 26 minutes. He didn't turn the ball over and continues to get plenty of shots with his 22.0 usage rate this preseason. Turner is destroying opponents at the rim, making 80 percent within three feet and only having one of his 43 FGAs blocked. The second-year breakout pick should be blocking plenty of shots for the Pacers and deserves every bit of his steadily rising ADP.

RotoWorld reports: Timberwolves - Gorgui Dieng helped the Wolves cruise past the Grizzlies on Wednesday with 19 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, one steal and just one turnover in 23 minutes. The 26-year-old big man sank 5-of-6 field goals and 9-of-10 free throws, a level of efficiency that buoys his rising fantasy stock. With the starting job all locked up, Dieng shouldn't fall past the middle rounds in any format.

RotoWorld reports: Timberwolves - Karl-Anthony Towns lit up the Grizzlies for 31 points in a pristine performance on Wednesday, making 7-of-10 FGs and 17-of-17 FTs with nine rebounds, two assists and one block in just 24 minutes. It's only the preseason, but KAT's stellar rookie season was a taste of things to come and he's hands-down the best fantasy center in the league. If this were the regular season he'd be the 11th center since 1963 to make at least 17 free throws without a miss. He also limited Marc Gasol to just 2-of-10 shooting and coach Tom Thibodeau should ride him for huge minutes this year, with a usage rate to match. Buckle up.

RotoWorld reports: Raptors - DeMar DeRozan warmed up after a cold start on Wednesday, finishing with 26 points on 10-of-18 FGs and 5-of-7 FTs, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer. The Raptors rested DeRozan for a few games but he only needed one quarter to shake off the rust, and looks ready for opening night. He's coming off his best season with averages of 23.3 points, 0.6 threes, 4.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and strong percentages, a level of versatility that eluded him through much of his first six NBA seasons. He's a strong top-50 target.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, Oct. 19

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA preseason games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were Willie Reed (Heat), DeMarcus Cousins, Steven Adams, Andrew Nicholson (Wizards), LeBron James, and Goran Dragic.

Don't take preseason fantasy stats too seriously. In preseason, many stars play fairly limited minutes, and lots of bench players get increased minutes as a result put up bigger stats than they will in the regular season.

RotoWorld reports: Kings - DeMarcus Cousins dropped 23 points against the Clippers on Tuesday in just 26 minutes. He was 10-of-17 from the field with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and three turnovers. His usage rate should be borderline insane just like it was last season, especially since his supporting cast isn't very inspiring. Things could get ugly in a hurry in Sacramento this season and he's going to turn the ball over a ton, so he's more of a second-round target in standard leagues. He's going to post some monster numbers, though.

RotoWorld reports: Clippers - Chris Paul (thumb) returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Kings and looked solid, scoring eight points with eight assists, four rebounds, three steals, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 26 minutes. He was 2-of-6 from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from the line, and his sprained left thumb didn't appear to be an issue tonight. Paul's numbers could dip slightly this season with a healthy Blake Griffin in the lineup, but he's still a safe first-round pick in most formats.

RotoWorld reports: Wizards - Andrew Nicholson was impressive vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday, scoring 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and one trey in 26 minutes. He's hot right now and is coming off a double-double on Thursday and a 19-point effort on Saturday. Meanwhile, Markieff Morris posted another dud with just six points on 3-of-11 shooting. Morris is still the starter, but Nicholson could chip away at his workload if he can keep this momentum going. He signed a four-year, $26 million deal over the summer, so he's going to be in the rotation. Just keep an eye on him.

RotoWorld reports: Rockets - Patrick Beverley may need surgery on his left knee according to ESPN. Wow. He's missed the last four games with "knee irritation," and Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni hinted last week that he's not expecting him to be ready for the regular season. Beverley will undergo further evaluations this week before a final determination is made, but this takes him off the standard-league radar until we know more. Eric Gordon gets a bump with this news and should start next to James Harden.

RotoWorld reports: Thunder - Steven Adams played 25 minutes on Tuesday and hit 8-of-12 shots for 17 points, nine rebounds, two steals and zero blocks. Adams was dominant in 23 minutes on Sunday with a 20-11 double-double, and appears to be poised for a big season. He has been available in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts, making him look like a real value pick this season.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, Oct. 18

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA preseason games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rudy Gobert, Andre Drummond, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Don't take preseason fantasy stats too seriously. In preseason, many stars play fairly limited minutes, and lots of bench players get increased minutes as a result put up bigger stats than they will in the regular season.

RotoWorld reports: Bucks - Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a preseason high 21 points vs. the Pistons on Monday, adding six boards, four assists, one trey and five turnovers in 33 minutes. After a slow start to the preseason, Giannis finally looks like he's worth all the hype. He finished 7-of-11 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line, and added his second 3-pointer through five games. He needs to reel in the turnovers, but Giannis is still locked and loaded as a mid-first round pick in standard leagues.

RotoWorld reports: Pistons - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 23 points on 7-of-15 shooting with five rebounds, five assists, two steals, six treys and three turnovers in 28 minutes. There he is. In his four previous games, KCP was in a dreadful shooting slump, hitting just 2-of-16 from deep while averaging 8.0 points per game. Hes prone to shooting slumps, but KCP should be a steady source of treys and steals as the starting SG in Detroit and Stan Van Gundy likes to give him a heavy workload -- he averaged 36.7 minutes per game last season. Hes usually available in the later rounds.

RotoWorld reports: Pistons - Andre Drummond double-doubled vs. the Bucks on Monday with 12 points (5-of-5 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with 13 rebounds in 18 minutes. We heard countless reports of Drummond trying to improve his free throw shooting over the summer, and while it is a small sample size, hes just 4-of-12 (33.3 percent) from the line during the preseason. The Pistons may have to sit him down in the fourth quarter during close games because of this glaring weakness, but Drummond is still a first-round stud if you take his FT percentage out of the equation.

RotoWorld reports: Jazz - Rudy Gobert coasted to 17 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and one steal on Monday, making 7-of-8 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs in 26 minutes of action. It should be noted that DeAndre Jordan was resting tonight, leaving Gobert to face the less-than-fearsome duo of Marreese Speights and Diamond Stone. The biggest takeaway for fantasy purposes is that Gobert continues to knock down his free throws -- he's a combined 32-of-41 from the line this preseason (78.1 percent), which would shatter his previous career high. His arrow is pointing up after a disappointing 2015-16 campaign.

RotoWorld reports: Hornets - Kemba Walker played 27 minutes on Monday, posting 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in a road win vs. the Bulls. Walker's offseason knee surgery lends some risk to his fantasy outlook, but it's been smooth sailing since his return in the preseason. He's logged at least 23 minutes in the past two exhibitions and isn't in danger of missing opening night. He's coming off a career-best season with highs in scoring (20.9 ppg), 3-pointers (2.2), FG percentage (42.7 percent), FT percentage (84.7 percent) and rebounds (4.4), and he's a popular target once the elite PGs are off the board.

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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