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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, January 25, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Damian Lillard, Kawhi Leonard, Gordon Hayward, OG Anunoby, Giannis, Myles Turner, De'Andre Hunter, Jaylen Brown, Fred VanVleet and Kemba Walker.

"Immanuel Quickley hit 9-of-18 shots, 5-of-8 3-pointers, and 8-of-8 free throws for 31 points, four assists, three rebounds, and one turnover in a loss to the Blazers. With Reggie Bullock sidelined and Frank Ntilikina a DNP-CD, finally, Quickley was given a bigger role in Tom Thibodeau’s rotation. He capitalized, scoring 31 points in 24 minutes. Rookies don’t typically play much under Thibs, but at some point, maybe he’ll realize Quickley deserves consistent minutes. After playing 21 or more minutes in four games straight, he'd played 17 or less in his last three." - Rotoworld.com

"Damian Lillard dropped in 39 points on 11-of-17 shooting Sunday, to go with six triples, five boards, eight dimes, one steal and three turnovers across 35 minutes in a 116-113 win over the Knicks. Daddy Dame was red hot to start this one, scoring 18 points without missing through the first half of action, and he didn't miss his first shot until midway through the third quarter. He drilled his 1,834 career 3-pointer in this one, which put him past Chauncey Billups for the No. 16 spot on the all-time list, and by going 10-of-10 at the charity stripe tonight he broke his own franchise record with 65 straight makes at the line. He could realistically average close to 40 points a game over the coming weeks while C.J. McCollum (foot) is sidelined." - Rotoworld.com

"De'Andre Hunter netted a career-high 33 points in Sunday's loss to the Bucks, adding two triples, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and two turnovers in 42 minutes. Hunter saw a nice usage rate bump with Trae Young (back) on the sidelines today, and he was one of Atlanta's best creators on offense, and that's largely due to how much he improved his handles this offseason. He was uber-efficient today, going 13-of-21 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the stripe, and he and John Collins (30) combined to score over 50% of the Hawks' total points (115) in the 14-point loss to Milwaukee." - Rotoworld.com

"Gordon Hayward powered the Hornets to a 107-104 comeback win over the Magic on Sunday with 39 points (15-of-25 FG, 4-of-8 FT), nine boards, one assists, five treys, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 38 minutes. Hayward has now posted back-to-back 30-plus-point games for the first time since 2017 and he continues to thrive as the main man in Charlotte. He's hitting career-highs in points (23.1) and triples (2.1) to go with 5.1 boards, 3.7 dimes and 1.3 steals per game, which has him flirting with top-20 value in fantasy hoops. He’s also currently a member of the 50/40/90 club, and if he keeps playing like this, he could be headed for the second All-Star appearance of his career." - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, January 24, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Bam Adebayo, Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, Anthony Davis and Chris Paul.

"Bam Adebayo shot 14-of-20 from the field and 12-of-14 from the foul line in Saturday’s loss to the Nets, finishing with 41 points, five rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes. Adebayo put forth one of the best performances of his NBA career Saturday night, as he surpassed the 40-point mark for the first time and also dished out nine assists. And for fantasy managers whose leagues make use of assist-to-turnover ratio, Adebayo was responsible for just one turnover on the night. That statistical category has been an issue for the young big over the last week, as he entered Saturday averaging 4.3 turnovers per game. That’s the difference between sitting just inside of the top-100 (9-cat) and being a top-50 (8-cat) player during this stretch." - Rotoworld.com

"Luka Doncic played 29 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Rockets, tallying 26 points (9-of-18 FGs, 7-of-12 FTs), five rebounds, eight assists, one blocked shot and one 3-pointer. With no Kristaps Porzingis (rest) and Tim Hardaway Jr. having a tough night shooting the basketball, Doncic was left to shoulder much of the scoring load. He hasn't performed as well as many fantasy managers expected him to before the season began, but the Mavericks' depleted roster has been a big reason why. Providing second-round value in 8-cat formats, Doncic has only been a fourth-round player in 9-cat due in large part to turnovers. Averaging 3.9 turnovers per game for the season, Doncic has five games this month in which he's tallied at least five. He had three in Saturday's defeat. " - Rotoworld.com

"Chris Paul posted a line of 21 points (9-of-20 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), nine rebounds, 13 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes Saturday vs. the Nuggets. Paul fell one rebound shy of what would have been his first triple-double of the season. Also, the 20 field goal attempts were the most that he’s had in a game this season. A big reason for that was the absence of Devin Booker, who injured his hamstring during Friday’s overtime loss to the Nuggets. Should Booker have to miss more time, with the Suns not scheduled to play again until Wednesday, then Paul will have more opportunities to go for his own offense. That’s good news for fantasy managers who have him rostered, as over the last week CP3 has provided third-round value in 8-cat formats." - Rotoworld.com

"Stephen Curry finished Saturday’s loss to the Jazz with 24 points (9-of-18 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), seven rebounds, seven assists and five 3-pointers in 27 minutes. With the Warriors getting blown out, Curry did not play at all during the fourth quarter. The good news is that he had already made history, passing Reggie Miller to move into second on the NBA’s all-time 3-pointers list. The only player between Curry and the top spot is Ray Allen, but he may not be able to pass “Jesus Shuttlesworth” until early next season. "I grew up in the game and understood what went on behind closed doors," Curry said after Saturday's game. "If you're not really posting the workout videos, that that still means that you're grinding and you're putting time in so that's something that I pride myself on for sure and then it shows in the game." - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, January 23, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Clint Capela, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic, Jaylen Brown, Domantas Sabonis, Kawhi Leonard, Joel Embiid, Zach LaVine, Andre Drummond and Gordon Hayward

"Luka Doncic put on an MVP-worthy show in Friday's 122-117 win over the Spurs with 36 points (13-of-28 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), 11 assists, nine rebounds and four triples in 36 minutes. He had 19 points, five rebounds and six assists in the first quarter alone, scoring or assisting on all but two of Dallas' buckets during a 37-point quarter (h/t Tim MacMahon). Luka has had some epic starts in the past too as this was his third career first quarter with a 15/5/5 line, but he's pretty good at closing too -- he hit an off-dribble turnaround (link below) in the final minute and then found Jalen Brunson for a big-time triple. What a talent. " - Rotoworld.com

"Collin Sexton kept his foot on the gas with 25 points (8-of-19 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs), nine assists, two rebounds, one triple and one turnover in 30 minutes. That's two straight wins over the Nets as the Cavaliers improve to 8-7 on the season. If not for his injury, Sexton would be generating a lot more buzz as a potential All-Star. He's the first player in Cleveland's history to score 20+ points in each of his first 10 games of the season and has scored 20+ in 15 straight dating back to last season. He's well on pace for an early-round finish in 9-cat and the Cavs are no longer a bye week for opposing teams as the Nets quickly learned." - Rotoworld.com

"Clint Capela had a rare triple-double with blocks on Friday, swatting 10 shots to go along with 13 points and 19 rebounds, seven of which came off the offensive glass. Capela had six blocks in the first half alone, putting together a ridiculous encore performance after a career night on Wednesday that included 27 points and a career-high 26 rebounds. He's now the first Hawks player with a triple-double including blocks since Dikembe Mutombo accomplished the feat in 2000. Teammate John Collins summed it up nicely, saying after Wednesday's performance, "[Capela] is beasting down there right now. No other way to put it." He's grabbed double-digit rebounds in 12 straight games and the Hawks clearly aren't worried about his workload, playing him monster minutes and both ends of a recent back-to-back. Fantasy managers are laughing all the way to the bank." - Rotoworld.com

"Kyrie Irving went off for a season-high 38 points (14-of-24 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs) vs. the Cavaliers on Friday, but the Nets dropped their second game in a row vs. Cleveland. Brooklyn hasn't played an ounce of defense lately but Irving's fantasy managers aren't complaining, as the offense is humming and the pace is through the roof. Irving added five dimes, one rebound, one block and four triples, and it's notable that he's led the Nets in shot attempts with 26.0 per game since returning. It looks like James Harden is going to do most of the facilitating but Irving seems intent on firing at will and could offset the dip in dimes with a bump in scoring. Kevin Durant rested Friday, but maybe Irving's long absence means the Nets feel comfortable enough to let him play on the second night of a back-to-back vs. Miami. " - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, January 22, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were LeBron James, Donovan Mitchell, Julius Randle, Anthony Davis and Stephen Curry.

"RJ Barrett dropped in a new career-high 28 points in Thursday's blowout win over the Warriors, adding two rebounds, five assists, two 3-pointers and two turnovers in 37 minutes. Barrett was hot from the jump in this one, hitting his first four shots while going 2-of-2 from distance, and he finished the game on 10-of-17 shooting from the field and 6-of-8 from the line. He's had some really bad shooting nights, but over the past five games he's been connecting on 51.4% of his shot attempts to go with averages of 21.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.6 dimes, 1.4 triples and 2.6 turnovers per game, which has him flirting with top-60 value in 9-cat leagues." - Rotoworld.com

"Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz to a 129-118 win over the Pelicans on Thursday with a season-high 36 points (11-of-19 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs), seven rebounds, five assists, one block and six triples in 34 minutes. There are not many players hotter than Mitchell right now and his back may be a little sore from carrying the Jazz on this seven-game winning streak. Mitchell came into tonight averaging 26.5 points, 4.8 dimes, 3.8 rebounds and 3.8 triples in his previous six games, and he may not cool off either as this is exactly what we saw in the Orlando bubble. "The biggest thing is we're shooting our shots," Mitchell said of Utah’s success from beyond the arc. "We're not passing up 3s." The Jazz have made at least 20 triples in four of their last seven games and Mitchell will continue to have the greenest of lights." - Rotoworld.com

"Stephen Curry went 9-of-19 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line on his way to 30 points in Thursday's blowout loss to the Knicks. Curry added five triples, three rebounds, four assists and two steals while he was out there, but he also committed a team-high four turnovers in what was a very sloppy game for Golden State. The Dubs gave up 40 points in the first quarter, and after Draymond Green's ejection in the second, their offense completely fell apart. Curry finished with a negative-16 plus/minus rating, but it was Andrew Wiggins who had the worst plus/minus in tonight's game at minus-18. He finished with 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists, one block and one turnover in the 15-point loss." - Rotoworld.com

"LeBron James notched a season-high 34 points (13-of-25 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) in Thursday's 113-106 win over the Bucks to go with eight assists, six rebounds, one steal, one block and six triples in 38 minutes. James has recorded at least 15 points, five rebounds, and five assists in each of his 16 games this season, tying the third-longest such streak to open a season in NBA history. The Lakers have won 10 of their last 12 games and LeBron is playing at an all-NBA level, icing this game with a 3-pointer with one minute left in regulation. James has been on basically every injury report this season but has yet to miss a game, so all the offseason talk about load management appears to have been overblown. Our only complaint about LeBron in fantasy is that his defensive stats have dried up in his age-36 season with 0.8 steals and 0.3 blocks compared to his career averages of 1.6 steals and 0.8 blocks." - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, January 21, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Clint Capela, Kevind Durant, Joel Embiid, Trae Young, Deandre Ayton, Collin Sexton, Kawhi Leonard, Nikola Vucevic, James Harden and Kyrie Irving.

"Stephen Curry had a 26-point, 11-rebound double-double in Wednesday's 121-99 win over the Spurs. Curry got his points efficiently, going 10-of-17 from the field and 2-of-2 from the stripe and he added four triples, seven dimes and four turnovers in his 31 minutes of floor time. As a team, the Dubs handed out another 31 dimes in this one, matching their total from Monday's victory over the Lakers, and they're now 4-0 this season when dishing at least 30 assists. Draymond Green was the second-leading table-setter tonight, and he finished with nine points, six assists, one rebound, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 26 minutes." - Rotoworld.com

"Deandre Ayton hit 11-of-15 shots and 4-of-4 free throws on his way to season highs in points (26), rebounds (17) and blocks (5) with three assists in Wednesday's 109-103 win over the Rockets. This is the game his owners have been waiting for and maybe this is a sign Ayton's getting ready to turn it on. Ayton had a pair of eight-point duds recently and hadn't blocked more than two shots in any game this season. He's averaging 22 points, 16.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 blocks over his last two games, but don't get too excited. He's got tough back-to-back matchups with Nikola Jokic on Friday and Saturday, so he'll be busy at both ends of the court in those. But it was sure nice to see him breakout tonight and there's hope he can keep it going against the Joker and Nuggets this weekend." - Rotoworld.com

"Joel Embiid powered the 76ers to a 117-109 win over the Celtics on Wednesday with 42 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer, two steals and one block over 33 minutes. Embiid's knee seemed fine following the one-game absence, and this was his second 40-point performance of the season. He finished 12-of-19 from the field and 17-of-21 at the charity stripe, and as an added bonus for 9-cat managers, he only committed one turnover while he was out there. Nikola Jokic may be the current frontrunner in the early-MVP sweepstakes, but Embiid is making a strong case of his own. Hopefully, this is the year he'll be able to stay relatively healthy." - Rotoworld.com

"Kemba Walker scored 19 points on 6-of-15 shooting Wednesday, to go with five triples, six assists, two rebounds and three turnovers in 21 minutes. This was a solid bounce-back performance for Walker after he shot just 3-of-13 from the field (1-of-8 from 3) in his regular-season debut on Sunday, as his first two makes of today's game came from beyond the arc and he finished 5-of-9 from distance. He had the pleasure of roasting the rookie Tyrese Maxey while he introduced him to the NBA tonight, so it'll be interesting to see if Doc Rivers makes any adjustments for Friday's rematch." - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, January 20, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Nikola Jokic, Rudy Gobert, Zion Williamson, Paul Millsap and Donovan Mitchell.

"Zion Williamson is the first Pelicans player, and the youngest player in NBA history to record back-to-back games with 30 or more points on 70% shooting or better. It's all been shooting inside the paint, but that doesn't mean what Williamson's doing isn't impressive. In his last two games, he's made 27-of-34 shots from the field (79.4%) and scored 63 points. Williamson has a long way to go to develop into a franchise cornerstone, especially on the defensive end. But at 20 years old, his talent is evident. For fantasy purposes, Williamson ranks No. 96 in 9-cat leagues because of his poor shooting from the free-throw line and from distance. He isn't an incredible play-maker yet, either." - Rotoworld.com

"Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz past the Pelicans with a line of 28 points (9-of-15 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), seven rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes. The only negative for Mitchell on this night was the turnover count, as he was responsible for a team-high five. And turnovers are what have held him back in fantasy hoops, with Spida sitting just inside the top-75 in 9-cat. In 8-cat formats he’s threatening top-50 status, which still doesn’t hit his Yahoo ADP (25). If Mitchell is to be the top-25 player that fantasy managers expect him to be, he will need to be a more efficient player. Tuesday’s 9-of-15 effort from the field was good, but the five turnovers negated that." - Rotoworld.com

"Nikola Jokic continued his MVP campaign on Tuesday, tallying 27 points, 12 boards, six assists, a steal and a block in the win. Jokic had his way against the young OKC Thunder on Tuesday night, hitting 12-of-21 field goals and stuffing the stat sheet in less than three quarters. He's the top-rated player in fantasy basketball right now which is no surprise considering he's averaging a triple-double till this point. Seriously, he has to be in the MVP discussion." - Rotoworld.com

"Jamal Murray struggled on Tuesday night, shooting 2-of-10 from the floor with five points, two rebounds, four assists and two steals in 21 minutes. None of the Nuggets starters played in the fourth quarter because Denver was up by more than 20 points entering the period. But Murray, who was wearing a padded arm sleeve, was clearly affected by his bruised elbow that he recently admitted was bothering him. The five points were a season low and the two made field goals was his lowest mark since opening night when he made just one shot. The only positive in this is that Denver doesn't play again until Friday, meaning Murray has a couple of days to receive treatment before the next game." - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, January 19, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Giannis, Anthony Davis, D'Angelo Russell, James Harden, Clint Capela, Aaron Gordon, Kevin Durant and Zach LaVine.

"C.J. McCollum has a fractured left foot and will miss an extended period of time (at least four weeks), according to Shams Charania. The news flow this season has been nothing short of depressing and you can add McCollum to the list. Gary Trent Jr., Derrick Jones Jr., Rodney Hood and Anfernee Simons are all going to benefit from this awful news and despite Trent Jr.'s awful Monday, he looks to be the guy to grab here. And if he's not available, Jones Jr. or Hood should be the next targets on your list. McCollum was in the midst of his best season and this news is horrible for fantasy managers and the Blazers, alike. Additionally, Damian Lillard's usage is going to rise and Robert Covington and Carmelo Anthony are also going to see a boost in usage. " - Rotoworld.com "Kelly Oubre scored a season-high 23 points vs the Lakers on Monday, hitting 9-of-18 field goals with four rebounds, two steals and two blocks in the win while also playing incredible defense against LeBron James. After the win, Draymond Green said when Oubre is playing well the Dubs are a, "Completely different team -- because it's just another dominant option." Oubre notched season highs in scoring, field goals made and field goals attempted, and he did it in the Warriors biggest win against the defending champion Lakers. He continues to struggle from deep, however, making just 2-of-8 in the game, but he's now made at least two 3-pointers in three straight games, so it's not completely bad. Oubre will look to keep this going vs the Spurs on Wednesday. If Oubre was dumped in your league, run, don't walk, to go get him." - Rotoworld.com "Christian Wood shook off his slow start to finish with 30 points, nine boards, an assist and a steal on Monday night. In the first eight minutes, Wood shot 1-of-4 and had three turnovers in what looked like was going to be a rough night for the center. But he quickly turned things around, making 10-of-14 and committing zero turnovers the rest of the way en route to his second 30-point game of the season and his first since the season opener. Victor Oladipo's presence is going to pay major dividends for Wood, and when John Wall returns, he's going to see quality looks at a high volume that will have fantasy managers extremely happy to have him." - Rotoworld.com "Giannis Antetokounmpo had a great showing on Monday, recording 34 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and two steals in the Bucks loss to the Nets. Giannis came to play against the new-look Nets, recording his seventh double-double of the season in a 125-123 loss. He shot the ball really well, making 13-of-26 shots, 6-of-8 free throws and 2-of-6 from distance, which includes an airball. But he's taking the threes a bit more confidently this season and is putting up numbers across the board on a nightly basis. He also went 75% at the charity stripe which is a big improvement from his 1-of-10 effort from Friday." - Rotoworld.com

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, January 18, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Luka Doncic, De'Aaron Fox, Nikola Jokic, Domantas Sabonis and Julius Randle.

"Paul George scored 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting in Sunday's 129-96 win over the Pacers, adding two triples, seven boards, four assists, one steals and four turnovers across 34 minutes. PG-13 was also a perfect 4-of-4 at the charity stripe tonight, and he's currently the only player in the league who is averaging at least 25 points a game to be in the 50/40/90 club. He's hitting career-highs in triples (4.1), assists (5.1) and FG% (51.0) and is posting first-round value on the season. Kawhi Leonard is also contributing first-round value, and he finished Sunday's game with 17 points (8-of-13 FG), seven rebounds, five assists, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 31 minutes." - Rotoworld.com

"Domantas Sabonis double-doubled yet again on Sunday with 19 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and two steals across 34 minutes in a blowout loss to the Clippers. Sabonis had his double-double by halftime, and he hit a ridiculous circus shot at the buzzer to close out the first half of action. He also finished the game with just one turnover, and this was his second straight game with multiple steals. Sabonis has been a steady early-round producer this season and he’s showing no signs of slowing down." - Rotoworld.com

Coby White failed to score in 25 minutes vs. the Mavs on Sunday, finishing 0-of-5 from the field with four assists, three rebounds and one steal. The Bulls' bench was terrific in this game and Ryan Arcidiacono played 17 minutes in his return to the lineup, as coach Billy Donovan stuck with what was working. White's decision-making had been suspect down the stretch in four consecutive narrow losses, so we'll keep an eye on the Bulls' crunch-time rotations going forward. For now, there's no reason to fret about one random dud from White, who came in averaging 17.7 points, 6.3 dimes and 5.5 rebounds in nearly 36 minutes per game." - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, January 17, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Nikola Vucevic, Jerami Grant, Kevin Durant, Christian Wood.

"Ja Morant led the Grizzlies to a 106-104 win over Philly on Saturday, netting 17 points with six assists and a steal in 31 minutes. Fantasy managers can let out a collective sigh of relief now that Morant is back. He was sidelined for a couple weeks after spraining his ankle against the Nets on Dec. 28 and was expected to miss 3-5 weeks but returned sooner rather than later. He shot the ball well hitting 7-of-14 shots but failed to grab a rebound for the first time this season. We'll cut him some slack though because it was his first time playing ball in a while and we're just happy to see him back on the court." - Rotoworld.com

"Chris Boucher gave the Raptors a boost off the bench yet again, scoring 20 points with nine rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes. Boucher hit 5-of-7 shots including two triples but made a killing at the line where he went 8-of-10. He's scored over 20 points in three consecutive games and in four of the last five. He's also made at least two 3-pointers in six straight games and is shooting nearly 48% from the range. Incredible numbers for the 28-year-old forward who's quietly strengthening his campaign for Sixth Man of the Year and is still on waivers in 20% of Yahoo leagues." - Rotoworld.com

"Bam Adebayo played 34 minutes in Saturday’s loss to the Pistons, tallying 28 points (8-of-11 FGs, 12-of-12 FTs), seven rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots. Adebayo played in his first game since January 9 on Saturday, as he was sidelined due to the league’s health and safety protocols. The 12-of-12 night from the charity stripe was the best of Adebayo’s career to date, and he also established a new season-high with the three blocked shots. But he wasn't happy following the game, due to the effort put forth by he and his teammates. "We didn’t play to ... the Miami Heat culture that we represent," Adebayo said. "I feel like we’re letting not only us and our teammates down, but the staff, we’re letting this organization down, the fans down. We’re built on the culture. The culture is take a bunch of guys, counted out, overlooked, and you figure it out. Right now, we’re not doing it." Adebayo's return is great news for fantasy managers who have him rostered, especially if he can be even more consistent as a shot-blocker. He and the Heat will look to bounce back Monday against the Pistons." - Rotoworld.com

"Jerami Grant put up a full stat line in Saturday’s win over the Heat, finishing the game with 22 points (10-of-19 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), nine rebounds, six assists, two steals, four blocks and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes. Grant bet on himself during free agency, making the move from Denver to Detroit with designs on figuring more prominently in a team’s offensive game plan. While the Pistons haven’t been all that successful, with Saturday’s win being their first on the road this season, Grant has been excellent individually. He’s comfortably within the top-50 in both 8- and 9-cat formats, threatening top-25 status in the latter. With a Yahoo ADP of 104, some may be tempted to sell high here. But given Grant’s importance to the Pistons rotation, and the freedom that he has offensively, fantasy managers would be better served to hold onto him." - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, January 16, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Andre Drummond, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Luka Doncic, Lu Dort, Anthony Davis, Zach LaVine and LeBron James.

"Eric Bledsoe (right eye irritation) played 21 minutes off the bench vs. the Lakers on Friday, scoring seven points on 3-of-7 shooting with two assists, one rebound and one 3-pointer. Bledsoe missed Wednesday's game and Nickeil Alexander-Walker went off for 37 points in his absence, so coach Stan Van Gundy stuck with what had been working. It's conceivable that Bledsoe will fill a sixth-man role, which wouldn't be the worst thing since his 18.0% usage would likely increase as the lead playmaker for the bench. As long as he's healthy, he'll hover around top-100 value in 30 minutes per game no matter where he begins games. Don't overreact to the low playing time tonight -- it's just one game." - Rotoworld.com

"Anthony Davis (back soreness) had 17 points, six boards, five assists, three steals and three blocks in 33 minutes during the Lakers' 112-95 win vs. his former Pelicans team on Friday. AD recently challenged the Lakers to improve defensively, and they've responded in a big way. They came into Friday's game allowing a league-low 104.4 points per 100 possessions, and coach Frank Vogel called Davis "the most talented defensive player in the league" and "the centerpiece" of the Lakers' defensive approach. His defensive stats tonight were glorious, and he also played 33 minutes without a single turnover. He shot just 5-of-16 from the field but should fare better vs. the Kings' defense on Sunday." - Rotoworld.com

"Immanuel Quickley dropped a career-high 23 points (9-of-17 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) in a 106-103 loss to the Cavaliers on Friday, adding five rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block, three triples and zero turnovers in 28 minutes. Needless to say, he's giving coach Tom Thibodeau a lot to think about. Quickley is coming off a 19-point game, and closed over a struggling Elfrid Payton tonight. The Knicks are reeling with five straight losses, and Thibodeau basically said after the game that everything is under consideration. Thibodeau has tricked us before when he only gave Quickley six minutes after a 16-point game on Jan. 4th, but the rookie is worth a speculative pickup and has looked like New York's best PG since the preseason." - Rotoworld.com

"Luka Doncic tied his season high with 13 assists in a 112-109 loss at Milwaukee on Friday, scoring 28 points with nine rebounds and four turnover in 36 minutes of action. Doncic shot 12-of-24 from the field but he left some easy points on the board by going 3-of-7 at the line tonight. He was coming off another monster game with 34 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and a career-high four blocks vs. the Hornets, and Kristaps Porzingis' return from right knee surgery seemingly benefits Doncic by deflecting defensive attention. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said as much when asked about Porzingis' impact. "When both of those guys are out there at the same time it's a game-changer," Carlisle said. Offensive fireworks are a given and Luka had also been piling up defensive stats recently, with 2.7 steals and 2.3 blocks in his previous three games. He's ridiculous" - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, January 15, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Nikola Jokic, Stephen Curry, Shake Milton, Domantas Sabonis, Christian Wood, Malcolm Brogdon, Chris Boucher, LaMelo Ball and Keldon Johnson (Spurs).

"James Wiseman scored 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting Thursday, to go with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, two swats and one turnover across 27 minutes. “I love what James is doing," said head coach Steve Kerr after the game. "He’s such a talented guy. It’s pretty dramatic — his improvement from the first day he came into our facility until now.” Wiseman was held to just eight points on 4-of-12 shooting his last time out, but he was much better tonight and even had an impressive posterizing dunk over Bol Bol. This was also the second straight game that he was on the floor for crunch time, so he's trending up as he appears to be slowly earning more and more trust from Kerr." - Rotoworld.com

"Draymond Green scored just one point in Thursday's loss to the Nuggets, adding four rebounds, seven assists and one steal in 25 minutes. Simply put, Draymond was awful in this one, going 0-of-2 from the field and 1-of-4 from the line while committing five (mostly careless) turnovers. “I think Draymond will take this one personally because he prides himself on being our anchor on defense," said Steve Kerr after the game. "I imagine he’ll bounce back strongly in LA on Monday night.” He's gotten off to a horrible start this season, connecting on just 28.1% of his shot attempts with 4.0 FGAs per game for 4.0 points a night, and he’s also only averaging 0.3 blocks per contest. We were expecting a slow start after he missed all of training camp and the preseason, but we didn't think it would be this bad. Hopefully, Kerr is right." - Rotoworld.com

"P.J. Washington had himself a night vs. the Raptors on Thursday with 20 points (7-of-14 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and one triple in 33 minutes. This was his 9th career game with at least 20 points as Washington came out firing tonight with 15 points alone in the first half. Washington is really thriving in his minutes as a small-ball five so his fantasy managers are hoping Cody Zeller (wrist) takes his sweet time coming back. After a rocky start, Washington is having one of the best stretches of his career -- in his last four games, he is posting top-30 numbers in 9-cat of 17.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.5 dimes, 2.3 blocks, 0.5 steals and 1.8 triples. " - Rotoworld.com

"Shake Milton went off for a season-high 31 points in Thursday's 125-108 win over Miami, shooting 11-of-15 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line with seven assists, two rebounds, two steals, one block and three triples in 27 minutes. Coach Doc Rivers said after the game that Shake was "incredible" and that may have been an understatement. After years of uninspiring depth, the 76ers have to be loving that on any given night, Milton, Tyrese Maxey or Seth Curry (COVID-19) could go off. Curry’s eventual return will make things crowded in the backcourt, but we anticipate all three of these guys playing a significant role going forward -- they are too good not to. Milton was dropped in a bunch of leagues (27% rostered in Yahoo Leagues) due to the protocols, so make sure to change that before the back-to-back this weekend." - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, January 14, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Luka Doncic, Damian Lillard, Giannis, Kawhi Leonard, Karl-Anthony Towns and CJ McCollum.

"Paul George scored 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting (6-of-7 FT) in Wednesday's win over the Pelicans, adding five triples, six rebounds, six assists, one block and three turnovers across 38 minutes. This was PG-13's third straight game with at least 25 points and five dimes, which ties the longest streak of his career. He's been a top-10 stud in a major bounce-back season after a ton of folks punked him in the playoffs, and he's showing no signs of slowing down. Kawhi Leonard was also fantastic in the win with 28 points (8-of-18 FG, 10-of-11 FT), six boards, nine dimes, two triples, two steals and two turnovers in 39 minutes of floor time." - Rotoworld.com

"Damian Lillard hit 11-of-23 shots, 6-of-15 3-pointers and 12-of-12 free throws for a season-high 40 points, one rebound, 13 assists, three steals and zero turnovers in 42 minutes of Wednesday's comeback win over the Kings. Dame joins Chris Paul as the only other player in the last 15 years to have a 40 & 10 game with zero turnovers, which is pretty remarkable considering the minutes and how often he had the ball in his hands. Lillard also joined Bradley Beal for the lead in 30-point games this season with his sixth and we're guessing you don't even remember his season-opener on Dec. 23 when he hit 4-of-12 shots for just nine points." - Rotoworld.com

"Karl-Anthony Towns posted a 25-point, 14-rebound double-double in Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies. Towns added three assists, one 3-pointer, two blocks and one turnover in his 34 minutes of floor time, and he finished 8-of-17 from the field and 8-of-8 from the stripe. However, this was a very bad loss for the Wolves as they led by double figures for most of the game, but then completely fell apart during the fourth quarter, conceding a 28-10 run as they let their lead slip away. Head coach Ryan Saunders spoke to their lack of physicality after the game, saying: "We got to be more physical. That’s a physical group over there. We got to be more physical plain and simple. Take pride when we’re guarding the ball. Take pride in protecting the rim." - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, January 13, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic Kevin Durant, Myles Turner, Danny Green, Anthony Davis, Andrew Wiggins, Tyler Herro, Domantas Sabonis and Aaron Holiday.

"Obi Toppin is probable to play on Wednesday against the Nets. The rookie hasn't played in a game since the Knicks' debut on December 23rd due to a calf strain, and he's likely to rejoin the rotation right away. In his only game, he scored nine points on 3-of-12 shooting (3-of-7 from 3-point range), with three rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 24 minutes. We'll wait and see what his role is when he's back on the floor." - Rotoworld.com

"Andrew Wiggins had one of his best games of the season on Tuesday, notching 22 points, seven boards, three assists and career-high five blocks. Wiggins now has 18 blocks in his last eight games and for the first time in his career, he's blocked three shots in back-to-back games. This is the defensive potential everyone expected from the former No. 1 overall pick, all it took was being on the right team that brings out the best in him. And aside from the blocks, Wiggins has also hit at least two threes in five straight games and is shooting 43% from beyond the arc in 2020-21. He said was trying to "change the narrative" and so far, he's doing it." - Rotoworld.com

"Myles Turner scored a season-high 22 points on Tuesday night, adding 11 rebounds, two steals, four blocks and three triples. Turner was all over the court on Tuesday against the Warriors, recording his second double-double and his highest scoring output of the season. It was also the fifth time he's swatted at least four shots which comes as no surprise as he leads the league in blocks. Turner is currently ranked 12th in 9-cat which is really good for a guy who's ADP was 56 in Yahoo leagues." - Rotoworld.com

"Nikola Jokic established a new career-high in steals Tuesday night, tallying seven to go along with 23 points (8-of-17 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), eight rebounds, 11 assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes vs. the Nets. Jokic may have fallen two rebounds and three steals shy of a quadruple double, but this still qualifies as one of his best lines of the season. The Joker turned the ball over just once, matching his low for the season to date (New Year’s Day vs. Phoenix). Entering Tuesday, Jokic was just the second player in NBA history to average at least 20/10/10 in his team’s first ten games. Oscar Robertson did so during the 1961-62 season, and his field goal percentage was 15 points lower than Jokic’s." - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, January 12, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Bradley Beal, Pascal Siakam, Richaun Holmes, CJ McCollum, Nikola Vucevic, LaMelo Ball, Victor Oladipo, Andre Drummond, Harrison Barnes and Trae Young.

"C.J. McCollum scored a game-high 30 points on Monday night against the Raptors, adding six rebounds, five assists, a steal and no turnovers to round out his night. McCollum secured his second game-winning shot of the season, hitting a smooth midrange jumper (video below) over Fred VanVleet with 9.9 seconds left to lift the Blazers to a 112-111 win. He made 11-of-19 shots on the night, five triples and 5-of-6 at the line and continues to destroy opposing defenses with 28 points, four rebounds and five assists a night." - Rotoworld.com

"Richaun Holmes played through a sore left ankle on Monday and racked up 16 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal, a career-high six blocks and an ultra-rare 3-pointer in a 127-122 win over the Pacers. Holmes, a true game-time call tonight, came through in a big way if you started him tonight and he hit his first 3-pointer of the season, as well as his first one in the last three campaigns. He's not going to start busting 3-pointers, but his ankle looked good and he should be ready to try to do it again on Wednesday against the Trail Blazers, who might be without starting center Jusuf Nurkic (quad contusion)." - Rotoworld.com

"Victor Oladipo hit 8-of-20 shots and 2-of-11 3-pointers for 21 points, three rebounds, four assists and a season-high six steals in 37 minutes of Monday's tough loss to the Kings. His previous season high in steals was just two and he came up just one shy of tying his career high of seven. Oladipo came on late and looked good in the fourth quarter and it's clear his legs are back under him. But he played 37 minutes tonight and hasn't played in a back-to-back set since returning from his surgically-repaired knee. Consider him questionable for Tuesday night against the Warriors, but if history holds true, the Pacers will likely play it safe and hold him out. If he's out both Justin Holiday and Aaron Holiday, and Doug McDermott would all get a boost on Tuesday. For what it's worth, Oladipo did not sound confident about playing Tuesday in his post-game interview, but did say "we'll see." - Rotoworld.com

"Bradley Beal hit 12-of-22 shots, two 3-pointers and 8-of-9 free throws for 34 points, eight rebounds, nine assists, two steals, a block and just one turnover in 35 minutes of Monday's win over the Suns. Beal, thus far, was easily the DFS play of the night and got his fantasy managers off to a big start in standard leagues, as well. He should continue to eat for as long as Russell Westbrook is out, which appears to be the rest of this week, at least. Beal has scored 34, 41 and 60 in his last three games and has scored at least 30 points six times this season, and has scored 27 or more in all 10 games this year." - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, January 11, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Zach LaVine, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Hamidou Diallo, Julius Randle, Nikola Jokic, Jerami Grant and Chris Boucher.

"Chris Boucher sent away six shots in Sunday's loss to the Warriors, adding 15 points, two triples, six rebounds and one steal before fouling out in 24 minutes. Boucher was in foul trouble throughout the game, but he made the most of his minutes and got his points efficiently going 6-of-10 from the field and 1-of-1 from the stripe. He also finished the game without a single turnover, and it was encouraging to see both Aron Baynes and Alex Len pick up DNP-CDs tonight. We'd love it if Nick Nurse would just start him, but as he's shown, he's still capable of offering top-30 value on a per-game basis — even with sporadic minutes in the second unit." - Rotoworld.com

"Kevin Durant posted a 36-point, 11-rebound double-double in Sunday's 129-116 loss to the Thunder. KD returned from a three-game absence today, and with Kyrie Irving (personal) unavailable, he saw his usage rate spike to 35.2 (up from 29.7). He added two triples, four assists, one block and one turnover while he was out there and finished 11-of-21 from the field and 12-of-15 from the stripe. With Durant back in action, Taurean Prince shifted back to the second unit where he finished with 11 points, five rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and one turnover across 24 minutes." - Rotoworld.com

"Anthony Davis (groin) netted 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting (9-of-10 FT) Sunday, to go with four rebounds, one assist, three blocks and two turnovers across 30 minutes in a 120-102 win over Houston. Davis missed Friday's game with a minor groin issue, but that didn't appear to bother him at all tonight, as he didn't miss a single shot through the first half of action going 8-of-8 from the field. AD called out the Lakers for their lackadaisical defensive effort in a blowout loss to the Spurs on Thursday, but L.A.'s defense was crisp in this one, as they held the Rockets to 6-of-22 shooting through the first quarter of play and finished the game with 32 fastbreak points. Davis didn't have any blocks through his first four games of the year, but he's averaging 3.0 per game over his past four outings." - Rotoworld.com

"Hamidou Diallo came off the bench for 25 points (10-of-14 FG, 4-of-4 FT), three rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, four steals and zero turnovers across 24 minutes in Sunday's win over the Nets. Diallo, who put in a season-high 23 points his last time out, picked up right where he left off today — hitting his first five shots and he only missed twice through the first half of action. He’s inconsistent, but Diallo has been on a heater over the past two, scoring 24.0 a game on 66.7% shooting. There’s no way he’ll be able to keep up this sort of efficiency, but he could have some deep league appeal if he’s able to carve out a role with minutes in the high-20s as OKC’s sixth man." - Rotoworld.com

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, January 10, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Jimmy Butler, Tyrese Maxey, Andre Drummond, Domantas Sabonis, Nikola Vucevic, LaMelo Ball, Karl-Anthony Towns, Luka Doncic, DeMar DeRozan and CJ McCollum.

"An MRI revealed that Thomas Bryant suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Saturday's loss to the Heat, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. This is brutal news for Bryant and the Wizards, as he was one of the team's best offensive weapons along with Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook. With the starting center done for the season, Robin Lopez and Moritz Wagner will slide up in the pecking order. While Lopez can potentially provide some defensive numbers, and Wagner has some upside as a scorer, neither is a lock when it comes to fantasy value. Due to Washington's need for interior defense, Lopez is the better option currently. " - Rotoworld.com

"C.J. McCollum shot 13-of-22 from the field and 5-of-5 from the foul line in Saturday’s win over the Kings, finishing with 37 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and six 3-pointers in 29 minutes. On a night in which Damian Lillard shot just 5-of-16 from the field, McCollum more than picked up the slack for his partner-in-crime. And performances like this one have essentially been par for the course for C.J., who’s providing first-round value in both 8- and 9-cat formats. With a Yahoo ADP of 51, McCollum has been much better than a fifth-round player through the first three-plus weeks of this season. One reason for this is the 3-point shooting, as he’s made six or more in a league-high four games this season. That shot hasn’t been a major part of McCollum’s game in years past, but he has made a concerted effort to change that. It’s worth noting that he’s been a top-50 player in each of the last three seasons, so it may not be a bad idea to consider the possibility of selling high if the price is right." - Rotoworld.com

"In his first game back after missing time with a dislocated left wrist, Karl-Anthony Towns played 37 minutes and tallied 25 points (9-of-17 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), 13 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers. In his first game back Towns continued his climb up the Timberwolves’ all-time defensive rebounds list, as he moved past Kevin Love to claim sole possession of second place. Overall KAT played well, and what’s especially encouraging about Saturday’s effort was the fact that he was able to play 37 minutes. And he did this with a cast on his left wrist. "The last two weeks have just been constant rehab every single moment... I tried to rush as hard as I could to get back and be here with this team," Towns said after the game. "Even if it required playing with one hand, wearing a cast." Towns should only get better moving forward, consistently providing the first-round value that fantasy managers banked on when they selected him during the preseason." - Rotoworld.com

"DeMar DeRozan played 44 minutes in Saturday’s overtime win over the Timberwolves, scoring 38 points (13-of-23 FGs, 12-of-13 FTs) with five rebounds and five assists. DeRozan may average just one made 3-pointer per game on the season, but that has done nothing to diminish his fantasy value. Providing third-round value in both 8- and 9-cat formats, he’s a top-25 player in the latter. What helps matters is the fact that DeRozan is used as San Antonio’s primary playmaker more often than not, even though he’s on the wing, and he takes good care of the basketball. DeRozan had just one turnover Saturday night, slightly under his average for the season." - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, January 9, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Stephen Curry, Zach LaVine, Caris LeVert, Giannis, Jaylen Brown, Donovan Mitchell, Chris Boucher, Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and Christian Wood.

"Stephen Curry (sore left ankle) finished Friday's win vs. the Clippers with 38 points (13-of-24 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs), a season-high nine 3-pointers, 11 assists, three steals and two rebounds in 36 minutes. Curry's status bounced around a few times before he was finally cleared to play, and the tweak he sustained during Wednesday's game ultimately didn't cost him any time. It also didn't limit him whatsoever in another MVP-caliber performance that included 9-of-14 shooting beyond the arc. The Warriors ended a four-game losing streak to the Clippers that dated back to the start of 2019-20, and Curry went off despite the focused attention of a team that prides itself on defense. "We know Steph can go for 60 [points] like he did the other day," Clips coach Ty Lue said. "So we want to just make sure that we trap him, keep a body on him, be physical with him." As is so often the case, they tried to stop Steph, and they failed." - Rotoworld.com

"Chris Boucher went off vs. the Kings on Friday, scoring 23 points (9-of-12 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs) with two 3-pointers, 10 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes. Boucher started the second half of this game, displacing Alex Len (five minutes) who had already displaced typical starter Aron Baynes (DNP-CD). His role has fluctuated based on matchups this season, but the Raptors are 2-6 and this win was largely due to Boucher's terrific two-way play, so it stands to reason he'll see mid-20s minutes more often going forward. He's already a mid-round 9-cat value, in 19.5 minutes per game, so you might hurt your neck looking for his fantasy ceiling." - Rotoworld.com

"Zach LaVine went bonkers on Friday in a 117-115 loss to the Lakers, shooting 14-of-22 from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from the line for 38 points in 38 minutes. He added six dimes, five rebounds, two steals and four triples, but wasn't able to be the hero as he missed a go-ahead jumper with five seconds left on the clock. LaVine has been on fire lately and is loving life under Billy Donovan, scoring at least 32 points in three of his last four games. He's on pace for third-round value in 9-cat and should be able to sustain it. " - Rotoworld.com

"Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 35 points (14-of-25 FGs, 5-of-7 FTs), eight rebounds, four assists, one block, two triples and two turnovers in 33 minutes of Friday's 131-118 loss to Utah. There was a scary moment tonight when Giannis had a nasty fall, as he rolled on the ground in pain while grabbing his hip. He did quickly return after a timeout and a trip to the tunnel, and he didn't seem too bothered the rest of the night. "I feel great. I always feel good," Giannis said. "It was a bad fall, but yeah. I was good." With the Bucks playing a Cleveland team on Saturday that is missing Darius Garland (shoulder), we can't rule out the possibility of a precautionary DNP-rest. " - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, January 8, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Luka Doncic, Damian Lillard, Nikola Jokic, Anthony Davis, Caris LeVert, LeBron James, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Joe Harris and Dorian Finney-Smith.

"Luka Doncic power the Mavs to an overtime win over the Nuggets on Thursday with 38 points, 13 assists, nine rebounds, two triples, four steals and one block across 43 minutes. Doncic did commit an unfortunate eight turnovers while he was out there, but we forgive him for that when he's dropping big lines like these. Doncic scored or assisted on 29 of the Mavericks final 38 points of the game, and over that time span the entire Nuggets team accounted for just 29 points. It is worth noting that Doncic appeared to tweak something in his left calf/heel, as he was grabbing at his heel/lower calf area throughout the game, but he fought through it, threw down some dunks and waved the trainers off during timeouts. It’s probably nothing, but don’t be surprised if he pops up on the injury report for Saturday’s game vs. Orlando. If he needs to sit that one out, Jalen Brunson will be the best plug-and-play option." - Rotoworld.com

"LaMarcus Aldridge dropped in a season-high 28 points in Thursday's win over the Lakers, adding three triples, five boards, three dimes and one turnover across 31 minutes. Aldridge dominated Granpa Gasol in this one, going 11-of-18 from the field and 3-of-3 from the stripe, and the Spurs snapped the Lakers' four-game win streak. This was also the first time this season Aldridge crossed the 30-minute mark, and the only knock we can give him is that he didn't record any defensive stats. Still, this was an encouraging line from LMA after a really slow start to the season, and he's now headed for two extremely favorable matchups against the lowly Timberwolves." - Rotoworld.com

"Damian Lillard had a field day in a 135-117 win over the Wolves on Thursday, scoring a season-high 39 points (13-of-21 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs) with seven rebounds, seven assists, three steals, seven triples and one turnover. He had 26 points alone in the first half, the 51st game of his career with at least 25 points in a half -- that ties Russell Westbrook for fifth-most by any player over the last 25 seasons. This was also his 114th 30-point game in the last 5 seasons, the most by any player not named James Harden in that span (h/t StatsMuse). This is who he's been for the last half decade and we expect him to be on cruise control as he heads toward yet another top-10 fantasy season. " - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, January 7, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Bradley Beal, Joel Embiid, Gordon Hayward, Malcolm Brogdon, Julius Randle, Jaylen Brown, Russell Westbrook, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Pascal Siakam and Coby White.

"Coby White hit 15-of-23 shots, four 3-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws for a career-high 36 points, three rebounds, seven assists and zero turnovers in 40 minutes of Wednesday's 128-124 loss to the Kings. White was fantastic tonight and we didn't think we'd see a game where he played so many minutes without committing a turnover, but he did it. The Bulls upcoming schedule is light, as their weekly schedule goes 3-3-3-4-3 over the next five weeks, but White is not a guy you want to consider dropping for any reason right now. " - Rotoworld.com

"Pascal Siakam came through with a season-high 32 points on 11-of-21 shooting Wednesday, to go with one 3-pointer, nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one turnover in 38 minutes. The scoring was a welcome sign after Siakam's slow start to the year, but it could have been even better, as he finished just 9-of-14 from the stripe. He's been struggling at the line a bit this year, connecting on just 75.9% of his freebies, but that number should come up given that he shot 79.2% from the stripe last season. OG Anunoby also had a solid game with 20 points (8-of-10 FG, 1-of-2 FT), eight rebounds, three triples, one steal and one turnover in 38 minutes, but ultimately, the Raptors suffered an eight-point loss to Phoenix." - Rotoworld.com

"Bam Adebayo flirted with a triple-double in Wednesday's loss to Boston, tallying 15 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds, two blocks and two turnovers in 34 minutes. The dimes matched a season-high for Bam, and he was his usual efficient self, going 5-of-10 from the field and 5-of-6 from the stripe. Adebayo randomly had a really bad year at the line last season, connecting on just 69.1% of his freebies, but he's shooting a career-high 81.1% from the stripe this year to go with averages of 18.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 block per game on 64.9% shooting, which has him hovering at top 30 value on the season. " - Rotoworld.com

"Tyrese Haliburton started the second half for an injured De'Aaron Fox (hamstring tightness) and went nuts in the fourth quarter, scoring 15 points with a key block, a huge steal and a dagger 3-pointer in the Kings 128-124 win over the Bulls on Wednesday. Haliburton finished with a career-high 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting and three 3-pointers with seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and a block. The block was against Coby White's late 3-pointer, who had a career-high 36 points, he deflected an inbounds pass with the game on the line and his corner three won the game for the Kings. Haliburton already looks like one of the best players on the team and he's going to challenge guys like James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball for Rookie of the Year. If Fox is going to miss time, Haliburton is a must-add. And even if Fox is fine, there's a decent chance that Haliburton is going to cut into Buddy Hield's minutes. If you have someone to drop, Haliburton looks like a solid pickup right now. " - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, January 6, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Nikola Jokic, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Jarrett Allen, D'Angelo Russell, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving.

"Kawhi Leonard shot 13-of-22 from the field and 3-of-3 from the foul line in Tuesday’s loss to the Spurs, tallying 30 points, three rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one blocked shot and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes. With Paul George being a late scratch due to an ankle injury, Leonard was left to do much of the heavy lifting offensively. Result aside he had a very good game, shooting better than 50% from the field while not turning the ball over at all. Fantasy managers in leagues that use assist-to-turnover ratio should be thrilled with Leonard’s stat line. However there is a negative: Tuesday’s game was the first of a back-to-back for the Clippers, so don’t be surprised if Leonard sits Wednesday night." - Rotoworld.com

"Killian Hayes' injury from Monday night is a labral tear in his hip. Hayes suffered the injury in the third quarter of the Pistons' game against the Bucks on Monday, attempting to stop a fast-break. It was a non-contact injury. It's unknown how long Hayes will be out exactly, but he'll miss a chunk of time. Without the rookie in the lineup, Delon Wright could return to the starting unit, and Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose could have increased responsibility running the offense. " - Rotoworld.com

"D'Angelo Russell played 37 minutes in Tuesday’s loss to the Nuggets, posting a line of 33 points (10-of-21 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs), three rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and four 3-pointers. Minnesota has now lost five straight games, and with Karl-Anthony Towns (wrist) out Russell has been the team’s top scoring option. What has helped in in the last two games has been Ryan Saunders changing up the starting lineup, as he moved Ricky Rubio and Naz Reid to the bench. Over the last week Russell has been a top-50 player in 8-cat, and just outside of that threshold in 9-cat. Russell is trending in the right direction, which is good news for those who have him rostered. The bad news: Minnesota only plays two games next week." - Rotoworld.com

"Nikola Jokic played 36 minutes in Tuesday’s win over the Timberwolves, tallying 35 points (12-of-20 FGs, 10-of-12 FTs, 15 rebounds, six assists three steals, one block and one 3-pointer. While there was some frustration early on, as Jokic was whistled for two technical fouls (one was for hanging on the rim), he ultimately had one of his best all-around games of the season to date. Sure, the Joker has posted a couple triple-doubles, but those have come with high turnover counts. Jokic was responsible for four turnovers Tuesday, three fewer than his tally in Sunday’s win over Minnesota. Jokic is one of the best players in fantasy basketball, but lower turnover counts would help him make a run at James Harden for the top spot." - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, January 5, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Luka Doncic, Giannis, Julius Randle, Malcolm Brogdon, Brandon Ingram, Jayson Tatum, Fred VanVleet, RJ Barrett, Stephen Curry and Nikola Vucevic.

"Stephen Curry kept his hot streak going on Monday, tallying 30 points (9-of-18 FG, 7-of-7 FT), nine boards, eight dimes, five trey-bombs and two turnovers in a 137-106 win over the Kings. Prior to this season, Curry’s career-average in FTA per game was 4.1, but in the small sample size of the first seven games of the 2020-21 season he’s been getting to the line a career-high 8.0 times a night, while converting on a ridiculous 98.2% of those attempts. If he can keep that up, it’ll help boost his scoring averages, and we don’t see any reason why those numbers would suddenly decline. The only knock we can give Curry during this recent torrid streak is that he’s failed to snatch a single steal over the past three games, but we doubt that trend will continue much longer." - Rotoworld.com

"Marvin Bagley was atrocious in Monday's blowout loss to the Warriors, going just 2-of-9 from the field and 1-of-3 from the stripe on his way to five points, nine rebounds and three turnovers in 24 minutes. Bagley missed all five of his shot attempts through the first half of action, and he didn’t get his first shot to drop until late in the third quarter. He’s been connecting on just 25.8% of field goal attempts over the past three games, and this was his second straight night with zero defensive stats and multiple turnovers. He’s starting, but at no point has he cleared the 30-minute mark this season, and when he’s not scoring and grabbing boards, he’s really not doing much for you in fantasy hoops. He's a cut-candidate in standard leagues." - Rotoworld.com

"Tim Hardaway Jr. came off the bench for the first time since Nov. of 2019 and went nuts, hitting 11-of-14 shots and 8-of-10 3-pointers for a season-high 30 points, seven rebounds and two assists in Monday's win over the Rockets. THJ says he'd prefer to start after Rick Carlisle decided to shake up his lineup by starting Maxi Kleber and Willie Cauley-Stein tonight, but Hardaway didn't miss a beat. Some of his 3-pointers were incredible and he might be better served coming off the bench and facing second units. Either way, Hardaway was a beast tonight and got his three-game week off to a great start. He might be sitting on your waiver wire and is worth a look if that's the case. " - Rotoworld.com

"Trae Young accounted for 31 points (9-of-22 FGs, 12-of-15 FTs), two rebounds, 14 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes Monday vs. New York. Young hit double digits in assists for the third time in Atlanta’s last four games, with the 14 helpers establishing a new season-high. But he was also responsible for a season-high eight turnovers, and that statistical category has limited his value in 9-cat formats. Producing third-round value in 8-cat formats, Young is ranked just outside of the top-50 in 9-cat. After committing 17 turnovers in the first five games of the season, with the Hawks going 4-1, Young has racked up 14 in the last two (0-2)." - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, January 4, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Stephen Curry, Zach LaVine, Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Bradley Beal, Paul George, CJ McCollum, Jamal Murray, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.

"Stephen Curry scored a career-high 62 points on a career-high 18 free throw makes out of 19 attempts in a win over the Blazers on Sunday. On the night, he made 18-of-31 FGs and 8-of-16 3-pointers with four assists, five rebounds and five turnovers. There are great shooters who break out of slumps with awesome games and then there's Steph Curry, maybe the greatest shooter of all time, who stopped a cold streak with a performance we've never seen from him before. Curry was unbelievable on Sunday, breaking any trap the Blazers laid out for him. He was the man all night, and nobody could stop him. This wasn't a hot quarter or two either. He scored 31 points in each half. After an 0-2 start, the Warriors have won three of their last four, and Curry is starting to look like one of the best players in the world again." - Rotoworld.com

"Devin Booker hit 7-of-13 FGs, 1-of-3 3-pointers and 10-of-12 free throws for 25 points, eight assists and five rebounds with two turnovers in a loss to the Clippers on Sunday. Booker got into a heated back-and-forth with Paul George in a game with a lot of emotion between the teams' top stars, including Chris Paul. The Western Conferences is cut-throat this season, and the game's best guards brought the intensity early. Booker helped Phoenix cut into a 31-point deficit to trail by just three points 31.7 seconds to play, but it was too little, too late. At least he only turned the ball over twice this game. " - Rotoworld.com

"Wendell Carter Jr. was benched down the stretch of Sunday's win over the Mavericks, finishing with just seven points (2-of-8 FG, 3-of-5 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one turnover across 23 minutes. After an impressive rookie season, Carter Jr. has been trending in the wrong direction for two years running, and he’s only managed to crack the 30-minute mark twice this season. He’s attempting a career-high 1.5 triples per game this year but is only converting on 33% of those shots, and he’s not even averaging 1.0 block per game. It’s starting to look like WCJ may be a better backup than an actual starting center, and he’s a borderline drop candidate with this horrendous start." - Rotoworld.com

"D'Angelo Russell hit 7-of-15 shots for 18 points, four triples, four rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and three turnovers across 30 minutes in Sunday's loss to the Nuggets. D’Lo looked great to start the year as Minnesota’s primary ball-handler, but when Karl-Anthony Towns (wrist) went down and Ricky Rubio was briefly brought into the starting lineup, that hurt him by making him spend more time off-the-ball. He was back in his usual role as the primary playmaker tonight and looked great, so hopefully, for D’Lo managers — Ricky Rubio will remain with the second unit with zero overlap." - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, January 3, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Tobias Harris, Christian Wood, Malcolm Brogdon, John Wall, Gordon Hayward, Fred VanVleet, Ben Simmons, Nikola Vucevic, Clint Capela and Eric Bledsoe.

"Fred VanVleet played 40 minutes in Saturday’s loss to the Raptors, finishing with 27 points (9-of-23 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), eight rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers. VanVleet was Toronto’s most aggressive player on the offensive end of the floor, as his 23 field goal attempts were nine more than 14 tallied by Kyle Lowry (16/6/8 with three 3-pointers). Deservedly given a lucrative contract during the offseason, VanVleet has more than held up his end of the bargain thus far. He’s been a top-50 player in both 8- and 9-cat formats through the first two weeks of the season, ranking 25th in the latter." - Rotoworld.com

"Ben Simmons tallied 15 points (6-of-9 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs), 12 rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and one blocked shot in 37 minutes Saturday vs. Charlotte. The triple-double is Simmons’ first of the season, and it won’t be his last. Would it be nice if Simmons was a more willing perimeter shooter? Sure, as it would improve his fantasy value immensely. That being said, Simmons brings a lot to the table both offensively and defensively. He’s currently ranked just outside of the top-50 in 8-cat, and just inside of the top-75 in 9-cat." - Rotoworld.com

"Malcolm Brogdon racked up 33 points (12-of-18 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and seven 3-pointers in 41 minutes Saturday vs. the Knicks. While the result was a disappointing one for Brogdon and the Pacers, he put forth his best stat line of the season to date. In addition to the numbers noted above, Brogdon was also responsible for just one turnover. Through the first two weeks he's been top-20 player in both 8- and 9-cat formats, and given Brogdon's consistency it’s fair to expect that level of production all season long." - Rotoworld.com

"Nikola Vucevic shot 13-of-21 from the field in Saturday’s loss to the Thunder, finishing with 30 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes. Vucevic hit the 30-point mark for the first time this season, but it came in a losing effort. Another positive for the big fella is that, after beginning the season in a bit of a slump he’s shot 53.3% or better in each of Orlando’s last three games. Vucevic, who’s currently providing second-round value in 9-cat, is one of the best centers in fantasy basketball (and the NBA in general)." - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, January 2, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Giannis, Kawhi, Anthony Davis, Paul George, LeBron, Luka, Lillard, Jaylen Brown, Kyle Anderson and Kevin Durant

"Draymond Green made his season debut against the Blazers, going scoreless with four rebounds, four assists and one steal in 18 minutes. Green had a foot injury that sidelined him this preseason, and he missed the past few games while ramping up his conditioning. The Warriors stayed afloat without him, with a 2-2 record, which is even more impressive since all four games were on the road. He was on a loose 20-minute limit tonight and there's a chance he'll miss part of a back-to-back set this Sunday and Monday. Despite those caveats, fantasy GMs have to be thrilled to have Green's production back in their lineups -- especially if your league doesn't punish poor percentages." - Rotoworld.com

"Jamal Murray (right elbow bruise) returned on Friday, shooting 12-of-22 to score a season-high 31 points with five assists, four rebounds, four 3-pointers and two steals in 41 minutes. Murray sat out Tuesday's game and benefited from a lull in the schedule. Tonight's electric performance erased any concern about his elbow contusion, though the real-world issues for Denver continued unabated. They fell to 1-4 with Friday's loss and rank near the bottom of the league defensively. They'll look to get on track with consecutive games vs. the banged-up Wolves on Sunday and Tuesday." - Rotoworld.com

"Deandre Ayton broke through for a season-high 22 points on Friday, hitting 10-of-13 field goals with 11 rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 37 minutes. That's more like it. Ayton hadn't attempted more than 11 shots in a game this season, and he came in averaging a pedestrian 10.0 points with 17.8%. He required extreme efficiency to crack 20 points, so fantasy GMs aren't out of the woods yet, but hopefully this stemmed some of the hand-wringing his slow start has caused. He's healthy and should climb toward early-round value as the weeks progress, with tonight being a big step in that direction." - Rotoworld.com

"Mike Conley went off in a 106-100 win over the Clippers on Friday, dropping 33 points with seven assists, two rebounds, one steal and seven 3-pointers in 34 minutes. Good grief. Conley was 11-of-20 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line on a night in which Donovan Mitchell couldn't establish a rhythm. Conley looked washed last season but it's been night and day so far in 2020-21 with Conley reaching 30 points for the first time in a Jazz uniform. He's sitting on top-30 value in 9-cat right now, light years ahead of his ADP of 91. " - Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, January 1, 2021

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Otto Porter Jr., James Harden, De'Aaron Fox, Richaun Holmes, Russell Westbrook, Christian Wood, Domantas Sabonis, Fred VanVleet, John Wall and Thomas Bryant

"Devin Booker dropped in 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting (4-of-7 FT) Thursday, to go with one 3-pointer, three rebounds, seven assists, one block and another six turnovers across 35 minutes. Booker has committed an egregious 27 turnovers through the first five games of the 2020-21 season, which is just one throwaway shy of Phoenix's all-time turnover record through the first five games, which was set by Steve Nash in 2011. However, he's also averaging 20.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.8 triples per game, which has him hovering around top-70 value. His scoring should come up and the turnovers should come down as the year progresses, so we're not overly concerned with his semi-slow start this year." -- Rotoworld.com

"Lonzo Ball flirted with a triple-double in Thursday's easy win over the Thunder, tallying 16 points, eight rebounds, nine dimes, two tripes, one steal and three turnovers in 32 minutes. Ball was held to just seven points on 3-of-12 shooting in Tuesday's disastrous loss to the Suns, but he was much better tonight and he had an impressive halfcourt oop pass to Zion Williamson. The nine dimes accounted for a season-high, so it looks like he's reasserted himself as the primary playmaker in New Orleans. He's been a top-90 player on the season thus far, but he should be able to climb into the mid-rounds as he becomes more comfortable with his new teammates and gets his shooting percentage into a more respectable range." -- Rotoworld.com

"DeMarcus Cousins saw 14 minutes off the bench in his regular-season debut on Thursday, scoring eight points on 3-of-5 shooting to go with one 3-pointer, one rebound, three assists and two turnovers in a win over the Kings. Boogie is going to be eased into things after spending the past two years going through some brutal injury rehabs, and if he's not able to see minutes alongside Christian Wood (which is not something that happened on Thursday), it could be tough for him to see minutes outside the teens. He still presents enough upside to warrant a hold in most leagues, but if he's still not clearing the 20-minute mark after a handful of games, fantasy GMs will need to weigh whether or not he's deserving of a roster spot." -- Rotoworld.com

"John Wall dropped in 22 points on 8-of-20 shooting (4-of-4 from the line) in his regular-season debut with the Rockets on Thursday, adding two triples, six rebounds, nine dimes, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 37 minutes. Wall looked great in his first game of professional basketball in two years, and it was nice to see him log such heavy minutes. His speed is still there and he fearlessly attacked the rack, so as long as he can stay healthy this season, he could pan out to be a late-round steal. Wall will likely rest on back-to-back sets this year, but the good news is that Houston doesn't encounter one of those until Jan. 22-23." -- Rotoworld.com

"Fred VanVleet lit up the Knicks for 25 points, seven assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block and four triples in a 100-83 win on Thursday. Pascal Siakam was a surprise scratch for disciplinary reasons so the offense ran almost exclusively through FVV and Kyle Lowry with those two guys combining for 45 points. It was a cruel twist of fate for the Knicks, as they had to watch their No. 1 free agent target run circles around their uninspiring backcourt. Toronto is finally on the board with their first win of their season and FVV has picked up where he left off last season as a third-round value in 9-cat." -- Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, December 31, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Giannis, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Bam Adebayo, Jaylen Brown, Trae Young and Paul George.

"Kawhi Leonard (mouth) hit 9-of-17 shots, three 3-pointers and 7-of-8 free throws for 28 points, three rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a block in 30 minutes of Wednesday's blowout win over the Blazers. Leonard missed Sunday's game after nearly getting his head taken off by a Serge Ibaka inadvertent elbow and played with a mask tonight, but looked fantastic, as usual. The Clippers go on Friday and Sunday before getting the Spurs on Tuesday and the Warriors on Wednesday. And you have to think there's a decent chance that Kawhi will be rested for one of those back-to-back games next week. " -- Rotoworld.com

"Anthony Davis blocked two shots in Wednesday's win over the Spurs, adding 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one turnover across 32 minutes. Through the first three games of the season, Davis oddly did not block a single shot, but he snapped the swat-less streak just 30 seconds into today’s game and we'd anticipate the blocks to start flowing in. He's gotten off to a slow start this year with just top-55 value, but it should only be a matter of time before the gaudy stat lines become a regular occurrence. Now might be a good time to float out some offers to an AD manager who may be panicking." -- Rotoworld.com

"Luka Doncic hit just 4-of-10 shots, missed all five of his 3-pointers and hit 4-of-7 free throws for 12 points, two rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers in Wednesday's ugly 118-99 loss to the Hornets. Luka hasn't looked like himself all season but the numbers had been there until tonight. Luka is now just 2-of-21 from downtown on the season and this was not only his worst game of the season, but one of the worst of his career. He probably needs to be more aggressive on offense as he works to get his game legs back under him but it does sound like Kristaps Porzingis is nearing a return from knee surgery. The Mavs could use him, sitting at 1-3 on the season and the return of Porzingis should be a good thing for Luka. If there was ever a buy-low moment on Luka, it's right now. " -- Rotoworld.com

"LaMelo Ball hit 7-of-10 shots, 4-of-5 3-pointers and 4-of-4 free throws for a career-high 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block with just two turnovers in Wednesday's blowout win over the Mavericks. LaMelo had it going tonight and looked fantastic on both ends of the court. He was possibly dropped in fantasy leagues after his zero-point dud in the opener, but he's played very well since then and he's rostered in 76 percent of Yahoo! leagues. He's averaging 13.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.7 3-pointers over his last three games and you know that assist number is going to start rising at some point. He's worth starting if you've got him on your roster. " -- Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, December 30, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Andre Drummond, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Nikola Jokic, Julius Randle, Russell Westbrook, Jayson Tatum, Jrue Holiday, Andre Wiggiins and Michael Porter Jr.

"Devin Booker shot just 3-of-9 from the field for eight points on Tuesday, adding six boards, three assists and two steals in an easy win vs. New Orleans. Giannis Antetokounmpo was also held to single-digit scoring tonight, so lightning struck twice in the NBA tonight. There have been tons of lopsided games to begin the 2020-21 season and this was another one, with Booker only playing 26 minutes as the Suns strolled away with a 111-86 victory. Expect a closer contest and a bigger workload for Booker vs. the Jazz on Thursday." -- Rotoworld.com

"Lonzo Ball had seven points on 3-of-12 shooting, one assist and three turnovers on Tuesday, playing 23 minutes in the Pelicans' 111-86 defeat. Nobody on the Pelicans' roster played more than 29 minutes in this game, and we're throwing it out for evaluation purposes. Lonzo was coming off a fantasy gem on Sunday with 16 points, eight boards, five dimes and five steals, and he's made at least one 3-pointer in each game this season (1-of-7 tonight). He should bounce back vs. the Thunder on Thursday." -- Rotoworld.com

"Andre Drummond hit 7-of-13 shots for 17 points, 17 rebounds and a season-high six blocks in a loss to the Knicks on Tuesday. Drummond thrived defending the paint against another true big in Mitchell Robinson. He was able to roam off the non-shooting center and swat shots in the paint. His free-throw shooting was poor (3-of-10), and he turned the ball over four times, but managers knew they'd be punting on those categories if they drafted him. The undefeated Cavs are no more, but Drummond showed no signs of slowing down as an elite fantasy player everywhere else." -- Rotoworld.com

"Joel Embiid (right leg) briefly left Tuesday’s game in the third quarter but quickly returned, finishing with 29 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Embiid had his fantasy managers holding their breaths on Tuesday night when he went down in the third quarter and grabbed his right quad. But when he checked back in, the Sixers went on an 11-0 run and eventually won the game. The injury didn't seem to bother Embiid either, as he had a monster night. And though he shot just 7-of-17 from the floor and 1-of-6 from deep, he made a killing at the line, going 14-of-16. The Sixers next game is on Thursday, giving the big man a day to rest and get treatment." -- Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, December 29, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Nikola Jokic, Caris LeVert, LeBron James, James Harden, CJ McCollum, Mike Conley, Jonas Valanciunas, Rudy Gobert, Dillon Brooks and Damian Lillard.

"Gary Trent Jr. erupted for a season-high 28 points and seven threes to propel the Blazers to a 115-107 win over the Lakers on Monday night. GTJ put on a show at Staples Center on Monday night against his fellow Klutch Sports members, scoring a season-high 28 points in 24 minutes. He went 10-of-14 from the floor, 7-of-11 from deep and added three boards and an assist. After the win, Damian Lillard said: "Without him [Trent Jr.] having that type of performance this could be an easy win for them [Lakers]." It's just one game, but this is the game fantasy managers have been waiting for. GTJ put on a shooting clinic in the bubble a few months ago, which is probably why you drafted him this season. Hopefully you didn't drop before Monday's game because this could be the start of a hot streak for Trent Jr." -- Rotoworld.com

"Nikola Jokic hit 8-of-11 shots, a 3-pointer and 2-of-3 free throws for 19 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 18 assists for his second triple-double in three games. He also had three steals and a block and appeared to have fun giving young Christian Wood a lesson in how to play center in today's NBA. Jokic has been ridiculous thus far and might be the early favorite for MVP even though the Nuggets came into this one 0-2. He's averaging 24 points, 12 rebounds, 14 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers through three games. He's one rebound short of having three triple-doubles to start the season and should keep rolling with upcoming games against the likes of Richaun Holmes (Kings), Deandre Ayton (Suns) and Naz Reid and the Wolves in back-to-back games if Karl-Anthony Towns is still out. But really, it doesn't matter who Jokic is facing, he's going to go off. Congratulations if he fell to you in your draft. " -- Rotoworld.com

"Caris LeVert hit 12-of-29 shots, 2-of-9 3-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws for a season-high 28 points, four rebounds, 11 assists, five steals and just three turnovers in 38 minutes of Monday's 116-111 overtime loss to the Grizzlies. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving got a rest tonight and LeVert put the team on his back and did what he could to try to get the Nets a win, but they came up short in the end. He'll take a step backwards with Irving and KD due back for the next one, but is having a nice season. And with the news that Spencer Dinwiddie is likely done for the year with a torn ACL, LeVert is going to see extra minutes, even with Kyrie and KD coming back. LeVert should be rostered in all fantasy leagues." -- Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, December 28, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Andre Drummond, Julius Randle, Giannis, Stephen Curry, Zach LaVine, Brandon Ingram, Gordon Hayward, Zion Williamson, Luka Doncic and Bradley Beal.

"Zach LaVine scored 33 points in 35 minutes on Sunday, making 11-of-23 FGs and 7-of-9 FTs with four triples, seven boards, three assists, two steals and two blocks. Prior to the game, Bulls coach Billy Donovan was asked if he'd consider using LaVine as the de facto point guard, with Coby White off the ball. "I don't know if that will happen or not," he replied. "I think it's too early to tell ... I don't know how that would look for [LaVine]." We didn't see that wrinkle tonight but everything could be on the table with Chicago opening the season 0-3, including a truly awful blown lead in this game. No matter what role he's technically playing, LaVine will be the alpha for this Bulls squad all season." -- Rotoworld.com

"Julius Randle piled up 29 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, three 3-pointer and one block in 37 minutes during a win vs. Milwaukee on Sunday. Yes, the Knicks beat the Bucks and it wasn't even close at 130-110. Obi Toppin (strained right calf) will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days, which means he'll miss a minimum of six games and probably more as he works back into shape. That leaves the power forward spot wide open for Randle, whose brand of defense-optional ball hasn't yet compelled coach Tom Thibodeau to rein him in. And that won't be happening after tonight's monster performance." -- Rotoworld.com

"Brandon Ingram had another stellar game on Sunday with 28 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, two 3-pointers and one block in 35 minutes. Ingram is now averaging 26.7 points, 7.3 boards, 6.7 dimes, 3.0 threes, 1.0 steals and 0.7 blocks. He's building on his Most Improved Player campaign and looks like a bona fide All-Star on an every-night basis, rewarding the faith of fantasy GMs who grabbed him in drafts. Clearly, playing alongside a healthy Zion Williamson hasn't been the statistical drain some feared." -- Rotoworld.com

"Kevin Durant finished Sunday's game shooting 9-of-15 from the field, hitting five 3-pointers for 29 points in 36 minutes. Beyond the scoring, it was a relatively light stat line for KD with three rebounds and four assists. This was the first half of a back-to-back set for Brooklyn, and coach Steve Nash said the team "will decide [Monday] morning" whether Durant will play vs. Memphis. Presumably it depends on how Durant feels when he wakes up, but it's still encouraging that both ends of a back-to-back is even a possibility. He's looked terrific in his return from Achilles surgery, and everyone who drafted him has to be pleased with the early returns. Just keep an eye on the injury report before committing to him in DFS or roto lineups with games-played limits." -- Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, December 26, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis, Nikola Jokic, Khris Middleton, LeBron James, Goran Dragic, Kevin Durant and Luka Doncic.

"Nikola Jokic played 38 minutes in Friday’s loss to the Clippers, accounting for 24 points (7-of-14 FGs, 9-of-11 FTs), nine rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. Jokic turned the ball over five times on the night, moving his tally to 11 through two games. The good news is that he’s got 24 assists so the turnover count isn’t too costly, especially in leagues that use assist-to-turnover ratio as a category. Something to track as the season progresses when it comes to Jokic is his playing time, as he played 42 minutes in Wednesday’s loss to the Kings. Nuggets coach Michael Malone will need to get him some rest at some point, because The Joker has averaged no more than 32.5 minutes per game (2017-18) in any season during his career." -- Rotoworld.com

"Paul George finished Friday’s win over the Nuggets with 23 points (8-of-14 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), five rebounds, nine assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes. While he did turn the ball over six times, overall George had a good night in the Clippers’ first game against Denver since their collapse in last season’s playoffs. Not only was PG-13 responsible for five of L.A.’s 19 3-pointers, but he also led the team in assists. George, whose usage is already plenty high, could be in line for a boost depending upon what happens with Kawhi Leonard (face). Should Leonard be sidelined for an extended period of time, George will be asked to do even more within the Clippers offense." -- Rotoworld.com

"Luka Doncic played 34 minutes in Friday’s loss to the Lakers, finishing with 27 points (9-of-19 FGs, 7-of-8 FGs), four rebounds, seven assists, one blocked shot and two 3-pointers. Doncic did the best that he could to prevent Dallas from falling into an 0-2 hole to start the season, but an overall lack of offensive firepower was too much to overcome. While he hit his knee on a fall during the first quarter, the sharps’ early favorite to win MVP remained in the game and took on his usual workload. Doncic, who blocked a shot after failing to record either a block or a steal in Wednesday’s loss to the Suns, doesn’t offer much on that end of the floor. But his offensive production/repertoire is why Doncic ranks among the best players in fantasy basketball." -- Rotoworld.com

"Anthony Davis scored a game-high 28 points in a blowout win over the Mavs on Christmas, adding eight rebounds, five assists, three triples, two steals and two turnovers in 30 minutes. AD took an elbow to the face early in this one, which opened up a cut on his lip, but he played through it and should obviously be fine moving forward. He was hot to start this game, with just two misses through the first half of action, and he finished 10-of-16 from the field. AD didn’t have a steal or a block on Tuesday, but he broke the steal-less streak tonight and we’d be shocked if the swat-less trend continued for another game." -- Rotoworld.com

"Jaylen Brown netted a team-high 27 points in Boston's Christmas Day loss to Brooklyn, adding eight rebounds, three assists, one block and two turnovers in 31 minutes. It wasn’t a great game for Brown at the stripe, as he converted just five of his nine freebies, but he was perfect from the line in Boston's opener and he showed a lot of progress in that department last season by connecting on a career-high 72.4% of his free throw attempts; so we'll give him a pass tonight. Jayson Tatum went 9-of-22 from the field on his way to 20 points, eight rebounds, two 3-pointers, two assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 36 minutes." -- Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, December 24, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Nikola Jokic, Ja Morant, Brandon Ingram, DeMar DeRozan, Terry Rozier, Domantas Sabonis, Jaylen Brown, Khris Middleton, Larry Nance Jr and Giannis.

"Devin Booker had 22 points (8-of-15 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs), five rebounds, three assists and two steals on Wednesday, but he also committed eight turnovers in 34 minutes. “A guy like Book, nobody's really gonna stop him,” Josh Richardson said prior to game. “He's gonna get to his spots. He's going to do what he does, but you can only kind of hope to contain him and kind of hold his momentum down." Dallas did just that by pressuring Booker into momentum-killing miscues, but Phoenix still found a way to start their season with a win. The Suns brought in a future Hall of Famer (Chris Paul) whose highest aim is to unlock his teammates' potential, so Booker is ideally situated for his best fantasy campaign yet. That's saying something." -- Rotoworld.com

"Rudy Gobert dominated on Wednesday with 20 points, 17 rebounds, two assists and one steal, making 8-of-10 FGs and 4-of-6 FTs in 28 minutes vs. Portland. The stats are impressive but as usual it was Gobert's control defensively that made the biggest impact (albeit with zero blocks). He recently inked a monstrous five-year, $205 million contract extension, the largest in history for a center, and looks ready to vie for yet another Defensive Player of the Year trophy. Exclude his brutal FT% on high-volume attempts, and you're looking at a top-15 fantasy player." -- Rotoworld.com

"Nikola Jokic posted a 29-point, 15-rebound, 14-assist triple-double in Wednesday's season-opening loss to the Kings. Jokic added one 3-pointer, six turnovers and three blocks in his 42 minutes of floor time, and while the Nuggets couldn't get the win, this is a winning line in fantasy hoops. Traditionally, Jokic has been a bit of a slow starter, but with such a quick turnaround from the 2019-20 season, he didn’t have much time this offseason to get out of shape. He's in midseason form and shouldn’t have any trouble flirting with top-5 value." -- Rotoworld.com

"Dejounte Murray had a strong season debut with 21 points, nine assists, six rebounds, two steals and one triple in 31 minutes vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday. You have to credit Gregg Popovich for making some changes after the Spurs missed the playoffs for the first time in 23 years. He said he wants to play faster and we saw that tonight with the Spurs putting up 131 points. "The bottom line, in all frankness, is that I don't remember us winning a championship last year. I don't remember being in the playoffs, so it's time to make a change, play a different way, demand it, and move forward." Murray is coming off a 7th-round finish in 9-cat despite coming off an ACL injury and all signs point to him potentially cracking the top-50 this season. His fantasy managers should be pumped." -- Rotoworld.com

"Luka Doncic played through a minor leg injury on Wednesday, racking up 32 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the Mavs' season opening road loss at Phoenix. Doncic said afterward, "Somebody hit me with [their] knee. I didn't sprain the ankle." He kept playing and the ailment shouldn't threaten his status for Christmas Day vs. the Lakers. He was the No. 1 pick in plenty of fantasy leagues due partly to uncertainty surrounding other top options including James Harden (trade demand) and Anthony Davis (DNP risk), and that's despite Doncic admitting that he's not in peak physical condition. "It's true I'm not in my best shape," Doncic said last week. "I will get there for sure. But, you know, I've never been a muscular guy, so what can I say?" The Suns threw everything they had at Luka and did get the win, but neither their defense nor a few minor injuries could prevent him from walking away with a huge line. Enjoy the show this season." -- Rotoworld.com



Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, December 23, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Caris LeVert, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Paul George and Dennis Schroder.

"Dennis Schroder (sore left ankle) started Tuesday's game and nearly triple-doubled with 14 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in 28 minutes. Schroder wasn't efficient shooting the ball (5-of-15 FGs and 2-of-4 FTs) and there were no defensive stats, but he made a loud case to remain a starter. Head coach Frank Vogel said this preseason that playing Schroder alongside LeBron James is "a huge part of this year's plan" for L.A. He added that the pair would "see heavy minutes throughout the course of the year," and Schroder's fantasy arrow is pointing straight up in a newly-minted starting role. Make sure he's not available in shallow 10-team leagues." -- Rotoworld.com

"Kawhi Leonard shot 10-of-26 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line for 26 points during Tuesday's season-opening win vs. the Lakers. He finished with healthy 36.0% usage, going 1-of-8 from deep with two rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. The Clippers haven't laid out an explicit plan to preserve Kawhi this season, but there's no doubt some rest will be coming. When asked recently about his potential free agency next offseason, Kawhi said, "Obviously, if I stay healthy, the best decision is to decline a player option, but that doesn't mean I'm leaving or staying." If Clippers teammates were upset about "preferential treatment" for Kawhi and Paul George last season, they should avert their eyes for the next six months." -- Rotoworld.com

"Kevin Durant made his long-awaited return on Tuesday, scoring 22 points with five boards, three assists, three steals and one block in 25 minutes vs. the Warriors. It's fantastic to see KD back in action after recovering from a ruptured Achilles, and he did not disappoint. He shot 7-of-16 from the field but also drained 7-of-7 free throws, hit a 3-pointer, and only turned it over once in a blowout win vs. his former team. He was playing without a minutes restriction, which says plenty about the Nets' faith in his health and conditioning going into the season. It's also music to the ears of fantasy GMs who nabbed him with a first- or early-second pick in drafts this year. Welcome back, KD." -- Rotoworld.com



FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYER RATINGS
Updated January 31, 2020

BEST FANTASY GUARDS: James Harden, Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram, D'Angelo Russell, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Jrue Holiday, De'Aaron Fox, Zach LaVine and Donovan Mitchell.

BEST FANTASY FORWARDS: Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler, Pascal Siakam, Paul George, Andrew Wiggins, Jayson Tatum, Khris Middleton, John Collins, Tobias Harris, Kevin Love, Gordon Hayward, Kristaps Porzingis, Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton

BEST FANTASY CENTERS: Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, Andre Drummond, Domantas Sabonis, Nikola Vucevic, Bam Adebayo, Rudy Gobert, Deandre Ayton, Hassan Whiteside, Julius Randle, LaMarcus Aldridge, Clint Capela, Montrezl Harrell, Jonas Valanciunas and Al Horford.

Fantasy Basketball Player Rankings
Through Thurday, November 7, 2019

1 Giannis Antetokounmpo, 2 Andre Drummond, 3 LeBron James, 4 Karl-Anthony Towns, 5 James Harden, 6 Kyrie Irving, 7 Kawhi Leonard, 8 Anthony Davis, 9 Luka Doncic, 10 Damian Lillard, 11 Joel Embiid, 12 Russell Westbrook, 13 Deandre Ayton, 14 Malcolm Brogdon, 15 Jimmy Butler, 16 Brandon Ingram, 17 Kevin Love, 18 Bradley Beal, 19 Domantas Sabonis, 20 Pascal Siakam, 21 Donovan Mitchell, 22 Tristan Thompson, 23 Kyle Lowry, 24 Bam Adebayo, 25 Trae Young, 26 Jayson Tatum, 27 Kemba Walker, 28 John Collins, 29 Stephen Curry, 30 Al Horford, 31 Nikola Jokic, 32 Kristaps Porzingis, 33 Gordon Hayward, 34 Tobias Harris, 35 LaMarcus Aldridge, 36 Ben Simmons, 37 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, 38 Nikola Vucevic, 39 Devin Booker, 40 Ricky Rubio, 41 Montrezl Harrell, 42 Hassan Whiteside, 43 Clint Capela, 44 DeMar DeRozan, 45 Dejounte Murray, 46 Lou Williams, 47 Jonathan Isaac, 48 Jrue Holiday, 49 Zach LaVine, 50 Andrew Wiggins.



FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYER RATINGS
Updated January 20, 2019

BEST FANTASY GUARDS: James Harden, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, Ben Simmons, Jrue Holiday, DeMar DeRozan, Kemba Walker, Bradley Beal, Kyrie Irving, De'Aaron Fox, Mike Conley, D'Angelo Russell, Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic and Jamal Murray.

BEST FANTASY FORWARDS: Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George, Blake Griffin, LeBron James< LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard, Julius Randle, Tobias Harris, Kyle Kuzma, Khris Middleton, Pascal Siakam, Danilo Gallinari and Aaron Gordon.

BEST FANTASY CENTERS: Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Vucevic, Kevin Love (has barely played though), Andre Drummond, Clint Capela (out for the next 4-6 weeks), Rudy Gobert, Marc Gasol, Jusuf Nurkic, Deandre Ayton, Steven Adams, Domantas Sabonis, Enes Kanter and Willie Cauley-Stein.

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