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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, January 23, 2020
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Russell Westbrook, John Collins, LaMarcus Aldridge, Bradley Beal, Nikola Vucevic, Rudy Gobert, Anthony Davis, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jimmy Butler and Nikola Jokic.
Rotoworld.com: "Zion Williamson got hot at the end of his NBA debut against the Spurs on Wednesday, making 8-of-11 from the field for 22 points with seven rebounds, three assists, five turnovers and four 3-pointers in 18 minutes.
After just five points in the first three quarters, the rookie stole the show in the fourth with 17 straight fourth-quarter points for the Pels. Williamson didn't make more than three 3-pointers in any game at Duke, but all four of his treys came in that fourth-quarter explosion, but coach Alvin Gentry didn't let him close due to playing in "short bursts." Prior to the fourth, he was playing about four-minute stints, and Gentry used him as a four and as a five in several different lineup combos. He had the training staff with him near the bench for much of this game, he was on the stationary bike at times to stay loose, and he also had a sleeve on his knee. The fourth-quarter play gave his fantasy owners a taste of Zion's upside as a fantasy monster, but it's going to take a bit before he's seeing heavy minutes."
Rotoworld.com: "LaMarcus Aldridge dominated against the Pelicans during a 121-117 win on Wednesday, scoring 32 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.
His huge game will be overshadowed by Zion Williamson's debut, but LMA comes through to get the Spurs to a three-game winning streak and putting them back in the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference standings. Prior to tonight, Aldridge had seen a major hit to his usage this month at just a 21.2 over his previous 10 games, and his rebounding has dropped a bit partially because he's taking 5.1 treys per game over those 10. Whatever the case, Aldridge is locked in as an early-round guy going forward, especially with the Spurs playing well again."
Rotoworld.com: "John Collins lit up the Clippers during a 102-95 win on Wednesday, matching a season-high 16 boards with 33 points, two assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
The Clippers didn't have an answer for him, making 12-of-22 from the field and all six from the line to put him just two points shy of his career-high and getting Collins to his first 30-10 game of the year. Collins has nine straight games with at least one block, and Collins' 21 blocks this month are among the Eastern Conference leaders. The move to center explains a lot of it with 3.3 blocks per 36 as a five this season, and it's helped him take his fantasy value to the next level."
Rotoworld.com: "Russell Westbrook posted a monster line against the Nuggets on Wednesday, scoring 28 points (11-of-25 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs) with 16 rebounds, eight assists, four steals and one block in 34 minutes.
Westbrook matched his season-highs in boards and steals while posting another double-double. He's been incredible of late, posting top-5 value in 9-cat leagues over his last three games with averages of 31.7 points, 12.0 boards, 9.0 dimes and 3.0 steals on 58.3% shooting. That shooting percentage is likely to fall, but Westbrook is still posting big numbers for his new team this season."
Rotoworld.com: "Nikola Jokic scored 19 points (8-of-19 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs) with 12 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes against the Rockets.
Jokic notched his eighth triple-double of the season in Wednesday's defeat. Outside of the loss, the only blemish on his statline was his six turnovers. His numbers are still down compared to last season, but he's going to be called on to carry more of the offensive load with Jamal Murray (ankle) not close to a return."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, January 22, 2020
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Kawhi Leonard and Luka Doncic. There was just one game.
Rotoworld.com: "Luka Doncic nearly triple-doubled in a 110-107 loss to the Clippers on Tuesday, scoring 34 points (11-of-25 FGs, 9-of-14 FTs) with 10 rebounds, nine assists, three triples and two blocks in 35 minutes.
The Mavs were getting run out of the building in the first half before Luka turned on the jets in the second. His heroics weren’t quiet enough, but he’ll be happy to have Kristaps Porzingis (knee) back by his side for Dallas’ playoff push. As far as fantasy goes, don’t expect much of a difference in Luka’s output as his usage only comes down from a whopping 37.1 percent to 34.7 when Porzingis is on the floor. Losing Dwight Powell (Achilles) might sting though, as that’s Luka’s favorite partner in the pick-and-roll."
Rotoworld.com: "Dwight Powell is expected to have suffered a season-ending torn right Achilles tendon according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
This was the fear all along and we're basically just waiting for the tests to confirm it at this point. With Powell's season surely over, expect the Mavs to be in the market for some reinforcements -- they've been linked to Andre Drummond in recent weeks. Maxi Kleber isn't having a great game but is the priority add here, while Boban Marjanovic and Dorian Finney-Smith could emerge with some low-end value."
Rotoworld.com: "Kawhi Leonard had a game-high 36 points in a 110-107 win over Dallas on Tuesday, but he's expected to rest on Wednesday vs. Atlanta for injury management.
He played 36 minutes tonight, so it would take a miracle to see him against the Hawks. Leonard finished 12-of-29 from the field and 11-of-12 from the line, adding 11 rebounds with two assists, two steals, three blocks and one triple in an epic duel with Luka Doncic. Luckily for Kawhi's fantasy owners, the Clippers still have two more games this week after Wednesday."
Rotoworld.com: "Landry Shamet scored a season-high 18 points with five triples, three rebounds and one assist in 36 minutes vs. the Mavericks on Tuesday.
The second-year guard has been slowly trending up with eight triples in his previous three games, and he could be set up for a smash spot vs. the Hawks on Wednesday -- Kawhi Leonard is expected to rest, and the status of Paul George (hamstring) and Patrick Beverley (groin) is up in the air. Shamet is worth a look in the short term for those targeting triples, points and dimes, especially if he gets some reps at point guard."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, January 21, 2020
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, Trae Young, Russell Westbrook, Alec Burks, Hassan Whiteside, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Dillon Brooks, Karl-Anthony Towns and James Harden.
Rotoworld.com: "Zion Williamson (right knee surgery) will start for the Pelicans on Wednesday against the Spurs, although he'll be on a strict minutes watch.
The expectation is for him to play around 20 minutes or so in short bursts and we're guessing he'll start over Jaxson Hayes. Go ahead and fire him up and hope that the walking/running lessons will help to keep him healthy and strong for the rest of the season. The Pels don't have a back-to-back set until March 3 & 4, which is also great news for his potential to play on most nights. If he's somehow still sitting on waivers in your league, go get him."
Rotoworld.com: "Dillon Brooks went 12-of-25 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line on his way to a season-high 31 points in a loss to the Pelicans on Monday.
Brooks added three triples, nine boards, four dimes, two steals and just one turnover in his 35 minutes of floor time, but it wasn’t enough to get the win with most of his teammates struggling. Prior to this one, the Grizzlies were undefeated in games where Brooks scored at least 20 points, but that pristine record dropped to 13-1 today."
Rotoworld.com: "Rudy Gobert (left ankle) played 31 minutes in Monday’s win over the Pacers, scoring 20 points (8-of-11 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with 14 rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot.
Gobert appeared to roll his left ankle about halfway through the fourth quarter, but he managed to stay in the game for a couple more minutes before Quin Snyder cleared the bench. Once again the NBA’s best defensive center, Gobert’s been a top-10 player in both eight- and nine-category formats over the last two weeks. Given how well he’s played this season, it would be a surprise if Gobert missed out on his first All-Star game appearance."
Rotoworld.com: "Michael Porter Jr. came off the bench and hit 7-of-12 shots, four 3-pointers and both of his free throws for 20 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and a block with one turnover in 30 minutes of a 107-100 win over the Wolves.
The rebounds were easily a career high and he's quietly hit double figures in scoring in five straight games. The Nuggets are banged up right now (Gary Harris, Paul Millsap) and MPJ is coming on strong. If he wasn't a must-own player before this game, he sure is now. Go get him."
Rotoworld.com: "Bryn Forbes hit 8-of-13 shots and all eight of his makes were from downtown, with most of them coming in the first half to finish with 24 points, one rebound and two assists to lead the Spurs to a 120-118 win over the Suns on Monday.
Derrick White hit 9-of-14 shots and four 3-pointers to score 25 in the win while Patty Mills and starter Dejounte Murray were a bit quiet in this one. The Spurs are tough to read and Forbes scored just two points on Sunday and had seven points on Friday. The bottom line is that he and White are too inconsistent to be relied upon in most fantasy leagues. But both of them really had it working on MLK Day."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, January 20, 2020
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Nikola Jokic, Bam Adebayo, Domantas Sabonis, DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge, Jimmy Butler, Malcolm Brogdon, Will Barton, Kendrick Nunn and TJ Warren.
Rotoworld.com: "Bam Adebayo posted a 21-point, 16-rebound double-double across 36 minutes in Sunday's loss to the Spurs.
He added six assists, two steals and two turnovers while he was out there, and he got his points efficiently, finishing 8-of-13 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line. Adebayo had failed to record a single steal in his previous three outings, but he snapped that steals-less streak just three minutes into this game and he played some excellent defense against LaMarcus Aldridge. Adebayo has been a steady top-40 option this season and shows no signs of slowing down."
Rotoworld.com: "Zion Williamson (right knee) is doubtful to play on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Memphis.
Williamson's target date remains Wednesday against the Spurs, but this is the first time he's been listed as anything other than "out," since undergoing arthroscopic right knee surgery back in October. If he is able to get back out there on Wednesday, that would give him three games for Week 14, although he'll likely have a strict minutes limit so he may not be the best guy to deploy in weekly settings."
Rotoworld.com: "DeMar DeRozan flirted with a triple-double during Sunday's win over the Heat, tallying 20 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal and two turnovers in 38 minutes.
With the win, the Spurs improved to 18-23 on the year, putting them 0.5 games ahead of the Suns for the No. 9 spot out West, and they're now just 1.5 games out of the No. 8 seed. As long as the Spurs are postseason relevant, we won't need to worry about random rest for the Spurs' stars. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 21 points, four rebounds, two triples, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two turnovers."
Rotoworld.com: "Domantas Sabonis (bruised left knee) triple-doubled on Sunday with 22 points, 10 assists and 15 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass.
Sabonis made 10-of-16 FGs and 1-of-3 FTs in a game-high 41 minutes tonight. He's playing through his knee injury and has been told it can't get worse, so apparently fantasy owners got lucky. "There’s swelling in the bone that all doctors say it can’t get worse unless you get hit in that same spot," Sabonis said. "It’s not a muscle or anything, so by doing more stuff, you can’t technically get it worse ... Not even ice helps it. You can’t really put anything on it. It just has to heal." Pacers coach Nate McMillan explicitly said there's no minutes restriction, which was obvious tonight. This is an injury that will take 4-6 weeks to fully heal, but it appears Sabonis will continue to rack up double-doubles in the meantime."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, January 19, 2020
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Zach LaVine, Kawhi Leonard, Devin Booker, Marcus Smart, Russell Westbrook, Rudy Gobert, Andre Drummond, LeBron James, Lou Williams and D'Angelo Russell.
Rotoworld.com: "Markelle Fultz scored 23 points with six rebounds, four assists, one steal and two turnovers in 34 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.
He was the lone bright spot at just two points shy of his career-high as the Magic score just 95 points for the second straight game. Fultz has seen his minutes get a steady increase this season to get him to 29.8 this month, and his usage rate has also jumped up to 22.9 in January. With D.J. Augustin (knee) likely out until the break, Fultz's nightly upside gets a nice little boost. He should be owned in standard leagues."
Rotoworld.com: "Fred VanVleet (right hamstring strain) started and played 29 minutes in Saturday’s win over Minnesota, tallying 29 points (11-of-16 FGs), four rebounds, two assists, four steals and seven 3-pointers.
VanVleet showed no ill effects from the hamstring injury that kept him sidelined for five games, as he and Kyle Lowry combined to shoot 12-of-16 from beyond the arc. And the Raptors being able to sit VanVleet for most of the fourth quarter was a positive development given the type of injury that he’s returning from. Toronto will be back in action Monday, and he’ll likely face a similar workload."
Rotoworld.com: "Nerlens Noel posted a full stat line in Saturday’s win over the Blazers, playing 19 minutes and finishing with 15 points (6-of-7 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots.
Noel has been a top-100 player all season long, yet for some reason he’s rostered in just 39 percent of Yahoo leagues. And over the last month he’s been a top-50 player in nine-cat. Whether Steven Adams (right knee contusion) is available to play or not, Noel provides value as a defender as he provides steals and blocked shots. Do not hesitate to pick him up, even with Adams making his return to the starting lineup Saturday night."
Rotoworld.com: "Zach LaVine scored 42 points during 118-116 comeback win over the Cavs on Saturday, adding six rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers and a career-high five steals in 39 minutes.
The Bulls pull off a big comeback thanks to a 31-14 advantage in the fourth quarter to get a rare high-scoring win. LaVine was 19-of-31 from the field and was in full-on attack mode with 14 makes in the paint to get him to his third 40-point game of the season. He's playing as well as he's ever played this month at 30.6 points per game on a 50/37/81 shooting line, adding averages of 5.1 boards, 4.3 dimes, 1.9 steals and 3.1 boards. He's been the No. 4 fantasy player per game in standard leagues over those 10."
Rotoworld.com: "Damian Lillard shot 10-of-23 from the field and 9-of-12 from the foul line in Saturday’s loss to the Thunder, tallying 34 points, six assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
Lillard was without sidekick C.J. McCollum, who was held out after suffering a sprained ankle during Friday’s loss in Dallas. He’s now scored 30 or more in three of Portland’s last four games, and over the last two weeks he’s provided second-round value in both eight- and nine-category formats. Should McCollum have to miss additional time beyond Saturday, Lillard will be asked to do even more than he already is from a scoring standpoint. That makes him a very good candidate for DFS squads moving forward."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, January 18, 2020
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Hassan Whiteside, Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Normal Powell, Jonas Valanciunas, Cam Reddish, Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler.
Rotoworld.com: "LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30 points with five rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Hawks during a 121-120 loss on Friday.
He needed a good game with some quiet performances lately. While DeMar DeRozan has been on fire, Aldridge is having his worst month of the season so far, averaging 16.0 points, 7.1 boards, 2.4 dimes, 1.0 blocks and 2.9 treys over his previous seven. The Spurs clearly want him to shoot more 3-pointers with his 5.7 attempts per game more than doubling what he was doing prior to January, but either way LMA is fine as he flirts with early-round value going forward."
Rotoworld.com: "T.J. Warren made 11-of-18 from the field for 28 points during a 116-114 win over the Wolves on Friday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.
He comes through when many of the Pacers were struggling on offense. Warren's minutes have held steady almost every night with 30-plus minutes in all but one game this month, and coach Nate McMillan may turn to him as a four more once Vic Oladipo returns. He'll likely take a small hit, but Warren should be a solid mid-round guy going forward."
Rotoworld.com: "Cam Reddish made 8-of-13 for 22 points with five rebounds, four assists, four steals, one block and a career-high five 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.
He also had the game-sealing defensive play against DeMar DeRozan to cap a huge comeback. Reddish was just shy of his 25-point career best and it's just his third 20-point game of his career. He is starting to play a little better these days, averaging 11.0 points, 2.7 boards, 2.3 dimes, 1.7 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1..3 treys on a 38/40/78 shooting line over his previous three. He's really going to have a tough time being a reliable fantasy guy because of woeful shooting, but he's on the radar for those seeking counting stats. Plus, Jeff Teague arriving could keep him on a shorter leash."
Rotoworld.com: "Marc Gasol scored a season-high 20 points in a 140-111 win over the Wizards on Friday, adding six rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and six triples.
The six triples ties a career-high as Gasol continues to look rejuvenated since returning from his hamstring injury -- he had 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting with five rebounds, five assists, three 3-pointers and one steal in 32 minutes on Wednesday. The Raptors play the second game of a back-to-back on Saturday vs. the Wolves, so it will be interesting to see how they handle his minutes after getting 29 tonight. While it's nice to see Marc playing so well, what we've seen in the last two games isn't sustainable with the Raptors getting Fred VanVleet (hamstring) back on Saturday."
Rotoworld.com: "Trae Young scored 31 points with five rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and six 3-pointers in 35 minutes during a thrilling comeback 121-120 win in San Antonio on Friday.
The Hawks finally get it done with a huge comeback to get the first win in San Antonio since 1997. Young did have a wrap on his knee and went 0-of-4 in the third quarter for a scoreless frame, but he hit some big shots in the fourth for a huge road win. The arrival of Jeff Teague shouldn't impact Trae too much with maybe just a minute or two decrease, and Teague can certainly play off ball, too. Assuming his knee issue is fine, Young will have a huge nightly upside."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, January 17, 2020
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Brandon Ingram, Ricky Rubio, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Donovan Mitchell, Kemba Walker, Deandre Ayton, Derrick Favors, Will Barton, Kawhi Leonard and Rudy Gobert.
Rotoworld.com: "Brandon Ingram made 15-of-25 from the field and 16-of-20 from the line for a career-high 49 points during a 138-132 overtime victory over the Jazz on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, six assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes.
He should've had a game-winner on his 44th point in regulation, but the refs called a foul on Jaxson Hayes with 0.2 seconds left to allow the Jazz to tie it. Ingram has been a killer in second halves of games with a 61.3 TS% and a 28.6 usage rate, and this month he's been great as a passer with 6.0 dimes per game in his previous six games this month. He's grown at basically every level as a scorer with a vast improvement on drives, becoming a valuable catch-and-shoot guy, and scoring well off the bounce overall. He continues to be one of the best values from drafts and really just needs to stay healthy."
Rotoworld.com: "Kemba Walker scored 40 points during a 128-123 loss in Milwaukee on Thursday, adding 11 rebounds, three assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
His 11 boards are a season-high and one off his career best, making 14-of-23 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line. Walker went off in the second quarter with 24 points to help make him the first Celtics player this season with a 40-plus point, 10-plus board game. Walker's assists and usage rate are down a bit this month, but his efficiency is up with his tidy 62.4 TS% over his last six. Those who took him in the second round should be pleased with the results so far."
Rotoworld.com: "Alec Burks scored a team-high 25 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Nuggets during a 134-131 overtime loss on Thursday.
The move to the bench didn't hurt Burks too bad and he's been productive in that role all season, averaging 14.7 points, 4.6 boards, 2.9 dimes, 1.0 steals and 1.6 treys in his previous 23 games off the bench. Burks had been in a shooting slump this month at 31.3 FG% before tonight, but he should be owned in standard leagues on team that could use as much perimeter output as it can get."
Rotoworld.com: "Rudy Gobert scored 17 points with 14 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 39 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday.
He had plenty of screen assists, of course. The big man did have a chance to win this game down one with 0.2 seconds left, but he split them to cause overtime. He said on Jazz TV that he is playing his best ball of his career, and there is still some room for improvement. Gobert's January stats have seen a slight increase, averaging 15.4 points, 15.6 boards, 2.4 dimes, 1.9 blocks and 0.7 steals over his previous seven games. He's been just what his fantasy owners asked for from drafts."
Rotoworld.com: "Will Barton scored a season-high 31 points during a 134-131 overtime win over the Warriors on Thursday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and matching a career-high seven 3-pointers.
He played a ton of point guard in the second half as coach Mike Malone went with Malik Beasley and Michael Porter Jr. next to him in the backcourt. This isn't uncharted territory for Barton with previous looks at the point, and that could continue at times with Gary Harris (adductor) and Jamal Murray (ankle) not traveling to the Bay Area. He wasn't playing his best coming into tonight, but Barton figures to trend up on a shorthanded roster."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, January 16, 2020
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Domantas Sabonis, Tobias Harris, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz.
Rotoworld.com: "Markelle Fultz notched his second career triple-double on Wednesday, scoring 21 points with 11 rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in a 119-118 road win vs. the Lakers.
The Magic were playing without both D.J. Augustin (left knee soreness) and Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) tonight, but Fultz stepped up to help Orlando become the first sub-.500 team to defeat L.A. this season. It does sound like both veteran guards are day-to-day, so Fultz could see his minutes trend down a bit -- he's averaging 26.9 per game this season. He's playing well lately, and has been a nice source of dimes (5.3) and steals (2.2) for the past few weeks, so owners should hold on and see what happens when DJA and MCW are active."
Rotoworld.com: "Domantas Sabonis (left knee soreness) was exceptional on Wednesday against Minnesota, scoring 29 points (13-of-17 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with 13 rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes.
Sabonis was a game-time decision for this contest as he continues to deal with some left knee soreness. He's still playing 30+ minutes a night and whatever soreness he's dealing with doesn't appear to be hindering his play all that much. The Pacers are confident that Sabonis won't hurt his knee more by playing on it, which is hopefully the case. He's been a top-20 player in 9-cat leagues in six games over the last two weeks."
Rotoworld.com: "De'Aaron Fox scored 27 points with seven rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes during a 127-123 loss to the Mavs on Wednesday.
Another big game for Fox as he's really hit his stride lately. Over his previous six games, Fox averaged 23.7 points, 5.3 dimes, 7.8 dimes, 2.2 steals, 1.2 blocks, 1.2 treys and 4.0 turnovers on a 48/33/83 shooting line. It's taken a while for him to really heat up due injuries and a slow start in October, but Fox looks locked in as an early-round guy going forward."
Rotoworld.com: "Russell Westbrook triple-doubled in a loss vs. the Blazers on Wednesday, posting 31 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in 42 minutes.
WB shot 11-of-22 from the field and 7-of-12 from the line, adding two 3-pointers and one steal in 42 minutes. He sat out Tuesday's game vs. Memphis, but all of his DNPs this season have been precautionary. Most fantasy owners should accept that trade-off, especially since you can try to plan around back-to-backs. The Rockets' next consecutive-game sets come Jan. 26/27 and Feb. 6/7."
Rotoworld.com: "Luka Doncic handed out a career-high 17 assists during a 127-123 win over the Kings on Wednesday, adding 25 points, 15 rebounds and six turnovers in 34 minutes.
It's his 20th career triple-double to make him the second-fastest player to get to 20 ever, he's the ninth player with a 25/15/15 triple-double with Doncic being the first of that group under age 21, and he's the first Mav ever with a 25/15/15 triple-double line. Doncic was also 9-of-10 from the line tonight after making just 68.3% of his attempts in his previous seven January games, so hopefully that slump is over. Doncic is going to get his regardless of Kristaps Porzingis (knee) and he's likely going to be one of the league's best stat stuffers for the next decade."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, January 15, 2020
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Trae Young, Rudy Gobert, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Devin Booker, Kevin Huerter, Ja Morant and Julius Randle.
Rotoworld.com: "James Harden dropped 41 points (13-of-37 FGs, 10-of-11 FTs) with six rebounds, six assists, one block, five triples and one turnover in a 121-110 loss to Memphis on Tuesday.
He got a heavy dose of De'Anthony Melton tonight, so that explains the poor shooting. The 37 shot attempts were probably the least surprising thing on the stat sheet, as Russell Westbrook was rested on the front end of a back-to-back -- Harden has an absurd 45.1 usage rate with Westy off the court and scores 43.5 points per 36 minutes. Insanity."
Rotoworld.com: "Deandre Ayton came off the bench again on Tuesday vs. the Hawks, but played well with 20 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and two blocks.
Hopefully this will be his last game off the bench because Aron Baynes had one of his worst games of the season. Ayton settles for too many mid-range shots and that accounts for 35.8% of his total shot attempts, but he was more aggressive inside tonight and feasted against a team that allows the 8th most fantasy points to centers. He was 10-of-14 from the field and hopefully this a sign of things to come with the schedule looking very favorable going forward."
Rotoworld.com: "Ja Morant had one of the best games of his career in a 121-110 win over the Rockets on Tuesday, scoring 26 points on 10-of-11 shooting with eight assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block and three triples.
He was doing it all, draining a triple from way down town after James Harden dared him to shoot and dissecting the Houston defense with some insane dribbling/passing. Check out the link below for one of his many highlights tonight, but Ja and Jaren Jackson Jr. are quickly becoming one of the best young duos in the NBA. Morant has been a top-25 player in 9-cat for the past two weeks and is starting to pay dividends for those that spent a high draft pick on the rookie."
Rotoworld.com: "Kevin Huerter hit 8-of-14 shots and four 3-pointers for 23 points, a career-high 15 rebounds, a career-high eight assists and a steal in 38 minutes of Tuesday's 123-110 win over the Suns.
Not only were the boards a career high, but this was just the third time in his career Huerter has hauled in at least 10 rebounds in a game, with the other two coming last season. He's on fire right now, averaging 17.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists on 49 percent shooting over his last eight games and tonight was the first time that Huerter, Trae Young and John Collins had all scored at least 20 points in the same game."
Rotoworld.com: "Kawhi Leonard hit 14-of-22 shots, 6-of-10 3-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws for a season-high 43 points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals, a block and just one turnover in 29 minutes of Tuesday's 128-103 win over the Cavaliers.
Much like Giannis Antetokounmpo against the Knicks tonight, Leonard went nuts in limited run in a blowout win. He's been ballin' out with Paul George sidelined and should be good to go for two more games, as the Clippers get the Magic on Thursday and the Pelicans on Saturday. But next week, the Clippers have a back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday at Dallas and Atlanta, so owners should expect him to sit out one of those two games. And our guess is that he'll be in street clothes against the 9-32 Hawks."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, January 14, 2020
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, De'Aaron Fox, Jahlil Okafor, Nikola Vucevic, Nemanja Bjelica, PJ Washington, Lonzo Ball, Devonte' Graham, Ben Simmons and LeBron James.
Rotoworld.com: "Terry Rozier accounted for 25 points (8-of-18 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), seven rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes Monday vs. the Blazers.
One day removed from one of his worst games of the season, Rozier bounced back Monday night in Portland. The seven rebounds are the most that he’s had in a game since December 13, when he corralled eight in a win over the Bulls. Like Devonte’ Graham the field goal percentage can be a concern, but playing off of another ball-handler has helped Rozier in his transition in Charlotte. He’s been a top-100 player in both eight- and nine-category formats this season."
Rotoworld.com: "Damian Lillard played 36 minutes in Monday’s win over the Hornets, scoring 30 points (10-of-16 FGs, 5-of-7 FTs) with four rebounds, nine assists and five 3-pointers.
Lillard hit the 30-point mark for the third time in January Monday night, and he did so by shooting a higher percentage than he has in any game since November 2 (68.8 percent vs. Philadelphia). While he did turn the ball over six times on the night, the overall stat line more than makes up for that. Over the last month Lillard has provided top-15 value in both eight- and nine-category formats, and with three more games on the schedule this is a big week for those who have him rostered."
Rotoworld.com: "Nikola Vucevic finished Monday’s win over the Kings with 26 points (9-of-23 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), 15 rebounds, two assists, three blocked shots and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
Vucevic has had better nights shooting the basketball, but he has now posted a double-double in six of Orlando’s seven games this month. The exception was his 29-point, nine-rebound effort in a win over the Wizards on January 8. He’s provided second-round value in nine-category formats all season long, and of equal importance is the fact that Vucevic showed no ill effects from the ankle injury he suffered during Friday’s loss to the Suns. He should meet more resistance in the middle Wednesday night, as the Lakers are next on the schedule."
Rotoworld.com: "Devonte’ Graham shot 8-of-13 from three in Monday’s loss to the Blazers, scoring 27 points (9-of-17 FGs) with three rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in 36 minutes.
Graham and Terry Rozier combined to score 52 points, doing everything they could to steal a win in Portland but ultimately falling short. Over the last month he’s provided top-100 value in both eight- and nine-category formats, but the field goal percentage (31.9 percent) has kept Graham from making a climb up the rankings. He’s certainly worth rostering in standard leagues, but he needs to shoot the ball better. Hopefully Monday’s effort will be a step in the right direction in that regard."
Rotoworld.com: "De’Aaron Fox shot 12-of-18 from the field and 5-of-5 from the foul line in Monday’s loss to the Magic, finishing with 31 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one blocked shot and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
Fox posted his second double-double in as many games, and fifth of the season Monday night. Over the last two weeks he’s provided second round value in both eight- and nine-category formats, a significant improvement on his production for the season as a whole. Bogdan Bogdanovic being out with an ankle injury means that even more responsibility is on Fox’s shoulders from a playmaking standpoint, but he’s taken it all in stride in recent weeks."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, January 13, 2020
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Jonas Valanciunas, Kelly Oubre, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Nikola Jokic, Rudy Gobert, D'Angelo Russell, Kyle Lowry, Julius Randle and Devonte' Graham.
Rotoworld.com: "D'Angelo Russell (right shoulder) returned to action on Sunday with 34 points (12-of-24 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), seven rebounds, five 3-pointers and four assists in 35 minutes.
The minutes were above Russell's season average of 31.4, and he clearly wasn't on any type of limit. Golden State has zero incentive to push Russell, but if they don't trade him they should at least run him alongside Steph Curry (finger) when he's ready to play, to get a bigger sample-size of that pairing. When he's healthy, Russell is typically a fantasy stud. Now owners just have to hope he doesn't get shut down as the 9-32 Warriors drift toward the offseason."
Rotoworld.com: "Kyrie Irving returned after a 26-game layoff due to a shoulder injury and torched the Hawks for 21 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on 10-of-11 shooting on Sunday.
Irving became the sixth player to try at least 11 shots and miss only one of them this season and he did all his damage in just 20 minutes. Irving looked really great today and he'll get his first back-to-back test when the Nets host Utah on Tuesday and visit the Sixers on Wednesday. He said after the game that he plans on playing in both games. Welcome back, Kyrie!"
Rotoworld.com: "Kyle Lowry dished a season-high 15 assists on Sunday, adding 16 points, three rebounds, two steals and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes vs. the Spurs.
Lowry's big assist game was overshadowed by the return of Pascal Siakam, and his efforts were squandered as Toronto blew a big lead in the fourth quarter. He hasn't garnered too many headlines, but is quietly crushing for fantasy owners with 20.8 points, 3.1 triples, 7.6 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 0.5 blocks. His scoring may dip a bit with Siakam back in action, but fantasy owners can still rely on K-Low for top-40 value every time he takes the court."
Rotoworld.com: "Jonas Valanciunas destroyed the Warriors on Sunday with 31 points, a season-high 19 rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in 29 minutes.
Nine of JV's boards came on the offensive glass, and he finished 13-of-17 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line. That's a True Shooting percentage of 80.7%, and his usage was just under 30% -- the Warriors' centers had no answer for him in the paint. Ignoring a four-point dud last Tuesday, Valanciunas is cruising with 14+ points in 11 of his past 12 games. The Grizzlies are an unlikely No. 8 seed right now, too, which should help limit the shutdown risk for JV."
Rotoworld.com: "DeMar DeRozan made 7-of-12 field goals and 11-of-14 free throws for a game-high 25 points on Sunday, with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.
The Raptors played a tribute video for DeRozan tonight, which earned him a standing ovation from the appreciative crowd in Toronto. They probably weren't as thankful for his late-game heroics -- he had only seven points until he got hot in the final 16 minutes, which helped the Spurs pull out an unlikely 105-104 comeback win."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, January 11, 2020
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were LeBron James, DeMar DeRozan, Kawhi Leonard, Spencer Dinwiddie, De'Aaron Fox, Ja Morant, Myles Turner and Rudy Gobert.
Rotoworld.com: "Spencer Dinwiddie handed out a career-high 14 assists during a thrilling 117-113 win over the Heat on Friday, adding 26 points, four rebounds, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
The Nets badly needed this win after losing seven straight in what was the longest active streak in the NBA. Dinwiddie's passing was superb to become the first Net since 1998 with 26-plus points, 14-plus dimes, and 0-2 turnovers in a game (Sam Cassell). The Nets did get some good news on Kyrie Irving, so Dinwiddie's upside may get capped if Kyrie can make it back. Still, Dinwiddie's value is very attractive until Kyrie can show he can stay on the floor."
Rotoworld.com: "Jimmy Butler made 12-of-18 from the field and all nine from the line for 33 points during a 117-113 loss to the Nets on Friday, adding nine rebounds, two assists, one block and one turnover in 36 minutes.
He continues to feast inside and has really cut down his 3-point shooting lately with only six total attempts and no makes since Christmas, averaging 21.4 points, 8.7 boards, 6.0 dimes, 1.4 steals, 0.3 blocks and 2.4 turnovers on 47.7 FG% and 83.5 FT% in those seven. The Nets fans get props for chanting "T.J. Warren" during Jimmy's free throws, and Butler was fined $35K for the altercation with Warren on Wednesday. Butler will look to get a win in MSG on Sunday."
Rotoworld.com: "Ja Morant dropped an epic line in a 134-121 win over the Spurs on Friday, scoring 24 points with a career-high 14 assists, seven rebounds, two steals and two turnovers in 34 minutes.
Good grief. He becomes the ninth rookie in NBA history to have at least 22 points, 14 assists, seven rebounds and two steals in a game, joining the likes of Michael Jordan, Steph Curry and Chris Paul (h/t Fastbreak Breakfast). Morant is in the midst of his best stretch of the season, scoring at least 20 points in four of his last five games with an average of 8.8 dimes in that span. With the Grizzlies moving up to 8th in the West, this team may unleash him even more after some early-season restrictions with his minutes. He has early-round upside for the second half of the season, especially for non-turnover leagues."
Rotoworld.com: "Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 43 points (14-of-23 FGs, 7-of-7 FTs) against the Pacers on Friday, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal and eight 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
LaVine surpassed the 40-point mark for the second time this season and the sixth time in his career. He' scored 35+ in eight games so far this season, which is the second most (Jimmy Butler with 11 in 2016-17) since the Michael Jordan days. LaVine doesn't do much outside of scoring, but he still finds himself in the top-40 of 9-cat leagues and in the top-5 over the past week of action."
Rotoworld.com: "Myles Turner had his best game of the season on Friday, scoring 27 points (10-of-18 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs) with 14 rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.
Turner feasted on the Bulls, posting season-highs in points, boards and field goals made while matching his season-high in dimes. Domantas Sabonis (knee) was out, which is the main reason why Turner was able to have such a great game. Sabonis is set to undergo a precautionary MRI on his sore knee on Saturday, but he hopes to return for Monday's game. If Sabonis misses more time, Turner could be in for some more monster lines."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, January 10, 2020
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Tristan Thompson, Andre Drummond, Bruce Brown, Danilo Gallinari, Chris Paul, Al Horford and Josh Richardson.
Rotoworld.com: "Russell Westbrook returned to Oklahoma City on Thursday, finishing with 34 points, two rebounds, five assists, seven turnovers and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes during a blowout 113-92 loss.
He received a heart-warming tribute video with a standing ovation from the OKC crowd, and he got another ovation after the game. The Rockets did not have it tonight and failed to hit 100 points for just the second time this season with a 95-point game against Denver as the other. Westbrook has scored 30+ points in six of his 32 games played as a Rocket, and James Harden hasn't had a teammate score more than 30 points in five games in a single season as a teammate in Houston until tonight. Westbrook continues to shoot the ball well and his value has trended up over the last month."
Rotoworld.com: "Andre Drummond scored 28 points with 23 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 49 minutes during a 115-112 loss to the Cavs on Thursday.
The Pistons really let this one slip away with a 13-point lead in the middle of the third quarter, and they fall to just 14-25. Drummond's per-game output should be outstanding based on his increased defensive output with Blake Griffin (knee) off the floor this season, and he'll be counted on more with so many young guys around him. Of course, the trade rumors figure to pick up with the Pistons losing so many games, and a trade wouldn't be the worst thing to get him off a team that could potentially shut him down for tanking purposes."
Rotoworld.com: "Chris Paul scored 18 points during a 113-92 win over the Rockets on Thursday, adding six rebounds, five assists, four steals and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.
He had the highlight of the night with a nutmeg on Isaiah Hartenstein to send this game to garbage time (video in link below). The Thunder look like a lock for the top-seven seed with a five-game cushion over the No. 8 Spurs, and they're just 1.5 games away from the sixth-seeded Mavs. OKC's great play lately is key for CP3's fantasy value with top-20 value in standard leagues so far this season."
Rotoworld.com: "Tristan Thompson scored a career-high 35 points during a 115-112 overtime win over the Pistons on Thursday, adding 14 rebounds, three assists, one steal and three blocks in 45 minutes.
He was 15-of-20 from the field with 15 of those shots coming at the rim to get him to his first 30-point game of his career, which is kind of wild for a guy who played his 598th game of his career at 28.1 minutes per outing. The timing for this gem is also just what the Cavs needed to help try to overshadow the off-court story surrounding their coach Jim Beilein. Thompson has been just a late-round guy prior to this one, so this monster game doesn't change his outlook much."
Rotoworld.com: "According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Pascal Siakam (groin) is expected to practice Friday, with hopes of returning to the game action next week.
Giddy up. It was reported earlier that Siakam, who has been sidelined since Dec. 18, might be cleared for practice this weekend; however, Woj adding that Pascal hopes to return within a week is a nice added update. Siakam was off to a phenomenal start this season, averaging 25.1 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.5 treys over his first 27 games. Stay tuned for additional updates early next week."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, January 9, 2020
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Trae Young, Clint Capela, Brandon Ingram, Nikola Jokic, Giannis, Nikola Vucevic, Zach LaVine, Domantas Sabonis and John Collins.
Rotoworld.com: "Kris Dunn finished Wednesday's game with 15 points, seven assists, five steals, four rebounds and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
Dunn had four steals by halftime, and he finished with the league-lead in swipes -- he now has 79 which puts him one ahead of Ben Simmons. Andre Drummond is third in steals with 71 this year, after which there's a drop-off to Jimmy Butler (63), James Harden (63) and Fred VanVleet (59). Unlike all of those other players, though, Dunn doesn't contribute much outside of his steals -- he's the definition of a specialist."
Rotoworld.com: "Clint Capela scored 22 points with 22 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 36 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday.
The Hawks will give up some big games to bigs, and the Hawks going small for the vast majority of the game worked in Capela's favor. Capela just put up a 30-point game on Joel Embiid on Jan. 3, and clearly he's over that heel issue that cost him a game on Dec. 28. Perhaps the Rockets will take it easy on him for a B2B on Thursday, but either way Capela has been an underappreciated part of the Rockets' strong season."
Rotoworld.com: "Jaxson Hayes hauled in a career-high 12 rebounds in 24 minutes on Wednesday, adding 14 points and four blocks.
The blocks were one shy of Hayes' career high, set in early December vs. the Suns, and this is the latest reminder of his upside. He's not helping owners most nights, but if you can afford some quiet weeks Hayes should pay off nicely as a late-season upside guy. After all, the Pelicans are in player-development mode and Derrick Favors is on a one-year deal."
Rotoworld.com: "Donovan Mitchell played just 25 minutes in Wednesday’s 128-104 win over the Knicks, tallying 16 points (6-of-11 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), three rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.
Utah was in control of this one almost from the start, which afforded Quin Snyder the opportunity to get his main players some rest during the fourth quarter. Mitchell has now scored fewer than 20 points in three of his last four games, but there’s no need for concern. Over the last month he’s ranked 25th in nine-category formats and 26th in eight-cat. The Jazz have won their last seven, with Mitchell being one of the biggest reasons why."
Rotoworld.com: "Bobby Portis started Wednesday’s 128-104 loss to the Jazz, playing 29 minutes and tallying 13 points (5-of-17 FGs), 13 rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers.
Portis filled in for Julius Randle (personal), and his 17 shot attempts are the most that he’s had in a game since December 20. A return to the bench when Randle returns will lower his fantasy value, but at the very least Portis got back into double figures after scoring a total of 10 points in the Knicks’ two games prior. If Randle isn’t back for Friday’s game vs. the Pelicans, feel free to grab Portis as a short-term option. But that’s his ceiling at this point."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, January 8, 2020
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Andre Drummond, Hassan Whiteside, Devin Booker, Kevin Love, Jaren Jackson Jr, Jae Crowder, Carmelo Anthony, De'Aaron Fox and Chris Paul.
Rotoworld.com: "Chris Paul dropped 28 points in Tuesday's 111-103 overtime win vs. the Nets, hitting 9-of-15 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and four triples in 38 minutes.
Incredible. Paul scored four of OKC's 10 points in overtime, but that's been the story quite a lot this season -- CP3 leads all players in clutch scoring with 93 points and the Thunder have outscored their opponents by 52 points in his 106 clutch minutes (h/t NBA.com). The Thunder look like a playoff team and there's no murmurs of a possible trade, so CP3's fantasy value appears to be safe going forward."
Rotoworld.com: "Jaren Jackson Jr. hit 7-of-15 shots and four 3-pointers for 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and three blocks in 31 minutes of Tuesday's comeback 119-112 win over the Timberwolves. He becomes the first player in NBA history with at least three 3-pointers and three blocks in three straight games.
Jackson was instrumental in a 22-6 run for the Grizzlies when they took the lead late and won the game. After a slow start to the season JJJ has emerged as a fantasy monster and is averaging 19.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 2.5 blocks and 3.3 3-pointers in his four January games. The Grizzlies have now won three straight games and are just a 1/2 game behind the Spurs for the No. 8 seed in the West."
Rotoworld.com: "Caris LeVert returned from a day of rest vs. the Thunder on Tuesday, scoring 20 points with six rebounds, three assists, two triples and three turnovers in 22 minutes
That's a nice bump from the 16 minutes he played on Saturday, and hopefully it won't be long before he's back near the 30s. The Nets do have another back-to-back on Jan. 14-15, and coach Kenny Atkinson wouldn't confirm what his plans were for LeVert in that set. He might be a little annoying with the Nets restricting him so much (he didn't play overtime despite his big night), but his per-minute production without Kyrie Irving (knee) on the floor is pretty juicy."
Rotoworld.com: "Andre Drummond posted a monster line in a 115-113 win over the Cavaliers on Tuesday, scoring 23 points with 20 rebounds, five assists, one steal and two blocks in 38 minutes.
Good grief. That's his fifth 20-20 game of the season and the seventh 20-20-5 game of his career, as there just aren't many players that can stuff a stat sheet quite like Drummond. The trade rumors swirling around Drummond are only going to intensify with Blake Griffin undergoing knee surgery that could sideline him for the season, but his fantasy owners shouldn't stress since his value should be fine if he were moved. In fact, they should be rooting for a trade since Detroit has a terrible schedule in the fantasy playoffs."
Rotoworld.com: "LeBron James played through his illness on Tuesday and hit 9-of-19 shots and six 3-pointers for 31 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in 31 minutes of a 117-87 win over the Knicks.
Bron looked good and the six triples matched his season high, which he hit twice earlier this season. LeBron should be fully healthy and ready to roll against Luka Doncic at Dallas on Friday and if Anthony Davis is out with his tailbone injury for that one, LeBron will be nearly a must-use player in DFS."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, January 7, 2020
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic, Giannis, Brandon Ingram, TJ Warren, Domantas Sabonis, Zach LaVine, Steven Adams, Will Barton and Ben Simmons.
Rotoworld.com: "Lauri Markkanen started Monday’s loss to the Mavericks and played 36 minutes, finishing with 26 points (10-of-18 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), nine rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers.
Markkanen was listed a doubtful on Sunday after he sprained his ankle during Saturday’s loss to the Celtics. But not only was he able to play against Dallas, but he played 36 minutes on the night. Over the last month Markkanen has been a top-50 player in both eight- and nine-category formats. And with Wendell Carter Jr. going down with a sprained right ankle during the third quarter of Monday’s game, Markkanen stands to be of even greater value should his frontcourt partner have to miss any time."
Rotoworld.com: "Steven Adams dominated inside on Monday against the 76ers, scoring a season-high 24 points (9-of-14 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs) with 15 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 35 minutes.
Adams was simply dominant on the glass in this one, grabbing a season-high nine offensive rebounds. Granted, he did take advantage of Joel Embiid dislocating his finger and basically playing with one hand, but the stat sheet doesn't care about that. Adam's is one of the steadiest centers in fantasy hoops, especially since he's played 80 games in three of the past four seasons."
Rotoworld.com: "Nikola Jokic did his thing on Monday against the Hawks, scoring a career-high 47 points (16-of-25 FGs, 11-of-16 FTs) with eight rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
The only thing missing from Jokic's night was a triple-double. He got off to a hot start, scoring 18 points in the first quarter alone. The talented big man hasn't been at the level we've been used to seeing from him to this point in the season, but he's still a top-20 player and has some of the highest upside in fantasy hoops."
Rotoworld.com: "Lonzo Ball stayed hot on Monday vs. the Jazz, scoring 21 points with eight rebounds, seven assists, four 3-pointers and one turnover in 37 minutes.
What a turnaround. Ball had never had back-to-back games with 20+ points before this recent stretch, but now he's done it for four games in a row. "I know how to play the game of basketball," Ball said. "For me, it's just making sure my body is good -- it feels good right now. I'm getting healthier and my confidence is where it is supposed to be." The 3-point shot he spent the entire summer working on has been money for him with a combined 17 makes over his last four, and he's been a 1st-round value in that span with 23.8 points, 7.5 dimes, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals. This has to feel good for anyone who was able to buy low or for those who held on during the tough times."
Rotoworld.com: "Buddy Hield shot 7-of-17 from the field in Monday’s win over the Warriors, scoring 21 points (7-of-17 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs) with two rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
Hield has now scored 20 points or more in six straight games, with this streak coming on the heels of a three-game stretch in which he scored a total of 35 points. Over the last two weeks he’s been a top-100 player in nine-category formats, with turnovers being his issues. Hield is averaging 3.5 turnovers per game during this stretch, which has noticeably limited his fantasy value. By comparison he’s close to the top-50 in eight-cat formats."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, January 6, 2020
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Gorgui Dieng, Jonas Valanciunas, Marcus Morris, LeBron James, Devin Booker, Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside and Andre Drummond.
Rotoworld.com: "DeAndre Ayton had 14 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal on Sunday, making 7-of-14 shots without any free throw attempts in 32 minutes.
Aron Baynes started alongside Ayton again tonight, as the Suns are opting for a twin-tower look in the frontcourt. That hasn't impacted Ayton much, though, as he's notched three straight double-doubles in January and is giving owners what they anticipated on draft day. More touches offensively would be nice, though, as his usage rate is hovering around 20% the past few weeks (20.5% tonight)."
Rotoworld.com: "Ante Zizic was back in Cleveland's rotation on Sunday, coming off the bench for multiple season-highs with 15 points (6-of-7 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), 12 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes.
The key to Zizic's big game was that Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance were all out tonight, with Love and TT just day-to-day. It's inevitable that the Cavs will eventually lean into their young guys, of course, which puts Zizic on the radar as a guy to add if/when the veterans are traded or shut down. For now, just remember his name."
Rotoworld.com: "Dante Exum caught fire for a career-high 28 points on Sunday, making 11-of-13 shots with four 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes.
Exum was playing well before Kevin Porter Jr. exited this game with a left knee injury. He erupted for 24 of his points in the second half, though, and Exum was the engine of a massive run that temporarily erased a 25-point deficit. We're still waiting on details, but if KPJ does miss time, Exum and Brandon Knight stand to gain the most minutes. Exum has never been a reliable fantasy player, and he's never been able to stay healthy, so don't overreact to tonight's electric performance."
Rotoworld.com: "Anthony Davis hit 7-of-16 shots, a 3-pointer and 9-of-10 free throws on his way to 24 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, three steals and a season-high eight blocks in 38 minutes of a 106-99 win over the Pistons.
The Lakers blocked 20 shots tonight, just one off the franchise record, as AD had eight, JaVale McGee had six, Dwight Howard had five, and Avery Bradley had one before leaving early with a sprained right ankle. Davis swatted eight shots with more than six minutes left in the third quarter, but couldn't produce anymore of them, falling just shy of a unique triple-double. His previous high in blocks this season was five."
Rotoworld.com: "LeBron James hit 10-of-21 shots for 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for his ninth triple-double of the season and the 90th of his career on Sunday night.
He didn't hit a 3-pointer, block a shot or swipe a steal tonight, but still led the 29-7 Lakers to another win. This was just the second game this season that LeBron didn't have at least one 3-pointer, block or steal. He snapped a six-game streak of hitting at least one 3-pointer tonight and Luka Doncic currently holds the league lead in triple-doubles with 10 of them."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, January 5, 2020
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Luka Doncic, Jae Crowder, Trae Young, Ish Smith, Zach LaVine, Jamal Murray, Lonzo Ball, Fred VanVleet, Devonte' Graham and Andre Drummond.
Rotoworld.com: "Sekou Doumbouya posted a line of 16 points (6-of-10 FGs), ten rebounds, two assists, two steals, one blocked shot and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes Saturday vs. the Warriors.
Making another start in place of the injured Blake Griffin, Doumbouya had the best night of his short NBA career on Saturday. The fact that the rookie forward was able to get into double figures isn’t a surprise, as he scored ten points in Thursday’s loss to the Clippers. What did surprise was his proficiency from three, as Doumbouya entered the game 0-of-7 from deep on the season. Whether or not that was an aberration remains to be seen, but as long as Griffin is out Doumbouya should be rostered in most leagues."
Rotoworld.com: "Terry Rozier hit 10-of-15 shots and five 3-pointers for 29 points, six rebounds and eight assists with just one turnover in Saturday's overtime win against the Mavericks.
Scary Terry was fantastic tonight, making a bunch of clutch shots, including a game-tying 3-pointer to send the game to OT and then hit the go-ahead shot in the extra session. He had 30 points, six boards, three assists, a steal and just two turnovers on Thursday against the Cavaliers, meaning his January is off to an incredible start. He's in the hunt to be named Player of the Week in the East with the Hornets on a two-game winning streak after losing six straight to end December and will try to keep it going against the Pacers on Monday. The Pacers allowed Trae Young to light them up for 41 points and eight assists tonight, meaning Rozier has a great chance at another monster line against the Pacers."
Rotoworld.com: "Andre Drummond tallied 14 points (7-of-14 FGs), 18 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocked shots in 29 minutes Saturday vs. the Warriors.
Had Drummond not fouled out, he likely would have hit the 20-rebound mark. The NBA’s leader in rebounding, Drummond has grabbed 18 or more in 14 games this season. While those who have him rostered will have to punt free throw percentage, he remains a top-50 player who should be rostered in all leagues."
Rotoworld.com: "Devonte' Graham hit 8-of-17 shots, two 3-pointers and 9-of-9 free throws for 27 points, two rebounds, 13 assists, a steal and a block in 44 minutes of Saturday's exciting 123-120 overtime win against the Mavericks.
Graham is having a fun little season and none of tonight's big numbers were even season highs for him. He'll get the Pacers on Monday, who just gave up a monster line to Trae Young on Saturday night. He had 11 points and seven assists on New Year's Eve, and had he had three more dimes in that one, he'd be on a six-game double-double streak. Fire him up and watch him roll again on Monday."
Rotoworld.com: "Lonzo Ball kept it going on Saturday with 24 points, six rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, a block and four 3-pointers on 9-of-19 shooting in a win over the Kings.
He had just two turnovers and is averaging 24.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 8.3 assists, 2.0 steals, 4.3 3-pointers and just 2.0 turnovers over his last three games. He's shooting it really well from the floor and downtown and is on a fantastic roll right now. He'll look to keep it going against the Jazz on Monday and the Pelicans have a tasty four-game week coming up, starting with the Jazz."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, January 3, 2020
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were De'Aaron Fox, Luka Doncic, Domantas Sabonis, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Robert Covington, Jeremy Lamb, LaMarcus Aldridge, Terry Rozier, Jamal Murray and Kawhi Leonard.
Rotoworld.com: "Paul George (left hamstring tightness) will not return to Thursday's blowout win against the Pistons and finished with 12 points, three boards, three assists and two 3-pointers in 16 minutes.
The Clippers are up by about 30 points as we post this so there's no reason for George to play. The Clippers have back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday, which are in jeopardy for Paul, but the good news is that they're off until Friday after Sunday's game. Consider George day-to-day and look for guys like Rodney McGruder (who started the third quarter for George tonight) and Lou Williams to pick up the slack if PG-13 misses time with the injury."
Rotoworld.com: "Luka Doncic flirted with a triple-double during Thursday's 123-111 win over the Nets, tallying 31 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, five triples, one block and four turnovers in 34 minutes.
Doncic got off to a semi-slow start in this one as he was somewhat limited by foul trouble, but he turned on the heat in the fourth and single-handedly outscored the Nets 15-11 in the final seven minutes of the game. He did tweak his right knee on a drive to the hoop late in the second quarter, and he was grimacing a bit after the play, but he stayed in the game and drilled a triple on the next possession so it’s probably nothing."
Rotoworld.com: "De'Aaron Fox played 30 minutes in Thursday's win over the Grizzlies, scoring 27 points (9-of-18 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs) with four rebounds, nine assists, five steals, two blocks and one three-pointer.
This was Fox's best game since his return to the lineup, as he missed time with back spasms. He's scored in double figures in two of his last three games, and during that stretch he's dished out an average of 9.3 assists per game. If the Kings can play faster on a consistent basis Fox becomes an even more dangerous player, and his fantasy value would be enhanced as well. Thursday's effort may be a sign that he's ready to consistently produce at the level expected of him before the season began."
Rotoworld.com: "Seth Curry busted loose for 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting Thursday, to go with five triples, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 31 minutes off the bench.
Curry was in an awful shooting slump heading into this one, connecting on just 24.4% of his shot attempts in his previous five games, but he bucked that trend tonight and provided a nice spark off the bench for Dallas. He should see decent opportunity while Tim Hardaway Jr. (hamstring) and Kristaps Porzingis (knee) are out, so he could emerge with some low-end value in deep leagues."
Rotoworld.com: "Sekou Doumbouya made his first NBA start on Thursday and hit 4-of-11 shots and 2-of-3 free throws for a career-high 10 points, a career-high 11 rebounds, a steal and five fouls in 25 minutes.
With the Blake Griffin shutdown watch in a code red status and the Pistons starting various no-names on a nightly basis, Doumbouya is worth keeping a close eye on. But until he becomes a consistent starter who produces on a nightly basis, he's only worth grabbing in deeper leagues right now. Put him on your radar. He missed Monday's game with an illness but looked good tonight."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, January 2, 2020
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were LeBron, Giannis, DJ Augustin, Hassan Whiteside, Kelly Oubre, Julius Randle, Anthony Davis, Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Nikola Vucevic.
Rotoworld.com: "Julius Randle racked up 22 points (8-of-15 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), 13 boards, three assists, three 3-pointers, one steal and one block during Wednesday's win vs. the Blazers.
The Knicks have opened up the paint more in recent weeks, which benefits a guy like Randle who relies on bullying his way to the rim. "I’m reading [double-teams] better, getting to spots better, recognizing how they’re playing and playing at a better pace," Randle said. "Coach [Miller] is doing a great job of getting me in spots where I can be efficient." Fantasy owners are thrilled, too, as he's gone from a late-round guy to top-40 seemingly overnight"
Rotoworld.com: "Bradley Beal (sore lower right leg) returned to action on Wednesday with 27 points, five assists, four rebounds and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes
Beal ended up missing two games with the ailment, snapping his impressive 194-game streak of games played. Head coach Scott Brooks said he wants to keep Beal around 35 minutes per game, but cited all the Wizards' injuries as the reason he's averaging 36.6. The immediate concern is that Brooks "is not sure how the Wizards will handle" an upcoming stretch with three games in four days. There's a real possibility Beal misses one of those games as a precaution."
Rotoworld.com: "Kelly Oubre was a rare bright spot for Phoenix on Wednesday, scoring 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting with three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
Oubre also had six rebounds, three assists and three steals, with just one turnover. The Suns were blown out in the first half, trailing by 33 points, but Oubre led a comeback attempt and Phoenix was a few made buckets away from a monumental road win. Granted, they ultimately lost by double-digits. He's been logging huge playing time lately with at least 38 minutes in four of his previous five games, and he's an admirably well-rounded fantasy asset."
Rotoworld.com: "Carmelo Anthony got hot vs. his former Knicks team on Wednesday, making 11-of-17 shots for a season-high 26 points in 31 minutes.
Melo got plenty of love from the crowd and he reminded fans what he can do, adding seven rebounds with three 3-pointers. He's played better than expected since joining the Blazers, even though he's still outside the top-100 for 8-cat and 9-cat. Interestingly, he said on Monday he likes being in Portland and "has already given thought to staying here past this season." It remains to be seen if the Blazers share that sentiment. Their plan is to start Zach Collins at PF, and whether Melo can still play SF isn't clear -- coach Terry Stotts said he's "talked about" some SF minutes for Melo, but it's "on the back burner.""
Rotoworld.com: "LeBron James triple-doubled on Wednesday with 31 points, 13 boards and 12 assists, adding two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.
James had his triple-double within three quarters. He helped L.A. open this game 11-of-11 from the field and they were en route to a blowout at halftime, but in the second half things got surprisingly tight, so LeBron and Anthony Davis were forced to return in the fourth quarter. The good news is they get a day off before playing on Friday. The Lakers have two back-to-back sets in January and one of them comes next week in road games Jan. 10/11, so owners will need to plan for a likely DNP-Rest for James. As long as he's healthy, though, there's nothing to complain about."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, December 31, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Jordan McRae (Wizards), Hassan Whiteside, Spencer Dinwiddie, Andre Drummond, Damian Lillard, Kelly Oubre, Gorgui Dieng, Devin Booker, Rudy Gobert and Ian Mahinmi.
Rotoworld.com: "Kelly Oubre accounted for 29 points (11-of-21 FGs), five rebounds, two assists, three steals, one blocked shot and seven 3-pointers in 40 minutes Monday vs. the Blazers.
Oubre was outstanding Monday night, shooting 7-of-10 from beyond the arc to help rally the Suns past the Blazers in Portland. Over the last two weeks he's been a top-50 player in both eight- and nine-category formats, and he's scored a total of 49 points in the Suns' last two games (both wins)."
Rotoworld.com: "Rudy Gobert finished Monday's win over the Pistons with 13 points (6-of-11 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), 19 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocked shots in 35 minutes.
Gobert may have been outscored by Pistons center Andre Drummond by a 15-13 margin, but he undoubtedly won the battle. The two-time reigning Defensive Player of the Year harassed Drummond into seven turnovers and 5-of-16 shooting from the field. For the season, Gobert has provided top-40 value in both eight- and nine-category formats."
Rotoworld.com: "Deandre Ayton (ankle) played 20 minutes in Monday's win over the Blazers, finishing with six points (3-of-9 FGs) and 12 rebounds.
After missing five games with a sprained ankle Ayton wasn't rushed back into the starting lineup, instead coming off the bench with the Suns coaches closely monitoring his minutes. And the approach worked, as not only did Ayton have a good night on the glass but starting center Aron Baynes posted a line of 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. Eventually the roles will flip, but Ayton still provides solid value as a reserve."
Rotoworld.com: "Andre Drummond accounted for 15 points (5-of-16 FGs, 5-of-8 FTs), 13 rebounds, three assists, five steals and three blocked shots in 37 minutes in Monday's loss to the Jazz.
While Drummond finished with a double-double he had a tough night, as in addition to the poor shooting he racked up seven turnovers. A lot of that can be attributed to the defense of Rudy Gobert, who has been the league's best defender each of the last two seasons. Also, not having Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) on the court didn't help matters either. Drummond has been a top-15 player in both eight- and nine-category formats this season, and that won't change anytime soon."
Rotoworld.com: "Hassan Whiteside tallied 16 points (7-of-13 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), 22 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots in Monday's loss to the Suns.
Whiteside played 37 minutes on Monday, more than holding his own in the pivot against the tandem of Aron Baynes and Deandre Ayton as he posted his 13th double-double of the month (14 games). A top-10 player in nine-category formats this season, Whiteside has been a top-15 player in eight-cat. He's been more productive than some envisioned when the offseason trade with the Heat was consummated, but Portland is still struggling as a team with Monday's loss being the team's fourth straight."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, December 30, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Lonzo Ball, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Brandon Ingram, Chris Paul, Anthony Davis, Buddy Hield, LeBron James, Jrue Holiday, Devonte' Graham and Isaiah Hartenstein.
Rotoworld.com: "Michael Porter Jr. was excellent in his first NBA start on Sunday, scoring a career-high 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting with six rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.
Gary Harris (bruised left shin) was unavailable tonight, so MPJ got the fill-in start -- he did not disappoint. Harris was initially 'probable' and it doesn't sound like he'll miss much time, which makes Porter Jr. a risky pickup since he's averaged under 10 minutes the past month. That could change with his upside glaringly evident, so keep a very close eye on him as the season progresses. Nuggets coach Mike Malone said it best when reporters asked why he started Porter Jr. "What are we waiting for?," he replied. "Michael Porter is a huge part of our future and tonight was a great opportunity to look into that future and get a sneak peak of what’s ahead.""
Rotoworld.com: "Isaiah Hartenstein started at center in place of Clint Capela (heel) on Sunday and hit 9-of-11 shots for a career-high 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 34 minutes.
Capela is iffy for Tuesday's game and if he's out, Hartenstein will once again be a popular DFS play. But with the Rockets only having two games next week, he's not an ideal candidate for a standard-league pickup, especially once Capela is back in action."
Rotoworld.com: "De'Aaron Fox (back) returned to action on Sunday with 18 points (7-of-12 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), a season-high 13 assists and two rebounds in a tough road loss at Denver.
Fox played 33 minutes in his return after missing two games, and he immediately went into the starting lineup. That bumped Cory Joseph to the bench, and it's safe to cut CoJo wherever you were streaming him. Fox's owners have navigated a ton of DNPs already this season, but when he's on the court he's been predictably excellent. Now he just needs to stay healthy."
Rotoworld.com: "Lonzo Ball hit 10-of-20 shots and 7-of-12 3-pointers for a season-high 27 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and two steals in Sunday's win over the Rockets.
His career high scoring night happened in his second NBA game when he scored 29 points and his seven 3-pointers set a career high tonight. The 10 boards were a season high and he's been playing better of late, scoring in double figures in three straight games and in six of his last seven and the Pelicans have somehow won four straight games. He's worth grabbing if he's on your waiver wire but beware that the Pelicans play just two games in the upcoming week."
Rotoworld.com: "Luka Doncic, who was already dealing with a sprained ankle, struggled on Sunday against the Lakers after he took a hard fall on his back in the second quarter.
Doncic was checked out in the locker room and was able to play in the second half, but didn't look like his normal self. He hit just 5-of-14 shots and missed all six of his 3-point attempts, but also hit 9-of-9 free throws on his way to 19 points, four rebounds, seven assists, two steals and six turnovers. The Mavericks have three games this week and will get the Thunder on Tuesday, the Nets on Thursday and the Hornets on Saturday. We're guessing that Luka should be able to go in all three of them, but owners will want to watch for news on Monday to make sure that's the case. Either way, it looks like a potential Luka-crisis has been avoided."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, December 29, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Luka Doncic, Andre Drummond, LeBron James, Nikola Jokic, Jimmy Butler, John Collins, Julius Randle, Jonathan Isaac and Devin Booker.
Rotoworld.com: "Kyle Kuzma played 30 minutes off the bench in Saturday's win over the Blazers, scoring a team-high 24 points (9-of-17 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with four rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers.
Kuzma had to answer some questions regarding comments that his trainer made about LeBron James following the Christmas Day loss to the Clippers, but the "controversy" had no impact on his on-court performance. Over the last two weeks he's been a top-100 player in both eight- and nine-category formats, and with James dealing with a groin injury Kuzma is a prime candidate to absorb any available minutes if the Lakers look to limit LeBron's workload."
Rotoworld.com: "DeMar DeRozan accounted for 29 points (13-of-16 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs), five rebounds and eight assists in 32 minutes Saturday vs. the Pistons.
San Antonio was able to clear its bench in the fourth quarter, with DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge combining to score 54 points to lead the way in the 136-109 rout. Over the last two weeks DeRozan's hovered just outside of the top-50 in both eight- and nine-category formats, which is in line with his production for the season as a whole. Over his last four games he's shot 71.4 percent from the field, scoring 21 points or more in each of those outings."
Rotoworld.com: "Damian Lillard shot 7-of-17 from the field and 13-of-14 from the foul line in Saturday's loss to the Lakers, scoring 31 points with two rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes.
Lillard appeared to snap out of his two-game funk from beyond the arc in Thursday's loss to the Jazz, shooting 7-of-13 from three. But he had another difficult night Saturday, and for the month of December he's shooting 35.0 percent from three with an average of 3.5 made 3-pointers per game. Three-point struggles aside Lillard's still a first-round player in both eight- and nine-category formats for the season. There's no disputing his value, even on nights in which he struggles to knock down 3-pointers at a solid clip."
Rotoworld.com: "Andre Drummond posted a stat line of 21 points (7-of-16 FGs, 7-of-12 FTs), 18 rebounds, three assists, one steal and four blocked shots in Saturday's loss to the Spurs.
Drummond was a question mark ahead of Saturday's game due to a left calf contusion, but not only was he able to play but he was able to post yet another double-double. A second-round player in nine-category formats this season, he's been a first-round player in eight-cat (punting turnovers). Drummond will be one of the biggest names on the free agency market this coming summer, and he's done nothing to impact his value negatively to this point in the season."
Rotoworld.com: "Hassan Whiteside finished Saturday's loss to the Lakers with 19 points (7-of-11 FGs, 5-of-7 FTs), 16 rebounds and four blocks in 34 minutes.
One game removed from playing just 22 minutes in a loss to the Jazz due to the combination of his ineffectiveness vs. Rudy Gobert and the solid play of Skal Labissiere, Whiteside was far more effective against the Lakers. He's been a top-20 player in both eight- and nine-category formats for the entire season, qualifying for "steal" status after struggling for much of his final season with the Heat. With Labissiere injuring his left knee in the first quarter of Saturday's game, even more will be asked of Whiteside if his backup is sidelined for a significant period of time."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, December 28, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were D'Angelo Russell, Jaylen Brown, Kevin Love, Bam Adebayo, Jayson Tatum, Ben Simmons, Devonte' Graham, Steven Adams, Devin Booker and Enes Kanter.
Rotoworld.com: "Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a game-high 27 points during a 104-102 win over the Thunder on Friday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.
He had crafty buckets all night, finishing 10-of-17 from the field. Gilgeous-Alexander is on a four-game heater right now, averaging 28.3 points, 3.3 boards, 3.0 dimes, 2.0 steals and 1.7 treys on a 53/46/93 shooting line over his previous three. He's not going to stay this hot, but that confidence from October looks to be back in a big way."
Rotoworld.com: "Joel Embiid's 24 points weren't enough in a 98-97 loss to the Magic on Friday, adding 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and four triples in 32 minutes.
It wasn't his best night as he shot 8-of-21 from the field, and while the 76ers threw away an 8-point lead midway through the third quarter, they almost clawed their way back from an 11-point deficit -- the 76ers hit five triples in the final 90 seconds with Embiid accounting for two of them. Playing 32 minutes on the front end of a back-to-back with Miami on the schedule for Saturday isn't ideal, especially with Embiid matching up with Bam Adebayo -- the Heat are allowing the seventh fewest fantasy points to centers. Embiid was starting to look like an MVP candidate in the last two weeks so it will be interesting to see how he fares."
Rotoworld.com: "Bam Adebayo made 8-of-10 from the field and both from the line for 18 points during a 113-112 win over the Pacers on Friday, adding 15 rebounds, six assists and one turnover in 36 minutes.
He had a huge offensive board and assist to Goran Dragic with 6.8 seconds left to get the win. Adebayo's offensive game has really grown now that he has a jumper in his bag, and it's really shown up on the stat sheet. In his last 10, Adebayo averaged 19.8 points, 11.9 boards, 6.1 dimes, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks on 58.3% from the field and 74.6% from the line. He's one of the most well-rounded players in fantasy with the exception of 3-pointers, and Bam has been a first-round player over his 13 games this month. He has a very good chance at being a first-round player going forward."
Rotoworld.com: "Terry Rozier made 10-of-18 from the field for 26 points during a 104-102 overtime loss to the Thunder on Friday, adding four rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
It's his 11th 20-point game in 34 games this season after just 12 in his first four seasons with the Celtics. Rozier had arguably the best week of his career last week, averaging 26.0 points, 3.0 boards, 3.0 dimes, 2.0 steals and 3.0 treys in his last three games. He's trending up as he continues to learn to play off the ball more."
Rotoworld.com: "Devin Booker's 34 points (13-of-24 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs) weren't enough in a 105-96 loss to the Warriors on Friday, adding four rebounds, three assists, two steals, one triple and eight turnovers.
The turnovers were a buzzkill but Booker ran a lot of point guard tonight with Ricky Rubio struggling and killed the Warriors off the dribble. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as the Suns dropped their eighth straight game with their next three games coming on the road vs. the Kings, Blazers and Lakers. Despite being 11-20, the Suns are somehow only three wins out from the 8th seed which bodes well for Booker's outlook in H2H leagues, but his team will need to figure things out fast."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, December 27, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Richaun Holmes, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Luka Doncic, Donovan Mitchell, Gorgui Dieng, Jaren Jackson Jr, Julius Randle, Rudy Gay and Bogdan Bogdanovic.
Rotoworld.com: "Richaun Holmes pulled down a career-high 18 boards during a 105-104 double-overtime loss to the Wolves on Thursday, making 9-of-15 from the field for 18 points with three assists, two blocks and two steals in 45 minutes.
What a monster. He crushed inside with eight offensive boards and double-digit second chance points. Holmes' minutes had seen a slight hit as they fell to the upper 20s, but they may get back into the 30s with Marvin Bagley (foot) getting hurt again. Holmes already proved he can smash with 22-26 minutes, so the ceiling could be removed again as we wait on the Bagley news. He'll be a must-start player all season regardless."
Rotoworld.com: "Chris Paul scored 23 points (9-of-15 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) in Thursday's loss to the Grizzlies, adding 11 assists, six rebounds, three steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
CP3 notched his third double-double of the season, with all three coming in his last six games. The veteran point guard got off to a sluggish start with his new team, but he and the squad have really hit their stride of late. CP3 is posting top-12 value over the last two weeks and the Thunder are currently in a playoff spot in the Western Conference."
Rotoworld.com: "Damian Lillard made 10-of-21 from the field for 34 points during a 121-115 loss to the Jazz on Thursday, adding four rebounds, eight assists and seven 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
He had been ice cold from deep at 3-of-22 from deep over his previous two games, but the Weber State product comes up with a big line in Utah. Lillard's usage rate is back on the rise at 29 this month after falling to 27.1 in November, but the Blazers are playing a lot slower in the pace department after starting as one of the fastest teams in the league over the first part of the season. Whatever the case, Dame is a baller and his durability makes him one of the most valuable players to have in fantasy."
Rotoworld.com: "Gorgui Dieng kept it rolling in the starting lineup against the Kings during a 105-104 double-overtime win on Thursday, scoring a season-high 21 points with 15 rebounds, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
He's suddenly become a solid 3-point shooter with eight in his previous three before another strong output there tonight. Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) is starting to get closer, but Dieng's fantasy owners have to keep him active until KAT is officially a go. In his previous four he had already proved he could get it done before this gem of a line, he averaged 14.3 points, 8.5 boards, 1.3 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.3 treys. He should be owned in standard leagues."
Rotoworld.com: "Joe Ingles made 10-of-15 from the field for 26 points with five rebounds, four assists, one steal and six 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.
He came out on fire to start, making 5-of-5 from the field for 14 points with four 3-pointers to start the game. It's no coincidence that Ingles has looked great over his last 10 games while Mike Conley has been out, averaging 14.7 points, 4.6 boards, 5.8 dimes, 1.3 steals and 3.0 treys on a 52/52/93 shooting line over his previous nine. He'll cool off eventually, but keep him locked in your lineups until further notice."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, December 26, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Ben Simmons, Kawhi, LeBron, Harden, Embiid, Damion Lee, Fred VanVleet, Khris Middleton, Giannis and Westbrook.
Rotoworld.com: "Joel Embiid dominated in the first half during a 121-109 win over the Bucks on Wednesday, finishing with 31 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.
Embiid has loved the spotlight with three great Christmas games in a row, including 23 points in the first half during this big home win. It looked like the 76ers weren't going to need Embiid to close, but Milwaukee made a huge run to force coach Brett Brown to put Embiid back in with 2:41 left. Embiid's minutes continue to trend up and he's playing in back-to-back sets, so things are going about as well as they could for him and his fantasy owners."
Rotoworld.com: "Giannis Antetokounmpo made just 8-of-27 from the field for 18 points during a 121-109 loss to the 76ers on Wednesday, adding 14 rebounds, seven assists, one block and one steal in 30 minutes.
He did get poked in the right eye by Josh Richardson and was down for a minute, but he did stay in the game. Additionally, the ESPN broadcast noted that Giannis was doing additional stretching and talking about his back, so that could be something to watch. As for his poor shooting line, the 76ers threw a lot of different looks at him with a lot of contests near the basket. Antetokounmpo was 0-of-7 from deep in this loss after his unsustainable 44.4 3P% over his previous December games. Even the MVP can have bad games, and he will probably go off against the Hawks on Friday."
Rotoworld.com: "Damion Lee erupted on Wednesday with 22 points, a career-high 15 rebounds, four assists and a career-high-tying three steals.
Lee was 10-of-10 at the free-throw line and single-handedly kept the Warriors in this game early, adding a pair of 3-pointers on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. The 27-year-old Lee will be a free agent this summer and the Warriors would ideally be developing 2018 first-round pick Jacob Evans and/or 2019 first-round pick Jordan Poole, but Lee is playing too well to take him off the court right now. Grab him and play him until (or unless) he cools off."
Rotoworld.com: "Ben Simmons scored 15 points with seven rebounds, 14 assists, three steals and two blocks in 38 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.
He just dropped a career-high 17 dimes on Monday and is starting to hit his stride in a big way. Over his previous 12 December games, Simmons put up averages of 16.5 points, 7.1 boards, 8.7 dimes, 1.8 steals and 0.7 blocks on 61.5 FG% and 56.1 FT%. He has just two makes outside of the paint this month, but teams can't stop Simmons despite knowing his tendencies."
Rotoworld.com: "Kyle Kuzma got hot early during the Lakers' Christmas defeat on Wednesday, scoring a season-high 25 points on 8-of-17 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs, with four 3-pointers.
Kuzma scored 15 points in the first quarter alone, after scoring 15+ points just five times all season prior to this game. The Lakers came in ranked 22nd in bench scoring at 34.3 points per game, but they lost tonight despite a big effort from Kuzma. His availability as a sixth-man will go a long way to helping L.A. maintain their Conference-best record, though Kuzma has yet to really benefit fantasy owners this season."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, December 24, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were LaMarcus Aldridge, Trae Young, Bam Adebayo, Rudy Gobert and Tobias Harris.
Rotoworld.com: "Damian Lillard missed all 10 of his 3-point attempts in Monday's 102-94 loss to the Pelicans, finishing with 18 points on 6-of-21 shots with seven assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Jrue Holiday is an All-NBA defender and has been dominating this matchup for a few years, so Lillard gets a pass here. Just how rare was this shooting night for Dame? The 10 attempts without a make is the worst mark of his career, with his previous being eight attempts. The Blazers will need Dame to shake this off quickly with matchups coming up vs. the Jazz and Lakers."
Rotoworld.com: "Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 20 points (7-of-15 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs) on Monday against the Jazz, adding eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in 34 minutes.
After scoring 20+ points in nine straight games, Butler had failed to reach that mark in the prior two games, but he was back on the 20-point train in this one. He was bound to cool off after that torrid stretch, and fantasy owners will be fine with it seeing as he's posting top-20 value on the season."
Rotoworld.com: "Russell Westbrook finished Monday's win over the Kings with 28 points (10-of-22 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), seven rebounds, six assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes.
While Westbrook has been a top-10 player in eight-category formats over the last month, he drops down to the third round in nine-cat thanks to the high turnover count. He turned the ball over just three times Monday, after tallying a total of 17 in the three games prior. If Westbrook can keep the turnovers down to a minimum, look out. His fantasy value will only increae once the former MVP reaches that point."
Rotoworld.com: "Nikola Jokic finished Monday's win over the Suns with 22 points (6-of-13 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), 12 rebounds, ten assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
Jokic now has five triple-doubles on the season, and two in his last three games. He's now in sole possession of tenth place on the NBA's all-time triple-doubles list, breaking a tie with Celtics great Bob Cousy. While some questioned Jokic early in the season, he's been highly productive over the last month. During this stretch he's been a top-10 player in nine-category formats, and a top-15 player in eight-cat. This is the player that those who drafted Jokic before the season began expected to see."
Rotoworld.com: "D'Angelo Russell dropped 30 points in a 113-104 win over the Wolves on Monday to go with four rebounds, four assists, five triples and three turnovers.
The Wolves are the team that pursued him aggressively over the summer in a free agent pitch that included a helicopter ride, so it's pretty humorous that he continues to burn them -- he had a career-high 52 points in their previous meeting. This was Golden State's first winning streak of the season and it's going to be interesting to see how DAR fares on Christmas day vs. the Rockets with three straight games of 25+ points to his name."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, December 23, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Jayson Tatum, Giannis, Domantas Sabonis, Kyle Lowry, Anthony Davis, Steven Adams, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Chris Boucher, Kristaps Porzingis, Dennis Schroder.
Rotoworld.com: "Domantas Sabonis (sore left hip) finished Sunday's game with 19 points (8-of-16 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), 18 rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers.
Sabonis was a game-time decision but you couldn't tell he was ailing if you watched him dominate the paint tonight. He's weathered a few injuries recently, including a scare when he thought he broke a toe, but he continues to suit up for the Pacers and shows no signs of slowing down. He's currently third in the league in double-doubles, behind Andre Drummond and Giannis Antetokounmpo, and he's been the engine of the Pacers' 20-10 start this season."
Rotoworld.com: "Jayson Tatum scored a career-high 39 points in 36 minutes vs. the Hornets on Sunday, adding four 3-pointers, 12 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one block.
Charlotte tried to check Tatum with a variety of defenders tonight, including Cody Martin, but he torched them with 15-of-29 shooting and a 5-of-5 mark at the FT line. Tatum hasn't generated too many headlines but he's silently thriving with averages of 21.0 points (41.3% FGs, 83.7% FTs), 6.9 boards, 2.8 assists, 2.5 triples, 1.4 steals and 0.7 blocks. If he can raise the FG%, he'll be pushing toward top-20 value in most formats."
Rotoworld.com: "Shai Gilgeous-Alexander tied his career high with 32 points in a home win on Sunday, making 12-of-25 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs with two 3-pointers, five assists, three boards and two steals.
That's two straight games with 30+ points for SGA, after he'd never done it previously in his career. He did this against a stout Clippers defense (albeit minus Kawhi Leonard) and is rapidly emerging as the go-to scorer owners envisioned on draft day. He should only get better as the 2019-20 season continues."
Rotoworld.com: "Devonte' Graham played through a bruised left quad on Sunday, scoring a team-high 23 points with six 3-pointers, 10 assists and four rebounds in 32 minutes.
Efficiency has been a huge problem for Graham lately with 33.6% shooting on 17.9 attempts in his previous seven games. He sank five 3-pointers in the first quarter tonight, tying a franchise record, and took advantage of a Celtics' defense that was missing Marcus Smart (eyes) and Gordon Hayward (foot). This is Graham's eighth double-double of the season and he's basically running away with the Most Improved Player award. He's also helping Charlotte hover around the bottom of the playoff picture in the East, which bodes well for his value in March and April. We'll let you know if the quad bruise he sustained tonight is a lingering issue."
Rotoworld.com: "Steven Adams racked up 20 points and 17 rebounds in a 118-112 comeback win vs. the Clippers on Sunday, making 10-of-15 shots with three steals and two assists.
Adams is averaging a double-double with nearly two blocks per game in December, and he's also dishing out 2.7 dimes per game in that span. The only caveat is that he's still terrible at the line, hitting 59.5% of his attempts this month (0-of-2 tonight). Fantasy owners can rely on him for these numbers as long as he's in Oklahoma City, but there's no guarantee he will be after the trade deadline. Any team willing to give up assets and pay Adams a guaranteed $27.5 million next season would likely be starting him, though, so a trade wouldn't be a travesty for fantasy purposes."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, December 22, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Hassan Whiteside, James Harden, Trae Young, Bradley Beal, Kawhi Leonard, Andre Drummond, Spencer Dinwiddie, Russell Westbrook, Giannis, and Rudy Gobert.
Rotoworld.com: "Jaren Jackson Jr. was superb in his start at center during a 119-115 win over the Kings on Saturday, scoring 18 points with five rebounds, two assists, three steals, four blocks and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
JJJ as a five has been a stat-stuffer this season, and we got another taste of what kind of output he could produce when Jonas Valanciunas (foot) sits out. Prior to this game in 431 minutes without JV next to him, Jackson Jr. has per-36 stats of 26.6 points, 5.9 boards, 1.8 dimes, 0.7 steals, 1.8 blocks and 3.5 treys. Even without that factor, JJJ has really turned a corner and looks to be on track for early-round value going forward."
Rotoworld.com: "Kawhi Leonard was phenomenal during Saturday's 134-109 win over the Spurs, tallying 26 points, seven boards, nine dimes, one 3-pointer, four steals and two turnovers in 27 minutes.
Folks in San Antonio have clearly still not gotten over KawhExit, as they were booing him loudly any time he touched the rock, but that may have given him some extra motivation tonight to embarrass his former team. He was hot from the jump, dropping in 18 points on nine shots by halftime, and he seemed a bit extra bouncy tonight with some impressive put-back jams. Unfortunately, Doc Rivers acknowledged after the game that Leonard is unlikely to play on Sunday in OKC, so he'll likely only be available for two games next week."
Rotoworld.com: "Andre Drummond filled it up against the Bulls during a 119-107 loss on Saturday, scoring 19 points with 14 rebounds, three assists, five steals and two blocks in 37 minutes.
It's a monster line with Drummond making 8-of-17 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line. The bad news is the Pistons have lost four straight, and they're now at 11-19 on the season -- they're 0-3 against the Bulls, too. Drummond has a player option this summer, and it'll be interesting to see if he opts out, especially if the Pistons keep losing games."
Rotoworld.com: "Hassan Whiteside went off for 16 points, 22 rebounds, two assists, one steal, seven swats and two turnovers across 38 minutes in Saturday's 113-106 win over the Timberwolves.
The seven blocks didn’t even account for a season-high, which gives you a good idea of the kind of year Whiteside is having. He’s simply been on another level through the month of December with averages of 17.3 points, 15.1 boards, 1.9 dimes, 3.6 swats and 2.0 turnovers per contest on 65.5% shooting from the field and 80% from the stripe, which has been good enough for the No. 3 spot in fantasy hoops. He’s peak Whiteside right now, but given his injury history and Jusuf Nurkic's (leg) eventual return, owners may want to consider testing his market."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, December 21, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Nikola Vucevic, Joel Embiid, Bradley Beal, Kristaps Porzingis, Nikola Jokic, Bobby Portis, Jamal Murray, Jaylen Brown, CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard.
Rotoworld.com: "C.J. McCollum poured in 31 points on 12-of-20 attempts (3-of-3 FTs) with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes against Orlando on Friday.
McCollum matched his season-high in boards in the win over the Magic. He has scored at least 30 points in three straight games, matching his career-best streak of such games. Over that three-game span, McCollum is averaging 30.3 points on 57.6% shooting with 6.7 boards, 4.3 dimes, 1.0 steals and 3.3 triples in a whopping 38.6 minutes. He's posting top-10 value in that time period and top-40 value on the season."
Rotoworld.com: "Kristaps Porzingis had a monster game against the 76ers on Friday, scoring 22 points on 10-of-19 shooting with a career-high 18 rebounds, one steal, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
Porzingis has registered four straight 20/10 games for the first time in his career, all coming since Luka Doncic went down with an ankle injury. Porzingis has been posting top-20 value over those four games with averages of 23.3 points, 14.3 boards, 2.0 dimes, 2.5 blocks and 2.8 triples. The best part of this recent stretch is that he's playing nearly 37 minutes per game. Doncic went through a pretty intense workout pregame and looks to be close to a return, but Porzingis is going to be a valuable fantasy asset the rest of the way no matter what."
Rotoworld.com: "D'Angelo Russell snapped a five-game losing streak with a 106-102 win over the Pelicans on Friday, scoring 25 points with seven assists, two rebounds, two steals, four triples and five turnovers in 32 minutes.
He was 9-of-20 from the field and took over the game late, scoring 10 of his points in the final five minutes with his step-back jumper on full display. This was his second strong game in a row with 26 points and five triples on Wednesday, and while Golden State's tank is a concern down the stretch, Russell is going to post some gaudy stats as long as he's healthy and active."
Rotoworld.com: "Nikola Jokic posted a triple-double in a 109-100 win over the Wolves on Friday, scoring 23 points with 10 assists, 10 rebounds, two blocks and two triples in 33 minutes.
He was 10-of-16 from the field and just recorded his 33rd career triple-double, moving him into a tie for 10th place in history with Bob Cousy. Jokic was clutch in the fourth quarter with a dagger 3-pointer and a couple sick dimes, and he's been the key to Denver's 5-game winning streak -- he's averaging 22.6 points, 10.8 boards and 9.0 assists in that span. He tends to start seasons slow and he wasn't in the best shape to begin the year, but Jokic is officially back and looks like the top-8 player his fantasy owners were expecting."
Rotoworld.com: "Nikola Vucevic double-doubled against the Blazers on Friday, scoring 23 points (9-of-20 FGs, 5-of-7 FTs) with 12 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 33 minutes.
Vucevic went 0-of-3 from beyond the arc, though he did add a career-high six steals. This was his fourth game back from his extended absence from a sprained ankle, and he's played at least 29 minutes in all four. He hasn't shot the ball well since his return, but he's still posting top-25 value and has quickly reminded fantasy owners what they were missing while he was out. Coach Steve Clifford knows Vucevic is his best player and he hasn't wasted any time getting him back into action."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, December 20, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Anthony Davis, Giannis, Paul George, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Trae Young, LeBron James, Jarrett Allen, James Harden and Spencer Dinwiddie.
Rotoworld.com: "Spencer Dinwiddie went off for a career-high 41 points in a 118-105 loss to the Spurs on Thursday, adding one rebound, five assists and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
He was 14-of-29 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line for a 44.6 usage rate, and that usage rate was also a career-high mark for him. He's been every bit of an All-Star caliber player this month, averaging 26.0 points, 3.1 boards, 6.8 dimes, 1.0 steals and 2.0 treys on a 46/29/76 shooting line over his nine December outings. Kyrie Irving (shoulder) still doesn't have a target date, so expect Dinwiddie to crush going into 2020."
Rotoworld.com: "Donovan Mitchell made 12-of-22 from the field and all five from the line for 30 points during a 111-106 win in Atlanta on Thursday, adding five rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.
He took over late in a game that was much close than it should have been. Mike Conley (hamstring) is set to miss more time again, and Donny has smashed without Conley next to him this year. In a 470-minute sample, Mitchell has a per-36 line of 28/5/3 with 1.1 steals, 2.5 treys and 2.7 turnovers on a 46/40/83 shooting line (doesn't include tonight's gem). He's been a excellent pick for those who took him in the first three rounds."
Rotoworld.com: "Paul George filled it up during a 122-117 loss to the Rockets on Thursday, scoring 34 points with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and six 3-pointers in 39 minutes.
He's been close to the peak OKC version of himself with four-straight games of 24+ points and 2+ steals to tie for the second-longest such streak this season. George has also found his shot on jumpers this month at 41.6% from deep for 4.1 treys per game in his previous nine, adding averages of 26.9 points, 5.7 boards, 3.6 boards, 1.6 steals and 3.3 turnovers. He's on a roll again and hopefully he plays in both back-to-back sets in San Antonio and in Houston on Saturday and Sunday."
Rotoworld.com: "Jarrett Allen matched his career-high six assists in a stat-stuffing line against the Spurs on Thursday, adding 19 points, 13 rebounds, one steal and one block in 30 minutes.
He made 7-of-10 from the field and all five from the line for a well-rounded gem of a stat line. Excluding some matchups against super-sized fives, Allen has clearly seen the lion's share of the minutes at the five these days. It's all coming together and he could improve as the 21-year-old big man gets more experience going forward."
Rotoworld.com: "Russell Westbrook made 13-of-31 from the field and 12-of-13 from the line for a season-high 40 points during a 122-117 win over the Clippers on Thursday, adding 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal, eight turnovers and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.
Let the hate flow through you. Westbrook hates Pat Beverley and had said Beverley "don't guard nobody" after the last time these teams faced off, so that may explain the added motivation while the Clippers doubled James Harden a bunch. If it feels like it's been a while since a non-Harden Rocket put up 40, you're right because it hasn't been done since Kevin Martin. Westbrook only had seven non-paint two-point shots and making the free throws led to this monster performance. Before this one, Westbrook was already playing his best ball of the year, averaging 27.0 points, 8.2 boards, 7.0 dimes, 2.0 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 treys on a 53/29/89 shooting line. Bestbrook might be back."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, December 19, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Damian Lillard, Joel Embiid, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Lowry, Andre Drummond, Kristaps Porzingis, Terry Rozier, Bam Adebayo, Hassan Whiteside and Pascal Siakam.
Rotoworld.com: "Kristaps Porzingis fouled out in 38 minutes against the Celtics during a 109-103 loss on Wednesday, scoring 23 points with 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks and two 3-pointers.
Even with the big stat line, getting to 38 minutes with six fouls is a big positive -- he fouled out with 47 seconds left. Porzingis also hit 40 minutes in the overtime loss to Miami on Dec. 14, and the massive minutes-limit concern from the preseason is mostly gone even before the calendar turns to 2020. Porzingis also gets an 8.0 usage rate boost with Luka Doncic (ankle) on the floor, so his short-term upside will be there any night."
Rotoworld.com: "Andrew Wiggins finished a dispiriting loss on Wednesday with 27 points (9-of-23 FGs, 7-of-9 FTs), seven boards and two steals in 42 minutes
The Wolves lost their eighth straight game against a Pelicans team that was on a 13-game losing streak. It's not a good look, but Wiggins is still posting career numbers across the board this season, as the Wolves have empowered him to run the offense and play with aggression. "We’re better when he’s able to get downhill, make passes, get to the paint, and play along the perimeter," said coach Ryan Saunders. He's beginning to live up to his early-career hype, not to mention the max-salary deal the Wolves gave him, and fantasy owners are reaping the benefits with top-50 value in 9-cat and 8-cat."
Rotoworld.com: "Kemba Walker made 9-of-18 from the field and 9-of-11 from the line for a game-high 32 points during a 109-103 win against Dallas on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, three assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
He went off in the first for 16 points, but the Mavs held him scoreless in the second quarter. Walker is hitting on all cylinders this month, averaging 27.1 points, 3.1 boards, 6.4 dimes, 1.0 steals, 0.9 blocks and 4.9 treys on a 49/45/80 shooting line in his seven outings this month. His durability makes him an absolute stud in fantasy leagues."
Rotoworld.com: "New Orleans snapped their franchise-worst 13-game losing streak on Wednesday, led by Brandon Ingram's 34 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block.
Ingram was not to be denied by a Wolves team missing Karl-Anthony Towns tonight. He shot 12-of-22 from the field and 7-of-7 from the line, made three 3-pointers, and carried his team to a critical win against another struggling franchise. This doesn't change the Pelicans' trajectory, but it certainly cheers up Ingram's fortunate fantasy owners."
Rotoworld.com: "Hassan Whiteside hauled in a season-high 23 rebounds vs. the Warriors, adding 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting and two blocks without any turnovers in 33 minutes.
Whiteside has been terrific for the Blazers all season, and he's upped the ante in December with averages of 18.7 points (70.4% FGs, 80.0% FTs), 12.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 3.1 blocks and 0.6 steals. Those numbers are ridiculous and they put him inside the top-10 for roto value in December, an eight-game sample that's won a few weekly matchups for owners. He's been durable and the eventual return of Jusuf Nurkic (leg) shouldn't worry owners, since Nurk will be on heavy restrictions."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, December 18, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Trae Young, Mitchell Robinson, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jarrett Allen, Jrue Holiday, Spencer Dinwiddie, Domantas Sabonis, Malik Monk, Brandon Ingram and LeBron James.
Rotoworld.com: "Joe Ingles started over Royce O'Neale on Tuesday, despite the fact that Mike Conley played, and racked up 16 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers on 5-of-8 shooting.
While it was great news that Ingles started with Conley in action, it's even more intriguing that Conley left the game with a hamstring injury. If Conley's out for a few games, or if Jingles sticks in the starting five when Conley is healthy, he's likely to get hot in a hurry. He was great tonight and looks like the pickup of the night given what transpired on Tuesday. Run, don't walk, to get him if he's sitting on waivers in your league."
Rotoworld.com: "RJ Barrett hit 10-of-13 shots, two 3-pointers and 5-of-8 free throws for career-high 27 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero turnovers in 29 minutes of Tuesday's cakewalk over the Hawks.
Leave it to the Hawks to give up the career high to rookie, as they've been allowing opponents to pretty much do whatever they want against them this season. RJB came into this one shooting just 29.8 percent on the season, but Atlanta made him look like an All-Star tonight. They did the same thing to most of the Heat's roster a week ago and also made Mitchell Robinson look like a superstar tonight. Maybe this game will finally get Barrett going."
Rotoworld.com: "Deandre Ayton returned from his 25-game PED suspension on Tuesday and hit 9-of-19 shots for 18 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and a block in just 24 minutes of action.
The Clippers controlled this game throughout and most of the Suns' starters didn't even get off the bench in the fourth quarter. Ayton came through with the double-double and block and didn't even appear to be rusty. Had this game been closer he likely would have played more minutes, but he's back and should be in every lineup imaginable going forward. He'll look to post another double-double on Friday against the Thunder and Steven Adams."
Rotoworld.com: "Jarrett Allen hosted a block party on Tuesday with six swats in 35 minutes, adding 12 points, 14 rebounds and one assist in an OT win vs. the Pelicans.
Within the first seven minutes of this game, Allen had blocked Brandon Ingram four times, matching his previous five games combined. New Orleans gives up the ninth-fewest blocks in the league, too, which makes this even more impressive. He's ensconced in the top-75 after this game, and if anything he might inch higher as the season progresses."
Rotoworld.com: "Lou Williams returned from his calf injury on Tuesday and hit 7-of-13 shots and five 3-pointers for 20 points, two rebounds and eight assists in just 23 minutes.
He was pretty quiet in the first half and then turned it loose, and we're now about to witness an incredible race for Sixth Man of the Year between teammates Williams and Montrezl Harrell. Williams has won the award three times, including each of the last two seasons, but Harrell could swipe it from him this year. Props to Doc Rivers for being one of the best Sixth Man of the Year producers in NBA history."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, December 17, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Giannis, Norman Powell, Chris Paul, Bradley Beal, James Harden, Bam Adebayo, Kristaps Porzingis, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge and Clint Capela.
Rotoworld.com: "Chris Paul finished Monday's win over the Bulls with 30 points (9-of-12 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), ten rebounds, eight assists, two steals and six 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
Paul was nothing short of outstanding in Monday's game, as he shot 6-of-8 from beyond the arc and fell two assists short of a triple-double. Over the last two weeks he's provided first-round value in eight- and nine-category formats, excelling himself while also continuing to mentor Oklahoma City's point guard of the future in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Paul could be a "sell high" candidate given how well he's played recently."
Rotoworld.com: "C.J. McCollum played 40 minutes in Monday's win over the Suns, shooting 11-of-20 from the field and scoring 30 points with seven rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.
Over the last month, McCollum has provided top-15 value in nine-category formats and top-25 value in eight-cat. If there's been an issue for him this month it's been getting to the foul line, as the five free throw attempts were the most for McCollum since Portland's October 28 loss to San Antonio. McCollum's averaging just 2.1 free throw attempts per game, which would be his lowest average since his second season in the league. McCollum still provides good value regardless of the league format, but he'd be even better if nights like Monday were more common when it comes to getting to the charity stripe."
Rotoworld.com: "Tyler Herro dropped 22 points (7-of-20 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs) vs. the Grizzlies on Monday, adding five rebounds, three assists, one steal and two triples in 38 minutes.
After scoring a combined seven points vs. the Hawks and Lakers last week, Herro has responded with two big games and his minutes are way up as a result. Bumps in the road are par for the course for rookies, but they tend to become more consistent as the season approaches and that's the hope with Herro. If you don't mind a volatile FG% and the occasional dud, Herro should be a terrific source of points and triples going forward, but the peripheral stats could be better."
Rotoworld.com: "Ricky Rubio finished Monday's loss to Portland with ten points (4-of-14 FGs), 11 rebounds, 14 assists, two steals and one three-pointer in 34 minutes.
Rubio did post his first triple-double of the season Monday night, but he was also responsible for a game-high eight turnovers while also struggling with his shot. Over the last week Rubio's been a fifth-round player in nine-category formats, shouldering more of the load offensively with Devin Booker (forearm) out of the lineup. Rubio will have another player to set up beginning Tuesday, as Deandre Ayton is now eligible to return, and given more options will make him even better from a fantasy standpoint."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, December 16, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were LeBron, Anthony Davis, Nikola Jokic, Jrue Holiday, Trae Young, Jonathan Isaac, Myles Turner, Will Barton, Cody Zeller and Al Horford.
Rotoworld.com: "Nikola Jokic hit 10-of-22 shots for 25 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers in Sunday's 111-105 win over the Knicks.
Jokic was coming off a monster triple-double on Saturday and appears to be back to form after a rocky start to the season. The buy-low window is officially closed on the big man."
Rotoworld.com: "Trae Young scored 30 points in a tough 101-96 loss to L.A. on Sunday, adding seven assists, seven boards, three 3-pointers and two steals.
That's 20 straight games with a 3-pointer made for Trae, the longest streak of his young career. He's the eighth Hawk to hit the 20-game mark and we'll bet he's on top of all such lists before much longer. The Lakers joined a long list of teams trying to slow him with frequent double-teams, and he's learning how to anticipate them and beat them (granted, he had six turnovers). He's only getting more impressive."
Rotoworld.com: "Jamal Murray played through his torso injury on Sunday and hit 5-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, six rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes.
Murray somehow didn't miss a game after suffering the injury on Tuesday and the 33 minutes tonight were promising. He appears to be ready for his upcoming three-game week, but owners should watch for an update on Monday just in case his torso is still bothering him. Monte Morris hit just 1-of-6 shots for two points in 15 minutes, and isn't worth using as long as Murray can play."
Rotoworld.com: "Anthony Davis tweaked his right ankle at the end of Sunday's game and was limping, finishing with 27 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal.
AD landed on Damion Jones' foot late in the fourth quarter. He stayed in the game for the final three minutes of a tight win, but had a noticeable limp the whole time. He was already going to be on the injury report with his sore shoulder, but this ankle injury is the one to watch -- don't be surprised if he's hit with a 'questionable' tag prior to Tuesday's game in Indiana. After all, they'll want him as fresh as possible vs. the Bucks on Thursday."
Rotoworld.com: "Bogdan Bogdanovic broke out of a funk by hitting 9-of-11 shots and four 3-pointers for 25 points, five rebounds, five assists, a steal and six turnovers in 29 minutes off the bench on Sunday.
This was easily his best game since he scored 31 & 21 points in back-to-back games on Nov. 19 and 24, when he suffered a hamstring and knee injury. He's scored in double figures in five straight games and shot it lights-out tonight, so he might be ready to bust loose again. The Kings play three times in the upcoming week and then go four times the following week, meaning he should be owned everywhere."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, December 15, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Pascal Siakam, Nikola Jokic, Bam Adebayo, James Harden, Bradley Beal, Ricky Rubio, Montrezl Harrell, Bruce Brown, Kristaps Porzingis and Clint Capela.
Rotoworld.com: "Nikola Jokic triple-doubled in 35 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday, scoring 28 points (11-of-14 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs) with 14 rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.
Jokic matched his season high in dimes en route to his fourth triple-double of the season. After the game, coach Mike Malone sad that he thinks Jokic is rounding into shape and looked fast. "Yes! Finally something athletic, in the same sentence as me," Jokic responded. While he has looked a bit sluggish at times, he's registering top-15 value over the last two weeks of play. Things are looking up for the Joker."
Rotoworld.com: "Montrezl Harrell scored 30 points on 9-of-24 shooting to go with seven rebounds, two steals and three blocks in 33 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday.
Harrell added a season-high 12 free throws on 14 attempts in the contest. This was his second game with at least 30 points off the bench, which leads the NBA. Harrell also leads the NBA with six games of 25+ points off the bench this season. He carried the team tonight with Lou Williams (calf) and Kawhi Leonard (rest) sidelined. Harrell is playing like he wants to take Lou's Sixth Man of the Year crown for himself."
Rotoworld.com: "Steven Adams scored 18 points (9-of-15 FGs, 0-of-2 FTs) and grabbed 14 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season on Saturday against the Nuggets.
Adams added two blocks in his 31 minutes of action. He matched his season-highs in field goals made and boards in the 110-102 defeat in Denver. Adams has been playing really well over the last two weeks, averaging 15.1 points, 11.0 boards, 2.7 dimes and 2.3 blocks in 29.8 minutes across his last seven games. It's possible he gets moved with the Thunder looking towards the future, but he's going to be a steady fantasy option until then."
Rotoworld.com: "Derrick Rose finished Saturday's win over Houston with 20 points (10-of-21 FGs), 12 assists and four rebounds in 27 minutes.
This is Rose's first game with at least 20 points and ten assists since January 2015, and he's one reason why the Pistons are 5-2 in their last seven games. Over the last two weeks, Rose has been a top-100 player in both eight- and nine-category formats. Reggie Jackson (lower back) is due to be re-evaluated soon, but even when he returns to action that's unlikely to negatively impact Rose's fantasy value as he is a key member of the Pistons perimeter rotation."
Rotoworld.com: "Luke Doncic has been diagnosed with a moderate right ankle sprain, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
ESPN's Tim MacMahon also reports that Doncic was working out on an underwater treadmill under supervision of the team's training staff at halftime of Saturday's game. If true, that suggests that Doncic appears to have thankfully avoided any sort of serious injury. Coach Rick Carlisle isn't expecting Doncic to play Monday, but hopefully his absence is just a game or two."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, December 14, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Paul George, Karl-Anthony Towns, Ben Simmons, Anthony Davis, Giannis, LeBron, Jaren Jackson Jr (Grizzlies), Kawhi Leonard and Buddy Hield.
Rotoworld.com: "Bojan Bogdanovic scored 32 points with four rebounds, one assist, four turnovers and eight 3-pointers against the Warriors on Friday.
The eight 3-pointers matched his career best with the other eight-trey game coming way back in 2017. Bogdanovic is just killing defenders on wide-open treys, making 53.6% of his attempts at 3.5 per game. That's been the key to his value to make him a fantasy bargain to this point."
Rotoworld.com: "Ben Simmons double-doubled with 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting with three rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and two blocks in 38 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.
Simmons only committed one turnover, which was great, but he struggled from the free throw line again, going just 6-of-10. The Pels decided to go the hack-a-Ben route in the fourth, which padded his free throw total. He went 3-of-6 on intentional fouls and then knocked two down later in the fourth. Simmons has 12 double-doubles on the season, but his FT% is suppressing his value in category formats."
Rotoworld.com: "Paul George went bonkers vs. the Wolves on Friday with a season-high 46 points (17-of-31 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), seven assists, five rebounds, two steals, six triples and six turnovers.
Kawhi Leonard and George combined to score 88 points, becoming the first pair of teammates to each score 40 points in Clippers history -- that has also only happened 21 times in NBA history. The best part about this line is that another monster night is likely incoming, as Kawhi Leonard is expected to sit out Saturday vs. the Bulls as part of his load management program. The last time Kawhi sat, George notched 36 points with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and a season-high seven triples in 36 minutes."
Rotoworld.com: "Jaren Jackson Jr. had the game of his life in a 127-114 loss to the Bucks with multiple career-highs, scoring 43 points (14-of-21 FGs, 6-of-9 FTs) with five rebounds, one assist, one block and nine triples in just 29 minutes.
His third quarter was one for the record books, as he scored a franchise-record 26 points with seven triples. And they weren't your average 3s either with JJJ going full Davis Bertans with multiple makes from several feet past the line. That wasn't the only record he broke either, as his nine straight games with at least one block and one triple is also a franchise high and he's the youngest player in NBA history with nine makes from 3-point land. He's posting some scary numbers in recent weeks and it looks like it's all coming together for the 20-year-old big man."
Rotoworld.com: "Buddy Hield made 14-of-23 from the field for 34 points during a 103-101 loss to the Knicks on Friday, three assists, six 3-pointers and a career-high 12 rebounds. in 36 minutes.
He was on fire in the first half to start with 22 points on 9-of-10 from the field at one point in the second quarter, but the Knicks defense actually clicked in the second half. Hield's output might be taking a hit soon with De'Aaron Fox possibly returning on Tuesday night, but for what it's worth his scoring per minute is the same with and without him -- assists are way down, though. Hield has crushed with Fox through their time together in Sactown, so he's still going to be an elite fantasy option."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, December 13, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid, Hassan Whiteside, Andre Drummond, Tobias Harris, Kevin Love, Seth Curry (yes, SETH), Kemba Walker, Enes Kanter and Carmelo Anthony.
Rotoworld.com: "Luka Doncic dominated in Mexico City during a 122-111 win over the Pistons on Thursday, scoring 41 points with 12 rebounds, 11 assists and six 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
Before the game started, he addressed the crowd in Spanish thanks to his time with Real Madrid, and the Mexican crowd gave him "MVP" chants during this win. Doncic dropped the first triple-double in Mexico City and he set a new scoring record for an NBA game in Mexico City (Devin Booker 39). This was his second 40-point triple-double on the year and his fourth 40-point game overall. He also passed Jim Jackson for 17th on the Mavs all-time 3-pointers list, and he's going to be setting countless records going forward."
Rotoworld.com: "Joel Embiid scored a season-high 38 points during a 115-109 win over the Celtics on Thursday, adding 13 rebounds, six assists, one block, two turnovers and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
He dominated in the fourth with 16 points, and he had a game-sealing block on Daniel Theis in the final 15 seconds. It's his fifth 30+ point, 10+ board this season as he was able to overcome several double teams from coach Brad Stevens. The playing time stands out with Embiid hitting the 36-minute mark just twice prior to tonight, and there's a very good chance the 76ers let him loose because they could rest him against a bad Pelicans team on Friday night."
Rotoworld.com: "Hassan Whiteside scored a career-high 33 points with 11 rebounds, two assists, four blocks and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes during a 114-99 loss to the Nuggets on Thursday.
It's the first time he's made a triple with the Blazers and the fifth time he's done so in his NBA career. Whiteside is on one of his best stretches on the stat sheet ever these days, averaging 16.0 points, 13.2 boards, 2.5 dimes, 0.7 steals and 4.2 blocks over his previous six games. His stats are basically up across the board to launch him to top-20 value this season for standard leagues. He's been a monster and should still have plenty of value even when Jusuf Nurkic (leg) gets back."
Rotoworld.com: "Kevin Love scored a season-high 30 points during a 117-109 overtime win at San Antonio on Thursday, adding 17 rebounds, two assists, two turnovers and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes.
He hadn't been in the lineup for a win since Nov. 10 against the Knicks as the Cavs grabbed just their third win on the road. Love just played on Wednesday in a back-to-back set with 32 minutes, so going off in a B2B was a big surprise. The Cavs want a first-round pick for Love, and maybe they're going to have to feed him more to showcase his value. He'll be a dicey play going forward as trade rumors swirl around him."
Rotoworld.com: "Nikola Jokic made 7-of-14 from the field for 20 points during a 114-99 win over the Blazers on Thursday, adding 11 rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
He's finally back as an offensive force after an abysmal stretch. Over his last four games, Jokic averaged 22.3 points, 9.8 boards, 6.8 dimes, 0.8 blocks and 1.5 treys on a 54/30/82 shooting line with a 28.0 usage rate in 32.1 minutes. Prior to this stretch, Jokic had an 18.1 usage rate in a five-game span, so the 10% usage boost is a major positive. It's still not quite time to say peak Jokic is back, but things are definitely looking up after his horrible 19-game start."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, December 12, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Kemba Walker, Marcus Morris, Draymond Green, LeBron James, Rudy Gobert, Jeff Teague, Devonte' Graham, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis.
Rotoworld.com: "Rudy Gobert racked up 20 points, 16 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in a dominant performance on Wednesday.
The Wolves looked like they'd game-planned for Gobert, but it didn't matter. The twice-reigning Defensive Player of the Year is displaying newfound confidence as a scorer, too, with 18.0 points per game in December. You knew the FT% would be an issue on draft day (61.5% on 5.5 attempts) but everything else is as-advertised."
Rotoworld.com: "Devonte' Graham went off against the Nets on Wednesday, scoring a career-high 40 points (12-of-21 FGs, 9-of-11 FTs) with five rebounds, five assists and seven 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
Graham has made at least six triples in four of his last five games, averaging an absurd 6.2 threes per game in that span. He became the third player in NBA history to make at least 100 3-pointers in 27 games or fewer to start the season, joining Steph Curry and James Harden. Graham is an early candidate for fantasy MVP and could be working his way into the All-Star conversation."
Rotoworld.com: "J.J. Redick scored a season-high 31 points during a lopsided loss on Wednesday, making 10-of-16 shots and 8-of-8 free throws with three 3-pointers, two assists and one rebound.
The Bucks have throttled opponents with the league's best Defensive Rating, allowing only 100.9 points per 100 possessions. For context, Milwaukee also led the league last year but they were at 104.9. Redick and Jrue Holiday (21 points, six boards, six assists, four 3-pointers) were really the only efficient scorers for New Orleans, so give him credit for trying to lift up the team. If the losses keep piling up, though, the 35-year-old Redick will be at increased risk of late-season DNP-Rest."
Rotoworld.com: "Malcolm Brogdon made 6-of-10 from the field and all 15 from the line for 29 points with two rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one turnover and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes.
His 15 makes from the line are a new career-high, and he was just off his scoring best of 32 points. Brogdon is starting to hit his stride as a scorer with 20-plus points in three straight, and all season he's been consistent with a 20-plus usage rate in every single games. He's been a steal from drafts and that should continue."
Rotoworld.com: "D'Angelo Russell sent Wednesday's game into overtime with a clutch 3-pointer, finishing with 32 points, six assists, three rebounds, two steals and six 3-pointers in an eventual home loss.
For years we've associated the Warriors with 3-point proficiency, but they're last in that category this season at 9.2 triples per game on 35.3% from deep. Russell was 6-of-14 from deep tonight and the rest of the team was just 4-of-23. If anything, teams will just continue to load up on him beyond the arc, making it harder for him to score efficiently -- 43.3% shooting on high-volume attempts is already an issue in category leagues. Most owners will live with the trade-offs, and he could still get moved before the deadline, so don't sell too low."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, December 11, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Bam Adebayo, Will Barton, Jimmy Butler, Hassan Whiteside, Kendrick Nunn, Joel Embiid and Davis Bertans.
Rotoworld.com: "Devonte' Graham carried the Hornets in a 114-107 win over the Wizards on Tuesday, scoring 29 points (9-of-19 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs) with six assists, one rebound, two steals, one block and six triples in 36 minutes.
The Hornets nearly blew 15- and 16-point leads on two separate occasions, but Graham bailed them out several times with some ridiculous shots down the stretch. That includes a triple off the glass with the shot clock expiring and one of the prettiest left-handed scoop layups you will see (link below). He's been one of the biggest surprises of the season with nine games of 20+ points to his name and has been lights out from deep with six games with at least six 3-pointers. He's gaining steam as an All-Star candidate."
Rotoworld.com: "De'Andre Hunter hit 11-of-17 shots and five 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 28 points, four rebounds, three assists and a block in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Heat.
Hunter was awesome in this one, until his airball 3-pointer at the end of regulation that would have sent the game to overtime. Hunter was coming off an illness and was even questionable to play for a bit, so this performance was pretty incredible. He's now hit double digits in scoring in four straight games, appears to be healthy again, and has hit a 3-pointer in 15 straight games. It's time to move on him, as the 6-17 Hawks have no reason not to play him big minutes the rest of the way."
Rotoworld.com: "Davis Bertans erupted for a career-high 32 points and eight 3-pointers on Tuesday vs. the Hornets, adding nine rebounds, one assist and one block in 30 minutes.
Just incredible. Bertans was hitting some absurd shots from well beyond the arc, and he kept hitting them even after the Hornets practically face guarded him. He becomes the first player in franchise history to hit five triples or more in four straight games, and it's no surprise that he's going to be one of the most desired players at the trade deadline with his $7M contract. The Wizards could always keep him and bring out the Brinks truck in free agency, but they are likely to receive some terrific offers for one of the hottest shooters in the NBA."
Rotoworld.com: "Bam Adebayo hit 13-of-18 shots for a career-high 30 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and two steals for his first triple-double in Miami's 135-121 overtime win against the Hawks on Tuesday night.
Adebayo was dunking on the Hawks at will and tore it up in the box score, as well. He had a lot of hype coming into the season and is showing no signs of slowing down. The Heat are undefeated at home (11-0) and are sitting at 17-6 on the season, so Adebayo should continue to have a lot of big games on the horizon. Hang onto him tightly."
Rotoworld.com: "Kendrick Nunn hit 14-of-26 shots and three 3-pointers for a career-high 36 points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal in Tuesday's 135-121 overtime win against the Hawks.
Goran Dragic (groin) has missed five straight games and Justise Winslow (back) missed his third straight tonight, allowing Duncan Robinson, Bam Adebayo and Nunn to all score at least 30 points in the Heat's starting lineup on Tuesday. Dragic and Winslow could come back at any time to impede Nunn's road to production, but for now, it looks like he should continue to roll as long as those guys are out. The Heat got a triple-double from Jimmy Butler and Adebayo, while Nunn, Adebayo and Robinson each scored career highs in points in the overtime win to stay undefeated at home at 11-0."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, December 10, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Giannis, Paul George, Karl-Anthony Towns, Domantas Sabonis, Russ Westbrook, Harden, Zach LaVine, Marc Gasol, Richaun Holmes and Jayson Tatum.
Rotoworld.com: "Gordon Hayward (broken left hand) was back in action on Monday, scoring 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting to go with five rebounds, four assists and one steal in 26 minutes against the Cavaliers.
Hayward returned after missing the last 13 games, dating back to early November. He wasn't on a minutes limit, but the Celtics were never really challenged by the Cavs so coach Brad Stevens didn't have to tax Hayward too much tonight. He was off to a pretty good start before he hurt his hand and didn't look to bad tonight, so hopefully he's able to quickly regain his form after missing a month of play."
Rotoworld.com: "Paul George had a monster game in a 110-99 win over the Pacers on Monday, scoring 36 points with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and a season-high seven triples in 36 minutes.
The scary part is that he didn't even shoot it that well, hitting 10-of-26 from the field. The big line is no surprise since Kawhi Leonard sat this one out for rest, as George has per-36 stats of 35.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.9 dimes and 5.1 triples with Kawhi off the court. Playing 36 minutes on the second night of a back-to-back is also a huge takeaway from this game, as the Clippers clearly have no concerns about his shoulders. Expect top-10 numbers the rest of the way."
Rotoworld.com: "Brandon Ingram played 37 minutes in Monday's 105-103 loss to Detroit, finishing with 31 points (11-of-21 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), six rebounds, three assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.
Ingram has been very good over the last month, providing second-round value in nine-cat formats and first-round value in eight-cat. While Derrick Favors (personal) is expected to return to the lineup this week, that isn't going to impact Ingram negatively. And with Zion Williamson expected to be held out past the original 6-8 week diagnosis, those who have the slender forward on their rosters can continue to "let the good times roll.""
Rotoworld.com: "Ja Morant (back) played 29 minutes in Monday's 110-102 win over Golden State, accounting for 26 points (8-of-14 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.
Morant did not have a minutes restriction to deal with as his 29 minutes were one more than his season average. Memphis is back in action Wednesday night in Phoenix, so the rookie point guard will have a day to recover after playing for the first time in over a week. Morant looked healthy in his return, so he should be good to go against the Suns."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, December 9, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Bam Adebayo, Nemanja Bjelica (Kings), OG Anunoby, Trae Young, Hassan Whiteside and Jimmy Butler.
Rotoworld.com: "Matisse Thybulle played 32 minutes, hit 6-of-9 shots and a career-high five 3-pointers en route to a career-high 20 points, two rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block in Sunday's 110-104 win over the Raptors.
The rookie is getting some extra run with Josh Richardson out of the lineup due to a hamstring injury and showed no signs of any right ankle soreness that left him questionable for Sunday's game. Thybulle is a defensive stats specialist and has a four-game week coming, but the return of Richardson in the near future won't do him any favors, either."
Rotoworld.com: "Ja Morant (back soreness) is probable vs. the Warriors on Monday.
Morant was listed 'week-to-week' on Nov. 30, but if he plays Monday he'll have missed only nine days. Tyus Jones and De'Anthony Melton would both lose minutes and fantasy appeal with Morant active, too, so plan accordingly as you set lineups."
Rotoworld.com: "Nemanja Bjelica (Kings) tied his career high with 30 points on 13-of-18 shooting on Sunday when he also had four 3-pointers, seven rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block.
Bjelica has scored in double figures in four of his last five games but will be taking a hit once Marvin Bagley is back from his thumb injury. Bagley's already been ruled out for Monday's game and the Kings play four times in the upcoming week, so this might be one of the last chances owners will have to squeeze some remaining value out of Bjelica for the week."
Rotoworld.com: "Tyler Herro went off in 41 minutes during Sunday's overtime game, scoring 27 points with six rebounds, five 3-pointers, three assists and one steal.
Justise Winslow was out tonight with a strained lower back, an injury that could cost him more time. Goran Dragic was also absent due to a right groin strain, and it's unclear when he might return. That left copious playing time for Kendrick Nunn (18 points in 42 minutes) and Herro, both of whom took advantage. The rookies will be worth deploying if Winslow and/or Dragic miss more time, but that's not a given -- keep a close eye on Miami's injury report."
Rotoworld.com: "Davis Bertans stayed hot on Sunday with 25 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 28 minutes, making 7-of-13 FGs, 6-of-12 threes and 5-of-6 FTs.
That gives Bertans an average of 21.3 points and 5.5 triples over his past five games. He's simply been lights-out from deep and he's taking over 80% of his attempts from beyond the arc this season, connecting at a 44.8% clip. His current pace of 3.7 threes per game would be 10th-highest in NBA history, and that includes four seasons from Steph Curry and two each from Paul George and James Harden. Enough said."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, December 8, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Ben Simmons, Devin Booker, Luka Doncic, Trey Burke, Domantas Sabonis, Boban Marjanovic, Rudy Gobert and Mitchell Robinson.
Rotoworld.com: "T.J. Warren scored a team-high 25 points during a thrilling 104-103 loss to the Knicks on Saturday, adding four rebounds, one steal, one block an two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
The Pacers almost blew this one as they failed to score in the final 5:17, but their defense was able to save the day. Warren took a shot to his nose and had to go to the locker room because of bleeding, but he returned and finished the game. Warren is red hot on offense these days, turning in averages of 25.0 points, 3.0 boards, 0.7 dimes, 0.3 steals and 1.3 treys on a 58/36/85 shooting line. It'd be nice if there were some non-scoring stats, but his fantasy owners will gladly take the efficiency."
Rotoworld.com: "Ben Simmons scored a career-high 34 points (12-of-14 FGs, 9-of-12 FTs) on Saturday against the Cavs, adding three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks in just 26 minutes.
Simmons even knocked down his second 3-pointer of the season in what was his best game of the season, by far. He set new career-highs in first quarter points and first half points in the blowout victory. He was so clearly the best player on the floor, on both offense and defense. Simmons had the benefit of playing without Joel Embiid (rest), which he won't have on most nights, but it was still nice to see him go off like this against a dreadful Cleveland squad."
Rotoworld.com: "Devin Booker made 11-of-19 from the field and 11-of-16 from the line for 35 points during a 115-109 loss to the Rockets on Saturday, adding four rebounds, five assists, one steal, one turnover and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
The five missed free throws were costly, and it's also the first time he's missed more than one free throw in a game this season. On the flip side, his one turnover tonight was a season-low, and the 4.0 turnovers per game this year are really the last area he needs to get in order to be a more valuable player in nine-cat leagues. Besides that, he's been better than expected, especially with the Suns playing well."
Rotoworld.com: "Domantas Sabonis made 8-of-11 from the field for 19 points with 15 rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 38 minutes against the Knicks on Saturday.
With Malcolm Brogdon (hand) out, Sabonis was more involved in getting the offense going tonight. Sabonis has eight straight double-doubles, averaging 17.3 points, 12.6 boards, 3.9 dimes, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks and 3.0 turnovers on 56.1 FG% and 68.3 FT% in that span. He's been a monster this year and may not slow down much even when Victor Oladipo (knee) comes back."
Rotoworld.com: "Joe Ingles handed out a season-high 10 assists during a 126-112 win over the Grizzlies on Saturday, adding 12 points, one rebound, four steals and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.
He absolutely needed a good game and he comes through in this easy win, but of course Mike Conley (hamstring) not playing helped here with Jingles getting a start. The Jazz had a season-high 32 assists, but of course it's a lot easier to post big offensive nights against a team like the Grizzlies. Ingles has shown he has a very fantasy-friendly game when he's on over the last few years, but so far he's rarely come through this season. He's a lukewarm option in 12-team leagues."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, December 7, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Andre Drummond, Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Jokic, Steven Adams, Jeff Teague, Richaun Holmes, LeBron James and Chris Paul.
Rotoworld.com: "Nikola Jokic scored a season-high 30 points (13-of-21 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.
Jokic entered this matchup on an ice-cold stretch, scoring in single-digits in four of his previous five games. His usage rate in those five games was 18.1 percent, compared to 26.0 percent in his first 14 games to start the year. Coach Mike Malone said this is the first time that he can remember Jokic going through a tough stretch like this, so it's great to see that he was able to post a usage rate over 30 for the first time in seven games. The Nuggets didn't win, but getting Jokic going will be important to their long-term success."
Rotoworld.com: "Rodney Hood suffered a torn left Achilles in the first half against the Lakers on Friday.
Horrible news here with an MRI confirming the diagnosis. This will unfortunately end Hood's season and may keep him out to start next season, too. Hood has a player option for $6.0 million next season, so he may be more inclined to pick that up to stay with the Blazers. With him out, the Blazers will have to look to Kent Bazemore, Anfernee Simons and Nassir Little to step up."
Rotoworld.com: "DeMar DeRozan made a season-high three 3-pointers during a 105-104 overtime win over the Kings on Friday, finishing with 15 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three turnovers in 40 minutes.
He had made just two 3-pointers all season, so this was a stunner. DeRozan had attempted more than one 3-pointer in a game just three times this season, and one of those came recently on Dec. 1. It does make sense for the Spurs to at least try to get him to open up the floor, and really he would just need to make close to 34% for it to have a positive effect on his eFG%. If he does take treys, it should be a fair trade off for triples in exchange for FG%."
Rotoworld.com: "Jayson Tatum stuffed the stat sheet in Friday's win over the Nuggets, scoring 26 points (10-of-19 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes.
Tatum continued his recent hot streak, scoring 20+ for the third time in his last four games. In those four outings, he's averaging 25.3 points on 45.0 percent shooting with 6.8 boards, 3.8 dimes, 2.0 steals, 1.3 blocks and 3.8 triples. Tatum's posting top-10 value in that time frame, though he could take a hit when Gordon Hayward (hand) returns in the near future."
Rotoworld.com: "Anthony Davis went off for 39 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks and two triples in 32 minutes of a blowout win vs. the Blazers on Friday.
The Blazers didn't have a prayer containing AD tonight with Portland allowing the second most fantasy points to power forwards even before this explosion. There was a scary moment when AD crashed into the stands, but he later returned to the game and didn't even go to the locker room. And if you've been following him in recent years, not going to the locker room is a BIG deal. The Lakers will look for their fourth straight win on Sunday vs. the Wolves."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, December 6, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Devin Booker, Ricky Rubio, Jrue Holiday, Lonzo Ball, Kelly Oubre, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid and Fred VanVleet.
Rotoworld.com: "Ben McLemore made a career-high eight 3-pointers against the Raptors on Thursday, playing 29 minutes with 28 points, two rebounds, three assists, one steal and two turnovers.
The 28 points were a season-high and it was just three of his career best. McLemore has been fantastic over the last three games, averaging 21.0 points, 5.3 boards, 1.7 dimes, 0.7 steals and 5.7 triples over 29.9 minutes. If a wing can hit 3-pointers, it won't take much else to get a career back on track, so now it looks like B-Mac is following the footsteps of Danuel House. Still, House has been excellent and McLemore likely won't eat into his playing time, so McLemore is more of a deep-league add."
Rotoworld.com: "Rui Hachimura logged 43 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday, making 11-of-18 from the field for 27 points with seven rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer.
Coach Scott Brooks is trusting Hachimura again and he may not have a choice with all the injuries on the roster right now. Hachimura has seen some more non-scoring stats lately with 3.5 dimes in his previous two, and he's playing closer to the basket on defense to possibly get him more boards. It'll be tough for him to really get hot, but the opportunity couldn't be better and he should be owned in most 12-team formats."
Rotoworld.com: "Jrue Holiday filled the stat sheet during a 139-132 overtime loss to the Suns on Thursday, scoring 23 points with seven rebounds, six assists, five steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes.
He had flirting with 4x5s in three other games this season, but he finally gets his first one since January 2019. The good news on Jrue is that he's been an absolute stud for filling up so many categories in fantasy, but the bad news is that the Pelicans are struggling again with seven straight losses. It was never really a matter of Jrue playing well in this system, but the Pelicans really need to start winning some games to alleviate some late-season rest concerns for the 29-year-old Jrue."
Rotoworld.com: "Fred VanVleet scored 20 points with six rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Rockets during a 119-109 loss on Thursday.
The Raptors are finally on a losing streak, losing two in a row with another loss on Tuesday to the Heat. With Kyle Lowry back now, FVV's nightly ceiling takes a big hit with noticeable dips in scoring and assists per minute when he plays next to him. Still, FVV is leading the NBA in minutes per game and it's led to early-round output in standard leagues."
Rotoworld.com: "Devin Booker made 13-of-24 from the field and 13-of-13 from the line for a season-high 44 points during a 139-132 overtime win over the Pelicans on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, nine assists, two steals and five 3-pointers in 42 minutes.
His 42 minutes were also a season-high thanks to the OT frame. It was his 11th 40-point game of his career, and he was on fire in the third quarter for 21 points to get his 10th 20-point quarter in his career. Booker has a 5.0 TS% boost this year compared to last year, and he's not even making his wide-open 3-pointers at just 33.3% (36 attempts). He still hasn't totally peaked yet and is still a top-30 player per game in standard leagues, but the best news for Booker is that the Suns are contending to cut down on some late-season risk."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, December 5, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Andre Drummond, Devonte' Graham, Hassan Whiteside, Jonas Valanciunas, CJ McCollum, Trae Young, Jarrett Allen, Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Kemba Walker.
Rotoworld.com: "Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points with four rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes during a 121-96 loss to the Lakers on Wednesday.
Mike Conley (hamstring) didn't play, which should give Mitchell a higher upside when that happens. Last year without Ricky Rubio on the floor, Donny put up a per-36 line of 27/5/6, and he could be even better now that he's been more efficient this season. It doesn't sound like Conley will be out for long, but Mitchell will be fine as an early-round guy going forward regardless."
Rotoworld.com: "Jonas Valanciunas made 12-of-17 from the field for a season-high 32 points during a 106-99 loss to the Bulls on Wednesday, adding 13 rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in 29 minutes.
It's just two off his career-high 34 from March last season. Valanciunas just got over an illness that cost him two games, so clearly he's over that. On the year, JV's usage rate has seen a massive 7.2% dip from his time with Memphis, and a lot of that is because of Ja Morant (back). With Ja out and Brandon Clarke (oblique) also set to miss time, this could be JV's best stretch of the season."
Rotoworld.com: "Anthony Davis dominated the Jazz during a 121-96 win on Wednesday, making 9-of-11 from the field for 26 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal, three blocks and no turnovers in just 26 minutes.
As usual, he was probable for this game with his shoulder soreness, but he's still playing through an illness. As a scorer this year, AD hasn't really seen any sort of drop off next to LeBron James with a mild increase to his usage rate, but his boards, steals and dimes are slightly down in his 21 games. There was never any doubt AD would coexist with LeBron, and he just needs to avoid the sidelines to put up elite fantasy value."
Rotoworld.com: "Wendell Carter Jr. matched his career-high four blocks with 16 points, 13 rebounds and five turnovers in 33 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.
His other four-block game came in November of 2018, and WJC went without a block in any of his previous three games. That's really been the missing piece of the puzzle for him this year with a big boost to his efficiency, pace, and playing time at 4.3 more minutes per game compared to his rookie year. He's been a better rebounder and hasn't quite clicked at the line yet at 69.7 FT%, but things are looking up for Carter Jr. to get hot in the near future."
Rotoworld.com: "Hassan Whiteside handed out a career-high seven assists on Wednesday, with 22 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks in 34 minutes.
Whiteside said prior to the season that he expected to have some triple-doubles with assists, and this is as close as he's come in eight NBA seasons. He's navigated a few minor injury concerns and is piling up early-round value with an emphasis on rebounds (12.4), blocks (2.1) and FG% (58.8% on 10.4 attempts). He's not even hurting owners in FT% because he's at a career-best 75.4% on 3.6 attempts. It's all good news for everyone who drafted him, and Jusuf Nurkic (leg) isn't even close to returning -- we're not expecting to see him until March at the earliest."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, December 4, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Andre Drummond, Clint Capela, Luka Doncic, Jimmy Butler, Bradley Beal, Brandon Ingram, Russell Westbrook, Jakob Poeltl (Spurs) and Jamal Murray.
Rotoworld.com: "Clint Capela hit 9-of-9 shots and 4-of-6 free throws on his way to 22 points, 21 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in 45 minutes of Tuesday's 135-132 double-overtime loss to the Spurs.
Capela's been sick and in bed for a few days so the big minutes and big night were quite admirable. He also hit some clutch free throws in the overtimes and the Rockets were stunned after leading by 16 points entering the fourth quarter. Maybe this was the type of game the Spurs needed to get going, while the Rockets fell to 13-7 with the loss."
Rotoworld.com: "Bradley Beal had one of his best games of the season in a 127-120 loss to Orlando, scoring 42 points (16-of-30 FGs, 7-of-10 FTs) with six rebounds, four assists, one steal and three triples in 42 minutes.
This was his third game of the season with 40+ points but the other two were right at the beginning of the campaign. The Wizards fall to 6-13 with this loss and everyone knows they are a lottery-bound team, but the hope is that they continue to let Beal run the show deep into the season just like they did last year. He's played at least 40 minutes in five of Washington's last 10 games, so there's no signs of any load management yet."
Rotoworld.com: "Jimmy Butler triple-doubled (5th of his career) in a 121-110 overtime win vs. the Raptors on Tuesday with 22 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and two triples in 41 minutes.
Incredible. Butler was already having the best game of his season but hit another gear in overtime with nine points in the first minute to put the game away. This win improved the Heat to 15-5 which ties their best start in franchise history, and it's been Butler and Bam Adebayo who have been leading the charge. Butler is flirting with a usage rate that is similar to his Chicago days and he's been the 7th best player in 9-cat leagues so far. Unless the Heat "load manage" him later this season there's no reason to sell high for a player who has entered the MVP conversation."
Rotoworld.com: "Markelle Fultz scored a career-high 20 points in Tuesday's win over the Wizards, hitting 9-of-17 from the field and 2-of-4 from the line with six assists, three rebounds, two steals and four turnovers in 31 minutes.
He's been a must-own player for weeks but is somehow still available in 53% of Yahoo Leagues. Fultz is putting up 9th-round value in 9-cat over his last seven games with 15.0 points, 5.4 dimes, 2.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and fantasy owners may not mind him dialing back his 3-pointers because he's getting to the rim at will and he's hitting 51.1% from the field because of it. And apart from tonight, he's been solid at the line too with a season mark of 77.3%."
Rotoworld.com: "Lonnie Walker caught fire in the fourth quarter on Tuesday when he outscored the Rockets 19 to 18 and finished with a career-high 28 points, four rebounds, three steals, a block and four 3-pointers on 10-of-18 shooting in 35 minutes of a 135-133 double-overtime win over the Rockets.
His previous career high was 16 points, which he reached last season, and while he had 13 points in 16 minutes on Sunday, tonight's explosion came out of nowhere. He likely saw a boost with LaMarcus Aldridge sitting with a thigh injury, but also simply got hot. There's no reason to pick him up unless you're in a crazy-deep league, but is worth keeping an eye on as the Spurs may be ready to let the kids play the rest of the season. Then again, they also might get some new life after tonight's big win. The Spurs are now just 8-14 on the season."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, December 2, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Jayson Tatum, Luka Doncic, LeBron, Pascal Siakam, Anthony Davis, Delon Wright, Christian Wood and Fred VanVleet.
Rotoworld.com: "Jonathan Isaac double-doubled on Sunday with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and he also blocked five shots with one steal in a win vs. the visiting Warriors.
Isaac's shot hasn't been falling recently at a combined 35.7% in his previous three games, but he was better tonight with 4-of-9 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws. He hit a 3-pointers and the defensive stats are a goldmine in most formats, but they're no surprise. He's averaging 2.7 blocks and 1.4 steals this season, numbers seen most recently from Anthony Davis, Josh Smith, Andrei Kirilenko, Marcus Camby and Ben Wallace. In fact, only 10 players have done it in league history."
Rotoworld.com: "Christian Wood was fantastic in 22 minutes on Sunday, scoring a career-high 28 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one block.
Wood shot 11-of-14 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line tonight, and his potential is glaringly obvious. The question is whether we'll get to see much of it with Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin monopolizing minutes in the frontcourt -- Drummond played 26 minutes and Griffin was at 22 minutes tonight, as Detroit ran away with an easy 132-98 victory. If nothing else, Wood is a nice handcuff in deeper leagues."
Rotoworld.com: "Serge Ibaka finally returned from a three-week absence with a sprained right ankle and hit 5-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal in 21 minutes off the bench on Sunday.
Hopefully the injury is behind him and he can start building on tonight's disappointing line. The Raptors only play three times in each of the next two weeks, so Ibaka's not a must-start fantasy player. But if you have room on your roster to pick him up and let him get back in a groove, it makes sense to do so."
Rotoworld.com: "Draymond Green had 11 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes on Sunday, but he's expected to rest for the second half of a back-to-back on Monday.
Green hasn't played more than 24 minutes since returning from a heel injury on Wednesday, and the Warriors have no real incentive to push him. They're record is 4-16 and all signs point to Draymond getting shut down later this season, in addition to frustrating DNP-Rest days sprinkled in before the All-Star break. Owners can only trade him for pennies on the dollar, but it's at least worst floating offers to see what you might get in return. With Dray likely out Monday, expect Ky Bowman to start and have more playmaking duties."
Rotoworld.com: "Marcus Smart is doubtful for Monday's game after suffering an oblique injury on Sunday.
Asked if it's time to take a game or more off to heal his banged-up body Smart replied "I think so. I think that might be it. That might be the final straw. We'll see how it goes." That doesn't sound like a guy who's going to play anytime in the near future, but then again, Smart's as tough as they come. Don't expect to see him on Monday and keep in mind the Celtics only have two games this week. Carsen Edwards, Brad Wanamaker and Semi Ojeleye will all see a boost in the games that Smart misses."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, December 1, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Trae Young and Gary Harris.
Rotoworld.com: "Gary Harris scored a season-high 25 points in a 100-97 loss to the Kings on Saturday, adding three rebounds, one assist, three steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
He was on fire in the first quarter with 18 points to outscore the Kings by himself. Harris was also great on the defensive end in what was arguably his best game of the year. Harris has seen 34-plus minutes in four of his last five games, but the stats haven't clicked until tonight. He can have a very fantasy-friendly game when he's on, so maybe this one will help him get going. He's barely been worth owning, but there aren't many players with his upside seeing his volume on playing time."
Rotoworld.com: "Joel Embiid led the 76ers to a close win on Saturday against the Pacers, scoring 32 points on 8-of-15 shooting with 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.
Embiid went 15-of-15 from the free throw line, including multiple big shots late in the game. There was some question about whether or not he'd suit up for this one after playing 35 minutes on Friday in New York. He has now played in both games of the last two back-to-back sets for the Sixers, who have another one coming up next weekend. Embiid's minutes haven't been too crazy of late, but the team will surely want to make sure he gets a night off soon."
Rotoworld.com: "James Harden scored a season-high 60 points (16-of-24 FGs, 20-of-23 FTs) against the Hawks on Saturday, adding three rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block and eight 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
Harden came up just shy of his career-high of 61 points, which is set twice last season. He joined Klay Thompson as the only two players in NBA history to score 60 points in fewer than 32 minutes in a game. Harden also joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only two players in history with 10 or more games of 55+ points. He scored 18 straight for the Rockets at one point in the game and Atlanta had no answer for him, which has been very common for his opponents this season. Harden is having the best season of his career and is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, November 30, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie, Giannis, Hassan Whiteside, Joel Embiid, Trae Young, Jonas Valanciunas, LaMarcus Aldridge, Fred VanVleet and PJ Washington.
Rotoworld.com: "Domantas Sabonis notched 17 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 42 minutes during Friday's overtime win vs. Atlanta.
Sabonis has missed a double-double only three times in 16 games this season. He was too much for the Hawks' frontcourt tonight, and continues to roll along with career-highs in almost every category -- points (18.9), free throws (3.7 on 82.1% shooting), rebounds (13.3), assists (3.6), steals (0.7) and blocks (0.6). Indiana gave him a four-year, $77 million extension prior to opening night, and he's making it look like a bargain."
Rotoworld.com: "Trae Young erupted for a career-high-tying 49 points on Friday, making 16-of-28 field goals and 9-of-9 free throws with eight 3-pointers, six assists, two steals and one rebound.
Young scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to single-handedly keep the Hawks in this game. He also had nine turnovers but fantasy owners should have already accepted that caveat, and it doesn't matter if you own him in 8-cat. The Hawks' star had improved his shooting 43.6% (up from 41.8% last season) and continues to thrive even though every team's defense is geared to stop him. There's no reason he can't finish the season as a top-20 value in almost any format."
Rotoworld.com: "Tim Hardaway Jr. had a terrific outing vs. the Suns on Friday with 26 points, three rebounds, two steals and six triples in 36 minutes.
Dallas hasn't gotten any consistency from players not named Luka Doncic this season, but THJ has really turned things around recently. In his last five games, THJ is putting up early-round numbers in 9-cat with 20.2 points, 2.8 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 4.0 triples. He's bound to cool off (60% from the field in that span) but fantasy owners should obviously ride him while he's this hot."
Rotoworld.com: "Bojan Bogdanovic went off for 33 points (12-of-20 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and four triples in a 103-94 comeback win over the Grizzlies on Friday.
The Jazz got off to a rocky start but Bojan took over the game late with 26 points in the second half with 16 of those coming in the fourth quarter. There aren't many players as hot as Bojan right now with 24+ points in five out of his last six games, so it's no surprise that he's been returning top-15 value in 9-cat over that span. He won't be this good but he has a shot at returning top-75 numbers for the first time in his career."
Rotoworld.com: "Hassan Whiteside blocked a season-high 10 shots during a 107-103 win over the Bulls on Friday, making 4-of-11 from the field for eight points with 15 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 30 minutes.
That's the most blocks in an NBA game this season after Rudy Gobert had seven against the Warriors last weekend, and it's a new Blazers franchise record for blocks in a game. Whiteside has enjoyed his games against the Bulls and even had a career-high 12 against them in 2015. On the downside, he did struggle with his shot, but Whiteside hit the biggest shot of the game with a tip-in bucket to put the Blazers up four with nine seconds left. Whiteside did go 0-of-3 from the line to prevent him from a triple-double, but he was actually great from the line this year at 79.7 FT%. He's been a fantastic value with top-30 output in standard leagues."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, November 28, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Anthony Davis, Jabari Parker, Zach LaVine, Jonas Valanciunas, Joel Embiid, Jrue Holiday, Giannis, Ja Morant, LeBron, Kemba Walker.
Rotoworld.com: "Anthony Davis hurt his right elbow vs. his former team on Wednesday, but returned to finish with 41 points (15-of-30 FGs, 10-of-12 FTs), nine rebounds, three steals, one assist and one 3-pointer.
The spotlight was on Davis tonight in his return to New Orleans, and he didn't disappoint with a game-high in scoring and a win-clinching steal with 4.2 seconds left in regulation. Even prior to the elbow injury, which looked like a mild hyper-extension, he was listed as 'probable' with a sore right shoulder tonight, but that's par for the course this season. He said recently that he was "getting back to 100 percent" and the shoulder isn't impacting his performance (this followed a 19/12/6/2/2 line on Monday), so there's no reason to think he'll miss games on Friday (vs. Washington) or Sunday (vs. Dallas)."
Rotoworld.com: "Bradley Beal shot 11-of-18 from the field and 9-of-10 from the foul line in Wednesday's win over Phoenix, tallying 35 points, two rebounds, six assists, one steal, one blocked shot and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes.
Unlike some other players who struggle with their efficiency when given the green light, Beal's had no such issues. Providing second-round value in both eight- and nine-cat leagues for the entire season, over the last month Beal has been a first-round player in both. In November he's averaging 29.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.6 three-pointers per game, while shooting 49.8% from the field, 34.1% from three and 81.2% from the foul line."
Rotoworld.com: "Devin Booker tallied 27 points (10-of-20 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), two rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one blocked shot and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes Wednesday vs. Washington.
Booker filled the stat sheet Wednesday night in the Suns' final game before Thanksgiving, but it did not result in a win for the home team. He finished the game with three turnovers, which is lower than his average over the last two weeks (4.9 tpg). How big have the turnovers been for Booker? Over the last two weeks he's been a top-20 player in eight-cat (punting turnovers), but he's outside of the top-50 in nine-cat. In theory Ricky Rubio, who accounted for 18 points and four assists Wednesday, would be able to help out as there won't be as much pressure on Booker to initiate things offensively. But that hasn't been the case, as Booker's averaging more turnovers when on the court with Rubio (2.8 tpg) than when he isn't (2.2 tpg)."
Rotoworld.com: "Damian Lillard made 7-of-15 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line for 27 points during a 136-119 win on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, five assists, one steal, one turnover and five 3-pointers in 30 minutes.
He likes to play OKC and the Blazers finally have a winning-streak for the first since winning two straight games back on Oct. 25 and 27. The Blazers are going to need to play better to prevent some possible late-season rest from Dame, but the good news is that the non-elite teams in the Western Conference could keep seeds-68 up for grabs until April. Lillard may have to share the rock with Carmelo Anthony a little to cap his slate-breaking upside, but he's still a great bet to be a top-10 player going forward."
Rotoworld.com: "Draymond Green (right heel) returned on Wednesday with seven points, eight assists, five rebounds, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes vs. the Bulls.
The Warriors were very short-handed during the three games Green missed, so his return was welcome news. Green looks healthy but owners should still brace themselves for plenty of DNPs as the season progresses. The Warriors won tonight but their record still stands at 4-15, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more obvious shutdown candidate."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, November 27, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Luka Doncic, Will Barton and Nikola Jokic. There were just two games.
Rotoworld.com: "Bradley Beal hit just 6-of-15 shots and 2-of-10 3-pointers, and also missed both of his free throws on his way to a season-low 14 points, four rebounds, six assists, a steal and four turnovers in a 117-104 loss to the Nuggets.
The Nuggets perimeter defense against guards is one of the best in the league and Beal clearly struggled with it tonight. Beal had scored at least 20 points in 12 straight games and had been playing at a very high level this season, returning second-round fantasy value. Look for him to bounce back against the Suns on Wednesday night."
Rotoworld.com: "Paul George hit just 8-of-21 shots, 4-of-11 3-pointers and 6-of-6 free throws for 26 points, four rebounds, two assists and a season-high six steals in Tuesday's 114-99 win over the Mavericks.
George played well tonight and the six steals were a huge fantasy bonus for his owners, but he's clearly struggling to shoot the ball right now, hitting 18-of-56 shots over his last three games (32%). He said after the game his shoulders feel good and this looks like nothing more than a normal shooting slump for PG 13. He'll look to break out of it on Wednesday night at Phoenix and may have the ball in his hands a ton with Kawhi Leonard likely to sit out the second game of a back-to-back."
Rotoworld.com: "Nikola Jokic hit 4-of-8 shots and didn't attempt a free throw or 3-pointer on Tuesday, finishing with eight points, 20 rebounds, five assists and nothing else in a 117-104 win over the Wizards.
That makes back-to-back eight-point games for Jokic and he's scored in single digits in three of his last five games. The 20 boards were a season high, but he's been pretty disappointing for owners who drafted him in the first (or second) round of fantasy drafts. He's blocked just one shot over his last seven games, hasn't hit a 3-pointer in three straight, and is averaging just 14 points over his last five."
Rotoworld.com: "Will Barton hit 7-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and a block in 37 minutes of Tuesday's 117-104 win over the Wizards.
Barton has scored in double figures in four straight games and in all but two games this season. The eight dimes were a season high and he's hit nine 3-pointers over his last three games. He's not stealing or blocking all that much but he's playing very well and has helped the Nuggets win six straight games and they're now 13-3 on the season. The Nuggets only have one more game this week but then play four games in each of the next two. Fire him up."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, November 26, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Giannis, Jarrett Allen, LeBron, Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Davis, Trae Young, Marcus Smart, Buddy Hield, Ky Bowman and Pascal Siakam.
Rotoworld.com: "Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a season-high 50 points (17-of-31 FGs, 13-of-19 FTs) with 14 rebounds, six assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes against the Jazz on Monday
This was just the second 50-point game of Giannis' career, with the other coming last season against Philly. He routinely made guys look like they weren't even there, just bullying his way to the rim and scoring over them. The reigning MVP has somehow gotten better, averaging a career-high 31.1 points per game. He's also posting career-best marks in boards, dimes and triples. The only negative in his game is his free throw shooting, which is currently at a career-low 60.1 percent on a career-high 11.6 attempts per game. That's sapping his value in category leagues, but you don't mind one bit if you're punting the category."
Rotoworld.com: "LeBron James led the Lakers to a 114-104 win over San Antonio with 33 points (13-of-24 FGs, 3-of-8 FTs), three rebounds, 14 assists, one block and four 3-pointers.
About the only thing that James didn't do well Monday night was shoot his free throws, as he was just 3-of-8 on the night. But he shot better than 50% from both the field overall and from three (4-of-7), and he's scored 30 points or more in back-to-back games for the first time this season. James has been a top-15 player in both eight- and nine-cat formats this season, and truth be told he hasn't looked like a player that will turn 35 at the end of December."
Rotoworld.com: "Buddy Hield played out of his mind in Monday's 103-102 loss to the Celtics, posting career-highs in points (41) and 3-pointers (11) with five rebounds, two assists and one block.
The 11 triples are also a franchise record and Hield beats his previous record of eight. Hield was ice cold in his previous three games, and it looked like he was well on his way to another quiet evening before he flipped a switch with 21 points in the third quarter. Coach Luke Walton has been adamant about wanting Hield to be more aggressive, so apparently he got the message. He'll have a tough matchup vs. the 76ers on Wednesday though, as Philly has allowed the third fewest fantasy points to SGs this season."
Rotoworld.com: "Trae Young went off for 37 points (11-of-28 FGs, 10-of-11 FTs), nine assists, six rebounds, five triples and seven turnovers in Monday's 125-113 loss to the Wolves.
That's seven straight losses for the Hawks but Trae is certainly doing his part to at least keep the games competitive. This is already his 7th game of the season with at least 30 points, and he's coming off a 30-10-10 triple double on Saturday. The schedule doesn't get any easier with games coming up against the Bucks, Pacers and Rockets, but at least it sounds like Kevin Huerter (shoulder) is nearing a return."
Rotoworld.com: "Carmelo Anthony turned back the clock for a season-high 25 points in a 117-94 win over the Bulls on Monday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and four triples in 31 minutes.
He finished 10-of-20 from the field and was red hot from the opening tip with 12 first quarter points. Carmelo once spent 10 days with the Bulls without making an appearance, so does this qualify as a "revenge game?" Jokes aside, Carmelo's shot chart was a disaster entering tonight's game, so we'll need to see him do it again before recommending him in standard leagues."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, November 25, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Luka Doncic, Montrezl Harrell, Clint Capela, James Harden, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr, Richaun Holmes, Dario Saric, Brandon Ingram and Russell Westbrook.
Rotoworld.com: "Spencer Dinwiddie lit up the Knicks on Sunday for 30 points (7-of-17 FGs, 13-of-14 FTs) with four rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
Dinwiddie had 19 of his points in the first half, marking the highest-scoring first half of his career. He's also scored 20+ points in five straight games for the first time, and is obviously loving life as a high-usage option without Kyrie Irving (shoulder). He was perhaps the ultimate handcuff in drafts, and we're seeing why as he piles up top-40 value. The Irving factor is too obvious to attempt a 'sell high' strategy, so just enjoy the ride if you own him."
Rotoworld.com: "Luka Doncic fell just one-point shy of matching his career-high during Sunday's 137-123 win over Houston, tallying 41 points, six boards, 10 dimes, five triples, two steals, one block and six turnovers across 34 minutes.
The Rockets had precisely zero answers for Doncic in this one, which has been a common theme for opposing teams this season as the 20-year-old MVP candidate continues to set the league on fire. He ranks No. 3 amongst guards in true shooting percentage (63.2), is No. 2 in usage (34.3) and leads all guards in rebounding with 10.4 boards a night. If you ignore the turnovers, he’s been the second-best player in fantasy hoops this season, and the scary thing is that at just 20 years old, he really hasn't even scratched the surface."
Rotoworld.com: "Richaun Holmes destroyed the Wizards on Sunday with 16 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks, two steals and one assist.
Holmes shot 7-of-9 from the field in 36 minutes and added to his case for 'pickup of the year' honors. Marvin Bagley's return shouldn't do too much to derail his minutes at center, and he's pushed Dewayne Dedmon out of the fantasy picture, even though Dedmon makes three times his salary. Holmes should continue to cruise with mid-round value in 24-28 minutes a night. Not bad for a guy you scooped off the wire."
Rotoworld.com: "Clint Capela busted loose with a monster 21-point, 22-rebound double-double during Sunday's loss to the Mavericks, adding three assists, two steals and one turnover across 35 minutes.
Capela got off to a rather slow start in this one, going 1-of-6 from the field to start the game with just three makes by halftime. However, he completely flipped the script coming out of the second half, and his monster game helped the Rockets avoid an embarrassing blowout. He’s now recorded 20-plus rebounds in six of his past seven games, and if you ignore the free throw shooting, he’s been a first-round product over that seven-game stretch."
Rotoworld.com: "Will Barton scored a season-high 22 points on Sunday, going 8-of-18 from the field with four 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists and one steal.
Barton told his teammates during halftime that he intended to "change the game" and he proceeded to drop 12 points with three rebounds in the third quarter. He's having a terrific bounce-back season after injuries dragged him down in 2018-19, and he's cruising along with top-75 value and a stable starting job. As long as he's healthy, there's no reason to think he can't sustain this pace."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, November 24, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Devin Booker, Trae Young, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jonathan Isaac, Zach LaVine, Anthony Davis, Giannis, Pascal Siakam, Kelly Oubre and Joel Embiid.
Rotoworld.com: "Derrick Rose was the lone bright spot for Detroit in their blowout loss to the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 20 points with six assists, three boards, one steal and two triples in 26 minutes.
Unlike Blake Griffin (rest), Rose was cleared to play in this back-to-back, and that's a really good sign since he's not even 100 percent with a nagging foot injury. His 18 minutes vs. the Hawks on Friday were likely by design so he could play tonight, so his value should trend up when the Pistons ease up on his restrictions a bit more. His fantasy owners can just keep throwing him into lineups until the wheels fall off again, but his ceiling is limited whenever Griffin is active."
Rotoworld.com: "Jrue Holiday filled it up yet again during a 128-120 loss to the Jazz on Saturday, making 12-of-24 from the field for 28 points with five rebounds, four assists, four steals, two blocks, no turnovers and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
Remember when people were worried about Brandon Ingram hurting Jrue? In his last four games, Holiday has filled it up across the board, averaging 23.8 points, 5.5 boards, 8.0 dimes, 2.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.3 treys on a 49/23/80 shooting line. His 3-pointers haven't totally clicked yet after triples were his main focus this summer, so there's possibly even more scoring improvement here. After a rocky start, Jrue is every bit of the player his fantasy owners drafted in the first two rounds."
Rotoworld.com: "Donovan Mitchell scored a season-high 37 points during a 128-120 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, five assists and six 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
He went drove down the lane all night and he did a lot of this with Jrue Holiday on him. Mitchell has been seeing massive usage overall lately with 36.0 minutes per game at a 30.8 usage rate over his previous five before this gem, averaging 26.4 points, 6.6 boards, 3.0 dimes, 0.8 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.2 treys. The Jazz are actually playing somewhat fast at 103.9 pace in those five, too, so it's adding even more upside to Mitchell's nightly stat lines. He's a star and savvy fantasy owners who bought his post-break run last year are enjoying his output this season."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, November 23, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Nikola Jokic, Anthony Davis, Luka Doncic, Rudy Gobert, Bradley Beal, Jimmy Butler, LeBron James, Bam Adebayo and Andre Drummond.
Rotoworld.com: "Nikola Jokic posted his third triple-double of the season during a 96-92 win over the Celtics on Friday, scoring 18 points with 16 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and one block in 36 minutes.
His 16 boards were a season-high as he put up double-digit boards in consecutive games for the first time this month. Jokic's 31st triple-double ties him with John Havlicek for 12th all time, and the increase in dimes was nice to see after failing to reach even nine assists in a game this month. Jokic is clawing his way out of a bad start and he should be viewed as a first-round player going forward."
Rotoworld.com: "Mike Conley shot 4-of-5 from three in Friday's win over the Warriors, scoring 27 points (9-of-14 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs) with four rebounds, four assists and one steal in 31 minutes.
Golden State has been a good matchup for Conley this season, as he's scored a total of 49 points on 15-of-25 (60%) shooting from the field and 9-of-13 from beyond the arc in two games. After a slow start to the season he's been better of late, averaging 17.7 points, 4.4 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game over his last ten outings. Get in on Conley now, because the price tag is only going to increase as he continues to get comfortable with his new teammates and Quin Snyder's system."
Rotoworld.com: "Lou Williams scored all 26 of his points in the second half of Friday's win over the Rockets, while also accounting for eight assists, three rebounds and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
After going scoreless on 0-of-4 shooting in the first half, Williams was 9-of-12 from the field in the second as the Clippers came back to win by three. He's now scored 25 points or more in four of the Clippers' last five games, and over the last two weeks he's been a top-50 player in eight-category formats."
Rotoworld.com: "Rudy Gay scored a season-high 22 points (8-of-11 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with four rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.
Gay was one of the few bright spots for the Spurs in this one, keeping them in the game with very efficient shooting. San Antonio just lost their eighth straight game for the first time in the Gregg Popovich era, which could lead to a lineup shuffle. Gay was a top-100 player last year and finds himself just outside of that range, in fewer minutes, this season."
Rotoworld.com: "Kemba Walker (concussion-like symptoms) has been released from the hospital and will be re-evaluated on Saturday.
He was also cleared to return to Boston, and the team adds it will provide updates when appropriate. This is great news after a terrifying injury in the first half on Friday, resulting in Kemba being stretchered off. He was initially diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms and earlier reports stated he avoided a significant injury. Hopefully, the good news keeps coming and we see him out there soon."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, November 22, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Giannis, CJ McCollum, Skal Labissiere (Blazers), Brandon Ingram and Jrue Holiday. There were just two games.
Rotoworld.com: "Eric Bledsoe went off again during a win over the Blazers on Thursday, scoring 30 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
He has really taken off lately and it's not a coincidence that Khris Middleton (quad) has been out. Since Middleton got hurt, Bledsoe averaged 21.4 points, 4.8 boards, 5.8 dimes, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.2 treys on a 49/30/83 shooting line in those five. His efficiency boost has also overlapped with his strong play in the counting stats, so Bledsoe could be viewed as a bit of a sell-high player. That said, the bottom line here is that Bledsoe looks great after a bad start to the season."
Rotoworld.com: "Lonzo Ball (groin) is active and is expected to play about 20 minutes off the bench, according to Will Guillory of The Athletic.
He's been on the injury report for almost two weeks, and it's taken him much longer than expected to get out there. Considering his injury history, the Pelicans may keep a minutes limit on him for a few games. His return could affect Frank Jackson, Nickeil Alexander-Walker and E'Twaun Moore. Ball should still be in most lineups even at 20 minutes."
Rotoworld.com: "Jrue Holiday made 10-of-19 from the field for 23 points against the Suns on Thursday, adding four rebounds, nine assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.
The Pelicans have wanted him to be aggressive, and he certainly has even with Brandon Ingram back in action. Plus, the NBA's leader in deflections per game is also having that reflect in the steals category. Holiday also has 9.3 dimes per game over his last three, and he's clearly found his jumper after seeing close to a 20 eFG% dip compared to last year when he was off to a bad start earlier this year. Holiday has first-round upside in standard leagues, especially now that the Pelicans are playing better with a three-game winning streak."
Rotoworld.com: "C.J. McCollum matched his career-high 10 dimes in a 137-129 loss to the Bucks on Thursday, adding a season-high 37 points with six rebounds, three blocks and five 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
He got the start at point guard and the Blazers were in dire straits on O with Damian Lillard (back) out again, so McCollum put up easily his best stat line of the season. His scoring per 36 hasn't really seen much of a jump when Dame is out, but he's been much better in assists with an increased usage rate to offset the dip in efficiency. McCollum has been a solid option since his breakout 2015-16 season, so he's a great bet to put up early-mid round value."
Rotoworld.com: "Brandon Ingram took over late during a 124-121 win over the Suns on Thursday, scoring 28 points with eight rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.
He was 1-of-7 in the first half, but Ingram totally took over in the fourth with 15 points in the final frame to get the Pels to a three-game winnings streak. Last season, Ingram had just seven 25-point games, but he already has eight of those in just 11 games this year. Ingram's growth on catch-and-shoot plays is the biggest difference while he's vastly improved on drives, pull-ups and even passing this season. His biggest obstacle to a breakout year looks to be staying healthy, and he looks like an early-round guy if he stays on the court."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, November 21, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Luka Doncic, Pat Beverley, Giannis, Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris, Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid, Trae Young and Jon Isaac.
Rotoworld.com: "Paul George made 8-of-18 from the field for 25 points during a 107-104 overtime win over the Celtics on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, eight assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
He was out there for 32 minutes in regulation before the OT frame, so coach Doc Rivers may not want to totally unleash PG yet. Unlike in the first three games, the Celtics did a much better job of keeping PG off the foul line with PG going just 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. "
Rotoworld.com: "Kawhi Leonard returned from a three-game absence on Wednesday, making 7-of-20 from the field for 17 points with six rebounds, three assists, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
He had the game-clinching play with a block on Kemba Walker in the corner at the OT buzzer to pull off a comeback. Leonard was at 33 minutes at the end of regulation, so that's likely where coach Doc Rivers wanted to keep him before letting him go out there for all of OT. Kawhi's assists also took a hit tonight after he put up 8.3 per game in his previous three active games, so that could be something to watch. "
Rotoworld.com: "Luka Doncic was magical in the Mavs 142-94 blowout victory over the Mavs, racking up 35 points (11-of-18 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), 10 rebounds, 11 assists, six triples, three steals and five turnovers in just 25 minutes.
Another night, and another all-time record-setting performance. We are running out of superlatives for Luka's play this season, and Thanksgiving is still a week away. Doncic was downright dominant from the opening tip on Wednesday, In fact, he had more points, boards and assists than the entire Warriors team in the first quarter. He is the first player to ever recorded a 35-point triple-double in 25 or fewer minutes. Doncic is also the youngest player with consecutive 35-point triple-doubles. Congrats if you drafted him. Enjoy the show."
Rotoworld.com: "Nikola Jokic made 12-of-19 from the field for 27 points during a 105-95 win over the Rockets on Wednesday, adding 12 rebounds, four assists, seven turnovers and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.
The Rockets have owned Jokic in his career and had won 10 of the previous 11, but Denver was ready for this one in arguably their biggest win of the year. Jokic has looked a step slow throughout the season, but he has played much better and this was one of his more active games so far. Plus, the Nuggets do have a slightly faster pace over their last four, so hopefully they can get out of the bottom-ranked spot. Regardless, Jokic looks to be back on track."
Rotoworld.com: "Jayson Tatum scored a season-high 30 points during a 107-104 overtime loss to the Clippers on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and five 3-pointers in 41 minutes.
He went off for 14 points in the third quarter and had Kawhi Leonard on him a whole bunch, so extra credit for the big scoring line. Tatum has been growing as more of a go-to scorer with a 26.4 usage rate this season, but his efficiency has taken a hit due to a dip in scoring in fast break and struggling on his two-point shots. He should get better as the year goes along as he flirts with early-round value going forward."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, November 20, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Devin Booker, Bogdan Bogdanovic (Kings), Kelly Oubre, Richaun Holmes (Kings), Brandon Ingram, Alec Burks, CJ McCollum and Draymond Green.
Rotoworld.com: "Bogdan Bogdanovic, who had a career night on Tuesday with seven 3-pointers, 31 points, four rebounds, seven assists, three steals and six turnovers, says the hamstring injury that kept him out at the end of the game felt like a cramp.
We're not fully in the clear here, but it is great news. It aligns with the fact he was smiling and walking around the bench at the end of the game and it sounds like he avoided a serious injury. If it was just cramping he should be fine for the next one."
Rotoworld.com: "Cory Joseph hit 2-of-5 shots for six points on Tuesday, but also had five rebounds, a career-high 14 assists, a steal and two blocks with just two turnovers in a team-high 39 minutes in a win over the Suns.
CoJo has been filling in for De'Aaron Fox (ankle) and isn't the most gifted offensive player, but he was fantastic tonight and also did a great job of guarding Devin Booker. The fact he led the team in minutes is telling and Fox isn't going to return anytime soon. The Kings have won six of their last eight games after starting out 0-5 and while CoJo hasn't scored more than 10 points in any game this season, tonight's line was a huge step in the right direction."
Rotoworld.com: "Carmelo Anthony said he was promised a starting gig and sizable role in Portland, which factored into his decision to sign there.
"That was something that was established out [of] the gate," Anthony said of his expected role with the Trail Blazers. "It was 'OK, we want you to come in, we want you to play, we want you to start, we want you to get going.' That was that and that was a big reason why I made that decision to come." Melo didn't have a great game statistically in his return to action on Tuesday, and it could take him a while to get going after taking a year off from professional basketball. He's not quite worth owning in standard settings at the moment."
Rotoworld.com: "Anthony Davis hit 13-of-24 shots, three 3-pointers and 5-of-6 free throws for 34 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks in 37 minutes of Tuesday's 112-107 win over the Thunder.
Harrison Faigen reported earlier on Tuesday that Davis says his "shoulder is feeling better and that he's getting back to 100%" and it sure looked like it in this one. He did bang his knee with another player tonight, but followed it up quickly with a blocked shot. Hopefully the shoulder issue truly subsides and AD stays healthy going forward. He says he feels better and is getting healthy and all signs are pointing in that direction."
Rotoworld.com: "Billy Donovan said that Steven Adams is still recovering from the left knee contusion that sidelined him for three games earlier this month.
"Obviously we're dealing with Steven's knee still," Donovan said after Tuesday's game, explaining his decision to close with Nerlens Noel over Adams. "I don't want to say he's on a minutes restriction, but we're trying to be mindful and keep him in a range." Adams is averaging just 26.3 minutes per game this season, which is his lowest MPG average since 2015."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, November 19, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Luka Doncic, Russ Westbrook, Clint Capela, Karl-Anthony Towns, Brook Lopez, Montrezl Harrell, James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, Julius Randle, and Giannis.
Rotoworld.com: "Karl-Anthony Towns hit 11-of-23 shots and 7-of-15 3-pointers for 29 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks and six turnovers in 33 minutes of Monday's 112-102 win over the Jazz.
Rudy Gobert is one of the best defenders in the league and KAT had his way with him, tying his career high with the seven 3-pointers. He tried to make it eight late, but missed, putting him at 5-of-8 makes from downtown in the second half of tonight's game. Towns, who blocked his 500th shot tonight, is playing with an incredible amount of confidence right now and lines like this one are why he was a Top 5 pick across the board this season. The Wolves handed the Jazz their first home loss of the year and improved to 8-6 (5-2 on the road)."
Rotoworld.com: "Brook Lopez had one of the best games of his season on Monday vs. Chicago, scoring 19 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals, five blocks and one triple in 31 minutes.
This was his highest scoring total of the season, his second game with double-digit rebounds and his third game with at least five blocks. He's worth his weight in gold in category style leagues, as he's now returning second-round value in 9-cat on the back of his production in blocks (2.5) and triples (1.5). There's no need to sell high since his numbers are right in line with where they were last season."
Rotoworld.com: "Clint Capela (concussion) returned from a two-game absence and was dominant, racking up a season-high 22 points with 20 rebounds, one steal and four blocks in 35 minutes.
The Blazers are allowing the 4th most fantasy points to centers this season, so this was a smash spot for Capela. But he was already rolling before the injury, as this was his fourth straight game with 20 rebounds and the fifth 20-20 game of his career. Capela is returning top-20 value in 9-cat right now, and it's mostly tied to some positive regression with his block rate -- he's averaging 2.3 swats compared to 1.5 last season."
Rotoworld.com: "DeMar DeRozan dropped a season-high 36 points (14-of-20 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs) with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and one turnover in 34 minutes against the Mavericks on Monday.
DeRozan earned season-highs in rebounds and field goals made, too. He had the ninth game of the season with 30+ points and zero triples, and just the second with 30+ points and no attempted triples. The slight dip in boards and dimes from last season is felt more because of his lack of 3-pointers. DeRozan is still posting later mid-round value and is a good source of points and percentages."
Rotoworld.com: "Montrezl Harrell was the star of the Clippers' 90-88 win over Oklahoma City, scoring 28 points (13-of-20 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs) with 12 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one blocked shot.
Harrell was one of the best reserves in the NBA last season, ultimately losing out to teammate Lou Williams in the race for Sixth Man of the Year honors. That award could very well be Harrell's this season, as he has been outstanding thus far. Counting Monday's numbers he's averaging 18.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 blocks and 0.8 steals per game while shooting 59.5% from the field. Harrell, a top-100 player in both eight- and nine-cat formats, is a must-start in any league at this point."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, November 18, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Jamal Murray, LeBron James, Nikola Vucevic, Buddy Hield, Bradley Beal, Tobias Harris, Jrue Holiday, Paul Millsap, Trae Young and Evan Fournier.
Rotoworld.com: "Markelle Fultz scored a career-high 19 points vs. the Wizards on Sunday, making 8-of-10 shots with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 26 minutes.
Washington ranks 28th in defensive rating, so you can't overreact to big games against them, but Fultz looked really good tonight. He came in a combined 4-of-25 from deep (16.0%) which makes it even more encouraging that he's willing and able to keep firing away. He's also above 80% from the free throw line (1-of-1 tonight), which was another issue in past years. With a starting job and increasing minutes, Fultz is quickly making a case for ownership in 12-team leagues."
Rotoworld.com: "Bradley Beal twisted his ankle in the first quarter on Sunday but kept playing to finish with 34 points, seven assists, six rebounds, five 3-pointers and one steal.
Magic coach Steve Clifford explained before the game that he wanted to prevent Beal from getting any easy buckets. "It's always the garbage points, the fast breaks, the seconds, the cuts and how many free throws [great scorers] shoot," he said. "So those are the things we'll try to lock in on." Every team is keyed into Beal, given his lack of supporting cast, but that shouldn't stop him from another massive fantasy campaign. We'll let you know if his ankle proves to be a concern."
Rotoworld.com: "Eric Paschall hit 10-of-17 shots, two 3-pointers and 8-of-10 free throws for 30 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes of Sunday's 108-100 loss to the Pelicans.
Almost unbelievably, his career high is 34 points, which he had on November 5 of this year. He's hit double digits in scoring in seven of his last nine games and came into this one averaging 16.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.9 3-pointers in November. The Warriors only play three times in the upcoming week, so Paschall's not a must-start, but he's worth owning in most leagues after a great start to the season for the tanking Warriors. The Dubs have now lost six straight games and eight of their nine November games."
Rotoworld.com: "Nikola Vucevic scored a season-high 30 points on Sunday, going 11-of-14 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line in 33 minutes.
Vuc also had 17 rebounds, six assists, three 3-pointers and one block in a home win vs. the Wizards. He's had some rough shooting nights early this season and was just 4-of-16 vs. the Spurs on Friday, but he's also riding a streak of seven straight double-doubles. The blocks are picking up, he's hitting 3-pointers, and there's no reason to think he can't finish as a first-round fantasy value."
Rotoworld.com: "J.J. Redick played through his toe injury and hit 8-of-16 shots and six 3-pointers for 26 points, three rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes of Sunday's win.
He missed Saturday's game but was good to go tonight. He's really bounced back after an awful start to the season and is averaging 22.8 points and 5.3 3-pointers over his last four games played. The Pelicans play four times in each of the next two weeks, so Redick is a player that should be owned across the board, especially with Josh Hart (knee) currently hurting."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, November 17, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Karl-Anthony Towns, Luka Doncic, Bam Adebayo, LaMarcus Aldridge, Paul George, Giannis, CJ McCollum, Jimmy Butler and Myles Turner.
Rotoworld.com: "Fred VanVleet scored 24 points on 8-of-18 shooting Saturday, to go with four 3-pointers, five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three turnovers in 39 minutes.
He was feeling it from beyond the arc early, with three of his four makes coming prior to halftime, and he also did a really nice job of running the offense. He's currently leading the league in minutes (38.4), and over the past four games sans Kyle Lowry (thumb), FVV has come through with averages of 22.8 points, 8.0 assists, 4.5 boards, 3.3 triples, 2.0 steals and just 2.8 turnovers per game on 44.4% shooting from the field and 87.5% from the stripe. "
Rotoworld.com: "Bam Adebayo filled it up as usual during a 109-94 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, making 8-of-11 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line for 18 points with 14 rebounds, four assists, two steals and three blocks in 34 minutes.
What a stud. Even without the major increase to his playing time, Bam's usage rate is up 2.8%, his rebounding rate is up 1.2%, his assist rate is up, his blocks per minute are up, and his steals per minute are up compared to last year. He's also finally making free throws at 6-of-7 from the line in the last three, so he's starting to click there, too. It's not crazy to think Bam will be a first-round player in standard leagues going forward."
Rotoworld.com: "C.J. McCollum was active on Saturday, scoring 32 points on 13-of-25 attempts with six rebounds, seven assists, one steal and six 3-pointers in 39 minutes against the Spurs.
McCollum posted new season-best marks in both dimes and triples in the victory. He's currently attempting a career-high 20.5 shots per game thus far, which is just a fraction more than teammate Damian Lillard. The Blazers have struggled to open the year and are going to ride their backcourt as far as they can take them."
Rotoworld.com: "LaMarcus Aldridge notched his first double-double of the season on Saturday, scoring 30 points (12-of-20 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Trail Blazers.
Aldridge entered the game averaging just 5.9 rebounds, which was his lowest total since his rookie season. It goes without saying that his was his best all-around game of the year. Aldridge still finds himself inside the top-50 in category formats despite his numbers being down compared to his previous two years in San Antonio."
Rotoworld.com: "Paul George dropped in 37 points on 10-of-17 shooting during Saturday's easy win over the Hawks, adding six triples, four boards, three dimes, two steals, one block and three turnovers in just 20 minutes of action.
PG-13 was scorching to start this one, racking up 25 points on 11 shots through the first half of action, and finished the game a perfect 11-of-11 from the charity stripe to give him an absurd 84.7 TS%. George recently said that this is the best his shoulders have felt "in a really long time," and that's been made apparent by his torrid start. Folks who gambled on him on draft day are looking really smart right now."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, November 16, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Bradley Beal, LeBron James, Rudy Gobert, Moritz Wagner, Donovan Mitchell, Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns, Chris Paul and Ja Morant.
Rotoworld.com: "Bradley Beal made 15-of-22 from the field and 13-of-14 from the line for 44 points with three rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes during a 137-116 win over the Wolves on Friday.
He's back. Beal just went off for another 44 points against the Celtics on Wednesday, so the slow start looks to be behind him. These two explosions did move him up to a 57.0 TS%, so he's now just a tick down from his 58.1 TS% last year. This was a dream matchup for him with the Wolves allowing the fastest seconds per possession in the NBA, but credit to Beal for coming through. He's back on track as a player with first-round upside in standard leagues."
Rotoworld.com: "Malcolm Brogdon (back) is uncertain for Saturday vs. the Bucks.
Coach Nate McMillan said Brogdon was dealing with some back spasms and was in a lot of pain, so at least it's not a serious injury. Brogdon didn't talk to reporters after the game and the Pacers won't have a morning shootaround, so we may not know his status until warmups. Aaron Holiday would be a terrific streamer if Brogdon can't go and had 12 points, five dimes and two triples on Friday, while Justin Holiday would be a sneaky play after starting the second half and posting a 10-5-3 line with a pair of triples."
Rotoworld.com: "Ja Morant went off for 25 points in Friday's 107-106 win over the Jazz, hitting 9-of-22 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line with eight assists, four rebounds, one steal, two triples and two turnovers in 30 minutes.
This game was supposed to be all about Mike Conley's return to Memphis, but Morant stole the show and took the game over late with nine points in the fourth quarter. Morant is already fearless as a rookie and has been Memphis' go-to guy in crunch time, and even though his jumper lets him down at times it doesn't matter much since he's living in the paint -- 8.3 of his shots attempts have been inside of five feet."
Rotoworld.com: "Danilo Gallinari made 7-of-11 attempts and 11-of-11 free throws for a season-high 28 points against the 76ers on Friday, adding seven rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
Gallinari just keeps quietly getting it done. He's second on the team in scoring through the first 12 games, averaging 19.0 points in just under 30 minutes a night. He's posting top-65 value in category formats and the Rooster is proving to be well worth the mid-round pick it took to get him."
Rotoworld.com: "Joel Embiid was back in the lineup on Friday in Oklahoma City, scoring 31 points (12-of-24 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs) with 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and a season-high four 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Thunder.
Embiid got the night off on Wednesday against the Magic on the second night of a back-to-back set. After his effort tonight, he's now shooting 41.2 percent from deep on the season. Embiid hasn't gotten off to the same type of hot start as he did last season, but he's still posting fringe first-round value through the first few weeks of the year."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, November 15, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Luka Doncic, Giannis, Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams, Derrick Favors, Eric Bledsoe, Kelly Oubre, Zach LaVine, Kevin Love and Montrezl Harrell.
Rotoworld.com: "Luka Doncic posted the 13th triple-double of his career during a 106-103 loss to the Knicks on Thursday, scoring 33 points with 10 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
He's easily the youngest player in NBA history with that many triple-doubles and he'll be tacking them on all year. Doncic has only had one bad efficiency game this year, and a big reason why is because of his league-leading 68.6 FG% on drives (min. 10 drives per game) and Doncic is also in the top five for assist percentage off drives, so basically his huge start has been able about how he's dominated in that role. This wasn't supposed to happen this fast, but Luka's consistency has been one of the biggest difference-making aspects in fantasy."
Rotoworld.com: "Derrick Favors grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds against the Clippers on Thursday, adding a season-high 20 points with three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.
That's a boom and this is who the Pelicans thought they were getting in the offseason. He had been trending up and in his previous two games he played 29.3 minutes per game, averaging 11.5 points, 11.0 boards, 3.0 dimes, 1.0 blocks and 2.0 steals on 61.1 FG%. That knee issue is clearly behind him and Favors should be locked in to fantasy lineups until further notice."
Rotoworld.com: "Zach LaVine (sprained right ankle) scored 25 points (8-of-20 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs) with three rebounds, seven assists, three steals, one block and four 3-pointers against the Bucks on Thursday.
LaVine sprained his ankle in Tuesday's win over the Knicks, but didn't appear to be any worse for wear. He played 33 minutes and matched his season-highs in dimes, steals and triples. Hopefully his ankle doesn't swell up or anything following the game, but it looks like LaVine avoided serious injury, which is great news."
Rotoworld.com: "Jrue Holiday had his first explosion on the season during a 132-127 win against the Clippers on Thursday, scoring a season-high 36 points with four rebounds, seven assists, six steals, one block, seven turnovers and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
This is what the Pelicans spent all offseason talking about and how they envisioned their offense, especially late with Jrue scoring or assisting on 22 of 36 points in the fourth. Holiday's non-scoring stats have been there over the last two weeks, but it was just about his scoring woes up until tonight. Compared to last year, Jrue's eFG% on jumpers this year before tonight dropped 17.7% while he had been at a brutal 6.9 percentile as a PNR handler scorer."
Rotoworld.com: "Coby White stayed hot against the Bucks on Thursday, scoring 26 points (9-of-23 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with five rebounds, three assists, a season-high three steals and six 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
White joined former Bull Nikola Mirotic as the only other player to make 6+ triples in consecutive games. He also became the youngest player in franchise history to score at least 20 points in consecutive games before turning 20-years-old. These two scorching-hot efforts barely pushed White over 31 percent from deep on the season, which goes to show how up-and-down he's been to start his rookie year. White clearly has upside, but he's going to be inconsistent along the way."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, November 14, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Bradley Beal, JaVale McGee, Andrew Wiggins, Kawhi Leonard, Fred VanVleet, Karl-Anthony Towns, LeBron James, Pascal Siakam and Terry Rozier.
Rotoworld.com: "Fred VanVleet scored 30 points on Wednesday, making 10-of-16 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs with six triples, seven assists, four rebounds, two steals and one block in 40 minutes.
This was VanVleet's highest-scoring game since the season opener when he dropped 34 points, and the ankle tweak he suffered in that game is obviously behind him. He's second in minutes played behind only Damian Lillard and will have an even bigger role with Kyle Lowry (thumb) recovering for the next few weeks at a minimum. FVV's owners already had a steal on their hands with top-50 value through 10 games, and it looks like he can maintain that pace as long as he's healthy."
Rotoworld.com: "Bradley Beal lit up for 44 points in a loss vs. Boston on Wednesday, making 17-of-27 field goals with a 6-of-8 mark at the line.
Beal added six dimes, five rebounds and one steal in 39 minutes tonight, and he's settling into a nice groove with 20+ points in all of his past seven games. He's been cold from downtown recently but was 4-of-6 from deep tonight, while committing a season-low one turnover. The FG% may be damaging with so much defensive attention every single game, but he'll rack up stats everywhere else."
Rotoworld.com: "Andrew Wiggins posted an all-around gem on Wednesday with 30 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, four 3-pointers, two steals and one block.
Wiggins was efficient, too, making 12-of-23 field goals and 2-of-2 free throws in a win vs. the visiting Spurs. During the summer, team officials said they need to "unlock" Wiggins' potential to take a leap this season, and so far that looks like it's happening. He's averaging career-high numbers in scoring (25.5), FG percentage (47.3%), threes (2.2), rebounds (4.8), assists (3.3) and blocks (1.1). He's also averaging a career low in turnovers (1.5). Sell high if you want, but he looks great and may have actually 'unlocked' his fantasy potential with a fast-paced system geared to his strengths."
Rotoworld.com: "Ja Morant hit a game-winning layup with 0.7 seconds left to beat the Hornets 119-117 on Wednesday, finishing with 23 points, one rebound, 11 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.
He was 10-of-15 from the field as he got into the lane whenever he wanted. This was his first double-double in dimes as Ja did look to a dish a little more for his career-high 11 assists, which is unusual because he's near the bottom in pass percentage off drives at 27.7 percent."
Rotoworld.com: "JaVale McGee destroyed his former team with 18 points against the Warriors on Wednesday, adding 17 rebounds, two assists, three steals and three blocks in 28 minutes.
He made 8-of-12 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line for a monster stat line. McGee was also a team-high +30 as the Lakers just dominated on both ends against the lowly Dubs. McGee saw just 11 minutes on Tuesday and 14 minutes on Sunday, but Anthony Davis (shoulder, ribs) not playing today opened up some run for McGee. With AD expected back for the next one, McGee is not really a strong pickup based off this line alone."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, November 13, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Trae Young, Joel Embiid, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Anthony Davis, DeAndre Jordan, Jimmy Butler, Rudy Gobert, RJ Barrett, Nikola Jokic and Damian Lillard.
Rotoworld.com: "Trae Young hit 13-of-21 shots, 8-of-13 3-pointers and 8-of-11 free throws for a season-high 42 points, four rebounds, 11 assists, a block and six turnovers in Tuesday's impressive 125-121 win at Denver.
It's hard to describe how good Young was tonight if you didn't see the game, but he was bombing triples from all over the court, dishing out beautiful passes and taking the ball inside when necessary. He scored 14 points with four triples in the second quarter, when the Hawks took over the game, and then came through with 15 points in the fourth quarter, when they fought off a Nuggets run. "
Rotoworld.com: "Tristan Thompson notched another double-double on Tuesday, scoring 17 points (7-of-13 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs) with 12 rebounds and one steal in 33 minutes against the 76ers.
Thompson now has eight double-doubles in 10 games and has been exceptional to start the season. The biggest surprise came tonight, though, when he made a career-high two 3-pointers, which doubled his career total. He had only made one triple in his career, and that came just a few games ago. If Thompson can add intermittent 3-point shooting to his game, he'll become even more valuable in fantasy hoops."
Rotoworld.com: "Rajon Rondo will be rested against the Warriors on Wednesday.
This was a predetermined plan for the Lakers. Rondo made his season debut on Tuesday vs. the Suns and played pretty well, scoring five points with six rebounds, seven assists and one triple in 14 minutes. He basically took Troy Daniel's spot in the rotation, so deep-league owners looking for dimes and steals can give Rondo a look once his minutes start ramping up."
Rotoworld.com: "Coby White ended Tuesday on a high-note, scoring 23 of his career-high 27 points in the fourth quarter against the Knicks.
White was extremely quiet entering the final quarter, scoring just four points on 0-of-4 attempts and 4-of-4 free throws. Something got into him late, though, because he knocked down seven 3-pointers in the fourth, marking a new career-high for the rookie. White entered this game shooting just 29 percent (18-of-62) over his last five games, so hopefully this hot shooting quarter can get him into a groove."
Rotoworld.com: "RJ Barrett scored 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting (3-of-6 FTs) with six rebounds, a season-high nine assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Bulls on Tuesday.
Barrett badly needed a night like this after two terrible games on Friday and Sunday. He's doing very well across the board, averaging 16.0 points, 5.8 boards, 4.1 dimes, 1.4 steals and 1.3 triples per game. The only problem is that he's shooting 44.8 percent from the charity stripe, which is a huge drain on his value in category leagues. The rookie shot 66.5 percent from the line in his lone year at Duke and 66.0 percent between Summer League and preseason. Barrett is a better free throw shooter than he's shown, but ultimately he needs to show it for it to matter."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, November 12, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Luka Doncic, Rudy Gobert, Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, D'Angelo Russell, Jrue Holiday, Andre Drummond, Clint Capela and Russell Westbrook.
Rotoworld.com: "Marcus Smart started for Gordon Hayward (hand) on Monday vs. the Mavericks, scoring 17 points with six assists, one rebound, one block and four triples in 37 minutes.
He's going to be relied on pretty heavily on both ends with Hayward slated to miss six weeks. In a 135-minute sample, Smart has per-36 averages of 13.9 points, 6.1 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 3.2 triples, so he has the stat set to post top-75 numbers in 9-cat for as long as Hayward is out. Jaylen Brown is another big winner and has his second consecutive big game, scoring 25 points with 11 rebounds, three assists and two triples in 38 minutes."
Rotoworld.com: "Blake Griffin (hamstring) made his season debut on Monday vs. the Wolves, scoring 19 points with seven rebounds, six assists and one triple in 24 minutes.
He looked terrific from the opening tip-off but was completely gassed after his first stint. Even with the high-usage Derrick Rose in the starting lineup, the offense flowed through Griffin when he was out there and there weren't many signs of rust as he hit 6-of-12 shots and 6-of-8 from the line. It's worth noting that the Pistons are on the front end of a back-to-back, so there's no guarantee that Blake plays vs. the Heat on Tuesday. And if he does, expect a similar workload."
Rotoworld.com: "Rudy Gobert scored 25 points (11-of-12 FGs, 3-of-9 FTs) with 14 rebounds, two blocks one assist and one steal in Monday's 122-108 win over Golden State.
Outside of the free throw shooting, which has long been an issue for Gobert, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year was outstanding. He missed just one of his 12 field goal attempts, and he blocked two shots while changing a few others. Gobert is ranked outside of the top-100 in both eight- and nine-cat leagues, but that doesn't tell the full story of his value. He's good for a double-double on most nights, with a couple blocked shots sprinkled in."
Rotoworld.com: "Jayson Tatum hit just 1-of-18 shots vs. Dallas on Monday for five points, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and one turnover in 35 minutes.
Yikes. He becomes just the 11th player in history to attempt 18 shots with just one make. "Just one of those nights," coach Brad Stevens said. "I guess that means a lot of good nights are coming. I don’t lose sleep over missed shots." Tatum's usage rate skyrockets up to 33.4 with Gordon Hayward (hand) off the floor, so better nights are indeed ahead for Tatum."
Rotoworld.com: "Chris Boucher had another terrific showing vs. the Clippers on Monday with 13 points (5-of-10 FGs), six rebounds, one steal, two blocks and three triples in 22 minutes.
Coming off a career night on Sunday, Boucher was a big part of the game-plan again for Toronto and even closed this game out alongside Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol. After swatting Anthony Davis and LeBron James 24 hours prior, Boucher had arguably one of the best blocks of the season when he stifled a driving Montrezl Harrell dunk attempt (link below). With Serge Ibaka (ankle) out indefinitely and Boucher proving that his per-minute upside is no fluke, he's a strong add if he's somehow still available in your league."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, November 11, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Trae Young, Jabari Parker, Giannis, Karl-Anthony Towns, Domantas Sabonis, Anthony Davis, Pascal Siakam, LeBron, Ricky Rubio and Nikola Vucevic.
Rotoworld.com: "Jarrett Allen was mired in foul trouble on Sunday, playing just 12 minutes in a blowout loss to the Suns.
Allen also committed four turnovers with just five points and two rebounds, and he was destroyed by Aron Baynes. It's a surprising turn of events and owners shouldn't overreact, as he's been steady all year and was coming off an excellent five-block performance vs. the Blazers on Friday."
Rotoworld.com: "C.J. McCollum hit 11-of-23 shots and 1-of-6 3-pointers for 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in 42 minutes of Sunday's overtime win over the Hawks.
CJM scored just eight points in his previous game and has been in a shooting slump, hitting just 34 percent of his shots in November entering tonight's game. He missed his only free throw, but he's a very good shooter at the line and it's only a matter of time before he heats up. He came on strong late in this one, although Anfernee Simons also looked very good, which could be detrimental to CJM if Simons continues to show out. The Blazers play three games this week, so McCollum should probably be in most lineups, as usual."
Rotoworld.com: "Paul George (shoulders) will not play on Monday vs. Toronto.
There was a chance he would make his season debut in that game and his potential four-game week will not happen. His next chance to debut would be on Wednesday night at Houston. We don't know how rusty he'll look or how much he'll play so owners in weekly leagues might have a tough decision to make. But in daily leagues, if PG is playing on Wednesday, or any other day, you want him in your lineup."
Rotoworld.com: "Fred VanVleet, filling in for Kyle Lowry (thumb) hit 8-of-18 shots, four 3-pointers and 3-of-4 free throws on his way to 23 points, seven rebounds, 10 assists and two steals in 39 minutes of Sunday's 113-104 win over the Lakers at L.A.
The 23 points were the most he's scored since his 34-point explosion on opening night. He's going to flirt with triple-doubles on a nightly basis and has three games this week. Hopefully you beat your league mates to the waiver wire to get FVV when Lowry went down. He's going to be fun to own going forward and possibly for the entire season and is as must-own as they come right now."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, November 10, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Luka Doncic, Clint Capela, Kemba Walker, Devonte' Graham, D'Angelo Russell, Jaylen Brown, Jae Crowder (Grizzlies), Chris Paul and Wendell Carter Jr.
Rotoworld.com: "Luka Doncic went off again during a 138-122 win over the Grizzlies on Saturday, making 9-of-16 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line for 24 points with 14 rebounds, eight assists, two steals, two turnovers and two 3-pointers in just 29 minutes.
He didn't even need to play in the fourth quarter of this blowout, and he's been able to put up a line of at least 24-14-8 three times as he continues an unreal start to his season. Last year, Doncic couldn't hit his stride in efficiency, but this year he has almost doubled his volume in isolation with a vast improvement in efficiency, he's also seen a bigger chunk of his scoring coming in pick-and-roll sets."
Rotoworld.com: "Brandon Ingram made 8-of-12 from the field for 25 points during a 115-110 win over the Hornets on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, four assists, one steal, seven turnovers and three 3-pointers.
The turnovers and going 6-of-11 from the line were negatives, but Ingram is just unreal right now. He's one of the most efficient players on pull-up shots, on catch-and-shoot attempts, he's vastly improved his finishing around the rim, and he's a much better driver. Ingram almost has to cool off in one of these areas, but if he's healthy he might be one of the biggest steals from drafts."
Rotoworld.com: "Wendell Carter Jr. grabbed a career-high 16 boards during a 117-94 loss to the Rockets on Saturday, adding 13 points, two assists and two blocks in 29 minutes.
He's seen some big improvements on the glass already with a +2.7% increase to his total rebounding rate. He's seen a big spike in efficiency with a 61.5 TS% and he's turned in averages of 12.8 points, 9.5 boards, 0.3 steals and 1.2 blocks in 26.9 minutes per game. Excluding some missed free throws, he's off to a great start as a breakout candidate."
Rotoworld.com: "D'Angelo Russell was the go-to guy yet again for the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 30 points (10-of-19 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs) with three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Thunder.
A day after scoring a career-high 52 points in Minnesota, Russell notched his third straight 30+ point game, which is something he had never done before. He used a monster third quarter (17 points on 6-of-9 shooting) to help get the Warriors back in and tie the game. After not being used in many pick-and-rolls to start the year, Russell has been using them to an extreme level since returning from an ankle sprain. He's currently posting top-35 value in nine-category leagues and has a great chance at a career year with the Warriors way out of it."
Rotoworld.com: "Rajon Rondo (strained right calf) is not expected to make his season debut on Sunday against Toronto, according to Yahoo's Chris Haynes.
Rondo, listed as questionable, went through a workout on Saturday, but still isn't feeling quite ready enough to return to game action. He's closer than he has been at any point, though, and should make his debut soon. Quinn Cook, Alex Caruso and Troy Daniels will continue to see extra minutes in his absence."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, November 9, 2019
In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were D'Angelo Russell, Damian Lillard, Andrew Wiggins, Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Nikola Vucevic, Pascal Siakam, Anthony Davis, Spencier Dinwiddie, Jamal Murray, Kyrie Irving, Giannis, and Nikola Jokic.
Rotoworld.com: "Trae Young made 12-of-22 from the field for 30 points during a 121-109 loss to the Kings on Friday, adding two rebounds, 12 assists, five turnovers and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes.
The Hawks didn't play great as a whole, but Young got hot in the third with 16 points to keep it close. He had a bad game on Wednesday, but it was a road B2B and he just got over an ankle sprain. Young has been extremely effective as a pull-up shooter, and the Hawks continue to let him do whatever he wants with the ball as the league's leader in seconds per touch this season. He's in for a huge year and should flirt with top-10 value in standard leagues."
Rotoworld.com: "Nikola Vucevic dominated with 23 points, 16 rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one triple in Friday's 118-86 win over the Grizzlies.
Apart from a couple hiccups against the Raptors and Thunder it's been business as usual for Vucevic. He's getting overshadowed by Jonathan Isaac's breakout, but this is still Vucevic's offense as evidenced by his 25.5 usage rate and he's on pace for a top-15 season in 9-cat. Next up for Vucevic is a matchup against an Indiana team that might be getting Myles Turner (ankle) back just in time."
Rotoworld.com: "Luke Kennard scored a game-high 29 points (11-of-21 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with six rebounds, five assists and four 3-pointers in 41 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.
Kennard has enjoyed playing Indiana this year, averaging 24.3 points in three games against the divisional foe. He has scored 24 or more points in three of his last four outings, all of which have come without Derrick Rose (hamstring). Rose and Blake Griffin (knee, hamstring) should be back soon, which will drastically cut Kennard's scoring role. Neither guy has proven they can stay healthy long-term, though, so Kennard is a smart hold."
Rotoworld.com: "The Magic got another big effort from Jonathan Isaac in their 118-86 win over the Grizzlies on Friday, as the forward racked up 22 points, eight rebounds, one steal, four blocks and one triple in 29 minutes.
This is quite the encore after Isaac became the third player since the 1983-1984 season to record 13+ points, 10+ rebounds, 6+ blocks, 5+ assists and 4+ steals in a game. He's now returning first-round value in 9-cat through nine games on the back of his 3.1 blocks and 1.6 steals per game with elite efficiency, so the breakout is happening and it's beautiful."
Rotoworld.com: "Kyle Lowry suffered a small fracture in his left thumb on Friday vs. the Pelicans.
Coach Nick Nurse said this injury is not related to the previous issue that required surgery in the offseason. Lowry will visit a specialist in Los Angeles, but Nurse didn't float anything regarding a timetable. Fred VanVleet could put up early-round value in Lowry's absence, while Norman Powell could emerge as a pickup in 12-team leagues after starting the second half and scoring 18 points with four boards and two triples. Lowry's fantasy owners should sit tight until we learn more."
Fantasy Basketball Player Rankings
Through Thurday, November 7, 2019
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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