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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wed, April 12
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Ty Lawson, Karl-Anthony Towns, Gary Harris and Buddy Hield. The season ends Wednesday night and lots of key players are resting today and tomorrow.
RotoWorld reports: Ty Lawson recorded the first triple-double of his career in a 129-104 win over the Suns on Tuesday, scoring 22 points with 12 assists in 11 assists.
In case it's not obvious, the NBA can get a little weird in April. Lawson hit 6-of-10 shots from the field and 9-of-10 from the line in 31 minutes with one steal and one triple, and he took advantage of some extra usage with Darren Collison resting. Lawson has rested in six out of the last 15 games for the Kings, so there's a good chance that he sits out of the season finale against the Clippers on Wednesday.
RotoWorld reports: Cheick Diallo double-doubled vs. the Lakers on Tuesday with 19 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in 27 minutes.
Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins were rested again and it's hard to see them playing in the season finale on Wednesday. While Diallo is raw, he also has upside and finished 9-of-10 from the field tonight. Diallo has only played 20 or more minutes a total of four times this season, but in those games he's averaging 13.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game. He's a nice stash in dynasty formats and will be on the DFS radar on Wednesday.
RotoWorld reports: Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 21 points in Tuesday's home finale for Dallas, will not travel to Memphis for the last game of the season on Wednesday.
No surprise there. With Dirk's season over, look for Harrison Barnes to possibly return from a rest, while Dwight Powell and Salah Mejri might also get some solid minutes tomorrow. Having said that, with nothing left to play for a roadie, the Mavericks will be very tough to trust in fantasy on Wednesday.
RotoWorld reports: Joakim Noah needs surgery for a torn left rotator cuff and is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 months.
Brutal. This is the same shoulder that he had surgery on back in January of 2016 as well. If he meets this timetable, Noah should be ready for the 2017-18 season, but keep in mind that he will spend the first 12 games of the season on the shelf because of his suspension. The 32-year-old won't be worth drafting in most leagues next season.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tue, April 11
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Deron Williams, Jeremy Lin, Bradley Beal, Hassan Whiteside, Paul George, Shabazz Napier, Myles Turner, Stephen Curry.
RotoWorld reports: Shabazz Napier started at point guard in Monday's 99-98 win over the Spurs and went off for a career-high 32 points.
That will work. Napier was unconscious tonight, hitting 9-of-20 from the field and 10-of-11 from the line with six rebounds, five assists, four triples and four turnovers in 37 minutes. As good he was in this one, Damian Lillard (foot) said before the game that he expects to play in the season finale on Wednesday and C.J. McCollum (hand) will likely go as well, so Napier can be left on the wire in re-draft formats.
RotoWorld reports: Bradley Beal scored 33 points on 13-of-20 shooting in Tuesday's 105-101 win over the Pistons.
Beal gets a 4.2 usage rate bump with John Wall (quad) off the court, so it's no surprise that he feasted tonight. Beal was actually only supposed to play 30 minutes, but ended up playing 33 and finished with three assists, two rebounds, one block and three triples. Even though the Wizards are locked in as the No. 4 seed, Beal said after the game that he wants to play in the season finale on Wednesday vs. the Heat as the Wizards look for their 50th win of the campaign.
RotoWorld reports: LeBron James will also be rested on Wednesday vs. the Raptors.
This is a clear indication that the Cavaliers could care less about the No. 1 seed in the East. On the bright side, a well-rested LeBron is much more important than home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference Finals. Iman Shumpert, Kyle Korver, J.R. Smith and Richard Jefferson will also see a bump with LeBron out, but it's still unclear if Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love will play.
RotoWorld reports: Giannis Antetkounmpo recorded his third triple-double of the season with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in Monday's 89-79 win over the Hornets.
How good has he been this season? Giannis is on pace to become the first player in NBA history to finish in the top 20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. He finished 5-of-11 from the field with one block in 36 minutes tonight, and his Bucks still have a chance to steal the No. 5 seed away from Atlanta. Expect Giannis to see his normal workload vs. Boston on Wednesday.
RotoWorld reports: Jeremy Lin scored 26 points (4-of-9 FGs) with 12 rebounds, four assists, one block and two triples in a loss to Boston on Monday.
He came out super aggressive tonight and made it to the free throw line 17 times, connecting on a career-high 16 freebies. Lin's owners are probably surprised that he's still playing at this point in the season, but there is a chance he could sit out the season finale on Wednesday vs. the Bulls -- he was grimacing in the fourth quarter and he kept grabbing at his hip. If the Nets do decide to sit him down, Spencer Dinwiddie and Isaiah Whitehead would benefit.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Mon, April 10
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Karl-Anthony Towns, Danilo Gallinari, James Harden, LeBron James, Skal Labissiere, Willie Hernangomez.
RotoWorld reports: Karl-Anthony Towns was a very efficient 17-of-22 from the field, finishing with 40 points, 21 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a blocked shot in Sunday's game against the Lakers.
Towns and Andrew Wiggins each eclipsed the 40-point mark to become the first duo in franchise history to hit the number in the same game. KAT is a special player who is still very young. He'll be one of just a handful of players in the discussion for the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts in 2017-18. And he has played only two NBA seasons, so Towns is just scratching the surface.
RotoWorld reports: Ty Lawson returned from a rest day to finish Sunday's game with 20 points, 11 assists, two rebounds and one steal, making 7-of-12 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws.
It was Darren Collison's turn to rest tonight, and Lawson took full advantage of the starting gig. He did his damage in just 28 minutes but owners should view tonight's line skeptically -- he was facing the fast-paced Rockets, and is liable to be rested in one of the Kings' final games.
RotoWorld reports: Skal Labissiere sank 10-of-12 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws to score 25 points on Sunday, adding six rebounds, three assists and two steals, without a single turnover in 31 minutes.
Labissiere was humble before the game, saying, "I'm nowhere near [physically] where I want to be. But this should be a fun summer. Lots of time with the weights, and working on all aspects of my game." His offensive game has been better than advertised in an expanded role down the stretch, and the rebuilding Kings have every incentive to feed him minutes next season.
RotoWorld reports: Ryan Anderson drained 6-of-8 shots from downtown on Sunday, going 7-of-9 overall for 21 points, one rebound and one steal.
This crystallizes Ryno's role with the Rockets -- spot-up beyond the arc and spread out defenses. He's grabbed double-digit rebounds just twice all season, which is incredible given the Rockets' fast pace, and he's averaging a paltry 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.2 blocks. He is, in short, little more than a 3-point specialist.
RotoWorld reports: Russell Westbrook set a new NBA record on Sunday with 42 triple-doubles in a single season, surpassing Oscar Robertson, and he sealed the achievement with an incredible game-winning 3-pointer.
Westbrook completed his historic triple-double on a fourth-quarter assist to Semaj Christon, which sent the crowd in Denver into an appreciative frenzy with a standing ovation. He finished with 50 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and five 3-pointers, and tonight's ridiculous buzzer-beater can only help his odds of winning MVP. He's on a collision course with James Harden and the Rockets in the first round of the playoffs, which should be a treat for everyone who loves the NBA.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sun, April 9
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Damian Lillard, Paul George, Hassan Whiteside, Jimmy Butler, Nic Batum, Isaiah Thomas.
RotoWorld reports: Jordan Crawford scored 21 points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in a 123-101 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.
In the last regular season game Steez played as a member of the Warriors, he put up a 41-point gem back in 2014. Crawford has been money in the bank for scoring with double-digit output in 15 of his 17 games as a Pelican, and he also has back-to-back 20-plus scoring NBA games for the first time since 2011. The Pelicans are likely going to shut some guys down, so it's not crazy to think Steez can flirt with 20 points per game in the final two. He won't be getting much else because his Steez works both ways.
RotoWorld reports: Kevin Durant (knee) returned to action in a 123-101 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, scoring 16 points with 10 rebounds and six assists.
He didn't shoot the ball particularly well (6-of-15 FGs), but he did hit all four free throws and you have to love the fact that he played 31 minutes in his first game back. His first play of the game was a reverse dunk and he didn't seem to be limited at all. Durant did have a heating pad on his knee on the bench, but that's not really a concern. With Stephen Curry (knee) expected back on Monday, KD will likely give it a go again vs. the Jazz so that the first unit can get into a rhythm again. GSW will likely rest multiple starters in the season finale on Wednesday, though.
RotoWorld reports: Damian Lillard went off for a career-high 59 points in Saturday's 101-86 win over the Jazz.
When asked after the game about his monster night, Lillard said he "realized what time it was for our team." Following this victory, the Blazers need just a single win in their final two games or one Denver loss in order to clinch the No. 8 seed and a first-round matchup with the Warriors. Lillard dropped 26 points alone in the first quarter and zero in the second quarter, finishing 18-of-34 from the field with nine 3-pointers, six rebounds, five assists and one steal. He set the franchise scoring record tonight, but also became the third player since 1983-84 with 59 points and zero turnovers (Carmelo Anthony and Klay Thompson).
RotoWorld reports: Hassan Whiteside had one of his best games of the season in a 106-103 win over the Wizards on Saturday, scoring 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting with 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks.
Whiteside blocked a Bradley Beal 3-point attempt which would've tied the game, so his defense kept Miami's slim postseason hopes alive. The Heat will now need to win their final two games and will need the Pacers or Bulls to drop a game. However, their schedule isn't exactly ideal, as they face the Cavaliers on Tuesday and the Wizards on Wednesday. Both games are at home, though.
RotoWorld reports: Richaun Holmes scored 17 points and hit a career-high three 3-pointers in Saturday's loss to the Bucks.
James Johnson is going to get a lot of love and he deserves it, but Holmes is in the mix for Waiver Wire Pickup of the Year as well. He finished 6-of-11 from the field with 10 rebounds and one block in 36 minutes and will continue to be a must-start player in the final two games of the season.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sat, April 8
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Gordon Hayward, Mike Conley, Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker, Jamal Murray, LeBron James.
RotoWorld reports: Devin Booker took over late during a 120-99 win over the Thunder on Friday, scoring 37 points with five rebounds, four assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
The 13-game losing streak is over. Booker went berserk in the fourth quarter with 21 points, posting an outrageous 86.4 usage rate with a 82.3 true shooting percentage in those 7.7 minutes. Surprisingly, this was Booker's sixth 20-plus scoring quarter this season to be the top man in that department, passing Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry. Booker is 20 years old and can already score with the best of them when he's on.
RotoWorld reports: Russell Westbrook scored 23 points with 12 rebounds, eight assists, one block, eight turnovers and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes during a 120-99 loss to the Suns on Friday.
He was only 6-of-25 from the field in one of his worst games of the season. The Suns were actually focusing on keeping Westbrook under 10 assists, so it made for a hilarious fourth quarter. The Suns were allowing Westbrook to get in the lane a lot while covering teammates. Plus, they were also quick on the fouls for Steven Adams. On the bright side, Westbrook clinched that he will average a triple-double for the season. He'll try to go for his 42nd triple-double on the season against the Nuggets on Sunday.
RotoWorld reports: Jamal Murray scored a career-high 30 points with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers during a 122-106 win over the Pelicans on Friday.
The fact that Murray hit 30 points with only two bow-and-arrow celebrations for his treys is remarkable. Coach Mike Malone also said that Murray is playing through some pain, so his arrow is clearly pointing up. Murray maintained throughout the offseason that he is a point guard, and his recent play could have him become just that next season. Sunday against Russell Westbrook should be a blast, assuming Jameer Nelson (calf) can't play.
RotoWorld reports: Gordon Hayward scored 39 points during a 120-113 win over the Wolves on Friday, adding three rebounds, five assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.
The Jazz clinched their division with this win, but are in a dogfight with the Clippers to earn homecourt in the first round against each other. The Jazz have a 1.0 game lead over the Clippers, but the Clippers do have the tiebreaker. All this said, Hayward's fantasy owners should be expecting him to get some serious burn in the next two games.
RotoWorld reports: DeMar DeRozan dominated in a 96-94 win over the Heat on Friday, scoring 38 points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.
He passed Vince Carter for most 30-point games in a single Raptors season. DeRozan was grabbing his wrist a little during this game, but he certainly wasn't bashful with 32 attempts from the field. This win puts them 1.5 games behind the Celtics for the No. 2 seed while they lead the Wizards by 0.5 games. DeRozan is probably not going to rest until Wednesday.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Fri, April 7
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Andrew Wiggins, Jeremy Lin, Isaiah Thomas, Karl-Anthony Towns, Marcus Smart, Paul Millsap, Elfrid Payton, Alan Crabbe.
RotoWorld reports: Allen Crabbe scored a team-high 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting during Thursday's home victory, with all of his field goals coming from downtown.
Crabbe scored 10 points in a 47-second span in the second half, helping the Blazers erase an early deficit to earn a 105-98 home win. He added five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 32 minutes tonight. Fantasy owners hit the lottery if they played him tonight, but he's far less likely to go off on Friday (vs. Utah) or Monday (vs. San Antonio).
RotoWorld reports: Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 23 points during a 123-116 win over the Celtics on Thursday, adding five rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.
So much for that bruised knee over the weekend. Even with the Hawks adding some shooting in Ersan Ilyasova, Hardaway Jr. has busted out for averages of 17.5 points, 3.3 boards, 2.4 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.1 treys on 46.4 percent from the field since the trade deadline. He's been one of the best pickups since January in what has been a mini-breakout year at age 25.
RotoWorld reports: Marcus Smart scored 18 points with four rebounds, seven assists, two blocks, six steals and five 3-pointers in 33 minutes
If only Smart could shoot. In fact, Smart's line of seven assists, six steals and five treys has never been matched in Celtics history. The threes are the most shocking because Smart made multiple 3-pointers just once in his previous 10 games, making just 26.0 percent from the field in that span. His upside is sky high, but he can tank FG% like few others.
RotoWorld reports: Caris LeVert scored a career-high 20 points in 27 minutes vs. Orlando on Thursday, making 7-of-12 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws with two 3-pointers.
LeVert added four rebounds, one assist and zero turnovers during his time on the court, and this snaps an eight-game streak of single-digit scoring. The playing time wasn't great and he was up against a very lenient Magic defense, so it's hard to read much into tonight's game for rest-of-season purposes.
RotoWorld reports: Kristaps Porzingis (lower back) had back spasms in warmups before Thursday's game.
Before this flare up, Porzingis missed Tuesday due to a sore lower back. Chances are this new issue is related to the older one, and it's also worth a mention he tweaked his back in early February -- he didn't miss any games for that reason. If he's out, it'll be a lot of Willy Hernangomez and a mixed bag of other forwards to fill in for KP. For now, it sounds like he will travel for Memphis on Friday.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thu, April 6
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Joe Johnson, Goran Dragic, Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, Chris Paul, Nikola Jokic.
RotoWorld reports: Blake Griffin carried the Clippers during Wednesday's 112-101 win vs. Dallas, making 11-of-14 shots to score a game-high 32 points.
Griffin went 2-of-4 from deep and 8-of-10 from the FT line, while contributing six assists, four rebounds, one steal and just one turnover. He's been the deciding factor in L.A.'s four-game win streak, and his hyper-efficient scoring has been an unexpected boost for plenty of late-season fantasy owners. In the past four games, Blake is a combined 45-of-64 from the field (70.3 percent).
RotoWorld reports: Stephen Curry scored 42 points during a 120-111 win over the Suns on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks, two steals and eight 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
This win and the Spurs losing gives the Warriors the best record in the NBA for the third straight season. Curry was scorching hot early with a 23-point first quarter, finishing with just his second 40-point, 10-dime game in the regular season during his career. It'll be interesting to see how coach Steve Kerr plays his guys for the final three games, especially since chemistry with Kevin Durant has been a hot topic at times this season. Curry's fantasy owners should expect him to rest in at least one game the rest of the way.
RotoWorld reports: LeBron James scored 36 points during a 114-91 win in Boston on Wednesday, adding 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.
He was in playoff LeBron mode and took over in the second quarter. At one point, LeBron outscored the Celtics 12-4 to start the second quarter, and it led to some interesting comments from Avery Bradley. "LeBron picked us apart," Bradley said. "They ran the same play at least 10 times in a row and he either scored or made a play for a teammate." The Celtics will have to go back to the drawing board against LeBron and coach Brad Stevens said they need to provide more resistance. The Cavs have a one-game lead and the tiebreaker, so their odds to earn the top spot look pretty good. All is well in The Land again.
RotoWorld reports: Russell Westbrook had 45 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds, eight 3-pointers and five steals vs. Memphis on Wednesday, helping the Thunder earn a 103-100 win in Memphis.
With under two minutes left in the fourth quarter of a close game, Westbrook drained two critical 3-pointers, found Doug McDermott for another triple, and iced the game with a pair of made free throws. He fell one rebound shy of setting a new NBA record for triple-doubles in a single season, and is just six assists away from securing a triple-double average. He faces the Suns' defense on Friday.
RotoWorld reports: Kyle Lowry (wrist surgery) was phenomenal in his return to action on Wednesday, scoring a game-high 27 points (9-of-16 FGs and 7-of-7 FTs) with 10 assists, four rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers in 42 minutes.
Lowry missed 21 games after getting hurt but he wasn't on a minute-limit and obviously didn't show any rust -- if anything, he looked rejuvenated after getting a lengthy mid-season rest. He played with his wrist taped tonight but didn't need a brace, which is another good sign that he's playing without limitations. This is more than opportunistic owners could have hoped for when they grabbed him off the waiver wire.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wed, April 5
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, Kevin Love, John Wall, Paul George, Rudy Gobert, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook.
RotoWorld reports: Klay Thompson posted 41 points with three assists, two rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot in Tuesday's 121-107 win against the Timberwolves.
Thompson connected for seven 3-pointers on 14 attempts, as the Splash Brothers combined for 10 triples against the defensively challenged Wolves. He has managed at least four triples in each of his past six games, and two of more 3-pointers in 16 consecutive outings. Thompson is finishing up strong for his fantasy owners, particularly those in rotisserie formats.
RotoWorld reports: Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points in Tuesday's 95-89 overtime win over the Grizzlies.
Kawhi did have a scary head-to-head collision with Mike Conley, but he was able to stay in the game and came away with just a minor headache. He logged 40 minutes on the night and shot 10-of-24 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line with 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers. The Spurs have five games in the next eight days and play the Lakers on the second night of a back-to-back set on Wednesday, so his owners should be prepared for a DNP or two or moving forward.
RotoWorld reports: Paul George had 35 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and five 3-pointers to lead the Pacers to a huge 108-90 win over the Raptors on Tuesday.
This one had serious playoff implications, as the loss put the Raptors into a tie with the Wizards in the East, although the Raptors are currently the No. 3 seed due to the tie breaker, while the Pacers leap-frogged the Heat and are currently the No. 8 seed, a 1/2 game up on Miami. PG-13 has been awesome lately and is trying to put his team on his back and lead him into the playoffs. So far, so good.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tue, April 4
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Karl-Anthony Towns and Al-Farouq Aminu. There was just one game.
RotoWorld reports: Al-Farouq Aminu went off for 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting (2-of-2 FTs) in Monday's 110-109 loss to the Wolves.
This was his third game of the season with 20+ points. He went off for 11 points in the second quarter and never looked back, racking up seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and four triples in 35 minutes. Aminu played some small-ball center again tonight, so it's clear that he's going to have a big workload with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) out for the rest of the regular season. He's worth deploying in standard leagues the rest of the way and looks like a solid pickup along with Moe Harkless and Noah Vonleh. Meyers Leonard is shaping up to be a bust.
RotoWorld reports: Ricky Rubio led the Wolves to a 110-109 win over the Blazers on Monday, scoring 11 points (2-of-7 FGs, 7-of-9 FTs) with 16 assists, seven rebounds and one block in 39 minutes.
Rubio was on a mission tonight and dished out nine assists alone in the first quarter. He's in a bit of a shooting slump and is just 3-of-17 from the field over his last two games, but it's tough to complain here as the Spaniard has racked up four straight double-doubles. There has been no indication from coach Tom Thibodeau that he will rest his players, so Rubio's owners should be in amazing shape with four more games on the schedule this week.
RotoWorld reports: Kyle Lowry (wrist) was able to go through a partial practice on Monday, but will not play on Tuesday vs. Indiana.
The practice was more of a walkthrough, but it's still a great sign. While coach Dwane Casey indicated that he's still progressing, he won't put a timetable on the All-Star PG's return. For what it's worth, Raptors beat reporter Josh Lewenberg said he expects Lowry to return at some point this week. The Raptors play on Tuesday (IND), Wednesday (DET), Friday (MIA) and Sunday (NYK) this week, so Lowry could potentially play in three games -- he has already been ruled out for Tuesday. Due to the uncertainty, it's a huge risk to deploy him in weekly lineups.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Mon, April 3
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were LeBron James, Paul George, Russell Westbrook, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, Brook Lopez, Jimmy Butler, Tyler Ulis (Suns), Rudy Gobert, Pat Beverley.
RotoWorld reports: Patrick Beverley (ankle) scored a career-high 26 points in 35 minutes during Sunday's game, going 11-of-19 from the field with four 3-pointers, eight rebounds and nine assists.
Bev was loving life without James Harden tonight, soaking up extra touches and making the most of them in a 123-116 win vs. the Suns. He came in ice-cold from the field, going 35.3 percent in March, so maybe this will get him going. With Harden day-to-day, however, we're not expecting any repeat performances.
RotoWorld reports: Tyler Ulis went off for a career-high 34 points on 15-of-22 shooting during Sunday's home loss, adding nine rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 44 minutes of action.
Wow. Ulis' ascendance has been a great story for the Suns since the All-Star break, as the decision to shut down Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight has revealed the rookie guard's true potential. In his previous 10 games he was averaging 12.9 points, 9.1 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals, although his roto value is dented in that span by limited 3-pointers and poor percentages (36.8 FGs, 66.7 FTs). As a cheap mid-season pickup who specializes in assists and steals, his owners couldn't possibly have done better.
RotoWorld reports: LeBron James carried the Cavs to a double-overtime win vs. the Pacers on Sunday with 41 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists, three 3-pointers, two steals, one block, and just one turnover.
LeBron and Paul George had an epic duel tonight and LBJ got the last laugh, as his team walked away with a 135-130 victory. It came at a steep price, though, as he logged a whopping 52 minutes tonight. Cleveland plays back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the latter matchup vs. the No. 1 seed Celtics. It's possible we'll see some DNP-CDs vs. Orlando on Tuesday, so owners should keep a close eye on LeBron and the Cavs' other key players.
RotoWorld reports: Paul George scored 19 straight points in overtime on Sunday, finishing a brutal 135-130 loss with 43 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, three steals and one block in 48 minutes.
If you missed this game, go watch the replay on League Pass. George and LeBron traded vicious dunks and basket after basket, as PG did everything he could to keep his team in it. He finished 16-of-33 from the field and 5-of-7 from the line, while knocking down six 3-pointers. It wasn't enough and Indiana's bench was once again a liability, so there's certain to be some soul-searching in Indiana tonight. The loss leaves the Pacers in a virtual tie with Miami for the final spot in the East.
RotoWorld reports: Emmanuel Mudiay returned to the rotation on Sunday, posting 17 points, nine assists, four rebounds and two turnovers in 32 minutes, while making 4-of-9 field goals and 9-of-10 free throws.
Jameer Nelson was out with a strained right calf, and Will Barton was out with a foot injury, so Mudiay seized his opportunity to reclaim relevance. He came in shooting 37.1 percent from the field this season, while averaging 2.3 turnovers vs. 3.8 assists, making this efficient line a complete surprise. We'll need to see him do this at least one more time before buying in.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sat, April 1
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were DeMarcus Cousins, Russell Westbrook, Nikola Jokic, DeMar DeRozan, Aaron Gordon, Isaiah Thomas, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
RotoWorld reports: Pau Gasol scored 17 points with four rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.
Did he have something magical put into his hand from the surgery to make him a better 3-point shooter? Since returning, Gasol has made an absurd 29-of-47 from deep (61.7 percent). What's more, he's made 10-of-11 in the corner during that span. That wrinkle will make it even tougher to defend the Spurs and their ball movement, but keep an eye out for rest going forward.
RotoWorld reports: Zach Randolph scored 22 points with 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal in 32 minutes against the Mavs on Friday.
That's his 19th double-double of the season with 18 of those coming off the bench. Coach David Fizdale has talked about needing some help in his second unit at times this year, so that explains why Z-Bo is sticking in the second unit sans Marc Gasol (foot). As long as Z-Bo doesn't rest, he should have some big games until Gasol gets back.
RotoWorld reports: Giannis Antetokounmpo nearly triple-doubled in Friday's overtime win over the Pistons with 28 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists.
With the win, the Bucks are currently the No. 5 seed with a 0.5 game lead over the Hawks. Giannis hit 7-of-16 shots and added a pair of blocks with one steal, but really struggled at the free throw line (14-of-21FTs). He was hitting his free throws at a 77.5 percent clip prior to Friday, so this isn't anything to panic about. He looks like he's going to be a top-3 asset in fantasy leagues for a very long time.
RotoWorld reports: DeMarcus Cousins made his case for revenge game of the year during a 117-89 win over the Kings on Friday, scoring 37 points with 13 rebounds, four assists, three steals, two blocks and five 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
That stat line may even make Jusuf Nurkic jealous. Cousins is just the fifth player in NBA history to post at least 35 points and 10 boards in his first game against his former team. He also reportedly hosted the Kings minority owners in a box for his first game against them, and he was wearing a "Loyalty" outfit in a press conference when talking about this matchup. Cousins also said it was weird to go against the Kings and he said he looked over at coach Dave Joerger because he was used to it. Score another one for the Revenge Game narrative.
RotoWorld reports: Isaiah Thomas scored 35 points with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes during a 117-116 win over the Magic on Friday.
The Celtics keep their 0.5 game lead over the Cavs and have a magic number of seven to clinch home-court advantage. Boston is 28-10 at home compared to 21-17 on the road, so clearly they want to play as many games at TD Garden as possible -- the Cavs are just 19-19 on the road, too. As for Thomas, it's been business as usual with four consecutive 30-plus scoring games. IT is also just 0.1 points per game behind James Harden for No. 2 in the NBA.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Fri, March 31
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Ricky Rubio, Damian Lillard, Devin Booker, Chris Paul, Marcus Morris, LeBron James, Karl-Anthony Towns, Blake Griffin, Nikola Mirotic.
RotoWorld reports: Damian Lillard hit 10-of-18 shots, four 3-pointers and 7-of-7 free throws for 31 points, four rebounds, 11 assists and two steals in 38 minutes of Thursday's monster win over the Rockets.
Lillard pretty much dominated James Harden tonight, scoring more points, handing out more assists and committing just three turnovers to Harden's six. The Blazers are fighting for their playoff lives and Lillard came through in a big way on a night when C.J. McCollum just wasn't feeling it. Lillard isn't going to get many MVP votes, if any, but this was an MVP-type performance tonight. The Blazers now sit 1.5 games ahead of the Nuggets for the final playoff spot in the West and have won five straight games, rejuvenated by center Jusuf Nurkic.
RotoWorld reports: Jusuf Nurkic hit 7-of-16 shots for 19 points, 11 rebounds, a steal and three blocks in Thursday's 117-107 win over the Rockets.
The Blazers have gotten a massive boost from Nurkic since he was traded by the Nuggets and it now looks like they're in the driver's seat to snag the No. 8 seed in the West, holding a 1.5 game lead over Denver. Nurkic has quickly become a fan favorite in Portland and his newfound passion has been on display ever since he got off the plane at PDX. The Blazers have now won five straight and while tonight's win over Houston was easily the toughest test out of that stretch, Nurk is averaging a whopping 18.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 blocks on 52 percent shooting over his last five games. Rip City, baby.
RotoWorld reports: Devin Booker scored 33 points during a 124-118 loss to the Clippers on Thursday, adding two rebounds, nine assists, one steal and four 3-pointers before fouling out in 37 minutes.
It's the fifth time he's fouled out this season, so that's nothing new for the 20-year-old guard. Booker's ankle injury looked totally fine during this game with points all over the court, including six attempts at the line. The Suns do have a back-to-back set coming up on Saturday with a game in Portland, so Booker's fantasy owners will have to make sure he's a go for that one.
RotoWorld reports: Jimmy Butler scored 25 points with six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Cavs during a 99-93 win on Thursday.
That's another TNT home win to make it 19 straight for the Bulls in that situation. The Bulls have also swept the season series against the Cavs 4-0 to help put them just 1.0 games behind the Pacers and Heat, who are tied for seeds No. 7 and 8. As for Jimmy, he was hit in the eye and had to go to the locker room early in the first half. He did return and looked fine, but Butler had an eye patch after the game and said he's calling himself "One Eyed Willie, like from The Goonies." Butler should be all set for a big game against the Hawks on Saturday.
RotoWorld reports: Nikola Mirotic hit 9-of-14 shots, 6-of-11 3-pointers and 4-of-4 free throws on his way to 28 points, 10 rebounds and a block in 38 minutes of Thursday's huge win over the Cavaliers.
Miro was en fuego and the 28 points tied his season high, and he's actually scored exactly 28 in three of his last four games. He also became the first Bull in history to hit six 3-pointers in back-to-back games and the Bulls have hit 10 or more in five straight, also a franchise record. It wasn't that long ago that Mirotic wasn't trustworthy because he was highly unpredictable, but he's crushing it right now. Over his last four games he's averaging 24.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.0 3-pointers while hitting 37-of-54 shots, good for 69 percent! If you were lucky enough to pick him up recently, he might just win you a championship.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thu, March 30
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, John Wall, Mike Conley, Chris Paul, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry, Isaiah Thomas, DeAndre Jordan, Dwight Howard.
RotoWorld reports: J.J. Redick scored a season-high 31 points with one assist and seven 3-pointers against the Wizards on Wednesday.
Nobody told the Wizards that Redick can shoot a little bit, and maybe they thought he wasn't playing despite his ankle injury from the weekend. Redick should also be a bigger part of the offense in the short term now that Austin Rivers (hamstring) is going to miss time. He was trending down, but now he's trending back up due to the Rivers injury.
RotoWorld reports: Tony Parker failed to score in 24 minutes vs. Golden State on Wednesday, going 0-of-4 from the field with two assists, two steals, two turnovers and one rebound.
This was Parker's second scoreless game of the season, and it's the fourth time in seven games that he's scored four points or fewer. The veteran recently conceded that he's no longer needed to be aggressive offensively, and is instead looking to set up teammates, but he struggled in both of those aspects tonight. He faces another unique challenge vs. Russell Westbrook and the Thunder on Friday.
RotoWorld reports: John Wall scored 41 points against the Clippers during a 133-124 loss on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.
It's the most points he's scored on the road in his career, but the Wizards couldn't stop a nosebleed on defense during this loss. Wall's scoring is through the roof these days with at least 34 points in three straight while he's also seen 3.0 steals per game and plenty of other stats along the way. While the Wizards can't defend right now, Wall's fantasy owners have to be loving these high-scoring, fast-paced games.
RotoWorld reports: Mike Conley scored 16 points in the first quarter of Wednesday's home victory, which he finished with 36 points, a career-high seven 3-pointers, six assists, four steals, and three rebounds in 38 minutes.
Memphis scored a season-high 38 points in the first quarter alone tonight, thanks largely to Conley's explosion, and his 16 points matched a career-high for a single quarter. He's the alpha and omega of the Grizzlies' offense with Marc Gasol (foot) out of commission, and owners can expect more big lines if Gasol can't suit up on Friday and Sunday.
RotoWorld reports: Kemba Walker needed 25 shots to score 19 points on Wednesday, making seven of his attempts with three 3-pointers, four rebounds and two assists.
Aided by a strong bench effort, the Hornets managed to hang on for a 110-106 victory, their fifth win in seven games. They haven't been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but it wouldn't be a shock to see coach Steve Clifford give his veterans more rest if they drop a few games in the next week. That might not mean DNP-CDs, but even reduced playing time could have a major impact on fantasy matchups. We'll let you know if things start to trend in that direction.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wed, March 29
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were John Wall, Jusuf Nurkic, CJ McCollum, Karl-Anthony Towns, Brook Lopez, Paul George, James Harden, D'Angelo Russell, Stephen Curry.
RotoWorld reports: D'Angelo Russell posted a gem of a line on Tuesday vs. the Wizards with 28 points, nine assists, six rebounds, one block and four 3-pointers.
He was well on pace for a triple-double, but the Lakers had a meltdown in the fourth quarter when they were outscored 37-13. Regardless, Russell shot 10-of-21 from the field and hit all four of his free throws, drawing the praise of head coach Luke Walton after the game -- Walton said he looked "brilliant" and praised him for his aggressiveness, passing and how he pushed the pace. Russell's value is locked and loaded the rest of the way, assuming Walton doesn't bench him again.
RotoWorld reports: John Wall lit up the Lakers for 34 points and 14 assists in Tuesday's 119-108 win.
Trailing by 13 points entering the fourth, the Wizards outscored the Lakers 37-13 in the final quarter. Wall finished 14-of-25 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line with three rebounds, four steals and one triple in 37 minutes, improving the Wizards to 30-12 since the new year. The Wizards play three more times this week against the Clippers on Wednesday, the Jazz on Friday and the Warriors on Sunday.
RotoWorld reports: C.J. McCollum went off for 39 points on 15-of-24 shooting in Tuesday's crucial win over the Nuggets.
Portland has now won a season-high tying four straight games and improved to 12-3 in March which ties them with San Antonio for the league's best record in that span. As for McCollum, this was the second- highest scoring game of his career and he finished four points shy of his career-high (43). He hit all six of his free throws with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and three triples in 40 minutes, and with the Blazers holding a 1.0 game advantage over Denver for the No. 8 seed, McCollum should be an elite option the rest of the way.
RotoWorld reports: Jusuf Nurkic went off in a 122-113 win over his former team on Tuesday, scoring a career-high 33 points on 12-of-15 shooting (9-of-11 FTs).
He wanted this win in the worst way and his teammates swarmed him after his career night with the Blazer crowd chanting his name like a scene in Gladiator. He ripped down 16 rebounds with two assists and three blocks in 33 minutes, giving his team a 1.0 game lead over the Nuggets for the No. 8 seed in the West. He's been phenomenal since his move to Portland and he will likely be on a lot of championship rosters in fantasy leagues.
RotoWorld reports: T.J. Warren went off for 24 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and six turnovers in Tuesday's 95-91 loss to the Hawks.
Devin Booker (ankle, rest) sat this one out, so Warren was the clear focal point of the offense. He finished 11-of-20 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line, and the fact that he logged 40 minutes suggests that the foot contusion that held him out of a pair of games last week is behind him. Warren should be owned in all leagues and his owners can deploy him three more times this week.
FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYER RANKINGS
Updated March 29, 2017
Eight category, including FG%, FT%, Threes
BEST FANTASY GUARDS: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, John Wall, Isaiah Thomas, Chris Paul, Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, CJ McCollum, Mike Conley, Kemba Walker, Eric Bledsoe, Bradley Beal, Jeff Teague, Gordon Hayward.
BEST FANTASY FORWARDS: Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, Paul George, Nikola Jokic, Draymond Green, Hassan Whiteside, Rudy Gay (out for season), Myles Turner, Kevin Love, Kristaps Porzingis, Otto Porter Jr, Paul Millsap, Serge Ibaka.
BEST FANTASY CENTERS: Karl-Anthony Towns, DeMarcus Cousins, Joel Embiid (out for season), Rudy Gobert, Marc Gasol, Brook Lopez, Al Horford, Nikola Vucevic, DeAndre Jordan, Gorgui Dieng, Dwight Howard, Jonas Valanciunas, Tyson Chandler, Marcin Gortat, Nerlens Noel, and Steven Adams.
2015-16 FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYER RATINGS:
Updated April 11, 2016
This is how good fantasy players were, last season, WHEN HEALTHY. Missed games weren't taken into account. Only their level of play when on the court.
1) Stephen Curry,
2) Kevin Durant,
3) James Harden,
4) Russell Westbrook,
5) Chris Paul,
6) Kawhi Leonard,
7) Anthony Davis,
8) LeBron James,
9) Kyle Lowry,
10) Hassan Whiteside,
11) Draymond Green,
12) John Wall,
13) Paul George,
14) Paul Millsap,
15) DeMarcus Cousins,
16) Damian Lillard,
17) Karl-Anthony Towns,
18) Eric Bledsoe,
19) Kemba Walker,
20) Pau Gasol,
21) Jimmy Butler,
22) Klay Thompson,
23) Brook Lopez,
24) Isaiah Thomas,
25) Al Horford.
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