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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, April 16

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Timofey Mozgov, and Mason Plumlee. There were just two games. The NBA regular season ends tonight (Wednesday night).

RotoWorld reports: Clippers - Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick will not travel to Portland for Wednesday's game against the Blazers. Well, that solves that. We knew Redick wouldn't play and Griffin is facing a suspension for picking up his 16th technical, so the move isn't all that surprising. Glen Davis and Darren Collison look like the best bets for success in their absence in Wednesday's finale. This also raises questions about how many minutes guys like Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan will play, but at least they're going to travel.

RotoWorld reports: Clippers - J.J. Redick had 18 points and four 3-pointers in just 17 minutes, and will take the night off on Wednesday. Jamal Crawford and Darren Collison should pick up his slack, but they could probably use some rest as well. It's probably best to avoid the Clippers' shooting guards in fantasy on Wednesday. Collison had 10 points in 24 minutes on Tuesday, while Crawford hit 3-of-9 shots and zero 3-pointers for nine points in 31 minutes.

RotoWorld reports: Nuggets - Timofey Mozgov left Tuesday's game briefly with a right knee injury, but returned to finish with 18 points, 11 rebounds and a block in a loss to the Clippers. He's really turned it on over the last few weeks and his injury is no big deal. All indications are that he'll get solid minutes again in Wednesday's finale against the Warriors.

RotoWorld reports: Nets - Mason Plumlee hit 7-of-9 shots for 16 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes on Tuesday. He's made a name for himself over the past 30 games and should have another nice one on Wednesday, with or without the regular starters playing for Jason Kidd.

CBS Sports reports: Nets forward Paul Pierce was able to play through a shoulder injury Tuesday, logging 21 minutes in a 109-98 loss to the Knicks. Pierce scored 13 points on 4 of 8 shooting in the game, with one 3-pointer made. He added one rebound, one assist and one steal in the loss. With the Nets locked into their playoff seeding, Pierce might not even play in the season finale against the Cavaliers Wednesday. If not, he will finish the season averaging 13.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in 75 appearances, the worst averages of his career across the board.

CBS Sports reports: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony had an MRI taken Tuesday that showed the extent of the right shoulder injury he has been playing through. Anthony will miss the team's final two games of the season with a small tear in his labrum, the MRI revealed. The team announced he will not require surgery to repair the injury, and he will be evaluated in a month to determine the extent of the injury. He is expected to be fully recovered in time for the start of next season, though whether he will still be with the Knicks remains to be seen. Anthony has now suffered a torn labrum at the end of the last two seasons, one in each shoulder. Anthony played in 77 games this season, averaging 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 40.2 percent from three-point range.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, April 15

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Tyreke Evans, Kevin Love, Stephen Curry, Zach Randolph, Michael Carter-Williams, Nick Young, Kelly Olynyk, David Lee, Al Jefferson, Jeff Green, and Serge Ibaka.

RotoWorld reports: Warriors - Stephen Curry was his normal dynamic self in the Warriors' 130-120 win over the Wolves on Monday, scoring 32 points on 10-of-21 shooting (including seven threes) with five rebounds, 15 assists and three steals as the Dubs clinched the No. 6 seed in the West. The Warriors have nothing to play for on Wednesday and Curry is certainly a candidate for a game off, but we won't know for sure until the team makes an announcement. He has locked up the No. 2 ranking in 8-cat leagues and is in a virtual dead heat with LeBron James for the No. 2 ranking in 9-cat formats. Tonight he made more shots that would be career-moments for other players, but in Steph's world they'll go down as just another Monday.

RotoWorld reports: Timberwolves - Kevin Love scored 40 points on 11-of-24 shooting (5-of-9 from deep, 13-of-16 from the line) with 14 rebounds, nine assists, and six turnovers in Monday's loss to the Warriors. Love is probably going to finish as the No. 4 fantasy play in both 8- and 9-cat formats, giving his owners a win based on ADP from draft season. He has also managed to stay on the court down the stretch, which is a nice change of pace from years' past. Ricky Rubio went for 15 and eight with seven turnovers and a steal, Kevin Martin scored 14 points with two threes, and Gorgui Dieng double-doubled with 14 points, 11 boards, one steal and two blocks in the loss.

RotoWorld reports: Suns - Goran Dragic (ankle) played in the Suns' 97-91 loss to the Grizzlies on Monday, scoring 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting (no threes) with six rebounds, four assists and five steals in 37 minutes. We're going to put Dragic on the injury report after the Suns were knocked out of the playoffs with the loss, as he's on the shortlist of NBA players most deserving of an early rest. Eric Bledsoe added 13 points, three rebounds, five assists, two steals and a three, and the loss closes the book on one of the league's better stories of the season. Everybody thought the Suns were going to be tank, but instead they improved the franchise at every level. Now it's on Robert Sarver not to mess it up.

RotoWorld reports: Grizzlies - Zach Randolph scored 32 points on 15-of-25 shooting with nine rebounds and one steal in Monday's playoff-clinching win over the Suns. Randolph forced the Grizzlies into the playoffs by both gritting and grinding in a back-and-forth thriller. Marc Gasol added 18 points with eight boards and three assists, and Mike Conley hit a huge three to finish with 14 points, three rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a three in the win. The Grizzlies now face the Mavs on Wednesday to decide which team gets the No. 7 seed.

CBS Sports reports: Lakers guard Nick Young helped his team snap a seven-game losing streak with a season-high 41-point effort Monday night against the Jazz. Young made 14 of 23 shots, including 6 of 11 from behind the arc, and 7 of 9 from the free throw line. He also chipped in with three rebounds and three assists while logging 34 minutes of game action. He is averaging 26.0 points, 2.4 assists and 1.4 rebounds over his last five games played.

CBS Sports reports: Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans made a surprise return to the starting lineup and capitalized with a career-high 41 points in a 101-89 victory over the Thunder Monday night. Evans, a last-minute addition to the starting lineup, made 14 of 26 shots, including 1 of 7 from 3-point land, and 12 of 17 from the charity stripe. He also contributed with nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals while logging 42 minutes of game action. He is averaging 18.5 points, 6.3 assists and 5.8 rebounds over his last four games played.

CBS Sports reports: Celtics center Kelly Olynyk put together his best scoring performance of the season Monday night against the 76ers in Philadelphia. Olynyk dropped a career-high 28 points on 10 of 19 from the floor, including 2 of 3 from downtown, and 6 of 7 from the free throw line. He contributed with nine rebounds and three assists while logging 35 minutes of game action. He is averaging 16.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists over his last five games.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, April 13

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Monta Ellis, Al Jefferson, Blake Griffin, Kenneth Faried, DeMarcus Cousins, Randy Foye, Avery Bradley, Michael Carter-Williams, Eric Bledsoe, Kelly Olynyk, LeBron James, DeAndre Jordan, and Bradley Beal.

RotoWorld reports: Nuggets - Randy Foye hit 7-of-13 shots and three more 3-pointers for 26 points, four rebounds and six assists in Saturday's win over the Jazz. Foye is tracking Dale Ellis for the franchise record of 192 3-pointers made, and currently sits at 186. He'll have to play well over Denver's final two games to catch Ellis, but the record is well within reach and Foye will keep firing away in hopes of catching him, making him an excellent fantasy option down the stretch.

RotoWorld reports: Jazz - Enes Kanter had 22 points, 14 rebounds, a steal and a block in 37 minutes of Saturday's loss to Denver. Derrick Favors also double-doubled with 13 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and two blocks, while Kanter has now double-doubled in four straight games and is averaging 14.2 points, 13.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks over his last five games. With Marvin Williams hurting and the Jazz having nothing to play for, Kanter should continue to roll.

RotoWorld reports: Mavs - Monta Ellis tied his season high with 37 points to go along with five rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers on 15-of-23 shooting in Saturday's big win over the Suns. Ellis was fantastic tonight and it was fun to watch him and Eric Bledsoe trading blows. The Mavs are in the playoffs with this win, but Ellis has a goal of playing out the end of the season and playing in all 82 games. We'll have to wait and see if Rick Carlisle allows him to do so.

RotoWorld reports: Suns - Goran Dragic played through an ankle injury on Saturday, but wasn't great, hitting just 6-of-18 shots and zero 3-pointers for 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal. He was having his way against Jose Calderon, but It was the Eric Bledsoe show tonight, as he had 29 points in a tough loss. Look for Dragic to continue to try to play through his injury, as the Suns are in a dogfight with Memphis for the final playoff spot.

CBS Sports reports: Heat guard Dwyane Wade played well in his return from a nine-game absence due to a hamstring injury Saturday, in a 98-85 loss to the Hawks. Wade was limited to 23 minutes in the game, which doesn't come as much of a surprise given how cautious the team has been with his recovery. He played well when he was on the floor, scoring 24 points on 10 of 14 shooting, though he was just 4 of 9 from the free-throw line. Wade also added three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in the loss. The Heat have just two games left on the schedule, and there is no way of knowing how much Wade will play before the playoffs. He is averaging 19.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 52 games this season.

CBS Sports reports: Rockets center Dwight Howard played well in his first game back from an ankle injury Saturday, though his minutes were somewhat limited after an eight-game absence. Howard played 29 minutes in his first game back, scoring 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting. He added six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal to his line, as the Rockets won, 111-104. Given how much trouble Howard had getting past this injury, the Rockets might limit him some in the season's final few games. With just two games left on the schedule, Howard is averaging 18.5 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game in 69 games.

CBS Sports reports: Rockets guard Patrick Beverley was able to play 33 minutes in his return from an eight-game absence with a knee injury Saturday, and hardly missed a beat in his first game back. Beverley played one of his best games of the season, matching a career-high in scoring with 20 points 6 of 12 shooting. He hardly seemed limited by the injury, adding three rebounds, four assists and two steals, though he did leave the game late while grabbing his right knee. After the game, he did not indicate any sort of setback, however.

CBS Sports reports: Kings forward Rudy Gay looked a bit rusty in his return to the lineup Saturday against the Clippers, after missing two games with a back injury. Gay played 34 minutes in the game and shot just 6 of 18 from the field en route to 16 points. He added six rebounds, two assists and two steals, while turning the ball over twice in a 117-101 loss.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, April 12

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Corey Brewer, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Eric Bledsoe, Al Jefferson, Chandler Parsons, Andre Drummond, Paul Millsap, Carmelo Anthony, Danny Green, and LeBron James.

RotoWorld reports: Lakers - Jordan Farmar posted a balanced line off of the bench on Friday against the Warriors, scoring nine points on 3-of-11 shooting with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists and three steals in 29 minutes. Starter Kendall Marshall (seven points, one three, three assists, one steal, 19 minutes) has found his way into Mike D'Antoni's doghouse, whereas Farmar is going to get significant minutes and produce as long as he is healthy. Get him into lineups if he's not there already.

RotoWorld reports: Warriors - Stephen Curry triple-doubled for the fourth time this year in Friday's easy win against the Lakers, scoring 30 points on 12-of-20 shooting (including four threes) with 10 rebounds, 12 assists and two steals. Putting Curry on the floor against this Lakers squad isn't fair and the Warriors were able to clinch a playoff spot tonight. Klay Thompson added 16 points, two threes, three boards, four assists and a block in the win.

RotoWorld reports: Warriors - David Lee (hamstring) returned to action on Friday against the Lakers, scoring 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting with 10 rebounds and two steals in 25 minutes off the bench. The Lakers were a good spot to get Lee back in action and though it's unlikely he stays in a bench role, it sure would make a lot of sense going forward to balance the first and second units. Draymond Green scored nine points on 3-of-6 shooting with two threes, seven boards, four steals and one block in 32 minutes, and his defense helps round out a formidable starting five on that end. Keep Green going unless the Warriors indicate Lee is going to play big minutes.

RotoWorld reports: Blazers - Nicolas Batum scored 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and one three in Friday's win over the Jazz. The Blazers pulled to within a half-game of the No. 4 Rockets, but they need to finish higher because Houston has the tiebreaker. Damian Lillard went for 16 and six with four treys, Robin Lopez had 12 and eight with a block, Wesley Matthews hit three triples and scored 21 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge went for 18 and 14 but didn't have any defensive stats.

RotoWorld reports: Spurs - Danny Green scored a career-high 33 points vs. the Suns during a 112-104 win on Friday, adding four boards, two assists, one block and seven 3-pointers. He shot 12-of-17 from the field and is now 12-of-19 from deep in his last two games. Green was struggling to score the ball quite a bit earlier in the year, but he's put up sixth-round fantasy value in standard leagues since the break. He's a prime candidate to get some rest in one of the following two games, so his owners probably won't be counting on him beyond tonight.

CBS Sports reports: Timberwolves guard Corey Brewer stepped up amid a rash of injuries for the best game of his career Friday, in a 112-110 win over the Rockets. Brewer became a featured part of the offense with three starters out with injuries, and he absolutely erupted. He scored a career-high 51 points, matching a franchise record, while shooting 19 of 30 from the field in 45 minutes. He also added two rebounds, one assist , one block and six steals to his massive stat line. Brewer is enjoying another solid season as a role player with the Timberwolves, averaging 12.2 points in 32 minutes per game, the second-post total of his career.

CBS Sports reports: Warriors forward David Lee was back on the floor Friday against the Lakers, albeit in a different role than he is used to after a seven-game absence with nerve irritation in his hamstring. Lee played 25 minutes off the bench, just his second appearance as a reserve all season. He 10 points in 25 minutes, but was clearly rusty, shooting just 4 of 12 from the field. He added 10 rebounds and a pair of assists and steals, in a 112-95 win. Lee has seen a bit of a smaller role this season with the Warriors, averaging just 33.3 minutes per game in his 67 appearances. In spite of that, he is still putting together another strong season, averaging 18.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.

CBS Sports reports: Hawks forward Pero Antic was able to play 18 minutes off the bench Friday against the Nets, in his return from an ankle injury. He missed the team's previous game with ankle soreness, and was eased back into action off the bench. He scored four points on 2 of 6 shooting while adding just one rebound in a 93-88 win. Antic has been dogged by ankle injuries for much of the season, but has still had a solid rookie season at the age of 31. He is averaging 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game in 48 appearances.

CBS Sports reports: Raptors forward Amir Johnson was eased back into action Friday against the Knicks, in his return from a three-game absence due to an ankle injury. Johnson was in the starting lineup for the game, but played just 17 minutes and failed to make much of an impact. He was scoreless on one field-goal attempt, while adding three rebounds, two assists and a block in the 108-100 loss. With the Raptors locked into the playoffs, it makes sense the team would be overly cautious with Johnson in his first game back. He has appeared in 74 games this season, averaging a career-high 10.7 points, and adding 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists along the way.

CBS Sports reports: Heat center Chris Andersen played his usual role off the bench Friday against the Pacers, after missing the team's previous game with back and knee soreness. Andersen played 16 minutes off the bench, scoring five points and added six rebouns as the Heat won, 98-86. He is averaging 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in 19.6 minutes per game in his 70 appearances this season.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, April 11

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Timofey Mozgov, Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, and Patty Mills. There were just two games.

RotoWorld reports: Warriors - Andrew Bogut had one of his worst games of the season against the Nuggets on Thursday with four points, eight boards, one assist and two blocks. When your team allows 63 boards some of the blame has to go on Bogut. He didn't look to be 100 percent tonight and missed some chances on contested rebounds. His pelvic bruise from last week might not be a factor and coach Mark Jackson said he wants to play his guys down the stretch, so Bogut might not be rested.

RotoWorld reports: Nuggets - Kenneth Faried hit a game-winning shot in the paint against the Warriors on Thursday, finishing with 18 points, 17 boards, one assist, one steal and six turnovers. Draymond Green played great defense on the Manimal and the degree of difficulty was pretty high, so it was tough luck for the Warriors. Faried's shot totals have jumped up to 13.2 per game since the break compared to just 8.1 from before that point, which has led to some big-time numbers. Plus, he's been much better at the line and has shockingly put up second-round value since the break in standard leagues.

RotoWorld reports: Nuggets - Timofey Mozgov set an NBA season high with 29 boards against the Warriors on Thursday to go with 23 points, three assists, one steal and three blocks. The Nuggets owned the glass and won the battle of the boards 63-38, including 25-6 on the offensive ends. Mozgov played a season-high 43 minutes tonight, which was a bit of a surprise since a lot of teams have gone small against the Warriors. Tonight's game might change that strategy, but the Nuggets are actually playing well with big wins over the Warriors and Rockets in a road back-to-back set. As for Mozgov, he's a must-own player the rest of the way with six nice games in a row.

RotoWorld reports: Spurs - Kawhi Leonard looked like a superstar against the Mavericks during Thursday's 109-100 win with 16 points, 16 boards, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers. He broke out in the playoffs last season and carried that momentum into a spectacular season. Leonard put up a career-high 15 boards tonight and he hit a huge shot to bury the Mavericks. Since his return from injury back on Feb. 26, only Kevin Durant and LeBron James have put up more fantasy value in standard leagues. He's an absolute fantasy monster.

RotoWorld reports: Mavs - Monta Ellis scored a team-high 24 points vs. the Spurs during a 109-100 loss to go with four boards, four assists and one steal in 38 minutes. He bruised his tailbone on Wednesday night and was never in doubt to miss this game. Ellis had a sizable slump back in February, but he's been solid since with the exception of two games shooting below 25 percent from the field. He's been durable for much of his career and he looks poised to play in his second consecutive 82-game season.

CBS Sports reports: Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov put together the best game of his career Thursday, in a 100-99 win over the Warriors. Mozgov dominated the Warriors, especially on the boards, where he snagged 29 rebounds, the highest total in the league this season. He added 23 points on 10 of 15 shooting, with three assists, three blocks and a steal in 43 minutes of action. Mozgov has been playing the best ball of his season recently, averaging 17.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game in the month of April.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, April 10

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Randy Foye (Nuggets), LeBron James, Marcin Gortat, Zach Randolph, Kyle Lowry, Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins, Joe Johnson, and Jonas Valanciunas.

RotoWorld reports: Clippers - J.J. Redick hit just 1-of-7 shots (all 3-pointers) for four points, three rebounds, eight assists and a steal in Wednesday's loss. Redick is giving it a go after being out so long with a back injury, but it's clear the Clippers miss Jamal Crawford, who is out with an Achilles injury. Redick should be able to hold down the fort while the Clippers wait for Crawford to get well, but he's clearly not as effective as Crawford in the Clippers' grand scheme.

RotoWorld reports: Blazers - Damian Lillard double-doubled vs. the Kings on Wednesday with 19 points, five boards, 10 assists and three 3-pointers. With Mo Williams out tonight, the Blazers turned back the clock to 2012-13 with their lack of depth. Although, Dorell Wright hit a game-winning shot late in the contest. Each starter played at least 37 minutes tonight, which was commonplace last season considering they had one of the worst benches in the history of the NBA based on production. Lillard spread the ball around well in the beginning of tonight's game and his eight dimes before halftime tied for his best half of his career. He's a fantasy star and has played just two seasons.

RotoWorld reports: Rockets - Omer Asik put up a double-double vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday with 12 points, 12 boards and one assist in 24 minutes. Dwight Howard (ankle) wasn't too close to returning tonight, but that could change on Friday vs. the Wolves. Asik owners probably shouldn't make a proactive cut or anything just because he's been filling up the stat sheets. Although, his value will take a massive hit upon Howard's return, so they'll want to check for updates.

RotoWorld reports: Wolves - Kevin Love, who has been dealing with a sore back, suffered a hyperextended right elbow early on Wednesday but somehow played through it, hitting 7-of-20 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, 10 rebounds and a block in a blowout loss to the Bulls. Give Love some credit for powering through these injuries, although it's surprising the Wolves just haven't shut him down with nothing left to play for. "It was bothering me a little bit, but that's no excuse for the poor shooting," he said after the game. Love appears to be bent on finishing out the season, but owners should watch for news, as the injuries are piling up. Ricky Rubio had 15 points and six dimes, while Ronny Turiaf was the only other Wolf in double digits with 11 points and five rebounds.

RotoWorld reports: Bulls - Joakim Noah had 15 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists, a steal and two blocks on 7-of-13 shooting Wednesday, racking up his fourth triple-double of the season in an easy win over Minnesota. Noah is tied for the league lead in TD's with Lance Stephenson, who has pretty much disappeared over the last month. Noah may not win the most improved player award, but he's made major strides this season. The Bulls also got 15 points and two 3-pointers from Mike Dunleavy, 16 points and two 3-pointers from Kirk Hinrich, 14 points, seven assists and three 3-pointers from Jimmy Butler, and 21 points and four 3-pointers from D.J. Augustin in the blowout.

CBS Sports reports: Celtics guard Avery Bradley was back in the lineup Wednesday against the Hawks, after missing three games with Achilles soreness. Bradley played 35 minutes as a starter, scoring 24 points to lead the team. He added four rebounds, three steals and two assists as well, though the Celtics fell, 105-97. Bradley is heading into restricted free agency for the first time, averaging a career-high 14.2 points and 3.7 rebounds in his 56 appearances this season.

CBS Sports reports: Raptors guard Kyle Lowry got a soft landing in his return from a three-game absence due to a knee injury, as he scored 29 points in a 125-114 win over the 76ers Wednesday. Lowry scored his 29 points in 38 minutes, shooting 9 of 19 from the field. He was just 2 for 7 from three-point range but made all nine of his free-throw attempts. Lowry added five rebounds and eight assists without a turnover, as well. Lowry is enjoying the best season of his career heading into free agency. He is averaging 17.4 points, 7.6 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game

CBS Sports reports: Nets center Kevin Garnett played just 17 minutes in his return to action Wednesday against the Magic, after getting the previous night off to rest his lingering back injury. Garnett made the most of his limited playing time by filling up the box score. He scored five points on 2 of 2 shooting, adding eight rebounds and six assists in the 115-111 loss. Garnett will continue to see limited minutes through the season's final week, as the team keeps its eyes on the postseason. He is averaging just 6.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 51 games.

CBS Sports reports: Wizards forward Nene was eased back into action in his return from a sprained MCL Wednesday, playing 17 minutes in a 94-88 loss to the Bobcats in overtime. In his first action after missing 21 games, Nene played 17 minutes off the bench. He played a solid role offensively, scoring 10 points on 5 of 9 shooting, though he did little else, finishing with just one assist and one steal in his limited playing time. Nene has appeared in 50 games this season, and will likely be eased back over the team's last few. He is averaging 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game on the season.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, April 9

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Terrence Jones, LeBron James, Jodie Meeks, Andre Drummond, Nick Young, Paul Millsap, and Caron Butler (Thunder).

RotoWorld reports: Lakers - Pau Gasol (vertigo) said on Tuesday that it's "unlikely" he'll play again this season, but that he is also still undergoing daily evaluation. It's hard to imagine Gasol coming back to play in meaningless games for the Lakers, so owners can go ahead and drop him if you need a healthy body for the stretch run. Jordan Hill, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre are all options that will help eat up the minutes created by Pau's absence.

RotoWorld reports: Lakers - Steve Nash had three points, three rebounds, five assists and a 3-pointer in 13 minutes, passing Mark Jackson for No. 3 on the all-time NBA assists list on Tuesday. Nash was playing specifically to get the record and you have to think his season is officially over now that Jackson is in his rearview mirror. In fact, it sounds like his career is over if you believe what Mike D'Antoni said after the game. "Too bad everything comes to an end, but he's had a great career," he said. Nash added that he felt a "bite" in his hamstring, meaning his season, and possibly career, has come to an end.

RotoWorld reports: Rockets - Omer Asik had 10 points, 15 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in Tuesday's easy win over the Lakers. The Lakers are an embarrassment right now and this game was well over by the start of the fourth quarter. Asik was somewhat overshadowed by the strong play of teammate Terrence Jones (33 points, 7 rebounds), but posted a nice line of his own. Dwight Howard may be back in action soon to try to get into game shape for the playoffs, but as long as he's out, Asik is a must-play.

RotoWorld reports: Kings - DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in Tuesday's loss to the Thunder. He is finishing the season on a strong note, but you have to wonder how long he's going to keep playing now that the Kings' season is essentially over. Hopefully he continues to get it done, but owners should be on the lookout for news in case he decides to shut it down at some point.

RotoWorld reports: Thunder - Caron Butler hit 8-of-10 shots and 6-of-6 3-pointers for 23 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal in Tuesday's easy win over the Kings. Butler tends to get hot like this occasionally, but hasn't been a must-start player since arriving in Oklahoma City. In fact, he's on the Marcus Thornton plan, scoring 23, 5, 13, 4 and 15 points in each of his previous five games. And with Thabo Sefolosha back in action for OKC, consistency could be even more of an issue for Butler down the stretch.

CBS Sports reports: Spurs guard Manu Ginobili suffered a bruised calf in the third quarter of Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves and was unable to return to the game. Ginobili suffered the injury just a few minutes into his third-quarter stint, exiting the game with fewer than nine minutes remaining. With the Spurs down big, the team ruled him out immediately with a left calf contusion, as he finished with seven points, two rebounds and an assist in 15 minutes of action.

CBS Sports reports: Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson will be out of action possibly until October, after undergoing cergical spine surgery Tuesday, the team announced. The surgery was successful, and he has been given a 4-6 month timeline to resume basketball activities, after having the surgery to repair a herniated disc. Anderson finished the season averaging 19.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists in the 22 games he was able to play.

CBS Sports reports: Pistons forward Josh Smith was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup against the Hawks, with the team announcing he has been diagnosed with tendinitis in his left patella. At this point, the extent of the injury is not yet known, nor when he might have come down with it. Smith will likely be considered day to day moving forward, with just four games left on the schedule, beginning with Wednesday against the Cavaliers.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, April 7

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, LaMarcus Aldridge, Aaron Brooks (Nuggets), Rudy Gay, Trey Burke, Russell Westbrook, Omer Asik, James Harden, and Kawhi Leonard.

RotoWorld reports: Suns - Goran Dragic's shooting slump ended on Sunday with 26 points on 11-of-19 shooting in a dazzling performance vs. the Thunder. Phoenix came into the game just half a game ahead of the Grizzlies for the West's final playoff spot and they fought with playoff intensity for the victory. Dragic drained two 3-pointers and handed out five assists as he shook the 32.6 percent shooting that had plagued him for the past three games.

RotoWorld reports: Thunder - Russell Westbrook made 12-of-26 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs to score 33 points on Sunday, with eight assists and two blocks, but it wasn't enough to steal a road win in Phoenix. Westbrook has played brilliantly of late, and the only downside for fantasy owners is that he's due to miss two more games before the regular season ends. With back-to-back games off limits, owners must plan to be without him for a game on April 8/9 and April 13/14.

RotoWorld reports: Blazers - LaMarcus Aldridge's impressive April continued on Sunday with 25 points, 18 rebounds, four assists and four blocks in a 100-94 win vs. the Pelicans. Aldridge is showing no signs of his recent back injury and Blazers coach Terry Stotts explicitly said that he'll ramp up LA's playing time to around 36 minutes per game. He hit the 36-minute mark exactly tonight and should remain an elite option in the final 10 days of the regular season.

RotoWorld reports: Pelicans - Anthony Davis (back spasms) started Sunday's game and finished with 15 points, five rebounds and four blocks in 34 minutes, but he required treatment during the game and struggled after the first quarter. Pelicans coach Monty Williams said that Davis has been dealing with "spasms and soreness" but there is nothing structurally wrong and they'll let him play as long as he feels well enough. Hopefully he'll stay active with help from a litany of rehab procedures, including "massage, heat therapy, stretching ... soaking in Epsom salts and modern methods such as dry needling." New Orleans returns to action on Wednesday and we'll keep Davis on the injury report as a precaution.

RotoWorld reports: Warriors - Stephen Curry scored 31 points, handed out 16 assists and stole the ball three times in just 29 minutes vs. Utah on Sunday, making 12-of-18 FGs with five 3-pointers. He was unusually quiet in Golden State's previous two games, in which he averaged 12.0 points on 37 percent shooting, but he made up for it with a historic performance -- Tim Hardaway is the only other player since 1985-86 to post at least 31 & 16 with five 3-pointers. Curry has missed a total of three games this season, all in December, so the spectre of a serious injury should no longer obscure his value when fantasy drafts roll around next fall.

CBS Sports reports: Pelicans guard Eric Gordon missed his ninth straight game on Sunday against Portland because of tendinitis in his left knee. Gordon is averaging 15.4 points, 3.3 assists and 2.6 rebounds over 64 appearances. His next chance to play will come Wednesday against Phoenix.

CBS Sports reports: Spurs guard Tony Parker exited Sunday's game against Memphis with back spasms and was unable to return, the San Antonio News-Express reports. Parker scored 10 points in 9 minutes before the injury. He is expected to undergo an MRI on his back on Monday, according to the paper. Parker is averaging 16.9 points and 5.9 assists per game this season, his lowest average since his rookie campaign. His status remains uncertain for Tuesday at Minnesota.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, April 6

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kyrie Irving, John Henson, Al Jefferson, Andre Drummond, Joakim Noah, Jared Sullinger, Greivis Vasquez, DJ Augustin, and Deron Williams.

RotoWorld reports: Raptors - Greivis Vasquez was fantastic in his start at point guard on Saturday, scoring a game-high 26 points with four boards, four assists and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes. He shot 10-of-15 from the field and was in rare form. Vasquez is usually a pass-first point guard and actually led the NBA in total dimes last season, but he was cooking with his shot tonight. Kyle Lowry (knee) missed his third consecutive game tonight, but he figures to be back soon. Vasquez owners probably enjoyed the ride, but it's probably coming to an end soon.

RotoWorld reports: Bucks - John Henson finally broke out on Saturday night vs. the Raptors with 23 points, nine boards, six assists, one steal and three blocks in 39 minutes. It's about time, right? Henson led the NBA in blocks back in December, but he's been a ghost possibly due to an ankle injury and terrible team chemistry. He has the potential to be an elite big man for fantasy owners, so we have no problem with picking him up in hopes he can keep the party going. That said, there is a lot of risk and we'd feel more comfortable waiting to see if he can do it again based on how bad he's looked the past month.

RotoWorld reports: Bobcats - Al Jefferson made just 9-of-21 from the field against the Cavs during a 96-94 overtime win on Saturday, scoring a total of 24 points with 15 boards, four assists, one steal and two blocks in 41 minutes. The Bobcats clinched at least a seventh seed in the Eastern Conference and they are just one game behind the Wizards for the sixth spot. It's probably not a bad idea to tank for the seventh seed with the way the Pacers are playing right now and the Bobcats might even be considered as the favorite based on a current four-game winning streak. As for Jefferson, he's a fantasy beast.

RotoWorld reports: Cavs - Kyrie Irving scored 44 points in Saturday's 96-94 overtime loss to the Bobcats to go with seven boards, eight assists, three steals and five 3-pointers in 43 minutes. He attempted a ridiculous 31 shots tonight, making 16 of them, and was the only player on his team to take more than four shots and shoot above 50 percent. Irving has been in the news for all the rumors about him and the Cavs, but he's taken to Twitter to shoot them down. He's done his talking on the court as well, averaging 24.7 points, 6.7 boards, 6.7 assists, 3.3 steals and 1.7 triples in his three games since returning from his biceps injury.

RotoWorld reports: Nets - Deron Williams turned in a nice line during a close 105-101 win over the Sixers with 19 points, four boards, nine assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. He looked to have a minor issue with his leg, but he played through it without incident. The Nets almost blew this game and lost the fourth quarter by the score of 32-24. Williams has his Nets sitting in the five seed for the Eastern Conference and he could get some rest down the stretch.

CBS Sports reports: Deron Williams turned in a nice line during a close 105-101 win over the Sixers with 19 points, four boards, nine assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. He looked to have a minor issue with his leg, but he played through it without incident. The Nets almost blew this game and lost the fourth quarter by the score of 32-24. Williams has his Nets sitting in the five seed for the Eastern Conference and he could get some rest down the stretch.

CBS Sports reports: Nets center Kevin Garnett was back from a 19-game absence due to a back injury and played well in limited minutes in a 105-101 win over the 76ers. Garnett scored 10 points in just 13 minutes, while connecting on 5 of 6 from the field. He snagged four rebounds and filled up the box score with one assists, one steal and one block. Garnett will likely continue to have his minutes monitored closely moving forward, as the team tries to keep him healthy for the playoffs. He is averaging just 6.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in 50 appearances.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, April 5

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Serge Ibaka, James Harden, LeBron James, Andre Drummond, Al Jefferson, Dirk Nowitzki, Eric Bledsoe, Gerald Green, Michael Carter-Williams, Kevin Durant, Brandan Wright, JR Smith, Robin Lopez, and Zach Randolph.

RotoWorld reports: Lakers - Nick Young suffered a minor right ankle injury in Friday's loss, finishing with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, two threes and two rebounds in 20 minutes. We're keeping him off the injury report unless his condition worsens, and he'll continue to be worth using in lineups as long as he's active.

RotoWorld reports: Mavs - Brandan Wright hit all 10 of his field goals in Friday's win, finishing with 23 points to go with five rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes off the bench. If you had him in your lineup then you probably should have been playing the lottery and Fan Duel instead. Samuel Dalembert went for 14 and 14 with a steal and block in just 21 minutes, and this has everything to do with the opposing Lakers giving it up tonight. If Wright can do it again he'll be worth a look but for now this is looking like a fluke.

RotoWorld reports: Rockets - James Harden burned his former team during an impressive 111-107 win over the Thunder on Friday, scoring 39 points with nine boards, seven assists, two steals and four 3-pointers The Rockets clinched a playoff berth tonight and they're looking like a very dangerous team currently sitting in the four spot of the Western Conference standings. As for Harden, he's absolutely crushing right now. After the break, he ranks third in the NBA for points per game and just 10th in field goal attempts per game as one of the most efficient players on the planet while also filling up the stat sheet. He's going to win a lot of fantasy titles for those in head-to-head leagues.

RotoWorld reports: Rockets - Terrence Jones looked healthy against the Thunder on Friday with 16 points, 11 boards, two assists, two blocks and two steals in 33 minutes. He's been battling an illness for much of this week and finally seems to be over it. It's too bad because Jones tends to put up bigger lines with Dwight Howard (ankle) out of the lineup and tonight is the latest piece of evidence to support that claim. He's a must-start player the rest of the way for his huge multiple-category upside.

RotoWorld reports: Thunder - Kevin Durant scored at least 25 points for the 40th consecutive game during a 111-107 loss to the Rockets on Friday, putting up 28 points, 12 boards, six assists and three 3-pointers in 44 minutes. He moved into a tie with Michael Jordan for this scoring streak for the longest in NBA history. Durant's 32 points per night on just 20.6 shots from the field this season goes down as one of the most efficient seasons ever. He's just that much better than everyone else on offense right now. For the fifth consecutive year, Kevin Durant will be fantasy basketball's top player.

CBS Sports reports: Pelicans - Pelicans center Anthony Davis missed the start of the second half against the Jazz due to a recurrence of back spasms. He missed the entire third quarter and checked back in with 10:56 remaining in the game. Davis was limited to eight points on 3 of 6 from the floor, and 2 of 4 from the charity stripe, also adding six rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 23 minutes. He is averaging just 9.0 points and 4.3 rebounds over his last three games.

CBS Sports reports: Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, who missed a morning meeting and was benched in favor of Aaron Brooks suffered a left ankle sprain Friday night against Memphis. Lawson sustained the injury late in the fourth quarter and was taken back for X-rays, which came back negative, according to the Denver Post. He was spotted after the game wearing a walking boot. "It's a normal sprain, but this is probably the worst one I've had," he told the paper after the game. Lawson finished with 16 points, three assists, one rebound and two steals in 32 minutes of game action. His status remains up in the air for Sunday's contest against the Rockets.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, April 4

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Blake Griffin, Dirk Nowitzki, DeAndre Jordan, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook. There wree just two games.

RotoWorld reports: Clippers - Blake Griffin said following Thursday's game that his ankle and back are fine. "The back is OK. It's good enough," Griffin said. "The ankle is fine. I'm just clumsy." This statement is all we have to go on as it stands right now, but his post-game press conference made it seem like his back bothered him. He said he'll have to continue to monitor it and he hopes it doesn't go the wrong way. Griffin seems like he'll play on Sunday vs. the Lakers.

RotoWorld reports: Mavs - Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points on 10-of-18 from the field during Thursday's 113-107 victory over the Clippers, adding 11 boards, one assist, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers. He's coming off a six-trey game and has now made at least four 3-pointers in back-to-back games for just the fifth time in his career. It goes against conventional wisdom, but the 35-year-old Nowitzki's minutes are actually up since the All-Star break while his stats are almost identical. The future Hall of Famer has his team in the seven spot for the Western Conference standings.

RotoWorld reports: Mavs - Samuel Dalembert played 29 minutes vs. the Clippers on Thursday with 12 points, six boards and two blocks. Due to the matchup against the Warriors, Dalembert played just seven minutes. Tonight was a different story with the size of the Clippers and he spent a lot of time on Blake Griffin. His previous four games before that game vs. the Warriors yielded an average of 25.5 minutes per game, so his owners should just give him a pass for that one dud.

RotoWorld reports: Thunder - Russell Westbrook was his freakishly athletic self on Thursday vs. the Spurs, scoring 27 points with one board, six assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes. As a reminder, he's going to sit out on Friday night against the Rockets. It seemed pretty obvious coach Scott Brooks would sit Westbrook tomorrow because his team has been off since Sunday. Unfortunately for Westbrook’s fantasy owners, the star point guard will sit out at least three more games with Friday’s game vs. the Rockets, one game on Apr. 8-9 and another one on Apr. 13-14. Considering it’s so late in the season, missing that many games makes him a potential cut candidate.

RotoWorld reports: Thunder - Reggie Jackson returned to the lineup against the Spurs on Thursday with 14 points, four boards, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes. He had a back issue keep him out for the last two games which were his first games out of the lineup since Dec. 19, 2012 — a DNP-CD. Assuming he came out of this game unscathed, Jackson is going to start Friday’s game vs. the Rockets and Jeremy Lin. He could be looking at a huge game and is worth starting in all leagues.

CBS Sports reports: Clippers guard J.J. Redick made his return to the floor on Thursday, scoring 12 points off the bench in a 113-107 loss to the Mavericks. Making his first appearance since Feb. 3, Redick went 3 of 10 from the floor, including 2 of 6 from downtown, and 4 of 4 from the free throw line. He also contributed with two rebounds and one assist while logging 24 minutes of game action. Redick told the Orange County Register after the game he wasn't limited physically, but felt "really" rusty.

CBS Sports reports: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard enjoyed a productive performance on Thursday, scoring 17 points on 8 of 15 from the floor, including 1 of 3 from downtown in a 106-94 loss to the Thunder. Leonard also contributed with three assists, two rebounds and three steals while logging 29 minutes of game action. He is averaging 14.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists over his last five games.

CBS Sports reports: Spurs guard Patty Mills caught fire from deep, knocking down five treys in a 106-94 loss to the Thunder. Mills scored a team-high 21 points on 8 of 13 from the floor, and 5 of 7 from downtown. He also contributed with six rebounds, one assist and one steal while logging 24 minutes of game action. Mills has scored 20-plus points just seven times this season. He is averaging 14.6 points and 3.6 rebounds over his last five games.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, April 3

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kenneth Faried, Kevin Love, Paul George, Rudy Gay, JR Smith, Marcin Gortat, Aaron Brooks, Tyreke Evans, DeMar DeRozan, Darren Collison, Paul Millsap, Carmelo Anthony.

RotoWorld reports: Clippers - Multiple team sources told Arash Markazi of ESPN that "the plan (is) for (J.J.) Redick to start against Dallas" on Thursday. Doc Rivers gave him a 75 percent chance of returning and all signs point to Redick returning on Thursday night. It's unclear if he's ready for a full workload but one way or another he'll have some rust to knock off. We're not ready to downgrade Matt Barnes and Darren Collison by anything but a smidge just yet. Owners should keep in mind that the Clips play just two games next week. With low upside to begin with, Redick only makes sense as a speculative add in deeper daily leagues.

RotoWorld reports: Kings - Rudy Gay (foot) logged 42 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Lakers, scoring 31 points on 12-of-24 shooting (1-of-2 from deep, 6-of-7 from the line) with five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Gay limped on at least one occasion but he was able to thrive in a game that featured very little defense. DeMarcus Cousins added 20 points and 10 rebounds without breaking a sweat.

RotoWorld reports: Lakers - Kendall Marshall scored seven points on 3-of-9 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds, 10 assists and two steals over 32 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Kings. Make no mistake this was a garbage-time game from start to finish, and with little resistance from Kings defenders he was able to get his numbers tonight. Jordan Farmar could return soon and that will probably be enough to kill Marshall's value, and this is the first time he has made any real noise lately. Add him at your own risk.

RotoWorld reports: Suns - Goran Dragic shot just 2-of-11 from the field for 15 points during a tough 112-108 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday, adding one board, eight assists and four turnovers in 42 minutes. He did most of his damage at the line, making 11-of-12 from there, but didn't add any steals, blocks or triples. Dragic has been on a tear since the break, averaging 20.9 points, 5.4 dimes, 1.2 steals and 2.0 triples on 52.3 percent from the field. He'll bounce back against the Blazers on Friday.

RotoWorld reports: Nuggets - Kenneth Faried destroyed the Pelicans on Wednesday during a 137-107 win, scoring a career-high 34 points with 13 boards, two assists, three blocks and one turnover in just 27 minutes. He shot 14-of-19 from the field and the Pelicans were just giving up points left and right. The Nuggets had 15 triples and 64 points in the paint for a variety of open looks. As for Faried, he's really come on and has no competition for minutes, so he's locked in as a must-start player.

CBS Sports reports: Clippers forward Blake Griffin played well in his return from a back injury Wednesday, in a 112-108 win over the Suns. Griffin played 34 minutes after missing the team's previous game with back spasms, and scored 23 after consecutive games falling short of 20 points. He shot 7 of 15 from the field and 9 of 10 at the free-throw line, while adding six rebounds and three assists, though he also turned the ball over three times in the win. Griffin has taken his game to another level in his fourth season, averaging a career-high 24.0 points per game on 53.2 percent shooting. He is adding 9.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists while appearing in 75 of the team's first 76 games.

CBS Sports reports: Pelicans center Anthony Davis was forced to leave Wednesday's game against the Nuggets midway through the second quarter and could not return, as he was forced to the locker room with back spasms. Davis was announced as doubtful to return and never made it back, finishing with six points, three rebounds and an assist in 11 minutes of action as the Pelicans were blown out. His status moving forward is not yet known, with the Pelicans next game set for Friday in Utah.

CBS Sports reports: Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving played well Wednesday against the Magic, in his return from a lengthy absence due to a bicep injury. Irving missed eight games as a result of the injury, but didn't appear to be rusty at all in his first action back. He scored 18 points on 7 of 8 shooting and added eight assists and six rebounds in just 28 minutes of action in the 119-98 win. The Cavaliers kept their playoff hops alive without Irving in the lineup, and now he is back for the stretch run. He has already played in a career-high 65 games, averaging 21.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.

CBS Sports reports: The Clippers return to Staples Center for a three-game homestand Thursday, and they should see the return of some key injured players. According to ESPN.com, guard J.J. Redick (back) is planning to return at some point during the team's home run, possible as soon as Thursday against the Mavericks. Redick has not played since early February, but has been able to practice over the last few weeks. He has appeared in just 30 games this season due to injury, averaging 15.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, April 2

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were LaMarcus Aldridge, Dirk Nowitzki, Nick Young, Joe Johnson, Damian Lillard, and Stephen Curry.

RotoWorld reports: Lakers - Steve Nash will not play against the Kings on Wednesday night. He suffered an ankle injury in the first half, but he added it is not related to his nerve issue. Kendall Marshall should get minutes in the high 20s again and coach Mike D'Antoni will likely tweak his rotation to help strengthen his second unit. Nash has very little fantasy appeal.

RotoWorld reports: Blazers - Damian Lillard dominated against the Lakers during a 124-112 win on Tuesday, making 10-of-22 from the field for 34 points with two boards, eight assists, three steals and five 3-pointers. He was in a slump over his previous 10, making just 37.5 percent from the field which brought his season shooting to 42.4 percent. Lillard's 3-point shot not falling was the culprit which was what carried him earlier this season when he put up a nice 3.6 treys per game back in December. It's just his second season and he still has plenty of room to grow as a scorer.

RotoWorld reports: Lakers - Nick Young was on fire against the Blazers during Tuesday's 124-112 loss, scoring a season-high 40 points with four boards, one assist, two steals and six 3-pointers. He shot 15-of-26 from the field including 6-of-13 from deep to go with 4-of-5 from the line. Young was coming in cold making just 7-of-24 from the field, but he made his first eight shots tonight. His game hasn't really translated to standard fantasy leagues, but it's kind of hard to leave him on the wire following a game like this one.

RotoWorld reports: Warriors - Andre Iguodala filled the stat sheet against the Mavericks on Tuesday with 16 points, eight boards, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. He shot 7-of-9 from the field in the win after shooting just 3-of-7 combined in his two games back from knee tendinitis. Iguodala hasn't been posting big lines like this one in a while, but his across-the-board production make him worth owning in most leagues.

RotoWorld reports: Mavs - Dirk Nowitzki made 13-of-21 from the field for 33 points during Tuesday's 122-120 overtime loss to the Warriors, adding 11 boards, three assists, two steals, one block and six 3-pointers in 40 minutes. The six treys are tied for his second-highest output of his career and it's the first time he's hit that many since 2004. Nowitzki's 40 minutes were his highest total of 2014 and tonight is an emphatic statement of how the Mavs won't limit the former MVP. Of course, this game obviously meant a lot to them and their chase for the playoffs.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, April 1

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were DeMarcus Cousins, Carmelo Anthony, Paul Millsap, Thaddeus Young, Greg Monroe, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Anthony Davis, Darren Collison, Joakim Noah, Brandon Bass, and Ramon Sessions.

RotoWorld reports: Nuggets - Timofey Mozgov (illness) tied a career-high with 23 points in the Nuggets' 94-92 loss to the Grizzlies on Monday, hitting 9-of-15 shots (5-of-7 FTs) with 10 rebounds and one block in 32 minutes. Mozgov has been a must-own player for a bit now, though explosions like this aren't necessarily in the cards on most nights. Ty Lawson was quiet with eight points, five boards and six assists, Randy Foye scored 13 points with nine boards, four assists, two steals and a three, and Kenneth Faried posted 17 points, eight boards, three steals and a block in the loss.

RotoWorld reports: Grizzlies - Zach Randolph scored 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting with 11 rebounds, three assists and a steal in the Grizzlies' road win over the Nuggets on Monday. Z-Bo has been a 20 and 10 guy for the last eight games and he has lifted his value into the middle rounds as a result. Marc Gasol hit just 6-of-19 shots for 13 points, eight boards and one block, and Mike Conley scored 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one three in the win.

RotoWorld reports: Pelicans - Anthony Davis (ankle) returned to action in the Pelicans' 102-97 loss to the Kings on Monday, scoring 22 points on 5-of-13 shooting (12-of-14 FTs) with eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and four blocks in 38 minutes. Davis took a shot to the head from Reggie Evans but stayed in the game and so far there's no red flags on that front. As an aside, this may have been the quietest line of this type that we've seen in some time. When Davis is given the keys to the car in New Orleans, watch out.

RotoWorld reports: Kings - DeMarcus Cousins tied a season-high with 35 points in Monday's road win over the depleted Pelicans, hitting 13-of-18 shots (9-of-12 FTs) with 14 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks. Watching Cousins go through Jeff Withey and Alexis Ajinca was pretty funny, but we don't want to undersell this because the big man did things that no other big man is doing right now. He has also made it a point to keep from getting that last technical foul which would cause a suspension, so hopefully the good times keep rolling all the way until the end.

RotoWorld reports: Bulls - Joakim Noah scored 19 points on 9-of-19 shooting with 11 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks in the Bulls' easy 94-80 win over the Celtics on Monday. Noah has played at a top-10 level for the last two months and is currently a top-15 play on the year. Jimmy Butler added 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting with four rebounds, four assists and a steal, Carlos Boozer went for 16 and seven, and Taj Gibson posted 14 and 11 with a steal off the bench.

CBS Sports reports: Hawks forward Paul Millsap put together a dominant effort in the paint, doubling up with 28 points and 17 boards in a 103-95 win over Philadelphia. Millsap shot 9 of 15 from the floor, including 1 of 2 from behind the arc, and 9 of 13 from the free throw line. He also chipped in with four assists and three steals while 36 minutes of game action. Millsap has 24 double-doubles this season. He is averaging 17.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists over his last five games.

CBS Sports reports: 76ers forward Thaddeus Young caught fire from behind the arc on Monday, knocking down five triples in a 103-95 loss to Atlanta. Young scored 23 points on 7 of 10 from the floor, including 5 of 6 from downtown, and 4 of 4 from the free throw line. He also chipped in with four assists, three rebounds, three blocks and four steals while logging 36 minutes of game action. He is averaging 20.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists over his last five games.

CBS Sports reports: Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. left Monday's game against the Jazz with a sprained right ankle. Hardaway was helped off the court and taken into the locker room for X-rays near the end of the game. He was spotted leaving the X-ray room in a wheelchair, the Wall Street Journal reports. Hardaway finished with 10 points, two boards, and two assists in 31 minutes. He came in averaging 10.1 points and 1.5 rebounds per game off the bench this season. His status remains uncertain for Wednesday against Brooklyn.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, March 31

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Chris Kaman, Kevin Durant, DJ Augustin, Joakim Noah, Stephen Curry, Nikola Vucevic, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rajon Rondo, and Jonas Valanciunas (Raptors).

RotoWorld reports: Clippers - Doc Rivers suggested that Blake Griffin's lower back spasms were triggered by a pre-existing hip injury, and Griffin is considered doubtful to play on Monday. "They were telling me [Friday] that it had nothing to do with the back," Rivers said. "Whatever was going on before is what triggered the back injury." This helps explain Griffin's injury, but it won't help owners feel better if his first DNP comes in the heart of fantasy playoffs. Assuming Blake does sit out, the Clippers could turn to Glen Davis and Ryan Hollins at PF or (as they did on Friday) simply go small with more minutes for Matt Barnes, Jared Dudley, Jamal Crawford and Willie Green. In all likelihood, Barnes and Dudley would emerge as the biggest beneficiaries while guys like Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan get a few extra touches.

RotoWorld reports: Blazers - LaMarcus Aldridge quickly recovered from Friday's five-point effort, scoring 28 points on 10-of-20 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs vs. the Grizzlies on Sunday. He added four rebounds and one steal in 33 minutes, marking his highest playing time and scoring total since returning from a bruised back three games ago. The Blazers' playoff position is reasonably secure but they're still just four games ahead of the ninth-place Grizzlies, so Aldridge should continue to see his minutes inch upward in the season's final seven games.

RotoWorld reports: Grizzlies - Mike Miller quietly filled up the stat sheet in Sunday's loss, scoring 12 points with two 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. The Grizzlies mounted a late comeback with help from reserves Miller, James Johnson (eight points) and Ed Davis (five points), but they fell short in a costly 98-105 loss in Portland. Miller logged 28 minutes and the Grizzlies won't be shy about using him with the playoffs on the line, but he's only worth a look for deep-league owners in need of perimeter shooting.

RotoWorld reports: Suns - Markieff Morris led the Suns with 12 rebounds off the bench on Sunday, adding 16 points, three steals and two blocks in a disappointing loss to the Lakers. Marcus Morris also had a solid evening with 15 points, six rebounds and four steals in 27 minutes, but the Suns' bench production wasn't enough to erase a huge early deficit. Fantasy owners should keep in mind that the Suns are one of six teams with a three-game schedule next week, joining the Jazz, Blazers, Magic, Thunder and Cavaliers. Every other team plays four times.

RotoWorld reports: Lakers - Chris Kaman exploited the Suns' frontcourt throughout Sunday's victory, scoring a season-high 28 points on 13-of-19 shooting with 17 rebounds and six assists. Kaman played six minutes in L.A.'s last game, which led him to complain publicly about Mike D'Antoni's rotations, but he overwhelmed the Suns' interior defense all night on Sunday. Fantasy owners willing to take a gamble may choose to deploy Kaman with four games on the schedule this week, but Pau Gasol is day-to-day and Robert Sacre could steal Kaman's minutes on any given night. Proceed with due caution.

CBS Sports reports: Bulls guard D.J. Augustin put together another dominant play, scoring a career-high 33 points in a 107-102 victory over the Celtics. Augustin shot 10 of 14 from the floor, including 3 of 4 from downtown, and 10 of 10 from the free throw line. He also contributed with three assists, one rebound and one steal while logging 31 minutes of game action. He is averaging 17.0 points, 4.4 assists and 2.8 rebounds over his last five games.

CBS Sports reports: Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, who scored 30 points his last time out, shouldered the load again on Sunday, scoring 28 points in a 98-93 win over the Magic. DeRozan shot 6 of 14 from the floor, including 1 of 2 from 3-point land, and 15 of 16 from the free throw line. He also chipped in with two rebounds, one assist and one steal while logging 38 minutes of game action. He is averaging 22.4 points, 3.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds over his last five games.

CBS Sports reports: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas just missed out on a double-double Sunday night against the Magic. Valanciunas scored 20 points on 6 of 8 from the floor, and 8 of 8 from the free throw line. He also contributed with nine rebounds, one block and one steal while logging 37 minutes of game action. He is averaging 13.0 points and 9.4 rebounds over his last five games.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, March 30

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Chris Paul, James Harden, John Wall, Dirk Nowitzki, and Chandler Parsons.

RotoWorld reports: Spurs - Kawhi Leonard returned after suffering an eye injury on Saturday vs. the Pelicans, finishing with 15 points, five boards, two assists, one steal, one block sand two 3-pointers in just 23 minutes. His shooting percentages had tailed off a bit, making just 45.3 percent from the field over his previous five with average of 13.6 points, 5.8 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.6 treys. Leonard has put up first-round value over the past two weeks and second-round value on the season on a per-week basis. He’s a fantasy superstar and is just 22 years old.

RotoWorld reports: Mavs - Shawn Marion made 5-of-7 from the field for 14 points during Saturday's nail-biting 103-100 win over the Kings with five boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes. His lines haven't been jumping off the page lately and March has been his worst month of the season. Over his previous 13 games this month, Marion averaged 9.8 points, 5.5 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.2 steals and 0.6 triples on 48.3 percent from the field. He's still worth owning in standard leagues in a four-game week.

RotoWorld reports: Kings - Rudy Gay scored 30 points vs. the Mavericks during a tough 103-100 loss, making 11-of-19 from the field with seven boards in 43 minutes. He did turn the ball over seven times and that might have cost the Kings from a win tonight. Still, Gay shot the ball well tonight after failing to clear 40.0 percent from the field in three of his previous four games. Additionally, his 3-point shot has gone south, making just 15.6 percent from deep in his last 14 games. He'll be fine.

RotoWorld reports: Pelicans - Brian Roberts returned from a two-game absence on Saturday during a 96-80 loss to the Spurs, scoring 18 points with three boards, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes. He's another guy to play through an in-game knee injury and miss multiple games, but he looked fine tonight. Sure, there's the talk of the Pelicans wanting to tank to try and retain their pick from the Sixers, but Roberts should be good to go the rest of the way now that he's back. He's a solid No. 3 point guard in standard leagues with the upside of being a No. 2 should Eric Gordon (knee) remain out.

CBS Sports reports: Kings forward Derrick Williams was over the illness that cost him one game, but still played little part in Saturday's loss to the Mavericks. Williams played just 10 minutes in his return to action, and made little impact in his time on the floor. He scored just four points on 1 of 2 shooting, while adding a pair of rebounds in the 103-100 loss. Even after a midseason trade to the Kings, Williams has struggled to find a consistent role. He is averaging just 9.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game in 58 games with the Kings.

CBS Sports reports: 76ers guard Tony Wroten was eased back into action following a three-game absence due to an ankle injury, but he stilled played a big part in ending the team's 26-game losing streak in a 123-98 win over the Pistons Saturday. Wroten played 21 minutes in his return to action, and played well, all things considered. He scored just six points on 2 of 6 shooting, but added six rebounds and a team-high nine assists, with just one turnover in the blowout win. Wroten has turned into a very solid option off the bench for the 76ers this season, especially considering the low price they paid to acquire him. He is averaging 13.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game in just 24.9 minutes.

CBS Sports reports: Clippers forward Glen Davis had a bit of a run-in with coach Doc Rivers Saturday, and it ended with his banishment to the locker room for the second half of the team's win over the Rockets. Davis apparently was not pleased with being pulled out of the game at one point in the second quarter, and Rivers had Davis escorted to the locker room where he stayed for the rest of the game. Davis finished scoreless with just one steal in four minutes of action. Davis hasn't had any issues since joining the Clippers in late February following a buyout from the Magic. He is averaging 3.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in 15 appearances.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, March 29

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Nikola Vucevic (Magic), Kevin Love, Tyreke Evans (Pelicans are badly injured), Goran Dragic, Josh McRoberts (Bobcats - it happens), LeBron James, Derrick Favors, and Marco Belinelli.

RotoWorld reports: Warriors - Harrison Barnes moved back to the bench against the Grizzlies on Friday, scoring four points on 2-of-7 from the field for one rebound, two assists and two steals in 18 minutes. There's bad, then there's Harrison Barnes right now. He's shot just 17.6 percent from the field in his last five and is useless in fantasy leagues right now. The Warriors are hoping the switch turns on in the postseason.

RotoWorld reports: Suns - Goran Dragic received five stitches over his left eye in the second quarter of Friday's 112-88 win over the Knicks and returned to start the second half, finishing with 32 points, two boards, four assists, two steals and five 3-pointers. He got stitched up during halftime and came out about two minutes after most of the team for layup lines. Dragic's five triples tonight were tied for the third most of his career and he got open looks all night while also destroying the Knicks in transition. Fantasy owners should not be expecting any drop off with Eric Bledsoe (16 points, seven boards, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers) back. They're an elite backcourt.

RotoWorld reports: Knicks - Amare Stoudemire played 30 minutes vs. the Suns on Friday during a 112-88 loss with 19 points, six boards and one block. There were some scattered boos for Amare against this former team, but he continues to play well for the Knicks. Stoudemire didn't have any assists and he looked like he played with a chip on his shoulder tonight perhaps because the Suns let him go back in 2010. STAT is worth owning in standard leagues and looks the healthiest he's ever been in a Knicks uniform.

RotoWorld reports: Spurs - Marco Belinelli caught fire against the Nuggets on Friday with 27 points, one board, two assists, one steal, two blocks and six 3-pointers. He started in place of Danny Green tonight and the Nuggets didn't feel like defending him. Belinelli usually has been a letdown with added opportunity, but the added intrigue of playing him in fantasy increases with the Spurs likely to rest more guys. Of course, Bello could be one of them.

RotoWorld reports: Nuggets - Randy Foye hit four 3-pointers vs. the Spurs on Friday with a total of 20 points, one board and one assist in 32 minutes. Even though the Nuggets are missing guys like Wilson Chandler (groin), Foye's minutes have been dialed back. He played just 30.9 per game in his last 10, which is well below his 35.8 back in February. Still, Foye is worth owning in standard leagues.

CBS Sports reports: Warriors guard Stephen Curry scored a team-high 33 points on 13 of 22 from the floor, including 5 of 8 from behind the arc, and 2 of 3 from the free throw line in a 100-93 victory over the Grizzlies on Friday. Curry did all of his damage in 38 minutes of game action, also adding eight assists, five rebounds, two blocks and one steal. Curry has cracked the 30-point mark 18 times this season. He is averaging 28.8 points, 7.0 assist and 4.2 rebounds over his last five games.

CBS Sports reports: Warriors center Andrew Bogut suffered a pelvic contusion during Friday's win over the Grizzlies, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Bogut was kneed in the pelvic area and left the game with 7:58 remaining in the opening frame. He is expected to be re-evaluated after the game. Bogut came in averaging 7.7 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. His status remains uncertain for Saturday against New Orleans.

CBS Sports reports: Heat forward LeBron James put up another memorable performance on Friday, securing his first triple-double of the season in a 110-78 victory over the Pistons. James scored 17 points on 7 of 13 from the floor, including 1 of 3 from 3-point land, and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. He completed the triple-double with 12 assists and 10 rebounds, also adding one steal while logging 30 minutes of game action. James has nine triple-doubles with the Heat. He's averaging 25.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.6 assists over his last five games.

CBS Sports reports: After playing 15 minutes on Friday against the Timberwolves, Lakers point guard Steve Nash is uncertain if he'll play again this season, according to ESPN Los Angeles. "Frankly I don't know if I'll play again or if I play every game (the rest) of the year," Nash said. "At this point, I want to go into the summer for sure healthy, but I'd like to play a few more games, for sure." Nash scored four points on 2 of 5 from the floor, also adding six assists and one steal in his 12th appearance of the season. He is averaging just 4.5 points and 8.5 assists over his last two appearances.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, March 28

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Jordan Hill, Chris Paul, James Harden, James Anderson (76ers), Blake Griffin, and LaMarcus Aldridge. There were just four games.

RotoWorld reports: Mavs - Vince Carter scored 23 points vs. the Clippers during a tough 109-103 loss with one board, one assist, one block and four 3-pointers in 28 minutes. The Mavericks just buckled a bit down the stretch while the Clippers finished strong. Carter played the last 6:31 of the game and he continues to see solid minutes in crunch time. Over his last five, he's averaged 15.6 points, 4.8 boards, 2.6 dimes, 1.0 steals and 3.2 triples. Those numbers are good enough to keep him owned in standard leagues.

RotoWorld reports: Bucks - X-rays were negative on Giannis Antetokounmpo's right ankle and he has been diagnosed with a sprain. After the game, he said he never suffered a sprained ankle before tonight, which is a small miracle for anyone who has played competitive basketball for more than a couple years of their life. If he needs to miss time, Ramon Sessions and Brandon Knight are going to get some serious run and coach Larry Drew will have to get creative with his lineups.

RotoWorld reports: Clippers - Danny Granger suffered a strained left hamstring on Thursday and did not return. He walked back to the locker room under his own power and he will be re-evaluated on Friday. Granger could get an MRI and chances are he's going to miss at least a game considering his injury history.

RotoWorld reports: Lakers - Xavier Henry cooled off during Thursday's 108-105 loss to the Bucks with seven points, one assist and one turnover on 2-of-8 from the field. His wrist injury did not affect his shooting on Tuesday with an 8-of-11 shooting line, but he had worse luck tonight. Henry is going to need offseason surgery on his wrist and it might be an issue, but players have gone through this problem before and it hasn’t necessarily caused any negative impact. He’s not usually a guy who translates to fantasy value well, so there's no reason to pick him up after this one and he's not a must-own player for those who already added him.

RotoWorld reports: Rockets - Chandler Parsons scored 16 points with five boards, seven assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes vs. the Sixers on Thursday. His assists numbers have really jumped up over his last five with 5.8 per game and he could get more distributing responsibilities with Pat Beverley (knee) going down. It hasn't just been the dimes for Parsons over his last five, averaging 13.6 points, 4.8 boards, 1.0 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.6 triples. He is one of those guys who has a game that translates to fantasy very well.

CBS Sports reports: Lakers forward Jordan Hill continued Thursday his strong play since his return from a knee injury, as he matched his career-high in scoring yet again in a 108-105 loss to the Bucks. Hill scored 28 points in just 31 minutes of action, on 13 of 17 shooting. He added 16 rebounds for his second double-double in four games since returning from injury. He added a steal and turned the ball over once in the loss. Hill is averaging 26.3 minutes per game since his return, thanks to an illness which has Pau Gasol sidelined. He is averaging 18.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in that four-game span.

CBS Sports reports: Hawks guard Lou Williams provided a boost off the bench Thursday against the Trail Blazers, with his third double-digit scoring effort in a row. Williams scored 16 points on 5 of 12 shooting with one 3-pointer, with much of his damage coming thanks to a 5-for-7 mark at the free-throw line. He added four rebounds and four assists, however the Hawks still fell, 100-85. Williams has struggled to find his way in his return from ACL surgery this season, averaging 10.0 points and 3.5 assists per game for the season, while appearing in 51 of 71 games.


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

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were DeMarcus Cousins, LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Al Jefferson, Goran Dragic, Deron Williams, Carmelo Anthony, Aaron Brooks (Nuggets), JR Smith, Jared Sullinger, Derrick Favors, and Brandon Jennings.

RotoWorld reports: Wizards - John Wall made 10-of-22 from the field against the Suns on Wednesday during a 99-93 loss, scoring 29 points with one rebound, six assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes. He has increased his field goal shooting in each month of 2014 and is putting up 20 points per night in March. Wall shot totals are down and his dimes are up, so he's really understanding how to facilitate an offense. He's in elite territory right now.

RotoWorld reports: Spurs - Tim Duncan continued his magnificent season on Wednesday during a 108-103 win over the Nuggets, making 12-of-20 from the field for 29 points with 13 boards, five assists, two steals and two blocks in 36 minutes. It's just his seventh 20-10 game of the season and his 36 minutes played were his most since Feb. 18. Duncan is likely looking at some DNPs coming up and chances are he'll get one on Friday or Saturday. He usually sits on the back ends of back-to-backs, but that doesn't mean a heck of a lot.

RotoWorld reports: Jazz - Derrick Favors hit 10-of-16 shots for 22 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in Wednesday's loss. Favors is finally playing power forward instead of center (Enes Kanter) now that Marvin Williams has finally been tossed out of the starting five. He looked great tonight, but is on an 'every-other-game' run right now. He had 15 points and four rebounds a week ago Monday, six points and eight boards last Wednesday, 11 points, 12 boards and five blocks on Saturday, four points and nine rebounds on Monday, and then tonight's big double-double and full stat line. Make sure he's in your lineup, despite the roller coaster ride.

RotoWorld reports: Grizzlies - Mike Miller played 28 minutes off the bench and hit 3-of-6 shots and two 3-pointers for nine points, four rebounds and four assists in Wednesday's win over the Jazz. With Courtney Lee and Tony Allen giving nothing to the Grizzlies, right now, Miller is quietly coming on. He's averaging 10.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.7 3-pointers over his last three games. No, we don't trust him, but given that starter Lee hasn't scored in two games and Allen missed all five of his shots tonight, Miller may have finally gained the trust of his coach. Just keep an eye on him.

CBS Sports reports: Knicks guard J.R. Smith got hot and carried the team to a 107-99 win over the Kings Wednesday, on the strength of nine 3-pointers. Smith, who is already the only player in NBA history to have made double digit 3-pointers in multiple games, nearly managed the feat again. He finished 9 of 12 from three-point range and 10 of 19 from the field overall on his way to 29 points. He added four rebounds, four assists and a block, while turning the ball over twice in the win. Smith got off to a terribly slow start to the season, but has been solid over the last few months. He is averaging 13.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, while shooting 38.6 percent from three-point range, his best mark since 2010-11.

CBS Sports reports: Hawks center Pero Antic was forced to leave Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves, after spraining his ankle during the third quarter. Antic played 16 minutes before suffering the injury, which came when he tripped on a coach's foot following a 3-pointer, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He finished the game with three points on 1 of 5 shooting, and added just four rebounds and one steal while turning the ball over three times in a 107-83 loss. Antic has dealt with issues in that same ankle this season, and at this point it is not clear how severe this injury is. The 31-year-old rookie is averaging 7.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game on the season. The Hawks' next game is set for Thursday against the Blazers.

CBS Sports reports: Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio took a painful elbow to his face that left him bloodied and in need of 15 stitches to his upper lip Wednesday, but he was able to return to action in a 107-83 win over the Hawks. Rubio ended up playing 31 minutes, many with the stitches in. He finished with just four points on 1 of 6 shooting, but he found other ways to contribute. Rubio dished out 10 assists while turning the ball over just twice, and ended up with six steals of his own in the win.


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

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, Carmelo Anthony, Robin Lopez (Blazers), Tobias Harris (Magic), Jose Calderon, Russell Westbrook, and Dion Waiters. There were just four games.

RotoWorld reports: Lakers - Xavier Henry was outstanding against the Knicks during a 127-96 win, making 8-of-11 from the field for 22 points with three rebounds, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers. He's going to need offseason surgery on his wrist and it didn't slow him down tonight. Coach Mike D'Antoni seems to have an affinity to playing Henry and has used him extensively as the ball handler. He's had some issues in field goal and free throw shooting, so fantasy owners should not be cutting someone who they've been counting on to pick him up.

RotoWorld reports: Knicks - Iman Shumpert missed all six shots from the field and didn't score on Tuesday, adding two rebounds and two steals. He had the flu before this game and it didn't seem to affect his playing time with 19 minutes. However, Shumpert had yet another lackluster game on both ends of the floor and he still hasn't looked the same since his ACL tear from two seasons ago.

RotoWorld reports: Mavs - Jose Calderon's mouth injury was not an issue during Tuesday's overtime win over the Thunder with 22 points, four boards, eight assists and six 3-pointers. He caught an elbow to the face from Mason Plumlee over the weekend and had his best game in a long time tonight. His 22 points were his highest point total of 2014 and it's the most minutes he's played since Jan. 29. Devin Harris has been logging big minutes, but Calderon doesn't look to be in jeopardy of losing his role for the rest of the season.

RotoWorld reports: Thunder - Caron Butler came back to Earth on Tuesday with 10 points, four boards, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers. He is coming off a 23-point game on Monday thanks to some garbage time and he was right back near his average with his new team. In his 10 previous games, Butler averaged 9.6 points, 5.3 boards and 1.4 steals in 27.9 minutes. His owners should have their expectations in this neighborhood.

CBS Sports reports: Lakers center Chris Kaman has been limited by a foot injury in recent weeks, but he showed he was over it Tuesday against the Knicks, in his first appearance in nearly a month. Kaman played 23 minutes as a starter in Pau Gasol's place, with Gasol sidelined by an illness. Kaman scored 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting and nearly nabbed a quick double-double, with nine rebounds. He also dished out three assists and blocked one shot, while turning the ball over twice in a 127-96 win. Kaman has admitted to frustration with his playing time, and he probably has a point. Though he has been limited by a few nagging issue, Kaman has been mostly healthy while appearing in just 35 of the team's 70 games so far. He is averaging 9.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in just 18.5 minutes per game.

CBS Sports reports: Mavericks guard Vince Carter continues to contribute off the bench, as he recorded his fourth double-digit scoring game in a row Tuesday against the Thunder. Carter scored 16 points on 4 of 11 shooting, with all of his makes coming from three-point range. He also went to 4 for 6 from the free-throw line, while adding five rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block, though he also turned the ball over four times in 26 minutes in the 128-119 overtime win. Carter is enjoying another solid season off the bench for the Mavericks, averaging 11.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, while appearing in 71 of the first 72 games of the season.

CBS Sports reports: Magic forward Tobias Harris continues to thrive in his role off the bench, as he notched his 11th double-digit scoring effort in 12 March games Tuesday against the Trail Blazers. Harris scored 25 points Tuesday, and he did it with great efficiency. He shot 10 for 15 from the field and 2 for 3 from three-point range in 33 minutes, while adding 11 rebounds and one block in the 95-85 win. In 18 games since the All-Star break, Harris has failed to reach double figures in scoring just once. He is averaging 17.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in that span, compared to 14.8 and 7.1 for the season.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, March 25

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Tyreke Evans, Blake Griffin, Ramon Sessions, LeBron James, James Harden, Gordon Hayward, Anthony Davis, Deron Williams, Austin Daye (Spurs), Mike Conley, and Kevin Durant.

RotoWorld reports: Pelicans - Tyreke Evans is excelling in his role as a starter for the Pelicans. Evans is averaging 22.4 points, 5.6 boards, and 5.8 dimes in 11 games as a starter for the Pelicans this season as opposed to averages of 12.1 points, 4.5 boards, and 4.5 dimes in 50 games off the bench. Those sample sizes aren't exactly comparable, but the 13 extra minutes per game that Evans has seen as a starter has done wonders for his confidence and is showing on the stat sheet. Fantasy owners who were patient enough to hold onto Evans all season can now just sit back and enjoy being handsomely rewarded down the stretch.

RotoWorld reports: Cavs - Kyrie Irving (biceps) was able to take some shots during Tuesday's practice. Irving had previously been limited to riding a stationary bike, so this is good news for his owners just one week after saying he couldn't lift anything with his left arm. The Cavs' star is still on track to be re-evaluated next week and is hoping for an early April return. Whether that return happens remains to be seen, but this latest news should have fantasy owners holding on for at least another week. In the meantime, Dion Waiters and Jarrett Jack remain solid fantasy options in Irving's absence.

RotoWorld reports: Magic - Jameer Nelson (knee) will miss Tuesday's game against the Trail Blazers. Tuesday will be Nelson's fourth consecutive game missed due to his knee injury and his opportunities to contribute to fantasy rosters this season are decreasing with each DNP. Fantasy owners in need of assists and 3-pointers will want to hold steady for now, but the Magic only have 10 games left after Tuesday and the Magic have little impetus to risk further injury to the 32-year-old, so it could be time to cut bait soon. In the meantime, Victor Oladipo will again get a bump in value Tuesday night while Ronnie Price and E'Twaun Moore will also benefit from Nelson's absence.

RotoWorld reports: Raptors - Patrick Patterson (elbow) has been cleared for contact scrimmages. Patterson had his right elbow reassessed and scanned on Monday and the Raptors determined that he is healing well enough to be cleared for contact. There was, however, no mention of a return to game action, so his previous target of a late-March return is becoming a bit less realistic by the day. Amir Johnson and Tyler Hansbrough will continue to see increased roles in Patterson's absence while fantasy owners in anything but the deepest of leagues can feel free to move on without Pat Patt.

CBS Sports reports: Bucks guard Ramon Sessions got the start on Monday, and led the way with a team-high 28 points in a 106-98 defeat to the Clippers in Los Angeles. Sessions shot 13 of 21 from the floor, including 2 of 3 from downtown. Both of his treys came from the left wing. He also chipped in with seven assists and six rebounds while logging 44 minutes of game action. He is averaging 20.0 points, 5.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds over his last five games.

CBS Sports reports: Spurs forward Austin Daye caught fire from behind the arc, connecting on 6 of his 10 attempts from downtown in a 113-91 victory over the 76ers. Daye scored a team-high 22 points on 8 of 13 from the floor. He did all of his damage in 29 minutes of game action, also adding six rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two steals. Daye entered Monday averaging just 2.3 minutes while playing in only four games since being acquired from Toronto on Feb. 20. It was his highest scoring output since January of 2012 against Miami.

CBS Sports reports: Jazz guard Gordon Hayward went off on Monday, scoring a game-high 32 points in a 114-94 loss to the Pistons. It was his highest total since he scored 37 against Oklahoma City on Jan. 7. Hayward shot 10 of 19 from the floor, including 3 of 6 from downtown, and 9 of 10 from the free throw line. He also chipped in with six assists, two rebounds, one block and one steal while logging 40 minutes of game action. He is averaging 18.0 points, 5.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds over his last five games.

CBS Sports reports: Nets guard Marcus Thornton suffered a bruised lower back injury during Monday's overtime loss to the Pelicans in New Orleans, The Record reports. Thornton exited with 5:45 remaining in the first half with the injury and did not return. He finished with three points, one rebound and one steal in 10 minutes. He'll likely be re-evaluated before Wednesday's contest against the Bobcats. Thornton came in averaging 9.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 60 games.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, March 24

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kevin Love, DeMarcus Cousins, Jarrett Jack (Cavs), Jordan Hill, Carmelo Anthony, Isaiah Thomas, Markieff Morris (Suns), Sam Dalembert (Mavs), Rudy Gay, Ricky Rubio, Monta Ellis, and Victor Oladipo.

RotoWorld reports: Lakers - Wes Johnson (illness) started Sunday's game, as expected, but finished with only seven points, three rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes. He did chip in a 3-pointer and a block on Sunday, and he joins Paul Millsap as the only players averaging at least one 3-pointer, steal and block per game this season. The bad news is that Nick Young recently returned from his knee injury and Xavier Henry's wrist injury isn't believed to be serious, which puts a damper on Johnson's rest-of-season outlook.

RotoWorld reports: Magic - Victor Oladipo scored 21 points and handed out 10 assists for his fifth double-double of the season on Sunday. He took full advantage of Jameer Nelson's absence with a knee injury, draining 6-of-11 field goals and 7-of-9 free throws with two 3-pointers, five rebounds and two steals. He also turned the ball over eight times in the road loss, emphasizing how much he has to learn before taking the reins as a full-time NBA point guard, but this was another encouraging step for this year's No. 2 pick.

RotoWorld reports: Knicks - Raymond Felton scored 14 points with three 3-pointers on Sunday, adding six rebounds, eight assists, three steals and just one turnover in 32 minutes. His defense against Jarrett Jack fell somewhere between poor and non-existent, but fantasy owners won't complain if he can keep up the scoring in New York's upcoming four-game week. To guide expectations, consider that Felton has been a consistent late-middle value over his previous six games with averages of 10.0 points, 1.3 triples, 3.3 boards, 4.7 assists, 1.3 steals and a mere 1.2 turnovers.

RotoWorld reports: Mavs - Samuel Dalembert was in vintage form on Sunday, blocking a season-high seven shots with 12 points and 15 rebounds as the Mavericks fell in overtime to the visiting Nets. Sammy hadn't blocked more than three shots in a game all season before this eruption, which was even more unexpected since the Nets have only been blocked an average of 4.1 times per game this season. This is the epitome of a fluky game, reminiscent of his absurd 35-point performance last season, and Sammy remains nothing but a late-round blocks and boards specialist.

CBS Sports reports: Lakers forward Jordan Hill, who was ejected his last time out, bounced back with a career-high 28 points in a 103-94 win over the Magic. Hill shot 9 of 15 from the floor, and 10 of 13 from the free throw line. He completed a double-double with 13 boards, four of which came from the offensive end of the glass. He also chipped in with one block while logging 33 minutes of game action. He is averaging 18.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in his first two games back from a knee injury.

CBS Sports reports: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis worked past a thigh injury, scoring a team-high 32 points on 11 of 24 from the floor, including 2 of 8 from behind the arc, and 8 of 11 from the free throw line in an overtime loss to the Nets. Ellis did all of his damage in 41 minutes of game action, also adding four assists, one rebound, one block and one assist. He is averaging 21.2 points, 5.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds over his last five games.

CBS Sports reports: Cavaliers forward Luol Deng got the start Sunday and was able to score in double figures in a 106-100 win over the Knicks in New York. In his first game back from an ankle injury, Deng scored 13 points on 5 of 8 from the floor, including 3 of 4 from 3-point land. He also contributed with four rebounds and two steals while logging 32 minutes of game action. He is averaging 18.0 points and 5.0 rebounds over his last two appearances.

CBS Sports reports: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins went off on Sunday, doubling up with 32 points and 12 rebounds in a 124-107 win over the Bucks. Cousins shot 14 of 19 from the floor, and 4 of 6 from the free throw line. He did all of his damage in 29 minutes of game action, also adding four assists, two steals and one block. He is averaging 24.0 points, 13.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists over his last five games.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, March 22

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kevin Durant, Amir Johnson, John Wall, Monta Ellis, Michael Carter-Williams, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Reggie Jackson (Thunder), Zach Randolph, Jeff Teague, Joe Johnson, and Avery Bradley.

RotoWorld reports: Nets - Mason Plumlee exceled in another start at center for the Nets during a win over the Celtics on Friday, making 6-of-7 from the field for 18 points with five boards, three assists and three steals in 21 minutes. He's really turned the corner since the break and leads all rookie in field goal percentage in that span (minimum of 2.0 attempts per game). It certainly wasn't a good day for Duke, but Plumlee has been a nice find for the Nets and he's on the radar as a player to own in standard leagues with Kevin Garnett (back) out for at least three more games.

RotoWorld reports: Suns - Gerald Green scored 12 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 4-of-12 shots (including a three) with four rebounds and one steal in 22 minutes. The new reality is here and owners aren't going to like it, but it is what it is with Eric Bledsoe back to full speed. Riding the waves owners were able to get serviceable value out of Green, but the days of early-to-mid round value are over.

RotoWorld reports: Pistons - Josh Smith went for 15 and 10 with a steal in Friday's loss to the Suns, but hit just 7-of-19 shots and missed all eight of his free throws. If it's not one thing it's another for Smith, who simply put can't shoot. That's not changing anytime soon and Pistons fans have to be ramming their heads into the walls right about now. Greg Monroe added 16 points, eight boards, five assists, one steal and two blocks in the loss.

RotoWorld reports: Celtics - Avery Bradley returned after a first-quarter ankle sprain on Friday vs. the Nets, finishing with 28 points, four boards, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes. He didn't miss much action after he rolled his ankle and just needed to be re-taped. Bradley has suddenly become a 3-point marksman with 10 makes over his last two games for 25.5 points per game. He's obviously "back" in the swing of things and has a chance to be the Celtics top scorer the rest of the way.

CBS Sports reports: Wizards center Marcin Gortat came up big in his first game back from a back injury on Friday, posting his 29th double-double of the season in a 117-107 victory over the Lakers. Gortat scored 13 points on 5 of 12 from the floor, and 3 of 4 from the free throw line. He grabbed 13 boards, with only three of them coming from the offensive end of the glass. He also contributed with five blocks and one steal while logging 33 minutes of game action. Gortat is averaging 13.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks over his last five games.

CBS Sports reports: Lakers guard Steve Nash made his highly-anticipated return from a nerve root irritation in his back on Friday, logging 19 minutes off the bench in a 117-107 loss to the Wizards. Nash, who saw his first game action since Feb. 11, handed out 11 assists, grabbed four boards and scored five points on 2 of 4 from the floor, including 1 of 2 from downtown. He is averaging 7.4 points and 5.3 assists over his first 11 games this season.

CBS Sports reports: Pelicans forward Anthony Davis went off again on Friday, cracking the 30-point mark for the third game in a row, leading his team to a 111-105 win over Atlanta. Davis fell six points shy of matching his career high, finishing with a team-high 34 points on 11 of 19 from the floor, and 12 of 15 from the charity stripe. He also contributed with 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal while logging 44 minutes of game action. Davis has 33 double-doubles this season, including six of his last seven appearances. He is averaging 34.8 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.5 blocks over his last four appearances.

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