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Updated November 28, 2015
PG: S.Curry, R.Westbrook, K.Lowry, E.Bledsoe, D.Lillard, B.Knight, J.Wall, C.Paul
SG: J.Harden, J.Butler, E.Gordon, K.Bazemore, E.Fournier
SF: K.Durant, P.George, K.Leonard, Dray.Green, L.James, N.Batum, C.Anthony, G.Antetokounmpo
PF: A.Davis, P.Millsap, K.Love, B.Griffin, D.Favors, D.Nowitzki, C.Bosh
C: D.Cousins, H.Whiteside, K.A.Towns, A.Horford, B.Lopez, G.Monroe, A.Drummond
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, November 28
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Robert Covington, Elfrid Payton, TJ Warren, Paul Millsap and Paul George.
RotoWorld reports: Kings - Rajon Rondo handed out 16 assists during a 101-91 loss to the Wolves on Friday, adding four rebounds, 16 points and one 3-pointer.
He is dropping dimes like a clumsy toll-booth attendant these days and not having DeMarcus Cousins (back) around has given him more responsibilities on offense. He has second-round value in the past 10 games, which is almost hard to believe.
RotoWorld reports: Warriors - Draymond Green posted his third career triple-double on Friday with 14 points (4-of-4 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs), 10 boards, 10 assists, two 3-pointers, one steal, two blocks and one turnover through 33 minutes.
Green became just the second player in NBA history to record a triple-double on four or less shot attempts, and this was Green's second triple-double of the season. He's currently producing at a top-15 level in both 9-cat and 8-cat leagues, proving that last year's breakout campaign was no fluke. Green got paid during the offseason, but those heavy pockets have not caused any drop-off in effort for one of the most energetic players in the league.
RotoWorld reports: Grizzlies - Matt Barnes was solid again in a start on Friday with 15 points, two rebounds and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes.
Zach Randolph has missed five games, but he's been a game-time call for each one. If Barnes is still sitting on your wire, there's pretty not enough incentive to pick him up. The Grizzlies do play Philly on Sunday, so maybe Barnes gets another start.
RotoWorld reports: Hawks - Jeff Teague was awesome during a 116-101 win over the Grizzlies on Friday, making 5-of-7 from the field and all six from the line for 20 points with two rebounds, seven assists, one steal, four 3-pointers and one turnover.
That's a 100.0 true shooting percentage and scoring 20 points with just one turnover and seven dimes is the most efficient line for point guards tonight. Teague's ankle injury is obviously behind him, but feel free to check back to make sure he's a go on a back-to-back set.
RotoWorld reports: Pistons - Marcus Morris played 40 minutes against the Thunder on Friday during a 103-87 loss, scoring 17 points with four rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers.
He didn't do too bad of a job on Kevin Durant and coach Stan Van Gundy continues to give Morris ridiculous minutes. He's horrible per-minute in fantasy, but a guy in the top five for minutes is worth owning in standard leagues. Morris only has late-round value with all that playing time and only has a slight downward trend.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, November 26
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Blake Griffin, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, Rudy Gay, Kyle Lowry, Brandon Knight, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Carmelo Anthony, Gordon Hayward, and Andre Drummond.
RotoWorld reports: Suns - Brandon Knight scored 29 points against the Pelicans during a tough 120-114 loss on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, 10 assists, four steals, four 3-pointers and one turnover.
It looked like Knight was ready to go crazy with 20 points in the first quarter, but he couldn't do much after that. He did only turn the ball one time tonight, which was a major bugaboo before this game. Knight has been wonderful as a shooting guard with his isolation scoring this year and should wind up being a bargain for his fantasy owners.
RotoWorld reports: Grizzlies - Mike Conley scored 19 points on 7-of-9 from the field against the Rockets on Wednesday, adding one rebound, five assists and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.
That buy-low window is closed with a dead-bolt lock, laser security system, and a retinal scan identification on it now. Conley has been a fantasy star in his last six, averaging 20.7 points, 2.3 boards, 6.2 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.2 treys on 54.9 percent from the field and 84.0 percent from the line. He won't be this good once Zach Randolph is back, but Conley is definitely capable of being a top-10 fantasy point guard.
RotoWorld reports: Nets - Thaddeus Young made 9-of-15 field goals to finish Wednesday's road loss with 18 points, eight boards, three assists and three steals in 37 minutes.
Young's slow start to the season is behind him, as he's averaging 17.2 points and 9.8 rebounds over the past five games, with 54.3 percent FGs and 71.4 percent FTs. He's also back to his thieving ways, swiping the ball 12 times during that five-game stretch. Hopefully you didn't trade him when he was struggling.
RotoWorld reports: Thunder - Dion Waiters led all Thunder reserves with 16 points on Wednesday, making 6-of-13 shots with two 3-pointers, three rebounds and two assists.
Waiters also had one steal in 27 minutes and this constitutes an efficient game by his standards. He's averaging 10.5 points, 1.1 triples, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals while coming off the bench this year, just enough to carve out late-round value.
RotoWorld reports: Mavericks - Zaza Pachulia got into early foul trouble vs. the Spurs and he never got on track, finishing with only four points and one turnover in 21 minutes.
Pachulia had zero rebounds, assists, steals or blocks tonight, in what was easily his worst performance of the season. JaVale McGee played 16 minutes off the bench but that was more the result of Pachulia's struggles, not the cause of them. This dud broke a streak of four consecutive double-doubles for Zaza, who will look to redeem himself vs. Denver on Saturday.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, November 24
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kemba Walker, Kevin Love, Kawhi Leonard, Rajon Rondo, Andrew Wiggins, Markieff Morris, DeMarcus Cousins, Jahlil Okafor, and Kevin Durant.
RotoWorld reports: Sixers - Robert Covington had his second great performance in a row on Monday vs. the Wolves, scoring 18 points with six boards, one assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
He is coming off a 21-point outing against the Heat on Saturday and looks ready to go on a hot streak. With Nik Stauskas leaving Monday's game with a knee injury, Covington could have some more consistent minutes coming his way. After a painfully slow start to the season, Covington looks like he is worthy of a pickup in most leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Kings - Rudy Gay played 42 minutes during a 127-122 overtime loss to the Hornets on Monday, scoring 28 points with 10 rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers.
He was wearing a T-shirt under jersey, presumably to help protect his shoulder strain. Gay looked just fine tonight and was going to the rim a lot. While DeMarcus Cousins (back, thigh) possibly missing time could help Gay, he should be posting some big stat lines going forward and be an early-round asset.
RotoWorld reports: Timberwolves - Andrew Wiggins scored 32 points in Monday's win over the 76ers, adding six boards, three assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.
Wiggins came alive in the fourth quarter and was all over the court tonight. One of the knocks on Wiggins in terms of fantasy is that he doesn't fill up the box score other than the scoring column, but he was simply fantastic Monday. His defensive stats have improved lately with averages of 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steal per game over his last five, but he's still only returning late-round value and is better suited for points leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Cavs - Kevin Love scored a season-high 34 points during a 117-103 win over the Magic on Monday, adding eight rebounds, four assists, one block and six 3-pointers.
He was 11-of-18 from the field and the Magic just did not defend him on the perimeter. Love is on fire over his last five, averaging 24.8 points, 11.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.6 blocks and 3.2 treys on 53.2 percent from the field. He's probably at peak value right now, so a sell-high opportunity makes sense.
RotoWorld reports: Magic - Evan Fournier played just 23 minutes against the Cavs on Monday with 13 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers.
His shooting has been vital for the offensive spacing, so he's probably the safest bet to remain in the starting lineup. Fournier played his fewest minutes of the season tonight as coach Scott Skiles's wrath showed no bounds -- it almost never does. He is trending down, so the sell-high window is starting to close.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, November 23
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, Eric Bledsoe and Ryan Anderson.
RotoWorld reports: Blazers - Damian Lillard dropped 30 points and a career-high 13 assists in Sunday's win over the Lakers, while chipping in three 3-pointers, six rebounds, two steals and one block.
He shot 12-of-25 from the field and only turned the ball over twice in 37 minutes, getting anywhere he wanted to vs. the Lakers' perimeter defenders. The Blazers have now won a franchise-best five straight road games in L.A., and they held on tonight thanks to a combined 49 points from Lillard and C.J. McCollum.
RotoWorld reports: Lakers - D'Angelo Russell posted 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists vs. the Blazers, knocking down two 3-pointers in 36 minutes of action.
Russell was on the court down the stretch, which is a good sign that Byron Scott is trusting him more, but he shot 0-of-4 in the fourth quarter and had a costly turnover with two minutes remaining. He suffered a mild left ankle sprain in the third quarter but was able to return after being re-taped, and we're leaving him off the injury report in advance of Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors.
RotoWorld reports: Nuggets - Emmanuel Mudiay posted 17 points, two rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block vs. the Warriors, but he shot only 6-of-21 from the field and turned the ball over three times.
Just how awful has Mudiay's shooting been? He's on pace to be the first qualifying player since 1960 to shoot worse than 34 percent from the field while taking at least 13 attempts per game. He's clinging to late-round value in 8-cat leagues, but is basically unusable in 9-cat thanks to his 4.4 turnovers per game.
RotoWorld reports: Mavs - Chandler Parsons logged a season-high 24 minutes during Sunday's loss in OKC, scoring 12 points with two triples, three rebounds and zero assists, steals, blocks or turnovers.
His minute-limit is slowly creeping toward the mid-20s as the Mavs are wisely playing it safe with Parsons, who is owed $16 million next season. He's likely to miss one of the Mavs' games on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, so plan accordingly.
RotoWorld reports: Suns - Brandon Knight (ankle) played 37 minutes on Sunday but shot only 5-of-18 from the field to finish with 19 points, three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four turnovers.
The Pelicans give up 30.1 points per game to opposing point guards, most in the NBA, but it was Eric Bledsoe (29 points) who feasted tonight. Knight's ankle shouldn't be an issue for Monday's road game vs. the Spurs, so we're keeping him off the injury report.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, November 21
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Brandon Knight, Russell Westbrook, Jimmy Butler, Al Jefferson, Deron Williams, and Marc Gasol.
RotoWorld reports: Jazz - Rudy Gobert put up eight points on 2-of-4 shooting (4-of-5 FTs) during Friday's loss to the Mavs, adding 12 rebounds, one assist, one block, two steals and one turnover through 36 minutes.
Gobert hasn't been a major part of Utah's offense this season (13.6 usage rate), so it'll be tough for him to average double figure numbers in the scoring department. However, he's still putting up early-round value (if punting free throws) behind averages of 11.0 rebounds (career-high), 2.0 assists (career-high) and a whopping 3.2 blocks (career-high) per game on 52.6 percent shooting from the field. He has zero competition for playing time, and he could realistically get better as we progress through the 2015-16 season. Enjoy the ride.
RotoWorld reports: Knicks - Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points during a 93-90 win over the Thunder on Friday, adding five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.
Melo took a back seat on Tuesday when Kristaps Porzingis took over, but he was right back to his old ways of taking a ton of shots with 20 from the field tonight. On the season, heís kept his turnovers down this season and is shooting just 40.9 percent from the field. Anthony is still holding second-round value on the year.
RotoWorld reports: Thunder - Serge Ibaka scored eight points on 4-of-13 from the field against the Knicks on Friday, adding three rebounds, one assist and one turnover.
He had 13 blocks in his last three games, but he didn't have any tonight because the Knicks didn't attack him at the rim and he was outside of the paint a lot. Ibaka is also coming off a 2-of-11 from the field on Wednesday, so he's in a mini slump. He'll bounce back soon and Kevin Durant's return will help.
RotoWorld reports: Pelicans - Anthony Davis returned from a two-game absence on Friday during a 104-90 win over the Spurs, scoring 20 points with 18 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 39 minutes.
He did have a mild scare today with a small shoulder tweak, but he was fine. The Pelicans finally got a win and now move to 2-11 on the season. Davis' shoulder bothered him before he missed time, so hopefully he can put it behind him. As long as he's healthy, he should be a high-end fantasy asset.
RotoWorld reports: Rockets - Ty Lawson played a season-low 16 minutes during Friday's loss to Memphis, tallying just eight points on 2-of-6 shooting to go with four assists, one rebound, two steals, one block and one turnover.
The defensive stats were nice, but the minutes and shooting percentage were far from encouraging. Since interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has taken over, Lawson has headed to the bench and his minutes have taken a major hit. Lawson also isn't doing much to prove he belongs on the court, connecting a career-worst 31.8 percent of his shot attempts, and his outlook isn't great with the impending return of Patrick Beverley (ankle). While he shouldn't be this bad for an entire season, he hasn't given his owners many reasons to not send him to the waiver wire.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, November 20
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Chris Bosh, Rajon Rondo, LeBron James, Blake Griffin, and Draymond Green.
RotoWorld reports: Warriors - Stephen Curry went crazy yet again during a thrilling 124-117 win over the Clippers on Thursday, scoring 40 points with 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
It's just not fair. Curry was in foul trouble and only had three points in the first quarter, which helped the Clippers build a 23-point lead in the first half. As only they could, the Warriors went absolutely bonkers in the fourth quarter with their eight 3-pointers giving them a 100.0 effective field goal percentage in that frame. On the season, Curry still has a ridiculous 69.2 true shooting percentage (TS%) to go with his third-ranked 33.6 usage rate -- no player in NBA history has posted a usage rate of at least 33 with a TS% of at least 64. He's on pace for 428 treys on the season and is on pace to be the most efficient high-volume player in one season.
RotoWorld reports: Clippers - Chris Paul was outstanding against the Warriors during a 124-117 loss on Thursday, scoring 35 points with four rebounds, eight assists, three steals and five 3-pointers in 32 minutes.
This is a tough one to lose. CP3 played through his groin injury, he lit it up with eight makes to open the game, made play after play until the fourth quarter to help the Clippers build a 23-point league, and it still wasn't enough. Paul may be on the injury report for Friday's game against the Blazers, but his owners have to be excited about him going off tonight.
RotoWorld reports: Cavs - Kevin Love scored 22 points with 15 boards, one assist, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday.
He has put up some big numbers against the Bucks with a 24-point, 14-board game on Saturday. While Love isn't shooting the ball well at just 40.7 percent from the field in his previous eight games this month, he has averages of 16.5 points, 11.9 boards, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocks and 2.0 treys. His owners will be hoping Kyrie Irving (knee) takes his sweet time for a return.
RotoWorld reports: Bucks - Khris Middleton didn't make any 3-pointers during a 115-100 loss to the Cavs on Thursday, scoring 15 points with one rebound, four assists and one steal in 32 minutes.
Every other player in the starting five is pretty much useless as a scorer with a jumper from beyond 16 feet, so Middleton really needs to start heating up. He still has a nice buy-low window and the return of Jabari Parker shouldn't hurt him much.
RotoWorld reports: Heat - Justise Winslow scored six points with one rebound, one assist, two steals and three turnovers in 27 minutes against the Kings on Thursday.
He certainly has the playing time covered with 30 minutes per game this month. The bad news is that he's not doing much with it, averaging 8.0 points, 4.8 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.9 turnovers and 0.3 treys on 42.6 percent from the field in those eight games. Winslow is more of a deep-league guy.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, November 19
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Paul Millsap, Jimmy Butler, Ryan Anderson, Nikola Jokic (Nuggets),
RotoWorld reports: Bulls - Jimmy Butler scored a season-high 32 points to help the Bulls hold off the Suns in Phoenix on Wednesday, making 11-of-23 shots with three 3-pointers, six rebounds, two assists and one steal.
He shot 7-of-15 from beyond 15 feet and grew more comfortable as the game progressed, finishing with a season-high 23 shot attempts and only one turnover in 43 minutes. It's no coincidence that Derrick Rose (ankle) was out tonight, and Jimmy will again be the unquestioned focal point of the Bulls' attack if Rose can't play vs. the Warriors on Friday.
RotoWorld reports: Jazz - Derrick Favors scored 18 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday during a 93-89 win
He made 7-of-9 from the field to raise his field goal percentage to 52.9 percent. Favors has 47.8 percent of his shots come at the rim and he's knocking down a tidy 67.7 percent of those. In other words, this outstanding start of putting up top-15 value looks like it's for real. If you're looking to sell high, you'll want to get a top-25 player back in return.
RotoWorld reports: Nuggets - Nikola Jokic racked up career highs across the board on Wednesday, scoring 23 points with one 3-pointer, 12 rebounds, two steals and three blocks in 32 minutes.
Wow. He made 8-of-13 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs and didn't commit a single turnover -- if he'd handed out a few assists this would be a perfect 9-cat line. Head coach Mike Malone likes him, and there's a chance Jokic could be fantasy-worth even once Joffrey Lauvergne (back) is healthy. This huge night seemingly came out of nowhere, as he'd played one minute in Tuesday's game, but he has enough potential to be speculatively added in most leagues. You can always cut him if it doesn't work out.
RotoWorld reports: Raptors - DeMarre Carroll made 2-of-8 from the field for seven points during a 93-89 loss to the Jazz on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
Even though the shooting line isn't pretty, he was able to contribute some defense and treys. Carroll continues to struggle with his shot, but there's been no indication of him still dealing with his foot injury. He's still a buy-low guy.
RotoWorld reports: Spurs - LaMarcus Aldridge, who scored only six points on Monday, chipped in 11 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks vs. the Nuggets.
Aldridge's stats are down across the board compared to last season, most obviously in his scoring average -- his 15.2 points per game are easily his lowest since the 2009-10 season. Manu Ginobili said recently that the Spurs "are still not moving the ball that well and [have] to find a better equilibrium," and Aldridge's owners can only hope that his scoring rises as the offense begins to click.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, November 18
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Danilo Gallinari, Stephen Curry, Andre Drummond, Kristaps Porzingis, Hassan Whiteside, Reggie Jackson, Kemba Walker, Kyle Lowry, and LeBron James.
RotoWorld reports: Raptors - Kyle Lowry scored 28 points in Tuesday's loss to the Warriors, adding six boards, three assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.
The Raptors had a chance to steal a win, but Lowry was called for a controversial offensive foul which sealed the deal for the Warriors. Regardless, it was an encouraging game for Lowry and the Raptors, and they certainly look like the real deal in the East. Lowry has been the third best point guard in fantasy behind Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook and doesn't appear to be slowing down.
RotoWorld reports: Nuggets - Danilo Gallinari made 12-of-19 from the field for 32 points during a 115-98 win over the Pelicans on Tuesday, adding eight rebounds, eight assists and five 3-pointers.
It's the fourth time in his last six in which he scored at least 25. Gallinari also threw down an alley-oop jam and said he didn't know he had it in him during the post-game interview. Plus, he continues to run the offense more a lot like he did at FIBA. His efficiency is trending up with a 59.7 true shooting percentage to help him rise to a second-round value on the season in standard leagues. If he can stay healthy, he should be an outstanding value.
RotoWorld reports: Warriors - Andrew Bogut moved back into the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors and scored 13 points with six boards, two assists, one steal and one block in just 17 minutes.
Bogut's minutes were limited because he had five fouls, but his playing time should settle somewhere in the mid-20s moving forward because the Warriors will want to keep him fresh for the postseason. Bogut has been playing really well, so he's worth owning in most leagues while he is this hot.
RotoWorld reports: Pelicans - Jrue Holiday played 23 minutes against the Nuggets on Tuesday with 10 points, one rebound, seven assists, one block and one turnover.
While he hasn't been getting a lot of playing time this year at just 22 minutes per outing, Holiday ranks 11th in the NBA among regular starters for usage rate. He's also seen his minutes climb and is coming off a 25-minute outing from Sunday. Although, the Pelicans falling to 1-10 could mean Holiday gets shut down. He's kind of a volatile asset.
RotoWorld reports: Pistons - Reggie Jackson bounced back on Tuesday with 23 points, six rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Cavs.
He had the two-man game working with his bigs with five assists to Ersan Ilyasova and four to Andre Drummond. Jackson leads all Eastern Conference players in time of possession of the ball and he leads all players in pick-and-roll plays. Jackson hasn't quite busted loose yet with just mid-round value, but he should start trending up soon. Although, his 4.1 turnovers per game are killing him.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, November 17
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Brandon Knight, Mike Conley, Damian Lillard, Kawhi Leonard, and Isaiah Thomas.
RotoWorld reports: Lakers - Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points with two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Suns on Monday.
It's really the first time he's had success with efficiency while Kobe Bryant (rest) was out this season. Clarkson has made 50 percent from the field in each of his last three games with multiple treys in each, too. His slump from earlier this month seems to be behind him.
RotoWorld reports: Spurs - Kawhi Leonard was wonderful during a 93-80 win over the Blazers on Monday, scoring 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks, three 3-pointers and no turnovers.
He's just too good. Only Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry have better per-game value than Kawhi on the season for standard leagues. Kawhi only turning the ball over 1.6 times per game with his 26.9 usage rate is impressive all by itself, but he's doing everything and is going to do it for a long time.
RotoWorld reports: Blazers - Damian Lillard made 10-of-21 from the field for 27 points against the Spurs during a 93-80 loss on Monday, adding seven rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.
The bandage on his thumb has not worked out well for him, making just 2-of-18 from deep in his last three games. On the bright side, Lillard has been very good on his two-pointers this season, making 45.7 percent on his mid-range shots. Hopefully that bandage comes off soon and he doesn't have to deal with numbness in his fingers.
RotoWorld reports: Grizzlies - Mike Conley made 8-of-13 from the field for 22 points during a 122-114 win over the Thunder on Monday, adding four rebounds, nine assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.
He disappeared earlier this month, but Conley has really picked it up in his last two. He had his most efficient game today and it was just his second game without a turnover on the season. The buy-low window is closing quickly for a potential top-10 fantasy point guard.
RotoWorld reports: Celtics - Avery Bradley came off the bench again on Monday vs. the Rockets, but he scored 21 points with two assists, one board, one steal and four 3-pointers in just 20 minutes.
Head coach Brad Stevens made a point to mention that he was keeping Bradley in a bench role because he just recently came back from a calf injury, but it's hard to imagine Stevens shaking things up since the Celtics have won their last three games against significant opponents (Hawks, Thunder and Rockets). Despite tonight's outburst, Bradley should be treated as a low-end asset.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, November 16
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony, Nic Batum (Hornets), Marcus Smart (Celtics), Paul Millsap, and Al Jefferson.
RotoWorld reports: Lakers - Kobe Bryant (back, knees) will not travel with the Lakers for Monday's game in Phoenix.
"Iím barely standing up. My back and my legs, [they're] killing me," he said. "I'm not looking forward to walking to the car. Seriously." Kobe racked up 17 points, eight boards and nine assists in 36 minutes on Sunday, and this is the new normal for the 37-year-old superstar. He should be rested and ready for Friday's game vs. the Raptors, but there are no guarantees. Expect Metta World Peace to start in his place vs. the Suns.
RotoWorld reports: Hornets - The Hornets devoted much of Saturday's practice to getting Al Jefferson the ball deeper in the post.
It did the trick, as Big Al mauled the Blazers for 29 points on 13-of-17 shooting during Sunday's home win. "We talked about it, we saw film," said Jeremy Lin. "Heís hard to guard one-on-one. We know that. So coach made it a priority about where and when to get him the ball." Jefferson had tallied a mere 19 points on inefficient shooting in his previous three games, so hopefully this bounce-back game gets him going.
RotoWorld reports: Pistons - Andre Drummond posted his 10th consecutive double-double on Sunday with 17 points, 17 rebounds, three assists and one steal in 41 minutes.
He shot only 8-of-18 from the field, however, and was frustrated with the refs all night long, picking up five personal fouls along the way. Detroit's hot start has been erased by four consecutive road losses, and they face another tough game at home vs. the Cavs on Tuesday.
RotoWorld reports: Raptors - DeMar DeRozan posted 24 points, four rebounds, five assists and a season-high five steals in a disappointing road loss at Sacramento on Sunday.
DeRozan dropped 11 dimes in his last game and he's starting to find his groove, though as usual his value is checked by high-volume, low-percentage shooting (43.0 percent). He was 9-of-22 from the field tonight, including a 0-of-3 mark from deep, but the defensive stats are a welcome surprise.
RotoWorld reports: Kings - DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings to a comeback win vs. Toronto on Sunday, scoring 36 points (12-of-22 FGs, 9-of-12 FTs) with three 3-pointers, 10 boards, three assists and three blocks.
He limited himself to three turnovers in 41 minutes and continues to scorch the nets from downtown -- he's averaging 1.7 triples on 43.5 percent shooting from deep, which is a scary development for opposing defenses. Cousins' near-meltdown last week has yielded a blistering stretch of games, and three straight wins, and he gets a nice matchup vs. Atlanta on Wednesday.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, November 15
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford, Eric Bledsoe, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Thaddeus Young, Jarrett Jack, and Will Barton (Nuggets).
RotoWorld reports: Nets - Thaddeus Young was on fire against the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 26 points on 12-of-22 shooting with 10 boards, three assists and three steals in 39 minutes.
He got off to a hot start with 14 points in the fourth quarter, but he eventually slowed down and wasn't able to get anything going when the Nets needed him the most. Young is rolling over his last five games with averages of 17.4 points, 8.2 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game, but he has only hit just one 3-pointer this season out of six attempts.
RotoWorld reports: Warriors - Draymond Green recorded his second career triple-double in Saturday's overtime win over the Nets, finishing with 16 points, 12 assists, 10 boards, two steals, four blocks and two 3-pointers in 42 minutes.
Wow. He did have four turnovers, but this line is just ridiculous. The Warriors are running a lot of their offense through Green and he is now averaging 12.4 points, 8.6 boards, 8.8 assists, 2.0 blocks, 2.0 steals and 1.0 3-pointer over his last five games. We knew Green could light up the box score, but his assists numbers have been the icing on the cake. Green has been a top-20 asset so far this season and that could rise if he can keep his turnovers down.
RotoWorld reports: Suns - Eric Bledsoe was on fire during a 105-81 win over the Nuggets on Saturday, making 11-of-16 from the field for 30 points with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.
He is absolutely rolling right now. Bledsoe is getting to the paint at will, making 48 percent of his mid-range shots, and knocking down 40 percent of his treys. He has averages of 23.2 points, 4.4 boards, 6.2 dimes, 2.1 steals and 1.6 treys on 49.4 percent from the field and 80.4 percent from the line. He's No. 7 in nine-cat and No. 6 in eight-cat on the season.
RotoWorld reports: Nuggets - Will Barton scored 19 points with 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes on Saturday.
He has to get more minutes now. Barton has third-round value on the season, so calling him a must-add player doesn't even do him justice.
RotoWorld reports: Bucks - Greg Monroe owned the paint in a 108-105 double-overtime win over the Cavs on Saturday, scoring 16 points with 17 boards, three assists and one block in 43 minutes.
He's having an awesome year in Milwaukee, averaging 17.8 points, 10.2 boards, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.9 turnovers on 54.8 percent from the field and 78.9 percent from the line. After a somewhat slow start, the former Piston is hitting on all cylinders with second-round value on the season.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, November 14
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Marc Gasol, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, James Harden, Paul George, Amir Johnson (Celtics), Isaiah Thomas, and Nic Batum.
RotoWorld reports: Blazers - Chris Kaman played 24 minutes in a start against the Grizzlies on Friday, scoring eight points with four rebounds, three assists and three turnovers.
This start is probably because it's against the Grizzlies, right? Still, coach Terry Stotts pulled a fast one on us all once again. When players get hurt and there is any uncertainty, it's almost a fool's errand to try to figure out who steps up on a nightly basis. Kaman would only be worth a look in extremely deep leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Bulls - Pau Gasol did his thing against the Hornets on Friday with 19 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 28 minutes.
Excluding that stinky opener, Gasol has looked great this season. In his last eight, he's averaged 16.0 points, 10.4 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.9 blocks and 0.8 steals in 29.8 minutes per game. That's a shade below last season, but he's certainly worthy of his ADP right now and just needs to stay healthy.
RotoWorld reports: Hornets - Kemba Walker made 5-of-18 from the field for 13 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer again the Bulls on Friday.
He did have a minor leg injury on Wednesday, but there was never really any concern whatsoever. Walker's shooting percentages are starting to dip in his last three, but he is getting more open looks with some extra help. Walker figures to be in the 35-60 range this season for standard leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Raptors - Jonas Valanaciunas scored 20 points against the Pelicans on Friday, adding 10 rebounds and two blocks in 28 minutes.
He has become very consistent. In his nine games, he's failed to shoot below 50 percent from the field just once, has at least eight boards in all but one game, and hasn't played less than 23 minutes in any contest. Valanciunas has put up fifth-round value and might actually start to climb, too. He's been a strong post-break player in his career.
RotoWorld reports: Pelicans - Eric Gordon scored 30 points during a 100-81 loss to the Raptors on Friday with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
Someone has to score for the Pelicans. Gordon has been one of the healthiest key players on the Pelicans in the past three seasons, which is saying something. He's putting up top-40 value on the season and we can probably drop the injury-prone tag from his name. That said, if you can sell high for top-50 value, do it.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, November 12
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Dirk Nowitzki, Al Horford, Dwight Howard, DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Wes Matthews, Marcus Thornton, Rudy Gay and Rajon Rondo.
RotoWorld reports: Lakers - Kobe Bryant (back) is hoping to play against the Mavericks on Friday.
Bryant has been dealing with a balky back and said he had trouble walking on Tuesday. "Still too tight. Still too tight," Bryant said Wednesday. "Stretching it as much as I can. Icing it down as much as I can. Hopefully by Friday I'll be ready." We'll keep an eye on Kobe's status after shootaround on Friday, but Metta World Peace, Jordan Clarkson, Nick Young, and D'Angelo Russell all stand to see a boost in value if the Mamba can't play.
RotoWorld reports: Blazers - Damian Lillard said he isn't worried about the loss of his right thumbnail being anything serious.
Lillard lost his right thumbnail during Wednesday's loss to the Spurs, but the Blazers star isn't worried about any long-term effects. "From 3, it felt good," Lillard said. "A lot of the 2s were at the rim. Some of them just rolled out. It's irritating. I'll treat it and try to get it in the best condition I can." We'll keep an eye on Lillard's status, but it doesn't look like he'll miss any time with this injury.
RotoWorld reports: Spurs - Kawhi Leonard finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.
He took an ugly fall in the fourth quarter and landed on his elbow. The training staff checked him out, gave him the all clear, and put him back on the court to finish the game. Kawhi's injury history has been full of a number of odd injuries, so dodging a bullet here was a bit lucky. His fantasy owners have been the lucky ones so far as Kawhi could be a top five player in fantasy this season.
RotoWorld reports: Nuggets - Emmanuel Mudiay made 5-of-16 from the field for 16 points against the Bucks on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.
The best part of all this is that he turned the ball over just once -- oh and the Nuggets won the game. Mudiay has just 2.5 turnovers per game in his last four, which is hard to believe after he turned the ball over 5.8 times per game in his first four. He still can't shoot yet, so his fantasy owners still have to be patient for him to be a reliable contributor. Progress is progress, though.
RotoWorld reports: Kings - Rajon Rondo notched his second triple-double of the season on Wednesday with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists, helping the Kings upset the visiting Pistons.
Rondo added three steals and made one 3-pointer, and the triple-double helps distract from his poor shooting (6-of-16 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs) and high turnovers (five). He played every minute of the game and has seen his role expand in Darren Collison's absence, something to keep in mind with DC day-to-day. With two triple-doubles in the past three games, Rondo's owners should just cross their fingers and hope that he keeps rolling.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, November 11
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Mo Williams (Cavs - Kyrie Irving remains out), LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Chris Bosh, Kyle Lowry, Ish Smith, Ryan Anderson, and Hassan Whiteside.
RotoWorld reports: Bucks - Greg Monroe hit 7-of-11 shots for 17 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in 33 minutes of Tuesday's loss to Boston.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16 with a 3-pointer and two steals, and Khris Middleton added 13 points, but hit just 3-of-12 shots (and two 3-pointers). These are the only trustworthy starters for the Bucks, and it's important to note that Jabari Parker will be rested on Wednesday, possibly clearing the way for more John Henson and Chris Copeland. As for Monroe, he's fit in quite nicely in Milwaukee and is a very reliable fantasy center right now.
RotoWorld reports: Raptors - DeMar DeRozan got back on track during Tuesday's loss to the Knicks, scoring 29 points on 11-of-23 shooting from the field.
He also added five boards, two assists and a steal, but he failed to connect on his only 3-point attempt. His owners will be relieved to see him find his shooting stroke after he scored 16 points on 5-of-14 shooting vs. the Heat on Sunday. DeRozan gets an appetizing matchup with the 76ers on Wednesday.
RotoWorld reports: Heat - Justise Winslow played 32 minutes and hit 4-of-8 shots for eight points, three rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in Tuesday's blowout win over the Lakers.
Guard Tyler Johnson played 29 minutes and hit 3-of-9 shots for nine points, two rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks tonight. Both of these players have been getting minutes off the bench, and while neither is really worth owning in standard leagues, they're both just a teammate's injury away from becoming relevant. Keep an eye on them.
RotoWorld reports: Heat - Hassan Whiteside dominated Roy Hibbert and the Lakers with 19 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks in 27 minutes of Tuesday's 101-88 win.
The Lakers are constantly torched by opposing bigs and tonight was no different, as Chris Bosh also went off. Whitey also had 20 points, 11 boards and six blocks against the Raptors on Sunday, and he's rolling with averages of 16.4 points, 12.2 rebounds and 4.2 blocks over his last five games. Yeah, he still can't shoot free throws, but as long as he keeps playing like this, it doesn't really matter.
RotoWorld reports: Knicks - Kristaps Porzingis struggled in Monday's game vs. the Raptors, scoring eight points on 3-of-11 shooting in 20 minutes.
The rookie also added six boards and one assist, but he didn't have it going tonight and head coach Derek Fisher dug a little deeper into his bench with guys like Kevin Seraphin and Lou Amundson getting some run. There will be some more bumps in the road, but Porzingis has still been excellent this season and his owners will have to take the good with the bad.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, November 10
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Andrew Wiggins, Zach Randolph, Jeff Teague, Damian Lillard, Paul Millsap, George Hill, Blake Griffin, and Kawhi Leonard.
RotoWorld reports: Bulls - Joakim Noah (left knee soreness) said his injury isn't serious after sitting out Monday's game against Philadelphia.
Noah was expected to start on Monday before becoming a late scratch, but it sounds like the team was just being cautious considering the opponent. "My knee has been bothering me a little bit," said Noah. "I just had to be smart and rest it and listen to my body. But Iíll be back in no time." Noah is worth owning in standard fantasy leagues, but even when healthy, he should be kept on the bench until he is able to figure things out. Nikola Mirotic will see a boost in value until Noah returns.
RotoWorld reports: Kings - DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) hinted at a players-only meeting after Monday's loss to the Spurs.
With the Kings falling to 1-7 after their sixth straight loss, Boogie hinted at some issues that need fixing. "Itíll be a players-only meeting," Cousins said. "Just to make it clear I believe in every single person in this room. We just got to stay together. That part Iím not worried about. But there are issues we need to figure out." Frustration aside, Cousins looked healthy while putting up 21 points, 12 boards, three assists, two steals, and one block on Monday and should be started in all leagues as long as he's healthy.
RotoWorld reports: Timberwolves - Kevin Martin returned from a personal leave but played just 24 minutes for 13 points and two 3-pointers on 4-of-11 shooting.
Andrew Wiggins went nuts, tying a career high with 33 points and a full stat line, and as long as he's cooking, Martin's minutes may be cut a little short.
RotoWorld reports: Clippers - DeAndre Jordan double-doubled vs. the Grizzlies on Monday, scoring 13 points with 12 boards and four blocks in 36 minutes.
It was just another day at the office for Jordan as he recorded his third consecutive double-double. On another positive note, he only took two free throws on Sunday and connected on one of them. With the Clippers set to take on the Mavs on Wednesday in Dallas, things are about to get interesting.
RotoWorld reports: Grizzlies - Matt Barnes was the best player off the Grizzlies' bench on Monday vs. the Clippers, scoring eight points with six boards, one assist, two blocks, two steals and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.
Barnes has been quietly effective over his last five games, posting averages of 8.0 points, 4.6 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steal, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 3-pointer in 24 minutes per game, so those numbers could certainly help those of you in deeper leagues.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, November 9
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kevin Love, Eric Bledsoe, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, and Hassan Whiteside.
RotoWorld reports: Blazers - Damian Lillard needed only 15 shots to score 26 points vs. Detroit on Sunday, making four 3-pointers with four rebounds, 11 assists and one steal in 35 minutes.
The Blazers are fourth in the league in points per possession and their backcourt is the driving force, combining for 44 points tonight. The bad news is that Portland is in the bottom-third for points allowed to point guards (24.7) and FG percentage for opposing point guards (44.6 percent). None of that detracts from Lillard's fantasy appeal, of course, and he gets a delectable matchup vs. the Nuggets on Monday.
RotoWorld reports: Pistons - Reggie Jackson scored 26 points in the fourth quarter on Sunday, finishing a thrilling comeback win with a career-high 40 points on 15-of-26 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs.
He obliterated Portland in the second half, shooting 10-of-11 in the fourth quarter alone, and even capped the game off with an assist to Anthony Tolliver. Detroit was staring at a double-digit deficit in a hostile environment, but they flipped the script thanks to brilliant performances from Jackson and Andre Drummond (29 points, 27 rebounds). R-Jax added five boards, five assists and two steals to help give Detroit a 5-1 record, second only to the Cavs in the Central division. It goes without saying that this allays any concerns about his slow start to the season.
RotoWorld reports: Suns - Eric Bledsoe lit up the Thunder for a team-high 28 points and 11 assists on Sunday, hitting 10-of-15 FGs and 6-of-7 FTs with a pair of 3-pointers.
He had 20 points at halftime, nearly matching his career-high 20.8 ppg average, but inexplicably wasn't as involved offensively in the second half. Bledsoe is returning third-round value in 9-cat leagues, which is right where most owners were targeting him on draft day.
RotoWorld reports: Thunder - Dion Waiters came off the bench for a season-high 19 points on Sunday, hitting 6-of-9 shots including two 3-pointers.
He went 5-of-6 at the FT line and chipped in two assists, three steals and one block without any turnovers. Waiters played well on defense and picked his spots offensively, taking only one 2-pointer from beyond 16 feet. Unfortunately, tonight's solid performance doesn't make Waiters a palatable option outside of very deep leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Heat - Luol Deng's struggles continued vs. the Raptors, as he scored only six points on 2-of-7 shooting with five rebounds, one assist and one steal.
He played 29 minutes and hasn't played more than 30 in any game this season. With Justise Winslow (nine points in 32 minutes) coming on strong, there's no reason to expect a sudden uptick in Deng's playing time or production. At this point he's a shaky guy to own in 12-team leagues.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, November 8
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Blake Griffin, James Harden, Dwight Howard, Kemba Walker, Kent Bazemore, Paul Millsap, Rajon Rondo, and Jerryd Bayless (Bucks).
RotoWorld reports: Bucks - Jabari Parker played 24 minutes as he continued his on-court rehab on Saturday against the Nets.
Parker scored eight points on 4-of-7 shooting with two rebounds and no other stats. Local media reported that he looked comfortable, but obviously the stats aren't there. He'll be much better than this when he gets up to full speed, but a below average fantasy stat set and rust will keep him from being a target in standard formats.
RotoWorld reports: Bucks - Jerryd Bayless went nuts off the bench in Saturday's win over the Nets, scoring 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting (including three treys) with one rebound, 10 assists, two steals and two blocks in 32 minutes.
Bayless has an explosive quality that makes these games possible but owners should consider the opponent and know that his long-term outlook isn't the best. Whether it's Michael Carter-Williams' (ankle) return or Jabari Parker getting up to speed, there are a number of ways for Bayless' value to take a big dip. With consistency also an issue, Bayless is a short-term flier for those in daily leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Nets - Rondae Hollis Jefferson logged 24 minutes in another start on Saturday, posting two points with seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Those rebounding, assist and steals numbers are nice but we can be pretty sure that he won't be scoring at a high clip no matter how many minutes he gets. The assists are an aberration and expecting that many steals is much too optimistic. But especially if Brook Lopez (foot) misses time, RHJ will be forced into action and is on the radar as a desperation play best suited for deeper formats.
RotoWorld reports: Warriors - Klay Thompson scored 18 points on 7-of-16 from the field against the Kings on Saturday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one block and four 3-pointers.
Deja vu? On Friday night Klay scored 18 points on 7-of-16 from the field with four 3-pointers, too. The Warriors aren't quite blowing teams out like they did, so there shouldn't be a glitch in Thompson's matrix going forward after a slow start. He'll be getting hot soon.
RotoWorld reports: Kings - It was a good day for Rajon Rondo as he messed around and got a triple-double against the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 14 points with 12 rebounds, 15 assists, four steals and three turnovers in 44 minutes.
Needless to say, this is his best game in quite some time. The Kings are going to be without Darren Collison (hamstring) for a bit, so Rondo will be playing heavy minutes. Interestingly, Rondo didn't play in the final 17:26 on Friday during a close game. Regardless, he has to be in starting lineups after this one.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, November 5
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Brook Lopez, Evan Fournier (Magic), Damian Lillard, Dwight Howard, Al Horford, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Bradley Beal, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook.
RotoWorld reports: Blazers - Damian Lillard scored 35 points during a convincing 108-92 win in Utah on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, three assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 40 minutes.
He went 14-of-27 from the field to boost him to an emphatic 33.1 usage rate in 37.4 minutes per game. Among players with at least four starts, only Russell Westbrook (35.5) and Stephen Curry (33.3) have higher usage rates. Lillard is going to eat and his efficiency is up this year, too. He's a first-round asset.
RotoWorld reports: Jazz - Gordon Hayward made just 7-of-20 from the field for 19 points against the Blazers during a 108-92 loss on Wednesday, adding two rebounds, one 3-pointer, two turnovers and nothing else.
He's off to a really slow start, making just 35.2 percent from the field for averages of 13.8 points, 3.3 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.0 treys and 2.5 turnovers. Hayward is really struggling within three feet, which is a major fluke. While he should be increasing his efficiency, Hayward should have a lower usage rate with the added offensive talent around him this season.
RotoWorld reports: Rockets - Dwight Howard took care of business against the Magic on Wednesday, scoring 23 points with 14 rebounds, two assists and three turnovers.
He made all 10 attempts from the field against one of his former teams tonight to go with his 3-of-7 from the line. Howard is still going to be sitting out of back-to-back games, so there will be some lows to go with these highs. The Rockets have a back-to-back coming up on Friday at Sacramento and Saturday at the Clippers.
RotoWorld reports: Magic - Tobias Harris played just 21 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday with 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.
Foul trouble wasn't a big issue and Harris played just 10 seconds in the fourth quarter while getting 2:50 in overtime. This is the second time coach Scott Skiles kept his minutes down. Tobias is still getting some decent production, so there's no need to worry yet.
RotoWorld reports: Bucks - Khris Middleton scored a season-high 21 points on 7-of-20 from the field during a 91-87 win over the 76ers on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.
He also hit a big three late to help get Milwaukee this very close win. Middleton didn't crack a usage rate of 22 in any of his first four games, but he put up a season-high 29.2 tonight -- this could be due to no Michael Carter-Williams. Whatever the case, expect Middleton to start heating up.