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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, Feb. 26

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, Carmelo Anthony, Frank Kaminsky, and Jahlil Okafor.

RotoWorld reports: Karl-Anthony Towns scored 37 points with a career-high 22 rebounds in Saturday's 142-130 loss to the Rockets. So good. KAT has been the top player in standard leagues for over a month and showed why tonight, shooting 16-of-24 from the field, 4-of-4 from the line and 1-of-2 from beyond the arc with three assists, one block and one steal. He took advantage of a Houston team that has allowed the fourth most fantasy points to centers this season, but he gets another great matchup on Monday vs. the Kings. There's no reason to sell high.

RotoWorld reports: Anthony Davis scored 39 points during a 96-83 loss to the Mavs on Saturday, adding 14 rebounds, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer. That's two blowout losses in the two games since DeMarcus Cousins arrived. Coach Alvin Gentry has done a decent job of staggering his two bigs with the pair on the court for only 44 minutes together in the two games -- Davis has played 72 total minutes and Cousins has played 67. It seems pretty clear Boogie will be affected more than AD, who should still be a first-round guy going forward.

RotoWorld reports: Jimmy Butler posted his first triple-double of the season during a 117-99 win in Cleveland on Saturday, scoring 18 points with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes. Sure, LeBron James (illness) did not play, but the Bulls will take it to put them on a four-game winning streak -- they are now sixth in the Eastern Conference. Butler looks to be over his troublesome heel issue from earlier this month with 40.0 minutes per game in his last four. His fantasy owners can start feeling good about him being a first-round player in standard leagues during his career year.

RotoWorld reports: Kyrie Irving scored 34 points during a 117-99 loss to the Bulls on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, seven assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes. He made 13-of-25 from the field with two turnovers as a one-man band at home. Before tonight, Irving had a massive 45.5 usage rate when he's not playing next to LeBron James (illness) and Kevin Love (knee) this season, so his 43.8 usage rate in this loss is hardly a surprise. If LeBron's strep throat keeps him out on Monday, Irving will be another easy DFS target. The Cavs do have a road-road back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday, so keep that in mind for the upcoming four-game week.

RotoWorld reports: Carmelo Anthony carried the Knicks during a 110-109 win over the 76ers on Saturday, scoring 37 points with six rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers. He hit a jumper over Robert Covington with 0.3 seconds left to give the Knicks the lead for good. After the game, Melo sounded very confident and said he had just enough space to get the look he needed (video in link below). Anthony is a better shooter when he's not next to Kristaps Porzingis with better percentages in mid-range, the left corner, right corner and above the break compared to when he's not with KP. Regardless, Melo should be firing away as long as he's active.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, Feb. 25

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were DeMar DeRozan, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bradley Beal, John Wall, Karl-Anthony Towns, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin and Robert Covington.

RotoWorld reports: Coach Dwane Casey said he is unsure how long Kyle Lowry (wrist) is going to be out, but that "it's not a one-day thing." Lowry, who sat out Friday's win over Boston, originally hurt his right wrist on Feb. 15. He iced his wrist while on the bench during the All-Star game, but told reporters he wasn’t in any serious pain and that he would be fine. He reportedly even went golfing on Sunday morning. "It was a little sore, paid no attention to it," said Lowry. "But it just constantly stayed bothering me." We will have to wait for an update from the Raptors in order to have a clear idea of what we are looking at going forward. Cory Joseph started and had 11 points and six assists on Friday.

RotoWorld reports: Mason Plumlee went off against the team that drafted him in 23 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring 12 points with 12 rebounds and eight assists against the Nets. Revenge game? Plumlee basically out-Jokic'd Nikola Jokic with some terrific passing in the post. As you might expect, coach Mike Malone loved what he saw. "He was unbelievable tonight," Malone said. "This is the Mason Plumlee that we envisioned." The coach added how much he liked the screens set, which was his calling card in Portland. He's not going to unseat Jokic and the foul trouble for the young superstar explains the added minutes for Plumlee. Jokic and Plumlee have played together for just three minutes in the last two games combined, so that's a negative for MP. Plumlee is worth a look, but he's not going be this good.

RotoWorld reports: Nikola Mirotic scored 20 points with eight rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes off the bench against the Suns on Friday. With Taj Gibson out of the picture, it's a whole new opportunity for Mirotic now. Back in October, Mirotic was fully expected to start for the Bulls this season, but Gibson thriving and Mirotic flopping caused a change. The Bulls still really, really need a shooter in their first unit, so the chance is there for Niko to start over Bobby Portis. He's on the 2017 Mt. Rushmore of most annoying players in fantasy, but give him a look if you want to see if he can stay hot with added motivation.

RotoWorld reports: Derrick Favors scored 19 points on an efficient 9-of-14 shooting in Friday's 109-95 win over the Bucks. We were hoping that Favors would look rejuvenated after the break and tonight should be very encouraging for his fantasy owners. He played 26 minutes and added seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks, so hopefully this a sign of good things to come. The Jazz had "light conversations" with teams about Favors at the deadline, so he has a lot to prove to the franchise the rest of the season -- he will hit free agency during the summer of 2018.

RotoWorld reports: DeMar DeRozan took over against the Celtics for a career-high 43 points during a 107-97 win on Friday, adding five rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes. Without Kyle Lowry (wrist), it was DeMar DeRozan over everything. DeRozan has a whopping 41.4 usage rate in his 517 minutes without Lowry this season, so he would be looking at some massive output while Lowry is on the shelf. The new Raptors, Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, had a seamless transition on their new team and those lower-usage guys are another positive for DeMar. Expect big numbers from the All-Star.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, Feb. 24

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were DeMarcus Cousins, Kemba Walker, Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, K.Caldwell-Pope, W.Cauley-Stein and Courtney Lee.

RotoWorld reports: Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo announced on Friday that Ben Simmons will not play this season, as his foot has not yet fully healed. It's a tough blow for the Sixers, as they were hoping to get at least a glimpse of the first overall pick in the 2016 draft over the final month of the season. Simmons suffered a Jones fracture back in October. There was not timeline given initially, but Simmons had progressed to the point where he was recently participating in limited portions of practice. However, after consulting with team physicians, the Sixers decided it was best to sideline him for the entire season. If you had stashed Simmons on your roster in re-draft leagues, he can now be cut loose.

RotoWorld reports: Willie Cauley-Stein played the game of his life during a 116-100 win over the Nuggets on Thursday, scoring a career-high 29 points with 10 rebounds, one block and three turnovers in 35 minutes. DeMarcus who? Cauley-Stein showed off some moves in the low post we haven't seen all year. Cauley-Stein was also unassisted for five of his buckets and had three makes outside of the paint, so that's some positive growth as well. He becomes the franchise big man for now and will be playing big minutes as a starter or off the bench. He should be owned in all leagues.

RotoWorld reports: LeBron James turned in his sixth triple-double of the season during a 119-104 win over the Knicks on Thursday, scoring 18 points with 13 rebounds, 15 assists, three blocks and six turnovers in 37 minutes. That's the 48th triple-double of his career with those 15 dimes matching his career best for assists in a triple-double line. Plus, he is now only one triple-double shy of matching his career best for the most he's had in a season. James and the Cavs will be active in the buyout market, which could help LeBron get a little rest here and there.

RotoWorld reports: Courtney Lee (illness) scored a game-high 25 points against the Cavs on Thursday, adding six rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes. He was sick this morning, but managed to hit a season high in scoring. Lee has been a sneaky stud in standard fantasy leagues, posting fifth-round value in his last 15 games. While he won't be this good, he should be owned in standard leagues.

RotoWorld reports: Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) was in a walking boot after Thursday's game. Coach Jeff Hornacek said Porzingis suffered a mild ankle sprain after stepping on Willy Hernangomez's foot. Porzingis could get further testing on his ligaments in his ankle and could miss time. If he is out, Lance Thomas would benefit the most with Willy Hernangomez, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Justin Holiday all likely to see minor increases in playing time.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, Feb. 17

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Jimmy Butler, Otto Porter Jr, and Isaiah Thomas. There were just two games.

RotoWorld reports: Jimmy Butler scored 29 points during a 104-103 win over the Celtics on Thursday, adding four rebounds, seven assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes. With the Bulls down one, Butler was fouled with 0.9 seconds and he was able to hit both free throws. After the game, he said he learned the spin-move fadeaway from Dwyane Wade to get the foul call on Marcus Smart. Regarding his banged-up heel, there is really no such thing as half speed for Butler with 39.0 minutes per game since he returned from injury on Feb. 12. Obviously the All-Star break should work wonders to get him right. He's still a top-10 player in standard leagues this season as the alpha.

RotoWorld reports: Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points during a 104-103 loss to the Bulls on Thursday, adding three rebounds, seven assists and four 3-pointers. The other four starters scored a combined 29 points to match IT4 in this loss. Thomas set the franchise record for most 20-plus scoring games in a row with 41 to pass John Havlicek. He also has a chance to be the first Celtic ever to lead the NBA in scoring per game. Although, he still need 1.2 points per game to catch Russell Westbrook. IT has been a top-10 player in standard leagues this season.

RotoWorld reports: Otto Porter strengthened his bid for Most Improved Player on Thursday in a win over the Pacers, scoring 25 points with eight rebounds, two assists and six 3-pointers. He has a stranglehold with his league-leading 46.5 3-point percentage on the season. When taking into account his lack of turnovers, Porter has actually been one of the most efficient shooters in recent memory. In fact, he is on pace to be the only player in the history of the NBA to average more than 2.0 treys, less than 1.0 turnovers, and turn in at least a 65.0 true shooting percentage. In standard leagues, the only Eastern Conference players with more total value are Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kyle Lowry and Isaiah Thomas. Porter has been a league-winning kind of fantasy draft pick.

RotoWorld reports: The Rockets are confident Pat Beverley's groin strain is not serious, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. Beverley did not return from his groin strain in the first half on Wednesday, which allowed Corey Brewer to start the third quarter. There doesn't appear to be any further evaluation scheduled beyond what he had Wednesday night, so he will likely be ready to roll after the All-Star break. For now, there's little reason to speculative add Brewer or Sam Dekker.

RotoWorld reports: John Wall kept it going during a 111-98 win over the Pacers on Thursday, scoring 20 points with two rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, two blocks and five turnovers in 37 minutes. Break up the Wizards. They have won 11 of their last 12 to help them surge to the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference. Wall has also passed Russell Westbrook for No. 2 in assists thanks to this outburst and is just 0.02 steals per game behind Draymond Green for the league lead in that department. Wall has absolutely earned his All-Star spot and has been among the best Eastern Conference player in the past month.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, Feb. 15

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were DeMarcus Cousins, Andrew Wiggins, Lou Williams, LeBron James and Karl-Anthony Towns. There were just three games.

RotoWorld reports: Joel Embiid (knee) will be in New Orleans with the 76ers medical staff for the All-Star festivities, but he will not participate in either of the events he was selected for. Embiid was supposed to compete in the Rising Stars game, as well as the Skills Challenge, but unfortunately, this knee injury will preclude him from participating in those events. He's also not with the team in Boston for today's game against the Celtics, but the 76ers continue to suggest this lengthy absence for Embiid has been largely precautionary, so perhaps he gets back on the court after the break. Nerlens Noel will start tonight with Jahlil Okafor backing him up.

RotoWorld reports: Eric Gordon (back) is on track to play Wednesday vs. Miami. "It's fine," Gordon said of his back. "I've dealt with this before. It's something not really to worry about at all. So far, everything's going in the right direction to trying to play. We'll try out everything and see how it feels on the court. I don't think it'll be ongoing." Gordon added that the back issue was just a "minor thing," and Mike D'Antoni described his absence over the past two games as precautionary, so it looks like Gordon will be back on the court for Houston's final game before the break.

RotoWorld reports: The chances of Ben Simmons (foot) taking the court this season are dwindling, according to plugged-in 76ers' beat reporter Tom Moore. Brett Brown said that Simmons will need to go through "at least" five 5-on-5 full scrimmages before he's cleared to play, and given that this won't be happening during the break, there's just not much time left in the season for Simmons to put in that kind of work. Even if he scrimmages in full Feb. 22 and 23, the 76ers then have seven games in 11 days, followed by a four-game West Coast trip, leaving little time to practice. Simmons isn't a great guy to stash in standard leagues.

RotoWorld reports: DeMarcus Cousins racked up 40 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers on 13-of-24 shooting in Tuesday's 97-96 win over the Lakers. Boogie didn't pick up a technical foul tonight and played like a man possessed, or a ball hog, depending on your perspective. He had six turnovers, but filled up the stat sheet and willed his team to a win. He's one technical foul away from another suspension, but he will be out there rocking and rolling again against the Warriors tonight. He had 32 points, 12 boards and eight dimes in their last meeting on Feb. 4.

RotoWorld reports: Jimmy Butler hit 15-of-19 free throws on his way to 19 points in Tuesday's 105-94 win over the Raptors. That was the fifth time in his career that he made it to the line 19 times. Butler only hit 2-of-10 shots from the field, but he was moving well and matched his career-high with 12 assists while adding two boards, four steals and four turnovers. "I thought Jimmy looked good," Coach Fred Hoiberg said. "I'm sure he's going to be sore tomorrow." The Bulls are off until Thursday's game vs. the Celtics, but there's a slight chance that he could be rested with the All-Star break beginning the following day.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, Feb. 14

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Nikola Jokic, Blake Griffin, Greg Monroe, Eric Bledsoe, Kawhi Leonard, Mike Conley and Juancho Hernangomez (Nuggets).

RotoWorld reports: Kevin Love will undergo a scope on his left knee that is expected to sideline him for six weeks. This is obviously a major blow to both the Cavs and to Love owners. There are only eight weeks left in the NBA season, so even if Love stays on schedule and returns six weeks from today, Cleveland will likely limit his minutes over the final fortnight of the regular season in order to keep him fresh for the playoffs. In the interim, Channing Frye will likely see the biggest boost in fantasy value, with Richard Jefferson also soaking up extra minutes.

RotoWorld reports: Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo said that he does not believe Joel Embiid's knee injury will linger long-term but that Embiid will not return to the court until he’s fully free of all symptoms. "If the injury presents as asymptomatic, and he can show he’s healthy and able to play basketball, there’s no reason he shouldn’t play," Colangelo said. "I don’t think there’s any potential long-term effects. This is not thought to be a severe injury. It’s thought to be a complicated injury." It is highly unlikely Embiid will play in the Sixers final game before the All-Star break on Wednesday. We will likely have to wait until early next week for a thorough update on Embiid's knee and will then find out how soon we can expect to see him back in action.

RotoWorld reports: Tim Hardaway Jr. got another start on Monday and led the Hawks with 43 minutes, hitting 8-of-19 shots and four 3-pointers for 25 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a steal in a 109-104 overtime win over the Blazers. Thabo Sefolosha (groin) was out again and Hardaway took advantage with another big stat line. Hardaway has hit double digits in scoring in 10 straight games and Sefolosha got hurt nine games ago. You can do the math there, but Hardaway has been so very good in those games that it's possible that he's earned a new role going forward. The Hawks need Sefolosha's defense and he'll likely regain his starting job once he's healthy, but don't be surprised if THJ plays a bigger role off the bench going forward, especially with Kyle Korver now in Cleveland. Hardaway should be owned in all leagues until further notice.

RotoWorld reports: Eric Bledsoe returned from a day of rest in Monday's 110-108 loss to the Pelicans, scoring 37 points on 11-of-22 shooting with five assists, two rebounds, three steals, three triples and five turnovers in 39 minutes. Bledsoe clearly benefitted from the day off and coach Earl Watson hinted that his health is the most important thing with the Suns struggling out West. "The last couple weeks he’s played amazing, the month of January, too,’’ Watson said. "We got into February and you could tell he kind of hit a physical wall. His health is more important to us right now than anything else." Bledsoe should be fine the rest of the way, but his owners can expect a few DNPs later on in the season.

RotoWorld reports: Juan Hernangomez started for the banged-up Nuggets on Monday and went off for a career-high 27 points, 10 rebounds, a steal, a block and six 3-pointers on 9-of-17 shooting in 43 minutes of a 132-110 blowout win over the Warriors. Wow. He had scored in double figures just two times in his career, with his previous career-high 14-point game coming way back on Dec. 10. With Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, Darrell Arthur and Emmanuel Mudiay all out, it was Juancho's time to shine. He played 43 minutes and helped the Nuggets tie an NBA record with 24 3-pointers in the game. If the Nuggets continue to struggle to find healthy bodies to play, Hernangomez could quickly become a hot pickup. Just keep in mind that he hadn't scored more than eight points in a game since his 14-point night more than two months ago.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, Feb. 13

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kawhi Leonard, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Andrew Wiggins and Tobias Harris.

RotoWorld reports: Anthony Davis scored a game-high 32 points on Sunday, making 11-of-24 field goals and 9-of-9 free throws in road loss to the Kings. Davis added 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer. The all-around performance negated his six turnovers in most leagues, and he's cruising into the break with top-three roto value (8-cat and 9-cat). The Pelicans are just 3.0 games out of the playoffs, moreover, which reduces the risk that AD will be shut down in the final weeks of the regular season. He's missed only four of the Pelicans' 55 games this season.

RotoWorld reports: Willy Hernangomez returned to the Knicks' starting lineup on Sunday with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting, nine rebounds, three steals and one assist in 29 minutes. The impressive rookie played just nine minutes in New York's previous game, but coach Jeff Hornacek mixed up the rotations again tonight with Kristaps Porzingis sliding back to PF. Willy's owners may have cut him following Friday's disappointing game, but anyone in need of a high-upside center should grab him and hold on tight.

RotoWorld reports: Bobby Portis tied his season high on Sunday with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting, hitting one 3-pointer with six rebounds and zero turnovers in 31 minutes. The Bulls' frontcourt was short-handed tonight and Taj Gibson got into early foul trouble, so this was a perfect storm for Portis. His solid bench performance tonight could earn him a few more minutes in coach Fred Hoiberg's rotation, but it's not enough to recommend him in standard leagues.

RotoWorld reports: Jahlil Okafor did not make the 76ers' team flight to Charlotte for Monday's game, according to beat writer Keith Pompey. Okafor was held out of Saturday's game because coach Brett Brown said "there were trade rumors that were happening before the game," so this curious turn of events is sure to inspire tons of trade chatter. For now we'll consider him questionable to play on Monday, but Brown already suggested that Okafor will be held out Monday and Wednesday to avoid any risk of injury. Stay tuned.

RotoWorld reports: Kevin Love (left knee) will not play vs. the Timberwolves on Tuesday. Love had an MRI on Sunday and he'll have more testing and treatment in the next few days. It's never a good sign when a player is ruled out days in advance, but the Cavs are probably just being extra cautious with Love. Until he returns, expect Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson to soak up extra minutes.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, Feb. 12

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Nikola Jokic, Stephen Curry and Nicolas Batum.

RotoWorld reports: Kelly Olynyk scored 19 points and hit three 3-pointers against the Jazz on Saturday. He picked up five fouls for the second straight game, so he could've had an even bigger night. The Celtics need his floor spacing with Jae Crowder (personal) and Avery Bradley (Achilles) out, so that explains his recent spike in minutes. He finished 8-of-11 from the field with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks, and it's worth noting that the Celtics are one of two teams that play three times in Week 17 with the All-Star break coming up next weekend.

RotoWorld reports: Gordon Hayward scored a game-high 31 points during a 112-104 loss to the Celtics on Saturday, adding one rebound, four assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes. He got hot late and almost was able to pull off the comeback against his college coach, Brad Stevens. Hayward has been as hot as ever as a scorer with four 30-plus scoring games in his last five, averaging 29.4 points, 5.2 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.6 treys on 55.0 percent from the field. He is locked in as an early-round guy, and he's looking at a big payday this summer.

RotoWorld reports: Patrick Beverley scored a season-high 19 points against the Suns on Saturday, adding 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 25 minutes. He's in a good offensive rhythm right now with three straight games scoring 14 or more. Beverley knows he's not the best point guard on his team and he compared his shooting guard role to the NBA's backup point guards. "I can't name a backup point guard better than me in the NBA," Beverley said. Pat-Bev has been very consistent all year as a mid-round player.

RotoWorld reports: Dario Saric scored 19 points during a 117-109 win over the Heat on Saturday, adding six rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes. The Homie is rolling. The light bulb seems to have gone off and coach Brett Brown is trusting him to run the offense more often. In his last three games, Saric averaged 21.0 points, 5.0 boards, 2.7 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.3 blocks and 2.7 treys on 56.1 percent from the field and 90.0 percent from the line. He's been all over the place up until this week, but it is really tough to leave that on the wire.

RotoWorld reports: James Johnson matched his season-high 26 points against the 76ers on Saturday, adding four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes. It didn't take long for him to match his season high set on Friday. Johnson has really benefited in the last two games with Dion Waiters out as he gets serious burn at the power forward spot. Not surprisingly, Johnson gets a 4.9 usage rate bump when he's not next to Waiters this season -- he's also 7.5 percent better on true shooting. Johnson looks like he'll be one of the best pickups in fantasy.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, Feb. 11

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday, Carmelo Anthony, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Karl-Anthony Towns, Joe Johnson, Markieff Morris and Kawhi Leonard.

RotoWorld reports: Tim Hardaway Jr.'s 28 points weren't enough in a tough 108-107 loss to the Kings on Friday. THJ had a chance to win the game with a driving layup, but he was denied at the rim by three different Kings. Coach Mike Budenholzer said THJ was "clearly fouled" and Hardaway Jr. thought "all three of them" fouled him, but it doesn't matter now anyways. Making another start for Thabo Sefolosha (groin), he had another phenomenal game and shot 9-of-17 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line, adding four boards, two assists and three triples in 36 minutes. He's averaging 22.0 points, 4.0 boards, 3.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.6 triples over his last five games and is a must-start player until further notice.

RotoWorld reports: Ben McLemore posted an all-around gem on Friday vs. the Hawks, scoring a season-high 22 points with nine rebounds, three assists, four steals and six 3-pointers. The rebounds and steals matched a career-high, while the triples beat his previous career-high of five. With Ty Lawson (groin) out, McLemore had his best game of the season and had the ball in his hands a lot more than usual. He shot 8-of-17 from the field and 6-of-10 from deep in 42 minutes, and this was his fourth game out of his last five with 29 or more minutes. The Kings need bodies right now and McLemore is producing with averages of 13.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.6 steals in that span, so he's trending up as a pickup in deeper formats.

RotoWorld reports: Draymond Green turned in one of the most unique triple-doubles in NBA history during a 122-107 win at Memphis on Friday, scoring four points with 12 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals, five blocks and two turnovers. Not only was he the first player ever to post a triple-double without scoring 10 points, Green couldn't even get to the 5x5 due to the lack of scoring. He was able to set a franchise record for steals in a game and was just one off the NBA record, as well. The Warriors are also 18-0 when Green drops a triple-double, and Green's massive steal game bumped him from 1.9 per game to 2.1 in his 50th game of the season. He's one of a kind.

RotoWorld reports: John Wall scored 26 points to lead the Wizards to a 112-107 win over the Pacers on Friday. Wall shot 7-of-16 from the field and 10-of-15 from the line, adding 14 assists, three rebounds, two steals, two triples and seven turnovers in 37 minutes. He was clutch down the stretch and accounted for Washington's final nine points of the game, and he now has at least 20 points and 10 assists in five consecutive games which matches a franchise record. He continues to defy all expectations after offseason surgeries to both knees.

RotoWorld reports: Markieff Morris (calf) returned from a one-game absence in style in Friday's 112-107 win over Indiana, scoring a season-high 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting. Welcome back! Morris logged 31 minutes and his calf wasn't an issue, as he racked up 10 rebounds with three assists, one steal and three triples. "Really [it was] precautionary reasons," Morris said of being a late scratch on Wednesday vs. the Nets. "It was just super-tight." He was averaging 18.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 3-pointers in his previous five games, so expect another solid game against the Thunder on Monday.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, Feb. 10

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Gordon Hayward, James Harden, Nicola Vucevic, Damian Lillard and Harrison Barnes.

RotoWorld reports: Isaiah Thomas was at it again on Thursday, scoring 34 points with two 3-pointers and four assists in a tough 120-111 win in Portland. The legit MVP candidate scored 15 points in the fourth quarter and led the Celtics back from a 17-point deficit for a relatively easy win in the end. He's now scored at least 20 points in 37 straight games, leads the league in fourth-quarter scoring, and is the second-leading scorer in the league, sitting sandwiched between leader Russell Westbrook and James Harden. And given that those two are getting most of the MVP love right now, and the fact that the Celtics are now just 2.5 games behind the leading Cavaliers in the East, he's going to get a lot more MVP-candidate love, starting right now.

RotoWorld reports: Al-Farouq Aminu came off the bench and hit 8-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers for a season-high 26 points, five rebounds and an assist in 31 minutes of Thursday's 120-111 loss to the Celtics. Aminu was on fire tonight and hit all four of his shots in the fourth quarter, finishing it with 10 points and two 3-pointers. He's only scored 20 points four times for the Blazers and two of them have come against the Celtics, as he had his career-high 28 points in March of last year against Boston. Starters Noah Vonleh and Moe Harkless didn't do much of anything tonight, allowing Aminu to get loose for a huge night. He'll be inconsistent coming off the bench for the Blazers, but there's a chance he might get his starting job back soon after tonight's performance, while he double-doubled on Tuesday night. If you've got an empty roster spot to fill, taking a flier on Aminu makes a lot of sense, especially with Evan Turner out for the next month or so with a broken hand.

RotoWorld reports: Harrison Barnes scored 31 points during a 112-105 overtime win against the Jazz on Thursday, adding four rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 43 minutes. That's the second most he's scored in his career and he gets a bunch of credit for doing this against the Jazz defense. Harry B continues to live in the isolation sets with 26.3 percent of his possessions coming in that set, ranking fourth in the NBA for total points in that play this season. Barnes has held seventh-round value in his last 10 and his owners should expect similar production going forward.

RotoWorld reports: Gordon Hayward scored 36 points during a 112-105 loss in overtime at Dallas on Thursday, adding four rebounds, three assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 43 minutes. This was a tough loss and Hayward missed a potential go-ahead shot at the end of regulation. George Hill (toe) was not out there, so that's part of the reason why Hayward blew up. On the year, Hayward's usage rate is 4.1 percent higher without Hill while his assist percentage also sees an increase. Hayward was putting up numbers with Hill anyway, so he'll continue to have a big season no matter who is next to him.

RotoWorld reports: Russell Westbrook posted his 26th triple-double of the season during a 118-109 win over the Cavs on Thursday, scoring 29 points with 12 rebounds, 11 assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes. Triple-double No. 26 ties him for the third most in an NBA season -- Roberson's 41 in 1961-62 is tops with Wilt Chamberlain's 31 at No. 2. Westbrook also becomes the first player since 1972 to have multiple triple-doubles against a defending champ. Triple-double stats aside, you know what's next. Kevin Durant will be in OKC on Saturday night. Get ready.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, Feb. 9

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, DeAndre Jordan, Kawhi Leonard, Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant and Jeff Teague.

RotoWorld reports: Karl-Anthony Towns scored 29 points during a 112-109 win over the Raptors on Wednesday, adding 14 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 37 minutes. He was 13-of-13 from the line to set his career high for most free throws without a miss in a game -- the 13 makes are also the second most he's had in his career. In Towns' last 11 games, he's averaged 29.2 points, 11.8 boards, 3.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.7 blocks, 1.3 treys and 2.4 turnovers on 59.3 percent from the field and 80.8 percent from the line. Care to guess who No. 1 is over that span for standard leagues? You bet. It's KAT.

RotoWorld reports: Willie Cauley-Stein came off the bench on Wednesday, posting 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and one block in 24 minutes, making 5-of-8 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws. DeMarcus Cousins was serving a one-game suspension tonight and WCS took full advantage of the expanded opportunity. Coach Dave Joerger called it his best game of the season, and he made every NBA highlight reel with an absurd finish on an alley-oop from Darren Collison (click the link below). He's seen his minutes rise along with his production in recent weeks, and even when Cousins returns he should be able to carve out 20-24 minutes per game. He's creeping onto the standard-league radar.

RotoWorld reports: Blake Griffin scored a season-high 32 points during Wednesday's 119-115 win vs. the Knicks, sinking 11-of-23 field goals and 8-of-11 free throws in 36 minutes. Blake's 32 points were the most by any Clippers player this season, and he's obviously got his legs under him after a lengthy layoff. He rounded out his line tonight with eight boards, five assists, two steals and zero turnovers, and he even hit 2-of-3 shots from downtown. Owners who waited out his injury are being richly rewarded for their patience.

RotoWorld reports: Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points with five rebounds, six assists, one block, two steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday. As expected, Wiggins has seen a nice increase in usage since the Zach LaVine (knee) injury. In those three, Wiggins averaged 27.0 points, 3.7 boards, 3.7 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.3 treys in 37.2 minutes. Those non-scoring stats are probably not sustainable, but coach Tom Thibodeau did say Wiggins "has to do more." He's clearly trending up.

RotoWorld reports: DeMarre Carroll was hot in a loss to the Wolves on Wednesday, making 7-of-9 from the field for 19 points with nine rebounds, two assists and five 3-pointers. Since his goose egg on Friday, Carroll looks to be in good shape. In those three, Carroll averaged 14.3 points, 6.4 boards, 1.0 steals and 2.7 treys on 61.5 percent from the field. He's been annoying at times, but he's proved he's worth the headache for owners in standard leagues.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, Feb. 8

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Serge Ibaka, Nikola Vucevic, and James Harden. There were just three games.

RotoWorld reports: Damian Lillard (ankle) scored 29 points on 12-of-22 shooting in Tuesday's win over the Mavericks. Needless to say, his ankle was fine. He logged 40 minutes and combined with C.J. McCollum to score 61 points. Lillard added six assists, five rebounds, two steals and five triples, and the only bad news for his owners is that the Blazers only have one more game this week on Thursday vs. the Celtics.

RotoWorld reports: C.J. McCollum scored 32 points and hit the game-winning shot in Tuesday's 114-113 win over the Mavericks. With 3.9 seconds left in the game, the Blazers inbounded the ball to C.J. and he did the rest, sinking a game-winning floater which you can check out in the link below. He finished 13-of-21 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line with three assists, two rebounds, one steal and two triples, and he scored 14 points alone in the fourth quarter and seven points in the final 34 seconds. He now has 23 games with 25+ points this season, one more than he finished with in 2015-16. He's unreal.

RotoWorld reports: Aaron Gordon's right foot is in a walking boot, but he doesn't think the injury is "serious." Gordon didn't have X-rays but will be re-evaluated on Wednesday morning. This isn't the same foot that he fractured during his rookie season, but we simply won't know how serious the injury is until we get an update from the team on Wednesday morning. With the Magic going nowhere fast, they will be cautious with the forward. If he misses time, Jeff Green (personal) and Mario Hezonja could get a boost, but there are no great speculative pickups for standard-league owners.

RotoWorld reports: Evan Turner fractured his right hand during Tuesday's game vs. the Mavericks and will not return. He fractured the third metacarpal in his right hand. For reference, this is the same injury that ended Chris Paul's postseason run last year. The vast majority of metacarpal fractures require 4-6 weeks off, so this would likely sideline Turner until mid-March. With Turner out, Moe Harkless looks like a nice speculative pickup in standard leagues, while Allen Crabbe is also on the radar if you need points and triples. Just keep in mind that the Blazers only have one more game this week.

RotoWorld reports: Avery Bradley (Achilles) will not travel with the Celtics on their four-game road trip. Wow. We keep hearing that the Celtics are just being cautious, but they are taking "cautious" to a whole new level. Bradley has been experiencing soreness after workouts and the Celtics don't want to take any chances. With this timetable, the earliest we would see Bradley back in action is on Feb. 15 vs. the 76ers, but coach Brad Stevens hinted that the Celtics could shut him down until the All-Star break. Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart will benefit while Bradley is out, while the rest of the starters get a usage rate bump as well.


FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYER RANKINGS SO FAR THIS SEASON:
Updated February 8, 2017
Eight category, including FG%, FT%, Threes

BEST FANTASY GUARDS: James Harden, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Isaiah Thomas, John Wall, Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Kyrie Irving, Eric Bledsoe, Kemba Walker, Gordon Hayward.

BEST FANTASY FORWARDS: Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, Paul George, Draymond Green, Myles Turner, Kevin Love, Nikola Jokic, Rudy Gay (out for season), Otto Porter Jr, Kristaps Porzingis, Hassan Whiteside.

BEST FANTASY CENTERS: DeMarcus Cousins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Joel Embiid, Marc Gasol, Rudy Gobert, Al Horford, Brook Lopez, Marcin Gortat, Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan, Andre Drummond, Steven Adams, Gorgui Dieng, Jonas Valanciunas, Nikola Vucevic.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, Feb. 7

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were LeBron James, Bradley Beal, Kevin Love, Anthony Davis, Goran Dragic, Will Barton, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, Gordon Hayward, Jrue Holiday, Karl-Anthony Towns and Dwyane Wade.

RotoWorld reports: Dwyane Wade scored 31 points on an efficient 12-of-18 shooting in Monday's 112-107 win over the Kings. He had 11 points in the final eight minutes of the fourth quarter and hit a pair of signature jumpers in the closing moments. Wade has a 37.3 usage rate when Jimmy Butler (heel) is not on the court and he carried the Bulls tonight, adding six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 30 minutes. Butler is "hopeful" to play on Wednesday vs. the Warriors, so Wade's ceiling won't be as high if Jimmy Buckets makes his return.

RotoWorld reports: Ty Lawson (Kings) scored a season-high 22 points in a 112-107 loss to the Bulls on Monday. Lawson played nearly 23 minutes beside Darren Collison, so he has a great opportunity to produce with Garrett Temple (hamstring) out several weeks. This was the most points he's scored since Mar. 6, 2015, so while you can't expect this kind of production going forward, he's firmly on the radar as a pickup. He added seven assists, four rebounds, one block and two triples in 35 minutes, while Collison finished with 14 points and five assists in 36 minutes. The Kings play three more times this week.

RotoWorld reports: LeBron James had an epic game before fouling out in overtime against the Wizards on Monday, handing out a career-high 17 assists with 32 points, seven rebounds, two steals, two blocks and six 3-pointers. He hit one of the most ridiculous shots of the year with a fadeaway trey off glass to get this game to overtime. This is the fourth time in his career he's had a game-tying or go-ahead trey in the final five seconds, making just 3-of-32 on those previous attempts (via ESPN Stats). James also passed Lenny Wilkins for 13th on the all-time assist list. He is just 0.1 minutes per game behind Kyle Lowry for the lead in that department, so Bron is still going strong at age 32.

RotoWorld reports: Jrue Holiday scored 30 points and nearly triple-doubled against the Suns on Monday, adding nine rebounds and seven assists. He shot 11-of-22 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line, adding one steal and three blocks (matches a career-high) in 37 minutes. Holiday is rolling right now with averages of 24.0 points, 8.5 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.3 steals and 2.1 triples over his last six games, returning top-20 value in standard leagues in that span. He also could get a short-term boost with Tyreke Evans leaving the game with a left ankle sprain -- Holiday gets a 3.5 usage rate bump with Evans off the court.

RotoWorld reports: Kevin Love scored 39 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, three steals and six 3-pointers in 42 minutes against the Wizards on Monday. He was simply amazing and pulled down a huge board to ice the game with two free throws on the other end. Just as we've seen for the past month, we've seen a ton of Love and Carmelo Anthony rumors. Earlier today, the rumor mill was heating up again with the New York Daily News reporting LeBron James is pushing to get Carmelo Anthony, even if it includes Kevin Love. However, NBA.com's David Aldridge reports James wanting Carmelo Anthony even if it includes Kevin Love is "totally untrue." These rumors won't be going away, but Love sure did boost his value in fantasy and reality today.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, Feb. 6

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, Victor Oladipo, Kyle Lowry and Isaiah Thomas. There were just three games on Sunday.

RotoWorld reports: Russell Westbrook finished Sunday's win vs. the Blazers with 42 points (16-of-34 FGs, 9-of-11 FTs), eight assists, four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes. Westbrook now has eight games with 40+ points this season, which is tied with James Harden for the league lead. He knocked down a few sweet bank shots tonight and continues to be a one-man wrecking crew for both OKC and his fantasy owners. The Thunder have a comfortable hold on the No. 7 seed out West, and they're within 2.5 games of the No. 4 seed Jazz.

RotoWorld reports: Victor Oladipo tied his career-high with 13 rebounds during Sunday's home win, adding 24 points with three assists, two steals and two blocks. Oladipo made 8-of-18 field goals and 7-of-9 free throws in 39 minutes of action, helping OKC earn their second straight victory after a three-game losing streak. Despite a recent shooting slump, Oladipo's 3-pointers, boards and defensive stats have all been up lately, pegging him to top-50 roto value in the past month.

RotoWorld reports: Damian Lillard scored 29 points on 9-of-22 shooting during Sunday's loss to the Thunder, adding seven boards, four 3-pointers, three assists, one steal, two blocks and one turnover in 36 minutes. Lillard was also a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe, and this was a nice bounce-back performance following Friday's 13-point outing in which he went just 4-of-20 from the field. Lillard has been in a bit of a shooting rut over the past month, connecting on just 40.3 percent of his attempts, but he should be able to turn things around after the break. He's a buy-low candidate.

RotoWorld reports: Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 28 points during Sunday's 107-102 win over the Clippers, to go with eight assists, three 3-pointers, two boards, one steal and three turnovers in 36 minutes. With Avery Bradley (Achilles) off the floor, Thomas’ usage rate spikes to 36.7, and he’s been in cheat code mode over the past month with averages of 34.3 points, 6.2 dimes, 3.4 turnovers and an elite 4.3 triples per contest on 50.0 percent shooting, which has churning out top-5 value in standard 9-cat leagues. Enjoy the ride.

RotoWorld reports: Al Horford was terrific in all aspects of the game on Sunday, finishing with 13 points, 15 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks in a win vs. the Clippers. Horford shot just 4-of-13 from the field, but three of his makes came from downtown. He and Amir Johnson (13 points, six boards) did a great job defensively, but it was the 3-point shooting that stole the show -- Horford alone took nine of Boston's franchise-record 52 attempts from deep tonight. You can't argue with the results, as the Celtics have now reeled off seven consecutive victories.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, Feb. 3

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Dwight Howard, John Wall, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Tim Hardaway Jr, and Marcin Gortat.

RotoWorld reports: Stephen Curry hit 11-of-23 shots and 3-of-10 3-pointers for 29 points, three rebounds, 11 assists and three steals in 37 minutes of Thursday's 133-120 win over the Clippers. The Warriors have now won 16 of their last 18 games and while this was a far cry from Wednesday's 39-point explosion for Curry, he's still crushing it on a nightly basis. The Warriors have beaten the Rockets seven straight times, while owners of the "Big 4" have to be wary of guys getting nights off as the Warriors ramp up for a long playoff run. Draymond Green got the night off with a shoulder injury, but it was deemed "precautionary" by the team.

RotoWorld reports: Blake Griffin hit 10-of-19 shots for a season-high 31 points with eight rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block in Thursday's 133-120 loss to the Warriors. The 31 points were the most scored by a Clipper this season. Griffin has put together back-to-back strong performances and has played at least 30 minutes in each of those games. Since returning from an 18-game absence, he has averaged 22.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. It appears that he is getting back to full speed and so long as he can stay healthy, Griffin should have a strong second half of the season.

RotoWorld reports: Tim Hardaway Jr. hit 12-of-18 shots for a career-high 33 points with six rebounds, three assists, one block and four 3-pointers in Thursday's comeback win against the Rockets. Hardaway Jr. got the start for the injured Thabo Sefolosha (groin) and was feeling it tonight, with a terrific 23-point fourth quarter. He put the Hawks in the lead with 2:25 minutes left in the game after making a free throw and ultimately led them to victory. Atlanta was trailing by 20 points in the fourth quarter before he erupted. He is averaging 18.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2.4 3-pointer per game in his last five. He remains a hold in standard formats and plays much better when Thabo is out of the lineup.

RotoWorld reports: Dwight Howard hit 11-of-13 shots for 24 points with 23 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in Thursday's 113-108 win against the Rockets. Howard bounced back nicely tonight against his former team, after scoring just six points on Wednesday. He recorded his 32nd double-double of the season and has now grabbed more than 10 rebounds in seven straight games. The Rockets had no answer for him in the paint, as he dominated them under the glass and dunked on them at will. He sits fourth in the league with 12.8 rebounds per game and it's too bad the Hawks won't face the Rockets again this season.

RotoWorld reports: Ersan Ilyasova scored a game-high 25 points during a 102-86 loss to the Spurs on Thursday, adding 10 rebounds, two assists, one block, four steals and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes. With Dario Saric playing 29 minutes next to him today, Ilyasova got all he could eat at power forward. Since snapping his lengthy double-digit scoring streak with only four points on Friday, Ilyasova averaged 19.8 points, 8.3 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 treys on 49.1 percent from the field in those four. Those numbers are a little inflated because of no Joel Embiid (knee), but Ilyasova is a hold in standard leagues.

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2015-16 FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYER RATINGS:
Updated April 11, 2016

This is how good fantasy players were, last season, WHEN HEALTHY. Missed games weren't taken into account. Only their level of play when on the court.

1) Stephen Curry, 2) Kevin Durant, 3) James Harden, 4) Russell Westbrook, 5) Chris Paul, 6) Kawhi Leonard, 7) Anthony Davis, 8) LeBron James, 9) Kyle Lowry, 10) Hassan Whiteside, 11) Draymond Green, 12) John Wall, 13) Paul George, 14) Paul Millsap, 15) DeMarcus Cousins, 16) Damian Lillard, 17) Karl-Anthony Towns, 18) Eric Bledsoe, 19) Kemba Walker, 20) Pau Gasol, 21) Jimmy Butler, 22) Klay Thompson, 23) Brook Lopez, 24) Isaiah Thomas, 25) Al Horford.

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