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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, December 20
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan, Russell Westbrook, Shabazz Muhammad, Jimmy Butler, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Nikola Mirotic, and Kemba Walker.
CBS Sports reports: Lakers power forward Ed Davis scored a season-high 18 points on 8 of 10 shooting in his team's 104-103 loss to the Thunder Friday.
Davis followed up a zero-point performance Monday with his best game of the season, delivering nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 32 minutes while making his sixth straight start. The Lakers will move forward to face the Kings Sunday.
CBS Sports reports: Clippers power foward Blake Griffin scored a team-high 32 points on 9 of 20 shooting from the field and 14 of 18 shooting from the free-throw line while racking up 12 rebounds in his team's 109-106 loss to the Nuggets Friday.
Griffin's performance marked his second straight double-double after he posted a 31-16 line Wednesday. His 18 free-throw attempts represented a season high. Griffin also chipped in three assists and one steal in 41 minutes in the loss. He'll square off with the Bucks Saturday.
CBS Sports reports: Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard scored a career-high 43 points on 16 of 29 shooting, including 4 of 9 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 129-119 triple-overtime win over the Spurs Friday.
Lillard scored the his team's final eight points of the fourth quarter, including a lay-up with just one second left on the clock to send the game into overtime. He tied the game again with a three-pointer with 13 second left on the clock in first overtime, extending the game yet again. Lillard scored nine points in overtime No. 3 to finally put the Spurs away (the Blazers fired up 17 points in the final OT period as a team) and notch the best scoring performance of his career.
Lillard played a whopping 53 minutes in the triple-overtime affair, kicking in six assists, three rebounds, two steals and one block. The Blazers get no rest Saturday, staying on the road to face the Pelicans.
Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Russell Westbrook scored 31 points on 9-of-22 shooting (13-of-13 FTs) with five rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in Friday's win over the Lakers.
Westbrook is producing at a top-5 level in 8-cat leagues since his return and a top-8 level in 9-cat formats. With or without Kevin Durant on the court, he could easily continue this pace and he's currently in the MVP conversation.
Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - Kenneth Faried scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in the Nuggets' 109-106 win over the Clippers on Friday.
Faried is coming off an 11 & 11 game on Wednesday and though he hasn't been anywhere near as advertised this is a small step forward. He's not a must-start player, but he should remain owned and is a buy low target though at some point we have to put an expiration date on that.
Rotoworld reports: Clippers - Matt Barnes bounced back from an off-night to score 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting (no threes) with four rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 35 minutes on Friday against the Nuggets.
Barnes has been a solid mid-round value lately and he should remain in all lineups. J.J. Redick scored just eight points with one trey, two boards and two assists, but he has been serviceable lately and owners might want to give him at least one night of slack.
Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Tim Duncan logged 43 minutes in the Spurs' second straight triple-overtime loss on Friday, scoring 32 points on 12-of-24 shooting with 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and four blocks in the 129-119 thriller.
This was the first back-to-back triple overtime set of games for a team since the Baltimore Bullets did it in December of 1951. The Spurs have to get on a plane and go to Dallas for Saturday's game, and we'd be shocked if Duncan is allowed to play in that one. Then again, we were surprised when he played tonight so owners need to stay tuned.
Rotoworld reports: Bulls - Nikola Mirotic made all six attempts from behind the arc on Friday against the Grizzlies with 27 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one block in 30 minutes.
That's good for a 100.0 effective field goal percentage. Mirotic has been a monster in his past two games, but coach Tom Thibodeau has already said he's not going to take away minutes from their big three in the front court. Taj Gibson (ankle) won't be out long, so the rookie only has short-term value.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, December 19
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler did huge fantasy things, plus DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Pau Gasol. There were just four games.
CBS Sports reports: Thunder shooting guard Andre Roberson scored a career-high 10 points on 4 of 8 shooting while racking up a career-high 12 rebounds in his team's 114-109 loss to the Warriors Thursday.
Roberson played 34 minutes Thursday, his highest amount of playing time since missing two weeks in November with a foot injury. He managed to deliver his first career double-double Thursday despite not coming into the game with any double-digit performances in points or rebounds. He also managed three assists and one steal in the loss, which ended the team's seven-game winning streak. The Thunder will move on to face the Lakers Friday.
CBS Sports reports: Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes will undergo a minor procedure to restraighten his broken nose Friday, Yahoo! Sports reports.
The Warriors are off until Monday after winning Thursday's game against the Thunder, leaving Barnes with the entire weekend to heal up for his team's next game. He scored 12 points on 5 of 11 shooting, including 2 of 4 shooting from three-point range, Thursday against the Thunder, adding seven rebounds, two steals and one assist in 34 minutes.
CBS Sports reports: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins scored a team-high 27 points on 8 of 12 shooting from the field and 11 of 13 shooting from the free-throw line while racking up 11 rebounds in his team's 108-107 loss to the Bucks Thursday.
Cousins was playing in his first game since Nov. 26 after dealing with a case of viral meningitis and looked none the worse for wear, posting his ninth straight double-double. He also chipped in five assists and one steal in 33 minutes. Cousins will match up with the Lakers Sunday.
Rotoworld reports: Warriors - Draymond Green filled the stat sheet as per usual with 16 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 44 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.
He did make just 1-of-4 from the line, but who cares? Green is probably third on the NBA's Most Improved Player list behind Jimmy Butler and Anthony Davis, and he's also absolutely no fluke. He has Wally Pipp'd David Lee and should be worth owning in all leagues.
Rotoworld reports: Bucks - Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) played 37 minutes against the Kings during a 108-107 win on Thursday with 11 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block on 4-of-5 from the field.
The minutes jump off the page and the Alphabet has been freed. He should be able to get all the minutes he can handle and his offensive efficiency has taken some major steps forward, so he just needs to get his blocks and steals back. Those were two of his best assets last season, so there is certainly enough upside to own him in all leagues.
Rotoworld reports: Kings - Ben McLemore scored 22 points against the Bucks on Thursday with four rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes.
The coaching change is likely going to help McLemore. Ty Corbin uses his wings more than most coaches and McLemore posting a 20-point game while DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay are active speaks volumes. He still doesn't have a big upside and his usage is going to be low, so he'd need to string together a couple games with DMC and Gay before being considered as anything but a stash.
Rotoworld reports: Pelicans - Omer Asik did not play down the stretch on Thursday against the Rockets, finishing with two points, 11 rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 28 minutes.
He is one of the most inept offensive big men in the NBA and doesn't even block shots. Asik has been the 176th-best player in standard leagues over the past month, so there is nothing wrong with cutting him if you want to add the upside of Marcus Smart or someone else.
Rotoworld reports: Rockets - Dwight Howard played 35 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday with 17 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and three blocks.
He looks healthy, but was a bit late on defense a couple times tonight. Howard should be ready to go for the future, but we wouldn't be surprised to see him miss a game out of the blue considering how much time he missed with a mysterious knee injury. Keep him in your lineup for now and perhaps entertain the idea of trying to deal him.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, December 18
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Gordon Hayward, Dwyane Wade, Andre Drummond, Danny Green, Damian Lillard, Al Jefferson, Blake Griffin, Chandler Parsons, Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, and Chris Paul.
CBS Sports reports: Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph scored 21 points on Wednesday against the Spurs.
Randolph shot 9-19 from the field. He also sunk three three throws. Randolph was active on the boards during the contest, pulling down 21 rebounds. Fifteen of those came on the defensive side of the floor. Randolph added one assist and two steals.
CBS Sports reports: Spurs forward Tim Duncan posted a double-double on Wednesday against the Grizzlies.
Duncan shot 9-22 from the field, adding five three throws. He finished with 23 points. Duncan was also active on the boards, grabbing 16 rebounds. Duncan finished with five assists, two steals and three blocks.
CBS Sports reports: Bucks point guard Brandon Knight scored a team-high 24 points on 10 of 19 shooting, including 2 of 6 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 104-97 loss to the Blazers Wedenesday.
Knight's 24-point effort gives him at least 20 points in a row for three straight games, the first time this season he's accomplished the feat over a three-game stretch. He also kicked in three rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes. The Bucks are set to square off with the Kings Thursday.
Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - Danilo Gallinari returned from a three-game absence on Wednesday during a loss to the Rockets, playing 26 minutes with 16 points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.
It was one of his best showings of the season and he shot the ball with a lot of confidence. Gallinari's knee has flared up on him multiple times and he was only playing 13.8 minutes per game in his four games before the rest, so fantasy owners in standard leagues shouldn't consider him "back" yet. Plus, he's not looking to shoot nearly as much as he has in his career.
Rotoworld reports: Clippers - Jamal Crawford hit 4-of-7 shots for 10 points, a steal and a 3-pointer in 20 minutes on Wednesday.
Crawford's not nearly as reliable as he was a year ago and the strong play of J.J. Redick is a big reason why. Redick has been playing very well as the starter and had 16 points and three more 3-pointers tonight. And as long as he's playing so well, it's going to be tough for Crawford to put up big numbers on a nightly basis.
Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - Kenneth Faried started on Wednesday against the Rockets with 11 points, 11 boards, two assists and three turnovers in 32 minutes.
He fouled out and had an egregious turnover at the end of regulation, so it wasn't all good. Even before his ankle injury, Faried was in coach Brian Shaw's doghouse, which is nothing new in his second season with the coach. He worked his way out of the doghouse last season and erupted as one of the best power forwards in the NBA. Fantasy owners should try to buy low before he turns in a huge game.
Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Damian Lillard made 10-of-18 from the field for 29 points with three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes during a 104-97 victory over the Bucks.
After a brief slump, Lillard is getting hot again. Over his last four games, he's averaged 26.3 points, 5.3 boards, 5.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.0 triples on 48.1 percent from the field and 89.5 percent from the line. Lillard still hasn't missed a single game in his NBA career and is averaging 2.5 treys per game in his career, too. He's a No. 1 fantasy point guard.
Rotoworld reports: Pacers - Roy Hibbert was overmatched by DeAndre Jordan on Wednesday and lasted just 16 minutes before leaving with seven points, three rebounds, one assist, zero steals and zero blocks on 3-of-10 shooting.
He had four fouls and could do nothing to slow Jordan down, as he racked up 15 points, 23 rebounds and two blocks in the win. Hibbert played well early in the season, but looks lost again. He'll eventually get it turned around, but you might have to bench him until he figures things out.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, December 17
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, John Wall, Ryan Anderson, Thaddeus Young, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Enes Kanter.
CBS Sports reports: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook registered his fourth 30-point performance of the season, leading his team to 104-92 victory over Sacramento on Tuesday.
Westbrook scored a game-high 32 points on 11 of 20 shooting from the field, including 1 of 3 from 3-point territory and 9 of 12 from the charity stripe. He turned in an all-around performance, adding seven assists, six rebounds and four steals while logging 32 minutes of game action.
Westbrook has scored 26-plus points in all but two of his first nine games back from a fractured right hand. He is averaging 29.6 points, 7.2 assists, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals while shooting 51.5 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from downtown over his last five games.
CBS Sports reports: Jazz center Enes Kanter put together another solid performance and was one of the few bright spots in his team's 119-11 defeat to New Orleans on Tuesday. The Jazz have now lost 12 of the past 13 games.
Kanter scored a career-high 29 points on 12 of 22 shooting from the field and 5 of 6 from the charity stripe. He also chipped in with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block while logging 37 minutes of game action.
The 22-year-old continues to make strides on his contract year. He's posted two 20-point performances over the past three games. He's averaging 17.8 points and 9.4 rebounds while shooting 52.1 percent from the field over his last five.
CBS Sports reports: Heat guard Dwyane Wade told reporters following a 95-91 win over Brooklyn on Tuesday night that he's not sure if he'll play Wednesday at home against Utah, reports the Miami Herald.
Wade missed morning shootaround due to a lingering stomach virus, but managed to lead the team to 28 points in the win. In addition to the illness, Wade was inadvertently poked in the eye by an official and tweaked his ankle during the game. He did not reveal the reason for his possible absence on Wednesday.
Wade is averaging 20.0 points 4.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists while shooting 45.5 percent from the floor over his last five games. Mario Chalmers could be in line for his ninth start of the season, if Wade is unable to suit up for Wednesday.
Rotoworld reports: Kings - Darren Collison struggled in a loss to the Thunder on Tuesday, finishing with six points on 2-of-8 shooting, while adding five boards, three assists, two steals and one block in 26 minutes.
After scoring just three points on Saturday, he was terrible once again and was absolutely eaten alive by Russell Westbrook all game. Collison turned the ball over three times and failed to get his teammates involved in the game. However, he doesn't have a lot of competition for playing time, and he should be owned in all leagues as long as he keeps the starting gig. Consider benching him until he turns it around.
Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Reggie Jackson saw just 20 minutes of action on Tuesday, finishing with eight points, three assists, two boards and one steal.
This was a tough blow for Jackson, as he expectedly hasn't been able to retain his value since the return of Russell Westbrook. Jackson still has too much upside to not be owned in standard leagues, and owners will just have to be patient with him until he adjusts better to his role off of the bench. Expect him to bounce back vs. the Warriors on Thursday.
Rotoworld reports: Nets - Deron Williams double-doubled in Tuesday's loss to the Heat, finishing with 15 points, 11 assists, one board, two steals and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.
The trade rumors aren't going anywhere, but Williams doesn't seem too distracted on the court and has been playing really well lately. There is always going to be some risk involved with his shaky ankles, but as long as he stays healthy he will remain a must-start option in all leagues. If you were ever thinking about trading D-Will, his value likely won't be any higher than it is right now.
Rotoworld reports: Grizzlies - Marc Gasol hit 11-of-21 shots for 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a block in Tuesday's impressive 105-98 win over the streaking Warriors.
Gasol is a legit MVP candidate this season for the 20-4 Grizzlies, and is averaging 19.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.7 blocks, and is shooting 50 percent from the floor and 84 percent from the line. He might have had a tougher time tonight had Andrew Bogut been playing (and at 100 percent), but the Grizzlies caught a small break by not having to face GSW's defensive anchor.
Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Trey Burke scored 16 points while adding six boards, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Pelicans.
He set a career-high for points in a quarter with 14 in the first, but really slowed down as the game wore on and turned the ball over five times. Burke has been better lately after a slow start to the season, but games like this are bound to happen as he continues to develop his game. However, he doesn't have any real competition for playing time and should still be considered a buy-low player.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, December 16
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were LeBron James, Kevin Love, Kelly Olynyk, Nerlens Noel, Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Markieff Morris, and Al Horford.
CBS Sports reports: Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez will be out "a while" due to a fractured hand.
Lopez left the contest due to a hand injury, and was ruled out after being evaluated. Head coach Terry Stotts told the media he expected Lopez to be out "a while" due to the injury. Lopez was able to play 19 minutes, scoring 4 points, before leaving. After the game, Lopez was spotted in the locker room with a large wrap on his right hand. He'll be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
CBS Sports reports: Suns forward Markieff Morris scored 25 points against the Bucks on Monday.
Morris shot 9-13 from the field, including 2-3 from beyond the arc. He also managed to sink all five of his free throws. Morris added seven rebounds and three assists during the contest.
CBS Sports reports: Bucks guard Jabari Parker was carried off the court with a left knee sprain on Monday.
Parker was driving to the hoop when he collapsed on the floor. After staying down for quite some time, Parker was carried off by his teammates. After being evaluated, it was determined Parker would not return due to a knee sprain.
Rotoworld reports: Pistons - Brandon Jennings scored six points on 2-of-6 shooting with one rebound, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes on Monday.
Jennings started the season in the dumps, got red hot, and is now back in the dumps. He's worth holding to see if the situation works itself out, but Jodie Meeks' return has added another ballhandler for Stan Van Gundy to spell Jennings with.
Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points against the Blazers during a 108-95 loss on Monday to go with nine rebounds, four assists and one block in 33 minutes.
He made 7-of-18 from the field and did a lot of his scoring off the dribble. His usage rate tonight was higher than any game in his career with at least 15 minutes on the court. On the downside, he is shooting much worse on pull-ups this season, which explains the 6.8 percent dip in field goal percentage. Leonard has been a top-20 player on the season.
Rotoworld reports: Raptors - Kyle Lowry scored 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting (including four threes) with five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block in the Raptors' 95-82 win over the Magic on Monday.
Lowry is more or less giving owners what they bargained for on draft day, returning mid-second round value with no signs of letting up.
Rotoworld reports: Bucks - Larry Sanders was in foul trouble as per usual on Monday against the Suns, playing just 13 minutes with no points, one rebound and one steal.
He had a nice game on Saturday, but inconsistency is Larry Sanders' middle name. His averages weren't too bad before tonight with 7.5 points, 6.3 boards, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals, so there is some promise here. Sanders doesn't play power forward, so don't expect him to gain value. If the inconsistent nights are too much for you, there's no need to be too attached to him.
Rotoworld reports: Kings - DeMarcus Cousins (viral meningitis) could play on Thursday against the Bucks, but his minutes would be limited.
Cousins is in the middle of a storm right now and it will be extremely interesting to watch how he reacts as chess pieces appear to be moving wildly around him without his input. To his credit, he has taken the high road while expressing his displeasure with the situation, and if he keeps his head down and plays hard he'll probably come out of this situation smelling better than most.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, December 15
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Stephen Curry, Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Arron Afflalo, Shabazz Muhammad, Carlos Boozer, and Kawhi Leonard.
CBS Sports reports: Heat power forward Chris Bosh will be re-evaluated Monday after sitting out Sunday's game with a calf strain sustained Friday, the Palm Beach Post reports.
"It wasnít anything that happened in particular, no one play," he said Sunday. "Itís a strain, and weíre trying to see how my body responds. Hopefully itíll be better tomorrow, but itís a day-by-day thing."
Bosh became the final starter to miss a game this season when he sat out Sunday. The Heat will square off with the Nets Tuesday, and the power forward's status may be clarified after Monday's re-evaluation.
CBS Sports reports: Nuggets shooting guard Arron Afflalo scored a season-high 31 points on 12 of 20 shooting, including 4 of 6 shooting from behind the arc, in his team's 99-91 loss to the Spurs Sunday.
Afflalo hadn't taken more than 17 shots in a game coming into Sunday but was feeling it, delivering a shooting performance of at least 60 percent for the third time in his last four games. He kicked in five rebounds and one assist but also turned the ball over a season-high six times. The Nuggets will square off with the Rockets Wednesday.
CBS Sports reports: Spurs small forwar Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 18 points on 6 of 14 shooting in his team's 99-91 win over the Nuggets Sunday.
Leonard was a question mark coming into the day after missing two games with a hand injury, but he was able to log a team-high 37 minutes in the win. He delivered an outstanding all-around effort, racking up eight rebounds, a season-high six blocks, five steals and four assists. The Spurs will square off with the Blazers in Portland Monday.
Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - Nate Robinson (back) returned to action for the Nuggets on Sunday and scored just two points on 1-of-7 shooting while adding two boards and two assists in 15 minutes.
He didn't look comfortable out there and it is possible that his back is still bothering him. Robinson will only see a limited role off of the bench for the Nuggets this season and won't be worth owning unless Ty Lawson goes down with an injury. Robinson can be left on the wire in most leagues.
Rotoworld reports: Knicks - Tim Hardaway Jr. started Sunday's game in place of J.R. Smith (heel), notching 18 points, one 3-pointer, six rebounds, two assists and five turnovers in 35 minutes vs. the Raptors.
He had 16 points, two 3-pointers and five rebounds in the Knicks' previous game and is a hot pickup with Smith day-to-day and Iman Shumpert (dislocated shoulder) potentially out four weeks. Hardaway is worth a look if you need scoring and 3-point shooting, but don't expect well-rounded production.
Rotoworld reports: Raptors - Terrence Ross made 8-of-14 FGs with three 3-pointers on Sunday, finishing with a season-high 22 points in a road win vs. the Knicks.
Ross added five rebounds, one assist and two steals, and he's clearly benefitting from a larger offensive role in the absence of DeMar DeRozan (groin). He's been a paltry contributor for roto owners in rebounds (3.2), assists (0.8), steals (0.7) and blocks (0.3), so he's hard to own if you don't need his efficient scoring and 3-point shooting.
Rotoworld reports: Timberwolves - Timberwolves' rookie Zach LaVine finished Sunday's narrow loss to the Lakers with 10 points, five rebounds, six assists and four turnovers, while shooting 4-of-15 from the field.
He missed all three of his 3-point attempts and is a combined 9-of-39 beyond the arc this season (23.1 percent), which is reminiscent of injured starter Ricky Rubio (ankle). Veteran Mo Williams is day-to-day with a back injury and could displace LaVine as a starter as soon as Tuesday vs. the Wizards, and LaVine's fantasy contributions aren't significant enough for use in most 12-team leagues.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Ed Davis' streak of quiet starts continued on Sunday with six points, four rebounds, three assists and one block in just 21 minutes of action vs. the Timberwolves.
It was a close game and Davis wasn't in any foul trouble, but coach Byron Scott opted to play him just 21 minutes for the second game in a row. Carlos Boozer notched 22 points and 13 rebounds off the bench and seems inspired to regain his starting job, but Davis has enough upside to take a wait-and-see approach in typical fantasy leagues.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, December 14
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Mike Conley, James Harden, Josh Smith, Dwight Howard, Jeff Teague, Zach Randolph, and Stephen Curry.
CBS Sports reports: Pistons small forward Josh Smith scored 21 points on 9 of 16 shooting while hauling in 13 rebounds in his team's 95-90 win over the Kings Saturday.
Smith posted his second double-double in as many games while also managing to block a season-high five shots and dish out five assists, but he did turn the ball over a season-high seven times in 38 minutes as well. On a positive note, his 56.3 shooting percentage also represented a season high for the forward. He'll square off with the Clippers Monday.
CBS Sports reports: Bulls small forward Doug McDermott will likely need six-to-eight weeks of rehab after having a small meniscus tear repaired Saturday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
McDermott has missed five games already with the knee injury and now figures to be off the court until late January or early February at the earliest. He has averaged 3.2 points on 42.3 percent shooting in 17 games.
CBS Sports reports: Rockets shooting guard James Harden scored 24 points on 7 of 20 shooting, including 2 of 5 shooting from behind the arc, while also racking up 10 rebounds and 10 assists in his team's 108-96 win over the Nuggets Saturday.
Harden matched a season-high in assists Saturday while managing double-digit rebounds for just the second time this season, piecing together his first triple-double of the season. He also managed to kick in two blocks and one steal in his 38 minutes of action. Harden will square off with the Nuggets again Wednesday.
Rotoworld reports: Rockets - Dwight Howard played 30 minutes in his return to the lineup against the Nuggets on Saturday, scoring 26 points with 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks.
He was 9-of-11 from the field and 8-of-18 from the line, so it was like he never left. Howard picked up his 10,000th rebound of his career tonight and dominated in the paint on both ends. The Rockets are off until Wednesday, so Dwight gets to heal after being off for almost one month.
Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - Kenneth Faried returned from an in-game ankle injury on Saturday against the Rockets, finishing with seven points, three rebounds, two assists and one block in 20 minutes.
He's easily the most frustrating player to own this season. Faried is the No. 164 player based on per-game value in standard leagues and his numbers are actually trending down. The Nuggets paid him big bucks and they kept him in the doghouse in December last year as well, so there is still hope for him to turn it around.
Rotoworld reports: Grizzlies - Mike Conley turned it on in the second half during a 120-115 overtime win at Philadelphia on Saturday, scoring a season-high 36 points with three rebounds, nine assists and five 3-pointers.
Despite scoring only 17.0 points per game and posting his lowest output in steals since his rookie season, Conley has still been a top-40 player. He's one of the most unheralded fantasy stud point guards and is a strong finisher. His owner was savvy enough to draft him, so it's not going to be easy to buy low.
Rotoworld reports: Sixers - Michael Carter-Williams had his second triple-double of the season on Saturday during a 120-115 overtime loss to the Grizzlies with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, one 3-pointer and six turnovers.
He ranks third among guards for rebounds and his dimes are really on the rise from last season. On the other hand, Carter Williams is still making just 38.8 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from the line with his leading-leading 4.8 turnovers per game on the season, so those negatives are really going to hold him back. It is what it is.
Rotoworld reports: Hornets - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played well off of the bench on Saturday, finishing with 15 points, five boards, one assist and one steal in 28 minutes.
He did shoot just 5-of-13 from the field, but you should know by now that shooting isn't really his thing. He was one of the few Hornets players to show a lot of energy on both ends of the floor, and it shouldn't be long before he replaces Gerald Henderson in the starting lineup. As long as MKG is healthy, he is worth a look in deeper leagues for his ability to rebound and provide hustle stats.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, December 13
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were LeBron James, LaMarcus Aldridge, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, Andre Drummond, Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, Kemba Walker, Bradley Beal, and Dwyane Wade.
CBS Sports reports: Spurs power forward Tim Duncan scored 19 points on 9 of 16 shooting while hauling in a season-high 18 rebounds in his team's 112-110 overtime loss to the Lakers.
Duncan's double-double was his fifth straight, and he's averaged 16.6 points and 13.8 rebounds during that stretch. He played a season-high 40 minutes in the loss while also chipping in two assists and two blocks.
The Spurs were able to close a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter but couldn't protect a one-point lead with less than 10 seconds left in overtime, falling to 4-3 in December with the loss. They'll look to rebound Sunday against the Nuggets.
CBS Sports reports: Lakers small forward Nick Young scored a season-high 29 points on 9 of 14 shooting, including 6 of 9 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 112-110 overtime win over the Spurs Friday.
The Lakers lost a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter by scoring just 15 points in the final quarter of regular and found themselves behind with just seven seconds to go in overtime when Young knocked down his sixth three-pointer of the night to ultimately win the game. Young played a season-high 32 minutes in the win, kicking in one rebound and one assist to go with his huge scoring performance. The Lakers will square off with the Timberwolves Sunday.
CBS Sports reports: Pistons center Andre Drummond scored a team-high 23 points on 10 of 14 shooting while racking up 14 rebounds in his team's 105-103 win over the Suns Friday.
Drummond rode his best shooting performance in more than two weeks to his second consecutive double-double, providing the spark that helped to put the Pistons' 13-game losing streak to rest. He also chipped in one assist, one block and one steal in 30 minutes of action. Drummond will square off with the Kings Saturday.
Rotoworld reports: Pelicans - Ryan Anderson tied his career high with eight 3-pointers against the Cavs during a 119-114 win on Friday, scoring 30 points with four rebounds, one steal and one block on 9-of-18 from the field.
He played 41 minutes and started the second half with Anthony Davis (chest) unable to return. Anderson was in an enormous slump before tonight, making just 18.8 percent from beyond the arc in his previous six December games. If Davis needs to miss more time, Anderson is going to be light it up. He is still a must-start player regardless.
Rotoworld reports: Pistons - Brandon Jennings scored just eight points on 4-of-13 shooting with four assists and one steal in Friday's win.
Jennings is probably going to be up and down all season so owners should try to take the long view with him, which after this most recent cold streak has shoved him down to a top 100-125 level (8/9 cat). He'll probably head back to the border between mid and late round value here when he bounces back, but owners will also want to see if Jodie Meeks steals some touches from him initiating the offense.
Rotoworld reports: Cavs - LeBron James matched his season high with 41 points against the Pelicans on Friday with five rebounds, five assists, one block and two 3-pointers on 17-of-24 from the field.
Surprisingly, this was LeBron's first game over 65 percent from the field on the season. On Dec. 12 of last season, he had already had five of those games, so hopefully this is a sign of things to come. Additionally, his knee injury looked just fine tonight and added that resting is not in his nature. James will look to keep it going against the Hornets on Monday.
Rotoworld reports: Timberwolves - Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting (no threes) with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block over 43 minutes in Friday's loss to the Thunder.
Wiggins' season-long value is the pits at a top 200-280 level (8/9 cat) and during his recent hot streak it hasn't changed much at all. The culprits are high volume 39.4 percent field goal shooting and 63.9 percent foul shooting over the past two weeks, and just 1.5 combined money counting stats (3PMs, STLs, BLKs) in that span. One can see how the total package will grow and get better, but he has extreme impediments to fantasy value in standard formats and it's time owners get acclimated to that.
Rotoworld reports: Grizzlies - Marc Gasol blocked a season-high six shots against the Hornets on Friday with 19 points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals in 37 minutes.
He held Al Jefferson to just 7-of-21 from the field and blocked him three times tonight. Gasol dropped 30 points on Tuesday night in his last game and that knee concern from last week has been put to bed. He's an elite fantasy big man and is going to get paid this summer.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, December 12
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and Darren Collison. There were just two games.
CBS Sports reports: Rockets shooting guard James Harden scored a season-high 44 points on 14 of 32 shooting, including 3 of 10 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 113-109 overtime win over the Kings Thursday.
Harden notched a season-high 48 minutes of action in the overtime affair while posting the third-highest scoring total of his career. He also racked up eight assists, four rebounds, three steals and one block in the win. Harden will square off with the Nuggets Saturday.
CBS Sports reports: An MRI on the injured knee of Kings small forward Omri Casspi revealed that he's dealing with inflammation but apparently nothing more serious, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Casspi, who took a shot for the inflammation, missed the team's third straight game Thursday. The Kings square off with the Pistons Saturday before playing again Tuesday and next Thursday.
Rotoworld reports: Kings - Rudy Gay made 4-of-18 from the field for 13 points during a 113-109 overtime loss to the Rockets on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.
His shots are up since DeMarcus Cousins went down, but he's shot the ball fairly well until tonight. Gay made 50 percent or higher in four of previous six games without Cousins and should be just fine without him. His fantasy owners' biggest concern should be his Achilles, which cost him two games earlier this season. To be clear, he looks healthy right now.
Rotoworld reports: Kings - Darren Collison was aggressive in transition during a loss to the Rockets on Thursday, scoring 24 points with three rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two 3-pointers.
The Kings had 27 fast-break points tonight and tried to beat the Rockets at their own game. Collision has seen his shots increase to 16.6 per game over his last five, averaging 21.6 points, 3.6 boards, 5.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 triples in that span. His usage will certainly take a dip upon the return of DeMarcus Cousins (illness), so his owners can look to sell high.
Rotoworld reports: Cavs - Kyrie Irving said he expects his left knee to stiffen up on him, but expects to play on Friday against the Pelicans.
He said he felt his knee buckle and the Thunder's team doctor examined him at halftime. Irving did have a left knee injury last season, so perhaps the Cavs take it easy on him and sit him down for one. Matthew Dellavedova and Dion Waiters would get more run should Kyrie sit. Again, it sounds like he should be out there for now.
Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Jeremy Lamb made 3-of-9 from the field for nine points, four rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer against the Cavs on Thursday.
Kevin Durant was yelling at him for being a ball hog, which makes sense because a Lamb isolation is nowhere near as effective as a KD isolation. Lamb will take a backseat most nights and is too much of a headache to own in most leagues.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, December 9
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Eric Bledsoe, Blake Griffin, John Wall, Paul Pierce, Jeff Teague, Ty Lawson, and Al Horford.
CBS Sports reports: Hawks center Al Horford scored a season-high 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting in Monday's 108-92 win at Indiana. Horford made all six of his free throws and his only 3-point try.
Horford added eight rebounds, three blocks, three assists and a steal. He'll play the 76ers on Wednesday.
CBS Sports reports: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson, held to four points in Sunday's loss at Atlanta, bounced back with 22 points and 12 assists in Monday's overtime loss at Toronto. Lawson posted double-digits assists for the ninth straight time and added six rebounds and two steals.
He'll play the Heat on Wednesday.
CBS Sports reports: Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters came off the bench to score 26 points in Monday's 110-88 win at Brooklyn. Waiters hit 11 of 21 shots and had four assists, two steals, a rebound and a block.
Waiters plays Toronto on Tuesday.
Rotoworld reports: Clippers - Matt Barnes hit 4-of-11 shots (no threes) for eight points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in Monday's overtime win over the Suns.
Barnes has rehabilitated his standard league value and has played at a solid mid-round level over the last two weeks, averaging 9.5 points with 1.5 treys, 4.5 boards and a combined 1.4 steals and blocks. Yes, injuries or lackluster play could derail him, but a late-round projection seems to be a bit better than a coin flip.
Rotoworld reports: Suns - Eric Bledsoe had one of the best lines of the season in Monday's overtime loss to his old Clippers squad, scoring 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting (2-of-6 from deep, 9-of-9 from the line) with 11 rebounds, a career-high 16 assists, two steals and two blocks.
Bledsoe was all over the court and made innumerable big plays as he tortured his former teammates. Don't look now but he's returning top 20-40 value and that could be sell-high territory given his injury risk and the pending return of Isaiah Thomas, but we like him as the safest asset among the Suns' backcourt producers.
Rotoworld reports: Kings - Rudy Gay scored 29 points on 10-of-19 shooting (9-of-10 FTs) with six rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in the Kings' 101-92 win over the Jazz on Monday.
Gay and Darren Collison (16 points, six assists, one steal) are going to carry as much load as they can handle with DeMarcus Cousins out for a while. Their efficiency numbers could take a hit or even a tumble since they were already carrying close to a max-load with Cousins on the court.
Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Enes Kanter scored 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds and two blocks over 32 minutes in Monday's loss to the Kings, and he also got away with chucking his mouthpiece into the stands without being ejected.
A suspension seems possible if not likely and owners should be keeping an eye out for that. Now that Alec Burks is back, any designs on extra touches are null and void and the last thing Kanter wants to do is open the door for young and promising Rudy Gobert.
Rotoworld reports: Timberwolves - Zach LaVine was all over the board in Monday's loss to the Warriors, hitting just 4-of-16 shots for nine points, four rebounds, eight assists, three steals and six turnovers in 41 minutes.
Mo Williams is unreliable from a durability standpoint and there could be plenty of LaVine action like this for the next month or so. Predicting when or how it's going to go down could very well be a mess, and owners need to be cognizant of how he can wreck a good line quickly in a handful of categories.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, December 8
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were John Wall, Wilson Chandler, Chandler Parsons, Jon Leuer (Grizzlies), Jrue Holiday, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook.
CBS Sports reports: Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant led the team with just 14 points on 6 of 18 shooting, including 0 of 5 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 104-87 loss to the Pelicans Sunday.
Bryant's low scoring total Sunday was his second time in the last four games failing to reach 15 points, a level he didn't accomplish just once through the end of November. It's the second time this season he's gone 0 for 5 from behind the arc. Bryant also contributed four assists and three rebounds in 32 minutes in the loss, the Lakers' third straight. He'll look to turn things around Tuesday against the Kings.
CBS Sports reports: Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday scored 22 points on 9 of 17 shooting, including 4 of 5 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 104-87 win over the Lakers Sunday.
Holiday's 22-point performance represented his highest scoring total since Nov. 14, and the four made three-pointers were a new season high. He also racked up eight assists, four rebounds and one block in 35 minutes Sunday. The Pelicans move forward to face the Knicks Tuesday.
CBS Sports reports: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Jazz, News10 Sacramento reports.
Cousins is dealing with a case of viral meningitis and will likely miss all of next week before being re-evaluated next Sunday. He has averaged 23.5 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 15 games.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Jeremy Lin played 20 minutes off the Lakers' bench on Sunday and finished with only three points on 1-of-5 FGs and 1-of-3 FTs.
He added three boards and four assists with one turnover and zero steals, and is now averaging just 20.0 minutes over the Lakers' past three games. It's hard to envision Ronnie Price keeping the PG job and this demotion could just be a wake-up call for Lin, though he appears to have hit the 'snooze' button on Sunday. Fantasy owners in 12-team leagues and deeper should give him another week before making any drastic moves.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Carlos Boozer scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in 23 minutes on Sunday, despite coming off the bench for the first time all season.
Boozer's non-existent defense finally prompted a lineup change but it's unclear whether coach Byron Scott intended this to be an indefinite change or a temporary experiment -- for what it's worth, Scott acknowledged that the PF veteran wasn't happy with a bench role. Boozer's fantasy usefulness is limited to points, FG percentage and rebounds, and owners itching to rid themselves of him should take tonight's demotion as their cue.
Rotoworld reports: Knicks - Amare Stoudemire notched his fourth double-double of the season in Sunday's loss, scoring 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting with 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 36 minutes.
He was held to seven points on Friday but has now cracked double-digits in nine of New York's past 11 games, and he's topped 30 minutes in four of the past five. The Knicks' training staff obviously has confidence in the health of Stoudemire's knees, and fantasy owners shouldn't hesitate to start him while he's playing this well in heavy minutes.
Rotoworld reports: Mavs - Chandler Parsons came one point shy of his season-high in scoring on Sunday, finishing a win vs. the Bucks with 28 points on 11-of-14 shooting, including four 3-pointers.
Parsons added five rebounds, one assist and one block with two turnovers, and he racked up his stats in a mere 31 minutes on the court. His numbers are down compared to last season with Houston but he's starting to find his groove in the Mavs' high-powered offense. Any improvement in his 41.0 percent shooting would lock him into mid-round value.
Rotoworld reports: Pistons - Josh Smith scored 12 points with five rebounds, two assists and one turnover in just 22 foul-plagued minutes on Sunday, but he also missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Why it was Smith launching the decisive shot is anyone's guess, but the predictable result was another loss for the Pistons, who have now dropped 12 consecutive games. Smith made only 5-of-13 FGs and 1-of-4 FTs without any steals or blocks, making this one of his lesser efforts in the past few weeks.