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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, January 26

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players James Harden, DJ Augustin, Kevin Durant, Ty Lawson, Chris Paul, LeBron James, Monta Ellis, John Wall, Tyreke Evans, Hassan Whiteside, and Thaddeus Young.

Rotoworld reports: Rockets - James Harden ran roughshod over the Lakers' defense in Sunday's road win, scoring 37 points (12-of-20 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs) with four 3-pointers, eight boards, five assists, two steals and six turnovers. Harden is averaging 37.0 points over Houston's past four games and continues to lead the NBA in scoring at 27.3 points per game, well ahead of LeBron James (26.0), Kevin Durant (25.3), Anthony Davis (24.2), DeMarcus Cousins (24.2) and Carmelo Anthony (24.1). Just get comfortable and enjoy the fireworks.

Rotoworld reports: Celtics - Evan Turner had a strong showing against the Warriors on Sunday, scoring 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with seven boards, seven assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes. Turner has never been known for his efficiency or for his defensive ability, so this line was definitely a pleasant surprise. While he will always be tough to own in standard leagues for his shooting percentages and turnovers, Turner will continue to be a solid asset in points leagues as long as he continues to run the show in Boston.

Rotoworld reports: Warriors - Andrew Bogut played 28 minutes in a win over the Celtics on Sunday, scoring 13 points with 13 boards, four assists, one steal and one block. It was a little surprising to see him play 28 minutes, but his owners won't be complaining with this line. Bogut is still worth owning even if he only sees around 25 minutes per game going forward, but his owners will always have to worry about precautionary DNPs, especially with the Warriors virtually locked into a top seed in the Western Conference.

Rotoworld reports: Wizards - John Wall led the Wizards to an overtime win in Denver on Sunday, scoring 19 points and dishing out 16 assists, one shy of his career high. Wall made 8-of-16 shots including one 3-pointer and he was huge down the stretch, scoring or assisting on six of Washington's scoring plays. He added one steal with only two turnovers in tonight's high-scoring affair, and he's overtaken Ty Lawson for the league-lead in assists with 10.1 per game. When you eliminate turnovers from the equation, Wall's fantasy valuation leaps into the top-25.

Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - Ty Lawson went off in his return from a one-game personal absence on Sunday, scoring a game-high 31 points with 12 assists before missing a potentially game-tying jumper in overtime. Lawson hit 10-of-20 shots and 8-of-8 free throws with three 3-pointers, three rebounds and three steals, perhaps taking his emotions out on the court after being arrested on suspicion of a DUI on Friday. He may eventually face a short suspension from the league, but for now owners can tentatively expect to have him for all four of Denver's games this week.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, January 25

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players John Wall, Tim Hardaway Jr, LaMarcus Aldridge (playing with a thumb injury instead of having surgery -- for now), and Zach Randolph.

Rotoworld reports: Hornets - Kemba Walker is set to have an MRI on his knee and surgery is reportedly not off the table. He has been dealing with a cyst in his left knee since high school so it's very surprising to see it flare up now. There is no indication as to when Walker will be evaluated, but we would expect another report soon. Walker's owners shouldn't panic just yet, and should wait until further details are released before doing anything drastic. Should Walker miss any time, Brian Roberts will likely step into a starting role with Lance Stephenson and Gary Neal also handling the ball more. Stay tuned.

Rotoworld reports: Knicks - Jose Calderon's (knee) status for Monday's game against Sacramento is uncertain at this point according to coach Derek Fisher. Coach Fisher did say that Calderon was making good progress, but we would guess that he is closer to doubtful considering that he didn't even make the trip to Charlotte on Saturday. If Calderon is unable to play, Langston Galloway will get another chance to run the show for New York with Shane Larkin picking up a few more minutes off the bench. If you are in need of a guard, Galloway deserves a long look.

Rotoworld reports: Pistons - There is a "strong belief" within the Pistons that Brandon Jennings tore his left Achilles on Saturday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Sadly, all signs support this claim. Jennings was in agonizing pain at the time of the injury and couldn't put any weight on his leg. Those who have torn their Achilles before have mentioned it felt like being drilled with a baseball in their lower leg, which seemed to be the case for Jennings. The Pistons will conduct an MRI to confirm the damage, but fantasy owners in all re-draft leagues should consider Jennings out for the season. D.J. Augustin is expected to start and is worth owning in all standard leagues. Spencer Dinwiddie will also get more run.

Rotoworld reports: Blazers - LaMarcus Aldridge looked fantastic in his shocking return to the lineup on Saturday during a 103-96 victory over the Wizards, making 9-of-22 from the field for 26 points with nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes. He wore a brace on his thumb and didn't seem to be too bothered with his injury. Aldridge was hit on his bad hand a few times and was not in visible pain. Additionally he had some interesting comments today. Before the game, Aldridge said that he is going to try to play through the injury, but he did leave the door open of him changing his mind. Following the game, he said the Blazers losing two games in a row before tonight factored into his decision. Aldridge also said "of course" when he was asked about his thumb hurting. He didn't mention Nicolas Batum (wrist) directly, but reading between the lines suggests that was a factor, too. Aldridge is going to be a volatile fantasy property, but he's a must start player while he's active.

Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Dante Exum made 5-of-7 from the field for 13 points during a 108-73 win over the Nets on Saturday with four rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes. He is inexplicably a knock-down shooter in the starting lineup. In his last two games as the starter, Exum averaged 14.0 points, 2.0 boards, 4.5 assists and 4.0 triples on 52.6 percent from the field. That's good for a 73.7 effective field goal percentage, which is actually higher than Kyle Korver this season. Exum's shot is a little funky and he was not effective from deep before this hot streak. He still doesn't have a tremendous game for fantasy, but go ahead and give him a look to see if he can keep his 19-year-old Aussie magic going.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, January 24

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players Klay Thompson, Nikola Vucevic, James Harden, LeBron James, DeMarcus Cousins, Al Jefferson, Eric Bledsoe, and Russell Westbrook.

Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Kawhi Leonard scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting (including a three) with 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Spurs' 99-85 win over the Lakers on Friday. So far so good with regard to Leonard's hand and obviously if he's on the floor the production is going to be there. He's returning top 20-25 value on a per-game basis so far.

Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Nick Young scored 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting with three treys and a 4-of-4 mark from the line in Friday's loss. Young didn't have any other stats and while that's not too shocking the 20 minutes is pretty annoying with Kobe Bryant out. Byron Scott played nine players between 19-29 minutes tonight and has been a mess in the fantasy sense, and he hasn't been all that impressive in the reality sense either. But Young should be owned in all formats with an excellent shot to be productive with Kobe Bryant expected to be out for the year.

Rotoworld reports: Timberwolves - Gorgui Dieng went for 14 and 15 with three assists and a block over 35 minutes in Friday's loss to the Pelicans. Dieng is going to be a hard guy to take off the court and Flip Saunders is already talking about playing he and Nikola Pekovic (13 points, nine boards, 21 minutes) together some. If anything, it's a buy low moment if Dieng's current owner thinks Pek is going to significantly change his season-long outlook.

Rotoworld reports: Pelicans - Eric Gordon scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds, five assists and one steal over 35 minutes in Friday's road win over the Wolves. Gordon is going to be worth having in lineups at least until Jrue Holiday returns and if Ryan Anderson misses more time with his ankle injury he could have a nice little run here. Anthony Davis added 21 and 12 with two steals and a block, and Tyreke Evans is also enjoying life without Holiday as he poured in 17 points with eight assists in an otherwise full line.

Rotoworld reports: Mavs - Rajon Rondo was benched during the fourth quarter of the Mavs' 102-98 loss to the Bulls on Friday, finishing with six points on 3-of-9 shooting, two rebounds, four assists and a steal in 27 minutes. Rondo was benched earlier in the year under the premise of Achilles' pain and it's starting to look to some like it's a basic offensive issue. Teams are packing it in against Rondo and Rick Carlisle decided to go with Devin Harris instead. Rondo is also struggling in fantasy leagues, so consider moving him to your bench in 8-cat leagues. Rondo is radioactive in 9-cat leagues unless you're punting turnovers, but some added production might sneak him into late-round value in those formats.

CBS Sports reports: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins scored a team-high 28 points on 9 of 19 shooting while hauling in 11 rebounds in his team's 126-101 loss to the Warriors Friday. Cousins has strung together nine straight appearances with double-doubles, but the Kings are just 2-7 in those games, and the team owns a six-game losing streak overall. The center also chipped in three steals and two assists in 35 minutes. The Kings are set to face the Knicks Monday.

CBS Sports reports: Rockets center Dwight Howard left the arena in a walking boot after injuring his ankle in his team's 113-111 win over the Suns, the Associated Press reports. Howard twisted his ankle while landing on the foot of a Suns player and limped back to the locker room before being ruled out for the remainder of the game. "I really couldn't put any pressure on it," Howard said after the game. "But we got the win, so that's the only thing that matters." Coach Kevin McHale said the team would know more about the center's availability for the upcoming slate of games after he's evaluated Saturday.

CBS Sports reports: Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson set a new NBA record Friday by scoring 37 points in a single quarter against the Kings. Thompson went 13 of 13 from the field in the third quarter, including 9 of 9 from three-point range, to give him 50 points in the first three quarters of the game alone. The nine three-pointers also represent a new NBA high for a single quarter. Prior to Thompson's huge quarter, Wilt Chamberlain held the franchise record for points in a quarter, scoring 31 in a game in 1962. Thompson scored his team's last 18 points in the massive quarter, in which the team managed to put up 41 points as a unit. Though he was given a breather at the start of the fourth quarter, the shooting guard eventually came back into the game. After a two-point fourth quarter, Thompson finished the game with 52 points, matching Minnesota's Mo Wiliams for the highest scoring output in a single game this season. The Warriors guard shot 16 of 25 from the field, including 11 of 15 from three-point range, falling just one shy of matching the NBA record for three-pointers in a game. He also chipped in five assists, four steals, two rebounds and two blocks in the team's 126-101 win over the Kings. The Warriors next square off with the Celtics Sunday.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, January 23

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Enes Kanter, Blake Griffin, Gordon Hayward and Pau Gasol. There were just four games.

Rotoworld reports: Magic - Tobias Harris may come off Orlando's bench again on Friday, according to beat writer John Denton. It's surprising that Harris wouldn't overtake struggling starter Devyn Marble, but he should still get a healthy dose of minutes and shot attempts even if he's stuck in the second unit. Keep him active and check back prior to tip-off for updates on Orlando's starting lineup.

Rotoworld reports: Timberwolves - Ricky Rubio (ankle) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Friday. He's ramped up his activity in recent weeks and is nearing a return, but he still has soreness and the Wolves are being very cautious to avoid further damage. Mo Williams will continue to be a viable fantasy option until Rubio's return, at which point standard-league owners may have to look elsewhere for PG production.

Rotoworld reports: Nets - Mirza Teletovic will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs. Teletovic pulled himself from Thursday's game due to shortness of breath and subsequent testing revealed that he's suffering from bilateral pulmonary embolus. He'll stay at a hospital in L.A. for further tests and to begin treatment, which includes blood-thinners, and will return to Brooklyn once doctors clear him to travel. His absence should lead to more playing time for backup forwards Cory Jefferson and Bojan Bogdanovic.

Rotoworld reports: Bulls - The Bulls have lifted all playing-time restrictions for Derrick Rose, who logged a season-high 37 minutes last Saturday. "I think the more he plays, the better he's going to be," Tom Thibodeau said after Thursday's convincing win vs. the Spurs. Rose has missed 11 games this season but he's been healthy and effective over Chicago's past six games, averaging 23.7 points, 3.5 triples, 6.5 assists and 1.0 steals in 32 minutes per game.

Rotoworld reports: Cavs - LeBron James said that new teammate Timofey Mozgov is a "walking double-double." Mozgov has had a few peaks and valleys since joining the Cavaliers, but over the past two games he's averaging 15.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.0 blocks, while shooting a combined 15-of-26 from the field. Cleveland is riding a four-game win streak and fantasy owners who stuck with Mozgov have to be pleased with the expansion of his role since leaving Denver.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, January 22

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Andre Drummond, Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Jennings, Nic Batum, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Greg Monroe, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, DeMarcus Cousins and Marc Gasol.

Rotoworld reports: Warriors - Andrew Bogut had nine points, 10 rebound, a steal and five blocks in just 22 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Rockets. He appeared to baffle Dwight Howard tonight and it's becoming really clear that the Warriors are going to need to have him healthy for the playoffs. Expect less than 25 minutes a game from Bogut going forward, and expect him to keep putting up decent numbers on nights when he's healthy enough to play.

Rotoworld reports: Rockets- Josh Smith lasted just 14 minutes and finished with five points before being ejected with two technical fouls in Wednesday's ugly loss to the Warriors. Smith thought he got fouled when he banged knees with a Warrior, and later tore into the referees. It kind of looked like he wanted to go home early in a blowout loss, as he continues to do "Josh Smith" kind of things, regardless of what uniform he's wearing. He's been a bit of a disaster with the Rockets and things aren't likely to get better once Terrence Jones finally returns from his leg injury.

Rotoworld reports: Nets - Jarrett Jack had a productive game in a 103-100 win at Sacramento on Wednesday with 16 points, four rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes. Deron Williams (ribs) is going to miss at least the next three games and there's a decent chance we don't see him this month. Even once he does return. Jack's minutes should be safe in the 20s and he'll likely start, as well. He should be owned everywhere.

Rotoworld reports: Kings - Rudy Gay scored 25 points with eight rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer against the Nets on Wednesday. He's been consistent since returning from a knee injury on Saturday with at least 22 points and five boards in each of his last three games. Gay also played more than 40 minutes for the first time in 2015 tonight, so any concern of a knee issue should basically be put to bed.

Rotoworld reports: Suns - Eric Bledsoe hit 11-of-22 shots, a 3-pointer and 10-of-15 free throws for a career-high 33 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals in 34 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Blazers. That's a season high in points for Bledsoe, who has increased his scoring in each of his last five games. Isaiah Thomas came off the bench for 27 points and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes, while starter Goran Dragic added 16 points, four assists and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes. Thomas is coming on again, so it wouldn't be surprising to suddenly see Dragic or Bledsoe start to struggle a bit, but that was not the case tonight.

CBS Sports reports: Wizards point guard John Wall scored 18 points on 6 of 17 shooting while dishing out 13 assists in his team's 105-103 overtime loss to the Thunder Wednesday. Wall managed to deliver his second straight double-double Wednesday after going five straight games without one such performance. His 13 assists mark his highest total since he tallied 17 against Minnesota in mid-December. Wall also racked up six rebounds and four steals in 44 minutes Wednesday. He'll square off with the Blazers Saturday.

CBS Sports reports: Thunder center Steven Adams scored six points on 3 of 7 shooting while hauling in a career-high 20 rebounds in his team's 105-103 overtime win over the Wizards Wednesday. Adams' previous rebounding high came earlier this season when he racked up 15 rebounds on Christmas Day. He was able to post a double-double in that performance but couldn't manage many points on a night where Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined to score 66. The Thunder are set to face the Hawks Friday.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, January 21

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kenneth Faried, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant. There were just two games.

Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Kawhi Leonard tied his career-high with 15 rebounds during Tuesday's road win in Denver, adding 17 points with three 3-pointers, three assists, two steals and one block. This was Leonard's eighth double-digit rebounding game of the season, and he racked up tonight's stats in just 31 minutes of action. The numbers agree with the eye-test where Leonard is concerned, as he's peaking at career-high levels in rebound rate (13.3 percent), usage rate (22.7 percent), assist rate (12.9 percent) and PER (19.4). The sky is the limit for San Antonio's rising star.

Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - Kenneth Faried posted a huge double-double on Tuesday, hitting 9-of-17 FGs and 8-of-12 FTs to finish with a team-high 26 points and 14 rebounds in a loss to the Spurs. Faried was averaging a mere 5.3 shots in Denver's past three games, but he was more involved tonight with a terrific usage rate of 32.1 percent. He also took all 17 of his shots within seven feet of the hoop, but his effective performance wasn't enough to prevent the Nuggets' fourth straight loss, dropping them to 18-24.

Rotoworld reports: Spurs - The Spurs used balanced scoring to escape with a road win in Denver on Tuesday, led by Tony Parker's 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting, four rebounds, seven assists and one turnover in 32 minutes. Eleven different Spurs scored tonight, with six players cracking double-digits. San Antonio is fourth in bench scoring (40.8 points per game) and Gregg Popovich isn't afraid to lean on his reserves when appropriate, which leads to some unpredictable performances up and down the roster. Parker was coming off a four-point game after Sunday's blowout so hopefully he can carry this momentum into Thursday's showdown vs. the Bulls.

Rotoworld reports: Heat - Updating a previous report, Hassan Whiteside (sprained right ankle) will not travel with the Heat for Wednesday's game in Charlotte. Whiteside was diagnosed with a Grade-1 sprain, which is the least severe variety, so he should have a chance to return for Friday's home game vs. the Pacers. He's played well enough to earn the full-time starting center job, so nobody should think about cutting him after a minor injury. Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will be asked to pick up the slack in his absence.

Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Dion Waiters was awful on Tuesday, shooting 1-of-9 from the field to finish with three points and zero rebounds, assists, steals or blocks in 26 minutes. This drop-off wasn't unexpected, as the career 42.1 percent shooter was making an unrealistic 50.9 percent over his past four games. He's getting enough minutes and touches to hold some value as a primary option with OKC's second unit, but fantasy owners will have to take the good with the (very) bad.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, January 19

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kevin Durant, Tyreke Evans, Rudy Gobert, and Alexis Ajinca. There were just three games.

Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Manu Ginobili tied his career high with four blocks in only 19 minutes vs. the Jazz on Sunday, adding six points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, four assists and one steal. Manu is uniquely capable of helping fantasy owners in limited minutes, but this defensive outburst was totally unforeseeable -- he had three blocks all season prior to Sunday, with his last one coming on December 5th. When Gregg Popovich was asked if he expects another four-block game from Manu, he laughed and replied, "No."

Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Rudy Gobert snagged a career-high 18 rebounds in 29 minutes vs. the Spurs on Sunday, adding 13 points, two assists, four blocks and only one turnover. He started the second half but coach Quin Snyder claimed the switch has "no long-term implications." Gobert shot 5-of-10 from the field and 3-of-5 from the FT line, and continues to impress despite his (perhaps temporary) move back to Utah's bench. He's swatting a ridiculous 4.2 shots per game in January, to go along with 10.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals, which places him in elite fantasy territory. It's inevitable that Gobert will enter Utah's starting lineup at some point, but he's a must-start player no matter where he begins the game.

Rotoworld reports: Magic - Magic rookie Aaron Gordon (foot) returned on Sunday with eight points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds and one assist in 12 minutes off the bench. Gordon was averaging 5.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 15 minutes per game before getting injured. That sets a reasonable near-term expectation, though his minutes should increase with the Magic prioritizing player development in a lost season. For now, Gordon belongs on the waiver wire in all standard leagues.

Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Serge Ibaka set up camp on the perimeter during Sunday's easy road win, hitting 4-of-8 shots from downtown to finish with 16 points, eight rebounds, two steals and one block in 28 minutes. Ibaka's 1.4 triples per game are easily a career high and coach Scott Brooks has given him a green light, adding a valuable new facet to his fantasy game. His FG percentage has dipped as a consequence, to a career-low 47.2 percent, but he's been better with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant both healthy, shooting 49.0 percent over the past month. Owners can pencil him in for top-20 value the rest of the season.

CBS Sports reports: The Suns are reportedly still trying to make more moves, according to ESPN senior NBA writer Marc Stein. Phoenix is actively shopping center Miles Plumlee after acquiring Brandan Wright from the Celtics. The Suns are hoping to get a future first-round pick for Plumlee, who is averaging 4.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game this season. So far, no teams have been linked to Plumlee.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, January 18

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Andrew Wiggins, Stephen Curry, LaMarcus Aldridge, Jason Thompson, Klay Thompson, Blake Griffin, Matt Barnes, Kyle Korver and Al Horford.

Rotoworld reports: Wizards - Nene stuffed the stat sheet against the Nets on Saturday with 20 points, six boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 28 minutes. His minutes have solidified at 26.3 per game in 2015. In his previous nine games, Nene averaged 11.7 points, 5.7 boards, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steals on 52.4 percent from the field. That's usable production in standard leagues, but there's no need to bend over backwards to add him considering how much he's hurt.

Rotoworld reports: Clippers - Matt Barnes made 10-of-15 from the field for 26 points against the Kings on Saturday with 10 rebounds, one assist, one block, three steals and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes. Apparently, Matt Barnes and James Harden switched bodies tonight. Although, Barnes has played very well over his last five, averaging 15.8 points, 6.8 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.6 triples in 36.8 minutes. He has to be picked up while he's this hot.

Rotoworld reports: Kings - Jason Thompson exploded against the Clippers on Saturday with 23 points, 22 boards, two assists and one block in 36 minutes. DeMarcus who? The Kings were still popped on the mouth on the defensive side, but Thompson had his best game in a long time. He was out of the rotation earlier this season for one game and he hadn't scored in double-figures since Dec. 11 before tonight, so this line is a major fluke. Unless we get some bad news on DeMarcus Cousins, JT can stay on the wire.

Rotoworld reports: Grizzlies - Jeff Green had another terrific game off the bench on Saturday during a 102-98 win over the Blazers with 17 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes. It's been a seamless transition with 29.4 minutes per game with his new team. In his three games, Green averaged 16.0 points, 4.3 boards 0.3 steals and 1.0 triples on 39.5 percent from the field. As bad as that shooting line looks, Green has taken 48.8 percent of his attempts from within eight feet, which is up from 38.1 percent from his Boston days. That should allow him to shoot a higher percentage. Still, he's not a high-upside guy and isn't a must-own player.

Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Nicolas Batum struggled yet again on Saturday during a 102-98 loss in Memphis, making 1-of-6 from the field for three points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer. Trying to defend Batum in fantasy has become very old here. In his last three games, he's managed to average just 4.0 points, 3.7 boards, 3.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks, 0.7 triples and 3.0 turnovers on 16.7 percent from the field. He also has a 13.4 usage rate and is being eliminated from the offense right now. Still, the non-scoring stats are there, so he should remain owned.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, January 17

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, Gordon Hayward, Russell Westbrook, Tristan Thompson, Brandon Jennings, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

Rotoworld reports: Clippers - Blake Griffin scored 34 points on 14-of-23 shooting (6-of-7 FTs) with 10 rebounds, three assists and one steal in the Clippers' 126-121 loss to the Cavs on Friday. Griffin did not attempt a three and he addressed his rebounding problem, so this is as good of a game as owners could have hoped for. Like many big men whose value is struggling, the move away from the hoop has killed him and stuck him with just top 40-50 value on the year. Hopefully tonight is a step in the right direction. Chris Paul hit just 4-of-15 shots and 1-of-7 threes, but finished with 15 points, eight boards, 14 assists and three steals in the loss.

Rotoworld reports: Cavs - Tristan Thompson scored a season-high 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 12 rebounds and two blocks in 40 minutes on Friday against the Clippers. Thompson hit all four of his free throws for good measure. His fantasy deficiencies were not on display tonight but they have been well-chronicled. If Kevin Love misses time due to his back injury, then Thompson is a pretty good bet to produce at a late-round level.

Rotoworld reports: Kings - DeMarcus Cousins was seen limping throughout Friday's loss to the Heat, but so far there have been no reports that he has any serious ailment. Cousins finished the game with 17 points on 4-of-12 shooting, 11 rebounds, five assists, one steal and eight turnovers. He certainly wasn't himself and the situation in Sacramento is percolating underneath the surface, as the team continues to reel from the firing of Mike Malone. Owners will want to keep an eye out on the injury report.

Rotoworld reports: Heat - Luol Deng scored 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting with six rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in Friday's road win over the Kings. The Kings can't defend anybody right now and Deng took advantage of that. Considering his mileage and injury risk, owners might want to float a few offers to see what they can get in return.

Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Gordon Hayward scored 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting (including four threes) with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block in the Jazz's 94-85 win over the Lakers on Friday. On a night of huge performances this one fits right in. He has settled into top 30-40 production and that's what owners should expect going forward.

CBS Sports reports: Magic coach Jacque Vaughn indicated Friday that rookie power forward Aaron Gordon has been cleared for practice, but his timeline for return remains fluid, the Associated Press reports. ''I don't have a date for you,'' Vaughn said. ''We always want to put guys back on the floor when they're comfortable. Once he gets back on the floor, we'll just be smart about his minutes.'' Gordon has missed 32 games since undergoing surgery to repair a fractured left foot in November.

CBS Sports reports: Suns point guard Goran Dragic scored 21 points on 10 of 17 shooting in Phoenix's 110-99 win over the Timberwolves Friday. It was Dragic's second game in his last eight of scoring at least 20 points. He also added eight assists and five rebounds on the night. It was his most assists in a game since Dec. 17. He and the Suns will look to keep rolling Monday against the Lakers.

CBS Sports reports: Mavericks center Tyson Chandler scored 11 points on a perfect 4 of 4 shooting and grabbed 16 rebounds in Dallas' 97-89 win over the Nuggets Friday. In seven games played this month, Chandler is averaging 11 points and 13.6 rebounds per contest. He also had one block and one assist in Friday's win.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, January 16

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Brandon Knight and Kevin Durant. There were just three games.

Rotoworld reports: Cavs - LeBron James looked as healthy as ever against the Lakers during a 109-102 win on Thursday, scoring 36 points with five rebounds, five assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes. A little rest can work wonders. James shot the ball well yet again. He is going back to his bread and butter from last season, driving to the rim and finishing. Last season, he had one of the most ridiculous at-the-rim years ever. On top of shooting 80 percent at the rim, those shots accounted for 39.9 percent of his shot total. That’s why he was the No. 1 guy for fantasy in field goal percentage with his 56.7 percent at a 17.6 shot-per-game clip. On the other hand, before his return this week, he was only shooting 67.2 percent at the rim and those shots account for 33.7 percent. Based on the past two games, he looks like he's back. The key will be if he can stay healthy.

Rotoworld reports: Cavs - J.R. Smith cooled off against the Lakers on Thursday during a win, making 5-of-13 from the field for 13 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers. He is known for his streakiness, so his fantasy owners should not be surprised he slowed down following his 29-point gem on Tuesday. Smith gets a back-to-back in Staples on Friday, which hasn't been a problem based on him shooting 43.8 percent from the field with no days rest this season. Feel free to give him a look as a boom-or-busy guy.

Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Wes Johnson made a couple 3-pointers on Thursday against the Cavs, finishing with eight points, four rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes. His fantasy value won't come from scoring while Kobe Bryant is playing, which means he'll be very inconsistent. Still, Johnson is one of a handful of guys who can be a steal, block and trey guy, so he's worth holding in most standard leagues unless it's to grab a hot free agent.

Rotoworld reports: Rockets - Dwight Howard scored 13 points with eight rebounds, one assist, three steals, one block and one turnover in 34 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday. He actually had a stretch of 10 consecutive makes from the line with his seven makes on Wednesday, but that was snapped on his last attempt tonight. While he's making free throws, his stats are very quiet elsewhere in his last five, averaging 13.0 points, 7.8 boards, 0.8 blocks and 2.2 turnovers on 48.0 percent from the field. He'll look for a big game in a must-see matchup against the Warriors on Saturday.

Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Dion Waiters continued his love of garbage time on Thursday with 16 points, one rebound, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 6-of-16 from the field. Besides the garbage time output and a spike of a Patrick Beverley layup, this was a brutal game for Waiters. He is going to have a tough time adapting to playing next to Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Waiters has yet to post usable fantasy value in standard leagues over a long period of time while his team is healthy, so leave him on the wire in most cases.

CBS Sports reports: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant set a career-high with 17 assists on Thursday against the Clippers. Bryant was looking for his teammates from the beginning of the contest. He managed to collect 10 assists by the end of the first half. Bryant would add seven assists in the second half, breaking his previous career-high of 15 assists. Bryant was also a useful offensive force. He shot 7-14 from the field, including 3-6 from beyond the arc. He also sunk two of his three free throws, finishing with 19 points. He added six rebounds.


Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, January 15

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were LaMarcus Aldridge, Victor Oladipo, James Harden, Ty Lawson, Nikola Vucevic, Anthony Davis, DeAndre Jordan, Derrick Rose, and Stephen Curry.

Rotoworld reports: Knicks - Andrea Bargnani (calf) did not make the trip to London and will not play in Thursday's game against the Bucks. There has been speculation that Bargnani not making the trip is evidence that the Knicks are planning on buying out the former No. 1 overall pick if they can't find a trade partner, but head coach Derek Fisher explained the absence by saying that Bargnani could get better treatment on his calf strain back home. With just two games under his belt this season, Il Mago can safely be left on waivers.

Rotoworld reports: Magic - Tobias Harris (ankle) has been declared out for Friday's game against the Grizzlies. Friday will be Harris' fourth consecutive missed game as he continues to recover from an ankle sprain. He's been out longer than expected, but fantasy owners shouldn't panic yet as Harris has too much upside to drop in any league. Devyn Marble and Channing Frye will continue to see extra minutes while Harris is out and Frye should be the priority pickup of the two for fantasy owners looking to take short-term advantage of this situation.

Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said that Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will be playing back-to-back sets for now. "If it was later in the year, we’d be doing that," Popovich said of resting Duncan and Ginobili on the second night of back-to-back sets. "Now it’s just a minutes thing. They’re not going to play 30 minutes a night, that’s for sure." The tricky part for fantasy owners becomes deciphering when Pop decides that it's "later in the year," but fantasy owners can count on Duncan and Ginobili suiting up for back-to-back sets for the time being.

Rotoworld reports: Bulls - Joakim Noah (ankle) left the United Center in walking boot Wednesday night after spraining his right ankle in a loss to the Wizards. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said that Noah will have his ankle examined on Thursday and it's worth noting that the big man missed four games in December due to a similar ankle sprain. We'll update Noah's status as more information becomes available, but Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic both become viable options in standard fantasy leagues if Noah misses any time.

Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Meyers Leonard played 31 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday with 11 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four fouls. He did a nice job on the glass and coach Terry Stotts made him his only bench big man tonight. Leonard has actually been posting some decent numbers over his last five, averaging 9.6 points, 8.2 boards and 1.0 treys in 22 minutes. He's worth a look if you need a big man.

CBS Sports reports: Clippers guard Chris Paul posted a double-double on Wednesday against the Trail Blazers. Paul didn't have a great shooting night, hitting just 6-18 shots from the field. He sunk just one of his four three point attemps. Paul was able to salvage the performance somewhat, hitting all 10 of his free throws. He finished with 23 points. Paul made sure to involve his teammates during the contest, dishing out 10 assists. He also had six rebounds and two steals.

CBS Sports reports: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan came up with 18 rebounds on Wednesday against the Trail Blazers. Jordan was dominant on the defensive end of the court, pulling down 14 of his 18 rebounds on that end. He was also effective as a scorer. Jordan shot 8-8 from the field. He sunk one of his free throws, finishing with 17 points. He added one block as well.

CBS Sports reports: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry scored a team-high 32 points on 11 of 19 shooting, including 7 of 10 shooting from behind the arc, in his team's 104-89 win over the Heat Wednesday. Curry came within one three-pointer of matching his season high, but his line lacked the typical amount of assists he dishes out on a regular basis, as the point guard managed just three assists to go with five rebounds and two steals in 32 minutes. The Warriors take an eight-game winning streak into Friday's matchup with the Thunder.

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