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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, April 14
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Klay Thompson, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, DeAndre Jordan, LeBron James, Michael Carter-Williams, Langston Galloway, Hassan Whiteside, Rudy Gobert and Tobias Harris.
Rotoworld reports: Heat - Hassan Whiteside was terrific against the Magic during a 100-93 win on Monday, scoring 24 points with 13 boards and five blocks in 36 minutes.
He made 10-of-14 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line for one of his best lines for both percentages. Whiteside had been struggling with his free throw shooting until tonight and he's also played at least 35 minutes in each of his last three. He's going to be one of the toughest players to pinpoint on when to draft next season, but he should be an early-mid round guy.
Rotoworld reports: Magic - Tobias Harris had 26 points, 12 boards, one assist and two 3-pointers during a 100-93 loss to the Heat on Monday.
The Magic are planning to re-sign Harris this summer and it's going to cost them quite a bit to do so. Harris played well over his last five, averaging 17.6 points, 7.6 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.6 treys on 50.0 percent from the field. He's going to be a mid-round target next season, assuming he stays in Orlando.
Rotoworld reports: Bulls - Nikola Mirotic provided an offensive boost off the bench in just 24 minutes, scoring a game-high 26 points with two rebounds, three steals and six 3-pointers against the Nets on Monday.
He's going to get some votes for Rookie of the Year and he's really played well on the nights he gets big minutes. Plus, Mirotic is much more comfortable at power forward, so it's going to be interesting to see how the Bulls handle their logjam over the summer. Joakim Noah (hamstring) could sit again on Wednesday, so you'll want to start Mirotic if/when that happens.
Rotoworld reports: Bucks - Michael Carter-Williams was sensational against the 76ers on Monday during a 107-97 win, scoring 30 points on 11-of-17 from the field with five boards, five assists, three steals and one block.
Surprisingly, he had a tribute video tonight in his return to Philly. Carter-Williams is playing very well right now, averaging 22.8 points, 6.3 assists, 2.8 steals and 1.8 turnovers on 62 percent from the field in his last four. This is his second strong finish in a row in his career, but he's still not someone we'll be targeting in standard fantasy drafts next season.
Rotoworld reports: Rockets - Terrence Jones double-doubled on Monday against the Hornets with 10 points, 11 boards, two assists and four blocks in 31 minutes.
He picked up some minutes at center tonight with Dwight Howard getting some rest. Jones' numbers have dipped a bit in his last five, averaging 7.6 points, 4.8 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 0.2 treys. He'll look to finish strong on Wednesday.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, April 13
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, CJ Miles, Tim Duncan, James Harden, Anthony Davis, and Kenneth Faried.
Rotoworld reports: Mavs - Tyson Chandler is expected to sit out Monday's road game in Utah as a precaution.
Chandler dominated the Lakers on Sunday with 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting, nine rebounds and two blocks, but he won't even travel with the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki is also expected to rest as a precaution, which leaves the frontcourt wide open for Amare Stoudemire, Charlie Villanueva, Bernard James, Dwight Powell and Greg Smith.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Tarik Black snared a career-high 19 rebounds in 33 minutes on Sunday, adding 10 points (3-of-5 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs) with one steal, one block and three turnovers.
Byron Scott's favorite big man snared a dozen boards before halftime and this marks his fifth double-digit rebounding game of the season. Scott expects Black to re-sign with L.A. next season, but fantasy owners should remember that Black needed 25+ minutes in an ideal situation to return meaningful fantasy value this year.
Rotoworld reports: Suns - Markieff Morris was limited to 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting vs. the Spurs on Sunday, though he also contributed one 3-pointer, five rebounds, one steal and one block.
The Suns went ultra-small tonight with a frontcourt of P.J. Tucker alongside the Morrii, a move necessitated by the absence of both Alex Len (ankle) and Brandan Wright (foot). It's surprising that Phoenix was only out-rebounded 41-43 tonight. Markieff and his teammates will look to end the season on a high note vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.
Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Tim Duncan's brilliant play continued on Sunday with 22 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in only 26 minutes vs. the Suns.
The venerable Duncan made 7-of-11 FGs and 8-of-9 FTs, and he's been a model of efficiency since the All-Star break -- among other advanced metrics, he has a 60.3 true shooting percentage, a rebound rate of 16.6 percent, and a net rating of +14.3. The Spurs took the No. 2 seed tonight but they're in a close playoff-position battle with the Clippers and Rockets, so it's probable that Duncan will play in Wednesday's regular-season finale.
Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Enes Kanter scored 13 points with five boards, one assist, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Pacers on Sunday.
Kanter picked up five fouls in this contest, but the Thunder desperately needed his offense and left him in the game for the most part. Kanter should be busy on the offensive end on Monday vs. the Blazers with Russell Westbrook facing a suspension, so he is a decent target in daily leagues.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, April 12
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Zach LaVine, Trevor Booker, Stephen Curry, CJ McCollum, Dwyane Wade, and Damian Lillard.
Rotoworld reports: Grizzlies - X-rays were negative on Marc Gasol's ankle, and he can be considered day-to-day moving forward.
When asked if he would be ready to play vs. the Warriors on Monday, Gasol said, "If possible, I will get myself ready to play." Gasol is known to be a warrior and the Grizzlies desperately need a win, so there is a good chance that we could see him take the court Monday. We will update his status when we know more, and we would expect Kosta Koufos to benefit the most if Gasol is unable to play.
Rotoworld reports: Rockets - Dwight Howard (knee) will play on Sunday vs. the Pelicans, but he will sit out Monday's game vs. the Hornets.
Howard isn't cleared to play in both games of a back-to-back set, so there are no surprises here. Howard belongs in all active lineups Sunday as long as you can deal with his awful free throw shooting, while Terrence Jones, Josh Smith and Joey Dorsey will all benefit in his absence vs. the Hornets on Monday.
Rotoworld reports: Timberwolves - Zach LaVine scored a career-high 37 points against the Warriors on Saturday during a 110-101 loss, adding nine rebounds, four assists and six 3-pointers.
He had a career high in boards and 3-pointers tonight, too. In his six April games, LaVine averaged 21.0 points, 6.0 boards, 5.5 dimes, 0.5 steals and 1.7 treys on 52.1 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the line. He's made a very impressive 23-of-28 (82.1 percent) of his shots at the rim this month, which account for 30 percent of his shot total. Wolves fans have every right to be excited for next season and LaVine is a must-start player.
Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Damian Lillard scored 28 points with five boards, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers vs. the Jazz on Saturday.
He shot 12-of-22 from the field, but he wasn't able to lead the Blazers to a win over a depleted Jazz team. Lillard's shot attempts always go up whenever LaMarcus Aldridge (rest) sits out, so owners in daily leagues should keep that in mind. As one of the most durable players in the NBA, Lillard doesn't appear to be in any danger of resting down the stretch.
Rotoworld reports: Clippers - DeAndre Jordan made 6-of-7 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line for 16 points with 16 boards, three steals and two blocks.
He's not supposed to be this good from the line. In fact, he hasn't made over 70 percent from the line with at least three attempts in any game in 2015 before tonight. Jordan's fantasy owners shouldn't care by now thanks to the boards, field goal percentage and blocks.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, April 11
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Danilo Gallinari, Tim Duncan, Russell Westbrook, Andrew Wiggins, Marcin Gortat, Ty Lawson, Dirk Nowitzki, DeMar DeRozan, and Devin Harris.
Rotoworld reports: Rockets - Dwight Howard scored 12 points on 3-of-5 shooting (6-of-9 FTs) with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 27 minutes on Friday against the Spurs.
Howard's minutes are slowly getting ramped up for the playoffs and he's more or less where owners want him to be productivity-wise. He's much better than the deep league asset we called him earlier today, though there is going to be risk of DNPs as we finish the season.
Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Tim Duncan scored 29 points on 12-of-15 shooting with 10 rebounds, one steal and three blocks in the Spurs' road win over the Rockets on Friday.
Duncan shut down James Harden on the game's final play and folks argued both sides of whether or not he fouled him on the last-second block. What the first ballot Hall of Famer has done this season as a top-20 play is nothing short of extraordinary.
Rotoworld reports: Knicks - Langston Galloway scored 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting (including two threes) with three rebounds, four assists and two steals in the Knicks' 99-91 loss to the Bucks on Friday.
Galloway needed a game like this to help his field goal percentage and he's rolling along at a mid-round value lately. He'll have every opportunity to continue doing that for the Knicks' final few games.
Rotoworld reports: Bucks - Michael Carter-Williams scored 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting with one rebound, seven assists and four steals in 31 minutes against the Knicks on Friday.
It hasn't been a stable ride, but the MCW experience has been better for owners in Milwaukee, where he has posted top 60-110 value (8/9 cat) in his last 22 games. It makes sense that the Bucks continue to give him reps before the playoffs, but anything can happen at this time of year.
Rotoworld reports: Pistons - Reggie Jackson scored a team-high 21 points against the Pacers during a 107-103 loss on Friday, adding four rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.
He made just 6-of-15 from the field and turned the ball over five times. Jackson has scored at least 20 points in each of his last four games, averaging 23.3 points, 2.8 boards, 11.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.0 treys on 54.5 percent from the field. The bad news? He's turned the ball over 6.8 times per game.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, April 9
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kenneth Faried, Isaiah Thomas, Kyrie Irving, Michael Carter-Williams, LeBron James, Brook Lopez, Marcin Gortat, LaMarcus Aldridge, Danilo Gallinari, and Reggie Jackson.
Rotoworld reports: Blazers - LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points, 13 rebounds and a 3-pointer on 10-of-16 shooting in Wednesday's win over the Wolves.
The Blazers have clinched their division, guaranteeing them the No. 4 seed in the West, but they are just two games behind the Grizzlies and Rockets for the No. 2 and 3 seeds. If they want to go for it, the starters should continue to play. However, it's also possible they could give up, take the No. 4 seed and give their guys some rest. Watch for news as this story develops. The big names, including Aldridge, got the day off on Monday, so more rest could be coming in the near future.
Rotoworld reports: Timberwolves - Andrew Wiggins hit 9-of-22 shots and 11-of-15 free throws for 29 points, five rebounds and four assists in Wednesday's loss.
Go ahead and give him the Rookie of the Year Award, although Nerlens Noel, teammate Zach LaVine and Elfrid Payton will also be in the conversation. Wiggins is averaging 16.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.5 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting on the season. He's also scored 22 or more points in four straight games for the Wolves.
Rotoworld reports: Rockets - James Harden made 6-of-15 from the field against the Spurs during a 110-98 loss on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.
This one is going to sting for the Rockets with the Grizzlies and Blazers winning tonight while the Clippers are on a four-game winning streak. In fact, it's very possible the Rockets fall to the fifth seed this weekend with a loss to the Spurs on Friday. They'll be in Houston for that one, though. The Rockets also set the record for most 3-pointers in a season.
Rotoworld reports: Mavs - Tyson Chandler racked up 12 points, 23 rebounds and two blocks in Wednesday's win over the Suns.
They Mavs knocked the Suns out of the playoffs with the win and Chandler abused former teammate, Brandan Wright. The Mavs sound like they may rest some starters over the final week, so Chandler's owners should watch the news feed to make sure he's playing from night to night.
Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - Danilo Gallinari returned from a day of rest on Wednesday with 27 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks, while draining a season-high seven shots from beyond the arc.
Gallo shot 9-of-19 overall, including 7-of-14 from deep, and he just missed his career-high of eight 3-pointers which he set in October of 2009. His resurgence from major knee surgery has been one of the best stories this season, though it hasn't prevented the Nuggets from an atrocious 29-49 overall record.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, April 8
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kevin Martin, Rudy Gay, Anthony Davis, Omri Casspi, Goran Dragic, Stephen Curry, and Draymond Green.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Lakers' big man Tarik Black tied his season high with 16 points on Tuesday, shooting 6-of-9 from the field and 4-of-4 from the FT line with nine rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes.
Black has endeared himself to coach Byron Scott with sheer hustle, but it's not translating to reliable fantasy value -- in the past 10 games he was averaging only 9.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.0 blocks. He does have four straight games with 10+ points, to his credit, and is a decent source of rebounds and FG percentage in deeper leagues.
Rotoworld reports: Kings - Rudy Gay was suffering from a headache during his return from a concussion on Tuesday, and he was "non-committal" about playing vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.
Gay poured in a team-high 33 points on Tuesday so it obviously didn't limit him on the court, but owners will now have to hedge their bets until the Kings go through shootaround. If Gay is forced to sit out again, expect more minutes for Derrick Williams and Nik Stauskas (back), as well as another big game from Omri Casspi.
Rotoworld reports: Kings - Omri Casspi poured in a career-high 31 points during Tuesday's win over the Wolves, hitting 12-of-20 shots with four 3-pointers, five rebounds, one assist, one steals and zero turnovers.
Nobody told Casspi that the Kings are playing for lottery balls with a 27-50 record, as he paired with Rudy Gay (33 points) to carry their team past the lowly Wolves. The absence of DeMarcus Cousins left a huge void in Sacramento's offense and Casspi stepped up in a big way -- the four 3-pointers were also a season-high, and he's worth picking up for temporary value with Cousins doubtful to play on Wednesday.
Rotoworld reports: Timberwolves - Kevin Martin's hamstring didn't hold him back on Tuesday as he racked up a season-high-tying 37 points with three 3-pointers, five rebounds, eight assists, one steal and only one turnover in 44 minutes.
He sank 13-of-31 field goals and 8-of-11 free throws in the losing effort. Martin's owners have to hold their breath every night, but the oft-injured veteran continues to play a huge role for Minny despite the meaninglessness of their games. The Wolves will be desperately short-handed the rest of the way, solidifying Martin as a must-start option.
Rotoworld reports: Thunder - The Thunder were blown out by 25 points at home on Tuesday, as Russell Westbrook scored a team-high 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting with two rebounds, two assists and six steals.
None of the Spurs' opponents are having much luck these days, and OKC lost their hold on the No. 8 seed due to a Pelicans' win vs. the Warriors tonight. Westbrook continues to be a one-man wrecking crew and fantasy owners have no complaints, but OKC's porous defense is forcing him to fight an uphill battle to keep the Thunder competitive. Expect some fireworks from Westy in a much easier matchup vs. the Kings on Friday.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, April 6
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, Luis Scola, Mike Dunleavy, and Andrea Bargnani.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Jeremy Lin struggled vs. the Clippers on Sunday, hitting 2-of-8 shots to finish with six points, one rebound, two assists and three turnovers in just 17 minutes.
Tonight's Staples-center showdown didn't have much at stake and the No. 5 seed Clippers quickly established a huge lead vs. the last-place Lakers. Lin came in shooting just 37.3 percent in five starts since the All-Star break, compared to 45.3 percent as a reserve, and he obviously didn't fare well vs. Chris Paul's defense tonight. Nevertheless, he has enough upside to remain in active lineups as the Lakers drift through their final five games.
Rotoworld reports: Kings - DeMarcus Cousins scored 26 points with 12 rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and eight turnovers during Sunday's 95-101 loss to the Jazz.
He was coming off two straight triple-doubles but didn't have quite as much luck against Rudy Gobert tonight. The Kings have back-to-back sets coming up on Apr. 7/8 and 12/13, so unfortunately Cousins' owners may be saddled with an ill-timed DNP-CD down the stretch. He picked up another technical foul tonight, bringing him to a total of 14 for the season, so two more would result in a mandatory one-game suspension.
Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Derrick Favors played only 16 minutes vs. the Kings on Sunday, contributing 11 points, five rebounds, two steals and one block before sitting out the fourth quarter.
He recently returned from a back injury but this wasn't injury related -- coach Quin Snyder simply opted to give his youngest players more minutes in the fourth quarter of a close game. That doesn't bode well for Favors' value down the stretch but his owners have no choice but to keep him active and hope this doesn't become a trend.
Rotoworld reports: Knicks - Andrea Bargnani scored 25 points to help New York snap their nine-game losing streak on Sunday, sinking 8-of-15 field goals and 7-of-8 free throws with two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists and four blocks.
We've given Bargnani plenty of grief over the years and it's only fair to point out his steady play since the All-Star break -- in 23 games he's averaging 15.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting, 0.5 threes, 4.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.9 blocks. That may be enough to earn him a payday in free agency this summer, but fantasy owners should still be extremely leery of the injury-prone big man on draft day.
Rotoworld reports: Sixers - Nerlens Noel wasn't bothered by his recent eye injury on Sunday, going for 14 points (7-of-14 FGs, 0-of-1 FT), nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks in a loss vs. the Knicks.
The 20-year-old rookie has been a revelation since the All-Star break, ranking fifth in steals (2.2) and fifth in blocks (2.4) with enough scoring and rebounding to sustain second-round value. The best news for his fantasy owners might be that Philly has shown no inclination to rest him in meaningless games down the stretch.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, April 5
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Reggie Jackson, DeMar DeRozan, Chris Paul, John Wall, Tobias Harris, Tyreke Evans, and DeMarre Carroll.
Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Rodney Hood returned from a concussion against the Suns on Saturday with 17 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.
He should have been going to the foul line at the end of the game because the refs missed a bad foul on P.J. Tucker. As for the entire night, Hood was running the offense more than expected and he had a nice mixture of attempts from all over the court. He was rolling a few games before the injury bug got him, so he's worth a look in all leagues.
Rotoworld reports: Pelicans - Tyreke Evans flirted with a triple-double against the Blazers on Saturday during a 99-90 loss, scoring 21 points with seven boards, nine assists, three steals and one turnover.
This is a tough loss for the Pelicans and they're now one game behind the Thunder for the eighth seed. Jrue Holiday is at least getting a little closer to a return, but Evans' fantasy owners shouldn't be worried about it affecting him. The Pelicans have four games this week starting out at home against the Warriors on Tuesday.
Rotoworld reports: Mavs - Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points with four rebounds, two assists, one block and two turnovers in 23 minutes during a 123-110 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.
Dirk was posting up Shaun Livingston and Livingston appeared to hit him below the belt. "I don't think it was intentional on his part. Stuff happens sometimes. It's unfortunate and we move on,'' Nowitzki said. Looking ahead, the Mavs have three road games in the Apr. 10-13 stretch, so we're expecting Dirk to sit in 1-2 of those. The have three games total next week, starting at home against the Suns on Wednesday.
Rotoworld reports: Warriors - Draymond Green returned to action on Saturday with five points, six boards, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.
The Warriors will finish their back-to-back set in San Antonio on Sunday, so there's a very good chance Green rests in that game. Green is worth owning as long as he's starting even with only 24-30 minutes per game.
Rotoworld reports: Grizzlies - Zach Randolph played through some lower back tightness on Saturday during a 92-83 loss to the Wizards, scoring six points with 10 boards, one assist and three turnovers.
The Wizards have been able to shut down a number of power forwards, so this sub-par line may have nothing to do with Randolph's health. Sadly, it was Z-Bowtie night tonight, too. He'll be better his next time out, which isn't until Wednesday to start his three-game week.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, April 4
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Nikola Vucevic, DeMarcus Cousins, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Jordan Clarkson, Enes Kanter, Thaddeus Young, DeMar DeRozan, OJ Mayo, CJ McCollum.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Jordan Clarkson kept up his scoring barrage on Friday during a 107-77 loss to the Blazers, adding seven rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
He's really been great in his last three, averaging 23.7 points, 6.7 boards, 8.7 dimes, 1.0 steals and 1.0 treys on 63.6 percent from the field. Particularly, Clarkson has been locked in on the mid-range shots in that span, making 13-of-17 (76.5 percent). He's going to be on a lot of championship fantasy teams and is a must-start player in all depth. The next time someone tells you Summer League doesn't matter, tell them Jordan Clarkson and Rudy Gobert.
Rotoworld reports: Kings - DeMarcus Cousins was a one-man band in the Kings' 101-95 loss to the Pelicans on Friday, scoring 24 points on 9-of-22 shooting with 20 rebounds, a career-high 13 assists, one steal and four blocks in 42 minutes.
Cousins' status is going to be a day-to-day question as George Karl has now opened the door for rest, after pushing him to play about a week ago, and now Cousins may want to keep things rolling now that he has two triple-doubles in a row under his belt.
Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Damian Lillard scored 20 points during a 107-77 win over the Lakers on Friday with three rebounds, five assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 28 minutes.
After a one-week slump, Lillard has made at least 50 percent from the field in each of his last three games. The Blazers clinched the division tonight, but coach Terry Stotts has said he doesn't want to rest his guys. Lillard probably won't miss the first game of his NBA career this season.
Rotoworld reports: Pelicans - Tyreke Evans just missed a triple-double in Friday's road win in Sacramento, scoring 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting (including a three) with 12 rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one block.
Evans hit just 2-of-7 free throws, including a somewhat critical pair late, and had five turnovers to highlight some unseemly parts of his game. He's still beasting with top 10-20 value over the last two weeks despite hitting just 61.1 percent of his free throws and turning the ball over 3.6 times per contest. Take that efficiency!
Rotoworld reports: Magic - Nikola Vucevic scored a career-high 37 points against the Wolves during a 97-84 win on Friday, adding 17 boards, two assists and one steal in 40 minutes.
After going 1-9 before tonight, this was a bad win for the lottery with the Lakers losing tonight. Shockingly, this was also the Magic's first road win since January 12, so the New England Patriots have won more games away from home than the Magic from Jan. 13 to Apr. 2. Vucevic has four consecutive double-doubles and his fantasy owners will get another Vooch game on Saturday in Milwaukee.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, April 2
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Chris Paul, James Harden, DeMarcus Cousins, Enes Kanter, Russell Westbrook, Marcin Gortat, Anthony Morrow (Thunder) and Deron Williams. It was a huge day of many big performances.
Rotoworld reports: Mavs - Chandler Parsons had no problems getting to the rim on Wednesday against the Thunder, making 10-of-15 from the field for 22 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal and one turnover.
He made all six shots from the field in the fourth quarter with 13 points in that frame. Parsons is coming off a 27-point game from Sunday and seems to be getting hot at the right time. He'll get a revenge game when the Rockets come to Dallas on Thursday.
Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Enes Kanter scored a career-high 30 points against the Mavs during a 135-131 loss on Wednesday, adding 16 boards, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer on 9-of-13 from the field and 11-of-12 from the line.
Trevor Booker's quote applies here with Kanter getting his stats and taking an L. Still, Kanter is posting some massive stat lines in his last five, averaging 20.0 points, 12.4 boards, 1.2 assists and 0.8 blocks on 58.5 percent from the field. He just needs to work on the defensive side of things because OKC had arguably their worst game on D all season.
Rotoworld reports: Pelicans - Anthony Davis had 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists, a steal and four blocks on 9-of-15 shooting in Wednesday's win over the Lakers.
The Hornets are now just 1.5 games behind the Thunder for the final playoff spot in the West, and got Ryan Anderson back tonight. This is good news for Davis, who could finish in a flurry for the Pelicans as they pull out all the stops in hopes of playing in the postseason.
Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Nicolas Batum hit 7-of-11 shots and five 3-pointers for 21 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.
Batum is heating up again, scoring 21, 16 and 15 points in his last three games after scoring just five points on March 27. Batum is averaging 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.3 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting over his last four games. His lack of scoring has been a concern at times, but he's rolling right now, and the fact he hasn't blocked a shot in his last four games is meaningless, given everything else he's doing.
Rotoworld reports: Bucks - O.J. Mayo was effective during his 27 minutes off the bench during a 95-91 win against the Bulls on Wednesday, scoring 13 points with two rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.
In his previous 10 games since the break, Mayo made just 31.0 percent from the field, so making 5-of-9 from the field was a massive improvement. Still, he's been dealing with a hamstring ailment since February and we'll need to see it again before suggesting him as a pickup. Just keep an eye on him going forward.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, April 1
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Blake Griffin, Brook Lopez, George Hill, Kawhi Leonard, Andre Drummond, and Chris Paul.
Rotoworld reports: Warriors - Stephen Curry finished Tuesday's victory in L.A. with 27 points, four 3-pointers, four assists, one steal, three turnovers and one ankle-breaking move against Chris Paul.
This is a somewhat pedestrian line for Steph, who is one of the leading MVP candidates. We just needed an excuse to proliferate his ridiculous juke-move in the second quarter, which sent elite defender CP3 sprawling onto his backside while Curry sank a jumper from the corner. Follow the link below, and enjoy.
Rotoworld reports: Clippers - Chris Paul scored 27 points in a losing effort vs. the Warriors in L.A on Tuesday, finishing with one 3-pointer, two rebounds, nine assists and one steal.
CP3 has been a top-5 fantasy value by virtually any metric this season -- 8-cat or 9-cat, per-game or cumulative. He rivals Kawhi Leonard as one of the game's deadliest mid-range shooters and his 10.3 ppg off pull-up jumpers are tops in the NBA, far ahead of Mo Williams (8.9), Stephen Curry (8.6) and Russell Westbrook (8.4). He also leads the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.1) and will be a fixture on plenty of championship-winning fantasy teams this season.
Rotoworld reports: Heat - Michael Beasley played with a sore elbow on Tuesday, scoring six points with two rebounds, two turnovers and one technical foul in 18 minutes of action.
The Heat have started 30 different lineups this season, tying a franchise record. It's the result of a deluge of injuries that has Miami clinging to the No. 7 seed in the East, which is still impressive considering they're playing without Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts while dealing with myriad injuries up and down the roster. Beasley made a few bone-headed plays tonight and he's failed to sustain standard-league value despite an increased role over the past few weeks.
Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Tony Parker had 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting during Tuesday's road win in Miami, adding two rebounds, five assists and one steal with four turnovers in 26 minutes.
In the process, Parker became only the 17th player in NBA history to play at least 1,000 games with the same franchise. His minutes are routinely being limited to the 25-28 range, which is holding him to mid-round value while helping to avoid the dreaded DNP-CD -- it's a trade-off most fantasy owners will happily accept.
Rotoworld reports: Pacers - Roy Hibbert made only 3-of-11 FGs during Tuesday's defeat, adding three rebounds, one steal and three blocks in just 20 minutes of court-time.
Hibbert made a key block down the stretch but his offensive ineptitude is hard to overcome for a Pacers team that already lacks efficient scorers -- the Pacers' offense even stalled out with 40 seconds left in a five-point game, resulting in a missed 3-pointer from Hibbert. That said, he's providing late-round value in March and is worth deploying if you need solid rebounds, blocks and percentages.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, March 31
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were DeMar DeRozan, Jordan Clarkson, Kemba Walker, James Harden, Avery Bradley, and DeMarre Carroll.
Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Arron Afflalo played well again on Monday during a 109-86 victory over the Suns, scoring 16 points with two rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers.
He had a 21-point game on Saturday and is now the hottest he's ever been while in a Portland uniform. Still, the steals aren't there and he's not doing much besides scoring, so he's not a hot property in fantasy leagues.
Rotoworld reports: Timberwolves - Zach LaVine scored 21 points on 7-of-19 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in Monday's loss.
LaVine's owners are dodging the wishy-washy return of Ricky Rubio and until then he'll be a must-start player, unless field goal percentages or turnovers are critical areas for you.
Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Trey Burke scored 19 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 8-of-17 shots (including two threes) with six rebounds, three assists and one steal in 24 minutes.
As long as Burke is hitting his shots he's going to hold value while Derrick Favors (back) is out, because the Jazz need folks that can score the ball and that's what Burke does.
Rotoworld reports: Suns - Marcus Morris played 22 minutes against the Blazers during a 109-86 loss on Monday, scoring 11 points with one rebound, one steal and one 3-pointer.
The Suns were blown out, so Morris didn't play in the fourth quarter. He should be a safe bet for around 30 minutes, but the Suns losing ground in the standings could change their rotation to favor the young guys. Morris is still worth owning in standard leagues until Brandon Knight (ankle) gets back. As a side note, the Suns have been a complete disaster in the third quarter in their last four, posting a putrid 71.1 offensive efficiency rating in those four quarters combined.
Rotoworld reports: Raptors - DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 42 points and tied a career-best with 11 rebounds in the Raptors' 99-96 win over the Rockets on Monday.
DeRozan hit 14-of-27 shots (2-of-4 3PTs, 12-of-17 FTs) to go with one steal, one block and six turnovers, as his usage was off the charts with Kyle Lowry (back) out. Look for this trend to continue until Lowry returns, and owners that are sensitive to field goal percentage may need to keep a close eye on him in case he gets a bit too trigger happy.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, March 27
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Ersan Ilyasova and CJ Watson. There was just one game.
Rotoworld reports: Bucks - Jared Dudley returned from his kneecap injury on Thursday, scoring two points with one rebound, one assist and one turnover.
He had the worst shot you'll see all season with a backwards shot in the corner. We know that doesn't make sense, so click the link below to check it out. Dudley can be left on the wire in almost all leagues.
Rotoworld reports: Bucks - Ersan Ilyasova scored a career-high 34 points on 12-of-14 from the field against the Pacers during a 111-107 win on Thursday, adding six rebounds, two assists, two steals and five 3-pointers.
He gets the fantasy equivalent of a Grammy for posting an effective field goal percentage of 103.6. Back in January, it was a winter war for Ghostface Ilya with his minutes per game at just 17.2. Now, heís finally been consistent with at least 29 minutes in each of his previous five, averaging 17.0 points, 8.8 boards, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.4 treys on 45.9 percent from the field. He's spitting hot fire right now and is a must-start player.
Rotoworld reports: Pacers - C.J. Watson served as the sixth man against the Bucks on Thursday with 23 points, seven boards, seven assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 4-of-9 from the field and 13-of-15 from the field.
His minutes jumped back up after playing just 19 on Wednesday. Watson has slid right into Rodney Stuckey's role while the guard deals with a calf injury, but Stuckey could be back on Sunday. If Watson is still floating on the wire, he probably only has one more game of decent value headed his way.
Rotoworld reports: Clippers - Jamal Crawford (calf) is optimistic he will be able to return this season.
Players tend to be overly optimistic when discussing their injuries, so we wouldn't read too much into this. Crawford is not currently traveling with the team on their road trip, and with no clear return date in site, he belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues. J.J. Redick and Matt Barnes will continue to log heavy minutes in his absence.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, March 26
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Brook Lopez, John Wall, George Hill, Damian Lillard, Paul Millsap, Andrew Wiggins, James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Kevin Love, and Tyreke Evans.
Rotoworld reports: Hawks - Jeff Teague had 16 points and nine assists, returning after briefly leaving Wednesday's game with a minor ankle injury.
The Hawks need to get their groove back on before the playoffs, but also want to keep their guys healthy. They play the Heat on Friday, so owners of Hawks will want to keep an eye out for some DNP-CD's for some of the starters, although it's possible they play everyone, as well. The game is in ATL, so maybe the Hawks will play their stars for the home crowd.
Rotoworld reports: Suns - Markieff Morris scored a team-high 24 points during a 108-99 loss to the Kings on Wednesday with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer on 9-of-16 from the field.
He made 5-of-6 from the line to make this an eight-category line. Morris has really stepped it up over his last five, averaging 18.2 points, 7.6 boards, 3.2 dimes, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 treys on 47.1 percent from the field and 81.5 percent from the line. This is the player his fantasy owners drafted.
Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Boris Diaw had 19 points, six rebounds and a 3-pointer on 9-of-15 shooting in 25 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's 130-91 win over the Thunder.
Diaw's actually been running hot for the Spurs, averaging 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and is shooting 56 percent over his last five games. Give him a look if you need a warm body. Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Danny Green, Jeff Ayres and Patty Mills all scored in double digits for the Spurs, but this game was so ugly, there wasn't much to learn from it. The Spurs are rolling, winning nine of 12 games in March with big wins over the Thunder, Hawks and Bulls.
Rotoworld reports: Kings - DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers against the Suns on Wednesday during a 108-99 victory.
He has a foot issue and was probable because of it for this one. Cousins was already on the injury report for calf injury, but neither are likely to threaten his playing time. He should be active in all games going forward as it stands right now.
Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Nicolas Batum was actually listed as a starter at one point on Wednesday, and it then sounded like he would come off the bench for the Blazers as he deals with a sore back. However, he never got into the game.
We're not quite sure what happened here, but the Blazers were not comfortable playing him tonight. The fact he appeared to be a go should be viewed as good news though, and hopefully he'll be back on Friday against the Suns. Allen Crabbe got the surprise start, but Dorell Wright had 15 points, five boards and three 3-pointers, and looks like the safest option if Batum is going to miss more time.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, March 25
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Stephen Curry, DeMarcus Cousins, Enes Kanter, Jordan Clarkson, Monta Ellis, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson.
Rotoworld reports: Rockets - Dwight Howard (knee) will be in the starting lineup on Wednesday vs. the Pelicans according to head coach Kevin McHale, but he will be on a minutes limit.
Howard won't see any more than 16 minutes tonight, but after spending the past two months in street clothes, his owners will just be glad to have him back. His owners will probably want to keep Howard on the bench until he gets his legs under him, but he should be able to provide plenty of points, boards and blocks in the near future. Joey Dorsey will return to the bench and shouldn't have been owned in most leagues anyway. We will let you know how Superman's knee holds up after the game.
Rotoworld reports: Pelicans - Ryan Anderson (knee) is hopeful that he will be able to return to action in a week, and he has continued to progress each day.
Anderson has been out for over a month, and even though it's fantastic to see him getting closer to a return, the Pelicans will likely ease him back into the rotation. We will continue to monitor his progress closely, but Anderson still belongs on the wire outside of deeper leagues.
Rotoworld reports: Raptors - Kyle Lowry (back) will not play vs. the Bulls on Wednesday.
Lowry has already said that he won't be rushing back from injury this time, so he is probably looking at an extended stint on the sidelines. Greivis Vasquez will likely start on Wednesday and is worth picking up in most leagues, while Lou Williams should see an uptick in minutes off the bench and can be considered a must-start option in all leagues.
Rotoworld reports: Hornets - Al Jefferson (knee) will play vs. the Nets on Wednesday, but head coach Steve Clifford expect his knee to be an issue for the rest of the season.
It's frustrating to see Big Al continue to fight off injuries, but the good news is that he will likely continue to keep playing as long as the Hornets stay in the hunt for a playoff berth. Go ahead and plug Jefferson into all lineups, but keep a close eye on the injury report moving forward.
Rotoworld reports: Bulls - Joakim Noah (general soreness) is expected to play on Wednesday vs. the Raptors according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.
The Bulls are going to be cautious with Noah moving forward, and Thibodeau still wants to see how Noah responds after shootaround, so we should be able to provide another update shortly. Taj Gibson would move to the bench and probably see fewer minutes if Noah is cleared to play, while impressive rookie Nikola Mirotic might see his minutes take a small hit as well. Expect another update after shootaround.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, March 24
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Pau Gasol, Evan Turner, Nikola Mirotic, George Hill, Zach Randolph, Rudy Gobert, Brook Lopez, and Stephen Curry.
Rotoworld reports: Warriors - Klay Thompson (ankle) returned to action in the Warriors' 107-76 blowout win over the Wizards on Monday, playing just 18 minutes with eight points on 3-of-9 shooting (no threes), one board, three assists and one steal.
Thompson might have hurt a few owners tonight but the good news is that he returned to action early and didn't need to exert himself tonight. In fact, that's the biggest factor in his dud, and the rest of the box score wasn't exactly kind to folks either. Stephen Curry survived with 24 points, five treys, five boards, six assists and two steals, but everybody else was limited by the bench being emptied. Steve Kerr said he "didn't think" he'd rest anybody on Tuesday's road back-to-back against Portland, leaving the door open to do exactly that.
Rotoworld reports: Wizards - Bradley Beal barely survived the Wizards' 31-point blowout loss to the Warriors on Monday, hitting 4-of-11 shots (including two threes) for 12 points, two rebounds and one steal in 34 minutes.
Beal is getting minutes and he simply needs to hit shots to pay owners off for a bad season. If everything is absolutely clicking for him he can sneak into some mid-round value, but with the way things have gone he'll be lucky to post late-round numbers the rest of the way. The rest of the Wizards' box score is not suitable for children and should probably be ignored for evaluation purposes.
Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Rudy Gobert was dominant as usual with 18 points, 17 rebounds, one steal and six blocks in the Jazz's 106-104 overtime loss to the Wolves on Monday.
Gobert took a hard fall and laid in pain for a few seconds before popping up and staying in the game. Unless we hear something from the Jazz there's nothing to worry about for owners.
Rotoworld reports: Bulls - Pau Gasol started hot during a 98-86 win over the Hornets on Monday, scoring 27 points with 12 boards, three assists, one steal, four blocks and one 3-pointer.
He made 11-of-19 from the field to start off the week on a high note. This was his second consecutive game with 27 points with both games resulting in an effective field goal percentage of higher than 60. Gasol also put up his league-leading 47th double-double and remains one of the biggest steals from draft day back in October.
Rotoworld reports: Timberwolves - Zach LaVine scored 27 points on 7-of-19 shooting (a season-high 5-of-6 from deep, 8-of-10 from the line) with three rebounds, four assists and seven turnovers over 46 minutes in Monday's overtime win over the Jazz.
Gordon Hayward wasn't around but this is still a signature performance for LaVine in his rookie year. Yes, Ricky Rubio (ankle) could return, among others, to ruin his fun, but this type of upside can't be lying around any waiver wires.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, March 23
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Danilo Gallinari (that's right), Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Evan Turner, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, Jeremy Lin, and Enes Kanter.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Jeremy Lin (back spasms) got hot in the second half of Sunday's 101-87 win over the Sixers, finishing with a season-high 29 points on 10-of-16 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs.
Lin made two 3-pointers with five boards, five assists and one steal, and he did it all in just 29 minutes of action. His back was reportedly 6-8 inches out of alignment as recently as Saturday, which makes tonight's sparkling performance even more impressive. He's expected to start the final 10 games of the season, unless Byron Scott changes his mind, which is good news for roto owners and anyone whose season continues until the bitter end. As a late-round value with upside, Lin deserves to be owned in most standard leagues.
Rotoworld reports: Mavs - Chandler Parsons played well in Sunday's loss to the Suns, scoring 19 points with four boards, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.
Parsons is playing well and is averaging 18.4 points, 4.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals and a solid 2.6 3-pointers per game over his last five. Despite the Mavericks poor playoff schedule, Parsons is still worth starting in all leagues.
Rotoworld reports: Suns - Eric Bledsoe scored 20 points with nine assists vs. the Mavericks on Sunday, adding six boards, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.
He scored a career-high 34 points vs. the Rockets on Sunday, and his play has given the Suns some hope to pursue a playoff berth in the loaded Western Conference. Brandon Knight's (ankle) return shouldn't slow him down much, and Bledsoe should be locked in as an elite asset down the stretch.
Rotoworld reports: Hornets - Kemba Walker stole the ball six times vs. Minnesota on Sunday, adding 16 points, three rebounds and eight assists in a much-needed road win.
Walker played 34 minutes without any turnovers and he looked perfectly healthy, rewarding fantasy owners who took a chance on him while he was rehabbing from knee surgery. He should be a terrific fantasy play in the coming weeks, as the Hornets are viewing every game as a must-win to make the playoffs -- they now hold the No. 8 seed, half a game ahead of the Celtics and Pacers.
CBS Sports reports: Celtics guard Evan Turner scored 23 points in Sunday evening's 105-97 overtime loss to the Pistons.
Turner was 10 of 21 from the field, which included going 2 of 6 from behind the arc. He went 1 of 2 at the free-throw line. Turner also posted eight assists, six rebounds and committed two turnovers.
This is only the second time in his past 10 games that Turner has scored over 20 points.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, March 21
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Brook Lopez, Russell Westbrook, Elfrid Payton, Chris Paul, Rudy Gay, Zaza Pachulia, Nikola Mirotic, Khris Middleton, Nerlens Noel.
Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Head coach Scott Brooks said that Nick Collison will be out for "at least 10 days" with a sprained left ankle.
Collison was seen using crutches after the game, so this news isn't too surprising. This is obviously a devastating blow for the Thunder, as they are already extremely shorthanded. Serge Ibaka (knee) and Kevin Durant (foot) won't be back anytime soon, and Enes Kanter is struggling with an ankle issue, meaning Steven Adams and Mitch McGary will have to do their best to fill the void for the depleted Thunder, with Adams being the primary beneficiary. We will update Collison's status when we know more, but he can be dropped in just about all leagues.
Rotoworld reports: Grizzlies - Jeff Green asked head coach Dave Joerger if he could come off the bench prior to Friday's game vs. the Mavericks.
The move certainly paid off for Green and he was really active with the second unit, scoring 15 points with three boards, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes. "The flow was there," Green said after their win over the Mavericks. "Iím going to end up playing with those guys in the starting unit anyway. But itís good for myself because now I can be more aggressive. I donít have to worry about getting Marc [Gasol] and Zach [Randolph] involved. By the time I get in theyíve already been involved. Itís on me to just go in be aggressive and try to score." Green will likely continue coming off the bench for the foreseeable future, and it looks like his value could actually be on the rise.
Rotoworld reports: Rockets - Terrence Jones (ribs) will not play on Saturday, and he will also miss at least the following two games for the Rockets as expected.
Jones was one of the hottest players in the league since the All-Star break, so it's a shame to see him go down right as fantasy playoffs are starting to heat up. Given this timetable, the earliest we would see Jones back on the court would be on Mar. 27 vs. the Wolves, but we should have another update early next week. Unless you can comfortably advance in playoffs without him, Jones is no longer a must-own player. Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith will serve as the primary beneficiaries in Jones' absence.
Rotoworld reports: Pacers - Paul George (leg) will not make his anticipated return on Saturday vs. the Nets, but the Pacers are expected to update his status on Monday.
The Pacers have yet to put a timetable on his return, but multiple sources said that he could play as soon as next week. This would mean that George can now be considered questionable for Monday's game vs. Rockets, but his owners shouldn't get their hopes up. Even if George can return, the Pacers are going to proceed with extreme caution, and it's hard to imagine him having a substantial role right out of the gate. If you have some dead weight on your roster and you are advancing comfortably in fantasy playoffs, feel free to give him a look. However, owners should keep their expectations really low considering how long he has been on the shelf. Expect another update on Monday morning.
Rotoworld reports: Warriors - Harrison Barnes scored a team-high 22 points in the Warriors' easy 112-96 win over the Pelicans on Friday, hitting 9-of-13 shots (including a three) with one rebound and one steal in 20 minutes.
It's not a perfect line but nobody on the Warriors' side had one of those tonight with Steve Kerr emptying the bench liberally. Barnes has now hit 20 of his last 26 field goal attempts and he fits the profile of a guy that the Dubs will rely on down the stretch as they rest guys. Factor in the Warriors' solid schedule and he is one more solid outing away from being a must-own player, so consider getting ahead of the curve.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, March 19
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Gorgui Dieng (Timberwolves), Brandon Wright, Wilson Chandler, and Gordon Hayward. There were just four games.
Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Gordon Hayward made 11-of-13 from the line against the Lakers during an 80-73 win on Thursday, scoring 22 points with five rebounds, five assists, four steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.
The Jazz continue to impress and have been the best defense in the NBA these days. Hayward hasn't really been known for his defense, but his production on offense is why the Jazz have the highest winning percentage since the break of any NBA team. He's been a top-50 player since the break in standard leagues and could improve on that ranking going forward.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Tarik Black double-doubled against the Jazz on Thursday with 13 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three fouls.
He was 6-of-12 from the field and 1-of-4 from the line. His 30 minutes tonight were the most he's ever played with the Lakers, but coach Byron Scott does like him and maybe more minutes are headed his way. Black still doesn't block shots, is a poor foul shooter and isn't much of a scorer, so he's only worth a look in deep leagues.
Rotoworld reports: Suns - Brandan Wright brought it on both ends of the floor during a 74-72 win over the Pelicans on Thursday, scoring 16 points with eight rebounds and seven blocks on 8-of-10 from the field in 38 minutes.
For years we've been wondering what it would look like for Wright to be unleashed and he's surpassing almost all expectations. He put up an 18-11 line on Sunday and has made it obvious he'll deserve more playing time even when Alex Len (ankle) gets back. Considering how much of a monster he's been, fantasy owners have to pick him up in most leagues even with Len getting closer.
Rotoworld reports: Pelicans - Tyreke Evans briefly left Thursday's game against the Suns with an ankle injury and returned, finishing with nine points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 35 minutes.
It was one of his worst games in the second half, making 4-of-16 from the field. Evans' ankle didn't seem like an issue for the entire second half and he should be good to go against the Warriors on Friday. Assuming they are going to be shorthanded, he could have a big night in an up-tempo game.
Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - Kenneth Faried double-doubled against the Rockets on Thursday with 19 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and one block on 8-of-11 from the field.
The Nuggets sat him down on Monday and and there will be some level of risk of sitting him on the road in Miami on Friday night. Faried has really come on in his last five, averaging 19.2 points, 11.0 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.8 blocks on 58.5 percent from the field. He's a must-start player and we're expecting him to play on Friday.
CBS Sports reports: Rockets shooting guard James Harden scored a career-high 50 points on 12 of 27 shooting from the field and 22 of 25 shooting from the free-throw line in his team's 118-108 win over the Nuggets Thursday.
Harden had scored at least 40 points 11 times in his career, including six times this season, but Thursday's gem was his first time topping 46 points. His 22 free throws and 25 attempts both match career highs, though he was just 2 for 9 from the field in that Dec. 2013 game. "It's really hard to get 50 points in a game and is not something many people can do," coach Kevin McHale said after the win, per the Associated Press. "I was just one of those nights where he had good energy and he was driving hard." Harden also racked up 10 rebounds, four assists and one steal in 40 minutes in the win, his team's third straight. The Rockets will look to keep rolling Saturday against the Suns.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, March 18
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Reggie Jackson, Victor Oladipo, Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin. Fairly quiet fantasy bball night.
Rotoworld reports: Bulls - Taj Gibson (ankle) took part in contact practice for the first time since his latest injury on Wednesday, and he is targeting a return to the lineup as soon as this weekend.
This is obviously exciting news for the Bulls, and this is also solidifies the fact that Gibson should not be sitting on any waiver wires following this news. We will go ahead and consider him questionable to play vs. the Raptors on Friday, but if he can't give it a go, he will have another shot to play vs. the Pistons on Saturday. It will be interesting to see how his return impact's the value of Nikola Mirotic, but his owners should wait and see how things play out before panicking. We will update Gibson's status as soon as we know more.
Rotoworld reports: Celtics - Isaiah Thomas (back) likely won't return to action until Monday vs. Brooklyn, meaning he would miss the next three games for the Celtics.
Head coach Brad Stevens didn't rule out Thomas joining up with the team in San Antonio on Friday, though it's highly doubtful that he plays. The good news is that Thomas is reportedly feeling better, so his owners will have to simply stash him in the hopes that he returns soon. In the meantime, Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley and Evan Tunrer will have to continue to step up for the Celtics.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Nick Young (knee) is expected to hear the results of his CT scan on Wednesday, but he has already been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. Utah.
Young is still dealing with swelling in his knee and he is reportedly very concerned about it, so a return in the near future does not seem imminent. We should be able to provide further details when the results of his CT scan are known, so expect another update later in the day. Expect Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson, Jeremy Lin and Jabari Brown to continue seeing extra minutes in Young's absence.
Rotoworld reports: Clippers - Head coach Doc Rivers said that the Clippers may look to add another small forward due to the injury of Matt Barnes (hamstring).
This news suggests that Barnes' injury could be a little more severe than anticipated, and his status has not yet been determined for Wednesday's game vs. the Kings. We should know more prior to tip-off, so Barnes' owners should remain patient until we get further details. If Barnes can't give it a go tonight, Hedo Turkolu will likely get another chance to start, but he isn't a reliable option in most leagues.
Rotoworld reports: Wizards - Despite dealing with a variety of minor ailments, Bradley Beal will not have any restrictions on the Wizards' upcoming 4-game road trip.
Beal has been a little rusty since returning from his leg injury on Feb. 28, but he was able to drop 23 points with seven assists in 39 minutes vs. the Blazers on Monday, which was the most action he has seen since the beginning of February. As long as Beal doesn't suffer any setbacks in his lower right leg, he will likely continue to battle through injuries as the Wizards look to bolster their position in the Eastern Conference. Deploy him with confidence.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, March 17
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Kyle Lowry, Dwyane Wade, John Wall, LaMarcus Aldridge, Chandler Parsons, and Avery Bradley.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Wes Johnson hit 7-of-12 shots for 16 points, two threes, five boards, four assists and two steals in Monday's loss to the Warriors.
Johnson is a borderline player for 12-team formats and he'll need to add to this effort for most owners to feel good about a pickup. The Lakers have a favorable schedule down the stretch and that might add a couple of rounds to his value on a weekly basis when it's all said and done.
Rotoworld reports: Warriors - Klay Thompson scored 26 points on 10-of-22 shooting (including three treys) with three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 35 minutes, but tweaked his right ankle during Monday's game.
Thompson was limping after the game but said his ankle was fine, and we're leaving him off the injury list for now. Obviously, owners are going to want to watch the injury report like hawks since the Warriors aren't going to push him at this stage in the season.
Rotoworld reports: Kings - DeMarcus Cousins scored 20 points on 7-of-19 shooting with 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals and three blocks in the Kings' 110-103 loss to the Hawks on Monday.
Cousins has dealt with ankle and back issues and he wasn't moving too well tonight, but the real issue here is whether or not he's on board with the organization in the short-term after they basically threw him under the bus for no good reason earlier this year. This, of course, refers to the team blaming Cousins' agent for their inability to come to a deal with George Karl in a functional way, and Karl's comments referring to Cousins' agents the other day probably aren't going to help old wounds heal. A shutdown risk already because the Kings are tanking -- Cousins' owners have a few land mines to navigate down the stretch here.
Rotoworld reports: Hawks - Kent Bazemore scored 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block over 29 minutes against the Kings on Monday.
Bazemore has been productive over his last four games, averaging 10.5 points with 1.0 treys, 4.3 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.8 blocks while hitting 48.3 percent from the field. He's definitely shooting over his head and those defensive stats will come back to earth, too, but with the Hawks ready to rest guys and Kyle Korver out for the rest of the week there's a chance he's worth owning and using down the stretch.
Rotoworld reports: Mavs - Chandler Parsons made 10-of-14 from the field and 8-of-9 from the field for 31 points against the Thunder on Monday during a 119-115 win, adding four rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers.
He is finally rolling. In his last three, Parsons averaged 23.7 points, 4.7 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.7 treys on 65.8 percent from the field. The treys give him a ludicrous 80.3 effective field goal percentage to go with his 22.3 usage rate. He's getting hot at just the right time and helped the Mavs move up to the No. 5 seed.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, March 16
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, LeBron James, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Tyreke Evans, Kyrie Irving, Eric Bledsoe, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Will Barton (Nuggets).
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Jordan Clarkson contributed a career-high eight rebounds during Sunday's loss to the Hawks, adding 10 points with six assists before fouling out after 31 minutes.
The rookie guard continues to have his ups and downs, and he shot just 4-of-13 vs. the short-handed Hawks tonight while recording two turnovers and zero steals. The bigger concern for his owners is coach Byron Scott's declaration that he'll start Jeremy Lin over the Lakers' final 10 games, which means Clarkson probably has just seven more starts before he's demoted.
Rotoworld reports: Suns - Eric Bledsoe led the Suns with an all-around gem on Sunday, posting 21 points, nine rebounds, 11 assists and two steals while shooting 8-of-15 from the field.
One of EB's makes came from downtown and his owners are loving life without Brandon Knight (ankle) in the lineup. Over the past four games Bledsoe is notching 19.8 points on 28-of-52 shooting, a nice step up from his season mark of 45.7 percent. The lone caveat for Bledsoe's owners is that the Suns are one of four teams with only three games on the schedule next week.
Rotoworld reports: Knicks - Despite playing only 22 minutes off the bench on Sunday, Cole Aldrich posted four points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in a road loss to the Suns.
On a per-36-minute basis this season, Aldrich is averaging 11.8 points (46.9 percent FGs, 82.6 percent FTs), 11.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.4 blocks, with 4.6 fouls. It's anyone's guess why Lou Amundson and Andrea Bargnani continue to start over him for the moribund Knicks, though the draft lottery is likely a factor -- the Knicks are now two losses 'ahead' of the Wolves for the league's worst record. Aldrich has returned late-round value over his past dozen games and he's worth a pickup if you're scraping the wire for a PF/C.
Rotoworld reports: Raptors - DeMar DeRozan was one of the few bright spots for the Raptors during Sunday's loss to the Blazers, scoring 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting with eight boards, two assists and one steal in 35 minutes.
DeRozan has been on fire for the Raptors lately and has averaged 23.0 points over his last five games on 47 percent shooting. While he hasn't hit a 3-pointer in any of his last five games, DeRozan is still contributing enough points, assists, boards and steals to solidify his status as a must-start player in all leagues for the rest of the season.
Rotoworld reports: Blazers - DeMar DeRozan was one of the few bright spots for the Raptors during Sunday's loss to the Blazers, scoring 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting with eight boards, two assists and one steal in 35 minutes.
DeRozan has been on fire for the Raptors lately and has averaged 23.0 points over his last five games on 47 percent shooting. While he hasn't hit a 3-pointer in any of his last five games, DeRozan is still contributing enough points, assists, boards and steals to solidify his status as a must-start player in all leagues for the rest of the season.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, March 14
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were DeMarcus Cousins, Russell Westbrook, Kenneth Faried, Paul Millsap, Kyle Lowry, Damian Lillard, Gorgui Dieng, and Evan Turner.
Rotoworld reports: Suns - Brandon Knight (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday against the Knicks.
It's not a good sign that he's already being ruled out a day early. Knight was on crutches earlier this week and one would think he is going to miss a week or more. His fantasy owners will have a tough decision to make on keeping him with 95 percent of that decision-making process being based on the fantasy situation -- like format, health of fantasy team, schedule, seed in playoffs and upcoming opponent. Marcus Morris finally came on during Friday's game and should be owned in standard leagues. Keep an eye on T.J. Warren and Archie Goodwin.
Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Nick Young (knee) will not play against the Hawks on Sunday.
He is going to travel with the team this week, but only because he's going to receive treatment. Young could be out for the rest of the season with his knee injury. The Lakers have played a little better without Young and some of it has to do with improved production from their point guards. Wayne Ellington and Wes Johnson should also get more run.
Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Kevin Durant (foot) participated in a portion of practice on Saturday, and he even participated in some 3-on-3 work according to head coach Scott Brooks.
This is definitely a step in the right direction, and it seems like it is just a matter of time before we see KD back in uniform. Durant could return as soon as next week, so we will be sure to monitor his progress very closely in the coming days. Russell Westbrook has notched a triple-double in six of his last eight games, and he will continue to feast as long as Durant is on the shelf.
Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - Kenneth Faried scored 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting with 17 rebounds and a block in the Nuggets' 114-103 win over the Warriors' backups on Friday.
The Warriors rested nearly everybody last night so don't get too excited over the Nuggets' win, but they have rallied behind Melvin Hunt and revitalized their play after a coaching move that should have been made a year ago. Danilo Gallinari added 24 points, seven rebounds, one steal and one three while hitting 9-of-11 freebies. The Nuggets are 5-2 under Hunt so far.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, March 13
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kyrie Irving, Rudy Gobert, LeBron James, Gordon Hayward, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Marcin Gortat.
Rotoworld reports: Cavs - Kevin Love made 2-of-10 from the field for eight points with five rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.
This line stinks even worse with so many of the other studs in this game going off. Love was on the bench in crunch time due to what could have been sub-par defense. Even with the bad game, Love still has nice averages over his last five of 15.6 points, 9.4 boards, 2.0 dimes, 0.6 steals and 3.0 treys. There's no need to worry in fantasy even though you'll hear a lot of hot takes on talk shows ripping Love in the next couple days.
Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Gordon Hayward scored 29 points during a 109-91 win over the Rockets on Thursday, adding four rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.
It's not easy to have a 29-point, seven-dime game be overshadowed, but Rudy Gobert stole the show. Still, Hayward is playing well again, scoring at least 24 points in each of his last three games. He's a decent bet to be a top-40 player going forward as long as his back injury doesn't linger -- he missed Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Jazz have beat the Rockets, Grizzlies, Spurs and Blazers in the second half. They'll be a popular sleeper pick next year.
Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Rudy Gobert was everywhere against the Rockets on Thursday during a 109-91 win, scoring 19 points with 22 boards, two assists, four blocks and one turnover on 8-of-11 from the field.
He had 12 offensive rebounds and made all three shots from the line. There was some bad news here because Gobert tweaked his left ankle a couple times, but he did return in both instances. Following the game, he said he just needed to ice it and he should be fine. In his last five, Gobert averaged 10.4 points, 15.6 boards, 2.2 dimes, 1.2 steals, 2.8 blocks and 1.8 turnovers on 50.0 percent from the field and 70.0 percent from the line. It's time to start thinking about taking him in the second round in drafts next season.
Rotoworld reports: Wizards - Marcin Gortat dominated against the Grizzlies on Thursday with 22 points, nine rebounds, two assists, three steals and three blocks on 10-of-16 from the field.
That's his second 20-point game in a row and Gortat is absolutely rolling right now. In his previous 10 games since the break, Gortat averaged 13.7 points, 11.8 boards, 1.1 blocks and 0.6 steals on 62.9 percent from the field. The Polish Hammer is getting hot at the right time.
Rotoworld reports: Pacers - Rodney Stuckey kept his foot in the gas pedal against the Bucks on Thursday with 25 points, six boards, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.
He's playing one of his best months of his career. In his previous games since the All-Star break, Stuckey averaged 19.6 points, 4.4 boards, 4.4 dimes, 1.1 steals and 1.9 treys on 50.8 percent from the field. These stats scream "due for regression" extremely loud, but fantasy owners just have to ride him while he's going strong. He should be owned in all leagues.