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Updated April 11, 2016
This is how good fantasy players have been WHEN HEALTHY. Missed games and current injuries are not taken into account, so you should obviously check their injury situations before making any fantasy basketball trades:
1) Stephen Curry,
2) Kevin Durant,
3) James Harden,
4) Russell Westbrook,
5) Chris Paul,
6) Kawhi Leonard,
7) Anthony Davis,
8) LeBron James,
9) Kyle Lowry,
10) Hassan Whiteside,
11) Draymond Green,
12) John Wall,
13) Paul George,
14) Paul Millsap,
15) DeMarcus Cousins,
16) Damian Lillard,
17) Karl-Anthony Towns,
18) Eric Bledsoe,
19) Kemba Walker,
20) Pau Gasol,
21) Jimmy Butler,
22) Klay Thompson,
23) Brook Lopez,
24) Isaiah Thomas,
25) Al Horford.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, April 12
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Ennis (Pelicans), Stephen Curry, James Harden, Jeremy Lin, Kyrie Irving, Ramon Sessions (Wizards), and Jimmy Butler.
RotoWorld reports: Rockets - James Harden scored 34 points in a blowout 129-105 win over the Wolves on Monday, adding one rebound, six assists, five 3-pointers and three turnovers.
It looked like the Rockets were left for dead with a loss to the Suns on Thursday. However, the Jazz choked in two of their last three games while the Rockets won their last two, so the Rockets now control their own destiny with a home game against the Kings. Plus, the Kings will likely tank it up, so Seth Curry will probably be the top player for them. The Rockets will likely be facing the Warriors in the first round, assuming they don't get stunned on Wednesday.
RotoWorld reports: Jazz - Gordon Hayward scored 26 points on 11-of-21 shooting with six rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer in Monday's 101-92 loss to the Mavericks.
This was a massive blow to the Jazz's playoff hopes, and they now have to beat the Lakers on Wednesday and will also need Houston to lose to the Kings in order for them to clinch the No. 8 seed in the West. Hayward was just 1-of-9 from beyond the arc tonight and also had a few turnovers, but he's poised to have a monster night vs. the Lakers.
RotoWorld reports: Thunder - Russell Westbrook turned in his 18th triple-double of the season on Monday during a 112-79 win over the Lakers, scoring 13 points with 10 rebounds, 14 assists, one steal and three turnovers.
He had the triple-double before halftime and is the first player to do so since Kevin Johnson in 1997. Westbrook's 18 triple-doubles ties Magic Johnson for the most in a single season in the last 50 years. He will almost certainly be resting on Tuesday against the Spurs.
RotoWorld reports: Mavs - Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks to a crucial 101-92 win over the Jazz on Monday, scoring 22 points with 11 boards, three assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.
It was a vintage performance by Nowitzki and the Mavericks clinched a playoff spot with the win, which should be a huge relief considering they play the Spurs on Wednesday. It's not out of the question that Nowitzki could be rested for the regular season finale, but the Mavs will likely choose to keep fighting for playoff seeding in the West.
RotoWorld reports: Bulls - Jimmy Butler started at point guard in a 121-116 win over the Pelicans on Monday, scoring 23 points with 11 assists.
Butler looked great at the point and said after the game that "it's not hard." He was an efficient 8-of-11 from the field and added three boards, one block and one 3-pointer with four turnovers, and his owners should be grateful that he even played with the Bulls out of the playoff hunt. For now, we can only assume that Butler will be active for Wednesday's game vs. Philly, but his owners should check the injury report just in case the Bulls want to rest him.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, April 11
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Khris Middleton, Markel Brown (Nets), Ish Smith, Myles Turner, Marcin Gortat, Nikola Jokic, Gordon Hayward, and Nerlens Noel.
RotoWorld reports: Nets - Markel Brown blew up in 34 minutes on Sunday, finishing a loss in Indiana with 18 points, 11 rebounds, six steals, four assists, three blocks and three 3-pointers.
The rebounds, steals and blocks all set season highs for Brown, who spear-headed an energetic effort from the Nets' reserves. Brooklyn leaned heavily on small lineups tonight, especially with Thomas Robinson (ankle) exiting early, and could do so again vs. the Wizards on Monday. A repeat performance is unlikely, but Brown is at least worth a look as a cheap DFS option.
RotoWorld reports: Heat - Hassan Whiteside started for the first time in 30 games on Sunday, posting 18 points with 15 rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 28 minutes vs. the Magic.
Whiteside hadn't started a game since Jan. 20 but that hasn't impacted his fantasy value, as he remains a steady top-10 value on the season (9-cat). He shot 5-of-7 from the field and an impressive 8-of-8 at the line tonight, and he's a must-start player no matter where he begins Tuesday's game.
RotoWorld reports: Bucks - Khris Middleton (thigh) returned in style on Sunday, dropping 36 points on 14-of-24 FGs and 7-of-7 FTs with nine assists and six rebounds in an overtime win vs. the 76ers.
Middleton was initially listed as 'doubtful' so his availability was a bonus for owners who stuck with him during his three-game absence. He rounded out his line with four steals and one 3-pointer, and his six turnovers are a mere blip in such a productive game. All signs point to Middleton being ready to go for the Bucks' final games on Monday and Wednesday.
RotoWorld reports: Raptors- DeMarre Carroll logged 17 minutes vs. New York on Sunday, scoring five points (1-of-4 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with five boards, one assist, one steal and one block.
Carroll was expected to play in two of the Raptors' final three games, so he'll almost certainly sit out on either Tuesday or Wednesday. His return is terrific news for the Raptors as they gear up for a deep playoff run, but owners who stashed Carroll wound up with almost nothing to show for it.
RotoWorld reports: Knicks - Carmelo Anthony scored a team-high 21 points on Sunday, connecting on 7-of-16 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs with six boards, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer.
Assuming he plays vs. the Pacers on Tuesday, Melo will finish the season with only nine DNPs. That's not bad for a 12-year veteran coming off knee surgery and playing for a team with a 32-49 record. Melo is owed a guaranteed $50.8 million over the next two seasons but he's been non-committal about his future with the Knicks, so it should be an interesting offseason to say the least.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, April 10
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were Paul Millsap, LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Draymond Green, Matt Barnes, and Karl-Anthony Towns.
RotoWorld reports: Kings - DeMarcus Cousins said that he will not play in the final two games of the season.
Cousins will need a couple of offseason procedures to address the tendinitis in his feet, but he's fully expected to be ready in time to play for Team USA this summer. Cousins has been banged up all season with several different nagging injuries, and the Kings are going to play it safe with him since they're tanking anyways. Owners in season-long leagues can drop him, and we can expect Kosta Koufos, Willie Cauley-Stein and Quincy Acy to do their best to fill the void moving forward. He finished Saturday's win over the Thunder with 15 points on 7-of-24 shooting with seven boards, three assists, two steals and one block.
RotoWorld reports: Timberwolves - Karl-Anthony Towns hit a game-winning shot with one second left against the Blazers during a 106-105 triumph on Saturday, finishing with 27 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one turnover in 38 minutes.
We're not worthy. Towns was doing it all yet again and that has been a very, very long trend. He played outstanding perimeter defense and has almost become Draymond Green-like in how he can switch on different positions to go with his improving rim protection. He was 13-of-20 from the field and is already one of the best jump-shooting big men in the NBA at age 20. This isn't supposed to be possible.
RotoWorld reports: Blazers - Damian Lillard scored 31 points during a 106-105 loss to the Wolves on Saturday, adding three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.
He hit a 3-pointer and the foul with three seconds left to give the Blazers a one-point lead. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as Karl-Anthony Towns hit the game-winning shot with a second left. This game would have given the Blazers a stranglehold on the No. 5 seed, but now they're just a half game up on the Grizzlies and 1.0 up on the Mavs. The Blazers don't play again until the season finale on Wednesday, so they might not be resting players in that game.
RotoWorld reports: Cavs - LeBron James returned from a one-game absence in a 105-102 loss to the Bulls on Saturday, scoring 33 points on 13-of-17 shooting with seven boards, three assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes.
James and Kyrie Irving both played 39 minutes, so it has to hurt that the Cavaliers were unable to clinch the No. 1 seed in the East tonight. They have two more games on the schedule and need just one more win, but don't be surprised if James gets another maintenance day next week. Unlike last season, the Cavs are making sure that James is going to be fresh for the postseason.
RotoWorld reports: Grizzlies - Matt Barnes was terrific in 40 minutes during a 100-99 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 24 points with 15 rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers.
He matched his career high in boards with his only other 15-board game coming back in 2010. Barnes is likely going to get a night off on Tuesday or Wednesday. He was one of the better fantasy pickups all season after the Grizzlies didn't give up much to get him.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, April 9
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were Reggie Jackson, Alexis Ajinca (Pelicans), Cole Aldrich (Clippers), Giannis Antetokounmpo, Robert Covington, Evan Fournier, Jamal Crawford, and Nikola Vucevic. Hey, the season is wrapping up. So, silly stuff happens.
RotoWorld reports: Clippers - Cole Aldrich was phenomenal during the Clippers overtime win over the Jazz on Friday, posting 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting to go with 18 boards, two assists, five steals, one block and two turnovers in 40 minutes.
Aldrich is really good when given the minutes, as he's compiled averages of 16.3 points, 11.3 boards, 2.8 steals and 1.0 block on 59.6 percent shooting as a starter this season, but unfortunately, his body usually doesn't hold up when he's given more than 20 minutes a night. He'll be returning to the bench and irrelevancy in standard leagues on Sunday with the starters set to make it back to the court, but he's obviously on the DFS radar the next time DeAndre Jordan sits.
RotoWorld reports: Pelicans - Alexis Ajinca posted career-high 28 points and 15 rebounds during a 110-102 win over the Lakers on Friday, adding two assists, one steal and two blocks in 37 minutes.
The Lakers could not stop him in the best game of his career. Coach Alvin Gentry was playing Ajinca behind Kendrick Perkins at times this year, but he has fully trusted him now. In his four April games, he averaged 16.5 points, 9.8 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 0.5 steals on 61.7 percent from the field. Ajinca should be owned everywhere.
RotoWorld reports: Lakers - D'Angelo Russell scored 32 points during a 110-102 loss to the Pelicans on Friday, adding two rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.
He joined Karl-Anthony Towns and Devin Booker as the only rookies with multiple 30-plus scoring games this season. The Lakers are locked in to the No. 2 spot in the lottery, so Russell and the Lakers will have a 55.8 percent chance to get a top-three pick -- if it's not in the top three, that pick goes to the 76ers. Russell has shown some nice upside lately and has moved up to becoming a possible mid-round target next season.
RotoWorld reports: Pistons - Reggie Jackson scored 39 points during a 112-99 win over the Wizards on Friday, adding four rebounds, nine assists, four 3-pointers and five turnovers.
The Pistons are in the playoffs and are now in the seven seed with a half game up on the Pacers. Jackson was one off his career-high 40 points in this game as he was able to return it around from a mini-slump. Jackson likely won't be rested unless the Pistons are locked into their playoff seed.
RotoWorld reports: Wizards - Markieff Morris scored 29 points during a 112-99 loss to the Pistons on Friday with seven rebounds and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
That'll do it for the Wizards this year. They have been eliminated from playoff contention. They picked up Morris for a top-10 protected first-round draft pick in 2016, so that pick is going to the Suns unless Wizards hit on their 2.2-2.5 percent chance to land in the top three of the lotto -- they are tied with the Rockets for spots No. 12 and 13. Morris looks like he'll be busy the rest of the way with John Wall (knee) possibly getting shut down.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, April 6
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul, Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Zach Randolph, and Paul Millsap.
RotoWorld reports: Timberwolves - Shabazz Muhammad scored a career-high 35 points on Tuesday vs. the Warriors, shooting 9-of-12 from the field and 15-of-17 from the line in 39 minutes.
Incredible. This is the same player who was held to just one point against the Mavericks on Sunday, but he was something else tonight. He didn't have any assists, blocks or steals, but did record six rebounds with two 3-pointers. Muhammad usually posts some empty stat lines other than rebounding and scoring which limits his upside, so owners in standard leagues shouldn't be in a hurry to grab him. Even if you include the 39 minutes he played tonight, he's still only averaging 22.8 minutes over his last five.
RotoWorld reports: Kings - DeMarcus Cousins returned from a two-game absence on Tuesday vs. the Blazers, scoring 30 points on 11-of-21 shooting with nine rebounds, one assist, two steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.
He looked fresh tonight, but he picked up his 17 technical foul of the season, meaning he only needs one more before he gets another suspension. The Kings have two more home games this week, so hopefully he plays in both contests even though his team is tanking. To be clear, he is not expected to play in the final two road games of the season next week.
RotoWorld reports: Thunder - Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers for his 17th triple-double of the season on Tuesday.
That's the most since Magic Johnson had 17 of them in 1988-89 and the Thunder are going to keep their foot on the gas pedal, as coach Billy Donovan reiterated after the game that he'll only rest guys if they're injured. Kevin Durant added 26 points and a massive stat line, and Serge Ibaka had 18 points, five boards and two 3-pointers in the 124-102 win over the Nuggets.
RotoWorld reports: Hawks - Paul Millsap had 13 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists, three steals, three blocks and a 3-pointer, despite hitting just 3-of-8 shots against the Suns on Tuesday.
Imagine what he could have done had he actually taken a normal amount of shots tonight. Kent Bazemore, Al Horford and Jeff Teague all played well for Atlanta, who has a very tough road the rest of the way as they try to hang onto the No. 3 seed in the East. The Hawks finish the season with home games against Toronto and Boston, and then travel to Cleveland and Washington to wrap it up. It's possible they got their last win tonight before the playoffs start, which would likely bump them out of home court for the first round of the playoffs if they struggle with a very hard remaining schedule.
RotoWorld reports: Heat - Dwyane Wade played through a sore neck and migraines on Tuesday and had 16 points, two assists and two steals on 5-of-10 shooting in 25 minutes.
The Heat got a big win over the Pistons to hold onto the No. 5 seed in the East and Wade looked pretty good on the court. They'll need him the rest of the way as the Heat try to sneak into the Top 4 in the East, securing home court for Round 1 in the process.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, April 4
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were Stephen Curry, James Harden, LeBron James, Draymond Green, Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Tim Frazier, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Tyson Chandler, and Kevin Durant.
RotoWorld reports: Lakers - In his final game vs. the Celtics, Kobe Bryant poured in a game-high 34 points with four rebounds, one assist, three steals and zero turnovers 33 minutes.
Kobe shot 11-of-28 from the field and 8-of-10 from the line while canning four 3-pointers. The Lakers expect him to play in their remaining six games even though he's nowhere close to 100 percent. It would take more than chronic aches and pains to force him to sit out during the final games of his career, so owners can (finally) deploy him with some confidence.
RotoWorld reports: Blazers - Damian Lillard scored 38 points on Sunday but he was out-dueled by Stephen Curry, finishing a loss at Oracle Arena with four 3-pointers, four assists, three rebounds and zero turnovers in 36 minutes.
Lillard made 13-of-27 FGs and 8-of-9 FTs but his heroic efforts weren't enough vs. the Warriors' offensive onslaught. He has a 31.3 percent usage rate and he takes plenty of contact, getting to the line 6.2 times per game, all of which might be slightly wearing him down, as he shot just 35.6 percent in his previous 10 games. The Blazers have the edge on the No. 5 seed over the slumping Grizzlies and they'll be motivated to keep the spot, however, so Lillard shouldn't be in any danger of DNPs down the stretch.
RotoWorld reports: Bucks - Giannis Antetokounmpo made 14-of-22 shots en route to a career-high 34 points on Sunday, adding nine assists, five rebounds, one steal and one block in a loss to the visiting Bulls.
Giannis had 16 points in the first quarter alone, but he got minimal help from his teammates -- the rest of the Bucks combined to shoot 41.3 percent from the field. The Greek Freak almost single-handedly lifted the Bucks to a comeback win tonight and he's morphed into a complete fantasy stud since Jason Kidd handed him the reins of the offense. Expect to spend a first-round pick to acquire him next season.
RotoWorld reports: Bulls - Jimmy Butler sank 10-of-11 shots to finish Sunday's critical win in Milwaukee with 25 points, eight assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.
Butler was also 4-of-4 from the line and he turned the ball over just twice in 38 minutes, a magnificent follow-up performance after a huge triple-double on Saturday. He's trying to will his team into the playoffs but the Bulls need some help from Indiana or Detroit -- they trail the No. 8 seed Pacers by two games and are 2.5 games behind the Pistons.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, April 3
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, CJ McCollum, and Mason Plumlee.
RotoWorld reports: Blazers - C.J. McCollum was on fire in a 110-93 win over the Heat on Saturday, scoring 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting.
He hit all six of his 3-pointers tonight, joining Matt Barnes as the only other player in the NBA to do that without a miss this season. McCollum also added seven assists, two boards and four steals, helping the Blazers win their fourth straight game. Portland is now just 0.5 games behind the Grizzlies for the fifth seed in the West, so McCollum should have a strong finish to the season.
RotoWorld reports: Spurs - Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 33 points during a 102-95 win over the Raptors on Saturday, adding six rebounds, seven assists, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers.
It's the first time Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge both scored 30 points in the same game. The Spurs remain the only undefeated at home this season and they only have two more home games to go. Although, those two will not be easy against the Warriors and Thunder. As for Kawhi, he's likely going to rest in a couple road games, so his owners will have to keep their eyes peeled.
RotoWorld reports: Kings - Rudy Gay led the Kings to a 115-106 win over the Nuggets on Saturday, scoring 25 points on 7-of-18 shooting.
Gay wasn't even supposed to play because coach George Karl wants to rest his studs on back-to-back sets and games on the road, so this was a pleasant surprise for his owners. He added nine boards, three assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes, while shooting 10-of-13 from the line. The Kings have three games next week and they're all at home, so hopefully Gay will be available for all of those since Omri Casspi (hamstring) is out.
RotoWorld reports: Bulls - Jimmy Butler posted the first triple-double of his career during a 94-90 home loss to the Pistons on Saturday, scoring 28 points with 17 rebounds, 12 assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.
What a stat line. Butler posted career highs in rebounds and assists in this game. Derrick Rose (elbow) not playing really helps Butler as he facilitates the offense with more shots going his way. Butler did have a few bad falls in this game, so his sore back probably doesn't feel great right now. His fantasy owners will want the Bulls to win as much as possible because Butler could be shut down once they are eliminated.
RotoWorld reports: Pacers - C.J. Miles carried the Pacers late during a 115-102 win over the 76ers on Saturday, adding two rebounds, three steals, one block and five 3-pointers.
The Pacers bench outscored the starters in this game and Miles was the hero of this game. The Pacers went smaller more than usual in a lineup combination more like December than March. Miles hasn't had enough value off the bench to warrant ownership in most leagues.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, April 2
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were Marcus Morris, LeBron James, Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague, Jabari Parker, Kemba Walker, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Gerald Green.
RotoWorld reports: Hawks - Paul Millsap posted his 28th double-double of the season on Friday, registering 29 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers, two steals, one block and three turnovers in 41 minutes.
This was also the 28th time that Millsap has scored 20-plus points in a game, and these type of stat sheet stuffing lines have become par for the course for the first-round stud. Al Horford was also solid, notching 14 points, nine boards, three assists and one block in 42 minutes.
RotoWorld reports: Heat - Gerald Green scored a season-high 30 points against the Kings during a 112-106 win on Friday, adding three rebounds, one assist, three steals and five 3-pointers in 33 minutes.
He was on fire in the first quarter with 15 points in a start for Dwyane Wade (neck, back). Green is very inconsistent and tonight's matchup against the soft Kings perimeter defense helped him. He hasn't been very good in back-to-back sets, so it's best not to overreact here.
RotoWorld reports: Cavs - LeBron James powered the Cavs to a 110-108 overtime win over the Hawks on Friday, registering 29 points, 16 boards, nine assists, one 3-pointer, three steals, one block and three turnovers in 44 minutes.
The Hawks had no answers for James, and he passed Oscar Robertson for 11th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list in this one. The Cavs have a back-to-back set next week, Tuesday vs. Milwaukee and Wednesday vs. Indiana, so owners will want to confirm King James’ status prior to those games.
RotoWorld reports: Jazz - Trey Lyles was terrific against the Wolves on Friday with 18 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
In one of the best years for rookies ever, Lyles has been a bit of an afterthought. However, he's one of the most skilled power forwards in the NBA and he showed it tonight. Back when Derrick Favors (knee) was hurt in December, Lyles wasn't the same player as he is now. He looks like he'll be locked in to Favors' minutes, so he's worth a look in standard leagues if you need a well-rounded big in the short term.
RotoWorld reports: Suns - Mirza Teletovic scored 24 points during a 106-99 loss to the Wizards on Friday with 12 boards, one assist and two 3-pointers.
It was a very different game with Teletovic playing a lot close to the basket on both ends. Jon Leuer (ankle) did not play in this game and he could miss more time, so Teletovic looks locked in for his role off the bench. He should be owned in all leagues.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, April 1
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were Russell Westbrook, Austin Rivers, Al-Farouq Aminu, Kevin Durant, Jamal Crawford, LeBron James, Pat Beverley, Jimmy Butler, Paul George, and Nikola Mirotic.
RotoWorld reports: Blazers - Al-Farouq Aminu scored a career-high 28 points in a win over the Celtics on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, three blocks and six 3-pointers.
Coach Brad Stevens admitted the Celtics put extra ball pressure on C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard to make Aminu beat them, and he did just that. Aminu matched his career-high 20 points back on Saturday and he's really stepped up with more minutes at the four. He's worth owning now, especially with games on Saturday and Sunday.
RotoWorld reports: Clippers - Austin Rivers scored a career-high 32 points during a 119-117 loss to the Thunder on Thursday, adding four rebounds, five assists, two steals and seven 3-pointers.
He had a career high in field goal makes (12), 3-pointers, and even had a season high in dimes. Rivers put a nice cherry on top for March, averaging 10.9 points, 2.2 boards, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.4 treys. His 10.9 points per game is the most he's ever had for a full month. He'll move back to the bench on Sunday with the cavalry returning. He's not worth owning in most leagues, but congrats if you spot-started him or used him in DFS tonight.
RotoWorld reports: Nuggets - Darrell Arthur matched his career-high 24 points during a 101-95 loss to the Pelicans on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, one assist, one block and four 3-pointers in 22 minutes.
He was on fire and the Nuggets tweaked their rotation to get him minutes. Arthur's playing time hasn't fallen off to much since the return of Kenneth Faried and the Nuggets not having Danilo Gallinari (ankle) is big for him. He's a possible option in standard leagues with a couple nice matchups on the horizon.
RotoWorld reports: Bulls - Nikola Mirotic scored 28 points against the Rockets on Thursday, adding four rebounds, three assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
Taj Gibson (ribs) not playing cleared the way for Mirotic to get big run off the bench -- Bobby Portis was also awful in the first unit. Mirotic is coming off a 28-point game on Tuesday after a dreadful run in his three previous games. It's never been about the ceiling for Mirotic, but consistency has killed him. He still has to be added in all leagues after two awesome games.
RotoWorld reports: Rockets - Patrick Beverley scored a career-high 22 points against the Bulls on Thursday, adding five rebounds, seven assists and three 3-pointers.
He was Houston's best player in this loss. This was the first time in his career he scored more than 20 points, but Beverley's scoring numbers have been pretty solid with a post-break average of 10.8 points per game before this one. He should be owned and starting in standard leagues.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, March 31
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were DeMarcus Cousins, Chris Paul, DeMar DeRozan, Dwyane Wade, JJ Barea, Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry, PJ Tucker, and Luol Deng.
RotoWorld reports: Knicks - Knicks coach Kurt Rambis said that he will start to reduce the minutes of his key players in order to get a look at some younger guys.
Rambis was approached by Carmelo Anthony, Robin Lopez and Jose Calderon to talk about reducing their workload since they have nothing left to play for, so it sounds like the veterans agree with the decision. This is bad news for Anthony, Lopez and Calderon, but it means that guys like Jerian Grant, Langston Galloway and Derrick Williams could get more opportunities moving forward.
RotoWorld reports: Kings - DeMarcus Cousins said that he won't play on Saturday vs. the Nuggets.
He picked up his 16th technical of the season on Wednesday which will suspend him for Friday's game vs. the Heat, and Cousins also said after the game that he won't play on Saturday either. The Kings are clearly tanking and Cousins is banged up, so this is a very frustrating situation for his fantasy owners. There's a chance that his 16th technical is rescinded, but his owners shouldn't count on it. If Cousins does sit on Friday and Saturday, Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein will benefit.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, March 30
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were Draymond Green, Nic Batum, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Nikola Mirotic, and James Harden.
RotoWorld reports: Warriors - Draymond Green nearly triple-doubled in Tuesday's 102-94 win over the Wizards, scoring 15 points with 16 boards and nine assists.
He was fantastic on both ends of the court as usual, adding two blocks, one steal and three 3-pointers with two turnovers. The Warriors are on pace to beat the all-time wins record and coach Steve Kerr said earlier in the week that he wasn't planning on resting any of his studs on Wednesday vs. the Jazz, so Green should remain locked in all lineups.
RotoWorld reports: Cavs - Kyrie Irving returned from a one-game absence on Tuesday vs. the Rockets and scored 31 points on 9-of-23 shooting.
He rested on Saturday vs. the Knicks, but it was LeBron James' turn to rest on Tuesday which allowed Irving to run the offense. Irving added eight assists, two boards, one block, one steal and five triples, and the good news for his owners is that the Cavs are just 2.5 games ahead of the Raptors for the top seed in the East after Tuesday's loss. The Cavs do have a back-to-back set on Thursday vs. the Nets and Friday vs. the Hawks, so keep checking the injury report in case he gets another night off.
RotoWorld reports: Rockets - James Harden dropped 27 points with eight assists, six boards, one steal and three 3-pointers in Tuesday's 106-100 win over the Cavaliers.
The Rockets were down by as much as 20 points, but Harden and Michael Beasley were awesome down the stretch. Harden did have four turnovers which has been a problem all season, but he shot 8-of-16 from the field and 8-of-10 from the line. The Rockets only play two more times this week, but Harden should post some monster lines as he tries to get his team into the playoffs.
RotoWorld reports: Pistons - Marcus Morris scored 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting in Tuesday's 88-82 win over the Thunder.
He simply couldn't miss tonight and also added seven boards, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes. The Thunder were resting Serge Ibaka and Kevin Durant, so that certainly helped as well. The bad news is that the Pistons only play two more times this week, so Morris is still just a low-end hold in standard leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Nets - Thomas Robinson started and had 18 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and a block on 8-of-13 shooting in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Magic.
Thaddeus Young sat out for a rest and T-Rob got it done, although he hit just 3-of-7 free throws. He'd scored a total of two points in his previous four games, so don't get too excited. But if the Nets shut the veterans down and let T-Rob roll, he'll likely be worth a pickup in most leagues. Stay tuned.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, March 29
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were LaMarcus Aldridge, Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook, Jeff Teague, Kevin Durant, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rodney Hood, Thaddeus Young, Brandon Knight, Andrew Wiggins, and Hassan Whiteside.
RotoWorld reports: Jazz - Rodney Hood was on fire in the first half during a blowout 123-75 win over the Lakers on Monday, finishing with 30 points on 11-of-13 from the field with three rebounds and one block.
He scored all 30 points in the first half and did not even shoot the ball in the second half. The 48-point win ties the biggest victory for the Jazz in the history of the franchise. Hood came into this past weekend ice cold, but he's turned in two awesome games in a row. His sophomore season has been a bit unheralded as one of the best wings from the 2014 draft class. He still has room for improvement after a mini-breakout this season and is a must-start player right now.
RotoWorld reports: Kings - George Karl said that the Kings will continue to rest players down the stretch,
This is bad news for DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and Rudy Gay, and it's clear that the Kings are basically pulling the plug on their season. The Kings have another back-to-back set on Friday vs. the Heat and Saturday vs. the Nuggets, so Cousins' owners can expect some more maintenance days in the near future.
RotoWorld reports: Spurs - LaMarcus Aldridge returned from a night off with 31 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one turnover during a 101-87 win over the Grizzlies on Monday.
The Grizzlies probably don't want to slide to the No. 7 seed to play the Spurs in the postseason because Aldridge has killed them lately. He scored 32 points against them on Friday and continues his torrid run since the break. He's been a top-10 player since the break, but his fantasy owners should be excepting him to rest 2-3 more times going forward.
RotoWorld reports: Timberwolves - Andrew Wiggins filled it up during a 121-116 win over the Suns on Monday, scoring 32 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
He lived at the free throw line, making 17-of-21 from there in this win. For basically his entire NBA career, Wiggins has been a letdown in fantasy because he hasn't been able to add non-scoring stats to his production. Hopefully, he can add some 3-pointers to his arsenal next season.
RotoWorld reports: Suns - Brandon Knight was on fire to start Monday's 121-116 loss to the Wolves, finishing with 30 points, two rebounds, five assists, one block and seven 3-pointers.
He scored his team's first 10 points and had 27 points in the first half. Knight only went 1-of-4 in the second half and did not score in the final 19 minutes of the game. The Suns apparently want him out there to build some chemistry, so he's a must-start player right now.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, March 27
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were LeBron James, Paul Millsap, Kevin Love, Nic Batum, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Ricky Rubio and Ish Smith.
RotoWorld reports: Bulls - Taj Gibson (sore ribs) was a full participant during Sunday's practice, and is fully expected to play Monday vs. Atlanta.
Gibson tends to play if he's capable of walking, so owners should hesitate to put him out there for Chicago's upcoming five-game week. He's been a fifth-round stud in 9-cat leagues since the All-Star break with averages of 10.9 points, 5.9 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.9 swats and 1.2 turnovers per game on 59.6 percent shooting.
RotoWorld reports: Clippers - Blake Griffin's (quad, hand) four-game suspension will start on Sunday vs. the Nuggets.
He returned to practice on Sunday and looked "phenomenal," and this also means that he's now medically cleared to play. Griffin will be able to play in the final seven games of the regular season beginning on Apr. 3 vs. the Wizards, but the Clippers may limit his workload as a precaution. If your fantasy playoffs last until the end of the season, Griffin should be picked up.
RotoWorld reports: Blazers - C.J. McCollum hit a game-winning layup with eight seconds left to beat the 76ers 108-105 on Saturday, scoring 25 points with two rebounds, five assists, five steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.
The 76ers trapped him, but McCollum squeezed through and got to the rim for the and-one layup (video in link below). McCollum's five steals matched his career high and he took advantage of a great matchup. His owners should have high hopes for him this week with four games.
RotoWorld reports: Sixers - Ish Smith grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds during a 108-105 loss to the Blazers on Saturday, adding 17 points, nine assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.
He even made 8-of-14 from the field for a huge stat line. The 76ers went small a lot and that would really help Smith because they can run to allow Smith to get better shots. There should be a lot of running on Sunday against the Warriors, so he'll be an attractive DFS play.
RotoWorld reports: Cavs - LeBron James dropped the third triple-double of the season during a 107-93 win over the Knicks on Saturday, scoring 27 points with 11 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers.
He put the team on his back and he played with a little more anger than usual. James had a few stare downs in this game and was called for taunting with a jam on Lou Amundson (video in link below). Looking ahead, the Cavs have four games this week with one back-to-back set, so James could be resting on Thursday or Friday. His fantasy owners have to start him, obviously.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, March 24
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were Andre Drummond, Rajon Rondo, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, DeAndre Jordan, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Mirotic, Kevin Love, Devin Booker, Kristaps Porzingis, Brandon Knight, and Emmanuel Mudiay.
RotoWorld reports: Clippers - DeAndre Jordan finished Wednesday's game with 19 points, 20 rebounds, three assists and two blocks, but it wasn't enough to steal a win at Oracle Arena.
Jordan made 7-of-10 field goals and 5-of-10 free throws, without a single turnover in 38 minutes. He's scoring at a historically efficient level from the field, and emerges as a complete fantasy stud if you're able to ignore his high-volume FT percentages. His owners can look forward to two consecutive four-game weeks before a shortened slate concludes the season in Week 25.
RotoWorld reports: Warriors - Klay Thompson scored 32 points on 12-of-21 shooting vs. the Clippers, making 7-of-10 threes with four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 36 minutes.
The Splash Brothers were in full effect tonight, combining for 65 points and 11 triples, while shooting a combined 24-of-44 from the field (54.5 percent). Klay is three makes away from breaking his previous career-high for 3-pointers in a season (239), a personal record that could fall as soon as Friday's game vs. the Mavericks.
RotoWorld reports: Nuggets - Emmanuel Mudiay hit one of the wildest shots of the year at the buzzer to beat the 76ers 104-103 on Wednesday, finishing with 27 points with 11 rebounds, four assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes.
He was dribbling up the court and basically jumped sideways to release the ball with 0.1 seconds left at around halfcourt (video in link below). Mudiay was heating up this month, but turned in a five-point dud on Monday. He's vastly improved from his awful first few months and he still has some promise as a young point guard.
RotoWorld reports: Kings - Rajon Rondo piled up 25 points, 12 assists, eight rebounds and three steals as the Kings fell to the Wolves in Minnesota on Wednesday.
Rondo was held to single-digit assists in his previous two games, which has only happened one other time since Nov. 6. He bounced back nicely tonight and fantasy owners have to be pleased that he continues to play through a variety of nagging ailments. With unrestricted free agency looming this summer, it's a safe bet that Rondo will continue to suit up for the lottery-bound Kings.
RotoWorld reports: Cavs - Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue and general manager David Griffin both spoke with with LeBron James about his recent behavior.
Besides James' notorious unfollow of the Cavaliers on Twitter, James was seen talking with Dwyane Wade rather than warming up with his teammates on Saturday and then said he'd like to team up with Wade, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony. Griffin and Lue both spoke with James about his behavior, but we could be in for some more twists and turns as the Cavaliers head into the playoffs. James has been stellar on the court as of late and is a nightly must-start regardless of any off-court drama.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, March 22
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were LeBron James, Draymond Green, John Wall, Ricky Rubio, Isaiah Thomas, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jeremy Lin and Karl-Anthony Towns.
RotoWorld reports: Mavs - Chandler Parsons (knee) will undergo season-ended surgery, according to the Dallas Morning News.
According to a source, Parsons probably needs arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, which would force him to miss the rest of the season. Parsons will seek a second opinion, but has been diagnosed with a meniscus tear that needs to be surgically corrected. David Lee and Justin Anderson will see the biggest boost in playing time with Parsons out, with Dirk Nowitzki and Zaza Pachulia also seeing an uptick in usage.
RotoWorld reports: Warriors - Draymond Green scored 24 points during a 109-104 win over the Wolves on Monday with nine rebounds, six assists, three steals, three blocks and four turnovers on 10-of-13 from the field.
It's his 15th 20-point game of the season. The Warriors will have to go 10-2 the rest of the way to break the 1995-96 Bulls' 72-10 record. The good news is they only have road games against the Jazz, Spurs and Grizzlies with the rest of the games at home. They also have not lost consecutive games all season. Green should be a lock to make an All-NBA team and possibly get in the mix for the Olympic roster.
RotoWorld reports: Celtics - Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 28 points against the Magic during a 107-96 win on Monday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four turnovers.
The Celtics finally have a winning streak again, but it obviously helps to go against the Magic at home and the 76ers. Thomas has scored at least 20 points in every March game, averaging 26.5 points, 3.7 boards, 4.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.6 treys in those 10. He's the main reason the Celtics are likely to make the postseason.
RotoWorld reports: Thunder - Kevin Durant (elbow) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Rockets.
Durant was unable to go through the non-contact portions of practice on Monday and Thunder head coach Billy Donovan is unsure of his availability for Tuesday night. "Gonna see how he's doing tomorrow, but it's nothing too serious, nothing that's a major problem," Donovan said. "He's got some discomfort, but we'll probably find out [if he's available] at shootaround." We'll keep an eye on Durant's status after shootaround, but Russell Westbrook will be in for a usage boost if Durant is out, while Randy Foye, Dion Waiters, and Andre Roberson would also see an uptick in playing time.
RotoWorld reports: Grizzlies - Zach Randolph double-doubled in a win over the Suns on Monday with 14 points, 13 boards, two assists, one steal and one block in 30 minutes.
He recorded the first triple-double of his career on Saturday with 28 points, 11 boards and 10 assists, so it's safe to say that his knee is holding up well. He's going to be the focal point of the offense in Memphis for the rest of the regular season, so he's an excellent source of points and boards. Just don't expect him to rack up many steals or blocks.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, March 21
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball performers were Dirk Nowitzki, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, Robin Lopez, and Chris Paul.
RotoWorld reports: Knicks - Robin Lopez blew up for 23 points and a career-high 20 rebounds vs. the Kings on Sunday, adding two blocks and one steal in 38 minutes of action.
New York ranks last in the NBA for points in the paint, averaging just 36.5 per game, but Lopez's efforts tonight helped them tie the Kings 40-40 in that department. RoLo made 9-of-20 FGs and 5-of-7 FTs, matching DeMarcus Cousins tit for tat, but the result was a disappointing 88-80 home loss for the Knicks. The losses continue to pile up in real life, but Lopez has been earning fantasy owners some wins with top-70 value over the past month.
RotoWorld reports: Clippers - Chris Paul posted 24 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and four steals in a futile effort on Sunday, as the Clippers fell 109-105 to the Pelicans.
CP3 continues to play a hefty role for the Clippers, as they look to maintain their spot as the No. 4 seed, and thus far he's been immune to rest days. L.A.'s next four games are all part of back-to-back sets (Mar. 23/24, Mar. 27/28), so cautious owners should still double-check his availability.
RotoWorld reports: Raptors - Bismack Biyombo racked up 12 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks on Sunday, as the Raptors knocked off vs. the visiting Magic.
Jonas Valanciunas (hand) and Patrick Patterson (ankle) both sat out today, allowing Biyombo to play unfettered minutes in the middle. He's been impressive as a fill-in starter for JV, and is easily a better defensive option, so it will be interesting to see how Dwane Casey manages the rotation once everyone is healthy. Biyombo will likely return to the bench in a virtual time-share with Valanciunas, so enjoy this elevated production while it lasts.
RotoWorld reports: Mavericks - Dirk Nowitzki scorched the Blazers for 40 points on Sunday, making 16-of-26 shots with three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in the Mavericks' overtime victory.
Dirk has now scored 20+ points in eight straight games for the first time since 2011, and he's doing everything he can to carry his team into the postseason. "[They are] all big games," he said. "Our schedule is a beast. There's no moral victories right now in March." Dallas doesn't have the luxury of resting their 37-year-old cornerstone, so owners can deploy him with total confidence in the Mavs' upcoming three-game week.
RotoWorld reports: Blazers - Mason Plumlee racked up 14 points and a career-high 19 rebounds on Sunday, adding two assists, one steal and one block in a tough road loss at Dallas.
This gives Plumlee 40 double-doubles in his brief career, and he somehow piled up 10 offensive rebounds as part of tonight's gaudy total. He shot 5-of-9 from the field and 4-of-9 from the FT line in a performance that should please all but the most demanding fantasy owners.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, March 20
RotoWorld reports: Pelicans - Anthony Davis (left knee, shoulder) will be shut down for the remainder of the season, according to head coach Alvin Gentry.
This has been the fear for some time now with New Orleans playing for absolutely nothing, and those in re-draft leagues can safely send Davis to the waiver wire with this report. Davis is reportedly set to undergo surgery, although it's not currently clear if it will be performed on his knee or shoulder. He'll end 2015-16 campaign with averages of 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 turnovers through 61 games, and now as a guy with an "injury prone" label, Davis will no longer be the consensus No. 1 overall selection on draft day next year. Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson (groin) will benefit most sans Davis, while guys like Luke Babbitt, Dante Cunningham and Alexis Ajinca (sternum) will have the opportunity for some extended minutes.
RotoWorld reports: Lakers - Byron Scott said that Larry Nance may start at small forward "in the near future."
It sounds like Nance, and not Metta World Peace, will be Kobe Bryant's replacement on the games he is rested. Although Nance will still likely have his minutes constrained to the mid-20s, making him little more than a low-end player to own in deep leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Bucks - Bucks coach Jason Kidd said that he wants to give Damien Inglis more opportunities.
"I needed to look at Damien and figure out what he can do," Kidd said after Inglis scored a career-high 10 points on Thursday with five boards, two assists and three blocks in 22 minutes. "As he becomes healthy, we have to get him minutes in games. I went to him early to get a look and he was great. He was great all night, defensively and offensively." Inglis will have another chance to impress on Sunday vs. the Jazz, so owners in deeper leagues should keep an eye on him.
RotoWorld reports: Hawks - Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer heaped praise on Tim Hardaway Jr.
"There is a confidence on his part. There is a confidence on our part that the offense would come," Budenholzer said. "His focus is where it needs to be. He’s continuing to be great on the defensive end and now it’s becoming more natural, more comfortable. Hopefully, you see that manifest on the offensive end of the court." Hardaway Jr. has scored 20 and 21 points in his last two games, so it's possible that his role could continue to grow. He's on the radar in deeper leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Rockets - Michael Beasley said he's having success in Houston because he's being put in the right position.
"I'm just playing basketball," Beasley said. "My teammates are doing a great job of putting me in the right position. J.B. [Bickerstaff] is doing a great job putting me in the right position. I'm not doing anything out of my game or out of the ordinary." Beasley dropped 30 points on Saturday and is averaging 17.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 0.6 blocks, 0.6 steals and 0.4 treys on 60.7 percent shooting over his last five games, so he's worth owning in standard leagues until he cools off.