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| Fantasy Basketball Notes

In fantasy basketball, fans join a fantasy basketball league, learn that league's rules, and draft a custom team of real NBA players. Success of a fantasy basketball league team depends on the success of the team's real-life NBA players. Bookmark and hit this page for daily fantasy basketball news and notes.

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Updated January 27, 2016

This is how good fantasy players have been WHEN HEALTHY. Missed games and current injuries are not taken into account below:

1 Stephen Curry, GS
2 Kevin Durant, OKC
3 James Harden, Hou
4 Russell Westbrook, OKC
5 Kyle Lowry, Tor
6 Kawhi Leonard, SA
7 Anthony Davis, Nor
8 Chris Paul, LAC
9 Paul George, Ind
10 Paul Millsap, Atl
11 John Wall, Wsh
12 LeBron James, Cle
13 Draymond Green, GS
14 Damian Lillard, Por
15 DeMarcus Cousins, Sac
16 Eric Bledsoe, Pho
17 Kemba Walker, Cha
18 Hassan Whiteside, Mia
19 Jimmy Butler, Chi
20 Karl-Anthony Towns, Min
21 Pau Gasol, Chi
22 Isaiah Thomas, Bos
23 Brook Lopez, Bkn
24 Al Horford, Atl
25 Blake Griffin, LAC

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, February 5

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, Robin Lopez, Kyle Lowry, Stanley Johnson and Damian Lillard. There were just four games.
RotoWorld reports: Heat - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra hinted that Amare Stoudemire will still be in the rotation even though Hassan Whiteside is healthy again. "Amar'e can be who he was in his 20's in short bursts if we're all smart about it and control the minutes," Spoelstra said. "That's the hardest thing for me to do. When we manage and bottle them up those minutes, he's fresh." STAT has averages of 9.8 points, 8.4 boards and 1.4 blocks over his last five games, but his value should be limited to deeper leagues with Whiteside back in the mix.

RotoWorld reports: Raptors - Kyle Lowry buried seven 3-pointers during a 110-103 win over the Blazers on Thursday, scoring 30 points with six rebounds, eight assists, two steals, two blocks and seven turnovers in 40 minutes. It's pretty cool to see Lowry lead the Eastern Conference in 3-pointers and he'll be representing Toronto in the 3-point contest next weekend. He made just 26.4 percent of his 3-pointers in the first four years of his career (2006-10), so nobody saw this coming back then. He's up to 39.7 percent from three this year and is the No. 7 player in standard leagues because of it.

RotoWorld reports: Blazers - Damian Lillard scored 27 points with five rebounds, 11 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday during a 110-103 loss. The assists have been really nice for Lillard with three double-digit dime games in his last five. The should-be All-Star's team losing this one drops them out of the eighth seed with Utah moving up. It'll be interesting to see what the Blazers do at the deadline, but it won't affect Lillard.

RotoWorld reports: Lakers - D'Angelo Russell scored 13 points with three rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday. Coach Bryon Scott always likes to handle his rookie point guards carefully, but he's been more open and critical about it this year -- the Twitter age probably doesn't help. Russell is fully expected to start later this month or in March, so keep him stashed with hopes the Lakers dump some players.

RotoWorld reports: Pelicans - Anthony Davis scored 39 points with 11 rebounds, one steal and one block in 39 minutes against the Lakers during a 99-96 loss on Thursday. This one will sting a bit. The Pelicans are cold again with a three-game losing streak. Davis did look like he hurt his hand a bit, but he was fine. His fantasy owners have to be rooting for wins to lower the chances of a shutdown later this year. At least he's filling it up again.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, February 3

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Markieff Morris, Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Andrew Wiggins, CJ McCollum, and Kyle Lowry.
RotoWorld reports: Timberwolves - Karl-Anthony Towns scored an efficient 14 points on Tuesday vs. the Lakers, shooting 6-of-9 from the field and 1-of-2 from 3-point range. The rookie picked up a couple of fouls in the first quarter, but he still managed to add nine boards, two assists and two blocks to his name. He has played an average of 34.2 minutes per game over the last five due to injuries to Kevin Garnett (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (foot), so his fantasy value is trending up. He should be treated as a top-10 player in fantasy from here on out.

RotoWorld reports: Lakers - Jordan Clarkson scored 16 points with three boards, two assists and two steals in 35 minutes vs. the Wolves on Tuesday. Coach Byron Scott has hinted several times that D'Angelo Russell will eventually move back into the starting lineup after the All-Star break, but that would likely push Lou Williams to the bench as opposed to Clarkson. Additionally, Williams is a trade candidate so that would take the pressure off both Russell and Clarkson if he was moved. Clarkson is a huge part of the Lakers' future and his role should be safe no matter what, so his owners don't have too much to be worried about.

RotoWorld reports: Bucks - Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 points with eight boards, five assists, one block, two steals and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Blazers. This was his third game of the season with a full line. The Greek Freak was special tonight and got to the rim whenever he wanted, but unfortunately he hit just 4-of-9 from the free throw line. He was shooting 77.3 percent from the line prior to Tuesday, so his owners shouldn't be concerned. Antetokounmpo has attempted just eight 3-pointers over his last 10 games, so that's really the only thing holding him back from becoming an elite fantasy asset.

RotoWorld reports: Blazers - Gerald Henderson scored 14 points with nine rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Bucks. He has scored in double digits in four out of his last five games, but his recent spike in playing time could be because the Blazers are trying to boost his value prior to the trade deadline. Regardless, Henderson doesn't have much upside and his role with minutes in the lower 20s is not appealing, so he can be left on the wire in most leagues.

RotoWorld reports: Suns - Earl Watson said after Tuesday's game, when Markieff Morris exploded for 30 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer, that Morris is now the focal point of the team's struggling offense. "He is the main focus of our offense moving forward, we know that," Watson said after the game. Morris racked up season highs in points, rebounds, assists and blocks (tie) and is officially a must-pickup player in fantasy hoops. He could flop at any time or be traded into a bad situation, but based on what his coach said tonight, you have every reason to try to get him.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, February 2

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Jeff Teague, Rudy Gay, Nikola Jokic (Nuggets), Russell Westbrook, Greg Monroe, Gordon Hayward, Andre Drummond, Brook Lopez, and Michael Carter-Williams.
RotoWorld reports: Rockets - Donatas Motiejunas (back) will play one more stint in the D-League before returning to the Rockets. Motiejunas was recalled from the D-League on Monday, but will rejoin the Rio Grande Valley Vipers for a two-game road trip this week. "I'm getting there," Motiejunas said. "Every day I'm feeling better and better. I had some time on the floor [Saturday] night. I felt great. It's real important for me at this point to get my confidence back and my game rhythm." While D-Mo is getting closer to a return, he won't have a big role in the Rockets rotation and can be left on waivers in all fantasy leagues.

RotoWorld reports: Thunder - Kevin Durant wore a brace on his right knee during Monday's win over the Wizards, but the Thunder didn't elaborate on the reason. Head coach Billy Donovan said reporters would have to ask Durant about the brace/sleeve that he wore on his right knee, but Durant left the locker room without talking to reporters. While he was seen icing the knee on the bench, KD didn't look any worse for the wear on the court en route to scoring 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting. We'll keep an eye out for updates, but it doesn't sound like this is anything fantasy owners should worry about just yet.

RotoWorld reports: Jazz - Gordon Hayward scored 27 points against the Bulls during a 105-96 overtime win on Monday with 12 rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 44 minutes. He hit a clutch shot at the rim to tie it in regulation with four seconds left and forced a turnover on the Bulls' next possession. G Time also had one of the prettiest backdoor cuts leading to a jam of the season during OT (in link below). He's playing off the ball more, but its led to fourth-round value in January.

RotoWorld reports: Bulls - Jimmy Butler scored 26 points in 47 minutes during a 105-96 overtime loss to the Jazz on Monday, scoring 26 points with seven rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers. The Bulls went cold in OT and failed to hit any field goals. As for Butler, he did bang his knee tonight and was in some pain on the bench. Butler did not need to miss any time and there's no word of him dealing with any swelling after the game. The Bulls will travel to Sacramento for Wednesday and Butler should be all set for that one. Jimmy G. Buckets is a top-10 player so far this season.

RotoWorld reports: Kings - Rajon Rondo hit a season-high four 3-pointers in Monday's win over the Bucks, scoring 18 points with seven assists, two boards and three steals. After recording double-digit assists in 11 straight games, he has now been in single digits in his last two outings. He had to be more involved on the offensive end with DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) sitting this one out, and while he did shoot 6-of-10 from the field, he also turned the ball over six times. The Kings snapped a four-game losing streak and are still in the playoff hunt, so Rondo will be fine and his owners shouldn't worry.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, February 1

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Klay Thompson, Jamal Crawford, Aaron Gordon, and Karl-Anthony Towns.
RotoWorld reports: Lakers - Lou Williams couldn't find the range from the field on Sunday, shooting 1-of-10, but he went 8-of-8 from the FT line to finish with 11 points, two boards, two assists, one steal and one block. Sweet Lou makes a living at the line and this isn't exactly unexpected -- over his past five games he's shooting 28.2 percent from the field and 89.7 percent from the FT line. He's been terrific as a starter and the only imminent threat to his value is the prospect of a trade to a less-favorable situation.

RotoWorld reports: Hornets - Kemba Walker's minor ankle injury didn't limit him on Sunday, as he posted 12 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds and six assists in 33 minutes of action. He shot 3-of-14 from the field, which is disappointing since he faced the Lakers' defense, but Walker's owners should be pleased that his ankle didn't cost him any games. He has the eighth-highest usage rate in January at 30.2 percent, behind guys like Kevin Durant, James Harden and Stephen Curry, and he's been a top-15 value (9-cat) in that span.

RotoWorld reports: Blazers - Mason Plumlee played only 20 minutes vs. the Wolves, scoring six points (2-of-5 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with three rebounds, one assist and one block. Plumlee ranks 50th out of 54 qualifying players who have defended at least 5.0 shots per game at the rim -- his opponents are hitting 55.4 percent of their shots in that situation. The only defenders allowing a higher percentage are Jonas Valanciunas, Kenneth Faried and Al Jefferson. Plumlee's starting job is safe and he's averaging 24.2 minutes over the Blazers' past 10 games, however, which makes him a steady source of boards, blocks and FG percentage.

RotoWorld reports: Wolves - Ricky Rubio notched 15 points, nine assists, four rebounds, three steals and one 3-pointer without any turnovers in 29 minutes of action on Sunday. It was an inverted shooting night for Rubio, as he did well from the field (6-of-7) and poorly from the FT line (2-of-5). The play-making maestro is putting on a clinic over the Wolves' past five games, tallying 49 assists with only four turnovers.

RotoWorld reports: Knicks - Kristaps Porzingis scored 14 points with six boards, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers vs. the Warriors on Sunday. He got into some foul trouble which limited him to 20 minutes, and after the game he said he would use it as a learning experience. "This is going to be a learning experience for me," Porzingis said. "As I get more experience, I'll avoid [foul trouble]." He had a seven-point dud vs. the Suns on Friday, but he also just returned from an illness. The rookie is going to be fine and this is just a minor bump in the road, so his owners shouldn't panic.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, January 30

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kevin Durant, Karl-Anthony Towns, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Brook Lopez, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Love and Chris Paul.
RotoWorld reports: Spurs - Danny Green is hopeful that his shot will continue to improve. "Most nights [the shot] doesnít feel like youíd like it to," Green said. "My teammates are constantly encouraging me to shoot, and that helps." Green has been in a season-long slump, but he actually hit 25-of-50 3-pointers during the month of January and is coming off an 18-point performance against the Rockets in which he hit six triples. As frustrating as he has been, he shouldn't be sitting on the wire in standard leagues.

RotoWorld reports: Bucks - Giannis Antetokounmpo said he is starting to feel a lot more confident. "My teammates and my coaches make me more confident every day," Antetokounmpo said. "When I have a game going, they're always looking for me. I felt I had a game going and I felt I could make plays." The Greek Freak was incredible on Friday vs. the Heat, scoring 28 points with four rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks in 46 minutes. He turned 21 in December.

RotoWorld reports: Heat - Goran Dragic said that his calf felt great in Friday's win over the Bucks. "I was surprised a little bit," Dragic said of his playing time. "But like I said, I felt great. No pain, nothing." Dragic played 32 minutes with 12 points, eight assists, one board, one steal and one 3-pointer, and the fact that he played so much after missing eight straight games suggests that he is close to 100 percent. Plug him into lineups with confidence.

RotoWorld reports: Pacers - Pacers coach Frank Vogel said that Myles Turner has earned his role as the starting power forward. "I think the kidís earned it. Our team needs a spark," Vogel said. "Heís played extremely well once heís gotten his legs under him after this injury. Itís glaring to me that we need to increase his role, his minutes, his everything." Turner has averaged 18.6 points, 6.0 boards and 2.7 blocks over his last five games and needs to be owned in all leagues. This quote should be very encouraging for his owners.

RotoWorld reports: Knicks - Carmelo Anthony said that he is still experiencing discomfort in his knee. "Itís still there," Anthony said of the soreness. "But if I wait until thereís no soreness, then Iíll be out the whole season." While it sounds like he wants to keep playing, the All-Star forward's knee concern are not going away any time soon and his owners should be a little concerned. If the Knicks can stay somewhat relevant in the East, the shut-down risk won't be as high. If you do own Anthony, it's not a bad idea to handcuff him with Derrick Williams in a deeper league.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, January 28

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Klay Thompson, Russell Westbrook, Zach LaVine, Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge, Gordon Hayward, Kevin Love, and Karl-Anthony Towns.
RotoWorld reports: Warriors - Klay Thompson scored a season-high 45 points during a 127-120 win over the Mavs on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, one assist, two blocks and seven 3-pointers. It's his second 40-point game of the season and sixth of his career with all of those coming at home. After the game, Klay mentioned how he was due after a somewhat disappointing January before tonight, which included a career-high-tying 10 free throw makes. He should be announced as an All-Star on Thursday.

RotoWorld reports: Spurs - LaMarcus Aldridge scored a game-high 25 points during a 130-99 win over the Rockets on Wednesday, adding 10 boards, five assists and two turnovers on 9-of-13 from the field. He famously deleted his Twitter account after the loss to the Warriors and said after Wednesday's game he wants to "lock in" for the season. His fantasy owners can't complain with Aldridge posting fourth-round value in January.

RotoWorld reports: Jazz - Rodney Hood led Utah with 24 points, four rebounds and four assists during Wednesday's home victory, connecting on 8-of-16 shots including four 3-pointers. Hood also went 4-of-4 from the FT line with one steal, and he committed just one turnover in 31 minutes. He may lose some touches once Derrick Favors resumes a full workload offensively, but Hood is still a promising hold for rest-of-season value.

RotoWorld reports: Rockets - Dwight Howard (ankle) returned on Wednesday against the Spurs with 13 points, eight rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 23 minutes. He did not play in the final 14:39 with the Spurs dominating 63-86 at that point. Howard said he felt pretty good in his first game back and that he expects to play in both Friday and Saturday. His owners can keep him locked into their lineups, especially since he was playing well before the ankle sprain.

RotoWorld reports: Hornets - Nicolas Batum (toe) returned from a three-game absence to finish Wednesday's loss with six points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes of action. Batum has been dealing with this toe injury for weeks and he's aggravated it at least once, but he made it through tonight's game unscathed. It can't hurt to double-check his status for Friday's road game in Portland, but we're leaving the multi-cat stud off the injury report.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, January 27

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Kyle Lowry, Archie Goodwin (Suns), Chris Bosh, and Khris Middleton.
RotoWorld reports: Lakers - Julius Randle double-doubled vs. the Mavericks on Tuesday with 16 points, 11 boards, two assists and two blocks in 31 minutes. Larry Nance (knee) returned from a four-game absence and came off the bench, but the Lakers are just easing him back into action and coach Byron Scott has hinted several times that Nance could rejoin the first unit. This was just the second time in Randle's career that he recorded two blocks in a game and he usually doesn't do much besides scoring and rebounding, but he should continue to be a solid asset in points leagues. Owners in standard leagues can still do better.

RotoWorld reports: Mavs - Wesley Matthews struggled in Tuesday's win over the Lakers, scoring just nine points with five assists and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes. That is not the performance his owners were expecting against a team that has a total of nine wins this season. Regardless, Matthews did score in double digits in his previous five games and simply just had an off night, so make sure you keep him locked in all lineups. The Mavs will need him to be sharp on Wednesday vs. the Warriors.

RotoWorld reports: Blazers - Damian Lillard matched his career high with 13 assists in Tuesday's 112-97 win over the Kings, finishing with 15 points, five boards, one block and one 3-pointer. He shot just 5-of-16 from the field and had four turnovers, but he gets a pass because he erupted for 36 points in Saturday's win over the Lakers. The Blazers have now won six out of their last eight games and moved ahead of the Kings for the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff race. C.J. McCollum added 18 points, five assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

RotoWorld reports: Kings - Willie Cauley-Stein blocked a career-high four shots in Tuesday's loss to the Blazers, finishing with 12 points, seven boards, one assist and one steal in 30 minutes. WCS did leave the game to get stitches above his right eye and his finger was bleeding at one point, but the rookie kept playing and had one of the best games of his season. He now has averages of 10.2 points, 9.8 boards 1.6 blocks and 1.6 steals over his last five games, so he is worth a serious look if you need a big.

RotoWorld reports: Bucks - Khris Middleton stayed red-hot on Tuesday, hitting 6-of-14 shots, two 3-pointers and 11-of-11 free throws on his way to 25 points, five rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 36 minutes. He's topped 20 points in seven straight games and is one of the hottest shooting guards in the league. He's averaging 22.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting over his last five games, and should be ready to keep it rolling for the second half of the season.

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

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were DeMarcus Cousins, James Harden, Stephen Curry, Jrue Holiday, LeBron James, Karl-Anthony Towns, Trevor Ariza, Dwyane Wade, Jeff Green, and Reggie Jackson.
RotoWorld reports: Jazz - Rodney Hood scored 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting in Monday's loss to the Pistons. The Swingman also chipped in with two boards, two assists, two steals and six 3-pointers in 34 minutes. Hood has been returning top-45 value in standard leagues over his last five games with averages of 18.6 points, 4.8 boards, 2.8 assists and 3.6 3-pointers on 43.1 percent shooting from the field, so he needs to be locked in all active lineups. Staying healthy will be the key for Hood.

RotoWorld reports: Clippers - According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Blake Griffin may have suffered a broken hand in an undisclosed team-related incident. Griffin has already been sidelined since Christmas with a quad injury, but if this report is accurate he could be out for several more weeks. Obviously, his owners shouldn't make any roster decisions until we get a firm update from the team. For what it's worth, a broken hand usually sidelines a player for around 4-6 weeks in most cases. Expect Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and DeAndre Jordan to benefit the most if Griffin misses extended time.

RotoWorld reports: Pistons - Ersan Ilyasova scored 18 points with eight boards and two 3-pointers in just 23 minutes on Monday vs. the Jazz. He got into some foul trouble, so that explains the low minutes. Marcus Morris and Andre Drummond have been struggling lately, so Ilyasova has been picking up the slack on offense. He is averaging 14.4 points, 7.6 boards, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games, but he is a sell-high candidate because he can be very inconsistent and he is also prone to injuries.

RotoWorld reports: Kings - Willie Cauley-Stein nearly double-doubled in Monday's loss to the Hornets, scoring nine points with nine boards and one block in 38 minutes. The rookie played big minutes in the double-overtime loss, and while his stats weren't great, he had a huge impact on the defensive end. The Kings aren't going to run any plays for WCS on the offensive end and he really can't do much besides rebounding and blocking shots, but he is worth owning if you need a low-end big. Rudy Gay's eye injury could open up more minutes for WCS as well.

RotoWorld reports: Hornets - Kemba Walker scored 24 points in Monday's double-overtime win over the Kings, adding eight assists, four boards, four steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 45 minutes. Walker shot just 5-of-25 from the field and missed a clutch free throw that would've ended the game a lot sooner, but he found a way to get the job done and helped the Hornets win their third straight game. Walker is shooting just 39.7 percent from the field over his last five games, but he is still averaging a ridiculous 32.6 points, 6.4 assists, 5.6 boards, 2.6 steals and 2.8 3-pointers in that span. He is making a serious push to join the Eastern All-Star team.

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

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kevin Durant, James Harden, Brook Lopez, Chandler Parsons, Trevor Ariza, Chris Paul, and Russell Westbrook.
RotoWorld reports: Thunder - Dion Waiters played 33 minutes vs. the Nets on Sunday, but he finished with only nine points, two 3-pointers, one assist and two steals. Andre Roberson (sprained knee) exited in the first half, gifting Waiters extra playing time in the second half, but his characteristic inefficiency spoiled what could have been a productive evening. Leave Waiters on the waiver wire.

RotoWorld reports: Nets - Shane Larkin played well in 21 minutes vs. OKC on Sunday, scoring nine points (4-of-7 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs) with three boards, four assists, four steals, two blocks and zero turnovers. Brooklyn is averaging a paltry 9.5 fastbreak points this season, which ranks 28th in the NBA, and they're down to 8.7 in their past three games. They did most of their work in the paint tonight and only managed 10 points in transition, as neither Larkin nor Donald Sloan (11 points in 27 minutes) have had much luck pushing the pace. Larkin is best left unowned in typical leagues while stuck in a reserve role behind Sloan.

RotoWorld reports: Sixers - JaKarr Sampson (hip) started Sunday's game but logged only nine minutes, finishing the Sixers' defeat with two points and one rebound. Six different reserves played more minutes than Sampson, whose inefficiency wasn't necessarily the result of his recent injury. His role is tumultuous and tonight's debacle is the latest evidence that you should avoid him.

RotoWorld reports: Celtics - elly Olynyk shifted back to Boston's bench on Sunday, where he posted five points, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 16 minutes. Olynyk started while Amir Johnson (personal) was out, but for now Brad Stevens prefers him in a reserve role behind Johnson and Jared Sullinger. He's been supremely frustrating to own this season but is worth a hold in typical 12-team leagues. Hopefully his role will expand vs. the Wizards on Monday.

RotoWorld reports: Raptors - Terrence Ross chipped in 18 points, five 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists and four steals in 33 minutes as the Raptors pulled away from the Clippers for a home win on Sunday. The Raptors are one win away from tying the franchise record of nine consecutive victories, a streak that has them just two games behind the Cavaliers for the East's No. 1 seed. Ross has been shooting lights-out for his past four games, averaging 14.3 points on 20-of-28 shooting, including 13-of-19 from deep, but any dip in his efficiency would ruin his appeal as more than a 3-point specialist.

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

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were DeMarcus Cousins, Damian Lillard, LeBron James, Pau Gasol, Paul George, Tyson Chandler, Anthony Davis, and Danilo Gallinari.
RotoWorld reports: Rockets - Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff confirmed that Patrick Beverley is still going to be the starting point guard moving forward. "People will earn their minutes," Bickerstaff said of Beverley and Ty Lawson. "So both of them want to play obviously, thereís minutes there for both of them. Whoever is playing the best is going to get those minutes and I think thatís the right thing for the team." Beverley has missed two games in a row with a sprained ankle, but he will play on Sunday vs. the Mavericks. This is a position battle to watch, but Beverley is still the point guard to own in Houston.

RotoWorld reports: Blazers - Damian Lillard broke out of his slump in Saturday's win over the Lakers, scoring 36 points on 14-of-19 shooting with five assists, one board and five 3-pointers in 29 minutes. He was averaging just 16.0 points over his last three games on 41.3 percent shooting from the field, so it's safe to say that he is back. His owners can thank the Lakers for helping him break out of his slump, and he now has scored an average of 31.7 points against them in three appearances this season.

RotoWorld reports: Lakers - Jordan Clarkson scored just 10 points in Saturday's loss to the Blazers, adding three assists, one board and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes. The game was a blowout which explains the low minutes, but Clarkson didn't do himself any favors by shooting just 2-of-8 from the field. Coach Byron Scott still doesn't trust D'Angelo Russell, so Clarkson is arguably the best Laker to own in fantasy for now. Russell could eventually pass him after the All-Star break, though.

RotoWorld reports: Kings - DeMarcus Cousins scored a career-high 48 points against the Pacers during a 108-97 win on Saturday, adding 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. The crowd was chanting "MVP" for Boogie as the Pacers had no answer for him and his 45.3 usage rate in 36 minutes. Cousins is eating inside of the paint again with 48.4 percent of his shots coming at the rim during his previous games this month. The bad news is all that attacking has put him at risk for injury and he did have a minor ankle tweak tonight. His owners will take it the way it is with Boogie posting top-five value in January.

RotoWorld reports: Pistons - Marcus Morris scored 20 points in Saturday's loss to the Nuggets, adding two boards, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes. He was held to just four points on Thursday against the Pelicans, so it was nice to see him get back on track. He shot 7-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc against the Nuggets, so hopefully he can keep it going against the Jazz on Monday.

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

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Stephen Curry, Kemba Walker, Myles Turner (Pacers), James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, Jimmy Butler, Manu Ginobili and Draymond Green.
RotoWorld reports: Warriors - Draymond Green produced his 16th double-double of the season on Friday, putting up 22 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, four steals and three turnovers in 36 minutes. With Friday's home win, the Dubs became just the fourth team in NBA history to win 38-straight regular-season games at home, and their 40-4 mark on the season establishes them as just the fourth team in NBA history to win at least 40 of their first 44 games. That's been in no small part to Mr. Green who is easily Golden State's best defender, and his unique ability to stuff the stat sheet (currently the league leader in triple-doubles) has him producing top-15 value on the year.

RotoWorld reports: Spurs - Manu Ginobili scored 20 points during a 108-05 win over the Lakers on Friday, adding four rebounds, four assists, five steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 9-of-10 from the field. He was amazing and vintage Ginobili, but he's still not a strong add for fantasy in limited playing time. The Spurs are special and have a point differential of plus-14.5 this year. In their previous 15 games, their entire 15-man roster each had a net rating greater than 12. The Spurs have won 13 games in a row and will be traveling to Oakland on Monday. Clear your schedule for that one.

RotoWorld reports: Pacers - Myles Turner exploded for a career-high 31 points on 12-of-17 shooting Friday, to go with eight boards, one steal, two blocks and one turnover in 28 minutes off the bench. Turner was Indiana's best player this evening, and he definitely earned himself some more minutes in the Pacers' rotation after tonight's outburst. He's been playing very well over the past three, owning averages of 23.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and an elite 2.7 swats per contest while shooting at a ridiculous 73.0 percent clip from the field. With Ian Mahinmi (ankle) set to spend Saturday's game on the sidelines, Turner could earn his first career-start, and he should be viewed as a must-own player until he cools off.

RotoWorld reports: Lakers - D'Angelo Russell scored 18 points on 8-of-10 from the field against the Spurs on Friday, adding one rebound, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes. He's starting to string games together here. In his last six, Russell averaged 14.0 points, 2.2 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.2 treys on 46.5 percent from the field. The Lakers will eventually give him more freedom on offense and he could wind up holding some nice value later this season. After all, this rookie class has been insane for fantasy.

RotoWorld reports: Rockets - James Harden scored 30 points with five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and five 3-pointers during a 102-98 win over the Bucks on Friday. It's his 18th 30-plus scoring game on the year. Harden's assists have been the story lately with 10.0 per game in his last three, but he did come into tonight with 5.3 turnovers per game in January. He's not having a great month and is just putting up fourth-round value in January. Don't worry.

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

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Chris Paul, Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Marc Gasol, Andre Drummond and DeMarcus Cousins.
RotoWorld reports: Spurs - Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points during a 117-89 win on Thursday in Phoenix, adding three rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes. He was named to his first All-Star team and will be a starter. He's in some elite company because only Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Jordan have been an All-Star, won a Finals MVP, and earned a Defensive Player of the Year. Leonard will be earning several All-Star nods going forward and he's also a top-three Dynasty asset.

RotoWorld reports: Suns - Alex Len started at power forward on Thursday against the Spurs with 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks in 35 minutes. Len played next to Tyson Chandler for a whopping 23 minutes tonight, which occurred for only three minutes in all the previous games combined this season. Len's hand issue seemed much better tonight despite how he still has a wrap on it. He still doesn't have a clear runway for minutes, but he really showed some nice skill as an offensive weapon tonight against Boban Marjanovic. He's a big man on the radar as a stash with the Suns set for a rebuild around him.

RotoWorld reports: Kings - DeMarcus Cousins filled it up against the Hawks on Thursday during a 91-88 win, scoring 25 points with 15 boards, five assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer. The Kings snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Hawks, including their last seven in Sacramento. Boogie is back to being a top-10 kind of player going forward and has the Kings sitting in the eighth spot in the Western Conference.

RotoWorld reports: Hawks - Paul Millsap scored 14 points with 14 rebounds, three assists, five steals, four blocks and five turnovers in 33 minutes during a 91-88 loss on Thursday against the Kings. He had a very costly turnover in the closing seconds of the game, but the Hawks were out of rhythm all night. Millsap is just a stat monster for across-the-output and has been a first-round value consistently all season.

RotoWorld reports: Grizzlies - Marc Gasol was too much for the Nuggets during a 102-101 win on Thursday, scoring 27 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal and three blocks. He made 9-of-14 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line for a terrific stat line. Gasol has been a fantasy monster with 23.8 points, 6.3 boards, 4.4 assists, 2.6 blocks and 1.4 steals on 50.5 percent from the field in his last five. His little slump from earlier this month is long gone.

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

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, DeMarcus Cousins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Stephen Curry, Carmelo Anthony, DeMar DeRozan, Chandler Parsons, Robin Lopez, and Rodney Hood. There were many other big performers. It was a busy tonight.
RotoWorld reports: Knicks - Carmelo Antony passed Larry Bird on the all-time scoring list during the Knicks win over the Jazz on Wednesday. Anthony scored 30 points during the win on Monday and passed Bird for 31st on the all-time scoring list. "I donít know how I can put that into any kind of words," Anthony said. "Just to be on that list and to know that I passed Larry knowing what he did in his career, knowing what he did in this league, I donít know how to put that into words." Anthony has been dealing with an ankle sprain, but should be in fantasy owners' lineups as long as he's on the court.

RotoWorld reports: Mavs - Chandler Parsons attributed his recent improvement to extra workouts with Dirk Nowtizki. Parsons has been working out with Nowitzki and said the extra work with the veteran has helped him improve his game. "It's a resource I've had for over a year now and I'm just now starting to take advantage of it," Parsons said. "Just little pointers, and nothing too drastic. And a lot of [trash] talking." Parsons had his best game of the season with Nowitzki (ankle) on the bench on Wednesday, but he's finally getting healthy and is worth a nightly start in all fantasy leagues.

RotoWorld reports: Kings - Kings head coach George Karl advocated for DeMarcus Cousins to be included in the NBA All-Star game. Karl and Cousins have had a rocky relationship in Sacramento, but Karl stumped for his star's inclusion in the All-Star game after Monday's win against the Lakers. "DeMarcus has shown at a high, high level that heís an All-Star," Karl said. "Is there a better center playing basketball in the NBA right now? I donít think there is." Cousins is averaging 31.2 points, 13.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.2 steals, and 1.6 treys over his last five games and is providing his owners with first-round value.

RotoWorld reports: Bulls - Derrick Rose said he's happy with the way he's been playing lately. Rose struggled to start the season, but is happy with his improved play as of late. "This year, I was just trying to play as many consistent games as possible," said Rose. "Next year I want to throw in my individual goals. I love the way I'm playing right now." While Rose isn't the player he once was, he's averaging 22.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 2.7 assists and can be safely started in standard fantasy leagues.

RotoWorld reports: Hawks - Kent Bazemore finished Wednesday's 104-98 win in Portland with 23 points (8-of-15 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), five boards, five assists and three turnovers. "[The bench's] defensive energy is fueling everything else, so hopefully we can continue to get the starters to feed off that, too," coach Mike Budenholzer said prior to the game. Tonight it was Baze bringing the energy, earning him an unusually high 32 minutes. He's been a bit quiet over the past two weeks but remains a stealthy top-50 guy on a season-long basis.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, January 20

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kevin Durant, Hassan Whiteside, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook. There were just four games.
RotoWorld reports: Pelicans - Eric Gordon (broken right ring finger) is expected to be sidelined for at least the next 4-6 weeks, according to sources of Scott Kushner. While this isn't an official timeline, 4-6 weeks for a fractured finger on the shooting hand is a reasonable estimate for Gordon. Jrue Holiday could soon find himself back in the starting five with Gordon on the sidelines, and both he and Tyreke Evans figure to see some extra opportunity on offense. Norris Cole also figures to get some more run sans Gordon, but he's unlikely to produce much value in standard fantasy leagues while Evans and Holiday are healthy.

RotoWorld reports: Suns - Devin Booker scored a career-high 32 points in Tuesday's loss to the Pacers, adding two assists and six 3-pointers in 40 minutes. The six 3-pointers were obviously a career high as well, and he shot 9-of-16 from the field, 6-of-11 from deep and hit all eight of his free throws. His 32 points are the most by a rookie this season, beating Kristaps Porzingis' 29-point outing on Nov. 17. Incredibly, Booker is also the third-youngest player to have a 30-point game, joining LeBron James and Kevin Durant. The rookie is loaded with potential and needs to be owned in all leagues following this performance, and his development should be one of the Suns' top priorities moving forward.

RotoWorld reports: Nuggets - Danilo Gallinari went off in Tuesday's loss to the Thunder, scoring 27 points with three boards, one assist, two steals and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes. The Rooster is on fire right now. He's averaging 23.2 points, 4.4 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five games, though he is shooting just 40.5 percent from the field. Still, he is flirting with top-50 value in that span and he has never looked healthier. Keep him locked in all lineups.

RotoWorld reports: Thunder - Serge Ibaka was held to just four points on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets, adding 10 boards, three assists and two blocks in 36 minutes. He shot just 2-of-8 from the field in 36 minutes, and he also got beat up in the paint by Kenneth Faried who finished with seven total offensive boards. He is averaging 12.8 points, 8.2 boards and 2.0 blocks over his last five games, so he's only returning fifth-round value in that span. He has some buy-low appeal, and he should be much better vs. the Hornets on Wednesday.

RotoWorld reports: Timberwolves - Andrew Wiggins hit 7-of-17 shots for 21 points on Tuesday and added four rebounds, two assists and three steals in a loss to the Pelicans. He was 0-for-4 from downtown, or his line would have looked better. Wiggins has scored in double figures in every game since Dec. 7, but generally doesn't do a lot in the other categories. Still, guys who score 20-plus points regularly aren't easy to come by, meaning Wiggins has value despite not being much of a stat stuffer.

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

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Gordon Hayward, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, JJ Redick, Brook Lopez, Kyle Lowry, and DeMar DeRozan.
RotoWorld reports: Clippers - J.J. Redick had the game of his life during a 140-132 overtime win over the Rockets on Monday, scoring a career-high 40 points with one rebound, two assists and nine 3-pointers in 39 minutes. He made 11-of-19 from the field and all nine free throws, most of which were of the clutch variety. His explosion today moved him into the top five for offensive rating this season and No. 2 among qualifiers on the list for true shooting percentage (TS%) at 65.5 (Stephen Curry is first). Redick put up an absurd 73.1 TS% in his last nine to vault him up to fifth round value on the year. Kid can shoot it.

RotoWorld reports: Rockets - Dwight Howard posted season-highs 36 points and 26 boards during a 140-132 overtime loss to the Clippers on Monday, adding four assists, one steal and one block in 45 minutes. Wow. He made 11-of-16 from the field and 14-of-18 from the field for a gigantic stat line. Dwight had an oblique injury and a back injury earlier this month, but the Rockets leaned on his a ton. This was also his 45th 20-20 game of his career and second of the season. He's an injury risk, but his owners have to love this game from D-12.

RotoWorld reports: Mavs - Dirk Nowitzki stepped up down the stretch during a 118-113 overtime win over the Celtics on Monday, matching his season-high 31 points with 11 rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes. He did only make 8-of-21 from the field to go with his 12-of-13 from the line, which gave him a season-high 39.0 usage rate. He's struggled with his shot in 2016, making just 39.9 percent in his previous January games. Still, this is Dirk Nowitzki, so expect him to get out of his slump soon.

RotoWorld reports: Celtics - Avery Bradley scored 19 points against the Mavs on Monday with eight rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 43 minutes. He was not having a good month before this game, averaging 10.5 points, 3.0 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.3 treys in his previous January games. Bradley's 3-point shooting has really trended down from his 42.2 percent in November, but he should still be able to make close to two per game going forward. There could still be a decent chance to buy low before he starts stringing games together.

RotoWorld reports: Cavs - Kevin Love suffered a left hand injury and looked terrible in 21 minutes against the Warriors on Monday, scoring three points with six rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer. He had a wrap on his left hand, but it doesn't sound serious. Love's right hand has been the bigger problem in his career with a fracture a few years ago and a right thumb injury last month. Hand issue aside, Love's pick-and-roll defense was a disaster and he's not playing well right now. He should still be an early-round guy going forward and the national coverage Love will receive may actually make him a buy-low target.

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