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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Joel Embiid, Shai, Wemby, Scottie Barnes, Rudy Gobert.
Per Rotoworld, "Kyrie Irving (right foot injury) has been ruled out for the remainder of Friday’s game against Portland.
Irving was injured during the second quarter of Friday’s game when Dwight Powell lost his balance in mid-air and landed on the guard’s right leg/foot. While he was able to walk off the court after shooting his free throws, it was reported that Irving left the arena in a wheelchair. He has since been officially ruled out, and Seth Curry started the third quarter. He would be the replacement in the starting lineup if Irving has to miss time."
Per Rotoworld, "Stephen Curry shot 10-of-20 from the field and 8-of-8 from the foul line in Friday’s 138-136 overtime loss to the Thunder, recording a line of 34 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal, and six 3-pointers in 40 minutes.
Curry has scored 30 or more in two straight and three of his last six outings, providing top-15 per-game value in 9-cat formats over the previous two weeks. And in a case where fantasy production can be used to explain a team’s on-court struggles, Curry is one of two Warriors providing top-100 value during this stretch (the injured Gary Payton II is the other). Draymond Green added 12 points, five rebounds, 13 assists, one block, and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes, recording his second double-double in as many games. The Warriors will play four games during Week 8, beginning Tuesday night in Phoenix."
Per Rotoworld, "DeMar DeRozan played 38 minutes in Friday’s 121-112 win over San Antonio, recording a stat line of 20 points (7-of-24 FGs, 6-of-10 FTs), six rebounds, 10 assists, and three steals.
DeRozan has been a valuable fantasy asset for ages. Although his best years are behind him, he still can contribute on a high level. DeMar has produced 20 points or more in three consecutive contests. He struggled in Friday’s win over the Spurs shooting 29.2% from the field. The 34-year-old was still able to stuff the stat sheet with 10 dimes and three steals. DeRozan will continue to provide solid value as long as he is on the floor."
Per Rotoworld, "Kawhi Leonard notched 41 points (14-of-23 FG, 7-of-7 FT) with five rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block, and six 3-pointers in Friday’s win over Utah.
Don’t look now, but Kawhi has played in every game this season. He has always been a valuable asset when healthy, but his inability to stay on the floor over the years has decreased his value. However, this season for the first time in a long time, Kawhi is available on a nightly basis. In Friday’s win over Utah, he dropped a season-high 41 points. He is steadily moving up in the rankings so managers that have concerns about his ability to stay on the floor may want to consider selling high."
Per Rotoworld, "Domantas Sabonis played 38 minutes in Friday’s 114-106 win over the Suns, accounting for 15 points (6-of-11 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), 17 rebounds, and five assists.
All six of Sabonis’ made field goals came in the restricted area, and he finished with his third double-double in as many games. While his averages aren’t too different from what Sabonis produced last season, his field goal percentage has dropped by four points. But the more significant impact on his fantasy value has been the play of other players across the league. Sabonis is still ranked within the top 50 in 9-cat per-game value, so fantasy managers don’t have too much to worry about. He may not reach his Yahoo ADP of 15, but Domas hasn’t fallen too far."
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, Dec. 8, 2023
In yesterday's NBA games, the top fantasy basketball players were Tyrese Haliburton, Giannis, Myles Turner, Anthony Davis, LeBron.
Per Rotoworld, "Tyrese Haliburton played 36 minutes in Thursday’s 128-119 win over the Bucks, putting up 27 points (11-of-19 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), seven rebounds, 15 assists, one block, and three 3-pointers.
Haliburton has been the NBA’s breakout star over the first month-plus of the NBA season, with mainstream fans learning what fantasy enthusiasts have known since he arrived in Indiana via trade. In wins over the Celtics and Bucks, he accumulated 28 assists without committing a turnover. Next up for Haliburton and the Pacers are the Pelicans or Lakers in Saturday’s In-Season Tournament final. As a reminder, that game will not count toward official NBA stats or fantasy matchups."
Per Rotoworld, "Myles Turner finished Thursday’s 128-119 win over the Bucks with 26 points (9-of-18 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs), 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal, four blocks, and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.
Turner was outstanding on Thursday, producing a line of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds for the fourth time this season. Also of note were the four blocked shots, matching his total from the prior three games. Entering the season with a Yahoo ADP of 38, Turner’s closing in on that number, with Basketball Monster ranking him 38th in 9-cat per-game value. Another benefit for the Pacers in that Tyrese Haliburton/Domantas Sabonis from a few years back has been freeing up space for Turner, who has been more of a focal point offensively as the lone big man on the court."
Per Rotoworld, "Giannis Antetokounmpo finished Thursday’s 128-119 loss to the Pacers with 37 points (13-of-19 FGs, 11-of-13 FTs), 10 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 40 minutes.
The Pacers did what they could to slow Antetokounmpo, but he shot well over 50% from the field and recorded another double-double with just one turnover. His work at the foul line should also pique the interest of fantasy managers, with Giannis having improved substantially in that department recently. He’s shooting 71.6% from the charity stripe over the last two weeks, one of the reasons why he’s been a top 10 fantasy player during that stretch. After finishing last season ranked outside the top 100 in 9-cat per-game value, he’s a 3rd-round player after Thursday’s loss. The Bucks will play four games in Week 8, beginning with a home game against the Bulls on Monday."
Per Rotoworld, "LeBron James finished Thursday’s 133-89 win over the Pelicans with 30 points (9-of-12 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs), five rebounds, eight assists, and four 3-pointers in 23 minutes.
James and the Lakers essentially let the Pelicans hang around for a quarter before taking over. He would go on a personal run of 11 straight points for the Lakers during the second quarter, then put the finishing touches on the rout in the third. There was no need for James or any of the other Lakers starters to play in the fourth quarter, and next up for them are the Pacers in Saturday’s In-Season Tournament final. That game won’t impact the standings or fantasy basketball. The Lakers will play three games in Week 8, beginning with a road game against the Mavericks on Tuesday."
FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYER RATINGS
Updated March 9, 2022
BEST FANTASY GUARDS: Luka Doncic, James Harden, Dejounte Murray, Trae Young, Ja Morant, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Paul George, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, LaMelo Ball, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker, Fred VanVleet, Bradley Beal, Darius Garland, Russell Westbrook, Zach LaVine, CJ McCollum, De'Aaron Fox, Jrue Holiday, D'Angelo Russell
BEST FANTASY FORWARDS: Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan, Jayson Tatum, Anthony Davis, Domantas Sabonis, Pascal Siakam, Jimmy Butler, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram, Khris Middleton, Miles Bridges, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle Kuzma, Tobias Harris, Draymond Green, RJ Barrett, Scottie Barnes, John Collins, OG Anunoby, Jerami Grant, Gordon Hayward
BEST FANTASY CENTERS: Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Vucevic, Bam Adebayo, Rudy Gobert, Jonas Valanciunas, Christian Wood, Jusuf Nurkic, Jarrett Allen, Wendell Carter, Jakob Poeltl, Deandre Ayton, Evan Mobley, Bobby Portis, Clint Capela, Robert Williams, Al Horford, Montrezl Harrell, Myles Turner, Steven Adams, Mo Bamba
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