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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, February 14, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Jayson Tatum, Kawhi Leonard, Marcus Smart, Gordon Hayward and Chris Paul. There were just two games. "Lou Williams caught fire against the Celtics on Thursday, scoring a season-high 35 points with six rebounds, eight assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 44 minutes. It was his first game of his career with a 25/5/5 line with two blocks, and he piled on with this monster stat line thanks to two overtimes. He started the third quarter for an injured Paul George (hamstring), who has now suffered three left hammy strains this season. Not surprisingly, Lou Will's splits without PG-13 are impressive, putting up a per-36 line of 25.5 points, 4.0 boards, 7.5 dimes, 0.5 steals and 2.3 treys on a 1,089-minute sample. Considering the Clippers will likely be extra cautious, Williams should have some additional upside after the break and likely into March." "Jayson Tatum carried the offensive load against the Clippers during a double-overtime 141-133 win on Thursday, scoring 39 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers in 48 minutes. He had been absolutely on fire coming into the week before a rough 15-point Tuesday, but he gets right back on track here. As he prepares for an All-Star Game, Tatum has superstar written all over him with respect from all around the league, including Clippers coach Doc Rivers. "Can you imagine five years from now what [Tatum] will be? ... Iím glad heís in the East," Rivers said. Tatum has already grown to a guy who is unassisted 49.0% of the time on his made buckets to become a go-to scorer, and the key to his fantasy value is career-highs 1.4 steals and 0.9 blocks. Expect big things from Tatum as the Celtics try to get the No. 2 seed." "Kawhi Leonard saw 46 minutes of action in a double-overtime 141-133 loss in Boston on Thursday, scoring 28 points with 11 rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer. Perhaps the Clippers were planning to dial Kawhi back after the break, but those plans may have changed with Paul George (hamstring) suffering another aggravation to his hammy this season. Kawhi has been absurd without PG this season, scoring 33.7 points per 36 minutes with 8.8 boards, 6.0 dimes, 2.3 steals and 2.6 treys on a 48/37/88 shooting line. He was arguably the best player per game in January while PG-13 was down, so expect big things when he's out there. Perhaps more good news is the Clippers don't have a back-to-back set until Mar. 13, so Kawhi should have plenty of green lights, if he can stay healthy." "Damian Lillard underwent an MRI, which confirmed a groin strain with a 1-2 week recovery period. All things considered, this qualifies as good news. And it comes at the best possible time, as the Blazers don't play again until Friday, February 21st vs. New Orleans. If Lillard is back within the one-week time frame, he may not miss a single contest. If the injury sidelines him for a full two weeks, he could miss up to three games. We'll likely have another update over All-Star weekend. It is worth noting that the Blazers are in ninth-place in the West, a full four games behind Memphis. Thus, Dame will likely be motivated to return as soon as possible, as each contest is important for Portland." "[Knicks head coach] Mike Miller intimated he plans to play his veterans consistent minutes going forward. Some fans have grown impatient with the Knicks rotation, arguing that New York should be playing their youngsters heavy minutes, especially with the team 20+ games below .500. For instance, Kevin Knox is averaging just 14.3 minutes over NY's last 13 games. However, Miller said his focus will be winning and developing the kids. "As we approach this, this is all about development," Miller said Wednesday. "That will never change. It's about how these guys get better just if they get 10 more minutes in a game. There are a lot of things that go into the development to make these guys better. Just having minutes isn't the end-all. I think there are other ways and other factors.""

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, February 13, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were LeBron, Kristaps Porzingis, Anthony Davis, D'Angelo Russell, Luka Doncic, Andrew Wiggins, TJ Warren, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Jokic. "Rudy Gobert secured a season-high 20 rebounds during Wednesday's win vs. the Heat, adding 16 points, two blocks and one assist. The Jazz head into the All-Star break on a high note, having won four straight games. Gobert's rebounds tonight were a season high, but that doesn't mean they were extraordinary -- he's had double-digit boards in 22 straight games, and grabbed 19 of them seven different times. He's a newly-minted All-Star, his team is comfortably holding the No. 4 seed in the West, and life is good for Gobert's fantasy owners." "Malik Monk got hot on Wednesday with 25 points, four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 32 minutes. Monk shot 10-of-20 from the field tonight, helping the Hornets beat the hapless Wolves in Minnesota. He's been wildly inconsistent during his three NBA seasons, but has shown promising signs lately with double-digit points in every game this month. Things look even better with a four-game sample, at 20.0 points and 2.5 triples on 55.4% shooting, but that seems very unrealistic. Add him if you need scoring and 3-pointers with a dash of supporting stats -- anything above late-round season would be a bonus." "Luka Doncic (right ankle) returned to action on Wednesday with 33 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, four turnovers and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Kings during a 130-111 win. He was 10-of-18 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line for a tidy stat line after missing the last seven games. Doncic continues to drop 30 like it's nothing and coach Rick Carlisle mentioned it after the game. "It was a quiet 33. It really was," Carlisle said. "Thatís the sign of a great player." Doncic had a huge ankle brace on his foot during this game, so the All-Star break should help him get healthy for the stretch run. Doncic's 118.2 offensive rating season is just another sign of historic things to come for the next decade." "D'Angelo Russell dished out 11 assists with 26 points (9-of-23 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), six rebounds, four 3-pointers, two steals and one block during the Wolves' loss to Charlotte on Wednesday. Russell had more turnovers (six) than assists (five) in his Wolves debut on Monday, but he flipped the script tonight. He approached his career-high for most dimes in a half with seven in the first two quarters, and came within hailing distance of his career-high 14 dimes -- impressive, considering the Wolves shot 38.6% as a team. Fantasy owners shouldn't be upset by his trade-deadline move to Minny, since it likely reduces the risk of a shutdown. The Wolves will want to see how Russell fits alongside Karl-Anthony Towns (assuming he's healthy) and other young players before the offseason, and coach Ryan Saunders is intentionally" "Marquese Chriss scored 18 points with 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 31 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday. Revenge game? Chriss had been rolling prior to this game and he enters the break on arguably the best stretch as a pro, averaging 20.3 points, 10.0 boards, 1.0 steals, 2.0 blocks and 0.3 treys on a 67/20/75 shooting line over his last three. He's running away with the center minutes right now and has shown he can be a per-minute stud over his career. Despite busting more times than the world's worst blackjack player over his career, Chriss looks like a must-add player in all formats."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, February 12, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Harden, LaVine, Westbrook, Ben Simmons, Kawhi, LaMarcus Aldridge, Zion Williamson, Chris Paul, Jayson Tatum and Jrue Holiday. "Chris Paul hit 12-of-18 shots for season-high 31 points, two rebounds, seven assists, a steal, a block and five 3-pointers in Tuesday's 114-106 home loss to the Spurs. Paul was solid tonight and had his best scoring night of the season, but they couldn't stop the Spurs, who had lost five straight games coming into this one. The Thunder have the same record as the No. 7 Mavericks, but sit in the No. 6 seed in the West. And as long as they're in the playoffs, CP3 should continue to play heavy minutes and lead the Thunder in their playoff charge." "Zion Williamson played through his tender ankle and hit 10-of-17 shots and a career-high 11-of-14 free throws on his way to a career-high 31 points, nine rebounds, five assists and a steal in the Pelicans' 138-117 blowout win over the Blazers on Tuesday. Zion became the fourth rookie in franchise history to score 30 points in a game and has scored 14 points in nine straight games. The last three rookies to have such a streak are Dikembe Mutumbo, Patrick Ewing and Michael Jordan, so he's in great company. The Pelicans are focused on making a serious run at the playoffs and tonight's game made a statement. They're currently 1.5 games behind the No. 9 Blazers in the West and sit 4.5 games behind the No. 8 Grizzlies for the final playoff spot." "Jaylen Brown played through his sprained ankles on Tuesday and hit 7-of-12 shots and four 3-pointers for 19 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and five turnovers, but left the game late to get his ankles worked on. He appeared to aggravate one of his sprained ankles and was being treated on the bench for the remainder of the game. The Celtics were down big so there was no reason to run Brown back out there, but there's a decent chance he wouldn't have been able to return, either. Owners will want to check back on Wednesday about Brown's status going forward, but there's an excellent chance he could be sidelined on Thursday against the Clippers." "Dejounte Murray hit 9-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for a season-high 25 points, nine rebounds, three assists and a steal in 27 minutes of Tuesday's 114-106 win over the Thunder. The Spurs stopped the bleeding with the win, snapping a five-game road losing streak in the process. Murray was fantastic tonight and benefitted from the absence of DeMar DeRozan, who was out with back spasms. If the Spurs fall out of the playoff hunt (they're 4.5 games behind the No. 8 Grizzlies), DeRozan could start being held out of more games, which would work in Murray's favor. The Spurs also have a nice playoff schedule, so keep that in mind going forward. Not only were the 25 points a season high for Murray, but it was also his first 20-point game of the season. Maybe he's getting ready to turn it on." "James Harden hit 9-of-19 shots, seven 3-pointers and 17-of-18 free throws on his way to 42 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a block in Tuesday's 116-105 win over the Celtics. Harden's slump appears to be over and he played very well against one of the best teams from the East tonight. The Rockets are done until after the All-Star break and Harden will likely take it easy until then, outside of the All-Star Game on Sunday. He should be ready for a big finish down the stretch for the Rockets."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, February 11, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Domantas Sabonis, Jimmy Butler, Khris Middleton, Kyle Lowry, Nikola Vucevic, Eric Bledsoe, LaMarcus Aldridge and Anthony Davis. "Rajon Rondo played 27 minutes off the bench in Mondayís win over the Suns, scoring 23 points (9-of-13 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs) with four rebounds, six assists, one steal and four 3-pointers. Rondo may have been motivated by the chatter about the Lakers needing another creator/scorer for the times when LeBron James isnít on the floor. The veteran point guard put forth one of his best scoring nights of the season Monday, as he established new season-highs in both points and made three-pointers. Unfortunately Rondo hasnít been the most consistent scorer, which is why Darren Collison received so much attention before he ultimately decided to remain retired. At this point Rondoís value comes as an assist man, with the scoring being a bonus." "OG Anunoby scored a career-high 25 points in Monday's win over the Wolves, hitting 10-of-13 shots and 2-of-2 free throws. What a game from the second-year forward. Anunoby added 12 rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and three triples in 36 minutes for what is easily his best game of the season, stepping up for a Toronto team that was missing Norman Powell (finger), Marc Gasol (hamstring) and most recently, Serge Ibaka (flu). OG has been extremely volatile in recent weeks but even during the slumps he was providing enough defensive stats, triples and rebounds to salvage his value." "Jimmy Butler (right shoulder) returned from a two-game absence in a 113-101 win over the Warriors on Monday, racking up 21 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, four steals and one block in 33 minutes. As we said before the game, the Heat would have to be feeling pretty good about his health to let him play vs. the 12-win Warriors this close to the All-Star break. Butler was 9-of-15 from the field and led the Heat to an easy win, but dominated the headlines for another reason when he recruited Joel Embiid to Miami on Twitter. The NBA is simply the best... As for his fantasy value, Butler's 3-point shot has gone missing with 0.4 per game over the last month, yet he's still playing at a top-20 level in 9-cat." "Anthony Davis (sprained right index finger) shot 9-of-17 from the field and 7-of-8 from the foul line in Mondayís win over the Suns, finishing with 25 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one blocked shot in 31 minutes. Davis didnít meet much resistance in the post, as the Suns were without four of their five big men due to injury. In his four games prior to Monday, he shot 64.3% from the field and averaged 24.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.3 blocks and 2.3 steals per contest. Even with the nagging injuries that heís had to deal with, Davis has been the top player in nine-cat this season while ranking second in eight-cat. Heíll face a tougher test Wednesday night when the Lakers face the Nuggets in their final game before the All-Star break." "Damion Lee went off for a career-high 26 points vs. the Heat on Monday, hitting 7-of-12 shots and 7-of-7 free throws with two rebounds, one assist and five triples. This was also his second career game with five triples. Lee really needed a strong game to convince his fantasy owners to hang on, as he shot the ball poorly in his previous two games for just a combined 15 points. He should get a pretty big slice of the pie behind Andrew Wiggins so we still like Lee as a low-end hold, but we understand if you want nothing to do with the tanking Warriors." "[Devin] Booker posted 10 points (2-11 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 6-7 FT), five assists and four rebounds across 32 minutes in Monday's 125-100 loss to the Lakers. Without Deandre Ayton, the Suns would need to rely on Booker to drive the offense, but he fell woefully short on Monday. He mustered a dreadful 18.1 percent from the floor and missed all four of his three-point attempts, resulting in his lowest point total of the season. He has a chance to bounce back against the Warriors on Wednesday."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, February 10, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Trae Young, Joel Embiid, James Harden, Julius Randle, John Collins, Ja Morant, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons and Zach LaVine. "Marcus Morris notched 10 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists in 22 minutes during his Clippers debut on Sunday. Morris gives the Clippers another capable scorer, rebounder and defender at the forward spots, and his role will be more prominent if/when Kawhi Leonard or Paul George sit out. Clippers coach Doc Rivers also said Morris will play some center when the matchups are appropriate, which gives him another path to playing time. His ceiling may be low, but owners should at least monitor Morris to see how his role develops as the presumptive starting PF in L.A." "Russell Westbrook returned to action on Sunday with 39 points (18-of-33 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 38 minutes of action. The Jazz started out with Rudy Gobert defending Westbrook, but he used his speed to blow up that scheme with 17 first-quarter points. Westbrook's recent left thumb sprain hasn't been a big issue, and he only sat out Friday's game for rest purposes -- he'll miss one game during each of Houston's remaining two back-to-back sets (March 7/8 and April 12/13). When he's active, WB has been fantastic and he's embracing a massive role alongside James Harden -- in fact, he has a higher usage rate (35.7%) than Harden (33.2%) over the past month." "Jae Crowder came off the bench in his Heat debut on Sunday and hit 6-of-11 shots and 5-of-8 3-pointers for 18 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in 35 minutes off the bench in a 115-109 loss to the Blazers. Jimmy Butler was out with right shoulder strain, which obviously helped Crowder, but he looked as if he'd been playing with his Heat teammates all season long tonight. It's possible that he could continue to make some noise for the Heat going forward, but we'd like to see what he does when Butler is healthy before calling him a pickup. But if you somehow rolled with him tonight, he paid some nice dividends." "Kevin Porter Jr. had 17 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes on Sunday, making 8-of-14 shots with zero turnovers. KPJ appeared to tweak his right leg in the third quarter, but he continued to play and we'll leave him off the injury report. He's averaged 14.5 points, 2.2 triples and 1.2 steals over the past two weeks, but that's where the good news ends. He's added just 2.2 boards, 1.8 assists and 0.2 blocks, while shooting 66.7% from the line on 3.0 attempts per game. He's also committing a whopping 3.3 turnovers in just 25.0 minutes per game, dragging him outside top-200 value for that two-week period. The upside is glaring and he's likely to be unleashed as the season progresses, though, so owners should strive to hold onto him. Games like this make it much easier." "Gary Trent Jr. hit 8-of-11 shots and five 3-pointers on his way to 22 points, four rebounds and four steals in 33 minutes off the bench in Portland's 115-109 win over the Heat on Sunday. Trent has quietly been streaking for the Blazers, scoring in double figures in four straight games, and in nine of his last 11. He's crushing 3-pointers lately, hitting 34 of them over his last 11 games, and while he got some extra burn with Anfernee Simons out with a concussion, Trent has played well enough over the past several weeks to be given in a look in all fantasy leagues. He's had four steals in each of his last two games and has played monster minutes in them, and could continue to do so with Simons in the protocol. The Blazers play twice in the upcoming week, while some teams only have one game due to the All-Star break. If you need a scorer who can steal and hit a 3-pointer, Trent is worth grabbing right now."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, February 9, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Deandre Ayton, Jrue Holiday, Anthony Davis, Giannis, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Vucevic, Jamal Murray, Dejounte Murray, Buddy Hield and Nikola Jokic. "Jamal Murray scored a game-high 36 points (14-of-17 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs) against the Suns, adding five rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and six 3-pointers. Murray registered his fifth 30-point game of the season in the 117-108 win on Saturday in Phoenix, scoring 30+ in back-to-back games for the first time this season. He was close to unstoppable in this one, tearing up the Suns defense routinely throughout the night. Murray has been back in the lineup for three games and he's been on fire, averaging 29.0 points and 4.3 triples per game." "Marquese Chriss scored a season-high 26 points vs. the Lakers on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and one triple in 27 minutes He was on fire from the jump with 20 first half points and was part of an impressive rally in the fourth quarter too to keep the Warriors within striking distance. Chriss has established himself as a must-own player and has a pretty firm grasp on the starting center job, averaging 11.3 points, 5.0 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 blocks on 60% shooting in his previous six games. The Warriors have invested in his future too, turning his two-way contract into a standard two-year deal." "Buddy Hield shot 9-of-10 from three in Saturdayís win over the Spurs, finishing with 31 points (11-of-17 FGs), six rebounds, five assists and two steals in 32 minutes. Hield, who will be in the 3-Point Contest in Chicago next weekend, made some history Saturday night. With his 9-of-10 effort, he became the fastest player in NBA history to make 800 3-pointers. While Hield may not care for coming off the bench, regardless of the role he remains one of the NBAís best perimeter shooters. And over the last month heís been provided third-round value in nine-category formats, much better than his value for the entire season (sixth round)." "Deandre Ayton went off for 28 points (13-of-21 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with 19 rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 42 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday. The Suns fell just short of a win at home against Denver, but Ayton was not at fault for that. He's been superb of late, posting top-15 value in nine-category leagues over the last two weeks. In those two weeks, he's averaging 21.9 points, 12.3 boards, 2.6 dimes, 1.1 steals and 2.0 blocks on 55.2% shooting. Ayton's season was broken up due to a suspension, but he's been very good when he's been on the court." "Marcus Morris is expected to make his Clippers debut on Sunday against the Cavaliers. Morris wasn't able to play on Saturday, but he wasn't listed on the injury report for this matchup with Cleveland so he should be available. Kawhi Leonard (knee) and Patrick Beverley (groin) are both out, so Morris could see a nice workload in his debut."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, February 8, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Damian Lillard, Kelly Oubre, Furkan Korkmaz, Christian Wood, John Collins, Kevin Huerter, Devin Booker, Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum and Bradley Beal. "Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 21 points with two rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes during a 108-101 win over the Pistons on Friday. Make it nine straight games with a block as SGA's defensive output has taken his fantasy game to a new level. At the time his game ended, SGA was leading the NBA in total minutes (Dame Lillard will pass him), and he's shown up as a very durable player in his NBA career so far. He's still not at his peak yet, and SGA has clearly emerged as a fantasy stud for a long time." "Kelly Oubre went off for a career-high 39 points in Friday's 127-91 blowout win over the Rockets, hitting 14-of-19 shots and 4-of-4 free throws with nine rebounds, one steal, two blocks and seven triples. GM James Jones denied the report that the Suns were taking trade calls on Oubre leading up the deadline, but it came from Marc Stein of the New York Times who is as reliable as they come. Either way, Oubre's fantasy owners should be relieved that he stayed in Phoenix because he's absolutely thriving as a small-ball four -- he had 30 points and five triples in his previous game and is sitting on top-25 numbers in 9-cat on the season." "Bam Adebayo made 12-of-16 from the field for 26 points during a 105-97 loss to the Kings on Friday, adding seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 36 minutes. He destroyed in pick and roll with several highlight reel dunks, but the Heat just didn't have the depth with Jimmy Butler (shoulder) out of the lineup. Even with the Heat adding some depth, Adebayo's playing time is not going to be affected as the backbone of the defense. The All-Star forward should have a strong finish to his breakout season." "Reggie Jackson scored a season-high 28 points with three rebounds, three assists, and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Thunder on Friday. There are multiple reports that Jackson could be bought out, but Jackson himself denied those reports on Friday. "I haven't thought about it; I don't know who said that." Jackson's fantasy owners should be rooting for him to stay put. Sure, he has major shutdown risk, but chances are most of his owners just added him off waivers anyway. He's becoming a solid option in standard leagues." "Damian Lillard kept it going in a 117-114 loss to the Jazz, dropping 42 points on 16-of-30 shots with six assists, six rebounds, one steal, two blocks and eight triples in 43 minutes. Lillard had a driving layup that would've tied the game at 116 apiece but the refs made one of the worst no-calls in recent memory with an obvious Rudy Gobert goaltend. Portland didn't walk away with a win but Dame's fantasy owners certainly did as he continues to destroy everyone in his path as the No. 1 player in 9-cat over the last month."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, February 7, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Anthony Davis, Giannis, Hassan Whiteside, Russell Westbrook, Elfrid Payton, LeBron James, Nikola Vucevic, DeMar DeRozan, Ben Simmons and Julius Randle. "Hassan Whiteside matched his season-high 23 boards with 17 points, one assist, one steal and four blocks in 36 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday. This isn't even really news anymore with Whiteside having a career year, and he's hitting 30 minutes with ease these days. There was some buzz that the Blazers could look to deal him, but staying put is great news for his fantasy value. Sure, Jusuf Nurkic (leg) is lurking, but Whiteside should still get minutes in the upper 20s even when there's a Nurkic Alert. He's been one of the best draft picks in fantasy." "Nikola Vucevic scored 25 points during a 105-103 loss to the Knicks on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes. Vooch didn't have to worry about any trade deadline buzz this year with the Magic committed to him long term. He had a subpar January with some poor shooting, but Vucevic has turned it around so far with averages of 20.0 points, 8.5 boards, 3.5 dimes, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 treys over his four February outings. He's a fairly safe bet for early-round value going forward." "Anthony Davis scored 32 points with 13 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, three steals and no turnovers in 40 minutes against the Rockets on Thursday. He was probable as usual for this game for his shoulder injury, but AD also sprained his right index finger at the end of the second quarter. He also took a shot to the face in the fourth, but he stayed in the game. AD has absolutely smashed against undersized fives, so lighting up P.J. Tucker was expected. He'll certainly be on the injury report one way or another, but AD should be good to go for Saturday against the Warriors." "Zion Williamson (toe) scored 21 points in 25 minutes during a 125-119 win over the Bulls on Thursday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 25 minutes. He was 9-of-11 from the field for this efficient game, but he did turn it over five times. Williamson also tweaked his ankle in the first half, but he stayed in the game and looked fine the rest of the way. He was also questionable on the report yesterday, but said it was just discomfort and should be fine -- he was cleared to play last night. Zion has four straight 20-point games and he still hasn't been totally unleashed yet. Plus, coach Alvin Gentry mentions Zion still has a lot to learn on offense. He's gotta learn when to screen and when to space, but it's his eighth game. He's progressing great," Gentry said. Now that he's healthy, things are looking up one of the most must-see prospects ever." "Robert Covington came off the bench for his Rockets debut on Thursday, scoring 14 points with eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes to beat the Lakers. He was the hero down the stretch with key defensive plays and two huge 3-pointers to help the Rockets get a big win. While his per-minute scoring numbers will likely be taking a hit on this new team, the move to Houston is a big win for RoCo's fantasy value. He's had several knee issues in his career and he would've certainly been a shut-down risk in Minnesota, but now the Rockets will need him as they fight for playoff position. Covington's defensive output and ability to roam on D gives him early-round upside in standard leagues going forward."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, February 6, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Nikola Jokic, Andre Drummond, Jayson Tatum, Kyle Lowry, Trae Young, Kristaps Porzingis, Deandre Ayton, Pascal Siakam, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Derrick Jones Jr. "Derrick Jones Jr. hit 10-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers for a season-high 25 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in 31 minutes off the bench on Wednesday. DJJ shot it so well from the court because he was holding his own, personal dunk-contest practice session against the Clippers tonight, with several highlight-reel throw downs. Jimmy Butler left with a strained right shoulder and didn't return to last night's game, and if he's going to miss time, the Airplane Mode could really be ready to fly." "Kristaps Porzingis broke his nose during Wednesday's game but still finished with 32 points, 12 rebounds, five 3-pointers, two assists, two steals and one block in 29 minutes. KP will need to see a doctor on Thursday about his broken nose, so owners should await updates -- for now we'll consider him 'questionable' for Friday's game vs. the Wizards. On the plus side, Porzingis scored 24 points in the first half tonight, his highest total for any half all season. He's also notched 30+ points and 10+ rebounds in three straight games, a streak only equaled this season by teammate Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonard. He's loving life in the absence of Doncic, and the key is Dallas' willingness to play him 30+ minutes per game, which suggests his recent knee ailments aren't a big concern. We should have more information about his nose injury on Thursday." "Trae Young lit up the Wolves to the tune of 38 points, four rebounds, 11 assists, one steal, three turnovers and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes during a 127-120 victory on Wednesday. This was his 12th game this season with at least 30 points and 10-or-more assists, and he's tied for third in the league on those types of 30-10 games the season. Young will have some bigger lineups out there next to him and he should be able to score more off screens, so his value shouldn't be affected much as the Hawks change their offensive play types a bit. He's been every bit of an All-Star this season." "Jimmy Butler suffered a strained right shoulder in the third quarter of Wednesday's game and will not return. It was a weird play where he simply held onto a player as he was landing and tweaked his arm in an awkward fashion. The good news is that the word 'separation' isn't being used, so hopefully he didn't suffer a severe injury. Derrick Jones Jr., Andre Iguodala & (maybe) Danilo Gallinari (when they arrive) and Duncan Robinson would all help pick up the slack if Butler is going to miss time with the injury. We should know more about his status on Thursday." "Nikola Jokic dominated against the Jazz during a 98-95 win on Wednesday, scoring 30 points with 21 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one turnover in 40 minutes. The Jazz get a huge road win in a back-to-back set and do so with just seven healthy players. Jokic becomes the 10th player in NBA history to drop a 30/20/10 line and puts up his 11th trip-dub on the year. Jokic is on a heater over his last three, averaging 32.7 points, 14.7 boards, 10. dimes, 1.7 blocks, 2.3 steals and 1.3 treys on a 64/40/80 shooting line. He'll cool off, but Jokic's outlook is getting better every day."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, February 5, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were James Harden, Nikola Jokic, Giannis, LeBron, Khris Middleton, Brandon Ingram, DeMar DeRozan, Danuel House and Miles Bridges (Hornets). "Jamal Murray returned from a 10-game absence due to a sprained ankle and hit 6-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 20 points, two rebounds and six assists in just 20 minutes of a blowout win over the Blazers. Welcome back, Blue Arrow! Murray looked great in his limited minutes and will hopefully be ready to go again on Wednesday against the Jazz. If they hold him out of that one, he should be ready for a nice matchup against the Suns on Saturday. With Murray's return, Monte Morris returned to the bench and had seven points and four assists in 23 minutes." "Danuel House hit 8-of-13 shots and six 3-pointers for 22 points, nine rebounds, one assist, three steals and a block in 42 minutes of Tuesday's 125-110 win over the Hornets. Wow. House is back and has scored in double figures in three straight games and in five of his last six, and the six triples were a season high. He was just one point shy of matching his career high and is heating up. The Rockets play three more games this week while the Hornets only have one game remaining on their schedule. If you want to drop a guy like Malik Monk for House, you can gain a couple games and get a hot player in one fell swoop." "Robert Covington will be traded to Houston in a 4-team blockbuster according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowksi. The Rockets get their guy but it comes at a steep price with Clint Capela heading to Atlanta. The Rockets are loving their small-ball lineups these days and Covington figures to easily eclipse 30+ minutes with time at both forward spots. Sure he might lose touches playing next to ball-dominant guards in James Harden and Russell Westbrook, but most of Covington's fantasy value comes from his 3-point shooting, defensive stats and rebounding anyways. He could return early-round numbers in category leagues the rest of the way like he's done in the last few seasons." "Clint Capela will be traded to the Atlanta Hawks according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Hawks have been aggressively looking for help in order to please Trae Young and a center was on top of their wish list. They looked into Steven Adams and Andre Drummond, but ultimately opted to go with Capela who is under contract through the 2022-23 season. Capela's fantasy value should be rock solid in Atlanta with Trae feeding him lobs, though it could mean a slight dip in value for John Collins since his rebounding and block rate could trend down with more time at power forward incoming."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, February 4, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Jonas Valanciunas, Kevin Love, Jimmy Butler, Bradley Beal, Deandre Ayton, Domantas Sabonis, Elfrid Payton, Kristaps Porzingis, Andre Drummond and LaMarcus Aldridge. "Bradley Beal went bonkers for 43 points in a 125-117 loss to the Warriors on Monday, hitting 15-of-30 shots and 10-of-10 free throws with six assists, two rebounds, two steals and three triples in 39 minutes. So yeah, he's pretty agitated about not making the All-Star game and deservedly so. Over his last seven games, Beal has been unconscious with 38.9 points per game on 53% shooting and 39% from deep. He's hotter than any player not named Damian Lillard right now, but it's a shame that this season has gone to waste with the Wizards sitting at 17-32. With the trade deadline coming on Thursday, it's important to note that Beal is not eligible to be moved until after the season because of the extension he signed." "Caris LeVert had one of his best games of the season Monday night, as he tallied 29 points, three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes. LeVert has struggled since returning to action after missing six weeks with a thumb injury, so Mondayís explosion was much-needed. He shot 10-of-20 from the field and 7-of-7 from the foul line, and with Kyrie Irving (knee) sidelined there are more shots to go around. The hope in Brooklyn is that LeVertís performance against the Suns serves as a springboard. "To me itís just a matter of time until he gets his rhythm back," Kenny Atkinson said Monday. "I know heís trying. But this could help kick-start him a little."" "Jonas Valanciunas went off for 26 points, 17 rebounds, two assists and four blocks in 30 minutes vs. the Pistons on Monday, shooting 13-of-19 from the field. It's another beefy line for J-Val as he becomes the first Grizzly since Pau Gasol in 2006 with 26 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks. Valanciunas is enjoying his best stretch of the season with top-10 value in 9-cat over his last four games. In that stretch he's averaging 19.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 blocks in 30.3 minutes. His floor is basically a top-50 player as long as playoffs are the goal in Memphis." "Joel Embiid double-doubled with 29 points (9-of-14 FGs, 9-of-11 FTs), 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Heat on Monday. Embiid bounced back in a big way after going 1-of-11 from the field against Boston on Saturday for just 11 points. He appeared to tweak his left hand in the second half and was seen later on the bench with some ice wrapped around his fingers. He had surgery on his hand not even a month ago and still seems to be favoring it at times. Embiid is a top-tier fantasy player whenever he's on the floor." "De'Aaron Fox finished 10-of-16 from the field and 8-of-12 from the line for 31 points in Monday's 113-109 win over the Wolves on Monday. Fox added five assists, three boards, two steals, three triples and five turnovers, as he burst into open lanes all night against Minnesota's "defense." The Kings are actually showing signs of life with four wins in their last six games, and it sounds like they will be getting one of their best players back in the lineup on Friday in Richaun Holmes (shoulder). That will only help Fox's fantasy value, as Holmes is in the 75th percentile as a P&R roller."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, February 3, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Nikola Jokic, James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez, Lonzo Ball, Khris Middleton and Devin Booker. "Brandon Ingram double-doubled during Sunday's 117-109 loss to the Rockets with 28 points and 12 rebounds over 38 minutes. Ingram added five treys, three dimes and four turnovers while he was out there, and this his highest-scoring game since Zion Williamson was added to the mix. Ingram has seen a marginal reduction in usage (25.7) and he's not been quite as efficient (41.1 FG) since Williamson made his regular-season debut, but heís still come through with averages of 20.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.7 triples and 2.8 turnovers per game." "Giannis Antetokounmpo (sore left hamstring) piled up 30 points, 19 rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in just 31 minutes vs. the Suns. It's a great sign that Giannis suited up for today's road game vs. a team with a 20-28 record. The hamstring injury obviously wasn't serious, and fantasy owners got a boost when coach Mike Budenholzer put Giannis back in a lopsided game late in the fourth quarter -- he might have been allowing his superstar to chase a triple-double. Milwaukee doesn't play a back-to-back set until Feb. 24/25, and with extended rest looming, hopefully Antetokounmpo can put his nagging ailments behind him during the All-Star break." "James Harden popped off for 40 points on 12-of-24 shooting (9-of-9 from the line) in a win over the Pelicans on Sunday, adding 10 boards, nine dimes, seven treys, two swats and four turnovers across 39 minutes. Harden got off to an incredible start today, scoring or assisting on Houstonís first 20 points, and it appears that heís ready to snap out of his shooting funk after a brutal stretch in January. Harden connected on just 35.5% of his shot attempts last month, which accounted for the worst shooting percentage through any month of his career, but it was only going to be a matter of time until he righted the ship there (heís a career 44.2% shooter). He did appear to tweak his right knee colliding with Zion Williamson, and while he played through it, itís possible he could skip Tuesdayís game against the 16-33 Hornets if it gets worse on him overnight." "Raptors rookie Terence Davis went off for a career-high 31 points on Sunday, making 12-of-15 shots with six triples, four rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes. The offensive stats were all career bests for Davis, including made 3-pointers (six), free throws (four) and field goals (12). He had a 97.6% True Shooting rate and this was obviously fluky, but it's nice to know the undrafted rookie is capable of this type of explosive scoring performance. Norman Powell is out indefinitely with a fractured finger, and Davis played well in his absence earlier this year, so he's worth a look for scoring, 3-pointers and a dash of supporting stats."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, February 2, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Karl-Anthony Towns, Hassan Whiteside, Draymond Green, Cody Zeller, LeBron James, Bam Adebayo, Jaylen Brown and Dorian Finney-Smith (Mavs). "Damian Lillard lit up the Jazz on Saturday for 51 points, making 17-of-29 FGs and 8-of-18 FTs, with 12 assists and a 9-of-15 mark from downtown. Lillard is the first player in NBA history to make at least six 3-pointers in six straight games, and he said after the game, "I've never been in this type of rhythm in my life." He added two rebounds and one steal with just one turnover in 36 minutes, continuing his off-the-charts production. Over his past six games, Dame is now averaging 48.8 points, 10.3 assists, 7.2 rebounds and 8.3 triples. Let that sink in. He's sneaking into the MVP picture but his case would be bolstered if Portland actually gets into a playoff berth -- they're currently No. 9, a few games behind Memphis. Fantasy owners won't complain either way." "Draymond Green finished Saturdayís win over the Cavaliers with eight points (3-of-6 FGs), seven rebounds, 16 assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes. Green was able to take off much of the fourth, as the Warriors blew the game open during the third quarter. Golden State shot 10-of-14 from three during that stanza, with Draymond contributing as both a shooter and passer. "Tanking" remains a concern as the Warriors arenít going to be a playoff team this season, but when heís available Green is a solid fantasy option because of what he can potentially bring in non-scoring categories." "Joe Harris sank 8-of-16 shots with a season-high-tying six 3-pointers on Saturday, scoring 22 points with three rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes. Harris was on the injury report for stitches over his left eye, but there was no fear of a concussion and he was good to go tonight. The league invited Harris to join the 3-point contest during All-Star festivities (tonight was a good example why), but he's still unsure if he'll participate. It depends on how his body feels after a long offseason playing internationally, plus 47 regular-season games (and counting). Regardless, fantasy owners will go home happy with Sunday's 3-point barrage." "Bradley Beal scored 34 points during Saturday's comeback win vs. the Nets, making 11-of-23 FGs and 10-of-15 FTs with six rebounds, three steals and three blocks. That's six straight games with 30+ points. Beal added a pair of assists and 3-pointers tonight, and continues to play like a man on a mission after being snubbed as an All-Star. His fiancee even got on air the other night to decry Beal's absence, including the claim that East starter Trae Young plays "cherry-picking" basketball. It's a spicy sub-narrative to Beal's season, but he doesn't need added motivation to flirt with early-round fantasy value every time he takes the floor." "DeíAaron Fox played 33 minutes in Saturdayís loss to the Lakers, scoring 24 points (7-of-17 FGs, 10-of-13 FTs) with six rebounds, five assists and one blocked shot. Fox led the Kings in scoring but he also led the team in turnovers, as he racked up seven on the night. That matched his season high, which was reached back on November 6 in a loss to the Raptors. Heís still a top-50 player in nine-cat, and heís coming off of his best month of the season. For the month of January, Fox averaged 22.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 2.2 steals and 0.9 three-pointers per game, while shooting 49.2% from the field and 67.4% from the foul line."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, February 1, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, James Harden, Giannis, Hassan Whiteside, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook and Kristaps Porzingis. "Anthony Davis (glute) scored 37 points with 15 rebounds, six assists, one steal, five blocks and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Blazers on Friday. He has lit the Blazers up before and does so again with Wenyen Gabriel getting the start across from him. Davis' glute issue hasn't really limited him too much, but it'll be interesting to see if the Lakers do manage him in a back-to-back set. AD did play in a B2B on Jan. 22-23, so we'd expect him to be out there even if he's listed on the injury report on Saturday." "Kristaps Porzingis scored a season-high 35 points during a 128-121 loss to the Rockets on Friday, adding 12 rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes. He was 12-of-20 from the field with just four treys and went 10-of-13 from the line in his most aggressive offensive game. He had more than a half-foot on the entire Rockets rotation in this game and Elias Sport adds the Rockets are the first team to play an entire game without a player listed taller than 6'6" since the Knicks on Jan. 31, 1963. Porzingis looks to be OK with playing the five after all, and he does get a +4.7 usage rate boost with Luka Doncic (ankle) on the bench. Health is the key for KP, but his fantasy owners should feel a lot better after this one." "Hassan Whiteside made 13-of-14 from the field for 30 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and five blocks in 34 minutes against the Lakers on Friday. It's just his second 30-point game in the last three seasons as he went toe-to-toe with Anthony Davis down the stretch. His January was just as good as his December in what is easily the best two months of his career, averaging 16.1 points, 14.8 boards and 3.9 blocks in his previous 13 January games. There are some rumors on Whiteside possibly being trade now that Jusuf Nurkic (leg) is on the comeback trail, and his fantasy owners will certainly want him to stay on the Blazers based on his first-round value to date." "Russell Westbrooks scored 32 points with six rebounds, nine assists, three steals and just one turnover in 40 minutes against the Mavs on Friday. He and James Harden were able to co-exist in a big home win and did so without Clint Capela (heel). Westbrook puts a nice bow on his January, averaging 32.5 points, 8.3 boards, 8.2 dimes, 2.1 steals, 4.5 turnovers and 0.5 treys on a 52/25/77 shooting line. He's vastly improved on free throws over the last couple months compared to the downward trend he had over the last two years, so Westbrook's outlook looks great right now." "Damian Lillard kept his incredible stretch going during a 127-119 win over the Lakers on Friday, scoring 48 points with nine rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and seven 3-pointers in 40 minutes. He went into one of his patented Lillard Time modes in the third quarter with 23 points in that frame to propel the Blazers to a big road win, and mentioned after the game that playing hard was the best way to honor Kobe Bryant. Lakers coach Frank Vogel called Dame the hottest player in the NBA, and he's not kidding with Dame averaging 48.4 points, 8.2 boards, 9.8 dimes, 1.2 steals and 8.2 treys on a 54/56/91 shooting line over his last five games. Dame getting hot in the second half of the season is nothing new, and Dame is the only player to be a top-six player for total value in standard leagues after the break in each of the last three seasons. He's arguably the best player to own going forward."

Updated January 31, 2020

BEST FANTASY GUARDS: James Harden, Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram, D'Angelo Russell, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Jrue Holiday, De'Aaron Fox, Zach LaVine and Donovan Mitchell.

BEST FANTASY FORWARDS: Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler, Pascal Siakam, Paul George, Andrew Wiggins, Jayson Tatum, Khris Middleton, John Collins, Tobias Harris, Kevin Love, Gordon Hayward, Kristaps Porzingis, Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton

BEST FANTASY CENTERS: Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, Andre Drummond, Domantas Sabonis, Nikola Vucevic, Bam Adebayo, Rudy Gobert, Deandre Ayton, Hassan Whiteside, Julius Randle, LaMarcus Aldridge, Clint Capela, Montrezl Harrell, Jonas Valanciunas and Al Horford.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, January 31, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Trae Young, De'Aaron Fox, Bradley Beal, Ben Simmons, Nikola Jokic, Dewayne Dedmon, Kyle Lowry, Shake Milton, Rudy Gobert and Joel Embiid. "Rudy Gobert made 9-of-10 from the field for 21 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks during a 106-100 loss to the Nuggets on Thursday. He was proud to make the All-Star Team this year after his emotional response last year went viral. Gobert earned it last year and he's earned it this year with a boost to his rebounding, FG% and minutes compared to last season. Gobert has also been available for all but four games and leads all Western Conference centers in total minutes played this season -- Bam Adebayo the only center with more. Those who took him in the second and third round should expect his outstanding play to continue, and he's even been trending up." "Gordon Hayward scored 25 points during an easy 119-104 win over the Warriors on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes. He is on fire on offense right now, averaging 24.8 points, 9.3 boards, 2.8 dimes, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks and 2.3 treys on a 56/47/91 shooting line (5.5 FTA/game, too) over his last four games. Hayward did get a boost with Jayson Tatum (groin) out and his value will slightly take a hit with Tatum back now, but he's been able to go on hot streaks before, so his fantasy owners should feel great about him going forward." "Nikola Jokic scored 28 points with 10 rebounds, four rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes during a 106-100 win over the Jazz on Thursday. He went 11-of-19 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line in a tough matchup against Rudy Gobert. Jokic was named to another All-Star Team for the second of his career, and he certainly earned it despite a brutal start to the season. He is absolutely smashing in January with averages of 23.7 points, 10.7 boards, 6.1 boards, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 treys on a 52/36/79 shooting line. He should be a top-five player going forward." "Jordan Clarkson made 13-of-2 from the field for a season-high 37 points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and seven 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday. He was on fire with 13 points in the final four minutes to get him a whopping 24 in the fourth quarter alone. Clarkson continues to be a key cog in the second unit had had more ball-handling responsibilities with Mike Conley (rest, knee) getting a night off for the back-to-back set. Clarkson still hasn't exactly lit it up in nine-cat leagues because he's so shallow on stat diversity, so he's really just a scoring specialist or a streamer in most leagues." "De'Aaron Fox went berserk during a 124-103 win over the Clippers on Thursday, scoring a career-high 34 points with three rebounds, eight assists, four steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes. He was 14-of-24 from the field to top his previous career-high of 31 points as the Kings set a new franchise-record 21 treys, and the Kings burned the Clippers in fast break points with a 24-7 edge. Fox had been knocking on the door for a monster breakout with his 22.8 points per game in January to go with 4.6 boards, 7.6 dimes, 2.2 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.9 treys on a 49/28/67 shooting line over his 14 January games. Even with the light treys and poor foul shooting, Fox has still been a top-40 player per game over the last month." reports: "[Buddy] Hield totaled 19 points (7-14 FG, 5-11 3Pt), seven rebounds, an assist and a steal across 26 minutes in Thursday's 124-103 win over the Clippers. After starting most of the season, Hied has moved to the bench as the Kings opted to go with Bogdan Bogdanovic in the starting five over the past four games. To say that Hield is responding well to a reserve role would be an understatement. Not only did he put up a career-best 42 points three games ago, but his four-game bench tenure yielding an average of 23.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, crushing his season averages in almost every category. While Bogdanovic has the starting job for now, Hield should still see close to 30 minutes of court time and is in no danger of a severe drop-off in production."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, January 30, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Ja Morant, Mitchell Robinson and Malcolm Brogdon. "DeMar DeRozan made 11-of-19 from the field for a season-high 38 points with five rebounds, five assists and one turnover against the Jazz during a 127-120 win on Wednesday. He was 16-of-19 from the line as he continues his ultra-efficient, high-volume January. In his 15 January games, DeRozan is averaging 26.9 points, 6.6 boards, 5.7 dimes, 1.0 steals and 0.2 treys on a 56/30/90 shooting line. He's at 79.4 FG% at the rim in this span with those shots accounting for 27.9% of his shot total while he's still been solid on mid-range at 50.7 FG%. He's been a top-five player this month." "Reggie Jackson scored a season-high 23 points with three rebounds, five assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Nets during 125-115 loss on Wednesday. Before the game, coach Dwane Casey said that Jackson will stick on the bench for now until his minutes cap is listed, but that could change if Derrick Rose is dealt away before the trade deadline. Jackson could see an expanded role with the Pistons possibly being thin for ball-handlers, so Jackson's value could trend up. He doesn't have the highest upside, though." "Bogdan Bogdanovic started again on Wednesday, scoring a team-high 23 points on 10-of-19 FGs with three 3-pointers, five boards, two assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 27 minutes. Kings coach Luke Walton has decided to anchor the second unit with Buddy Hield, which bumps Bogdanovic into the starting lineup. The Kings came in with two straight victories, their first 'streak' since mid-December, so we don't expect the lineup to change after one home loss. Bogdanovic had been a fantasy liability recently, though, hurting his own cause with 27.7% shooting from deep the past month, and a trade might be the best thing for his rest-of-season fantasy value." "Donovan Mitchell scored 31 points with one rebound, four assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes during a 127-120 loss to the Spurs on Wednesday. He was not feeling well in this game and the Jazz broadcast noted that Mitchell had been going "back and forth" to the bathroom during this game, but he did close and kept the Jazz in this one. Mitchell has really picked it up this month, averaging 24.2 points, 3.5 boards, 4.3 dimes, 1.3 steals and 3.1 treys on a 47/39/93 shooting line over his previous 12. His durability has made him a top-25 player so far this year and he should stay there all season long." "Damian Lillard notched his first career triple-double on Wednesday with 36 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds during a 125-112 home victory vs. the Rockets. January has been Dame Time. He's simply on fire over the past month with averages of 32.9 points (47.9% FGs, 86.8% FTs), 4.6 triples, 4.5 boards, 8.0 assists and 1.0 steals. He won't tank fantasy owners in turnovers, either, which is a key benefit in 9-cat since most elite scorers are a liability -- even Kawhi Leonard is committing more turnovers than Dame the past month. The Blazers are 3.0 games out of the playoff picture, trailing San Antonio and the No. 8 seed Grizzlies, so veterans like Lillard and C.J. McCollum shouldn't be in any danger of unnecessary DNPs."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, January 29, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe, Deandre Ayton, Draymond Green, Jonas Valanciunas, D'Angelo Russell and Larry Nance Jr. "Eric Bledsoe hit 11-of-20 shots, two 3-pointers and 10-of-10 free throws for season-high 34 points, six rebounds, 10 assists, a steal and just two turnovers in a 151-131 win over the Wizards. Bledsoe went on a four-game run recently when he didn't score more than 11 points, but had 20 points on Friday and then exploded for the big line tonight, that didn't include Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was out with a shoulder injury. The Bucks have now won nine straight and hold the best record in the league at 41-6." "Bradley Beal hit 13-of-31 shots, four 3-pointers and 17-of-18 free throws on his way to a season-high 47 points, zero rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block in 38 minutes of Tuesday's blowout loss to the Bucks. Beal's career high is 51 points (2017), but he's been on a crazy tear lately, scoring 47, 40, 36 and 38 points in each of his last four games. The Wizards have lost three of those and now sit at 15-31 on the season as their playoff hopes start to fadeaway. Hopefully Beal can keep this going and plays out the rest of the season, but he's been bothered by a leg issue this year and we've been touting him as a sell-high candidate. Either way, he's absolutely on fire right now." "Gordon Hayward scored 29 points (10-of-14 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs) with nine rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Heat on Tuesday. Hayward led all scorers in this one, leading Boston to a win without Jayson Tatum (groin). This was his second-highest scoring game of the season as well as his 11th game with at least 20 points. Hayward is posting top-50 fantasy value in what is turning into an exceptional bounce-back campaign after two seemingly lost seasons to begin his Celtics career." "Draymond Green flirted with a triple-double on Tuesday against the 76ers, scoring nine points (3-of-8 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with nine rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes. Green matched his season-highs in dimes and blocks in the 115-104 defeat in Philly. His season has been very frustrating thus far, though he has surged to post top-45 value in nine-category leagues over the last two weeks. His field goal percentage leaves a lot to be desired, but his other stats will keep his value afloat the rest of the way." "Jaylen Brown made 10-of-16 attempts (1-of-2 FTs) for 25 points on Tuesday against the Heat, adding three rebounds, five assists, one block and four 3-pointer in 41 minutes. Entering this season, Brown only had 31 games with 20+ points. So far this season, he already has 22 such games after tonight's performance. He's posting career-best marks nearly across the board and is on-pace for easily the best season of his young career. Brown has an outside chance of making his first All-Star team this year."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, January 28, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Eric Gordon, Andrew Wiggins, Nemanja Bjelica, Donovan Mitchell, Buddy Hield, Luka Doncic, DeMar DeRozan, Bam Adebayo, De'Aaron Fox and Danuel House. "Buddy Hield went off for 42 points (14-of-24 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), five rebounds, three assists and nine 3-pointers in 38 minutes Monday vs. the Timberwolves. Sacramento trailed by as much as 25 during the second half and appeared to be dead in the water, but Hield got rolling and the end result was a stunning 133-129 overtime win for the Kings. Buddy scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, shooting 6-of-6 from the field. Only one other player in the last 20 years has scored 20 points or more on perfect shooting from the field in the fourth quarter of a comeback win after his team trailed by 25 points: Kobe Bryant (December 6, 2002 vs. Dallas). Whether Hield comes off the bench or starts he's a valuable asset in standard leagues." "Zach LaVine struggled with his shot in Mondayís win over the Spurs, shooting 7-of-22 from the field and finishing with 23 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 21 minutes. LaVine appeared to tweak something in his right leg late in regulation, but he would remain in the game and ultimately making the game-winning free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining. He has now scored 20 points or more in 15 consecutive games, despite being the focal points of opposing defenses. Those who have LaVine rostered took a hit in the field goal percentage category, but thatís a small price to pay given what he brings to the table." "Eric Gordon had the best game of his NBA career Monday night, as he scored 50 points (14-of-22 FGs, 16-of-20 FTs) with six rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and six 3-pointers in 38 minutes vs. the Jazz. On paper the task for Utah appeared to be an easy one: beat a Rockets team that was without James Harden (thigh), Russell Westbrook (rest) and Clint Capela (heel). But it was anything but thanks in large part to Gordon, who was scalding hot offensively. While Westbrook, who was given the night to rest as it was the second game of a back-to-back, will be back for Houston's next game no such declaration has been made regarding the injured Harden. Gordon's value will remain high for as long as The Beard remains sidelined." "Andrew Wiggins played 37 minutes in Mondayís loss to the Kings, scoring 36 points (13-of-21 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), nine rebounds, eight assists, one blocked shot and seven 3-pointers. Wiggins was outstanding Monday night, as he shot 7-of-8 from beyond the arc and put forth one of his best games of the season. Ryan Saunders said after Saturdayís game that he was hoping to stagger the minutes of Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns in order to get more scoring from the second unit, which has been an issue since Jeff Teague was traded to Atlanta. That stands to improve the value of both Wiggins and KAT moving forward, with the former leading Minnesota past Sacramento Monday night." "Donovan Mitchell shot 14-of-25 from the field and 5-of-6 from the foul line in Mondayís loss to the Rockets, finishing with 36 points, three rebounds, four assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes. Mitchell surpassed the 30-point mark for the first time since January 16, when he dropped 46 in an overtime loss to the Pelicans. For the month heís averaging 23.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 3.1 three-pointers per game, while shooting 46.3% from the field, 40.5% from three and 94.4% from the foul line. The 3-of-10 night from beyond the arc isnít much of a concern, as heís shot the ball well as evidenced by the percentages above. Mitchell and the Jazz will look to rebound Wednesday night in San Antonio."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, January 27, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Damian Lillard, Trae Young, Domantas Sabonis, Kawhi Leonard, Hassan Whiteside and Nikola Jokic. "Michael Carter-Williams racked up 15 points, a season-high eight assists, seven rebounds and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes off the bench on Sunday. Orlando's bench gave them momentum on a night when the starters were blown out of the building, so coach Steve Clifford stuck with them longer than usual. Carter-Williams shot 6-of-11 from the field tonight and even hit a 3-pointer, but this is an aberration. In addition to his season-high in dimes, he also tied his high in rebounds tonight. There's no reason to think this will become a trend while Markelle Fultz is healthy, though MCW does have some deep-league intrigue with D.J. Augustin (left knee) on the shelf." "Trae Young made Hawks history on Sunday with 45 points and 14 assists, making 13-of-24 FGs and 13-of-16 FTs with six 3-pointers, six rebounds and one assist. The newly-minted All-Star starter was terrific again tonight, and his scoring eruption set a franchise record for most points scored in a regulation game. The bump in Young's FG% has been most prominent this season, as he's up to 44.5% despite relentless attention from opposing defenses, making you wonder when we'll glimpse his ceiling. If you're still in doubt, for whatever reason, watch the video below in which he drains a shot from beyond 40-feet to beat the halftime buzzer." "Domantas Sabonis hit 11-of-17 shots and 5-of-6 free throws for 27 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists and a block in 41 minutes of Sunday's 139-129 loss at Portland. This was the second triple-double of his career and it's fitting that this one came in Portland. His father, Arvydas Sabonis, played for the Blazers his entire career from 1995 to 2003 and Domantas was born in Portland on 1996. Myles Turner was out for this one, which also probably helped Sabonis' usage and touches tonight. Props to you if you fired him up for a DFS matchup." "Bradley Beal scored 40 points with six assists, three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes vs. the Hawks on Sunday. Owners who have kept the faith in Beal are being richly rewarded the past three games, with averages of 38.0 points, 2.3 triples, 4.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists. He's shooting a ridiculous 68.2% in those games, too, while also crushing at the free throw line (21-of-24). After coming in ninth among East guards for All-Star voting from fans, the players' vote put him second -- it's hard to argue with the players." "Damian Lillard torched the Pacers on Sunday for 50 points, adding 13 assists and six rebounds in a 139-129 home win vs. Indiana. Dame took his emotions out on the court tonight, in the form of another truly dominant game, and he's now the only player in Blazers history with 50+ scoring games in a single season. He was ultra-efficient with 14-of-23 field goals and 14-of-16 free throws, going 8-of-12 from downtown with just one turnover in 38 minutes. He's only missed two games this season and with the Blazers sitting 10th in the West, Dame's fantasy owners have nothing to fret about."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, January 26, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Zach LaVine, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, Rudy Gobert, Andre Drummond, Jarrett Allen, Chris Paul, Anthony Davis and Derrick Rose. "Karl-Anthony Towns (foot) has returned to the bench after heading to the locker room during the third quarter of Saturday's game vs. the Thunder. Towns appeared to injure his left wrist during the second quarter, but he was able to stay in the game. During the third quarter he was seen on the bench with his shoe off, but has since returned after heading back to the locker room. No announcement has been made regarding his availability for the remainder of the game, but his being on the bench is hopefully a positive sign." "LeBron James scored 29 points (9-of-18 FGs, 10-of-13 FTs) on Saturday against the 76ers, adding seven rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and eight turnovers in 35 minutes. In the third quarter, LeBron scored on a layup and passed Kobe Bryant on the all-time scoring list. He now sits at third in NBA history, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone. LeBron needed about 1,860 fewer shot attempts than Kobe to reach this milestone, which just speaks volumes to how much more efficient he has been throughout his career. He needs 3,274 points to surpass Malone for sole possession of second place on the all-time scoring list." "Jarrett Allen played 40 minutes in Saturdayís win over the Pistons, scoring 20 points (8-of-13 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs) with 15 rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocked shots. Allenís double-double was his third in Brooklynís last five games, and during that stretch heís blocked 10 shots. With DeAndre Jordan (right middle finger) currently sidelined, even more will be asked of Allen as the Nets look to make a move in the East. And to his credit, he rose to the challenge. Allen entered Saturday averaging 9.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.2 blocks per game in January." "Ben Simmons was a beast on Saturday against the Lakers, scoring 28 points (12-of-15 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs) with 10 rebounds, eight assists, four steals and five turnovers in 41 minutes. Simmons had another superb game, scoring 20+ for the sixth time in his last seven contests. His shot chart was absurd tonight (linked below), with all of his shots coming in the restricted area. If he's able to get to the rim all night long, he's really hard to stop. Joel Embiid (finger) is nearing a return, so hopefully Simmons continues to be aggressive and force the issue when the big fella is back in action. He likely won't be the top-10 player he's been over the last seven games, but he will still be an extremely valuable fantasy asset, especially if he keeps his newfound scoring touch. Simmons lost a tooth in the first half and was able to return, though he did undergo some dental work following the game to repair the issue."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, January 25, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, Nikola Jokic, Kemba Walker, Giannis, TJ Warren, Trae Young, Kyle Lowry, Devin Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns. "Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 45 points (16-of-27 FGs, 13-of-13 FTs) with six rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and three turnovers in 38 minutes against Minnesota. Westbrook registered his second 40-point game of the season in the 131-124 win over the Wolves. He has been on fire of late, scoring at least 28 points in each of his last seven games. He's ranked in the top-5 in category formats in six games over the last two weeks, averaging 33.5 points on a tidy 54.9% shooting with 9.8 boards, 9.8 dimes, 2.2 steals and 0.5 steals in 37.5 minutes per game. Westbrook got off to a slow start with his new team, but he's really found his groove of late." "Devin Booker scored 35 points during a 103-99 win over the Spurs on Friday, adding four rebounds, 10 assists, one block, six turnovers and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes. It's a big win for the Suns thanks to an 18-0 run in the first half. It's the fourth time this season he's hit double-digit dimes as Booker is just dominating on offense right now. In his 12 January games, Booker averaged 31.3 points, 4.3 boards, 6.3 dimes, 1.0 steals and 1.9 treys on a 52/35/95 shooting line. He has an ultra-efficient 66.2 TS% this month as one of the best players for percentages, which has led him to top-five value per game this month. His fantasy owners should feel great about him going forward." "D'Angelo Russell went bonkers in a 129-118 loss to the Pacers on Friday, scoring 37 points (13-of-21 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with five assists, four rebounds, nine triples and five turnovers in 36 minutes. The nine 3-pointers matches a career-high and they weren't your average shots either with Russell launching from Steph Curry range for most of the evening. The Pacers eventually got the hint and started double teaming in the fourth quarter, and DAR didn't have enough help to pull out a win. With Stephen Curry (hand) targeting a return in March it would make a lot of sense for the Warriors to let Russell get as many reps as possible alongside Curry to evaluate their fit, but that's assuming the Warriors don't move him before the Feb. 6 deadline with teams such as the Wolves expected to come calling." "Cam Reddish notched 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting with six rebounds, one steal, one block and four triples in 28 minutes of a 140-111 loss to the Thunder on Friday. This wasn't a garbage-time special either with only two of his points coming in the fourth quarter. The FG% could be a disaster all season, but the counting stats for Reddish have been solid lately. Over the last two weeks, the rookie is averaging 13.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.4 triples. He probably won't have the ball in his hands as much with Jeff Teague now in the mix, but Reddish's 3-and-D potential has been intriguing." "T.J. Warren had 33 points to lead the Pacers to a 129-118 win over the Warriors on Friday, hitting 14-of-23 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line. He added five rebounds, two assists, four steals, one block and three triples in 35 minutes as he continues to light up the box score for Indiana. If we ignore his dud vs. the Jazz, this would be his fourth straight with at least 22 points. His fantasy owners couldn't have asked for a better time to sell high with Victor Oladipo (leg) due back next week. Don't sell him for cheap though as Warren should remain a steady mid-round value." "Duncan Robinson racked up 16 points (5-8 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five assists, three rebounds and two steals in 34 minutes during Friday's 122-117 loss to the Clippers. Robinson has reached double figures in scoring in seven straight showings and matched his career high in assists in this one. With Goran Dragic (calf) and Kendrick Nunn (Achilles) sidelined, Robinson was a good bet to earn plenty of minutes, though he's been a consistent part of the rotation all season, drawing 40 starts through 45 appearances thanks to his knockdown shooting ability." "Bam Adebayo amassed 18 points (6-10 FG, 6-7 FT), nine assists, eight rebounds and one block in 38 minutes during Friday's 122-117 loss to the Clippers. Adebayo was very efficient offensively while falling a couple boards and a dime shy of a triple-double. He's easily one of the most well-rounded statistical contributors regardless of position, with the only areas that Adebayo doesn't help out being from beyond the arc and at the charity stripe."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, January 24, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Damian Lillard, LeBron James, Luka Doncic, Bradley Beal and Collin Sexton. "Kyle Kuzma (ankle) scored 28 points with two rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Nets on Thursday. He did play the entire fourth quarter to boost his playing time, but he only scored three points in that frame. Kuzma's upside is not going to be great when LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and he's probably going to need a trade to be a mid-round guy in standard leagues. He's only an end-of-bench guy at best in nine-cat leagues." "LeBron James took over against the Nets during an easy 128-113 win on Thursday, making 11-of-19 from the field for 27 points with 12 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block, five turnovers and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes. It's his 10th triple-double of the season and he does it in a back-to-back set after getting a road win at MSG on Wednesday. Earlier today, he earned his 16th All-Star selection today and will be a captain yet again, and chances are he'll be picking Anthony Davis first to join his team again. James also needs just 18 points to pass Kobe Bryant on the all-time scoring list, so he should surpass the Black Mamba on Saturday in Philly." "Kyrie Irving scored 20 points during a blowout 128-113 loss to the Lakers on Thursday, adding three rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes. This game got to garbage time to keep Irving on the bench for the final 4:24 of this game, so coach Kenny Atkinson had Irving ticketed for a big role after missing Monday due to a hammy issue. Irving did only have a 28.9 usage rate in this game and he was at just 27.0 over his previous four January games, which is a big dip from the 32.9 usage rate he had before his shoulder injury. Nit-picky usage stats aside, Irving's fantasy owners will just want him to stay healthy." "Trevor Ariza had a terrific debut with the Blazers on Thursday, scoring 21 points with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Mavs. He didn't really even need to know the playbook with Ariza just getting open looks and running the floor off turnovers. Ariza has gone on hot stretches as a floor-spacing option next to James Harden in previous years, and he will have a similar role this year next to Dame Lillard and C.J. McCollum. The Blazers have one of the thinnest frontcourts in the NBA right now, so Ariza is worth an add in standard leagues to see if he can keep it rolling."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, January 23, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Russell Westbrook, John Collins, LaMarcus Aldridge, Bradley Beal, Nikola Vucevic, Rudy Gobert, Anthony Davis, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jimmy Butler and Nikola Jokic. "Zion Williamson got hot at the end of his NBA debut against the Spurs on Wednesday, making 8-of-11 from the field for 22 points with seven rebounds, three assists, five turnovers and four 3-pointers in 18 minutes. After just five points in the first three quarters, the rookie stole the show in the fourth with 17 straight fourth-quarter points for the Pels. Williamson didn't make more than three 3-pointers in any game at Duke, but all four of his treys came in that fourth-quarter explosion, but coach Alvin Gentry didn't let him close due to playing in "short bursts." Prior to the fourth, he was playing about four-minute stints, and Gentry used him as a four and as a five in several different lineup combos. He had the training staff with him near the bench for much of this game, he was on the stationary bike at times to stay loose, and he also had a sleeve on his knee. The fourth-quarter play gave his fantasy owners a taste of Zion's upside as a fantasy monster, but it's going to take a bit before he's seeing heavy minutes." "LaMarcus Aldridge dominated against the Pelicans during a 121-117 win on Wednesday, scoring 32 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes. His huge game will be overshadowed by Zion Williamson's debut, but LMA comes through to get the Spurs to a three-game winning streak and putting them back in the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference standings. Prior to tonight, Aldridge had seen a major hit to his usage this month at just a 21.2 over his previous 10 games, and his rebounding has dropped a bit partially because he's taking 5.1 treys per game over those 10. Whatever the case, Aldridge is locked in as an early-round guy going forward, especially with the Spurs playing well again." "John Collins lit up the Clippers during a 102-95 win on Wednesday, matching a season-high 16 boards with 33 points, two assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes. The Clippers didn't have an answer for him, making 12-of-22 from the field and all six from the line to put him just two points shy of his career-high and getting Collins to his first 30-10 game of the year. Collins has nine straight games with at least one block, and Collins' 21 blocks this month are among the Eastern Conference leaders. The move to center explains a lot of it with 3.3 blocks per 36 as a five this season, and it's helped him take his fantasy value to the next level." "Russell Westbrook posted a monster line against the Nuggets on Wednesday, scoring 28 points (11-of-25 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs) with 16 rebounds, eight assists, four steals and one block in 34 minutes. Westbrook matched his season-highs in boards and steals while posting another double-double. He's been incredible of late, posting top-5 value in 9-cat leagues over his last three games with averages of 31.7 points, 12.0 boards, 9.0 dimes and 3.0 steals on 58.3% shooting. That shooting percentage is likely to fall, but Westbrook is still posting big numbers for his new team this season." "Nikola Jokic scored 19 points (8-of-19 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs) with 12 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes against the Rockets. Jokic notched his eighth triple-double of the season in Wednesday's defeat. Outside of the loss, the only blemish on his statline was his six turnovers. His numbers are still down compared to last season, but he's going to be called on to carry more of the offensive load with Jamal Murray (ankle) not close to a return."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, January 22, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Kawhi Leonard and Luka Doncic. There was just one game. "Luka Doncic nearly triple-doubled in a 110-107 loss to the Clippers on Tuesday, scoring 34 points (11-of-25 FGs, 9-of-14 FTs) with 10 rebounds, nine assists, three triples and two blocks in 35 minutes. The Mavs were getting run out of the building in the first half before Luka turned on the jets in the second. His heroics werenít quiet enough, but heíll be happy to have Kristaps Porzingis (knee) back by his side for Dallasí playoff push. As far as fantasy goes, donít expect much of a difference in Lukaís output as his usage only comes down from a whopping 37.1 percent to 34.7 when Porzingis is on the floor. Losing Dwight Powell (Achilles) might sting though, as thatís Lukaís favorite partner in the pick-and-roll." "Dwight Powell is expected to have suffered a season-ending torn right Achilles tendon according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. This was the fear all along and we're basically just waiting for the tests to confirm it at this point. With Powell's season surely over, expect the Mavs to be in the market for some reinforcements -- they've been linked to Andre Drummond in recent weeks. Maxi Kleber isn't having a great game but is the priority add here, while Boban Marjanovic and Dorian Finney-Smith could emerge with some low-end value." "Kawhi Leonard had a game-high 36 points in a 110-107 win over Dallas on Tuesday, but he's expected to rest on Wednesday vs. Atlanta for injury management. He played 36 minutes tonight, so it would take a miracle to see him against the Hawks. Leonard finished 12-of-29 from the field and 11-of-12 from the line, adding 11 rebounds with two assists, two steals, three blocks and one triple in an epic duel with Luka Doncic. Luckily for Kawhi's fantasy owners, the Clippers still have two more games this week after Wednesday." "Landry Shamet scored a season-high 18 points with five triples, three rebounds and one assist in 36 minutes vs. the Mavericks on Tuesday. The second-year guard has been slowly trending up with eight triples in his previous three games, and he could be set up for a smash spot vs. the Hawks on Wednesday -- Kawhi Leonard is expected to rest, and the status of Paul George (hamstring) and Patrick Beverley (groin) is up in the air. Shamet is worth a look in the short term for those targeting triples, points and dimes, especially if he gets some reps at point guard."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, January 21, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, Trae Young, Russell Westbrook, Alec Burks, Hassan Whiteside, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Dillon Brooks, Karl-Anthony Towns and James Harden. "Zion Williamson (right knee surgery) will start for the Pelicans on Wednesday against the Spurs, although he'll be on a strict minutes watch. The expectation is for him to play around 20 minutes or so in short bursts and we're guessing he'll start over Jaxson Hayes. Go ahead and fire him up and hope that the walking/running lessons will help to keep him healthy and strong for the rest of the season. The Pels don't have a back-to-back set until March 3 & 4, which is also great news for his potential to play on most nights. If he's somehow still sitting on waivers in your league, go get him." "Dillon Brooks went 12-of-25 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line on his way to a season-high 31 points in a loss to the Pelicans on Monday. Brooks added three triples, nine boards, four dimes, two steals and just one turnover in his 35 minutes of floor time, but it wasnít enough to get the win with most of his teammates struggling. Prior to this one, the Grizzlies were undefeated in games where Brooks scored at least 20 points, but that pristine record dropped to 13-1 today." "Rudy Gobert (left ankle) played 31 minutes in Mondayís win over the Pacers, scoring 20 points (8-of-11 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with 14 rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot. Gobert appeared to roll his left ankle about halfway through the fourth quarter, but he managed to stay in the game for a couple more minutes before Quin Snyder cleared the bench. Once again the NBAís best defensive center, Gobertís been a top-10 player in both eight- and nine-category formats over the last two weeks. Given how well heís played this season, it would be a surprise if Gobert missed out on his first All-Star game appearance." "Michael Porter Jr. came off the bench and hit 7-of-12 shots, four 3-pointers and both of his free throws for 20 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and a block with one turnover in 30 minutes of a 107-100 win over the Wolves. The rebounds were easily a career high and he's quietly hit double figures in scoring in five straight games. The Nuggets are banged up right now (Gary Harris, Paul Millsap) and MPJ is coming on strong. If he wasn't a must-own player before this game, he sure is now. Go get him." "Bryn Forbes hit 8-of-13 shots and all eight of his makes were from downtown, with most of them coming in the first half to finish with 24 points, one rebound and two assists to lead the Spurs to a 120-118 win over the Suns on Monday. Derrick White hit 9-of-14 shots and four 3-pointers to score 25 in the win while Patty Mills and starter Dejounte Murray were a bit quiet in this one. The Spurs are tough to read and Forbes scored just two points on Sunday and had seven points on Friday. The bottom line is that he and White are too inconsistent to be relied upon in most fantasy leagues. But both of them really had it working on MLK Day."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, January 20, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Nikola Jokic, Bam Adebayo, Domantas Sabonis, DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge, Jimmy Butler, Malcolm Brogdon, Will Barton, Kendrick Nunn and TJ Warren. "Bam Adebayo posted a 21-point, 16-rebound double-double across 36 minutes in Sunday's loss to the Spurs. He added six assists, two steals and two turnovers while he was out there, and he got his points efficiently, finishing 8-of-13 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line. Adebayo had failed to record a single steal in his previous three outings, but he snapped that steals-less streak just three minutes into this game and he played some excellent defense against LaMarcus Aldridge. Adebayo has been a steady top-40 option this season and shows no signs of slowing down." "Zion Williamson (right knee) is doubtful to play on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Memphis. Williamson's target date remains Wednesday against the Spurs, but this is the first time he's been listed as anything other than "out," since undergoing arthroscopic right knee surgery back in October. If he is able to get back out there on Wednesday, that would give him three games for Week 14, although he'll likely have a strict minutes limit so he may not be the best guy to deploy in weekly settings." "DeMar DeRozan flirted with a triple-double during Sunday's win over the Heat, tallying 20 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal and two turnovers in 38 minutes. With the win, the Spurs improved to 18-23 on the year, putting them 0.5 games ahead of the Suns for the No. 9 spot out West, and they're now just 1.5 games out of the No. 8 seed. As long as the Spurs are postseason relevant, we won't need to worry about random rest for the Spurs' stars. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 21 points, four rebounds, two triples, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two turnovers." "Domantas Sabonis (bruised left knee) triple-doubled on Sunday with 22 points, 10 assists and 15 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass. Sabonis made 10-of-16 FGs and 1-of-3 FTs in a game-high 41 minutes tonight. He's playing through his knee injury and has been told it can't get worse, so apparently fantasy owners got lucky. "Thereís swelling in the bone that all doctors say it canít get worse unless you get hit in that same spot," Sabonis said. "Itís not a muscle or anything, so by doing more stuff, you canít technically get it worse ... Not even ice helps it. You canít really put anything on it. It just has to heal." Pacers coach Nate McMillan explicitly said there's no minutes restriction, which was obvious tonight. This is an injury that will take 4-6 weeks to fully heal, but it appears Sabonis will continue to rack up double-doubles in the meantime."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, January 19, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Zach LaVine, Kawhi Leonard, Devin Booker, Marcus Smart, Russell Westbrook, Rudy Gobert, Andre Drummond, LeBron James, Lou Williams and D'Angelo Russell. "Markelle Fultz scored 23 points with six rebounds, four assists, one steal and two turnovers in 34 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday. He was the lone bright spot at just two points shy of his career-high as the Magic score just 95 points for the second straight game. Fultz has seen his minutes get a steady increase this season to get him to 29.8 this month, and his usage rate has also jumped up to 22.9 in January. With D.J. Augustin (knee) likely out until the break, Fultz's nightly upside gets a nice little boost. He should be owned in standard leagues." "Fred VanVleet (right hamstring strain) started and played 29 minutes in Saturdayís win over Minnesota, tallying 29 points (11-of-16 FGs), four rebounds, two assists, four steals and seven 3-pointers. VanVleet showed no ill effects from the hamstring injury that kept him sidelined for five games, as he and Kyle Lowry combined to shoot 12-of-16 from beyond the arc. And the Raptors being able to sit VanVleet for most of the fourth quarter was a positive development given the type of injury that heís returning from. Toronto will be back in action Monday, and heíll likely face a similar workload." "Nerlens Noel posted a full stat line in Saturdayís win over the Blazers, playing 19 minutes and finishing with 15 points (6-of-7 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Noel has been a top-100 player all season long, yet for some reason heís rostered in just 39 percent of Yahoo leagues. And over the last month heís been a top-50 player in nine-cat. Whether Steven Adams (right knee contusion) is available to play or not, Noel provides value as a defender as he provides steals and blocked shots. Do not hesitate to pick him up, even with Adams making his return to the starting lineup Saturday night." "Zach LaVine scored 42 points during 118-116 comeback win over the Cavs on Saturday, adding six rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers and a career-high five steals in 39 minutes. The Bulls pull off a big comeback thanks to a 31-14 advantage in the fourth quarter to get a rare high-scoring win. LaVine was 19-of-31 from the field and was in full-on attack mode with 14 makes in the paint to get him to his third 40-point game of the season. He's playing as well as he's ever played this month at 30.6 points per game on a 50/37/81 shooting line, adding averages of 5.1 boards, 4.3 dimes, 1.9 steals and 3.1 boards. He's been the No. 4 fantasy player per game in standard leagues over those 10." "Damian Lillard shot 10-of-23 from the field and 9-of-12 from the foul line in Saturdayís loss to the Thunder, tallying 34 points, six assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes. Lillard was without sidekick C.J. McCollum, who was held out after suffering a sprained ankle during Fridayís loss in Dallas. Heís now scored 30 or more in three of Portlandís last four games, and over the last two weeks heís provided second-round value in both eight- and nine-category formats. Should McCollum have to miss additional time beyond Saturday, Lillard will be asked to do even more than he already is from a scoring standpoint. That makes him a very good candidate for DFS squads moving forward."

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, January 18, 2020

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some top fantasy basketball performers were Hassan Whiteside, Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Normal Powell, Jonas Valanciunas, Cam Reddish, Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler. "LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30 points with five rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Hawks during a 121-120 loss on Friday. He needed a good game with some quiet performances lately. While DeMar DeRozan has been on fire, Aldridge is having his worst month of the season so far, averaging 16.0 points, 7.1 boards, 2.4 dimes, 1.0 blocks and 2.9 treys over his previous seven. The Spurs clearly want him to shoot more 3-pointers with his 5.7 attempts per game more than doubling what he was doing prior to January, but either way LMA is fine as he flirts with early-round value going forward." "T.J. Warren made 11-of-18 from the field for 28 points during a 116-114 win over the Wolves on Friday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes. He comes through when many of the Pacers were struggling on offense. Warren's minutes have held steady almost every night with 30-plus minutes in all but one game this month, and coach Nate McMillan may turn to him as a four more once Vic Oladipo returns. He'll likely take a small hit, but Warren should be a solid mid-round guy going forward." "Cam Reddish made 8-of-13 for 22 points with five rebounds, four assists, four steals, one block and a career-high five 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Spurs on Friday. He also had the game-sealing defensive play against DeMar DeRozan to cap a huge comeback. Reddish was just shy of his 25-point career best and it's just his third 20-point game of his career. He is starting to play a little better these days, averaging 11.0 points, 2.7 boards, 2.3 dimes, 1.7 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1..3 treys on a 38/40/78 shooting line over his previous three. He's really going to have a tough time being a reliable fantasy guy because of woeful shooting, but he's on the radar for those seeking counting stats. Plus, Jeff Teague arriving could keep him on a shorter leash." "Marc Gasol scored a season-high 20 points in a 140-111 win over the Wizards on Friday, adding six rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and six triples. The six triples ties a career-high as Gasol continues to look rejuvenated since returning from his hamstring injury -- he had 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting with five rebounds, five assists, three 3-pointers and one steal in 32 minutes on Wednesday. The Raptors play the second game of a back-to-back on Saturday vs. the Wolves, so it will be interesting to see how they handle his minutes after getting 29 tonight. While it's nice to see Marc playing so well, what we've seen in the last two games isn't sustainable with the Raptors getting Fred VanVleet (hamstring) back on Saturday." "Trae Young scored 31 points with five rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and six 3-pointers in 35 minutes during a thrilling comeback 121-120 win in San Antonio on Friday. The Hawks finally get it done with a huge comeback to get the first win in San Antonio since 1997. Young did have a wrap on his knee and went 0-of-4 in the third quarter for a scoreless frame, but he hit some big shots in the fourth for a huge road win. The arrival of Jeff Teague shouldn't impact Trae too much with maybe just a minute or two decrease, and Teague can certainly play off ball, too. Assuming his knee issue is fine, Young will have a huge nightly upside."

Fantasy Basketball Player Rankings
Through Thurday, November 7, 2019

1 Giannis Antetokounmpo, 2 Andre Drummond, 3 LeBron James, 4 Karl-Anthony Towns, 5 James Harden, 6 Kyrie Irving, 7 Kawhi Leonard, 8 Anthony Davis, 9 Luka Doncic, 10 Damian Lillard, 11 Joel Embiid, 12 Russell Westbrook, 13 Deandre Ayton, 14 Malcolm Brogdon, 15 Jimmy Butler, 16 Brandon Ingram, 17 Kevin Love, 18 Bradley Beal, 19 Domantas Sabonis, 20 Pascal Siakam, 21 Donovan Mitchell, 22 Tristan Thompson, 23 Kyle Lowry, 24 Bam Adebayo, 25 Trae Young, 26 Jayson Tatum, 27 Kemba Walker, 28 John Collins, 29 Stephen Curry, 30 Al Horford, 31 Nikola Jokic, 32 Kristaps Porzingis, 33 Gordon Hayward, 34 Tobias Harris, 35 LaMarcus Aldridge, 36 Ben Simmons, 37 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, 38 Nikola Vucevic, 39 Devin Booker, 40 Ricky Rubio, 41 Montrezl Harrell, 42 Hassan Whiteside, 43 Clint Capela, 44 DeMar DeRozan, 45 Dejounte Murray, 46 Lou Williams, 47 Jonathan Isaac, 48 Jrue Holiday, 49 Zach LaVine, 50 Andrew Wiggins.

Updated January 20, 2019

BEST FANTASY GUARDS: James Harden, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, Ben Simmons, Jrue Holiday, DeMar DeRozan, Kemba Walker, Bradley Beal, Kyrie Irving, De'Aaron Fox, Mike Conley, D'Angelo Russell, Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic and Jamal Murray.

BEST FANTASY FORWARDS: Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George, Blake Griffin, LeBron James< LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard, Julius Randle, Tobias Harris, Kyle Kuzma, Khris Middleton, Pascal Siakam, Danilo Gallinari and Aaron Gordon.

BEST FANTASY CENTERS: Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Vucevic, Kevin Love (has barely played though), Andre Drummond, Clint Capela (out for the next 4-6 weeks), Rudy Gobert, Marc Gasol, Jusuf Nurkic, Deandre Ayton, Steven Adams, Domantas Sabonis, Enes Kanter and Willie Cauley-Stein.

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