What’s up Razzball nation? We’re back with our first edition of Any Given Saturday since the All-Star break and last night was a nice, heavy slate to get us back into things. There weren’t a lot of marquee matchups, but Damian Lillard kept things interesting as he pushed his tired Blazers past the Suns. He went for 40/10/5/1 on 13-for-27 FG (3-for-11 3P, 11-for-15 FT), four TOs and a clean game-winning basket. Dame has been lighting it up recently and could be the type of guy to be the fantasy playoff MVP. Anyways, here’s what else I saw last night in fantasy basketball:
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CJ McCollum: 21/3/4 on 8-for-24 FG (1-for-5 3P, 4-for-4 FT). It was the second game of a back-to-back so you can excuse some of the Blazers for putting up uninspired performances.
Jusuf Nurkic: 14/13/2/1/2 on 7-for-16 FG (0-for-2 FT) and one TO.
Maurice Markless: 9/0/3/1/1 on 3-for-5 FG (1-for-1 3P, 2-for-2 FT) and one TO. Some nice D stats but he’s too inconsistent and unproductive, even when given minutes.
Devin Booker: 30/9/3/0/2 on 11-for-28 FG (5-for-10 3P, 3-for-3 FT) with four TOs. As long as he’s healthy, he should be a scoring machine.
Elfrid Payton: 13/6/11/1 on 4-for-10 FG (0-for-1 3P, 5-for-8 FT) with four TOs. He’s been pretty great since the trade to the Suns and tonight was no different. The Magic are a cursed franchise.
Alex Len: 11/13/1/0/2 on 5-for-7 FG (1-for-2 FT) and one TO. He’s getting minutes and putting up numbers. He should be owned everywhere.
TJ Warren: 19/3/1/1/3 on 8-for-17 FG (3-for-5 FT). The blocks were a nice touch. Solid game in the second of a back-to-back after having a great game on Friday.
Josh Jackson: 5/3/1/1/1 on 2-for-5 FG (0-for-1 3P, 1-for-1 FT). He’s been on fire for a while, so I’m willing to treat this one as just a bump in the road.
TJ McConnell: 4/3/6/2 on 1-for-5 FG (0-for-1 3P, 2-for-2 FT) and three TOs in 30 minutes off the bench. He was the only 76ers player to get more than 29 minutes. He’s really only good for low-end assists and steals with a solid FG%. It’s also unlikely that Markelle Fultz will play again this season, so TJ should still get his run.
Joel Embiid: 28/14/1/0/1 on 10-for-17 FG (1-for-4 3P, 7-for-10 FT) in 27 minutes. Trust the Process.
Marco Belinelli: 15/2/2 on 6-for-12 FG (1-for-3 3P, 2-for-2 FT) and four TOs. Very deep leagues only.
Ben Simmons: 17/4/7/1 on 7-for-11 FG (3-for-4 FT) and two TOs.
Robert Covington: 12/5/3 on 4-for-10 FG (4-for-9 3P) and three TOs.
Dario Saric: 11/6/4 on 3-for-10 FG (1-for-5 3P, 4-for-4 FT). Outside of Fultz, the whole team is healthy and cruising on autopilot right now. The 76ers could make the East really interesting.
Nikola Vucevic: 15/9/3/2/2 on 6-for-13 FG (1-for-4 3P, 2-for-2 FT) and three TOs. Rainbow alert!
Evan Fournier: 16/6/2/0/1 on 5-for-12 FG (1-for-6 3P, 5-for-5 FT) and three TOs.
Jonathan Simmons: 9/4/4/1 on 4-for-12 FG (1-for-3 3P) and one TO. If you’re in a shallow league and there’s a hot player on waivers, I’d think about dropping Simmons.
Mario Hezonja: 13/2/2/3/1 on 4-for-10 FG (1-for-2 3P, 4-for-4 FT) and one TO. Super Mario’s basically a must-own at this point. I can’t wait to see him be an All-Star after he leaves the Magic à la Victor Oladipo.
Kyrie Irving: 31/9/8/2 on 11-for-22 FG (6-for-12 3P, 3-for-4 FT) with two TOs. The Celtics have a light playoff fantasy schedule, but Kyrie probably won’t rest much as they’re battling the Raptors for the #1 seed.
Al Horford: 13/10/0/0/3 on 5-for-13 FG (3-for-6 3P) and one TO.
Jayson Tatum: 11/5/4/4/1 on 3-for-9 FG (0-for-1 3P, 5-for-5 FT) and two TOs.
Jaylen Brown: 24/3/1 on 10-for-17 FG (2-for-5 3P, 2-for-3 FT) and one TO.
Marcus Smart: 11/2/5/3 on 4-for-5 FG (3-for-4 FT) and two TOs in 27 minutes off the bench. He is what he is, which is assists and steals on bad shooting. Unfortunately, his return and good play is bad news for…
Terry Rozier: 14/3/1 on 4-for-10 FG (2-for-5 3P, 4-for-4 FT) in 20 minutes. If you own him, I’d explore other options as the outlook is a little bleak in this crowded back court.
Trey Burke: 26/0/8/1 on 10-for-19 FG (2-for-6 3P, 4-for-5 FT) and one TO in 26 minutes off the bench to lead the Knicks in scoring. If you have the space, may as well ride this while it lasts.
Tim Hardaway Jr: 17/2/2/1 on 7-for-16 FG (3-for-8 3P) and three TOs.
Enes Kanter: 9/12/0/1/1 on 4-for-9 FG (1-for-1 FT) and one TO.
Emmanuel Mudiay: 13/4/6/1 on 4-for-12 FG (0-for-3 3P, 5-for-8 FT) and four TOs. The popcorn stats are okay, but there’s a lot of gunk in Mudiay’s lines.
Tyler Johnson: 23/2/1/2/1 on 6-for-12 FG (2-for-6 3P, 9-for-9 FT) and two TOs as he led the Heat past the sad, sad Grizzlies team.
Goran Dragic: 6/6/8/0/1 on 2-for-7 FG (1-for-4 3P, 1-for-2 FT) and one TO.
Hassan Whiteside: 12/8/2/1/3 on 4-for-10 FG (4-for-7 FT) and one TO in 26 minutes. Once again he didn’t play the 4th quarter, and his low minutes are definitely frustrating for not just him but also his fantasy owners. Luckily Hassan only needs mid-20s to do damage.
Josh Richardson: 15/3/1/5 on 6-for-13 FG (1-for-3 3P, 2-for-2 FT). That’s back-to-back games with five steals. Lock him up!
Justise Winslow: 17/7/2/3/1 on 7-for-12 FG (2-for-3 3P, 1-for-2 FT) and one TO. He’s done very little this season to warrant any excitement, so I wouldn’t rush to add him after this one.
Wayne Ellington: 15/2/5/1 on 5-for-11 FG (5-for-10 3P) and two TOs. THRAGNOF!
Deyonta Davis: 14/7 on 6-for-11 FG (2-for-2 FT) in 23 minutes as Marc Gasol sat. The Grizzlies are tanking at this point anyway, so it’s entirely possible that Davis gets some extra run the rest of the way. Same goes for…
Andrew Harrison: 17/4/6 on 7-for-13 FG (0-for-1 3P, 3-for-5 FT) and two TOs. Tyreke Evans sat this one out, so there was plenty of run for Harrison. With the tank in full effect, Harrison is probably worth owning.
JaMychal Green: 10/11/1 on 5-for-10 FG (0-for-2 3P) and three TOs.
Dillon Brooks: 8/2/3/2 on 3-for-9 FG (2-for-2 FT) and two TOs.
Kevin Durant: 28/5/2/1/1 on 10-for-20 FG (4-for-6 3P, 4-for-4 FT) and two TOs as the Warriors completely dismantled the Thunder. All of the key Warriors players are rest candidates down the stretch so plan accordingly.
Draymond Green: 10/5/8/1/1 on 5-for-8 FG and four TOs.
Klay Thompson: 11/4/2/1 on 5-for-16 FG (1-for-11 3P, 0-for-2 FT). And the Warriors beat the Thunder by 32!
Steph Curry: 21/9/6/3 on 8-for-19 FG (5-for-12 3P) and two TOs.
Nick Young: 16/5/2/1 on 5-for-10 FG (4-for-5 3P, 2-for-2 FT) and one TO in 18 minutes. He’s just too inconsistent to bother owning.
Paul George: 5/5/3/2 on 1-for-14 FG (1-for-9 3P, 2-for-3 FT) and one TO. Yikes. He’ll be better.
Carmelo Anthony: 14/5/1/1 on 6-for-17 FG (1-for-6 3P, 1-for-2 FT) and two TOs.
Russell Westbrook: 15/12/7/2 on 4-for-15 FG (1-for-5 3P, 6-for-6 FT) and five TOs. Not nearly as yikes as PG’s line, but not what you expect from Russ either. He (and the rest of the Thunder) will be better.
Steven Adams: 14/7/3/2/2 on 6-for-9 FG (2-for-5 FT) and one TO. Rainbow alert!
Donovan Mitchell: 25/6/5/2 on 8-for-20 FG (4-for-8 3P, 5-for-6 FT) and two TOs. I feel bad that he’s not going to win the Rookie of the Year award, I really do.
Ricky Rubio: 7/5/6/1 on 2-for-9 FG (1-for-4 3P, 2-for-2 FT) and one TO.
Rudy Gobert: 13/10/1 on 5-for-6 FG (3-for-6 FT) and two TOs. A surprisingly empty line from Rudy, but we all know what he’s capable of.
Derrick Favors: 14/6/1/0/1 on 6-for-11 FG (0-for-1 3P, 2-for-4 FT).
Joe Ingles: 12/4/8/2/2 on 4-for-12 FG (2-for-8 3P, 2-for-2 FT) and two TOs. Another rainbow alert!!
Jae Crowder: 11/3/1/1 on 4-for-12 FG (1-for-6 3P, 2-for-2 FT) and one TO off the bench in 28 minutes.
JJ Barea: 17/3/12/1 on 8-for-17 FG (1-for-4 3P) and one TO. He’s killing it recently and it’s not like the Mavericks need to rest JJ to lose games.
Dirk Nowitzki: 12/10/2/0/3 on 5-for-14 FG (1-for-7 3P, 1-for-1 FT) and one TO. Same goes for Dirk. He’s Mark Cuban’s guy and will only sit when he wants to sit.
Dennis Smith Jr: 7/7 on 2-for-11 FG (0-for-4 3P, 3-for-4 FT) and five TOs. Yikes. He should be better.
Harrison Barnes: 9/4 on 4-for-11 FG (0-for-4 3P, 1-for-1 FT) and two TOs.
Yogi Ferrell: 13/5/4/1 on 5-for-11 FG (3-for-6 3P) and three TOs.
Doug McDermott: 12/1/0/1 on 4-for-6 FG (3-for-4 3P, 1-for-2 FT). Deep league THRAGNOF!
Dwight Powell: 10/7/1/1/1 on 3-for-5 FG (0-for-1 3P, 4-for-4 FT). He was killing it before the break and is worth owning, as the Mavericks might give him more time down the stretch.
Andrew Wiggins: 23/2/2/1/1 on 10-for-18 FG (2-for-6 3P, 1-for-2 FT) and two TOs. Jimmy Butler is set to miss several weeks, so the rest of the Timberwolves are going to have the fill the gap left behind.
Karl-Anthony Towns: 22/13/2/0/1 on 9-for-20 FG (0-for-5 3P, 4-for-6 FT) and four TOs.
Jeff Teague: 25/7/7/2/1 on 8-for-17 FG (3-for-8 3P, 6-for-7 FT) and two TOs.
Taj Gibson: 19/10/3/1 on 7-for-11 FG (5-for-7 FT).
Jamal Crawford: 19/1/3 on 6-for-11 FG (5-for-8 3P, 2-for-2 FT) and one TO in 28 minutes off the bench. With Butler out, Crawford is a decent THRAGNOF.
Bobby Portis: 15/4/1 on 6-for-13 FG (1-for-3 3P, 2-for-2 FT) and one TO in 20 minutes. He’s been killing it and should definitely be owned.
Zach Lavine: 21/6/7/1/1 on 7-for-17 FG (0-for-4 3P, 7-for-8 FT) and two TOs.
Kris Dunn: 10/5/2/2/3 on 4-for-12 FG (1-for-4 3P, 1-for-2 FT) and four TOs. It wasn’t pretty, but it’s still a rainbow!
Lauri Markkanen: 3/7/0/1/2 on 1-for-8 FG (0-for-2 3P, 1-for-2 FT) and two TOs. Yikes. This is two bad games in a row, but he should bounce back.
David Nwaba: 14/9 on 6-for-9 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 2-for-4 FT) and two TOs. He’s a guard that gets boards and Hoiberg has said that Nwaba’s going to get more playing time (at the expense of Justin Holiday), so add him if that’s what you need.
Christiano Felicio: 11/3/3/0/2 on 5-for-8 FG (1-for-2 FT) and two TOs. Robin Lopez is also sitting as part of the tank, and Felicio is another guy that Hoiberg has said he’s going to play more down the stretch, so add him if you have the space.
Isaiah Thomas: 17/2/4 on 4-for-11 FG (3-for-7 3P, 6-for-6 FT) and two TOs in 23 minutes off the bench as he helped the Lakers beat the Kings. He’s probably still simply getting adjusted, but based off of what he’s shown this season, IT’s upside is pretty limited anyway.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: 34/7/2 on 12-for-12 FG (8-for-14 3P, 2-for-3 FT). This is what the Lakers signed him for.
Julius Randle: 12/13/6/2/1 on 6-for-12 FG (0-for-5 FT) and four TOs.
Brandon Ingram: 13/7/8/0/1 on 5-for-12 FG (1-for-3 3P, 2-for-2 FT) and one TO. He should be a beast for the fantasy playoffs.
Buddy Hield: 21/8/1 on 8-for-17 FG (5-for-10 3P) and three TOs in 31 minutes off the bench. High-end THRAGNOF!
De’Aaron Fox: 13/1/6/1 on 5-for-13 FG (1-for-3 3P, 2-for-3 FT).
Willie Cauley-Stein: 18/15/1/2/2 on 6-for-14 FG (6-for-11 FT) and two TOs. Trill is ballin.
Bogdan Bogdanovic: 21/6/4/1/1 on 8-for-16 FG (4-for-7 3P, 1-for-1 FT) and two TOs. So nice they named him twice!
Anyway, that’s about all I saw last night in fantasy basketball. As always, leave your comments/questions/concerns down below! Cheers guys!