April 9, 2018, 10:47 pmAllen Crabbe - SG/SF - Brooklyn Nets
Allen Crabbe was scorching hot in Monday's 114-105 win over the Bulls, going 12-of-15 from the field, 8-of-11 from deep and a perfect 9-of-9 at the line to score a career-high 41 points.
41 points on 15 shots is unbelievable stuff, and the threes also tied a career-high that he's hit two other times. Crabbe added five rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block if you're interested in that sort of thing. He had been scuffling a bit over the last couple of weeks with moderate scoring and poor shooting but had scored 45 points over the two games leading into tonight. Crabbe is finishing off his first year in Brooklyn with a bang and needs to be in all lineups if your leagues are still going.
April 7, 2018, 1:16 amGreg Monroe - PF/C - Boston Celtics
Greg Monroe was beastly in Friday's home victory, lighting the Bulls up to the tune of 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double.
Monroe did his damage in 28 minutes off the bench, shooting 8-of-10 while adding two steals and a block. We knew he was going to eat with Al Horford resting tonight but he exceeded just about all expectations with this one. Moose should be owned in all leagues and while he won't be a triple-double guy, he is in line for a few extra assists with the Celtics so thin in the backcourt. He's a pretty solid passer out of the post and the Celtics seem willing to leverage those abilities when they need a different look on offense. Monroe is in line for a solid finish to the year.
April 6, 2018, 10:20 pmLeBron James - SF - Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James was unbelievable on Friday night, scoring 44 points and adding 11 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, a block and four 3-pointers in the Cavs' close loss to the Sixers.
This GOAT candidate seems hellbent on improving another candidacy — this year's MVP award. A good ole 44-11-11 oughta do the trick with James standing above all others in Friday night's classic. This one had a playoff feel and James was the best player on the floor. Get used to seeing that over the next two months.
April 4, 2018, 12:25 amJames Harden - PG/SG - Houston Rockets
James Harden stole the show on Tuesday night with 38 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers in the Rockets’ 120-104 win over the Wizards.
The Beard is the likely MVP of the season and this is the type of performance that reaffirms that. Harden dismantled the Wizards with his offensive, well, wizardry. Much has been made about his shooting percentage of late and that’s a fair criticism after a 10-game stretch that saw Harden hit only 24 percent on triples. He corrected that with tonight’s 5-of-8 performance on top of everything else he did. An epic game and perfect timing to get the Rockets back on track after their blowout loss to the Spurs on Sunday.
April 3, 2018, 11:44 pmRussell Westbrook - PG - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook was all over the place on Tuesday night, piling up 44 points, 16 rebounds, six assists, two steals and three 3-pointers but the Thunder fell short to the Warriors.
This was about as Russell as Russell gets, without a triple-double of course. Westbrook was dominant on offense but it wasn't without its downside, turning the ball over six times in the loss. Westbrook now has six or more giveaways in three of his last four games. Still, turnovers or not, you cannot avoid how amazing Westbrook was, nearly beating the Warriors by himself while other members of the OK3 struggled. As the season winds down, it's clear Russ won't end up as fantasy's top star for the season but he will still end up a top-25 play with yet another stellar campaign.
April 3, 2018, 10:31 pmRobert Covington - SF - Philadelphia Sixers
Robert Covington had a monstrous fantasy line on Tuesday night despite scoring only 12 points by posting six rebounds, four steals, four 3-pointers and three blocks in just 26 minutes.
That's going to give his fantasy owners a massive leg up on the competition in weekly matchups. RoCo will occasionally go through shooting slumps that make you pull your hair out but he's about as elite as it gets in terms of the steals, blocks and triples combo. He's going to finish in the top-40 this year and will probably be underdrafted again, somehow.
March 31, 2018, 6:01 pmOtto Porter - SF/PF - Washington Wizards
Otto Porter was outstanding in Saturday's 107-93 victory over the Hornets, shooting 10-of-15 from the floor for a team-high 26 points to go with 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks, six 3-pointers and zero turnovers in 38 minutes.
Porter only scored seven points in Thursday's loss to Detroit but got right back on track with this massive line. This was his first 20-plus game since March 2nd, and hopefully things get easier for OP from here on out with John Wall finding him for open looks. Porter is locked into all lineups whenever he plays, but could be in for a strong push to end the year.
March 28, 2018, 11:20 pmC.J. McCollum - SG - Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum poured it in on Wednesday night, accounting for 42 points, three rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in the Blazers’ surprising loss to the Grizzlies.
With Damian Lillard out to celebrate the birth of his son, the offense all fell on the shoulders of McCollum and he really took advantage. C.J. was brilliant despite the Blazers falling to a tanking Grizzlies team while Portland tries to make the playoffs. Lillard should be back on the floor next time out so another 42-point performance shouldn’t be expected but with McCollum’s scoring ability, anything can happen. Above all else for Portland, they need to win next time out. They could go from comfortable to scared in a hurry.
March 28, 2018, 10:29 pmKarl-Anthony Towns - C - Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns demolished his previous career-high on Wednesday night, lighting up the Hawks for 56 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, one block and six 3-pointers in the Wolves’ win over the Hawks.
Goodness gracious. Sure, Towns has been known to put up massive lines in the past but nothing compares to this. It took a career-high in field goal attempts with 32 but KAT showed that when he gets serious volume, he can be unstoppable, including tonight’s franchise-record 56 points. He’s been a top-five guy all season and he just might be saving his best for last.
March 28, 2018, 10:01 pmLeBron James - SF/PF - Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James abused the Hornets with 41 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in Wednesday's win.
The spin here is that James is pretty good. He has been unconscious for most of the season and was definitely undervalued coming into the year. This performance checked a lot of boxes for owners, as James was not only lethal but he was efficient from the field, the line and made four 3-pointers. The turnovers hurt but anyone with the King on their roster is probably prepared to let turnovers go. James will be a prime asset on many championship teams this season.
March 28, 2018, 12:12 amAnthony Davis - PF/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis had another monster outing in Tuesday's 103-107 loss to the Blazers, racking up 36 points on 15-of-24 shooting, 14 rebounds, four assists, two steals and six blocks.
We're running out of things to say about Davis' outstanding season. He's currently operating as fantasy's top overall player and as long as he can stay on the court he'll hold that spot down with relative ease. The Brow did roll his ankle tonight but didn't leave the game and the Pels are off till Friday so there's not much cause for concern there. It's a bit silly to expect greatness like this every time out, but Davis is one of the few players on the planet who can buck common sense.
March 27, 2018, 10:18 pmNikola Jokic - PF/C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic, perhaps ticked off after yesterday's poor showing, came alive for 29 points (11-of-21 shooting), 16 rebounds, eight assists, three 3-pointers, two steals and a block in Tuesday's road loss.
Jokic and the Nuggets got worked over in Philly last night but asserted themselves a little better tonight. They got red hot in the second quarter to open up a nice lead but struggled down the stretch when some of Toronto's bench came in and locked things down on the defensive end. Two of Jokic's three turnovers came in the game's opening minutes and he was more or less unguardable thereafter, draining a handful of silky mid-range jumpers to pile up the points. He's primed for a big finish with Denver set to empty the tank in their pursuit of the playoffs.
March 26, 2018, 9:49 pmTrey Burke - PG - New York Knicks
Trey Burker erupted against the Hornets on Monday, scoring a career-high 42 points on 19-of-31 shooting with three 3-pointers, 12 assists and a steal.
Burke was absolutely on fire on Monday and this comes on the heels of a 19-point performance last night against the Wizards. The 25-year old Michigan product has found a team and coach that is willing to let him loose with little competition so there's no reason to think that Burke won't be a high usage player to end the season. Coach Hornacek clearly favors him out of all the point guards on the roster and the Knicks have no reason to play so Burke should have free reign to chuck up shots.
March 25, 2018, 10:51 pmC.J. McCollum - SG - Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum was percolating in the second half to score 34 points on Sunday against the Thunder on 13-of-24 shooting with five triples, four boards, four assists and a steal in the 108-105 win.
Nine of McCollum’s field goals came in the second half and he hit multiple contested jumpers on an array of moves and against different defenders to help the Blazers earn a big win against the Thunder. The 34 points ties C.J.’s third best scoring output of the season and he could have a massive week coming up if Damian Lillard misses time for the birth of his first child.
March 25, 2018, 10:25 pmJames Harden - SG - Houston Rockets
James Harden triple-doubled in Sunday’s 118-99 win over the Hawks with 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting to go with 15 assists and 10 boards while chipping in two steals and a 3-pointer.
Harden had 10 assists in the first half and you could tell it would be an easy night from the opening tip. He had a nice behind the back feed to Capela to start things off and the Rockets never let off the gas. There’s cause for concern for fantasy owners though, as Coach D’Antoni stated he wants to keep Harden at 32 minutes per game and will likely give him a game or two off down the stretch. If he were to sit, expect a big boost for Eric Gordon and slight bumps to Chris Paul and Gerald Green.
Source: Ben DuBose on Twitter