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Tuesday, February 27, 2018


It was an action-packed Monday night on the hardwood in the National Basketball Association, with several giant performances. Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans absolutely abused the defensively-challenged Phoenix Suns in a fantasy performance for the ages. He continues to pick up the slack all by himself with DeMarcus Cousins on the shelf. The big stat line for A.D. overshadowed Devin Booker in the very same game, although both players appear in the Fantasy Five below. We also had three players grab 17 or more rebounds on Monday night. What a great way to kick off the new fantasy week. Let's get started!

 

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Monday's Fantasy Five

 

Anthony Davis scored a season-high 53 points in Monday's 125-116 victory against the Phoenix Suns. He also grabbed 18 rebounds with five blocked shots, three assists and a steal while hitting 10-of-14 field-goal attempts, as he took advantage of the Suns. Phoenix ranks dead-last in scoring defense (113.2 PPG), so you knew Davis was going to have a huge game. He has scored at least 27 points in each of the six games during the win streak for New Orleans, posting at least 38 points on five occasions, and at least 40 points in four different outings. Davis absolutely abused the bigs for the Suns, too, as Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss and Alex Len all fouled out trying to contain him. It appeared the Pels would be in trouble once DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles') went down for the season, but NOLA is now eight games over .500 and in the thick of the playoff chase.

 

The giant stat line from Davis overshadowed the huge performance by Devin Booker, who came away with 40 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and a steal across 41 minutes. He was an outstanding 14-of-28 from the field, including 3-of-10 from behind the 3-point line, while tacking on 9-of-11 from the free-throw line. The Pelicans didn't really have an answer for Booker, just like the Suns weren't able to contain A.D. Jrue Holiday, E'Twaun Moore and 10-day contract signee Walter Lemon Jr. were all no match trying to hold Booker down. He is averaging 31.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG and 4.3 APG in four games since returning from a hip injury which cost him four contests.

 

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Karl-Anthony Towns went for 26 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocked shots with five turnovers across 39 minutes in a 118-110 victory in Sacramento. He was peerless, hitting 9-of-10 from the field while going a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe. KAT continues to just steam right along, as this was his sixth straight double-double, and 14th over the past 15 outings. While facing the Kings is always solid for fantasy owners of the opposition, as Sacto ranks second-to-last in point differential, it will get increasingly more difficult as the week goes on. The T-Pups travel to Portland (103.6 PPGA) and Utah (101.4 PPGA), two of the better defensive clubs in the Western Conference. He obviously remains a must-start, but know the good times might hit a bit of a speed bump.

 

On any other night, and with most any other player, an 18-rebound night would be amazing. But Andre Drummond leads the NBA with 15.7 rebounds per game, slightly ahead of DeAndre Jordan (15.0 RPG) of the Los Angeles Clippers. Drum is on a roll with at least 11 rebounds in 18 consecutive starts. However, the fact Drummond had 18 points on 8-of-18 shooting, including 2-of-2 from the free-throw line, while adding four steals, three blocked shots and two assists with just two turnovers over 35 minutes is what made his line Monday a little more special. He'll look to keep it rolling in Wednesday's game against the visiting Bucks, and if the first three outings are any indication it will be another big day. Drummond is averaging 21.3 PPG, 17.0 RPG and 3.4 APG in three meetings with Milwaukee this season.

 

Nikola Vucevic was playing in his third straight game since returning from a long-term hand injury. He didn't have a giant stat line, but he posted 15 points with seven rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots with a steal. He also hit 6-of-13 from the field, including 3-of-5 from the perimeter. It wasn't a huge stat line, but he was able to play 33 minutes, his most since returning, as he continues to build up his stamina. That's great news for fantasy owners, so he gets a special inclusion to the Fantasy Five. His performance was one of the five most important on Monday, as his absence caused a giant hole for fantasy owners for two months. He is back, so are those fantasy owners, and they're going to be coming for you.

 

Fantasy Game of the Night

 

The Los Angeles Lakers are 26-34, and the Atlanta Hawks are 18-43. So who would have thought this would have some of the more memorable fantasy lines of that night? The Lakers had nine players, including all five starters, post double-digit point totals. Brandon Ingram finished with a team-high 21 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots while hitting a very efficient 10-of-16 from the field. He is averaging 16.3 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 5.7 APG, 2.3 BPG and 1.0 SPG over his past three outings, as the former Duke standout continues to post solid stat totals. Julius Randle is a player head coach Luke Walton feels is still just scratching the surface. He has been posting big totals lately, and Monday was no exception. He was good for 19 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot over 30 minutes. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the way cleaning the glass, snagging 14 rebounds with 10 points, three assists and two steals while hitting a pair of 3-pointers. Kyle Kuzma struggled with his shot again, going just 3-of-10 from the floor, but he ended up with 10 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three 3-pointers and a steal to help his fantasy owners. Lonzo Ball was also very effective, going 4-of-4 from the field, 3-of-3 from behind the arc, and 2-of-2 from the stripe, finishing with 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals over 24 minutes. Isaiah Thomas also continues to jell with his new teammates, going for 13 points over 27 minutes.

 

On the losing side of the ledger, Taurean Prince was good for 24 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals while hitting 7-of-18 from the field and 4-of-11 from behind the 3-point line. Prince's scoring total was his best since he had 31 points in Boston on Feb. 2, and it was his highest points at home since he also had 24 points back on Dec. 18. Dennis Schroder went for 20 points on 8-of-17 from the floor, including 2-of-5 from behind the arc. There's something about that home cooking in February for Schroder, as he has 20 or more points in each of his four home games, averaging 22.5 PPG. Over his past four road outings he is averaging just 11.5 PPG, with 19 or fewer points in each contest. Kent Bazemore finished with 12 points, but he needed to go to the free-throw stripe to salvage his day. He was just 2-of-6 from the field, including 0-of-2 from behind the arc, but Bazemore was 8-of-10 from the line to rescue the day. He added four rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot. Isaiah Taylor was good for 16 points over 21 minutes off the bench, giving him 15.3 PPG over the past three outings to emerge as a sleeper in deeper fantasy formats.

 

Quick Hits: Denzel Valentine was the only Chicago player with a double-double in Monday's 107-84 loss at Brooklyn. He finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds, three assist and a steal, but it was a rather empty double-double considering he was 4-of-16 from the floor. At least he was a solid 3-of-7 from behind the 3-point line. … Kris Dunn was a solid 9-of-15 from the field, finishing with 23 points, four assists, three rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. Bobby Portis and Noah Vonleh also chipped in with two blocked shots. … Allen Crabbe hit 7-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-9 from behind the arc, finishing with a team-high 21 points. He has two or more 3-pointers in each of the past seven outings, averaging 4.7 triples per game over the past six. … Justin Holiday and Cameron Payne gave the Bulls nothing from the point guard position, combining to go just 2-of-21 from the field for six points total. … JaMychal Green was good for 21 points and 11 rebounds on 8-of-12 shooting in a loss at Boston for his third consecutive double-double. … Andrew Harrison went for 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists across 33 minutes. … Deyonta Davis helped out fantasy owners in deeper leagues with a 6-of-7 shooting night, ending up with 12 points in just 13 minutes. … Serge Ibaka had a solid line, posting 19 points, nine rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot in just 24 minutes in a blowout win. He and his fellow starters grabbed plenty of rest with the game out of hand for most of the second half. … Klay Thompson was good for 9-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-6 from behind the arc, ending up with a team-best 26 points, five assists and four rebounds over 33 minutes. … Emmanuel Mudiay was in the starting five, posting 20 points on 8-of-15. A change of scenery from the Mile High City to Gotham might have given him a second chance at fantasy usefulness. … Another reclamation project, Trey Burke went for 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting 25 minutes off the bench. … Luc Mbah a Moute was a sharp 7-of-7 from the floor, posting 17 points over 29 minutes. … Joe Ingles scored just six points on 1-of-6 shooting, snapping a season-high tying six-game stretch with double-digit point totals.

 




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