About Last Night in Fantasy Basketball: LaMelo Ball injures ankle, Jokic, LeBron and Markkanen dominate


The NBA played some exciting games Wednesday night with close finishes and outstanding performances. Nikola Jokic led with an impressive 63.7 fantasy points. The big man had a great game, scoring 31 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. Next to him was the king himself, LeBron James, who scored 60.1 fantasy points thanks to 32 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Rounding out the top three is the Utah Jazz forward. Lauri Markkanenwho had a monster game with 58.9 fantasy points and heartbreaking poster Ivica Zubac.

These three players were the headliners, but here’s the latest fantasy news from last night’s list of nine games.

Hornets (122) and Rockets (117)

Lift up Dennis Smith Jr. across all leagues and formats because Lamelo Ball sprained left ankle again.

The same ankle that has seen him miss 24 games this season. Let’s hope Ball is okay and getting the DSJ is just a precaution, but fantasy managers should brace themselves for a weeks-long absence. Terry Rozier and PJ Washington there should also be an increase in performance and usage if Ball misses time.

Hold Mark Williams on your watchlist. He finished that game with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks in just 18 minutes.

The Rockets continue to post their stats as the worst team in the NBA, but Alperen Sengun and Jalen Green gone by 53.4 FP and 53.5 FP, respectively. Green set a career high with 41 points and K.J. Martin had an effective 11 points with seven boards and three threes. It’s still worth broadcasting in 12-team leagues with Kevin Porter Jr.. out, plus Jabari Smith Jr. injured his ankle and did not return.

In deeper leagues rookie Tari Eason could get more minutes if Smith didn’t come up.

Hawks (130) to Mavericks (122)

The usual suspects performed well for the Mavericks in Wednesday’s loss to the Hawks, but I think it’s worth noting that Dorian Finney-Smith started and played 34 minutes in the second leg. He missed a double-double with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists, but now that he’s back in the starting lineup, he’s worth looking into in the deep leagues.

The Hawks had eight players in double figures, but Dejont Murray outscored Atlanta with 46.4 FP and his fourth 30-point night of the season. Clint Capela came off the bench again, but fantasy night was better than Mr. Okongwu despite Okongwu play more minutes on the floor. Timeshare could be better for Capela managers, but given his calf problems, the big players will likely continue to split the time. Leave Okongwu for now, as he was the 32nd most played value in the last 14 days.

Wizards (116) – Knicks (105)

Bradley Beal returned after a five-match absence and had an 18/4/4 line, but Kyle Kuzma and Kristaps Porzingis dealt the most damage to Wizards. Follow Delon Wright, too much. He is 85th in scoring per game this season and is an interception specialist. Give him a look in the deeper leagues if you’re also looking for assists.

For the nyx Jalen Brunson broke the 30-point mark for the fifth time in eight games. Mitchell Robinson left after nine minutes due to injury, and Immanuel Quickly scored 18 points off the bench for New York. He’s still top of the fantasy leagues, and the Knicks mostly stick to a tight rotation.

Heat (124) in Pelicans (98)

The Pelicans didn’t show up on Wednesday and were hit by the Heat. Bam Adebayo lost 26 points on 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 shares for 44.1 FP. Kyle Lowry returned to the lineup, but I would continue to stream Victor Oladipo and store Gabe Vincent and Max Strus on watchlists whenever Lowry or Jimmy Butler inevitably sit in order to treat injuries.

Pacers (106) and Thunder (126)

Andrew Nembhard scored 18 points, 7 assists, 5 boards and 2 steals for a total of 39.5 points. Miles Turner there were six blocks, but otherwise the offensive play was lackluster. The Pacers have gone deep into their bench, but there is nothing significant here other than saving Nembhard and McConnell registered, but Haliburton (elbow, knee) is absent.

Andrew Nembhard, number 2 of the Indiana Pacers, has fantastic value
Andrew Nembhard continues to prove the worth of his fantasy whenever Tyrese Haliburton is out. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Thunder moved to ninth in the Western Conference and one game off .500. Lugenz Dort and Josh Giddy both double-doubles (Giddy’s 17th of the season) and Isaiah Joe scored 23 points off the bench. Please do not worry; it is too low on the depth chart to be considered in fantasy.

Cavs (114) to Grizzlies (115)

Darius Garland it was mandatory to play DFS with Donovan Mitchell (groin) skipped the competition and he didn’t disappoint with 55 FP, the highest of any PG on the list. Evan Mobley has been all over the place, earning his 12th double-double this year with three shares and 43.5 FP. Carys LeVert was also an attractive DFS game without Mitchell and scored 38.8 FP. Finally, Isaac Okoro was perfect from the field and scored a season-high 17 points and two blocks. He is widely available in fantasy leagues and has averaged 31.5 minutes in his last two games.

In Memphis, four players have amassed over 30 FP: The Jackson Jr years. (42.9), I am Morant (41.6), Desmond Bain (36.8) and Stephen Adams (31.8).

Clippers (103) and Jazz (126)

The Clippers, with short lineups, were no match for Markkanen and the Jazz. Norman Powell had 39.3 FP, while Ivica Zubac made his 16th double-double of the season. I wouldn’t blame you for leaving Marcus Morris Sr. or Terence Mann after these ineffective performances.

Walker Kessler continued his ascent with his ninth 2-block double-double while Mike Conley just missed, finishing with 17 points, nine dimes and 38.3 FP. What to track Jarred Vanderbilt game (or lack thereof). For the past two weeks, he has been ranked 189th in the per-game rankings; his stock of fantasies is rapidly declining.

Timberwolves (118) to Nuggets (122)

MVP Jokic hit the Timberwolves without Gobert, earning his 14th league-leading triple-double this season. Bruce Brown played 32 minutes off the bench and scored 16 points with 5 rebounds and 4 assists. He missed four free throws out of five, but is worth keeping in more than 12 team leagues. Michael Porter Jr. minutes is still fluctuating.

It’s the Wolves’ first game in a row, so it’s entirely possible that Gobert can return on Thursday, but if he doesn’t, Naz Reid and Kyle Anderson will be viable streamers against the Raptors’ small-sized frontcourt.

Kings (116) to Lakers (115)

The Kings got away with a narrow victory without Domantas Sabonis in the line. De’Aaron Fox no wonder they led the Kings with 31 points and 44.6 points. Keegan Murray registered the first double-double in his career and Rishon Holmes Sabonis played well, scoring 16 points with 11 rebounds. Trey Liles spent the most minutes off the bench for Sacramento and is well worth watching in deeper leagues for those looking for points, triples and rebounds. For the past two weeks, he has been ranked 59th in scoring per game.

At this point, it’s hard not to feel bad about LeBron. AND foul in the last seconds cost the Lakers a chance to play and are now 13th in the Western Conference. Dear Gabriel cannibalizes Thomas Bryant sex time, which is not good considering Anthony Davis nearing a comeback around the All-Star break.

A decent NBA basketball night and luckily for us we can do it again on Thursday!

Source: sports.yahoo.com