With all the madness that is March and the incredibly entertaining tournament that it’s already been, make sure you don’t forget about your fantasy basketball team. March 17 in the NBA showcased plenty of green uniforms, the Bulls winning without D-Rose, the Knicks rolling, the Mavs beating the Spurs, and even the Hornets and Bobcats getting wins.
In case you were watching the Wildcats, Orange, Bears, or Buckeyes and missed the NBA action here’s what went down yesterday on an 8 game schedule in the pros. Here’s 6 lists of 5 to start your Sunday with.
5 top headlines
1. Knicks beat Paces, 3rd win under Woodson-NY Post
2. After slow start, Bulls rally past 76ers-Chicago Tribune
3. Mavs begin tough 10-game stretch with big win over Spurs-Dallas Morning News
5. Nuggets defeat Boston, Faried scores 18 with 16 rebounds-Denver Post
5 top fantasy performers
1. Roy Hibbert-Ind: Hibbert had 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and scored 24 points on an efficient 8-13 from the field in his 36 minutes. Despite Hibbert’s nice night, the Pacers lost at home to New York falling to 25-18.
2. D.J. Augustin-Cha: Augustin had 23 points and 11 assists with 3 steals and 2 rebounds as he rediscovered his shooting touch and led the Bobcats to just their 7th win of the season, this one over the visiting Raptors.
3. Derrick Favors-Uta: Favors is owned in less than 6 percent of leagues, but had a huge game in the absence of Al Jefferson giving Jazz fans plenty of hope for the future when Favors takes a starting role. He played 34 minutes and finished with 17 rebounds, a block, a steal, 2 assists, and 23 points. If you need a one-game addition to wrap up your week, Favors should start again tonight against LA.
4. Kevin Garnett-Bos: Garnett led Boston with 22 points along with Paul Pierce, but a rough shooting night for Ray Allen and too much Faried dropped Boston to 23-21 as they lost on the road in Denver. KG added 9 boards, a steal, and 5 assists in his 33 minutes.
5. Jrue Holiday-Phi: Holiday had a league-high 30 points last night on 13-27 shooting with a three-pointer, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal. He played 36 minutes, but in the end the Bulls came back and beat Philly dropping them to 25-20 on the year while Chicago improved to 37-10.
5 top guards
1. Rajon Rondo-Bos: Rondo had a league-high 16 assists to go with his 12 points, 5 rebounds, an assist, and a steal in his 44 minutes for Boston.
2. Deron Williams-NJ: The Nets fell short again and are 15-31 now on the year, but Williams had another big night finishing with 20 points, 12 assists, 2 rebounds, and a steal.
3. Jeremy Lin-NY: Lin has played well in both games for new Head Coach Mike Woodson. Last night he finished with 19 points on 6-10 from the field and 7 rebounds, 6 assists, a steal, and a block. The win got the Knicks back to 21-24 as they’ve now won 3 in a row.
4. Goran Dragic-Hou: Dragic continues to fill in for the sidelined Kyle Lowry and had his 2nd consecutive double-double finishing with 14 assists and 11 points to go with 2 steals and 2 rebounds. Houston dropped to 24-21 and will be glad to not see the Clippers again in the regular season after dropping all 3 in the season series.
5. Chris Paul-LAC: Paul had 23 points, 5 steals, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, and a blocked shot as he led the Clippers past Houston in a matinee at the Staples Center. The Clippers reached 25-18 with the victory which was their third of the year over the Rockets.
5 top options for big men
1. Dirk Nowitzki-Dal: Nowitzki had 27 points, 2 threes, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists to help the Mavs get a big win in San Antonio against their in-state rival Spurs.
2. David Lee-GS: Lee played 39 minutes for Golden State and scored 18 points to go with 7 boards, 2 assists, and a block. The Jazz beat the Warriors in OT dropping Golden State to 18-24.
3. Blake Griffin-LAC: Blake Griffin had 18 points in his 31 minutes and added 4 assists, 2 steals, and 8 rebounds before fouling out of the Clippers home win over the Rockets.
4. Kris Humphries-NJ: Hump had 16 rebounds but shot just 3-10 on his way to 8 points with an assist, a block, and 4 turnovers.
5. Joakim Noah-Chi: Noah contines to be a double-double machine finishing last night with 13 points, 11 boards, 4 assists, and a steal in the Bulls win over the Sixers.
5 other fantasy contributors
1. Chris Kaman-NO: Kaman had 20 points to go with 2 blocks, a steal, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists in the Hornets road win in Jersey. The win get New Orleans to just 11-34.
2. Ty Lawson-Den: Lawson had 10 assists and 7 points with 2 steals and 5 rebounds for Denver in their home win that ran their record to 25-20.
3. Roddy Beaubois-Dal: Beaubois had 16 points, 8 boards, an assist, and a steal for Dallas in their win over the Spurs.
4. Paul Millsap-Uta: Millsap had his 4th consecutive double-double with 13 points, 12 boards, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal in 40 minutes of playing time in the Jazz win over Golden State.
5. Nate Robinson-GS: Robinson was also the beneficiary of the OT minutes as he played 35 for Golden State and finished with 19 points, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 threes.
5 possible fantasy additions
1. Jerryd Bayless-Tor: Bayless’ value may be short-lived, but last night he had one of the best lines of any player in the league with 5 threes, 29 points, 6 assists, 4 steals, and 2 rebounds. He’s averaged 21.8 points, 7.6 assists, 1.8 steals, and 3.6 rebounds in his last 5 games. He’s owned in just 33 percent of leagues since most owners expect his value to drop sharply when Jose Calderon returns to the lineup and Bayless may even return to the bench.
2. Kenneth Faried-Den: Faried had a huge game with 16 boards and 18 points against the Celtics while adding an assist, steal, and a block. He didn’t miss a shot going 5-5 from the field and 8-8 from the line. His minutes are getting cramped a little with all the returners from injury to Denver, but he’s playing extremely well and can help with boards, points, and percentages. He’s available in over 70 percent of leagues
3. Gerald Henderson-Cha: Henderson had 24 points on a highly efficient 11-14 shooting with a steasl, 2 assists, and 3 rebounds in his 40 minutes. He’s had double digits in each of his last 4 contests and seems to be getting back in the rhythm that made him fantasy-worthy earlier this season. He’s owned in 37.5 percent of leagues at this point.
4. Courtney Lee-Hou: Lee had his best game of the season in a huge 40 minutes in LA last night. He finished with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists while hitting 4 threes. His value is limited long-term since the Rockets backcourt should ger reinforcements soon, but he’s worth an add in deep leagues for as long as he gets so many minutes. He’s owned in 0.2% of ESPN standard leagues.
5.Marco Belinelli-NO: Belinelli had 4 three-pointers and hit 8-13 overall as he scored 20 points to go with 2 boards and an assist. If you need threes or points, he might be a good addition and is owned in just 14% of leagues.