Justin Verlander shutout the Twins over six innings allowing six hits, three walks, and struck out 12 in the no-decision as Joaquin Benoit blew the save and the Twins would eventually go on to win Monday's game 4-3 in 11 innings.
Verlander joined Mickey Lolich as the second hurler in Tigers history to rack up 200 Ks in 5-straight seasons. Verlander hasn't exactly been a star this season with a 13-12 record and 3.56 ERA, but he's struck out 207 batters in 212.1 innings to at least give him some fantasy value. Still, a 1.33 WHIP, for a guy who had been at 1.18 or lowers each of the past four years, it's been a disappointing season.ANALYST: Ray Flowers
Kevin Durant scored 40 points (12-25 FGA, 13-13 FTA) with 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, and two blocks over 40 minutes in Saturday’s loss against the Warriors.
The fact that Kevin Durant missed practically the entire 2014-’15 season and barely skipped a beat is insane. It’s almost like he was never injured in the first place. Anyways, over his last five games specifically, Durant has done serious damage. He’s averaged 33.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game. The fact Durant has taken 25 shots in two consecutive games lets us know that Russell Westbrook is finally realizing who the alpha on the Oklahoma City Thunder is. Durant will always be costly in DFS because he has the ability for 70 point outbreaks such as Saturday’s game against the Warriors. Costly or not, he’s one of the best players in the world and is worth every penny. Analysis: James Grande
Harrison Barnes scored 19 points (8-14 FGA, 0-2 FTA) with four rebounds over 36 minutes in Saturday’s win against the Thunder.
After missing 16 games earlier this season, Barnes hasn’t been the same player as he was before the injury he suffered. He had one of his better games since returning, connecting on 57-percent of his shots and knocking down 3-of-6 three-point attempts. Barnes’ fantasy value is unfortunately capped because of the team he’s on. There’s no doubt in our minds he’d rather be just where he is than be a number one or two option on a bad team, but that sucks for fantasy owners. He becomes a restricted free agent this offseason where he could demand quite a large lump of change. Depending on whether the Warriors decide to make a run at Kevin Durant will ultimately decide if Barnes is back next year. If he’s not, he’ll be an excellent fantasy draft pick. Analysis: James Grande