Embattled Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, who put the finishing touches on a 3-13 record with an uninspiring loss to the Giants in Week 17, could know his fate in hours not days. He told reporters Sunday that he will meet with team owner Dan Snyder early Monday morning to discuss his job status. According to TheMMQB.com's Peter King and FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, Shanahan is expected to be fired at that time.
Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points (9-14 FGA, 2-2 FTA) with four assists, six rebounds and one steal over 36 minutes in Saturday’s loss against the Spurs.
Clarkson remained hot on Saturday, scoring 21 points while shooting 64-percent from the field. Clarkson has now topped 50-percent shooting in four straight games, including 60-percent in two of those four. Since coming out of college, Clarkson’s always been a scorer. Just over his last five games he’s averaged 17 points per contest. If he’s able to continue his effectiveness as a scorer, the Lakers will remain in games with opponents such as the Spurs. If Julius Randle misses anytime, Clarkson should be considered in all DFS formats. No they don’t play the same position, but Randle’s points are going to have to be scored somewhere, and why not trust someone who’s been extremely efficient of late. Analysis: James Grande
Kobe Bryant scored 25 points (9-28 FGA, 3-3 FTA) with four assists, one rebound and one block over 33 minutes in Saturday’s loss against the Spurs.
Even if Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli were hurt, Bryant missed what felt like 78 shots, and the Lakers were one of the worst teams in the NBA coming in, this game felt like it was a classic Spurs versus Lakers battle of the early 2000’s. Partially because Bryant was still able to rattle home 25 points which marked his fourth straight game of at least 23 points. For the last couple of months, Bryant has been dealing with a shoulder injury, so 28 shots in one game could put that injury over the edge. When Bryant plays, he’s honestly not a bad DFS play, at least recently. There will likely be a game he sits out in the near future, but once he does, go back to the well and give him some DFS love. Analysis: James Grande
Pau Gasol scored 25 points (8-16 FGA, 7-7 FTA) with eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, and two blocks over 34 minutes in Saturday’s loss against the Timberwolves.
After missing Friday’s contest, Gasol was able to play the second night of the Bulls back-to-back. Without all-star Jimmy Butler, Gasol did a little bit of everything, even connecting on 2-of-4 from beyond the three-point line. Over the last four games Gasol has suited up in, he’s been impressive, likely showing all-star voters what they’re going to miss in this year’s game. He’s scored 18.8 points per game, while corralling 10.8 rebounds per night. He’s not young any longer, so he shouldn’t be expected to do everything he was able to do earlier in his career, but he’s adapted to the times and begun stretching the floor better than he’s ever been able to. Any game that Butler misses, Gasol will need to step up in a big way, leaving you with an easy decision to play him in DFS. Analysis: James Grande
Derrick Rose scored 18 points (6-20 FGA, 6-7 FTA) with 10 assists, five rebounds and one steal over 33 minutes in Saturday’s loss against the Timberwolves.
With Jimmy Butler out and Rose playing extremely well over the last month or so, it was his chance to prove to everyone he could still be the lead man for the Bulls. For fantasy purposes, he did a pretty good job, but going 6-of-20 from the floor isn’t good in any real life circumstance. Rose has been actively attacking the basket of late, something he was rarely doing earlier in the season. When he was great, before all of the injuries, he's was one of the best at getting to the rim. All anybody seems to talk about is if he’ll ever get back to the level he was at during his MVP season. He’s had some serious flashes of it, but isn’t quite there yet. Rose has been an extremely valuable fantasy player for owners over his last five games specifically. He’s averaged 20.6 points, 7.0 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game over that time. If Butler misses anymore time, Rose is the only real playmaker the Bulls have, so trust him in fantasy. Analysis: James Grande
E’Twaun Moore scored 17 points (7-13 FGA) with seven assists and two rebounds over 38 minutes in Saturday’s loss against the Timberwolves.
With Mike Dunleavy’s season now one game in, Moore’s reign as the team’s starting small-forward is beginning its decline. That’s not to say he won’t play great during his time starting, but as soon as Dunleavy is off his minute restriction, Moore will likely be once again saddled with bench duties. For the time being, Moore is the perfect fantasy handcuff to own. For one, he’s cheap. But more importantly than his DFS price is that he’s been productive while on the floor. He’s averaged 13.4 points, 3.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds over his last five games which have all been starts. Continue to ride the Moore train until the Bulls wing players get healthy. Analysis: James Grande
Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points (8-17 FGA, 5-6 FTA) with two rebounds and two assists over 33 minutes in Saturday’s win against the Bulls.
Since matching up with Kobe Bryant in the Timberwolves matchup with the Lakers on Tuesday, Wiggins has looked like a man on a mission offensively. He’s had three straight games of 21 or more points, including two that reached 30. Wiggins’ downfall is his inability in every other aspect other than scoring. He has some games where he shows his potential on the glass and sometimes even in the passing game, but both are rare. Wiggins was picked number one overall in the 2014 draft for a reason and over time will likely develop into one of the league’s premier players. Until then, specifically for fantasy, owners will continue to rely on his ability to score the ball. Analysis: James Grande
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 26 points (12-19 FGA, 2-2 FTA) with 17 rebounds, one assist and three blocks over 41 minutes in Saturday’s win against the Bulls.
As the season has progressed, Towns isn’t just the best rookie in the league anymore, he’s been one of the league’s best players -- period. Towns recorded his seventh straight double-double and ninth in 10 games on Saturday. Towns hit a mini rut in December but has been nothing short of amazing ever since. The Timberwolves have lucked out landing him and Andrew Wiggins in two straight seasons, even though Wiggins was acquired in a trade. It’s past the point where you should grow skeptical of a rookie staying consistent over the course of an entire season because he’s done nothing but improve all season long. Towns, fantasy wise, has become someone you consider addressing as a “stud” when you are building your daily lineups. Analysis: James Grande