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Update: Angels desire is to sign Mike Trout to a seven-year contract extension in the $150-160 million range.

Trout just got PAID! He deserves this extensions as he is arguably the best player in baseball. The Angels locked down their superstar for the foreseeable future. ANALYST: Mark Kaplan

Brian WIndhorst reports that the Toronto Raptors are pursuing Thaddeus Young.

The Raptors have two dynamic guards in Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, but to be considered true threats to the Cavaliers in the playoffs, they need more size and Young fits that description. The power forward is having a superb season for the Nets as he is averaging 15.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. The combination of Lowry and DeRozan along with Young would make the Raptors a serious threat in the second half of the season. Young’s fantasy value may take a little hit in terms of points per game, but he should still be a very effective player if he does end up getting traded to the Raptors.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Dwyane Wade said he does not want to even test the free agent market and instead wants to wrap up a new deal with the Heat without the drama of last offseason.

Wade is still a very productive player at the age of 34 as he is averaging 18.7 points, four rebounds, 4.7 assists and a steal per game. There’s a chance this lingers longer than Wade wants it to, but it’s hard to imagine Wade wearing another uniform next season. For fantasy purposes, Wade should continue to fill up all the categories for the remainder of the year and be a strong option in any format.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Hassan Whiteside got sent home Tuesday. Heat officials told the 26-year-old to leave the arena after he got hit with a flagrant-2 for elbowing the Spurs’ Boban Marjanovic as they tried to get position for a rebound.

Whiteside can now be suspended for a game due to his actions and the organization isn’t too pleased. Head coach Erik Spoelstra and veteran Dwayne Wade expressed their frustrations after the game about the big man as this has been a problem in the past for Whiteside. The 26-year-old is very talented despite having mental lapses and is once again helping fantasy owners. Whiteside is currently averaging 12.2 points along with 11 rebounds and nearly four blocks a game.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Mitch Moreland and the Rangers avoid arbitration and settle at $5.7M.

The Rangers and Moreland avoided a salary arbitration hearing that was set for Wednesday by coming to terms. The first baseman had a slash line of .278/.330/.482 with 23 homeruns and 85 RBIs in 2015 and is poised to once again help fantasy owners in the power and run production department. First base is always deep so Moreland will get lost in the shuffle, but his ability to hit the long ball and be a run producer makes him a very capable fantasy performer.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Tyreke Evans plans to undergo surgery on his right knee and is likely out for rest of the season.

This will be a tough blow for the Pelicans as Evans is currently the third leading scorer on the team with 15.2 points per game. The team was hopeful the guard could return after the All-Star break, but the pain in the knee hasn’t subsided enough and it’s time to shut the talented 26-year-old down for the season. Jrue Holiday, Norris Cole and Bryce Dejean-Jones will all benefit with Evans missing the rest of the year.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Andrew Bogut scored 13 points (5-10 FGA, 3-4 FTA) with 11 rebounds, one assist, three steals and six blocks over 29 minutes in Tuesday's 123-110 win against the Rockets.

Bogut had one of his better all around games of the season on Tuesday night, as he managed to post his first double-double since December 23 while adding a season-high in blocked shots. Although his efforts resulted in a good game for both season-long and DFS owners, being the fifth offensive option, at best, on the Warriors hasn't led to much fantasy success through 44 games, so unless his production is more like this on a regular basis, his services should only be used in the deepest of formats at this time. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Harrison Barnes scored 19 points (8-12 FGA, 1-1 FTA) going 2-for-4 from three-point range with seven rebounds and two assists over 32 minutes in Tuesday's 123-110 win against the Rockets.

Barnes has now scored 19 points in back-to-back games while averaging 13.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 three-pointers over his last five contests. Considering he is averaging only 10 field goal attempts per game this season, Barnes' fantasy value will remain limited while being strictly a secondary option in the Warriors offensive attack, which will keep fantasy owners guessing on a nightly basis. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Stephen Curry scored a team-high 35 points (12-24 FGA, 4-4 FTA) going 7-for-16 from three-point range with five rebounds, nine assists and one steal over 38 minutes in Tuesday's 123-110 win against the Rockets.

Curry once again proved that he is the best player in the league on Tuesday night as he outplayed James Harden, and is now averaging 29.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 2.2 steals and 5.4 three-pointers over his last five games. It is hard to believe that he has been able to keep up this pace all season long, but heading into the All-Star break he has a two-point edge on Harden for the scoring title while being behind only Tony Parker in field goal percentage among point guards, as he remains the clear-cut frontrunner for league MVP. Analysis: Matthew Beck

James Harden scored a game-high 37 points (10-21 FGA, 11-13 FTA) going 6-for-10 from three-point range with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block over 40 minutes in Tuesday's 123-110 loss to the Warriors.

Despite scoring 37 points on Tuesday night, Harden was unable to carry the Rockets to the top of the mountain, losing their third game in their last five tries. However, fantasy owners have to be pleased with Harden recent production, as he is now averaging 30.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 2.8 steals an 4.2 three-pointers over that same stretch, while remaining one of the elite options to own across all league formats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Dwight Howard scored 16 points (7-12 FGA, 2-10 FTA) with 15 rebounds, two assists and one block over 34 minutes in Tuesday's 123-110 loss to the Warriors.

Howard was able to post in second straight double-double on Tuesday night, but managed to connect on only two of his 10 free-throw attempts in the loss to the Warriors. Despite his issues at the charity stripe (53.7 FT%) Howard still remains one of the best centers to own this season while averaging 14.3 points, 12.0 rebounds an 1.5 blocks through 43 games, but a change of scenery before the trade deadline could boost his production depending on his landing spot.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Trevor Ariza scored 19 points (7-13 FGA, 1-2 FTA) going 4-for-7 from three-point range with seven rebounds and two steals over 40 minutes in Tuesday's 123-110 loss to the Warriors.

Ariza has had both his ups and downs this season, but is now averaging 12.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.3 three-pointers through 53 games. Even if his offense remains inconsistent, Ariza is still a solid start in all but the shallowest of league formats while being a contributor in just about all categories on a nightly basis.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Raymond Felton scored 17 points (5-9 FGA, 6-6 FTA, and 1-2 3PA) with seven boards, five assists and one steal in 28 minutes off the bench Tuesday.

Saturday and Tuesday's lines are incredibly similar though he had a few more assists Tuesday against Utah. Despite the recent uptick in production it's likely more of a blip on the radar then the start of something more. Felton is just not producing at a level to make him worth playing regularly in any format. Analysis: Matt Selz

Deron Williams scored 23 points (5-12 FGA, 11-13 FTA, and 2-3 3PA) with five assists, two rebounds and one steal in 42 minutes on Tuesday night.

Tuesday made two straight 20-point games for Williams who appears to be back on track after missing most of two games to start February. A huge chunk of his scoring against Utah came from the charity stripe with season-highs in attempts and makes from the line. Dallas won't play again until after the All-Star break at which point Williams will have to try and pick up the hot streak after a 10-day layoff. Analysis: Matt Selz

Beno Udrih scored 13 points (5-of-7 FGA, 3-of-3 FTA) with one rebound and three assists over 19 minutes Tuesday against the Spurs

With the Heat a bit slim in the PG department, Udrih has seen some playing time behind Dragic off the bench. Despite the nice outing on Tuesday night, Udrih is nothing more than a backup player and someone that does not hold much fantasy value. He has shown in the past that he can run an offense so if an injury does occur, Udrih's value could increase.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Zaza Pachulia scored seven points (1-4 FGA, 5-6 FTA) with 11 rebounds and five assists in 41 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Jazz.

Since the month of February started, Pachulia has been absent on the offensive side the court maxing out at 10 points a couple of games back. His rebounding however has taken off, registering double-figure tallies three times so far. Pachulia is a solid performer but lacks the upside to make him more than an average starter. Analysis: Matt Selz

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