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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
Tyson Chandler scored 10 points (4-7 FGA, 2-2 FTA) with 14 rebounds and one block over 25 minutes in Saturday’s loss against the Jazz.
Even though Chandler hasn’t played more than 25 minutes in three straight games, he’s still been able to record two games of 10 rebounds or more. He’s actually been able to accomplish that four times in five games. He didn’t begin the season as the player they had hoped they signed for $52M over four years, but he’s been great on the glass and on the defensive end of late. The Suns clearly still would like to develop Alex Len further, seeing how their season is going nowhere, but they’re in a peculiar situation with Chandler. Nobody is going to trade for him at what he’s making per year, so why not play him and have a solid defensive anchor helping your young players develop. Analysis: James Grande
Rodney Hood scored 25 points (9-19 FGA, 4-5 FTA) with four rebounds, one assist and one steal over 35 minutes in Saturday’s win against the Suns.
With every passing Jazz game, Rodney Hood continuously looks like the team’s best offensive threat on the floor. Including Saturday’s game, Hood has scored at least 19 points in six-of-seven games. Five of those seven have gone for 20-plus, and in only once instance during that seven game stretch did Hood shoot south of 44-percent. What he’s also been able to do is knock down the three ball virtually every game. He’s hit at least one three in 20 consecutive games, and during that stretch he’s hit at least two threes 14 times. Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors get a lot of the team’s recognition on offense, but the second-year man out of Duke might be trending upwards faster than both. Find a way to add Hood to your fantasy teams, it’ll be very beneficial. Analysis: James Grande
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