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Rob Gronkowski said at his football 101 clinic Friday that he's planning on playing the whole season this year.

So he wasn't planning on doing that last year? You would hope that he plans on staying healthy, though he hasn't been able to do so the past couple of years. When healthy, Gronk's a beast, but fantasy owners planning on drafting the Patriot's star TE shouldn't expect a full season without injuries from Gronkowski. ANALYST: Ben Diamond

Anthony Davis scored 23 points (8-14 FGA, 7-12 FTA) with three rebounds, two assists and two steals over 31 minutes in Thursday’s loss against the Thunder.

Not often do you see Anthony Davis play 31 minutes and only come away with three rebounds. Matter of fact, in games in which he’s played at least 20 minutes in this season, he’s only had two such outings. He was great offensively, though. Davis was one of the only bright spots for the Pelicans on a night the defense couldn’t stop Fantasy Alarm’s best five ballers. Davis hasn’t quite taken that next step we thought he would after his incredible 2015 season. It’s not to say he hasn’t been great, because he has, but he was pinned by many to take the league’s reigns sooner rather than later. He remains an elite fantasy play, even though his team flat out stinks. Analysis: James Grande

Enes Kanter scored 11 points (3-6 FGA, 5-8 FTA) with 12 rebounds, one assist and one block over 27 minutes in Thursday’s win against the Pelicans.

It truly is shocking how often Kanter comes away with double-doubles when he simply gets playing time. Yes, he’s very, very bad on defense, but he’s an excellent offensive player who crashes the boards as well as anyone in the league…when he actually gets the chance. He has two double-doubles in three games and now has 13 total on the year. Look, it’s simple. You don’t give the guy $70 MIL to play just 20 minutes per game. He’s the Thunder’s best low-post threat and can stretch the floor and consistently knock down 18-to-20 foot jump shots. Kanter’s lack of time on the court, burns him in fantasy. It’s so hard to trust him when you never know how much playing time he’s going to get from one game to the next. Analysis: James Grande

Serge Ibaka scored 18 points (7-15 FGA, 3-3 FTA) with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal, and three blocks over 30 minutes in Thursday’s win against the Pelicans.

Always overshadowed by Durant and Westbrook, Ibaka had a very good game against the Pelicans heading into the all-star break. He had been limping into the break, posting three straight scoring efforts of less than 10 points. The Thunder have always done a good job getting Serge involved in games early, but the end of the game is normally Durant and Westbrook time, so his point totals don’t really change much after half-time. He isn’t the most reliable fantasy player this year either as his scoring and rebounding are the lowest they’ve been since the 2012-’13 season. His name, more than anything, is keeping him relevant in fantasy. It’s only a matter of time before Enes Kanter surpasses him as the Thunder’s best front-court fantasy option. That is if Kanter can ever get some burn! Analysis: James Grande

Kevin Durant scored 23 points (10-17 FGA) with six assists, three rebounds and one steal over 30 minutes in Thursday’s win against the Pelicans.

The credentialed Super-Bowl photographer that plays basketball on occasion had a solid game Thursday. It was a very emotional day for the Thunder with the passing of assistant coach Monte Williams’ wife, and Durant was very vocal and visibly sad before the game. He, along with the entire Thunder team, played a virtually flawless game in honor of Williams. Durant who did score 23, is normally a few ticks north of that. He didn’t get to the free-throw line for the first time all year and that could have something to do with it. Durant is headed into the all-star break playing at an MVP caliber level. He’s averaged 32.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game in February. His shooting splits over that span are awesome, per usual, at 51-percent from the floor, 43-percent from three and 94-percent at the foul line. It’s getting to be the home stretch in a lot of fantasy leagues, and Durant will take you to the promise land. Just hop on his back. Analysis: James Grande

Russell Westbrook scored 23 points (8-14 FGA, 5-6 FTA) with 10 assists and nine rebounds over 28 minutes in Thursday’s win against the Pelicans.

One rebound away from another triple-double….yawn. It’s becoming comical how often Westbrook has a box score like he did on Thursday. He’s averaging 7.6 rebounds per game on the season and we shouldn’t put it past him that he comes out for the second half of the season a man on the mission -- attempting to be the modern day Oscar Robertson and average a triple-double for the entire season. His last 10 games stretch is what we we’ve virtually come to expect. He’s averaging 23.6 points, 11.3 assists and 9.6 rebounds over that span. Video game numbers. Numbers that nobody else in the league puts up. Westbrook is arguably the most valuable fantasy player in the game. He stuffs every category and at the same time is scoring 20-plus points per contest. Analysis: James Grande

Jabari Parker scored 17 points (7-of-11 FGA, 3-of-6 FTA) and grabbed nine rebounds, and recorded four assists on Thursday night against the Wizards.

Parker was very effective on Thursday night, scoring 17 points on the strength of efficient shooting and nine rebounds against the Wizards. His season averages so far this year do not indicate that he will maintain this type of production, but considering his gobs of potential, expect this performance to be one that Parker builds off of headed into All-Star weekend.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Khris Middleton scored 27 points (9-of-17 FGA, 1-of-3 3PA, 8-of-9 FTA), grabbed six rebounds, recorded nine assists, and five steals on Thursday night against the Wizards.

Middleton led all scorers on Thursday night with 27, while he also proved to be the best player on the floor in terms of statistical diversity, as he recorded six rebounds, five steals, and nine assists against the Wizards. While headed into the season, Middleton was expected to do most of his damage from the three-point line, he has instead developed into a consistent, reliable scorer in a more traditional fashion. This doesn’t take away from his legitimacy as a fantasy starter, however fantasy owners should curb their enthusiasm when considering Middleton as a top-notch 3-and-D project.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 17 points (6-of-16 FGA, 1-of-2 3PA, 4-of-5 FTA) and grabbed 13 rebounds on Thursday night against the Wizards.

He may not have shot effectively on Thursday night, however the Greek Freak certainly loaded up on points and rebounds against the Washington Wizards. Considering his god-given natural physical talent, these are the type of stat lines that we can come to expect from Antetokounmpo going forward as his unlimited potential continues to blossom. Next up in his development is a more consistent jump shot.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Nene scored 14 points (4-of-8 FGA, 6-of-6 FTA) and grabbed six rebounds on Thursday night against the Bucks

Nene was solid offensively off the bench, not only shooting over 50-percent from the floor while scoring 14 points, but his six rebounds helped out his fantasy stock as well. Unfortunately for the Wizards however, is that Nene – at this point in his career – operates as a turnstile defensively. Because of this, Nene holds only a bench role, ultimately limiting his fantasy value as a contributor headed into the second half of the season.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Otto Porter scored 14 points (6-of-15 FGA, 1-of-5 3PA, 1-of-2 FTA), grabbed four rebounds, and recorded two assists on Thursday night.

For those who enlisted Porter’s cheap services in DFS formats on Thursday night, his 14 points and four rebounds certainly satisfied. Outside of an occasional start in daily leagues while strapped on a budget, Porter hasn’t proved to be consistent in order to  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Marcin Gortat scored 14 points (7-of-13 FGA) and grabbed 10 rebounds on Thursday night against the Bucks.

Gortat was probably the best player on the floor for Washington on Thursday night, as he recorded a double-double and was the only Wizard starter to shoot over 50-percent from the field. His offensive efficiency comes as no surprise, as he is a quality mid-range shooter and possesses deft touch around the rim – even when contested. He also finished with the best +/-, giving fantasy owners a quality outing to deal with despite a losing effort. Continue to consider him better than led on to believe when it comes to fantasy centers.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Bradley Beal scored 19 points (6-of-15 FGA, 2-of-6 3PA, 5-of-5 FTA, grabbed three rebounds, and recorded five assists on Thursday night.

Beal led all Wizards scorers on Thursday night with 19, which likely explains why they failed to defeat the Bucks. It really was just an overall off shooting night for Washington, and Beal just happened to be the least of the evils. He still finished a mere 6-of-15 from the field and 2-of-6 from three, however there was really no one else on the squad who did any better. Now that it appears that his injures are behind him, Beal should go on to serve as one of the top fantasy two guard options headed into the second half of the season.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

John Wall scored 15 points (5-of-19 FGA, 3-of-12 3PA, grabbed four rebounds, recorded 10 assists and two steals on Thursday night against the Bucks.

Wall’s struggles on Thursday night likely led to the Wizards loss to the Bucks, as he failed to serve as the offensive catalyst that he typically is with a mere 5-of-19 from the floor and 3-of-12 from three. For the sake of fantasy owners though, he still finished with a double-double tallying 15 points and 10 assists, in attempts to make up for his shooting woes and seven turnovers. What should be comforting for fantasy owners is that even on his worse nights, Wall seems capable of a serviceable double-double. Consider Thursday just an off night, while he will rebound nicely in his next outing and continue playing as a top point guard going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Tim Lincecum has been throwing every day with a trainer and his father watching.

Lincecum is looking for a job and is clearly showcasing himself for anyone that will watch. He posted an ERA north of 4.00 for the last four seasons and may be better suited as an arm out of the bullpen. There is little doubt that Lincecum will sign somewhere--likely in a spot that will give him a chance to start--but only the Marlins and Rangers have been linked to him lately. Analysis: David Kerr

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