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Orioles manager Buck Showalter was ejected from Sunday's game vs the Cardinals.

Showalter was ejected by the second base umpire after arguing an overturned call. It's his first ejection of the season, surprisingly. ANALYST:

Enes Kanter came off of the bench and scored 14 points (7-10 FGA, 0-1 FTA) with 15 rebounds and one assist over 20 minutes in Saturday’s loss against the Warriors.

Rookie coach Billy Donovan has had a very successful start to his coaching career in OKC, but the one thing he’s gotten wrong is the way he’s handled Enes Kanter’s minutes. After getting his max-contract offer matched by the Thunder, the team plays him like he’s nothing more than a rotation guy. Sure he’s not very good defensively, but there’s no denying what he brings on offense and on the glass. In the last five games alone, in just 20.4 minutes per game, Kanter is averaging 17.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Imagine those numbers if he got five or 10 more minutes per game. Kanter’s fantasy value is nowhere near its peak because he’s not getting the time he deserves. Analysis: James Grande

Russell Westbrook scored 27 points (8-22 FGA, 9-9 FTA) with 12 assists, three rebounds and three steals over 37 minutes in Saturday’s loss against the Warriors.

Westbrook was good, not great on Saturday. He shot a poor 36-percent from the floor, but made up for it making all nine of his free-throw attempts. His three game triple-double streak ended but he still managed to grab a double-double so maybe a new streak was born. Westbrook is one of the best fantasy options in the league now and for the rest of the season. He does it all for the Thunder and that won’t change one bit going forward. Analysis: James Grande

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

Klay Thompson scored 18 points (8-15 FGA, 1-1 FTA) with four rebounds over 34 minutes in Saturday’s win against the Thunder.

This was the first time in five games Thompson wasn’t able to top 20 points, but that doesn’t mean flames weren’t still visible on his fingertips. Thompson shot 78-percent on shots from the field that weren’t three-pointers. All that said, Thompson did nothing else but score. He didn’t factor into the scorebook in many ways. He had four lousy rebounds outside of his 18 points and that’s it. Analysis: James Grande

Draymond Green scored nine points (3-9 FGA, 3-6 FTA) with 14 rebounds and six assists over 36 minutes in Saturday’s win against the Thunder.

Green didn’t impact the game scoring or passing like he normally does, but he dominated the glass. He had eight more rebounds than the second leading player on the Dubs squad. A week after praising Westbrook and Green for hogging all of the league’s triple-doubles, they meet up and neither player records one – go figure. It’s incredible to say, but this almost feels like a bad game with the way Green has performed all year. He’s arguably been the best power-forward in basketball and one of the ten most valuable players in all of fantasy. 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

Stephen Curry scored 26 points (10-26 FGA, 5-5 FTA) with 10 assists, six rebounds and three steals over 38 minutes in Saturday’s win against the Thunder.

Curry didn’t have his best shooting night of the season matched up with Russell Westbrook, but still managed to record 26 points. He also picked up his eighth double-double of the season on Saturday. Curry only managed 1-of-9 from beyond the arc, something that should be documented and stamped. He never shoots that poorly from three. Even on “bad nights” SC30 manages to record a double-double. Curry is having a dream season and his fantasy owners couldn’t agree more. Analysis: James Grande

Archie Goodwin scored 14 points (4-10 FGA, 5-6 FTA) with three assists, six rebounds and one block over 37 minutes in Saturday’s loss against the Jazz.

Once again, Goodwin had a solid game at the starting point-guard position. Make that three straight games in which Goodwin has scored at least 14 points in a game and recorded at least six rebounds or six assists in that same game. He’ll continue to start as long as Brandon Knight remains on the sidelines. Knight’s injury is something that doesn’t have a return date on, so Goodwin will continue to start for the foreseeable future. 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

Markieff Morris scored 17 points (6-22 FGA, 3-4 FTA) with seven rebounds, eight assists, one steal and two blocks over 36 minutes in Saturday’s loss against the Jazz.

It wasn’t exactly pretty, but Morris was able to tally 17 points and stuff the stat sheet in a night he shot a woeful 27-percent from the floor. Morris has thrived under interim coach Earl Watson. With each passing game, it’s a mystery with what the Suns plan on doing with Morris. If he’s still someone the team really wants to trade, he’s helping their cause with his recent play. If not, they’re seeing someone that they can build with. He should be considered on your waiver-wire, especially if your league doesn’t factor in missed shots. Analysis: James Grande

Devin Booker scored 18 points (6-14 FGA, 4-4 FTA) with three rebounds, one assist and one steal over 34 minutes in Saturday’s loss against the Jazz.

The rookie out of Kentucky remains the Suns’ best source of offense as Saturday marked his fifth straight game in which he’s scored at least 17 points. Booker has had a double-digit scoring output in 11 straight games and 17 out of 18. Booker will continue to eat because of the Suns injury woes. Eric Bledsoe is out for the season and Brandon Knight has missed extended time and still is without a timetable to return. Booker should be considered every single night for your DFS lineups and should be owned in 99.9-percent of all leagues right now. Analysis: James Grande

Gordon Hayward scored 22 points (7-16 FGA, 7-8 FTA) with six rebounds, three assists, one steal, and two blocks over 38 minutes in Saturday’s win against the Spurs.

Utah has suffered through a lot of injuries this season but the one constant has been Gordon Hayward. Hayward is the team’s leading scorer and has yet to miss a game this season. With the Jazz at full strength, Hayward’s going to get more open looks because Utah now has their full arsenal of offensive weapons on display. He’s been able to score 20 points per game on opponents knowing very well he’s going to be the focus of the Jazz offense. Hayward is a great fantasy player because he’ll stuff the box score on any given night. Analysis: James Grande

Rudy Gobert scored 13 points (2-7 FGA, 9-12 FTA) with 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and four blocks over 35 minutes in Saturday’s win against the Suns.

The Jazz are rolling, and the Stifle Tower is a big reason why. Since returning from injury and playing with no minute restriction, Gobert has seemingly taken a step in the right direction offensively. After being such a force on the glass and defensively last season, fantasy owners hoped Gobert’s offensive game would develop. It has and the last 10 games are a clear indication of that as he’s reached double-digits in nine of the team’s last 10 games.  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

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