Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 1.12.12

Kevin Durant

Don't worry: KD is in full control of his fantasy value. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

Beast of the Night: Kevin Durant finished his big night with 29 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal, four blocks and three three-pointers. He shot 65 percent (11-17) from the field, 67 percent (4-6) from the free-throw line and had three turnovers. This was his third consecutive double-double. After a “slow” start, Durant is back on track, notching more rebounds, assist and blocks than he did last season, while shooting an improved 49 percent (up from 46 percent last season) from the floor.

Lines for Discussion:

Danny Granger: 9-16 FG (56%), 3-3 FT (100%), 3 threes, 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 TO; his points, rebounds, assists, three-pointers made, field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage are all down from their marks last season

DeMarcus Cousins: 6-11 FG (55%), 9-11 FT (82%), 21 Pts, 19 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 5 TO; his assists-to-turnovers ratio (0.6:3.3) is laughable, but he’s averaging 15.5 points, 11.0 boards, 1.2 steals and 1.7 blocks, good for top 60 value

Tyreke Evans: 7-22 FG (32%), 14-14 FT (100%), 1 three, 29 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 TO; weak FG%, 3PTM and fewer assists per game than last season hamper his fantasy appeal

Carmelo Anthony: 9-24 FG (38%), 8-8 FT (100%), 1 three, 27 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl, 5 TO; he’s a top 10 fantasy player despite shooting 43 percent from the floor and turning the ball over 3.4 times per game

JaVale McGee: 5-13 FG (39%), 10 Pts, 14 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Blk, 2 TO; he’s returning top 30 value for his owners so far, thanks mostly to his improved rebounding (9.8 per game) and shot-blocking (3.2 per game, good for No. 2 in the league)

Tim Duncan: 7-17 FG (41%), 3-6 FT (50%), 17 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk, 4 TO; sell high

Kobe Bryant: 14-31 FG (45%), 11-11 FT (100%), 1 three, 40 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO; his trade value might be at its peak

Paul Millsap: 14-24 FG (58%), 1-2 FT (50%), 29 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 TO; Derrick who? Millsap’s putting up top 20 averages so far this season

Anthony Morrow: 9-17 FG (53%), 5 threes, 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl; Morrow has hit 18 threes in his last four games

Chris Paul: 11-21 FG (52%), 5-5 FT (100%), 27 Pts, 6 Reb, 11 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 TO; vintage CP3

Waiver-Wire Watch (four stars = must add; one star = keep an eye on him):

Zaza Pachulia: 11 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Stl, 3 TO (**)

Isaiah Thomas: 20 Pts, 3 threes, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO (*)

Evan Turner: 16 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 TO (****)

John Lucas: 25 Pts, 1 three, 8 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO (*)

Kyle Korver: 14 Pts, 2 threes, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 TO (***)

Omer Asik: 8 Pts, 14 Reb, 5 Blk, 1 TO (***)

Trevor Booker: 8 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 TO (***)

Delonte West: 12 Pts, 1 three, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 TO (**)

Jordan Farmar: 26 Pts, 6 threes, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO (**)

Rudy Fernandez: 15 Pts, 2 threes, 5 Reb, 8 Ast, 4 Stl (****)

Injuries:

Al Horford (shoulder): left last night’s game early and didn’t return; monitor his status

Tracy McGrady (back): day-to-day

Derrick Rose (toe): reportedly doesn’t have turf toe; day-to-day

Cole Aldrich (personal): day-to-day

Richard Hamilton (groin): day-to-day

Ty Lawson (foot): day-to-day

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