Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 3.8.12

James Harden

The Rock says, "It doesn't matter if Harden starts or not!" (Elsa/Getty Images)

Beast of the Night: James Harden posted 30 points, four rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and four three-pointers last night. He shot 67 percent (8-12) from the field, 91 percent (10-11) from the free-throw line and had one turnover. Harden has been a top 25 fantasy stud so far this season, which is extra impressive given that he’s the non-starter in that bunch.

Lines for Discussion:

Blake Griffin: 9-15 FG (60%), 10-17 FT (59%), 28 Pts, 17 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; after a five-game drought of blocks, Griffin has blocked at least one shot in each of his last four games

John Wall: 1-8 FG (13%), 2-4 FT (50%), 4 Pts, 2 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Blk, 5 TO; Wall has shown noticeable improvement as the season has worn on and has worked himself back into top 75 shape

DeMar DeRozan: 8-16 FG (50%), 7-8 (88%), 23 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl; DeRozan is on a hot streak, averaging 23.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 0.7 threes in his last three games

Ersan Ilyasova: 14-18 FG (78%), 2-3 FT (67%), 2 threes, 32 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk; since regaining his starting job on Feb. 17, Ilyasova has been a top 10 stud, averaging 18.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.9 threes, while shooting 52 percent from the floor and 87 percent from the free-throw line

Serge Ibaka: 9-15 FG (60%), 18 Pts, 20 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Blk, 3 TO; Ibaka has put up top 35 numbers this season, thanks to his 3.2 blocks per game

Raymond Felton: 11-18 FG (61%), 1 three, 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 TO; Felton could pay off handsomely for owners who bought low on him while he was benched

Manu Ginobili: 7-10 FG (70%), 0-2 FT (0%), 3 threes, 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 4 TO; if he stays healthy, Ginobili could be a huge difference-maker for his owners down the stretch

Chris Kaman: 7-14 FG (50%), 4-5 FT (80%), 18 Pts, 11 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Blk, 4 TO; Kaman’s been a fun, wild ride for fantasy owners lately, but a possible trade or Emeka Okafor’s return remain threats to his value

Marcus Thornton: 9-21 (43%), 5-7 (71%), 25 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk; it sure is nice when a player meets high expectations

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

Randy Foye: 24 Pts, 5 threes, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO (**)

Trevor Booker: 18 Pts, 1 three, 17 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO (***)

Goran Dragic: 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO (*)

Chandler Parsons: 19 Pts, 1 three, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO (***)

Nikola Vucevic: 14 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO (*)

Evan Turner: 26 Pts, 1 three, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 TO (***)

Zaza Pachulia: 9 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 TO (***)

Beno Udrih: 11 Pts, 2 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO (**)

Luke Ridnour: 22 Pts, 3 threes, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 TO (***)

Klay Thompson: 16 Pts, 3 threes, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 TO (*)

Injuries:

Jeff Teague (ankle): day-to-day

Tracy McGrady (knee): day-to-day

Blake Griffin (ankle, knee): monitor his status

J.J. Barea (ankle): day-to-day

Gustavo Ayon (foot): day-to-day

Tyson Chandler (hamstring): doubtful for Friday

Thaddeus Young (illness): day-to-day

T.J. Ford (neck): day-to-day

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