Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 4.9.12 (Weekend Review)

Kevin Durant

Yep, KD is No. 1. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Weekend Wonder: Kevin Durant averaged 33.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal, 2.0 blocks and 3.5 threes in two games over the weekend. He shot 58 percent from the field and 89 percent from the free-throw line, and averaged 2.5 turnovers per game in that stretch. He continues to hold onto that crown as the most valuable fantasy basketball player of the 2011-12 NBA season.

Lines for Discussion:

Raymond Felton (4/6): 12-18 FG (67%), 1-1 FT (100%), 5 threes, 30 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO: through the first five games of April, Felton is averaging 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.8 threes

Goran Dragic (4/6): 8-19 FG (42%), 7-8 FT (88%), 3 threes, 28 Pts, 4 Reb, 11 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 TO; in 17 games as a starter for the Rockets this season, Dragic is averaging 18.1 points, 3.5 boards, 8.8 assist, 1.9 steals and 1.9 threes, while shooting 52 percent from the field and 82 percent from the free-throw line

Eric Gordon (4/7): 3-12 FG (25%), 3-5 FT (60%), 1 three, 10 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; Gordon’s fantasy value next season is a bit of a question mark, but it’d be a surprise to see him drop below the third round

Nick Young (4/7): 2-7 FG (29%), 1 three, 5 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl; Young continues to come off the bench for the Clippers and has struggled mightily with his accuracy from the floor (37 percent since joining his new squad)

Carmelo Anthony (4/8): 16-31 FG (52%), 7-9 FT (78%), 4 threes, 43 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; since Jeremy Lin exited the Knicks’ lineup, Anthony has averaged 29.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.6 threes per game – top five numbers

Derrick Rose (4/8): 8-26 FG (31%), 9-12 FT (75%), 4 threes, 29 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 8 TO; he’s got some rust to work off, but his return is quite timely for his owners still in the hunt for their league’s championship

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

Byron Mullens: he’s been mostly solid lately and will give you healthy doses of points, rebounds and blocks (****)

Jason Smith: his huge 26/10 game Saturday was notable, and Smith has done enough lately to warrant consideration if you need a big man (***)

Greg Stiemsma: give him a look if you want blocks with little else (**)

Randy Foye: in his last six games, Foye is averaging 20.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 4.2 threes (****)

Shannon Brown: with Grant Hill out until at least the last week of the season, Brown will be a key piece for any fantasy basketball team still in the running in their leagues (****)

Metta World Peace: he was on fire in two games over the weekend, accumulating 42 points on 70 percent shooting from the floor (**)

Courtney Lee: he’s been a beast lately and will continue to thrive so long as Kevin Martin is out (****)

Lester Hudson: he racked up 49 points, six rebounds, 10 assists, five steals and six threes (all on Sunday) in two games over the weekend (**)

Iman Shumpert: he continues to start and has become a great source of threes lately (****)

Glen Davis: through the first four games of this month, he’s averaging 21.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals (****)

Injuries:

Dwyane Wade (ankle): day-to-day

Gerald Wallace (hamstring): day-to-day

Francisco Garcia (concussion): day-to-day

Andrea Bargnani (calf): day-to-day

Earl Watson (knee): day-to-day

Kobe Bryant (shin): day-to-day

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