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Arron Afflalo played well again on Monday during a 109-86 victory over the Suns, scoring 16 points with two rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers.

He had a 21-point game on Saturday and is now the hottest he's ever been while in a Portland uniform. Still, the steals aren't there and he's not doing much besides scoring, so he's not a hot property in fantasy leagues.
Mar 31 - 2:12 AM

Justin Hamilton started for Gorgui Dieng (concussion) scored 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting (5-of-5 FTs) with four rebounds, one assist and one block over 25 minutes in the Wolves' 104-84 loss to the Jazz on Monday.

Hamilton continues to ramp his minutes back up after suffering a concussion and it's a shame because he was showing real mid-round upside at the time he got hurt. Dieng's absence helps him out a bit, but there should be more than enough room for him to produce regardless of Dieng's status.
Mar 31 - 2:10 AM

Damian Lillard ended his brief slump on Monday against the Suns, making 7-of-14 from the field for 19 points with four rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

He had two really bad games over the weekend, but it was just a matter of time before he picked it up. Lillard and the Blazers get a huge matchup against the Clippers on Wednesday, which could be a preview of a first-round playoff series. Lillard also has two more games after that, so he should be a huge help to his fantasy owners.
Mar 31 - 2:10 AM

Lorenzo Brown scored seven points on 3-of-7 shooting (including a three) with one rebound, six assists, one steal and two blocks over 30 minutes on Monday against the Jazz.

Brown has stealthily posted top 80-90 value over the last two weeks by hitting 52 percent of his shots while averaging 4.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. If you need help in the latter two categories, he's well worth a look as long as Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin remain out.
Mar 31 - 2:07 AM

Nicolas Batum scored 16 points with five rebounds, five assists and four 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Suns on Monday.

He scored 10 points on 6-of-8 from the field on Saturday, so Batum is finally back to putting up numbers after a rocky start on Friday following a back injury. Coach Terry Stotts doesn't sound like he's going to rest players, so Batum can be considered a must-start player going forward.
Mar 31 - 2:04 AM

Zach LaVine scored 21 points on 7-of-19 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in Monday's loss.

LaVine's owners are dodging the wishy-washy return of Ricky Rubio and until then he'll be a must-start player, unless field goal percentages or turnovers are critical areas for you.
Mar 31 - 2:03 AM

Chase Budinger scored 14 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 5-of-11 shots (including two threes) with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 35 minutes.

Sure, some folks could return and spoil things, but he looks like a guy that can hold significant minutes and provide late-round returns at a minimum. He has been much better than that lately and he should be owned in all standard formats.
Mar 31 - 2:02 AM

Trevor Booker went for 17 and 13 with Derrick Favors (back) out in Monday's win over the Wolves, hitting 7-of-11 shots (including a three) with two blocks in 33 minutes.

Booker has a chance of putting up startable numbers any night that Favors is out, so if you need a short-term plug-in give him a look. The fact that the Jazz aren't going to rush back Favors also helps here.
Mar 31 - 2:00 AM

Trey Burke scored 19 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 8-of-17 shots (including two threes) with six rebounds, three assists and one steal in 24 minutes.

As long as Burke is hitting his shots he's going to hold value while Derrick Favors (back) is out, because the Jazz need folks that can score the ball and that's what Burke does.
Mar 31 - 1:58 AM

Marcus Morris played 22 minutes against the Blazers during a 109-86 loss on Monday, scoring 11 points with one rebound, one steal and one 3-pointer.

The Suns were blown out, so Morris didn't play in the fourth quarter. He should be a safe bet for around 30 minutes, but the Suns losing ground in the standings could change their rotation to favor the young guys. Morris is still worth owning in standard leagues until Brandon Knight (ankle) gets back. As a side note, the Suns have been a complete disaster in the third quarter in their last four, posting a putrid 71.1 offensive efficiency rating in those four quarters combined.
Mar 31 - 1:49 AM

DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 42 points and tied a career-best with 11 rebounds in the Raptors' 99-96 win over the Rockets on Monday.

DeRozan hit 14-of-27 shots (2-of-4 3PTs, 12-of-17 FTs) to go with one steal, one block and six turnovers, as his usage was off the charts with Kyle Lowry (back) out. Look for this trend to continue until Lowry returns, and owners that are sensitive to field goal percentage may need to keep a close eye on him in case he gets a bit too trigger happy.
Mar 31 - 1:45 AM

Amir Johnson grabbed 16 rebounds in Monday's win over the Rockets, and also chipped in with eight points on 4-of-7 shooting, three assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

Johnson is enjoying a four-game week and was a relatively safe, albeit low-end play for owners this week. This gets him off to a good start and if you started his counterpart, Patrick Patterson (seven points, one three, four boards, one steal, 28 minutes) better luck next time.
Mar 31 - 1:42 AM

Gerald Green scored 13 points in 19 minutes against the Blazers on Monday with two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer.

He was a DNP-CD on Sunday, but Green was very busy tonight with 12 shots from the field and two turnovers. With the Suns likely to prepare for the 2015-16 season, they may opt to go with their young guys over Green. Keep him on the wire in most leagues.
Mar 31 - 1:42 AM

T.J. Warren made 6-of-9 from the field for 13 points against the Blazers on Monday with one rebound, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 22 minutes.

The Suns are essentially out of the playoffs, so we should get a nice little look at Warren. He scored a career-high 18 points on Sunday and he's shown some very impressive basketball IQ this month. His upside isn't too high, but all owners should be tracking his progress for Thursday night in Oakland.
Mar 31 - 1:38 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting (5-of-5 FTs) with nine rebounds, one steal and five blocks in Monday's win.

This is the type of line that tantalizes owners, as it shows how he can create a quick path to top-24 upside. Valanciunas has chipped away to top 40-50 value this season by staying in the lineup every night.
Mar 31 - 1:33 AM



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