Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Apr 4, 2012 / 11:00 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 4.4

LeBron James

LeBron James (photo. David Alvarez)

Beast of the Night: LeBron James put up 41 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals, a block and a three-pointer last night in a start at shooting guard for the Heat. He shot 60 percent (15-25) from the floor and 77 percent (10-13) from the free-throw line, and had four turnovers. James’ recent slip in production dropped him to No. 2 overall in fantasy basketball, but he’s still a monster.

Lines for Discussion:
Carmelo Anthony: 17-31 FG (55%), 4-5 FT (80%), 1 three, 39 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO; He looks primed to finish the season strong, even when a fragile Amar’e Stoudemire returns to the lineup. Nevertheless, this season was a huge disappointment for his fantasy owners.

Steve Nash: 7-12 FG (58%), 2-2 FT (100%), 2 threes, 18 Pts, 6 Reb, 12 Ast, 1 TO; You’ve got to hand it to the 38-year-old Nash. He’s maintained top 60 value throughout the season and is a dependable double-double machine — one with a worrisome back.

DeMarcus Cousins: 16-25 FG (64%), 9-14 FT (64%), 41 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; Cousins has worked himself into a near-top 50 fantasy basketball player this season. He should be viewed as such heading into next season’s drafts.

Pau Gasol: 11-20 FG (55%), 22 Pts, 12 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO; He’ll see a nice boost so long as Andrew Bynum is out. Also, Pau has finally overtaken his little brother, Marc, in terms of overall fantasy value this season.

Waiver-Wire Watch:
J.R. Smith: 11 Pts, 1 three, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 TO; Give him a look if you need threes (but monitor a possible suspension for his flagrant foul last night).

Landry Fields: 15 Pts, 2 threes, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 1 TO; Maybe this will be the start of a turnaround – maybe.

Danny Green: 19 Pts, 4 threes, 3 Reb, 2 Stl, 1 TO; He’s not worth a look unless you’re in a deep league.

Patty Mills: 20 Pts, 4 threes, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 TO; Just monitor him for now.

Byron Mullens: 20 Pts, 1 three, 14 Reb, 2 Blk, 1 TO; That’s back-to-back 20-point outings for Mullens, who deserves a look.

Evan Turner: 26 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 TO; Turner’s magic carpet ride is over, but he remains a decent all-around asset.

Glen Davis: 31 Pts, 1 three, 10 Reb, 3 Stl, 1 Blk; Dwight Howard‘s absence boosts his otherwise mediocre value.

Ben Gordon: 18 Pts, 1 three, 6 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 TO; When healthy, Gordon is worth a pickup in many leagues.

Jeremy Tyler: 9 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO; Roll the dice with him if you need a big man in a deeper league.

Terrence Williams: 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Blk, 2 TO; So long as Marcus Thornton is out, Williams appears set to play 30+ minutes a game, which will allow him to put up usable lines.

Injuries:
Tyrus Thomas (jaw): day-to-day

Dwyane Wade (knee): hopes to play tonight

Marcus Thornton (calf): day-to-day

Gary Forbes (knee): day-to-day

Vladimir Radmanovic (back): doubtful for tonight

Ray Allen (ankle): will play tonight, barring any setbacks

Anderson Varejao (wrist): could return to action next week

Lamar Odom (illness): questionable for tonight

Andrew Bynum (ankle): day-to-day

Ryan Anderson (ankle): day-to-day

Dwight Howard (back): day-to-day

John Salmons (hip): day-to-day

Devin Harris (ankle): game-time decision tonight

Andre Iguodala (eye): monitor his status

For Tonight:
Monitor Nikola Pekovic‘s progress, as the Timberwolves host the Warriors.

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