Fantasy Basketball: Top Performers from January 22, 2014

Jan 22, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Jeff Green (8) dribbles as Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (3) defends during the first half at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday night featured the usual jam-packed NBA slate with 10 games from across the country including some surprising results like the Bobcats over the Clippers and the Suns over the Pacers. The Thunder kept rolling behind Kevin Durant while the Knicks kept struggling dropping their fifth in a row-this time to the lowly Sixers. From a fantasy perspective, here are the players who poured it on and gave their owners big production last night

Jeff Green-Boston Celtics

With the C’s undermanned as they visited the Wizards, Green played an impressive 46 minutes in Boston’s overtime win.  He hit eight three-pointers and 14 of his 26 shots from the field overall on his way to 39 points.  He added nine rebounds, an assist, a block, and three steals as well.

DeMar DeRozan-Toronto Raptors

Jan 22, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) looks to shoot as Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion (0) and forward Brandan Wright (34) defend at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Dallas 93-85. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Raptors knocked off the Mavs in Toronto behind a big game from DeRozan who scored a career-high 40 points.  He hit the only three-pointer he attempted and added three boards, three assists, a block, and a steal.  He has been playing exceptionally well this month a veraging over 24 points a game and right around five assists and five rebounds.

Tony Parker-San Antonio Spurs

Even though the Spurs fell short against OKC, Parker had a huge game scoring a season-high 37 after sitting out San Antonio’s last game on Sunday.  Parker scored 37 to go with his four assists and two boards.  His role normally isn’t the primary scorer, but he stepped up for San Antonio and his fantasy owners in this one.

Reggie Jackson-Oklahoma City Thunder

Jan 22, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) drives to the basket as Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) and guard Reggie Jackson (15) defend during the first half at AT

As good as Parker was on offense, Jackson tore him up on defense scoring 27 points while adding eight assists, two steals, and two rebounds.  Jackson continues to have fantasy value especially with Russell Westbrook sidelined.  The BC alumnus continues to be one of the breakout performers of this fantasy season.

Evan Turner-Philadelphia 76ers

Turner led the Sixers over the Knicks with 34 points and 11 rebounds in his 40 minutes.  Turner continues to be a bit boom-or-bust, but overall he’s trending in a positive direction.

Kevin Durant-Oklahoma City Thunder

Durant had a mixed fantasy night last night depending on how your leagues scores certain stats.  He continued his scoring binge with 36 points and added seven boards, five assists, a block, and a steal.  His one down-side was that he turned the ball over 11 times in an uncharacteristic performance for him.  However, if your league doesn’t penalize heavily for TO’s he still was a huge help with his continual run at the scoring title.

Victor Oladipo-Orlando Magic

Oladipo had a very nice, balanced line, but it wasn’t enough as Orlando fell to the Hawks 112-109.  Oladipo scored 24 points while adding seven boards, seven assists, two steals, and a block.  He continues his strong rookie campaign and is making the Rookie of the Year race an interesting one.

D.J. Augustin-Chicago Bulls

Jan 22, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard D.J. Augustin (left) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

As we’ve highlighted numerous times the last few weeks, Augustin is emerging as a really nice option at point guard if you’re looking for help from the waiver wire.  He’s been picked up in most leagues, but add him right away if you can grab him.  Last night, he scored 27 points for the second night in a row while hitting five three-pointers for the second game in a row as well.  He added seven assists and five rebounds as he continues to pour it on for the Bulls and anyone who grabbed him quick enough in their fantasy leagues.

John Wall-Washington Wizards

Wall’s triple-double would normally put him much higher on this list, but he struggled with his shot hitting just 9-29 from the field and going 0-4 from deep.  He still managed to score 28 against the Celtics while adding 11 rebounds, 10 assists, and three steals in his 44 minutes in the Wizards overtime loss.

Dwight Howard-Houston Rockets

In another typical Dwight game, Howard scored 26 points to go with his 13 rebounds and four blocks.  As usual, his big-man production is unmatched, but his free three percentage is his only liability.  Last night, he shot just  6-17 from the charity stripe.

Caron Butler-Milwaukee Bucks

Jan 22, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Caron Butler (3) dunks during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee won 104-101. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

In an interesting sleeper-of-the-day line, Butler dropped 30 points off the Bucks’ bench in Milwaukee’s win over Detroit last night.  He added five assists, seven rebounds, a block, and a steal in his 32 minutes.  His minutes and production are very inconsistent, but he can go off as he reminded us last night.  He’s owned in just 6.4% of ESPN leagues, and is worth keeping an eye on to see if he can become more consistent on a nightly basis.

Topics: Boston Celtics, Caron Butler, D.J. Augustin, DeMar DeRozan, Fantasy Basketball, Fantasy Basketball Sleepers, Jeff Green, Oklahoma City Thunder, Reggie Jackson, Tony Parker, Top Performers

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