Jan 26, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Paul Pierce (right) defends Boston Celtics power forward Brandon Bass (30) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Basketball: Top Performers from January 26, 2014


Jan 26, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers in the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Trail Blazers 103-88. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA wrapped up a great weekend of basketball with a solid slate of eight games including some great marquee matchups throughout the day.  Miami crushed the Spurs in a rematch of the NBA Finals in the early national game, and the Knicks followed Melo’s lead to their second straight win at the Garden.  Later in the day, the Warriors defended their home court against the Trail Blazers after KG and Paul Pierce won in their return to their former home in Boston.

From a fantasy hoops perspective, here are the players who had the biggest contributions on Sunday:

Stephen Curry-Golden State Warriors

Not only did Curry pour in 38 points in his 35 minutes against Portland, but he also added eight assists and seven rebounds leading his team to a big 103-88 win.  Curry hit 5-8 of his three point attempts while adding a couple steals and continuing to emerge as a first-round lock in all fantasy hoops drafts.

Anthony Davis-New Orleans Pelicans

Jan 26, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis (23) dunks over Orlando Magic power forward Glen Davis (11) during the second half of a game at the New Orleans Arena. The Pelicans defeated the Magic 100-92. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Davis played 42 minutes in the Pelicans win over the Magic yesterday finishing with 22 points and 19 rebounds.  He also contributed an impressive seven blocks to go with three assists and two steals.  His percentages aren’t great, but he’s quickly becoming a point-rebound-block monster and is a great play in all formats.

Carmelo Anthony-New York Knicks

Anthony continued his scoring binge with 35 points yesterday against the Lakers.  He still shoots a ton (31 field goal attempts), but he’s making enough that he’s still a good play right now.  He also finished with four rebounds and actually handed out five assists.  It may be time to sell high on Anthony since he’s bound to come back to earth with his scoring relatively soon.

Dirk Nowitzki-Dallas Mavericks

Nowitzki led the Mavs to a ten-point win over Detroit with a solid 28 points on 10-16 shooting.  He added nine rebounds, four assists, and a steal continuing to produce at a high level.  Over his last 10 games, Dirk has averaged 23 points and six boards.

Markieff Morris-Phoenix Suns

Jan 26, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Phoenix Suns power forward Markieff Morris (left) and shooting guard Dionte Christmas celebrate in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Morris was one of my best pickups for the coming week and displayed his potential in the Suns win yesterday in Cleveland.  He finished with 15 rebounds to go with his 27 points, and he’s now averaging just under 20 points per game over his last five games while also adding 7.6 rebounds.  With the Suns taking on the Sixers, Bucks, Pacers, and Bobcats this week, Morris is a great addition if you need a forward who can bring points and rebounds to your team for the week.

Pau Gasol-Los Angeles Lakers

Gasol had a double-double in the Lakers loss at Madison Square Garden.  He shot 8-15 scoring 20 points while adding 13 boards and four assists.

Brandon Bass-Boston Celtics

The sleeper line of the day for Sunday comes from another Boston big in the revolving door that is Brad Stevens frontcourt.  Bass got the start yesterday and was solid against the Nets scoring 17 points to go with eight rebounds, a steal, and an assist.  Whenever Bass gets minutes, he produces solid big-man numbers.  He won’t hurt your percentages (6-6 yesterday from the field), and gets boards, blocks, and points at a contributing level.  If you need a boost in you frontcourt and the top ten waiver wire options are unavailable, Bass is worth a look in the over 80% of leagues where he’s available.

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