Originally posted on Hoop Fantasies Fantasy Basketball Blog  |  Last updated 1/30/14
Evan Fournier is on the fantasy basketball radar (Photo: Nuggets.com).Nate Robinson suffered a sprained ACL during Denver's loss to Charlotte on Wednesday, and he's going to need to be checked out more. KryptoNate has already been ruled out of Friday's game with the Toronto Raptors, and his treatment plan is likely to be determined on Friday. The Nuggets were already without Ty Lawson due to a rotator cuff injury, and he's a game-time decision for Friday.  So the door is open for Evan Fournier, who could be a sneaky add. On Wednesday, he went for 19 points (8-of-21 shots), three 3-pointers, five rebounds, six assists and three steals in 38 minutes. He stands to gain the most in a depleted back court.Fournier's playing time has been on the rise in January. In 14 games, the Nuggets shooting guard is averaging 10.8 points (47.1% FG, 70% FT), 1.6 3-pointers, 3.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, .6 steals and .1 blocks while playing 21.4 minutes. And he's available in a majority of ESPN leagues.I expected more of a breakthrough season for Fournier, but he was buried in a deep Nuggets' back court. But those numbers are dwindling due to injury and dissension, and he could be a solid rest-of-the-season addition.Meanwhile, Randy Foye exploded for 33 points (12-of-21 field goals, 6-of-7 free throws), three 3-pointers, three rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Jimmy Butler is hopefully finding his stroke. In Chicago's 96-86 win over San Antonio, Butler hit 7-of-11 shots (and 4-of-5 free throws) for 19 points. His line was astounding with a three, four rebounds, an assist, three steals and two blocks. Once his shot is falling, which it has been his last two games, he's going to be a top fantasy player.D.J. Augustin wasn't bothered by Kirk Hinrich's return. DJA played 38 minutes, going for 15 points (6-of-17 field goals, 4-of-5 free throws), two 3-pointers, five assists and a steal. Capt. Kirk logged 22 minutes, going for 11 points (4-of-8 field goals, 2-of-2 free throws), a three, two rebounds, two assists and a steal. DJA is still the guy to own here.Let me preface this by saying I still believe in Boris Diaw. His line was pretty rough for being leaned on so much: four points on 1-of-4 shots (2-of-2 free throws), three rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes. Not a killer night for Marco Belinelli either (11 points on 4-of-11 shots, a three, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 32 minutes). These guys are going to be better than this for the injury ravaged Spurs.I love Jeremy Lamb. Either this season or next, he's going to make an impact on consistent basis. He's a gunner. On Wednesday, he knocked down four 3-pointers and 7-of-10 shots for 18 points, three rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes. And this came in a 112-95 win over the Miami Heat. Not bad.Greivis Vasquez joined the starting five with DeMar DeRozan out with an ankle injury.  The general handed out six dimes, but didn't do much else (six points, two 3-pointers, a rebound) given his 37 minutes. His run as a starter will likely be short lived given DeRozan is expected back Friday.Nikola Vucevic returned for the Magic, and pulled off a double-double in 20 minutes, posting 16 points and 10 rebounds to go with two steals. Quick work for one of the league's best young bigs.Jared Sullinger posted a monster double-double with 24 points and 17 rebounds to go with two assists and a steal in 35 minutes. Sully's big game was hampered by his shooting -- once again -- as he made just 9-of-25 shots but boosted his scoring by making all six of his free throws. Sully will be really good once he gets his shot figured out; he's making just 37.7 percent of his field goals in his last 10 games.Rajon Rondo was given a rest day. Jerryd Bayless was the best of the fill-in crew: 10 points (4-of-13 field goals), two 3-pointers, four rebounds, an assist and three steals in 30 minutes. But that's not saying much.Phoenix rookie Alex Len may be starting to rise from the ashes. He came away from the Suns' 126-117 win over Milwaukee with seven points on 3-of-4 shots (and 1-of-1 free throws), 10 rebounds and a block in 22 minutes. He doesn't have a great body of work, so keep him in mind. If he gets going, it could spell trouble for one (or both) of the Morris twins and possibly Miles Plumlee (eight points, three rebounds, two assists, a block in 21 minutes).Ersan Ilyasova was excellent for the Bucks with 27 points (7-of-15 field goals, 10-of-10 free throws), three 3-pointers, four rebounds and an assist. So was Khris Middleton with 17 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes. Middleton is officially back in fantasy owners' good graces. A dislocated finger kept Anthony Davis out, so Al-Farouq Aminu was the man in the front court for the Pelicans. He went off for 18 points (8-of-13 field goals, 2-of-2 free throws), 12 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 36 minutes. He's in line for solid production for the wounded Pelicans. Greg Stiemsma seems to be the man in the middle, for now, getting three points, 12 rebounds, an assist, two steals and a block in 33 minutes.James Harden's bruised thumb has now kept him out of consecutive games. Jeremy Lin (18 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, seven assists, a steal) and Patrick Beverley (11 points, three 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists, a steal) played well with the extra minutes. Their values had been killed by the timeshare.Vince Carter played well off the pine for the Mavericks: 22 points on 5-of-9 shots, 10-of-11 free throws, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists and a block in 26 minutes. He's a solid addition, if available.Ramon Sessions played well in Charlotte's 101-98 win over Denver, going for 16 points, four rebounds, seven assists and two steals. His time is likely coming to an end soon with Kemba Walker returning.Courtney Lee finally had an off night for the Grizzlies, getting just four points (2-of-4 shots), two rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes. Hold tight with Lee. Mike Miller suffered a sprained right thumb and is day-to-day. So the minutes should be there for Lee when Tony Allen finally returns.Rudy Gay returned and looked sharp with 23 points on 10-of-16 shots, a three, two rebounds, five assists and a steal in 34 minutes. But the Kings small forward tweaked his foot. He practiced Thursday and is expected to suit up on Friday. Jamal Crawford finally cooled off, making just 4-of-12 shots, but he cleaned up at the free-throw line, picking up 11-of-12 freebies, for 21 points. JCraw added two 3-pointers, five rebounds and three assists. J.J. Redick (20 points, three 3-pointers, two rebounds, an assist, a steal) and Darren Collison (16 points, a rebound and nine assists) each had solid games.The weather caused the NBA to postpone the Detroit Pistons at Atlanta Hawks game. It's been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 8.
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