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Fantasy Basketball Week 14: Who’s hot, who’s not, and DFS advice for Tuesday

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The second day of Week 14 won’t have nearly as much action as Monday. The NBA‘s 12-game Martin Luther King Day slate will be followed by a light, two-game selection. The Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, and Golden State Warriors will be the only teams hitting the hardwood.

Let’s take a look at some of Monday’s best and worst performers before looking ahead to an ideal DFS target for Tuesday.

Who’s hot

The Suns’ leading scorer is hitting his stride and put together a masterful performance against the Spurs to kick off Week 14. Booker scored 48 points on 33 shots and chipped in with five rebounds and six assists. He’s averaged 37.7 points on 52.6 percent shooting over his past three games. Booker’s poised to move past Zach LaVine in the season-long shooting guard rankings and could climb higher inside the top five if he keeps scoring at this rate.

Doncic has missed 15 games but remains a borderline top-10 Fantasy point guard in the season-long standings. The Mavericks superstar’s scoring has dropped in January, but he recorded his third triple-double in his previous five games against the Thunder on Monday. Doncic is averaging 21.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 9.6 assists per contest through eight January appearances.

The Cavs’ point guard is doing it all for his team early in 2022. Garland’s averaging 20.8 points and 10.4 assists per contest in the new year and is creeping into the top-10 conversation among Fantasy point guards. His assist numbers have increased dramatically since Ricky Rubio went down with a season-ending ACL tear, and Garland’s poised to carry Cleveland’s backcourt rotation for the rest of the year. 

Who’s not

DeRozan is having a career year, but he’s tapered off after putting together a pair of solid showings earlier in January. The Bulls swingman hasn’t reached his season scoring average in seven consecutive games. He only scored 24 points on 24 shots against the Grizzlies on Monday. There’s no reason to panic while LaVine recovers from a knee injury, though, as DeRozan’s shot volume should remain high. He’ll contribute enough as a rebounder and playmaker until his shooting comes back around.

DFS target to watch

It seems like Barrett’s strong January could stand the test of time. The Knicks wing is averaging 23.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 2022 through eight outings. Those marks haven’t been higher in any of the previous three months. Barrett’s efficiency has also reached new heights, as he’s shooting 46 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from deep in the new year. Julius Randle’s offensive struggles could be a problem in his Tuesday matchup against the pesky Jarred Vanderbilt, so I like Barrett’s chances of being the highest-scoring Knick.

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