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Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: Chicago's center of attention

Wendell Carter Jr. has been getting the job done on both ends of the court for the Chicago Bulls. AP

Thanks to a big game from Wendell Carter Jr., the Chicago Bulls put together one of their biggest wins of the season, drubbing the Houston Rockets by 20 points. The third-year center has battled injury issues for much of his career, but was at his best on Monday, scoring 18 points and pulling down 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.

Carter was also active on the defensive end with two steals and three blocks. After flashing some strong offensive play against Joel Embiid last week and with double-figure scoring in four of his last five games, Carter might just be the best available fantasy center. He's out there to be claimed in over 50% of ESPN leagues.

The Rockets, meanwhile, extended their losing streak to eight games, their longest dry spell since 2001. Getting outscored by a total of 125 points during the streak marks the team's worst run over any eight-game span in the last 35 seasons.

That said, two positives amid Houston's woes would be the play of versatile forward Jae'Sean Tate and gritty wing David Nwaba. Tate netted 12 points, eight rebounds, and three steals in last night's loss and has averaged 16.3 points over the last three games. The forward is a free agent in roughly 72% of leagues. Nwaba, meanwhile, finished second in DraftKings scoring by small forwards last night -- behind only LeBron James. He is rostered in just 2.6% of leagues.

Monday recap

Highlights

Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns: 34 points (12-17 FG), 4 rebounds, 4 assists

Russell Westbrook, Washington Wizards: 32 points (13-25 FG), 14 rebounds, 9 assists

Lowlights

Gary Trent Jr., Portland Trail Blazers: 11 points (4-18 FG), 2 rebounds, 0 assists

Justise Winslow, Memphis Grizzlies: 3 points (1-10 FG), 5 rebounds, 0 assists

Monday takeaways

  • Averaging 25.8 PPG with both great efficiency and strong playmaking numbers in February, Booker is making a late All-Star push. The league will reveal the All-Star reserves this evening, with Booker looking to make the team in a competitive Western landscape.

  • Josh Richardson has struggled at times for the Mavericks in his debut season with Dallas, but has recently found his stride. Richardson scored 17 points in a win over Memphis last night and is averaging nearly 14.0 points over his last nine games. With some solid passing and shooting rates during this stretch, Richardson can definitely help your fantasy team.

  • The Jazz have now won 21 of their last 23 games. Yowsa! Last night it was their bench helping to compile a franchise-record 28 3-pointers. The reserves accounted for 17 of them -- the most by a team's bench in NBA history. Georges Niang played his part by making all seven of his 3-point attempts, becoming the first player to go 7-for-7 or better while shooting only 3-pointers since Quentin Richardson in 2009. Niang isn't on the fantasy radar just yet, but a guy like Joe Ingles, who is available in free agency in 40% of leagues, can still help managers.

  • The Lakers are sliding with Anthony Davis sidelined, but fantasy managers can still benefit from picking up Kyle Kuzma. The stretch forward tallied his seventh double-double of the season last night in a loss to the Wizards. With some freedom to find his shot due to Davis not being on the floor, Kuzma is an ideal free agent target.

Injuries of note

  • Miami's Tyler Herro missed last night's win over the Thunder due to a hip injury that has bothered him for much of the season. Kendrick Nunn was brilliant once again and is arguably the current No. 1 free agent target.

  • Delon Wright's absence in Detroit opens the door for Saben Lee to run the point for the Pistons against the Magic tonight.

  • Rookie James Wiseman of the Warriors has been upgraded to questionable for tonight's matchup against the Knicks. The No. 2 overall pick hasn't played since January and is rostered in just 54% of leagues.

  • Toronto's Kyle Lowry is questionable to play against the 76ers due to a thumb injury that kept him out of Sunday's contest.

  • Jrue Holiday of the Bucks remains sidelined due to the league's health and safety protocol.

  • Both Gary Harris and PJ Dozier will miss tonight's game for Denver, setting up savvy combo guard Facundo Campazzo for a nice workload.

Analytics advantage for Tuesday

Taurean Prince is listed as doubtful and Larry Nance Jr. and Kevin Love have both already been ruled out for Cleveland tonight. With Andre Drummond not playing (as the team seeks a trade destination for the All-Star pivot), center Jarrett Allen and wing Cedi Osman make for strong fantasy options.

Allen is an ideal DFS building block against the Hawks, given he has averaged an awesome 18.8 rebounding chances since the team's decision to rest Drummond. Osman, meanwhile, is a free agent in 85% of leagues and has averaged 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 3.3 3-pointers (per 36 minutes) with the quartet of Prince, Nance, Love, and Drummond all off the court.

Top players to watch on Tuesday

The Timberwolves let go of coach Ryan Saunders on Sunday and almost immediately secured a new coach, hiring former Toronto assistant Chris Finch. With such a swift shift in leadership, tonight's game against the Bucks could help fantasy managers learn about Finch's rotation. We'll begin to see how key players such as Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards, and Malik Beasley respond to new schemes and strategies. For those in need of strong point guard play, Minnesota's Ricky Rubio is still available in 40% of leagues.