It's all about LaMarcus Aldridge in Saturday daily basketball

It's all about LaMarcus Aldridge in Saturday daily basketball


It's all about LaMarcus Aldridge in Saturday daily basketball

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Before we dip into today's features, or tell you to start Russell Westbrook again, his Oklahoma City Thunder teammate is the center of attention in Utah.

Enes Kanter makes his return to Salt Lake City after he was traded to the Thunder at the deadline. Kanter was disgruntled about his usage during Rudy Gobert's emergence.

After the trade, Kanter went on a binge that made fantasy owners rejoice. He has posted 38 fantasy points in six of the last nine games he has played. At $6,000 (12.0% of your cap), he's a midrange FantasyScore option worth considering in this revenge game, despite Utah's dominance against the position over the last 10.

Featured stud

C LaMarcus Aldridge, Trail Blazers vs. Nuggets
$8,100 salary | 16.2% of cap

One of the first things to check is the Denver Nuggets' opponent, because they have been overmatched against bigs all season. Aldridge has burned the Nuggets for 28.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, four assists and 1.3 blocks per game in three tilts this year. He has battled hand injuries most of the year, but he has produced 40 fantasy points in six of his last nine games played. The matchup provides upside for more Saturday.

Start 'em

G Kemba Walker, Hornets vs. Hawks
$6,500 salary | 13.0% of cap

Walker has rolled the last week with 35.9 fantasy points per game over the last four. The crazy thing is he shot just 33.8% from the floor over that time, and he hasn't shot 50% in a game since he returned from a knee injury. Imagine how much he'll produce when he finds it. The Hawks are without Jeff Teague (ankle) and are playing their third game in four days. They could opt to sit some regulars. Despite Walker's poor shooting, run with him.

G Dennis Schroder, Hawks at Hornets
$4,400 salary | 8.8% of cap

On the flip side, Teague's backup has been great in his absence. Schroder has averaged 38.3 fantasy points in his last two starts, including a steady 33.3 output last night. Averaging 14.4 points and six assists in just 25.7 minutes this month, he has developed into a player who could start for most teams. His salary yields a solid margin for profit against a midrange defense.

F Ersan Ilyasova, Bucks vs. Warriors
$4,400 salary | 8.8% of cap

"Ghostface Ilya" has been on a tear in the last week that would make the Wu-Tang Clan proud. He has averaged 45.9 fantasy points in his last two games, and a 22.5-point effort against the Cleveland Cavaliers is the only time he hasn't touched 40 in his last four. Golden State is in the middle of the pack against the four the last 10 games. This is the Warriors' sixth game in eight days, so they could opt to rest some regulars against the Bucks.

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Sit 'em

F Danilo Gallinari, Nuggets at Trail Blazers
$5,200 salary | 10.4% of cap

Gallinari broke out a couple of weeks ago for a stretch and teased fantasy owners with a 64.3-point effort Sunday. Since then, he has posted games of 20.3 and 25 fantasy points. With Nicolas Batum in his face for this matchup, we're not comfortable allotting 10% of the cap on him.

HoopsHype and USA TODAY Fantasy Sports offer daily fantasy basketball advice throughout the 2014-15 season. Play for free or for prizes at FantasyScore today.

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