MLB & NBA Fantasy Wake Up Call - April 14

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Players of the Night

MLB

Carlos Quentin, Chicago White Sox
vs. Detroit Tigers
3-for-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, BB

Anyone else want to doubt CQ this season?

After struggling the first couple games, Quentin has caught fire in the past four contests with 4 HR, 8 RBI and 8 R. It's tough to imagine the White Sox picked up this kid for a bag of balls from the Arizona Diamondbacks before the 2008 season. Now, he's a legitimate 40 HR, 110 RBI caliber player the fantasy world is drooling over because of his long term potential.

Now let's just hope he doesn't do anything stupid again to cut short what could be another All-Star season.

NBA

J.R. Smith, Denver Nuggets
vs. Sacramento Kings
45 points, 1 dime, 4 boards, 11-for-18 from long distance.

About once a year you'll see J.R. Smith get into the zone like this. He set a Nuggets franchise record by connecting on an unthinkable 11 three-pointers last night against the Kings.

Last night's performance capped off an impressive run for Smith in the month of April. He's had three games in which he's drained at least seven three-point baskets, scoring 28, 34 and 45 in those contests respectively.

He's become a deadly three-point shooter over the years and might be a relatively inexpensive option for your playoff fantasy roster.

More after the jump...


Top Performers

MLB

Ted Lilly, Chicago Cubs
vs. Colorado Rockies
6 2/3 IP, 1 H, 8 K, 0 ER

Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers
vs. San Francisco Giants
2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, BB

Chad Billingsley, Los Angeles Dodgers
vs. San Francisco Giants
7 IP, 5 H, ER, 11 K

NBA

Anthony Randolph, Golden State Warriors
vs. San Antonio Spurs
24 points, 16 boards, 4 dimes, 4 steals, block

Ike Diogu, Sacramento Kings
vs. Denver Nuggets
32 points, 11 boards

Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers
vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
38 points, 5 boards, 2 blocks, 2 steals

Bust of the Night

MLB

Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers
vs. Cincinnati Reds
0-4, 0 H, K, 6 LOB

When will the Brewers have a throwback night and make Fielder don the same size uniform his old man was forced to wear with the Detroit Tigers?

Remember how his old man had that uniform bursting at the seams when he'd swing for the fences, with his helmet about to launch off his dome into orbit at any given second?

Ah, memories.

But Prince needs to pick up the pace if the Brew Crew has a shot to dethrone the Cubs this season. Unfortunately, leaving six men on base isn't going to do his team or YOUR team any good.

NBA

Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets
vs. Houston Rockets
9 points, 5 boards, 7 assists

Not the kind of performance you're looking for in the last week of the regular season. CP3 just couldn't get it going in 30 minutes of action against the Rockets, taking only eight shots and falling well below his averages of 22.8 ppg and 11 apg.

But then again, 30 minutes of action is an easy night for a player who hasn't played less than 31 minutes since the first week of February. The last couple games are a gauntlet when trying to figure out who will play and who will not in exchange for some rest before the playoffs begin.

Stay away from guys like Paul, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and other superstars who have already locked up their playoff spot and can't move up or down.

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