MLB & NBA Fantasy Wakeup Call - April 8

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Players of the Night

MLB

Josh Beckett, Boston Red Sox
vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays
7 IP, 2 H, 10 K, 1 ER

The ace of the Red Sox staff had nothing but question marks about how he'd return from an injury plagued 2008 campaign. Beckett wasted no time in trying to answer them with a gem of a performance in his season opener against the Rays.

He looked dominant through seven innings of work and is still arguably the best big game pitcher in baseball. Same too goes for fantasy, being a strikeout machine with a miniscule ERA is all you can ask of a starting pitcher you probably were able to draft a little bit later than in other years.

NBA

Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets
vs. Miami Heat
26 points, 9 dimes, 9 boards, 6 steals, 1 block

In a game that would secure a playoff berth, CP3 was back to doing his thing and looked untouchable on the court. His court vision is unmatched and the way he can fill up a stat sheet is the best indicator of how complete a player Paul truly is.

He's the best point guard in the NBA and hands down one of the Top 10 fantasy players in the game.

But beware of a letdown in the next five games. Now that the Hornets have clinched, there may not be much for Paul to play for.

More to come after the jump...


Top Performers

MLB

Dan Haren, Arizona Diamondbacks
vs. Colorado Rockies
7 IP, 3 H, 9 K, 1 ER

Jim Thome, Chicago White Sox
vs. Kansas City Royals
3-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Ubaldo Jiminez, Colorado Rockies
vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
7 IP, 4 H, 8 K

NBA

O.J. Mayo, Memphis Grizzlies
vs. Portland Trailblazers
31 points, 4 dimes, 4 boards, 2 steals

Wilson Chandler, New York Knicks
vs. Chicago Bulls
26 points, 5 boards, 3 dimes, 3 blocks, 2 steals, 4-for-4 from long distance

Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
25 points, 15 boards, 3 blocks

Bust of the Night

MLB

Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants
vs. Milwaukee Brewers
3 IP, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 3 H

Three days into the season and we've already had two of the top five starters in the game earn a spot as the Bust of the Night.

Fear not for the 24-year-old ace in San Francisco.

He's a once in a lifetime talent that will do much more good than bad all season for your staff. Forget about this one and look forward to his next start against the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

NBA

Nate Robinson, New York Knicks
vs. Chicago Bulls
6 points, 4 dimes

The little spark plug of Mike D'Antoni's offense couldn't get it going against the Bulls last night. He's a player of the boom or bust ilk, capable of lighting it up or having a complete blackout on any given night.

He's the Knicks version of Ben Gordon and that's not necessarily a bad thing as long as you understand what your expectations of him should be.

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