Rotoworld Basketball Show – Fantasy Basketball

Raphielle Johnson, NBC Sports, Rotoworld Basketball, Dan Titus


From waiver wire pickups, to season-long NBA trends, to DFS and other need-to-know news around the league, Rotoworld's Vaughn Dalzell, Raphielle Johnson and Dan Titus of Yahoo! Sports keep you up to speed on Rotoworld Basketball Show. A finalist for Best Multi-Sport Fantasy Podcast by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association in 2020, Rotoworld Basketball Show has every NBA angle covered!

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969 episodes

In-Season Semifinals, Buy Low/Sell High on Josh Giddey, Scottie Barnes + more

(1:00) – Analyzing the In-Season Tournament: Impressions of the Quarterfinals, streaming options for the Semifinals, C.J. McCollum and Trey Murphy return, Lakers fill out their frontcourt   (13:40) – Eastern Conference injury updates: Kristaps Porzingis and Kelly Oubre Jr. + Do the 76ers need a trade to contend?   (25:30) – West Coast watch: Examining Jazz and Trail Blazers streaming options, Chris Paul and Andrew Wiggins return   (44:40) – Buy Low/Sell High: Josh Giddey, Herb Jones and Scottie Barnes   (52:30) – Weekly Schedule Highlights: Navigating the In-Season scheduling quirks + Heat and Magic intrigue

Dec 06
LaMelo Ball, Chris Paul highlight numerous injuries

(2:10) – In-Season Tournament takeaways after the group stage   (14:00) – Key Injuries + Waiver Wire Targets: LaMelo Ball, Chris Paul, Kristaps Porzingis and Jalen Johnson   (26:20) – More Injuries to navigate: Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Jimmy Butler, Anthony Edwards and C.J. McCollum   (46:30) – Weekly Schedule Highlights: Circling the Jazz, Clippers and the Suns   (51:45) – Raphielle and Dan’s Fantasy MVP for the first month of the season

Nov 29
Fantasy-rich Thunder, Klay Thompson concerns + Hornets, Pistons starting lineup shakeups

(2:30) – Rotoworld Headlines: Pacers and Hawks’ scoring bonanza Tuesday, Lakers advance in In-Season tournament and the Thunder continue to be fantasy-rich (16:25) – More Rotoworld Headlines: Andrew Wiggins, Klay Thompson concerns, O.G. Anunoby returns to Raptors and continuing Zach Lavine trade rumors (29:15) – Notable Injuries: Jaden McDaniels, Donovan Mitchell, Caris LeVert, Keegan Murray and Chris Duarte (45:00) – Teams of intrigue: Hornets and Pistons tweak starting lineups, Clippers and Pelicans’ depth (51:10) – Weekly Schedule Highlights: Circling the Hawks, Lakers, Cavaliers, Heat and Wizards  

Nov 22
Tyrese Maxey, Tyrese Haliburton’s stock + Zach LaVine trade rumors

(1:09) – Looking back on the Warriors-Timberwolves scuffle Tuesday   (6:15) – Breaking down the 76ers and Pacers: Ranking Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris + recent outings from Obi Toppin and Tyrese Haliburton   (28:52) – More Notable Storylines: Zach LaVine reported to be on the trade block + Pascal Siakam breaks out of slump Monday   (41:54) – Notable Players dealing with injuries: Discussing Markelle Fultz, Nic Claxton, Ben Simmons, Jaden McDaniels and Khris Middleton   (50:28) – What to make of the depleted Grizzlies as Ja Morant nears return   (54:54) – Weekly Schedule Highlights: Circling the Knicks, Grizzlies, Heat and Trail Blazers

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Nov 15
New-look Clippers, Jamal Murray, C.J. McCollum + more key injuries

(0:25:16) – Analyzing the overhauled Clippers after James Harden’s first game with LAC (3:52) – Immanuel Quickley as 6th Man of the Year candidate + R.J. Barrett’s value early this season (5:12) – Notable injuries: Bradley Beal, Jamal Murray, Mason Plumlee, C.J. McCollum, Devin Vassell and Robert Williams III (18:17) – Rating the Rookies: Latest on Scoot Henderson’s injury, Ausar Thompson’s impressive start to the season + Brandon Miller without Terry Rozier (26:53) - More News + Notes: Examining the short-handed Magic + Jaden Ivey’s fading fantasy stock (38:24) – Weekly Schedule highlights: Circling the Mavericks, Pacers, Rockets and Heat (43:49) – Concern level with Andrew Wiggins and Pascal Siakam  (49:02) – Top adds of the week

Nov 09
Clippers trade for James Harden + Buy Low/Sell High Players

(0:32:14) – Analyzing the Clippers-76ers trade centered around James Harden   (10:39) – Notable injuries: Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Darius Garland, Caris LeVert, De’Aaron Fox, Spencer Dinwiddie and Nic Claxton   (21:15) – Buy Low/Sell High Candidates: Cam Thomas, Kelly Oubre Jr., Jalen Duren, Pascal Siakam, Paolo Banchero, LaMelo Ball, Cade Cunningham and Brandon Miller   (33:03) – Rookie Report: Tracking Victor Wembanyama and Ausar Thompson   (38:02) – Weekly Schedule highlights: The issue with back-to-backs early in the season + circling the Suns, Magic, Mavericks and Bulls  

Nov 01
LeBron, Devin Booker impressions + Opening Week News and Notes

(0:50) – James Harden reports to 76ers to miss at least the first 2 of season   (3:20) – Lakers at Nuggets: Examining Anthony Davis, LeBron James, D’Angelo Russell, Christian Wood and Aaron Gordon   (9:40) – Suns at Warriors: Breaking down Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, Josh Okogie and Chris Paul’s first game as a Warrior   (16:15) – Injuries to monitor this week: Darius Garland, Luka Doncic, Jaden McDaniels and Jarrett Allen   (23:30) – Long-term injuries of note: Impact of Steven Adams being lost for the season   (26:40) – Weekly Schedule highlights: Streaming the 76ers and Kings with 3-games remaining, why the Heat and Lakers are intriguing and key games this week

Oct 25
Zion, Ben Simmons, Celtics and Lakers starters + more James Harden drama

Description   (0:35) – Latest thoughts on James Harden vs 76ers front office     (6:20) – Reaction to Dan and Raphielle’s 12-team, points league mock draft   (13:30) – Injuries to monitor: Luka Doncic (calf), Kyrie Irving (groin) and Draymond Green (ankle)   (21:20) – Examining starting lineups: Dame and Giannis in Milwaukee, Celtics top 5, Coby White and Patrick Williams as options in Chicago and the Lakers fifth piece   (38:00) – Buying or Selling Ben Simmons and Zion Williamson after impressive showings this preseason   (47:30) – Rookies to watch: Ausar Thompson and Brandon Miller   (56:15) – Dan, Raphielle and Vaughn’s picks for MVP and NBA Champion  

Oct 18
12-Team, 8-Category Mock Draft

(0:40) – Rounds 1-4: When to draft Giannis + analyzing Damian Lillard, Karl-Anthony Towns, Victor Wembanyama, Dejounte Murray, Fred VanVleet and Chet Holmgren   (22:00) – Rounds 5-8: Breaking down Jarrett Allen, Jalen Green, Franz Wagner, Chris Paul, Jonas Valancuinas, Ben Simmons and Clint Capela   (40:00) – Rounds 9-12: Debating Onyeka Okongwu, Russell Westbrook, Shaedon Sharpe, Bennedict Mathurin, Dennis Schroder and late-round strategy

Oct 12
Jrue Holiday traded to Celtics, Draymond Green injured + more

(1:20) – Jrue Holiday traded to the Celtics: Holiday’s impact in Boston, Robert Williams and Deandre Ayton duo in Portland + Malcolm Brogdon’s role with Trail Blazers   (14:10) – Key injuries: Domantas Sabonis avoids surgery, Draymond Green out multiple weeks, Bucks being cautious with Khris Middleton, Ben Simmons fully healthy (finally) + Daniel Gafford dealing with elbow injury   (32:50) – News around the league: James Harden expected to join 76ers, Spurs sign Devin Vassell to long-term deal, Pacers new-look starting lineup, Mavs to start multiple rookies

Oct 04
Damian Lillard traded to Bucks + James Harden next?

1:45 – Reaction to Damian Lillard traded to Bucks    7:27 – Is James Harden the next superstar to be dealt? 12:00 – Where to rank DeAndre Ayton and Jusuf Nurkic   14:15 – Examining which Warriors benefit most from the Chris Paul trade   19:15 – Value of Kristaps Porzingis with the Celtics + Marcus Smart on the Grizzlies   19:55 – New additions to NBA contenders: Chris Paul with Warriors, Kristaps Porzingis with Celtics    25:46– Rookie Class Watch: Who has the most value outside of Victor Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren?   39:00 – Hot takes for this season: Predictions for the Bulls, Jalen Green, Anthony Edwards and Jayson Tatum

Sep 27
Beal trade and impact, Morant suspension outlook and Draft movement

(0:00) Bradley Beal traded to Phoenix and its Fantasy impact. (6:15) Washington side of trade (9:25) Ja Morant suspension (12:40) Lillard Portland discussion. (15:30) Draymond Green opts out of contract to become a Free Agent (21:55) New Warriors GM Mike Dunleavy Jr.  says he wants to keep Jordan Poole  (24:45) Draft guide bundle - What will Victor Wembayama's Fantasy stats be and Chet Holmgren will return. (32:45) Zion Williamson trade rumors and possibilities. (42:50) Lou Williams retired

Jun 20
Nuggets beat Heat in NBA Finals + Outlook for CP3, Ja, Dame

(00:00) – Denver claims first NBA Title: Nikola Jokic puts bow on dominant postseason, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. rebound from injury (08:50) – Nuggets offseason storylines: Bruce Brown’s player option + projecting Jeff Green and Christian Braun next year (15:00) – Reflecting on Miami’s season: A year full of “clutch” games, Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro next season coming off injuries (29:35) – Heat summer headlines: Tricky salary cap issues in South Beach + outlook for Bam Adebayo, Caleb Martin, Max Strus and Tyler Herro in 2023-24 (32:25) – Other Top Headlines around the NBA: Potential suitors for Chris Paul if he’s waived, Ja Morant’s pending suspension, Pelicans pursuit of a Top-3 pick, Damian Lillard’s future in Portland and more  

Jun 13
NBA Finals Preview, Early NBA Draft Takes and more

(02:00) – NBA Finals Preview: The improbable run from the Heat, how the Nuggets have run through the playoffs, Finals predictions and ranking Jamal Murray next year (12:20) – Future of the Lakers and Celtics: Improving L.A.’s roster next season, Jaylen Brown’s looming supermax deal and possible changes for the fall (21:35) – Head Coaching hires: Monty Williams lands with Pistons, Nick Nurse heads to Philadelphia, Adrian Griffin takes over the Bucks, Ime Udoka agrees to run the Rockets, potential Suns and Raptors candidates (38:20) – Early NBA Draft thoughts: How Victor Wembanyama will impact the Spurs, Brandon Miller or Scoot Henderson drafted 2nd by Charlotte + Trail Blazers, Rockets and Magic trade winds swirling

Jun 01
Fantasy Rankings Report Card + 2nd Round Playoff Predictions

(04:30) – Notable Headlines: Ime Udoka joins Rockets, Dillon Brooks and Grizzlies part ways, Embiid named MVP (12:20) – Second Round Injuries + Series Predictions: Knicks vs Heat, Nuggets vs Suns, Celtics vs 76ers, Warriors vs Lakers (28:00) – Fantasy Rankings Report Card – What went right: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Brook Lopez, Jaren Jackson Jr., Trae Young, Jalen Brunson, Nikola Vucevic, and Lauri Markkanen (44:00) – Fantasy Rankings Report Card – What went wrong: O.G. Anunoby, Nic Claxton, Devon Booker, Jalen Green and JaVale McGee

May 03
Early Playoff Thoughts + 2023-24 Breakout Candidates

(00:00) – Playoff Headlines: Kings go up early on Warriors, injuries cloud Bucks-Heat and Lakers-Grizzlies Series and more (16:30) – Award Winner Discussion: Thoughts on Jaren Jackson Jr. winning DPOY and De’Aaron Fox named Clutch Player of the Year (20:15) – Ranking Rookies entering their Sophomore season: Walker Kessler, Jalen Williams, Paolo Banchero and Jabari Smith (27:45) – Potential Breakout Candidates in 2023-24: Mark Williams, Jabari Smith, Jonathan Kuminga and Zach Collins

Apr 19
2022-23 Rotoworld All-Rookie Team

(00:00) – Top Headlines: Mavericks bizarre ending to the regular season and Damian Lillard not interested in a Blazers rebuild (10:00) – More Headlines: Cam Thomas and Kenneth Lofton Jr. go off in the final week of the season and turmoil with the Timberwolves (19:40) – Play-in game updates: Lakers, Hawks and Heat return to hear full health for the postseason (25:00) – Rotoworld All-Rookie Teams: Jalen Williams, Keegan Murray and Walker Kessler lead the way + analyzing the potential of Andrew Nembhard, Marc Williams, Tari Eason and others heading into their sophomore seasons

Apr 11
Fantasy Awards Winners: MVP, Most Improved Player, Rookie of the Year and more

(00:00) – Top Headlines: Joel Embiid explodes for 52 vs Celtics, Donovan Mitchell continues his scoring binge, Andrew Wiggins returns to Warriors, Mavericks continue to struggle, Jamal Murray injures his thumb and more (14:30) – Playoff Look-Ahead: Making sense of the 5-10 spots in both conferences (19:45) – More Injury Updates: Jazz without Lauri Markkanen and Walker Kessler, multiple Wizards and Knicks banged up and making sense of the Pistons (30:00) – MVP of the fantasy Season: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid (31:30) – Most Improved Player: Lauri Markkanen, Tyrese Haliburton, Mikal Bridges and Nic Claxton (33:15) – Rookie of the Year: Walker Kessler and Jalen Williams (34:45) – Defensive Player of the Year: Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brook Lopez (37:00) – Comeback Player of the Year: Klay Thompson, Jamal Murray and Kawhi Leonard

Apr 05
IQ as a league-winner, KD’s long-awaited return + Injury updates

(01:15) – Top Headlines: Immanuel Quickley drops 40 vs Rockets, Trail Blazers and Pacers seem to have called it a season, Anthony Edwards back in TWolves lineup and Kevin Durant’s expected return (20:30) – More Injury Updates: Latest on Jarrett Allen, Norman Powell, LeBron James, James Harden, Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton (36:45) – Week 23 Schedule Breakdown: Analyzing players to add as the Grizzlies, Pelicans, Celtics, Spurs, Jazz, Thunder and Nuggets

Mar 29
Paul George Injured + Ja, Luka, KAT return and more

(00:00) – Top Headlines: Basketball legend Willis Reed passes away at 80 years old, Julius Randle drops 57 at The Garden, Paul George’s injury, returns of Ja Morant, Luka Doncic’s and Karl-Anthony Towns (15:20) – More Injury Updates: Robert Williams returns to Celtics, latest on Scottie Barnes, Gary Trent Jr., James Harden, Deandre Ayton and Tyrese Haliburton (22:40) – Week 22 Schedule Breakdown: Who has 3 games vs 2 games remaining and notable players to add on back-to-backs (35:30) – Week 23 Waiver Wire Adds: Austin Reaves, Marvin Bagley, Tari Eason, Deni Avdija, Andrew Nembhard, Quentin Grimes and others  

Mar 22
Bucks trending up, Nuggets’ and Blazers’ freefall + Key Injury Replacements

(03:00) – Top Headlines: Bucks surging, Nuggets and Blazers fading, making sense of the West playoff picture and Karl-Anthony Towns’ murky return date (15:20 – Week 21 + 22 Schedule Breakdown: Analyzing teams and potential waiver wire adds given their busy/light game slate (23:45) – Injury Roundup: Updates on Donovan Mitchell, Jarrett Allen, Jalen Brunson, Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic, Robert Williams, Tyrese Haliburton, Myles Turner, Rudy Gobert and others (41:00) – More Possible Waiver Wire Adds: Gabe Vincent, Bruce Brown, Trey Murphy III, Herb Jones and more  

Mar 15
Ja Morant’s absence, and the return of Stephen Curry

(02:00) - Ja Morant indefinte absence from Memphis.  What does that mean for Tyus Jones? (10:00) - Emergence of Immanuel Quickley for the surging Knicks. (16:40) - Steph Curry is returning and that will impact Jordan Poole's numbers. (23:00) - Zion Williamson is still out.  Drop him? (30:45) - Buy/Sell/Hold: Can you trust Mo Wagner for the rest of the season?  

Mar 08
LeBron’s injury, Durant’s Suns debut + Trade Deadline Targets

(00:00) – Week in Review + Injury Updates: Dame drops 71, LaMelo Ball out for the season, Russell Westbrook’s impact on the Clippers, Hawks hire Quin Snyder, James Wiseman’s role in Detroit and LeBron James out indefinitely (18:20) – Buy, Sell, Hold or Drop: Paolo Banchero, Nick Richards and Charles Bassey (24:30) – Upcoming Schedule + Waiver Wire Adds: Donte DiVincenzo, Jonathan Kuminga and Josh Okogie (32:00) – Fantasy trade deadline targets: Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson and Dejounte Murray

Mar 01
Giannis’ wrist injury, Westbrook to the Clippers + All-Star Recap

(01:45) – Top Headlines: Giannis’ wrist injury, impact of Russell Westbrook to the Clippers, Hawks fire Nate McMillian, Kevin Love to the Heat and more (16:25) – All Star Recap: Mac McClung wins the Dunk Contest, Damian Lillard takes 3-Point Competition, Jayson Tatum wins MVP as Team Giannis beats Team LeBron (19:15) – Injury Roundup: Updates on Anfernee Simons, O.G. Anunoby, Jamal Murray, Kevin Porter Jr., Lonzo Ball and others (28:25) – Week 18 Schedule + Waiver Wire Targets: Previewing teams on multiple back to backs, intrigue with Donte DiVincenzo, Kevon Looney and Jaylin Williams

Feb 22
Trade Deadline Fallout and Kevin Durant’s impact on the Suns

Yahoo Sports fantasy basketball analyst Dan Titus (@DanTitus) and Raphielle Johnson (@raphiellej) of Rotoworld discuss the trade deadline fallout across the league, how the addition of Kevin Durant impacts the Suns’ fantasy values, which new additions will impact the Clippers’ rotation and preview All-Star Weekend with a few predictions for the Dunk Contest and 3-Point Competition.  (0:33) - Top Headlines: Bucks run their win streak to 11-straight, Zion suffers and injury setback, LeBron's foot injury and recent tears from Jalen Brunson, Derrick White and Markelle Fultz (8:05) - Trade Deadline Winners/Losers: Kevin Durant's impact on the Suns wings, trustworthy Nets after their new-look roster, increased role for Josh Green in  Dallas, Talen Horton-Tucker in Utah, Russell Westbrook's next stop and more (29:00) - Injury Roundup: Anfernee Simons, Jaylen Brown, DeMar DeRozan, Jamal Murray, Steven Adams,  (35:44) - Waiver Wire Adds: Malaki Branham, Kevon Looney, Grant Williams and Donte DiVincenzo  (38:25) - Previewing All-Star Weekend: Thoughts on the new format, predicting who wins the Dunk Contest and 3-Point Competition 

Feb 15
LeBron makes history, Kyrie trade impact + Latest deadline rumors

(0:30) - Top Headlines: LeBron sets all-time scoring record, breaking down Kyrie to the Mavericks, Cam Thomas' scoring binge, Kessler Edwards and Dwayne Dedmon  involved in other deals (11:10) - Latest trade rumors: Analyzing possible destinations for Mike Conley, Malik Beasley, Russell Westbrook, John Collins, Bones Hyland, Saddiq Bey and multiple Magic and Hornets players (19:57) - Injury Roundup: Steph Curry, Jusuf Nurkic and Kyle Lowry out multiple weeks, Devin Booker returns, Bradley Beal and Kyle Kuzma day-to-day (30:50) - Waiver Wire Adds: Immanuel Quickley, Quinten Grimes, Jeremy Sochan, Malaki Branham, Josh Green, Trendon Watford and more (35:09) - Buy, Sell, Hold or Drop: Andrew Wiggins, Christian Wood, D'Angelo Russell, Bradley Beal and Buddy Hield

Feb 08
Trade watch for Bones Hyland, John Collins and others

(1:20) – Top Headlines: Luka continues scoring binge, Embiid outduels Jokic, LeBron chases history, Kyrie’s impressive run, Wizards and Clippers rolling  (9:18) – Injury Roundup: Latest on Tyrese Haliburton, Devin Booker, Zion, Kevin Durant, Karl-Anthony Towns and Wendell Carter Jr.  (17:53) – Trading Block: Bones Hyland, Mason Plumlee, Jae Crowder, John Collins, Alex Caruso and numerous Trail Blazers (28:57) – Week 16 Schedule Breakdown + Waiver Wire Adds: Jeremy Sochan, Pat Williams, Victor Oladipo, Den Avdija, Alec Burks and Mark Williams (32:25) – Buy, Sell, Hold or Drop: Jakob Poeltl, Bojan Bogdanovic, Rui Hachimura, Caris LeVert and Tari Eason

Feb 01
Rui trade impact, Isaac’s return, Waiver Wire pickups and more

(03:00) – Top Headlines: Analyzing Rui Hachimura traded to L.A., sneaky Kings options, Bruce Brown intrigue, Jonathan Isaac’s long awaited return and more (18:00) – Injury roundup: Steven Adams, Marcus Smart, Bobby Portis, Kristaps Porzingis + Anthony Davis’ return (26:45) – Waiver Wire adds this week: T.J. McConnell, Dennis Smith Jr., Delon Wright and Tari Eason (32:05) – Buy, Sell or Hold: Jalen Duren, John Collins, Jalen Brunson and R.J. Barrett

Jan 25
Jokic’s MVP case, Walker Kessler’s breakout + Trade Deadline Intrigue

(01:15) - Top headlines this week: Jayson Tatum and Walker Kessler’s huge games + injury updates Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Anthony Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo and more (13:45) - Schedule breakdown: Teams to target and avoid this week + streaming options (18:55) – Buy, Sell or Hold: Nikola Vucevic, Walker Kessler and Alperen Sengun (26:45) – Trade deadline teams to monitor: Suns, Mavericks and Trail Blazers      

Jan 18
Durant and Haliburton injuries + Buying/Selling MPJ, Giannis and more

(01:30) – Injury roundup: Analyzing who will see more time with Kevin Durant, Tyrese Haliburton and Jaylen Brown out (18:15) – Week 14 Scheduling Breakdown: Busy week for the Raptors + teams with 4-games (23:15) – Waiver Wire Intrigue: Duane Washington Jr., Naji Marshall, Chris Boucher, Jae’Sean Tate, Kenyon Martin Jr., Royce O’Neale, Dario Saric and Quentin Grimes (31:55) – Buy, Sell or Hold: Michael Porter Jr., Tyrese Maxey, Wendell Carter Jr., Kyle Lowry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Victor Oladipo and De’Anthony Melton

Jan 13