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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Lebron Misses Bucks Lakers Double OT Thriller, Injury Updates + Players To Trust Down The Stretch Run

(0:25) – TOP HEADLINES: Jontay Porter in serious trouble, Lebron sits in wild Double OT game between Bucks/Lakers; Dinwiddie cannot take advantage, Klay returns to lineup while Jimmy Butler sits, Bradley Beal injures finger during loss to Spurs, Donovan Mitchell  returning for final weeks. (17:24) – MORE INJURY NEWS: Trae Young progressing, Jalen Johnson missed past 2 games, concern for DeAndre Hunter?  Good streaming options with Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon questionable Wednesday. Mitchell Robinson expected back for Knicks while RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley is expected back for Toronto, Jordan Pool has been productive with Tyus Jones sidelined. (36:27) – What do you make of Jalen Green's recent run? Is it Zack Collins or bust when Wembanyama is out? Who to ride with the final weeks on non-playoff teams., should fantasy managers believe in Marcus Sasser or James Wiseman? (47:30) – WEEKLY SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS: Target Bucks, Hawks, Pelicans and Magic for week 22. Keep an eye on Lamar Stevens to end the week.  (50:55) - MARCH MADNESS PREDICTIONS 

Mar 27
Giannis and Donovan Mitchell Sidelined + Potential “Silly Season” Stars

(1:00) – Top Headlines/Key Injuries: Anthony Edwards and Jalen Johnson dunk-of-year candidates, Giannis out while Khris Middleton returns, Mitchell Robinson’s timeline, Donovan Mitchell sidelined again, rash of Heat injuries + more (21:20) – Buying/Selling “Silly Season” stars: Ayo Dosunmu, potential breakouts with the Raptors and Jazz + analyzing the Pistons, Grizzlies and Trail Blazers (37:00) – Weekly Schedule Highlights: Intrigue with Pelicans and Bucks (40:30) – Reflecting on Raphielle and Dan’s way-too-early Mock Draft results + Fantasy Playoff Sleepers

Mar 20
Alperen Sengun Goes Down, Steph Curry’s Timeline + 2024 Mock Draft Strategies

(2:27) – Top Headlines: Alperen Sengun avoids major injury, Tyrese Maxey and OG Anunoby return, Kawhi Leonard and Rudy Gobert injured Tuesday night (13:14) – More Injury News: Victor Wembanyama plays on back-to-back nights after ankle injury, Jalen Williams and Keegan Murray sidelined, banged up Wizards frontcourt, and Tyler Herro to sit again (26:14) – Stars Potentially Returning: Steph Curry and Desmond Bane (33:52) – Weekly Schedule Highlights: Circling the Hornets, Trail Blazers, Pelicans, Pistons, and Heat (37:57) – Way-too-early Mock Draft strategies for next year

Mar 14
Devin Booker Headline Injuries Galore, Ranking Alperin Sengun + Silly Season Stars

(0:30) – Top Headlines: Cavaliers comeback victory at Boston, Suns win at Denver without Devin Booker, Knicks lose Brunson; fatigue issues for DiVincenzo and Hart? 76ers injury issues continue to mount    (13:10) - Notable Injury Updates: Scottie Barnes, Russell Westbrook, Josh Richardson, Zaire Williams and Jazz frontcourt issues.   (28:06) - Are you worried about the Hornets fantasy outlooks for the rest of the season?   (31:10) – Next Season Lookahead: Where would you target Alperen Sengun in next year’s draft? How much should you believe in Collin Sexton for 2024-25?   (37:56) – Weekly Schedule Highlights: Chicago, Portland, Golden State, and Sacramento have big opportunities ahead. Dean Wade has chance to follow up performance against Celtics.   (43:23) Who will end up as the 4th seed in the East? 

Mar 06
Hawks without Trae Young, Chris Paul returns + Waiver Wire adds

(0:45) – Top Headlines: Max Strus’ 59-foot game-winner, Mavericks frontcourt concerns, Hawks without Trae Young, Chris Paul returns to Warriors, Heat survive injuries and suspension + Duop Reath intrigue (17:40) – Analyzing the 76ers, Knicks and Heat as they battle for Eastern Conference seeding (24:50) - Notable Injury Updates: Bilal Coulibaly, Deni Avdija, Kyle Anderson, and Isaiah Stewart (37:30) – Stock Up/Stock Down: Mikal Bridges and Andre Drummond (46:30) – Weekly Schedule Highlights: Intrigue with the Suns, Nets, Pacers, Hornets and Raptors

Feb 28
Fixing All-Star Weekend, Klay Thompson’s bench role + “Silly Season” stars and duds

(:34) – Top Headlines: All-Star Weekend takeaways, LeBron’s “retirement tour”, Nets fire Jacque Vaughn, Klay Thompson moves to the bench (26:27) – Key injuries: Positive news for the Knicks, more Bulls setbacks + updates on LeBron James, Bradley Beal, Aaron Nesmith and Dyson Daniels (45:29) – Buy, Sell or Hold: Herb Jones, Daniel Gafford + potential “silly season” stars and duds (59:23) – Weekly Schedule Highlights: Circling the Magic, Pistons, Hornets and avoiding the Heat and Grizzlies  

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Feb 21
Wemby’s historic night, Key injuries + All-Star Weekend Preview

(2:43) – Top Headlines: Victor Wembanyama’s historic triple-double, Daniel Gafford and Buddy Hield make immediate impacts after deals to Mavs and 76ers + Hornets viability after deadline moves (19:28) – Notable injuries: Terry Rozier, Malcolm Brogdon, Fred VanVleet, Clint Capela, Onyeka Okongwu, Isaiah Hartenstein, Jamal Murray and Tobias Harris (31:33) – How to navigate the NBA schedule around the All-Star Break + teams to target (39:47) – Biggest surprises and disappointments so far this season + All-Star Game Predictions

Feb 14
Trade Deadline winners + losers, Team-by-team breakdowns

(0:50) – Biggest Trade Deadline Takeaways: Bulls and Lakers stay quiet, teams who “won” Thursday and most impactful players changing teams     (23:40) – Team-by-team Breakdown, Pt. 1: Mavericks, Knicks, Thunder and Suns     (42:20) – Team-by-team Breakdown, Pt. 2: 76ers, Bucks, Celtics, Pacers and Raptors     (52:45) – Team-by-team Breakdown, Pt. 3: Timberwolves, Pistons, Spurs, Grizzlies, Nets and Raptors    

1h 4m
Feb 09
Joel Embiid injured (again), trust level in Ben Simmons + Jonathan Kuminga trending up

(4:30) – Top Headlines: Joe Embiid returns then leaves with injury again, 65-game requirements, banged up Knicks, Ben Simmons and Evan Mobley return, Cade Cunningham’s late scratch Sunday, state of the Lakers (28:00) – More notable injuries + news: Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic, Jalen Williams and Isaiah Joe (32:00) – Buy Low/Sell High: Jonathan Kuminga, Aaron Nesmith and Ayo Dosunmu (36:30) – Previewing reunions for Damian Lillard in Portland and Kevin Durant in Brooklyn (40:00) – Weekly Schedule Highlights: Intrigue with the Grizzlies, Rockets, Hornets, Trail Blazers and Hornets (44:50) – All-Star Game Preview: Reaction to starters announced, projecting the reserves + Steph Curry vs Sabrina Ionescu in the 3-pt conversation

Jan 31
Bucks fire Adrian Griffin, Heat trade for Terry Rozier + more

(0:22) – Top Headlines: Joel Embiid drops 70, Karl-Anthony Towns scores 62 in controversial game, Bucks fired Adrian Griffin, Heat trade for Terry Rozier, Nikola Jokic notches another triple-double   (27:54) – Notable injuries: Tyrese Haliburton, Trae Young, Cade Cunningham, Monte Morris and LeBron James (34:36) – Buy Low/Sell High: D’Angelo Russell, Jabari Walker and Marvin Bagley III   (44:09) – Weekly Schedule Highlights: Circling the Hornets, Wizards, Grizzlies, Suns and Warriors

Jan 25
Pascal Siakam traded, Impact of Joel Embiid’s return + LeBron’s struggles

(1:30) – Top Headlines: Pacers trade for Pascal Siakam, Draymond Green comes back to Warriors, Sixers role players with Joel Embiid back, Victor Wembanyama shows rookie inconsistencies but plenty of promise     (28:00) – Notable injuries: Jalen Brunson, Jaime Jaquez Jr., Ivan Zubac and Deandre Ayton     (48:10) – More Headlines: Dennis Smith Jr. vs Spencer Dinwiddie in Brooklyn, recent struggles of LeBron James, De’Aaron Fox and Scottie Barnes     (59:45) – Weekly Schedule Highlights: Intrigue with Kings, Pelicans, Lakers, Wizards and Rockets

1h 9m
Jan 17
Ja Morant, Tyrese Haliburton + more injured stars

(1:13) – Top Headlines: Kawhi Leonard signs an extension, Ja Morant lost for season, Pistons without Cade Cunningham and Pacers minus Tyrese Haliburton, Joel Embiid sits again (22:33) – More notable injuries: Chris Paul out multiple weeks + latest on Jakob Poeltl, Kyle Lowry and Deandre Ayton (36:54) – Buy Low/Sell High: R.J Barrett, Walker Kessler and Zach LaVine (48:51) – Weekly Schedule Highlights: Bucks, Thunder, Jazz and Timberwolves

Jan 10
Knicks-Raptors trade + Trade value of Mikal Bridges, Klay Thompson

(2:40) – Top Headlines: Pistons snap their skid, impressions of Knicks-Raptors multiplayer trade, Heat and Bulls hit hard by injury bug   (22:30) – More notable injuries: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Dante Exum, Trey Murphy, De’Anthony Melton and Malaki Branham   (39:30) – Buy Low/Sell High: Mikal Bridges, Klay Thompson and Ausar Thompson   (51:20) – Weekly Schedule Highlights: Targeting the Trail Blazers, Grizzlies, Bucks and Magic   (56:00) – Vaughn, Raphielle and Dan hand out “White Elephant” gifts to start off the New Year

1h 5m
Jan 04
Lakers, Pacers lineup changes + Tari Eason, Derrick White’s stock

(1:00) – Top headlines: Reaction to Christmas Day results, Lakers and Pacers make starting lineup changes, Keldon Johnson comes off the bench, Victor Wembanyama sprains ankle + Jordan Clarkson in a reserve role (33:30) – Notable injuries: Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic, Gordon Hayward, LaMelo Ball, Mark Williams and Marcus Smart (49:40) – Drops/Adds + Buy Low/Sell High: Jalen Green, Tari Eason, Derrick White and Bogdan Bogdanovic (1:01:45) – Weekly Schedule Highlights: Circling the Spurs, Nets, Suns and Thunder

1h 7m
Dec 27, 2023
Ja Morant returns, Cavs injuries + Keegan Murray intrigue

(1:00) – Top Headlines: Impact of Ja Morant rejoining the Grizzlies  + analyzing the Warriors rotation  (12:10) – Notable injuries + other news: Shaedon Sharp, Bradley Beal, Darius Garland and Evan Mobley (22:45) – Are the Pistons going to end their losing streak this week? (30:50) – Buy Low/Sell High: Keegan Murray, Tyus Jones and Isaiah Hartenstein (41:30) – Weekly Schedule Highlights: Intrigue with the Magic, Jazz, Pacers, Celtics and Spurs

Dec 21, 2023
Looming Draymond Green suspension, Kyrie and other injuries, + More Buy Low/Sell High candidates

(1:00) – Top Headlines: Possible Draymond Green suspension, Lakers win In-Season Tournament and Luka Doncic shines while Kyrie Irving sits (13:28) – Notable injuries + other news: Paul George, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Victory Wembanyama moves to Center, Nikola Jokic’s premature ejection, Suns get Bradley Beal back but lose Kevin Durant (32:30) – Buy Low/Sell High: Derrick White, Kyle Kuzma, C.J. McCollum and Jalen Green (43:32) – Weekly Schedule Highlights: Circling the Pelicans, Heat, Hornets, Jazz and Wizards

Dec 13, 2023
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, 2023
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, 2023
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, 2023
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, 2023
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, 2023
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, 2023
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, 2023
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, 2023
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, 2023
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, 2023
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, 2023
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, 2023
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, 2023
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, 2023