Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: Knicks who can help you win

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The New York Knicks snapped a franchise-record 18-game home losing streak and won all four quarters for the first time this season in a rousing win over the visiting San Antonio Spurs on Sunday afternoon. The win stopped the Knicks from dubiously tying the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks for the longest home losing streak in NBA history.

Several widely available fantasy assets contributed to New York’s impressive showing in the Garden, with Damyean Dotson leading the way with a season-high 27 points, thanks to hitting a career-best eight 3-pointers. Dotson now has 47 points the past two games, thanks largely to sinking nearly 60 percent of his 3-point attempts. Afforded a starting gig and with unfettered freedom to create his shot for a retooling franchise, Dotson, who is rostered in fewer than five percent of ESPN leagues, is an intriguing flier, given this recent surge in success.8

If Dotson was the surprising standout for New York, top prospect Kevin Knox’s emergence as a productive scorer in the wake of the break is a bit more expected. Knox finished second among players eligible at power forward on Sunday’s light slate in DraftKings points thanks to his second career double-double. A rising usage rate and potential for solid raw scoring and rebounding results, if sometimes ugly percentages, blend to support strong streaming value for this rookie forward.

Dennis Smith Jr. is now slashing for 16.1 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 6.9 APG, and 2.2 combined steals and blocks in 30 MPG in nine games, all starts, for the Knicks thus far. Last night saw DSJ produce a blend of poster-worthy dunks and highlight dimes (13 of them!), as he joined Trey Burke as the only players to tally at least 10 assists in a game for the Knicks this season.

Mitchell Robinson exploded for 15 points and 14 boards with five swats, moving him into ninth place in the NBA in total blocks as a rookie playing just 18 MPG. Robinson hasn’t played enough minutes to qualify for the league lead in block percentage (rate of 2-point field goals blocked while on the court), but for some context as to how special his rim protection proves, Myles Turner leads the NBA with an 8.9 percent block percentage. Robinson, meanwhile, currently sports a 10.4 percent block rate.

A lack of meaningful minutes and a troubling foul rate, undoubtedly tethered trends, seem to the be the only thing in the way of statistical stardom for Robinson, who appears to have league-winning block upside in his future. If the coaching staff in New York continues to trust Robinson — he played 30 minutes yesterday for just the second time in his pro career — he’s a savvy addition to consider in the twothirds of ESPN leagues where he’s still a free agent.