Fantasy Basketball: Danilo Gallinari Back to Full Strength

Danilo Gallinari - Denver Nuggets

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Fantasy basketball owners concerned over the production of Denver Nuggets SF Danilo Gallinari after recent ailments slowed him down can rest easy after a big performance Tuesday.

His recent performances had to be a concern for owners during the stretch run towards the fantasy playoffs. It all started when he missed two games before the All Star Break with a sinus infection. He returned right after the break and dropped 26 points against the Boston Celtics and all looked well and good. In the next contest against the Washington Wizards, however, he struggled through 28 minutes and took just five shots. After the game it was revealed he suffered a thigh bruise, and the next night in Charlotte, he gave it a go but could play only 15 minutes.

Gallo missed the next two games to rest up before returning March 1 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he played just 22 minutes and went 2-for-7 from the field. He followed that up with another seven-point performance in 27 minutes, and at that point it was evident he still wasn’t back to form.

Just as the worries had to really start sinking in for the Nuggets and fantasy owners alike, ‘The Rooster’ put everyone at ease with 23 points Tuesday night against the Sacramento Kings. He played over 35 minutes for the first time since the Boston game and had arguably his best three-point shooting performance of 2013 as he went 5-for-6 from beyond the arc; his most threes made in a game since the calendar turned. He was also a perfect 4-for-4 from the line and finished 7-for-11 overall while adding four rebounds and four assists.

When at his best, Gallinari is a very good scorer and three-point shooter who also averages around five rebounds per game and can contribute a few assists, blocks and steals here and there as well. A very reliable fantasy option, owners can now breathe easy that he is past the thigh injury that hampered his production for over a week.

Rich Arleo is a fantasy sports expert with Rant Sports. Be sure to follow him on Twitter and ‘Like’ him on Facebook.

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