FANTASY BASKETBALL: PLAYOFFS & WAIVER WIRE 4/12
Since the season is coming down to the wire, I will do the Daily Show with a new style. There will be Headlines, Waiver Wire look, and then daily notes from your fantasy players if there is any news to report.
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Derrick Rose came back to have maybe the worst fantasy performance of all-time for him. 1/13 shooting with 2 Points. Luckily he had 8 Assists, but he was an enigma to the team who looked much better with C.J. Watson who hit big shots and the Bulls were +38 with him on the court, as compared to Rose who was -27. Rose should be fine and bounce back with a big game.
No Kevin Love meant Derrick Williams had one last chance to show the Fantasy World what he’s got. 1/7 Shooting, with 5 Rebounds, 4 Points, and 2 Blocks was terrible in the start. To make matters worst, Michael Beasley had 14 Points and 10 Rebounds, while Anthony Randolph was dominant again with 16 Points, 9 Rebounds, and 3 Blocks. The Wolves will most likely go in a rotation with those three moving forward.
Stephen Curry could return this weekend for the Warriors. If he does, it will be interesting to see how long he lasts, and if he lasts. This certainly puts a wet blanket over Klay Thompson who has been inconsistent but had a big 24 Points, 8 Assist, 7 Rebound night. The return of Curry will mean less chances for Klay to be effective.
DAILY WAIVER WIRE LOOK:
PLAYERS WHO SHOULD BE OWNED:
Nikola Pekovic had 17 Points and 6 Rebounds in 32+ Minutes. It was encouraging to see him play 30+ Minutes, and his lines could be in for a huge upgrade if Kevin Love continues to miss time. I would not be surprised to see his production go up after this game.
PLAYERS WHO CAN BE OWNED:
J.J. Barea did all he could to make sure Luke Ridnour gets a chance to get his starting PG spot. Barea was great in the 1st Half with 10 Assists, but then ended up finishing the game with 10 Assists and turning the ball over time after time, he ended up with 7 TOs on the night. Ridnour could be back in the next game for Minnesota. Barea is very risky moving forward after this performance.
PLAYERS TO LEAVE SCOUTING:
Brandan Wright came back from the grave to play 32+ Minutes with 16 Points, 9 Rebounds, and 2 Blocks. Wright has the potential for monster lines, but his PT has been very sporadic all season long. A few weeks ago he went on a similar run like tonight for a few games, only to go back to the bench.
DAILY FANTASY NOTES:
Greg Monroe breaks out with 25 Points, 11 Rebounds and a block/steal combo. The best part about this line was he did it in 3 quarters the Bobcats blew out the Pistons.
David Lee continues to put up huge numbers with no offense around him scoring 30 Points with 8 Rebounds and 6 Assists. For now he will be the most overrated fantasy option going into next season.
Carlos Boozer had another big game and has quietly been averaging over a double-double in his last 10 games. Booz Crooz is taking tickets to the fantasy championship after his 19 Points and 11 Rebounds.
Dirk was Dirk with 27 Points and 0 Rebounds. He is as one dimensional as it gets from a 1st round fantasy level, if he ever will be again. Shawn Marion plays less than 30 Minutes, and the Jet gets 14 Points.
Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and Lebron James all had solid nights. This typically does not happen, but both Wade and Bosh were over 20 Points with plenty of intangibles, while Lebron was his normal self with 30 Points, 5 Rebounds, and 6 Assists. All players will be huge to close out the season as the Heat look to have momentum into the playoffs.
Zach Randolph got another double-double, and he is nearly back to his premium form. Once he starts scoring more, it will be game over. Marc Gasol made his game nice off a 5/8 shooting with 14 Points and 10 Rebounds. Rudy Gay continues to take 20+ FG attempts, but only ended up with 19 Points and 5 Rebounds.
Tim Duncan & Manu Ginobili both had vintage games, and Tony Parker played over 35+ Minutes. Duncan had a solid 28 Points, 12 Rebounds, and 2 Blocks. Ginobili had 20 Points, 6 Rebounds, 4 Assists on 11/11 from the FT line. The Spurs remain an inconsistent bunch, but their potential for nights like this are possible.
Chris Paul had one of his weaker games in sometime with 8 Points, 8 Assists, and 4 Rebounds. Somehow the Clippers won the game as Blake Griffin continues to get nice assists numbers with 5, to go along with his monster double-doubles of 19 Points and 13 Rebounds.