FANTASY BASKETBALL (WEEK 14) WAIVER WIRE & PLAYOFFS
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BEAST DOME: PLAYOFF FANTASY BASKETBALL MVP CANDIDATES.
*In order to be thee PLAYOFF FANTASY BASKETBALL MVP the “Player” must be someone that was not drafted in a majority of leagues to start the season.
1. Jordan Crawford
2. Ramon Sessions
3. Tristan Thompson
4. Chris Kaman
5. Klay Thompson
6. Brandon Knight
7. Bismack Biyombo
8. Gordon Hayward
9. Kemba Walker
10. Nate Robinson
(This is the leaderboard now. It will change at the end of each week)
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Fantasy Basketball Playoffs. What we have been playing for all season comes down to one week. You could be the top team all season, then lose it away because you were not focused on making sure your roster is elite. That is why I am here to help.
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(Players are ranked on who I would own)
1. Jordan Crawford- Jordan Crawford is easily the #1b, #2, #3 scorer on this team. He will take 16+ FG attempts every night, and his ceiling has no limit. He has the upside that will make him a fantasy playoff MVP candidate. Must-Own/Must-Start in all Leagues.
2. Ramon Sessions- Ramon is the man for the Lakers. All that potential you saw with him riding behind Kyrie Irving is now being blasted into full gear. The Laker nation loves him, and the 3×2 potential numbers are there. Kyle Lowry is Jason Kidd 2.0. Ramon Sessions is Jason Kidd 3.0, if you want a good idea of his potential. Must-Own/Must Start in all Leagues.
3. Klay Thompson- The future continues to be now for Klay. He is the go-to guy on offense and should see upwards of 20+ FG attempts a night. He will knock down a lot of 3PTM in the process. The downside to Klay is the depth behind him with Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush there who should be factors less often than you think. Must-Own/Must Start in a majority of Leagues.
4. Tristan Thompson- Beast mode alert when he is out there. Rebounds, blocks, steals, maybe double digit points. He is very explosive. He also is a player that at times can disappoint. He is the starting center for at least this week and probably most of next. I would snag him. Must-Own/ Must Start in a majority of Leagues.
5. Wilson Chandler- If Wilson was placed into this situation right now at the start of the season. He would be a 4th round pick. His upside to fill the box score with no Gallo on the roster is too huge to not have on any roster. He also does it at the rare position of forward. The only downside is the hand of Coach Karl who plays musical chairs with his lineup far too often. Must-Own/ Must Start in a majority of Leagues.
6. Brandon Knight- The Pistons season is nearly over, and that means it is time for Brandon Knight to show Detroit what he’s got. He has been playing heavy minutes all season, so in no way is he a rookie anymore. Pick him up, he will be a huge difference maker down the line. Must-Own/Must Start in a majority of Leagues.
7. Goran Dragic– Kyle Lowry is at least out another week, which means Dragic gets another shot to get 10+ assists. He should continue to get his opportunities with no competition for PT. Dragic really fills up the stat sheet and has Jeremy Lin 2.0 potential. Must-Own All Leagues/Must Start in a majority of Leagues.
8. Bismack Biyombo- The Congo Sensation has the best playoff schedule. He also got praised from coach Silas that he will continue to see 30+ Minutes if not 40 the rest of the way. His block potential is too huge to leave on any waiver wire. You can easily win the blocks category in your fantasy playoff matchup solely on him. *Byron Mullens had a big game Saturday, which is a bit worrisome. We will see if coach Silas holds true to his word on running him out there. Must-Own in all Leagues.
9. Wesley Matthews– As a starter Matthews is showing the potential we all hoped for when drafting him. He has 20 3PTM in his first 5 starts. That is 4 per game, and averaging nearly 18 a game during that span. Must-Own in all Leagues.
10. Nate Robinson– Golden State needs to sell tickets with this terrible squad. Stephen Curry is pretty much done for the season, which means you can expect solid performances every night, with very nice assist potential. *The big game of Jenkins certainly has people worried about Nate potential to be a starter the rest of the way. Must-Own in 10 Team Leagues.
11. J.J. Barea- Barea is looking great recently for the T-Wolves giving them an engine that makes them a very high scoring team. Assists will come, points will come, the only risk is if he has a bad game what will the T-Wolves do. For now I would rather own him than Luke Ridnour. The potential is very high. *A thigh injury makes him a risk for this week. Should still be great when healthy. Must-Own in 10 Team Leagues.
12. Jared Dudley– Dudley has cooled down. Probably not a player you want to count on, but someone that can get hot and put together some 20+ Point games. Must-Own in 10 Team Leagues.
13. Jason Thompson- Thompson is having his hot streak of the season. Of course we want to hope it will keep going, but I would not start him over a guy who has been proven all season. While he was dominating, Tyreke Evans was not 100% or DeMarcus Cousins was in foul trouble. As they both get going again, Thompson’s role will slowly decrease. Must-Own in 10 Team Leagues.
14. Gordon Hayward– The Jazz look to Hayward to be the SG they never had all season. So far he has been performing very well with potential to score 20+ any night with great intangibles. He is Jordan Crawford on a less consistent level. Must-Own in 10 Team Leagues.
15. Luke Ridnour – Luke is slowly losing the force, and starting to lose some value now that J.J. Barea looks like the much more explosive provider for the team. The Wolves are still a high scoring team, so Luke will still get his assists. Just not every night like you expected. Must-Own in 10 Team Leagues.
16. Spencer Hawes- Hawes is starting to look like the player he was before all the injuries. He should get better and more conditioned by the time the season ends, and you can expect some nice double-double lines down the future. He could be a huge sleeper for Playoff Fantasy MVP. Must-Own in 10 Team Leagues.
17. Evan Turner- Turner has been nothing short of a disappointment since his breakout week. The fact he showed he is cable of it, and still getting 30 Minutes means you should stash him on your bench if you can. A lot of owners were impatient and dropped him. You can try to pick up the pieces and stash him until he gets it going again or starts shooting double digit attempts again. Must-Own in 10 Team Leagues.
18. Brook Lopez- Brook is due back in 2 weeks. We remember how many shot attempts he will take a game as he thinks he is the best scoring big man to walk the planet. If you have the roster space add him as he can be a huge star in the clutch weeks of the playoffs. Must-Own in 10 Team Leagues.
19. Eric Gordon- Gordon is preparing to play to finish the season. There is a good chance he becomes completely useless, or even shuts it down. But the potential to have a 2nd round pick who will play 30+ Minutes is too good to leave on the waiver wire. Must-Own in 10 Team Leagues.
20. Raymond Felton- He could grab 10 Assists every now and then. He can also have horrendous games. I would personally look for better options, but he does have some nice solid potential with a Blazer lineup w/o Wallace or Camby which gives him a longer leash. Must-Own in 10 Team Leagues.
21. Isaiah Thomas- Isaiah has been a starter despite all of the Sacramento fantasy star shifting. His value does take a hit with Tyreke Evans being back to his usual self, you can still expect high-end Darren Collison numbers, which include around double-digit scoring and solid 6+ Assists. Must-Own in 10 Team Leagues.
22. Brandon Bass- Bass is being very aggressive offensively. The Celtics like him and they want him to run as many minutes as he can as Boston makes a run for the playoffs. You should count on double-digit rebounds and solid scoring the rest of the way. Must-Own in 10 Team Leagues.
23. Alonzo Gee- Gee continues to get opportunities, but he also continues to drop in value as Tristan Thompson develops a larger role. The potential for big nights are there, but that are nights that are pretty mediocre. Must-Own in 10 Team Leagues.
24. Jerryd Bayless- Calderon is keeping his value alive by going 0/10 from the field. His potential is too high as you may remember last week to forget his must-start when he has the job. Although the season is coming to an end, and there is no full-time job. You still have to be prepared to have a superstar in your lineup. Must-Own in 12 Team Leagues.
25. Jamal Crawford- Jamal is seeing nice minutes off the bench, but more importantly a lot of FG attempts. The Blazers will let him do whatever he wants off the bench, some nights he will be starter worthy, some nights he will be reserve quality. If you need a spark plug, you can take a risk with him. Must-Own in 12 Team Leagues.
26. Stephen Jackson- Captain Jack is back on a team where he has a role. He is looking very good in limited minutes and should surpass rookie Kawhi Leonard by the end of the week. The spurs trust veterans, and Stephen Jackson certainly falls in that category. Must-Own in 12 Team Leagues.
27. Chandler Parsons- Parsons does a bit of everything. Like Brandon Knight he has seen big minutes as a starter pretty much all season long. He is no rookie, and remains a decent stat sheet filler. A poor man Wilson Chandler. Must-Own in 12 Team Leagues.
28. Jason Kidd– Kidd is an interesting option. Some nights he will up the box score, other nights you will wish he was on your bench. He is going to be a vital part of the Mavs making the playoffs. Must-Own in 12 Team Leagues.
29. Courtney Lee- Lee has some nice fantasy potential, but the fact that he remains inconsistent and has Kevin Martin returning soon, there is not a lot of reason to grab him. He may play this full week as a starter, he may only play one game. I would personally let him sit on the wire. Ownable in 12 Team Leagues.
30. Charles Jenkins- Going 13/22 from the field will get everyones attention. The fact that GS is trying to lose and sell tickets may mean it is still the Nate Robinson show. If Jenkins goes off again, that is a different story and will be worth the add in all leagues. Ownable in 12 Team Leagues.
31. D.J. Augustin- D.J. is slowly fading, but he still has potential to put up some big nights. The Bobcats do not have many trustworthy players on a consistent basis. If anything he should get around 5 Assists. Be aware of Kemba Walker stealing his minutes. Ownable in 12 Team Leagues.
32. Kirk Hinrich- Now a full-time starter Hinrich gets 30+ Minutes. He is still not that great of a player, but he can give you a decent amount of assists and a couple 3PTM every game. You can do a lot worse than owning him, but you can also do a lot better. Ownable in 12 Team Leagues.
33. Kenneth Faried- Faried has potential to be a fantasy beast. The problem with him is he sees minutes as consistently as Serge Ibaka, which is an overstatement. He would be lucky to see 30 a game, which makes him too risky despite his hustle and rebounding potential. Ownable in 12 Team Leagues.
34. J.R. Smith- J.R. is seeing more minutes under coach Woodson, but he is still a limited inconsistent fantasy option with Landry Fields ahead of him on the depth chart. I would stash him if I had the roster space, for now do not feel it is a necessity to own him. Ownable in 12 Team Leagues.
35. Jason Smith– Smith not only has a suspension looming, but Carl Landry is back. The Hornets are too deep at the PF spot, and Kaman has a strong hold of the center job. Not enough minutes to go around. Ownable in 12 Team Leagues.
FANTASY PLAYOFF S WEEK 1 AHEAD:
Playoffs Week 1 Playoff Sleeper MVPs
Jarrett Jack (5 Games)- Jack has been playing amazing as of late and is coming off a week where had a 3×2. This may be his last week to impress as Eric Gordon nears his return. With 5 games roll the dice and start Jack over a majority of great guards.
Roy Hibbert (5 Games)- Hibbert is starting to come into his own as a the biggest man on the court nearly every night. The Pacers will continue to feed their monster, and with 5 games you should feed him into your fantasy lineup.
Danny Granger (5 Games)- Granger is finally starting to show everyone that it is his still his team in Indiana. He will start getting off more shot attempts, and is a no brainer in every lineup.
Chris Kaman (5 Games)- Kaman has been a beast for a long time. He is a consistent 20 Point threat with great rebounding and block numbers. On most of nights he is the #1 option for New Orleans, making him a top quality option on your fantasy roster.
Playoffs Week 1 Potential Killers of the Week
Nikola Pekovic (4 Games)- Great chance he does not return until Friday. He may not even play this week making him a must-bench player.
J.J. Barea (4 Games)- J.J. could miss one game this week which would make him a risky option for the rest of the week. I will personally bench him, but give him some nice expectations when he returns.
Nate Robinson (4 Games)- Nate now has some competition for PT, and may even miss Tuesdays game against the Lakers. We all want to see him succeed, but chances are he will not. Jenkins will get some PT to see what he can bring to the table in Golden State.
Derrick Rose (4 Games)- Rose may be back this week, but then again he is not worth the risk. Unless you have garbage options to replace him in your lineup, you are better off not taking the gamble that he will be be an elite or even useful fantasy option this week.
Jared Dudley (3 Games)- Dudley has not been as consistent as he was a couple weeks ago. With three games I will pass to make sure I do not get a dud in my fantasy box score.
Ray Allen (4 Games)- With Ray questionable for Monday, it is not worth the risk to plug him in your lineup. If he plays three games, they are not all guaranteed good/great. One dud, and you have a dud chance of winning your matchup.
Tim Duncan (3 Games)- Timmy has been great, but now a threat for a DNP in a 3 game week could really damage your season. I would not take the risk unless I really had nobody to start. One bad game, and one DNP means you have a huge disadvantage to win your matchup.
Tony Parker (3 Games)- 3 Games, a bad hamstring, and a team that is known for DNPs. Check please.
Jason Terry (3 Games)- Terry should get his chances to have a big week, but he also has been very inconsistent and the clunkers have been coming more often than one would hope. He is only for the owners who are desperate.
Shawn Marion (3 Games)- Shawn Marion has not been a good fantasy option since coming back from injury. The 35 Minute games are long gone with all the depth, and Marion is a bench option in a 3 game week.
Jason Kidd (3 Games)- Too risky to begin with, in 3 games I will definitely pass. He is a solid source of intangible stats when he has a 4 or 5 game week. No gimme’s in a 3 game week.
Mike Conley (3 Games)- 3 Games may not be enough to guarantee a good week for Conley. If you have better options, use them. 30 Points and 30 Assists with 9 Steals would be considered a great week. See if you can top that with a bench option.
Channing Frye (3 Games)- Frye is very inconsistent. He has not been hot all week, and if you are extremely weak at the Center position, that is the only reason to play him in a 3 game week.
Grant Hill (3 Games)- Hill puts up mediocre numbers on most nights. In a week of 3 games, I will pass on the chance that he does not explode for 20+ Points. I will pass when setting my lineup.
Evan Turner (3 Games)- The Turner show has come to an end, and in 3 games I will not be tuning in. Hope that you play an owner who still believes.
Elton Brand (3 Games)- If Brand struggles in one game, and the 76ers decide to go Thaddeus Young heavy then you only have a low-end double- double guy for two games.
Thaddeus Young (3 Games)- Thaddeus is a great option, but in a 3 game week he is a bit risky. One bad game and you are done as he usually does not explode for games that have two game quality. I would look for a better option.
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