FANTASY BASKETBALL (Week 17) WAIVER WIRE & CHAMPIONSHIP
This is what your whole season depends on. One final week to decide who is the greatest GM in your league. It has been a great long season with all of you, and now..
LET’S WIN THAT CHAMPIONSHIP!
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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. Goran Dragic
2. Jordan Crawford
3. J.J. Barea
4. Isaiah Thomas
5. Ramon Sessions
6. J.J. Hickson
7. Tristan Thompson
8. Klay Thompson
9. Brandon Knight
10. Gordon Hayward
Sleepers: Greivis Vasquez, Brandon Rush, Glen Daivs, Kemba Walker, Kevin Seraphin, Gerald Henderson
(This is the leaderboard now. It will change at the end of each week)
WAIVER WIRE FOR WEEK CHAMPIONSHIP
SLEEPERS OF THE WEEK: Brandon Rush/Michael Beasley/Anthony Randolph/Glen Davis
*If there is a player on this list you are considering, ask below and I will respond with my thoughts. It also helps if you give me some options you would drop for the player.
A big week of key injuries around the NBA. Kobe Bryant, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Dwight Howard..
Here are guys you can replace them with.
SHOULD NOT BE FREE AGENTS/THAT COULD BE FREE AGENTS:
Klay Thompson: Is all systems go to close out the season. With no more David Lee, he becomes the #1 scorer in this offense. It also benefits Thompson that Brandon Rush now fills in for David Lee which allows Thompson to run with a lot more freedom and a lot less competition. He could be rookie of the year.
Jordan Crawford: Crawford is back on his game. Expect him to do all he can to make a late push for PFBMVP. The category listed above this article.
Greivis Vasquez: Vasquez is handling the point now with no competition for PT. He is getting 30+ Minutes a game and is putting up solid numbers across the board. He is the closest thing to a Goran Dragic outbreak.
Brandon Knight: Knight is playing the best basketball he has all-season. The Pistons have been giving him a lot of PT all year and now he is back to scoring 20+ Points with intangibles. Going into Sunday he has accomplished the feat twice in a row, and his assists are easily at 5+ a game with 3PTM.
Jeff Teague: Teague has been MR. Energy for the Hawks, and you can count on him to put up solid production in the final week. Excuse that 14 minute foul trouble blowout, and expect those assists/steals/blocks to keep coming from the Guard spot.
Kemba Walker: D.J. Augustin has ruined the parade for Kemba to be a breakout player with no competition. Still there is hope that the Bobcats go Kemba heavy to close out the season, he has the potential for 20+ FG attempts a game.
J.J. Barea: Ridnour should be back next week which will make Barea a risky start in weekly fantasy leagues. You can still count on him for his 10 Assists until that happens.
Kyle Lowry: Lowry is still getting back into game-shape, but he has already shown that he is ready to be his vintage self. It will not be long before you get the old Jason Kidd 2.0 back. He is a great add in daily leagues as he can turn it on to close out the season.
J.R. Smith: J.R. is finally finding his role on this Knicks, it is too bad that Amare is returning possibly Wednesday. In daily leagues you have one for sure good game left of J.R. before he becomes waiver wire material.
Jason Richardson: J-Rich is having his last chance of being the go-to-guy for the Magic with no D12. Richardson is guarnteed 10+ FG attempts, and when he gets going you should see 17 Points, with 3 3PTM a game and intangibles.
Jamal Crawford: Now that Aldridge is out for the season, Crawford becomes maybe the best scorer on this team. The Blazers are going to need him to play 30+ Minutes off the bench, and that is a recipe for great fantasy material. The only player that can slow down Jamal Crawford during this stretch is, Jamal Crawford.
J.J. Reddick: J.J. is looking solid in his role as the teams starting SG. He will take about 10+ FG attempts a game, and has the potential for a handful of 3PTM. He does not do much outside of that.
Devin Harris: Harris is the PG for the Jazz, and he is the only way they will make the playoffs. He is playing the best basketball all season right now where he makes 20 Points a game with confidence. Now is the time where he can finally put that 6th round value to use.
Jameer Nelson: Jameer is going to have to be the leader of the Magic if they have any chance of looking strong going into the playoffs. He has no competition for PT, and he will hit 3PTM and rack up assists. Now is a good time to trust him if you need to with no D12 demanding his touches.
J.J. Hickson: J.J. has the world in front of him as he is the only big man that has any skill with the Blazers. LaMarcus Aldridge being declared out for the season was a blessing in disguise for all of those J.J. Hickson owners. Double-Doubles are expected every night going forward.
Danilo Gallinari: Wilson Chandler may be back Sunday which could put a small halt on Gallo’s consistency. But so far as a starter, Gallo has been nothing but consistent for his fantasy owners. A player that you can still trust for 15 Points or more going into the championship week.
Zach Randolph: Z-B0 was a double-double machine for the pass week and a half. The streak ended in his last game, and it will be vital Z-Bo has a big Sunday if you want to start him with confidence. Ether way Z-Bo should be owned with all of his potential.
Brandon Rush: Rush has a great situation in front of him now that David Lee is out for the season. Rush will get points, he will rack up 3PTM, and surprisingly get you blocks. Now would be a good time to go with BRush as 30+ Minutes should come nearly guaranteed going forward.
Amare Stoudemire: Amare will be back Wednesday, and the Knicks are in the heat of the playoff race. It is playoff basketball already in NY, and Amare is ready to continue that.
Michael Beasley: Beasley has another chance to be the Mr. 20 Point, 20 FG attempt player that he is. Kevin Love is most likely done for the season, and if you need a hail marry, Beasley could be your answer.
Brandan Wright: Wright has Anthony Randolph potential written all over him. The only question reamins how consistent will get his 25+ Minutes, and is he trust-worthy enough for 5 games. He is a last resort option in weekly leagues to fill those injured players. High potential.
Dorrell Wright: Wright has been a bust all-season, and now gets one last chance to be a fantasy hero during the championship. Wright will get his minutes now that Brandon Rush is filling in for David Lee more than him.
Marcus Camby: The Cambyman is playing the best basketball he has played all season. 10+ Rebounds comes consistently, he is blocking shots, he is getting steals. Camby is a great player to own in all leagues as he is a true difference-maker.
Glen Davis: With Dwight Howard out for the season, Glen Davis will probably be the most consistent fantasy option on the team. Double-doubles will be expected every night, and the only concern that remains with him is if Dwight Howard changes his mind and comes back earlier.
Anthony Randolph: Randolph has fantasy freak potential. The question for him remains consistency, and the consistency is on Rick Adleman and how many minutes he plays him. Continue to start Randolph in daily leagues until he hits a wall, weekly league owners can take the risk if they need to.
Nikola Pekovic: Pek is getting his 30+ Minutes again, and the double-doubles should come. It should be much easer for Pek to be the 20-10 player he once was now that Kevin Love is gone which takes away a huge rebounder.
Tristan Thompson: Thompson still has to worry about Anderson Varejao who keeps getting his return date pushed back. Thompson has been a bit more consistent than he was a week ago, and if he starts the rest of the way he could be a huge sleeper for the championship week in daily leagues.
Kevin Seraphin: Seraphin has been great replacing Booker and Nene. When both return, you should not expect the same consistency as those rebounds and minutes will decrease significantly. But until they are gone, you can continue to start him in daily leagues.
Bismack Biyombo: Biyombo monster is getting his 30+ Minutes consistently. He is also getting double-double type production more consistently. Could this be a Bismack Biyombo championship run right now? He has 7 more games to show what he’s got.
FANTASY BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP AHEAD
*Next to each team I will list the players in order who you should consider putting in your lineup. If I do not list him, then you can waive him.
San Antonio – Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Stephen Jackson
Charlotte – Kemba Walker, Bismack Biyombo, D.J. Augustin, Derrick Brown, Byron Mullens
Cleveland – Antawn Jamison, Alonzo Gee, *Tristan Thompson (Check the status of Varejao)
Golden State – Klay Thompson, Dorrell Wright, Brandon Rush
Miami – Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Kemba Walker
Philadelphia – Elton Brand, Thaddeus Young, Andre Iguodala, Spencer Hawes, Jrue Holiday
Atlanta – Josh Smith, Joe Johnson, Jeff Teague, Zaza Pachulia
Chicago – Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah
Denver – Danilo Gallinari, Ty Lawson, Manimal, Aaron Afflalo, Andre Miller, Javale McGee, Al Harrington
Detroit- Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince
Houston – Goran Dragic, Marcus Camby, Luis Scola, Kyle Lowry, Courtney Lee, Chandler Parsons
Indiana – Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert, David West, Paul George, George Hill
LA Clippers – Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Randy Foye, Mo Williams, Caron Butler
Memphis – Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley, O.J. Mayo
Milwaukee – Monta Ellis, Brandon Jennings, Ersan Ilysova, Drew Gooden, Carlos Delfino
New Orleans – Greivis Vasquez, Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman,
New York – Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Amare Stoudemire, J.R. Smith
OKC – Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, James Harden
Orlando – Glen Davis, Jason Richardson, Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Ryan Anderson
Phoenix – Marcin Gortat, Steve Nash, Channing Frye
Washington – Jordan Crawford, John Wall, Kevin Seraphin
Boston – Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Brandon Bass
Dallas – Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Brandan Wright
LA Lakers – Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Ramon Sessions, World Peace
Minnesota – J.J. Barea, Nikola Pekovic, Michael Beasley, Anthony Randolph
New Jersey – Deron Williams, Kris Humphries, Gerald Green
Portland – J.J. Hickson, Raymond Felton, Jamal Crawford, Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews
Sacramento – DeMarcus Cousins, Marcus Thornton, Isaiah Thomas, Tyreke Evans
Toronto – DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson, Ed Davis
Utah – Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Devin Harris, Gordon Hayward
For Start’EM/Sit’EM, post a question in the comments and I will respond.