We’re almost there! It’s almost the time of dunks, crappy exhibition games, and most importantly – the time of getting injured players back. Last night only had 2 games on the schedule, so it’s going to be a short wrap up today! In the first game, the Wizards had a solid win over the Pacers, with a final score of 111-98. The Pacers just didn’t manage any big performances. The second game was a lot more interesting, as Jimmy Butler won it with clutch free throws after a very questionable foul call on Marcus Smart. 104-103 Bulls win.
With the regular season drawing to a close, the waiver wire is starting to get pretty sparse, so today I’ll just talk about a few highlight players, and you can ask me about individual situations in the comments below! As a bonus, feel to ask me anything else you feel like – basketball or non basketball related. I’m an open book for today!
Terrence Ross – I’m not quite sure how he’ll blend into the Orlando rotation, but I could definitely see some major playing time as the team kicks his tires a bit. A nice speculative add in the wake of the Serge Ibaka trade.
I was incredibly lazy with the title today, but honestly, no performances stuck out to me last night. Westbrook and Harden did their thing, but they basically hit their averages. The Cavaliers were completely gassed heading into OKC. The Mavs beat the Jazz in OT, but come on, Dallas isn’t exactly relevant at the moment… The wunderkind Yogi Ferrell, didn’t exactly make a huge splash this game either. Overall, it was a pretty chill night in the association. That being said, let’s have some notes!
Sorry for not posting last week everyone! I’ve been a bit under the weather lately. Before we kick off the updated list, we have some basketball to talk about!
As many of you may have heard, Yogi Ferrell had an absolutely epic scoring performance against the Blazers, and now his ownership is up to 50% already. If you got him, I’d hold til he cools off, but if you didn’t, I wouldn’t worry too much. He puts way too much leg into his jumper to maintain accuracy, and that’s partially because he’s undersized. On top of that, he has a bit of a hitch as well. I think he’ll end up being a solid bench spark in the league, but it wouldn’t be surprise me if this was the only time in his career that he’s 10 team relevant. He probably will flirt with 12er relevance with injuries, but that’s not a must add.
Superman is here! Superman is back in the building! Dwight Howard got his revenge in Houston with an absolutely monster game. I’m just here to remind everyone that Howard is still an elite big man, especially on defense. Sure, he isn’t the man, but he is a game changer. Capela had a good game, but he didn’t stand a chance against Howard’s physicality. Dwight’s efficiency destroyed them (11-13 for 24 points).
So this isn’t a basketball intro, but it was probably the biggest news of the night! In a game where the Thunder were playing the terrible Mavs squad, Kanter managed to work himself up enough to punch the bench chair… Unfortunately, he’s now out for 6 weeks. Kanter had been putting up 4th round value recently, so this is a big blow to fantasy owners and the Thunder.
Austin Rivers is finally busting out, and showing the ability that we all knew he had. It appears that biggest factors in this breakout are minutes and confidence. Rivers is playing with swagger now, and the numbers bear that out. Over the last two weeks he’s averaging a slash line of 17.2/2.3/4.3/0.5/0.3 with 2.2 treys, 48% FG and 80% from the stripe. He’s a must-own while CP3 is out, and frankly, he should be a solid part of the Clippers future from here on out. Unfortunately he’s now just over 50% owned in most leagues, so this is the last call on Rivers. Please go get him…
Secondly, I would just like to point out what a miserable team the Sacramento Kings are. Rudy Gay is out now, yet nobody gained any value. How is that even possible??? Gay’s injury opened up 34 minutes per game of playing time, and the result is negligible! Come on man!
Anywaysssssss, here are the updated wire recommendations for the week:
The Knickerbockers continue to stink it up, with a heartbreaking loss to Wizards. Melo put up an incredible 25 points in the second quarter, but only managed to finish the game with 34. The Knicks made a valiant comeback effort at the end, but the hustle and determination of John Wall stymied their efforts. This game was quite depressing because it really hammered the point home that Melo is not who he used to be. Sure, the flashes of brilliance are there, but a younger Anthony would’ve pushed 50 points without a problem. On that somber note, let’s get into the rest of the evening!
Over the last few games, Kelly Olynyk has established himself in the Boston front-court. His ability to space the floor really makes him a deadly weapon in the Celtics already stacked lineup. At only 26% ownership, I highly recommend his solid mix of points, boards, and 3s. Plus, he’s been assisting at a high rate, and even blocking a shot here and there. Give him a look!
Without further ado, here are this weeks updated pickups.
No headline player this week, but we do have a fancy graphic that I threw together in a couple minutes… I would not be averse to someone making me a cool graphic to headline this series *hint hint.* Anyway, lets dive in! The big change this week revolves around the hawks. Their wings certainly gain some value with Kyle Korver packing his bags and moving out. I’d say Tim Hardaway Jr. is borderline must-own, at least, until we see how Mike Dunleavy factors in.