I won’t put you to sleep with a long and drawn out introduction today, as I‘m sure you all want to learn who to pickup to help your team win in the fantasy playoffs, so I will just make a brief mention of my awe for the performances Stephen Curry has been blessing us with during the last month or so. In his last 20 games he is averaging 33.6 points, 5.5 triples on 50%/90.7% shooting. Unreal… As unreal as some of the plays he has made during this streak, like this one.
Ridiculous. I also read that if Steph was to go 0/500 for his next 3-point attempts and then immediately retire, he would still have a better 3pt% than Ray Allen. His MVP case is getting stronger by the day, especially when you consider the talent around him or more precisely the lack of it. Even fans in Philly have acknowledged the fact with MVP chants for him.
Regarding last week’s suggestions, Facundo Campazzo has not dazzled with his performances, but with Monte Morris injured on top of Jamal Murray being sidelined, I still like him as a valuable playoff contributor. Marcus Morris also will continue to benefit from Kawhi’s injury that will cost him at least the next 3 games while Jalen McDaniels continues to have a solid 32 minutes role in Charlotte. Finally, “Sell” candidates Millsap and Harrell continued being non-factors in fantasy.
Bruce Brown: With the Nets missing two of their All-Stars, Bruce Brown seems like a good streaming option for this week. His rebounding is elite for a guard of his size with 8.3 rebounds during the last two weeks and he is a consistent contributor in steals with 2.3 in the same time frame. Look for him to continue to start with Kevin Durant sidelined in the remaining three games that the Nets have this week (17% owned).
De’Anthony Melton: Melton returned with a bang from his spell on the sidelines with a monster game against the Nuggets. Of course, he won’t average six triples moving forward, but he has proved that he can produce fantasy value even with around 25 minutes per game. The fact that the Grizzlies play three more games this week and have a game this coming Monday only adds to his streaming appeal, especially for managers in need of steals and triples without many turnovers (18% owned).
Moe Harkless: Don’t look now, but Moe Harkless is producing top 100 fantasy value during the last two weeks. He looks reinvigorated after his trade to Sacramento and is a member of the elite 1/1/1 (triples, steals, and blocks) club during that span. He is still more of a deeper league suggestion due to his often inconsistent minutes, but he is a serious add candidate in 14-teamers or deeper, especially for fantasy builds that need those defensive stats to win the respective categories (3% owned).
Injured All-Stars: It’s the fantasy playoffs for the majority of leagues and the time for immediate production has come. As we discussed with Son in our latest podcast, fantasy owners don’t have the luxury to wait for star players to return in the coming week, when their fantasy season is on the line. Zach LaVine, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Lebron James, and Myles Turner are some of the names that fantasy owners need to consider cutting from their teams if they need some live bodies to help them with their current matchup. It is a tough decision to flat out drop your best fantasy player but sometimes it is a necessary one in your quest for fantasy glory.
Lou Williams: His latest 22 point game was nice but even that line does not warranty fantasy ownership and he was on a single-digit scoring streak for three games prior. He is not worth owning after his trade to Atlanta and his days of fantasy relevance are unfortunately apparently over (40% owned).