In this fantasy corner, besides the usual fantasy recommendations, we are all about weird and interesting stats. Some of them mean a lot for team and player performances and some of them mean absolutely nothing (remember the infamous number 2 Bane game). The stat that caught my eye this week has to do with the stumbling Lakers and the effect LeBron has on this team. Since the All-Star Break the Lakers are 0-9 when LeBron does not score 50 points or more, which you can certainly say is a bad look for his supporting cast. Of course it is common knowledge that he had a huge say on how this team is constructed and that stat alone does not describe how many points he gives up on the other end, which are truthfully a lot. Just take a lot at the following clip that summarizes the Lakers season and to an extent their superstars both on the offensive and the defensive side.
But still the above statistic is a testament to how bad of a season the Lakers are having and how much of an impact the 37-year old LeBron is having.
Regarding last week’s suggestions , Trendon Watford continues to play big minutes and contribute, with an emphasis on stocks that can be fantasy championship winning. The same can be said for Bruce Brown who also had a very productive week. Drew Eubanks and Taurean Prince round out a particularly pleasing set of “Buy” suggestions from last week, while Derrick White did nothing to convince me he is not a drop candidate so his “Sell” status is still in full effect.
Jaxson Hayes: If you need an injection of big man stats for the final championhip push, look no further than Hayes, who is taking advantage of Brandon Ingram’s sidelining and has drastically increased his playing time. He can rebound, score efficiently, block, and will chip in with the occasional three-pointer so check your wire and react accordingly (45% owned).
Bones Hyland: The minutes have not been always there for Hyland this season, but lately he has secured a steady 24-minute role off the bench for Denver. This has allowed him to perform as a top 80 player during the last two weeks, mainly due to his playmaking and scoring. He can be a volatile option but he is worth the stream especially with two games remaining this week (45% owned).
Kris Dunn: Some fantasy matchups get very close in specific categories and you need to stream the right guy in order to win those. Dunn can be the right guy when we are talking primarily about steals and assists. Since joining Portland on a 10-day contract, he is averaging 2 steals and 5.6 assists in 25 minutes per game. The rest of the line can be categorized as ugly, but if you need a major boost in the above categories, look no further (15% owned).
Tyus Jones: Purely a streaming option for this week, as Memphis play two back-to-back games, so you can drop him for an extra stream on Sunday. Ja Morant missed the last game with a right knee injury and will presumably miss at least one of those games so you can lean on Jones for some useful guard stats with low turnovers. Games played can be key during fantasy playoffs so make sure you maximize them for your team. (10% owned).
Aaron Gordon: Despite some hot stretches in the season Gordon continues to underwhelm as a fantasy contributor for another year. His last month has been particularly disappointing as he is ranked outside the top 200 and his only barely positive contribution to your fantasy team is fg%. Needless to say, in the fantasy playoffs you don’t have the luxury to keep underperforming players in your roster so stream his spot with confidence (75% owned)