If you’re looking for fantasy basketball salvation this Easter weekend, Andre Drummond may be the closest your team gets playoff savior. He’s the missing link, drop everything and go pick him up! After missing two months with a back injury, rookie Andre Drummond returned to the court last night to start at center and scored 17 points (80 FG%) with 4 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Drums has massive rebounding upside that we didn’t even see last night. In 13 January games before the injury, Dre averaged 8.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. Translation: dude is an absolute beast on the boards. You can ask Greg Monroe (11 pts, 13 reb), Andre’s words-with-friend and personal mentor. With Drums figuring to be a huge part of the future of the Pistons, it’s hard to imagine they won’t give him every opportunity to play in the few games there is left. Drummond’s free throw percentage is rough, but the defensive stats are there and his upside alone makes him a great add in all leagues, especially for those in need of rebounds and blocks.  With the waiver wire scraps getting thinner by the day, Andre Drummond could definitely warrant a spot on your fantasy playoff roster.

Here’s what else happened in fantasy basketball Friday night:

John Wall – 35 pts, 9 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl. The more I keep saying that I’m going to own Wall next year, the more hype he continues to get and the less likely I am to actually have a chance to draft him. It’s a slippery slope this fantasy business.

Moe Harkless – 18 pts, 9 reb. I told you to BUY Moe last week. It’s good advice, no one trusts me more than me.

Tobias Harris – 30 pts, 2 3pm, 11 reb, 3 stl, 3 blk. His name is TOBY! He’s averaging 19.7 pts, 9.7 rebs and 3.3 asts over the past week and has been one of the biggest fantasy adds of the year. Good for you for picking him up!

Beno Udrih – 10 pts, 4 reb, 9 ast (2-8 fgm). Not the prettiest fantasy line but if you’re scraping for assists, Beno’s getting plenty of burn. Burned beanos normally not very good, but Udrih’s probably the best option available if you need dimes. (Besides Old James on the corner, of course. He’s got the best stuff in town.)

Damien Wilkins – 7 pts, 3 reb, 6 ast, 2 blk, 1 stl. Another assists option, Wilkins is usually a better scorer than he was Friday and might provide more points upside than Udrih might. He’s averaging 14.3 pts over the past two weeks. Give him a look.

Shaun Livingston – 10 pts, 6 ast, 3 reb (5-15 fgm) See Udrih, Beno and Wilkins, Damien. Livingston is probably my least favorite option of the three, but he remains an option, and until Kyrie Irving decides to return, he is Cleveland’s starting point guard. Sorry Cavs fans.

Tyler Zeller – 14 pts, 10 reb, 3 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk. Hey Cavs fans, double-double for T-Zells! Give it up! He also had this nice little one handed slam-a-jam. That’s something, right? Right!?

Mike Scott – 19 pts, 3 reb. Michael Scott came up huge for the Hawks–and that’s what she said!

Anthony Tolliver – 15 pts, 7 reb, 2 ast, 4 3pm in 28 minutes. Shelvin Mack added 12 pts, 9 ast in 27 minutes off the bench. Mack daddy, indeed. Both Hawks had intriguing nights but I’d hold off on picking them up until we see more a bit more consistency from either of them.

Shavlik Randolph – 9 pts, 13 reb, 2 blk in 22 minutes. Shavvy was saavy on the boards last night, with 7 offensive rebounds! Hello, KG 2.0! No? Could he be the Celtics answer down low? No? OK, probably not, but he’s definitely one to watch.

Jason Terry – 24 pts, 5 3pm. Wouldn’t be surprised if he slid into the Celtics starting lineup if he gets crazy hot like he’s known to do.

Jeff Green – 27 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk, 3 3pm. No one is happier KG is out than Jeff “Let Me Start Already” Green. Except maybe you. You picked him up after I told you to BUY him and he’s carrying you through the playoffs. Yes, you are happier than Jeff Green. Kevin Garnett owners? Not happy.

Paul Pierce – 20 pts, 10 reb, 10 ast, 3 3pm, 2 stl, 1 blk. Triple-double. And over course he pulled out the ol’ Murtaugh voice, “I’m getting too old for this!”

Jonas Valanciunas – 14 pts, 13 reb, 2 ast, 4 blk. His name is Jonaaaas…thanks for what you’ve shown us. This is how I feel: he’s going to be awesome next year, and I’m going to draft him.

Gerald Henderson – 35 pts, 7 reb, 3 ast, 2 3pm, 2 stl. Easily my favorite Charlotte Bobcat now after Adam Morrison.

Marc Gasol – 21 pts, 5 reb, 4 ast, 1 blk in 39 minutes. I’m convinced Marc returned from his injury so quickly just to shove it in Pau’s face. “Struggling to return from your injury, bro? It ain’t no thang, look at me, I was out indefinitely a week ago and now I’m playing 39 minutes a night. No big whoop. Y you mad, bro? Suck it up. Be a man, big bro. ” I guess they don’t call him La Tanketa for nothing.

Nikola Pekovic – 22 pts, 15 and the T’Wolves took out the Thunder. Wait. What? That happened?

Tim Duncan – 34 pts, 11 reb, 3 ast, 2 blk. Old reliable wills his Spurs past the ClippShow with the game winning shot. Naturally.

JR Smith – 37 pts, 2 reb, 2 3pm in 37 minutes. It was the first time since 1990 that a player scored 30+ points off the bench in 3 straight games. And that is why Smith doesn’t start, folks. So he can break records like this one.

Reggie Evans – 15 pts, 16 reb. I know there’s only one “Reggie” in New York. But Brooklyn’s gotta make an exception for this guy–he’s been insane! Maybe Reggie-E? I know, that is a terrible name. I apologize. How about BK Reggie? Regardless, Reg is averaging 9.5 points and 17.8(!) rebounds over the past 2 weeks. EEEEEEEE! See what I mean? Owned in just a third of leagues, go grab Reggie-EEEE while you still can.

Mo Williams – 28 pts, 5 ast, 5 reb, 2 3pm. Mo is averaging 10.9 pts, 6.9 asts over the past two weeks. Not much you were expecting when you drafted him, but still better than he was a month ago. I’ll take it!

Brian Roberts – 13 pts, 1 reb, 5 ast. Aren’t you supposed to be on the Orioles? Hurry back to Baltimore, the season starts Monday!

Lebron James – 36 pts, 4 reb, 6 ast, 7 3pm. Bron was playing with the fury Friday night because apparently the whole league is against him all of a sudden. They must just hate to see him shine. Who knew? At one point LBJ hit 6 threes in a row, he even Vined the final one @DannyAinge. So much for the Heat’s 27-game losing streak starting Friday night. Maybe Sunday–let’s make it happen Spurs!

Good luck in your playoffs!

Questions? Problems? Complaints to management? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below, or you can get at me on twitter @dandemanco. Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap as fantasy basketball continues next week, all week long!

  1. Ryan Gosling says:

    Pick up Harkless or Drummond?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:

      @Ryan Gosling: I like both. Harkless will give you all around better numbers but Drummond could really help you in rebounds and blocks. I must say I was pretty excited to see Drummond start Friday and he’s got a four game week coming up.

  2. Ian says:

    Hey man, I could really use your help on a decision i’m having trouble with making. I am set to win my first round playoff match and am going to be heading into the finals for the next two weeks. I am trying to maximize my amount of total games and output and my team currently consists of: Teague, Wade, Durant, Nowitzki, Sanders, Ellis, T. Harris, Harkless, Hayward, Mo Williams, Gasol, Bogut and Valanciunas..
    I am thinking of picking up Drummond off waivers and i’m not sure who to drop for him, if anyone.. it looks as though most of the guys have a similar amount of games the next two weeks.
    What do you think is the smart move to help my last push to win this baby?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:

      @Ian: That’s a solid team no matter which Gasol you’re referring to. I’m not sure I would make any adds. I would watch what Drummond does Sunday night and if he performs really well I might consider switching Harkless for Andre and his 4 game week. Either way your team is very good.

      • Ian says:

        Thanks man. I really appreciate it, yeah I got lucky with some solid trades mid season when wade was underperforming and dirk was still coming back and i always try and stay on top of hot waiver wire guys.. harris has been the man. and it’s pau haha. thanks again

  3. Embryo says:

    Me: 0.454/0.805/45/632/224/184/37/18/89 – 6
    Him: 0.467/0.804/31/598/184/155/37/22/93 – 2

    In a very close matchup, that I should win if play my cards right. Currently up 6-2-1 with the thinnest of leads at FT% and tied in STLs. It’s worth noting that its Daily – Lock Tomorrow, so anymore moves made today won’t reflect until tomorrow.

    My guys today:
    John Wall @ 6pm
    Rudy Gay @ 6pm
    Lebron James @ 7 pm
    [Tyson Chandler @ 7:30pm] – INJ

    His guys today (he just added these guys for streaming purposes to try to come back)
    Robin Lopez @ 6pm
    Iman Shumpert @ 7:30 pm

    My biggest concern is that I’m only winning by 4 TOs and 34 points. I have 3s, REBS and ASTs basically locked up. However, Wall, Gay, LBJ all average 2.7 TOs/game +.

    My options are:
    1. Sit everyone (Wall, Gay, James) to clinch TOs and hope that Robin + Shump combined don’t score more than 34 points (Lopez averages about 12 points, Shump averages about 8 = 20 pts)
    2. Sit Wall and Gay, and wait 1 hour to see how R. Lopez does. If Lopez scores more than 10 in the first half with more than 1 TO, bring in Lebron. If not, sit Lebron too.
    3. Play everybody, and hope to retain a lead in FT% or go ahead in steals (Wall avgs 1.4, Gay avgs 1.5, LBJ avgs 1.7 – but Shump avgs. 1.3 and Lopez only 0.3, however Shump is a wildcard and can go off in still at any night. Probably lose TOs.
    4. A combination of 1-3 by playing like Rudy or Wall only, or both without LBJ depending how the matchup goes.

    Any help would be appreciated guys! This is a close one, where I’ve ended up dropping M. Gasol and Vucevic due to injuries only to have them both come back and haunt me.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:

      @Embryo: I also dropped Gasol so I feel your pain there. I like option 2 the best I think. Wait and see what Lopez does, and I’d probably go with just Lebron of those three. I’d probably go with Lebron either way, whatever he does probably won’t hurt you.

      • Embryo says:


        With Lebron sitting, I ended up only rolling out just Wall. Was more than enough to clinch it!

        Finals next week, leggo.

        • Dan Pants

          Blairtch says:

          @Embryo: Congrats on the win. Was watching RoLopez and Shumpert’s stats so I figured you took it even with Lebron sitting out.

  4. Rich says:

    Yo, I got Joakim now, and Lawson is on the waivers. Should I consider dropping Joakim for Lawson? Or perhaps dropping Green for Lawson and rolling the dice with both? Heading into finals next week.

    P.S. – Here’s my team:

    Jeff Teague
    Jamal Crawford
    Danny Green
    Blake Griffin
    Josh Smith
    Reggie Evans
    Paul George
    Roy Hibbert
    Andre Drummond
    Raymond Felton
    Kemba Walker
    Derrick Favors
    Joakim Noah

    • Rich says:

      And, my bad – Irving’s on the waivers, too. Leaning right now towards jetting Noah for Irving and playing it safe, but open to all ideas, including gambles involving Lawson, lol.

      • Dan Pants

        Blairtch says:

        @Rich: I think you have to pick up Irving as soon as you can. Noah’s probs the guy to drop since he’s not playing and probably won’t at all next week. But as much as I like Drummond you might be able to hold Noah for another day or two and switch Irving for Drummond. But your right, playing it safe would be dropping Noah and grabbing Kyrie. Drums and Evans can make up the rebounds you lose dropping Noah.

        • Rich says:

          @Blairtch: Thanks for taking the time to respond, dude. I unfortunately missed out on Irving by a few seconds, so am stuck with the line-up above. Guy I am up against now has a beast of a team:

          Dragic, Bayless, Isaiah Thomas, Deng, Jeff Green, Batum, Horford, JV, Hickson, Asik, Durant, Faried, and Irving.

          Is there anything I can do or am I toast? Lawson still on the waivers, as are some semi-scrubs like Marion, etc., but feeling pessimistic, lol.

          • Dan Pants

            Blairtch says:

            @Rich: Kyrie would have been a sweet pick up man. I mean he’s a top 15 player or so it really sucks you opponent go him. Lawson is nagged by the same injury as Noah so its hard to say when either will be back, but I can’t recommend grabbing him until I know more, he did not play Saturday. However, if you are going to beat this guy, and of course its possible even if his team is stacked+kyrie, you need all your roster spots so dropping Noah might be wise. Pick up someone with a four game week, or play it day by day if no ones out there and stream players based on the categories you need. Good luck!

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