We’re getting into the last week of the fantasy regular season for most of us, so I’m not going to bore you with all of the decent lines from star players. You’re not getting Harden in a trade at this point. DeMar DeRozan scoring 23 points isn’t really vital information if he’s not on your team. We’re getting down to crunch time. The nitty-gritty. Absolute pond scum that might have value for one game or two. Sacramento Kings games where Z-Bo is resting and D’Aaron Fox is nursing a minor injury. No one will remember how you won your championship, just that you won it. Okay, after a few years most people will forget you won it too, but you’ll remember. You’ll take it to your grave remembering, “Hey, I added Kosta Koufos and won the 2018 Fantasy basketball championship because I studied the schedule grids, and plotted my moves four weeks in advance.” But, I digress… Here’s what went down last night in fantasy hoops:
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Marcin Gortat– 6-8-2-0-2-2 in just 16 minutes. I think it’s time to cut ties if you haven’t already. This guy was a staple for years, but it looks like he needs a new opportunity. Give him his Marcin’ papers.
Tomas Satoransky– 8-5-9-1-1-1. A decent enough line. Still a hold for me until Wall returns. With how well the Wizards have been playing, they should probably wait until after the playoffs.
Kelly Oubre Jr.– 1-11-6-2-4-0-0 on 4-for-14 shooing in 33 minutes off the bench. He’s not the worst option, but I could see dropping him for the streamer spot if you need to.
Anthony Davis– Got the DNP with a sprained left ankle. Hopefully my “Brow Down” headline last week didn’t jinx him in some way. I mean it’s not like I’m some kind of sicko who wishes injuries upon guys who aren’t on my team… Seriously though, you gotta be praying to the Fantasy Gods that this is all fixed up by Monday unless you have a bye. I’d be sacrificing at least one chicken or goat. I’d probably do both just to be safe.
Emeka Okafor– Started and got 21 minutes going 6-2-0-0-2-1 on 2-for-2 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line. Could be that blocks streamer guy for you or if AD misses any more games.
Darius Miller– 20 points with four treys, but pretty much nothing else. This is about his ceiling, but could be another Pels streamer.
Jrue Holiday– 4-3-2-0-3-2 on 2-of-8 shooting. Washington had control of this game by the end of the third quarter, so the New Orleans starters didn’t do much. It was as if there was a huge hole in their lineup…
Tim Hardaway Jr.– 4-26-7-2-1-0-1 on 50% shooting and 2-for-2 FTs. Looking to finish the year strong. He’s the alpha dog for the Knicks, which is like saying he was the best actor in “Disaster Movie”.
Emmanuel Mudiay– Got the start for the Knicks and went 1-19-2-4-1-0-3 on 7-for-14 shooting, but just 4-of-7 from the stripe. His free throw woes never seem to end, but Knicks and woes go together like spaghetti and meatballs.
Kyle O’Quinn– 14-2-6-1-3-0 on 6-of-8 shooting and 2-for-2 from the line in just 17 minutes. Knicks won’t give him minutes because they’re tanking, but O’Quinn could be a streamer.
John Henson– 14-4-2-1-4-3 His FG percentage (58.1%) is only slightly lower than his FT percentage (59.1%).
Eric Bledsoe- 1-7-3-8-4-0-5. His shot was off tonight, but E. Bled got his steals as per usual.
Giannis Antetokounmpo– 28-10-5-2-2-1 7-for-15 FGs and 14-for-18 FTs. Made just enough FTs to not murder your percentages.
Jae Crowder– 6-22-1-3-1-1-0 on 7-for-11 shooting. Crowder is back! Is it possible Tyron Lue is just a sham coach and is actually LeBron’s puppet? He’s looked like a new player on Utah. Quin Snyder is one of the best coaches in the league and I’m also a big fan of his pretzels.
Derrick Favors– 12-4-0-1-3-4- on 5-of-7 shooting, but 2-for-6 FTs. The blocks sometime come in spurts with him, so hopefully he can build some momentum for the fantasy playoffs.
Ricky Rubio– 15-10-5-0-0-1 on 3-for-10 shooting and 9-of-11 from the line. He’s doing his best to salvage the year. I guess he finally realized you can’t coast by with your suave hair and sexy accent in fantasy basketball!
Dillon Brooks– 2-18-3-1-0-0-4. He’s been a lone bright spot for the Grizz down the stretch.
Ben McLemore– 2-14-4-0-0-0-1 on 5-for-11 shooting. Could be a streamer if you’re shopping at the thrift shop. See what I did there? How funny would it be if he rocked the Velcro’s on the court?
James Harden– 4-40-2-4-1-1-4. I could go with the lazy cliches: ‘He’s pretty good at basketball’. ‘Who is this guy?’ ‘There’s no words, he’s just a beast’ He’s a stud.’ Just make sure you remember to start him and you should be good in the playoffs.
Jonas Valanciunas– 14-10-3-2-1-3 on 5-for-8 shooting, and 4-for-4 FTs. He’s been coming on a bit of late. JV’s looking to graduate to varsity and take your team deep in the playoffs.
Kyle Lowry– 7-30-3-6-1-0-3 on 10-of-14 shooting and 3-for-4 FT shooting. One of his better scoring nights on the year. I don’t know why, but his PPG dropped almost six points this year.
John Collins– 8-6-3-1-0-1. He needs to pick it up with the blocks, otherwise I could see cutting him for a streamer if you get desperate. I’m holding, but he’s got to show me something.
Myles Turner– 3-17-12-0-1-2-2. This is kinda what you expected when you drafted him, but he’s been a big disappointment if you burned a second round pick on him. Could be a bounce back next year.
Darren Collison– 2-17-2-5-1-0-0 in 21 minutes off the bench in his return from knee surgery. The Collie’s back! Woof!
Robin Lopez– 1-9-2-0-0-0-0 as the Bulls were forced to play him by Adam Silver. He just sent them a memo it said: “C’mon guys. C’mon.”
Blake Griffin– 3-25-8-8-0-0-3 on 9-of-17 shooting and 4-for-4 FTs. Blake not Whiffin’ last night. More like Blake Swishin’! Griffin rose from the ashes reborn in this one. What? Wrong mythical creature?
Reggie Bullock– 3-21-3-1-0-0-1 on 9-of-12 shooting. Keep him locked and loaded for 3’s.
Julius Randle– 18-6-4-1-0-4 on 6-of-12 shooting and 6-of-9 FTs. Had a four game stretch of good free throw shooting, but 6-for-10 over his last two.
Brook Lopez– 3-29-5-2-0-2-0. He’s scored 27 and 29 in his last two games, and if you somehow had the patience to hold all year or you just added him after he was dropped, could maybe, possibly keep it going in your H2H playoffs.
Lonzo Ball– 1-15-8-8-4-1-4 on 7-of-16 shooting. He’s been avoiding the free throw line, which is actually a great thing for your fantasy team.
Isaiah Thomas– 10-2-4-1-0-2 in 29 minutes off the bench. Quiet in this one, but his next time out is against Cleveland…Without looking, I’d guess this game is going to be nationally televised.
Paul Millsap– 2-21-6-1-0-3-2. Coming on just in time for his fantasy owners.
Jamal Murray– 2-22-3-8-4-1-4 on 5-of-12 shooting and 10-of-11 from the stripe. He went through a bit of a cold stretch, so hopefully this gets him going.
Jonathon Simmons– 25-5-1-1-0–1. He was probably dropped, but there’s a reason… You can probably do better in most leagues.
Zach Randolph– DNP CD. Uh-oh. The rest days are coming. Brace yourselves.
Kosta Koufos– 18-13-0-0-0-1 in 38 minutes. Koufos Non-Doofus! Like I said in the opening, he’s not sexy, but could be a good streaming option if the Kings continue to rest guys.
Bogdan Bogdonovic– 2-8-3-10-1-0-2 on 3-of-12 shooting. If he didn’t salvage his line with those assists, I was probably going to cut him. If a guy is hurting you, no matter how good he’s been all year, sometimes you’ve gotta make a tough call in the playoffs.
Frank Mason III– 7-10-6–3-0-5 on only 2-of-12 shooting in 28 minutes off the bench. Could be worth an add if Fox misses more time
Larry Nance Jr.– 16-12-0-1-1-0 on 7-of-10 shooting, but only 2-for-4 from the line. He’s been a beast since going to the Cavs.
LeBron James– 3-25-10-6-2-3-5 on 11-of-20 shooting. He missed both his free throws, but you’re quibbling at this point.
JR Smith– 3-15-3-5-3-0-1 on 6-of-15 shooting. He somehow will win someone their league this year by making seven three’s one Sunday.
Tobias Harris– 5-23-7-4-0-0-0 on 8-of-17 shooting. Beasting out on the Clips, but he was doing that before the trade.
DeAndre Jordan– 20-23-0-1-1-2 with 8-of-16 free throws. DJ just remixed your FT percentage for the week. He’s got a prime playoff schedule, though, and the Clippers are battling for the playoffs, so keep him locked and loaded.
Kevin Durant– 6-40-6-6-0-2-5 on 12-of-21 shooting and 10-for-10 free throws. Read Harden blurb.
Klay Thompson– 4-25-2-3-1-0-3. Play Thompson! Gonna get a lot of play with Curry out. What a boner-killer for his fantasy owners… Hopefully, you have a buy if you own him.
Draymond Green– 1-7-12-6-3-0-1. Another guy looking to benefit in Curry’s absence. He did get his 15th tech of the season, so one more and it’s a one game suspension. Ugh…He’s so emotional. “That was not a FOOOOOUULLLLLLL!” Bro, it doesn’t work like that so stop complaining.
Damian Lillard– 4-28-4-8-0-0-3 on 8-of-21 shooting with 8-for-8 free throws. The Omen is sneakily murdering other teams and making it look like an accident. Well, not really. He’s clearly doing it on purpose, but is quietly carrying you to a championship.
CJ McCollum– 5-30-4-1-0-1-1 on 10-of-19 shooting. Oh, I really hope he stays hot for the next three weeks. Blazers have four games next week so hopefully, you either have Lillard or McCollum, or you’re not going up against them.
That’s it for the Friday Daily Notes. Good luck in your fantasy playoffs! Don’t forget to leave a question in the comment section!