March 2, 2018, 6:01 am
Hey Hoop Ballers! In this edition of the Daily Dish I’m going to zero-in on the 4-game slate we had on Thursday night and pick out the pieces that matter most to us right now. Value. Which players are delivering it and who can help us win in fantasy. So, I’m going to forego the usual recap-style of my weekly contribution to your fantasy basketball reading pleasure and highlight players who have been trending up.
Los Angeles Lakers 131 – 113 Miami Heat
Lonzo Ball had a career-high six steals. Yup, he’s officially back and better than before. He’s been shooting better than his normal self the last couple of games, but I’m not holding my breath that it’ll last. Ball may not be the top rookie in fantasy this season, but his multi-cat contributions, especially in steals, allow us to look beyond some of his glaring drawbacks.
Thumbs up for both Jerome Randle and Kyle Kuzma. Both bigs are in for a strong finish this 2017-18. And although I’ve been skeptical, it appears that even Isaiah Thomas is finally rounding into form. Better late than never, right?
The Heat frontcourt are a dizzying mess right now and last night it was Bam Adebayo who became the flavor of the game, further dowsing hopes that Kelly Olynyk will be able to bounce back from his injuries.
Philadelphia 76ers 108 – 97 Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs suck. Well, they suck when LeBron’s supporting cast doesn’t show up. He missed J.R. Smith, who was actually heating up quite well before this suspension. George Hill was a crap and he’s been literally up and down with each passing game lately, making him hard to trust, even with their 4-game week ahead.
On the other side of the coin, Larry Nance Jr. has been quietly awesome to say the least. He doesn’t drop huge lines but the kid is consistent, solid, efficient. Just what you want from a fantasy perspective. Rodney Hood has been, lackluster to say the least. And while I think he can turn things around, I’m not holding my breath that he will.
RoCo dropped a double-double and hopefully, he’s going to wake up from his multiple-week slumber and drop some major lines down the stretch. He’s historically finished seasons strong (while healthy) and 2017-18 should follow suit. On a more specialized note, J.J. Redick will likely continue to hit a bucketload of threes ROS. Just stating the obvious, but whatevs.
Forget Ersan Ilyasova. Simply don’t bother. Please.
Brooklyn Nets 111 – 116 Sacramento Kings (OT)
Skal Labissiere is looking good and is probably bordering on must-add right now for his upside. That said, it’s De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic who will finish big among the Kings’ crop of youngins.
I’ve been an unimpressed naysayer for most of the season, but Willie Cauley-Stein’s recent performances made me rethink my outlook. He’s been playing well and is likely going to be a pleasant surprise after the regular season is said and done. Buddy Hield is also another guy, I didn’t think could share time with Bog-Bog, but he proved me wrong in this game with his 16-4-4-3 line. Whew!
Nets, oh Nets! Where do I begin? Russell, he’s going to get better and better ROS as long as he doesn’t get hurt again. Dinwiddie. Yeah he took a big hit with Russell’s return but should be good to go, at least for his dimes, threes and steals.
DeMarre Carroll and Allen Crabbe were not the names I expected to be highlighting at this point in the season, but both guys have been playing well. Carroll appears still be outshining Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who doesn’t seem to be 100 percent healthy just yet. We might need to wait for 2018-19 to see his comeback performance.
Minnesota Timberwolves 99 – 108 Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard. Daym! He’s clocking in with some big lines and is going to be crazy-good for the stretch run. Al-Farouq Aminu is still underrated considering his ownership in Yahoo! leagues.
Keep your eyes on Ed Davis for his boards and Shabazz Napier, who has been heating up in the last couple of games. With Maurice Harkless without a timetable, we might get a re-run of Napiers strong couple of weeks when the Blazers needed him to step up.
When it comes to the T-Wolves. Two words. Nemanja Bjelica. At least in 14-team leagues or deeper. I still hate Andrew Wiggins’ game and his bleh stat lines. Jeff Teague’s the guy to look to push things to another level with Jimmy Butler sidelined.