• With several teams going with their youngsters as we’re winding down, there’s plenty to talk about and another set of quality deep league pickups before we wrap up Week 21.

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    Guards

    Cory Joseph (28% Owned) – Joseph remains a low-end guard option, putting up 4.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.7 steals since taking over starting duties in Toronto. Kyle Lowry is still at least a few weeks away from a return, so Cory should put up similar numbers moving forward.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

     

    Jameer Nelson (18% Owned) – Nelson is pretty much an assists specialist at this point, posting 5.3 assists in the month of March. He should continue to hold down starting duties as Mike Malone is playing it conservative with the Nuggets fighting off teams as the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Note: The Nuggets only play one more game this week vs. HOU on Saturday.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues for assists

     

    Tyler Ulis (15% Owned) – With the youth movement taking shape in Phoenix, Earl Watson decided to go with Ulis as his starter on Wednesday as Eric Bledsoe will be shut down for the rest of the season. Ulis has been a healthy source of assists when given some daylight of opportunity and he’ll get plenty of that moving forward. He’s averaging 10.3 points and 5.7 assists in March.

    Recommendation: Must-own in 12-team leagues

     

    J.J. Barea (10% Owned) – Barea has crept back in standard league conversations, taking minutes away from Yogi Ferrell from the Maverick bench. It could be a matter of time before J.J. turns this relationship into a timeshare as he’s inching closer to being able to receive a full workload. He handed out 13 assists on Wednesday and the minutes have only increased since returning to the lineup.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

     

    Joe Ingles (5% Owned) – With Rodney Hood (knee) continuing to deal with a knee injury, Joe Ingles could be a valuable source of threes in deeper formats. Quin Snyder has given him the bulk of the shooting guard minutes anytime Hood has been out, so expect the same pattern to continue should Hood be held out for the next few games. Note: The Jazz have only one game remaining in the week vs. CHI on Saturday.

    Recommendation: Worth a look for threes in 14-team leagues

     

    E’Twaun Moore (5% Owned) – While the peripherals have been lacking, E’Twaun Moore has put up serviceable offensive numbers from the guard spot in New Orleans. He’s averaging 10.5 points and 1.1 threes on 47.3 percent from the field in March. Add in that he’s also seeing 28.9 minutes over that span and he makes for a decent add in deep leagues should you need the offense.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

    Garrett Temple (4% Owned) – While Temple has been okay in his past few games, the key here is that he’s healthy and playing 25-plus minutes. He closed out Wednesday’s win against the Suns and should play relevant minutes as long as the hamstring holds up. He can be a cheap source of assists (3.8 in March), steals (1.8 in March) and threes (1.2 in March) for deeper formats. Note: The Kings have a back-to-back starting Saturday vs. OKC.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

    Denzel Valentine (4% Owned) – Valentine has quietly put together a nice streak of five straight games recording a triple and three straight games in double-figure scoring. Dwyane Wade’s (elbow) health could mean more minutes and touches for the Michigan State product. If you need the treys, he makes for a decent pickup with a back-to-back starting Friday against the Wizards.

    Recommendation: Streaming threes option in Week 21

     

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    Forwards

    Wayne Ellington (15% Owned) – Ellington has put up all the offensive numbers you could ever desire off the wire. He’s posted 15.0 points and 4.1 triples on 51.9 percent from the field on 10.1 attempts in the month of March. That includes back-to-back games of 19 points and five triples. He doesn’t need a massive amount of minutes (24.0) to get this done either, so add him with confidence.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

     

    Caris LeVert (14% Owned) – Everyone’s favorite dynasty league rookie has made some noise with back-to-back games with full lines. He starts the first of a back-to-back on Thursday against the Knicks, which should be a good indicator of whether or not he’s worth a pickup for the rest of the week. If he falls on his face, then it’s business as usual.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

    Matt Barnes (13% Owned) – Since signing with the Dubs for the season, Barnes’ role has been erratic up to this point. He closed out Tuesday’s game and played 36 minutes prior to that, so maybe things are trending in the right direction for Barnes. He’s got the ability to post a triple-one, so let’s see how Wednesday’s game against Orlando shapes up before giving him an add. Note: The Warriors have only one game remaining in the week vs. MIL on Saturday.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

    Norm Powell (7% Owned) – Norm’s fate lies in the health of DeMarre Carroll (ankle). Usually that’s a pretty good bet, but Carroll was able to get in a practice and will likely see the court on Wednesday. Even if the Raps limit Carroll, Powell will probably be relegated to a backup bench role once again. Watch the situation closely.

    Recommendation: Add to watch lists in 14-team leagues

     

    Jeremy Lamb (7% Owned) – Nicolas Batum (migraine) has missed the last two games as he deals with a head injury. It’s not supposed to be serious, but he could miss a few extra games. Lamb has been inserted to the starting lineup in his absence and had one great game (26 points) and one mediocre (eight points) game. If Batum is ruled out for a few more, Lamb makes sense as a short-term add in standard formats. Note: The Hornets have only one game remaining in the week vs. WAS on Saturday.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues until Batum returns

     

    Skal Labissiere (6% Owned) – Skal finally saw more than 25 minutes on Wednesday and ended up with several career-highs, posting 32 points, 11 boards, two steals and one three on 11-of-15 shooting from the field and 9-of-11 from the charity stripe. The kid’s got talent. Speculatively, he’s worth an add ahead of the back-to-back over the weekend. If you’re playing it conservatively, then wait and see how Saturday’s game against OKC shapes up.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

     

    Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (1% Owned) – TLC has started the last couple games and has showed lots of drool-worthy potential. He’s a gem for dynasty owners, but can still provide low-end value for threes, steals and some offense for season-long owners if he continues to get the opportunities under Brett Brown. It’s possible he starts the rest of the way.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

     

     

    Centers

    Richaun Holmes (34% Owned) – I’ll break the less than 30 percent owned ruled here because that’s way too low at this point for Richaun Holmes. He’s averaged 12.0 points, 5.9 boards, 1.0 steal, 1.5 blocks and 0.7 treys on 62.0 percent shooting in 23.4 minutes since the break. He has the ability to contribute in most categories and should get more run as we near the end of the season.

    Recommendation: Must-own in 12-team leagues

     

    Kotsa Koufos (19% Owned) – Koufos has had a great stretch of games since Boogie was traded, but did see an unexpected rest day on Monday. He’s posted 8.1 rebounds and 0.7 blocks, adding 9.3 points on 48.8 percent from the field (9.1) attempts since the trade. If you’re in need of a big that can provide the occasional block and won’t hurt your percentages, Koufos is a decent bet.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

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Fantasy News

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Shams Charania, the NBA has informed players that they will not be able to travel with their respective teams in Orland, should they fail to be tested on one of two days before the scheduled travel date.

    The report also says that if the player does indeed miss the said window to be tested, he will need to register three consecutive tests before traveling. This is a strict protocol, but one the league needs to enforce in order to ensure the safety of all of the players and staff who will be entering the "bubble" in Walt Disney World in preparation for the resumption of the 2019-20 season. There has been a lot of concern, especially with the growing number of cases being recorded in Florida.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, Miami Heat

    Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting that a third Heat player has tested positive for COVID-19.

    Derrick Jones Jr. is the only known player, though Jackson adds that the two latest cases are both rotation players. Florida is in terrible shape at the moment and the Heat may need to enter the bubble without three of their rotation options — those players may still join the team later but will miss out on valuable practice time. The NBA is going full steam ahead on their restart plans but the virus is going to determine whether or not things actually unfold according to plan.

    Source: Barry Jackson on Twitter

  • Landry Shamet
    SG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Shams Charania reports that Landry Shamet has tested positive for COVID-19 and is unlikely to join the Clippers for their trip to Orlando this week.

    That leaves the door open for Shamet to rejoin the team closer to the season's restart, assuming he is feeling okay. Just yesterday it was announced that the Clippers closed their facilities after a positive test, so it appears Shamet's case was the culprit. The sharpshooter is averaging 27.5 minutes per game this season so if he's forced to sit out the Orlando restart it could have big ramifications on LA's backcourt rotation.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The NBA has released its schedule of scrimmages for the Orlando restart, with games beginning on July 22.

    The league has tried to match up teams that are unlikely opponents for these scrimmages so nobody gets a really good look at what a potential playoff matchup might want to run. For example, the first day of scrimmages will see the Nuggets face the Wizards, the Nets take on the Pelicans, the Clippers against the Magic and the Kings vs. the Heat. Scrimmages will run through July 28.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Caris LeVert
    PG-SG, Brooklyn Nets

    Caris LeVert embraces challenge of being a leader.

    LeVert has been an active participant in the racial inequality protests and admitted that basketball is very minor right now compared to everything else going on in the world but is ready for the NBA restart saying, "For me, it’s just taking on that challenge of being a leader, being the leader of that group, going down there with some of the most experience on the team, playoff experience." In the 16 games since rejoining the starting lineup, LeVert has put up All-Star numbers with 24.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists, while shooting 41.7 percent from three-point range and leading the Nets to a 9-7 record over that span. The upward trajectory continues for the Nets' 20th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

    Source: Newsday

  • Jordan Crawford
    SG, Free Agent

    Jordan Crawford has agreed to a deal with Russia's Lokomotiv Kuban.

    Crawford last played in the NBA for the Pelicans in 2018 with career averages of 12.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 24.4 minutes. The career journeyman has played for five NBA teams since 2010 with a few stints with China in between. Since the beginning of 2019, he has played in Israel, China, Germany and now we can add Russia to that list.

    Source: Sportando

  • Lance Stephenson
    SG, Free Agent

    Lance Stephenson is ineligible to sign with the Pacers according to Scott Agness.

    Stephenson to the Pacers was being discussed in early March and made sense now with Victor Oladipo choosing to sit out the remainder of the season but this move apparently will not happen. The 29-year old Stephenson spent this past season in China where he averaged 26.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the CBA's Flying Leopards.

    Source: Scott Agness on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis has high expectations for the Lakers when they resume play later in July in Orlando, citing the long layoff as a favorable development for his squad.

    As if the Lakers weren't already squarely in the hunt for an NBA championship. When speaking to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, Davis said that he believes their "chances are higher just because we’re all rested and we’re all ready to go.” Depth seems to be the most glaring issue potentially facing the Lakers as they prepare to make the trip to Disney World, as defensive stalwart Avery Bradley recently opted out of the remainder of the season. Bradley was subsequently replaced by well-traveled veteran guard J.R. Smith (who has a long history of playoff runs alongside LeBron James with the Cavs), but the team is still unsure of veteran center Dwight Howard's status the rest of the way. Other than Howard, the Lakers' roster is seemingly set for Orlando. Davis sounds like he's ready to rock, however.

    Source: ESPN

  • Deng Adel
    PF, Brooklyn Nets

    Deng Adel, who played 19 games for the Cavs last season as a two-way player, is being pursued by the Illawara Hawks of Australia's NBL, which, notably was the team 18-year-old LaMelo Ball played for last season (and has attempted to purchase).

    Adel had two short stints before last season with the Rockets and Nets in the Summer League and the preseason, respectively. He was originally a standout at Louisville but went undrafted in 2018 before hitching on with the Cavs on a two-way pact. This season he had been playing for the Long Island Nets, the Nets' G League affiliate, prior to the pause and ultimately the end of the G League season. Adel had registered averages of 11.1 points, 4.2 boards and 2.6 assists to that point. Also of note, Adel spent the lion's share of his childhood in Australia after his family moved from South Sudan around the time he was eight.

    Source: Sportando

  • Darius Miller
    SF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Darius Miller is unsure if he will be able to play in Orlando, as he continues to recover from a torn a ruptured right Achillies.

    Due to the lockdown, Miller has been unable to participate in any live-action, or else he would have played in 3-on-3 or 5-on-5 by now. At this point, it would be surprising for the Pelicans to risk his health by pushing for him to participate in the eight-game regular season.

    Source: Will Guillory on Twitter