April 3, 2016, 12:43 am
You must be a hardcore fantasy fanatic if you’re still playing this week but don’t worry, we got you covered here at Hoop-Ball. The reason many leagues don’t go this late in the season is because teams begin to rest or shutdown their star players for a laundry list of reasons. At the very same time, coaches from playoff eliminated teams look to the future and often opt to take a longer look at some of their younger talent or at guys who are on the roster bubble. It’s not a very exciting time for the average NBA spectator but for fantasy diehards and DFS degenerates (you know who you are), this experience is equivalent to a day away from the wife at the horse track. Hopefully this article helps take you to the Promised Land and feel free to violate all sorts of Bro-Code to get there.
Teams with 3 Games
ATL, BKN, BOS, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, HOU, IND, MEM, MIN, MIL, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHX, POR, SAC, UTA, WAS
Teams with 4 Games
CHA, GSW, LAC, LAL, MIA, NOR, SAS, TOR
Games on Sunday
CHA vs. WAS, LAL vs. HOU, DAL vs. LAC, UTA vs. DEN, MIL vs. PHI, BKN vs. IND, ORL vs. MIA, GSW vs. SA and TOR vs. NYK
This list is probably going to be the ugliest waiver wire list you’ve ever seen so brace yourself.
This will be the last Wire article for the regular season, but I’m going to look to write a few articles during the playoffs as well. I hope you’ve enjoyed and I wanted to give a big shout-out to the man himself, Aaron Bruski for the opportunity to do what I love and that is talking sports.
February 22, 2020, 1:25 amGary Trent Jr.SG, Portland Trail Blazers
Gary Trent Jr. started in place of the injured Damian Lillard on Friday and chipped in 15 points (5-for-11 shooting), three triples, two assists, one rebound and one steal.
It sounds like Lillard is set to miss anywhere from four to six games so feel free to add Trent while Lillard is on the shelf. Expect production in threes and points mainly.
February 22, 2020, 1:23 amJosh JacksonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Josh Jackson put up a season-high 20 points in Friday's loss to the Lakers, shooting 9-for-12 from the field and hitting two 3-pointers plus grabbing three rebounds.
This makes it back to back games where Jackson has pinged in deep-league radars. He scored 11 points in his last game, so he's definitely someone to keep an eye on for value moving forward. Kyle Anderson started at SF but was mostly quiet in his 22 minutes with just seven points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal to his name.
February 22, 2020, 1:20 amAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis needed only 31 minutes to post 28 points (8-for-17 shooting), 13 rebounds, seven blocks, four assists, two triples and one steal in Friday's 117-105 victory over the Grizzlies.
Davis left the game early in the first half with an injury scare before eventually returning, which explains the lower minutes total. Fortunately that didn't impact his production much as he continues to be one of the best players in fantasy basketball.
February 22, 2020, 1:19 amBrandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon Clarke started the second half of Friday's vs. the Lakers after Jaren Jackson Jr. went down with a knee injury and was able to excel in 33 minutes with 14 points (7-of-11 shooting), 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.
Clarke has always been a roto-friendly player and now that he's been earning some serious minutes once again, he's re-entered the standard-league conversation once again. Ridde him while he's productive.
February 22, 2020, 1:16 amLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James schooled the Grizzlies in Friday's win, nothing 32 points (10-for-17 shooting), seven assists, three rebounds, two blocks and a triple across 36 minutes of action.
James and the Lakers were in control of this game for the entire time, which can be said for many games in the first season of the James/Davis pairing. LeBron even drained 11 of 12 free throws tonight as he continues to add to an already elite fantasy season.
February 22, 2020, 1:16 amRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert posted a double-double in Friday's 113-104 loss to the Spurs, adding a block and two assists in 37 minutes of action.
Gobert was efficient from the floor, going 7-for-8 on the night, but was only 4-for-7 from the free-throw line. Gobert's swat extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one block to eight. He's averaging almost two blocks per game on the season, sitting at 1.9 BPG, and that alone is worthy of fantasy ownership. Nothing new here, keep using the first-time All-Star as you normally would.
February 22, 2020, 1:15 amGorgui DiengC, Memphis Grizzlies
Gorgui Dieng played well in 21 minutes off the bench on Friday, tallying 14 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer.
Dieng got some extra burn in this one with Jaren Jackson Jr. failing to return after sustaining an injury to his knee. The injury isn't considered serious, so Dieng will remain a deep-league guy for the time being.
February 22, 2020, 1:11 amAvery BradleySG, Los Angeles Lakers
Avery Bradley was productive in Friday's win over the Grizzlies, posting 14 points (6-for-10 shooting), five rebounds, three steals, two triples, one assist and a block in 29 minutes.
Bradley hasn't been fantasy relevant all season in standard leagues, but is starting to put together a strong run of performances. Don't add him at all costs, but if you could use a 3-and-D contributor on the margins of your team he is a possible flier option.
February 22, 2020, 1:10 amJordan ClarksonPG, Utah Jazz
Jordan Clarkson played 34 minutes on Friday, putting up 15 points and 3 assists. He went 5-of-12 from the floor and 2-for-7 from beyond the arc.
This was an unusually high amount of minutes for Clarkson, as Rudy Gobert was the only player on the Jazz who played more. Mike Conley was out for this contest, so that certainly helped, but Clarkson has kept his value right around the 100 mark and needs to be owned everywhere right now. He's averaging 16.2 PTS and 2.3 threes over the last two months and has been especially effective over the last two weeks.
February 22, 2020, 1:08 amKentavious Caldwell-PopeSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope labored his way o 12 points (4-for-12 shooting), five rebounds, one triple, one assist and one seal in Friday's win over the Grizzlies.
Caldwell-Pope is little more than a three-point streamer and his lines can be pretty ugly when he isn' hitting his threes like tonight (1-for-6 from three). There really isn't a ton of fantasy value off the Lakers bench as Kyle Kuzma (eight points, four rebounds, three assists), Rajon Rondo (five points, five assists, two rebounds) and Alex Caruso (nine points, four rebounds, one triple, one steal) all limit each other's fantasy upside.