• J.R. Smith joins the Cavs’ Big 3 as a rest candidate down the stretch as the season winds down.

    The Cavs will be a bit of a mess as we go here and owners may be wise to look at their weekly schedules with a full game sliced off or maybe some fraction of that depending on one’s confidence.  So their 4-4-3 schedule starting next week could realistically be assessed as a 3-3-2 depending on how aggressive one would want to be.  Keep in mind that when one guy sits the other guys get some added bumps, which is why a fractional approach might be wisest. 

Fantasy News

  • Seth Curry
    SG, Dallas Mavericks

    Seth Curry's shooting from deep landed him within the top-160 in both 8/9-cat formats.

    Curry was second in the league shooting 45% from beyond the arc, making 2.3 of his attempts per game. He finished the season scoring 12.6 points a game, resulting in 156/139 8/9-cat rankings. He got hot towards the end of the season averaging 19.3 points on 59% shooting over his final eight games before missing the final week of the season with an ankle injury. With career averages of 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists he is only worth rostering as a points and threes threat.

  • Maxi Kleber
    PF, Dallas Mavericks

    Maxi Kleber continues to improve in an increased role with Dallas, ranking 153/123 in 8/9-cat leagues.

    Kleber was the beneficiary of a Dwight Powell Achillies injury and Kristaps Porzingis' inability to take part in the second half of back-to-backs this season. The available minutes allowed Kleber to stay around the top-150 and score 9.2 points per game with 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks a night. The combination of blocks and the occasional three (1.6 per game) with decent percentages (46% FG, 86% FT) made him a viable bench option. His numbers have progressed each year of his career and next year he could end up being a late round draft pick.

  • Willie Cauley-Stein
    C, Dallas Mavericks

    Willie Cauley-Stein held a top-150 ranking in both 8/9-cat formats despite not playing substantial minutes in Dallas.

    Willie Cauley-Stein was a decent back-end fantasy big man in his time with Golden State, averaging 7.9 points and 6.5 rebounds on 56% shooting. A mid-season trade to Dallas completely wiped away any value he may have had as he was unable to secure consistent minutes with the team. In 13 appearances with the Mavs he averaged 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per game. With a player option on his contract this off season it is unclear where WCS will end up but he will need to find a squad that will allow him to play consistent minutes if he is going to have any fantasy relevance.

  • Tim Hardaway Jr.
    SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Tim Hardaway Jr. posted career-best shooting numbers on his way to top-150 value in both 8/9-cat formats.

    It has been a roller coaster career so far for THJ but he seems to have found his niche in Dallas as a secondary play maker a three-point specialist. Playing alongside ball-dominant offensive talents such as Luka and KP, Hardaway Jr. is not expected to be the focal point of the offense and had his lowest minutes and FGA numbers since 2016-17. The lower volume of shots clearly helped his efficiency as he shot a career-best 40% from deep on 7.2 attempts per game. He does not do much of anything else as far as fantasy value, with 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists a night, but is a consistent scoring threat and always has the ability to help a roster in need of 3's and points. Finishing the season ranked 146/127 in 8/9-cat formats is on par with what most owners expected out of him with an ADP of 140 and we do not expect much different heading forward.

  • Kristaps Porzingis
    PF-C, Dallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porzingis returned to form in 2019-20 and held 36/23 rankings in 8/9-cat formats by averaging 19.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.

    After going almost 20 months without playing in an NBA game due to a knee injury, Porzingis picked up right where he left off and held third-round value all season long. While some nights were boom or bust on the offensive end for KP, low turnovers, above average rebounds and top-tier blocks kept his value consistent. He closed the season as the third ranked 8-cat player, scoring 23 points per game while grabbing 11.1 rebounds and swatting 3 shots a night over the final month of the year. We would like to see Porzingis play closer to the rim to get easier buckets and more free throw attempts. The 7'3" forward launched a career-high 7.1 threes per game in addition to a career-low 8.8 attempts inside the arc. The high volume of threes took a toll on his field goal percentage, 42%, and held him back from being a top-20 player. Hopefully by next season he can stay on the floor consistently and turn his unique combination of size and skill into becoming a second-round value player.

  • Luka Doncic
    PG-SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Luka Doncic received MVP consideration and top-25 8/9-cat standing by stuffing the stat sheet on a nightly basis.

    The 21-year-old Doncic took the league by storm right out of the gate and continued to post gaudy numbers throughout the season all while battling wrist, thumb and ankle injuries. The league leader in triple-doubles, with 14, dropped 28.7 points a night, to go along with 9.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists. In addition to the ridiculous combination of PTS/REB/AST, Doncic is also near the top of the league in turnovers with 4.2 per game, dropping his 9-cat ranking to 24 in comparison to his 8-cat ranking of 12. The high turnover rate is not shocking for such a young player with a usage rate as high as Luka's (35.4, 2nd in the NBA) but future owners will surely hope to see those numbers decrease. His percentages (46% FG, 75% FT) slightly dropped his overall value but the scoring volume is a worthy consolation for owners. After a mid-second round ADP this season expect Luka to be a first-round pick next year as he is on the cusp of becoming an elite fantasy option.

  • Andre Drummond
    C, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Andre Drummond had a rocky transition after moving to the Cavs in 2019-20, but not before putting up a solid first half of season with the Pistons as top-20 player in 8-cat and a top-30 player in 9-cat per-game value, thanks to his 15.2 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.6 blocks per game on .532 shooting.

    Drummond, as expected, saw a significant slip in value after moving to the Cavs at the trade deadline. The presence of big men Tristan Thompon, Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. provided Drummond with ample competition for minutes. Aside from that, Drummond also dealt with a left calf strain that didn't do his fantasy value any favors. He's already stated that he intends to exercise his player option for the next season, but given the Cavs' developmental shift in direction, he's someone you can expect to see with a lot of valuation volatility heading into 2020-21.

  • Michael Beasley
    PF, Free Agent

    According to Shams Charania, Michael Beasley could be making a return to the NBA after moving closer to a deal with the Nets.

    The Nets are sorely undermanned given the high number of their players who have tested positive for the Coronavirus. Beasley last played in the league for the Pistons in 2019 and could provide some limited, albeit versatile production off the bench.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Ante Zizic
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Ante Zizic finishes the season outside the top-350 in 8/9-cat formats with averages of 4.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG and 0.2 BPG in just 10.0 MPG across 22 games.

    Sadly, there weren't many minutes left for Zizic to snack on in 2019-20, with Tristan Thompson playing rejuvenated basketball and Kevin Love being nominally healthy. Also, Larry Nance Jr. was being groomed as a developmental project by the team. All of this resulted in Zizic becoming the odd man out of the equation. He's drawn interest from Turkish Airlines Euroleague ten Maccabi Tel Aviv, so an off-season departure is not completely out of the question.

  • Jordan Bell
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Jordan Bell's 2019-20 was marred by a right shoulder injury that couldn't get over, causing him to be non-factor in fantasy, tossed around four teams like a hot potato.

    Bell's second year in the league was a fantasy flop. He landed a two-year deal with the Cavs over the hiatus after passing through the Wolves, Rockets and Grizzlies this season. A nagging shoulder sprain limited Bell to averaging just 8.8 minutes per game with averages of 3.2 PPG, 2.8 RPG and 0.3 BPG on .522 shooting from the field. This resulted in Bell ranking at 418/433 on per-game value and 398/401 on total value. The Cavs are currently still stacked with players in their frontcourt, so there's still big question mark as to what kind of role Bell will fill moving forward.