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We are in the end game of fantasy basketball. Those in
roto leagues looking to further improve their standings in the remaining days
would be wise to examine their standings in each of the stat categories to
see where they could stand to benefit most. For example, it may be evident
that your team is locked in your standing in all but the block category.
Therefore the only players who may help improve your standing would be those
who block shots. Your starting lineup and free agent pickups should be
All managers might be mindful to pick up and/or start
players still going hard to get into the NBA playoffs - for example players
from NJ, Orlando, Indiana, both LAs, Denver, Golden St, and New Orleans.
From other teams, players who are getting a chance as a result of players
being shut down for the season.
W. Herrmann has been fairly consistent
as of late with Sean May out of the lineup excelling in points and three
pointers. He occasionly gets some rebounds and steals. He is a player who
may be able to help teams to the finish as many players are missing games
I think the entire initial starting lineup for the Bucks
(at the start of the season) was not playing last night.
E. Boykins had a tremendous night including 36 pts, 4 treys, and 9
S. Stoudamire hit 7 treys last night and may have some April life with
Joe Johnson and Josh Childress out.
R. Foye led the Wolves in scoring with 19 pts and 5 treys.
E. Curry fouled out before he could achieve double digits in fouls. He
ended with 9 TO.
With Steve Francis out,
M. Collins started and had 16 pts and 5 ast.
The Celtics are not playing nearly all of their key
players. Take a look at their box scores to see what free agents may be
With Gilbert Arenas out for the season,
A. Daniels had 18 pts and 12 ast. Daniels should have good value for the
remainder of the season.
T. Kinsey has been playing very well in
place of Mike Miller scoring many points and getting steals. He should be
added if available.
Chris Paul did not play last night and could be at risk
for being shut down for the season.
T. Outlaw has been getting some playing time lately and has the potential
to fill out the stat sheet on a given night.
S. Abdur-Rahim should start for the remainder of the season with Kenny
With Ray Allen out,
D. Wilkins had 25 pts and 2 st.
Josh Howard is day to day with a sprained ankle.
Over his last two games
D. Stevenson has averaged 24 pts the most recent game was with Caron
Butler in the lineup. Lately he has been taking and making more 3 pointers
as well as getting some steals.
J. Dixon seems to be the one to benefit from the injury to Garbajosa as
the Raptors moved Anthony Parker to small forward. Yesterday he had 18 pts,
7 reb, 6 ast, and 2 treys.
S. Pavlovic has scored in double figures in 7 of his last 9 games and had
6 treys yesterday.
J. Boone has been on a crazy hot streak making 21 of 24 shots over his
past two games. He played over 20 minutes in two consecutive games for the
first time this season.
K. Perkins played a season high 46 minutes in a double overtime game
yesterday. He ended with 11 pts, 12 reb, and 4 bl. The Celtics chose to
play their starters most of the game.
J. Hart has started the last 11 games for the Clippers at point guard.
Yesterday he had 16 pts, 6 reb, and 5 ast. He does not provide three
pointers but he does typically get steals.
J. Garbajosa joining
A. Bargnani with a season ending injury, it is time to once again take
note of the Raptors playing rotation during their next game. Those feeling
lucky may want to take a chance on picking up Joey
Graham or Juan
Dixon. One must assume that Morris Peterson will continue to be out of
favor but he would seem a natural to fill Garbajosa's role.
N. Hilario is coming off strong games which were on back to back nights.
He has averaged 21 pts, 13 reb, 2 st., and 1.5 blks. While there are reports
of his knee continuing to be in pain, his per minute rebound averages in
March seem to indicate there has been no impact on his performance.
B. Roy missed a game because of the birth of his child. Martell Webster
had a good game in his place but can be expected to be back on the bench
soon. This was a key season for Webster where he did not emerge. Given his
still young age, he should be given another chance next season.
J. Howard could have some fantasy value while Chuck Hayes is out with an
Emeka Okafor will reportedly return from a calf injury
on Wednesday night.
Good players on bad teams may be at risk to be sat for
the remainder of the season. Candidates include Paul Pierce, Andre Iguodala,
and Mike Miller. Be prepared for that. In my opinion, Okafor's absence was
extended since he was on a bad team hoping for more ping pong balls.
Andrew Bogut and Charlie Villanueva will miss the remainder of the season
with injuries. This could represent an opportunity for
B. Skinner to have value for the rest of the season. Skinner has quietly
been starting for the Bucks since mid February but now they will need an
increase in playing time and rebounds from him. Yesterday Skinner had 11
pts, 11 reb, and 3 bl however don't expect him to typically score in double
Ray Allen may miss the rest of the season. In the past when injuries
have given him playing time,
E. Watson has been productive. Yesterday Watson had 15 pts, 4 treys, and
5 assists. Typically he will also contribute steals.
Over his last two games
J. Magloire is averaging nearly a double double and one block. His
playing time for his last game could have been partially attributed to the
absence of Zach Randolph who is out for personal bereavement for at least one
Injuries to Knicks such as Quentin Richardson and David
Lee have given
R. Balkman getting more playing time. He has shown the ability to make
good contributions in blocks, steals, and rebounds on a per minute basis.
Channing Frye is also now day-to-day with an eye injury.
W. Green had 20 pts yesterday but it is tough to endorse him even in
deeper leagues due to a lack of contributions elsewhere. With Andre Iguodala
apparently slowed with a back injury, the Sixers needed to count on Green for
W. Herrmann has scored in double figures in his last four games but he
rarely gets assists, blocks, or steals.
M. Moore had 4 blocks, 12 pts, 9 reb, and 2 stl yesterday. The 4 blocks
were a season high for him.
Andrea Bargnani had an appendectomy that could have him
out for the remainder of the season. This could represent a chance for
Morris Peterson to have some of his lost fantasy value restored.
B. Wallace has been on a scoring binge having reached double figures in
points for 3 consecutive games for only the second time this season. Two
games ago he took an astonishing 21 FG attempts which was by far a season
high. The Celtics would perhaps have been well advised to foul him before
letting him shoot so much as he continues to struggle at the line. He has
been providing his usual strong rebound numbers but has also been helping in
assists with 14 over his last 3 games.
The last time
M. Peterson scored 11 points or more was Feb. 14th. Even
those in deeper leagues at this point may want to fish for someone else for
the home stretch. The addition of Andre Bargnani and Anthony Parker is the
reason for his slide this season.
Over his last three
T.J. Ford has averaged 20.7 pts, 13.3 ast, and 2.6 spg. While he is also
averaging 4 TO/game, which is kind of high, his A/to ratio is 3.3:1 which is
S. May has returned from his third injury absence and has been posting
some decent numbers as a starter. Yesterday his had 20 pts and 12 rebounds.
Those with Emeka Okafor will naturally want to put May on their team as he
will have an opportunity to replace some of Okafors numbers (not his blocks)
while he is out.
K. Perkins has been putting up some of his better numbers on the season.
His strength is rebounds and blocks but his scoring has seen some
improvement. Not his foot pain is reported to be on-going.
R. Gay has continued to improve. Over his last 7 games he is averaging
16.6 points, 7 reb, 1.4 bl, and 0.9 treys. Future improvement would include
the steal and assist categories.
C. Hayes has started the last six games for the Rockets. He has been able
to provide some points, rebounds, and steals.
Despite a broken nose,
L. Aldridge has emerged in his last two games for the Blazers. He should
be picked up if available. He can provide points, rebounds, and blocks.
Rajon Rondo has started the last four games for the Celtics and he has
shown the potential to make impacts in the assist and steal categories.
With Ron Artest out indefinitely with legal problems,
John Salmons could be poised to have some fantasy value.
Jason Maxiell started for Rasheed Wallace and played 33 min and had 10
pts, 8 reb, and 2 stl. These extended minutes may have been specific to the
matchup with Golden State. Wallace is day-to-day with a sprained foot.
Brian Cook is coming off a 22 pts, 14 reb, 1 st game. With Luke Walton
out a least a week and Lamar Odom and Radmanovic out longer than that, his
playing time should be relatively safe.
Troy Hudson has been playing sporadically all season but was given 46
minutes of playing time in his last game and had 26 pts, 8 ast, and 2 st.
Randy Foye has recently become out of favor and Mike James has been in
and out all season. Hudson would be a risky acquisition considering his
history this season.
Baron Davis and Jason Richardson were both in the lineup
for the first time since Dec 30th. As a result
M. Ellis played only 26 minutes but considering his overall performance
this season I would think the Warriors will find a way to give him playing
time. Also, Stephen Jackson still has the potential to miss time with a toe
that is not 100%.
E. Jones had his best game of the season with 21 pts, 3 st, and 4 treys
as he fills in for D. Wade. Wade is expected to return in 2-3 weeks and then
have off season surgery.
Marvin Williams played limited minutes with a back
contusion Monday night.
Joel Przybilla is expected to miss the rest of the
season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee. He had been
starting recently but typically playing around 13 minutes. It is interesting
to note that Joel ends his season having averaged more fouls than points.
LaMarcus Aldridge had been averaging around 21 minutes with Przybilla in the
lineup. Were he to get all of JP's 13 minutes per game, as he should, he
would be at 34 minutes a game going forward. Yesterday Aldridge had 30
points including 12-19 FG and 6 rebounds. He should be added to your team if
possible considering he likely has C eligibility also.
L. James had 39 pts which matched his high for the season. Note he was
4-8 ft and is shooting only 67% for the season - a reason why he is not
rankings as high as you might expect in leagues with FT%. Owners with Lebron
(who likely took him #1 overall) may want to consider trading him for a
player who rates higher in their category group. After all, who would say no
to Lebron? Candidates for this trade would include Kobe and Nowitzki. Even
Arenas who just went through a cold spell and may be in bad favor with his
The LA Clippers placed Sam Cassell on IL with an injured
groin. With Livingston also out, there is an opportunity for Daniel Ewing to
see more playing time.
Did you even notice that
D. Gibson has started the last 13 games that he has played for the Cavs?
He is getting 1.5 treys per game but averaging only 7.4 pts.
Rodney Carney has a torn rotator cuff in his right
shoulder. This could make Willie Green playable once again.
Earl Boykins is expected to be out 3 weeks with torn
ligaments in his thumb.
Martell Webster had 20 points including 7-10 FG and 4-6
3-pointers. This is his best offensive performance since Dec 10th
but came against a Charlotte team that without Emeka Okafor was offering
Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison should both be in the
lineup for the Wizards tonight giving a blow, if not eliminating, and value
Jarvis Hayes and DeShawn Stevenson had.
Ray Allen is day-to-day with an injured foot.
Shawn Marion is day-to-day with a hand injury.
Andrea Bargnani is expected to miss two games for
personal reasons. Morris Peterson could see more playing time.
Steve Francis may play tonight.
Yao Ming has been upgraded to day-to-day.
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