Category Archives: Basketball

Week 8 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Jazz SF/PF  Jae Crowder

3-games this matchup. Crowder is a 3 and D player that streamers can use to fill in with daily categories leagues.  Averaging 2.5 made from downtown over the last 7 days.

 

Bulls PG Ryan Arcidiacono

3-games this scoring period. Kris Dunn should be cleared for contact soon, but in the meantime feel free to roll with Arcidiancono. Streamers looking to help with percentages can use his 79% from the charity stripe and 44% from downtown. Basketball IQ should keep him in the rotation.

 

Celtics C Aron Baynes

86% from the charity stripe will help owners looking to boost percentage. Baynes has just 2 games this matchup. But any chance to go against the Knicks and Bulls is well worth it.

Week 7 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Knicks PF Noah Vonleh

The 9th overall pick of the 2014 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets. Vonleh bounced around to the Blazers and Bulls before landing in New York.  Vonleh is still just 23 years old. With 3 consecutive double-doubles, Vonleh is worth the pickup. The Knicks rotation is a mess, but Vonleh is a young player that’s finally getting an extended look.  Has a 3-game slate this week.

 

Cavaliers PG Collin Sexton

24.1 usage rate for the month of November. 47% from the field and 83% from the charity stripe in his last 6 games. Scored in double figures in 8 straight games. There’s no reason the tanking Cavs should go back to George Hill in the starting lineup upon return from injury. Cavs play 4 games this week.

 

Pacers PG Aaron Holiday

Added a spark to Pacers offense with Victor Oladipo out of the lineup.  Oladipo’s return will cut into his minutes, but Holiday could in turn take minutes away from Darren Collison and Cory Joseph.  Speculative long term add for fantasy owners. 4-games this scoring period.

Week 6 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Pelicans SG/SF E’Twaun Moore

Shooting 48% from downtown and 56% from the floor. Has scored in double figures in 5 straight games. Multiple position eligibility will help daily players looking to stream Moore for his 4 game week. Home on Monday vs. the Spurs, followed by road tilts with the Sixers on Wednesday, Friday vs. the Knicks, and Saturday against the Wizards. Knicks and Wizards rank in bottom 3rd of league in points allowed.

 

Spurs PG/SG Bryn Forbes

Gets consistent minutes in the Spurs rotation and has knocked down a 3-pointer in 7 consecutive games.  Can help balance out team free throw percentage with his 81% clip. 4-games this week on road Monday against the Pelicans, Wednesday home with the Grizzlies, then back to back road games starting Friday vs. the Pacers and Bucks. Daily streamers looking to get help in 3-pointers and Free Throw percentage could turn to Forbes.

 

Hornets SG/SF Jeremy Lamb

Back-to-back 20 plus point performances. 6 or more rebounds in 3 straight games. Plays 4 games this week home Monday vs. the Celtics, Wednesday at home with the Pacers, to the road on Friday against the Thunder, then out to Atlanta to take on the Hawks. Boston, Oklahoma City, and Indiana have the top 3 defensive ratings in the league. Lamb is still worth playing despite the tough matchups.

Week 5 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Suns SF TJ Warren

Moved back into the starting lineup with back to back 25 plus point performances. Suns are the lowest scoring team in the NBA at 101.2 PPG.  Warren can put the ball in the basket and that’s what the Suns need if they want to improve on a 2-10 record.  3 games this week on the road with the Thunder on Monday, a Wednesday home tilt with the Spurs, followed by a home game Saturday with the Thunder. Owned in 68.4% of ESPN leagues.

Knicks C Mitchell Robinson

Getting the chance to start in David Fizdale’s rotation. Robinson is a raw offensive player that will help fantasy owners with defensive stats. Robinson is averaging 1.8 BPG and 4.4 RPG in 18.0 MPG.  3 road games this week on Wednesday vs. the Thunder, Friday vs. the Pelicans, and Sunday against the Magic. Owned in 0.5% of ESPN leagues. Owners looking to streaming defensive stats can play Robinson.

Raptors PF Pascal Siakam

8 straight contests scoring in double figures. 7 or more rebounds in 6 of 13 games played this season. Siakam is starting and averaging 27.9 MPG. Head Coach Nick Nurse may have his hand forced to play Siakam more.  4 games this week Monday home with the Pelicans, Wednesday home against Detroit, followed by back to back road games with the Celtics and Bulls starting on Friday. Could get extra run in those since Kawhi Leonard doesn’t play back to backs. Owned in 36% of ESPN leagues.

Week 4 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Wendell Carter Jr.

Just 65.2% owned in ESPN fantasy basketball leagues. I was able to draft him for $3 in a keeper league. Has the highest defensive win share on the team at 0.2.  Carter is averaging 11.1 PPG, 7.1 RPG, and 1.9 BPG. 3-games this week on the road Monday with the Knicks, Wednesday on the road with the Pelicans, followed by a Saturday home tilt with the Cavaliers.  Buy low window may officially be closed on Carter Jr.

 

Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina

4-games this week Monday at home vs. the Bulls, on road Wednesday with the Hawks, Saturday vs. the Raptors, and Sunday back home against the Magic. 3 very good matchups for streaming.  Ntilikina is a guard that can help daily players with defensive stats. Dynasty league players may want to pay attention to the 20-year-old Frenchman. Owned in just 7.3% of ESPN leagues.  

 

Cavaliers C Tristan Thompson

With Kevin Love out for the next 6 weeks, Thompson should see significant run.  Owners looking for boards and blocks should look to stream Thompson. 3-games this week a road matchup Monday with the Magic, home vs. the Thunder Wednesday, followed by a road game against the Bulls on Saturday.  Thompson should be able to stuff the stat sheet vs. the Magic and Bulls. Owned in just 5.8% of ESPN leagues.

Week 2 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Bulls SG Zach LaVine

5th in NBA in usage percentage at 33.0% and has a 4-game slate.  LaVine is the main scorer on a really bad Bulls team. Faces the Mavericks on the road on Monday, home and home with the Hornets on Wednesday and Friday, followed up with a Saturday road tilt vs. the Hawks. The Mavericks and Hawks are awful defensively which should allow LaVine to stuff the stat sheet.

 

Mavericks PG JJ Barea

Tied for league lead in APG at 10.5 with Rajon Rondo.  Barea is averaging just 21.5 MPG. 4-games this week vs. the Bulls on Monday, on the road with the Hawks on Wednesday, Raptors on Friday, and home with the Jazz on Sunday.   Streamers looking for assists should roll with Barea while he’s hot.

 

Heat SG Dwyane Wade

2 home games this week Wednesday vs. the Knicks and Saturday with the Blazers. Wade is locked into a solid role in the 2nd unit. Had 2 Blocks in his last game, 2 Steals in the 2nd game of the season, and 11 boards in the opener. Streamers looking to supplement defensive stats from the backcourt should consider this 37-year-old.

Week 1 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Nuggets Point Guard Jamal Murray

Clunker in the opener shooting 3 of 12 from the field for just 7 points. Salvaged the day with 5 Boards, 3 Assists, and 1 steal.  I anticipate more production on Saturday vs. the turnstile defense of the Suns. Sunday should be a shootout with the Warriors. I own Murray in both of my leagues.

 

Clippers PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Dynamite opening game SGA had 11 points on 5/6 Shooting, 4 Assists, 2 Boards, 1 Steal, and  1 Block. 2 remaining home games against the Thunder on Friday followed by the Rockets on Sunday. SGA ownership percentage will skyrocket quickly.

 

Nets SG Caris LeVert

27 points including 7/8 from the Free Throw line in the opener vs. the Pistons along with 4 boards, 4 Assists, 1 Steal, and 1 Block. Home with the Knicks on Friday and a Saturday road tilt with the Pacers. The breakout looks to be in full swing. Pumped I was able to draft him late in a keeper league for just $4.   

Week 24 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Lakers SG Josh Hart

Returns with 13 points, 13 boards, a Block in 35 minutes in his return.  The Lakers are banged up heading down the final week of the season. With 6 games in Championship Week, Hart should be a top priority.  Owned in just 2.5% of ESPN leagues.

 

Hawks PG Isaiah Taylor

5-games in Championship Week. Has scored in double figures in 4 of last 5 games. Should see all the minutes he can handle with Dennis Schroeder out for the season.  Averaging 5.8 assists in his last 5 games. Owned in 5.4% of ESPN leagues.

 

Celtics PF Marcus Morris

6-games in Championship Week.  May get rested if seed gets clinched, but worth a Daily play if active.  Morris is averaging 22.0 PPG over his last 4 games. As a PF helps with 3’s and FT%.  Owned in 25.3% of ESPN Leagues.

Week 23 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Warriors SG Quinn Cook

4-game slate this week with home matchups with the Pacers and Bucks, to the road with the Kings, then back home vs. the Suns.  Cook is the playoff lottery ticket with Steph Curry out until the postseason. Has scored in double figures in 6 straight games. No-brainer to pick him up, was surprised at ownership in just 36.9% of ESPN leagues.

 

Celtics PG Terry Rozier

Owned in just 58.3% of ESPN leagues. 3-games this week on the road vs. the Suns then Jazz, followed by a home matchup with the Raptors. Averaging 19 PPG and 5 APG since Kyrie Irving went down with a knee injury.  Picture is starting to become clear why Danny Ainge has resisted trading Rozier.

 

Warriors PF Kevon Looney

Has a block in 6 straight games and 2 or more steals in 5 of 6 games. Owners looking for blocks and steals may want to stream Looney. Owned in 1.8% of ESPN leagues.  

Week 22 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Warriors SG/SF Nick Young

With injuries to Curry, Durant, and Thompson, Swaggy P is getting more run. Has scored in double figures in 3 consecutive games, including 3 from downtown in each contest. Owned in 7.9 % of ESPN fantasy leagues. Owners know what they’re getting with Swaggy P. If you need scoring and 3-point shooting, feel free to use him in a 3-game slate. On the road vs. the Spurs, followed by home matchups with Hawks and Jazz.

 

Bulls PG Cameron Payne

4-game slate this week on the road vs. the Knicks, home against the Nuggets and Bucks, then back to the road vs. the Pistons. Kris Dunn is dealing with a toe injury and Payne should see more run for the Tank Bulls. Owners looking for Assists, may want to use Payne for this scoring period.  Owned in 4.1% of ESPN Leagues.

 

Pistons SG Reggie Bullock

Has hit 3 from downtown in 5 consecutive games. Averaging 16.4 PPG in the month of March. Ownership is at 17.3% of ESPN leagues. 4-games this week on the road with the Kings, Suns, and Rockets, followed by a home tilt with the Bulls. Great schedule for this scoring period vs. 3 tank teams.