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.
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.
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.
Cavaliers PF/C Larry Nance Jr
Owned in 65.7% of ESPN leagues. Averaging 16.8 PPG and 12.0 RPG in 4 games as the starting Center. Fantasy owners should look to ride the hot streak during this 3-game week with games on the road vs. the Suns, Blazers, and Bulls.
Grizzlies SF/SG Dillon Brooks
A 17-game losing streak has dropped the Grizzlies into the top lottery slot at this stage of the season. Brooks usage rate in March has jumped up to 26.3% There’s no reason for the team to play veterans to decrease lottery odds. I anticipate Brooks getting an extended look to the end. Owners looking for scoring stats my want to use Brooks for this week. Owned in 11.8% of ESPN leagues. 3-home games this week vs. the Bucks, Bulls, and Nuggets. I picked up Brooks in my league as a block to other players in my league.
Clippers PF Montrezl Harrell
Scored in double figures in 9 straight games. Usage rate has increased up to 29.6 % in March, while his Field Goal percentage is 72.3%. These rates are unrealistic to sustain long term, but owners looking for help in FG% and FT% from a big should target Harrell. Owned in 28.5% of ESPN leagues. 4-game slate this week on the road vs. the Bulls, Rockets, and Thunder followed by a home matchup with the Blazers.
Grizzlies PF Jarell Martin
4-games this week on the road with the Spurs then Bulls, home vs. the Jazz, then back on the road against the Mavericks. Martin has scored in double figures with 6 or more rebounds in 3 straight games. Has played 23 or more minutes in 9 consecutive games. Short-term add with all the injuries in Memphis. Owned in 3.1 percent of ESPN leagues.
Raptors PF/C Jakob Poeltl
3 or more blocks in 5 out of last 6 games. Owned in 7 percent of ESPN leagues. Raptors play a 4-game slate home with the Hawks, road vs. the Pistons, back home against the Rockets, then back to the road vs. the Knicks.
Bulls PF Bobby Portis
4-games this week at home with the Celtics and Grizzlies, followed by road games with the Pistons and Hawks. As the Bulls embrace the youth movement Portis should continue to see big-time minutes down the stretch. 11 consecutive games with double digit scoring. Owned in 42 percent of ESPN leagues. Players looking for help in scoring should add Portis.
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Lakers C Ivica Zubac
Scored in double figures in back-to-back games. Brook Lopez should start to see fewer minutes as Zubac’s playing time goes up. Zubac has a 3-game slate this week on the road vs. the Hawks, Heat, and Spurs. Daily play right now that could develop dynasty league appeal in short order. I recommend picking up Zubac and seeing what happens. Owned in just 1.7% of ESPN fantasy leagues.
Pelicans C Emeka Okafor
Great story coming back after years out of the NBA. Deserves a lot of credit. Owned in 0.6% of ESPN fantasy leagues. Has 12 blocks combined in his last 4 games. Seeing over 14 MPG in that span. The Pelicans are starting Okafor as a defender next to Anthony Davis. Daily players looking for blocks and boards may want to use Okafor. 3 games this matchup home with the Suns, on the road vs. the Spurs and Mavericks.
Wolves SF Nemanja Bjelica
Playing time should go up with Jimmy Butler’s knee injury. Short term scorer for fantasy owners while Butler is out. Shooting 85% from the free throw line and 44% from downtown. On the road for 3 games this week with the Kings, Blazers, and Jazz.
Magic PG Shelvin Mack
4-games during slate this matchup on the road vs. the Bulls, home with the Hornets and Knicks, then back to the road against the 76ers. Mack is coming off a 19 point 10 assist performance vs. the Bucks. DJ Augustin is currently the starter, but Mack has 5 or more assists in 3 of his last 5 games. This situation could be fluid as the Magic seem to be giving both players good minutes. I picked up Mack and will stash him on my bench as a wait-and-see. Daily owners looking for assists can stream Mack. Owned in 2.3% of ESPN leagues.
Pistons SG Reggie Bullock
Owned in 13% of ESPN leagues. Has hit 2 or more from downtown in 8 of his last 9 games. Has also seen 30 or more minutes in each game during that stretch. 4-games this matchup home vs. the Pelicans, Hawks, and Celtics, while on the road with the Pelicans. Streamer with upside that can help owners with 3-point shooting.
Heat PF Bam Adebayo
Streamer while Kelly Olynyk out with a shoulder injury. 10 or more rebounds in 3 of his last 5 games. 2 blocks in 3 straight contests. Is a solid dynasty league stash. Has cut into Hassan Whiteside’s PT in the 4th quarter. Owned in just 7 % of ESPN leagues. 4-games this matchup on the road vs. the Raptors, 76ers, and Pelicans, with a home matchup with the Grizzlies.
Clippers SF/PF Danilo Gallinari
Owned in 41.6% of ESPN fantasy leagues. Has scored 15, then 24 in his 2 games back. The Clippers are a team in transition as more trades are expected to take place. Gallinari could thrive as the best of the remaining players. The Clippers have a 3-game week at home with the Mavericks followed by road matchups with the Pistons and 76ers. Gallinari will help owners looking for scoring and 3-point shooting. I’d be leery of using Gallinari in weekly lineup lock formats, but certainly usable in Daily play.
Grizzlies SF/SG Dillon Brooks
Scored in double figures in 9 of his last 10 games. Brooks could be in line for more playing time if Tyreke Evans gets traded. Owners looking for scoring and multiple position eligibility may want to stream Brooks for this week. 3-games on the docket on the road with the Hawks, home vs. the Jazz, followed by a road tilt against the Thunder. Owned in 7.1% of ESPN fantasy leagues.
Wizards SF/PG Tomas Satoransky
4-games this week on the road with the Pacers then 76ers, home against the Celtics, followed by a road matchup with the Bulls. Satoransky has 2 steals in each of his last 3 games. Owned in just 6.6% of ESPN leagues. Has started over Tim Frazier with John Wall on the shelf due to a knee injury. Is a short-term add while Wall is out. Multiple position eligibility an added bonus.
Thunder SG Terrance Ferguson
4-game slate this week on the road vs. the Wizards then the Nuggets followed by home matchups vs. the Pelicans and Lakers. Ferguson is a speculative add with the long term injury sustained by Andre Roberson. Ferguson is the most talented out of Alex Abrines and Josh Huestis. Ferguson dropped 24 on the Lakers earlier this month and could help owners with 3-pointers and steals with more minutes. Owned in just 0.4% of ESPN fantasy basketball leagues.
Bucks C John Henson
The firing of Jason Kidd has brought some clarity to the team’s rotation. Henson has scored in double figures in 4 straight games. Owned in 22.3% of ESPN fantasy basketball leagues. Alternates between home and road in 4 games this week with the 76ers, Wolves, Knicks, and Nets. Has a block in 10 consecutive games. Streamer that owners may want to hold onto to see if there’s development with a new Head Coach.
Knicks PG Trey Burke
4-game slate this week home with the Nets on the road vs. the Celtics and Bucks then back home with the Hawks. Burke up from the G-League has scored 18 points in back to back games. Jarrett Jack has served as a steady veteran presence while Frank Ntilikina has looked overmatched. Burke is a deep league streamer that could carve out a role as a bench scorer. Owned in 1.7% of ESPN fantasy basketball leagues.
Heat SG Wayne Ellington
Shooting 41% from downtown and 82% from the charity stripe. Averaging 14.8 PPG over his last 5 games. Dion Waiters is out for the season, Goran Dragic is banged up and Justice Winslow doesn’t have an NBA offensive repertoire. Ellington is having a break out stretch at his age 30 season. Should retain some vale down the stretch for owners looking for 3-point shooting. Owned in 13.1 % of ESPN fantasy leagues. 3-game slate this week on the road with the Rockets followed by home matchups with the Kings and Hornets.
Lakers PG/SG Jordan Clarkson
Has scored 33 and 29 points in his last 2 contests. Clarkson’s production is a direct result of Lonzo Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope being out. Owned in 45% of ESPN fantasy leagues. The production and usage rate will surely drop once Ball and KCP return. Clarkson is currently a streamer or DFS play in the short term. I am picking up Clarkson in preparation of a trade to a better situation. Wouldn’t surprise me to see Clarkson packaged as a sweetener to move a bad contract. 3-games this week at home with the Celtics followed by road games with the Bulls and Raptors.
Nets SG Joe Harris
Streamer option that has scored in double figures in 6 straight games. Shooting 53% from the floor for the month. Harris is owned in 3.1% of ESPN Fantasy leagues. 3-road games this week vs. the Thunder, Bucks, and T-Wolves.