Fantasy Basketball

Fantasy Basketball Week 18 Preview


westbrookWeek 17 saw players get back into the mix after the All-Star Break. Fantasy managers can only hope their players are rejuvenated after the break and ready to contribute for the stretch run. Stars rejoined their teams and the week featured an anti-climatic trade deadline. Russell Westbrook rejoined the Thunder starting lineup against the Miami Heat this past Thursday and was under a minute restriction. In this same game Lebron James broke his nose on a Serge Ibaka unintentional ball swipe. The King is not expected to miss much time if any. Pau Gasol also rejoined his team and it looks like his groin injury is a thing of the past. The buy low window may have officially ended for Gasol. Not much of note made headlines during the this past Thursday’s trade deadline. Of note would be Evan Turner going to Indiana and exchange for Danny Granger and Marcus Thornton on his way to Sacramento. It would be interesting to see if Granger gets bought out by the Sixers and how much of an impact Evan Turner’s value takes in a bench roll for the Pacers.

Below I will look at some start them, sit them players along with the weekly schedule for this coming week 18 in the NBA.  All assumptions based on a 14 team roto league.

Number of games played this week:
Atlanta Hawks: 3
Boston Celtics: 3
Brooklyn Nets: 3
Charlotte Bobcats: 2
Chicago Bulls: 4
Cleveland Cavaliers: 4
Dallas Mavericks: 4
Denver Nuggets: 3
Detroit Pistons: 3
Golden State Warriors: 4
Houston Rockets: 3
Indiana Pacers: 4
LA Clippers: 3
LA Lakers: 3
Memphis Grizzlies: 3
Miami Heat: 2
Milwaukee Bucks: 3
Minnesota Timberwolves: 2
New Orleans Pelicans: 4
New York Knicks: 4
Oklahoma City Thunder: 3
Orlando Magic: 4
Philadelphia 76ers: 4
Phoenix Suns: 4
Portland Trailblazers: 3
Sacramento Kings: 3
San Antonio Spurs: 3
Toronto Raptors: 3
Utah Jazz: 4
Washington Wizards: 3

Start em/Sit em

Jarrett Jack – (PG/SG – CLE) – Jack is in the starting lineup for Cleveland, playing heavy minutes and the Cavs have been winning. All good signs for fantasy contribution. It also helps that Dion Waiters and CJ Miles are both missing time with various injuries. Jack is a players worth giving a look in week 18 as the workload is increasing.

danny greenDanny Green – (SG/SF – SAN) – I hate recommending Spurs players because Popovich is a Fantasy buzz kill but Green has been too hot not to mention. His minutes are up and so is his production. Owners in need of a stat stuffing forward can do much worse than giving the former d-League standout a look. Keep in my Kawhi Leaonard i on his way back from injury so temper expectations.

Mike Scott – (PF – ATL) – Paul Milsap suffered a knee contusion on Friday night and as per Scott “Milsap could hardly walk off the plane.” It sounds like Paul is going to mis sometime. Scott is running hot and is coming off a 6 threes outing on Saturday night. As long as Milsap is out and Scott is hot ride him with confidence.

Steve Blake – (PG/SG – GSW) – Blake was another player that will be negatively affected by the trade deadline move. No longer does Blake have the free-rain of a Dantoni offence and that spells bad news. In addition, he is now playing in the midst of a star studded Warriors back court. His minutes will be down and so will his usage. Bench Blake until further notice.

Marcus Thornton – (SG/SF – BKN) – Paul Pierce is aging, Joe Johnson is aging, Kevin Garnett is aging… catch my drift. Not only are they aging but their production is on the decline. Thornton will be relied on to give the Nets a scoring pop, a role that he is very familiar with. He has yet to play for his new team so take a cautious approach here but do keep an eye on Thornton as he has the potential to boost your team in points, FT %, and threes.

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