Line of the Night: DeMarcus Cousins (2.71) is making keeper league owners everywhere who took a chance on him very happy… Imagine starting next year with 28 points (10-11 from the line), 18 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks already in place. He even shot 45% from the field!
Honorable Mentions: Dirk Nowitzki (2.34) used OT against the Rockets to put up 31 points (9-10 from the line), 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks. On the other side of that game, Goran Dragic (2.26) scored 24 points (5 threes) with 5 rebounds, and 8 assists.
Carlos Boozer (1.93) helped the Bulls to become the first team clinch a playoff spot with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.
Centers taking over: Roy Hibbert (1.89) had 16 points (7-11 from the field), 9 rebounds, 2 steals, and 3 blocks; Nene Hilario (1.79) is doing what he does for the Wizards now with 21 points (9-13 from the field), 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks; Samuel Dalembert (1.69) has dropped to 73% ownership, and his minutes have dropped since the addition of Marcus Camby, but his efficiency has increased at the same time allowing him to do things like: 16 points (6-7 from the field, 4-4 from the line), 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: You know that the season is close to over when Klay Thompson (2.46) can continue putting up lines like 31 points (4 threes, 7-7 from the line), 2 steals, and 2 blocks and be stuck at 49% ownership. I’m sure he’s already been scooped up in any league with GMTR reaers in it, so let’s not dwell on it.
Pick Up Lines: Brandan Wright (2.09) gets a nod for his 7 blocks, adding 14 points (7-9 from the field) and 6 rebounds (1% owned). If you think he can keep up averaging that many blocks, then go ahead and pick him, but it seems like a big risk at a very crucial time of the season.
Two games after hitting 9 threes, Ben Gordon (1.93) came back with 20 points (4 threes) and 2 steals (43% owned). Of course, the game between he went 4-10 with 0 threes. I think you can guess my opinion on that case.
As Patrick said in his Injury Update, Brook Lopez is done for all fantasy intents and purposes, and while I’m not super confident about Shelden Williams (1.42), but if you want a very stereotypical waiver wire big man with lines like: 10 points (5-8 from the field), 11 rebounds, and 3 steals (a little unusual; he’s actually more consistent with the more natural block category), then Williams is certainly an option since he is only 4% owned.
With the Bulls clinching their playoff spot without Derrick Rose, I think C.J. Watson (1.28) is a pretty safe Point Guard option He’s not great, and he will throw up a crappy game every 2-3, but he’s still going to get the majority of minutes at PG for the Bulls and is capable of games like 23 points (2 threes) and 2 steals more often than not (4% owned).
Biggest Loser: Marc Gasol (-0.74) 6 points 8 rebounds 2 assists 3-12 from the field
In The Bonus: FakeTeams breaks down how to plan for the fantasy basketball playoffs.
Daily rankings and stats come from the GMTR H2H Player Rater (beta version). They are based on the stat Wins Above Replacement Player (WARP) an estimate of the number of wins a player produces per week in H2H leagues over a replacement (waiver wire) player.
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