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Monday, February 26, 2018


Week 20 Schedule: Games Played

 

5 Games: SAC

4 Games: ALT, BKN, CHA, DAL, DET, IND, LAC, MEM, MIL, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHX, TOR, WAS

3 Games: BOS, CHI, CLE, DEN, GSW, HOU, LAL, MIA, MIN, NOR, NYK, POR, UTA

2 Games: SAS

 

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Point Guards

 

De’Aaron Fox Kings 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues – Fox played on Saturday after missing time with an eye injury and had 13 points, six assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 30 minutes in that one. He hasn’t been doing much over his last five games, but he seemed to get back on track yesterday. The Kings are going to continue to give him a lot of minutes and I’m thinking he’ll fully breakout over the rest of the season. And the Kings go five times this week!

 

Tomas Satoransky Wizards 35% – Sato came into Friday’s game hot but was a bit quiet in that one with 11 points and two assists. He’s averaging 15.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers on 61 percent shooting over his last five. That’s must-own territory and John Wall’s not close to returning from knee surgery.

 

Andrew Harrison Grizzlies 17% - Harrison has a pair of 20-point games over his last five and had 17 points and six dimes on Saturday, when Tyreke Evans was out with a rib injury. He’ll have an MRI on Sunday and could miss time, and it wouldn’t take much of an injury to shut him down. Harrison’s averaging 15.8 points, 3.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 52 percent shooting over his last five games and he should get a ton of minutes down the stretch.

 

Emmanuel Mudiay Knicks 15% – Mudiay’s not killing it but has started the last two games for the Knicks. Over his last five, he’s averaging 10 points, 3.6 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.0 steals over his last five games, but hasn’t hit a 3-pointer (0-for-13) since being traded to the Knicks. If Mudiay continues to start, he should put up bigger numbers than these going forward. Trey Burke Knicks (8% owned) scored 26 points on both Thursday and Saturday and is averaging 26 points, 7.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over those two games. I have no idea if he’s going to keep it up, but he’s certainly worth a look after those two contests.

 

Fred VanVleet Raptors 14% - VanVleet’s not blowing up the scoring column in box scores, but he is averaging 9.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 42 percent shooting over his last five. He’s not a must-own player, but he’s probably available in your league and might be worth grabbing if you’re thin at the point in a deeper league.

 

Shooting Guards

 

J.J. Barea Grizzlies 21% – I’m not sure why or how, but JJB has been really good lately, averaging 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 10.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.3 3-pointers on 52 percent shooting over his last four games. The Mavs may let the kids play down the stretch, which would hurt JJB and other vets, but he’s rolling right now and deserves to be used until his hot streak comes to an end.

 

Buddy Hield Kings 51% - Hield has finally come to life and has gotten big minutes in his last three games. He’s averaging 23 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.0 steals and 4.3 3-pointers over that stretch. The Kings simply have to play the young guys going forward and Hield is finally hot after a lackluster season. He’s shooting it lights out right now, getting big minutes and should be ready for a race to the finish of the season. And the five-game week basically makes him a must-add player, especially if you own any Spurs.

 

Lance Stephenson Pacers 12% – Lance is quietly averaging 10.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five games. He far from must-own, but is playing well enough to be used in most leagues.

 

Marcus Smart Celtics 50% - Smart’s been back for two games and is averaging 11.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 3-pointers in them. Terry Rozier’s still playing well, even with Smart back, but Smart’s getting 27 minutes in those, while Rozier’s averaging 22.5 minutes in them. I still like Rozier, but Smart’s return hurts him and Smart is playing well.

 

Jamal Crawford Timberwolves 14% - Crawford has quietly scored in double figures in five straight games and with Jimmy Butler’s pending knee surgery, Crawford should see a boost in minutes and a bigger role. He’s been impossible to trust this season and won’t do more than score and hit 3-pointers, but he should continue to score a lot of points with Butler down and out.

 


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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2017-18 NBA season marks (at least) his 16th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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