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Dose: The Final Stretch

Monday, April 2, 2018


 Week 25 Schedule

 

4 Games: ATL, BOS, DAL, GSW, IND, LAL, ORL, PHI, TOR

 

3 Games: BKN, CHA, CLE, CHI, DEN, DET, HOU, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIL, NOP, NYK, PHX, POR, SAS, UTA, WAS

 

2 Games: MIN, OKC, SAC

 

First off, if your league ended at Week-24 and you came home with a championship; congrats! This year I’m fighting for a championship in two leagues that go to the bitter end (a particular setting I strongly disagree with BTW), and I came in third place in another league. Now proceeds the rant. I got absolutely wrecked by injuries in the league I finished third in, I was the top-seeded team by I large margin all year long, racking up 7-2 wins like nobodies business and then came the injuries: Jimmy Butler, John Wall, Gary Harris, Brandon Ingram, Tyreke Evans. Of course Rajon Rondo also randomly missed a game in Week-23 and I ended up losing in the semis 5-4 by a margin of three assists. Despite ALL those injuries, I fell just three assists shy because both Evans and Rondo decided to take the night off last Thursday. But here’s the real kicker, when I begrudgingly decided to take a peek at the numbers from Week 24 late, on Sunday night, I realized that had I advanced to the Finals, I would have beat the team that actually came home with the ship this year; despite not making a single add. Ugh. I’m pretty perturbed about that, but hey, finishing top-3 in three out of four extremely competitive leagues ain’t too bad.

 

So rather than focus my attention in this Sunday’s Dose on what kind of triple-double Russell Westbrook had (26-15-13), or just how phenomenal Victor Oladipo was (30 points, 12 assists, three 3-pointers, five steals, one block, two turnovers), or how Jamal Murray lead the Nuggets to their second straight win in remarkable fashion (stole the ball within the final second of regulation and then got fouled on a 3-point attempt), I figured I’d cut straight to the chase and go over some under-owned guys that might be able to help you in Week 25.

 

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On the Radar

 

Kyle Anderson dished out a team-high five assists to go with five points, one rebound, two steals and one block over 25 minutes. Anderson won’t really wow you with what he brings to the box score, but his ability to rack up the defensive stats at an elite level without really hurting you anywhere gives him some deep league appeal.

 

Danny Green scored 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting (4-of-4 from the line) to go with two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two steals, two blocks and one turnover through 30 minutes as a starter. He’s inconsistent, but there’s nothing wrong with owning him as a shot blocking and 3-point specialist in deep leagues.

 

Patty Mills finished with 14 points, three triples, five boards and four assists in 37 minutes, and he's also worth owning as a 3-point specialist.

 

Dejounte Murray scores 13 points on 6-of-14 shooting (1-of-2 from the line) to go with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 25 minutes. Murray was more aggressive than usual in this one, posting a 33.5 usage rate while going right at James Harden, and the Spurs displayed some excellent team defense throughout this game. Murray isn’t your traditional point guard, but his solid rebounding totals and elite steals numbers make him worth owning in most leagues.

 

Willy Hernangomez double-doubled in 22 minutes off the bench on Sunday, tallying 15 points, 11 rebounds and two steals in a blowout loss to the 76ers. He got most of his points at the line, going 11-of-14 from the charity stripe, which set a new career-high in both makes and attempts from the line. With the Hornets officially eliminated from post-season play, Hernangomez should see more opportunity coming his way, but he’s strictly a deep league guy.

 

Ersan Ilyasova scored 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting (2-of-2 from the line) to go with four 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist, one block and two turnovers through 27 minutes as a starter. He got the start with Dario Saric dealing with a minor elbow issue, and while he could head back to the bench as soon as Tuesday’s game against the Nets, he should still see some increased minutes with Joel Embiid (orbital fracture) done for the rest of the fantasy season. Over the past two games, Ilyasova has come through with averages of 18.5 points, 9.5 boards, 3.0 triples, 1.5 dimes, 1.0 block and 2.0 turnovers per contest on 54.2% shooting.

 

Marco Belinelli was nearly perfect during Sunday’s easy win, going 9-of-10 from the field, 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and 1-of-1 from the stripe for a ridiculous 105.4 true shooting percentage on his way to 22 points, one rebound, three assists, one steal and five turnovers in 31 minutes off the bench. He’s been shooting the lights out over the past eight games, posting averages of 15.8 points, 2.4 triples, 2.5 dimes and 1.4 turnovers per game on 59.5% shooting, which has been good enough for top-60 value in 9-cat leagues.

 

Jabari Parker exploded for a season-high 35 points on 14-of-23 shooting (2-of-2 from the line) to go with five 3-pointers, 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one turnover in 39 minutes off the bench. He was in a major shooting funk in the five games prior, which may have caused a frustrated owner to cut ties with him during a tough postseason battle, so make sure he’s not floating around on your wire.

 

John Henson (finger) returned from a one-game absence and posted eight points, five assists, three rebounds, two steals, two blocks and zero turnovers in 27 minutes. He doesn’t have the highest upside, but his floor is safe.

 

Bogdan Bogdanovic seemingly couldn’t miss, going 6-of-7 from the field and 1-of-1 from the line on his way to 15 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, two steals, one assist and zero turnovers in 31 minutes. He’s been hot over the past three, flirting with top-50 value behind averages of 16.0 points, 2.7 trey-bombs, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.7 turnovers per game on 63.3% shooting. Obviously, he’s not going to close out the year as a 60+ percent shooter, but he’ll be a steady source of points, triples, and dimes with the occasional steal. 

 

Tyus Jones got the start on Sunday with Jeff Teague nursing a sore knee and finished with 15 points, four assists, two 3-pointers, four steals and one turnover in 33 minutes. Teague’s knee issue doesn’t sound serious at all, but the Wolves open up Week 25 with a Thursday-Friday back-to-back set, so Teague might spend at least one more game on the sidelines. Whenever Jones is starting, he’s worth streaming.

 

Sean Kilpatrick scored 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting to go with two 3-pointers, six rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 23 minutes off the bench. Chicago is lighting a massive dumpster fire under their tank to close out the year, so Kilpatrick could work his way into a meaningful role as the team “evaluates” him for next season. He’s not the most consistent guy, but if he can earn a role in the mid-20s he could offer up some low-end value in deep leagues.

 

Speaking of massive dumpster fires, Tyler Ulis helped lead the charge in the Suns’ 14th straight losing effort on Sunday, scored 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting to go with one 3-pointer, four rebounds, nine assists, two steals and five turnovers through 42 minutes of floor time. With Elfrid Payton (knee) and Devin Booker (hand) out for the foreseeable future, Ulis should continue to log significant minutes with Shaquille Harrison operating as his backup. Over the past six games, Ulis has come through with averages of 15.8 points, 7.0 assists, 1.5 triples, 1.0 steal and 3.5 turnovers per contest on 46.3% shooting. Give him a look if those numbers are appealing.

 

Marquese Chriss kept his hot streak alive, scoring 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting (3-of-5 from the line) to go with nine rebounds, one 3-pointer, one steal, one block, one assist and four turnovers in 31 minutes. Like Ulis, there really isn’t anyone around to challenge Chriss for minutes with Alex Len (ankle) and Tyson Chandler (shutdown) out, so as long as he can stay out of foul trouble he should be looking at minutes in the 30s moving forward. Over the past six games, Chriss has been pumping out averages of 14.7 points, 8.7 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.3 swats, 0.7 triples and 2.2 turnovers per game on 54.7% shooting, which has been good enough for top-50 value in 9-cat leagues. It only took roughly 60 games, a smoldering dumpster fire of a tank and zero depth behind him for Chriss to get things going, but hey, we’re here and he’s worth owning.

 

Anthony Tolliver recorded his first double-double of the season with 10 points, 12 rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist and two steals through 33 minutes as a starter. The Pistons don’t really have a chance of making the postseason, but until they’re officially, mathematically eliminated, Tolliver should continue to start for the Pistons with Blake Griffin (ankle) likely done for the season. As a starter this year, Tolliver has come through with averages 13.0 points 2.6 triples, 4.2 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal and just 0.7 turnovers per contest on 49.3% shooting, so he’s on the radar in deep leagues.

 

John Collins had a 10-point, 11-board double-double through 33 minutes as a starter to go with one assist and two blocks. He’s a constant double-double threat and will provide you a steady stream of swats, so I’d call him must-own in most places.

 

Corey Brewer came away with three steals on his way to four points, five boards, one assist and one turnover in 29 minutes. Unfortunately, the Thunder only have two games next week, so Brewer is more of a streamer to think about on Saturday (just six games played that day).

 

Stanley Johnson scored 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting (4-of-6 from the line) to go with four rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, four steals and one turnover in 35 minutes off the bench. The scoring seems fluky given that he did this against the lowly Nets, but he has been churning out some low-end value as a steals specialist over the past few weeks with averages of 7.6 points, 4.3 boards, 1.6 assists and 2.6 steals per game.

 


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