Top-175 Fantasy Values

Top-175 Fantasy Values
Ryan Knaus helps owners prepare for the final weeks of the NBA season by examining top-175 ranks for 9-cat and 8-cat leagues.
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Marcus Thornton was traded to the Nets on Wednesday.

We've seen throw-in Marcus Thornton get some late run on his new team and that is possible for the Nets. Although, he's a buyout candidate with his expiring 2016-17 salary at $1.3 million. There's no need to add him unless you're extremely desperate in a very, very deep league.
Feb 22 - 4:15 PM

The Nets acquired Andrew Nicholson in the Bojan Bogdanovic trade on Wednesday.

He might actually be getting some minutes. He has three years left on his deal, so this is not an expiring move and the Nets are actually taking on some long-term money. The Nets really like floor-spacing fours and Nicholson does take a lot of jumpers. Although, he's made just 29.5 percent on jumpers this year and they could certainly use the stretch provision if they don't like what they see. He's only worth a look in super deep leagues just because the Nets may unload more players.
Feb 22 - 4:13 PM

The Wizards acquired Chris McCullough on Wednesday.

After an ACL tear in his last season in Syracuse, the Nets were able to get McCullough at 29 in the 2015 draft. He did show some promise late last season, but just was never really to get it going outside of his big D-League outings. He won't be in the rotation. The Nets will likely be looking to sign another young power forward on a 10-day deal at some point.
Feb 22 - 4:08 PM

The Wizards will acquire Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough in a trade with the Nets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

The Nets will get back Andrew Nicholson, Marcus Thornton and a 2017 first-round pick. The Wizards lost out on the Lou Williams sweepstakes, so they'll go after the next easy trade target out there. Bogdanovic's playing time was really trending up with 29.4 minutes per game in February, averaging 15.1 points, 5.3 boards, 1.6 assists and 1.7 treys. Obviously his value will be falling off a cliff in fantasy. Meanwhile, guys like Caris LeVert, Sean Kilpatrick, Joe Harris and Thornton should all be looking to pick up some of that playing time. Most owners can take a wait-and-see approach, especially with Jeremy Lin likely to return.
Feb 22 - 3:59 PM

An MRI revealed Miles Plumlee (calf) has a second degree strain and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

The Hornets are razor thin at the five spot with Cody Zeller (quad) also doubtful, so this one really hurts. On the positive side, Frank Kaminsky has played very well at the center spot and looks to be locked in to big minutes, making him worth owning in standard leagues in the short term.
Feb 22 - 3:57 PM

David West (thumb) is likely to play against the Clippers on Thursday.

He has been out since Jan. 11 with his sprained thumb. He was playing around 13 minutes per game, so he may return to that role in the second half. Kevon Looney and Andre Iguodala could take some hits in playing time.
Feb 22 - 3:51 PM

Zaza Pachulia (shoulder) has good chance to play on Thursday against the Clippers.

Coach Steve Kerr said he's not sure if he'll be starting Pachulia. The center did go through practice on Wednesday and looks to be over his strain that caused him to miss eight games. His return would take minutes away from fan favorite JaVale McGee. Neither have fantasy value, though.
Feb 22 - 3:49 PM

Coach Mike D'Antoni said the Lou Williams acquisition should help Eric Gordon clinch Sixth Man of the Year.

This is a little surprising to see D'Antoni sound so confident because the numbers suggest otherwise. Nobody else in the second unit is even close to Gordon's usage, so adding a scorer like Lou Williams should affect his scoring negatively. Furthermore, Gordon has a 32.6 usage rate when he's not with James Harden compared to a 19.3 with him -- his efficiency is better too. We're expecting Gordon to drop in productivity and it doesn't help he hasn't been very healthy in 2017.
Feb 22 - 3:40 PM
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