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Friday, March 16, 2012


 

 

 

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Jordan Crawford WAS - With Nick Young in L.A., the sky's the limit for Crawford.  He should score a ton of points, could hit four 3-pointers per game and put up some decent rebounds, assists and steals, as long as he stays out of Randy Wittman’s doghouse.  He’ll be a train wreck on nights when his shot’s not falling (he doesn’t have an ‘off’ switch) but when he gets rolling, he might be the most exciting scorer in the league.  He’s officially must-own in all leagues, and the Wizards finish 4-4-4-4-3-3.  That three-game week to end the season is exciting, as only five other teams play three times that week, while four teams play just one game.  Everyone else goes two times in Week 18.

 

 

Klay Thompson GSW - With Monta Ellis now in Milwaukee, the door is wide open for Thompson to catapult through.  He scored a career-high 26 points on the day Monta was traded and should play 40 minutes a night.  With that kind of run, Thompson should be able to average somewhere around 20 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and three 3-pointers per game, as long as Mark Jackson winds him up and turns him loose.  A perfect storm is brewing with Thompson, as the Warriors are tanking, coming up on a five-game week, and want to develop their young talent (Thompson is the centerpiece), making him one of the most exciting pickups in fantasy hoops.   And as if that wasn’t enough, the Warriors finish 5-4-4-4-5-2, which is as good as it gets.

 

 

Nick Young LAC - I don't know how Young will get along with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, but he should do well now that Jordan Crawford is in his rearview mirror.  We already know that Young can score and hit threes in bunches, but that was while running free on one of the most disorganized teams you’ll ever see.  Vinny Del Negro may have to reel him in a bit, and Young may not love being the third or fourth option for a very good team, but the minutes and production should still be there.  Young should have already been owned in most leagues, and as long as he starts over Randy Foye, he should be solid going forward.   The Clips finish 4-4-4-4-4-2.

 

 

Evan Turner PHI – Turner has been hot for 10 days and has stayed that way, putting fears that he was a fluke to bed (for now).  He’s averaging 17.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.4 3-pointers over his last five games, while shooting 54 percent from the floor.  Yes, more threes would be nice, but that rebounding number is not a typo, either.  The Sixers finish 4-3-4-3-4-3.

 

 

Jared Dudley PHO – Dudley is in the midst of a very nice five-game week, and should be owned going forward.  He’s averaging 19 points, seven boards, a block and two 3-pointers per game over his last five, and if you were able to pick-and-play him for this week, kudos to you.  The Suns finish 4-3-4-4-4-2.

 

 

Wesley Matthews POR – Matthews gets new life as the starting shooting guard now that Nicolas Batum will slide to small forward after the Gerald Wallace trade.  Matthews will start on Friday and should be ready to start producing on a high level again, as he’s been frustrated coming off the bench and seeing his minutes limited.  Jamal Crawford is still around, which is a bit of a concern, but as long as Matthews starts over him, it should be ‘all good'.   The Blazers finish 4-4-4-4-3-2.

 

 

Gordon Hayward UTA – Hayward blew up for 26 points on Thursday and has hit double figures in scoring in four of his last five games, despite coming off the bench.  If you grabbed him for the current five-game week, he’s paying off, and should be a solid fantasy player the rest of the way, as the Jazz finish up 4-4-4-4-3-3 to end the season. 

 

 

Jamal Crawford POR – Crawford is still in Portland and should play a backup role at both guard spots.  It’s not out of the question that interim coach Kaleb Canales could start Crawford at some point, but it does seem unlikely.  Crawford has been a solid sixth-man performer for most of his career, and now that Nate McMillan is gone, Crawford should go back to having fun and doing his thing – which should mean a lot of scoring, 3-pointers and decent assists.  Just keep in mind that he missed Wednesday’s game with a case of knee tendinitis, which also could have just been code for ‘trade bait.’  The Blazers finish 4-4-4-4-3-2.

 

 

Courtney Lee HOU – Lee has been playing well without Kevin Martin around, but is also dealing with a painful finger injury that he'll try to play through.  Lee would be higher on this list if Martin would have been traded, but given that he can return from his shoulder injury at any time, Lee’s value is in a bit of a flux.  The Rockets finish 3-4-3-4-5-1.

 

 

O.J. Mayo MEM – Mayo has quietly playing been playing well and should be a nice source of 3-pointers the rest of the way.  And he’ll be especially popular when Memphis goes five games in back-to-back weeks, finishing up with a schedule of 4-3-5-5-4.

 

 

J.J. Redick ORL – Redick has been playing well in the absence of Jason Richardson, who has been out with a sprained ankle, but J-Rich is expected back on Friday night.  Redick will still hit threes off the bench, but as long as Richardson remains the starter (and healthy), Redick simply isn’t a must-own player.   The Magic finish 3-4-3-4-4-2.

 

 

Roger Mason Jr. WAS – Say hello to the new back up shooting guard in Washington.  Mason came off the bench behind Jordan Crawford on Thursday and scored 19 points.  I’ve owned him in my 30-team league for much of the season, and despite Thursday’s performance, your league needs to be pretty deep to be messing with Mason.  Just keep an eye on him.  The Wizards finish 4-4-4-4-3-3.


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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 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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