Games Played for Week 18
4 Games Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Golden State, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, Orlando, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Toronto, Washington
3 Games Brooklyn, Charlotte, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, San Antonio, Utah
2 Games Boston, Portland
Andrea Bargnani wasn’t moved at the deadline and while there’s still a chance he’ll get things turned around and start contributing in Toronto, he’s simply not playing enough minutes to be held in most leagues right now. If you can keep him stashed without it hurting your team, do it, but if you need a player to drop to pick up a hot free agent, Bargnani fits the bill right now.
Guys like Jarrett Jack, Bradley Beal, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Amir Johnson, Emeka Okafor, Earl Clark and Gordon Hayward are must-owns in my book, while Antawn Jamison and Derrick Williams are also guys that should be owned in most leagues.
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Nate Robinson Bulls – Robinson may have been dropped when Kirk Hinrich came back last week, and while Lil Him has cooled off, Hinrich will miss another game on Sunday with his bum elbow, and like I’ve been saying forever, has a low chance of staying healthy through the end of the season. Therefore, hanging onto Robinson still makes sense, even though his numbers have been down over his last three games. He’ll start again on Sunday and I’m guessing he bounces back with some solid points, assists, steals and 3-pointers.
Tony Allen Grizzlies – Some of my Rotoworld cohorts don’t agree with me on Tony Allen, but I like what he’s doing with his heavy minutes in Memphis. He’s averaging 11.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.0 blocks over his last five games while shooting an excellent 51 percent. He won’t hit many 3-pointers, but is playing well enough to be owned in most leagues. And the Grizz have a good weekly schedule, going 3-3-4-4-4-4-3-2 the rest of the way.
J.J. Redick Bucks – I dropped Redick in one league as soon as he was shipped to the Bucks on Thursday, but I might have jumped the gun. He went off for 16 points, seven assists and a 3-pointer in 35 minutes on Saturday against the Hawks. The Bucks played him alongside Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis a lot on Saturday, but keep in mind the Hawks were using Jeff Teague, Devin Harris and Kyle Korver at the same time, so the Bucks could get away with it. But regardless, Redick’s first game with the Bucks was pretty similar to what he was doing with the Magic, so there’s a chance he’ll be OK going forward. But only if Jim Boylan is content with going with a small lineup against all of his opponents. If not, Redick could have some nights where he plays less than 20 minutes.
Rodney Stuckey Pistons – Brandon Knight missed Saturday with a knee injury and while an MRI was negative, he is dealing with swelling and should be iffy for the upcoming week. Maybe that will be enough to get Stuckey going. He started on Saturday and had 11 points on 3-of-8 shooting, but also played 33 minutes. He’s scored 11 or 12 points in each of his last three games, and might be worth a look if you need a guard and Knight’s knee is slow to heal. Will Bynum also benefits from the loss of Knight, and has scored 15 and 17 points in each of his last two games.
Celtics Backcourt – Jordan Crawford made his Celtics debut on Friday and had 10 points and two 3-pointers in 17 minutes. I’m guessing he’ll get between 20-25 minutes on most nights and he’ll have some big games, as well as some duds. He’s still not a must-own player, but is worth grabbing in deeper leagues if you need threes. Courtney Lee had just eight points in that one, but did play 30 minutes and scored 20 and 15 points in his previous two. The addition of Crawford likely means a timeshare, which isn’t great news for either player. Avery Bradley continues to start at point guard and is averaging 10.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals over his last five, and is a decent add with Rajon Rondo done for the year. Jason Terry has hit double digits in scoring in four of his last five, and is another guy to keep an eye on, but none of the Celtics guards are likely to lead fantasy teams to a championship, as the timeshare factor is just too great. Especially when you add Terrence Williams, who is on a 10-day contract, to the mix.
Others to consider: Marcus Thornton, Alan Anderson, Devin Harris, Thabo Sefolosha, C.J. Watson (on nights when Deron Williams sits), E’Twaun Moore (12 points, 6 assists over last two games, Jameer Nelson hurting), Beno Udrih (37 minutes, 10 points, 7 assists in Orlando debut).