Games Played for Week 18
4 Games: CHI, CLE, DAL, GSW, IND, NOP, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHX, UTA
3 Games: ATL, BOS, BRK, DEN, DET, HOU, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIL, OKC, POR, SAC, SAN, TOR, WAS
2 Games: CHA, MIA, MIN
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Update: Nene injured his left knee on Sunday night and will have an MRI. Kevin Seraphin picked up his minutes, while Trevor Booker would also see a boost if Nene misses time.
Brian Roberts NOP – Roberts should be owned until Jrue Holiday is back in action, and we simply don’t know when that will be. Roberts has been playing well, averaging 14.4 points, 4.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five.
Tim Hardaway Jr. NYK – He’s averaging 34.6 minutes, 13.6 points and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games, and the Knicks simply have to play him.
Patty Mills SAN – Mills went 2-of-14 and 0-for-6 from downtown on Friday, but had been pretty amazing in his prior three games, scoring between 16 and 29 points. All bets are off once Tony Parker is back, but Mills has earned minutes for Gregg Popovich.
Kyle Singler DET – Singler cooled off on Saturday with seven points, but also had five boards, three steals and a 3-pointer, and had scored in double figures in eight straight games prior to that one. He’s getting crazy minutes and starting, making him look like nearly a must-own player.
Ben McLemore SAC- This one is more of a prospective add now that Marcus Thornton is out of the way. Mac may get it going, or could struggle the rest of the way, but he did play 27 minutes on Saturday and he simply has to put up some numbers if he’s getting 30 minutes a night.
Tony Wroten PHI – The Sixers dealt Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes at the deadline and Wroten could see a boost. He had 21 points on Friday and should see heavy minutes the rest of the way. Just beware of the free throw shooting, which is at just 62 percent on the season.
Will Bynum DET – Bynum has been getting a lot of fourth-quarter minutes with Brandon Jennings struggling and has put together a surprising five-game run. He’s averaging 12.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 6.6 assists over his last five, and while I don’t have confidence in it lasting, he is clearly the No. 2 point guard in Detroit. Just don’t expect many threes or steals if you pick him up.
Marcus Thornton BRK – Thornton is hoping to make his Nets debut on Sunday, and while he’s done nothing thus far, there’s a decent chance that he could replace Shaun Livingston in the starting lineup and catch fire. He’s not a must-own just yet, but if he does start for the Nets and pulls off a big game, I think he should quickly be grabbed.
Jarrett Jack CLE – Jack still isn’t shooting the ball well, but he is starting and playing heavy minutes for the Cavs. And over his last four games he’s averaging 8.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.75 3-pointers, but has hit just 11-of-32 shots over that stretch. If the shots start falling, Jack is going to be fun to own, which I think I’ve been saying since Halloween. He also got off to a quick start on Sunday, as I was writing this.
Shelvin Mack ATL – Mack has played very well when Jeff Teague has missed time, and given Teague’s struggles, Mack could continue to see minutes. He might be worth a handcuff for Teague owners in deeper leagues, but is more of a daily spot-start guy than someone you want to hold in standard leagues.
James Anderson PHI – We are expecting big things from Anderson, who has played 39, 30 and 37 minutes in each of his last three games. He’s averaging 11 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.7 3-pointers over that stretch. And with Evan Turner in Indy, Anderson has a real chance to blow up right now. I’m in favor of holding him in all leagues.
Shawn Marion & Vince Carter DAL – Marion is suddenly hot after going for 7 & 7, 22 & 7 and 10 & 11 points and rebounds in each of his last three games, while Carter is averaging 11.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five. Both guys should be owned in most leagues.