Games Played Week 20
5 Games: MIL
4 Games: BOS, CHA, DEN, GSW, LAC, MEM, MIA, PHI, PHX, POR, SAC, SAN, TOR, UTA, WAS
3 Games: ATL, BRK, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, HOU, IND, MIN, NOP, NYK, OKC, ORL
2 Games: LAL
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I had quite an experience on Fanduel on Sunday night. In a late game that excluded the two afternoon games, my lineup consisted of Jerryd Bayless, Ray McCallum, James Harden, Marcus Thornton, Corey Brewer, Harrison Barnes, Kevin Love, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, which resulted in a score of 383.2. That is my highest score on record, but of course, I was only playing a $1 game. I finished alone in second place for a payout of $300 in a league of 4,218. It’s interesting to see how things work out, as I was being chased all night by the owners of Draymond Green, while I had his teammate Barnes. Green surprisingly fouled out early, resulting in more minutes and production for Barnes and a win for me. A group of friends and I were watching the Warriors game and rooting for Barnes (and against David Lee and everyone else on the court) and it was the kind of fun I really haven’t experienced since Vegas back in the day. And while I didn’t win the lottery, it’s hard to beat that return on a $1 investment. Here’s to hoping I actually have some money on the line the next time I pick a near perfect lineup. The winning score of 387 rostered Rajon Rondo, Greivis Vasquez, Marcus Thornton, Devin Harris, Wilson Chandler, Corey Brewer, Kevin Love, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.
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It was a crucial weekend of fantasy hoops, as the playoffs are approaching or underway, and the owners of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins may have been sweating things out until the end. Davis had a brutal week before Sunday’s explosion, while Cousins also saved his best for Sunday last week. Davis went off for 32 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks in an overtime win against Denver, while Cousins poured in 28 points and 20 rebounds in an ugly loss to the Nets. Cousins is still one technical foul away from a one-game suspension, but I wouldn’t mind writing that sentence every week for the rest of the season. I own Davis and Cousins in League Freak and will be rolling out a six-man lineup of Goran Dragic, Russell Westbrook, Lance Stephenson, Davis, Cousins and Jimmy Butler this week. And while that looks pretty good on paper, I’ll need Davis to show up every night if I’m going to go deep into the playoffs. And as we’ve seen with him all season, he seems to be posting monster lines or ones that don’t help very much. Boom or bust, baby.
Nerlens Noel posted a short and sweet tweet on Sunday that simply red 4-4-14. The Sixers play at Boston that day, which happens to be where Noel is from. Of course, there’s been no confirmation from the Sixers and reports are that Noel is simply “wishing” he could play that day, as he continues to recover from knee surgery. Maybe he’s just fired about going to Boston, or maybe Philly will actually let him suit up and play that day. Either way, I have absolutely no interest in picking Noel up, regardless of how deep the league. The only exception would be in a dynasty league. As for what Noel will do when he finally plays next season, he’s going to still be a rookie and we haven’t seen him play basketball in over a year. I’m going to let someone else draft him.
Did you happen to catch interview with Joakim Noah’s dad on Sunday? He was trying to be polite and answer the questions, but lost his mind when Noah played solid D on LeBron and then shot free throws on the other end. Watching and listening to his dad’s reaction to the sequence was much better than anything he could have said to Lisa Salters, and I’ve attached the video here in case you haven’t seen it.
Dwyane Wade played three of his four games last week and finished up strong on Sunday with 25 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals on 7-of-16 shooting. LeBron James had a full stat line, but hit just 8-of-23 shots for 17 points as the Bulls handed the champs their third straight loss in overtime. As an owner of Wade in a weekly league in which the playoffs are underway, I have a decision to make this week. The Heat play on Monday night against the Wizards and Wade has to be considered 50-50, at best, after playing overtime on Sunday. The Heat then play on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, so I’m leaning toward playing him, as three games of Wade sounds better than four games of Mo Williams, right? And if he happens to play tonight, it’s a bonus.
The most surprising story line from Sunday was the Lakers holding off the Thunder for a 114-110 win. Kevin Durant rolled to an early triple-double and Russell Westbrook did Westbrook things (20 points, near triple-double, 7-of-23 shooting), but it was Jodie Meeks and Ryan Kelly who stole the show. I am facing Meeks in a two-week playoff game against my longtime rival Amy, and he had the game of his life against the Thunder. He hit 11-of-18 shots, six 3-pointers and 14-of-14 free throws for a career-high 42 points. He also had four steals for good measure and his monster line leaves me in quite a hole heading into Week 2. And the fact I currently have John Henson AND Jeff Adrien in my lineup due to their five games played leaves me feeling whatever the opposite of confident is. And Amy’s rolling with Brandon Knight, so whatever games-played advantage I feel like I’m getting from those two crapshoots is pretty much negligible. Hit me on Twitter and talk me out of one or both of them.
The Lakers also got a great game from Ryan Kelly, who hit 5-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points, five rebounds, eight dimes, a steal and two blocks. Kelly, Pau Gasol, Wes Johnson, Kendall Marshall (zero points, 10 assists), Meeks, Jordan Farmar and Kent Bazemore all remain intriguing fantasy starters, but the Lakers only have two games this week, making them nearly impossible to use in weekly leagues.