Games Played Week 25
2 Games: ATL, BOS, BRK, CHA, CHI, DEN, GSW, HOU, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOP, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHX, SAN, TOR, UTA, WAS
1 Game: CLE, DAL, DET, IND, POR, SAC
Teams either play one or two games next week, with plenty of silliness and DNPs sure to happen. Instead of doing a traditional Waiver Wired column, I’m going to list a player or two per team that should see some decent minutes and production this week. But now that the playoffs are essentially set, guys could be getting plenty of rest next week. The Heat and LeBron James are in an interesting situation. The Pacers won on Sunday and their magic number is now at 1. If the Pacers win their finale at Orlando on Wednesday, or if the Heat lose to either the Wizards in Washington, or the Sixers in Miami, the Pacers have the No. 1 seed. But, if the Pacers lose on Wednesday and the Heat win both of their games, they would take the No. 1 seed. LeBron and the Heat seem to acknowledge that he needs a break, but having home court throughout the East might be worth running him down. Maybe.
And stay tuned after the list, as I’ve got my year-end Fantasy Awards included as well.
ATL – Lou Williams – He’s hot, rested and should play down the stretch since he’s missed so many games this season.
BOS – Kelly Olynyk – Jared Sullinger & Kris Humphries are banged up and KO is hot. Avery Bradley’s a must-start as well.
BRK – Marcus Thornton – Could be bombs away for the last two games.
CHA – Al Jefferson – Doesn’t look like a guy who wants a day off right now.
CHI – D.J. Augustin – He’s young and having a great season. Maybe Joakim Noah needs a rest?
CLE – Jarrett Jack - Just one game, but Jack could have a good one.
DAL – Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright – If Dirk Nowitzki takes the night off with his sprained ankle, Crowder could Wright was great on Saturday.
DEN – Kenneth Faried, Aaron Brooks, Randy Foye, Evan Fournier, Timofey Mozgov – A lot of Nuggets are banged up and all these guys are playing well.
DET – Rodney Stuckey – He’s the sneaky play. Greg Monroe & Andre Drummond are the obvious ones.
GSW – Stephen Curry – Mark Jackson has said he doesn’t plan on resting his guys.
HOU – Patrick Beverley & Dwight Howard – Both guys need to get in playoff shape, should play.
IND – C.J. Watson – George Hill might have played his way out of a job. And on a side note, when exactly did Roy Hibbert forget how to play basketball?
LAC – DeAndre Jordan – Super durable and doesn’t look like he needs a break.
LAL – Jodie Meeks, Jordan Farmar, Nick Young, Ryan Kelly, Jordan Hill – Nothing to play for, might as well shoot.
MEM – James Johnson – Tayshaun Prince is not healthy and JJ is suddenly relevant again.
MIA – Michael Beasley, Norris Cole - If LeBron or Mario Chalmers ever sit, these two could finish strong.
MIL – Khris Middleton & Jeff Adrien – They’ve looked great for a couple weeks now.
MIN – Corey Brewer – Kevin Love is on fumes and the Wolves’ season is essentially over. Brewer wants more after dropping 51 on Friday.
NOP – Anthony Morrow & Austin Rivers – Brian Roberts is hurt and Rivers had 20 on Saturday, while Morrow has been playing well for some time. Luke Babbitt had 24 in that one, but you have to be a gambler to go there again.
NYK – J.R. Smith – If Carmelo Anthony’s shoulder keeps him out, Smith might shoot 20 threes in one game.
OKC – Caron Butler – Thabo Sefolosha and Reggie Jackson are both hurting, and Butler might be turned loose one last time.
ORL – Victor Oladipo – Jameer Nelson is out on Sunday and this might officially be the changing of the guard. Kyle O’Quinn is also worth it with Nikola Vucevic’s season over.
PHI – Michael Carter-Williams, Henry Sims, Byron Mullens – MCW and Sims are obvious plays, while Mullens could make some noise this week.
PHX – Eric Bledsoe – Goran Dragic is banged up and Bledsoe is ballin’.
POR – Mo Williams & Dorell Wright? – We haven’t seen much of Portland’s bench all season, but if they decide to rest some guys, these are two interesting prospects.
SAC – Travis Outlaw & Ray McCallum – Outlaw’s actually been getting run and playing well for a few games now.
SAN – Patty Mills – He’s the obvious answer to a very hard question.
TOR – Patrick Patterson - Amir Johnson fell off a proverbial cliff on Sunday.
UTA – Enes Kanter – All day long.
WAS – Bradley Beal – Looks like he wants to finish on a high note.
Keep reading for the Awards