Playoff Preparation

Playoff Preparation
Ryan Knaus looks at team schedules, updated rankings and injured player outlooks to help owners prepare for the fantasy playoffs.
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Marc Gasol hit a running jumper with 0.1 seconds left against the Rockets during a 102-100 win on Wednesday, finishing with 21 points, seven rebounds, six assists and one block on 10-of-14 from the field.

This was a huge win for Memphis because the Rockets were hot on their tails for the No. 2 seed, but now they have a 6.5 game cushion. As for Gasol, he was already coming in very hot in his previous six games since the break, averaging 17.3 points, 7.7 boards, 3.7 dimes, 2.2 blocks and 0.5 steals. He's a top-20 fantasy asset.
Mar 4 - 11:29 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 10 points and 13 rebounds on 4-of-7 shooting in Wednesday's easy win over the Nets.

MKG has quietly double-doubled in four of his last five games, and while he won't help you in other categories, he's worth a pick up if you need boards and some decent shooting. He's averaging 12.6 points, 11.0 rebounds and is shooting 54 percent from the floor over his last five, but doesn't do anything outside of those three categories.
Mar 4 - 11:27 PM

Zach Randolph retuned from an illness during a win over the Rockets on Wednesday with 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three steals, one block and one turnover in 33 minutes.

He matched his season high for assists and steals in this one. Excluding steals and free throw percentage, Randolph saw all of his averages fall in February following a massive January. He should be somewhere in the middle with scoring in the high teens and double-digit boards.
Mar 4 - 11:25 PM

Marvin Williams started over Cody Zeller on Wednesday and had 18 points, seven rebounds, a block and four 3-pointers in an easy win over the Nets.

The move was reportedly made for "matchup purposes" against the small Nets, but Williams played very well, hitting 5-of-8 shots. Zeller played just 16 minutes for 13 points and four rebounds, and regardless of the match ups going forward, it wouldn't be surprising to see Williams stick in the power forward spot.
Mar 4 - 11:24 PM

Beno Udrih returned from an illness on Wednesday against the Rockets with four points in 15 minutes.

As long as Mike Conley is active, Udrih is not going to have much value in fantasy leagues. Plus, Nick Calathes is playing good ball right now, too. Leave him on the wire.
Mar 4 - 11:21 PM

Mike Conley handled Patrick Beverley quite well in a win over the Rockets on Wednesday with 17 points, two rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer on 6-of-9 from the field.

It's his first game since the All-Star break with a field goal percentage over 50 percent. In those previous games, Conley averaged just 12.8 points, 3.0 boards, 5.3 dimes, 1.7 steals and 0.8 treys on 35.1 percent from the field. He's been one of the better guards for fantasy and he's a good bet to keep it going against the Lakers on Friday.
Mar 4 - 11:20 PM

James Harden returned from a one-game suspension against the Grizzlies on Wednesday during a 102-100 loss with 18 points, four rebounds, 13 assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

Even with the sub-par scoring, he was still able to come up with his second-highest game for assists. Harden and the Rockets are suddenly on a two-game losing streak, but they'll get a Josh Smith revenge game against the Pistons on Friday. Harden is still in the running for MVP and is the top player in eight-category leagues.
Mar 4 - 11:16 PM

Patrick Beverley made 5-of-9 from the field for 12 points against the Grizzlies on Wednesday with five boards, three assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

He was really struggling heading into the break, but he's coming around since he recovered from his illness last week. In his last four games, Beverley averaged 10.5 points, 4.8 boards, 4.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.5 treys. He's worth owning in standard leagues for his steals, treys and dimes.
Mar 4 - 11:10 PM
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