Week 24 Schedule: Games Played
4 Games: CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIL, MIN, PHI, PHX, POR, SAC, WAS
3 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, HOU, IND, MIA, NOP, NYK, OKC, ORL, SAS, UTA
2 Games: TOR
Line of the Day – Scary Terry
Terry Rozier went nuts during Sunday’s 104-93 win in Sacramento, erupting for 33 points on 12-of-16 shooting to go with five boards, three assists, eight trey-bombs, five steals and just one turnover across 36 minutes. Terry seemingly couldn’t miss, going 8-of-12 from beyond the arc and draining his only free throw attempt to give him an incredible 100.4 true shooting percentage, and he’s all set up for a strong finish to the 2017-18 season with both Marcus Smart (thumb) and Kyrie Irving (knee) done for the regular season. Since Irving hit the sidelines, Rozier has seen his usage rate rise to 24.0 (up from 20.3) and his assist percentage has spiked to 23.8 (up from 17.5) and he’s responded with averages of 19.0 points, 3.5 triples, 5.8 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.7 swats and just 1.8 turnovers per contest on 42.1% shooting from the field and 72.2% from the stripe. The shooting won’t always be pretty with Scary Terry, but he’ll do enough everywhere else to warrant ownership in all leagues; he’s particularly attractive in points formats.
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On the Radar
Quinn Cook had yet another solid outing on Sunday, scoring 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting (2-of-2 from the stripe) to go with one 3-pointer, four rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one block and one turnover in 35 minutes. Stephen Curry (knee) won’t be back this season, and both Kevin Durant (rib) and Klay Thompson (thumb) aren’t exactly close, so Cook should continue to log major minutes and see plenty of opportunity on offense for the beat up Warriors. He’s been remarkable since entering the starting five, posting averages of 14.0 points, 1.9 triples, 3.2 dimes and 1.4 turnovers per game on 48.5% shooting, and with four games on the slate for Week 24, he’s about as must-own as they come.
Rodney Hood scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go with three 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes off the bench. He’s about as inconsistent as they come, but he’ll continue to see some increased opportunity for however long Kyle Korver (personal) is out, so he could be someone to consider streaming on Tuesday vs. Miami.
Joe Harris poured in a career-high 30 points on 11-of-14 shooting (2-of-2 from the line) in Sunday's loss to the Cavs, adding six triples, seven boards, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 27 minutes off the bench. Harris can occasionally pop off with these big stat lines, but he’s never consistent and the fact he hit 78.6% of his shots is a pretty obvious sign this was a fluke.
Dejounte Murray scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting to go with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and one turnover in 29 minutes. He won’t do much for you in the points and triples department, but he’s a solid rebounder for a guard, shoots a high percentage from the field and his elite contributions to the steals category is what anchors his value. He’s worth owning in most leagues.
John Henson scored 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting Sunday to go with six rebounds, four assists, one steal, three blocks and just one turnover in 29 minutes. He’s a quality shot-blocking specialist.
Tyler Johnson scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting to go with three rebounds, five triples, four assists and zero turnovers in 29 minutes. If you need some points, triples and dimes with a trickle of defensive stats, Johnson is worth a look.
Jaylen Brown (concussion) looked great in his return from a two-week absence, going 6-of-10 from the field and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe on his way to 19 points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and four turnovers through 25 minutes as a starter. He’s going to be more involved in the offense with Kyrie Irving (knee) out, so if he was cut in your league while he was out, now would be the time to go ahead and swoop him back up.
Skal Labissiere came through with 14 points (5-of-12 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), five boards, two triples, three assists, one block and one turnover through 30 minutes as a starter on Sunday. He’s been providing steady late-round value over the past few weeks with averages of 11.0 points, 1.4 treys, 5.6 boards, 2.4 dimes and 1.2 swats per contest, but he’s also been shooting just 37.0% from the field over that five-game span. The lame shooting relegates Skal to deep league status.
Kosta Koufos had another low-end stat line in 26 minutes off the bench, finishing with eight points, nine boards, one assist and one steal. He’ll continue to have some increased opportunity for however long Zach Randolph (illness) is out, but he’s nothing more than a rebounding specialist in deep leagues.
Michael Beasley wasn’t affected by the return of Lance Thomas (personal), scoring 12 points on 6-of-13 shooting to go with nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks and four turnovers through 32 minutes as a starter. As long as he’s starting and earning minutes in the 30s, he’ll be worth owning in all leagues.
Trey Burke shined in his first start as a Knick, scoring 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting (3-of-4 from the stripe) to go with two rebounds, three assists, three steals and two turnovers in 27 minutes. Over the past seven games, Burke has come through with averages of 15.0 points, 1.6 triples, 3.9 dimes, 1.0 steal and just 1.7 turnovers per game on 55.1% shooting from the field and 61.5% from the charity stripe. Burke’s arrow is pointing up as a starter, so as long as you’re okay with some less-than-stellar free throw shooting, he’s worth a long look.
Tomas Satoransky scored nine points on 3-of-4 shooting (2-of-2 from the line) to go with 10 assists, four boards, one 3-pointer, three steals, one block and three turnovers through 36 minutes as a starter. John Wall is on the cusp of a return, but until he actually gets back out there, Satoransky will be worth owning.
Kelly Oubre scored 13 points on 6-of-14 shooting (1-of-3 from the stripe) to go with five boards and one steal in 27 minutes off the bench. He’s been a steady late-round guy all year long and is worth owning in most leagues.
Montrezl Harrell dunked his way to 19 points (9-of-12 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs) adding six rebounds and one turnover in 19 minutes off the bench. He’s a basically a low-end FG% booster in deep leagues.
Fred VanVleet scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting to go with four triples, two assists and one turnover in 22 minutes off the bench. FVV has been en fuego with his shot as of late, but the Raptors only have two games next week, so he’s more of a streamer option on Tuesday.
Moe Harkless scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go with two treys, six boards, four dimes and four swats through 34 minutes as a starter. He’s been hot over the past few weeks, pumping out averages of 13.1 points, 1.9 triples, 3.4 boards, 1.7 dimes, 0.9 steals, 1.1 swats and just 0.1 turnovers per contest on 63.5% shooting, so give him a look if those numbers are appealing.
Isaiah Taylor was again solid as a starter on Sunday with Dennis Schroder (ankle) unavailable, scoring a career-high 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting (3-of-4 from the line) to go with three triples, one rebound, three assists, one steal and two turnovers in 32 minutes. The extent of Schroder’s ankle injury isn’t yet known, but he does have time to get healthy with the Hawks next game not until Wednesday. However, if Schroder is forced to miss multiple games with the ankle issue, Taylor would emerge as a must-add guy in most leagues.
John Collins scored six points on 2-of-3 shooting (2-of-2 from the line) to go with 10 boards, two assists, one block and two turnovers in 25 minutes. His ankle is fine, and he’s a solid low-end big to own in deep leagues.
Gary Harris (knee) is hopeful that he can get back to the court for Friday’s game against the Thunder, meaning he has a max of two games played next week. He’s worth hanging onto if your league’s postseason extends beyond Week 24, but if Week 24 is your last week, it’s tough to justify holding onto Harris without an IR-spot. Will Barton has been the primary beneficiary in his absence.
John Wall (knee surgery) is expected to get in another full practice on Monday, so it would seem there’s a chance he could get back to the court sometime next week. He’ll likely have restrictions upon his return, though, so if Week 24 is your last week of fantasy basketball, he’s probably not going to help you all that much. However, in leagues that go longer than that, Wall is someone to consider stashing.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) didn’t skip a beat in his return from a one-game stint on the sidelines, producing 25 points, 10 boards, three dimes, three triples, one steal and three turnovers in 38 minutes. He’s fine.
Jay Triano said he’s hopeful that Devin Booker (hand) will be able to play Monday against the Celtics. He’s spent the past four games with this hand issue, but it sounds like he could be getting close. With four games coming up and no back-to-back sets, Booker could be a difference maker for Week-24 if he is able to get back out there. Troy Daniels’ value will suffer the greatest hit upon Booker’s return.
Marcus Morris (ankle) did not play on Sunday, but Brad Stevens hinted that the ankle injury wasn’t serious and that Morris could be back in action as soon as Monday against the Suns. It sounds like they were just being cautious on the front end of a back-to-back set against one of the worst teams out West, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Morris back out there on Monday.
Kyrie Irving had his knee procedure on Sunday and he will miss the next 3-6 weeks of action. Cut him.
Brandon Ingram (groin) was able to go through some 2-on-2 work during Sunday’s practice, but he didn’t get through 5-on-5, so it’s highly doubtful that he’ll be taking the court on Monday. The Lakers do have four games next week, and it sounds like Ingram should be back for at least one of those, but exactly when and to what extent remains a bit of a mystery. If you’re fighting through the Finals in Week 24, I wouldn’t recommend counting on Ingram.
Tyreke Evans (personal) will not travel with the team for Monday’s game in Minnesota, and there’s no telling when he’ll be back, so he can be cut just about everywhere. Andrew Harrison and Marc Gasol will do the heavy lifting on offense in his absence.
Chris Paul (hamstring) missed his third game in a row on Sunday, but head coach Mike D’Antoni said he expects CP3 to play Tuesday against the Bulls. His return to the court will push Eric Gordon back to the second unit, and Gerald Green could fall out of the rotation entirely.
Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) spent his second straight game on the sidelines Sunday and he should be considered questionable for Tuesday’s game. Ryan Anderson was rested on Sunday, but he’ll be back out there on Tuesday night and could see an uptick in minutes if Mbah a Moute sits.
Draymond Green (flu-like symptoms) missed Sunday’s game against the Jazz and should be considered questionable for Tuesday’s matchup with the Pacers. If he’s out again, Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell will divvy up the majority of his minutes.
Kris Dunn (toe) and Zach LaVine (knee) are not traveling on Chicago’s road trip, meaning in a best-case scenario they might play in one game during Week 24, on Sunday. If your fantasy season ends at Week 24, neither of these guys should be rostered. Cameron Payne and Denzel Valentine are the primary beneficiaries here.
Dennis Schroder was a late scratch on Sunday with an ankle issue, and he should be considered questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Wolves. If he’s out again, Isaiah Taylor will be looking at another start and he’ll be someone to consider as a streamer.
Kyle O’Quinn (hip) and Damyean Dotson (foot) did not play Sunday and they should be considered questionable for Monday’s game in Charlotte.
Domantas Sabonis almost played on Sunday, but tweaked his ankle during warmups and ended up watching from the sidelines. He belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Zach Randolph (gastroenteritis) missed his second game in a row on Sunday, and he should be considered questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Mavericks.
Lance Thomas (personal) returned from a three-game absence, producing three points, four rebounds and two turnovers in 19 minutes off the bench. Leave him on the wire.
C.J. Miles (illness) was back in action following a two-game stint on the sidelines, posting 11 points, three triples one rebound and one turnover in 21 minutes off the bench.
Jeff Green (illness) did not play Sunday and should be considered questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Heat.