The fantasy hoops playoffs continue and if you’ve gotten this far, congrats on that, but there’s still a couple of weeks to go before you can breath that sigh of relief and exaltation as champion! Below are eight players to consider as you make your run for a title. Good luck!
Waiver Wire Considerations
Randy Foye, PG/SG, Los Angeles Clippers (36% owned in Yahoo! leagues)
Foye has played a significant roll in the Clippers winning seven of their last eight games and in the past week (five games), during which he’s averaged 19.2 points, 44.2 FG%, 100.0 FT% (2.0 FTA), 3.6 three-pointers, 3.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Foye has obviously been contributing all over the place offensively, particularly in treys. However, defensively, he’s giving you nothing, which is probably why he gets less burn on the court (32.5 minutes per game last week) than he could, considering the offensive output. Regardless, there’s a good chance he’s available in your league, so if you need some offensive punch during your playoff run, Foye is an excellent option.
Marvin Williams, SF, Atlanta Hawks (17%)
Williams always seems to be on that fantasy cusp where he’d be a solid add to your bench, but because he doesn’t really even do one outstanding thing, he remains on watch lists. During the playoffs, sometimes you need to take chances, and if you need some help from the wing in deep leagues or have an injured player, Williams could be that help. However, note that Atlanta only has three games next week, so if you’re in a weekly line-up change league, skip Willliams. But since missing five games in the middle of March, he’s scored in double-digits in seven of eight games. In the past week (three games), Williams averaged 11.0 points, 54.5 FG%, 77.8 FT% (3.0 FTA), 0.7 triples, 4.3 boards, 2.0 dimes, 1.7 steals and 0.7 blocks in 27.0 minutes. He’s been active and contributing in every category, so if you need that type of production, Williams is the jack-of-all-trades player to consider.
Glen Davis, PF/C, Orlando Magic (25%)
Davis has done an excellent job starting the past three games for the Magic, filling in for Dwight Howard and Ryan Anderson. The run of starts will end soon as Anderson is expected back from his sprained ankle as soon as tomorrow, but it’s hard to imagine that Davis didn’t earn more consistent time on the court. In his three starts, Big Baby averaged 21.3 points, 50.0 FG%, 70.8 FT% (8.0 FTA), 0.3 threes, 11.0 boards, 1.3 steals and 0.7 rejections in about 35.0 minutes of play. If you’re hurting at a big position, you could do a lot worse than Davis off the waiver wire. He’s a speculative grab in regular leagues and a must-add in deep leagues even if he comes off the pine.
Charles Jenkins, PG, Golden State Warriors (15%)
Jenkins is starting for the oft-injured, but talented Stephen Curry who may return for the Warriors’ final 10 games, but all things considered, probably won’t. If you’re a gambler, you look at the Warriors’ record and at what Jenkins has done as a starter lately and Curry probably gets shut down for the rest of the season. You hope. In the past week (four games), Jenkins averaged 13.5 points, 55.3 FG%, 78.6 FT% (3.5 FTA), 0.2 threes, 6.7 assists, 2.5 boards and 1.3 steals in about 29 minutes per contest. He even scored a game-winning lay-up, plus seven of the Warriors’ last nine points to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves. Jenkins should be safe as the starter for at least the next three games. Grab while the grabbing is good.
J.R. Smith, SG/SF, New York Knicks (29%)
There’s something volatile about Smith, like he’s a powder keg ready to explode. But, as long as he does it on the court in regards to stats and not throwing players to the floor, fantasy owners will take it! In the past week (four games), Smith averaged 12.8 points, 39.6 FG%, 62.5 FT% (2.0 FTA), 2.0 three-pointers, 6.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.8 steals in about 33.0 minutes of burn. Other than the shooting percentages that could be a detriment, what stands out here are the rebound and assist numbers, which are huge from the two or three spot. Smith must be buying into the concept of teamwork because he dropped a career-high nine dimes last night versus the Magic. Considering that Amar’e Stoudemire is out for some time, as well as Jeremy Lin, Smith’s stats in boards and assists show that he’s picking up his teammates and, most importantly for our purposes, producing stats.
Anthony Parker, SG/SF, Cleveland Cavaliers (3%)
Who’s going to replace the numbers that Kyrie Irving produces for the Cavaliers? Well, it just might be Parker. In the past week (four games) Parker averaged 13.3 points, 47.7 FG%, 75.0 FT% (2.0 FTA), 1.3 treys, 3.2 rebounds, 3.5 dimes and 1.5 steals in 30.0 minutes of play. However, in the first game for the Cavs without Irving, Parker scored 27 points on 11-for-14 shooting from the field, including four triples, grabbed seven boards, dished four assists and had three steals on the road versus the Milwaukee Bucks. I’m not saying Parker is going to do this on the regular, but he’s going to have more touches without Irving in the lineup. Pick him up because he’s probably available in your league. Considering the Cavs play five games next week, there’s a huge potential bonus reward during the fantasy postseason.
Courtney Lee, SG/SF, Houston Rockets (23%)
As of yet, there’s no timetable for Kevin Martin’s return. In his absence, Lee has been contributing very good numbers. In the past week (three games), Lee averaged 16.7 points, 46.5 FG%, 87.5 FT% (2.7 FTA), 1.0 three-pointer, 1.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals in almost 40 minutes per game. The Rockets are 7-5 since Lee joined the starting unit as the Rockets are fighting for a spot in the playoffs. When Martin returns from his shoulder injury, he’ll start once again, so pick Lee up while Martin’s situation is still up in the air.
Avery Bradley, PG/SG, Boston Celtics (6%)
Bradley has started six of the Celtics’ last seven games, at first for the injured Ray Allen, but in the Celtics most recent game, Allen came off the bench. Of course, Ray received the starter-like minutes. In the past week (four games), Bradley averaged 14.5 points, 55.8 FG%, 88.9 FT% (2.2 FTA), 0.5 treys, 1.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.8 steals in almost 34 minutes of play. Bradley is a consideration in deep leagues for those that need points and steals. It remains to be seen how he’s used moving forward. If he starts again with Allen coming off the bench or Bradley receives 30 minutes of playing time, he could be a solid speculative grab in regular leagues as well if you need the aforementioned points and steals.
Number of Team Games in Week 16
Five Games: BOS, CHA, CLE, MEM
Four Games: DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOR, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHO, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS
Three Games: ATL, CHI, NJN, PHI