The fantasy basketball playoffs keep marching on and can induce madness! See what I did there? I offered that dumb sentence as tribute, Katniss-stylo. Epic. Below are a lucky number seven suggestions to help you keep on keeping on during the pretend postseason.
Courtney Lee, SG/SF, Boston Celtics (29%)
Lee has been filling in the stat sheet this past week in three games when he averaged 10.0 points on 65.0 percent shooting from the floor (6.7 FGA), 1.3 three-pointers, 2.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals and a block in 37 minutes. His 10 total games in March prove his ability — 7.8 points, 50.8 FG% (6.5 FGA), 0.8 triples, 2.9 boards, 2.9 dimes, 1.9 steals and 0.6 blocks in 32 minutes, the most playing time on average in any month this season. He may not get to chuck a lot, but you should still pick him up in all leagues to help give you a little bit of this and a little bit of that during your playoff run.
Corey Brewer, SG/SF, Denver Nuggets (22%)
It’s really surprising to me that Brewer isn’t owned in more leagues. If he’s available on your waiver wire, pick him up with the quickness because he could make a difference for you moving on to the next round. In his last four games, Brewer averaged 16.8 points on 50.0 percent shooting from the field (12.5 FGA) and 71.4 percent from the stripe (3.5 FTA), 1.8 triples, 2.3 rebounds, a dime and 3.3 steals in 26 minutes and being a cool mofo at the line. This month is his best thus far — 11 games, 14.9 points, 48.9 FG% (12.3 FGA), 72.4 FT% (2.6 FTA), 1.0 trey, 2.2 boards, 1.5 assists and 2.5 steals in 24 minutes. Stop sleeping on Brewer, people.
Jonas Valanciunas, C, Toronto Raptors (22%)
Now this is what Raptor fans have been waiting for — the explosion of JV! Well, maybe not an explosion, but the dude is doing work when he’s on the court. In his last three games, he averaged 15.3 points on a ridunkulous 72.0 percent shooting from the floor (8.3 FGA) and non-big man-like 90.9 percent from the charity stripe (3.7 FTA), 7.0 rebounds, an assist and rejection in 27 minutes. Valanciunas has been having a very solid and confident-building March — 10 games, 9.9 points, 56.7 FG% (6.7 FGA), 85.2 FT% (2.7 FTA), 6.3 boards and 0.9 blocks in 24 minutes. He’s starting to look like he was worth the wait in the T-Dot. However, if you need center help, don’t wait and grab JV.
Reggie Evans, PF, Brooklyn Nets (20%)
Evans really only does one thing well, but he does it so much it’s hard to ignore. No, I’m not talking about Kimbo Slice lookalike contests or getting called for three seconds, but rebounding. In the past three games, Evans pulled down 18.3 boards per contest, in addition to averaging a Michael Jordan-like (for Evans that is) 8.0 points on 52.9 percent shooting from the deck (5.7 FGA) and a Mark Pricean (again, for Evans) perfect percentage from the freebie line (2.0 FTA) in 30 minutes. Despite his limitations, Evans keeps on playing thanks to Mirza Teletovic playing tight and not making the most of his opportunities, Kris Humphries buying into Maurice saying Hump is all that and the simple fact that Evans is really good at grabbing balls (insert Chris Kaman joke here). Evans will give a nice push in roto leagues and bolster any team that needs to hulk up their rebounds, but otherwise, he’s Bruce Bannering the other categories.
Andray Blatche, PF/C, Brooklyn Nets (16%)
Yes, another Nets player, but for good reason in deep leagues. In Blatche’s last three games, he averaged 12.7 points on 64.0 percent shooting from the floor (8.3 FGA) and 85.7 percent from the line (2.3 FTA), 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and a block in only 18 minutes. Very solid numbers and Dray has displayed the ability to produce like this on any given night. Sure he’s blocked by Brook Lopez at the five, but the rumor has been that Blatche will also get more minutes at the four, which he has. Don’t worry, Evans has still be producing for all of you wondering. In any case, playing both Blatche and Brookie Monster at the same time has worked effectively, which could be a good thing for those that need some center production in deep leagues.
Shaun Livingston, PG/SG, Cleveland Cavaliers (15%)
Since Kyrie Irving went down, Livingston has really stepped up for the Cavs. In his past four games, he averaged 12.8 points on 51.1 percent shooting from the field (11.3 FGA) and 83.3 percent from the free throw line (1.5 FTA), 3.5 rebounds, 4.8 dimes and 1.5 steals in 34 minutes. Because of Irving’s injury and the Cavs being in no rush to get him back on the floor since they’re going nowhere, Livingston is a solid add in all leagues if you need decent amounts of points and assists, in particular, but also boards and steals from the lead guard position.
Garrett Temple, PG/SG, Washington Wizards (1%)
Despite putting up a goose egg in points in his last game, Temple is a solid addition in deep leagues because of Bradley Beal’s recent ankle injury that could see him sitting on the bench for a few games. Temple should benefit and as a whole, in the past week, he did well in four games — 9.5 points, 51.9 FG% (6.8 FGA), 71.4 FT% (1.8 FTA), 1.3 threes, 3.3 rebounds, 3.8 dimes and 1.8 steals in a starter-type 34 minutes. Beal’s ankle that was hurt is the same one that saw him sit six games earlier in the year, so considering Temple in standard leagues for the next week might not be too crazy.
Number of Team Games in Week 22 (3/25-3/31)
Four Games: ATL, BOS, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, NOR, NYK, ORL, PHI, UTA, WAS
Three Games: BKN, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, MIL, OKC, PHO, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR