NBA Droppin’ Dimes – 3/17/16
Weclome to Droppin’ Dimes, our weekly look at NBA Season Long fantasy. It is a bit unfortunate as the season is quickly winding down, but there are still moves to be made to ensure you win your leagues playoffs. We will look at each division and highlight any possible impacts that exist.
Atlantic Division: It looks like Toronto is going to be sitting Lowry and DeRozan on occasions, which gives some value to guys like Norman Powell. Valacunias was out, and if he sees more considerable time out, Bismack Biyombo is a good add. With Jae Crowder out for Boston, I still expect Evan Turner to be the biggest beneficiary, with Marcus Smart next up. If you are in a very deep league, Jonas Jerekbo could be a decent speculative add. I am a big fan of Sean Kilpatrick. Even though he is operating off of 10 day contracts, I expect him to be signed, and I think he will soon start over Brown and Ellington. With Okafor out, and Grant and Covington dinged up, Carl Landry makes for a nice play. It will be short lived though.
Central Division: Just like the Raptors, it looks like Tyrone Lue will be resting players down the stretch, so there will be situational impact for guys like Channing Frye. Outside of that, everything seems to be pretty stable in this division. There are some injuries, but any of the beneficiaries are likely to be owned by teams in your league.
Southeast Division: I expect Dwayne Wade to be rested down the stretch, and if that is the case, look for an increase in activity from many on the team, most specifically Josh Richardson. I think they will give him some run down the stretch to try to prep him for a bigger role next year. `Al Jefferson is coming on a little bit, and it wouldn’t shock me to see him moving into the starting lineup as things get more competitive in the next few weeks. With Elfrid Payton out, CJ Watson and Brandon Jennings make for good adds. Same being said for Jason Smith while Vucevic is out. They all only have short term, sporadic value, and Skiles is a mad-man, so one mistake from any of them can result in a prolonged benching. Don’t believe me, just ask Jennings.
Northwest Division: In OKC, it is the Westbrook and Durant show and no one else. Similar can be said about Portland with Lillard and McCollum. The biggest situation in this division would be the absence of Danilo Gallinari in Denver. Will Barton is getting extra run, and Axel Toupane is actually play well on a ten day contract. If he gets picked up, he wouldn’t be the worst add in deep leagues. Outside of that, there isn’t much to get excited about.
Pacific Division: It’s tough to get a read on Golden State, as they could rest starters but have the record right in their sights. Mareese Speights I think is most likely to get some extra burn down the stretch offensively. I figured Willie Cauley-Stein to see some more burn as the season winds down, as George Karl finally seemed to get the idea to play your young guys to give them experience. He has been playing well for a few weeks, so I highly doubt Marcelo Huertas is available, but if he is, picking him up could be a good idea.
Southwest Division: Popovich. He will be sitting players, giving extra run to Kyle Anderson and Patty Mills specifically. Memphis is a dumpster fire right now, but Jarell Martin and Alex Stepheson make for good adds considering the derth of talent at the 4 and 5. I also like Michael Beasley from Houston to finish the season strong. He is the offense when Harden leaves the floor. Toney Douglas is in play while Norris Cole is out, and has actually done quite well. He is the third scoring option on the Pelicans behind Davis and Holiday.
Yeah, I know. It is a lot less exciting at the end of the year, but there are still opportunities there. Hope you enjoyed, and we’ll see you next week!