Fantasy Hoops: Pick Up Shelvin Mack for his Perimeter Shooting
The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and we're starting to see the Fantasy fallout.
If you're a Fantasy owner of Utah Jazz PG Trey Burke, you cannot be happy with the addition of PG Shelvin Mack from the Atlanta Hawks. We found out just how big of an impact Mack's addition will be to Burke's value, and it isn't good. Burke played a total of 13 minutes Sunday against Portland, posting just six points with one assist and one rebound. That paled in comparison to Mack, Utah's shiny new toy. The former Butler standout hit seven of his 11 field goals off the bench, posting 16 points, six assists, three rebounds and a blocked shot with one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.
Mack is worth adding in most Fantasy head-to-head leagues of 12 or more teams, and he is worth scooping up in Rotisserie leagues, too, if you need help from the perimeter. Burke isn't quite worth cutting yet, but he and PG Raul Neto will see their Fantasy appeal shrink tremendously with Mack in town.
Memphis Grizzlies G Lance Stephenson made his debut in Toronto against the Raptors, and he looked rejuvenated with his new club. He hit six of his 10 field goal attempts to finish with 16 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 22 minutes. If you're in a Fantasy league of 12 or more teams and in need of some scoring, Stephenson could have a sizable role down the stretch. He isn't a must-start by any means, but he should contribute in a handful of scoring categories, and if injuries occur and he starts he'll be even better.
The Charlotte Hornets recently welcomed back PF/C Al Jefferson (knee), and it's like they acquired a new player at the deadline. He hit nine of his 13 shots in Brooklyn Sunday, going for 18 points and seven boards in 24 minutes. The team will be careful with his minutes, as they don't want him overdoing it, but he was solid in his second game back after knee surgery and he has re-emerged as a solid No. 3 option. PF/C Cody Zeller played well in his absence, and he started Sunday, but you have to figure the time is ticking on his days as a Fantasy must-start option.
TEAMS WITH FOUR GAMES
Cleveland, Detroit, Golden State, Indiana, Miami, Minnesota, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, Toronto, Washington
TEAMS WITH THREE GAMES
Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, Utah
WEEK 18 SCHEDULE ANALYSIS
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES: The Grizzlies have just three games on the schedule, but a home-and-home with the Los Angeles Lakers and their 29th-ranked scoring defense will make it seem like a four-game week for the Grizz. In cumulative Fantasy leagues, Memphis players are still slightly less attractive, but in Rotisserie formats and leagues which average points per game in a scoring period the Memphis players are outstanding options.
HOUSTON ROCKETS: The Rockets have just three games on tap, and a visit from the San Antonio Spurs and their lockdown defense is never a good thing. San Antonio leads the NBA allowing just 92.7 points per game. The Rockets will also have their hands full with the Utah Jazz, the team which ranks second in the Western Conference in scoring D.
DFS BASKETBALL STACK TEAM OF THE DAY
MONDAY - Milwaukee vs. L.A. Lakers. The Bucks are must-start DFS options against the defensively-challenged Lakers.
TUESDAY - New Orleans at Washington. Both teams are very poor defensively, so look for this game to be a Fantasy Fiesta.
WEDNESDAY - San Antonio at Sacramento. The Spurs have plenty of good DFS options against the terrible Sacto D.
THURSDAY - Oklahoma City at New Orleans. The Thunder will have a chance to throw up 110+ against the Pels.
FRIDAY - Washington at Philadelphia. This is the game of the night and you'll benefit greatly using players from both sides.
SATURDAY - Golden State at Oklahoma City. The Warriors and Thunder will combine for at least 220 points in this one.
SUNDAY - Orlando vs. Philadelphia. Use Magic players to make money appear in your account after big stat lines.
Golden State at Atlanta (8:00 p.m., NBATV)
Phoenix at L.A. Clippers (10:30 p.m., NBATV)
New Orleans at Washington (7:00 p.m., NBATV)
Brooklyn at Portland (10:00 p.m., NBATV)
Washington at Chicago (8:00 p.m., ESPN)
San Antonio at Sacramento (10:30 p.m., ESPN)
Oklahoma City at New Orleans (8:00 p.m., TNT)
Houston at Portland (10:30 p.m., TNT)
Chicago at Atlanta (8:00 p.m., ESPN)
Memphis at L.A. Lakers (10:30 p.m., ESPN)
Portland at Chicago (8:00 p.m., WGN)
Golden State at Oklahoma City (8:30 p.m., ABC)
Minnesota at Dallas (7:00 p.m., NBATV)
If you need help in specific categories in Rotisserie Fantasy Hoops play, you’ve come to the right place. Check out these guys, who should be available in your league, to help out in certain areas.
POINTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||POINTS PER GAME|
|Patty Mills||PG||SAS||14.3 PPG past 9 games|
|E'Twaun Moore||SG||CHI||12.8 PPG past 9 games|
|Gerald Henderson||SG||POR||12.1 PPG past 7 games|
|Wayne Ellington||SG||BRK||11.6 PPG past 8 games|
|Terrence Ross||SF||TOR||11.4 PPG past 7 games|
REBOUNDS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||REBOUNDS PER GAME|
|Amar'e Stoudemire||PF||MIA||6.9 RPG past 7 games|
|Clint Capela||C||HOU||6.6 RPG past 5 games|
|Lavoy Allen||C||IND||5.8 RPG past 8 games|
|Kris Humphries||PF||WAS/PHO||5.7 RPG past 3 games|
|Thomas Robinson||PF||BRK||5.6 RPG past 8 games|
ASSISTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||ASSISTS PER GAME|
|Shane Larkin||PG||BRK||4.5 APG past 8 games|
|Matthew Dellavedova||SG||CLE||4.0 APG past 3 games|
|Patty Mills||PG||SAS||3.9 APG past 9 games|
|T.J. McConnell||PG||PHI||3.9 APG past 7 games|
|O.J. Mayo||SG||MIL||3.8 APG past 4 games|
STEALS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||STEALS PER GAME|
|Dion Waiters||SG||OKC||1.9 SPG past 7 games|
|Wesley Johnson||SF||LAC||1.7 SPG past 7 games|
|O.J. Mayo||SG||MIL||1.5 SPG past 4 games|
|Toney Douglas||PG||NOP||1.4 SPG past 9 games|
|Corey Brewer||SG||HOU||1.3 SPG past 6 games|
BLOCKED SHOTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||BLOCKS PER GAME|
|Jerami Grant||SF||PHI||2.1 BPG past 7 games|
|Miles Plumlee||C||MIL||1.7 BPG past 7 games|
|Jason Smith||PF||ORL||1.7 BPG past 7 games|
|Wesley Johnson||SF||LAC||1.7 BPG past 7 games|
|Amar'e Stoudemire||PF||MIA||1.4 BPG past 7 games|
TOTAL 3-POINTERS MADE
|Patty Mills||PG||SAS||25 3PT past 9 games|
|Isaiah Canaan||PG||PHI||18 3PT past 7 games|
|E'Twaun Moore||SG||CHI||16 3PT past 9 games|
|Nik Stauskas||SG||PHI||15 3PT past 7 games|
|Wayne Ellington||SG||BRK||14 3PT past 8 games|
(statistics through February 20, 2016)
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