Denver Nuggets PG D.J. Augustin has emerged as a useful Fantasy option even in leagues of 12 teams or fewer, as he has moved into the primary backup job behind rookie Emmanuel Mudiay. Augustin has shot past PG Jameer Nelson in the rotation, as the latter is healthy and listed as a DNP-CD lately.
Augustin, who is in a contract year, is averaging 6.0 points per game (PPG), 2.3 assists per game (APG) and 1.3 rebounds per game (RPG) in 43 games overall, so on the surface he isn’t an attractive Fantasy option. However, over the past five games he is averaging 16.2 PPG, 3,2 assusts and 1.8 rebounds per outing, making him worth a look off the waiver wire. He has hit at least three 3-pointers in each of his past three outings, and he has at least one triple in each of his nine games since being acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder in mid-February.
Milwaukee Bucks swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo has gone from solid Fantasy option to must-start lately, as he really has come into his own in Cream City. The ‘Greek Freak’ has triple-doubles in two of his past four games, and three of his past seven outings. Since the All-Star break he is averaging 19.9 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 7.6 APG, 2.2 blocked shots per game (BPG) and 1.8 steals per game (SPG). There aren’t many five-category Fantasy Basketball options out there, and it is especially rare at 21 years old. Heading into the 2016-17 Fantasy season he might be a first- or second-round selection on draft day; he has been that good lately.
TEAMS WITH FOUR GAMES
Atlanta, Charlotte, Cleveland, Golden State, L.A. Clippers, Memphis, Milwaukee, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Sacramento, San Antonio, Utah
TEAMS WITH THREE GAMES
Brooklyn, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Lakers, Miami, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Toronto, Washington
TEAM WITH TWO GAMES
WEEK 20 SCHEDULE ANALYSIS
DETROIT PISTONS: The Pistons have just three games on tap, but each of their opponents allow at least 100.5 points per game, so it will be a productive week for C Andre Drummond, PG Reggie Jackson and company.
ORLANDO MAGIC: While the Magic have four road games, it should be a very productive week. All four of their opponents are giving up 102.8 points per game or more, so enjoy the ride if you have multiple Orlando players in your lineup. Ride them in DFS play this week, too.
BOSTON CELTICS: The Celtics are the only team on the upcoming slate with two games, so all of their options are poor Fantasy plays in cumulative formats. In leagues that average points per game in a scoring period, you can start your big-time Celts like G Isaiah Thomas, F Jae Crowder and G Avery Bradley, but a game against Memphis should bring down production.
INDIANA PACERS: Enjoy the game in Dallas, because the rest of the week is going to be a grind for the Pacers. A home game against San Antonio and their top-ranked scoring defense, and a trip to Atlanta against their improving D, means points will be at a premium this week for Indiana.
DFS BASKETBALL STACK TEAM OF THE DAY
MONDAY – Sacramento at New Orleans. Both of these teams are awful defensively, so expect at least 215-220 total points.
TUESDAY – Orlando at L.A. Lakers. Target Magic players in DFS against the awful Lakers scoring defense.
WEDNESDAY – Cleveland at Sacramento. LeBron and company get their crack at the lax defense of the Kings.
THURSDAY – Phoenix at Denver. The Suns and Nuggets are each poor at the defensive end, so expect many Fantasy stars.
FRIDAY – Utah vs. Washington. Target Jazz players against a Washington team which has allowed at least 98 points in seven of the past eight.
SATURDAY – Phoenix at Golden State. This game is going to be a track meet, as the Warriors are capable of 130 against the Suns.
SUNDAY – New York at L.A. Lakers. ‘Melo and company will hang plenty of points on Kobe and the defensively-challenged Lake Show.
Memphis at Cleveland (7:00 p.m., NBATV)
Washington at Portland (10:00 p.m., NBATV)
Memphis at Boston (7:00 p.m., ESPN)
L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City (9:30 p.m., ESPN)
Chicago at San Antonio (8:00 p.m., TNT)
Cleveland at L.A. Lakers (10:30 p.m., TNT)
Miami at Chicago (8:00 p.m., NBATV/WGN)
New York at L.A. Clippers (10:30 p.m., NBATV)
Oklahoma City at San Antonio (8:30 p.m., ABC)
Cleveland at L.A. Clippers (3:30 p.m., ABC)
Indiana at Atlanta (6:00 p.m., NBATV)
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POINTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||POINTS PER GAME|
|D.J. Augustin||PG||DEN||12.8 PPG past 9 games|
|Isaiah Caanan||PG||PHI||12.2 PPG past 10 games|
|Jerryd Bayless||PG||MIL||11.8 PPG past 4 games|
|J.J. Barea||PG||DAL||11.3 PPG past 8 games|
|Hollis Thompson||SG||PHI||10.8 PPG past 8 games|
REBOUNDS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||REBOUNDS PER GAME|
|Omer Asik||C||NOP||7.0 RPG past 3 games|
|Kris Humphries||PF||WAS/ATL||6.8 RPG past 6 games|
|Cole Aldrich||C||LAC||6.1 RPG past 8 games|
|Iman Shumpert||SG||CLE||5.7 RPG past 6 games|
|Wesley Johnson||SF||LAC||5.6 RPG past 8 games|
ASSISTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||ASSISTS PER GAME|
|Shane Larkin||PG||BRK||4.8 APG past 9 games|
|Marcelo Huertas||PG||LAL||4.3 APG past 6 games|
|Patty Mills||PG||SAS||4.2 APG past 9 games|
|Phil Pressey||PG||PHO||4.0 APG past 7 games|
|Matthew Dellavedova||SG||CLE||3.9 APG past 9 games|
STEALS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||STEALS PER GAME|
|Wesley Johnson||SF||LAC||1.8 SPG past 8 games|
|Ronnie Price||PG||PHO||1.7 SPG past 9 games|
|Corey Brewer||SG||HOU||1.6 SPG past 8 games|
|O.J. Mayo||SG||MIL||1.4 SPG past 9 games|
|Iman Shumpert||SG||CLE||1.3 SPG past 6 games|
BLOCKED SHOTS PER GAME
|PLAYER||POS||TEAM||BLOCKS PER GAME|
|Willie Reed||SF||BRK||1.6 BPG past 7 games|
|Amar’e Stoudemire||PF||MIA||1.4 BPG past 10 games|
|Cole Aldrich||C||LAC||1.4 BPG past 8 games|
|Brandon Bass||PF||LAL||1.2 BPG past 9 games|
|Clint Capela||C||HOU||1.2 BPG past 5 games|
TOTAL 3-POINTERS MADE
|Isaiah Canaan||PG||PHI||24 3PT past 10 games|
|Terrence Ross||SF||TOR||19 3PT past 9 games|
|D.J. Augustin||PG||DEN||19 3PT past 9 games|
|Patty Mills||PG||SAS||19 3PT past 9 games|
|Hollis Thompson||SG||PHI||17 3PT past 8 games|
(statistics through March 5, 2016)