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Perhaps the only thing more painful than losing Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving entering Fantasy Basketball playoff semifinals week in most leagues is the failure of those who own either top-tier guard to grab the immediate replacement for Curry (Quin Cook) and Irving (Terry Rozier) off the waiver wire.
Sure, some owners were holding out for the return of Curry and/or Irving without making a move; a shortsighted decision that’s on par with my secret crush actually accepting an invitation for a coffee date. (Stop wondering who the secret crush is. That’s why it’s secret, right?)
It’s too late to play the “what if?” game if you missed out on Cook and Rozier. However, let’s find some waiver wire gold that could help keep your title hopes alive in this, the penultimate week of the Fantasy Basketball season.
Denzel Valentine, F, Bulls: Chi Town has dropped five straight losses after Saturday’s whipping from the Pistons, yet Valentine is showing some late-season love to the 63 percent who own him in CBSSports.com leagues. Valentine had 20 points and five boards on Friday and followed that with 18 points, three rebounds and three assists on Saturday. He’s become a good source for 3-point production, having hit 18 over his last five games while shooting them at a 48.6 percent clip.
Jeremy Lamb, G, Hornets: With Nicolas Batum sidelined indefinitely, Lamb has emerged as the third option in Charlotte’s lineup. He’s become a nifty stat-stuffer of sorts, evidenced by a 12-point, nine rebounds and six assists in Thursday’s 61-point flogging of the Grizzlies. Lamb is owned in 61 percent of CBSSports.com leagues and his versatility would help an owner lamenting the loss of Curry and/or Irving.
Marcus Morris, F, Celtics: He’s taking his share of the scoring workload in Boston, and he’s scored 30 points twice in his last five games along with a 21-point effort in Tuesday’s win over the Thunder. Morris is sizzling from beyond the arc, hitting eight of his last 12 treys entering Sunday’s game at the Kings. CBSSports.com owners are taking notice of his scoring binge as Morris is now the property of 48 percent of Fantasy owners on the site.
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Greg Monroe, C, Celtics: Boston coach Brad Stevens has deployed Monroe as a devastating weapon off the bench. Looking more like the player he was earlier in his career, Monroe racked up a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) while adding four assists and two blocks in just 20 minutes during Friday’s win at Portland. Monroe, owned in 51 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, is averaging just over 20 minutes per night, a number that will climb if he maintains his stellar 20.88 Player Efficiency Rating (PER).
Dewayne Dedmon, C, Hawks: Just put Dedmon down low and let him do his job. What a job he has performed of late, as D-Squared racked up three straight games of at least 30 Fantasy points. Dedmon is averaging 12 rebounds to go along with a block and a steal per night while also showing signs of a budding 3-point game. He’s owned in 59 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, a percentage that is way too low for someone who’s been a walking, talking double-double over the past two weeks.
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Marquese Chriss, F/C, Suns: Whoa there, young fella. Where did that 43.50 Fantasy point night come from? While Criss is still a lock for all-bust Fantasy team, his effort at the Cavs on Friday is why we can’t completely quit on him. Criss is matchup-dependent but an inexpensive risk ($3,700 at FanDuel) who might have another night or two similar to Friday between now and the end of the season.
Jordan Bell, F, Warriors: Draymond Green is expected to return on Sunday, but I still like Bell the rest of the way. He’s a cheap $4,200 at DraftKings and his 30.25 FP against the Hawks on Friday reminded us how impressive Bell was earlier in the season before injuries slowed him down. Steve Kerr’s going to rest his starters down the stretch, so keep Bell and his Draymond Lite-caliber production in mind.
E’Twaun Moore, G, Pelicans: He’s a streaky shooter who doesn’t get enough touches per night; understandable considering Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday’s production. Still, Moore can string together the occasion 30 FP outing and comes with a reasonable price tag ($8,200) at FantasyDraft.
Cheick Diallo, F/C, Pelicans: Despite averaging around 22 minutes per night, Diallo had a double-double against the Mavs on Tuesday and nearly added two more, including a 15-point, nine-board performance at the Rockets on Saturday. Diallo is a bargain at Yahoo ($10) and has the potential and opportunity to break off a 30-FP night.
Luke Kennard, G, Pistons: The lightbulb has come on for Kennard, who is shooting 49 percent from the field in his last five games while averaging 13 points. Kennard is adding enough to his stat sheet to merit consideration, especially when he’s only going for $4,400 at FanDuel.
Another Day, Another DFS Play
Monday: Terry Rozier, G, Celtics (at Suns, $7,000/FanDuel): Rozier had 28 FP at Portland on Friday, snapping a run of five straight games with 30-plus. Between Sunday’s game at the Kings and this romp through the desert, I’m betting Rozier will flirt with 40 FP.
Tuesday: Kevin Love, F, Cavaliers (at Heat, $7,700/DraftKings): DFSers have been feeling the Love since his return as he is averaging 41.25 FP in his first three games back from injury.
Wednesday: Al-Farouq Aminu, F, Trail Blazers (at Grizzlies, $11,700/FantasyDraft): Three straight games of at least 40 FP entering Sunday’s game against the Thunder. Aminu should rack up another solid night against the hapless Grizz.
Thursday: LaMarcus Aldridge, F, Spurs (vs. Thunder, $35/Yahoo): Locked in doesn’t properly describe Aldridge, who came into Sunday’s game against the Bucks with at least 49 Fantasy points in five of his last eight.
Friday: Anthony Davis, F, Pelicans (at Cavaliers, $12,500/FanDuel): The Brow hasn’t below 40 FP since February 10. Cleveland is 29th in defensive rating. Do I need to say more?
Saturday: De’Aaron Fox, G, Kings (vs. Warriors, $5,400/DraftKings): Let’s just call this a hunch, shall we?
Sunday: Bobby Portis, F, Bulls (vs. Wizards, $12,500/FantasyDraft): He’d be a legit Sixth Man of the Year candidate had he not played PunchOut with then-teammate Nikola Mirotic.
TEAMS PLAYING FOUR GAMES THIS WEEK
Hornets, Bulls, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Nuggets, Pistons, Warriors, Clippers, Lakers, Bucks, Timberwolves, Magic, 76ers, Suns, Trail Blazers, Wizards
TEAMS PLAYING THREE GAMES THIS WEEK
Hawks, Nets, Celtics, Rockets, Pacers, Grizzlies, Pelicans, Knicks, Magic, Spurs, Jazz
TEAMS PLAYING TWO GAMES THIS WEEK
Winners: Injuries be damned, the Warriors have a Fantasy-friendly schedule that includes three of the 12 worst teams in defensive rating. The Dubs open the week against a meh-like defense in the Pacers (12th) before home games against the Bucks (19th) and Suns (30th) are jammed between a quick jaunt to the Kings (28th). This should shape into a potential monster week for Cook ($5,300 at FanDuel), who has at least 33.60 Fantasy points in three of his last four entering Sunday’s game against the Jazz.
Losers: It’s a mixed bag for the Raptors, whose meager two-game slate cripples any Fantasy team banking on Kyle Lowry or DeMar DeRozan. Toronto will be a shooting against the Nuggets in a clash between two of the top six teams in offensive rating. However, that’s balanced out when they face the Celtics, who lead the Association in defensive rating. Backup guard Fred VanVleet ($4,600 at FantasyDraft) is a nice DFS play, especially versus Denver on Tuesday. VanVleet had three straight games of at least 30 Fantasy points entering Sunday’s game against the Clippers and should see considerable minutes as We the North will look to start resting Lowry and DeRozan.
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