Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 20

Curry v Blazers

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

And boy did Steph Curry and the Warriors dish up some cold-blooded revenge to Damian Lillard and his Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena yesterday.

Lillard used the Dubs as his own personal All-Star snub punching bag last month to the tune of 51 points, handing the Warriors just their 5th loss of the season at the time.

Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green ensured there was no repeat of that meeting as they complemented each other in typical fashion on their way to the Warriors’ 29th straight home win this season. Curry and Thompson combined for 15-25 3FGs and 71 points.

“I don’t think there was revenge,” Coach Steve Kerr said of the Blazers post-game. “I think there was respect.”

Respecting those opponents who’ve caused you trouble earlier in the season is a smart move as the fantasy playoffs commence for most leagues, while for some, you’re already in the thick of things.

If your opponent has stolen an expected strength category from you, now’s the time to address it. If you think a particular cat or two could decide your fate, then don’t take any chances. Add some depth to ensure you have the upper hand.

And Downtown is here to guide you, listening to the Music of the NBA Traffic, so you can serve up a fantasy win and advance to the next round.

Week 20 – (Mar 14 – Mar 20)

5 Games: TOR

4 Games: BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, LAC, MEM, NOR, OKC, ORL, PHI, POR, SAC, UTA, WAS

3 Games: ATL, BKN, IND, MIA, MIL, MIN, NYK, PHO, SAS

2 Games: LAL

A bumper schedule this week to maximise that playoff fun as we see 19 of the 30 teams play 4 times, a further 9 teams lace them up 3 times, while Raptors fans get to chant “We The North” on 5 occasions this week. The Lakers bring up the rear, meaning Marcelo Huertas’ head-turning play might need to wait another week to hit your fantasy squad.

The following players may be available in standard 10 or 12 team leagues.

Nikola Jokic (C, DEN): The talented rookie has flirted with consistent fantasy value all season long, but is finally delivering for owners. He’s scored in double digits in 6 straight games and 8 of his past 10 and has also had 5 double-doubles in that span. He’s averaging a very tasty 17pts, 10.3reb, 3.3ast, 1.7stl and 1.7blk over his past 3 games, good for top-15 value, but is still available in nearly 40% of leagues. Haven’t you realised anyone named Nikola can play by now?

Emmanuel Mudiay (PG, DEN): I know there are some that are not a fan of the rookie PG yet, but he’s been doing his best to prove them wrong recently. Mudiay’s past five games have yielded an impressive 21.6pts (.458 FG%), 6.4ast, 4.6reb, 1blk, 0.8stl, 2.2 3ptm and just 2.6tos. That’s good for top-70 value, which means he should be owned in all 12-team and most 10-team leagues. He can be had in 30% of them right now, so best be quick.

Devin Booker (SG, PHO): I can’t believe this kid is still only owned in 60% of leagues after what he’s been doing. There is no rookie wall with the talented shooting guard who is carrying the Suns offense right now. Over his past three games, he’s averaged a staggering 31.3pts (.493 FG%), 2.7 3ptm, 2.7reb, 5ast and a .900 clip from the charity stripe on 6.7 FTAs per game. He’s scored over 30pts in 3 of his past five and is one of the hottest players in fantasy hoops right now with top-30 value over that span. What are you waiting for?

Jeff Green (G/F, LAC): It’s taken him a while to find his feet for Doc Rivers’ team, but it’s looking like he’s getting his fantasy mojo back. Green has now had two big games in a row and been very strong in three of his past four. Over that span, he’s averaged 13.5pts, 4reb, 2ast, 1.3blk, and 1.5 3ptm. He’s available in 59% of Yahoo and 63% of ESPN leagues, so if you need some more scoring punch and 3s, give him a look.

https://twitter.com/LAClippers/status/708509032558960643

JaMychal Green (PF, MEM): The other J. Green, a second year PF who went undrafted out of College has been creating his own March Madness recently. Starting for the injured Zach Randolph, Green has helped carry the Grizz to some big wins recently, including going for 16pts, 10reb, 6ast, 4stl and 2blk in an upset win over the Cavs earlier this week. He’s averaged 17.8pts, 9.5reb, 2.8ast, 1.3stl and 1.3blk with .553 FG and .792 FT% over his past four, which is top-40 value and he should be grabbed in all formats right now. But be quick, his ownership skyrocketed yesterday from 2% to 35% in Yahoo and from 3% to 26% in ESPN and will only keep going up.

https://twitter.com/NBATV/status/707023095513653248

Hollis Thompson (G/F, PHI): He’s been playing better of late, but the real reason to add Thompson right now is because he’s basically the only healthy wing that Brett Brown has at his disposal at the moment. With Robert Covington (neck) and Okafor done for the season, now’s the time for Thompson’s usage, FGAs and production to go up. He’s widely available, so give him a look if you need short-term help in pts, 3s and boards.

 

Ones to Watch:

Josh Richardson (G/F, MIA): He has the endorsement of his Heat teammates after his past two games, but I’d still like to see a bit more of a track record before recommending him outside of 14 team leagues. He had a big game yesterday with a career-high 22pts and 4 triples, so watch him closely.

Matt Barnes (G/F, MEM): We’ve been through this before with Barnes. He can’t be relied upon outside of 14-team leagues, but with all the injuries in Memphis lately, he’s being asked to do much more. He responded with his first career triple-double yesterday and has averaged 18.3pts, 6reb and 5.7ast over his past 3. One more big game and pounce.

Lance Stephenson (G/F, MEM): You could do worse than giving Lance Stephenson a chance to deliver for you right now. He’s been pretty solid ever since the trade that sent him to Memphis and with all the injuries recently, he’s shining. Stephenson had a career-high 33pts along with 7reb, 4ast and 2stl yesterday and has now scored in double-digits in 8 of his 11 games for the Grizz, after doing it just 7 times all season with the Clips. He might be on his way back. Do you want to miss out?

Patrick Patterson and Terrence Ross (TOR): With 5 games on tap, all Raptors are attractive, especially ones who’ve been productive lately anyway. Lowry might get rested, as might DeRozan this week, meaning more shots to go around for others. Keep an eye on these two.

 

Never go to bed angry. Stay awake and plot your revenge. Your plotting starts now …

 

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Author of the article

When you’re introduced to the NBA as a 6 year old in 1984, staying up late to watch Bird, Magic and Dr. J, it’s pretty hard not to fall in love with the game. I became consumed with the Association, and as my own game was developing, I tried to emulate as much as I could at an early age and learn how to play “the right way”. I have memories as a teenager of being glued to Saturday Basketball on TV and spending every spare cent I had on basketball cards and replica jerseys and so began my obsession with NBA knowledge and stats. I played my first season of Fantasy Hoops in 2002, as my serious playing days were slowing down. I now play in 5 or 6 leagues every year. To say I’m obsessed with Fantasy Hoops would be an understatement. To say I love nothing more than sharing my opinion on a player’s value would be entirely accurate, and I guess, the reason why I’m here. Follow me on twitter: @tomhersz @downtownball

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