Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fantasy Basketball Week 14 (3/25-3/31)

3/31 - Jeremy Lin will miss the next 6 weeks after surgery.  He can no longer help your fantasy basketball team and needs to be dropped, if you have not done so already.  Linsanity is over!
3/28 -
  • Amare Stoudemire is officially out 2-4 weeks.  He will not be able to help your fantasy basketball team any more this season.  He is to be dropped immediately if you have not done so already.  Let us know who is available in your league if you need to replace Stat.
  • Jerryd Bayless will miss the remainder of the season with a Torn Oblique.  It really hurts me that I still have to say this but Goran Dragic is still just 68% owned.  He is a MUST ADD and should be on your roster if he is available. 

3/26 - Nikola Pekovic is eyeing a Friday return.  If this does not happen, he could choose surgery, most likely ending his season.  It is time to officially move on from the big guy as every game counts from here on out, with most playoffs starting this week or next.  Over the past 2 weeks, Zaza Pachulia (38% owned Yahoo) and Derrick Favors (33%) have earned more fantasy points than Amare, Marc Gasol and Boozer.  Jason Thompson (45%) is the only other player less than 75% owned that ranks in the top 25 over the past 2 weeks.

Chris Paul (98) and Kyrie Irving (83) were the only PGs to have more fantasy points this past week than Goran Dragic (79).  If you are looking for a push before your playoffs start, Dragic is a must add.  He is still just 63% owned in Yahoo leagues so there is a chance he is still available. 

Teams Playing 5 Games

Atlanta Hawks (29-20) - Currently the 6 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Hawks will face 5 teams currently sitting in a playoff position.  They start off with a home game against the Utah Jazz , whose 6 game win streak has propelled them into the 7 seed in the West.  After a night off they have a road game in Milwaukee against the Bucks followed by a home game against the Bulls.  Those two teams are a combined 15-5 in their last 10 games.  After a night off the Knicks come to town before Atlanta travels to Philly to take on the 76ers.  The Hawks have a very tough week ahead of the, but Joe Johnson and Josh Smith have been playing above their seasons stats over the last 5 games with Johnson scoring 21 a night and Smith averaging a double-double (19/11).  A key to this week and the rest of the season will be Jeff Teague finding his 3 point stroke again.  He has made just 3 in the last 5 games and just 7 of his 35 attempts in the month of March.

Cleveland Cavaliers (17-28) - Cleveland has slowly been fading out of the playoff race week by week.  Just 4-6 in their last 10, it looks like their chances of sneaking in have finally died.  Tristan Thompson has been on fire as of late with 2 double-doubles in his last 3 games including  a 27-12 outing against the Nets.  Kyrie Irving continues to prove himself worthy of the #1 overall draft pick and ROY.  He posted a 29-9-9 line against the Atlanta Hawks and is averaging 23 points, 7.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds for the month of March.  Alonzo Gee has been a nice surprise this season for the Cavs and is continuing to play well in March averaging 13 points and 7.6 rebounds a night.  

Utah Jazz (26-22) - The Jazz start the week with a 3 game East Coast road trip against the Hawks, Nets and Celtics.  Then they fly back West for a home against the Kings and a road game in LA against the Clippers.  Gordon Hayward has been filling the stat sheet over the last 5 games with 11 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.2 steals.  He is just 40% owned in Yahoo leagues.  Utah needs to improve their road record (7-16) if they want to stay in the playoffs and eventually win in the Playoffs.

Every other team plays 4 games except the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic,  Phoenix Suns, and Toronto Raptors

  • Los Angeles Lakers play all 4 games at home
    • Toronto Raptors play all 3 games at home
  • Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Hornets play all 4 games on the road
Schedule info courtesy of Basketball Monster

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