Sunday, April 1, 2012

Fantasy Basketball Week 15 (4/1 - 4/7)

The Knicks play just twice this week and with the playoffs already started, or starting in many leagues, it might be wise to sit Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.  They are both road games against playoff teams, first in Indiana against the Pacers followed by a game in Orlando against Dwight Howard and the Magic.


Teams Playing 5 Games This Week

Golden State Warriors (20-30) - The Warriors are 2-9 in their last 11 games and many believe they are tanking the season to hold onto their top 7 draft pick.  Rookies Klay Thompson and Charles Jenkins don't seem to think that's a wise decision though.  Thompson dropped 30 points in a win over the Kings recently and is dropping 18 points a night over their last 5 contests.  Hofstra's Charles Jenkins dropped 18 points and dished out 12 assists against the Nets on Friday and scored 27 against the Blazers last Sunday, both in losing efforts.  Jenkins and Thompson will continue to get big minutes and can both help your fantasy team.


Indiana Pacers (30-21) - Indiana is just 5-5 in their last 10, but managed to win big games against the Heat, Clippers and Bucks.  4 of their 5 games this week are against playoff teams, but they are hosting 3 of them so they should fair pretty well on the road against the Rockets and Wizards.  The Knicks, Thunder and Celtics might give them some trouble at home however.  Darren Collinson continues to struggle as he is averaging just 10 points and 4.5 assists over his last 5 contests and is getting a little less than 30 minutes/night.  Roy Hibbert's points have declined each of the last 3 months from 14 in January, to 13 in February to just 11 in March.  Danny Granger has also struggled this season and has not reached 30 points since February 16.  The Pacers need to right the ship before the playoffs begin if they want to avoid finishing 7th or 8th in the east and playing the Heat or Bulls.

Los Angeles Lakers (32-20) - The Lakers beat the Hornets last night despite Kobe Bryant scoring zero points before the 4th quarter.  In typical Kobe fashion, he still managed to drain the game winning 3 ball.  The Lakers are 6-4 in their last 10 but who have the beat?  The Hornets twice, the Warriors, the T'Wolves, the Mavericks and the Blazers.  Not the best of competition.  But they lost to the Thunder, the Grizzlies, the Rockets and Jazz, all of whom are already in a playoff position or just a game out.   The biggest key to the Lakers advancing in the playoffs to me is Andrew Bynum asserting himself on the offensive end of the court.  He has three 20 point games in his last 5 and averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds in March.

Memphis Grizzlies (28-22) - The Grizzlies currently hold the 6 seed in the West, but are actually tied with the 7 and 8 seeds, while the Jazz are just 1 game behind them.  With a 5 game stretch this week against the Thunder, Mavericks and Heat on the road along with the Mavericks and Warriors at home, the Grizzlies will have to play lights out basketball to keep up.  Gilbert Arenas has played in just 2 games, tallying 36 minutes and shooting just 3-12.  Marc Gasol, Rudy Gay, Mike Conley and OJ Mayo are going to have to step up and play their best basketball in April. 

Phoenix Suns (25-26) - Phoenix is going nowhere fast, and Steve Nash has let ownership know that he will look for better options in the off season if nothing is done to improve the roster.  Grant Hill is done for the season, so Shannon Brown has been inserted into the starting lineup.  He scored 32 points against the Spurs, so if you need some extra depth on your roster, Brown is now a decent option.

Portland Trail Blazers (24-28) - JJ Hickson has now played in 5 games for the Trail Blazers and is averaging 16 points and 6 rebounds in just 26 minutes, while shooting 65%.  It's going to be a rough finish to the season for Rip City, but they did some nice things close to the deadline to help this team moving forward.  And if they land the Nets draft pick, the Gerald Wallace trade could be a lottery pick, as long as it's not a top 3 pick.

Washington Wizards (12-39) - After trading away Javale McGee and Nick Young the Wizards continue to lose.  But Jordan Crawford's fantasy value is the real winner.  He is averaging 18 shots a night and 19 points over his last 5 games.  If he ever learns how to draw fouls and make 3s he will be a top SG in fantasy basketball.  John Wall's numbers continue to suffer with just 15 points and 7 assist a night in March.  Those numbers are not terrible by any means, but they are not up to John Wall's standards.  Nene has played in just 6 games for the Wizards, but has three double-doubles and two 20 point games.  Another top 5 draft pick awaits the Wizards.

Every other team plays 3 or 4 games this week.

Schedule info courtesy of Basketball Monster

If you have any roster questions don't hesitate to leave a comment!


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