With just one day of games remaining in the fantasy basketball regular season, my season (and Mike's season) comes down to one day of games. I currently have a sizable lead in my matchup (1648-1102) and I have to win to clinch the sixth an final playoff spot. However, I also need Mike to lose his H2H matchup, and he currently trails by 45.5 points heading into Sunday.
Mike will have nearly a full roster playing, with three slots empty and Nikola Vucevic missing his eighth straight game. He has been hammered by the injury bug in a must win final week of the regular season, as Jonas Valanciunas has not played in the Raptors last three games and Gordon Hayward has missed the Jazz last two contests. He does have two moves left to make this week and could add one or two players, but that would force him to drop one of the following players:
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
- Alex Len
- Tobias Harris
- Bojan Bogdanovic
- Lance Stephenson
- Bobby Portis
- Gorgui Dieng
Portis and Bogdanovic are the two guys he would most likely be willing to part with, but Portis is coming off a double-double and Bogdanovic has scored 70 points in his last two games, including dropping a career high 44 against the 76ers on March 15th.
After averaging just 1,539 fantasy points per week for the first 15 weeks of the season, my fantasy team has been on fire, averaging 1,935 points for four weeks leading up to this final week. This will be my fifth straight win and I hope that I can continue to take advantage of this roster that I am damn proud of building, despite finishing just 9-11 on the year.
I flipped Mike Conley for Kristaps Porzingis and Wesley Matthews back on December 22nd.
I got the best out of Porzingis when he was playing, but ever since Kurt Rambis took over as the Knicks head coach, he has seen a huge decline in production. If I do make the playoffs, I hope he can rebound and start posting 30+ fantasy points per game again.
I had held onto Wes Matthews despite a serious lack of production, but I finally dropped him on March 17th, adding JaMychal Green.
Conley was playing well but his owner will miss him for the fantasy playoffs as he suffered Achilles tendinitis on March 6th and will pretty much miss the rest of the NBA regular season
On January 1st, Mike and I made a deal that sent Tyreke Evans and Derrick Favors to Mike's team and I received Anthony Davis and Joe Johnson in return.
Davis was selected first overall in our draft and it goes without saying, Mike knows he made a mistake not drafting Stephen Curry. Davis has posted some monster games for me, but he could be shut down by the Pelicans with a knee injury and if that does happen and Mike makes the playoffs instead of me, he won this deal.
Favors was injured and hadn't played for four straight Jazz games when I had dealt him. He returned on January 25th, the same day Evans was lost for the season. Favors has been great this year, and has averaged six more points per game over the last two weeks than his season average of 42.
Johnson was terrible with the Nets before joining the Heat, and while he hasn't been great, I held onto him and he has scored 10+ points in 9 of his 10 games with Miami. He even grabbed five rebounds twice and racked up five assists twice. In fact, over his last four games played, he has averaged nine more fantasy points per game.
I also added Evan Turner on January 31 and rode him through his ridiculous stretch, but he has cooled down as of late. I picked up Patrick Beverley at the end of February and D.J. Augustin in early March, and they have played a huge role in my recent winning streak.
So now you add those guys to Chris Paul (1st round pick, 7th overall), Kawhi Leonard (2, 14), Serge Ibaka (3, 27), Goran Dragic (6,54), Dwight Howard (7, 67), Khris Middleton (8,74), Thaddeus Young (9, 87) and Robin Lopez (11, 107) and I think I have a real chance to win a fantasy basketball championship!