Fantasy 30: Updates on Kevin Durant, Walker Kessler and others
The best fantasy basketball managers have a habit of looking at NBA schedules, studying final results, and scouring the news for any tidbit that could help them gain an edge in their leagues.
Luckily, Eric Moody does all that work for you every Thursday with Fantasy 30, helping answer tough questions like where to start, who’s the best fantasy basketball player, and what’s the latest injury news with key players around the world. league.
Here’s the latest fantasy news from each of the league’s 30 teams.
Atlanta Hawks: Clint Capela performed well in the first game of the Queen Snyder era with 13 points, 15 rebounds and three points. The fact that he played 35 minutes suggests that Capela will continue to play an important role for the team. In 11 games this season, Capela played 35 minutes or more, averaging 14.5 points and 13.5 rebounds.
Boston Celtics: Jason Tatum recorded his sixth 40-point double-double of his career on Wednesday night, breaking the Celtics’ record for most points. In other Celtics news, Al Horford has become a real threat to Boston. He has 12 triples in his last three games, the most in three games in his long career. He only appears in 46% of Sportzshala leagues.
Brooklyn Nets: It is not yet known if Ben Simmons will miss the remainder of the season due to left knee pain. He missed the last four games due to injury. Cameron Johnson has thrived since Simmons was out, scoring 37 or more fantasy points three times in that period. Johnson only appears in 31.4% of Sportzshala leagues.
Charlotte Hornets: Mark Williams only shocks in 20.3% of Sportzshala leagues. He averaged 11.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks over the last eight games. If you need a center, look no further than Williams. With LaMelo Ball out for the remainder of the season, Dennis Smith Jr. should also be given top priority. This season, he averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 7.0 assists in 40 minutes, and his participation is only 20.3% of the Sportzshala leagues.
Bulls of Chicago: Fantasy managers in deeper formats should keep an eye on Kobe White. Over the last seven games, he averaged 11.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists. With the Bulls waiving veteran Goran Dragic on Tuesday, White could get extra playing time.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Donovan Mitchell continues to put on an exciting game for fantasy managers, most recently against the Celtics on Wednesday as the Cavaliers battle for a playoff spot. He finished with 44 points, four rebounds and five assists. This season, there were seven games in which Mitchell scored 40 points or more, the most in a season by a Cavaliers player since LeBron James in 2009-10.
Dallas Mavericks: It’s clear that Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving are getting a lot of attention, but fantasy managers in deeper formats should keep an eye out for Maxi Kleber, who returned to the court on Tuesday against the Pacers. With Dorian Finney-Smith no longer on the team, Kleber will play a major defensive role for the Mavericks.
Denver Nuggets: Nikola Jokic made history Tuesday night against the Rockets by becoming the sixth player in league history to record 100 career triple-doubles (582 career games total). Oscar Robertson was the only one who did it faster. Meanwhile, fantasy managers looking for a streamer shouldn’t lose sight of Bruce Brown, who has scored 20 or more fantasy points in six of the last eight games. He only appears in 22.7% of Sportzshala leagues.
Detroit Pistons: The tank for the Pistons is on, which allows the bench players to get enough minutes, and Marvin Bagley III is one of the players who wins. He has scored 30 or more fantasy points in two of his last three games. The Bagley III only plays in 16.3% of Sportzshala’s leagues and is a good streaming option, especially when the Pistons pick someone from their rotation.
Golden State Warriors: Sportzshala’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Stephen Curry, who is out with a calf injury, will return sometime next week. Golden State is 12-12 in the 24 games he has missed. The Warriors also have an offensive efficiency of 117.4 when Curry is on the floor and 110.4 when off the floor.
Houston Rockets: The Rockets are currently battling the Pistons for the “honor” of the first pick in the 2023 NBA draft. Taree Eason scored 30 or more fantasy points in three straight games as a reserve. Just imagine what he could have done had he started and scored more minutes. Eason only plays in 6.4% of Sportzshala leagues.
Indiana Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton is in question against the Spurs on Thursday night with a calf strain. Since the Pacers have a 28-35 record and have invested a lot in Haliburton, it’s possible it could be closed for the season. This would mean that TJ McConnell would be back on your imaginary radar. This season, he averaged 15.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 10.2 assists in 40 minutes.
Los Angeles Clippers: A motivated Russell Westbrook, even at this stage in his career, is a great bet. He seems to have firmly grasped the starting position with the Clippers. In his last three games, Westbrook averaged 16.0 points, 9.3 assists and 5.7 rebounds.
Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers will have a hard time filling the void left by LeBron James, who is out with a foot injury. However, Dennis Schroeder is one of the players whose performance needs to increase. He scored 29 or more fantasy points in three out of four games and is only featured in 30.2% of Sportzshala leagues. Shredder is a reliable source of points, rebounds and assists.
Memphis Grizzlies: Steven Adams recently moved to a 5-on-5 game, but according to head coach Taylor Jenkins, he won’t be back from a knee injury until after the Grizzlies have a four-game road trip. Xavier Tillman can continue to work as a streamer while Adams is on the sidelines. In three of his last four games, Tillman has scored 30 or more fantasy points.
Miami Heat: On Wednesday night, the whole team fought the 76ers. Having said that, newly acquired big man Kevin Love has scored 19 or more fantasy points in each of the past three games. He has also played 21 or more minutes since being acquired by the Heat. Managers in a deeper format should consider choosing Love if they need a center.
Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks are the 30th team in league history to win at least 16 games in a row. Only two of those teams averaged more points per game than the Bucks did in that span of games. Over the series, Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 32.1 points, 12.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Jayden McDaniels has rewarded the fantasy managers he’s part of. He’s scored at least 24 fantasy points in each of his last five games, including two with over 40. McDaniels is only represented in 24.5% of Sportzshala’s leagues but continues to do well at both ends of the floor.
New Orleans Pelicans: There are reports that Zion Williamson will have an MRI of his right hamstring next week. There’s a chance he’ll miss the season, so fantasy managers need a contingency plan. Josh Richardson should continue to thrive as a streamer while Williamson is away. Richardson only plays in 7.8% of his Sportzshala leagues and has 22 or more fantasy points in four of his last six games.
New York Knicks: Immanuel Quickly continues to trail Jalen Brunson and Quentin Grimes by several minutes. He has scored 25 or more points four times in his last five games. Quickly (claimed in 19.7% of Sportzshala leagues) also played 22 minutes or more in five consecutive games. He only plays in 19.7% of Sportzshala’s leagues and has been an important contributor to the Knicks’ development.
Oklahoma City Thunder: While Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was hampered by multiple injuries, Jalen Williams took control. He scored at least 38 fantasy points in four straight games. Williams only appears in 41.5% of Sportzshala leagues. Gilgeous-Alexander, meanwhile, entered the league’s health and safety protocols on Tuesday.
Orlando Magic: Markelle Fultz continues to do well as the Magic’s starting point guard. He is featured in 56.6% of Sportzshala leagues. Over the last six games, Fultz averaged 17.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.0 steals. His talent is evident, and Fultz’s ability to dominate games bodes well for the Magic’s future.
Philadelphia 76ers: Tyrese Maxey led the 66ers with 27 points and seven assists against the Heat on Wednesday. He led Philadelphia in points and assists for the first time this season. Maxi averaged 19.6 points per game in his third season in the NBA, but after the elimination of Joel Embiid, that number rises to 28.9.
Phoenix Suns: Kevin Durant made his debut for the Phoenix Suns against the Hornets on Wednesday, posting 23 points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Chris Paul now has the best collection of jump shooters at his disposal in Kevin Durant and Devin Booker. The duo became the third pair of teammates this season to each make nine jump shots per game.
Portland Trail Blazers: Matisse Tibull should play in more fantasy leagues. Surprisingly, it only appears in 3.9% of them. Fantasy managers can expect all-round performance from Tybull, at least in terms of defensive performance. Over the last six games, he averaged 9.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.7 blocks. Taibul should be picked up by fantasy managers in deeper formats.
Sacramento Kings: The Kings are 11 games over .500 and looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006. To do this, De’Aaron Fox must be on the court. Sacramento is 2-4 this season without him. An MRI showed no significant damage to Fox’s sore wrist, indicating he could be back on the court this Friday or Saturday.
San Antonio Spurs: Devin Vassel is expected to play against the Pacers on Thursday night after being out of action since Jan. 2 due to…