Fantasy 30: Updates on Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant 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: Trae Young played his 25th game against the Wizards on Wednesday with 20 points and 10 assists. He leads the league in such games. If you’re looking for a streamer, check out DeAndre Hunter. He’s scored 20 or more fantasy points in four of his last five games. Hunter only competes in 18.7% of Sportzshala leagues.
Boston Celtics: Robert Williams III is out of action with a left hamstring strain, and that benefits Al Horford, who is only featured in 49.7% of Sportzshala leagues. Horford has 50 or more fantasy points in two of his last four games, and you can’t go wrong with a veteran if you want a big player who can also shoot threes.
Brooklyn Nets: Mikal Bridges averaged 26.5 points per game in his first 10 games for the Nets. This is only the fifth time in franchise history that someone has done this in 10 games. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant did it last. Bridges has scored 30 or more fantasy points in nine of his last 10 games, including six with 50 or more points.
Charlotte Hornets: It still amazes me that Dennis Smith Jr. only appears in 20.8% of Sportzshala leagues, even though LaMelo Ball was out for the season with a broken ankle. For category format fantasy managers looking for rebounds, assists and steals, Smith is a great streamer. In three of his last four games, Smith Jr. has scored 28 or more fantasy points.
Bulls of Chicago: Few Bulls players can be trusted with a fantasy other than DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic. Chicago’s offense takes a big hit when all three players are off the court. The Bulls are only averaging 104.5 points per 100 possessions and only have a 50.0% effective field goal percentage. Sportzshala’s Adrian Wojnarowski also revealed that Lonzo Ball may need a third operation on his right knee, which would require another six months of recovery and rehabilitation.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Donovan Mitchell passed J.R. Smith in the most points scored by a Cavaliers player in a single season with 205 points. He is also one of only three players to hold a triple-time single-season record for multiple franchises. Mitchell also has the most triples in a season in jazz history. He has scored 41 or more fantasy points in four of his last five games.
Dallas Mavericks: Tim Hardaway Jr. has played very well for the Mavericks this season coming off the bench. He continues to be a solid streamer, though most of his value comes from scoring. Hardaway Jr. has scored 28 or more fantasy points in six of his last seven games, including two with 40 or more points. He only appears in 15.4% of Sportzshala leagues. If Luka Doncic misses time with a left hip sprain, Hardaway Jr.’s fantasy ceiling will be even higher.
Denver Nuggets: Bruce Brown is an intriguing fantasy variant because he can accumulate stats in so many different areas. In his last five games, he averaged 12.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.8 steals. Brown only appears in 22.5% of Sportzshala leagues. The Nuggets gave him a recurring role that will stabilize his fantasy value for the rest of the season.
Detroit Pistons: The Pistons haven’t been a true basketball rider this season, but one player who has been playing well lately is Marvin Bagley III. In the last six games since returning from a broken right arm, he has stood out. Bagley III averaged 15.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game during that time. He only appears in 22.4% of Sportzshala leagues.
Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry scored 40 or more fantasy points in two consecutive games, much to the delight of the fantasy managers. Against the Thunder on Tuesday night, he made his 33rd game in league history with 40 points, 10 triples and 60% shooting from the field.
Houston Rockets: Tari Eason has had his ups and downs in his rookie season, but he’s been playing well lately. He has scored 32 or more fantasy points in four of his last seven games. During this time, Eason averaged 13.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.0 steals. He only appears in 12.1% of Sportzshala leagues.
Indiana Pacers: Fantasy Managers in deeper formats should keep Jalen Smith in their sights if he continues to get minutes. In the last three games, he played at least 20 minutes in two and scored at least 25 fantasy points in all three. Smith only competes in 29.4% of Sportzshala leagues.
Los Angeles Clippers: Kawhi Leonard recorded a double-double in consecutive games. In his first 38 games this season, he only had one double-double. Leonard’s rest days were frustrating, but when he was active, he was productive. In his last 12 games, he averaged 26.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.7 steals. The Clippers will play again this week against the Knicks on Saturday.
Los Angeles Lakers: Anthony Davis became the first Lakers player to score 30 points and 20 rebounds in multiple games since Shaquille O’Neal in 2003-04. Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the only players to have multiple such games this season. While LeBron James is away, Davis will be in charge of the Lakers.
Memphis Grizzlies: Ja Morant will remain on the sidelines of the Grizzlies for the next four games, positioning Tyus Jones as a very good streamer. On March 5, he scored 81 fantasy points against the Clippers, and on March 7, he scored 24 fantasy points against the Lakers. Jones only appears in 20.3% of Sportzshala leagues. Pick him up. Xavier Tillman is in the same boat, especially now that Brandon Clark is out. He scored 20 or more fantasy points in five consecutive games, including two with 40.
Miami Heat: Kyle Lowry has not played since February 2 due to pain in his left knee. Maybe he’ll be back next week. Even though Gabe Vincent filled in for Lowry while he was away, he was statistically unimpressive. Lowry is in 61.1% of Sportzshala leagues. Fantastical managers who need a point guard can pick up a flyer for Lowry, but that’s risky.
Milwaukee Bucks: Grayson Allen scored just eight fantasy points against the Magic on Wednesday, but he’s had 24 or more points in his previous three games, including two with 30. He only appears in 4.4% of Sportzshala leagues.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Head coach Chris Finch said on Tuesday that Karl-Anthony Towns is still in the “final” stage of a comeback, but he did not name a schedule. In the meantime, Kyle Anderson is still a viable fantasy streamer. In his last nine games, he averaged 11.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 1 block. Anderson only appears in 20.5% of Sportzshala leagues.
New Orleans Pelicans: Trey Murphy III has been playing very well since replacing Josh Richardson in the Pelicans’ starting lineup. He scored 26 or more fantasy points in four consecutive games, including one with 49. Richardson returned to the court against the Mavericks Wednesday night, but Murphy III still continued to shine.
New York Knicks: Jalen Brunson is in question due to pain in his left leg. Immanuel Quickly is a great option for managers whether Brunson is active or not. He averages 19.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 40 minutes. Quickly only appears in 30.6% of Sportzshala’s leagues and is unexpectedly top of the list for Sixth Player of the Year.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Jalen Williams has a wrist injury but is playing well in a crucial moment for fantasy managers. Over the past 12 games, he has 19.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game. Williams continues to impress with his versatile skills. He still only appears in 50.5% of Sportzshala leagues.
Orlando Magic: Moritz Wagner fills in nicely for Wendell Carter, who is out with a hip injury. Wagner should continue to be used as a streamer while Carter is away. He scored 25 or more fantasy points in three consecutive games. Wagner only appears in 3.4% of Sportzshala leagues. There is a possibility that Carter will miss the rest of the season.
Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid is having another great season, and he has exceeded all fantasy coaches’ expectations. Against the Timberwolves on Tuesday night, he scored 30 or more points for the 36th time this season. Embiid passed Jason Tatum and Shai Gilgeus-Alexander for second place in the league. Luka Doncic is the only player to have more such games this season.
Phoenix Suns: Kevin Durant was late for Wednesday’s game against the Thunder after slipping on the floor before the game. He has two days to recover before Saturday’s game. As the Suns try to win the championship, don’t be surprised if they avoid winning back Durant.
Portland Trail Blazers: Cam Reddish plays a pivotal role while Anfernee Simons is out of action with a second degree ankle sprain. In the last eight games, he has scored 30 or more fantasy points six times. Reddish only plays in 12.2% of Sportzshala’s leagues and is a viable streamer while Simons is away.
Sacramento Kings: De Aaron Fox is not on the injury report for Thursday’s game against the Knicks. He missed Monday’s game against the Pelicans. Fox has scored 44 or more fantasy points in eight of his last 10 games, and his return puts Davion Mitchell out of the streaming spotlight as Mitchell returns to his backup role.
San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs have a lot of uncertainty in terms of fantasy, but Zach Collins has provided some stability. He’s scored 32 or more fantasy points six times in his last seven games, including two games with 40 or more…