This week, I’ll be taking a look at four guys who might still be available in your league that you should pick up now to sure up a deep playoff run.
Last week, I recommended Myles Turner as a guy to stash away for next year. And you should definitely do that. But also consider his ability to help you this year. Consider this: over the last four games, Turner has average 20 points, three blocks, and six boards. Not bad for a guy I was hoping could help me next year.
Another power forward that should be able to help down the stretch is Nene. He’s not the flashiest guy, but he’s a solid player. He’s probably going to give you at least a little bit, and as the games become more important for the Wizards, Nene will likely pick up his production.
Like Turner, Alex Len is another young big man who is worth stashing away, but can also help you this season as a backup. He’s not the most athletic guy in the league, but he’s got excellent size and good instincts around the basket. At some point, he’ll be the starting center in Phoenix again, and even when he’s not, he gets enough time to contribute.
The final slot goes to Jeremy Lin mostly because he’s eligible at both PG and SG. I’ve always been a proponent of having as many multipositional guys on my bench, and Lin’s a good one to have, especially because he’s been pretty consistent this year. His numbers aren’t gaudy, but in the playoffs, they’d be nice insurance to have.
Week 14 Fantasy Basketball Preview
|Team||Number of Games||Schedule Favorability||Must Start||Consider Sitting|
|Favorable||Paul Millsap, Al Horford||Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Jeff Teague|
|Neutral||Isaiah Thomas||Evan Turner, Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley|
|Neutral||Brook Lopez||Jarrett Jack, Thaddeus Young|
|Favorable||Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum||Al Jefferson|
|Favorable||Pau Gasol, Jimmy Butler||Derrick Rose, Nikola Mirotic|
|Highly Favorable||Lebron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving||Mo Williams, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith|
|Favorable||Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons||Deron Williams|
|Neutral||Danilo Gallinari, Will Barton||Emmanuel Mudiay, Kenneth Faried|
|Favorable||Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope||Marcus Morris, Ersan Ilyasova|
|Golden State||2 home|
|Favorable||Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson||Andre Iguodala|
|Favorable||James Harden, Dwight Howard||Ty Lawson, Trevor Ariza|
|Neutral||Paul George||Monta Ellis, George Hill, Ian Mahinmi, Myles Turner|
|Los Angeles Clippers||2 home|
|Favorable||Deandre Jordan, Chris Paul||Blake Griffin|
|Los Angeles Lakers||3 home|
|Unfavorable||None||Kobe Bryant, Roy Hibbert, Julius Randle|
|Favorable||Marc Gasol, Mike Conley||Zach Randolph|
|Favorable||Hassan Whitehead, Chris Bosh||Dwayne Wade, Goran Dragic|
|Unfavorable||Greg Monroe, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antekokounmpo||Michael Carter Williams, Jabri Parker|
|Unfavorable||Karl-Anthony Towns||Andrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio|
|New Orleans||3 home|
|Favorable||Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans, Ryan Anderson||Eric Gordon|
|New York||3 home|
|Neutral||Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis||Robin Lopez|
|Oklahoma City||1 home|
|Favorable||Russel Westbrook, Kevin Durant||Serge Ibaka|
|Highly Favorable||Victor Oladipo||Elfrid Payton, Tobias Harris, Nikola Vucevic|
|Unfavorable||Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel||Robert Covington|
|Unfavorable||None||Tyson Chandler, TJ Warren, Devin Booker, Brandon Knight|
|Favorable||Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum||Mason Plumlee|
|Favorable||Demarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay||Omri Casspi|
|San Antonio||1 home|
|Unfavorable||Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge||Tony Parker, Tim Duncan|
|Favorable||Kyle Lowery, DeMar DeRozan||Jonas Valanciunas, Bismack Biyombo|
|Favorable||Rudy Gobert, Gordon Hayward,||Derrick Favors, Rodney Hood|
|Highly Favorable||John Wall, Otto Porter||Marcin Gortat, Bradley Beal|
Chandler Parsons, SF, Dallas Mavericks
— MavericksFanZone (@Mavericks_FZ) January 24, 2016
It’s finally time to get Parsons back in your line-up. It has been a long and slow return for Parsons, but based on the last few games, it looks as if he’s finally hit his stride. Over the last four games, Parsons has shot 63 percent from three and averaged almost 20 points a game.
Ish Smith, PG, Philadelphia 76ers
I had a chance to get Smith in a deal a few weeks ago and passed because I just didn’t believe he was good enough to get it done on a regular basis. I was wrong. He’s still not an ideal starter in the NBA, but for the Sixers, he’s been mighty good, and worth a look this week depending on who else is on your roster.
Kemba Walker, PG, Charlotte Hornets
Kemba is a lot of fun to watch, but he’s always been a little streaky. This year has been his best ever, a year in which his bad games are fewer and farther in between, and his good games are really good (40 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, four steals and a block against the Magic recently). Unless you’ve got Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, or Stephen Curry, I’d give Walker a hard look this week.
Brandon Knight, PG, SG, Phoenix Suns
You’d think Knight would be a sure bet with Bledsoe’s injury, but he’s actually been in a bit of a tailspin lately. Of course, the Suns themselves are a complete mess, and I’m sure that has something to do with Knight’s poor play. He’s now fighting a hip injury, so don’t expect him to turn it around anytime soon. Keep him on the bench for the upcoming week.
Thaddeus Young, SF, Brooklyn Nets
I don’t really have an explanation for Young’s downward arc. He’s had some pretty good weeks this season, but the last few have been less than spectacular. Play if you want to, but I don’t have a good feeling about the way he’s trending.
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