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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

TeamNumber of GamesSchedule FavorabilityMust StartConsider Sitting
Atlanta3 home
1 away
FavorablePaul Millsap, Al HorfordDennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Jeff Teague
Boston2 home
2 away
NeutralIsaiah ThomasEvan Turner, Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley
Brooklyn2 home
1 away
NeutralBrook LopezJarrett Jack, Thaddeus Young
Charlotte0 home
4 away
FavorableKemba Walker, Nicolas BatumAl Jefferson
Chicago1 home
2 away
FavorablePau Gasol, Jimmy ButlerDerrick Rose, Nikola Mirotic
Cleveland3 home
1 away
Highly FavorableLebron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie IrvingMo Williams, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith
Dallas2 home
2 away
FavorableDirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons Deron Williams
Denver1 home
3 away
NeutralDanilo Gallinari, Will BartonEmmanuel Mudiay, Kenneth Faried
Detroit2 home
2 away
FavorableAndre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-PopeMarcus Morris, Ersan Ilyasova
Golden State2 home
2 away
FavorableStephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay ThompsonAndre Iguodala
Houston1 home
3 away
FavorableJames Harden, Dwight HowardTy Lawson, Trevor Ariza
Indiana3 home
0 away
NeutralPaul GeorgeMonta Ellis, George Hill, Ian Mahinmi, Myles Turner
Los Angeles Clippers2 home
2 away
FavorableDeandre Jordan, Chris PaulBlake Griffin
Los Angeles Lakers3 home
1 away
UnfavorableNoneKobe Bryant, Roy Hibbert, Julius Randle
Memphis3 home
0 away
FavorableMarc Gasol, Mike ConleyZach Randolph
Miami1 home
3 away
FavorableHassan Whitehead, Chris BoshDwayne Wade, Goran Dragic
Milwaukee2 home
1 away
UnfavorableGreg Monroe, Khris Middleton, Giannis AntekokounmpoMichael Carter Williams, Jabri Parker
Minnesota1 home
3 away
UnfavorableKarl-Anthony TownsAndrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio
New Orleans3 home
0 away
FavorableAnthony Davis, Tyreke Evans, Ryan AndersonEric Gordon
New York3 home
1 away
NeutralCarmelo Anthony, Kristaps PorzingisRobin Lopez
Oklahoma City1 home
2 away
FavorableRussel Westbrook, Kevin DurantSerge Ibaka
Orlando1 home
3 away
Highly FavorableVictor OladipoElfrid Payton, Tobias Harris, Nikola Vucevic
Philadelphia2 home
1 away
UnfavorableJahlil Okafor, Nerlens NoelRobert Covington
Phoenix0 home
4 away
UnfavorableNoneTyson Chandler, TJ Warren, Devin Booker, Brandon Knight
Portland3 home
0 away
FavorableDamian Lillard, CJ McCollumMason Plumlee
Sacramento1 home
3 away
FavorableDemarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Rudy GayOmri Casspi
San Antonio1 home
2 away
UnfavorableKawhi Leonard, LaMarcus AldridgeTony Parker, Tim Duncan
0 away
FavorableKyle Lowery, DeMar DeRozanJonas Valanciunas, Bismack Biyombo
Utah3 home
0 away
FavorableRudy Gobert, Gordon Hayward,Derrick Favors, Rodney Hood
Washington2 home
2 away
Highly FavorableJohn Wall, Otto PorterMarcin Gortat, Bradley Beal


Chandler Parsons, SF, Dallas Mavericks

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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