Welcome back once again my Fantasy Island Go’ers! In a deep season like the NBA, it is very important to stay up to date on all the players that can give you that slight edge over your opponents. Having the hottest players on your team week by week is a major key to success, and without it you may be neck and neck till the postseason arrives. Don’t let your battle be as close as Kyrie and Steph made their battle this week for best play…
I personally think Kyrie’s was better, but then again I’m anti-Steph.
Games Per Week
3 Games: Bkn, Chi, Ind, Mem, Mil, Nop, Okc, Phi, Por, Sas, Tor, Uth
4 Games: Atl, Bos, Cha, Cle, Dal, Den, Det, Gsw, Hou, Lac, Lal, Mia, Min, Nyk, Orl, Phx, Sac, Was
Hot Off the Wire (Valuable players that are likely available in your league)
Willie Cauley-Stein F/C, Sacramento Kings (33 percent owned in Yahoo! Format)
In his move to the starting lineup, Willie has been achieving or nearing double-double numbers in every contest. Double digit boards in three of his last four games and in the fourth one he got 9. He adds blocks, great field goal percentage, and on top of that really doesn’t cost you in the turnover category as often as you would think. Definitely worth an add!
Alex Len C, Phoenix Suns (39 percent)
On a team where absolutely nothing is definite, this man may be at least the most consistent! Like Cauley-Stein, this man nears double-double numbers as of late and has been shooting great from the field. There is a ton of opportunity in Phoenix and it seems Len is taking full advantage of their lack of talent down low. Out of all their bigs, he seems to the one to bet on day by day with Tyson’s inconsistency and Leuer’s injuries.
Myles Turner C, Indiana Pacers (50 percent)
Yeah I’m on a big man streak right now, and nothing says streak like what Turner has been doing as of late. This is the definition of being hot as this man has been putting up insane scoring numbers including 31 and 25 point outings just a few nights ago. If you need scoring and a little bit of boards, this is your man at least for this week!
Dennis Schroder G, Atlanta Hawks (30 percent)
I have no clue why he isn’t owned in 70 percent of leagues but hopefully that’s an opportunity for you all. Be aware that Jeff Teague is getting healthier and healthier but in the mean time Schroder has been frequently putting up double digits in scoring and solid numbers in all other categories. Even now that Teague has returned, the German holds a majority of the minutes still. He’ll help you everywhere except turnovers, but someone has to handle the ball right?
Archie Goodwin G, Phoenix Suns (24 percent)
Back to the barren land of Phoenix, at least in the NBA that is. With Brandon Knight being injured and overall a toss up every game, Goodwin has truly prospered in that point guard scoring role for the Suns. If you really need points and can afford some low shooting percentages this is your man. In his last three games Archie has reeled in 26, 24 and 20 on the scoring side.
Matt Barnes G/F, Memphis Grizzlies (41 percent)
Not sure if he would be better for fantasy or Street Fighter but for now we’ll stick to ball. Not very great outings as of late but is always a reliable source for three-pointers, 10+ points, a few boards, and steals even in though games where he plays sub-par. A great replacement for someone like Gerald Green who has been sluggish lately.
Missing the Cut (Players that lack real value in standard-sized leagues)
Andre Igoudala F, Golden State Warriors
On a very crowded team this man does not often see the ball, nor does he start, as Draymond is truly the most valuable person on that team. Yeah I said it.
Clint Cappella F/C, Houston Rockets
With Josh Smith arrival, Clint got dropped back behind Smith who is now even starting over Terrence Jones. Clint will be a third option behind them.
Mario Chalmers G, Memphis Grizzlies
With Mike Conley returning to the lineup, Chalmers dropped from 28 minutes a game to just 14. For those of you counting at home, that’s half. Unfortunately, his amazing hot streak has come to an end.