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Fantasy Basketball Review: Week 21 (3-16 – 3-22)

In Yahoo! leagues, the playoffs begin in Week 21. The past 20 weeks have been a grueling testament to how dedicated you truly are and how much you stack up to the best of the best in your league. I was fortunate enough to make it to the show in one league and in my other league…that is another story for another day. As the next few weeks go on, I wish luck to all of those in the playoffs and if you did not make it, then better luck next year.

Injury Roundup

Devin Harris (PG), New Jersey Nets: This could be bad news for owners in the playoffs. Harris has missed four straight games with a strained left shoulder. So far, no date has been set for a possible return.

Andris Biedrins (C), Golden State Warriors: Biedrins has missed five straight games with an ankle sprain. He will not join his team for their road trip and his earliest possible return is when the Warriors return home next Monday.

David Lee (SF,PF,C), New York Knicks: Lee was battling some tendinitis in his knees which caused him to miss his first game of the season. He seems to be over it now and he was in the lineup on Monday night.

Three Shining Stars

Chris Paul (PG), New Orleans Hornets: I know he seems like an obvious pick to be here, but can you blame me? CP3 added to his young legacy with 28.5 points and 9.5 assists. He rocked opponents with 50.0% shooting and shot 96.9% from the free throw line. He added in 5.8 reb and 4.5 steals just to make the smiles on his owner’s faces even bigger.

Jason Richardson (SG,SF), Phoenix Suns: Seemingly back from the dead, Richardson finally put up an elite week. Last season’s king of three’s delivered with 4.0 per game which helped him score 30.0 points to go with a 64.7 FG%. He also helped owners with 7.0 reb and 1.5 blocks.

Antonio McDyess (PF,C), Detroit Pistons: This is such a bias pick, but I really don’t care. In four games, McDyess averaged a double-double with 16.0 points and 14.5 reb on 49.2% shooting. In March, he is averaging 14.1 points and 13.1 reb on 50.7% shooting with 1.3 blocks.

Three Fading Stars

Kobe Bryant (SG), L.A. Lakers: Yes, even Kobe isn’t immune to an off-week. Kobe’s 20.0 seemed good, but it was well below average as were his rebounds and assists. Worst yet were his percentages. He had a 36.9 FG% and abysmal 63.6 FT%.

Corey Maggette (SG,SF,PF), Golden State Warriors: When your only job on the court is to shoot and you screw that up, then you will find yourself in this section. Maggette’s below average 12.5 points disappointed many owners. Even more of a let down was his 32.4 FG%. He better right this ship for playoff time.

Tim Duncan (PF,C), San Antonio Spurs: Duncan continues to struggle to find a rhythm since returning from a leg injury. After spending the entire season in the elite 20-10 club, Duncan posted 17.3 points and 9.0 board last week on a sub par 40.0% shooting. In March, he is averaging below his norm with 15.8 points and 9.9 reb.

Players to Pick Up

Antonio McDyess (PF,C), Detroit Pistons: I am sick of mentioning him here. He is less than 70% owned in Yahoo! leagues. Just read above and read last week’s Review. PICK HIM UP FOR PLAYOFF TIME!!! 

Kelenna Azubuike (SG,SF), Golden State Warriors: Azubuike has turned it up in recent weeks with at least 14 points in six straight including a season high 25 last Thursday. He averaged 18.0 points and 6.8 reb last week. He has also been making those valuable shots from beyond the arc by scoring 2.3 threes in Week 21.

Trevor Ariza (SF), L.A. Lakers: Ariza has been contributing lately with a steady 15.7 points and 6.3 reb last week on a stellar 61.3% shooting. Like Azubuike, he is making his money’s worth with his three pointers whe he made 2.0 last week.

Sports of Boston Friends and Family League

  • I have made the playoffs and finished the season in 2nd place. No big deal.
  • The SoB Crew: Mike (1st), Pete (2nd), KC (5th), Jeff (6th), Chris (7th), Geoff (10th)
  • Our friends Dev (4th) and Shotgun from the Blue Workhorse (3rd) also made the playoffs.
  • Since we finished in 1st and 2nd place respectively, Mike and I have first round byes while the remaining four playoff teams start playoff action this week. Good luck to all.
  • Recent pickups include: Chris Kaman, Joel Przybilla, Steve Novak, Raja Bell, and Darius Songaila

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