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Fantasy Basketball Review: Week 18 (2-23 – 3-1)

There are only three weeks left in the fantasy regular season. If you are mathematically out of the playoffs then please don’t stop trying. I find that when I am in that situation, it is fun to play “spoiler.” If I face a team on the cusp of making it to the playoffs or facing a team who is trying to move into a better playoff position, I find that facing them and trying to prevent them from achieving their goal is also just as satisfying as making it to the big show yourself. You may be branded a jerk, but it is fair game to do it.

Injury Roundup

Steve Nash (PG), Phoenix Suns: Nash sprained his ankle last Tuesday against the Bobcats. The injury has kept him out of action for three straight games, but the Suns have won two of three without Nash in that time.

Allen Iverson (PG,SG), Detroit Pistons: A.I. has been battling back stiffness in the past week and it has been bad enough to sideline him for two games. He is questionable to play Tuesday against his former team, the Nuggets.

Luol Deng (SG,SF), Chicago Bulls: Deng was originally though to have a stress fracture in his right leg but after an MRI, he was diagnosed with just a bone bruise. He is day-to-day with the injury.

Three Shining Stars

Devin Harris (PG), New Jersey Nets: Harris led the NBA in scoring last week with his 35.7 points on 52.3% shooting. His 9.3 assists were helped out by his season high 14 against the Hornets and he threw in 1.3 steals and an impressive 3.0 threes for good measure.

Troy Murphy (PF,C), Indiana Pacers: Murphy has been unstoppable since the break. He kept it rolling last week when he averaged a double-double with 18.5 points and 16.0 reb. He also totaled 1.5 blocks and he dropped 1.8 threes as well. In eight games since the break, he is averaging 19.0 points and 14.4 reb.

Dwyane Wade (PG,SG), Miami Heat: I think he is mentioned here more than any other player and rightfully so. Wade continues to dominate the fantasy world with 32.7 points and 12.7 assists. In addition, he contributed 5.7 reb, 2.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks. He did all of this while shooting 54.5% on his FG’s and 95.7% on his FT’s.

Three Fading Stars

Jason Richardson (SG,SF), Phoenix Suns: J-Rich is not benefiting much from the high-scoring Phoenix offense as his move to the Suns has not been the best for him. Last week’s numbers were down across the board with 13.0 points, 3.0 reb, 2.0 assists and only 1.0 three’s for last season’s leader in three pointers.

Shawn Marion (SF,PF), Toronto Raptors: A lot of owners hoped that Marion’s move to Toronto would revive the Shawn Marion of old, who used to be a fantasy stud. So far it has yielded only 0.8 more points, less steals, less blocks, and a poorer shooting percentage (48.2% to 42.7%). His numbers were down again last week and then he left Sunday’s game with flu-like symptoms. I am not seeing a light at the end of the tunnel anytime soon.

Tim Duncan (PF,C), San Antonio Spurs: It is kind of unfair to pick on Duncan here since he only played in one game and just returned from a quad injury. In his one appearance, he scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds while shooting 40.0%. I mention him here because a quad injury for a big man such as Duncan is known to linger and Timmy may take a while to shake the rust off from missing over a week’s worth of action.

Players To Pick Up

Charlie Bell (SG,SF), Milwaukee Bucks: Bell is averaging over 30 minutes per game in his past three and scored 17.3 points in that time. His scoring was boosted by his 3.3 threes and he also filled in the steals (1.3) and blocks (1.0) nicely.

Dominic McGuire (SG,SF), Washington Wizards: McGuire has been helping his limited number of owners as of late. His line for the week was more than adequate with 10.0 points, 8.7 reb, 1.0 steals, and a 70.6 FG%. He has three blocks in each of his past three games and has grabbed double-digit rebounds in four of the last six contests.

Matt Barnes (SG,SF), Phoenix Suns: Barnes has started two straight games and as a result he scored a season high 26 on Sunday. His totals for the week were 15.5 points on 46.7% shooting, 5.0 reb, 4.5 assists, 1.5 steals, and he knocked down 2.0 threes.

Sports of Boston Friends and Family League

  • I beat SoB’s Geoff (who never checks his team) by a score of 8-1 and I move into 2nd place behind…
  • SoB’s Mike is still in first even after a close loss of 5-4 to our friend Shotgun over at The Blue Workhorse.
  • Trade deadline in the league is this Thursday
  • Recent pickups include: Delonte West, Jarret Jack, Antonio McDeyess, Marquis Daniels, Rasual Butler, Jason Terry, and Ryan Anderson

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