Fantasy Basketball: Nets' Andray Blatche, Marcus Thornton are hot waiver-wire adds

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Fantasy basketball owners should start targeting players like the Brooklyn Nets’ Andray Blatche and Marcus Thornton, who have heavy game volume during the fantasy playoffs.

Most fantasy postseasons run from Weeks 21-25 (March 17-April 16).  The Nets are just one of two teams (the other being the Miami Heat) who have a “perfect” fantasy playoff schedule.  During that period the Nets will have weeks of 4, 4, 4, 4 and 2 games, so preemptively adding a few of their players makes sense in competitive leagues:

» Andray Blatche, PF/C (23.2 percent owned on ESPN.com):

Although the Nets have a few decent players on most waiver wires, Andray Blatche is one of the few who stand out as a speculative add.

When Brook Lopez went down with a broken foot, Blatche was highly coveted in the fantasy basketball world, but he’s mostly failed to live up to expectations

Ideally, his numbers would have gone up in a bigger role, but they’ve been nearly identical, leaving owners who splurged on him with a sour taste in their mouths.

In the the 26 games prior to Lopez’s injury, Blatche averaged 11.8 points (47.4 FG%), 5.9 rebounds, and 1.0 steals in 22.7 minutes per contest.  Comparably, in the 27 games since, he’s scored 11.9 points on 47.0 percent shooting, with 5.5 boards and 1.3 steals in 21.2 minutes.

His last three games may give owners some hope though, as he’s scored 14.0 points with 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals in 24.7 minutes.  It’s worth noting that Kevin Garnett sat out all three of those contests with back spasms, but if Blatche can produce similar numbers come playoff time, he’ll be an asset in fantasy leagues.

The Nets have a deep roster, and 22-26 minutes is probably going to be the range for Blatche, but in a playoff situation, he could net better returns than say a Derrick Favors or Tobias Harris, who have three less games to work with during those weeks.

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