With just a few weeks left in the NBA season, owners will need to key in on who’s hot and who’s not in the world of fantasy basketball.
Now’s the time to play the guys who are locked in, not the ones with the “big name allure”. Stick with what’s working and don’t look back.
(All stats through Monday)
No. 6 – Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors: Lowry has been at it all year. He was easily one of the biggest snubs in this year’s All-Star Game — and such an injustice it was. The 27-year-old has averaged 17.2 points, 7.9 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 2.4 3-pointers this season for the Raptors, but it’s his recent play that has him moving up the rankings. Over his last 15 games, the former Villanova Wildcat has scored 18.9 points with 9.3 assists and 5.7 boards, which includes five double-doubles and a triple-double. Most importantly, Lowry has led the Raptors to a 37-28 record, good for first place in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division.
No. 13 – Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns: After missing 32 straight games following knee surgery, Eric Bledsoe finally returned to the Suns’ lineup, and in doing so, he’s launched himself right back into the Top 15 of my point guard rankings. He’s put up Eric Bledsoe-like numbers since returning, too, averaging 14.0 points, 5.3 assists, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.0 steals while shooting 83.3 percent from the line. The 39.5 percent field goal shooting is a little bothersome, but a little rust was likely after missing so much time. Owners should keep an on eye on the Suns in the standings though, because if they continue to fall further out of the playoff race, coach Jeff Hornacek may opt to sit Bledsoe from time to time in order to rest his knee.
No. 14 – Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks: What a difference a year makes. Brandon Knight was bad last season. He had a tough go of it in Detroit, as he was a point guard playing out of position at the two. Now in Milwaukee, he has gone back to his customary role as floor general. He’s improved his scoring by 4.1 points, his assists by 0.9, and his shooting by 1.5 percent. Most notable are his last 13 games, where he’s averaged 19.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting with 4.8 assists, 3.3 boards, 1.0 steals, and 1.6 treys. Knight moves up five spots from No. 19, and is one of the few positive things going for the Bucks’ in an otherwise abysmal season.
Other Risers and Fallers: Darren Collison, Clippers (↑ 7), Kyrie Irving, Cavs (↓ 20), Mike Conley, Grizzlies (↓ 2), Jarrett Jack, Cavs (↑ 3), Kendall Marshall, Lakers (↑ 4), Victor Oladipo, Magic (↓ 3), Ty Lawson, Nuggets (↑ 2), Isaiah Thomas, Kings (↑ 1)