Apr. 25 Box Score Analysis (7 Games)
Hawks 111 Bucks 104
Lou Williams: Lou is just a low-end points, assists, and FT% streamer who I would stay away from at the moment, as he’s picked up an illness that will cause him to miss tonight’s game against the Pistons. At this point in the season, we can’t mess around with low-end options that are questionable to play. There will be better options available on your wire if you are in need of threes. Williams has averaged only 1.3 3PG over the last month.
Danilo Gallinari: As long as Gallo’s minutes continue to be stuck in the low-20s, he’s not going to be a high-upside player, but that is enough playing time to make him somewhat useful if your swing categories are some combination of points, threes, and FT%. In the two games that he’s played since coming back from injury, Gallo has averaged 16.0 PPG and 2.0 3PG. On the year, he’s knocking down 93.6 percent of his 3.6 FTA. The Hawks’ Week 18 schedule adds to his appeal. Atlanta plays four times and their week is done by Saturday.
Donte DiVincenzo: The Bucks have a great schedule this week, but with how poorly Donte has been playing lately, he can be cut. Not only has his production fallen off, his minutes have dipped as well. Over his last five, DiVincenzo has played only 26.5 MPG and has averaged only 7.0 PPG on 38.2 FG%, 1.2 3PG, 5.6 RPG, 3.0 APG, and 0.4 SPG. If this was the middle of the season, I’d say be patient with him, but at this point in the calendar, patience is reserved only for struggling top-end assets.
Brook Lopez: Unlike DiVincenzo, Lopez is playing well lately. However, like DiVincenzo, he’s droppable. If blocks are not competitive, then I would likely look to move on from Lopez. In that situation, he’s not bringing much to the table. Over the last month, the center has averaged a forgettable 11.9 PPG, 1.7 3PG, 4.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, and 0.6 SPG.
Nets 128 Suns 119
Landry Shamet: Shamet should still be a nice threes streamer with Durant back, but he loses enough upside to make him droppable in deeper settings. Despite a quiet night last night, his threes should remain solid. With Durant on the court, Shamet averages 8.7 3PA36. Without Durant on the court, Shamet averages 8.9 3PA36.
Bruce Brown (Drop): Well, it was fun while it lasted. Not only did Brown barely play last night, he also picked up a knee injury that is going to cost him at least one game. He’s a drop in all leagues. Is it possible he becomes relevant again over the next two weeks? Sure. But we can’t roll the dice at this point in the season. Take the sure thing over Brown.
Cam Johnson: The Suns are the most boring team in fantasy, especially now that Jae Crowder is out. Their top four is nice, and then there rest of the squad is useless. Johnson comes closest to being somewhat interesting, but even in 14-team leagues, he’s just a forgettable threes streamer. Over his last eight, Johnson has averaged a mediocre 10.3 PPG on 42.7 FG%, 1.8 3PG, and not much else.
Torrey Craig: Craig is worth watching, but I wouldn’t be rushing to him, even in deeper leagues. He got some extra run with both Crowder and Saric out and had one of the best games of his career. Most nights, he’s just seeing minutes in the high-teens and is just a low-end boards streamer (6.1 RPG over the last two weeks).
Hornets 125 Celtics 104
Cody Martin (Pick Up in DL): Martin is worth rolling the dice on in deep settings due to the Hornets’ upcoming back-to-back set that starts on Tuesday. In standard leagues, you can likely find a safer streaming option. Martin has started four of the Hornets’ last six games, but this was the first time that he produced a decent line. If he does continue to play this much, then he’ll have some value as a boards and steals streamer. On the year, Martin is producing 6.5 RP36 and 1.4 S3P6.
Jalen McDaniels (Drop): McDaniels looks done. Since getting demoted to the bench two games ago, McDaniels has played 21.9 MPG and has averaged only 7.0 PPG, 0.5 3PG, 3.5 RPG, and 1.0 SPG. If he’s still on your roster, I would hold on until Wednesday night due to the Hornets playing on both Tuesday and Wednesday. After that, he’s a drop in 16-team leagues.
Evan Fournier: Fournier is droppable, but with Tatum and Kemba out on Tuesday against the Thunder, I wouldn’t make the move just yet. With the two stars getting a rest day, Fournier is a good bet to score 20 and hit a couple of threes. After the Celtics’ back-to-back set wraps up on Wednesday, I would look to move on. Fournier has only hit double-digits in the scoring department twice since the move to Boston.
Tristan Thompson: It sounds like Time Lord may be back for Tuesday night’s game against the Thunder, so feel free to move on from the center if you’ve been streaming him for boards and FG% impact. In the four games that Thompson played with Williams after getting out of COVID protocol, the veteran averaged only 7.0 PPG and 6.8 RPG.
Warriors 117 Kings 113
Kevon Looney: Looney is playing a lot these days, but the extra run isn’t leading to much value. Since re-entering the starting lineup eight games ago, the Warrior has managed only 5.3 PPG on 45.2 FG%, 9.3 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.4 SPG, and 0.1 BPG in 27.3 MPG. Looney is just a rebounds streamer. If you need help in all three of the big-man categories, look elsewhere.
Juan Toscano-Anderson: The Warriors have no choice but to go small when Looney sits, so JTA’s minutes should stay in high-20s until Paschall is back. With that much run, Toscano-Anderson can give you decent boards and assists without hurting your FG%. Over his last six, the forward has averaged 8.5 PPG on 66.7 FG%, 5.5 RPG, and 3.7 APG. He’s more of a deep-league streamer this week due to the Warriors’ weak three-game schedule.
Moe Harkless: If you need steals this week, look Harkless’ way. The rest of his line is going to be limited, but with the Kings playing four games in Week 18, he should bring the heat in his best category. Since joining the starting lineup nine games ago, Harkless has a steal in eight of nine games and is averaging an excellent 1.4 SPG over that stretch.
Delon Wright (Pick Up): This wasn’t Delon’s best performance of the year, but it does give you a taste of what he can do in an expanded role. Now that he’ll be seeing minutes in the upper-20s, expect plenty of dimes and steals to go along with solid boards for a point guard. When he was playing big minutes in Detroit, Wright was averaging about five rebounds, five assists, and a steal and a half. With the Kings having four games this week, he’s an add in all leagues.
Pacers 131 Magic 112
Edmond Sumner: Sumner has been really solid lately, but with the Pacers only playing three games this week, he’s just a mediocre deep-league streamer. If he can keep this up, then he’ll be an add at the end of the week with the Pacers having four games in Week 19. Sumner is a nice fit for matchups where most categories are on the table. The Pacer produces a glue-guy type of line that doesn’t include standout production in any category. Over his last four, Sumner has averaged a very useful 15.0 PPG on 56.1 FG%, 1.8 3PG, 3.8 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.0 SPG, and 0.5 BPG.
Oshae Brissett: Still no signs of Sabonis, so keep streaming Brissett until we see the All-Star get hit with that probable tag. Brissett has been a top-65 player since taking over as the Pacers’ starting center and has averaged an excellent 15.0 PPG on 48.7 FG%, 2.3 3PG, 9.3 RPG, and 1.0 BPG. Once Sabonis and Goga Bitadze are healthy, Brissett will likely start picking up some DNP-CDs.
Justin Holiday: It will take more than one nice game to get me interested in Holiday again, especially with the Pacers having a poor schedule this week. Even in deeper leagues, Holiday is just a stocks streamer (1.0 SPG and 0.9 BPG over the last two weeks).
Cole Anthony: With the Magic having four games this week, Anthony is fine to roster in standard leagues. However, he’s not for every team as he comes with A massive FG% hit and only contributes useful numbers in points, rebounds, and assists. Since re-entering the starting lineup five games ago, Anthony has averaged 16.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, and 6.4 APG while providing his owners with below-average numbers in the rest of the counting stats and hurting them both from the field (41.2 FG%) and at the line (76.2 FT%).
Mo Bamba (Pick Up): Bamba is a must-own with the Magic having four games this week and Wendell Carter Jr. on a minutes limit. When WCJ is at full strength, Bamba is useful, but just low-end. When Bamba is getting minutes in the low-to-mid 20s, he turns into a mid-round asset. The Magic’s backup center has been a top-40 per-minute player this year and can be a difference-maker in boards and blocks when given big minutes while helping out in points and threes. Over his last three games, in 24.0 MPG, Bamba has averaged 12.0 PPG, 1.3 3PG, 9.0 RPG, and 1.3 BPG.
Grizzlies 120 Blazers 113
Grayson Allen: Allen has struggled the last few games, but with the Grizzlies playing four by Saturday, your moves are likely best used to replace someone else. Even if he continues to struggle, he should be able to give your team solid threes and decent points. Despite the recent ugly stretch, Allen has averaged 14.4 PPG on 41.6 FG%, 2.9 3PG, 3.9 RPG, 2.9 APG, and 1.1 SPG over his last seven.
De’Anthony Melton: Outside of a monster game against the Nuggets, Melton has looked rough since returning. However, due to the Grizzlies’ excellent Week 18, I’d be willing to roll the dice on him as a full-week hold in 14-team leagues. Worst-case scenario, he ends up as a solid threes and steals option. Over his last nine games, Melton has averaged 2.9 3PG and 1.2 SPG. So if he continues to be stuck in a 20-minute role, he should still be able to do about two threes and one steal per night.
Robert Covington (Hold): I know it’s been very rough, but with the Blazers have a packed upcoming schedule, you can’t drop him. Starting on Tuesday, the Blazers play five games in seven days. You can’t drop Covington and risk him turning it around on your opponent’s team during a stretch in the schedule like that. Just cross your fingers and hope for the best. With the Blazers having four games this week and next, he should be at least a top-100 player on a totals basis over the next 14 days, even if he continues to struggle.
Carmelo Anthony: If points and threes are toss-up categories this week, it will be hard to do better than Melo. He’s not playing a ton these days, but his usage has been massive. Over his last seven, Anthony has had a usage rate of 26.9 percent. That is the type of usage rate that he would see during his time with the Knicks. All of those extra touches have led to averages of 16.7 PPG and 3.1 3PG. The rest of his line will be ugly.
Wizards 119 Cavaliers 110
Raul Neto: Neto is worth considering in standard leagues now that he’s starting and with the Wizards having four games every week from now until the end of the season. Since entering the starting lineup four games ago, Neto has played 31.5 MPG and has averaged 13.3 PPG on 55.9 FG%, 2.0 3PG, 3.5 APG, and 1.8 SPG. Those numbers have been good enough to rank him inside of the top-60 over that stretch.
Daniel Gafford (Pick Up): The minutes will be all over the place, but you can’t leave a player who is capable of four-steal/four-block games on the wire, especially when they have four-game schedules in both Week 18 and Week 19. Despite only playing 18.5 MPG since joining the Wizards, Gafford has been a top-80 player thanks to his strong big-man numbers (11.3 PPG on 66.2 FG%, 6.2 RPG, 2.2 BPG) and solid steals (0.9 SPG). Yes, he comes with a decent-sized FT% hit (61.1 FT% on 3.3 FTA with the Wizards), but the stocks and FG% impact make taking on the hit worth it.
Cedi Osman: With Sexton down, Osman becomes a very nice streaming option for those in need of points and threes and low-end numbers elsewhere. He’s posted some useful lines when given the chance this year. Over the 18 games that Osman has started, he’s played 31.9 MPG and has averaged 12.8 PPG, 2.2 3PG, 3.7 APG, and 1.2 SPG.
Larry Nance Jr. (Drop): Nance fractured his thumb last night and is likely done for the year. He’s a drop in all settings. With Nance out and Taurean Prince also down and out for the count, Cedi should get some extra run and Dean Wade could become relevant again in deeper leagues.