May 5 Box Score Analysis (9 Games)
Hawks 135 Suns 103
Hawks: The score and the Hawks’ schedule make this a fairly useless box score. The Hawks are done for the week after tonight, so unless you play in a league that plays until the buzzer, everyone is a drop. If you play next week, then the Hawks’ top four are worth holding through their upcoming lull in the schedule. In Week 19, the Hawks play four games and start the week with a stretch of three games in four nights.
Torrey Craig: Craig is worth streaming for boards and low-end numbers in the defensive categories until Crowder is back. Over his last eight, Craig has averaged 8.8 PPG, 1.1 3PG, 5.9 RPG, and 1.1 BPG. If you pick up the Sun, you’ll get two more games out of him. Phoenix plays on Friday against the Knicks and Sunday against the Lakers.
Cameron Payne: With the Suns having two games left this week, Payne is a solid streaming option for deep league players in need of dimes. Payne is averaging 3.5 APG on the year and has picked up four or more dimes in four of his last six games. In standard leagues, you can likely do better.
Blazers 141 Cavaliers 105
Anfernee Simons: Back-to-back useless box scores to start this puppy off. Last night was a bit of a throwback to the beginning of the season when every other game was a blowout. Simons got decent run due to the score and Powell being out. Norm isn’t expected to miss much time, so I would just ignore Simons, even in very deep leagues. The gunner has averaged only 6.8 PPG, 1.3 3PG, 1.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, and 0.3 SPG over his last four.
Enes Kanter: Kanter is one of your best late-week streaming options if you need rebounds and FG%. The Blazers start a back-to-back set on Friday, and the big man has averaged 8.5 PPG on 57.4 FG% and 8.3 RPG over his eight.
Cedi Osman: Osman will continue to be a very strong streaming option until Garland is back. Cedi has scored at least 14 points in six of his last seven games and has averaged 14.7 PPG on 42.2 FG%, 2.3 3PG, 3.9 RPG, 4.4 APG, and 1.0 SPG over that stretch. The Cavaliers’ two remaining games come against the Mavericks on Friday and Sunday.
Dean Wade: This is the second time in three games that Wade has posted a juicy line. He’s playing minutes in the high-20s these days, and that’s enough run to make him a solid source of threes who can contribute low-end numbers in points and boards. Over his last four Wade has averaged 11.0 PPG, 2.8 3PG, 4.0 RPG. Wade is someone that those playing in leagues that go until the final day of the season should keep an eye on. The Cavaliers are in a tight battle for lottery positioning and will likely shut down some of their regulars next week. If that happens, Wade could post mid-round numbers for two or three games like he did when he was starting for the Cavaliers in early April.
Nuggets 113 Knicks 97
Facu Campazzo (Pick Up): Must-own. The rebounds and blocks are a fluke, but Campazzo is bringing the heat in the guard categories almost every night. As a starter, Campazzo is averaging a very helpful 10.2 PPG, 1.6 3PG, 3.5 RPG, 5.4 APG, and 1.7 SPG. The Nuggets have a back-to-back set that starts on Friday, so if you need dimes and steals, Campazzo is your go-to stream.
Shaq Harrison: If you need steals and don’t care about anything else, big Shaq is your guy. Harrison comes with an elite steal rate (2.2 SP36) and is playing enough these days to give you one or two a night. Shaq has picked up a steal in nine of the 11 games that he has played for the Nuggets.
Reggie Bullock: Bullock is still worth holding with the Knicks having two games left this week, but he’s not going to continue to be the force in the threes category that he has been lately. Alec Burks’ return is going to send Bullock’s minutes back in the high-20s. Due to the minutes drop, Bullock will be more of a 2.5 3PG type of player going forward instead of the 3.3 3PG player that he’s been over the last month.
Immanuel Quickley: I wouldn’t get excited over the minutes or the points. Most of this line came in garbage time. Quickley is a decent points and threes streamer, but if you need anything else, I would look at the other scoring options on the wire. The rookie is an exceptionally large drag on the other counting categories (2.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.2 BPG over the last two weeks).
Sixers 135 Rockets 115
Danny Green (Pick Up): Green owners got screwed over by the score. Danny was headed towards a big night, but unfortunately, the Rockets couldn’t keep it close. Green should be owned in all leagues for his ability to post matchup-swinging numbers in threes and steals while helping out in blocks. Over the last month, the Sixer has averaged 2.4 3PG, 1.6 SPG, and 0.6 BPG.
Shake Milton: Ignore the 17 shots and 19 points. Milton has been losing minutes to Curry and is just a deep league streamer. Over his last eight, Milton has only played 19.8 MPG and has averaged a forgettable 12.9 PPG on 46.4 FG%, 1.5 3PG, 2.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, and 0.5 SPG. If you need points and threes, Curry is a much better choice.
Keyon Martin: Martin could win leagues if Christian Wood doesn’t come back for the Rockets’ upcoming back-to-back set. This line (and the minutes) isn’t as unsustainable as you’d think with the Rockets incredibly beat up. They could only play seven last night, and Porter has already been ruled out for their Friday night contest. If Martin is going to be playing 40+ MPG for the rest of the week, he will be a force in the big-man categories (8.2 RP36, 1.6 BP36, 51.7 FG%) and will likely be dropping 15+ points a night.
Armoni Brooks: Brooks could post some big numbers this weekend with the Rockets lacking healthy bodies and KPJ now down. He should slide back into the starting lineup and is likely going to play over 30 a night (and possibly much more). In an expanded role, Brooks will provide his owners with a ton of threes (3.7 3P36), solid points, and not much else while dragging down their FG% (34.8 FG%).
Kings 104 Pacers 93
Delon Wright (Pick Up): League-winner. Wright just dropped 15 stocks in two games and likely swung thousands of championship matchups. This was a two-game stretch that is going to be remembered for years. Until Fox is back, Wright could be an early-round player. He had extended top-40 stretches in Detroit when he was starting and has played like an elite asset since his minutes were bumped up four games ago. Over this monster four-game stretch, Delon has averaged 15.3 PPG, 1.8 3PG, 6.3 RPG, 6.5 APG, 3.3 SPG, and 1.5 BPG. It has been a bumpy ride, but the poster boy of my preseason sleeper list looks like he’s going to end up inside of the top-80 on the year.
Marvin Bagley (Pick Up): Bagley is worth grabbing, but only in certain matchups. If you need anything other than points and rebounds, I would stay away. There are not many big men out there who post an emptier line than Bagley. Since returning from injury four games ago, Bagley has averaged an excellent 19.5 PPG and 8.0 RPG, but also an unfortunate 0.8 3PG, 1.3 APG, 0.8 SPG, and 0.3 BPG. The King is also not for matchups where FT% is a deciding category (58.1 FT%).
Oshae Brissett: Feel free to drop Brissett after tonight’s game against the Hawks. If Goga can refrain from telling assistants to sit their ass down, he’ll continue to take minutes away from Brissett. The Pacers only have one game left after tonight, so most players with two games left from Friday on should be more valuable than the Pacer.
Doug McDermott: McDermott is fine to stream if you need efficient points (13.3 PPG on 53.2 FG%). If you need threes, I would look elsewhere. He’s only hit two or more threes in two of his last seven games and is averaging only 1.6 3PG on the year.
Bucks 135 Wizards 134
Donte DiVincenzo: Donte will be worth streaming from threes, boards, steals, and low-end dimes if Middleton has to miss more time. If Middleton is back next game, then I’d look elsewhere. Despite this big game inflated his averages, DiVincenzo has managed only 7.5 PPG, 1.4 3PG, 6.1 RPG, 2.5 APG, and 0.8 SPG over his last eight.
Pat Connaughton: I would ignore this nice night for Connaughton. The Bucks only have one game left this week and you can likely find a better three-point streamer anyway. Over the last two weeks, the Buck has averaged only 1.4 3PG.
Daniel Gafford: This was another line that Gafford saved late. He only played a few minutes in the first half but dominated down the stretch of the game. Brooks says that Gafford has earned more minutes, but I’ll believe a minutes boost is coming when I see it. I think it’s more likely that Brooks continues to play center roulette. Gafford is only worth adding if you can get tonight’s game. If you can’t then, he’ll only play one more game this week. Despite playing only 19.0 MPG, the Wizard has averaged an excellent 12.3 PPG on 84.0 FG%, 6.5 RPG, and 1.8 BPG over his last four.
Grizzlies 139 Wolves 135
De’Anthony Melton: If you play in a league with same-day adds, and therefore can get tonight’s game against the Pistons, Melton is worth streaming. If not, ignore him, as the Grizzlies only have one more game after tonight. Melton should get into the 20s again with Allen down again. The shooting guard has struggled mightily since returning from his leg injury 10 games ago but still has significant nightly upside in threes and the defensive categories. On the year, Melton is producing top-40 per-minute numbers that include 3.1 3P36, 2.0 SP36, and 1.1 BP36.
Desmond Bane: Back-to-back 22-points/4-three lines from Bane. That’s great to see, but he’s not someone I am rushing to add, even if I needed points and threes. In the six games leading up to those two massive games, the rookie failed to score more than eight points even once and averaged only 4.2 PPG and 0.7 3PG.
Naz Reid: The big minutes were due to Towns being in foul trouble all night. If you are interested in Reid, or own Towns, keep an eye on the Wolves’ weekend game against the Magic. That is a massive game for the Wolves’ ping pong ball count. If they beat the Magic, the Wolves will move into a tie with three other teams for the third-worst record in the league. With so much on the line, it would not be a surprise if Towns got a rest day. If Reid were to get a start against a hopeless Magic squad, he would be a high-upside stream. The big man is producing an excellent 21.0 PP36, 1.7 3P36, 8.5 RP36, and 2.0 BP36 this season.
Celtics 132 Magic 96
Evan Fournier: Fournier is a must-stream until Brown is back, even if Walker is active. With Brown out, the Celtics don’t have many credible scoring threats beyond him, Tatum, and Walker, and the lack of depth should lead to plenty of usage for the shooting guard. Over his last two games, Fournier has averaged 19.5 PPG, 3.5 3PG, 5.0 RPG, 3.5 APG, and 2.0 SPG. Once Brown is back, Fournier will be droppable. He is yet to show that he can be a useful fantasy asset when Brown is healthy.
Payton Pritchard: If you need threes and low-end points, you could do worse than Pritchard. The rookie has averaged 12.5 PPG and 2.8 3PG over his last eight while shooting 49.2 percent from the field. If you need anything else, look elsewhere. Over that eight-game stretch, the Celtic has averaged only 3.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, and 0.5 BPG.
Moritz Wagner (Pick Up): The Magic are currently sporting one of the ugliest active rosters you will ever see, so they pretty much have no choice but to play Wagner big minutes. Wagner played 41 and 34 minutes in his previous two games. If you need points, threes, and boards, give Wagner a look. The journeyman has averaged 14.8 PPG, 2.0 3PG, and 5.0 RPG since entering the starting lineup four games ago. He’s also averaged 1.3 BPG over that stretch, but that number is not sustainable. On the year, Wagner is producing only 0.9 BP36.
R.J. Hampton (Pick Up): Hampton is one of the more unique players potentially available on your wire. It’s very hard to find players who produce solid numbers in both rebounds and dimes like Hampton can. Over his last three, the rookie has averaged 17.3 PPG, 1.3 3PG, 8.0 RPG, 6.7 APG, 1.0 SPG, and 1.o BPG.
Jazz 126 Spurs 94
Royce O’Neale: Oh look, another blowout. O’Neale was quiet last night but is still worth holding onto in standard leagues for his very useful punt points line. He’s been producing mid-round numbers in that build lately and has averaged 6.9 PPG on 52.9 FG%, 1.7 3PG, 6.7 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.3 SPG, and only 1.1 TOPG over the last two weeks. Due to his well-rounded line and the Jazz’s back-to-back set that starts on Friday, O’Neale will be a solid option for almost every matchup.
Georges Niang: Another nice performance from deep from Niang. If Conley is not back for this weekend’s back-to-back set, Niang will be worth picking up if you need triples. In his six starts this year, Niang has averaged 3.3 3PG. The rest of his line will be very limited. As a starter, he is managing just 11.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.8 APG, and 0.2 SPG.
Devin Vassell: This game was over early, so I would just ignore the decent lines from the Spurs’ depth pieces. Vassell projects as a strong steals option. He had an elite steal rate in college and has produced an excellent 1.6 SP36 this year. Projects is the key word in that sentence because the reality has been very different lately. Over the last month, the rookie has produced only 0.7 SP36. Thanks to that disappointing steal rate, Vassell is useless, even in extremely deep leagues. His per-minute numbers outside of steals are very underwhelming.
Drew Eubanks: Eubanks had a very nice stretch in the middle of April where he was producing standard league numbers, but he’s back to being just a 20-team league option. He’s an OK blocks streamer (0.9 BPG over the last two months), but his previously very solid boards have fallen off. The Spur has only pulled down more than four boards in two of his last eight games.