News and Notes on Every NBA Team
The best fantasy basketball managers have a habit of watching the NBA schedule, examining box scores, and scouring the news for any tidbit that can give them the edge in their leagues.
Luckily, Eric Moody does all that work for you every Thursday with the Fantasy 30, helping answer tough questions like where to start, who are the best fantasy basketball sleepers and what’s the latest injury news with key players around the league.
Here’s the latest fantastic news from each of the 30 teams.
Atlanta Hawks: Onyeka Okongwu (registered in 24.1% of ESPN leagues) has found a way to co-exist alongside Clint Capela. He’s scored a fantastic 30 or more points in nine consecutive games, averaging just 20.9 MPG.
Boston Celtics: Robert Williams III is questionable for Thursday’s game against the Bucks, the first of a straight streak for the Celtics. Al Horford is taking advantage of Williams’ absence if you need a streamer. He’s scored 25 or more fantasy points in three of his last four games and is listed in 52.6% of ESPN leagues.
Brooklyn Nets: Mikal Bridges is averaging the most points per game with a new team since Vince Carter in 2004-05. He scored a fantastic 43 points in four straight games. If you need a streamer, look no further than Cameron Johnson (31.7% registered). He’s scored a fantastic 48 or more points in two of his last three games.
Charlotte’s Hornets: There are a lot of injuries on the Hornets right now, which has given PJ Washington a chance to thrive. He averaged 30.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals over the past three games as the Hornets’ primary point guard.
Chicago Bulls: The Bulls haven’t been a reliable source of streaming options this season. DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic were the most relevant fantasy players. Each of them has scored 20 or more points in the same game 13 times, the most by a Bulls line in a season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers: Caris LeVert (listed at 50.8%) is making a difference for the Cavaliers and for fantasy managers with his defense. LeVert has averaged 16.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.3 steals over the past seven games. Donovan Mitchell made history recently with 10 games scoring 40 or more points, the third most players in his first season with a team in league history.
Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic became the first player in franchise history to reach 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in a season. Doncic and Kyrie Irving scored or assisted on 77 of the Mavericks’ 108 points against the 76ers on Wednesday night. Despite their high usage rate, Dallas is currently facing dire circumstances. The Mavericks are one game behind the Thunder for the final play-in spot. It’s unfortunate for Dallas that Oklahoma City owns the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Denver nuggets: The Nuggets have a back-to-back on Thursday and Friday and Nikola Jokic is questionable with a right calf tightness. With a three-game lead over the Grizzlies, Denver could rest Jokic by presenting a great opportunity for Thomas Bryant (9.2% aligned). Bryant averaged 18.8 points and 10.6 rebounds in the 16 games he played 25 minutes or more this season.
Detroit Pistons: The fantastic value of Marvin Bagley III (17.1% registered) continues to increase. He has played 30 minutes or more in four of his last five games and has averaged a fantastic 34.2 points in that span. Jalen Duren (10.1% listed) is also another option for managers in deeper formats. He has scored a fantastic 20 or more points in three straight games.
Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry has 66 career games with 35 or more points since he turned 30, passing Kobe Bryant and LeBron James for third most in league history. Michael Jordan and Alex English are the only two players with more 35-point games after turning 30.
Houston Rockets: The Rockets aren’t a team with a lot of positives, but fantasy managers looking for a streamer should target Kenyon Martin Jr. (14.1% registrants) and Jabari Smith Jr. (46.2% registrants). Martin Jr. has averaged 15.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists over the past 10 games, while Smith Jr. has averaged 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1. 2 assists in the last 10 games.
Indiana Pacers: Bennedict Mathurin (43.8% aligned) could win your fantasy league. He’s played a fantastic 38 minutes or more and scored a fantastic 34 or more points in the last two games and is a solid pickup who can contribute in a variety of statistical areas.
LA Clippers: Bones Hyland (14.5% registered) was one of my favorite preseason sleepers, and it’s nice to see him finally deliver despite not being with the Nuggets. Hyland has scored a fantastic 41 or more points in three of his last four games.
Los Angeles Lakers: Anthony Davis has eight games this season with 35 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 60% from the field, tied for second most in franchise history. The only Laker with more in one season is Shaquille O’Neal.
Memphis Grizzlies: It’s shocking that Xavier Tillman is only listed in 7.9% of ESPN leagues. He’s scored a fantastic 43 or more points in three consecutive games and provides fantastic managers with points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.
Miami Heat: Jimmy Butler missed Tuesday’s game against the Raptors and finished with just a fantastic 25 points Wednesday night against the Knicks. The Heat do not play again until Saturday, which is positive for Victor Oladipo (9.5% aligned). He’s averaging 17.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per 40 minutes this season.
Milwaukee dollars: Giannis Antetokounmpo had a triple-double against the Pacers on Wednesday night shooting 75% from the field. He has six of those triple-doubles in his career, breaking a tie with Magic Johnson and Domantas Sabonis for third place. He should continue to deliver for fantasy managers during Championship week.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Anthony Edwards has scored 30 or more points in 22 games this season, the second most in a season in franchise history behind Kevin Love (25). Edwards has averaged just 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists over the previous two games after suffering an ankle injury. He scored a fantastic 55 points against the Suns on Wednesday night.
New Orleans Pelicans: Trey Murphy III has scored a fantastic 39 or more points in three of his four games. He is a reliable source of points and triples and even provides interceptions and blocks. Murphy III is only listed in 45% of ESPN leagues. The Pelicans are trying to solidify their playoff position in the Western Conference, and Murphy III will play an important role.
New York Knicks: Immanuel Quickley (lined at 34.6%) led the Knicks in scoring three straight games, totaling a fantastic 42 or more points in each of those games. Julius Randle also injured his ankle on Wednesday and if he runs out of time, Obi Toppin (2.3% aligned). Toppin is averaging 17.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per 40 minutes this season.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Luguentz Dort (25.5% of ESPN leagues) continues to play solid for the Thunder. He’s scored a fantastic 27 or more points in three of his last four games and is one of the reasons Oklahoma City is in contention for a play-in spot.
Orlando Magic: Paolo Banchero has scored 20 or more points in 38 games this season and is averaging a fantastic 31.1 points per game.
Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid has scored 25 or more points 56 times this season. Since Allen Iverson in the 2005-06 season, it’s tied for fourth most in a season in franchise history. Embiid needs to be at his best for the rest of the fantasy season, as the 76ers are just two games behind the Celtics for the No. 2 seed. This season, he’s averaging 57 fantasy points per game.
Phoenix Suns: Kevin Durant recovered from a disputed ankle injury in his first home game for the Suns since moving from the Nets in February. Durant shot a low 28% from the field Wednesday night against the Timberwolves, but he improved throughout the game. Fantasy managers are hoping Durant will ramp up production to close out the fantasy season after finishing with a pedestrian 21 fantasy points against Minnesota.
Portland Trail Blazers: Shaedon Sharpe has the opportunity to shine as Damian Lillard is out for the rest of the season and Anfernee Simons is unlikely to return. Sharpe has scored a fantastic 32 or more in four of his last five games, including two with 48 or more. He is only listed in 16.4% of ESPN leagues.
Sacramento Kings: Keegan Murray (188) passed Donovan Mitchell for the most triples made in a rookie season on Wednesday night. Fantasy managers in deeper formats who need a streamer consider Malik Monk (12.5% of the roster), who ranks second in total bench points.
San Antonio Spurs: Sandro Mamukelashvili (1.0% fielded) has played 25 minutes or more and scored 21 or more fantasy points in five straight games. Fantasy managers in deeper formats could consider streaming it and since Spurs have nothing to play, Mamukelashvili could see an increase in playing time at the end of the season.
Toronto Raptors: Managers who have retained Fred VanVleet are rewarded. He averaged 21.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 2.5 steals over the past 13 games. VanVleet ends the season on a high note, but it remains to be seen if the Raptors will make the playoffs.
Utah Jazz: Talen Horton-Tucker and Kris Dunn are on the streaming radar with Collin Sexton and Jordan Clarkson sidelined. Horton-Tucker has scored 32 or more fantasy points in two straight games, while Dunn has scored at least 23 fantasy points in two straight games.
Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal and Kyle Kuzma could be closed for the rest of the season, which is great for Deni Avdija (18.0% fielded). Avdija has scored a fantastic 33 or more points in five consecutive games, including two with 45 or more.