Top 40ish Point Guards for Fantasy Basketball 2014

Hey, how are ya, man? I was actually planning on getting around to this in September but, well, that didn’t happen. Life, you know how it is! Anyway, we’ll kick off the free 2014 Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide with the Top 40ish Point Guards with comments but, for the time being, no projections because I don’t just give projections willy nilly you know! After that we’ll move to the Top 30ish Shooting Guards, then the Top 25ish Small Forwards, then the Top 30ish Power Forwards and, finally, the Top 25ish Centers. Then I’ll give you my Top 70ish Guards and Top 60ish Forwards. After that I’ll see if I can get you a Top 200ish Overall but, honestly, I’m not sure if I’ll have time so let’s see. Lots of ishes!

Moving to the point guard rankings, what I’m seeing up in here is some depth. I go down the list and say to myself, “Self, this list is pretty deep!” Of course, this ranking is subjective and to be used a guide and not a hard and fast ranking when drafting. For example, if you feel Patrick Beverely is better than George Hill then draft him first! Your team, man! Anyhoo, let’s get to the rankings, shall we?

1. Stephen Curry – Last year I ranked him second just behind Chris Paul because “I still can’t rank him number 1 based on injury history but you can if you want. Hey, it’s your team!”

2. Chris Paul – All I know is I owned CP3 in one H2H league last year and I really enjoyed it. He was even more fun than a cheap hooker!

3. Russell Westbrook – It’s hard to believe he’s just 25 or maybe it’s not. He does it all, he even turns it over a lot!

4. John Wall –  Here’s what I told you last year when I ranked him 6th best PG: He’s still lacking the threes to get to the next level so plan accordingly if he’s your number 1 PG. Well, last year he got to the next level averaging 1.3 threes per! His career FG% didn’t even suffer. Impressive!

5. Kyrie Irving – 51, 59, 71. Those are the number of games he’s played in since 2011 not to mention he hardly played his one season at Duke due to injury. If you feel he’s going to stay healthy then bump him up ahead of Wall. If you feel he’s going to continue to be a pussy then bump below Damian Lillard. Your call. I’m taking the easy way out!

6. Damian Lillard – I don’t believe he’s ever missed a game in his career so that means I just jinxed him! Anyway, for a guy who plays around 36-37 mpg, his TOV’s are impressive. Only 2.4 per last year. Not bad! His ranking is based on that awesome durability. I like durability.

7. Mike Conley – You might be thinking, “Oh, it’s just Mike Conley, ho hum.” And you might be right! I’ll let him ho hum me to the money any day!

8. Derrick Rose – Is he better than Mike Conley? Hellz to the yes, son. But it goes without saying that Derrick isn’t exactly a pillar of health. Personally, I’m passing on him unless he really slides and that’s probably not going to happen. 

9. Jeff Teague – Here’s what I told you last year when I ranked him 14th best PG: He’s not a sexy name but has a sexy game! I see him leaping a bit. Like a frog! Or something like that. He jumped! Ribbit.

10. Deron Williams – If you like names, then here you go. I got Deron Williams, yeah baby! Oh, wait. Anyway, I can see slight value here. Maybe.

11. Ty Lawson – He brings nice percents for a point guard which makes him attractive but he’s only played in 61, 73 and 62 games the last three years and that really concerns me, said Kyrie Irving. I could see some value here.

12. Kyle Lowry – Here’s what I told you last year: Kyle broke many a heart last year and like a cheated on girlfriend, I’m willing to give him one more chance because “I love him, Maury”. Value pick! Hey, if you listened to me last year and grabbed Goran Dragic and Lowry late, you probably did pretty good! (Well).

13. Goran Dragic – Here’s what I told you last year about Goran: Could be looking at a nice value pick here. I like value. This year, um, not so much. You gots to pay! Don’t reach, with Eric Bledsoe healthy and ball hog Isiaih Thomas on board to steal some minutes I expect some slight regression. He still aaigght though!

14. Jrue Holiday – Not that I’m down on Jrue but don’t forget that his one really big year in 2012-13 was on a pretty bad Philly team that also starred Spencer Hawes. Thee Spencer Hawes! He still solid though! Yo and what not.

15. Kemba Walker – He’ll bring you nice points, dimes, steals and threes. His FT is even solid! His TOVs are solid! His FG isn’t solid. Not solid, not solid, said Rainman. Rainman says there is a lot more good than bad so don’t be so  damn picky!

16. Brandon Jennings – If you can stomach his 39ish FG then I see slight value with Jennings this year. His numbers took a dip last year across the board (except for the dimes) and I think that’s his floor. He also has a gold tooth and everyone should have at least one player with a gold tooth and their fantasy team!

17. Tony Parker – Tony Parker’s shit doesn’t stink! Really, it’s true. He’s that good! An oldie but goodie. Here you’re trading off steals and threes for his percents. I know. Boring!

18. Victor Oladipo – A true rising fantasy star. Don’t look at his overall numbers from his rookie year when evaluating him. In the 44 games he started last year he averaged 35.5 mpg/14.7 ppg/4.5 apg/4.6 rpg/1.9 spg/.9 3pg/.5 bpg/.400 FG/.789 FT/3.4 TOV. Consider that his floor and he should easily exceed those numbers, health permitting. Keep an eye on that knee! Just one eye is sufficient. Maybe both eyes!

19. Rajon Rondo – Yeah, I know this ranking is a bit on the low side for the great Rajon Rondo but I thought to myself, how can I justify throwing Rondo so much higher than a guy like Ricky Rubio? I mean, aren’t they kind of similar players? If you value those elite dimes and want to take the short term hit in November then go ahead and bump him up. You so cray.

20. Ricky Rubio – At this point in his career, even though he’s still a youngin’, we pretty much know what we’re going to get. He’s not suddenly going to become a 14 ppg guy and his FG% is worse than a 7th grade girl’s hoops game. He’s tremendous for steals though! Oh, and his dimes are pretty good too, not elite but good at 8ish per. Oh, and discount his 80% FT while you’re at it since he only goes to the line around 3.5x per. He’s like a butter face. Nice body though!

21. Eric Bledsoe – Here’s what I said (warned!) about Eric last year: I see him being over drafted, I really do. I don’t know, maybe it’s me but I see position and size issues. If he was so good as a two then why didn’t he play regularly alongside CP3 last year? Hmmm. I’m not reaching but that’s just me. It’s all about me! It’s still about me. Listen to me! While I do like him, with his injury history and now with IT2 on board, I’m not reaching … again. He’s a fantasy media darling but I suggest you let the game come to you!

22. Trey Burke –  Poor steals and FG slightly diminish his value but would it surprise me if he can get to close to 1 spg and his FG over 40? Naw. I like his upside! Who doesn’t like upside?

23. Michael Carter-Williams – Here’s what I told you about MCW last year: Remember what Jrue Holiday did last year in Philly? Now MCW fills those shoes. Or at least he’ll have every opportunity to do so. His numbers are a bit hard to project because the kid turns the ball over more than 4 year olds playing a soccer game. Boom or bust, I’d love to have him late for the large upside. Oh, and I also correctly predicted he would win the NBA Rookie of the Year!  But it’s a new year, man and he’s probably not back before December 1 at this point. Grab and stash, y’all! If you want a sneaky pick in the meantime, take a look gander at Tony Wroten and in deeper leagues, Alexey Shved.

24. Jose Calderon – Don’t let his paltry 4.7 dimes per last year fool you. He’s closer to 7 in New York. Throw in solid percents and a three or two per and you’ve got yourself a nice play. Bueno!

25. Brandon Knight – Last year I told you to grab him while other, um, experts largely laughed and ignored him. Here were my exact words:  Let’s not forget that BK burger is still just 22 and outside of Luke Ridnour has little competition at point guard for the Buckaroos. Well, who’s laughing now!? Hope you listened to me and grabbed him late. That said, I see some regression this year. It’s a year to year thing! It’s called value picking, y’all. 

26. Isaiah Thomas – IT2 will get enough run in that Phoenix backcourt to slightly annoy Dragic and Bledsoe owners but that’s life, man. Just don’t draft him based on his silly fantasy friendly numbers from last year!

27. Jeremy Lin – I really wouldn’t let the specter of the ghost of Steve Nash prevent me from drafting Jeremy. In fact, Jeremy Lin can run as fast as the speed of light … backwards!

28. George Hill – His numbers last year, how can I say it … blew! Ok, they didn’t completely blow but underwhelming would not be an inappropriate description! I see value here based on what Indiana is running out there this year.

29. Mario Chalmers - I’m not gonna lie, Mario is one of my favorite sleepers this year. Help fill that void, Mario! That crevice is pretty fucken’ deep! Yeah, I cursed. Deal with it!

30. Reggie Jackson – I likes me some Reggie this year! He has a nice all around game except he doesn’t block. He’s short! 

31. Patrick Beverely - Based on draft boards and given a choice between Patrick and say, Mario Chalmers, I’d rather go with Mario for where they will be drafted. Just saying!

32. Darren Collison – I’m not a big fan but the guy should get minutes in Sacramento. I’d rather see Ramon Sessions get all the minutes but that’s probably because I’m half hispanic and biased! In any event, I think Ramon is going to cut into DC’s minutes enough to make Collison an annoying guy to own.

33. Jameer Nelson – Jameer should see 27-30 mpg as Dallas’ starting point guard. Some nights he’ll see more but, for me, he’s not much more than a late round fill up that roster type with a “starter”. As a late grab, you could do worse though. Just ask Raymond Felton or Devin Harris!

34. Marcus Smart – If you’re feeling adventurous I have no problem if you wanted to leap frog Smart ahead of more established guys like Collison and Nelson for the upside. He’ll have his chance to make a dent in November and if he plays well then the season bodes well for him to get minutes even when Rajon Rondo comes back. If he blows, well, then it’ll probably be a bit of a longer season for him. Insert sad face emoticon here.

35. Ramon Sessions – When he plays he produces. Problem is he never gets long term burn with starter’s minutes. Sigh. That said, he’s in a pretty decent position to get 20-25 minutes of burn per so that makes him draftable late in 12 teamers and beyond.

36. Elfrid Payton – Because he’s so raw it’s hard for me to put a lot of fantasy faith in Elfrid at the moment so, for me, he’s definitely someone you want to target late but not reach for. The dreaded Luke Ridnour looms to cut into his minutes but also keep an eye on Evan Fournier. Evan could be a little sleeper I tells ya.

37. Randy Foye – He’ll get his usual combo minutes and have his moments. He’s Randy Foye, damn it! Don’t be fooled by his numbers and minutes per last year, that was opportunity knocking and the door seems closed  for now. 

38. DJ Augustin – DJA is another one like Randy Foye whose minutes and stat line from last year isn’t going to be a repeat. So why is he on this list you ask? I really don’t know, man.

39. Raymond Felton – He’s nothing more than a hurt back up point guard at the moment but should see enough minutes to aggravate Jameer Nelson owners! Sigh.

40. Isiaah Cannon – Houston doesn’t really have much behind Patrick Beverley at the point so keep him on your list in deep leagues.

41. Steve Nash – Sadly, his fantasy career looks all but over. Just ranking him out of habit. Let’s call it an honorary ranking!

Next up: Top whatever number I decide Shooting Guards.

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A few NBA Rookies to Watch 2014!

Fantasy basketball doesn’t always come down to who has the best talent. It sometimes comes down to who has the opportunity. For rookies, it can be hard to break into the rotation, especially if the team has plenty of depth. For those on teams that are lacking talent, opportunity is everything. Rookies can step in immediately and get plenty of playing time. Plenty of playing time can translate to more shots, points, rebounds, assists and the chance to fill up the entire stat sheet. Here are five rookies who can make an impact on your fantasy basketball team starting on day one:

1.  Jabari Parker

The second overall pick in the draft was widely regarded as the most NBA-ready prospect. In his freshman season at Duke University, he received All-American honors and was a double-double machine. He showcased one of the best inside-outside games in recent memory and was a matchup nightmare on the wing. The six-foot-eight forward is on the Milwaukee Bucks and will instantly become their go-to scorer meaning there is plenty of opportunity. He will be a great source of points and rebounds and while he needs massive improvement on the defensive end, his offensive game is more than NBA-ready.

2.  Julius Randle

Randle will immediately play big minutes for the Los Angeles Lakers whose cupboard is pretty bare. Besides Kobe Bryant, they don’t have many options and Randle is a good scorer underneath. He has an NBA-ready body and can handle himself in the paint. He should be the second rookie off your draft board as he will provide you with a lift in the scoring and rebounding department.

3.  Andrew Wiggins

Wiggins has the most potential of this rookie class and that’s why Cleveland took him first overall. However, he was traded in the Kevin Love deal and will begin his career for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He will get plenty of opportunities with the T’Wolves. Wiggins is not the most polished prospect but has exceptional athleticism and is a very good defender. For a shooting guard, his six-foot-eight frame should grab plenty of rebounds and add some steals and blocks. If he can improve his shooting, in years to come he could become the total package in fantasy basketball.

4.  Doug McDermott

McDermott was the best player in college basketball last season. The four-year starter for Creighton University was a superb scorer, getting baskets in a variety of ways. He isn’t a great athlete though so scouts wondered if he would translate to the NBA game. He won’t be a star in this league, but he is one of the best shooters in the game. He is also on the Chicago Bulls and will be relied upon to knock down his fair share of three-pointers, giving him plenty of fantasy value.

5.  P.J. Hairston

Hairston had a whirlwind of a season last year. He was kicked off the University of North Carolina basketball team following offseason issues and left school to play in the D-League. He was dominant in the D-League and used his NBA-ready body to score. And he scored a lot. He has unlimited range and can get to the basket. On the Charlotte Hornets, he should play quite a bit and be relied on to carry the second unit. He can fill up the scoreboard in a hurry so if you need points and three-pointers, he’s a good bet to provide that.

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The post Adam Silver doesn’t want you to read! The real reason the NBA banned Donald Sterling for life

Oh, hi, been awhile! Hey, if you had a dollar for every time I’ve said something a bit racist in private you wouldn’t be rich but, I admit, you’d have a buck or three in your pocket. How about you? Let’s face it, everyone’s a little bit racist! Like the Broadway song from Avenue Q! That Donald Sterling guy, however, took it to another level. An unacceptable level! We all agree! But this post isn’t about Donald Sterling’s racist beliefs, it’s about something else; it’s about the NBA’s reaction to it. Or maybe I should say the NBA’s reaction to the reaction to Donald Sterling’s racist beliefs. It’s about the real reason why I believe Adam Silver banned Sterling for life and here’s a spoiler alert: It’s not because Mr. Silver was so appalled that Donald Sterling is a bigot. He already knew that. Hell, everyone knew that! Anyone paying attention anyway. What this post postures is that Adam Silver did the right thing but, in my opinion, he did it for the wrong reasons! Here’$ why.

Let’s take a look at an excerpt of what our hero, and great defender of human rights, Adam Silver said at yesterday’s press conference:

The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful; that they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage.

Sentiments of this kind are contrary to the principles of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse, multicultural and multiethnic league.

Wow, deeeeep. Impressive! Now, I’m going to tell you what I think he really meant to say:

The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful (to the pocketbooks of the other NBA owners); that they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage (because now we have to deal with possibly losing sponsors and future TV money if we don’t kick his ass out, pronto!).

Sentiments of this kind are contrary to the principles of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse, multicultural and multiethnic league (because we make billions of dollars together and we can’t have corporate America going ape shit on us over this old fool Sterling).

Am I saying that Adam Silver is a liar? Hellz to the no, son! I’m sure he is personally offended at the remarks. No doubt, most of us are! There is no place in our society for such hatred based solely on race, creed, sexual orientation, etc. We all know this. There is also no place in our society for things like domestic violence, sexual harassment (or worse, rape!) and drunk driving! You put your hands on a woman, that’s breaking the law. You force yourself sexually on a woman, that’s breaking the law. You drink more than the legal limit allows and get behind the wheel of a car, that’s breaking the law!

Did you know that according to Safe Horizon, a New York City not-for-profit organization helping victims of domestic violence

  • One in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.
  • Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults and rapes because of their partners, and men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults.
  • Women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than men.
  • Every year, 1 in 3 women who is a victim of homicide is murdered by her current or former partner.

Pretty serious stuff, right? Rhetorical! Now, let’s talk about Ray Rice for a moment. Back in February, Ray was caught on tape dragging his loving fiance out of a casino elevator. That’s not fine and dandy but there was an even worse problem:  She was knocked the *$#^ out! Can you imagine any scenario, outside of his fiance holding a gun or knife, where Ray Rice needed to actually knock her the *@$^ out? Me neither! Subsequently, they were both arrested but we all know what’s going to happen. Case dismissed! Money talks, bs walks. They are in love. Or something like that.

Nevertheless, Rice’s arrest is being reviewed by the league under the NFL’s personal conduct policy, which could lead to a possible suspension. I’m not a fortune teller but I do have a Magic 8 Ball and he told me that once the case gets dismissed in criminal court, he doesn’t see the NFL suspending Ray Rice. The case was dismissed, he did nothing wrong! That’s it, end of story. Domestic violence, a huge problem in America and throughout the world, swept under the rug. Importantly, not a peep of outrage from any NFL owner on this endemic issue! Wanna know why? Because corporate America didn’t make a big deal out of it; they didn’t give a crap. Corporate America didn’t threaten to pull sponsorships. NFL owners aren’t at risk of losing anything! And when they aren’t at risk of losing anything, let’s face it, they don’t care.

Now let’s imagine a different world. Let’s imagine a world where any one or more of the following Ravens current corporate sponsors pulls out over Ray Rice knocking his fiance the *%# out: McDonald’s, Burger King, Ashley’s Furniture and/or Cover Girl. Wait a second! Holy crap, Ray Rice is a bad guy, domestic violence is an awful problem in the United States! Let’s convene a meeting, get Roger Goodell on the line! We need to have a press conference to tell the world we are all personally offended by Ray Rice’s conduct. We don’t condone domestic violence! Let’s suspend and fine Ray Rice and donate the money to domestic violence shelters. Let’s make Ray Rice take anger management counseling. We need to do all we can to distance ourselves from this conduct because McDonald’s is pissed! You see where I’m going with this, y’all? Is Adam Silver still a hero and staunch defender of human rights to you or is he just protecting the asset he has been charged to protect by 30 (29!) NBA owners?

Did you know that according to Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD), if all 17 million people who admitted to driving drunk had their own state, it would be the fifth largest in the United States. Only California, Texas, New York and Florida would be larger! Did you also know that an average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before his first arrest? 80!! And on average one in three people will be involved in a drunken driving crash during their lifetime. One-third of us!! In fact, every day in America 28 people die as a result of drunk driving. Think drunk driving is a serious problem in the United States? Rhetorical! So I reasonably ask you, is this issue any less important than the comments Donald Sterling made in a private conversation? Again, rhetorical!

Hey, guess who was arrested for drunk driving on March 16 this year? Yep, an owner of a major sports franchise! Jim Irsay! Mr. Irsay was charged with four felony counts after being arrested in Indiana on suspicion of driving under the influence. The news was basically a blip on the media’s radar. Another rich, spoiled owner got drunk and drove. Ho hum, old news! Never mind the statistics mentioned in the paragraph above. Never mind that Mr. Irsay could have killed some innocent by stander or, worse, a family! I didn’t hear Greeny and Golic on the radio screaming about how offended they were or anything like that.

But let’s get to the point! What’s important to the other NFL owners is no corporate sponsors made a big deal out of it. Thank god this took place in the off-season! Sweep it under the rug. We don’t want this costing us money! We must protect our asset and as long as that asset isn’t threatened, we don’t care about people drunk driving. We aren’t in the business of stopping drunk driving, we are in the business of making money! The second a corporate sponsor like Papa John’s, Toyota or Lucas Oil pulls out because Jim Irsay drove drunk, you think the other owners are going to distance themselves from their buddy Jim or align themselves with the drunk driver and let the sponsors walk? Do you still think Adam Silver, the mouthpiece of NBA owners, is a hero and staunch defender of human rights or is he moving to protect a billion dollar asset out of necessity?

I can only imagine how the NBA owner’s conference call went on Monday. Probably something like this:

Owner X: Guys, CarMax, Virgin America and Mercedes-Benz all pulled their sponsorship from the Clips!

Owner Z: This is a disaster, what should we do?

Owner Y: If we don’t distance ourselves from Sterling we will be guilty by association.

Silver: We have no choice but to ban him to save the rest of the league from losing corporate America’s support and to appease the NBA player’s association and NBA fans who are all offended. Posthaste, peoples!

I’m not even going to discuss the Ben Roethlisberger rape case because that would just be beating a dead horse. In my opinion, the NBA reacted to the reaction, not the act itself. I want to be clear, Adam Silver did the right thing here but he wants us to believe he did it because it was just and right based on human decency. Based on history and the way other equally, and arguably more important, social issues have been handled, I’m not buying it and neither should you.

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The beginning of the End!

It’s that time of the year where we try to end our fantasy basketball seasons strong and get ready to go to battle in the playoffs. How’s your team right now? Hopefully, it’s strong. Real strong. Come Sunday, we will be making those decisions on what players to ditch and what players to hang on to throughout the duration of the playoffs. It looks like we’ll have a few good players back this week like an Eric Bledsoe, which is perfect timing, but we know they all won’t be like that. It’s also bad news for Gerald Green owners so there’s always another side of the story. Anyways, lets dive into some player news and finish this week out strong! Together……

Tyson Chandler – Out on Monday due to personal reasons. I expect him to be back later this week.

Gerald Henderson – Out again Monday but could be close. Chris Douglas-Roberts has been playing well in his stead.

Victor Oladipo – Is playing through an ankle injury. He should be fine.

Avery Bradley – Sounds like he could return Friday. Jerryd Bayless’ value may not drop much considering he should get more looks in a bench role.

Jonas Valanciunas – 4/9/2blks JV has been one of the bigger disappointments this year.

Evan Turner – 2 points yesterday in 25 minutes. What a critical move by the Pacers. Those Heat are really shaking in their shorts now……

Andrew Bynum – Could play this week. See Evan Turner blurb.

Nerlens Noel – Sounds like their is a possible return in April but I doubt the 76ers front office allows it.

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett – Both playing Monday.

Dwyane Wade – Also playing Monday.

Anderson Varejao – Returned to action this weekend and will be eased into playing time. Sounds like he will play around 15 minutes on Wednesday.

JJ Reddick – Increasing his workouts as of late. Could be a great add if we luck out and get a return in the next week or two. Could be a good stash if you have a first round bye in the playoffs.

Steve Novak – 15/1 with 5 treys. Need cheap threes?

Demarcus Cousins – 28/20/3/1/1 Managed to foul out without getting a technical foul. So,  theres that.

Marcus Thornton – 27/3/1/2stl Played motivated against his old team. Where’s the motivation every night Marcus?

Jodie Meeks – 42/2/4stl with 6 treys. Jodie had himself a game yesterday. Looked as if he was throwing a beach ball into the ocean all game. One thing is true, he should get plenty of shots up the rest of the way.

Tony Wroten – 30/1/4stls This kid can score. Hope you listened to hecman a week before the trade deadline!

Kyle O’Quinn – 9/5/1/1/1 Got a start on Saturday but only played 17 minutes. If he ever gets 25-30 minutes down the stretch, watch out!

Remember, you can hit me up with questions in the comments below or contact me  throughout the playoffs through Twitter @jfort753. Good Luck to everyone! Let’s go get those championships! See you next weekend!

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Fantasy Basketball Playoffs to Payoffs!!

What’s up my fellow fantasy basketballers! It’s getting to be that time of year again where we fight for those fantasy basketball championships, it’s crunch time! Today, I will be breaking down the three weeks in which most of us will be participating in the first three rounds of the fantasy basketball playoffs. I will also break each week down by number of games for each team and go over some players that could be available to stream on a week to week basis. Since NBA teams do not play the same amount of games from week to week, we would rather run guys out that have 4-5 games per week over some guys who only play 2-3 times that particular week. If you are set and ready to rock for the playoffs, I would suggest doing some proactive planning and determine who you may drop or add in the next 3-4 weeks depending on that particular week. You’ll also want to decide on what days you will make the switch, which will depend on how many free agent adds you are allowed per week or per playoffs. For example, in one of my leagues we are allowed four adds per week and if only two or three are used, it could be wise to use those moves on a Sunday if needed before the end that round. This is especially recommended for those in weekly leagues which makes it tough when locking players in for the entire week, so were here to help you make those educated decisions. There’s a plethora of injury news and playoff breakdown to get to, so lets get down to business….

Round 1 - March 17th through March 23rd

Four Games - Atlanta, Brooklyn, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Indiana, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Toronto, Washington.

Three Games - Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, Utah.

Two Games - Los Angeles Clippers.

Round 2 - March 24th through March 30th

Five Games - Portland.

Four Games - Atlanta, Brooklyn, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana, Los Angeles Clipper, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, San Antonio, Toronto, Utah.

Three Games - Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Milwaukee, Orlando, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Washington.

Two Games - Golden State.

Round 3 - March 31st through April 6th

Four Games - Atlanta, Brooklyn, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Antonio, Toronto, Washington.

Three games - Cleveland, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Utah.

Now, obviously the Clippers and Warriors are teams you will want to stay away from in round one and two, but it will also depend on the player. You won’t want to run Jared Dudley or Draymond Green out that week if you have a similar option with one or two more games. As for your studs, like Chris Paul and Steph Curry, they need to in starting lineups at all costs. Stay tuned, as I will be breaking down each round weekly and going over players to add and player to stay away from that particular week. Recognize and Strategize!

Eric Bledsoe – Is currently participating in five on five drills and I would be surprised to not see him in the lineup in the next week or so. The Suns are still positioning for playoffs so he should have the motivation to return as soon as possible. Im holding.

Joakim Noah – Is beasting right now and playing through a bothersome ankle. He is playing today and should be fine.

Anderson Varejao – May be close to returning but wouldn’t blame you for dropping him. We have no guarantee on his health, when he returns, or his playing time when he returns to action. I’m just monitoring for now.

Tobias Harris – Congratulations for those who hung on to Harris through the tough times. He’s heating up with Glen Davis out of the picture and has dropped at least 20 points in four of his last six games.

Tony Parker – TP returned on Sunday and a big way going for 22 points, 3 boards, and 7 dimes. Looks like he’s good to go for fantasy playoffs.

Miles Plumlee – The Suns have been going small lately and Plumlee’s production has suffered severely. He should only be owned in very deep leagues.

Anthony Davis – Is dealing with a nagging shoulder injury right now, but should break out of it with no setbacks.

Amir Johnson – Playing better as of late, while fighting through ankle injuries. He’s a nice add right now if you need a big man.

Jimmy Butler – Playing well after returning from the rib injury. He contributes across the board and probably should not be available right now in your league.

Dwyane Wade – Out Monday due to rest. Monitor his back to back games each week and expect this to be a normal thing the rest of the way.

Martell Webster – Out Monday with a nagging back injury and is day to day.

Gerald Henderson – Also out Monday with a calf injury and is considered day to day right now.

Kevin Garnett – If there are better options out there, I would make the switch while you can. KG will be rested often down the stretch.

Kevin Seraphin – Out for Monday’s game. Upgrade Trevor Booker as long as Seraphin sits.

Tyreke Evans – Has been moved to the starting five in place of Al-Farouq Aminu and it sounds like it will stick for the rest of the season. This is great news for Tyke owners as he is averaging 18/7/4.5 so far as a starter.

Chandler Parsons – Was out with an illness but practiced Monday and sounds probably for Houston’s next contest.

Steve Nash – Likely out for season and may be retiring. Drop. It was fun while it lasted Steven!

Caron Butler –  With Thabo Sefolosha out for a month or so, Butler is expected to jump right into the Thunder’s starting lineup. He should be a decent source of threes.

Russell Westbrook – Looks to be knocking the rust off. Westy owners can exhale…..

Kawhi Leonard – Is paying off for owners who held on to him. He should be a nice player for the playoff stretch as long as he stays out of Popovich’s dog house.

Danny Green – Continues to struggle. I officially have no more patience for the sharp shooter. Which hasn’t been very sharp this year.

Gerald Wallace – Crash is out for the season with a torn meniscus.

Dion Waiters – Day to day with a balky knee, but is expected to returnTuesday.

Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson – Both played Monday. Phew.

George Hill – Left Sundays game with a left shoulder injury. Upgrade Evan Turner. Hopefully the injury isn’t too serious.

Nick Young – Is not playing Monday.

Larry Sanders – Return is expected in late March but I’m not counting on it considering the Bucks are merely playing for the worst record right now.

Jrue Holiday – Is officially out for the season after leg surgery. Drop.

Jameer Nelson and Aaron Afflalo – Both are day to day so look for them to return this week.

Jason Richardson – Has been shooting and may return mid March. Lets just monitor him for now.

Nene Hilario – Out 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL. will likely not be available until playoffs are over. Upgrade Marcin Gortat, Kevin Seraphin, and Trevor Booker.

Remember, you can hit me up with questions in the comments below or contact me through Twitter @jfort753. Good Luck to everyone in the upcoming playoffs! Let’s go get those championships! See you next weekend!

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