The NBA is a fast-paced league where trends can switch as quickly as a lightbulb. Keeping up to date with these trends is vital to your success in fantasy basketball. We’ll be looking at the expected top performers, sneaky options, injuries updates, rookie trends, individual team schedules, and some other points for the Western Conference. The key to winning this week? Look no further than this article. We here at Nerd Fantasy Sports got you covered. Check both our Consistency Rankings and New Age Rankings to get a data-driven take on fantasy basketball!
Josh Richardson, SG, Dallas Mavericks
As the Dallas Mavericks begin to climb the Western Conference standings, it’s hard to imagine that just a few weeks ago, they were barely in the playoff picture. Dallas’ recent four game win streak is mostly because of Luka Doncic’s sudden increase in production, but veteran Josh Richardson has a lot to do with it too: During that win streak (that is still ongoing), he averages 16.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and two steals per game, with a 46.7% three point percentage. His recent 18 points, five rebounds, three assists, one block, and three steals in Dallas’ May 7 win over the Cavaliers definitely drew the attention of fantasy managers, as his roster percentage rose from 4.6% to 53.1% over the past seven days. If he’s still available in your league, this might be the pick-up that helps you win your last week of fantasy basketball!
Jordan Poole, SG, Golden State Warriors
With Steph Curry dropping almost 40 points a game over the past month, it’s easy forget about the rest of the Golden State roster. But Jordan Poole has put up respectable numbers as of late, as he averages 13.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. Obviously his stats aren’t quite as good as they were shortly after his return from the G-League, but how can you really fit in anything when you have a three-point demon like Curry? Regardless, Poole’s stats could be helpful in the last week of fantasy basketball, so if you’re looking for a quick replacement for a guard, Jordan Poole could be the guy for you.
Austin Rivers, G, Denver Nuggets
Austin Rivers had a quiet start to his time in Denver: In his first eight match-ups, he averaged 5.4 points, two rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. But in the past three match-ups, he stepped it up a little averaging 18.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and two steals per game. With the absences of Jamal Murray and PJ Dozier, the Denver Nuggets have been forced to search through their depth chart to find replacements. Rivers, along with Facundo Campazzo have been Denver’s go to, and if they can both perform (with a little bit of luck), they can make it to the third seed in the West (not that it really matters, since they would play the Trail Blazers instead of the Dallas Mavericks). Austin Rivers will see a lot of time on the court this week, so look to add him to your squad if you’re looking for a sleeper guard.
Rookies Doing Work
Kenyon Martin Jr, SF, Houston Rockets
Fantasy managers have taken issue with Kenyon Martin Jr’s inconsistency this season: So much so that it took a five game average of 21 points, 8.4 rebounds, and three assists per game to raise his roster percentage up to 43.9% (up from four percent). His most recent double-double of 27 points, ten rebounds, two assists, and two steals (despite Houston’s loss to the Jazz) were extremely helpful for many fantasy owners. If you’re looking for just one more player who can consistently score 20 points per game, the rookie Kenyon Martin Jr is the perfect choice.
Aleksej Pokusevski, PF, Oklahoma City Thunder
as the Thunder continue to cycle through their roster to find talent for next season, Aleksej Pokusevski has been one of the main guys they’ve been watching. The rookie stands at seven feet tall, has a 7’3″ wingspan, and is capable of having big games: He’s given the team multiple 20+ point games. Over the past six match-ups, he’s been given enough minutes to put up some decent numbers: Aleksej averages 8.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game during this period, with a 13 points, two rebounds, and five assists in OKC’s recent loss to the Sacramento Kings. Altough he might not be a great pick-up at this point in the season, Aleksej Pokusevski is a name to remember for the coming fantasy year.
Question of the Week
How are you doing in your fantasy league at this point?
It’s the last week of the (fantasy) season, and although there are plenty consolation spots, there are really only two situations you can be in: You’re either in the finals, or not. But if you’re out, make sure you at least don’t finish last place, since there might be a hidden punishment that your friends came up with for last place when you weren’t paying attention (I learned that the hard way for fantasy football last season). If you’re in the finals, good luck, make sure your are confident in your lineup, and doo all the research needed to win the whole thing. You’re so close! If you’re not in the finals, think of what you can do to get there next season. Congratulations to those who are sitting in the finals with Steph Curry on your roster, I think it’s pretty much over at this point…