Fantasy Basketball: What to do about Kevin Durant??

Teams with four games this week are the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards.

The Portland Trail Blazers have five games this week while every other NBA team has three games this week.

What to do about Kevin Durant?

Did you lose Kevin Durant this week? I know a bunch of you reading this probably did. He’s out for sure for the next four weeks. Who knows maybe more? The question or decision you have is what to do with him.

I suppose if you are safely in the playoffs you could stash him away and hope he comes back to help you but don’t count on it. With just six weeks left of the regular season I would drop him and find someone else because anything I could get from someone is much better than the zero I will be getting nightly from Durant.

In the event you decide to let Durant walk here are some small forwards that might be able to help you out going forward.

The Phoenix Suns have four games this week with three of those games being at home. The fourth one is in Dallas. Over the past five games small forward T.J. Warren is averaging 16.8 points, six rebounds and one steal with pedestrian numbers in the other scoring categories. Warren has an 18.2 percent Usage Rate this season and so far in March his Usage Rate spiked to 20.2 percent. He’s available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Golden State Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala has four games this week with three of them on the road and one at home against Boston on Wednesday night. Over the past five games Iguodala is averaging 5.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, four assists, one block and a steal with very solid shooting percentages.  Iguodala has a Usage Rate of 10.2 percent but as you can see he still can stuff a stat sheet and with Durant out the Warriors will need him to do just that. Iguodala is available in just over 70 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Denver Nuggets shooting guard/small forward Gary Harris has four games this week with three of those games at home with the fourth in Sacramento. Over the past five games Harris is averaging 19.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, two assists and three triples a night with exceptional shooting percentages. Harris has a 19 percent Usage Rate for the season and is getting 33.2 minutes a game. I like the dual position eligibility and Harris is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

 

Have you replaced Joel Embiid?

I don’t suppose you were hanging on to Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid hoping “The Process” might return? If you did you weren’t alone so don’t feel so bad.

I suppose you are used to filling in the center spot without him but why not just replace him? I have some options for you to consider.

Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor stands to gain the most from Embiid’s absence and over the past five games Okafor is averaging 10.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and not much else. There are nights when Okafor has big games like the 28 he scored last week against the Knicks and then there are nights he just disappears. The 76ers have four games this week with three of them being on the road with the lone home game this week on Monday against Milwaukee. That might actually benefit him being on the road and Okafor is available in just under 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Charlotte Hornets power forward/center Frank Kaminsky has four games this week with three of them being at home with the lone road game at Miami on Wednesday. Over the past five games Kaminsky is averaging 19.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, one steal and three triples a night with very good shooting percentages. This should be a no-brainer really except for the fact that he has a sprained AC Joint in his left shoulder. He won’t play Saturday but if he is good to go on Monday grab him. Kaminsky is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Phoenix Suns center Alex Len has four games this week with three of them at home with the road game at Dallas on Saturday night. Over the past five games Len is averaging 8.4 points, seven rebounds and decent shooting percentages. Len has a season long Usage Rate of 16.2 percent and over the month of February he saw a Usage Rate of 19.2 percent. He won’t replace Embiid but he’ll play 20-25 minutes every night and is available in just over 70 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Week 19 Waiver Wire Options

With Kyle Lowry out for the foreseeable future Toronto Raptors point guard Cory Joseph is going to be the man manning the point for the Raptors. Over the past five games Lowry is averaging 11.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, four assists and a steal with decent shooting percentages. The Raptors have four games this week and is available in just over 75 percent of all Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Milwaukee Bucks point guard Malcolm Brogdon is having a decent rookie season and over the past five games is averaging 14.4 points, 1.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.2 triples a night. Brogdon also has decent shooting percentages, dual position eligibility (SG) four games this week and is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr has been moved to the bench and that might have a LOT to do with why he is available in over 65 percent of all Major Fantasy leagues. Over the past five games Hardaway is averaging 16.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.6 triples and very good shooting percentages.

Phoenix Suns center Alan Williams has been awfully hot lately; over the past five games he’s averaging 14.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and one steal a night while playing 25 minutes a night. Great shooter from the floor but bad from the line with a Usage Rate of 19.9, four games this week and is available in just over 75 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Portland Trail Blazers small forward/power forward Maurice Harkless has five games this week and over the past five games is averaging 13.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 1.2 steals and just over one triple a night with excellent shooting percentages. Harkless has a Usage Rate of 15 percent and is available in just over 65 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Portland Trail Blazers small forward/power forward Al-Farouq Aminu has five games this week and over the past five games is averaging 13 points, 6.5 rebounds, one steal, nearly two triples with excellent shooting percentages. Aminu has a Usage Rate of 15.1 percent and is available in just over 65 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Philadelphia 76ers power forward Richaun Holmes has four games this week and over the past five games is averaging 12.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and one steal while averaging 23.8 minutes a night. He has decent shooting percentages and a Usage Rate of 16.6 percent and is available in just over 75 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Charlotte Hornets small forward/power forward Marvin Williams has four games this week and over the past five games is averaging 14.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and almost three triples a night while playing 35.2 minutes a night. Williams has terrific shooting percentages and is available in over 55 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

 

Good luck this week Fantasy Basketball owner!!

If you are interested

On this edition of the Phil Naessens Show Welcome to Loud City Managing Editor J.A. Sherman joins Phil to discuss the historic season Russell Westbrook has put together, should he win the MVP plus the guys take a look at the other MVP candidates, KIA Rookie of the Year, NBA Coach of the Year and much more NBA talk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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