Fantasy Basketball is all about outsmarting your opponents, and much of that is done through grabbing the unfound star in free agency. Here’s our best way to do that in Week 24, the final week of seasonal leagues.
Note: All OWN%’s come from ESPN Fantasy Leagues.
MIN- Zach LaVine (18.3%)
We all knew it, but now it’s official: Ricky Rubio’s ankle will sideline him for the rest of the season. Since taking over the starting spot, LaVine has averaged 17.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.6 assists a game.
NYK- Shane Larkin (1.6%)
Look who just popped out of the Garden’s revolving door of point guards. This time, it’s Shane Larkin: 14.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 4.5 assists in the past two game.
OKC- Anthony Morrow (18.4%)
Boy, I miss Morrow lighting up the Prudential Center from deep. It took him some time to catch fire in OKC, but he’s finally ignited: averaging 22.3 points (4.3 3PM) on 57% from deep, to go along with 5 rebounds a night in his last three games.
LAL- Wesley Johnson (4.7%)
For a shooting guard, his rebounding numbers have been off the charts: 9.5 rebounds a night in his last 4, plus 11 points per game.
IND- Paul George (27.2%)
I think I can speak for everyone when I say that everyone’s happy to see Paul George back in the navy blue and yellow again. No matter where your team is seeded, it can’t hurt to cross the finish line with arguably the best feel-good story of the season padding your numbers.
MIN- Chase Budinger (9.6%)
Finally given an opportunity to play, Budinger has taken full advantage. He’s on a tear since March 16th, averaging 15.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. He’s a slam dunk!
WAS- Otto Porter Jr. (0.7%)
The Truth is out in Washington, and his name is… Otto Porter? 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.0 steals a night for the former 3rd overall pick as Pierce fuels up (rests) for the postseason.
CLE- Tristan Thompson (13.1%)
He’s a pretty reliable source for rebounds if you need it. Averaging a flat 10 boards in his last five games, along with 5.6 points.
CHA- Marvin Williams (5.9%)
The man who surpassed both Deron Williams and Chris Paul in the 2005 draft certainly hasn’t lived up to his potential, but he’ll still give you 11 and 7 on any given night.
LAL- Tarik Black (1.1%)
Taking the reverse Dwight track (Houston to LA), Black has found some decent success amid the Lakers’ turmoil. 12.0 points and 5.3 boards per game over his last 3.
CLE- Timofey Mozgov (23.7%)
The Russian giant has officially entered postseason form: 10.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game over his last three games.
MIL- John Henson (3.9%)
A near double-double isn’t enough for you? Take Henson for your daily dose of 2 blocks a night.
CHA- Bismack Biyombo (1.9%)
Biyombo will do the same exact thing as Henson, and has improved in Al Jefferson’s absence. 9.0 points, 9.3 boards, and 2.7 blocks in his last three games, and a great name to say.