Fantasy Basketball Risers & Fallers: 03/14/16 – 03/20/16

Mar 21, 2016

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In this weekly column, I will be focusing on the best/worst performances over the past week. I will focus on out of the ordinary trends, or players that have strayed greatly from their average draft position. Great performances by top players or bad performances by benchwarmers will generally be ignored.

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RISERS

  • Bismack Biyombo (C – Toronto Raptors) – Biyombo has always been on the radar of fantasy players due to his dominance in blocks per minute. During his starting stretch in December, Biyombo became a must-own fantasy player. With very little specifics on the Jonas Valanciunas hand injury coming out of the Raptor’s camp, the smart move was to pick up Biyombo as quickly as possible. For those who did, you probably won your block category for the week. Biyombo has averaged 10 points, 13 rebounds, and a staggering three and a half blocks per game. He doesn’t do much else, but high-end rebounds and elite blocks make him a must-own player while Valanciunas sits.
  • Victor Oladipo (PG/SG – Orlando Magic) – Oladipo is hitting his stride at the right time for head-to-head playoff leagues. Injuries to other Magic players have helped in getting him more touches, but he is obviously playing to the level that many thought he could reach this pre-season. In over 40 minutes per game last week, Oladipo averaged 28 points, five rebounds, four assists, over two three-pointers, one steal and two blocks per game. His blocks are an outlier but he is obviously capable of being a nine-category wonder.
  • Shelvin Mack (PG – Utah Jazz) – Mack has finally gotten comfortable in the starting role for the Jazz. Mack being your best point guard is probably not great news for Jazz fans, but fantasy owners should always jump at a confident starter. In the last four games, Mack has averaged 15 points, 10 assists, a steal and almost two three-pointers a game. It’s safe to bet that he will continue to start for the rest of the season.

FALLERS

  • Greg Monroe (PF/C – Milwaukee Bucks) – Monroe is starting once again, but he certainly has not been able to fit in with the new Giannis-centric offense that the Bucks are running. In the last week, Monroe has averaged 10 points, seven rebounds, and almost a block per game. More concerning is that his minutes continue to drop. He saw less than 26 minutes on the floor last week. If you are trying to win a playoff week, he looks to be falling into an expendable role.
  • Kevin Love (PF/C – Cleveland Cavaliers) – Love has been dealing with an illness and a knee issue. His production has suffered along with the Cavaliers’ hold on the Eastern Conference. Love’s minutes are down as well, and he has only averaged 14 points, nine rebounds, two assists, and one and a half three-pointers over the last two week. His shot is slowly coming back, but it had nowhere to go but up considering he has shot 38.8% over the last month. There is only a slight hope that he recovers in time to win you a playoff series.
  • Jordan Clarkson (PG/SG – Los Angeles Lakers) – Normally one of the few guys on the Lakers you can rely on, Clarkson as fallen off of a cliff over the last two weeks. In that time, he has averaged 12 points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one and a half three-pointers per game while shooting 32% from the field. His shot continues to decline, drop him for literally anyone playing better, especially Shelvin Mack.

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