Today, we’ll be looking at players who are widely available and rostered in fewer than 60 percent of fantasy leagues on Yahoo. We’ll be focusing on 8-cat leagues because turnovers are a waste of a category, to be honest.
And this week, we will be including a lot of players whose fantasy value changed straight off of the NBA trade deadline.
We’ll be looking at players who can help you in each of the eight categories who you can get before your league-mates catch on – especially as we prepare for battle in the second round of our playoff matchups.
The eight categories we’ll focus on each week are:
- Field-goal percentage
- Free-throw percentage
Let’s get to it for the playoff push.
Week 20 Fantasy Basketball Category Analysis
I expected the Spurs to fully tank the rest of the season, but with the return of Devin Vassell and now Branham, they appear to be allowing their young guys to play down the stretch. Branham returned from a back injury against the Rockets and scored 13 points and seven rebounds in 29 minutes. I’m expecting a heavy workload of 30-plus minutes down the stretch going forward, giving him tremendous upside.
Steven Adams is out for the next four weeks, and Brandon Clarke is out all of this year and probably at least half of next after tearing his Achilles. That leaves the door wide open for Tillman. The third-year big man out of Michigan State has made the most of his opportunity, scoring in double-digits in six of his last seven games and grabbing 10-plus boards in three of those contests.
He’s coming off of the bench, but it isn’t affecting his value for fantasy. Reaves has been crucial to the new-look Lakers, who are holding their own without LeBron James. Reaves is averaging 5.3 assists per game over the last two weeks, and he’s scoring 14 points per game during that same stretch.
Dunn is playing valuable minutes for Utah in 2023, and it’s not something that I had on my bingo card. Still, he’s providing across-the-board production, including averaging 1.8 swipes per game over the last 14 games.
The value of Richards for fantasy all depends on how serious the Mark Williams injury is. If it’s serious, Richards is a must-start player the rest of the way. It’s worth noting that the Hornets only have two games next week, so he’s the better play in a league where you can set your lineups daily.
The Kevin Durant injury is brutal, and with the trade to get him, Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson are no longer plug-in options for Phoenix. Enter Okogie, who is about to have his second useful fantasy stretch in the last month. He averaged 15.4 points and 4.7 boards per game, with 2.4 triples per over the last month. He’s worth picking up and streaming for threes with KD out.
Field Goal Percentage
We’ve been all about Bassey here for the last month or so, as we have Zach Collins. We warned that Collins was an injury risk, and Bassey has come through for San Antonio. He’s scored 14 points in each of his last two games, and he’s shooting 78 percent from the field in those games.
Free Throw Percentage
With this category, we typically highlight a player who doesn’t fit in the other areas but can be a sneak deep-league pickup. This week, it’s Graham. The Spurs-heavy week continues in this column, as they are in the midst of being a fun, silly-season team, and Graham is one of those players. He’s scored 50 points in his last three games, and he’s shooting an efficient 86.4 percent from the charity stripe over the last 14 days.