2015-2016 Fantasy Basketball: Week 14 Preview
4 Games: ATL, BOS, CHA, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIN, NYK, ORL, PHO, WSH
3 Games: BKN, CHI, IND, MEM, MIL, NOP, OKC, PHI, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA
Steph Curry is likely the hottest player in fantasy basketball, but that is nothing new. He is the number one player on the player rater, again, and he is absolutely dominating the competition. But let’s take a look at some guys that are tearing it up lately that aren’t named Steph Curry.
Kemba Walker – PG – Charlotte Hornets
In four games this past week, Kemba Walker averaged 34.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 2.3 steals and 3.3 three-pointers made per game while shooting 44% from the field and 92% from the line. Kemba has been putting the team on his back this past week, as he brought the Hornets back from 15 down at the beginning of the 4th quarter to an overtime victory over the Magic. He had one game with 40 points and another with 52 points, and he’s easily been the best player on the Hornets here of late. His DFS price still isn’t elevated as much as the elite point guards like Curry, Westbrook or CP3, but he has been extremely reliable the last few weeks.
Myles Turner – PF/C – Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner has played 28 minutes or more in the last four games for the Pacers since the injury of Ian Mahinmi, despite coming off of the bench. In fact, out of those four games, he played a low of 28 minutes in the game against the Warriors in which he scored a career high 31 points. Turner has been able to contribute with points and rebounds down low for the Pacers, but he has been an elite shot blocker ever since he has played the bulk of the minutes. Turner has averaged 20.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game over the last week of action, playing 30.0 minutes per game and shooting 64% from the field. Those numbers over the course of an entire season would likely make him a top 10 or 15 fantasy player overall, and he should see the bulk of the minutes moving forward with the Pacers knowing that he is the future of the Pacers frontcourt.
Jeff Teague – PG – Atlanta Hawks
Jeff Teague has been struggling to find his groove for the Hawks here of late, as he has not scored more than 14 points in a game since January 5th against the Knicks when he went for just 16 points, and has yet to eclipse 20 in 2016. Teague only averaged 15.9 points per game in 2014-2015, so it’s not like he is an elite scorer as it is. However, Teague’s numbers have been down across the board, as he is averaging less points, rebounds, assists and steals per game than he was a year ago. Jeff is also shooting just 41% this season, and just 36% in the last week of action. Teague put blame on his troubling ankle as the colprit behind his poor play. Dennis Schroder has been closing out games for the Hawks the last week, and doing a damn good job of it. I wouldn’t cut ties with Teague yet, and he doesn’t have any trade value or DFS value, so you’ll just have to hang on to him just a little bit longer in seasonal leagues.
Myles Turner – PF/C – Indiana Pacers
The Pacers play just three games this week, but Myles Turner has been one of the ten best fantasy players overall the past week, not just from the players that are likely available to stream. Turner is owned in just 42% of leagues, so the time to grab him is now.
Willie Cauley-Stein – C/PF – Sacramento Kings
WCS has been playing big time minutes of late for the Kings alongside DeMarcus Cousins, and he has been contributing just enough to make his presence known, without getting in Cousins’ way. He is averaging 10.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game over the past week, along with 2.0 steals and 1.0 block per game. He’s shooting 59% from the field over the past week, and while he hasn’t been contributing at an elite level, if he continues this pace for another week, he will add 40 points and 44 rebounds and a handful of blocks and steals for your team.
Tyson Chandler – C – Phoenix Suns
There isn’t much going well for the Suns here of late, but Tyson Chandler is playing like he did back in the day, grabbing 61 rebounds in the last three games. While he hasn’t don’t much else other than rebound the basketball, anytime someone averages 20 rebounds per game over a three game span, they deserve some consideration.
Games of the Week
Monday – Spurs at Warriors
This might be the best matchup in the NBA this season, and that includes a NBA finals rematch between the Warriors and Cavs on Christmas Day. The Spurs and Warriors are the two best teams in the league, and the Warriors have currently won 38 games in a row at home, leaving plenty of headlines for the matchup of the two favorites to meet in the western conference finals.
Tuesday – Clippers at Pacers
Chris Paul, Paul George, DeAndre Jordan, and the possible return of Blake Griffin highlight this matchup of the fourth best team in the west, and the 6th best team in the east.
Wednesday – Rockets at Spurs
The Spurs will either be coming off of a tough loss to the Warriors two nights before, or they will have their biggest victory of the season, and will look to keep it going against James Harden and the Rockets.
Thursday – Knicks at Raptors
Kristaps Porzingis has cooled down since the beginning of the season when he was getting consideration for rookie of the year, but the Knicks are just two games out of a playoff spot in the east at 22-24 (as of Sunday night). Porzingis, Anthony and the Knicks head to Toronto to take on Lowry, DeRozan and the Raptors.
Friday – Rockets at Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder have taken a back seat in the west to San Antonio and Golden State, but have had a fantastic season of their own. On the other side of the court, the Rockets have had their troubles this season after making it to the western conference finals just last season, and are looking to get back on track and get back to their winning ways. Durant, Westbrook and Harden highlight a matchup of three former teammates.
Saturday – Warriors at Sixers (Just kidding… my gosh, think of the massacre)
Spurs at Cavaliers
The Cavaliers didn’t get off to a good start in their first game under their new head coach, getting booed on their home floor in a loss to the Chicago Bulls. However, the Cavs will look to get back on track this week as the second best team in the NBA, according to their record, is coming to town. Kawhi Leonard defends LeBron James better than anyone in the NBA, and that should be the key to victory for both teams.
Sunday – Bulls at Clippers
The Bulls have been up and down this season, as have the Clippers. This is a matchup of two teams that need to figure out what they need to do to take their success to the next level.