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Fantasy Basketball Week 22 Preview

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dwadeThere is roughly 12 games left per position. The is officially times when managers take a hard look at categories they can gain in while disregarding other categories. Specialty players become all that more important at this point in the season. Also is the scenario where there will be DNP’s due to rest. Dwayne Wade has already been ruled out of a few games and this could be squarely due to the Miami Heat preserving their star guard for a deep playoff push. Juggling last minute DNP’s is a headache and if you want to stay on top of the DNP’s you need to be vigilant to news right up until the tip off of the games as the DNP”s can arise out of nowhere.

On top of the DNP’s you will also see some players get shut down for the season, cue JJ Hickson. Teams not in the playoff picture are the most likely to shut down players as we draw closer to the end of the regular season. Just keep that in mind when looking at playoffs, to add, and or drop in your leagues. This week the Portland Trail Blazers play five times and are the team to target when looking for an addition to your roster.

Below I will look at some start them, sit them players along with the weekly schedule for this coming week 22 in the NBA.  All assumptions based on a 14 team roto league.

Number of games played this week:

Atlanta Hawks: 4
Boston Celtics: 3
Brooklyn Nets: 4
Charlotte Bobcats: 3
Chicago Bulls: 3
Cleveland Cavaliers: 4
Dallas Mavericks: 3
Denver Nuggets: 3
Detroit Pistons: 4
Golden State Warriors: 2
Houston Rockets: 3
Indiana Pacers: 4
LA Clippers: 4
LA Lakers:  4
Memphis Grizzlies: 4
Miami Heat: 4
Milwaukee Bucks: 3
Minnesota Timberwolves: 4
New Orleans Pelicans: 4
New York Knicks: 4
Oklahoma City Thunder: 4
Orlando Magic: 3
Philadelphia 76ers: 3
Phoenix Suns: 4
Portland Trailblazers: 5
Sacramento Kings: 3
San Antonio Spurs: 4
Toronto Raptors: 4
Utah Jazz: 4
Washington Wizards: 3

Start em/Sit em
Gorgu Dieng – (PF/C – MIN) – Dieng is filling in for the often injured Nikola Pekovic and is over exceeding expectations. The Minesota center is averaging 12 points, and 13 rebounds in the last seven days. Where the value really goes up is when you check his percentages over that span, over 50% from the field and over 90% from the line. The field goal percentage I can get but the free throw has been nothing shy of spectacular. If you are in need of a center with great percentages give Dieng a look in a four game week.

Martell Webster, Jarrett JackJarrett Jack -(PG/SG – CLE) – Kyrie Irving is out for a couple weeks which will probably put an end to his season. Jack was already starting but now he is the man to run the offence for Cleveland. If you are in need of a pg that strokes it well from the line and can rack up the assists Jack is a great look in week 22 with four games to play and a relatively soft schedule. Note that Jack went off against the knick for over 30 pts and 10 dimes.

Henry Sims (PF/C – PHI) – The Sixers have been an awful team all year and there is really nothing for them to play for aside from the lottery position and development of their younger guys. Spencer Hawes was shipped out and Sims has been starting. Over the last seven days Sims has been averaging 11 points and 11 rebounds. If you are in need of rebounds give Sims a look this week.

Jordan Hill – (PF/C- LAL) – Hill was thrown into the starting lineup for the Lakers in their last game and he responded with 28 points and 13 rebounds, albeit Pau Gasol left the game due to dizziness. even before being inserted into the starting five Hill’s minutes and production have been on the rise. As long as he is in the starting five and getting over 25 minutes a game Hill is worth a look in week 22.

Channing Frye (PF/C – PHO) – Frye’s production and minutes have been sliding over the past few weeks. The Morris twins have been picking up their play and the workload for the Suns front court. Frye only played 15 minutes in the last game vs Minnesota as long as the Pheonix big man is playing in the teens he should not be trusted in week 22.

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