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Basket Brawlers Fantasy Basketball Four-cast

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Welcome to the Basket Brawlers Fantasy Basketball Four-Cast! For the week of March 16th to 22nd (Saturday-Friday), we have the disco two – Rajan Sharma and Adam Johal giving you your fantasy basketball insights for week 2 of the fantasy basketball playoffs.

1) FANTASY LINE OF THE WEEK
2) FANTASY SLEEPER PICKUP OF THE WEEK*
*LESS THAN 20% OWNED IN 12 TEAM LEAGUES ON ESPN
3) TOP SELL HIGH CANDIDATES
4) TOP DROP CANDIDATES OF THE WEEK

1) Fantasy Line of the Week

Raj’s Pick:
James Harden, Houston Rockets
61Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 19/34 Fg, 9/13 3PM, 14/17 Fts
03/22/2019 vs SAS
It was a career high tying night for The Beard who may have solidified his case for back-to-back MVP Awards after his game on Friday night vs the Spurs. His coach Mike D’Antoni may not be lying when he said the only man who can stop James Harden is the coach himself…. by benching him. Aside from that, Harden is as close to unguardable as there is in this league.

Johals’s Pick:
JaVale McGee, Los Angles Lakers
33Pts, 20 Reb, 6 Blk, 1 Stl, 15/20 Fg
03/22/2019 vs BKN

With the Lakers on the brink of elimination, JaVale came out with his best performance of the season. But as you probably expected, the Lakers still lost and are officially toast for the 2018-2019 season.

2) Fantasy Sleeper Pickup of the Week

Raj’s Pick:
Taurean Prince, Atlanta Hawks
24.8% Owned
15.3 Pts, 2.3 Ast, 3.3 Reb, 1.3 Stl, 3.0 3PM in the last 7 days


After spending much of the year on the IR, Prince finally appears to be healthy and producing the kind of stats owners were expecting when he was drafted in the top 80 this season. Look for him to close out the year strong for this red-hot Atlanta Hawks team

Johals’s Pick:
Emmanuel Mudiay, New York Knicks
16% Owned
17.8 Pts, 5 Ast, 2.8 Reb, 0.5 Blk, 1.5 3PM in the last 7 days


While the Knicks appear content with “Not Try’in for Zion”, Mudiay has been able to put up some impressive numbers of late, putting up 18 pts and 5 assists on 46% shooting over the last week.

3) Top Sell High Candidate

Raj’s Pick:
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers
With the Cavs firmly out of the playoff race, look for them to start reducing the workload off some of their vets down the stretch. Love has been playing great basketball of late, which doesnt bode well for the “Stop tryin for Zion” supporters in The Land

Johal’s Pick:
Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat
Bam has been on a tear of late, but as is with all Miami players, he will always be at risk of falling out of the rotation (see: Kelly Olynk).

4) Top Drop Candidate of the Week

Raj’s Pick:
Jabari Parker, Washington Wizards
This might seem crazy based on the numbers he has out up lately, but hear me out. His minutes have been cut by almost 12 per game over the last 2 contests as Washington has been said to be going with a Portis/Thomas Bryant frontcourt for the last 10 or so games, meaning Jabari will be riding a lot of pine. Dont say I didn’t warn you!

Johal’s Pick:
Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat
Speaking of Heat rotations, Hassan Whiteside has moved to Miami’s bench, and it appears to be hitting the big man’s numbers hard, as he played just 5 minutes in games against the Wizards and Thunder this past week. While he can still be a sources for blocks, move off of him if there is someone better on your wire.

There you have it! Tune in again next week for your weekly Fantasy Basketball Fix!

Basket Brawlers Fantasy Basketball Four-cast

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Fantasy playoffs are underway for some and should be starting Monday for everyone else. Check out the recommendations below from me (Dray) for this week’s solo edition of the Fantasy Four-cast!

1) FANTASY LINE OF THE WEEK
2) FANTASY SLEEPER PICKUP OF THE WEEK*
*LESS THAN 20% OWNED IN 12 TEAM LEAGUES ON ESPN
3) TOP SELL HIGH CANDIDATES
4) TOP DROP CANDIDATES OF THE WEEK

1) Fantasy Line of the Week

Dray’s Pick:
Kyrie Irving
31 Pts, 10 Reb, 12 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 Stl, 1 3PM, 11/28 Fg, 8/9 Ft
03/14/2019 vs SAC

Alright the percentages aren’t great but I feel like people have been sleeping on Uncle Drew this season. This man ventured out to make it “on his own” (still with a top 3 coach and great talent around him), and is keeping the Celtics relevant for Eastern Conference contention.

2) Fantasy Sleeper Pickup of the Week

Dray’s Pick:
Damyeon Dotson, New York Knicks
7.6% Owned
17.5 Pts, 5.0 Reb, 3.5 Ast, 1.3 Stl, 2.8 3PM over the last 7 days

The Knicks play four times next week, and Damyean Dotson is one of the reliable members of that squad who are putting up numbers right now. He’s cracked the top 100 in 9-cat over the past two weeks and is slightly trending up still. This guy could be the difference in a playoff matchup.

3) Top Sell High Candidate

Dray’s Pick:
Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves
If you’re league hasn’t reached a trade deadline, look to move guys on teams that are not in the playoff hunt and may be injury risks this season. To me, that’s Andrew Wiggins. He’s back from a recent injury, the Wolves are basically out of the playoffs, and someone who likes a big name may bite on a trade. Test the market and pull the trigger if there’s someone interesting to you.

4) Top Drop Candidate of the Week

Dray’s Pick:
Jeff Teague, Minnesota Timberwolves
Am I just ragging on the T-wolves today? Yes, but that’s because Teague fits into much of the same situation as Wiggy. Teague looked like he may have been able to return from a left foot injury, but now he’s been sent back to Minnesota for further evaluation. If you’re in a situation where you may be knocked out, Teague will likely be shut down pending this evaluation.

Good luck in playoffs fantasy fans!

Basket Brawlers Fantasy Basketball Four-cast

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Welcome to the Basket Brawlers Fantasy Basketball Four-Cast! For the week of March 2nd to 8th (Saturday-Friday), we have yours truly, Rajan Sharma joined once again by Jordan Taylor, and the dynamic duo of the Power brothers giving you your fantasy basketball insights as you head towards fantasy playoffs.

1) FANTASY LINE OF THE WEEK
2) FANTASY SLEEPER PICKUP OF THE WEEK*
*LESS THAN 20% OWNED IN 12 TEAM LEAGUES ON ESPN
3) TOP SELL HIGH CANDIDATES
4) TOP DROP CANDIDATES OF THE WEEK

1) Fantasy Line of the Week

Dray and Cal’s Pick:
Damian Lillard
51 Pts, 5 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Blk, 1 Stl, 3 3PM, 15/28 Fg, 18/20 Ft
03/07/2019 vs OKC

Dame time was all around on Thursday against a hot OKC Thunder team. Unfortunately, it was a losing effort. Everyone is starting to look at the playoff picture and this is something we could see a lot more of in the next few months. Buckle up, because that was a blast to watch.

Jordan’s Pick:
Karl Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
41Pts, 14 Reb,2 Stl, 3 3PM, 15/27 Fg, 8/10 fts
03/05/2019 vs OKC

As I write this KAT is putting up an almost duplicate line Saturday night against the Wizards tonight, if there was ever any doubt of KAT making the all star game, then this week should have eliminated all the haters. While there is 0.01% chance of Minny making the playoffs, at least we can take solace in the Timberwolves All-Star not letting up on the gas pedal anytime soon.

Raj’s Pick:
Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
39Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 3PM, 14/26 Fg, 9/13 Fts
03/06/2019 vs PHI

Only 1 player has scored more points since the all star break than Zach LaVine as he appears to finally be coming in to his own as the focal point of the Bulls offence. LaVine dropped 39 on the Sixers including the game winning bucket, look for LaVine to continue scoring at a high rate for the rest of the season.

2) Fantasy Sleeper Pickup of the Week

Dray and Cal’s Pick:
Derrick White, San Antonio Spurs
20.4% Owned
14.3 Pts, 6.0 Reb, 6.7 Ast, 3.3 Blk, 1.3 Stl, 1.0 3PM over the last 7 days

Derrick White has turned around the Spurs after the worst Rodeo road trip (always takes place after All-Star) in team history. Since then, Derrick has crushed with those averages above and beaten OKC, Denver, and Detroit. Go get this boy if he’s available. Won’t be for long.

Jordan’s Pick:
Tyler Johnson, Phoenix Suns
8.4% Owned
13.7 Pts, 5 Reb, 5.7 Ast, 1.3 Stl, 0.7 Blk, 1.3 3PM over the last 7 days


While he is currently trending down on ESPN, I wouldn’t sleep for long on Tyler Johnson, he has strung 3 solid consecutive games together averaging over 30 minutes per game, with such a lack of guard depth, he is in for a nice run to closeout the season. Solid point guards are hard to find this late in the game.

Raj’s Pick:
Delon Wright, Memphis Grizzlies
2.5% Owned
17.7 Pts, 4 Ast, 5.7 Reb, 1.3 Stl, 0.7 Blk, 0.7 3PM in the last 7 days


Delon Wright has been splitting minutes at the 1 and 2 when playing along side Mike Conley and it is paying dividends for the Grizzlies. This is a contract year for Delon so look for him to finish out strong the rest of the season and cash in them cheques!

3) Top Sell High Candidate

Dray and Cal’s Pick:
LeBron James, LA Lakers
If you’re reading this with LeBron on your roster, it’s probably too late. Minutes restriction, no play-off hopes, and team animosity are all spelling disaster for LeBron owners. Ownership knows they have 3 more years of LeBron and have no interest in endangering their future. He will find pine for the remainder of the year. Dump him if you can.

Jordan’s Pick:
Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans
News broke out early this week that Jrue will be facing a minutes restriction for the upcoming games until the end of the season, now after averaging just over 30 minutes a game he has been diagnosed with an abdominal strain, see if you can get 2nd or 3rd round value for this guy before they upgrade him to out for the season, you have 7 to 10 days, go!

Raj’s Pick:
DeAndre Jordan, New York Knicks
With the Knicks firmly out of the playoff picture with no incentive to win and a young Mitchell Robinson waiting in the wings, now is the time to capitalize on trading the double-double machine DeAndre Jordan.

4) Top Drop Candidate of the Week

Dray and Cal’s Pick:
Reggie Bullock, LA Lakers
Reggie in Detroit was gaining momentum and was a top pick-up before the trade deadline. After his move to LA, it looked like he might have some juice left in the tank as a 3-point specialist with LeBron; however, the only tank that is happening now is the team. With LeBron resting and the priority shifting to showcasing the young talent, Bullock is out of the rotation and can be let go.

Johal’s Pick:
Gary Harris, Denver Nuggets
Harris has not been able to stay healthy all season and unfortunately never got into the groove in Denver, Malik Beasley, Monte Morris, IT, and Jamal Murray are on a timeshare where no-one can excel consistently, great if you are a Denver fan, bad if you are a Fantasy owner.

Raj’s Pick:
Marc Gasol, Toronto Raptors
Gasol being traded to the Raptor was the worst possible outcome for fantasy owners. Nick Nurse runs a “fluid” rotation at center and Gasol hasn’t quite found his fit with this team. He’s averaging a putrid 8.3 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block a game over the last week of play.

There you have it! Tune in again next week for your weekly Fantasy Basketball Fix!

The Final Countdown…

By Steven Petterson

Gear up ladies and gentlemen. The BasketBrawlers league is into it’s final week of the regular season and it is shaping up to be one of the tightest finishes in league history. With one matchup to go, our eight playoff teams are still not decided, and the first round matchups are anybody’s guess.

6 more duels this week. 6 league-altering results await. Let’s breakdown each match-up and the implications that are at stake as we head into the final Monday of Basketbrawlers 19-20.

Madness awaits..

The Current Picture

1.       Mr. KatmanDO 93-55-4

2.       TJ5 91-59-2

3.       White Chocolate 85-64-3

4.       Charlotte Beedrills 81-67-4

5.       Hooked on Sonics 80-69-3

6.       Brick Squad 80-70-2

7.       The Game Genies 72-75-5

8.       Hindu Clan 72-79-1

9.       Chance The Raptor 71-81-0

Fort Wayne Mad Durants, Rock Harden, and Garbage Scoopers have all been ELIMINATED, but all have potential to play spoiler in this final week. The standings today are tight. Mr. KatmanDO and TJ5 will battle till the final Sunday for regular season supremacy, White Chocolate is feeling comfortable in 3rd but with a poor showing (not that it will happen.. *cough*Trae Young*cough*) and some un-fortuitous results, he could find himself all the way down in 6th. Meanwhile, at the heavenly gates to the playoffs, only two shall pass. Hindu Clan, The Game Genies, and Chance the Raptor battle for survival, with only two games separating the three.

On to the matchups, ranked from least-at-stake, to most-at-stake:

Mr. KatmanDO vs Garbage Scoopers

The Breakdown:

Mr. KatmanDO has lead the league since Week 2 of the season, but a tumultuous tumble over the last four weeks has seen him lose four straight, after having gone 13-2 in the first 15 match-ups. Now, he is at risk of losing the regular season title in the final moments, and Garbage Scoopers is Spoiler Potential Numero Uno. Can Garbage Scoopers pull out the 16 vs 1 upset and rob Mr. KatmanDo of his place atop the league?

What’s at stake?:

Mr. KatmanDO has a 4 game lead on TJ5, meaning a tie 4-4 in this matchup secure him the title. If Garbage Scoopers wins, he gets a positive end to his season and sets up TJ5 for the possible victory spike.

What to watch for?:

Garbage Scoopers traded for Anthony Davis a week ahead of the shitstorm. With NOP playing 4 games with no back-to-backs, can Davis salvage some final value for the Scoop? Already tagged with a DTD due to ‘illness’ it’s looking unlikely. Meanwhile, Mr. KatmanDO is sweating buckets waiting for the return of Lord Covington.. will he make a timely return to help the Wolves and KatmanDO’s playoff pushes?

The Game Genies vs Rock Harden

The Breakdown:

The Game Genies have come roaring into the playoff picture behind a strategy of points, 3’s, free throw percentage and screw everything else. It’s working and his team is on a tear. He matchups up with Spoiler Potential Numero Dos in Rock Harden. Rock Harden has not won a matchup since November 19th-25th, back when Thibodeau was a coach and Butler had just left the Wolves, so to say he is due is an understatement. Can he get a win to end the season on a positive note, and at the same time stop The Game Genies run to the playoffs in it’s tracks?

What’s at stake?:

The Game Genies sit in 7th place now. He can’t catch 6th place but can fall to 9th. He owns the tiebreaker with Hindu Clan, and is tied in the season series with Chance the Raptor. If he wins 6 games, he is guaranteed 7th position, if he wins 5 games he is guaranteed to be in the playoffs. 4 or less and he is in trouble – but Hindu Clan and Chance the Raptor would still both need to put on dazzling performances to kick him to the curb.

What to watch for?:

It is generally not good advice to have 3 players from one team on your squad. 3 players from the Cleveland Cavaliers? Only with Game Genies build.. unfortunately for him the Cavs only play twice this week meaning The Game Genies will be supremely lacking for games played in a pivotal matchup. Will his allegiance to Cedi and the Boys be his downfall, and knock him out of the playoffs?

Hindu Clan vs Fort Wayne Mad Durants

The Breakdown:

Hindu Clan has fallen from grace. Once thought to be a top contender this season, Hindu Clan was hit by the injury bug and never quite recovered. A fall from 3rd to 8th had an exclamation mark put on it by a 2-6 loss last week to Chance the Raptor – the very team that could complete the final death swing and replace Hindu Clan in the final playoff spot. In the last 10 matchups Hindu Clan has gone 1-8-2, and yet still holds onto the 8th and final spot. Enter Spoiler Numero Tres. Fort Wayne Mad Durants has battled and clawed to the brink of playoff potential, but has come up short after a marvelous re-creation of their team in the second half of the season. A team that didn’t win it’s 1st game until the Christmas week matchup, but has gone 5-3 since, they are no easy task despite their position in the poll. Hindu Clan will need a healthy, strong team to keep their playoff hopes alive.

What’s at stake?:

It’s a win or die situation for Hindu Clan. They do not have the tiebreaker with Chance the Raptor and currently have a 1.5 game lead on them in the standings. If Hindu Clan pull out a 7-1 victory they are safe no matter what Chance the Raptor does. If not, they can only afford to win one less game this week than Chance the Raptor to remain in the playoffs.

What to watch for?:

Both teams sport boom or bust Grizzlies players that will play a significant role in Hindu Clan either getting to the promised land or being denied entry. On Fort Wayne’s side the emergence of Joakim Noah, former stud and Rastafarian enthusiast, has been something to behold, while Hindu Clan’s patience with JV has no doubt paid off. Which one of them will bring their A game this week?

Hooked on Sonics vs Chance the Raptor

The Breakdown:

Chance the Raptor would love to forget about the middle of this season. He started the year on a roll going 3-0-2 in his first 5 matchups, and then plummeted over the following 10 weeks, going winless with a record or 0-6-4. Since then he has turned things around with four straight wins and finds himself in a position to steal the last playoff spot with seconds remaining on the clock. In his path? A powerhouse and another team hungry to win. Hooked on Sonics is the model of consistency, never losing more than three times in a row, and even that only happened once. He’s on a bit of a winning streak himself and only half a game separates himself from falling back down to 6th. With a big win to slam the door shut on Chance, there is a path to propel himself up the ranks.

What’s at stake?:

Chance the Raptor is 1.5 games behind Hindu Clan, and 6 games behind The Game Genies, meaning even if he has a perfect week, he is still at risk of losing playoffs. Chance the Raptor has tiebreaker with Hindu Clan so he needs to stay one win and one tie ahead of him to get into the playoffs. Catching The Game Genies would take a miracle. For Hooked on Sonics, he is only half a game ahead of Brick Squad for 6th place. He and Brick Squad share the tiebreaker, meaning we will need to go deep into the rule book for final playoff position if they end with the same record. He is 1.5 games behind Charlotte Beedrills for 4th, and does not have the tiebreaker there, meaning he needs to win 2 more games than the Beedrills to claim 4th. In the wacky scenario that Hooked on Sonics go 8-0 this week AND Charlotte Beedrills beat White Chocolate 6-2, Hooked on Sonics would claim the 3rd seed.

What to watch for?:

DeAndre Jordan’s health could be the deciding factor in this matchup. Mitchell Robinson has propelled Hooked on Sonics in recent times, but Chance the Raptor has his minutes-thief Deandre waiting to ruin the Robinson dream. If Deandre Jordan goes from questionable to healthy for Monday’s game, that could put a serious damper on Hooked on Sonics week.

Brick Squad vs The Jackson Five

The Breakdown:

An absolute powerhouse matchup. Arguably the two strongest teams going right now (although White Chocolate may have something to say about that) meet to end the season. After Brick Squad committed a federal crime to bring in Harden and The Don Mitchell, he has melted everyone in his path, going 5-0-1 over his last 6. His current seeding at 6th does not tell the whole story. TJ5 had a rough first few weeks, but hasn’t looked back since. In his last 15 he is 10-3-2. These teams are going to slug it out for bragging rights and more importantly the H2H tiebreaker should they see each other in the playoffs. Currently TJ5 owns it with a massive early season victory over Brick Squad 7-1, so will need to ensure his team at least grabs two categories in the event he loses.

What’s at stake?:

The Jackson 5 can win the regular season crown with a strong win over Brick Squad and a poor showing from Mr. KatmanDO. TJ5 has to win more than 4 cats above the amount KatmanDO gets, and the crown is his. Brick Squad is jockeying for playoff position and can move up to 4th, 5th, or stay where he is now at 6th. Winning one more category than Hooked on Sonics will get him 5th. He doesn’t own the tiebreaker with Charlotte Beedrills meaning he would need to win 4 more categories than Beedrills wins in his matchup to be able to claim 4th.

What to watch for?:

The entire matchup. In projections for the weekly matchup, each category – all eight – project to be too close to call. Not only are these teams very strong, they also have very similar builds, meaning an injury or rest day to a key player on either squad could spell the end early on.

White Chocolate vs Charlotte Beedrills

The Breakdown:

White Chocolate and Charlotte Beedrills have both been mainstays in the playoff picture throughout the season, so it is natural that they meet in the final week of the regular season to duel for 3rd place. White Chocolate is powered by some amazing draft picks and early season pickups. Trae Young, Pascal Siakam, and Lauri Markkanen are all far out-playing what people thought they would be and it has propelled White Chocolate to their current 3 seed. Charlotte Beedrillls is powered by guards. Curry, Holiday, and a healthy CP3 lead are the face of a vicious 3-headed monster. Both teams are ready for the playoffs, and there is a lot at stake..

What’s at stake?:

the 3rd seed, and a crucial tiebreaker. Currently Charlotte Beedrills own the tiebreaker over White Chocolate with an earlier 5-3 victory. White Chocolate is ahead in the standings by 4 games. If Charlotte Beedrills can pull out a 6-2 win, they claim the 3rd seed. If White Chocolate can win 5-3 or more, they regain or eliminate the H2H tiebreaker. A lot riding on this matchup

What to watch for?:

Health. White Chocolate is desperately waiting on word about Joel Embiid’s return, while Charlotte Beedrills are dealing with nagging injuries for three of his players at an in-opportune time. Drgaic, Faried, and Whiteside have all missed games this past week. Whoever can get back to full health quickest may take the riches here.

Predictions and Conclusion….

6 more games, with a bunch at stake. Lots of moving. Lots of shaking. Let’s get it on, and let’s get to those playoffs. My predictions below, have at me with your disagreements:

Mr. KatmanDO Win over Garbage Scoopers, 6-2

The Game Genies Win over Rock Harden, 6-2

Hindu Clan Tie with Fort Wayne Mad Durants, 4-4

Hooked on Sonics Win over Chance the Raptor, 5-3

Brick Squad Win over TJ5, 6-2

Charlotte Beedrills Win over White Chocolate 5-3

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Basket Brawlers Fantasy Basketball Four-cast

Your personal fantasy basketball cheat sheet

Welcome to the Basket Brawlers Fantasy Basketball Four-Cast! For the week of January 26th to February 1st (Saturday-Friday), we have yours truly, Rajan Sharma joined by the all knowing Jordan Taylor, and Adam Johal giving your fantasy basketball fix four the week! (Yes that typo was intentional)

1) FANTASY LINE OF THE WEEK
2) FANTASY SLEEPER PICKUP OF THE WEEK*
*LESS THAN 20% OWNED IN 12 TEAM LEAGUES ON ESPN
3) TOP SELL HIGH CANDIDATES
4) TOP DROP CANDIDATES OF THE WEEK

1) Fantasy Line of the Week

Johal’s Pick:
Paul George
43Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 10 3PM, 14/23 Fg

02/01/2019 vs MIA

George dropped a staggering 10 3s on Thursday night, further cementing himself as an MVP candidate this season.

Jordan’s Pick:
Paul George
43Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 10 3PM, 14/23 Fg

02/01/2019 vs MIA

Ok, so we all know Miami does not have any elite players, let alone elite defenders to stop PG13. But the boy did he go off, it’s like watching KD and westboss back in the OKC glory days. The dynamic duo is clicking on all cylinders.

Raj’s Pick:
Joel Embiid
26Pts, 20 Reb, 5Ast, 2 Stl, 8/24 Fg, 10/12 Fts
01/31/2019 vs GSW

The Sixers trusted The Process on Thursday night, as they came in to Golden State and beat down the defending champs. Embiid was a force down low and had a big time statement game against Boogie in the latter’s home opener.

2) Fantasy Sleeper Pickup of the Week

Johal’s Pick:
Jonathan Isaac (Orlando Magic)
9% Owned
10.3 Pts, 9.7 Reb, 1.3 Ast, 1.3 Stl, 1.7 Blk, 0.7 3PM in the last 7 days

Isaac’s offense is very much a work in progress, but his ability to grab rebounds, steals, and blocks from the small forward spot gives him great value to round out your roster.

Jordan’s Pick:
Malik Beasley, Denver Nuggets 
10.6% Owned
22.3 Pts, 2.0 Reb, 2.0 Ast, 1.0 Stl, 3.5 3PM


Beasley has come out of nowhere this season to be a legit starting 2 guard on the west. Go get yourself this guy if you need 3 and D numbers. Don’t be turned off by Gary Harris and Jamal murray returning from injury cutting into Beasley’s minutes, as he’s proven his spot with coach Malone as the first strong guard already.

Raj’s Pick:
Shabazz Napier (Brooklyn Nets)
9.5% Owned
19.7 Pts, 5.3 Ast, 2.0 Reb, 1.3 Stl, 0.7 Blk, 3.7 3PM in the last 7 days


Napier has been absolutely scorching the stat sheet the last couple weeks! With Dinwiddie out for the next 6 weeks, Napier is the perfect player to help you squeeze in to the playoffs in your fantasy leagues

3) Top Sell High Candidate

Johal’s Pick:
Cedi Osman, Cleveland Cavaliers

Cedi has been on a massive scoring clip of late (24PPG over his last four games) – that being said, his current pace is likely to trail off, so get value for him while you can.

Jordan’s Pick:
Darren Collison – Indiana pacers

Collison is enjoying a career high in assists this season, but don’t be fooled by his gaudy numbers since Oladipo went down with the season ending injury. Indiana is 0-4 since the Oladipo injury. If they can’t right the ship, this teams is on a one way ticket out of the playoffs and well almost surely look at developing their younger talent like Aaron Holiday at the end of the season.

Raj’s Pick:
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans 

With the Trade deadline approaching and the final destination of Anthony Davis very much unknown (Thanks to Dray and Kroon for their article this week about where AD lands: http://basketbrawlers.ca/2019/01/30/brow-on-the-move/), now might be the best time to cash in on AD. There still remains the very real possibility that he stays with the Pelicans through Thursday’s deadline and sits out the remainder of the year.

4) Top Drop Candidate of the Week

Johal’s Pick:
Kristaps Prozingis, Dallas Mavericks

There was some hope that his move to the Mavs would clear a path for him to play this season, but Mark Cuban put that thought to bed when he told media that The Unicorn would not be active this season.

Jordan’s Pick:
Enes Kanter, New York “I have no idea what I’m doing” Knicks

Knicks suck. Minutes appear to be distributed by a roulette wheel each game. No amount of hard Turkish nipples and kissing the floor logo will make this draft or trade bust worth it. Also Knicks suck.

Raj’s Pick:
Enes Kanter, New York Knicks

With the arrival of DeAndre Jordan in New York, and the rebuild in full swing for the Knicks following this past week’s blockbuster – it should be safe to say that Kanter has no home in New York. Its shocking to see that he is still rostered in 86% of leagues.

Kanter sulks as the Unicorn looks forward to dallas

Matchup 10 – Jordan’s Playoff Record

Already the conversation is happening. Who is the GOAT…Jordan or LeBron? While there will be many articles and stats compared at the end of LeBron’s career, Micah Adams recently brought up a mind-boggling stat about MJ:

I’m used to hearing the 6-0 argument a lot, mainly because it’s used in comparison to LeBron’s 3-6. I still think LeBron’s ability to get to the Finals is more impressive, but never dropping a series (24-0) you are the favourite for is just ridiculous. Great teams in the league are the ones who don’t lose the games they are supposed to win.

With that in mind, how does LeBron match up? James has lost three matchups he was favoured to win. You can pin at least two of those on his performances. I believe that the greatest in the history are those who take care of business night-in, night-out on the smallest and biggest stages. To me, LeBron is the greatest player to ever touch the ball, but MJ has always had the competitive edge over him. I guess that’s why you see MJ doing stuff like the below shenanigans with his Charlotte Hornets.

FA/Trade Lock Times
Monday, December 24th – NO GAMES
Tuesday, December 25th – 9 a.m. PT
Wednesday, December 26th – 4 p.m. PT 
Thursday, December 27th –  5 p.m. PT  
Friday, December 28th – 4 p.m. PT  
Saturday, December 29th – 2 p.m. PT 
Sunday, December 30th – 12:30 p.m. PT 

Matchup 9 – Wade Vs. LeBron

For the last time in their careers, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade will face off on Monday, December 10th. Their current versus record is 15-15, meaning that whether they acknowledge it or not, they care about it. These two titans have battled since they were drafted in 2003, both together and against each other.

They speak fondly of each other as far back as the combine for their draft class, where LeBron James states they had an instant connection. Obviously their relationship played a major role in both the acquisition of LeBron and the domination of the Miami Heat in the league from 2010-2014.

Their close friendship hasn’t stopped them from competing against each other when the time was right. In the first matchup between them after LeBron left Miami, both went for 30+ with a full line. Miami came out on top that game, but both clearly brought their A-game to toe off.

Well here they are again in their final matchup; veteran presences on young teams with great talent and not much experience. I would expect to see more of these two than Ingram and Richardson on Monday.

Whether your a LeBron/Wade fan, or just a fan of basketball during the 2010-2014 run, Monday is sure to bring some entertainment. Buckle up and enjoy!

FA/Trade Lock Times
Monday, December 24th – NO GAMES
Tuesday, December 25th – 9 a.m. PT
Wednesday, December 26th – 4 p.m. PT 
Thursday, December 27th –  5 p.m. PT  
Friday, December 28th – 4 p.m. PT  
Saturday, December 29th – 2 p.m. PT 
Sunday, December 30th – 12:30 p.m. PT 

Matchup 8 – The Battle of Bogdanovic

You aren’t the first and certainly won’t be the last to think that Bojan and Bodgan Bogdanovic are brothers, but they aren’t. Bojan is Croatian, Bogdan is Serbian. Bojan plays for the Pacers, Bogdan for the Kings. Bojan dropped 27, Bogdan dropped 20.

Bojan

Bojan Bogdanovic has floated around the league for a while, playing for Brooklyn, Washington, and now Indiana. He’s had some success at each stop and absolutely deserves a spot on a roster. He’s got size and a great looking three-bomb as is usual for European players. He’s becoming a seasoned veteran in the NBA and I can see him floating around the league at trade deadlines, landing on rosters looking for a sharp shooter.

Bogdan

Bogdan Bogdanovic (the name so nice they used it twice) on the other hand is a second year young up-and-comer on a team filled with players just like that. Bogdan plays the two spot for the Kings, which is unfortunate as there is some tough competition at that spot with my man Buddy Hield. Still, Bogdan impressed everyone last year during All-Star weekend when he took home MVP honours from the Rising Stars challenge, and rolled it into a successful post All-Star finish to the season.

On December 1st, the two Bogdanovic’s faced off in Sacramento with the title as best Bogdanovic in the league on the line. Stats for the two as follows:

Bojan: 27pts, 3reb, 2stl, 2/6 3PM, 5/6FT
Bogdan: 20pts, 6ast, 2reb, 3/6 3PM, 3/3FT

The lines are similar, but for me personally I’m giving the edge to Bogdan. Not only did he have the dimes, his team won which seems to be a good trend for the Kings lately. If you look at season total stats, Bogdan is running away with this thing. Between Fox, Hield, and Bogdan, the Kings are rich in the guard position and may even be able to offload one of the two SG for some great return. Although god knows they don’t need it at the log jam at PF…

So tell us in the Slack chat, who do you think is the better Bogdanovic? Highlights of their matchup below.

FA/Trade Lock Times
Monday, December 24th – NO GAMES
Tuesday, December 25th – 9 a.m. PT
Wednesday, December 26th – 4 p.m. PT 
Thursday, December 27th –  5 p.m. PT  
Friday, December 28th – 4 p.m. PT  
Saturday, December 29th – 2 p.m. PT 
Sunday, December 30th – 12:30 p.m. PT 

Matchup 7 – Weirdest Story of the Week

The story of Markelle Fultz is well known. The Philadelphia 76ers traded their number 3 position and a second rounder to the draft-pick-rich Boston Celtics for their first overall. The goal was to ensure they were able to get the Washington Husky prospect that would contribute to their amazing young core of Simmons and Embiid. Boston went with Jayson Tatum third overall and as of now, walked out of the draft with the better player and an additional draft pick. Fultz took the way of many first year 76ers and didn’t play basically the whole season (minus a few games at the end of the year). When Fultz came back, he seemed to have lost an important part of a basketball player’s arsenal…A FREAKING SHOT. Not just a jump shot, but any shooting motion seemed to have removed itself from his memory. Looking back at his college highlights, it’s not that bad of a jumper. Looking at his most recent free throw debacles, I’m hard pressed to think of much worse. Fultz has gone through a couple different free throw styles as of late, trying literally anything to get himself out of his own head. Unfortunately, that backfired in the worst way when Amari Cooper of the Dallas Cowboys mimicked one of Fultz’ attempts as a touchdown celebration…

After that, Fultz had basically reached rock bottom. Between the acquisition of Jimmy and his already trending down minutes, his camp has taken a play out of Kawhi’s 2017-2018 book and reported that Fultz is nursing an injury that the team doesn’t care about…Yikes.

Both the Sixers and Fultz’ camp have acknowledged that his time in Philadelphia is ending, and with that, I thought the weirdest storyline of the week in the NBA was a sealed deal…

Enter Dwight Howard

As if he was afraid to not be the centre of drama and controversy for the sixth year in a row (hyperbole), a new Dwight Howard sex scandal has been reported. Dwight is notorious for his number of kids with varying partners, so naturally the only thing that could warrant a shock is a report of Dwight’s involvement with the trans-gendered community. Now I won’t go into the details of this for one significant reason: there have been some investigations into the person reporting the conversations between herself and Dwight, and she may have done this before with Playboi Carti in 2016. If she is lying, that is a terrible accusation and she should be reprimanded. If she isn’t…oh my god Dwight what else can you possibly do.


Factoring in the questionable validity of the Dwight story, I vote that the weirdest storyline of Matchup 6 was Markelle Fultz and his interminable jump shot. Get that kid out of there and best of luck to him with a fresh start. Maybe a change of scenery will clear his head.

FA/Trade Lock Times
Monday, December 24th – NO GAMES
Tuesday, December 25th – 9 a.m. PT
Wednesday, December 26th – 4 p.m. PT 
Thursday, December 27th –  5 p.m. PT  
Friday, December 28th – 4 p.m. PT  
Saturday, December 29th – 2 p.m. PT 
Sunday, December 30th – 12:30 p.m. PT 

Matchup 5 – Happy Birthday Russ

Happy birthday to the most savage dunker of our era; maybe of all time. Russell Westbrook turns 30 years old today but still plays with more explosiveness than the bathroom of an all-you-can-eat Mexican buffet. Take the good with the bad, you know what you’re getting with Westgod. In celebration of his big day, the NBA put together a top 30 for the Thunder guard. Check it out below.

Also worth noting is that we are currently entering our last matchup within our respective divisions. It’s less important this year with a top 6 approach to the playoffs (not including each division champ), but you only leave the division for 6 matchups so make it count.

That’s all this week gentlemen. Be sure to check out our latest posts and Krooner’s weekly power rankings. Links below with line-up lock as well.

FA/Trade Lock Times
Monday, December 24th – NO GAMES
Tuesday, December 25th – 9 a.m. PT
Wednesday, December 26th – 4 p.m. PT 
Thursday, December 27th –  5 p.m. PT  
Friday, December 28th – 4 p.m. PT  
Saturday, December 29th – 2 p.m. PT 
Sunday, December 30th – 12:30 p.m. PT