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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

Your personal Fantasy Basketball cheat sheet

Welcome to the Fantasy Four-Cast! For the week of January 19th to 25th (Saturday-Friday), we have Steve G., Steve P., and yours truly (Dray) giving you the following four fantasy picks.

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

Steve G.’s Pick
James Harden 
61 Pts, 15 Reb, 4 Ast, 5 Stl, 17/38 Fg, 22/25 Ft, 5 threes
01/23/2019 vs NYK
This category should be called “The James Harden Fantasy Line of the Week” as he shows on a nightly basis why he is arguably the most dominant offensive player in the NBA. Harden has single-handedly carried the Rockets to a 12 – 5 record since Chris Paul went down with a hamstring injury, posting historic averages of: 44.5 Pts, 8.3 Reb, 7.9 Ast, 2.1 Stl, 1.1 Blk, 43% Fg, 88% FT over the last month. Did someone just say “MVP”?5

Steve P.’s Pick
Kyrie Irving
26 Pts, 10 Ast, 2 3PM, 8 stls, 58% FG
01/21/2019 vs MIA
Someone call the fuzz, this man is getting away with thievery…
Kyrie continues to play out of his mind for a Celtics squad in need of leadership. I’ve seen many 10 man lineups not get 8 steals in total. He continues to put up first round numbers and this will not be the last time his name is in the Line of the Week column.

Dray’s Pick
Russel Westbrook
23 Pts, 17 Reb, 16 Ast, 2 Stl, 9/19 Fg, 1 threes
01/18/2019 vs MEM

Another ho-hum night for Russ. As a basketball fan, it should amaze us that Russ is averaging a triple-double for the third season in a row, but instead we take it for granted. We’re accustomed to this amazing show of passion and athleticism, and although you can throw out the 4/8 FT (yuck), Russ is, and always will be, a fantasy stud with lines like this.

2) Fantasy sleeper pickup of the week

Steve G.’s Pick
Marvin Williams, Charlotte Hornets
16% owned
11.8 pts/5.0 reb/2.8 3pm/0.8stls/0.5blks in the last 7 days

Williams has been a solid contributor for the Hornets across the board, providing good averages over the last 30 days. If you can handle William’s somewhat volatile FG% he provides sneaky 3-and-D stats from the PF position.

Steve P.’s Pick
Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics
22% owned
12.7 pts/6.7 reb/ 4.0 ast/2.0 3pm/1.0 stl/1.00 FT% in the last 7 days

Trade season is upon as. As we inch closer to the deadline there is good strategy in picking up guys who have very clear value if traded to the right opportunity. Rozier is numero uno in this regard. We all know what he can do with starters minutes and though there are no rumours about him yet, it is often the un-reported deals that actually get done…

Dray’s Pick
Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets
20% owned
13.4 pts/3.8 reb/2.5 ast/2.4 3pm/82.9% FT% in the last 7 days

The Nets are decimated right now in the wing spot. Spencer Dinwiddie is now out with ligament issues in his thumb, meaning Joe Harris will get all the shots he could possibly want until guys like Caris LeVert, Allen Crabbe, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson get back. Pick him up if you need threes and points with good FT%.

3) Top Sell High Candidates

Steve G.’s pick
Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic

Nearing the halfway mark of the season, Orlando finds themselves on the outside looking in at a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. As they will for the rest of the season… With Mo Bamba being praised as a future cornerstone of the franchise, look for the Magic to seek out a trade at the deadline sending Vucevic to a contending team for future assets. Even if no trade occurs, expect Orlando to periodically rest and reduce Vucevic’s minutes down the stretch as they fall further out of playoff contention. Either way, the more the magic lose, the more likely that Vucevic ends up in a less favourable position. Get what you can for the big man while his value is at its peak.

Steve P.’s pick 
Jerami Grant, Oklahoma City Thunder

I may be completely wrong here.. But as of the last two weeks Grant is absolutely BALLING. Before last night’s game he was on an 8 game tear of 2+ block games, with some 3’s, pts, and overall good production. Last two weeks he is top 50 in 8-cat, while over the year he is just cresting the Top 100. Smells like a sell-high opportunity to me.

Dray’s pick
Brandon Ingram, LA Lakers

The rumour mill is churning out some hot takes this week with Memphis looking to deal the last bit of the grit&grind era, but what has stuck out to me is the Lakers apparently shopping Ball and Ingram. At the onset of the season, people were wondering how well Ingram and LeBron would be able to play together. Ingram has done good (I would say), but I could see why the Lakers want to make a swap for an All-Star to play next to the King. If they can work with the Wizards to get Beal, I would do that deal all day. If Ingram is moved he could perform just as well if not better, but personally I’m not willing to risk it. Trade him while he’s hot if you don’t want to wait for him to get up to speed somewhere else.

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4) Top Drop Candidates

Steve G.’s pick
Dario Saric, Minnesota Timberwolves

I was with almost everyone in thinking that the move from the 76ers to the Timberwolves would lead to Saric taking over the starting PF spot from Taj Gibson resulting in solid fantasy numbers for the remainder of the season. Well, that just hasn’t happened. Saric is rostered in 60% of leagues and appears to have officially taken an even further step back from when he was playing for the 76ers. At this point of the season consider it time to cut ties and search for a better option off the waiver wire.

Steve P.’s pick
Ante Zizic, Cleveland Cavaliers

He was exciting for a while, but the writing seems to be on the wall for him. Nance is back, Tristan will return soon, and Love may decide to make an appearance. An interesting player for dynasty leagues perhaps, but this year is not the year he breaks out.

Dray’s pick
Kent Bazemore, Atlanta Hawks

This one hurts. I drafted Baze and was pretty excited to have him, but unless he’s moved I don’t see the Hawks bringing back as soon as his ankle is good to go. The Hawks aren’t making the playoffs and they’re getting a good look at some great young talent (if he wasn’t injured, my pickup of the week may have been Kevin Huerter). If you don’t have an IR spot this is easy. If you do, there’s probably better out there.

Yes – I am dropping him as soon as I submit this post.

Tune in next week for more!

Basket Brawlers Fantasy Basketball Four-Cast

Your personal Fantasy Basketball cheat sheet

Welcome to the first weekly segment of the Basket Brawlers Fantasy Basketball Four-Cast. This will be a weekly post that we will provide every Saturday to help you dominate your fantasy league as we approach the trade deadline and fantasy play-offs.

By this point, you probably have your core players locked in, so we are here to help you make the under-the-radar moves that will push you to the top of your own fantasy basketball leagues! With our rotating panel of expert fantasy Basket Brawlers, we’ll outline recommended moves that we think will make the difference.

From here until the end of the season we will break down the following categories in 140 characters or less:

1) Fantasy line of the week
2) Fantasy sleeper pickup of the week (less than 20% owned in 12 team leagues)
3) Top sell high candidates
4) Top drop candidates of the week

Joining me on the expert panel of fantasy basketball analysts this week is none other than Adam Johal and Jordan Taylor who have both won fantasy leagues in the past and know what it takes to win! So…lets get to it!

1) Fantasy line of the week

Adam Johal’s pick 
James Harden 
56 Pts, 10 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 16/34 Fg, 21/23 ft, 5 threes
01/16/2019 vs MEM

Harden is lighting the league on fire and Wednesday night showcased him at the height of his powers. 

Jordan Taylor’s pick
Steph Curry
41 Pts, 5 Ast, 3 Reb, 11/22 Fg, 10/10 Ft, 9 threes
01/16/2019 vs NOP

This game didn’t need any other mentions as it was already the highest offensively paced game this week, but Steph Curry still managed to shine above the rest. He hit 9 threes on the way to GSW’s win and kept his ridiculous streak of 8+ 3pm for the past three games. He cooled down Friday night and returned to mortal numbers, but we are in the presence of the greatest shooter of all time – so enjoy it.

Rajan Sharma’s pick
Kyrie Irving 
38 Pts, 7 Reb, 11 Ast, 1 Blk, 14/21 Fg, 6/9 ft, 4 threes
01/18/2019 vs MEM

Uncle Drew now has 29 assists over his last 2 games, including a career high 18 assists vs the East leading Raptors (and #1 on our weekly power rankings: http://basketbrawlers.ca/nba-power-rankings/ ) on Wednesday night…maybe he should call out his teammates more often?

2) Fantasy sleeper pickup of the week

Adam Johal’s pick
Richaun Holmes, Phoenix Suns
15% owned
13.5 pts/6.0 reb/0.5blks in the last 7 days

Holmes has had some great 9-cat stats, including great assist and steal potential for a center.

Jordan Taylor’s pick
Kenneth Faried, Free Agent
0.8% owned

The manimal has been waived by the Brooklyn Nets and intends to sign with the Houston Rockets where he will soak up all the missed shots from Harden with Clint Capella out recovering from surgery on his hand. Take the flier and benefit from a boost in rebounds.

Rajan Sharma’s pick
DeMarre Carroll, Brooklyn Nets
16.5% owned
14.0 pts/7.7 reb/1.7 threes per game in the last 7 days

With injuries to many of their key wings, the Nets have called upon Carroll to play all the minutes he can handle. He can be relied on in the short term to provide a boost in scoring, rebounding, and triples.

3) Top Sell High Candidates

Adam Johal’s pick
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards

Beal has been on a torrid pace lately, but now is the time to maximize his trade value.

Jordan Taylor’s pick 
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors

With Boogie back in the fold you can expect Green’s already dismal shot attempts and numbers to continue on a downward trend. Draymond has the intangibles for the Warriors that just won’t transfer over to the fantasy stat sheet. Having Boogie last night confirmed you will get the same Draymond with Cousins in the lineup, but how long will it last? See if you can get a high round point guard for your troubles

Rajan Sharma’s pick
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies

With the Grizzlies having cooled off since their blistering start and free agency looming ahead for their star big man, look for Memphis to be sellers this trade deadline and shift in to more of a youth movement going forward.

4) Top Drop Candidates

Adam Johal’s pick
Josh Jackson, Phoenix Suns

Jackson seemed to be heating up start the new year but has fallen off a cliff his last two outings with Booker back in the lineup. Feel free to give him the snip if you’re eying someone on the wire.

Jordan Taylor’s pick
All Houston Rockets Not Named James Harden

With the beard going on his offensive tear this month, touches for the rest of the team are few and far between. Search the waiver wire somewhere else because the likes of PJ Tucker, Austin Rivers, and Gerald Green won’t get it done for you consistently to warrant keeping them.

Rajan Sharma’s pick
JaVale McGee, Los Angeles Lakers

Well, the JaVale McGee feel good story is now over. He has been bumped down to 3rd string after Ivica Zubac has rushed the scene and stolen the hearts of the Laker Faithful. Time to cut ties here unless you are desperate for shot blocking.

Thats all for this week! Hope you can take away some knowledge from the expert analysis above. Check back in next Saturday for more Fantasy Basketball Four-Cast from your favourite Basketball Know-It-Alls!

Week 13 Power Rankings

After a lengthy holiday break, our regular Power Ranking writer is back with his salty takes on the week that was. Don’t agree with our takes? Write us a comment and let him know what you really think.

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Link to the Power Rankings Below:

http://basketbrawlers.ca/nba-power-rankings/

Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

NBA Power Rankings – Week 12

BasketBrawlers NBA Power Rankings is officially back for the New Year! We will be working even harder to provide you with the content and unique insights that you need from the NBA world. With Adam Kroon, the usual editor of this segment tied up with other commitments, this weeks segment is brought to you by the Give N’Go Podcast’s own: Rajan Sharma

Much has changed in the NBA landscape since the turn of the new year. The Grizzlies, who had started out red hot at the beginning of the season are starting to show their age. The Rockets have been fuelled by the MVP Calibre Heroics of James Harden, and Spurs have quietly been surging behind an inspiring performance on the night of Kawhi’s return to San Antonio. With that said, lets get to it! W

1. DENVER NUGGETS (26-11)

Last Weeks Ranking: 3 (+2)
Last Weeks Record: 3-0 
Offensive Rating: 111.9 (7th) 
Defensive Rating:  106.4 (9th)
Net Rating: +5.4 (5th)

The Nuggets took care of business against some teams fighting hard for a playoff spot with games against the Knicks, Kings, and Hornets respectively. The Nuggets continue their surprisingly successful campaign and have survived their injury plagued season so-far. With Paul Millsap and Gary Harris returning to action this week the Nuggets are finally starting to get healthy – which should be a scary thought for the rest of the NBA.

nba power ranking- weeks 12

2. TORONTO RAPTORS (30-12)

Last Weeks Ranking: 1 (-1)
Last Weeks Record: 4-1 
Offensive Rating: 112.2 (6th)
Defensive Rating: 107.3 (10th)
Net Rating: +4.9 (6th)

The Raptors have been busy this week! They started out with some hard fought victories against the Bulls and Jazz (a game in which Kawhi Leonard dropped a career high 45 points against the Utah Jazz defense) before they went in the San Antonio and got absolutely decimated by the Spurs, who were led by DeMar DeRozan’s revenge triple-double – the first of his career.

However, the Raptors managed to save face by defeating the other 2 teams fighting for the top spot in the east to end the week. The Raptors took a page out of Drizzy Drake’s playbook and beat the Bucks and the Pacers back-to-back. Going back-to-back! With Kyle Lowry returning to the lineup after being out for 6 days, we may actually see the Raptors two stars play in the same game for the first time early December this upcoming week!

San Antonio Spurs

3. SAN ANTONIO SPURS (23-17)

Last Weeks Ranking: Not Ranked (+13)
Last Weeks Record: 3-0 
Offensive Rating: 112.2 (5th) 
Defensive Rating: 109.1 (16th)
Net Rating: +3.1 (8th)

Don’t look now, but the Spurs are once again flying under the radar in to the playoff picture! The Spurs have rattled off 4 straight victories over the Clippers, Celtics, Grizzlies, and capped off by a routing of the Toronto Raptors after DeMar DeRozan racked up the first triple-double of his career against his former team. The Spurs are finally starting to get healthy after their wing depth was decimated by injuries to start the season and the results are showing in the win column. The Spurs play the Thunder twice next week, giving them a real shot of moving in to the top 4 of the Western Conference. Let’s see if old reliable can keep the NBA’s longest winning streak rolling!

4. MILWAUKEE BUCKS (27-11)

Last Weeks Ranking: 4 (-)
Last Weeks Record: 2-1 
Offensive Rating: 113.5 (2nd)
Defensive Rating: 104.3 (3rd)
Net Rating: +9.2 (1st) 

The Bucks are the only team in the top 3 of both offensive and defensive efficiency in the entire league. They came up just short in a marquee match-up against the Raptors on Saturday night, but they have still been dominant thus far. The Bucks have won 8 of their last 10 games, and if Brook Lopez can continue his Harden impersonation – hitting step back 3’s with 16 on the shot clock on the regular – the Bucks will be a tough match-up for any team come playoff time. Despite the hot start, lets see how the Bucks close out this season, as they will now play 21 of the next 30 games on the road.

5. HOUSTON ROCKETS (22-16)

Last Weeks Ranking: Not Ranked (+11)
Last Weeks Record: 2-1 
Offensive Rating: 112.9 (4th)
Defensive Rating: 111.6 (25th)
Net Rating: +1.3 (13th)

The re-emergence of MVP Harden has been an absolute treat to watch for NBA fans across the globe. James Harden is averaging over 40 points per game over the last 12 games, including an absolute thriller against the defending champion Golden State Warriors in which The Beard dropped another 44-point triple double and a game winning 3-pointer over Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

An interesting point to note though, is that this sudden improvement of play by the Rockets also lines up with Chris Paul being removed from the lineup. Could this just be a coincidence? Tune in to the Give N’Go Podcast’s episode 12 which discusses this in detail in last week’s pod: http://basketbrawlers.ca/give-n-go/

6. PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS (23-17)

Last Weeks Ranking: 13 (+7)
Last Weeks Record: 3-1 
Offensive Rating: 111.6 (8th)
Defensive Rating: 110.4 (21st)
Net Rating: +1.2 (16th)

The Blazers sole loss last week was by 2 points in a thriller against the rival OKC thunder. Besides the one blemish, the Blazers were able to rattle off impressive wins against the Sixers, Kings, and the blazing hot Houston Rockets. All the off-season talk about whether or not Lillard and McCollum can co-exist as your 2 best players has quieted down now with the emergence of their bench, and their young Bosnian Center Jusuf Nurkic, who became the first player in NBA History to record a rare 5×5 game (at least 5 points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks in the same game) while also recording at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. The 23-year old big man finished the game against the Kings with 24 points, 23 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals, and 5 blocks. Wow.

7. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (26-14)

Last Weeks Ranking: 6 (-)
Last Weeks Record: 3-1 
Offensive Rating: 113.6 (1st)
Defensive Rating: 109.3 (18th)
Net Rating: +4.3 (7th)

The Warriors were one blown call by the refs and a James Harden step-back 3 away from a perfect week. Despite all of their recent struggles, the Warriors still hold on to the 2-seed in the Western conference, and sit only 1 game back of the top spot. If you are a Warriors fan, I think you take this result all day given the struggles of the Warriors supporting cast this season. We are yet to see Boogie make his debut with the team, but it seems like they need another boost to get them back to their championship aspirations after going 8-5 over their last 13 games.

8. INDIANA PACERS (26-13)

Last Weeks Ranking: 11 (+4)
Last Weeks Record: 2-1 
Offensive Rating: 108.7 (16th)
Defensive Rating: 102.9 (2nd)
Net Rating: +5.8 (3rd)

The Pacers fell short on Sunday night against a Kawhi-less Raptors squad, but they still hang on to the number 3-seed in the Eastern Conference and the 2nd best defensive rating in the League. The Pacers will face off against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, which should be a nice test for a team looking to establish themselves amongst the elite in the NBA.

9. PHILADELPHIA 76ers (26-14)

Last Weeks Ranking: 2 (-7)
Last Weeks Record: 3-1 
Offensive Rating: 109.7 (13th)
Defensive Rating: 107.6 (11th)
Net Rating: +2.1 (10th)

Despite all the drama that seems to surround the Sixers at every turn of the way – the latest being Jimmy Butler suddenly unhappy with his new role on the team – the Sixers continue to rattle off victories. The Sixers will have a pretty pedestrian week next week, as they have games against the Wizards (twice), Hawks, and the lowly Knicks. If they can sort out all their internal dramas, they could be next in line to join Toronto in the 30-win club by the time we roll out these Power Rankings next week.

10. Oklahoma City Thunder (25-14)

Last Weeks Ranking: 7 (-3)
Last Weeks Record: 3-1 
Offensive Rating: 107.4 (21st)
Defensive Rating: 101.7 (1st)
Net Rating: +5.6 (4th)

Seems like the Thunder can never quite get it right…they followed up impressive wins over the Mavs, Lakers, and Blazers with an absolute DUD against the Washington Wizards. Scott Brooks got his revenge game against his former squad, and despite Russell Westbrook having another triple-double, he did his squad no favours with his 8 turnovers in the game and 9/23 shooting from the field. But alas, that is the fate of the OKC Thunder until they realize that maybe running more of the offence through PG-13 instead of Westbrook may be the solution to their problems. The dynamic duo of Westbrook and Paul George are currently sitting at a usage rate of 31.3 and 29.6 respectively.

Well there you have it! Let me know what you think about the power rankings in the comments below, or on twitter page (link is below):

https://twitter.com/_BasketBrawlers

Who didn’t quite make the cut…

11. Boston Celtics (23-15)

12. Los Angles Clippers (23-16)

13. Utah Jazz (20-20)

14. Brooklyn Nets (20-21)

15. Los Angles Lakers (21-20)