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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!

Basket Brawlers Fantasy Basketball Four-cast

Your personal fantasy basketball cheat sheet

We’re back after a week off for the All-Star break and officially ready for the “second half” of the season to ramp up. Often in fantasy, you hear of players coming up huge in the sprint to the post-season, especially younger players finding their rhythm with the big boys. Free agent acquisitions become that much more important and could be the difference between an early fantasy play-offs exit and a potential title. With that in mind, let’s dive into this week’s Four-Cast with Raj, Dray, and Steve P.!

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:
Trae Young
49Pts, 8 Reb, 16 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 17/33 Fg, 9/11 Fts, 6 3PM
03/02/2019 vs CHI

ICE TRAE THE GANG! Wow! The rookie sensation in Atlanta is out to prove to the world that he is every bit as good as rookie counter-part Luka Doncic. Ice Trae became the first rookie ever to record 45 points and 15 assists in the same game. Amazing!

Photo: CBS Sports

Dray’s Pick:
James Harden
58Pts, 7 Reb, 10 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk, 16/32 Fg, 18/18 Fts, 8 3PM

02/28/2019 vs MIA

Yuck. What’s there left to say about this guy? The threes are deep, the upside is undeniable, the FTs don’t miss, and he’s getting you defensive stats (without diving into the long discussion of his defense). Is he the runaway back to back MVP? We’ll have to see how the Rockets finish but he’s my front runner.

Steve P.’s Pick:
Mitchell Robinson
17Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Stl, 6 Blk, 67% FG, 83% FT
02/26/2019 vs ORL
Myles Turner loses his reign as Blocks King as soon as Mitchell Robinson plays 30mpg consistently.

2) Fantasy Sleeper Pickup of the Week

Raj’s Pick:
Tyus Jones, Minnesota Timberwolves
1.4% Owned
8.5 Pts, 7.8 Ast, 2.3 Reb, 2.3 Stl, 0.5 3PM in the last 7 days

With the health of point guards Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague always in question, Jones provides a safe net for any owner looking for additional assists down the stretch,

Dray’s Pick:
Cody Zeller, Charlotte Hornets
19.6% Owned
16.5 Pts, 9.0 Reb, 1.8 Ast, 1.0 Stl, 1.0 Blk over the last 7 days


This guy has been floating around the FA cut-off of your league all season probably. He’s been plugged in on Sundays (if you’re a daily lock league), and maybe even stuck on someone’s roster for a week or two. Ghost Face Zeller is no slouch, and has been putting up the numbers recently to prove it. If you need a solid center with a great schedule and all the opportunity they can get, go get this guy and feel good about bolstering your roster.

Steve P.’s Pick:
Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks
1.0% Owned
15 Pts, 3.3 Ast, 3.0 Reb, 1.0 Stl, 2.0 3PM in the last 7 days


This is a deep sleeper but could pay dividends very quickly. In his last 4 games he has seen his minutes increase, and with that his stats have improven across the board, culminating in the very tasty 24 pts, 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 threes line. Keep an eye on how he does in the next couple games and be prepared to snag him if he keeps producing. He reminds me a little of Tyler Ulis in Phoenix from a couple years ago, who exploded in the last few weeks of the fantasy season to be a major asset. With the Mavs season all-but-officially done, they will look to develop their young guys for a strong season next year.

3) Top Sell High Candidate

Raj’s Pick:
Bobby Portis, Washington Wizards
Bobby came out firing on all cylinders at the beginning of his tenure with the Wizards and has since cooled off. If there is an owner that would be willing to pay top dollar for him, now is the time to sell! The Wizards are going nowhere – fast.

Dray’s Pick:
Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
Zach just put up 47 in the 4OT game vs. Atlanta the other night, and man oh man is that a good time to sell high. The Bulls should be fully embracing the tank soon, and with an injury prone stud like LaVine, you can bet there’s going to be games off down the stretch.

Photos: NBA.com

Steve P.’s Pick:
Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks
This dude is the hottest player on earth right now. Over the last two weeks he is the NUMBER 3 PLAYER IN 8 CAT. Crazy how much he has improved. That said, this may be the perfect opportunity to sell high if you can somehow convince an owner to give up a perennial top 15 player for him. Think a Damian Lillard or a Kyrie. Trae is super fun but he has to come down to earth a little. He is currently shooting 47% on 23 FGA/game, where for the season he is at 41%. That seems unsustainable..

4) Top Drop Candidate of the Week

Raj’s Pick:
Javale McGee, Los Angeles Lakers
Mr Shaqtin a Fool himself is once again in the dog house. After it looked like he had the starting center spot locked in for the rest of the season, McGee has failed to reach the 20 minute mark the last 4 games with the Lakers going small. Feel free to cut him loose.

Johal’s Pick:
Noah Vonleh, New York Knicks
Vonleh had a nice run for the Knicks but the porzingus trade has stunted his production with deandre jordan in the fold. Rookie Mitchell Robinson also encroaches on his minutes so feel free to cut toes with the journeyman forward

Dray’s Pick:
Dario Saric, Minnesota Timberwolves
Dario has not panned out to be what we were all hoping after a hot start in the NBA for the European. When he was traded to Minni, I genuinely believed he would turn it around. If you’ve been patient enough to hold out for that 5-6 games he looked great, I feel bad for you because he’s back to where he’s been all season. It’s time to part ways with the Homie and get some hot new thing off the wire.

That’s all we have this week gentlemen. Sound off in comments with questions or opinions!

By Any Other Name

Any basketball fan can remember it. 2012 Playoffs, Chicago vs. Philapelphia. The youngest MVP to ever win the award collapses to the floor and needs to be helped off the court. Chicago fans and NBA enthusiasts around the world held their breath waiting for the result of the MRI. When it was reported that Rose tore his ACL in his left knee, the NBA world’s collective hearts sank. The explosive nature of his game did not lend itself well to this kind of injury, and everyone knew the road back would be difficult, if not impossible.

After missing the entire 2012-2013 season, Adidas and Rose teamed up for a momentous comeback. #TheReturn was coined and marketed to bring Rose back into relevance, and I was fully on board.

The league was electrified for the return of the MVP. Was he back to his old explosive self? Could he be even better? After his first pre-season game back in Chicago against the Detroit Pistons on October 16, 2013, Rose was quoted saying:

“I think I’m way more explosive now. Like getting to the rim. I think I can take contact a little bit better. And as far as jumping-wise, I think I can jump even higher. They tested my vertical — I increased it by 5 inches”

 Friedell, Nick (October 17, 2013). “Derrick Rose: I’m more explosive now”ESPN.com. Retrieved November 23, 2013.

People started to believe he was back despite a slow start to the season. That is, until November 22nd, 2013 where Rose injured his right knee playing against the Portland Trail Blazers. Fans were devastated when they found out that Rose had torn his meniscus in his right knee and after a successful surgery, would be out for the remainder of the 2013-2014 season. 

Fast forward to the 2016 off-season. Rose is back again and showing flashes of his former self. After stringing together an injury free 2015-2016 campaign, Rose is traded to the New York Knicks. He begins 2016-2017 well until the turn of the new year. On January 9th, 2017, it wasn’t an injury that plagued Rose but a personal choice. He flew to Chicago and no-showed for a game against the Pelicans without notifying any team officials.

Now fans begin to question his dedication not only to his teammates and franchise, but to the game of basketball itself. To make matters worse, Rose then tore the meniscus in his left knee on April 2nd, 2017 forcing him to undergo his fourth knee surgery in nine years.

His contract was up during his rehab, and he decided to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2017-2018 season, hoping to contribute to a perennial Finals contender and help LeBron James take down the Golden State Warriors. Unfortunately, Rose didn’t make it that far, leaving the team on November 24th, 2017 to “re-evaluate his future in the NBA”. At this point, murmurs began agreeing that Rose should just hang up the sneakers. Between his ailing knees, mental wariness caused by continual injuries, and the inability to play his style of ball, Rose was not even a shadow of his former self. Despite the media backlash and self-doubt, he decided to try another comeback, rehabilitating an ankle injury with the Cavs until he returned on January 18th, 2018. Less than a month later, Rose was traded to the Utah Jazz who immediately waived him.

Rose never claimed to care about the money, but he would be leaving more than $80 million on the table in a contract with Adidas should he never step foot on a court again. Even if he wanted to comeback, what team would take a player with four knee surgeries, a history of letting his teammates down, and has publicly questioned whether he wants to be playing this sport?

Enter the Timberbulls.

Thibs is crazy. Although it’s not mentioned above, coach Tom Thibodeau was step-for-step on this journey with Rose up until he was traded to the Knicks. In the midst of everything else going on, Thibs is let go from the Bulls (another post perhaps) and subsequently given the GM/coaching gig in Minnesota. Thibs is met with young talent that is not yet accustomed to his style of play. So what would anyone do with the power of a GM and the system of a coach?  Go get your boys back.

Thibs went on a tear, acquiring Taj Gibson, Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, and Luol Deng to bring in the veteran presence with experience in the defensive system Thibs was hoping to bestow on the Twin Cities. 

So what do we have now for our hero? A last chance. An opportunity with his old coach and teammates to try to turn back the clock one more time before being forced out of the league forever. Rose knew this of course, and to the amazement of everyone pulling for him he has once again begun to take the NBA back by storm. His season thus far has been great, but if you had to pinpoint the game that set the world on fire, look no further than Halloween of 2018 against the very team that waived him less than a year ago. The former MVP showed what he was still capable of, scoring 50 points on 4/7 three-point shooting, a known weak-spot in his dramatic career. After sealing the game with a block, Rose succumbed to emotion.

It’s clear this was built up over the past eight years. Rose went from the youngest MVP with the brightest future, to likely being kicked out of the league as the only MVP to never see the Hall-of-Fame. This performance was his answer to the question of whether he was going to give up or not. This game could very well be a defining moment not only in his career, but his entire life. The weight of this event is what caused the emotional reaction in the interview, and watching it live evoked the same thing in me.

What impresses me most is that it didn’t stop here. Rose has kept his foot on the gas this month shotting a blistering 63% from deep and arguably being the best player on a T-Wolves team packed with talent. And now, with the Butler debacle finally over, Rose has a clear path to continue this amazing run that we’ve been waiting for since 2013.

So if you’re a basketball fan, if you were a part of the hype in the early 2010’s, or if you just like a good story, sit back and enjoy witnessing the long awaited comeback five years later than expected.

A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

William Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet