Moving And Shaking: Playoffs, Yo!

This piece each week goes through the add-drops and trades in the 147 leagues that I’m in. Fortunately for you, hater, we’re into the first round of the playoffs and there has been little movement in most of my leagues. “Go with what got you here” seems to be the popular sentiment among fantasy basketballers these days.

So, this week, I figured I’d start off by talking about the schedule. Does that suit your needs? Sure it does.

The best place to look for a breakdown of the upcoming schedule over the final weeks of the season is BasketballMonster.com. Scary! You can get a good look at the weekly schedule grid as well as weekly player projections. It’s all in good fun.

Over the remainder of the season, only one team has a 2-game week, and that’s not counting the “final week” of the season. That team happens to be the Houston Rockets. With such a lousy schedule, you probably want nothing to do with an of the Rockets next week. I guess I could see you holding onto Kevin Martin or Kyle Lorwy, but that only depends on your needs in certain categories.

Other than that, you’re looking at a bunch of teams with three and four-game weeks. The best among the bunch are the Wizards, Kings, Suns, Nets and Celtics. Bingo… bang-o! Nenad Krstic, Jordan Crawford, Anthony Morrow and Marcin Gortat as playoff value picks? It depends on your needs.

I already went through and gave some playoff tips on Tuesday, so I suppose you can read over those when you have a chance.

I guess I have to add Tyler Hansbrough among the top adds over the finals weeks, though after his 30-point performance it kinda stinks that he doesnt get to play the Knicks again. But, as we know, value is in the eye of the beholder. Hansbrough has been a 20 and 8 player over his last nine games and adds nice value in steals. You won’t get blocks or threes out of him, but those of you in “hustle” or “beastly” leagues get an added blonus! Huzzah!

Serge Ibaka and JaVale McGee are block-tastic! Ibaka has 15 blocks over his last two games while McGee has 17 over his last two, including a 12-block triple-double performance on Tuesday night. Those two guys alone have won many a block categories. Just an overly impressive performance on defense by each.

Marcus Thornton, even before his 42-point performance on Monday night, is a ust-own in all formats. He could be a difference maker in the scoring, threes and even steals categories. Finally, the preseason sleeper everyone was talking about has made his presence known. Took you long enough, Thornton! (I imagine he reads this site daily).

Jeff Teague is not nearly as good as this past weekend’s performance against the Blazers (24 points, 5 steals, 4 rebounds and 3 assists). He’s probably closer to his performance against Bucks (6 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds). Still, he’s a valuable add. It looks like he and Kirk Hinrich are going to play alongside each other over the final weeks, with Jamal Crawford coming off the bench.

I’m playing Jeff in our RotoExperts in-house league. Right now I’m up 5-3 on the week, and am hoping to stay there. Jeff is a little busy supporting Boston University’s likely upset over Kansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Book it! I have Jeff on the ropes, thanks in part to Serge Ibaka and his block party, but I won’t mention that fact that I’m about 15 points behind in our the Roto league that he and Greg are also in. That’s what happens when you build your team around Dwight Howard and opt to punt FT% and TOs in a Roto league. Stuid!!

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