Contributed by Mike Gallagher
Tomorrow is the last day of the season and there are a multitude of teams that have decided to rest their key players for the postseason. At the other end of the spectrum, plenty of teams are out of the hunt and have no reason to play their guys that are less than 100 percent. Let’s hit some players that might be helpful for owners that have a ton of players on teams like the Celtics and Knicks:
Goran Dragic: Dragic played 53 minutes and all signs point to Kyle Lowry resting on Wednesday. He is really a must-start option.
Drew Gooden: Gooden was a good bet to finish strong and he surpassed even my high expectations. He’s another guy that should be in all lineups for Wednesday. He’s one of many guys we told you to add almost two weeks ago, but hey, we got to help the little guy a bit.
Reggie Williams: He is a no-brainer start as well since Monta is out for the year. He dropped 17 and expecting 20 with some goodies is not farfetched at all.
Sasha Vujacic: It goes without saying that Jordan Farmar is also a player that should be started with confidence. Sasha will also be a key part of Jersey’s game plan against the top-seeded Bulls. They will need as many triples as possible and I’ll set the O/U for 3.5 triples made by Sasha.
DeAndre Jordan: He’s another guy that is probably owned in your competitive league, but he should be a stud with Kaman out of the picture.
Shawne Williams: Williams should already be on all rosters since the Knicks play tonight. A lot of Knicks will be riding some pine and Williams is a good bet to have a career game. Toney Douglas also needs to be going in all formats. If you’re really desperate Bill Walker could be an option for triples and scoring.
George Hill: Pop is pretty well known for resting his guys on back-to-back games and there is an excellent chance Parker and/or Ginobili do not suit up. Outside of sexting, Hill has all the basketball skills for a fantasy guard you need and a line like 25 points, eight dimes, two steals, and two threes could be within his reach in the even there is a shutdown. We should know more after Tuesday’s game. Tim Duncan will likely also sit, but I do not trust any other Spur outside of DeJuan Blair (he might actually sit as well). Splitter’s foul shooting is atrocious and the Dice Man is not quite healthy.
Chris Andersen: In case you missed it, Chris Andersen had one of the best lines of the night with 14 points, 12 boards, four blocks, and two steals in Denver’s win on Monday. He has the upside in the blocks cat to be an option in all leagues.
Ed Davis: We’ve stuck by Davis through thick and thin and he’s another guy that should flirt with a 20 and 10 with Miami likely resting their stars.
Joey Dorsey: This man grabbed 20 rebounds in Reggie Evans’ absence. It’s hard to ignore those numbers and Dorsey could be the secret weapon you need for making up ground in rebounds.
Taj Gibson: The Bulls may or may not have things sewn up with respect to having a better record than the Spurs depending on tonight’s outcomes. If Noah and/or Boozer are in street clothes, Taj should be a useful asset for his defense and rebounding numbers. While we’re on the subject of the Bulls, I doubt Derrick Rose sits, but if he does, grab C.J. Watson for sure.
The Anthonys: No not Carmelo. Anthony Tolliver and Anthony Randolph have filled in nicely without The Optometrist logging 20-20 gems. Randolph has the higher upside, but if threes are your pleasure to go with some boards, start Tolliver.
Shannon Brown: While it’d be nice for the Lakers to have this thing figured out, Phil Jackson will likely rest Kobe in their last game. Shannon Brown can fill it up in bunches with plenty of range as well. If the news breaks that Mamba is not being unleashed, Brown is a nice option for threes, steals, and points.
Jermaine O’Neal: He logged a 15 and 13 from Monday, but would you risk you championship on a guy that has seldom made it through a game without getting hurt? I’d take my chances with a guy like Joey Dorsey, who should certainly be available. If Delonte West suits up, he would probably be the best backcourt plug-and-play guy. There should be other options though.
The Memphis and Portland game for Tuesday could lock up another team for seeding. However, both teams are not likely to make too bold deviations from their normal rotation in the finale. Stay tuned and we will revisit this in the headlines tonight.
It’s important to remember that owners should not overreact and bench a reliable mid-level upside guy for a player mentioned above. The old paralysis by analysis cliché certainly applies here and with every team playing, the vast majority of owners shouldn’t be in too big of a pickle. If these players listed are all gone and you’re still unsure on what your lineup should be for the night, feel free to shoot me an email with your roster and possible pick-up options. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on Twitter @MikeSGallagher.
Thanks for reading and good luck!