March 4, 2024

Fantasy basketball: Dr. A’s weekly risers and fallers

Several surprising gamers have been returning surprisingly stable fantasy worth over the past two weeks whereas some enormous names have been letting their fantasy managers down by struggling in a number of fantasy classes alongside the best way.

Brandon Miller, Onyeka Okongwu and Donte DiVincenzo are heating up whereas Khris Middleton, Immanuel Quickley and Klay Thompson have all been struggling.

Here’s a have a look at 5 risers and 4 fallers in the course of the previous week of the fantasy hoops season.


Brandon Miller, SF/PF, Hornets (68.1% rostered in ESPN leagues): Miller has been a Top 20 fantasy power over the previous week, racking up ridiculous averages of 29.0 factors, 4.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.5 steals, 1.3 blocks and 4.3 3-pointers, all whereas taking pictures 50% from the ground and 86.7% from the road. He’s the final man standing in Charlotte and that would imply massive issues for fantasy managers within the remaining month of the fantasy season.

Onyeka Okongwu, PF/C, Hawks (51.1%): Clint Capela (adductor) is out for 10 days or so and can also be a commerce candidate so it appears to be like prefer it’s formally Okongwu season. Over his final 4 video games, Okongwu has averaged 18.5 factors, 9.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers per sport, good for Top 25 fantasy worth. He’s younger and goes to have some tough nights, however the Hawks are beginning to play higher, may very well be bolstered by a commerce and Okongwu appears to be like primed for a giant second half. His 3-point taking pictures has been notably spectacular of late.

Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Knicks (37%): In 4 video games this month, DiVincenzo has taken the chance offered by Julius Randle’s shoulder damage and run with it, returning Top 25 fantasy worth alongside the best way. DiVincenzo has racked up averages of 28.5 factors, 3.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 5.3 triples per sport throughout this scorching stretch. Tom Thibodeau and the Knicks are loving what they see out of DiVincenzo, and he is a giant a part of the explanation they’ve gained so many video games in latest weeks.

Brandin Podziemski, SG, Warriors (14.1%): With Klay Thompson struggling, the rookie Podziemski is offering Top 35 fantasy worth over the past week with averages of 11.4 factors, 8.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 1.2 steals on 45.1% taking pictures from the sphere. Unless Thompson finds some confidence quickly, Podziemski ought to proceed to dominate, though he hasn’t hit a 3-pointer since January.

Precious Achiuwa, PF/C, Knicks (9.8%): Achiuwa has quietly been a Top 60 participant in the course of the previous two weeks and will see a lift as the one wholesome massive man in New York after Isaiah Hartenstein went down on Thursday after aggravating his Achilles damage. Over his final seven video games Achiuwa has averaged 11.9 factors, 9.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 1.4 blocks and 0.4 3-pointers whereas hitting 49% of his pictures and pulling down 75% of his free throws. It’s time to maneuver on him.


Khris Middleton, SF, Bucks (82.7%): Middleton has been only a Top 120 participant over the previous week and was final seen on crutches whereas leaving the sector on Tuesday evening because of a sprained left ankle. He missed Thursday’s sport and might miss extra, which is a nasty signal for a participant who can not help fantasy groups the identical approach he did a couple of years again.

Jonas Valanciunas, C, Pelicans (87%): Prior to Wednesday’s sport when he injured his calf and performed solely 11 minutes, Valanciunas had been only a Top 120 participant in the course of the earlier week with averages of 17.7 factors, 11.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.0 steals, 0.3 blocks and 0.0 3-pointers. Sure, the factors and boards are tremendous, however there’s not a lot else taking place right here, whereas he is hitting simply 64% of his free throws, in addition. He is questionable for Friday’s sport in opposition to the Lakers.

Immanuel Quickley, PG/SG, Raptors (59.1%): Quickley has been outdoors the Top 150 over his final three video games by averaging 16.7 factors, 1.7 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.0 blocks and 3.0 3-pointers over his final three. The factors, assists and triples are tremendous, however the lack of steals, mixed with 37% taking pictures and 70% free throws make him troublesome to make use of in class leagues.

Klay Thompson, SG/SF, Warriors (48.2%): Thompson seems to be struggling mentally to simply accept the very fact he isn’t the participant he as soon as was and it has been form of unhappy to observe. He’s not even closing out video games for the Warriors lately whereas Jonathan Kuminga and Brandin Podziemski have grow to be fan favorites for the Warriors, who’re lastly beginning to play higher. The surgical procedures and age have caught up with Thompson and he is averaged simply 12.5 factors, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his final 4 video games. The 36.4% taking pictures in that span is disastrous and he gone to the road solely twice in these 4 video games.