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Studs and Duds of Week #22 (March 23rd – 29th)

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edited March 2015 in Expert Player Rankings

Studs:

Paul Millsap only logged two games in Week #22, but boy were they amazing. With averages of 23 points, 1 three, 10 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1 steal, 3 blocks, 1.5 turnovers, and 53% on 16 FGA/G and 100% from the line. For those who track z scores, that’s about as positive in 9 cats as one player can possibly get with threes and assists just needing a little bit more. But for a guy whose PF/C eligible, you’ll take it in a heartbeat.

Brook Lopez is either feeling better or secretly wants you to draft him early next season only to be disappointed again until the last few weeks of the season. Either way when you average 28.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1 steal, and 2.3 blocks 58% and 83% over 4 games and put up top 10 value you’ve sold me. It’s also nice that the Nets are winning and Lopez’s is getting 38+ minutes a game.

Demarcus Cousins (when he plays….) is a beast. He shot poorly on his March 24th games against the 76ers, but still somehow managed to rank top 5 over his three games in Week #22 by averaging 32 points, 16 boards, 2.7 assists, 2.3 steals, 2.7 blocks, and 47% from the floor and 76% from the line. The 3.7 TOs weren’t so hot, but with counting stats like that it doesn’t even matter.

Honorable Mentions:
Stephen Curry - Remember when I mentioned that Steph Curry was the all-time leader in games with five or more threes and assists in the same game? Well he did it again. 4 more times in 4 games. He hit 24 threes by himself averaged 8 assists per game and never shot under 54% or missed a FT.
Nerlens Noel – 16.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2 steals, and 2.5 blocks while putting up first round value.
George Hill – You needed patience, but if you did: 21.8, 2.5 threes, 5 boards, 5.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks on 54% and 82%

Duds:

Dirk Nowitzki’s long tenured fantasy relevance seems to be coming to a close finally. And a lot of it has to do with what Dallas is surrounding him by. Still if you’re going to play 31 minutes a game and only score 13.7 points you’re not getting enough shots anymore. 1 three per game, 42% from the floor and 75% from the line made Dirk just good enough to be rosterable in standard leagues.

Marc Gasol ripped his jersey the other day like the Hulk, which I think is a good indicator of how he’s been playing of late. The 17 points in Week #22 were good, but the 5.5 boards and .75 steals and .75 blocks are pretty terrible and you’d like to see him shoot 50+% from the floor.

Memphis really did look like a force to be reckoned with mid-season, but Mike Conley and the rest of the team are either burnt out or just aren’t clicking anymore. Conley started out so strong, but has just nose-dived since. Less than 10 points a game and only 5.8 assists on a team stacked with lost post scoring bigs is an issue. Shooting sub 40% and not even taking a FT in 4 games is almost unheard of out of a PG. 2.75 TOs to boot makes Conley drop about 100 spots in the ranks compared to his season average

Honorable Mentions:
Al Horford - 12.5 points, 4.5 boards, 3 assists, 1 block, can’t even crack the top 150
Kyrie Irving – More TOs than assists and just barely cracking the top 100 when the Cavs are playing well. The scoring is nice, but no one wants Kyrie to be top 100…
Anthony Davis - This is more to be funny. Even when AD stinks he puts up top 15 value. Draft him always.

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