Week 16 sleeper picks, match-ups, and what to watch for.
NBA Week 16 Watch
Due to the All Star break, most fantasy leagues are combining this week and next into one match up. Most of your players should play 4-6 games in this two week stretch. Royce White has finally signed with the Rocket’s D-league affiliate. Any sort of mental illness no matter how severe should be taken seriously, but is NBA life really for someone with severe anxiety issues? Yes, the Rockets should try and make it work, but daily operations still have to go on, and they must go on without distraction to the rest of the team.
NBA teams with favorable fantasy match ups and 6 games in this two week All Star break cluster are the Heat, T-Wolves, Hornets, Thunder, and Spurs. NBA teams with very weak fantasy slates are the Jazz, Suns, Sixers and Knicks.
NBA Week 16 Fantasy Player Watch
Kyle Singler SG/SF Detroit Pistons (%7 owned)
Singer was a for sure lock to contribute more minutes and more fantasy points after stepping into the starting role with the departure of Tayshaun Prince. Right? Maybe not on the points. The minutes are there, but the fantasy production is not. Pistons coach Lawrence Frank is high on Singler’s game, but early on it’s looking like intangibles, not production, are the reason why. Singler just isn’t a very big piece of the offensive game plan, but he is worth monitoring because of the big minutes he should see.
Byron Mullens PF/C Charlotte Bobcats (%68 owned)
Mullens is finally coming off an ankle injury, and has basically been thrown into full time action. His ankle is fine, nearly double-doubling in three out of his first four games back. If your team can take a little hit to FG%, Mullens can add value to your center spot, even adding three pointers.
Marreese Speights PF/C Cleveland Cavaliers (%34 owned)
Judging by his past 7 games, Speights should be owned in %100 of leagues, but he is still flying under the radar. He is shooting with extreme efficiency right now, on a stretch where he’s only missed one free throw in his last five games. Adding to his fantasy game, he gets 5+ rebounds most nights, and judging by his stat lines he should continue to add blocks here and there.
NBA Week 16 Fantasy Sleepers
Jeremey Pargo PG Philadelphia 76ers (%1 owned)
Pargo has been stealing increasing minutes from starter Nick Young. Going into the break Young is really feeling the heat. In his last seven, Pargo is scoring a solid 16 fantasy points a night, putting up efficient stats. Young on the other hand, isn’t playing well. Saturday he shot 2-13 with 5 points.
Robin Lopez C New Orleans Hornets (%40 owned)
Averaging almost 18 fantasy points per game the last two weeks, Lopez’s ownership is starting to creep up. For this two week stretch, I like him. For 3 games, the Hornets have average match ups, but for 3 other games, their match up is in their favor. Lopez plays the Bulls and Cavs , both in the top 5 in blocked shots per game against.
Lavoy Allen PF/C Philadelphia 76ers (%0.8 owned)
Allen is this week’s deep sleeper special. With teammate Thaddeus Young out with a pulled hamstring, the bulk of the minutes are going to Allen, and he is responding nicely. He has rebounded well off the bench all season considering his minutes, and his high motor helped him on his way to a 22 rebound game on Saturday.
Bradley Beal SG Washington Wizards (%22 owned)
Fantasy owners have monitored Beal’s ownership rollercoaster ride all season. Currently in one of the valleys of his ownership (%22 owned) coming off injury, now is the time to pick up Beal. His schedule in the next two weeks is very favorable. Not to mention, Beal and teammate John Wall are pretty entertaining to watch on the floor together. They are no doubt the future of this franchise as a tandem deal. If the young Beal can show Wall-esque flashes these next two weeks, you are in business for nice points.
Martell Webster SF Washington Wizards (%16 owned)
In the past, Webster has been a fantasy dud because of bad shots. It’s tough to live with %40 shooting without drastic results in all other areas. Enough about the past, evidence suggests Webster has figured it out this season. Sabermetrics gurus will look at his improved, career high, 13.2 Player Efficiency Rating. In his last ten games, he is shooting %53 from the floor.
Moe Harkless PF/C Orlando Magic (%1 owned)
With the recent announcement that Big Baby Davis will be out for the remainder of the season, fantasy owners waited patiently to see who would be filling the void for the magic. All indications point to Harkless being that guy. Many owners passed on Magic counterpart Nikola Vucevic early in the season, only to see him become a top 25 fantasy player. Harkless’ per minute averages project to big things as he keeps seeing more time, but I still would only expect a decent sleeper pick, not Vucevic status.
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