NBA Week 21 Fantasy Basketball Playoff Sleeper Picks
NBA Week 21 Games Watch
If your team isn’t already in the playoffs, you will start this week. Congratulations on making it this far, we both know you couldn’t have done it without the Ninja’s sleeper picks all season. All jokes aside, your team is here today because you correctly worked the waiver wire for all or most of the 20-21 weeks in the fantasy season. Don’t stop now, you likely have a two-week match up in round one, and another two week match up in the finals if you get there.
Lakers fantasy owners beware, they only play twice this week. Astonishingly in contrast, the Portland Trailblazers play a whooping five games. With a shallow bench squad in Portland, these extra minutes likely won’t be able to be highly exploited by fantasy owners.
The Jazz play 4 times in favorable match ups. Joining them with 4 good ones are the Knicks, Pacers, Kings, Nuggets, Hawks, and Jazz. Three games with good match ups are the Spurs, Clippers, and Nuggets. Basically, the waiver wire is full of players this week who will get minutes and have a chance to produce. In weekly formats, besides Lakers players, stay away from pick ups of players on the Raptors, Sixers, and Warriors.
NBA Week 21 Fantasy Player Watch
Kobe Bryant SG/SF Los Angeles Lakers (%100 owned)
The Lakers only play twice this week, which is horrible for Kobe owners in this playoff week, but is wonderful for Kobe’s hurting ankle. Bryant is a shell of the player he is right now favoring that ankle. If you can push your team through the first half of the fantasy semis, the Black Mamba should return hungry as ever to will the Lakers into the playoffs.
Tyson Chandler C New York Knicks (%100 owned)
Another %100 owned player, not a sleeper, but still important if you own him. After missing last week with a bummed knee, Chandler told the media this weekend that he is ready to play this week. I’d start him even if I was unsure.
Mo Williams PG Utah Jazz (%85 owned)
Williams is really throwing off the rotation in Utah where he has been out for over 30 games with a ligament injury.He still will not be back fully this week. Media reports suggest he is not in game shape and still needs a little bit more time. He is officially listed as day-to-day. Once Williams gets back, 32+ minutes will almost instantly be his, and production should ensue. Stay tuned next week.
NBA Week 21 Fantasy Sleepers
Jodie Meeks SG Los Angeles Lakers (%1 owned)
Already playing his most average minutes of the season in this month before Kobe got hurt, Meeks and Coach Di’Antoni have finally found synergy in Meeks’ role off the bench. Three pointers are his specialty. If you have the luxury to pick up and drop multiple waiver options during the week, Meeks is a great pick up for the two games he plays. Especially with Bryant ailing.
Ed Davis PF/C Memphis Grizzles (%8 owned)
Looking like the primary big off the bench in Memphis, Davis may return to a legitimate fantasy starter in deep leagues like he was before he was dealt at the trade deadline. Even when teammate Zach Randolph returned from injury this past week, Davis still was in for 25 minutes, and recorded 14 points and 9 boards in that time.
Francisco Garcia SG/SF Houston Rockets (%0.1 owned)
This week’s deep sleeper special, Garcia is a nice pick up if your league is impossibly deep. First off, Garcia is eligible as a two-guard – in my opinion by far the most difficult fantasy position to fill. Secondly, Garcia is opening a few eyes in Houston with his balanced play and active defense. He is averaging 1 steal, 0.5 blocks, and 1 three pointer per game in something around 11 minutes per, a very unlikely combination that any other 2-guard couldn’t achieve (unless we are talking superstars).
Rodney Stuckey G Detroit Pistons (%30 owned)
The Bobcats appear on his slate, which makes games vs. the Heat and the Nets much more bearable. Stuckey will indeed be getting major minutes until teammate Brandon Knight returns from injury, and he can produce. In a game against Golden State last week, he went for 22 points and 5 assists.
Dorrell Wright SF Philadelphia 76ers (%13 owned)
Nick Young is out. This is where Wright has seen the increased minutes and production. Right? Maybe not. Teammate Damian Wilkins has actually been getting the starts, and it seems like Wright’s role may have little to do with the Young injury situation. Obviously his production could take a small hit, but Young won’t be back this week, and the Sixers play four times.
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