Talented Mr. Roto Fantasy Notes: April 19, 2006
By Chris Cates, www.TalentedMrRoto.com
Atlanta at Cleveland: 7 p.m. ET
Marvin Williams has been terrific in each of his last four games, and there’s no reason to believe he won’t end the season on just as good a note for the lottery-bound Hawks. Eric Snow recorded nine assists last time out, and he’s facing an Atlanta team that’s giving up 22 of them per game in their last five (23rd in the league in that span).
Orlando at Indiana: 7 p.m. ET
Start Hedo Turkoglu if you need threes; he’s averaging 2.8 of them in his last five, and has at least four threes in three of those five games. Peja Stojakovic is coming off of a 27-point, five-three performance, and has averaged 21.6 points and 2.0 threes in his career against Orlando.
Miami at Boston: 7:30 p.m. ET
With little left to play for, the Heat started Dorrell Wright last time out and he responded with 19 points and seven boards in 28 minutes. Wayne Simien and Michael Doleac were both in the starting lineup as well, and all could serve as serviceable fantasy options in the final game of the year. Dwayne Jones (WHO?) pulled down 13 boards in a whopping 30 minutes of action in the Celtics’ last game. Since the team is playing for next season, he could see similar minutes tonight.
New York at New Jersey: 7:30 p.m. ET
A loss today, and this is officially the worst Knicks team of all time. Trying to avoid that will be Jamal Crawford, who has scored 14+ points in 10 of his last 11 games, including 20+ on six occasions. 38 minutes, zero shot attempts, 13 assists – that was the line last time out for Jacque Vaughn. He should get another start today as long as Jason Kidd rests (as is expected), so consider him if you need some last second assists.
Washington at Detroit: 7:30 p.m. ET
Gilbert Arenas was 13 of 19 from the floor and scored 34 points last time he faced the Pistons. He’s also very hot, coming off a 43 point game, so consider another huge performance very likely today. Last time out, former Cincy standout Jason Maxiell logged 27 minutes off the bench and recorded 11 points and 12 rebounds. Considering the fact that the Pistons’ minds are likely already in the first round, Maxiell could be a nice option for the last game of the season.
Philadelphia at Charlotte: 7:30 p.m. ET
After starting and recording 14 points in 28 minutes, Willie Green should be considered today against the pathetic Bobcats. Opponents of the Sixers are shooting an absurdly terrible 26.7 percent from three in their last five (ranking the Sixers 1st in that span), so don’t expect a lot from your Charlotte snipers today.
Memphis at Minnesota: 8 p.m. ET
If last night’s game is removed, Shane Battier has 14 blocks in his last five games alone (2.8 per game). Opponents of the Wolves are blocking 5.6 of their shots per game in the last five, ranking the team 28th in that span, so there’s no reason to believe Battier won’t continue his blocking ways tonight. With his 20 point performance last time out, Rashad McCants has scored in double figures in 11 straight games.
L.A. Clippers at Dallas: 8 p.m. ET
With nine dimes in his start last night, Shaun Livingston is averaging 6.7 assists per game in games he starts. If he starts today – which he should, with Sam Cassell likely resting again for the playoffs – he’s a great play. Erick Dampier posted a double-double last time out, and has averaged 8.8 boards and 1.7 blocks in his career against the Clippers. Then again, though, he is Erick Dampier.
San Antonio at Houston: 8 p.m. ET
Brent Barry has scored 14+ points in three of his last four, and he should see significant minutes tonight with all of the big boys resting. Double figures in eight straight games for Juwan Howard, including 31 last time out. He should continue his good play against what will likely be San Antonio’s reserves.
Toronto at Chicago: 8:30 p.m. ET
Jose Calderon has 17 assists in his last two games, but the Bulls have been among the best in the league when it comes to opponents’ assists of late. Kirk Hinrich was held to just four points last time he faced the Raptors.
Golden State at Utah: 9 p.m. ET
Andris Biedrins has averaged a double-double over his last two games, and he went for 14 and 10 last time he faced the Jazz. Carlos Boozer has always torn up the Warriors; he’s averaged 16.3 points and 13 boards per game in his career against them, including 11 and 19 last time out.
Phoenix at Portland: 10 p.m. ET
Leandro Barbosa has started three consecutive games, and has averaged 19 points per game in that span. He’s a good start against a Portland team with nothing to play for and young’ns aplenty in the starting lineup. Speaking of young’ns – Martell Webster is one. One that has scored at least 11 points in each of his last five, and has six steals in his last two games alone. He’s a solid option today.
Denver at Seattle: 10:30 p.m. ET
The 13 boards and five blocks Marcus Camby put up last time he faced the Sonics is very similar to the 13.5 and 4.0 he’s averaged in his last five. Keep an eye on his status as game time approaches, seeing as this is the last game before the playoffs and he seems to get injured on a somewhat regular basis….Nick Collison, who went for 20 points and 11 boards last time out, should see big minutes today against the Nuggets and is a good start.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers: 10:30 p.m. ET
If Linton Johnson can get 25-30 minutes of playing time, you could do a lot worse at this point. He’s seen close to that the last couple of games, and could easily top that today given the nature of the game. Luke Walton is averaging 4.8 assists per game in his four consecutive starts, and given his rebounds, steals and points potential, he’s a great option to close out the season.
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