Week 25 Schedule: Games Played
4 Games: ATL, BKN, CHA, CHI, LAL, MEM, MIL, NOR, OKC, PHI, PHX, POR, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS
3 Games: BOS, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MIA, MIN, NYK, ORL, SAC
Week 25 Back-to-Backs:
Sunday (April 3rd)-Monday: N/A
Tuesday-Wednesday: ATL, BKN, CHI, OKC, PHX, UTA, WAS
Thursday-Friday: CHA, LAL, MIL, POR, TOR
Saturday-Sunday: GSW, IND, LAC, MEM, NOR, PHI, SAC, SAS
Waiver Wire Pickups:
*To qualify for this list, players have to be available in over 70% of Yahoo Leagues. And yes the criteria has changed (from 60%) since the wire is mostly picked clean.
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Goga Bitadze (29%)- I’m not sure why Goga still qualifies for this list but here we are. Goga has taken the fantasy playoffs by storm, posting top-50 numbers in his last six games with 16.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 dimes, 1.2 steals, 1.3 blocks and 1.2 triples.
Theo Maledon (28%)- This is Theo’s time to shine with over half of the OKC roster shut down with very legitimate injuries that have nothing to do with the draft lottery… In his last four outings, Theo has led some hilarious lineups and put up 4th-round value with 21.5 points, 5.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.3 triples. If you’re wondering why Aleksej Pokusevski isn’t on this list, it’s because he no longer qualifies which means my Poku propaganda from the past month has worked.
Killian Hayes (27%)- The Pistons are dialing their veterans back and are about to put Cory Joseph on ice for good. Hayes isn’t likely to provide much offense, but he’s been a beast on the defensive side of things. In his last six games, he’s been an 8th-round value with 10.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 dimes, 2.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.7 triples.
Markelle Fultz (17%)- Orlando has no remaining back-to-backs and Fultz has been massive lately despite low minutes. In his last three games, Fultz put up 4th-round value in 19.9 minutes with 15.3 points, 4.7 dimes, 1.7 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 0.7 blocks. I’m very curious to see what the Magic do this offseason with their logjam at PG.
Moses Brown (9%)- One of my favorites from last season which included a 21-point, 23-rebound game with the Thunder. Now Moses is with a Cleveland team that is without both Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley. He’s played over 20 minutes in two straight, averaging 13.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 0.5 blocks. He could be a walking double-double and the Cavaliers have five more games this season as of Friday morning.
Onyeka Okongwu (16%)- I’m going to be a conspiracy theorist for this one, as I think the Hawks are going to be shady in the final week as they do everything they can to avoid a play-in matchup with the Nets. Maybe we see Clint Capela and others get some maintenance days, but Onyeka was already starting to trend up with Capela upright. In his last two games, he reached 25+ minutes in each with 10.0 points, 12.5 boards, 2.0 dimes and 0.5 blocks.
Brandon Clarke (28%)- The Grizzlies have locked up the No. 2 seed out West and will be resting players left and right. Clarke is expected to play on Friday, though I’m not sure if he’ll get some maintenance as well. Two other players that must be on your radar with this news are Ziaire Williams and Xavier Tillman. If the Grizzlies are without 3-4 key players on any given night, they will be worth streaming.
Damian Jones (9%) Jones just ate the Rockets alive in his last outing and gets another matchup with them Friday night. With no real competition in the frontcourt, Jones has been an 8th-rounder in 9-cat in his last five games with 15.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.8 dimes and 1.2 blocks.
Donte DiVincenzo (16%)- Donte is still flying under the radar in a bunch of leagues despite steals and dimes being so hard to find on the wire. In his last eight games, Donte has been an 11th-rounder despite some poor shooting, averaging 12.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.9 dimes, 1.6 steals and 2.6 triples.
Grant Williams (9%)- Grant is coming off perhaps his worst game of the season, but hey, at least that means he’s probably still available in your league! Grant has been a solid streamer without Robert Williams (knee) on the court this season, posting a per-36 line of 10.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 blocks, 0.7 steals and 1.8 triples.
Dwight Powell (21%)- The Mavericks are battling for seeding out West so the regulars should play deep into the silly season. Powell has been a nobody for most of the season but has fared well recently, returning 6th-round value in his last six games with 13.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 dimes, 0.5 steals and 0.7 blocks.
Pat Connaughton (17%)- You’re probably wondering why he’s on this list with three mediocre lines in a row, but the Bucks are known for resting their studs late into the season and this campaign will be no different. Be ready to stream Pat whenever that happens.
Justin Anderson (2%)- Anderson is making a case to be a rotation player for Indiana next season. He’s played a whopping 32.3 minutes in his last six games, returning 10th-round value in that span with 12.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.5 dimes, 1.0 steals and 1.8 triples. The Pacers may have found themselves a Josh Hart lite.
Terry Taylor (4%)- When you have 10 players “injured” and the tank is rolling at full speed, you need guys like Taylor and Justin Anderson to step up. In his last six games, Taylor put up 13.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 dimes, 1.0 steals and 0.7 triples in 29.3 minutes per game.
Cedi Osman (7%)- After falling out of the rotation, Cedi was back with a vengeance on Thursday and finished with 21 points, six rebounds, four assists, three triples and a block. The Cavaliers have been decimated by injuries, but it remains to be seen if this was a one-hit wonder or if he can provide some real value in the final week.
Max Strus (5%)- Strus leapfrogged Duncan Robinson in the rotation in a move that is likely to stick with how well Miami played in their last two. If you need points and 3s, you can’t go wrong here, but don’t expect much else like the blocks we saw vs. Boston.
Kris Dunn (12%)- I like Dunn a bit more than McLemore as I feel like his stat set is more useful in category leagues. In his past eight games, Dunn averaged 8.5 points, 5.1 dimes, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals.
Larry Nance Jr. (23%) Nance’s minutes eclipsed 20 in his last game which means it’s officially time to consider adding him. The Pelicans don’t have any back-to-back sets, so we don’t need to worry about maintenance either. Nance was a top-100 9-cat player in each of his previous five seasons.
Jose Alvarado (22%)- Grand Theft Alvarado remains the best pure source of steals with Gary Payton II slowing down in Golden State. In his last nine games, Alvarado was a 7th-rounder with 11.7 points, 3.7 dimes, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.0 triples.
Trey Lyles (22%)- You can’t expect much defense out of him, but Lyles has been a 9th-rounder in his last five games with 13.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.2 dimes, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.6 triples.
Aaron Wiggins (8%), Vit Krejci (1%) and Lindy Waters III (1%)- As my colleague Steve Alexander would say, “pick a Thunder, any Thunder.” While all three of these guys are worth streaming in a vacuum, I would pick Lindy as the guy with the most pure upside. In his last three games, Lindy averaged 17.0 points, 5.0 triples, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 dimes and 1.3 steals. Basketball in April gets real weird, real fast.
Ben McLemore (14%)- He’s a one-trick pony but I’ll stream him anyways since he can get 15 shots on any given night. Over the past eight games, McLemore has been an 8th-round value with 17.8 points, 3.6 triples, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals.