After speaking with a bunch of you over the last few weeks, I have to warn you not to overthink lineup decisions. I do not care which superstar of yours in a shooting slump. If your player is hurt, then take the necessary precautions. One of the major rules of fantasy sports is to always start your studs. These guys brought you to this point, and with playoff implications at stake do not let your paranoia take over. Start your studs and finish strong.
Tobias Harris, forward, Orlando Magic: You might recognize this player. Yes, Harris was just in the last edition of my Beast Report. It shows that I am urging you to pick up Harris if he is still on your waiver wire. He is owned in 43 percent of leagues polled.
If you look at Harris' season as a whole, his statistics do not look very appealing. If you look at how Harris has played in the last two weeks, you would see that he has scored 15.7 points per game and has shot 53.7 percent from the field. Harris has also contributed 6.6 rebounds and a steal per game over the last two weeks. Harris has been getting close to 30 minutes of playing time per game as of late. The Magic are not looking they will make the playoffs and as discussed in previous articles, teams who are out of playoff contention will widen their rotation. Harris has been one of the players who has taken full advantage of the increased playing time he has gotten.
C.J. Miles, guard-forward, Cleveland Cavaliers: There is a good chance that a member of the Cavaliers will be included in waiver wire articles for the rest of the season. Miles is a good player to pick up if you need help in the scoring and shooting percentage categories. Miles, a 41 percent field goal shooter on the season, has raised his shooting percentage to 47 percent over the last two weeks. Miles has scored 11.3 points per game this season.
Miles is also one of the best free-throw shooters in league as he has shot 89.5 percent from the line this season. He will even grab you a steal in the majority of games, as an added bonus. Miles is owned in only 11 percent of leagues polled. A recent new rule of thumb to remember as you head into the fantasy basketball players is to always consider picking up Cavs players.
Matt Barnes, forward, Los Angeles Clippers: Barnes has been a good shooter all season; he has made 45 percent from the field. He has been playing with a wrist guard for the last two weeks and has still shot as consistently as he has shot all season. Barnes has scored 10.6 points this season and has grabbed 4.5 rebounds per game.
Barnes is a phenomenal defender and that is a big reason why he is an integral part of the Clippers' tightened up rotation. His perimeter defense has been excellent, as he has stolen the ball 1.1 times per game this season. Barnes even plays good interior defense: He will block a shot for you in the majority of games he plays in. Barnes makes at least one three-pointer per game and is owned in 25 percent of leagues polled. He has consistently been a top 100 fantasy basketball player all season long.
Kosta Koufos, forward-center, Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets are a team destined to prolong their season well into the playoffs and George Karl is keeping his rotation deep. Koufos has been playing only 22 minutes per game but has been a major help to fantasy basketball owners. Koufos has averaged 8.1 points, shooting 60.4 percent from the field this season. He is owned in only 24 percent of leagues polled and has somehow taken minutes away from JaVale McGee and Kenneth Faried.
Koufos has grabbed 6.6 rebounds and blocked 1.4 shots per game. Koufos is very aggressive and has been very durable this season, despite frequently diving on the floor. The Nuggets have been committed to a run-and-gun style of offense all year long, with Koufos often being the first to the other side of the court and gets the ball under the basket on the break. That explains his high shooting percentage.
Mike Dunleavy, guard-forward, Milwaukee Bucks: Despite adding another shooter to their arsenal (J.J. Redick), the Bucks have been successful in still keeping Dunleavy involved in the offense. Dunleavy has been shooting over 43 percent from three-point range and at six 6-foot-9 is a constant matchup problem.
Dunleavy has scored 10.9 points per game, making 45.1 percent from the field. He has also grabbed four rebounds and dished two assists per game this season. Dunleavy is owned in 38 percent of leagues polled and gives fantasy owners a block and a steal in every other game on average this season. He is often left open and is hard to guard. Dunleavy sets up both inside and outside on offense. You never know where he will be on the court.