Fantasy Basketball Players to Add/Drop in NBA Season's Home Stretch
With the end of the NBA regular season in sight, franchises are fine-tuning their rosters as they sprint toward the finish line.
Fantasy basketball players can get a huge boost from the Added/Dropped lists as many of the names on it can add just enough of a punch to get your team as we head toward the playoffs.
In this piece, we are employing the ESPN Added/Dropped list, but it’s not simply a matter of going from the top down and adding or dropping players. We are looking at those players who have the best chance of impacting your roster – and not just the biggest movers.
Players to Add
Bruce Brown, Brooklyn Nets
Brown has been added on 8.9% of ESPN’s rosters over the last seven days, and he has been playing a key role as the Nets try to improve their position in the NBA’s playoff structure. Brown was on 18.1% of the rosters and that figure has now reached 27%. Brown is able to make contributions in multiple areas, and that’s why he is growing in stature.
Brown is averaging 8.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, but he has picked up his production substantially in his most recent four games. He has scored 17, 17, 22 and 13 points his last four games, and he has had at least seven rebounds in each of those games. Brown is averaging 3.5 assists per night over his last four games, and his solid defensive skills means that he also comes up with the numbers in blocks and steals. Brown had four blocks in the Nets’ 132-120 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night.
Lauri Markkanen, Cleveland Cavaliers
Markkanen is surging right now in terms of his production, and fantasy players have noticed as he has been added on 7.8% of rosters, going from 45.0% to 52.8% of those who play in ESPN’s fantasy leagues. While he is averaging 14.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the season, he has picked it up considerably over the past week.
Markkanen is averaging 19.9 point and 7.7 rebounds over the past week, and that includes a 31-point, 10-rebound effort in Cleveland’s 119-116 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets on March 18. When Markkanen’s confidence is high, he is capable of making game-altering contributions, and he is at that level right now as the Cavs fight to remain in the top six of the Eastern Conference.
Darius Bazley, Oklahoma City Thunder
Those who follow the game closely are not surprised to see Brown on this list and perhaps Markkanen, but Bazley has to be a shocker. While not a well-known player, Bazley is averaging 10.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists this season.
Bazley’s scoring numbers have picked up quite a bit in the last seven days. He is averaging 16.3 points over his last four games, and that includes a 22-point effort in a 132-123 loss to the Boston Celtics on March 21. Bazley’s confidence is growing and he will get his opportunities for the Thunder in the season’s final games.
Immanuel Quickley, New York Knicks
The Knicks have had a disappointing season and are on the verge of missing the playoffs when expectations were much higher. Quickley has averaged 10.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists this season, but those numbers have gone up over the past seven days.
He is averaging 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in that time. That’s why he has become a more viable fantasy option and is now on 12.9% of rosters, a number that has nearly doubled from the 6.5% of rosters he was on a bit over a week ago.
Player to drop
Ayo Dosunmo, Chicago Bulls
A bit of a downturn for a player who makes contributions to the Bulls that are usually greater than his fantasy numbers. Dosunmo is a smart player who will dive on the floor for any loose ball he can get his hands on, but his fantasy numbers have gone down. While he averages 8.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game for the season, those numbers have slipped to 7.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists over the past week.
As a result, Dosunmo has been dropped from a number of rosters. He had been 20.7% of fantasy teams in ESPN’s leagues and that number is down to 16.1%. His production is not likely to go up in the season’s final games.
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