With NBA rotations changing day by day due to injuries and other concerns, fantasy basketball owners need to find players they can count on. The best thing to look for is players playing for teams still competing to the final playoff spots. The other group you can count on is the young players playing for bad teams. Owners, coaches and GMs want to see what they have in them so they will keep running them out there. These four young players should help teams wrap up their championships.
JaVale McGee – C – Washington Wizards
With nothing left to play for McGee has been wreaking havoc on the NBA. He has at least 3 blocks in 4 of his last 5 games and scored 11 points to go with 17 rebounds yesterday. As long as John Wall is in the lineup and Andray Blache is not, McGee should continue to be a double-double machine.
Gordon Hayward – F – Utah Jazz
He has been gaining playing time for the Jazz over the last two weeks, including 37 minutes last night. With injuries and the Jazz about to be eliminated from the playoffs, Hayward should take over a larger role to finish up the season. Expect him to average around 15 points and put up some good, but not great, peripheral fantasy basketball numbers to finish out the season.
Derrick Favors – F – Utah Jazz
Favors is another player that is going to get a huge uptick in minutes once the Jazz are eliminated. He put up 11 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks last night. If he gets consistent playing time the rest of the season, his talent alone should get him close to a double-double each night. Track Paul Millsap’s injury situation before putting Favors in your lineup, however.
Jared Dudley – G/F – Phoenix Suns
Dudley started over Vince Carter on Sunday in what looks to be like a permanent move for the Suns. Dudley has simply been outplaying Carter over the last week or two. In his last 6 games he has scored 13 PPG while hitting 11 threes. In his first start, he had 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. He also played 38 minutes and if he continues to get these minutes he should be started in every fantasy basketball league.