Fantasy Basketball Update: Monday, March 15
The NBA season is halfway over and that means there’s just a few more weeks for fantasy owners to make that final push to make the playoffs. There are a few players that may be available in some leagues for those owners looking to start that playoff push.
Caris LeVert, Indiana Pacers
LeVert has always been a quality option for an NBA team. He broke out in Brooklyn while Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were both out last season. Even at the start of this year, LeVert was putting up 18.5 points and six assists in Brooklyn. Those numbers made him a valuable trade asset leading to him moving to the Indiana Pacers in the James Harden trade.
However, a cancerous tumor was found in LeVert’s physical meaning he hasn’t played since January 12 while he was still with the Nets. LeVert is scheduled to make his return to the court on Friday and he is still only owned in just 79% of leagues with that total rising.
On a Pacers team needing that extra spark offensively, LeVert could be a valuable get in free agency.
Michael Carter-Williams, Orlando Magic
Here’s a really sneaky add to a fantasy roster.
Michael Carter-Williams will always be known as the rookie of the year turned bust in Philadelphia. He’s bounced around the league ever since until arriving in Orlando back in 2019. There he’s been a role player and glue guy for the team but with recent injuries to most of the key players on the Magic roster, Carter-Williams has been more involved.
Aaron Gordon and Cole Anthony are among the names who have missed time due to injury at certain points and Carter-Williams has taken advantage. In his last three games, Carter-Williams has averaged 18.3 points, 6.6 assists and six rebounds per game. On a struggling Magic team, Carter-Williams has shown the ability to light up the stat sheet.
Only picked up in 18.1% of fantasy leagues, Carter-Williams could be a reliable short-term option at guard.
Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves
How is this guy still available?
The recent No. 1 overall pick in the draft had a rough start to his season, forcing some fantasy owners to cut ties with the rookie. Those owners may be regretting their decision after Edwards’ recent trend upwards.
The T-Wolves are still one of the worst teams in the NBA, but that isn’t because of Edwards. In his last five games, Edwards has had a 20 point game in four of them with the other one being a 19 point game. His best of those five games came against the Pelicans where he put up 27 points and 4 rebounds.
Edwards is only owned in 76.2% of leagues despite his recent production and he’s a guy who can definitely help any team looking for one final boost to their roster.
Logan Bourandas is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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