Friday, March 28, 2008

Fantasy Basketball Playoff Adds & Hired Guns – Quarterfinal Weekend

In the spirit of FSE’s comprehensive Fantasy Basketball Playoff Cram Session piece, we introduce the Playoff Adds & Hired Guns series. Every Sunday and Friday the rest of the way, we will highlight the best long-term add options to use during your playoff run as well as some hired guns that can get you key crunch time stats.


JR SmithWeekend Game: Saturday, Golden State

This guy absolutely fills it up on the offensive end and can go off for a huge night without notice or even significant playing time. In 21 minutes Monday night, Smith scored 27 points and hit 7 three pointers. Over his last four games he is averaging 16 points a game and has knocked home 11 three pointers. There is a good chance he is already snatched up, but if you can grab this human microwave, by all means do it.

Chris QuinnWeekend Game: Sunday, At Boston

Amongst Miami’s myriad of NBDL all-stars and castaways, Quinn is seeing big minutes (35+ a night). He can bang threes, put up modest point totals in the low to mid teens and get you a few assists. He may end up being a more consistent option than former fantasy heart throb Daequan Cook.

Martell WebsterWeekend Game: Saturday, Charlotte

We discussed Webster’s excellent late season potential in an earlier piece regarding Brandon Roy’s injury. With Roy now officially out at least 4 games, jump on Webster as he’s been putting up solid point and rebounding numbers and can shoot the lights out behind the three point arc.

Jerry Stackhouse - Weekend Game: Sunday, At Golden State

Stack is enjoying a great week and has given many a fantasy team a huge boost. In his last 4 games he is averaging over 18 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 three pointers a contest. With Dirk out for at least 2 weeks, Stack will continue to see big minutes and plenty of touches on offense. Grab him immediately if you still can.

Thad Young - Weekend Game: Sunday, At Cleveland

The Sixers surge has been sparked by a variety of factors, not the least of which is the infusion of youth. Rookie Thad Young has been solid contributor for Philly and is playing well at this critical juncture in the season. He is having himself a big quarterfinal week averaging 18 points and 7.5 rebounds and I think he can offer good value in these two categories down the stretch.

Roll The Dice, Take A Chance

Thabo SefoloshaWeekend Game: Saturday, Milwaukee

Thabo reintroduced himself to fantasy owners Wednesday night with an excellent all-around performance putting up 20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and hitting on 4 three pointers. He continues to be bothered by a groin injury; however, the team insists they will let him play through. If he can consistently get 25+ minutes, you have a guy that can fill up the stat sheet and be a difference maker. For more on Thabo, check out our buddies over at Fantasy Basketball Pros who are also believers.

Daniel GibsonWeekend Games: Saturday, At Detroit & Sunday, Philadelphia

Boobie has missed over a month with a severe ankle sprain and last saw game action way back on February 20th. He is scheduled to return tomorrow night against Detroit and is an excellent option from behind the arc averaging over 2 three pointers a game this season. If he proves healthy, Gibson can be a difference maker in the three point category, provide point totals in the mid teens and help out in assists and steals. In addition, the Cavs play both Saturday and Sunday.

Jarrett JackWeekend Game: Saturday, Charlotte

With Brandon Roy out, Jack should see big minutes at point guard as the Blazers showcase him for a possible offseason trade. He has scored 17 and 19 points respectively over his last two games and can also help your team in the assist and three point department. Our only concern with Jack is that he will lose time and numbers to Steve Blake.

Louis WilliamsWeekend Game: Sunday, At Cleveland

Williams’ inconsistency throughout the season has lead to him being added and dropped countless times and leaves a good chance you can add him as we speak. He has been playing well of late and is coming off a 23 point effort Wednesday in which he hit 5 three pointers. Williams can help you in points, three pointers, assists and steals; however, be prepared for a stinker from the youngster every three games or so.

Hired Guns

Jannero PargoWeekend Game: Sunday, At Toronto

One of Chris Paul’s favorite wingmen, Pargo can fill it up from three point land, score in bunches and shoot a high percentage from the free throw line.

Sasha VujacicWeekend Game: Sunday, Washington

Has come on a bit of late but still does not receive significant minutes on a consistent basis. Despite only getting 17-18 minutes a night, Vujacic is a sniper averaging 1.5 three pointers a game and is a good bet to score in double digits.

Matt CarrollWeekend Game: Saturday, At Portland

Carroll has seen his minutes drop to the mid twenties of late, landing him back on many a waiver wire. However, over his last 4 games he has scored in double digits three times including two 18 point games and has banged home 7 three pointers. Grab him for an offensive boost.

Erick DampierWeekend Game: Sunday, At Golden State

Dampier has been a hot add since Dirk went down but I am not sold on him as a consistent fantasy option. He has a tendency to beat up on bad teams - 19 points, 17 rebounds against the Clippers - and disappear against the good ones – 5 points, 9 rebounds against Denver and 4 points, 6 rebounds against the Spurs. If you are desperate for rebounds and blocks then Dampier is a pretty good fit. Otherwise, play the matchups with this guy.

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