Mar 31, 2018


With a little over a week left in the NBA season, the Western Conference standings have not cleared up at all. The Spurs, Timberwolves, Thunder, Jazz, and Pelicans all sit within a game of each other in spots four through eight. The Spurs currently lead the pack of teams and are coming off of a big win against the Thunder on Thursday. After Losing two straight games, the Spurs defeated Oklahoma City 103-99 off of 25 points and 11 rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge who is staying red hot. The loss was the second of three straight losses for the Thunder who came up short in an overtime game against the Nuggets on Friday. Westbrook had 33 points, 13 assists, and 9 rebounds in the losing effort as he posted a huge 70.3 fantasy basketball points. The Timberwolves had a great opportunity to pick up some wins against three teams at the bottom of the league. After losing to the Grizzlies on Monday, Minnesota beat Atlanta on Wednesday and Dallas on Friday, as they sit a half game behind the Spurs in the fifth spot. Karl-Anthony Towns has been huge in those two games. On Wednesday, Towns had 56 points and 15 rebounds on 6-8 from beyond the arch, and posted a season-high 81 fantasy basketball points. On Friday, KAT followed up that performance with 21 points, 20 rebounds and no turnovers. The Timberwolves have a big game against the Jazz this Sunday, as they could drop all the way to the eighth spot with a loss. The Clippers and the Nuggets both sit two games away from playoff spots but have both been struggling string together significant wins. 

This week we saw the return of Markelle Fultz who has missed nearly the entire season with a shoulder issue. The highly touted rookie played decent minutes off the bench, putting up 10 points and eight rebounds in his return on Monday. The Seventy-Sixers won all three of their games since Fultz’s return, and have now won nine straight. Ben Simmons has four triple-doubles during that stretch and now has 11 on the season. Those 11 triple-doubles are more than any other NBA player not named Russell Westbrook and Lebron James has this season. Philadelphia is in a tight race with the Cavs and the Pacers for spots three through five in the East. The will be playing host to the Cavs next Friday in what will be a very important game for the playoff standings. 

We also saw the return of two of the four injured stars for Golden State. Durant and Green both returned from injury this Friday in a loss to the Bucks. Draymond had a solid 31 fantasy basketball points while Durant saw an early exit due to two technical fouls in the second quarter. The Warriors are still waiting on Klay’s return, and expect him to be back this week. Golden State has dropped seven of their last ten games in what has been their worst stretch of basketball in the past four years, so they are ready to get back to being healthy. Are any of the three Golden State stars returning to action worth a Draftboard Fantasy Basketball roster spot on your team this week?

Dan Quinn