For those who are in leagues with a move maximum, only save your moves if you have clinched a playoff spot. If you see that it is near mathematically impossible for you to not make the playoffs you can worry about saving your moves. For those on the fringe of making the playoffs with less than five moves left, do not shy away. Your mindset cannot be on the playoffs until you have clinched or in the playoffs. If you are fighting for the final spot and have one move that you feel you need to make to save your season, make it! Here are some players who you might be able to find that can save your season.
Enes Kanter, center, Utah Jazz: I do not know what Kanter thinks he is auditioning for, but he has put on quite a show in the last two weeks. For the season, he has scored 7.3 points and has grabbed 4.6 rebounds per game. In the last two weeks, he has scored 15 points and pulled down 8.9 boards a night. Kanter has shot 55 percent from the field this season and 66.7 percent in the last two weeks.
Kanter is owned in 17 percent of leagues polled. With Paul Millsap (knee) out of the lineup and Al Jefferson (ankle) missing time recently, Kanter and Derrick Favors have been seizing the opportunity to show their dominance in the paint. Kanter has been rewarded for his efforts by playing more than 26 minutes per game over the last two weeks and almost 16 minutes of playing time this season.
Jason Thompson, forward-center, Sacramento Kings: Thompson is a streaky player and is hot right now. He has been scoring 14.4 points per game while connecting on 62.7 percent from the field. A big difference with Thompson over the last two weeks has been his free-throw shooting. Thompson is nailing 69.4 percent from the line this season. He has been hitting 81 percent of his free throws in the last two weeks. During that time period, he has also stolen the ball once per game.
Thompson is owned in 49 percent of leagues polled. If you are looking at picking him up, do it for scoring purposes. He has grabbed 6.8 rebounds per game this season. View that as an added bonus. If his shooting percentage drops, start looking for reinforcements.
Corey Brewer, guard-forward, Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets have a lot of depth and do not need too many minutes from Brewer. When Brewer is in, it is quite clear that he is a change-of-pace player. He is very quick and often is on the receiving end of the outlet pass on the break. Brewer has been playing over 23 minutes per game in the last two weeks. He has improved his scoring and shooting percentages during that time. He has averaged 13.9 points, shooting 48.2 percent from the floor. For the season, he has been good for 42 percent from the field.
Brewer has improved his defense. For the season, he had swiping the ball 1.3 times per game. Over the last two weeks, Brewer has grabbed 2.1 steals per game. He is owned in 18 percent of leagues polled and has been grabbing George Karl's attention and trust as the Nuggets head into the playoffs.
Wes Johnson, guard-forward, Phoenix Suns: As I have told you before, when playoffs become less and less of a reality for teams, they will open up their rotation. Johnson has answered the call and has been quietly helping fantasy owners for the last two weeks. He has scored 12.8 points and has drained 47.8 percent from the floor. If you look at his season statistics you will be disgusted as he has scored only 5.3 points while shooting 39.8 percent from the field. He is owned in only 5 percent of leagues polled. This guy would be a steal of a pickup.
He has also helped a bit in other categories during this stretch. Johnson has blocked a shot and swiped a ball in the majority of games over the last two weeks. Johnson is used to playing in the neighborhood of 14 minutes per game and has played 29 minutes per game in the last two weeks.
Brandon Bass, forward-center, Orlando Magic: A player who helps you a little bit in each category is just as, if not more, effective as a player who helps you majorly in one. You need that balance on your fantasy basketball team. Bass is that player who helps you steadily in just about every standard fantasy basketball category. He has scored 7.7 points, hitting 45.6 percent from the field this season. Bass has also grabbed 5.1 rebounds per game.
Bass, owned in 41 percent of leagues polled, has blocked 1.3 shots per game over the last two weeks. He has shot 90.9 percent from the free-throw line. He will grab you a steal in the majority of games. In the last two weeks, he has shot 51.2 percent from the field. Bass is an inside player who does not shy away from taking a midrange jumper.