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Fantastic Basketball Player Adds for Week 19: Target Raptors, Avoid Trailblazers

the Toronto Raptors are the only NBA team playing five games this coming week. The Portland Trailblazers are the only NBA team to play just two games this week. So I suggest you try to diffuse the Raptors, while avoiding the Blazers. Thank you for participating in my TED talk.

-We the North are playing twice against Brooklyn (no Kyrie Irving, no Ben Simmons, no Kevin Durant), Pistons, Magic and Cavaliers this week. It’s not a terrible five-game week if you’re a Toronto fan. Unfortunately, OG Anunoby is out for the foreseeable future with a hand injury. Precious Achiuwa (PF/C, 4% registered in ESPN leagues) played in 24 and 30 minutes respectively in the two games OG missed. Achiuwa could be the main beneficiary of Anunoby’s absence, and he could provide some big numbers. In the Raptors’ last game, Achiuwa went for 21-9-2. Thaddeus Young, Khem Birch and Chris Boucher could also share the minutes. Again, five games in a week is fine, but if you’re streaming for a weekly league, you also need to be a bit lucky with your picks. For what it’s worth, I picked up Achiuwa in my main league.

the brooklyn nets have four games this week, BUT! Two of them are in Brooklyn (and, NYC’s vax mandate hasn’t been lifted yet, so Kyrie Irving still can’t play), while a third is in Toronto, Canada (and, they have also vax mandates there, so Ky can I don’t play there either). Game 4 is in Boston, and hahaha, it would be kind of funny if Kyrie didn’t play in that one, just because of bad memories wearing Celtic green.

In games that Ky does not play, you should pay attention to cam thomas (SG, 9% registered in ESPN leagues) and Patty Mills (PG, 22%) on the waiver thread because they may be available and they could be online for more minutes. There’s no update on when the chosen one, Ben Simmons, will play, so the backups will have to step up and help Seth Curry. Goran Dragic is there now too and he’s only listed at 4%. He’s only played one game so far, but he could be a sneaky good pick-up if he’s anywhere near the player he was.

I know we’re avoiding the Blazers this week, but Jusuf Nurkic has been closed, which means there are minutes available in the Portland front yard. I have no idea, none, who will be able to benefit from these minutes, but Drew Eubanks and Trendon Watford seem to be the likely candidates. Both are widely, WIDELY available in ESPN leagues. The Blazers will have a regular week after this lightweight two-game schedule.

Josh Giddey, the Saucy Aussie from Oklahoma City, has suffered a hip injury and will miss some time. Tre Mann (PG), who is listed at 3%, will start in place of Giddey. In the Thunder’s last game, Mann had 22 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals, and he went 3 for 6 from long range. If you’re looking for PG replacements or streamers, consider Mann.

Apparently we’re going with Point Booker to Phoenix. In the Suns game against the Jazz on Sunday, Book took the point, and Cam Johnson (SF), one of our favorites here at Fake Teams, started. CamJohn is gone: 23-4-5, 4 of 6 from 3-point range. Johnson is listed at 14%, he’s been one of the best 3PT shooters in the NBA this year, and if he starts he should be added immediately. Cam Payne can play more when he’s healthy, but Cam Johnson has proven his worth to the Suns this year, and I think his minutes and shots can hold up.

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The Finn, Lauri Markkanen (PF/SF), has scored more than 20 points in the Cavs’ last two games. Markkanen is 40% listed in ESPN leagues, but if he’s on the wire in your league, you should add him and run with him while the score lasts. Cleveland continues to lose players to injury, so the Finn’s shots could even increase, depending on the health of other sick Cavaliers.

Ayo Dosunmu (SG/PG), a rookie for the Chicago Bulls, just keeps dishing out money: he’s averaged 5 assists per game in his last five games, and he’s shooting efficiently, which is good coming from a rookie. He will continue to get a heavy dose of minutes until Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso return. Ayo is available in 75% of ESPN leagues.

Markelle Fultz (PG) is back! It’s mostly for Dynasty leagues or Fultz(?) fans, but it’s worth mentioning that he’s coming back from an injury that kept him out of action for a year. Fultz has plenty of competition in Orlando, as Jalen Suggs and Cole Anthony are now front and center for the Magic in the backcourt. But this is just a reminder that Fultz Lives, and you should keep it on your radar. Who knows? Maybe he’ll produce and you’ll look like a genius for paying attention to Magic players.

Stick to the magic, At Chuma Okeke (PF) been enchanting recently. He went 26-9-4 in Orlando’s last game, with three interceptions and one block, and he shot 5 for 7 from range. Okeke also had a great run in the second half of last season, and he seems to have some playing time off the bench (25 minutes per game in his last five games). List it (it’s available in over 90% of ESPN leagues) until the end of the hot streak, if so.

Jae’Sean Tate (SF/PF), from Houston Rockets is available in nearly 70% of ESPN leagues. Tate is 12-5-3 on the year with effective shooting, and he’s been even better lately. Him and Alperen Sengun (C) deserve notice as the Rockets play the chain.