Monday marks the start of Week 20 of the default h2h fantasy basketball season, the final regular season matchup before the playoffs begin. You may need one last push to get in, or perhaps you already have a spot secured and are more interested in some advanced planning. The notable widely-available players below are discussed with their short- and long-term prospects in mind, given both possibilities.
Alonzo Gee (Getty)Alonzo Gee, CLE, GF (33% owned)
Gee quickly transitioned from a player with deep-league potential to a true difference maker once he took over at small forward for the Cavs, moving ahead of the ever-disappointing Omri Casspi. Numbers over his past six starts include 15.3 points on 48-percent shooting, 1.2 threes, 5.7 boards, 2.8 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 33 minutes, and it's not a mistake that he's the 29th-ranked player over the past 14 days. Gee could end up as the add for the stretch run, given those combined threes-steals-blocks and the Cavs' league-best schedule (4-4-4-5).
Nate Robinson, GSW, G (32% owned)
Robinson is a universal add with news that Stephen Curry's season is very likely over. We're still waiting for official confirmation, but there are no good reasons for Curry to play from an organizational perspective. At the very least, Nate Rob is going to be phenomenal in the short-term - the Warriors are one of only two teams with five games in Week 20 (ATL being the other) and he's averaged 17.3 points on 49-percent shooting, 1.3 threes, 6 assists, 1 turnover, an d2.8 steals in 35 minutes over the past four games. The Warriors' schedule is excellent for the long-term, as well, with four games in each default playoff week, so this is a no-risk add with all kinds of reward potential.
Klay Thompson, GSW, GF (36% owned)
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Part of the Warriors' motivation for trading Monta Ellis (and Stephen Jackson) was their confidence in Thompson, who has made 44 percent of his threes on the season and logged 1.3 assists for every turnover as a 22-year-old rookie. The schedule loves the Warriors over the next four weeks (5-4-4-4) and Thompson will see as many minutes as he can handle the rest of the way. His averages over the past four games has been mostly good (39 minutes, 19 points, 2 threes, 100% FT, 3.8 assists, 1 steal), but be wary of the likelihood that he'll be a substantial drag on your field goal percentage (17 FGA, 40%).