Isaiah Roby still has three games to go off

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Isaiah Roby disappeared for a couple weeks as the tanking Oklahoma City Thunder rolled with Moses Brown and Roby dealt with a toe injury. But the Thunder have apparently deemed Brown too good and haven’t been giving him minutes, as he might accidentally help them win a game or two. The Thunder appeared to be fully back on board with Roby after he had 18 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer in Friday’s loss to the Wizards. But then Roby kicked off this five-game week off to a dubious start with a 21-minute, 2-of-9 seven-point dud in Monday’s loss to the Sixers, but at least had two steals and a block in it. Things went much better on Tuesday with 15 points, seven boards and a 3-pointer on 5-of-7 shooting, although without a steal or block. So now we have to wonder what his punishment might be for helping the Thunder snap their perfect streak of 14 straight losses with an unlikely win at Boston, right? Hopefully, it won’t be too severe and the great thing about five-game weeks is that Roby still has plenty of time to put up a couple of monster stat lines, which is all we can really ask for. The Pelicans, Pacers and Suns will have the pleasure of running over the helpless Thunder on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, so as long as Roby’s punishment isn’t too severe and he gets to play in all three of them, things may still go according to plan. And if you’re looking for a three-game guy to pick up for the rest of this week, Roby makes a lot of sense.

Khem Birch has been incredibly consistent lately, as well as incredibly boring. But things are getting more exciting as we approach the halfway point of his five-game week. With Chris Boucher on the shelf and the Raptors not having many intriguing big-men options left, Birch is finally breaking through this week. Prior to this week, he’d scored either seven or eight points in each of his last four games and had either six or seven rebounds in all six of his games this season with the Raptors. He came into this week averaging just 8.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 0.7 steals, 1.1 assists and 1.4 blocks on 55.6 percent shooting in his stint with the Raptors. So, if you rolled the dice on him this week you have to feel good about his two games thus far: 13.5 points, 10. Rebounds and 1.5 blocks on 12-of-18 shooting. Obviously, those aren’t the kind of numbers that are going to carry an entire fantasy team, but they’re good enough to hold things down at the end of your bench. And he still has three more chances to improve on those stats this week.

Dorian Finney-Smith scored 21 points with seven rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers on Saturday and has scored at least 21 points in three games in April. He’s a reliable 3-point shooter and generally comes through with some steals and rebounds, and can even get loose for a big blocks night like he did when he had three of them against the Bucks on April 8, when he also had 10 rebounds. DFS had scored in double digits in five straight games and was averaging 15.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 3.6 3-pointers over that stretch heading into his current five-game week. He managed to hit double digits in scoring in both Monday and Tuesday’s games and toughed it out in a back-to-back, clearing the way for him to play the rest of the week. He’s averaging 11.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.5 3-pointers in his two games this week and the Mavs play on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend with tasty matchups against the Pistons, Wizards and Kings. He’s not a scoring machine but if you’re looking for a player who is widely available, has a nice schedule and can help your team this weekend, DFS might be the player you’re looking for.

P.J. Dozier has been a beneficiary of injuries to teammates in Denver lately and came into this week on a hot run. Guards Jamal Murray, Will Barton and Monte Morris are all hurting for the Nuggets and while we know Murray won’t be back this season, we also don’t know when we’ll see Barton or Morris again. Dozier entered the week coming off a massive stat line of 23 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers on 10-of-13 shooting against the Rockets on Saturday and was averaging 12.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers over his previous six games, but struggled for nine points, three boards, three assists and a block on 4-of-12 shooting in 26 minutes on Monday. The Nuggets still have games on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday this week and Dozier is going to start and get at least 25 minutes. And I’m guessing he goes off in at least two of those. The Nuggets also close out the season with a pair of four-game weeks and if the hamstring injuries linger for Barton and Morris, Dozier could finish the regular season on a very high note. Now looks like a great time to pick him up and hope that he heats up again.

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Bogdan Bogdanovic appears to be the big winner in Atlanta after Trae Young went down with a sprained ankle. Young is hoping to return some time this weekend, Lou Williams is hoping to return from a one-game illness, and Brandon Goodwin may have wrecked his ankle on Monday. But Bogdanovic was killing it even when they were all healthy and went off again for 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, a steal and three 3-pointers in Monday’s loss to the Pistons. Bogdanovic had a monster 32-point game with six 3-pointers in Sunday’s big win over the Bucks and has quietly scored in double figures in 16 straight games, including all 15 of his April games. For the month, he’s averaging 21.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 4.4 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting, while also draining 85 percent of his free throws. He shouldn’t still be available in most fantasy leagues, but if you’ve got him, he just might help you win a fantasy championship. The Hawks still have games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday this weekend, then have a three-game week for Week 20, and finish up the season with a four-game week. And they’re going to need Bogdanovic to keep it going as they hope to keep their momentum going into the postseason. The Hawks have been the hottest team in the East since the All-Star break and the strong play of Bogdanovic is a big reason why.