Shake Milton

The NBA starts off March with another solid week of action as most season-long fantasy basketball leagues near the close of their regular season. Most default leagues have just two more weeks in the regular season, so there’s still time to make meaningful additions to finish strong and be set up to excel in the playoffs.

This week, all 30 NBA teams play at least three games and 20 teams are scheduled for four contests. There should be plenty of stats in the coming week, so make sure you do all you can to put your team in a place to succeed. You can start by looking at these four widely available pickups, and check at the bottom of the page for some other options to consider in deep leagues or if you have specific roster needs.

PG/SG SHAKE MILTON, PHI (at LAL, at SAC, at GSW)

With Ben Simmons (back) out for a few weeks and Joel Embiid (shoulder) also out for most of this week, Milton will continue to get more work. The second-year guard from SMU has scored at least 17 points in three of his past four games and entered the starting lineup for each of the Sixers’ three most recent contests.

Milton has averaged 15.3 points, 4.7 assists, 4.0 rebounds and even 1.3 blocks in his three starts while playing an average of 31.7 minutes per contest. He has a very high ceiling this week in favorable matchups and should be a great play while the Sixers are shorthanded. He could also earn his way into a more prominent role when Simmons is able to return.


SG/SF NORMAN POWELL, TOR (at PHO, at GSW, at SAC)

Powell has had a breakout season for the Raptors, averaging career-highs with 15.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 28.4 minutes per contest. He missed most of February with a finger injury, but returned on Friday and looked good in an expanded role with Fred VanVleet (shoulder) out.

Powell played 36 minutes in his return, so conditioning doesn’t seem to be a concern. He scored 22 points and added three assists while knocking down four long-range shots. After the injury, Powell is only owned in 40% of Yahoo leagues and 26% of ESPN leagues. Powell will be a great option in the coming week — especially if VanVleet remains out — and makes a good addition with favorable matchups coming up against the Suns, Warriors and Kings.


PF/C HARRY GILES III, SAC (vs. WAS, vs. PHI, at POR, vs. TOR)

The Kings have been banged up in the frontcourt lately, but Giles has been stepping up and producing good points and rebounds in his run as starter. Giles has started eight of the past nine games for Sacramento and has scored double-digit points in six of those games, including each of his past four. He had a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double against the Clippers last Saturday and had a season-high 19 points on Thursday vs. the Thunder.

In his past four games, he has averaged 15.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Since Richaun Holmes (shoulder) and Marvin Bagley (foot) are still out for a while, Giles should get plenty of run in the coming four-game week.


SF/PF JUANCHO HERNANGÓMEZ, MIN (at NOP, vs. CHI, vs. ORL, vs. NOP)

At the trade deadline, Hernangómez was traded from the Nuggets to the Timberwolves. He was barely getting any time in Denver, playing just 34 of the Nuggets’ 52 games and averaging just 12.4 minutes per contest when he did get on the floor. That all changed once he got to MSP, though, where he jumped into the starting lineup and is averaging just under 29 minutes per contest.

In his eight games in the Timberwolves’ lineup, he has produced 14.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.3 three-pointers per game. He has seen his role increase over the past few games and had an impressive 18-point, 13-rebound double-double on Friday against the Magic. Hernangómez offers nice long-range production and good rebounds and should keep a nice workload moving forward.


Other options worth watching

  • PG/SG Coby White, Chicago Bulls
  • PG/SG/SF Cam Reddish, Atlanta Hawks
  • PG Elfrid Payton, New York Knicks
  • PG/SG Seth Curry, Dallas Mavericks
  • SG/SF Dillon Brooks, Memphis Grizzlies
  • SF/PF Eric Paschall, Golden State Warriors
  • SF/PF Jerami Grant, Denver Nuggets
  • SG Damion Lee, Golden State Warriors
  • PF/C Daniel Theis, Boston Celtics
  • SF/PF James Johnson, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • PG/SG Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons
  • PF/C Dario Saric, Phoenix Suns


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