Karl-Anthony Towns, C Minnesota Timberwolves
Towns, who looks like a prime choice to be next season’s No. 1 pick in fantasy formats, has averaged 27.7 points, 16.7 rebounds, 0.5 steals, 1.0 block and 0.8 3-pointers on 64% shooting—including 38.5% from distance—since the All-Star Break.
Ricky Rubio, PG Minnesota Timberwolves
Rubio has had no problem putting trade rumors behind him, averaging 12.2 points, 6.3 boards, 11.0 assists and an elite 2.2 steals (3.2 TO) and 0.8 3PM on 41.7% from the floor over his last six games. So long as he keeps the field goal percentage up above 40 and controls the turnovers, Rubio could return early-round value for the rest of the way.
Marvin Williams, F Charlotte Hornets
Since March has started, Williams has revived his fantasy appeal from last season by getting back to being an efficient multi-cat contributor, averaging 13.3 points, 8.3 boards, 0.5 steals, 1.8 blocks and 1.5 treys on 51.6% shooting. After a strong February (11 games) that saw Marvin the Martian average 11.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.5 triples, Williams should finish much stronger than he started.
Kemba Walker, G Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets have struggled since a hot start to the season, but Walker remains on fire. Over his last eight matchups, the first-time All-Star has averaged 28.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.1 dimes, 1.3 steals and an insane 4.1 3-pointers on 47.2% from the field, including an incendiary 47.1% from behind the arc.
Elfrid Payton, PG Orlando Magic
Payton has taken his game to a new level since the break with averages of 13.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks on 57.4% shooting. He’s been even hotter over his last five games with 13.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.6 blocks on an absurd 62.2% from the field. Certainly, the Dario Saric-Payton draft night swap will be worth revisiting a couple of years from now.
Blake Griffin, F/C Los Angeles Clippers
After an absolutely ridiculous February in which Griffin set the fantasy world aflame, the big man came back to Earth in a big way through his first five games in March, averaging 19.2 points, 6.2 boards, 5.0 assists, 3.6 turnovers and 0.8 3-pointers on 46.3% shooting. BG won’t be eating like he was without CP3 in the lineup.
Myles Turner, C Indiana Pacers
After a fairly average February (14.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.5 blocks) by Turner’s quickly rising standards, the Pacers have to hope that the big man isn’t wearing down. Through his first four March matchups, Turner has averaged a disappointing 8.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.8 blocks on 46.7% from the floor.
Derrick Favors, F/C Utah Jazz
Favors’ knee hasn’t been right all season and—despite some brief flashes that he may be coming out of it—it’s not getting any better. It’s impossible to rely on him during a critical juncture of the fantasy campaign.
Josh Richardson, G/F Miami Heat
If you were still holding out hope for Richardson to pan out this season, it’s probably time to let go. Dion Waiters has played too well and J-Rich hasn’t done much with his minutes—over 26 per game in March—by averaging 6.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals and nothing else on just 34.4% shooting.
Nikola Mirotic, F Chicago Bulls
Mirotic is completely out of the rotation again and seems to have fallen all the way out of favor in Chicago. Expect him to be with a new team next season.