Despite playing a three-game week, the Charlotte Hornets had a few players provide excellent fantasy value during week 23. In what is most league’s championship week, it made sense to move on from the mid-level Swarm players like Mason Plumlee or Kelly Oubre. With only three games on the docket, the average players look more and more average.
There were three above-average players, however. Based on total value for an eight-category format, LaMelo Ball, Miles Bridges, and P.J. Washington all ranked inside the top-100 in spite of their unfavorable schedule.
For Ball, this week was not nearly as successful as last week’s top-five finish, but he still maintained a decent 45th rank during championship week. With averages of 18.3 points per game and 10.3 assists per game, Ball added on 2.3 steals per game to round out his productive week. Those assist and steal numbers could have swung categories by themselves.
Bridges was significantly hurt by the scheduling of week 23. Despite ranking 55th in per game value, Bridges finished 82nd in total value for the week. While that is not horrible, it made him a lower-end player for the week. Shooting 59.2% from the field on 16.3 shots per game, Bridges brought points and field goal percentage. Everything else was at or slightly below average for him.
Washington was the final Hornet to rank inside the top-100. Finishing 91st for the week, Washington did a little of everything to keep his fantasy week relevant. He only averaged 11.7 points per game, but he brought 5.0 rebounds per game, 2.7 assists per game, 1.3 steals per game, and 1.0 blocks per game on 60% field goal shooting. Overall, he had a completely balanced fantasy line.
While this last week was the championship week for most leagues, there are a few fantasy leagues still playing through the end of the regular season. If you are in one of those leagues, enjoy the Hornets schedule. With four games remaining, they will have plenty of game time to provide value this week.