This article is part of our Category Strategy series.
The final week of the NBA regular season is almost here. Though most Fantasy leagues come to a close before Week 26, some go until the last buzzer sounds. Every team has either one or two games, and here's how it shakes out specifically:
Teams with two games: CHA, CHI, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, MEM, MIA, MIN, NYK, OKC, PHI, POR, UTA
Teams with one game: ATL, BKN, BOS, CLE, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MIL, NOR, ORL, PHO, SAC, SAS, TOR, WAS
Since it's the last week and many teams, real life and Fantasy, are decimated by injuries and rest, I'll also be including a small wrap-up of each player's season.
Consider starting: Wayne Ellington, DET (13% owned, 4% start)
Ellington spent a large chunk of the season collecting DNPs for the Heat before being traded to the Suns and subsequently waived. He then trekked north to Detroit, where he's averaged 12.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steal in 26.7 minutes. He's played better as of late, racking up at least 20 points in five of the past nine games and drilling 3.8 threes per game over this stretch. Detroit is on a two-game week, which also helps Ellington's case.
Consider sitting: Will Barton, DEN (89% owned, 57% start)
Barton has seen his minutes take a downturn compared to last season, which has ultimately resulted in reduced Fantasy value. While Barton has scored double-digit points in 11 of the past 12 games, he's only contributing