Now that we've moved past the craziness of the trade deadline, we have a little bit of a clearer picture regarding the fantasy landscape for the rest of the season. However, we do still have buyouts to deal with. With the upcoming All-Star break giving us an opportunity to pause and evaluate our fantasy rosters, let's discuss some players who could have breakout performances down the stretch, as well as a few potential busts.
Kevin Love, Cavaliers: Make no mistake about it, Love is having a good year for the Cavaliers and fantasy managers alike. He's averaging 17.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, three assists and 2.6 three-pointers per game while shooting 45.7 percent from the field and 85.3 percent from the charity stripe. Most importantly, he's already played in 46 games, which is noteworthy since he hasn't appeared in more than 60 games in any of the last three seasons.
The Cavaliers likely would have loved to rid themselves of his hefty contract at the trade deadline, but ultimately weren't able to find any takers. To compound matters, they brought in Andre Drummond, further muddying their front court. They could buy out Tristan Thompson to help free up minutes, but even if they were to do that, this team is going nowhere fast, so we could see a lot of rest days for Love down the stretch. The Cavs have a promising young player in Larry Nance Jr. who can slide in to replace Love in the starting