Fantasy Baseball: Week 5 Preview
Evan Tarracciano
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Marcus Smart scored 13 points (4-11 FGA, 5-5 FTA) with seven rebounds, one assist and four steaks over 35 minutes in Thursday's 104-92 loss to the Hawks.

Smart came off the bench in Game 6, but still finished with 30 or more minutes for the fourth time in six games as he finished the postseason averaging 12.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.8 three-pointers. At the age of 22 there is still plenty he can work on to become both a better player for the Celtics and prospective fantasy owners, but this season was a clear indication that he will be a huge part of the Celtics future plans along side Isaiah Thomas.
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Jae Crowder scored 15 points (5-15 FGA, 2-2 FTA) going 3-for-8 from three-point range with six rebounds in Thursday's 104-92 loss to the Hawks.

Crowder had his best scoring output of the postseason on Thursday night, but it wasn't enough to help the Celtics stay alive, as his team was eliminated from the playoffs by the Hawks in six games. The Celtics forward finished out the postseason averaging 9.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.7 three-pointers through six games, which was slightly under his season averages, but either way he proved he could be a fantasy asset in all league sizes based on his ability to contribute across the board on a nightly basis.
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Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 25 points (9-24 FGA, 6-7 FTA) going 1-for-7 from three-point range with three rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and one block over 43 minutes in Thursday's 104-92 loss to the Hawks.

Thomas was questionable to start against the Hawks on Thursday night due to an ankle injury, but managed to fight off the pain, although his effort weren't enough to keep the Celtics alive in the postseason. Averaging 24.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.2 three-pointers through six postseason games, Thomas once again proved he is one of the better point guards in the league and will certainly move up the draft boards looking ahead to next season's drafts.
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Al Horford scored 15 points (7-10 FGA) going 1-for-2 from three-point range with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks over 30 minutes in Thursday's 104-92 win against the Celtics.

After failing to score in double figures in each of his last three games, Horford got himself back on track in what ended up being an elimination game for the Celtics. Although his production declined in the 2015-16 season, Horford is still a must-start fantasy option in all league formats when healthy, but his days of being a double-double machine appear to be over, which is going to hurt his overall value.
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Kent Bazemore scored 15 points (6-13 FGA, 1-4 FTA) going 2-for-6 from three-point range with four rebounds, three assists and two blocks over 32 minutes in Thursday's 104-92 win against the Celtics.

Bazemore had himself a solid series against the Celtics, as the Hawks' forward averaged 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 three-pointers through six games. Depending on his DFS price tag on particular fantasy sites, Bazemore could be somewhat of a value play going up against the Cavaliers in the second round with LeBron James likely guarding Paul Millsap when the team's open their series on Monday.
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Paul Millsap scored 17 points (4-10 FGA, 9-11 FTA) with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and four blocks over 37 minutes in Thursday's 104-92 win against the Celtics.

Millsap managed to carry the Hawks to the second round, as he managed to bounce back from a 10-point performance to put an end to the Celtics season. Considering his contributions across the board on a nightly basis, Millsap will continue to be a great fantasy asset looking ahead to next season, as he averaged 17.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.7 blocks, 1.8 steals and 0.9 three-pointers on the season.
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Jose Fernandez allowed two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and three walks over six innings during Thursday’s 5-3 win against the Dodgers.

The always electric and exuberant Fernandez shut down a good Dodgers lineup for the most part, only allowing two runs while striking out eight. Fernandez has a insanely special ability to put batters away. He's struck out five or more batters in all five starts and now has 40 on the year which is tied with Clayton Kershaw for the National League lead. Slowly but surely everything is coming around for Fernandez on the mound. By the summer all of the Tommy John talk should be gone out of the window and he'll likely be dealing like he was pre-injury. Fernandez is one of the best young talents we have across baseball. His next start will come against the Diamondbacks next Wednesday. He should get plenty of DFS love against them.
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Brandon Drury went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, two runs scored, and an RBI in Thursday’s 3-0 win over St. Louis.

This makes two homers in the last two games for the third baseman and marks three RBI in that span. He is carrying a solid .311 AVG over 61 at bats this season as he’s seeing a lot of playing time recently. In the last seven games he’s been rolling with a .414/.433/.759 slash line and two homers, four RBI, and five runs in that span. He only has 117 career at bats under his belts so his potential is yet to be fully tapped but he may not see that tapped this season either.
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Chris Hermann went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, and a run scored in Thursday’s 3-0 win over the Cardinals.

Hermann hit his second homer of the season on Thursday as he saw action for the first time since Tuesday. The 1-for-3 showing raised his average to .143 on the season though he has still seen just 28 at bats. Hermann is clearly the backup catcher behind Wellington Castillo severely limiting his value. It was a nice performance but those will be few and far between for him in 2016.
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A.J. Ramos recorded his sixth save after giving up one run on two hits with two strikeouts during Thursday’s 5-3 win against the Dodgers.

Ramos has been simply lights out this season as Thursday was his ninth appearance and it was the first time all year he allowed a run. He had also only allowed three total hits before Thursday's outing as well. There has been one Achilles heal to Ramos' pitching though and that's his control. He's walking too many opposing batters as his K:BB ratio this year is 12:6. Ramos is worth owning in all formats and will be even more dangerous if he can harness his control.
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