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Fantasy hoops updated roto ranks: Final look before playoffs

There's no use waiting on T.J. Warren any longer, as he may or may not make it back to the Suns before the end of the NBA season. AP

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As we hit the fantasy playoffs this week in many leagues, this will be our final roto rankings of the season.

If your team made the playoffs -- or is on its way -- may we offer you a hearty congratulations. If not, hey, hopefully you learned a lot from this season and can get a little more luck to fall your way in 2019-20.

At this stage of the season, it's time to make some difficult decisions, as you can no longer afford to wait for injured players to return and make a significant impact. Have you been waiting two months for Phoenix forward T.J. Warren to return from injury, for example? Even in the unlikely event that he plays this week, he probably won't be anywhere close to 100 percent on the court after so much time away. As such, Warren drops out of our rankings this week.

The same concerns are true of Minnesota's Robert Covington, who drops all the way down to No. 84, though he remains a very risky play considering that he has been sidelined since Dec. 31 due to a knee injury. If he returns, though, he brings that rare ability to rack up steals with the best of them. DeAndre Jordan (minutes down after returning from injury), Marc Gasol (minutes way down after moving back to the bench) and Marvin Bagley III (still out with injury) are three other notables to fall in our final rankings of the season. They come in at Nos. 63, 67 and 72, respectively.

On the flip side are some other options who, if they can avoid injury or being shut down in this critical portion of the fantasy season, are indeed getting the minutes and performing like players who can help carry your team to the championship.

  • Kevin Love (36) is a constant injury and shutdown risk, and is a candidate to miss games due to rest. However, he's also putting up terrific numbers for the rebuilding Cavaliers. During the past eight games, he has averaged 20.6 PPG, 10.8 RPG and 1.9 APG.

  • Julius Randle (40) is taking full advantage of the additional playing time while Anthony Davis (41) continues to be limited to around 20 minutes-per-game. In Randle's last five games, he has gone for 24.4 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 4.0 APG and 1.6 3PG.

  • Al Horford is another late-season riser who is filling the box score (14.6 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 4.0 APG and 73.7 FG% during the past five games), just like he has so often over the years.

  • Rajon Rondo (94) could get the lion's share of the minutes at point guard with Lonzo Ball now shut down for the season, and he bumps up this week because of it.

  • Tyler Johnson (106), Avery Bradley (116), Bobby Portis (118), Jabari Parker (119), Jonas Valanciunas (123) are others to see a rankings rise.

It has been a great ride this season. Good luck during the of the fantasy playoffs!

Here is a look at the rest of my top-150 roto rankings:

Note: These rankings reflect the expected player value for the remainder of this season.