The NFL season is over, MLB isn’t starting for another 3 1/2 weeks, so that means that NBA is king of the sports world for right now. Also, the fantasy season is quickly approaching the end. Some leagues may only have 3-4 weeks of regular season left before playoffs. So now is the time to make your move if you are on the fringe of making the playoffs, or setting your team in stone as the best team in your league.
All-in (players who are putting up some quality numbers over the last 2 weeks and may deserve a roster spot)
Mike Dunleavy Jr. (Ind-SG, SF)– New coach must be what the fantasy doctor ordered for Dunleavy. He has had moments in the past where he goes on a three week tear, then falls off the map. So this very well could be one of those tears so ride the hot hand to the tune of: 60% shooting, 3 3’s a game, over 14 pts, 4 boards, 1.6 ast, 1.1 stl, and only 1.1 to a game. Pretty good stuff for the Duke Grad!
Chuck Hayes (Hou-PF, C)– I’ve mentioned him in a column already, and I will continue to do so until his own % goes up. He is shooting over 65% getting you 11 pts, 9 boards, 2 ast, 2 stl, and a block. He is literally benefiting you in every category except FT%, but he only goes to the line 2.4 times a game so that isn’t crippling you! Add him he has been a top 50 player the last 3 weeks.
Ramon Sessions (Cle-PG, SG)-I played a guy this last week who owned Sessions and he had a really good week. So I looked him up and saw that he is owned by less than 60%. Since he is now the starting PG in Cleveland (yes good fantasy can be found on awful teams) he has lots of value. Not to mention he is shooting over 50% from the field which is awesome from a PG who also is getting 9 ast a game. The only thing he hasn’t done well the last two weeks is in the D categories and 3 pointers. Other than that he is a great add for a team looking for ast help.
Ersan Ilyasova (Mil-SF, PF)– Ersan is finally healthy and getting quality minutes. He was a decent fantasy player last year for most of the year, and will probably be a quality player from here on out. His value is in his high %’s, reb, and stl. His line the last 2 weeks has been 53% fg, 84% ft, 0.7 3’s, 15.1 pts, 7.9 reb, 1 ast, 1.7 stl, 0.4 blk, 1.9 to.
Marcin Gortat (Pho-C)– His own% and numbers have both been going up over the last month. He is finally getting consistent min (something he never got in Orlando) and he is proving his worth. He is avg. a double-double (16 pts, 10 reb) shooting above 59%, gets you a blk, and shoots 77% from the free throw line. So he is a useful player to have especially if you have weak C depth.
Check (players who you should watch over the next couple of games(drop or add), they could be a good add for deeper team leagues)
Carlos Delfino (Mil-SG, SF)-Delfino is another Buck who is finally getting healthy. His minutes are starting to see an incline. So he will be a good player to watch and see what his role on the Bucks will look like the rest of the year. His value will come from his 3’s, over 2 a game, his ast, 3.4 a game, and his stl, 1.9 a game. He is shooting 34% the last two weeks so if that can go up to 40% or higher than he will be an all-in player!
Anthony Randolph (NYK-PF, C)– He is only a watch and see player right now. He is in the trade rumors for Carmelo right now. So if that deal happens he will land in Minnesota. Yes the Timberwolves have a decent front court (Kevin Love, and Darko), but if they do trade for Randolph they will play him some min probably around 20-22 a game. This will mean his value would be trough the roof in comparison to where he is right now. In his short career his values are in reb, stl, and Blk. Hopefully with more opportunities his fg% would be relatively high and his points would settle around 11-12.
Sam Young (Mem-SG, SF)-He is benefitting from Mayo’s fall from minutes. In fact he is seeing over 30 the last 2 weeks. So with more playing time comes more opportunities to succeed. He is shooting over 50%, 93% ft, he is getting 13 pts a game, and getting over a ast and stl a game. Now hopefully he can get his ast, 3’s, or reb up just a little. If he does he will be a great all-in player.
Brandon Roy (Por-SG, SF)– He is saying he will be playing this week after having knee surgery on both knees. So he will be of value if he is back. He probably won’t be putting up huge numbers right away, but we have seen Roy play on a bad knee and produce some decent fantasy lines. So watch his situation.
JaVale McGee (Was-PF, C)– McGee isn’t a drop now candidate, but he is on the verge of becoming one. He was banged up two weeks ago so the 4 games after could be him getting back in a groove. But he is only getting 8 pts, 6 reb, shooting 53% from the charity line, and less than 1 ast and stl. The only value he is still getting for you team is a good fg%-53 and blks-2.1 a game.
Fold (players who are no longer offering you fantasy paydays, are about to be in the doghouse, or should be dropped in most leagues)
O.J. Mayo (Mem-SG)– Mayo is officially in the doghouse. He hasn’t played in the last 7 Grizzles games(due to suspension), has already had an altercation with another player, and was having a pretty bad year before that. The only way he has any value from this point on is if he gets traded to a new place. The trade deadline for the NBA is fast approaching so time is running out for Mayo’s season (in the real world and the fantasy world).
Mo Williams (Cle-PG)– Still owned by way too many people. He hasn’t played in 13 straight games and the games before that he wasn’t doing anything special. Plus Ramon Sessions is putting up great numbers (see Ramon Sessions above) so why rush Mo back to the court…despite the 25 game losing streak.
Wilson Chandler (NYK-SF, PF)– Trade Rumors, possible offseason surgery, playing time falling. All three things are probably factors in his recent decline of a productive fantasy season. He isn’t a must drop now, but he his play doesn’t improve from his mediocre month 38%, 1 3 pointer a game, only 12 pts, 4.6 reb, 1.3 ast, less than a stl and blk a game. None of those numbers help you enough to offset poor shooting and low ast, stl, and blk numbers.
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