Preview: Week 20
It’s the final countdown! Before I get into this week’s list, I’ve got to keep harping over these guys whose ownership is just over 40%: Carlos Delfino, George Hill, Taj Gibson and Drew Gooden. Hill looks to be primed to finish the year like a beast thanks to Tony Parker’s broken hand. Gibson has excellent prospects as well as Joakim Noah isn’t even close to being a force in the paint anytime soon. Lastly, Gooden and Delfino seem they’ll be able to continue their multi-cat ways.
Week Twenty Schedules
Four Games: BOS, CHA, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIN, NJN, NOH, NYK, ORL, PHI, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA
Three Games: CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, IND, MIL, OKC, WAS
Two Games: ATL, HOU, LAL, PHX
ADD LIST (players owned in 40% or less in standard Yahoo! leagues)
Rodrigue Beaubois (PG, SG – 8%) – Need a short term pick up? Then rod-REEG bow-BWAH is your man! Jason Terry is expected to miss a total of 10-14 days so he’ll likely be quite serviceable to owners around the next 2 weeks. Since he’s a rookie, I still expect a dud or two but when he’s on, those points, 3’s and excellent shooting percentages are just money.
DeJuan Blair (SF, PF, C – 20%) – Despite Antonio McDyess starting the Spurs’ last game, I still like owners holding onto/picking up Mr. Blair. As I stated last week, he doesn’t need much time to put up serviceable numbers (last week averages: 24.5 minutes, 10.5 points (on 56 FG%), 7.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks and .8 turnovers.) Plus, don’t forget the Spurs have the friendliest remaining schedule.
Will Bynum (PG, SG – 10%) – With Rodney Stuckey’s recent scary collapse, it’s prudent to at least own him in the short term again. Kuester says Bynum will get extended run again despite how quickly Rodney comes back so go ahead and ride this little spark plug. His November splits are pretty apt in which he averaged just a hair under 30 minutes: 15.0 points (on 47.4 FG% and 82.4 FT%), 3.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.0 steals a game.
Anthony Tolliver (PF, C – 15%) – I admit I’ve got a man crush on this guy. He’s a solid D-League graduate, puts up nice multi-category numbers and plays the same position spot as everyone’s once upon a time fantasy fetish – Anthony Randolph. Over his last 5 games, he’s averaged 13.2 points, 2.2 3ptm, 7.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.4 blocks.
CUT LIST (No need to shed a tear)
Spencer Hawes (PF, C – 70%) – With Jason Thompson possibly slated to be back even as early as tonight, I fear the worst for Hawes. Over the last 3 games, he’s only averaged a little over 26 minutes with meager production. Also, Paul Westphal has stated he wants Carl Landry to become a force throughout an entire game so his minutes and touches aren’t likely to drop. Consequently, it would appear Spencer has a chance to disappear into fantasy irrelevance in standard sized leagues.
Tony Parker (PG – 79%) – In case you’ve missed it, Eva Longoria’s husband broke a bone in his shooting hand and could miss up to 6 weeks. Despite this news being released last night, I’m still a little worried not enough owners are quickly scrambling to replace him as he’s still got a remarkably high ownership percentage.
WATCH LIST (Deep Leagues pounce, but standard leagues first weigh the options)
Jonas Jerebko (SF, PF – 16%) – This Swede has been borderline worth owning in standard leagues all season, but it appears he should now not be on any waiver wires. There are rumors out of Detroit that Ben Wallace may miss a significant amount of time. If so, Jonas should be rebounding machine. Just check out what he’s done in 3 games thus far this month: 10.3 points, 11.7 rebounds and .7 steals/blocks.
Even though McGee emerged as a starter after the NBA trade deadline, I commented that he’d be at least as maddening to own as Roy Hibbert over at Fantasy Basketball Cafe. True enough, his minutes have been held in check and he even lost his starting gig to James in their last game. However, James happened to twist an ankle and JaVale ended up seeing the biggest minutes (and best line) he has all year. Going forward, I’d imagine Singleton gets more run as he’s simply able to better carry out Flip’s gameplan. McGee still has a lot of growing up to do, but he’ll definitely have his moments thanks to his freakish athleticism.
Quentin Richardson (SG, SF – 17%) – Yeah, I’m going here. Over the last month, Q has got a solid Yahoo ranking (64th) in putting up 10.4 points (on 46.6 FG%), 1.9 3ptm, 6.5 rebounds, 1.1 steals with only .7 TO’s. However, now that I’ve advocated him, I fully expect several dud performances similar to what Luc Richard Mbah a Moute did after a similar mention.
Terrence Williams (SG, SF, PF -8%)/Kris Humphries (SF, PF – 3%) – These two New Jersey Nets players are worth a look. So far this month, Terrence has averaged 30 minutes a game putting up 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists. Meanwhile, Kris might see a similar boost in time if Yi Jianlian is forced to miss any time over a recent sprained ankle.
STAY THE COURSE (Don’t jump ship just yet)
Al Thornton (SF, PF – 55%) – His last few games have been absolutely putrid: 4.0 points (on 37.5 FG%), 2.0 rebounds and literally nothing else. However, it’s most likely this has been an anomaly as the Wizards don’t have any reason to limit his minutes. Expect him to bounce back nicely any game now.
DEEP LEAGUE SPECIALS (Name(s) that could be flying under the radar in your deep league)
Carlos Arroyo (PG – 2%) – It would appear Rafer Alston’s run in Miami is over. Consequently, Carlos and Mario Chalmers could be relevant again. Currently, Arroyo appears to have the edge despite last night’s bomb as in two games prior he put up a total of 31 points (on fantastic shooting), 10 assists, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 0 turnovers. As long as the Heat keeping winning, he’s likely to get the bulk of the minutes at PG.
Chris Hunter (SF, PF, C – 1%) – Another Golden State D-Leaguer makes this week’s list. With Andris Biedrins and now Ronny Turiaf ailing, he looks likely to see over 30 minutes a game until one of them return. As evidenced by his line in the Warriors last game, Chris is at least capable of putting up some points, rebounds and blocks.
SECRET PLAYOFF WEAPON
Zydrunas Ilgauskaus (C – 24%) – Since we here at BFFA have solved all the NBA mysteries, it’s time for a new category. As most of you are aware, Shaquille O’Neal is probably going to be out of action till the NBA playoffs. Despite having J.J. Hickson and Anderson Varejao, I fully believe the Cavaliers are itching to re-sign Big Z and insert him right into the starting lineup. J.J. simply isn’t ready to start at center at a team looking to win it all while Anderson makes a ton of sense of coming off the bench. Consequently, deep H2H leagues who are playoff bound should strongly consider putting him on the end of their bench. Meanwhile, standard leagues should be ready to pounce on him as his return date nears for solid points, boards, blocks and shooting percentages.