Standard League Pick-Ups
Nenad Krstic, PF/C, Boston Celtics (23% owned in Yahoo! leagues)
It seems like Beantown is agreeing with Krstic, who in the past week (three games) has been playing as well as he ever has, putting up 15.7 points while shooting 54.5 percent from the deck and grabbing 12.7 boards. He doesn’t bring the type of defense and scrappiness that Kendrick Perkins brings, but Krstic is a significant upgrade on the offensive end. He’s averaged 33 minutes in the past three games and while that may be cut down when/if the O’Neals come back, you can’t bank on the regularly injured duo. However, keeping an eye on the rotation with Glen Davis returning and Troy Murphy joining the team is worth watching. Still, during his time with the Celtics (eight games), Krstic has started every game and done well — 13.5 points, shooting 55.7 percent and collecting 7.8 rebounds per on 28.2 minutes of play. He’s worth the pick-up until he’s not.
Francisco Garcia, SG/SF, Sacramento Kings (33% owned in Yahoo! leagues)
Garcia returned to the starting line-up for the Kings four games ago, and he’s been averaging 11.5 points on 48.5 percent shooting from the floor and 90.0 percent from the charity stripe, 2.8 boards, 1.3 each of dimes and steals, 1.0 rejections and 1.3 triples in 25.5 minutes per contest. The man simply does it all! It helps that Tyreke Evans has plantar fasciitis, which is allowing Garcia to be on the hardwood more than he might be, but clearly Cisco has earned his burn and should be a solid source for treys and rips moving forward.
Tyler Hansbrough, PF, Indiana Pacers (44% owned in Yahoo! leagues)
Hansbrough is playing like he’s a North Carolina Tar Heel again. Must be something about March (eight games) because he is averaging 19.1 points on 49.2 percent shooting from the floor, 7.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 31.3 minutes per game. In his last four games, he’s scored at least 20 points and shot 36-for-61 (59.0 percent) from the field. Hansbrough took over the starting power forward position from Josh McRoberts (take that, Duke!) the past three games and is averaging 38.1 minutes during this period while obviously getting the job done. Don’t let the baby face looks fool you, he’s pimping it like Ron Howard in a Jamie Foxx video.
Deep League Pick-Ups
Gerald Henderson, SG, Charlotte Bobcats (18% owned in Yahoo! leagues)
Henderson regained his starting spot nine games ago and March (seven games) has been a solid month for the second-year player, who is averaging 14.6 points, shooting 47.8 percent from the field, 93.8 percent from the free-throw line, 2.6 each of rebounds and assists and 1.4 steals in 33.8 minutes on the wood. In the past four games, Henderson has been especially effective, dropping 17.5 points on 50 percent shooting, cleaning 3.0 balls off the glass, dropping 3.8 dimes and ripping the rock 2.3 times in 37 minutes per contest. Henderson and D.J. Augustin represent the future in the Bobcats’ backcourt and Henderson will get as much burn as he can handle the rest of the way. More PT equals more potential production. To paraphrase Black Sheep, “Pick him up! Pick him up! Pick him up!”
Jodie Meeks, SG, Philadelphia 76ers (17% owned in Yahoo! leagues)
Meeks has been producing since the All-Star break (10 games) averaging 12.7 points, 44.7 percent shooting from the field, 96.6 percent from the stripe, 3.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals, but most importantly 2.3 money balls from downtown in 33 minutes of burn. Things are going well for both the Sixers and Meeks, and sometimes you just have to ride the hot hand. That’s what Meeks represents, particularly if you need a boost with free-throw percentage and threes, as well as a solid lift in points.
Tony Allen, SG/SF, Memphis Grizzlies (19% owned in Yahoo! leagues)
In six March games, Allen has scored at least 20 points three times. Of course, the other three times he’s averaged 5.3 points, so that should be noted. However, Allen has been shooting very well in March (57.1 percent from the field with 8.2 attempts per game, 87.5 percent from the line with 4.0 attempts per contest) and continues to be a solid contributor in steals (1.3 for the month; 1.6 for the season) and despite his up-and-down nature is averaging 13.0 points. Grab Allen if you need better shooting percentages and steals and a decent amount of points. Not knowing when Rudy Gay comes back helps Allen’s fantasy value, so if/when Gay returns, see how the rotation minutes work out.
True Or False
Kris Humphries, owned in 68 percent of Yahoo! leagues, should be owned in EVERY league.
TRUE. Unless you don’t like a double-double player that shoots well from the field and contributes a solid number of blocks. If this is you, you don’t like this either. I’m not saying that you don’t have any taste, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you thought “Jennifer’s Body” really brought out Megan Fox’s acting ability. In any case, in 34 games as a starter, Humphries is averaging 9.9 points, 52.6 percent shooting from the deck, 11.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. Since the All-Star break (seven games), Humphries has stepped it up averaging 15.6 points, hitting 57.8 percent of his shots from the floor, 14.4 boards and 1.6 blocks. In the past week (two games), he’s averaged 17.5 rebounds and shot 86.7 percent from field. He’s feeling it. And I don’t just mean Kim Kardashian’s, well, you know.
What I Did This Week
I picked up Hansbrough and didn’t blame it on the alcohol.
Fantasy Thoughts To Jump Off From
- Where will Ty Lawson and Raymond Felton be picked in fantasy hoops drafts next season? In five March games, Lawson is averaging 16.6 poitns on 50.0 percent shooting from the field, 9.0 assists, 1.6 kerbys from beyond the arch, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals. Felton during the same period, averaged 10.0 points on 44.2 percent shooting, 6.0 assists, 1.0 threes, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals. It’s an interesting situation to watch in Denver.
- Marcin Gortat has been doing some things on the court and will have to be considered a sleeper-type center in fantasy basketball drafts next season, depending on how Robin Lopez does the rest of the way. In the past week (three games), Gortat has played 31.0 minutes per, averaging 13.0 points, shooting 50.0 percent from the wood, grabbing 12.7 boards and a couple of backward Spaldings on the forehead per game. Since joining the Phoenix Suns, in 37 games Gortat is averaging 11.8 points on 55.8 percent shooting, 8.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 27.6 minutes per contest. Not bad at all.
- Katy Perry GIFs. Awesome.
Number of Team Games in Week 21
Four Games: ATL, BOS, DAL, DEN, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MIA, MIL, NJN, NYK, OKC, PHI, PHO, POR, SAC, WAS
Three Games: CHA, CHI, CLE, DET, LAL, MEM, MIN, NOR, ORL, SAS, TOR, UTA
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