By Matt Rochinski
March 18, 2013
In the past two weeks, I’ve advised you to dig a little deeper and insert Josh McRoberts into your fantasy lineup and to give Ben Gordon a second chance. Both moves have played out well, with both making a significant fantasy impact as of late. So who’s next? Is it the newly signed Jannero Pargo, who put up a game-high 18 points in Boston on Saturday. Probably not, as Pargo was playing in just his second game with the game out of hand. He’s also on a 10-day contract, so keep an eye on him and if the Cats keep him around, he might be worth a flyer in your fantasy playoffs.
I say take a look at putting Bismack Biyombo in your starting lineup. If you’ve been sitting on Biz for a while now, what are you waiting for? Head Coach Mike Dunlap has stated publicly for weeks that the Cats youngsters will get the majority of playing time as the season winds down and Biyombo has been one of the primary beneficiaries of this time, especially over the last seven games. He’s averaging 23.3 minutes and been given the chance to make mistakes in the name of development. While his offensive numbers have not been staggering (5.1 points over that stretch), Biz has been a force on the glass, hauling down 6.2 rebounds – including 2.6 offensive – and blocking 1.14 shots. It’s hard to find numbers like that from a 20-year-old in the NBA, so make sure he’s active on days you’re light with bigs.
Speaking of youngsters getting solid run in March – just how good has Washington’s John Wall been of late? One look at his last four games, and the answer is easy. He’s averaging 24.0 points, 11.0 assists and 2.50 steals with three 20+-point performances and three double-doubles. There’s not much slowing this third-year point guard right now.
In Toronto, it’s all about Rudy Gay. Since coming over in a three-team deal with Memphis and Detroit, Gay has not disappointed. Through 19 games, including 18 starts, with Toronto, he’s averaged a team-high 20.4 points to go with 6.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.08 steals. If he can find a way to boost his .402 field goal percentage and 24.7 3-point percentage, Gay could make a case for being one of the top all-around fantasy players in the league.
Gay isn’t the only one who’s benefitted from the three-team. Jose Calderon has been given new life in Detroit. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find many fantasy point guards playing at his level right now. In 20 games with the Pistons, he’s averaging 11.8 points, 7.2 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.20 steals and only turning it over 1.7 times. Even more impressive are the percentages he’s shooting right now. How many point guards can say they’re shooting 51.7 percent from the field, 51.3 percent from long range and 90.0 percent from the line?
Charlotte wraps up the week with a trip to Miami. Obviously the easy choice here would be to go with LeBron James or Dwyane Wade, but Chris Bosh has found his rhythm in the Heat’s “Big 3” this month, posting 16.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.30 steals and 1.30 blocks in 10 games. He’s also shooting 54.3 percent from the field and playing his best offensive basketball since back in November.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Coming on Strong
Use Hendo on the Road
Trade Deadline Dealing
Get Stars In Your Lineup
Jeffs Stepping Up
Cats Hit the Road
Walker a Must Start
MKG a Tough Fantasy Matchup
Injuries Provide New Options
6th Men Stepping Up
Big Men on the Rise
Bench Putting Up Big Fantasy Stats
Kemba's West Coast Matchups
Henderson, Redick Becoming More Versatile
Reserve Guards, Fantasy Gold
Youth and Experience Valuable in Fantasy
Gordon and Melo Peak Performers
Reserves Playing Like Fantasy Starters
Consistency Counts for Haywood
Cats Guards Locked In
Is MKG Heading for Fantasy Breakout?
Mullens, Lopez and Mayo Sleepers Waking Up Fantasy World
Walker and Gortat Filling Stat Sheets