Fantasy Outlook – Playoffs Underway

By Matt Rochinski
March 25, 2013

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It takes a big man to admit when he’s wrong, so here you have it… I was wrong. Last week I advised you not to sign Jannero Pargo just yet – to give him some time as he played out his first 10-day contract with the Cats. Pargo has responded by averaging 10.2 points on 44.0 percent shooting from the field, 43.3 percent from 3-point range and 100.00 percent from the free-throw line. But he hasn’t been just a scorer. He’s also dished out 2.8 assists, swiped 1.17 steals and grabbed 1.0 rebound in 17.2 minutes off the bench and is now on his second 10-day deal with the Cats as the season winds down. With many people’s fantasy playoffs underway, Pargo could be a solid fill in if your squad is starting to get banged up by injuries.

The Orlando Magic have also felt the sting of injuries combined with re-building this season. Already without Nikola Vucevic (concussion), Glen Davis (broken foot) and Hedo Turkoglu (NBA suspension), the Magic lost Arron Afflalo with a right hamstring injury this past weekend and he’ll sit out the rest of the year. With so many guys out, look for the Magic newcomer Tobias Harris to get some extra run. Since coming over from Milwaukee as part of the deadline deal for J.J. Redick, Harris has averaged 14.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.20 blocks in 31.9 minutes. He’s taken advantage of the increased playing time the same way you should take advantage of the opportunity to grab him if he’s available in your league.

The Knicks loss of Amar’e Stoudemire was a difficult one for fantasy owners everywhere, but if you were on the ball and picked up Kenyon Martin as his replacement, it’s paying huge dividends. After a disappointing season with the Clippers a year ago, Martin has jumpstarted what appeared to be a dormant career in the Big Apple. He’s averaging 8.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 11 games with the Knicks but has been on an absolute tear the last four games – all N.Y. wins. Over the course of that stretch, he’s posting 14.3 points, bringing down 7.5 rebounds, swiping 1.25 steals and blocking 1.00 shot. Even more impressive is his .758 shooting percentage (25-for-33) – quite possibly the hottest string of games he’s had in his career.

In Philadelphia, don’t sleep on Dorell Wright. While he’s not the biggest name on the Sixers, he does have the ability to put up some of the best fantasy numbers any given night. He’s also apt to disappear from time to time, but the way Wright is playing now makes taking a chance on him well worth it. In his last 10 games, Wright has scored in double digits in seven contests, including a 20-point performance at Atlanta on March 6 and a season-high 22 points on March 24 in Sacramento. In the last 10 games, he’s also averaging 13.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 45.4 percent from the field, 45.5 percent from long range and 81.0 percent from the charity stripe.

Past Fantasy Outlooks
Hot Hands
Coming on Strong
Surprise Finds
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
Not-So-Risky Pickups
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