fantasy inside 3/17
Fantasy Outlook: A Team Effort

By Matt Rochinski
bobcats.com
March 17, 2014

What a week to be Charlotte Bobcat! The Cats posted a 4-0 record last week with victories over Denver and Minnesota at Time Warner Cable Arena and on the road in Washington and Milwaukee. Charlotte now stands at 33-34 overall and has the second-longest winning streak in the East at four games (New York, six games). Not only that, but Al Jefferson was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played March 10-16 after lead to the Cats to the only 4-0 record in the East and was the only player in the East to record four games of 20 points or more in the week, averaging 24.3 points on .547 shooting (47-for-86), 11.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks in 37.5 minutes. He ranked second in the Eastern Conference in scoring, fourth in rebounding and tied for eighth in minutes played. This marks the second time in the last four weeks. Kemba Walker was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Feb. 17-23 after leading the Bobcats to the NBA’s only 4-0 record during the week, averaging 22.5 points, 8.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds in 40.5 minutes.

And did you see the picture above that Walker posted on his Instagram account (@_kw15) from the team plane following Sunday’s win in Milwaukee? This is definitely a team that’s starting to come together.

So what does all of this have to do with fantasy basketball?

Well, for the first time perhaps in franchise history, the Cats have more than one or two players who are fantasy relevant at the same time. And for fantasy players this couldn’t come at a better time, as many fantasy basketball playoffs around the league start today. Here’s a look at how some of the other Cats have performed over the past week:

Kemba Walker
The Cats point guard continues to produce with solid fantasy numbers. He averaged 17.0 points, 6.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals last week.

Gerald Henderson
Hendo returned to the Cats lineup and showed no ill effects with averages of 12.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 block while shooting 64.0 percent from the field, including 57.1 percent from long range.

Gary Neal
Neal continues to find his place as the Cats sixth man since coming over in a deadline deal with Milwaukee. He averaged 18.7 points on 72.0 percent shooting, including a scorching 88.9 percent from three-point range, and he didn’t miss a free throw. He also added 2.7 assists.

Josh McRoberts
All McRoberts continues to do is fill a fantasy stat sheet. In the last week, the Cats starting power forward put up 9.8 points, 4.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and only turned the ball over 1.0 time per contest. He also continues to knock it down from long range and averaged 1.8 treys last week.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Known more for his defense, MKG loaded up the stat sheet last week as well, finishing with 8.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.0 block in 24.8 minutes.

Chris Douglas-Roberts
CDR continues to be a nice find for the Cats. After seeing Gerald Henderson return to the starting lineup, Douglas-Roberts was still able to put up 7.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and an assist in 22.2 minutes while connecting on 42.9 percent of his treys.

Cody Zeller
The Cats rookie continues to come on late in the season and finished with averages of 6.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and an assist in 15.9 minutes as a reserve last week.

Past Fantasy Outlooks:
March 10: CDR Rolling
March 3: Ride Tolliver's Hot Hand
Feb. 24: Neal and Ridnour Look to Make Impact
Feb. 17: Jefferson and Walker To Reach Higher Gear
Feb. 3: Jefferson's January to Remember
Dec. 23: Class in Sessions
Dec. 9: Hendo a Hot Add
Nov. 25: McRoberts a Find
Nov. 11: Big Al's Status
Nov. 4: Walker and Jefferson Cats 1-2 Punch