Nets Fantasy Focus: February 7, 2007
The Nets have played four games over the past week: Detroit at home, in Orlando, home for Atlanta, and at Philadelphia.
The first contest, last Wednesday evening against the Pistons, was the team’s first game coming off of the west coast road trip. The Nets struggled after the first-quarter to stay with Detroit; the final score was 113-89.
In that game, Mikki Moore came out of the first quarter like he was a fantasy first-rounder, with 18 points. He ended with a solid line (20 points, 5 rebounds, 100% from the line, 67% from the field), but was unable – who could? Maybe Kobe – to maintain the epic pace he had set in the opening quarter. Overall, his last week was solid, with averages of 13.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, an assist and a half, a block, and 60% from the field. Where he uncharacteristically dropped off was in free-throw percentage; a 68-percenter for the season, Moore shot 57% over the past week. For the past month, his total numbers rank him 96th overall and his averages rank him 114th. Remember, a 100 ranking is where players truly come into consciousness for the fantasy owner and Mikki is right there.
Jason Kidd and Vince Carter, the Nets top fantasy performers, dipped over the past week, but have overall both remained firmly atop the fantasy heap.
Kidd, the 7th ranked fantasy player overall for his season totals, had a weekly ranking of 55th for his totals and 72nd for his averages (10.5 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 71% free-throw, 33% from the field, and 1.8 three-pointers per game). His ranking should progress towards his mean when he picks back up his field goal percentage (43% for the season) and free-throw percentage (81% for the season). The beauty of Kidd, the fantasy player, is that he will typically give you something extra-special to go with his already best-in-class nightly averages. Examples from past week: 5 three-pointers made against Detroit and 4 steals against the Hawks.
Vince, who is just behind Kidd as the 11th ranked fantasy player for the season, had a weekly ranking of 67th for his totals and 86th for his averages (21.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal, a three, 41% from the field, and 69% from the line). He, like Kidd, should pick up his shooting (46% for the season) and his free-throw percentage (78% for the season) to his normal season averages. Also to note, VC did have solid increases over the past week in assists (.5 a game more than season average) and rebounds (.6 a game more than season average).
Whose fantasy stock is up for the Nets? Eddie House. House has been on fantasy fire lately, averaging 10.8 points, 2.3 assists, 1.3 rebounds, a steal, 100% from the line, 49% from the field, and 1.8 threes per game over the past week. It has shown in his weekly ranking, which was 73rd in the league for his average and 57th for his totals.
Over the next week, the Nets will play in Atlanta, in Boston, home for the Magic and Spurs, and in Toronto to “rap” up before the all-star break. Look for Carter and Kidd to continue their production, and actually improve based on the aforementioned expected increases in their field goal and free-throw percentages; watch for Eddie House and try to ride the hot hand and the minutes he has been getting; and, lastly, look for Bostjan Nachbar to jump back into his fantasy groove.
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