Fantasy Forecast with James Morris Week 9
Starting off 4-22 on the season and losing 12 in a row isn’t exactly what Timberwolves fans had in mind when the preseason started. The team fired their head coach and rookie Kevin Love’s minutes have been hovering in the mid twenties for most of the season. Last week Love’s minutes dropped to 17.3 while Craig Smith saw an increase from the teens up to 31.3 MPG. Rashad McCants’s minutes are holding steady in the mid twenties but his stats are all over the place.
This week the Timberwolves play three games, two against above .500 teams and one against the Knicks. Think Stephon Starbury would be nice enough to sit courtside to watch his cousin play (Sebastian Telfair) and distract the Knicks while he is at it? Me neither.
PG: Derek Fisher: This week Fisher has four games and he has seen his minutes increase from 26 MPG to 34.7 last week. If he can keep up the past three games stats, he will be worth starting in the four games this week.
SG: Jamal Crawford: Crawford exploded for 50 points against the Bobcats on Saturday, so let’s just hope that six point effort against the Hawks was a fluke. The Warriors play four games this week and all are against teams with superstars on them, so I expect someone to have to step up and I am guessing that Crawford will be the one.
SF: Danny Granger: Granger was hospitalized with a serious case of the flu, but that will be all behind him by the time Tuesday night hits. Granger has been a top 15 player this season and I would start him this week despite the Pacers only playing three games.
PF: Paul Millsap: Carlos Boozer is going to need a third MRI on his injured quad muscle and that MRI won’t take place until December 29th. With Boozer out another four games at minimum, Millsap is a double-double machine until then.
C: Andris Biedrins: Another Golden State player on the Start Em’ list due to total games played and opponents played. Biedrins isn’t going to score 20 points on a nightly basis, but he will get you around 15 points and 12 rebounds a night and that is good enough to start at center for most fantasy teams.
Any Phoenix player! With only one game this week, you couldn’t start Amare Stoudemire if you wanted to.
PG: D.J. Augustin: His stats are erratic and his minutes go from 32.9 MPG down to 29.3 MPG last week. His past two games have been fantasy junk outside of the ten assists against the Grizzlies, so I will sit him this week until he shows me the minutes and stats are coming back up.
SG: Joe Johnson: With just two games this week, you will be hard pressed to find a reason to play Johnson in weekly transaction leagues. I’d even play J.R. Smith over Johnson this week, so you know things are bad!
SF: Richard Jefferson: The Bucks only play two games, so you will want to get them out of your lineup in weekly transaction and salary cap leagues. Jefferson is still a good fantasy player, but there is only so much you can do in two games.
PF: Michael Beasley: The highly touted rookie has been up and down over the past six games, with three of the six producing single digit point totals and his minutes slipped down to 18.7 MPG last week.
C: Marcus Camby: Cotton Camby will get you a double-double on most nights, with double digit rebound totals every night. But, he plays just two games this week and can only do so much in those games. If you have no better option at Center, go into this week knowing that you will most likely lose the rebound and block categories.