Fantasy Basketball Weekly Planner: Feb. 18-24

by Eric McClung on February 14, 2013 @ 16:55:01 PDT


Four games

Brooklyn Nets

Quite frankly, Deron Williams has been a poor shooter since moving to the Nets and undergoing wrist surgery in April of 2011. D-Will was scheduled to miss the last two games prior to the All-Star break to receive a platelet-rich plasma treatment to his woeful ankles, which may require offseason surgery as well. With numbers that are down across the board compared to his career totals, owners heavily invested in Williams are hoping the extra rest heading into the break can turn things around.

The Nets return to action with a home and home series against the Milwaukee Bucks on consecutive nights. If Williams plays limited minutes or sits out a game, C.J. Watson will continue to start at point guard. He went 0 for 7 on Monday night against the Indiana Pacers in relief of Williams, but is coming off a monster effort versus the Denver Nuggets. Watson nailed five three-pointers, totaling 25 points and six assists.

After an awful January, Gerald Wallace has looked a little better during his last two starts, averaging 9.5 points and 10 rebounds. Just don't get too excited. Crash remains a toxic asset to his fantasy owners, just like he's proven to be for the Nets roster.

Must start: Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez

Boston Celtics

As players continue to drop in Beantown, Jason Terry and Jeff Green are stepping up and experiencing their best months of the season. In the last six games, Jet has tallied 13.3 points per contest on 53.7 percent shooting. Terry has recorded five or more assists in three of those contests and has made 2.2 threes.

With Rajon Rondo (ACL) done for the year, Terry will continue to see more opportunities at the point.

Meanwhile, Green is scoring 15.5 points a night on 54.4 percent shooting in the same period of time. While he needs more minutes to contribute when it comes to rebounds, Green is coming through with 1.7 blocks, a three and 0.8 steals.

Neither player is starting right now, but that could change depending on what direction the Celtics take at the trade deadline on Feb. 21.

Must start: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

Charlotte Bobcats

Gerald Henderson is scoring with some efficiency this month (14.7 points on 45.2 percent shooting) but is otherwise very limited. Henderson doesn't take many shots from beyond the arc and isn't much of a rebounder.

In five games this month, big man shooter Byron Mullens is averaging 17.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, two threes, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. He's looked sharp following an extended absence due to a severe ankle sprain and should be re-added to all fantasy rosters.

Must start: Kemba Walker, Byron Mullens, Ramon Sessions

Chicago Bulls

At one point reports suggested Derrick Rose (ACL) could return near the All-Star break. However, he has recently indicated there is still no target for his return and missing the entire season is very possible, unless he feels completely recovered beforehand.

Nate Robinson continues to look sharp as the starting point guard, but Kirk Hinrich (elbow) could be back after the break. In the last six games, Robinson averaged 17.2 points, 8.3 assists, 2.5 threes and 1.7 steals. He's making a strong case to remain the starter and for universal ownership in fantasy circles.

After four impressive starts Taj Gibson has returned to the bench and seen his minutes erode. As long as the Bulls frontline is healthy, Gibson's potential will remained capped. However, he's worth stashing in hopes the trade rumors around Carlos Boozer come to fruition.

Must start: Nate Robinson, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah

Detroit Pistons

In seven games this month, rookie Kyle Singler is averaging 12.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and one three. With big scoring voids to fill in the Motor City, Singler's recent improvements are worth monitoring going forward.

Must start: Jose Calderon, Greg Monroe

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

Golden State Warriors

Since returning from an ankle injury in late January, Andrew Bogut has played six games but has missed three others to keep him from playing back-to-back games. In that time he's averaging nine points, 7.8 rebounds and two blocks. Bogut's value will be tested over the coming weeks, however. The Warriors have four sets of back-to-back games scheduled over the next month.

Must start: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee, Jarrett Jack

Memphis Grizzles

In six games this month, Tony Allen is averaging 11.5 points on 65.2 percent shooting, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals. He continues to improve upon the progress he made in January, but Allen's value is heavily tied to his ability to collect steals.

Jerryd Bayless was expected to take on a bigger role following Rudy Gay's departure and flashed some scoring ability immediately afterward. However, Bayless is struggling with his shot lately. Over his last four games he's shooting under 43 percent and scoring just 10.5 points a game.

Must start: Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol

Miami Heat

Outside of the big three, there's minimal value on South Beach. Shane Battier has scored nine or more points in four straight games, with all 14 of his baskets made coming from long distance. In fact, Battier is actually now besting teammate Ray Allen in three-point shooting this season. He's worth owning in only the very deepest of leagues, though.

Must start: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh

New Orleans Hornets

After averaging 9.4 rebounds a game in January, Al-Farouq Aminu is down to 7.5 boards through six games this month. He's also scored fewer than five points in six of his last eight games.

Robin Lopez has been a scoring tear this month (16.5 points per game) but fails to provide consistent rebounding for a big man. The 7-footer has only hit the glass for double digits four times all season.

Must start: Greivis Vasquez, Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson

Orlando Magic

Several of the recent blowout defeats have cut into the minutes and production of the already limited Magic players worth owning.

Arron Afflalo is having a career year scoring at nearly 17 points a game and looks good since missing six games with a calf injury and a personal matter.

J.J. Redick is back after he missed three contests with a shoulder problem. Assuming he remains healthy, he'll continue to pump in the threes and the occasional spike in assists.

Must start: Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo, Nikola Vucevic

Phoenix Suns

After a sharp run in December, Jared Dudley has hit the skids. He's dropped to averaging 8.6 points over the last seven games while playing just 22 minutes a night. Dudley has been linked to trade conversions and could greatly benefit from a change of scenery.

Must start: Goran Dragic, Luis Scola, Marcin Gortat

Sacramento Kings

Last month, Jason Thompson saw his minutes drop significantly in favor of other players despite his solid start to the season. He's been leaned upon once again this month, especially in the last four contests. In that time, Thompson is averaging 17.8 points on 62 percent shooting, 7.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and a block per night. Assuming the minutes don't disappear again, Thompson should continue to post very usable numbers.

Must start: Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins

San Antonio Spurs

After missing eight of his last 10 games with a sore knee, Tim Duncan looks good following off an effort of 13 points, six rebounds and five blocks in 25 minutes.

Tiago Splitter has played well with and without Duncan in the lineup, averaging 11.9 points on 58.3 shooting, 6.8 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks in his 31 games as starter.

Must start: Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan

Two games

Los Angeles Clippers

Must start: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford

Utah Jazz

Must start: Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson

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About Eric McClung

Eric McClung has been profiled by the FSWA for covering the fantasy sports spectrum and is a three-time award finalist. Over the years, he's made several appearances in print and on radio. McClung began contributing to KFFL in 2008 and currently serves as one of KFFL's featured fantasy NASCAR experts. He's also captured the fantasy football championship in the KFFL staff league twice.

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