Fantasy Basketball Weekly Planner: Feb. 25-March 3

by Eric McClung on February 21, 2013 @ 18:15:08 PDT


Four games

Atlanta Hawks

The fantasy value of Kyle Korver, the league's most accurate three-point shooter is suddenly in question. Korver has now come off the bench in each of the last three games. In his absence, Devin Harris struggled in two games before giving way to DeShawn Stevenson. While neither of those players is likely to become relevant, Korver seems destined for a slight reduction in minutes.

However, it appears highly likely that Josh Smith to be moved before Thursday's trade deadline. Depending on the other pieces that are coming and going in any possible deal, Korver's situation and destination may change. There's no reason to take Korver out of your lineup, but be mindful of these developments.

Must start: Jeff Teague, Josh Smith, Al Horford

Chicago Bulls

Despite averaging 15.6 points, eight assists, 2.3 threes and 1.7 steals in seven games as a starter, Nate Robinson has gone back to the bench. Robinson, who is not immune to poor shooting night, recently got just 17 minutes of work, his shortest outing in nearly a month.

Kirk Hinrich (elbow) is back and recorded 10 assists in 30 minutes of action. He continued to struggle shooting the ball and is now down to 37.8 percent on the season.

The Bulls are slightly over the luxury tax mark and figure to save some cash by moving Richard Hamilton and/or Carlos Boozer. If so, Robinson may see minutes open back up and get back to the way he started the month.

Must start: Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah

Dallas Mavericks

Veterans Shawn Marion and Vince Carter have continued to improve as the season goes on. Six games into the month of February and Marion has already recorded three double-doubles. He's also averaging 15.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks and one three during that time.

Carter has seen his scoring pickup lately and recently made six three-pointers during a 26-point effort prior to the All-Star break.

Must start: O.J. Mayo, Darren Collison, Dirk Nowitzki

Detroit Pistons

After peaking at 15 points a game during the month of December, Brandon Knight has tumbled recently. Now nine games into February, he's down to 11.2 points on a woeful 35.5 percent shooting percentage. Knight continues struggle with consistency and looks stuck as a fringe fantasy option.

Must start: Jose Calderon, Greg Monroe

Golden State Warriors

Coming out of the break, Andrew Bogut is finally playing back-to-back games, but isn't getting many minutes. He's managing a respectable 7.7 points and 7.4 rebounds in seven games since returning from an ankle injury, though. Bogut hasn't looked sharp physically, however, and isn't making a strong case for a heavier work load going forward.

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

Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies

Indiana Pacers

In his final nine starts before the All-Star break, Lance Stephenson averaged 12.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.3 threes. While he continues to shoot the ball more frequently, Stephenson's poor shooting percentage may require him to rein it in. As Indy looks to solidify their attack for the postseason, Stephenson may continue to play an important role.

Must start: George Hill, Paul George, David West, Roy Hibbert

Los Angeles Clippers

Heading into the All-Star break, Chauncey Billups averaged 20 points in two games with 4.5 threes in only 18 minutes of action. Even more impressive was that the games were held on back-to-back nights soon after he missed many of the earlier games this season with a foot injury. Billups won't keep doing like this, especially in limited minutes, but should be owned across the board.

Eric Bledsoe needs to be moved at the deadline in order to keep showing the fantasy value he built up as a starter during Chris Paul's knee injury. If Bledsoe does find a new home, Billups also may see some time at the point where he has plenty of experience.

Must start: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford

Orlando Magic

Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick both own expiring contracts that would make sense for the rebuilding Magic to move at the trade deadline. Redick peaked during the month of January with 17.5 points and 3.5 threes a game, but is no longer seeing 30 minutes a night after missing three games with a shoulder injury.

In his first eight games of February, Andrew Nicholson continues to get an extended look. During that span he's averaged 11.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and nearly a block per game.

Must start: Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo, Nikola Vucevic

Philadelphia 76ers

Over the last nine games, Spencer Hawes and Nick Young have become fixtures in the Philly starting lineup. Hawes averaged 11.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. Meanwhile, Young scored nearly 16 points per game with 1.8 threes and 1.3 steals. However, things are likely to be taken up once Thaddeus Young returns from a hamstring injury.

Must start: Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner

Sacramento Kings

Jason Thompson is back on the fantasy radar with 16.5 points on 57.7 percent shooting, 7.8 rebounds, one steal and 0.8 blocks over his last six games. Thompson has proven to be productive in spurts throughout the season, but is still looking for consistency. The Kings recently acquired Patrick Patterson from the Houston Rockets via trade, but he's unlikely to threaten Thompson's playing time.

Must start: Isaiah Thomas, Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins

Toronto Raptors

Rookie Jonas Valanciunas is expected to be the starting center through the remainder of the season. Over his last five games, Valanciunas averaged eight points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in four starts. The Raptors have nowhere to go back but back to the draft lottery, so the No. 5 pick in the draft should have no issues seeing the floor frequently going forward.

Must start: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay

Washington Wizards

Through 24 games played so far in 2013, Emeka Okafor is averaging a double-double and shooting better than 52 percent from the field. He's not much of a shot blocker, but his current level of production is a welcome sight after a poor start to the season and disappointing year last season.

Must start: John Wall, Nene Hilario

Two games

Boston Celtics

Must start: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett,

Portland Trail Blazers

Must start: Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, J.J. Hickson

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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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