Fantasy Basketball Weekly Planner: March 10-17

by Eric McClung on March 7, 2013 @ 11:58:06 PDT


Four games

Atlanta Hawks

After being a seldom-used bench player, Anthony Tolliver has played a significant amount of time each of the last two games. On Monday night, he went 3-for-6 from beyond on the arc starting for an injured Kyle Korver (toe). Korver returned on Wednesday, but Tolliver played nearly 27 minutes off the bench, with 21 points, eight rebounds, five triples and two blocks.

Tolliver received a look in mid-February but failed to seize that opportunity. The Hawks have been very matchup-centric with their rotations throughout the season, so it remains to be seen how committed they are to their veteran stretch four.

Must start: Jeff Teague, Josh Smith, Al Horford, Kyle Korver

Dallas Mavericks

After shooting under 30 percent to begin the second half of the year, Darren Collison was benched Wednesday night. However, the Mavs were playing a home and home series against the Houston Rockets and had no answers for their guards in the first game. Even if Collison heads right back into the starting lineup, his shooting percentage makes is a heavy anchor for his owners.

Must start: O.J. Mayo, Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki, Vince Carter

Golden State Warriors

Since the break, Carl Landry is scoring in double digits while shooting better than 60 percent from the floor and averaging nearly six rebounds. Landry doesn't offer much else, but isn't a bad option for the stretch run in deeper leagues.

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

Los Angeles Lakers

In the seven games following the All-Star break, Metta World Peace is averaging just 10.6 points, on 40.9 percent shooting, to go with 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 threes. Meanwhile, Antawn Jamison is scoring 13.3 points, on 49.3 shooting, pulling 6.1 rebounds and hitting 1.6 threes while coming off the bench.

MWP will continue to play more minutes, and has a clear edge in steals versus Jamison, but continues to see his performance level decline.

Must start: Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

Memphis Grizzles

In addition to missing Wednesday night's game, Zack Randolph (ankle) has back to backs to deal with each Friday and Saturday the rest of the month to deal with. If Z-Bo's ankle balks during that upcoming span that also includes six games in nine days, Ed Davis may earn a short-term lease on fantasy relevance.

Prior to being traded from the Toronto Raptors, Davis averaged 13 points, 7.7 rebounds, one block and 0.6 steals in his final 23 starts. Davis notched a double double when Randolph missed a game on Sunday but did very little in Wednesday's start.

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

Must start: Mike Conley, Marc Gasol

Miami Heat

Before putting up a Wednesday night stinker, Ray Allen had averaged 12.7 points and 2.4 threes over the last 10 games. However, Shane Battier has made four triples in three of the last six contests as a boom-or-bust bomber.

Must start: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh

Milwaukee Bucks

In five games since being acquired at the deadline from the Orlando Magic, J.J. Redick is averaging 15.4 points and two threes a night. Redick is also shooting 50 percent from the field. Even though he's taking fewer shots, Redick has been more efficient while remaining consistent from long distance.

Must start: Monta Ellis, Brandon Jennings, Ersan Ilyasova, Larry Sanders, J.J. Redick

Minnesota Timberwolves

With Andrei Kirilenko (calf) out once again, Derrick Williams should continue to impress. Over his last 12 starts, the second year man is averaging 17.8 points and nine rebounds. Williams is also flirting with a block, a steal and a three per game. It looks the product from Arizona is displaying the kind of potential that made him a No. 2 pick while proving to be a difference maker down the stretch.

Must start: Ricky Rubio

New York Knicks

If the knee injury to Carmelo Anthony costs him more than one game, Amar'e Stoudemire should continue to receive more than 30 minutes a night off the bench. More action should allow Stoudemire to get a slight boost in rebounds as he continues to score at a very efficient rate. He has registered 22 points each of the last two games while shooting 66 percent.

Must start: Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith, Amar'e Stoudemire

Oklahoma City Thunder

Sixth man Kevin Martin has gone ice cold lately. Over his last five games, he's shooting only 31.7 percent from the floor and just 38.5 percent over the last nine. Martin has been particularly bad in his last two games, going 3-for-12 in each of those contests.

Must start: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka

Phoenix Suns

A family matter will keep Jermaine O'Neal out for at least three games. Prior to his departure he averaged 11.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and two blocks in his last 10 games a reserve. It was always unlikely O'Neal would sustain that level of player, so it's probably time to drop him in most formats.

Must start: Goran Dragic, Luis Scola, Marcin Gortat

San Antonio Spurs

After a slow return from a hamstring injury, Manu Ginobili is starting to look healthy. He's also dishing the ball well now that Tony Parker (ankle) could be out until the playoffs. Ginobili has tallied nine or more assists in two of the last three games and averaged 14.6 points during that time.

Must start: Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili

Washington Wizards

With Bradley Beal out with an ankle injury, Trevor Ariza blew up during his first start since early December. He logged a season-high 38:02 totaling 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three triples.

Must start: John Wall, Nene, Emeka Okafor,

Two games

Chicago Bulls

Must start: Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah

Los Angeles Clippers

Must start: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford

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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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