Fantasy Basketball Weekly Planner: March 18-24

by Eric McClung on March 14, 2013 @ 16:59:29 PDT


Five games

Portland Trail Blazers

Owners in head-to-head formats should add Eric Maynor right away. In addition to playing a rare five-game week, he's widely available and playing very well. In six games off the bench this month, Maynor is averaging 11.2 points, five assists and a steal while getting 25 minutes of action. Only two other teams played five games in a week all season, but Maynor's opportunity comes now at a pivotal time when many owners will get their last chance to secure a fantasy playoff spot.

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

Four games

Atlanta Hawks

Since missing a game earlier in the month with a toe injury, Kyle Korver has gone completely cold. Over the last four games, he's shooting a woeful 37.5 percent and averaging just 5.5 points a game. Statistically speaking, Korver is still the most accurate three-point shooter in the league but has gone a combined 4-for-15 from beyond the arc during his slump. In addition to the drop in production, the Hawks have expanded their rotation lately and costing Korver minutes.

Must start: Jeff Teague, Al Horford

Brooklyn Nets

Over the last seven games, Reggie Evans has averaged 13.4 rebounds while receiving less than 25 minutes of playing time. Evans rarely puts the ball in the basket, but has failed to record double-digit boards only once in the aforementioned span. Those facing a difficult matchup in rebounds during the fantasy stretch run have a one-dimensional answer in Evans.

Must start: Deron Williams, Brook Lopez

Boston Celtics

After putting together a strong February campaign, Jeff Green is in a bit of a slide. In his first six March contests, he scored 13.2 points a game (down from 15.3 points) and only shot 41.2 percent from the floor. However, Green is coming off a Wednesday night game in which he scored 20 points on seven of 14 shooting. He also added six rebounds, two steals, one three and one steal.

Must start: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

Charlotte Bobcats

He's having his best scoring month of the season, albeit at the expensive of shooting percentage, but Gerald Henderson is now averaging 17 points a game since the break. Henderson doesn't offer much else, including a lack of three-point shooting, but has done a great job getting to the line lately.

Must start: Kemba Walker

Chicago Bulls

In six games as a starter, Marco Belinelli is averaging 14.5 points, 4.2 assists and a pair of threes as Richard Hamilton remains sidelined with back spasms.

Meanwhile, Nate Robinson has made four consecutive starts due to Kirk Hinrich's foot problem. In that span, Robinson averaged 11.5 points, 6.5 assists, 1.8 steals and a three.

Must start: Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah

Dallas Mavericks

Eric Maynor, Portland Trail Blazers

Over the last five contests, Brandan Wright has received a big increase playing time after seeing very little for much of the season. Wright is averaging 12 points on 69.2 percent shooting to go with 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 0.8 steals.

Shawn Marion has missed the last three games with a calf injury so his eventual return will likely cut into the 25 minutes Wright is currently playing a night.

Must start: O.J. Mayo, Dirk Nowitzki

Denver Nuggets

The streaking Nuggets are flush with fantasy relevant talent right now. Andre Miller continues to average nearly half a dozen assists per game to go along with double-digit scoring since the break.

Wilson Chandler has been a streaky scorer while Corey Brewer is experiencing his best month scoring-wise, despite a reduction in taking threes. In six games this month, Brewer is averaging 14.5 points a game on 50 percent shooting to go along with 2.3 steals.

Must start: Ty Lawson, Andre Iguodala, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried

Indiana Pacers

Just like last year, Roy Hibbert has struggled to rebound the ball following the break. In 2011-12, he pulled down 9.6 boards in his first 33 games, but dropped to just under eight rebounds in his final 32 contests. The fall has been even more dramatic in 2012-13. Hibbert averaged 8.5 rebounds before the recess and has seen that plummet to 5.7 in his last nine games.

However, Hibbert is scoring nearly 15 points a game through five March contests and looks like he'll finally average better than 46 percent shooting in a month this season.

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

Memphis Grizzles

In Zach Randolph's first game back from an ankle injury that caused him to miss four starts, Ed Davis still managed 14 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in just over 25 minutes off the bench. Davis was utilized a lot less on Wednesday night, but has proven his worth as the Grizzles top reverse at either the four or five position.

Must start: Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol

Miami Heat

Shane Battier and Ray Allen each hit a pair of threes on Wednesday night, but it was Mario Chalmers that caught fire from downtown in the two previous games. Chalmers went a combined 9-for-13 in those contests and had made a three-pointer in 10 straight games prior to missing all five of his attempts Wednesday.

Must start: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh

Milwaukee Bucks

Mike Dunleavy has worked his way into the starting lineup in three of the last four games and saw 27 minutes off the bench in the other. Prior to being shutout in Wednesday's game, Dunleavy had gone a combined 8-for-12 from long distance. A knee injury to Ersan Ilyasova opened the door a bit for Dunleavy, but this 0-for-6 effort may prove costly.

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

Minnesota Timberwolves

Swingman Derrick Williams has looked a like a much different player since the break. In his first 11 games, the No. 2 pick in last year's draft averaged 17.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 0.6 threes, 0.6 blocks and 0.5 steals. The shooting percentage this month is down to 41.1, but Williams will continue to work on his stroke with word coming out that Kevin Love (broken hand) will miss at least another two weeks.

Must start: Ricky Rubio

New York Knicks

Seriously, why Jason Kidd owned in any single league? In seven March games he's shooting an embarrassing 32.4 percent, this coming after he dropped below 20 percent in February. Kidd isn't passing the ball either, averaging just three dimes a night since the break. In fact, the only thing Kidd can do anymore is rebound, tallying 5.5 boards in his last 11 games.

Must start: Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith

Oklahoma City Thunder

Kevin Martin continues to struggle from the field. In seven March contests, he's averaging 10.3 points a game with an icy 33.8 shooting percentage. Those marks are easily his worst monthly averages, but not a complete surprise. In fact, Martin has seen his scoring average drop each and every month of the season.

Must start: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka

Philadelphia 76ers

He's not immune to the occasional clunker, but Spencer Hawes been more productive as of late. Over his last 19 games, Hawes is averaging 11.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 blocks. The 41 percent shooting percentage is a concern, especially for a big man, but everything else has been fairly useful.

Must start: Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young

Phoenix Suns

In the absence of a true center, Luis Scola is having issues playing the five and shooting the ball in general. Over the last 17 games, Scola is averaging just 10.4 points on 43.5 percent shooting. His rebounding has also been very erratic. Scola has never been a shot blocker, so his contributions for a big man are sorely lacking at the moment.

Must start: Goran Dragic

Sacramento Kings

Improving upon a very solid February, Jason Thompson has dialed it up another notch this month. Through seven games he's averaging 14.4 points on nearly 63 percent shooting to go along with 6.4 rebounds, a steal and 0.6 blocks per game. A sore knee cost DeMarcus Cousins one game, and does not appear to be a major concern, but will give Thompson a chance to start at center.

Must start: Isaiah Thomas, Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton

Utah Jazz

In just under 20 minutes of action, Paul Millsap struggled in his first game back since missing two starts with a knee issue. Should the problem linger Derrick Favors, who's blocked a total of 19 shots in the last five games, will continue to be a factor as a key reserve.

Enes Kanter started the month with two impressive double-doubles, but has tapered off a bit since Al Jefferson's return from a sprained ankle.

Favors and Kanter are likely to be starting in Jazz front count next season, but are likely to keep coming off the bench for now as the team battles for a playoff spot.

Must start: Derrick Favors, Al Jefferson, Gordon Hayward

Washington Wizards

Martell Webster is starting to heat up again from beyond the arc. Over the last three games he's a combined 13 of 26 from three-point land while averaging 19 points.

Must start: John Wall, Martell Webster, Emeka Okafor

Two games

Los Angeles Lakers

Must start: Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Dwight Howard

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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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