Fantasy Basketball: Should You Add Marco Belinelli?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IFebruary 20, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: Marco Belinelli #8 of the New Orleans Hornets is guarded by Landry Fields #2 of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 17, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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New Orleans Hornets guard Marco Belinelli has averaged 34.0 minutes in his past six games, and he has made the most of his increased playing time. During the stretch, he has averaged 15.8 points, 1.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.2 three-pointers per game.

Marco also shot 45.1 percent from the floor, 48.1 percent from downtown and 81.8 percent from the line. He isn't an answer to all of your needs, but as long as he is playing heavy minutes, he should help your points and three-pointer categories.

His season numbers (10.5 ppg, 2.5 rpb, 1.2 apg, 0.9 spg, 1.5 3pg) aren't great, but he has been considerably more productive, not only during this stretch, but in February in general. He's averaging 13.3 ppg and 1.9 3pg for the month and has been in double-digit scoring in eight of his nine games.

Can the scoring stay at 15-plus per game? Not likely. In the 18 games that he played 30 or more minutes, he has averaged 12.7 ppg. Still, if you are looking for three-pointers, he's a solid option, and he's likely available in your fantasy basketball league.

Marco Belinelli is owned in 16 percent of Yahoo! and 6.9 percent of ESPN leagues. If he continues to produce double-digit scoring, multiple three-point games, those numbers are going to climb. If you have an expendable player on your bench, Belinelli is worth a look.

If you are in smaller leagues, so this isn't a waste of your time, see what Will Ferrell has to say about him.

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