Fantasy Basketball: Three S's For Success in February

John LorgeSenior Writer IJanuary 28, 2009

The Three S's for success are a star, starter, and sleeper who are primed for success in the upcoming month.  Not only will they have big Februaries, but they should have continued success throughout the year.

Star: Kevin Martin, SG, Sacramento Kings

The Kings are in bad shape this year but that's all the more reason to go after Kevin Martin.  The only negative it Martin's game is that he's injury prone, but his rewards are worth the risk.

Martin is averaging 24 points per game and he is shooting over 40 percent on threes.  If you play in a free throw attempts or free throws made league you will love that he’s amongst league leaders in both categories. 

Martin is a decent passer and rebounder, but if you're lacking in any scoring categories he's your man.

The King's will call on that his scoring ability against Oklahoma City (twice), Phoenix, Memphis, and the LA Clippers.  Most his February matchups are against the NBA's better teams which means he will be required to bear more of the load.

After Martin's injuries this year owners have depreciated his value.  After the All-Star break you won't be able to get your hands on him.  If you're getting ready to make some big trades, you must include Martin.

Starter: Mo Williams, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

Since Delonte West went down Mo Williams has really picked up the load for the Cavs.  Williams has had scoring outbreaks of 43, 33, and 25 in the second half of January and it doesn't look like West is coming back anytime soon.

Playing alongside LeBron James has kept Williams' assist number modest, but he is averaging two more three point attempts per game than his career average.  He has also only missed eight of his 129 free throw attempts this year. 

Williams will have a huge role in meetings with the NBA's top teams, as well as the lesser teams because Cleveland is thin at the guard spot.  Key matchups for the month include Toronto (twice), New York, the LA Lakers, Indiana, Phoenix, Milwaukee, and Memphis.

Most owners are keen on Williams because of his scoring ability, but his fantasy value does not represent the big month he's going to have.  Acquire Mo Williams in a multi-player deal where you swap guards with similar averages

Sleeper: D.J. Augustin, G, Charlotte Bobcats

Augustin, one of the NBA's exciting rookie guards, has been sidelined with an abdominal injury that he encountered January 9th.  The former Texas Longhorn is nearing his return, and it couldn't come at a better time.

Teammate Gerald Wallace recently suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung, which is leaving a gaping hole in the Bobcats lineup.  Although they don't play the same position, Larry Brown will rotate his lineup and play small ball to give his team their best chance of winning.

In 38 games this season Augustin has broke the 20 point mark six times, and he is accurate from beyond the arc as well as the free throw line.  His natural position is point guard apparent as he is averaging 4.1 assists per game playing along side Raymond Felton. 

Augustin may not start any games, but expect him to play over 30 minutes per game for the month, especially if Gerald Wallace cannot return.

Charlotte will need Augustin's shooting in fast-paced matchups with Washington, the LA Clippers (twice), Indiana, Phoenix, Sacramento, and Golden State in February.

Augustin is on the wire in most leagues, as he nears his return pick him up for outstanding guard play.