Fantasy Basketball: Players To Watch In The Second Half
We're on the cusp of the All Star break, and it's time to take a step back to evaluate what your chances are of making a run to the title in your fantasy league. Now is the time for hard decisions on guys who will or won't come around, and you can't really stand to be overly patient with some guys.
That's what I'm here to help you do. I write a weekly column for www.RotoExperts.com titled "MeThinks" that I gave a short sample of last week here on Bleacher Report. That column talks about player values quite a bit, but this is more of a midseason pause for consideration.
Without further ado...
Guys To Get
Mario Chalmers (PG, MIA). Chalmers has had quite the up-and-down season, I have to say. He started with a big bang, stumbled along for a while, had a nice couple of weeks in early 2009, and then went on to go scoreless in 3-of-4 games in a row. Ouch. I guess that horrible stretch forced something to click in him, because I've been watching him, and he has turned a corner. He looks like an actual point guard, which I didn't think we'd see...at least not this year. And for fantasy, his numbers have started to level out in a nice area. He has scored in double figures for six straight games and had his first double-double, a 16-13 gem, in the past week. To top it off, he steals close to two per game, hits quite a few treys, and has tallied five or more assists in nine of the past 11 games. This kid is coming on, and you want him on your roster moving forward.
Ramon Sessions (PG, MIL). Remember last year when Sessions had a 21 assist game? I watched it, and the kid was a man among boys. Fast forward a year, and he has struggled to produce with inconsistent playing time. Well, that problem just fixed itself. The team is absolutely decimated, losing Michael Redd (SG/SF, MIL) for the year with a torn ACL, watching Luke Ridnour (PG, MIL) sit out for at least a month with a flukey broken thumb (from a practice...a practice nonetheless!), and missing Andrew Bogut (C, MIL) for eight weeks with a gimpy back. Sessions has been scoring, dishing, and generally impressing (Just ask Rafer Alston (PG, HOU), who Sessions schooled over the weekend). You might have to pry him away from his owner with a crowbar, but he's worth paying decent, but not top dollar, in a trade for him if you need PG stats.
Guys to banish
Regular readers of my work on www.RotoExperts.com know that I'm not a fan of Jermaine O'Neal (PF/C, TOR) one bit, for fantasy purposes that is. He is healthy and playing well, which means...you guessed it...it's time to deal him away for someone who can actually help your team. That nine-block game from the other day should pave the way to you having a considerable argument, so get a-tradin'...pronto.
Nene Hilario (PF/C, DEN). Wow, he's playing his mind out, right? So why in the world would I recommend dealing him away? I'm glad you asked. Nene has made it through no more than 64 games in every season since 2003-04. He's playing better than ever, but there's no way he keeps up both his health and those outstanding shooting percentages from the field and the line. If you don't cash in now, it'll be too late when the fireworks start coming.
Ray Allen (SG, BOS). I said this in Methinks on RotoExperts, but Allen is thriving on borrowed time. He's not a young pup any more, and last season saw him wear down after the All Star Break. Just look at his season splits - he lost over three points and over a rebound in the second half. And...uh oh...he just recently injured his thumb, leading to a lovely one point, one rebound, and nothing else game on February 11. I hope you move quickly, because this is just the start.
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