Fantasy Faceoff: Gwall vs. Iggy

Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer IOctober 8, 2009

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Gerald Wallace vs. Andre Iguodala

The case for Wallace: Wallace averaged a career high 7.8 rebounds to go along with 1.7 steals, .9 blocks, shot 48% from the field and 80% from the foul line. However, his fantasy potential should be based on the 14 games he in March where he averaged 19.5 points, 9 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.4 blocks and .9 threes per game.

He also shot 58% from the field which is outstanding for a small forward. He cut down his turnovers from the previous season from 2.9 to 2.1.

The case against Wallace: His scoring dipped last year (down to 16.7 from 19.4) and has missed 43 regular season games the past three seasons due to injury. Head Coach Larry Brown might consider playing Wallace at the four which would hurt his fantasy value. He needs to raise his assists (2.7) if he wants to go ahead of Igudola.

The case for Igudola: Iggy has missed just six games in five seasons and has played in all 82 in four of them. Last season he averaged 18.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.6 steals, shot 47% from the field and 72% from the line.

He stepped up on the offense side with Elton Brand missing 53 games due to injury averaging at least 20 points in January, March and April. He has been working out at shooting guard which should rise his threes. He also logs big minutes as he averaged at least 39 minutes per game the past three seasons.

The case against Igudola: He struggled to start the season averaging just 13 points in November with a healthy Brand playing. However, the team is running a Princeton offense under new Coach Eddie Jordan, which Iggy should thrive in. However, he shot a career low 72% from the line last season and needs to cut down his turnovers.