Week 18 Fantasy Basketball Start and Sit
The first full week after the NBA trade deadline is upon us, and several normally reliable fantasy options are going to be struggling to adapt to their new situations.
Injuries are also factors, as they always are, and some guys may be hindered in their performance due to nagging pains.
Here's a look at the game:
Three Games: Celtics, Bobcats, Cavaliers, Nuggets, Warriors, Rockets, Heat, Nets, Magic, 76ers, Kings, Spurs, Raptors
Four Games: Wizards, Trail Blazers, Suns, Thunder, Hornets, Knicks, Timberwolves, Grizzlies, Lakers, Clippers, Pacers, Pistons, Mavericks, Bulls, Hawks
Five Games: Milwaukee Bucks
As always, the more games for your players the better, so let's see who would be worth your while to start this week.
PG/SG: Beno Udrih, Sacramento Kings
Nobody in Sacramento benefits more from last week's huge trade than Udrih.
With both Kevin Martin and Sergio Rodriguez out of town, Udrih will be getting more significant minutes alongside rookie sensation Tyreke Evans in the Sacramento backcourt.
He's a good shooter in all formats, which will also make him a help in the scoring department.
Sunday night against the Suns, Udrih scored 17 points on 7-9 shooting and 3-3 from three-point range.
SG/SF: Kyle Korver, Utah Jazz
With Ronnie Brewer gone, Korver's minutes should escalate to about 20 per game, up from 13 on the season.
So far, in extremely limited time, he's shooting an unbelievable 59.5 percent from three-point range (25-42).
With more minutes, he should be able to provide a tremendous boost in three-point shooting, as well as overall field goal shooting, where he's right at 50 percent for the season.
He's still available in lots of leagues, and is definitely worth a look. Of course, Andre Kirilenko's back spams only help the argument for Korver.
SG/SF: Tracy McGrady, New York Knicks
Yep, you're reading that correctly.
T-Mac exploded in his first game as a Knick for 26 points on 10-17 shooting from the floor.
He turned back the clock with his ability to drive it right to the rim and finish, and didn't look like a guy that had played less than 48 minutes all season to that point.
He'll have the ball quite a bit on Mike D'Antoni's team, and, if Saturday's performance was any indication, he's a must-pick up for any league in which he is still available.
While he likely won't average 26 a night, he should be able to stick right around 20 if he's able to hold up, and his elite passing ability should be able to help in the assist department as well.
Get him now.
PF: Luis Scola, Houston Rockets/Carl Landry, Sacramento Kings
These former teammates will each see increased minutes, and thus, increased productivity.
In his first game without Landry backing him up Saturday night against Indiana, Scola turned in one of his best performances of the season, with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
While he's no star, Scola is an above-average role player certainly capable of having his fair share of star player-like nights.
With increased minutes, his numbers will go up.
The same can be said for the newest King, Carl Landry.
In his second game, he had 18 points and seven rebounds in 38 minutes.
He'll play a major role in Sacramento down low, and should prove to be the second option on offense behind Tyreke Evans.
He's extremely productive, and will shine as a King.
C: Brendan Haywood, Dallas Mavericks
Even though Caron Butler's name was the headline when Dallas traded for him last week, Brendan Haywood's presence has been just as important for the Mavericks.
Dallas has gone 3-1 since the trade, and Haywood's production has been instrumental in the early success.
In those four games, the former North Carolina center is averaging 11 points, nine rebounds, and over two blocks per game.
With Erick Dampier out with a finger injury, Haywood has gotten into the starting lineup and has made the most of his opportunity to help a contender thus far.
PG: Chris Duhon, New York Knicks
The trades that brought in Eddie House, McGrady, and Rodriguez could hurt Duhon's already slim fantasy value.
Rodriguez, a Mike D'Antoni favorite, should see his minutes continue to increase as he becomes more comfortable running the offense.
McGrady dominates the ball when he's on the floor, and can handle the distributing duties that Duhon has had so far as a Knick.
His minutes and numbers should decline.
SG: Kevin Martin, Houston Rockets
Martin has struggled with his shooting stroke in his two games in a Rockets uniform thus far.
He's just 8-28 in those two games, and should continue to take some time to adjust to his new teammates and their style of play.
He'll certainly get his rhythm back eventually, but don't expect huge numbers right away.
SF: Carlos Delfino, Milwaukee Bucks
The addition of John Salmons, who has scored 19 points in each of his first two games as a Buck, has hurt Delfino's value.
While he thrives on being a hustle player that puts up solid numbers around the board, his time on the floor could be dwindling, and his production could suffer as a result.
PF: Drew Gooden, Los Angeles Clippers
Gooden has yet to see the floor as a member of the Clippers, and it's unclear if he will see enough minutes to make a difference.
He had turned into a solid fantasy option for the Mavericks with his scoring and rebounding, but we don't know if he'll be given the opportunity in Los Angeles.
Until he proves that he can even get onto the floor, he's not worth a look.
C: Erick Dampier, Dallas Mavericks
Because Haywood is emerging as a better option, the injured Dampier's value is taking a hit.
While he was having a very good season, Haywood does what Damp does, and does it better.
He'll definitely be given minutes upon his return from a separated finger, but if Haywood continues to thrive as the starter, I would doubt Dampier will regain his starting position.
He's a good rebounder and shot blocker, but with fewer minutes come fewer opportunities.
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