Week 20 Fantasy Basketball Start and Sit

Taylor SmithAnalyst IMarch 8, 2010

MILWAUKEE - FEBRUARY 07: Tayshaun Prince #22 of the Detroit Pistons moves against Richard Jefferson #24 of the Milwaukee Bucks on February 7, 2009 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Pistons defeated the Bucks 126-121 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Perhaps the most crucial decision each week for fantasy owners is: Who should I start, and who should I sit?

With the fantasy season winding down, that decision is becoming more important each week.

So instead of worrying about making the choice on your own, leave it to me.

If this advice turns out well, remember that I'm Taylor Smith.

If not, then this column was written by...Steve, let's say.

Here we go for Week 20.




Tayshaun Prince, F, Detroit Pistons

Prince was battling injuries for much of the first half of the season but has really come on strong since getting healthy.

In Sunday night's OT win over the Rockets, Prince scored a season-high 29 points to go along with 10 boards.

He's always been a versatile and well-rounded player and is finally finding his rhythm this season.

He may be Detroit's best offensive player at this point, and with three games this week, he's worthy of a start.


George Hill, G, San Antonio Spurs

We all know the story by now: Tony Parker out, George Hill in.

Hill has been getting plenty of run even with Parker in the lineup, but now that he's going to be the starting point guard, look for his numbers to continue to rise.

He's been primarily a scorer while playing alongside Parker, but look for his assist numbers to rise as a result of the shift to point guard.

The Spurs have four games this week, and Hill will have plenty of opportunities to show what he's capable of with his confidence at an all-time high.


Andray Blatche/Al Thornton/Randy Foye, Washington Wizards

Why so many Wizards?

In a weird, weather-induced scheduling twist, the Wiz will play four games this week, including three in three days next weekend.

The way Blatche has been playing since the trade deadline, he appears to have reached must-start status for this season.

He's been on an absolute tear and scored 23 points with nine rebounds Sunday night against the Celtics.

Thornton, aside from back-to-back subpar games against Milwaukee, has been a fairly consistent scorer for Washington since coming over from the Clippers.

With Josh Howard out for the season, Thornton will log plenty of minutes and has shown that he can be a quality scoring option and can also grab a few rebounds every now and then.

Foye is another guy who has stepped up his play and is averaging 15 points and five assists over his past five games.

He's been great from three-point range and is also a very good free throw shooter.

With four games this week, a few Wizards should be able to help your team.




Michael Beasley, F, Miami Heat

Beasley scored 22 points in Saturday's win over the Hawks, but his erratic and inconsistent play has to be cause for concern.

He was averaging under 10 points per game for his previous six before Saturday and couldn't make anything from the floor.

He has all the talent in the world, yet continues to go through nonstop ups-and-downs, which has to be maddening for any fantasy owner.

The Heat are hot, but Beasley is not.


Brandon Jennings, G, Milwaukee Bucks

Jennings' situation is similar to that of Beasley.

His team is fighting for a playoff spot, yet his inconsistent play isn't helping matters.

He scored 25 points in his last game, his first 20+ point game since Feb. 5.

Jennings shot a horrible 30 percent from the field in February and is shooting the same percentage through three games in March.

He's shown flashes of brilliance but hasn't been able to put it together on a regular enough basis quite yet.


Jose Calderon, G, Toronto Raptors

Calderon, a fantasy darling in previous seasons, has seen his minutes dwindle down to about 27 per game this season, and his production has taken a hit.

He's been supplanted as the Raptors' starting point guard by Jarrett Jack and is averaging 11 points and six assists per game this season.

While his assist numbers appear to be climbing a bit, his overall inconsistency and lack of minutes should raise worries about his fantasy impact.

I'd stay away from him for now.


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