Congratulations to those still alive and competing in their fantasy football playoffs. For the rest of us who are trapped in consolation bracket purgatory, this holiday season becomes a time to focus on loved ones: our rotisserie fantasy basketball teams.
Nearly two months of hardwood action has transpired and many squads have been neglected like the non-marshmallow Lucky Charms pieces.
On a recently polled major fantasy platform, Mike Dunleavy is starting on 31 percent of active lineups. That stat may be slightly acceptable in week one, but is absolutely inexcusable this far into the season. Somewhere, Marquis Daniels has a solitary tear rolling down his cheek because of our collective apathy.
Therefore, if Dunleavy, or possibly Gilbert Arenas, is still suiting up for your squad or maybe you are simply sick of Eric Gordon and his single digit scoring, here are a few guards to plug in this weekend. Hopefully you can steal some points from the few still worrying about the health of Brandon Jacobs.
Sidelined by an injury for the beginning of the season, last Tuesday the Dominican Cardinal reconciled all fears by scoring 21 points against the Lakers. While Kevin Martin is hobbled by ankle issues, and Brad Miller is dealing with knee problems, someone needed produce on the offensive end. Garcia led the team with 18 shot attempts against the defending Western Conference champs.
This Saturday the Kings host the New York Knicks, who are allowing 106 points per game on the road. Facing Mike D'Antoni’s anti-defense philosophy, even Jerry Garcia could score 25 points, and he's dead. (Sorry hippies, now go get a job.)
The good times for Garcia should keep on truckin' through Monday when the Timberwolves roll into town.
Denver head coach George Karl has maintained that for now, the defense oriented Dahntay Jones will be the starting shooting guard for the Nuggets. However, defensive schemes will thin out like the Rocky Mountain air this weekend when the Warriors, sporting a woeful 3-10 away record, travel to the Mile High City.
Fortunately for rotisserie owners, Denver's J.R. Smith is the offensive ying to Jones' yang.
Smith has scored in double figures 13 times this season off the bench. When he plays 25 minutes or more he averages 15 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.1 assists. This Garden State boss will be born to run against a road Warriors team that permits 112 points to the home team.
Approximately 40 percent of managers don’t own Smith. He is an excellent stop gap solution for Tracy McGrady owners looking for a weekend rental.
Jose Juan Barea
If you are searching for a solid player with a forehead as large as his potential, then search no further; Jose Juan Barea is your man. Supplanting Josh Howard (due to injury) in the Mavericks starting five, Jose has averaged 15.2 points and 5.5 assists in his last six games.
Tony Parker admitted to being perplexed last Tuesday by the two-headed monster in the backcourt meaning Jason Kidd and Barea.
The widely available guard should shine big and bright deep in the heart of Texas when the awful Oklahoma City Thunder visit Dallas on Saturday.
Although he is a veteran starter for a title contender, Derek Fisher remains fantasy bench material only to be played in favorable match ups. Such matchups occur Friday and Monday.
This native of the capitol of Arkansas should rock more than a little with two games at home versus the Sacramento Kings and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Fisher is NBA Jam on fire this season shooting 94.1 percent from the line and 47.9 percent behind the arc.