The fourth installment of the fantasy buzz is here! For those who don't know: While I will attempt to make recommendations based on all types of fantasy leagues, I will only be speaking to what is known as "advanced scoring" when it comes to actual fantasy production as I find standard scoring and 9 Category leagues to be boring. That being said, let's dive into the performances of our squad this past week, break down my predictions from last week and look ahead to the next week of games!
The Cats played 4 games this past week: The Raptors on Wednesday, the Pistons on Friday, the Jazz on Saturday and the Bucks on Monday. Some players have dropped out of the rotation and/or are having very minimal fantasy impact and so I will leave them out of the discussion. Here's how out boys performed:
Kemba Walker: averaged 26 fantasy points across those 2 games with both performances being disappointing from a fantasy perspective. Last week I predicted he would have a strong game against the Thunder, and while it was the better of his two performances, the 35 fantasy points were a far cry from what I was expecting.
Gerald Henderson: averaged 27 fantasy points (exact same total as last week) across those 2 games with his best performance coming from his 36 fantasy points versus the Hawks. He is the model of consistency lately and makes for a good start in virtually every league.
Josh McRoberts: averaged 32 fantasy points across those 2 games with 2 solid outings, the better of which was his 38 fantasy points against the Thunder. It's nice to see him put up solid numbers back to back after his numbers took a bit of a dip last week.
Al Jefferson: averaged 46 fantasy points across those 2 games with a fantastic night of production (58 fantasy points) against the Hawks. Big Al is a top 60 fantasy player right now and is steadily climbing into the top 50 now that he is truly over his ankle injury.
Ramon Sessions: averaged 26 fantasy points per game across those 2 games with a nice 31 point outing against the Hawks. With the black hole left at SF thanks to the MKG and Taylor injuries Sessions continues to be relied on more heavily for production and it paying dividends for astute fantasy owners.
Special note: there has been a fantasy black hole at the SF position. The absence of MKG and Taylor has lead to more minutes for Tolliver, Zeller and Adrien but none of them have been able to make anything worthwhile with the extra court time. The situation is worth monitoring but none of those players will be much help even in the deepest of leagues.
Looking ahead, the Bobcats play three games this week: The Clippers on Wednesday, the Blazers on Thursday and the Kings on Saturday. Here are some recommendations of who to get in your lineup:
1. Kemba Walker: a strong play in any type of league, Kemba is a must start player in the Kings and Blazers game as both teams are at the bottom of the league when it comes to defending opposing PGs. however, if you have a another option at PG you may want to sit Walker versus the Clippers. Not only do they rank 2nd in the league against opposing PGs but Chris Paul has made a habit of embarrassing Walker almost every time they've met.
2. Gerald Henderson: Henderson makes for a good start in any of his 3 games but faces his best chance for solid production against the Kings who rank 24th in the league versus opposing SGs.
3. Josh McRoberts: finally broke out of his fantasy slump! McRoberts is a strong play in all 3 match-ups this week as all 3 opponents are weak against opposing big men. I would especially recommend him against the Clippers as Blake Griffin has been a sieve defensively against opposing PFs this year.
4. Al Jefferson: must start. Period. It doesn't mater who he is matched up against. I expect him to put up big numbers in all 3 games as all 3 opponents rank in the bottom half of the league versus opposing big men.
5. Ramon Sessions: could make for a nice spot start in all 3 games this week. As mentioned, the Kings and Blazers are terrible versus opposing PGs and while the Clippers are one of the best at shutting down opposing PGs, Sessions will most likely be facing their second unit for the bulk of his minutes and could put up some nice numbers.
That's all for this week! I will be back next week to review the fantasy performances of our players, point out where my predictions went wrong and/or right and recommend some players for the next week's games. Until then, good luck, have fun, Happy New Year and GO BOBCATS!