The tenth 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 2 games this past week: the Warriors on Tuesday and the Spurs on Saturday. 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 our boys performed:
Kemba Walker: made a surprise return to the court against the Warriors on Tuesday and MAN was it nice to see him back! He managed to put up 24 fantasy points in his first game back and followed that up with 33 versus the Spurs. That sound you just heard was Walker fantasy owners everywhere breathing a sigh of relief!
Gerald Henderson: averaged 32.5 fantasy points this week after putting up 33 and 32 in his two games. Henderson's efficiency returned to glory with Kemba back in charge of running the offense and we have to hope that continues so that Henderson can return to being a consistent fantasy option. I recommended benching him last week but, in my defense, I was operating under the assumption that Kemba would not be playing.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: averaged 20 points across those 2 games with a 15 point dud against the Warriors followed by a decent 25 point outing versus the Spurs. Last week I recommended sitting him versus the Warriors and starting him versus the Spurs, so hopefully all you MKG owners heeded that advice. He has been the most predictable of all the Bobcats starting five.
Josh McRoberts: averaged 23 fantasy points in those 2 games with a 27 point effort versus the Warriors and an 18 point outing versus the Spurs. Whoops! I missed on that one! Last week I recommended sitting him versus the Warriors and starting him versus the Spurs! I don’t mind admitting when I'm wrong, so here goes: I was dead wrong on that one!
Al Jefferson: averaged 59 fantasy points per game with two monster performances last week. Kemba's return to the starting lineup makes Jefferson that much more valuable, if that's even possible, and it has become painfully obvious that he deserved a spot on the All-Star team. Big Al is the best scoring big man in the league and he has been on an absolute tear with no end in sight.
Ramon Sessions: averaged 15 points across those 2 games with an 8 point dud against the Warriors (the night Kemba returned to the starting lineup) followed by a 23 point outing versus the Spurs. Kemba's return will put a ceiling on Sessions' value and owners will have to continue to pick and choose when to play him based on matchups.
Looking ahead, the Bobcats only play two games this week due to the All-Star break: the Mavericks on Tuesday and the Nets on Wednesday. Here are some recommendations of who to get in your lineup:
1. Kemba Walker: it's time to roll him back out there folks! Now that he is healthy I will be recommending him every week so only bench him if you have a better option at PG which would make you the envy of most of your co-owners for sure. He has two great matchups this week against two teams that rank near the bottom of the league against opposing PGs. WELCOME BACK MR. WALKER!
2. Gerald Henderson: Henderson's sudden spike in production has to be a direct reflection of Kemba's return to the starting lineup, so let's keep that in mind when making predictions. That piece of information makes Henderson a much more attractive fantasy option, but I would still advise sitting him against the Mavs who do a great job of defending opposing SGs, not to mention that Hendo will spend most of his time chasing Monta Ellis. Hendo makes for a good start versus the Nets as he has made a habit of lighting up Joe Johnson.
3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: While it is still difficult to recommend MKG as a starter, his recent upwards trend, coupled with his dual eligibility (most fantasy leagues have him listed as a F, meaning he can be started at SF or PF) make him an intriguing player to own. He has a favorable matchup versus the Mavericks this week and I'd recommend starting him unless you have a better option. I would recommend sitting him versus the Nets, however, unless you are desperate for a starter.
4. Josh McRoberts: McBob makes for a good start against the Mavericks who are just awful at defending the post but keep in mind that his value is now a little more limited with Kemba back. McBob won't be depended on to score as much now, so it will be interesting to watch his production. Make sure you keep him on the bench versus the Nets unless you are just desperate for a starter.
5. Al Jefferson: Yet another direct copy and paste from last week: Jefferson has been on fire and there's no reason to think that's going to stop anytime soon. If you have a better option at center then you are truly the envy of everyone in your league as there is just no reason to sit Jefferson on any given night. Continue to roll him out there and hope that he continues this past week's dominance.
6. Ramon Sessions: while both games are good matchups for Sessions his value is capped due to Kemba's return. He still owns the sixth man role so owners in deeper leagues can continue to trot him out for the occasional spot start. He can be dropped in most shallow league formats, however, but deeper league owners can pick and choose when and if they want to play him.
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 and GO BOBCATS!