The 13th 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 3 games this past week: The Spurs on Friday, the Thunder on Sunday and the Heat 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 our boys performed:
Kemba Walker: averaged only 20 points across those 3 games. While he was facing some of the league's elite teams it was still a disappointing showing from the team's star PG and an even more disappointing showing from the team as a whole. Hopefully the squad can pull it together and recover from this brutal road trip.
Gerald Henderson: averaged only 16 fantasy points in 2 games, missing the game against the Heat due to a calf strain. Considering Gary Neal started in his place versus the Heat and also managed 16 points it's safe to assume that the SG position should not be relied upon for heavy fantasy production from any member of the Bobcat's squad.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: averaged 13 points across those three games, mainly due to his whopping ONE POINT versus the thunder. Attempting to defend Kevin Durant all night obviously took its toll on the sophomore wing man. Considering defense and energy are his strength, it is hard to rely on him as a consistent fantasy producer anyway, much less when he has nights like those.
Josh McRoberts: averaged 27 fantasy points across those 3 games with consistent output in all 3. Last week I recommended him in all 3 games and hopefully someone listened because he, Jefferson and Kemba seem to be the only three players who can find the bottom of the net right now.
Al Jefferson: averaged 48 fantasy points across those 3 games with a monster 70 point night against the Heat. Jefferson is torching opposing big men and showing the league that he is the best back to the basket scorer in the NBA. A true All Star
Snub, Jefferson seems to be on a mission to show the league they made a mistake by leaving him off of the All Star roster.
Cody Zeller: a welcome surprise addition the Fantasy Buzz series, Zeller averaged 26 across those 3 games, managing to put up at least 18 fantasy points in all 3 while never seeing the court for more than 20 minutes. His minutes have stayed rather consistent and his output has spiked since Ramon Sessions was traded, so he is a player worth monitoring down the stretch.
Looking ahead, the Bobcats have 4 games in the coming week: the Pacers on Wednesday, the Cavaliers on Friday, the Grizzlies on Saturday and the Nuggets on Monday. Here are some recommendations of who to get in your lineup:
1. Kemba Walker: I'm pretty much going to recommend starting Kemba every week. If you have another PG that is worthy of starting over Kemba you are most likely fielding trade offers left and right! While the Pacers and Grizzlies are both great at defending opposing PGs we can still expect Kemba to put up starting caliber fantasy points against them.
2. Gerald Henderson: It is absolutely impossible for me to recommend Hendo in any game other than the matchup with the Cavaliers. His inconsistent play combined with recent injury makes him a less than desirable fantasy option.
3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: It is absolutely impossible for me to recommend MKG at all this week. His inconsistent play combined with having to face the wing players of the Pacers, Cavs, Grizzlies and Nuggets make him a black hole for fantasy production. Stay away unless you are truly desperate for a starter.
4. Josh McRoberts: While he does face 4 tough matchups I still have to recommend McBob for all 4 games this week. The wing players for the Cats will be so busy chasing some of the top players in the league that the scoring production will have to come from down low and McBob will get his fair share of opportunities. Of course, if you have a better option, feel free to sit him, but I expect to see some solid numbers from him in all 4 games. MAKE SURE you start him against the Nuggets as they are notorious for giving up career nights to opposing PFs.
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. Cody Zeller: it's difficult to recommend him considering his recent spike in minutes and production may be due to the coaching staff still figuring out how to use Neal and Ridnour, but his recent strong play may keep him on the court. Keep an eye on how he's used against the Pacers and if he's seeing 16-20 minutes on the court then he's worth considering as an emergency start versus the Cavs and Nuggets.
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!