The 14th 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!
Special note: this week will cover games from Tuesday through Sunday, after which the Fantasy Buzz will begin running from Sunday to Saturday. With your fantasy playoffs either already under way or about to start the Fantasy Buzz is coming down the home stretch anyway…
The Cats played 4 games this past week: the Pacers on Wednesday, the Cavaliers on Friday, the Grizzlies on Saturday and the Nuggets 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 a whopping 41 fantasy points across those 4 games that included a monster 57 point night against the Cavaliers. Kemba's only below average game was his 22 point outing versus the Grizzlies which is really no surprise, considering their defensive prowess. His 44 versus the Pacers strong D was a more than pleasant surprise for all his owners, though!
Gerald Henderson: missed all four games with a calf injury, opening the door for some solid outings from both Gary Neal and Chris Douglas Roberts.
Gary Neal: averaged 18 points across those 4 games, the first three of which saw him produce 10-15 fantasy points a night while being on the court for 18-25 minutes. However, in 30 minutes of court action against the Nuggets he managed to put up 32 points. Neal is a player to keep an eye on as you head down the playoff stretch.
Chris Douglas-Roberts: CDR has been given the opportunity to start in Henderson's absence and responded by averaging 26 fantasy points across those four games, including a 30 point night against the Pacers followed by a 31 point night versus the Cavaliers. CDR is playing at a much more consistent level than Henderson right now, so he is yet another intriguing player to keep an eye on.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: averaged 11 points across those four games with all four games serving as complete duds from a fantasy perspective. If he is still on your roster it is time to cut bait and look for more reliable options for your playoff run.
Josh McRoberts: averaged 24 fantasy points across those 4 games with consistent output in all 4. Last week I recommended him in all 4 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. He's a great player to have on your roster right now.
Al Jefferson: AGAIN averaged 48 fantasy points across those 4 games. He had a quite 25 point night versus the Grizzlies but made up for it by dropping 61 on the Nuggets. Big Al is on a mission and all his fantasy owners are enjoying the ride!
Cody Zeller: averaged 18 points across those 4 games with his best outing coming from an impressive 25 points against the Pacers tenacious defense. His minutes are still wildly inconsistent, however, so he will be hard to depend on down the playoff stretch.
Looking ahead, the Bobcats have 3 games in the coming week: the Wizards on Wednesday, the Timberwolves on Friday and the Bucks on Sunday. Here are some recommendations of who to get in your lineup:
1. Kemba Walker: copy and paste from last week: 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! All three of this week's opponents are weak against opposing PGs so we can expect some gaudy numbers from Mr. Walker.
2. Gerald Henderson/Gary Neal/Chris-Douglas Roberts: It is absolutely impossible for me to recommend any of the 3 of them at this point. Henderson is supposed to return from injury on Wednesday night, but nobody can foresee how and how much he will be used, much less the effect that will have on Neal and CDR. My advice is to keep an eye on all three on Wednesday and use what you see to maybe make a sneaky start on Friday or Sunday.
3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: It is absolutely impossible for me to recommend MKG at all. Get him out of your lineups until he gives us a reason to do otherwise.
4. Josh McRoberts: At this point owners have no choice but to keep rolling McBob out there and I would encourage you to do so. He's been very consistent the last few weeks, seems to have cleaned up his work in the pain when paired with Big Al and continues to be one of the leading contributors in all offensive and defensive categories. If your fantasy squad is playoff bound partially due to McBob, reward him and yourself by continuing to start him!
5. Al Jefferson: If I have to tell you to start him in every game this week then you probably shouldn't be playing fantasy basketball. Maybe under water basket weaving would be better suited for you.
6. Cody Zeller: I'm going to avoid recommending him this week for several reasons: his minutes have been inconsistent even without Henderson in the mix, Henderson is due to be back on Wednesday and Neal and CDR's recent strong play has warranted them seeing more minutes, so someone has to be the odd man out. I'm betting on that being Zeller. Keep an eye on him, however, and if he puts up a strong night against the Wizards he could be a sneaky emergency add later in the week.
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!