The 15th 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 Wizards on Wednesday, the Timberwolves on Friday and the Bucks on Sunday. 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 33 fantasy points across those 3 games, the best of which was his 44 point outing against the Bucks. This should come as no surprise, as Kemba has pretty much owned the Bucks since he first stepped on to an NBA court.
Gerald Henderson: averaged 23 points across those 3 games, though most of it can be attributed to his 38 points against the Bucks, the only game this week in which he saw 30 minutes of court action. Hendo continues to be wildly inconsistent and is hard to rely on as this point in the fantasy season in all but the deepest of leagues.
Gary Neal: averaged 25 points this week but was a surprise disciplinary scratch from the Wizards game. Despite that little hiccup, Neal is seeing just as much court time as Henderson and is scoring at more dependable clip. This crowded group of wing players is not doing fantasy owners any favors right now.
Chris Douglas-Roberts: averaged 16 points across those 3 games with two nice outings against the Wizards and T-Wolves (18 and 27 respectively) but a disappointing dud of just 2 points in 13 minutes against the Bucks. Henderson saw 30 minutes against the Bucks and his full return from injury may limit CDR going forward.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: averaged an impressive 30 points per game this week and appears to have found his groove. He's still not a reliable scoring option for the Bobcats, but his work on the glass and his extra steals can lead to some impressive fantasy lines, as evidenced this week. Hopefully he keeps up his current level of play.
Josh McRoberts: averaged 23 fantasy points across those 3 games with no real standouts or duds. He continues to consistently put up more than 20 per game every night and has been one of the more reliable yet underrated fantasy players this season.
Al Jefferson: averaged 44 fantasy points across those 3 games. He has only had 3 games where he scored less than 25 points in all of 2014 and continues to carry the load for lots of happy fantasy owners.
Cody Zeller: averaged 19 points across those 3 games and continues to see at least 15 minutes if court time per night. He has been on a nice streak of making the most of those minutes and can be a sneaky start for owners in deeper leagues.
Looking ahead, the Bobcats have 3 games in the coming week: the Hawks on Monday, the Nets on Wednesday and the Trailblazers on Saturday. 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!
2. Gerald Henderson/Gary Neal/Chris-Douglas Roberts: It is hard to do anything with this group right now. I would definitely recommend avoiding CDR all together right now. Henderson’s increased minutes probably mean the end of CDR's productive run. If you need a start at SG both Hendo and Neal can have lightning in a bottle appeal, but if you are depending on them this late in your playoff run you are sure to be nervous.
3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: last week I said, "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." Well, he has given us reason to do otherwise. Given his current level of play he warrants a spot start against both the Hawks and Nets this week. If you've got better options then don't rely on MKG, but those with holes to fill could do worse.
4. Josh McRoberts: McRoberts faces two favorable opponents this week in the Hawks and Trailblazers. The Nets tend to do a good job of shutting down opposing PFs, however, so if you have a better option that might be a good night to bench McBob.
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 coin collecting would be better suited for you.
6. Cody Zeller: It's difficult to recommend a player who only gets around 15 minutes of court time per game, but if you need a spot start on Monday the Cody could be a sneaky pickup. The Bobcats will be playing the second of a back-to-back and Cody usually sees the most minutes in the second game of a series. The Hawks are weak against opposing PFs as well, so Cody could surprise your opponent.
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!