The 16th 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 Hawks on Monday, the Nets on Wednesday and the Trailblazers 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: averaged 36 fantasy points across those 3 games. He had 2 dynamite games against the Hawks and Trailblazers that saw him score over 40 fantasy points in each, but only managed 19 against the Nets, which hurt his average and some of his owners’ playoff hopes. That was Kemba's third under 20 performance in 2014 and owners can only hope they do not see another one any time soon.
Gerald Henderson: averaged 31 fantasy points across those 3 games, the bulk of which came from his impressive 46 fantasy point night against the Trailblazers. 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 16 fantasy points across those three games and only saw 7 minutes of court time versus the Trailblazers. When given 20+ minutes Neal has consistently averaged in the high teens for fantasy production so he has become a waiver wire wonder in deeper fantasy leagues.
Chris Douglas-Roberts: averaged 17 fantasy points across those 3 games which is especially impressive considering he only managed to put up 5 versus the Hawks. He saw 34 minutes of court time versus the Trailblazers and the crowded rotation of Bobcats wing players has made CDR a high risk/reward type of free agent pickup.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: after averaging 30 fantasy points per game last week MKG fell back down to Earth and saw his 3 game average return to the 17 points we are more accustomed to seeing. He is still just as reliable of a fantasy starter as any other member of the Bobcats wing players, however, so he is not a bad player to own for a playoff run.
Josh McRoberts: averaged 23 fantasy points across those 3 games with no real standouts or duds, though his best performance came against the Nets at the cost of my recommendations from last week. 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 45 fantasy points across those 3 games. Big Al has been a fantasy workhorse all season and has put the team on his back for both the team's playoff run and his fantasy owner's playoff run. He continues to be a double-double machine and has broken into the top 10 fantasy producing big men for the season, despite the missed games from early in the season.
Cody Zeller: averaged 18 points across those 3 games but continues to be wildly inconsistent in his production and court time. He only saw 12 minutes versus the Hawks, which lead to only 9 fantasy points. He managed 28 points in 18 minutes versus the Nets, however, and followed that up with 17 versus the Trailblazers. Naturally, the Hawks are the only opponent I recommended Cody for spot start against, so he did a great job of making me look foolish.
Looking ahead, the Bobcats have 3 games in the coming week: the Rockets on Monday, the Nets on Wednesday and the Magic on Friday. 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: Henderson seems to be the most reliable at the moment so if you have to depend on one of these three he is definitely the recommendation. Neal and CDR can both make for interesting spot starts in deeper leagues, but hopefully you don’t have to depend on either of them as consistent starters.
3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: I would only recommend him to everyone against the Magic this week, but he could still be an option for deeper league owners desperate for a starter in his other two matchups. He had a solid 21-point night versus the Nets last week so there is reason to believe he could do that again this week.
4. Josh McRoberts: I can safely recommend McBob in all 3 games this week. The Rockets and Magic are consistently weak versus opposing PFs and while the Nets are typically strong against them, McBob put up his best game of last week in Brooklyn. Keep rolling McBob out there!
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 bird watching 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 he's become just as reliable of a fantasy scorer as Neal, MKG, and CDR. If you are desperate for a starter this week then Cody could deliver versus the Magic, who are weak against opposing PFs, or you could try to catch lightning in a bottle and hope he has another stellar performance versus the Nets.
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!