The fifth 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 4 games this past week: The Jazz on Monday, the Clippers on Wednesday, the Blazers on Thursday and the Kings 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 32 fantasy points across those 4 games with a huge 50 fantasy point effort against the Kings, as predicted last week. He only managed 21 against the Blazers, however, which was disappointing after I recommended him as a strong start. Kemba has earned the trust of the entire coaching staff and he and the starting 5 continue to gel, so I expect his numbers to consistently rise as the season goes on.
Gerald Henderson: averaged 23 fantasy points across those 4 games with his best performance coming from his 30 fantasy points versus the Kings, as predicted. His numbers have dipped a bit this past week, which seemed to be caused by the coaching staff playing with the roster. Hendo is normally the model of consistency, however, so I expect his numbers to return to normal when the rotations are finally ironed out.
Josh McRoberts: took a big dive, only averaging 20 fantasy points across those 4 games with 2 decent outings against the Clippers (as predicted) and the Kings. He put up two fantasy duds against the Jazz and Blazers, however, so proclaiming him as "out of his fantasy slump" last week was obviously a little premature. His minutes have stayed consistent, however, so we have to hope for thing to turn around for McBob.
Al Jefferson: averaged 41 fantasy points across those 4 games with strong performances in all 4 games. His best outings were his two identical 46 point nights against his former Jazz team and the Kings. Al continues to be a fantasy stud and it is impossible to put him on your bench unless your roster is truly loaded with big men!
Ramon Sessions: averaged 20 fantasy points per game across those 4 games with his best outings against the Clippers (as predicted) and the Jazz. Sessions has been as consistent as they come lately and should continue to be with his role as sixth man and leader of the 2nd unit fully locked in.
Chris Douglas-Roberts: a surprise addition to the fantasy review! Called up from the D League 27 days ago, CDR found himself thrust into serious minutes almost immediately due to the injuries on the roster. After 4 sub-par games he has started to come on strong, averaging 18 fantasy points over this week's 4 games. He had a huge 36 point outing against the Blazers and followed that up with a solid 18 point outing against the Kings. While it is impossible to recommend him just yet, he is definitely a player to keep an eye on as he may continue to see regular minutes in the rotation even after MKG's return.
Looking ahead, the Bobcats play three games this week: The Wizards on Tuesday, the Timberwolves on Friday and the Bulls on Saturday. Here are some recommendations of who to get in your lineup:
1. Kemba Walker: a strong play in any type of league, Kemba is a must start player in the Wizards and Timberwolves games as both teams are at the bottom of the league when it comes to defending opposing PGs. While the Bulls also rank very high against opposing PGs, the lack of a true PG in Chicago and the recent trade of Deng makes it a more favorable situation for Kemba. I'd recommend starting him in all three games this week.
2. Gerald Henderson: Henderson only makes for a good start this week if you have no other options. He faces 3 teams who are in the upper half of the league when it comes to defending the wing. His best matchup comes against Minnesota, but if you have a better option you should leave Hendo on your bench.
3. Josh McRoberts: with 3 tough matchups this week and his numbers trending in the wrong direction it's hard for me to recommend McBob at all this week. If you are desperate for a starter then his best matchup comes against the Wizards tonight, but I would leave him on the bench if you have a better option.
4. Al Jefferson: must start. Period. It doesn't matter who he is matched up against. I expect him to put up big numbers in all 3 games, despite the fact that the Bulls and Timberwolves rank in the top 5 in the league against opposing centers. It doesn't matter when it comes to Jefferson. Keep rolling him out there until he gives you a reason not to!
5. Ramon Sessions: could make for a nice spot start in all 3 games this week. Just like last week, the Wizards and Timberwolves are terrible versus opposing PGs and the Bulls don't look to be much better with their current roster questions. As always, Sessions is not going to be a 40 fantasy point kind of guy, but if you need 20 points on a night when your studs have the night off then Sessions is a great option!
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!