The ninth 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 Nuggets on Wednesday, the Lakers on Friday and the Suns 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: Still hasn't made it back on the court. Be patient, fantasy owners. He will be back soon and will hopefully be back with a vengeance!
Gerald Henderson: averaged 25 fantasy points across those 3 games with really nice games against the Nuggets and Lakers (37 and 25, respectively) but only managed to put up 14 against the Suns. I recommended him versus the Lakers and advised sitting him versus the Suns, but the 37 point explosion against the Nuggets really caught me by surprise.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: averaged 22 points across those three games with a surprisingly consistent 22 fantasy points in all 3 games! MKG saw the court for exactly 26 minutes in all 3 games and his ability to put up consistent fantasy scoring while playing on the road has his value trending upwards.
Josh McRoberts: averaged 22 fantasy points across those three games with his best outing coming from his 26 points versus the Lakers. Last week I recommended starting him in all 3 games, only one of which was a slight disappointment (only 17 versus the Nuggets). McBob continues to be relied on for offense without Kemba in the lineup.
Al Jefferson: averaged only 28 points across those three games due to a 20 point dud against the Suns. His 56 versus the Nuggets and 79 versus the Lakers more than made up for that, however, and fantasy owners will quickly overlook the rare dud as long as Jefferson continues his hot streak. He is currently ranked the #31 overall fantasy player.
Ramon Sessions: averaged 27 points across those 3 games with a 35 point effort versus the Nuggets and a 34 point effort versus the Lakers. A 13 point dud against the Suns dropped his average, however, as the Suns managed to shut down virtually the entire team. Sessions continues to put up near Kemba Walker like numbers but that will stop soon when Kemba returns to the lineup.
Looking ahead, the Bobcats only play two games this week due to coming off a mini West Coast road trip: the Warriors on Tuesday and the Spurs on Saturday. Here are some recommendations of who to get in your lineup:
1. Ramon Sessions: A direct copy and paste from last week's recommendations: Sessions now earns the same honor that Walker has been enjoying the last several weeks: he is a must start player unless you are simply loaded with other options at PG. He will see all the minutes he can handle while Walker is out and has already shown that he is capable of running the offense. He is not as consistent of a scorer as Walker, but he gets assists and rebounds and he excels at getting to the free throw line, so he can offer some extra points in leagues that reward FT percentage. NEW FOOTNOTE FOR THIS WEEK: if your league penalizes you for opponent scoring then sit him all week! Sessions is not a great defender and he faces Steph Curry and Tony Parker this week!
2. Gerald Henderson: Henderson makes for a decent start in both games, but his recent inconsistency makes him a maddening player to own in fantasy. Until he gets his groove back I'd recommend sitting him if you have a better option. Both matchups are tough, statistically speaking, but both teams are also dealing with a litany of injuries right now which could lead to some surprises from Hendo. Still, he's a risky play this week.
3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: While it is still difficult to recommend MKG as a starter, his recent upwards trend, coupled with his dual eligibility (most fantasy leagues have him listed as an F, meaning he can be started at SF or PF) make him an intriguing player to own. He faces tough matchups in both his games this week, but if you are in need of a starter I would recommend rolling him out there for the game against the Spurs. They are without Leonard and Ginobli, which might lend itself to strong performance from MKG. Just keep in mind that it's still risky business.
4. Josh McRoberts: it's tough to recommend him in either game this week as both the Warriors and Spurs are fantastic against opposing PFs, but the Bobcats have to get production from somewhere and lately that has been McRoberts. If you have to start him at least once this week go with the matchup against the Spurs. They are reeling from injuries and it might lend itself to a god game from McBob.
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.
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!