The seventh 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 5 games this past week: The Knicks on Tuesday, the 76ers on Wednesday, the Magic on Friday, the Heat on Saturday and the Raptors 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 guys performed:
Kemba Walker: Walker was having a tremendous fantasy week with 47 fantasy points against the Bulls, 49 against the Sixers and 45 against the Magic. However, he became the latest victim of this season's Bobcat crippler: Chris Bosh's foot. Walker had to be helped off the court and has been diagnosed with a grade 2 ankle sprain after coming down on the foot of the Heat's big man after going for layup. He will be out at least a week and will probably take a while to get going again, just like Jefferson to start the season.
Gerald Henderson: averaged 22 fantasy points across those 5 games with no standout performances whatsoever. His highest scoring game was 28 against the Raptors and his lowest was 14 versus the Sixers. Henderson has started to fade from the scoring picture with the Walker/Jefferson tandem taking charge as of late, but it remains to be seen how Walker's injury will change things.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: it is awfully nice to be able to include MKG in the weekly review again, but his return to the court was not overly exciting from a fantasy perspective. He played in all 5 games, making his return against the Knicks, but only averaged 16 fantasy points. He managed identical 20 point nights against the Knicks and Magic.
Josh McRoberts: managed to turn it around a bit, averaging 26 points across 5 games with his strongest performance coming from a 35 point outburst against the Magic. He also managed a 31 point night against the Raptors and while he was bound to turn things around at some point, I'm a bit embarrassed that it comes after a recommended sitting him all week.
Al Jefferson: averaged an unbelievable 56 fantasy points across five games with his biggest night coming against the Raptors which saw him earn his owners 67 points. Big Al is on an absolute tear right now and Walker's injury just means he will be depended on that much more for offensive production. Any owner who managed to grab him in the 3rd round or later of their fantasy drafts has to be feeling like they got away with highway robbery.
Ramon Sessions: averaged an impressive 26 fantasy points across those 5 games with his best effort being the 32 he put up versus the Raptors and while that was his first game starting in place of the injured Walker, he also managed to exceed 25 fantasy points against every opponent with the exception of the Knicks (17). The arrow is clearly pointed up for Sessions right now and he should not be sitting on the waiver wire in any league.
Looking ahead, the Bobcats play three games this week: the Clippers on Wednesday, the Knicks on Friday and the Bulls on Saturday. Here are some recommendations of who to get in your lineup:
1. Ramon Sessions: 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.
2. Gerald Henderson: Henderson makes for a good start in all 3 games this week. He will also be leaned on to help fill the scoring void and has some favorable matchups this week against a Clippers and Knicks defense that don't defend opposing SGs well. While the Bulls are statistically one of the best teams against opposing SGs Henderson's best game in the last month came at their expense, so it's hard to recommend sitting him unless you have a more dependable option.
3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: MKG is a true fantasy mystery in the coming week. Since coming back he has seen 30+ minutes of court time in every game, however, he is only managing 16 minutes of court time in the 2nd game of a back to back series. The Clippers and Knicks are both top 5 teams when it comes to shutting down opposing SFs. The Bulls, on the other hand, are ranked 25th against opposing SFs and just recently traded Deng to the Cavaliers, leaving MKG with a great matchup. The problem? The Bulls game is the 2nd game of a back to back series! I would recommend sitting MKG all week unless you are desperate for a starter.
4. Josh McRoberts: we have to hope this past week's strong performances will continue and McBob is setup well to do so with games against the Clippers and Bulls, teams he has done well against recently. I would recommend sitting him against the Knicks, however, as they are a top-5 team against opposing PFs, as evidenced by his 14 point dud against them last week.
5. Al Jefferson: 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!