Greetings fellow Pounders and guests!
Fantasy basketball owners are heading into week number 6, weary from too much turkey and Black Friday shopping. Injuries to the likes of Jeremy Lin, Derrick Rose, Andre Igoudala and others have left fantasy owners searching desperately for relief so today our focus is on point guard and shooting guard.
Let's get to it!
Phil's picks for the week ending November 24, 2013
Rodney Stuckey, SG: Rodney Stuckey has been on my radar for quite some time and, seeing as though he's owned in only 63% of Yahoo leagues and 68% of ESPN leagues, now is the time to grab him. The fact that Stuckey has been on fire in his last 10 games doesn't hurt, either. During this recent hot streak the combo guard has made the most of his nearly 30 minutes per game, averaging 18.6 points per game and shooting 51% from the floor. He's also grabbed a couple of rebounds per game (2.5) assists (2.4) and he'll also net an occasional three or two. Detroit plays four games this week (Miami, Milwaukee Chicago and Miami) so Stuckey could make for a solid two-guard filler for the short term and possibly beyond. (Stats)
Ray Allen, SG: In years past if you wanted to draft Ray Allen you'd better do it by round four, otherwise he would be gone. Nowadays he's owned in only 61% of Yahoo leagues and 35% of ESPN leagues. He's only averaging 25 minutes per game but still producing in the two categories you want him to score in: three-pointers per game (1.7) and three-point shooting percentage (40%). Outside of that he doesn't add much value with his 10 points per game and 2.5 assists per game, but Miami does have four games this week (Detroit, Chicago, Minnesota, Detroit) so if your team needs three's then maybe the available Allen can fit the bill. (Stats)
Mario Chalmers, PG : I've never been very high on Chalmers in the past. Perhaps if he were on a different team he would be more highly sought-after in fantasy circles, but his 9.1 points per game, 1.6 three's per game and nearly 5 assists per game are simply gravy to a Miami squad that doesn't need him to win. Still, his numbers are solid enough for your fantasy team to benefit from by adding him. He's owned in 62% of Yahoo leagues and 47% of ESPN leagues and with four games this week (Detroit, Chicago, Minnesota, Detroit) Chalmers may score enough points to put your team over the top in Week 6. (Stats)
Spurs Fantasy Pick of the Week
SG Marco Belinelli has been hot the past two nights for San Antonio, scoring 19 points against Orlando and 18 points Saturday night against Houston. During these past two games he's been 8 of 10 from beyond the arc. That, along with his nearly 50% shooting from the floor this season make it almost surprising that he's owned in only 4% of Yahoo Leagues and less than 1% of ESPN leagues. The reason, however, is simple: Belinelli plays for the San Antonio Spurs and sees about 20 minutes of playing time per game. Spurs coach Greg Popovich likes to ride the hot hand, so Belinelli might see some more minutes during their three games this week (Atlanta, Minnesota and Indiana) and four more the week after including back-to-back games (Toronto, Milwaukee, Minnesota and Utah). Keep in mind that Atlanta is known for allowing plenty of three-pointers (27th in the Association) so maybe on Monday night's game Belinelli can be a winner for you. I wouldn't pick him up in anything other than the deepest leagues but, if you do, the next couple of weeks might be fruitful for you. (Stats)
PtR Fantasy League
Week 5 of the Pounding the Rock Fantasy Basketball League has finished and
Today we talked with Tom Lewis of Indiana Cornrows about the Indiana Pacers' win over the Los Angeles Clippers and previews Monday's game against Portland. Pounding the Rock Managing Editor J.R. Wilco joins me to talk about the Spurs bench and Joe Mullinax from Grizzly Bear Blues and I talk about our Fantasy Basketball surprises and disappointments thus far. You can listen to the program on the player below or download it here.
Thanks fellow Pounders and guests for taking time to read and as always I'm looking forward to your input!