Monday, November 22, 2004

Weekend Review

Fight Fallout.

So I'm sure you've heard enough about how tough it's gonna be for the Pacers, and how Friday night was a disgrace for the game and what a disaster this whole situation is. Blah, blah, blah. Now, let's take a look at what this means for your fantasy team. With the top 3 options out for the Pacers (they averaged 62% of the team's shots per game over the first part of the season), this is a great chance for some of the backups and role players to really be effective. Who's ready to break out in Indy? Let's break them into categories:

Immediate Pickups
Fred Jones, SG
Was: 12.1/4.1/2.3, 1.8 3pt, .8 stl, .4 blk, 46% FG, 88% FT, 32 mpg.
Proj: 18/6/4, 2.5 3pt, 1 stl, .5 blk, 42% FG, 85% FT, 40 mpg.
Jones was a the Pacers' first round pick back in 2002, taken 14th overall as a college senior. Previously buried behind Reggie Miller while not fighting off injuries, this is the first year he's gotten any sort of significant playing time and he's responded well. He's not afraid to launch 3's all day long, and he's made 41% of them so far this year. He played all 48 minutes against Orlando on Saturday, and should top 40 mpg while Stephen Jackson is out. Go get this guy.

Austin Croshere, F
Was: 12/6.8/2.3, 1.4 3pt, 1.4 stl, .4 blk, 45.7% FG, 94% FT, 36.5 mpg.
Proj: 16/8/3, 2.0 3pt, 1.5 stl, .5 blk, 43% FG, 89% FT, 40 mpg.
Austin got some love in last weeks Weekend Review, so hopefully you were listening. He was already getting career-high minutes this year due to injuries, and now his stock is higher than ever. He's a great source of 3's from the power forward spot, and he won't really hurt you anywhere. Nice steal numbers as well. He's probably already gone in your league, but just in case, grab him.

If You've Got a Roster Spot...
David Harrison, C
Was: 4.5/3.2/0.2, 1 blk, .3 stl, 51.6% FG, 59.1% FT, 17.8 mpg.
Proj: 10/6/0.4, 1.8 blk, .6 stl, 48% FG, 59% FT, 32 mpg.
This rookie from Colorado is about to be thrown into the fire. His first game, he responded very nicely, with 19 and 8, 2 steals and 3 blocks in 44 minutes against Orlando Saturday night. Normally, you'd think that this guy is an automatic pickup, but remember, Scot Pollard could be back as soon as tomorrow, so temper those expectations. Speaking of which...

Scot Pollard, C
Was: 7.3/9.3/0.7, 1 blk, .7 stl, 52.9% FG, 57.1% FT, 29.3 mpg.
Proj: 8/8/1, 1 blk, .5 stl, 51% FG, 60% FT, 27 mpg.
Pollard continues to be one of those guys who you (well, I) always think, if only he gets a chance, he'd be a nice fantasy player. But, there's a reason he doesn't get a chance. He stinks. Harrison will get the bulk of the minutes at C, and Pollard will be struggling to return from injuries as it is. However, he's worth stashing away on your roster, just in case.

Not Worth It.
Eddie Gill, PG
An undrafted player who's been on and off league rosters for 4 years, Eddie got a full 48 minutes of PT against Orlando and put up 8 points and 3 assists on 30% shooting, with a three, a board, and 3 steals. In 48 minutes. He's pretty useless right now, and once Tinsley returns, he's totally useless.

James Jones, SF
Indiana's 2nd round pick last year, he's among the league leaders in DNP-CD's. He did grab 12 boards in 43 minutes of action on Saturday, but we'd like to see him do it again before really considering him.

Keep in mind, both O'Neal and Jackson are going to appeal their suspensions, and could very well get them reduced. It might not be a bad time to try buying low on them from their current owners.

Meanwhile, A Whole League Was Going On.
Yes, believe it or not, the NBA kept on rolling through the weekend, despite the near end of the world on Friday in Detroit. Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol both got injured on Sunday, and it doesn't look good for either one. Go pick up Josh Howard and Stromile Swift right away.

The best tandem in the West was supposed to be Yao and McGrady, but it looks like Phoenix's Amare Stoudamire and Steve Nash are taking the crown thus far. Yesterday, Stoudamire put up 33 points, and Nash dished out 18 assists. Oh, and Shaun Marion added 22 points, 14 boards, 4 blocks, 3 steals, and 2 3's. Is there a better 1-2-3 punch in the NBA right now? No.

The Bulls managed to lose twice this weekend, and still have 3 games to go in their 7-game road trip. Coach Scott Skiles has no idea what he's doing, and no set rotation whatsoever. This is a situation all fantasy players should try to avoid. For now.

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