Saturday, February 25, 2006

Head-to-Head's Up (2/27-3/5)

Sorry about the delay folks, but my Comcast internet service has been anything but Comcastic.

So much for that “exciting week full of blockbuster trades.” It’s sad when the biggest name we can talk about at the trade deadline is a reserve point guard averaging 7 points a game. Earl Watson should complement Seattle’s Luke Ridnour well, but he is still a backup and has no fantasy value. In New York, Isiah Thomas reassured Knicks fans by saying the Marbury-Francis backcourt combo is “crazy enough that it just might work.” Way to showcase your meticulous scouting and decision-making process Zeke. Jamal Crawford’s numbers will take a serious hit, and I don’t think Marbury or Francis will fare any better in the second half of the season either. Well, time to get back to business and look ahead to week 2/27-3/5.

Four Games: Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, LAC, LAL, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Toronto, Utah, Washington.
Three Games: Boston, Charlotte, Indiana, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Jersey, San Antonio, Seattle.
Two Games: New Orleans.

Plug ‘em in, Plug ‘em in:
Derek Fisher, PG - The latest report on Baron Davis’s sprained ankle has him sidelined indefinitely. This leaves the Warriors with veteran Derek Fisher running the point. The 31-year-old is actually averaging a career high 12 points per game, and has been outstanding in eight starts this season: 16/3/6 and 2.8 steals. If available in your league Fisher makes a great short-term pickup and an excellent start with a full schedule next week.

Earl Boykins, PG - Do you think Earl could have won the Slam Dunk Contest if Spud Webb got down on his hands and knees and was used as a launching pad to propel Boykins above the rim? I think he could have done it in less than 13 attempts and it would have been spectacular. Or maybe Shaq could have participated and asked Bill Russell to defend the basket during his dunk attempts. With Earl Watson getting traded back to Seattle, Boykins should benefit by being Andre Miller’s primary backup and also getting plenty of minutes at the two for the Nuggets. Boykins is averaging career highs in threes (1.0) and points (12.9), and makes a decent start with four contests coming up.

Keyon Dooling/Carlos Arroyo, PG - I’m gonna leave this one up to you. Dooling was handed a starting gig as soon as Stevie Francis was sent packin’ and he responded with an impressive 23/1/6 on Wednesday. On the other hand, recently acquired PG Carlos Arroyo was no throw-in in the Darko deal. The Magic actually expressed an intention to make Arroyo their new starting point guard shortly after the trade. The Puerto Rican native has seen a steady increase in playing time since moving to Orlando and outplayed Dooling last night putting up 18/4/4 on 7-for-11 shooting. In six years in the NBA Keyon Dooling has never really looked like an everyday player, so don’t be surprised if Arroyo takes his spot in the starting lineup sometime next week. Take your pick and plug him in.

Marvin Williams, F – Last week I recommended Atlanta’s Josh & Josh tandem, and now last year’s #2 overall pick has finally appeared on our fantasy radars. Over the last couple weeks the former Tar Heel is scoring 12.2 ppg in about 31 minutes a night. Marvin is also getting to the line more often (29 free throw attempts in last five games), which is an encouraging sign. The Hawks are still crowded at forward, but the team hits the hardwood another four times next week, so Williams may be a better option than guys like David West (only 2 games) and Udonis Haslem (3).

Darko Milicic, F/C – First of all, I apologize for jumping the gun on Darko last week. I saw that Orlando had four games on tap and I assumed he would get playing time right away. Shame on me. But 4 minutes in his first two games?? That’s less than his worst days in Detroit. Come on coach, your “system” cannot be that complicated… now it’s time to let the kid play! Milicic finally managed to log 22 minutes last night, scored 8, grabbed 5 boards, and swatted a couple shots en route to a 102-89 victory over Seattle. It will probably be another week or two before he gets steady minutes, so if you have a more reliable option use it. Otherwise if you’re in need of some help at center feel free to take a chance on Darko. He’s got four games again this week and could be a better start than PJ Brown (2) and Melvin Ely (3).

Also: Was that a Grant Hill sighting last night or just my imagination? Did Joe Smith really just drop 32 points on the Sixers? (outscoring Iverson)
How about these lines worth noting... Martell Webster getting the start and putting up 24 and 8 with four treys. Plus, I really like Travis Outlaw's prospects for a solid second-half. Celtics rookie Ryan Gomes posting 13/17/4 for his second straight double-double. Kyle Korver scored a career high 31 points on 10-for-17 FGs and 7/7 FTs.

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