Friday, March 10, 2006

Head-to-Head's Up (3/13-3/19)

Beware the Ides of March approacheth. Do not let NCAA Selection Sunday distract you from your fantasy hoops obligations for week 3/13-3/19.

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

Plug ‘em in, Plug ‘em in:
Luol Deng, F – Before a stinker at Detroit on Wednesday, the Man from Sudan was on a tear: 19/11/2 with a steal and a block in a robust 41.6 minutes over five games. If the 6’9 swingman could develop his three-point shot his value would skyrocket. Get him in your lineups Deng it!

Jason Williams, PG – White Chocolate is red hot and he’s been a big contributor during Miami’s current 10-game win streak. He’s dealt with some nagging injuries this season but he appears healthy and geared up for the playoffs. Averages of 18/2/7 and 3.3 treys per game in March are reason to believe he’ll be a great start with a full schedule next week.

Ryan Gomes, F – The second round draft pick out of Providence has been unbelievable since being thrust into Boston’s starting lineup due to injuries in their frontcourt. Averaging 16/9/2 with 62%FG, 76%FT, and 1 steal over his last 11 games, he’s also second on the team (after Pierce) with 39 minutes a night over that span. Gomes’ success is remarkable considering the inconsequential 8 mpg he averaged over the season’s first three months. So why has top prospect Al Jefferson struggled so much this season while Gomes now makes it look easy as pie? Well first, Gomes played all four years in college and developed his game and maturity level before going pro. He’s a dedicated player, and the rookie also has the benefit of playing big minutes without the lofty expectations imposed on the 21-year-old Jefferson. Ryan has actually stepped it up since Big Al returned from injury by turning in back-to-back career highs of 27 and 29 points. I can’t imagine anyone taking his starting spot the way he’s playing right now. The C’s are 8-4 since Gomes was inserted into the SLU, so go ahead and jump on the bandwagon baby!

Carlos Boozer, PF – The former Blue Devil has probably been the biggest fantasy disappointment this year as he sat out most of the season with a nagging hamstring injury. The overpaid Dukie finally returned to the hardwood last month and is averaging 11/9/2 over his last 9 games coming off the bench. As he regains strength and builds his confidence, Boozer should work his way back into Utah’s starting lineup soon, at which point he could easily put up 18/10/2. The Jazz have four games next week and the Alaskan big man makes a decent start.

Kyle Korver, F – Another disappointment this season, Korver’s value is exclusively tied to his ability to dial long distance. I’m not sure if the MCI/Verizon or AT&T/SBC mergers had anything to do with his struggles, but who knows. Kyle led the league with 226 treys last season, but has taken a step back and been used off the Sixers’ bench for the last couple months. He was actually in the starting lineup last night, filling in for the injured Kevin Ollie, but shot a miserable 1 for 12 (yes, that's a dozen attempts) from behind the arc. Before last night’s dud, Korver was on a little hot streak averaging 16 points and nearly 3 rainmakers over seven games. Hopefully KK can bounce back and be a difference maker with some nice matchups next week (TOR, @SEA, @LAC, @GS).

Sit ‘em down:
Kevin Martin – Bonzi’s return is finally starting to cut into his production. See if you have a better option.
Vladimir Radmanovic – RadMan has value but he’s too inconsistent to play for only two contests this week.
Baron Davis – Still coming off the bench and shooting like Helen Keller.
Steve Nash – He missed last night’s game against the Spurs and is listed as “day-to-day.” He could play this weekend but is more likely to miss a handful of games. I know it hurts benching the reigning MVP but you should only use him if you have no other choice.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Andy said...

Is Gomes really going to keep this up? I am dominant in assists and I need help in FG%. I was considering dropping Rafer Alston (who can't shoot a lick lately) to pick up Gomes, but it's hard to believe he can keep shooting the way he is.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Andy said...

Addendum: Josh Childress is also available in my league and would obviously boost my FG% as well. Does Gomes have more value than Childress?

12:14 PM  
Blogger T-Plan said...

I like Gomes, but he'll be platooning with Jefferson, Perkins, and Olowokandi soon. Perk should be back next week. Unless Jefferson remains out for a few weeks, I see a pretty significant dropoff coming.

Childress has good value, but he is hurt.

12:22 PM  
Blogger PR said...

Andy, I share your skepticism when it comes to Gomes' ability to sustain this kind of production. But the fact remains that you can not ignore the numbers he's been posting and you might as well take advantage while he's hot.

That said, once Childress returns from a sprained ankle I think he is a much better and safer option. He's a proven commodity in almost all fantasy categories, especially FG% and steals, plus he has added three-point range to his repertoire.
Gomes may be a better start for next week, but I'd definitely pick up Childress for the long run.

12:27 PM  

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