Â Owning a player in the dreaded time share is a situation all astute fantasy owners try to avoid finding themselves in. Each week Iâ€™ll take a look at a few position battles that could affect your fantasy team and then I and my Magic 8 Ball which moonlights as a crystal ball on weekends will try to predict the best course of action if you own these players or are considering adding or trading for one of them. Last week we took a look gander at the Western Conference. This week weâ€™ll peek in at the Western Conference. If there was a Northern Conference weâ€™d look at that next week but thereâ€™s not so weâ€™ll just hit up the Western Conference again. Back and forth weâ€™ll go each week like a ping pong ball, or something like that. Letâ€™s get to it, shall we?
Dunleavy canâ€™t miss
We visited this position battle two weeks ago and, as predicted, Carlos Delfino has held onto his starting job while Mike Dunleavy continued to come off the bench as the 6thÂ man. Actually, it wasnâ€™t really a prediction, the coach said that would happen. Anyway, on Monday Carlos aggravated his groin and may be lost for several games if not longer, reports are unclear at the moment. I remind you that the previous 5 games prior to the Monta Ellis deal, Dunleavy had gone off averaging 35.6 mpg/.462 FG/.100 FT/15.4 ppg/5.2 rpg/4.8 apg/1 spg/1.2 3pm. On Monday night with Delfino sidelined, Mike D again went off for 26 points, 5 boards, 3 assists and 5 threes in 31 minutes. Go ahead and add Dunleavy in your standard league if he was dropped. The kid is hot, yâ€™all, and as long as Carlos is sidelined he should continue to see north of 30 minutes of burn per.Â As for Delfino, hold until further notice, he was actually playing pretty well since the big trade. Sigh.
On Monday night it was announced Amare Stoudemire will be sidelined indefinitely with a bulging disc in his back. Letâ€™s face it, the Knickerbockers have nobody to fill Amareâ€™s front court presence so most likely theyâ€™ll be going small a lot more down the stretch with Carmelo Anthony playing a bunch of power forward along with a sprinkling of Josh Harrelson for size matchups. That leaves us with sharpshooters J.R. Smith and Steve Novak vying for the extra minutes vacated by Amare. Letâ€™s take a look at what both players did in the post-Amare era: J.R. played 30 minutes and dropped 9 points, 10 boards, 2 assists with a three on putrid 3-13 FG. He also aborted 9 of 10 moon ball attempts. Um, I guess he didnâ€™t get the memo that he was cold after his first 5 or 6 heaves. Anyway, conversely, Steve Novak saw just 23 minutes of burn and posted 7 points, 2 boards and a three. Hereâ€™s the deal, good peoples, Iâ€™d go ahead and add both in standard leagues. If youâ€™re looking purely for threes then Novak is your huckleberry. Heâ€™s a monster three ball specialist and is capable of hitting 4, 5, 6 threes on any given night. If youâ€™re looking for a slightly more well rounded game then roll with J.R., just be aware of his vomitiatious .376 FG on the season. The good news is his career FG of .427 is considerably better. Relatively speaking, of course.
Now that the proverbial nail has been driven into the coffin of Andray Blatcheâ€™s season, Kevin Seraphin has emerged as a late season fantasy contributor. Trevor Booker and Nene Hilario are your starters assuming full health but we all know what happens when we assume things, just ask Mike Brady from the Brady Bunch. What a great show the Brady Bunch was. Anyway, this past Sunday Nene sat with back problems so Seraphin started and dropped 15 points, 11 boards, 1 block and 2 steals in 37 minutes. On Monday night it was Trevor Bookerâ€™s turn to sit with plantar fasciitis so Kevin started in his stead and posted 12 points, 5 boards and a block. Clearly when Seraphin starts heâ€™s producing as his 10.7 ppg/7.7 rpg/1.2 bpg in 6 starts would attest. Nene should obviously be owned everywhere, Booker should be owned in standard leagues and Seraphin should be grabbed in deep leagues. If you own Nene or Booker then it behooves me to behoove you to try to handcuff Seraphin wherever you can for those streaming nights when your main guy sits. It may start to happen more often than youâ€™d like so you gots to cover yourself. You feel me?
Bismack Biyombo is pretty much locked in for front court minutes the rest of the way so that leaves the enigmatic Tyrus Thomas and the English lad Byron Mullens vying for the other front court spot. I donâ€™t know about you but Iâ€™ve already been there done that with Tyrus; then I went back for sloppy seconds and got pie in my face again; then I went back for sloppy thirds and got egg in my face and now Iâ€™m running out of things to put on my face but you get the idea. Iâ€™m pretty much done with him but he does provide a smattering of blocks and steals if thatâ€™s your thing. On the other hand, Mullens has come on his last two games with lines of 18 points/7 boards/2 blocks and 17 points/10 boards/1 block. If you want the sure blocks and little else then feel free to roll with Tyrus. If youâ€™re looking for a little bit of upside for your deep league run to fantasy glory then take a whirl on Byron.
Jerryd Bayless is done for the year and Leandro Barbosa was shipped to Indiana at the deadline. That leaves Gary Forbes and Linas Kleiza as your boys spelling DeMar Derozan and James Johnson at the two and three. Gary Forbes in particular has been hot lately filling in for DeRozan who had previously played in 130 straight but DeMar is expected back on March 28. On Monday, Kleiza posted 18 points, 3 boards and 3 threes and Forbes contributed 21 points and 4 threes. Go ahead and add Kleiza in standard sized leagues and Forbes in deep leagues. Both should minutes in the mid-twenties range going forward. By the way, isnâ€™t the team name Raptors so 1980â€™s? Talk about getting caught up in a trend with those Jurassic Park movies. Why donâ€™t they just wear Capezios and skinny ties on all road trips while they are at it.