CambyÂ rhymes with BambiÂ but he can rebound!
Owning a player in the dreaded time share is a situation all astute fantasy owners try to avoid. Each week Iâ€™ve been taking a look atÂ a few position battles that could affect your fantasy team and then I and my Magic 8 BallÂ have been giving advice on the best course of action ifÂ you own these players or are considering adding or trading for one of them. Last week we took a look gander at the Eastern Conference. This week weâ€™ll peek in atÂ some crucial position battles inÂ the Western Conference.Â This weekâ€™s story will conclude the weekly series for the season but weâ€™ll be starting up again next season right from week one to help you win your league! In the meantime, I wish the best of luck to all of you guys and girls still out there grinding in this crazy, fast paced NBA season. Now letâ€™s get to the battles,Â shall we?
Since visiting this battle a couple of weeks ago, things have really changed. Thatâ€™s fantasy basketball for you, itâ€™s always so fluid. Anyway,Â Sam Dalembert, or Dalembear if you want to get all French about it, was already having an up and down season before the Marcus Camby trade and now it seems to have turned for the worse again. Over his last 5, Sam has averaged a putrid 13.8 mpg/2.8 ppg/4.2 rpg/.8 bpg. Numbers that are clearly fantasy useless. Meanwhile, over that same 5 game span, Marcus Camby has averaged 28.6 mpg/7 ppg/9.4 rpg/2.6 bpg. Clearly, Bamby has taken over the job and itâ€™s his to run with until he hurts his nose hair and misses a few games. As for Sam, well he can be lost for a hot free agent, thereâ€™s no time to waste anymore.
Two weeks ago I told you to dismiss Randy Foye as fantasy relevant after he took a DNP-CD once Nick Young was in the fold. Then everything changed. Mo Willams hurt his toe bone and Randy not only found himself back in the rotation but in the starting five. Over his last 5, Randy has averaged 32 mpg/19.2 ppg/3 rpg/3.2 apg/3.6 3pm. Clearly, pretty hefty numbers for a guy who was dropped in a majority of leaguesÂ following the Nick Young deal. Heâ€™s probably been scooped up in your league by now but if heâ€™s floating out there in your standard league then go ahead and give Randy a whirl. Heâ€™s been en-foye-go! Conversely, Nick Young has disappointed his owners averaging just 21 minutes and 10 points over his last 5 games and Mo Williams hasnâ€™t even hit the court yet. Go ahead and drop Young Gun for a hot free agent getting minutes and leave Mo on the wire in anything but the deepest leagues when he returns. Frankly, when all three are healthy, itâ€™s a situation Iâ€™d just try to avoid all together if I could. Thereâ€™s gonna be a serious minutes squeeze, yâ€™all!
You waited, waited, waited for Zach Randolph to return from injury hoping that he would lead your team to fantasy glory. Alas, that has proven not to be the case to date. Over his last 5, Zach is averaging a very disappointing 22.6 mpg/7.8 ppg/4.6 rpg. Not very Z-Bo like! Is he hurt or just out of shape? Maybe both, I donâ€™t know and neither does my Magic 8 Ball. What we do know though is Zach is currently killing his head to head ownerâ€™s fantasy hopes and dreams. If you need to win now then consider losing him for a hot free agent getting minutes. A guy like Kevin Seraphin comes to mind or Tristan Thompson. As for Marreese Speights, heâ€™s been the starter but in name only. Over his last 5, he too is only averaging 20.4 mpg. Heâ€™s managed to averaged 8.4 boards per over that span but the minutes arenâ€™t enough to help on a consistent basis.Â Thank him for his services and then lose him for a hot free agent if you havenâ€™t already.
Due to injury to Marcus Thornton, minutes have opened up temporarily which has made it hard to tell if Terrence Williams is real or just a mirage. My guess is once MTÂ comes back, T-Willâ€™s fantasy relevance may go poof. In the meantime, go ahead and keep riding himÂ and then hold him for a few games after Thornton comes back to see what kind of burn heâ€™s going to get. As for John Salmons and Francisco Garcia, they are nothing but deeeep league fodder. Iâ€™m not bothering with either.
JaValee McGee has already hit George Karlâ€™s doghouse in a big way. Over his last 5 heâ€™s averaging just 19 minutes per game as his basketball IQ is questioned. Um, shouldnâ€™t that have been investigated before you traded for him?, said the Jets G.M. Anyway, Kenneth Faried, who at 6â€™8Â isnâ€™t a true center has been fillingÂ the minutes gap a bit to the tune of 24.6 minutes over his last 5. If youâ€™re in a head to head playoff and need to win now then I wouldnâ€™t hesitate to lose JaVale for a hot free agent getting minutes. Yes, it could bite you in the behind but more likely it wonâ€™t. As for Faried, I think what you see is what youâ€™re going to get the rest of the way, around 25 mpg/10 ppg/7 rpg/1 bpg. If those numbers float your boat, then float away.
I canâ€™t tell you how many times J.J. Hickson has disappointed me over the past few seasons. When he was traded to the Kings I had high hopes for him but he quickly flamed out and was first overshadowed by Chuch Hayes and then, later on, Jason Thompson before he was finally launched byÂ Sacramento. Fortunately, he landed in a soft spot inÂ PortlandÂ where minutes have opened up for him and over his last 5 J.J. has averaged 30.6 mpg/15.6 ppg/8.2 rpg/1 bpg. I donâ€™t believe he can sustain said point average but the boards and block averages are possible making him a candidate for a double-double on any given night going forward. If heâ€™s still floating around your wire in your sleepy league then go, go and grab him quick, quick. As for Joel Pryzbilla, he can be lost pretty much every where if you grabbed him in your deep league. Itâ€™s all on J.J. right now.
The Warriors are pretty much done for the season so thereâ€™s no reason not to give Charles Jenkins a nice long look-gander to see what theyâ€™ve got on their hands. Stephen Curry is toast and Nate Robinson is in his walk year. If Charles is still floating around your wire, then go ahead and give him a whirl. I wouldnâ€™t lose Nate just yet because heâ€™s a feisty one who could still contribute but Iâ€™d definitely hesitate to start him in a weekly head to head league. It wouldnâ€™t surprise me if these two traded offÂ nice nights making this a fairly reasonable stay away if possible situation. If I had to roll with one though, itâ€™d be Charles for his upside.