Fantasy Basketball Weekly Planner: March 4-10

by Eric McClung on February 28, 2013 @ 17:59:51 PDT

 


Four games

Atlanta Hawks

Following a five-game stint coming off the bench, Kyle Korver has started each of the last two contests. In addition to making at least one three in 50 straight games, Korver is averaging 1.2 steals over the last 21 contests. The Hawks made some small moves at the deadline, resisting any offers to deal Josh Smith, but nothing that impacts Korver or the other fantasy-relevant players in the ATL.

Must start: Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, Josh Smith, Al Horford

Boston Celtics

Jeff Green continues to answer the call as the Celtics sixth man. In a dozen February contests, he's getting more than 30 minutes a night while averaging 15.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, one three and 0.8 steals. Green is also shooting better than 51 percent from the floor.

Jason Terry continues to be been very streaky, even during the best of times. His 26-point outburst, thanks to five threes, back on Feb. 10 skews his monthly averages a bit.

Must start: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

Charlotte Bobcats

Despite not doing much from beyond the arc, Gerald Henderson continues to score well during what has been his best month of the season. Henderson is averaging nearly 16 points on 46.8 percent shooting to go along with 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals.

Prior to scoring 13 points and pulling down eight rebounds in a blowout defeat Tuesday night, Byron Mullens had dropped two straight clunkers during a back to back, going a combined two of 21 shooting and missing all seven of his three-point attempts. After missing six weeks with an ankle sprain, those two contests remain the only blemishes for Mullens during another otherwise successful return.

Must start: Kemba Walker

Cleveland Cavaliers

Rookie Dion Waiters has exploded in his last three games, averaging 24.6 points on 57 percent shooting. However, two of those games came without Kyrie Irving (knee) in the lineup. Through 11 contests this month, Waiters is scoring 15.1 points at a rate of 52.3 percent shooting. Once Irving returns, Waiters should continue to pour it in for a Cavs lineup that needs both guards to pour it in.

Must start: Kyrie Irving

Denver Nuggets

As Danilo Gallinari continues to battle a bruised thigh, Wilson Chandler gains a lot of short-term fantasy value. In his Monday night start, Chandler scored 23 points and went three of five from long distance. Unfortunately, Chandler only shot one of eight on Wednesday night despite reports that Gallo was expected to play. Chandler is a talented player, but the depth of the Nuggets rotation limits his minutes when Gallinari is healthy.

Must start: Ty Lawson, Andre Iguodala, Kenneth Faried

Golden State Warriors

Look for Carl Landry to earn more minutes with Andrew Bogut sidelined indefinitely with back spasms. Over his last four games, Landry has collected eight or more rounds on three occasions and is scoring 14 points a night. He's an undersized power forward that won't offer many blocks but rebounds well and typically shoots a good percentage.

Must start: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee, Jarrett Jack

Los Angeles Lakers

With Pau Gasol (plantar fascia) possibly done for the year and the already shallow Lakers rotation, Antawn Jamison is doing some solid work scoring off the bench. The veteran is scoring 13 points with 1.3 threes on 49 percent shooting over the last 15 games.

Must start: Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

Miami Heat

Just as Shane Battier (hamstring) began to shoot the lights out from beyond the arc, Ray Allen is finally getting his touch back. In his last three games, Allen is scoring 14.7 points with four triples a game. Once Battier returns, the Heat may have a pair of sharpshooting veteran reserves to juggle.

Must start: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh

Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

Milwaukee Bucks

In his first three games since be traded to the Bucks, J.J. Redick is putting up numbers in line with his season averages. Playing time should not be an issue for Redick as the key backup for combo guards Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings.

Must start: Monta Ellis, Brandon Jennings, Ersan Ilyasova, Larry Sanders

Minnesota Timberwolves

An ongoing leg injury to Andrei Kirilenko has second-year man Derrick Williams contributing more, with varying degree of success. Over his last nine games, Williams is averaging 16.7 points and 9.1 rebounds with one three. The jump in rebounds is a pleasant sight, but Williams is prone to icy shooting slumps.

Must start: Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic

New Orleans Hornets

Rookie Anthony Davis recently missed a game with a shoulder injury. He'll start the month of March with three games in six nights, so it will be interesting to see how the Hornets handle their young star. Without him Ryan Anderson slides into the starting lineup and gives Robin Lopez a chance to improve on his poor rebounding totals.

Must start: Greivis Vasquez, Ryan Anderson

New York Knicks

Raymond Felton has struggled a bit since missing a month with a fractured pinkie, averaging 12.3 points on 42.9 percent shooting and 5.5 assists. Felton had been dropping 6.3 dimes per game prior to the injury, but was actually shooting an even worse percentage. A heel injury is the latest issue for Felton, but he's expected to play through it.

Must start: Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith, Amar'e Stoudemire

Oklahoma City Thunder

Known as defensive player and pickpocket, Thabo Sefolosha is having his best month of the season scoring with the ball. He's averaging 10.1 points through 10 games, thanks to making four or more threes on three occasions. However, Sefolosha is rarely asked to shoot that much and figures to remain a lean scorer.

Must start: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Kevin Martin

Orlando Magic

Following J.J. Redick being traded and Jameer Nelson's knee injury, things are wide open for the young Magic players to step up. At the moment, Maurice Harkless looks like a top beneficiary. In 12 games this month, the rookie is averaging 11.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocks while getting double the playing time he saw in any previous month.

Must start: Arron Afflalo, Nikola Vucevic

Philadelphia 76ers

After missing six starts with a strained hamstring, Thaddeus Young has played well in his last two starts, recording a double-double in first game back. He's also grabbed a combined seven steals and is now averaging 1.7 swipes on the season. Young's return has kept Nick Young in the starting lineup, but playing fewer than 18 minutes in those contests while shooting the ball very poorly. 

Must start: Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner

Portland Trail Blazers

The ankle injury that cost Wesley Matthews nearly two full games no longer appears to be a concern, despite a bad shooting night on Wednesday. The Blazers starting lineup continues to play a lot of minutes, leaving no fantasy viable option on their bench.

Must start: Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, J.J. Hickson

Sacramento Kings

Jason Thompson continues to ride waves of inconsistent play. After dipping down to nine points and 4.6 rebounds a night in 17 games during the month of January, Thompson is averaging 12.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in a dozen contests this month.

Must start: Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins

Toronto Raptors

Amir Johnson has been taking fewer shots this month, but is scoring more efficiently. Johnson averaged 13.1 points on 55.1 shooting from the floor in January compared to 10.7 points and 59.8 percent so far in February. In 27 games played since the calendar flipped to 2013, Johnson is pulling down 8.6 rebounds and rejecting 1.7 shots a night.

Must start: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay

Utah Jazz

The Salt Lake sixth man, Gordon Hayward looks like he's back to normal after missing 10 games with a shoulder injury. In his last four games, Hayward is doing a little bit of everything: 19.3 points, four rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.8 threes, one block and 0.8 steals. If anyone dropped Hayward during his recovery, he probably has been picked up by now.

Must start: Paul Milsap, Al Jefferson

Two games

San Antonio Spurs

Must start: Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan

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About Eric McClung

Eric McClung has been profiled by the FSWA for covering the fantasy sports spectrum and is a three-time award finalist. Over the years, he's made several appearances in print and on radio. McClung began contributing to KFFL in 2008 and currently serves as one of KFFL's featured fantasy NASCAR experts. He's also captured the fantasy football championship in the KFFL staff league twice.

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