We are in the stretch run ladies and gentleman. The fantasy playoffs shall soon be upon us and the hard work of this long season will pay off for you. Or at least I hope. These final weeks are crucial and like one of my good friends always says “All we got to do is get in”. By getting in he refers to having our fantasy teams qualifying for the playoffs. Once we are in anything can happen. Even the most average of fantasy teams can become titans once in the playoffs. So I present to you Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em Alone Week 19.
Andrea Bargnani: The guy had the flu and missed Sunday’s game. Shouldn’t be much to worry about for your lineups this week. Love ‘Em.
Marcus Camby: Camby got his wish and was not traded before the deadline passed on Thursday. He made an unceremonious return on Sunday night tallying 0pts, 6rebs, and 3ast in 20 minutes. Obviously he should be better than that on most nights and Portland has to be happy to give LaMarcus Aldridge some help. I am sure Aldridge owners are not pleased about Camby’s return but nonetheless it is upon us. Giving Camby sometime to get up to speed seems to make sense if you have waited this long. Leave ‘Em alone.
Baron Davis/Ramon Sessions: B-Diddy’s MRI revealed no damage and for now he is saying all the right things. I watched a bit of the Cavs game Sunday night and Davis mentioned that he was happy to be there cause he was brought there for a reason. Cleveland wanted him so he is there to help bring the team some “W”s. I am completely paraphrasing but that was the gist. Ramon Sessions has been outstanding and it integrating Davis seems like it would be a buzz kill for Sessions. Ironically I like them both this week especially after Coach Byron Scott said he envisioned the two spending time together in the backcourt. Love ‘Em.
Eric Gordon/Randy Foye: Foye does not want to go down quietly. With his play this week 20.7pts, 5.5ast, and 13 made 3’s Foye has made a strong case for minutes going forward. Gordon isn’t likely to play heavy minutes off the bat and with Mo Williams still questionable it is easy to see Foye playing some point guard even if Gordon does return. So the verdict? Squeeze one more week out of Foye and leave Eric Gordon alone until next week.
Chuck Hayes: Usually there is nothing exciting about a 6’6 center in the NBA. Hayes defies all odds and yet is still on many waiver wires in fantasy leagues. This past week he averaged 8.5pts, 11.7rebs, and 5ast. How the man gives you 5 dimes from the center position without being an offensive threat I will not profess to know. Just go with it. Love ‘Em.
Kirk Hinrich: Captain Kirk has been awful in his first two games with Atlanta. This is probably not the time to gamble and it might take till the end of the week for Hinrich to get up to speed. Leave ‘Em alone this week but make sure he is not on waivers.
Serge Ibaka: With the news that the Celtics traded away a gimpy Kendrick Perkins to OKC, Ibaka stands to become a fantasy rebounding and block machine. Run him out there with confidence as they say. Love ‘Em. As a side note Nick Collison is also worth keeping an eye on with Perkins out the next 2-3 weeks.
Antwan Jamison: Unfortunately Jamison fractured the pinkie finger on his left hand Sunday night. That is his none shooting hand but still a fracture is very painful for a player to deal with. He might be able to tape it up but his finger looked like it had a mind of its own as it kinda dangled as he walked off the court. Based on that I would leave ‘em alone unless word comes out that he will be ready to go.
Chris Kaman: Back from the land of the lost, the living Geico caveman is producing off the Clipper bench. DeAndre Jordan is no longer looking over his shoulder but rather to his side as Kaman is about to take the starting job back from Jordan any day now. Love ‘Em.
Nenad Kristic: Because he has to start in Boston while the Celtics “fill out” their roster I mention Kristic here. Ok he was mentioned. Leave ‘Em alone.
Corey Maggette: Nobody is still playing him right? The swing position in Milwaukee is a revolving door and its John Salmons turn for the spotlight. Leave Maggette alone.
Shawn Marion: I don’t know what has gotten into Marion but his owners have got to be liking it. He has scored in double figures in 7 straight games and quietly had a great month. A rival owner in one of my leagues brought Marion’s prowess to my attention in an obvious attempt to gloat. Dually noted, as Marion put up 16.3pts and 7.3rebs this week. I don’t know what happened to the real Shawn Marion but let’s keep this throwback version around for a while. Love ‘Em.
Greg Monroe: There is mutiny afoot in Detroit and Monroe being a rookie is not yet jaded enough to participate. Monroe owners enjoyed a week of 16.7pts, 12.7rebs and 58.8% shooting this week. Nothing more needs to be said. Love ‘Em.
Tony Paker/George Hill: Parker left Sunday night’s game against the Grizzlies with a calf injury. The game also saw Duncan leave with an ankle injury but Duncan returned. I doubt San Antonio wanted to take any chances on losing two of their stars in one night. That said owners are left with a tough decision on Parker. I would probably leave him alone this week. George Hill is worth an add if word comes out that Parker will indeed miss time.
Brandon Roy: I think it is time to put his headache of a season to rest. He may show signs of life in mid to late March but for now. Leave ‘Em alone.
Marcus Thornton: I am not quite convinced he can overtake Jermaine Taylor for the starting job while Tyreke Evans nurses his foot. Thornton has shown enough to be worth an add just in case but I would not plug him into my lineup this week. Leave ‘Em alone.
Enjoy the week but stay diligent. I will be on vacation but I will not allow myself to be bested because I am not paying attention. Fantasy Sports is War as my colleague Mo Johnson says and even on vacation you must stay diligent. If you are preparing for fantasy baseball be sure to check out Mo’s section. You won’t regret it. That’s all folks! See you next week.
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Written by Warren Shaw
I am an avid Basketball fan who has worked for the New York Knicks, Alonzo Mourning Charities and various other sports organizations. Having covered many NBA and various professional sporting events has given me the opportunity to provide insight with an unbiased but flavor driven view. I look forward to providing NBA content and interacting with knowledgeable fans and readers. Follow me on Twitter @shawsports or Email your questions to me at Warrenshaw@prosportsblogging.com