Two-Week Look Ahead – Fantasy Basketball
The fantasy basketball season is winding down, and there are just a associate of opportunities remaining for you to get into a 2-Week Frenzy fantasy basketball league. To help guide your way this week, here’s a look at the players involved.
(observe: All stats by 3/11)
Player 1 (9 Games)
– Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Monta Ellis
Group Leaders – Points: Durant, 29.6 / Rebounds: Bosh, 11.2 / Assists: Ellis, 5.3 / Blocks: Bosh, 1.02 / Steals: Ellis, 2.2 / 3-Pointers Made: Durant, 94 (38%)
Tickling the Twine – Bryant is averaging 31 points, five assists and nearly five rebounds per game in March.
Blind to the Twine – Bosh is coming off an injury, but nonetheless, in his last three games he’s shot only 37 percent with an average of 16 points per game.
Player 2 (9 Games)
– Chauncey Billups, Tyreke Evans, Danny Granger, Joe Johnson, Derrick Rose
Group Leaders – Points: Granger, 23.1 / Rebounds: Granger, 5.7 / Assists: Billups, 5.9 / Blocks: Granger, 0.9 / Steals: Granger, 1.6 / 3-Pointers Made: Billups, 124 (42%)
Tickling the Twine – Rose’s scoring average of 25.8 in March leads this group, as do his 6.8 dimes per game.
Blind to the Twine – Johnson is averaging a substantial total of about four rebounds and five assists in the month of March, but is averaging a group-low 16.8 points for the month.
Player 3 (10 Games)
– Carlos Boozer, Aaron Brooks, Tim Duncan, Kevin Martin, Deron Williams
Group Leaders – Points: Martin, 20.8 / Rebounds: Boozer, 11.2 / Assists: Williams, 10.3 / Blocks: Duncan, 1.6 / Steals: Williams, 1.2 / 3-Pointers Made: Brooks, 158 (38%)
Tickling the Twine – Martin’s scoring average for the month so far is a big higher than Brooks’ 22.8, but Brooks is doing more. His fantasy basketball owners have gotten 5.4 assists per game so far this month, along with 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals.
Blind to the Twine – Not only is Duncan averaging simply 16 points per game in March, but he’s also snaring only seven rebounds per contest.
Player 4 (8 Games)
– Chris Kaman, David Lee, Dirk Nowitzki, Amare Stoudemire, Dwayne Wade
Group Leaders – Points: Wade, 26.4 / Rebounds: Lee, 11.6 / Assists: Wade, 6.6 / Blocks: Kaman, 1.2 / Steals: Wade, 1.8 / 3-Pointers Made: Wade, 61 (30%)
Tickling the Twine – Wade is playing his best basketball of the season, having gone over 27 points in all five of his games so far in March (30.8 ppg for the month), not to mention 2.0 steals, 5.6 rebounds and over nine assists. Stoudemire deserves an honorable mention for his per-game averages of over 27 points and nearly 10 boards for the month.
Blind to the Twine – Kaman’s scoring average of 16.8 for the month is lowest in this collection of players, but he is nevertheless coming up with over 10 rebounds per contest.
Player 5 (9 Games)
– Luol Deng, Andre Iguodala, Stephen Jackson, Corey Maggette, Paul Pierce
Group Leaders – Points: Jackson, 20.7 / Rebounds: Deng, 7.3 / Assists: Iguodala, 5.8 / Blocks: Deng, 0.9 / Steals: Jackson, 1.9 / 3-Pointers Made: Jackson, 97 (32%)
Tickling the Twine – No player in this assortment is playing to their season averages so far for their fantasy basketball owners this month. nevertheless, Jackson’s overall numbers are the best, with an average of 17 points, over five boards and two steals.
Blind to the Twine – Deng is experiencing a calf injury, so you may want to check before inserting him in your lineup. He hasn’t played well in March anyway, with low averages of 14.3 points and 4.3 rebounds.
Player 6 (9 Games)
– Pau Gasol, Brandon Jennings, Brook Lopez, Josh Smith, Gerald Wallace
Group Leaders – Points: Lopez, 19.0 / Rebounds: Gasol, 11.1 / Assists: Jennings, 6.1 / Blocks: Smith, 2.1 / Steals: Smith, 1.6 / 3-Pointers Made: Jennings, 107 (38%)
Tickling the Twine – There isn’t anything Smith hasn’t done this month. His 19.0 points, 2.4 blocks and 1.4 steals in March leads this congregation of players, and his 10.2 rebounds are second, as are his 5.0 assists.
Blind to the Twine – Jennings’ February struggles have rolled over into March. He’s got substantial peripherals at 6.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game for the month, but he’s putting in just 11.8 points.
Player 7 (8 Games)
– Baron Davis, Richard Hamilton, Antawn Jamison, Al Jefferson, Steve Nash
Group Leaders – Points: Jamison, 19.8 / Rebounds: Jefferson, 9.4 / Assists: Nash, 11.2 / Blocks: Jefferson, 1.1 / Steals: Davis, 1.7 / 3-Pointers Made: Nash, 102 (42%)
Tickling the Twine – Jamison’s all-around numbers are the best in this group for the month of March. He’s putting home 20.0 points per contest, along with 8.0 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.0 block.
Blind to the Twine – Neither Nash nor Davis is exactly lighting up the scoreboard. Nash is averaging 9.8 points per game in March while Davis is putting home 11.3 points per. nevertheless, they can nevertheless find the open man, with Nash doling out 10.8 assists and Davis 9.2 assists for the month.
Player 8 (6 Games)
– LaMarcus Aldridge, Vince Carter, Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, Brandon Roy
Group Leaders – Points: Roy, 21.9 / Rebounds: Howard, 13.3 / Assists: Roy, 4.8 / Blocks: Howard, 22.8 / Steals: Lewis, 1.2 / 3-Pointers Made: Lewis, 132 (39%)
Tickling the Twine – Roy is averaging nearly 20 points per game so far in March, but maybe the most surprising stat are the 6.3 rebounds he’s collecting. Meanwhile, he’s handed out 4.0 assists with 1.3 thefts per game.
Blind to the Twine – Aldridge’s overall numbers for the month are slightly off his season averages, as he’s only scoring at a clip of 15.3 points per game with just over five rebounds per contest.
Player 9 (9 Games)
– Jamal Crawford, Stephen Curry, Devin Harris, Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook
Group Leaders – Points: Crawford, 17.3 / Rebounds: Westbrook, 5.2 / Assists: Rondo, 9.8 / Blocks: Westbrook, 0.4 / Steals: Rondo, 2.4 / 3-Pointers Made: Crawford, 121 (37%)
Tickling the Twine – Westbrook’s all-around game has been on for his fantasy basketball owners in March. He’s averaging nearly 19 points per contest, but already better are his 8.2 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 2.6 steals.
Blind to the Twine – There doesn’t seem to be any player in this collection of point guards that is struggling, but Crawford’s peripherals are below the other players here, such as his 2.8 assists. nevertheless, he’s averaging a highly respectable 19 points per game in March.
Player 10 (8 Games)
– Michael Beasley, Caron Butler, Eric Gordon, Tracy McGrady, Jason Richardson
Group Leaders – Points: Gordon, 17.2 / Rebounds: Beasley, 6.5 / Assists: McGrady, 3.3 / Blocks: Beasley, McGrady, 0.6 / Steals: Butler, 1.5 / 3-Pointers Made: Richardson, 114 (38%)
Tickling the Twine – Richardson is pouring in 19.0 points per contest in the month of March so far, but he’s also grabbing 7.3 rebounds and has shot 60 percent from the floor and from beyond the arc.
Blind to the Twine – It’s been scientifically proven that McGrady is made of paper-mache, and a “general soreness” malady has contributed to him only averaging 9.6 points per game in March.
Player 11 (9 Games)
– Ray Allen, Andrea Bargnani, Elton Brand, Andrew Bynum, Al Horford
Group Leaders – Points: Bargnani, 17.3 / Rebounds: Horford, 9.5 / Assists: Allen, 2.6 / Blocks: Bargnani, Bynum, 1.4 / Steals: Brand, 1.1 / 3-Pointers Made: Allen, 105 (34%)
Tickling the Twine – Horford is not only pouring in 16.4 points per contest in March, but he’s also collecting almost 11 rebounds with 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals.
Blind to the Twine – Brand is putting in just under 12 points per game in the month of March so far, along with just over six rebounds.
Player 12 (9 Games)
– Andrew Bogut, Kevin Garnett, Jeff Green, Carl Landry, Thaddeus Young
Group Leaders – Points: Landry, 16.4 / Rebounds: Bogut, 10.4 / Assists: Garnett, 2.8 / Blocks: Bogut, 2.5 / Steals: Young, 1.2 / 3-Pointers Made: Green, 74 (32%)
Tickling the Twine – Landry is averaging nearly eight rebounds per game so far in March, and is leading the group with a scoring average in the month of 18.5.
Blind to the Twine – Green’s struggled to find his shot this month, with an average of only 11.2 points per game.
Player 13 (9 Games)
– Nene Hilario, Kenyon Martin, Troy Murphy, Emeka Okafor, Jason Thompson
Group Leaders – Points: Murphy, 13.9 / Rebounds: Murphy, 9.7 / Assists: Hilario, 2.4 / Blocks: Okafor, 1.7 / Steals: Hilario, 1.5 / 3-Pointers Made: Murphy, 90 (38%)
Tickling the Twine – Murphy has averaged a double-double per game so far in March, with 15.0 points and 10.0 rebounds.
Blind to the Twine – Martin has a knee injury and should not be used.
Player 14 (8 Games)
– Wilson Chandler, Jonny Flynn, Danilo Gallinari, Ben Gordon, Kevin Love
Group Leaders – Points: Chandler, 15.2 / Rebounds: Love, 11.2 / Assists: Flynn, 4.4 / Blocks: Chandler, Gallinari, 0.8 / Steals: Flynn, 1.1 / 3-Pointers Made: Gallinari, 145 (39%)
Tickling the Twine – Gallinari is averaging nearly 17 points with four rebounds per contest so far this month, and he’s also shooting 50 percent from the field.
Blind to the Twine – Gordon is averaging a lowly 9.0 points per game for the month of March, with few substantial peripherals to rely on.