By Matt Rochinski
February 11, 2013
Charlotte, NC – With only two games left before the All-Star break, it’s crucial to have your best fantasy players in your lineup this week. Most fantasy leagues roll this one in with next week due to the break, and if you’re in a league like that and own any Bobcats, you’re in luck. Aside from the two games before the break, the Cats have four games next week, including three at Time Warner Cable Arena®. What does this mean? Get your Bobcats in your lineup, especially Rising Stars participant Kemba Walker.
Walker continues to be one of the elite fantasy point guards this season, averaging 17.3 points, 5.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.86 steals. He’s also putting up decent shooting numbers, going 42.6 percent from the field, 33.9 percent from 3-point range and 79.3 percent from the line. The bad news – Walker scored just six points in Philadelphia on Saturday and his five points in Cleveland on Wednesday snapped a string of 18-straight games scoring in double digits. But this is also good news for Walker’s fantasy owners, as he has not had consecutive games scoring in single digits this season. The last time Walker scored in single digits in two of three Cats game, he followed that up with his 18-game run, so look for him to enter the break strong.
Since losing Rajon Rondo for the season back on January 25 in Atlanta, the Celtics have not lost a game as they enter Time Warner Cable Arena. How? Fantasy superstar Paul Pierce has taken his game to another level for Boston, averaging 18.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 7.3 assists in the C’s seven-game winning streak. Over the course of that time he’s had four double-doubles – including triple-doubles against Denver on February 10 and Miami on January 27 – after posting just three double-doubles in Boston’s previous 43 games. Pierce is on fantasy fire right now and can carry your team much like he is doing for the Celtics.
Speaking of fantasy fire, swingman Paul George has exploded for the Pacers in his third NBA season. He’s averaging a team-best 17.8 points, up 5.6 points from his three-year average and earned his first All-Star selection. Danny Granger used to be the Pacers prime fantasy player, but with Granger sidelined so far this season, George has taken over the top spot in Indiana. He’s not just a scorer either. His averages of 7.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.78 steals quickly fill a fantasy stat sheet, and with percentages of 42.5 from the field, 39.1 from long range and 81.4 from the charity stripe, George could be entering elite fantasy status.