Fantasy Outlook – Coming on Strong
By Matt Rochinski
March 11, 2013
Every fantasy player knows injuries can destroy your fantasy squad at the most inopportune moment as teams gear up for fantasy playoffs. As bad as an injury can be, finding the right person to replace an injured player can be crucial. When Charlotte and Boston square off twice this week (on Tuesday in Charlotte and Saturday in Boston), fantasy owners get the chance to see the emergence of two players who have come on since one of their teammate’s recent injuries.
One month ago, Ben Gordon was in fantasy limbo, having scored in double-digits in just one game from February 5-March 3. Gordon also averaged just 14.5 minutes from February 11- March 4 and did not see any action in two games over that same stretch. But with Ramon Sessions’ knee injury, opportunity seems to have opened itself up for Gordon again and he’s taking advantage. In his last four games, Gordon is averaging 15.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 23.8 minutes as he’s made his way back in the rotation. He’s shooting 41.8 percent (23-for-55) from the field and 36.8 percent (7-for-19) from long range over that stretch and has fantasy relevance for the Cats again, so get him in your lineup.
When Rajon Rondo went out for the season with a knee injury, Celtics Nation and fantasy owners cringed. And while much has been made of how Paul Pierce has stepped up his game with Boston’s floor general out, Rondo’s absence has also found a way to benefit forward Jeff Green. In 45 games through January, Green was decent off the bench for the C’s, averaging 9.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 23.8 minutes. He’s turned things on since February however, posting 14.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 31.0 minutes through 17 games, including one start. Green didn’t crack the 20-point barrier in the first three months of the season but had a 20-point performance on February 19 in Denver and a 31-point explosion on February 22 in Phoenix. Play him while he’s hot.
When the Toronto Raptors traded for Rudy Gay back on January 30 and shipped point guard Jose Calderon to Detroit in a three-team deal, it was safe to assume the Raptors had a logjam on the wing with Gay taking up one spot and DeMar DeRozan, Terrance Ross, Landry Fields and Alan Anderson all battling for minutes on the other side. Naturally, many thought it would be Anderson, the former Bobcat, who would be the odd many out. While it may have been the case early on, Anderson has made it difficult to get pulled from the rotation in March, where he’s averaging 14.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting from the field and brining down 2.7 rebounds in 24.0 minutes through six games. With Anderson, things might not last long but don’t let that keep you from putting him in your lineup if you have a free spot for now.