Monday, December 10, 2012

Fantasy Basketball Week 6 Recap

After beating the Clippers and Knicks during a 5 game win streak, and improving their home record to 7-1, the Brooklyn Nets have come CRASHING back down to earth.  On November 30, the Nets beat the Orlando Magic to wrap up a great month and extend their winning streak to 5 games.  Their 3rd road game in 4 nights happened to land them in South Beach, Miami on December 1 and spun everything out of control.  The Nets lost by 13, their second loss of the season to the Heat (Lost by 30 the 1st meeting).  They then returned to Brooklyn for a much needed stretch of 4 at home. 

December 4th saw the Nets host the Oklahoma City Thunder, they battled to a 117-111 loss and then December 7th rolled around and in came Mark Jackson's Warriors.  This is NOT the same Warriors team of recent memory.  The Nets played another exciting game of basketball, yet couldn't pull out the win eventually losing 109-102.  Ok, Oklahoma City & Golden State have combined for 30 wins, so it's ok to lose to them at home, yet still frustrating. 

Last night the Bucks are in town, Brooklyn should be able to finally get a win at home.  Let's put it this way, the Nets scored more points in the 4th quarter (33) than they did in the entire 1st half (31)!  The Knicks come back to Brooklyn on Tuesday night and if the Nets don't get their act together, they will find themselves in a 5 game losing streak, including 4 straight at home.  Lets take a look at what Brooklyn's problems have been:

Brooklyn is 1-4 without Brook Lopez.  He was their go to guy and his slow deliberate process helped Brooklyn control the tempo of the ball game.  The Nets are bottom 5 in opponent FG% and by controlling the pace of the game, they hold the opposition to minimal shot attempts.  When the tempo speeds up, Brooklyn can't stop anyone.  During their 4 game losing streak they have allowed at least 97 points to each team, with 3 going eclipsing 100 points.  During their 2 5 game winning streaks this season, they allowed 97+ points just twice.  If the Nets wants to keep with the Beasts of the East, Heat & Knicks, they are going to have to slow the game down.  Tuesday's "Battle of the Boroughs II" will be a good test of the teams character.

The month of December has been VERY kind to Corey Brewer (15% owned Yahoo) of the Denver Nuggets.  In 4 games and just about 24 minutes per night, Brewer is averaging over 18 points, and shooting over 55% doing so!  He has also added a steal in all 4 games including 4 steals against the Raptors. 

Marco Belinelli (12%) has done a nice job filling in for the injured Rip Hamilton.  Playing over 40 minutes per game for the last 3 Bulls contests, Belinelli has scored 61 points while knocking down 8 of 20 3pts and 11 of his 12 free throw attempts.  With Rip expected to miss the rest of December, Belinelli is looking like a nice addition to any fantasy team.

After missing the last 7 games of November, Carlos Delfino (12%) has come back firing 3s for the Houston Rockets.   In his last 4 games, Delfino has attempted 30 3s making 11.  He has also added 14 rebounds and 10 assists over that span.

Hass Rodney Stuckey (36%) flipped a switch?  Since December began(5 games), Stuckey has been looking to distribute the ball with 34 assists, grabbed 15 rebounds and is shooting 47% while attempt at least 9 shots in all 5 games off the bench.

Mike D'Antoni's offense always seems to find a struggling shooters and make them extremely valuable. Joe Johnson, Steve Novak and now Jodie Meeks (9%).  With Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and sometimes Pau Gasol drawing the attention of the defense, sharp shooter Jodie Meeks is lighting it up from downtown and that is without Steve Nash running the point.  Meeks is a 37.5% career 3pt shooter and is knocking them down at a 40% rate this season.  After drilling 7 3s on November 30, Meeks has made 10 3s over his last 5 games.  He can't help with much more than 3s, but he is getting enough minutes to have value.

Scorers to Add
Jason Richardson - 76ers SG, SF (73%)
Metta World Peace - Lakers SG, SF (68%)
J.J. Redick - Magic SG (67%)
Gordon Hayward - Jazz SG, SF (66%)
Ramon Sessions - Bobcats PG, SG (55%)
Patrick Patterson - Rockets PF, C (57%)
Jordan Crawford - Wizards PG, SG (54%)
Vince Carter - Mavericks SG (49%)
Tayshaun Prince - Pistons SF, PF (41%)
Rodney Stuckey - Pistons PG, SG (36%)
Alonzo Gee - Cavaliers SG, SF (31%)
Shannon Brown - Suns SG, SF (18%)

Rebounders to Add
J.J. Hickson - Trail Blazers PF, C (68%)
Nikola Pekovic - C Timberwolves (68%)
Nikola Vucevic - Magic PF, C (63%)
Larry Sanders - Bucks PF, C (61%)
Carl Landry - Warriors SF, PF (56%)
Jason Thompson - Kings PF, C (47%)
Robin Lopez - Hornets C (47%)
Kevin Seraphin - Wizards PF, C (31%)
Tristan Thompson - Cavaliers PF, C (25%)
Bismack Biyombo - Bobcats PF, C (16%)
Andre Drummond - Pistons PF, C (14%)
Jason Maxiell - Pistons PF (13%)
Tiaggo Splitter - Spurs C (8%)
Lavoy Allen - 76ers PF, C (5%)

3pt Shooters to Add
Jason Richardson - 76ers SG, SF (73%)
Metta World Peace - Lakers SG, SF (68%)
J.J. Redick - Magic SG (67%)
Jason Kidd - Knicks PG, SG (62%)
Jared Dudley - Suns SG, SF (52%)
Danny Green - Spurs SG, SF (49%)
Vince Carter - Mavericks SG (49%)
Ben Gordon - Bobcats SG (45%)
Randy Foye - Jazz PG, SG (42%)
Rodney Stuckey - Pistons PG, SG (36%)
Steve Novak - Knicks SF, PF (27%)
Caron Butler - Clippers SF (20%)
Alexey Shved - Timberwolves PG, SG (17%)
Carlos Delfino - Rockets SG, SF (12%)
Marco Belinelli - Bulls SG (12%)
Gary Neal - Spurs PG, SG (11%)
Chris Duhon - Lakers PG (5%)

Assists to Add
Jose Calderon - Raptors PG (65%)
Luke Ridnour - Timberwolves PG, SG (46%)
Andre Miller - Nuggets PG, SG (40%)
Rodney Stuckey - Pistons PG, SG (36%)
Kirk Hinrich - Bulls PG, SG (31%)
Jarett Jack - Warriors PG, SG (26%)
Jeremy Pargo - Cavaliers PG (12%)
Chris Duhon - Lakers PG (5%)

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