Friday, February 22, 2008

Fantasy Basketball Desperation Station - 2/23/08

Welcome back to Desperation Station where we provide you with the best stopgap options to keep your fantasy basketball team up and running. This week, we highlight a Detroit rookie flying under the radar, the latest Milwaukee Bucks player to emerge as fantasy relevant and one of King James' newest teammates. 

Rodney Stuckey, PG/SG Detroit Pistons - If Stuckey was seeing 30 minutes a night on a bad team, he would have already joined the ranks of FSE's Ballers On The Brink. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the 15th overall pick out Eastern Washington is playing on a deep Detroit Pistons team with a starting lineup that is set in stone. Stuckey has seen added burn in February, averaging a season high 21 minutes a night and has responded, producing the best numbers of his young career. In 8 games this month, he is putting up around 10 points and 4 assists a night. Further, in games where he has seen 20+ minutes, Stuckey is averaging around 13 points and 5 assists. Stuckey can help owners desperate for points and assists; however, with added playing time this kid could be an excellent option down the stretch.

Desmond Mason, SG/SF Milwaukee Bucks - After missing all of January, the versatile Mason is enjoying a solid February averaging around 12 points and 5 rebounds. Mason has worked his way back into the Bucks' ever-changing rotation and is getting significant playing time this month averaging nearly 30 minutes a contest. In 7 February games Mason has put up double digit points in his last 5 games and grabbed 5 or more rebounds 4 times. Clearly scoring and rebounding are Mason's strengths; however, he can also contribute some in steals and blocks as he is an aggressive defender.

Delonte West, PG/SG Cleveland Cavaliers - West showed some ability on the Celtics last season but has been buried on the Sonics bench much of this year, making him a non-factor in fantasy. Thursday's trade to Cleveland is a godsend for West who will now be able to display his three point shooting touch playing alongside Lebron James. The injury to Daniel Gibson which has him missing approximately 4-6 weeks leaves Cleveland thin in the backcourt and should give West ample playing time. If he receives 25-30 minutes a night West could help you fantasy team in points, threes and assists while also contributing in steals. Production along the lines of 12 points, 4-5 assists, 2 threes and 1 steal a game aren't out of the question for West who should push incumbent point guard Eric Snow a bit for his starting job. 

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