Thursday, March 13, 2008

Fantasy Basketball Desperation Station - 3/13/08

I hope this stop at Desperation Station finds you well. In this edition, we take a look at a few rookies and a that could provide you with some assistance at this critical juncture of the fantasy season.

Nick Young, Washington Wizards SG/SF - The rookie first round pick out of USC has worked his way deeper into the Wizards' rotation this month. He has enjoyed  his most productive month as a pro averaging 13.6 points, 4 rebounds, 1+ three pointer and 1 steal in around 22 minutes a night. With Arenas out for another 2-3 weeks, Young should continue to see around 20 minutes a night going forward. He can be a nice short-term stop gap option and contribute in points and threes while grabbing a few boards.

Daequan Cook, Miami Heat PG/SG - Yesterday, GM/coach Pat Riley cited Cook as one of the Heat's core players heading into 2008. With Miami fully entrenched in tank mode, the rookie guard from Ohio State should see ample minutes down the stretch.  Cook has started and played nearly 40 minutes a night over his last two games putting up productive numbers. On Monday against the Clippers, Cook was impressive scoring 23 points and hitting on 5 threes. He followed that up with only 6 points and 2 threes Wednesday, although he did grab 8 rebounds in a losing effort versus the Knicks. If he continues to see big minutes, Cook can contribute effectively in points and threes while helping out in rebounds and assists here and there. Be aware that Cook is a young, inexperienced player and will have good nights as well as bad down the stretch.

Sasha Pavlovic, Cleveland Cavaliers SG/SF - Pavlovic returned to the Cavs starting lineup tonight after missing the last 23 games with a foot injury. Pavlovic looked good scoring 24 points and nailing 5 threes in 28 minutes. Pavlovic should continue to start down the stretch and barring injury he can be a solid contributor. His strengths are scoring and three point shooting however he can help out a little in rebounds and assists as well.   

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