Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Fantasy Basketball Desperation Station - Super Sized Playoff Tune Up

With the fantasy basketball regular season in its final week for most owners and the playoffs just around the corner, now is the perfect time to make a stop at Desperation Station because the pickings are slim. Given that we are entering a critical juncture in the fantasy season, FSE has rolled out a special double strength edition of DS highlighting a record nine players!

Let's get to it...

Bomb Squad

Vladimir Radmonovic, PF Los Angeles Lakers - With Andrew Bynum done for the remainder of the fantasy season and Pau Gasol still a week or so away from returning, Vlad Rad will be seeing plenty of playing time. He has started the last 6 games and averaged around 10 points, 5 rebounds and 1+ three pointers. Radmonovic broke out last game, dropping 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 three pointers on the Mavs; however, don't expect too many of those games from the inconsistent forward. As long as he is playing significant minutes, Rad's chief contributions will come in the three point department and he can also provide some help in points and rebounds. 

Juan Carlos Navarro, PG/SG Memphis Grizzlies - I discussed the virtues of the frequently added and dropped sharpshooter on NBARotoman's Fantasy Chat on Sunday. Navarro can really fill it up from the outside and in 27 games when playing 30+ minutes he is averaging around 16 points and 3 three pointers. Navarro has already put up 20 or more points in 11 games this season and should see good playing time late in the season, especially if the team decides to shut the less than 100% Mike Conley down.

Gordan Giricek, SG Phoenix Suns - Playing for his third team this season after being traded by Utah for Kyle Korver then bought out by the Sixers, Giricek seems to have found a home in the shooter's paradise known as Phoenix. In two games with the Suns where Giricek has seen 30+ minutes, he has put up a total of 41 points and hit on 4 threes. Giricek's key strength is in the three point category as he will get plenty of long looks in the Suns offense. Expect point totals in the low to mid teens and around 2 three pointers a night down the stretch if he gets proper burn.

Deshawn Stevenson, SG Washington Wizards - We discussed the Lebron Stopper in our piece about Gilbert Arenas yesterday. He is averaging nearly 2 three pointers a game on the year and will contribute primarily in points and three pointers with the ability to get decent assist totals from time to time.

Thank The Tank 

Wilson Chandler, SF/PF New York Knicks - Ladies and gentlemen, the new starting small forward for you New York Knicks! Understand that Team Titanic II is not willingly trying to tank as Coach Zeke is most definately fighting for his job right now. The fact of the matter is that they have been ravaged by injuries and are simply not a good basketball team. Chandler, the 2007 first round pick out of Depaul, has started the last 6 games and should continue to see ample playing time down the stretch. Chandler is coming off a career game against Indiana putting up 15 points, 8 rebounds and a three pointer in 33 minutes. He is an athletic swingman that can help in points, rebounds and has a decent three point stroke, keep an eye on this youngster. 

Earl Barron, PF/C Miami Heat - To say the Heat are tanking at this point is a gross understatement. Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem have been shut down, Shawn Marion is struggling with a sore back and even Marcus Banks has not played in over 2 weeks. Enter Earl Barron. After 5 DNPs, Barron has played 27 minutes a night the last two games and averaged 18.5 points and 5 rebounds. It appears the Heat are beginning to favor Barron over Mark Blount in the middle and if he continues to see around 30 mins a night, he can help you in points and rebounds.

Josh Powell, SF/PF/C Los Angeles Clippers - Powell is another guy I discussed on Fantasy Chat and given the Clippers ridiculous number of injured forwards (Brand, Kaman, Paul Davis) he has started the last 5 games. Powell has good position versatility and his biggest contributions will come in rebounds. In addition, he has the ability to put up point totals in the low teens. Unfortunately, Powell doesn't shoot a great FG% and doesn't block many shots.

Dishin' But Not Much Swishin'

Antonio Daniels, PG Washington Wizards - Daniels has been starting fairly regularly since early January and has quietly been a good source of assists in Gilbert Arenas' absence averaging around 5 a game this season. With Gil's return in question, Daniels has the ability to put up around 5 assists a night to go along with point totals in the low teens and a steal. Hey, there are worse options out there.

Club Dread

Mikki Moore, PF/C Sacramento Kings - Quietly, the Kings have won 4 of their last 5 games beating the Lakers, Warriors, Blazers and Raptors. At the center of the Kings' success has been Moore who is enjoying an excellent March averaging around 12 points and 7 rebounds while shooting a hot 68% from the field. He should continue to start and see plenty of playing time the rest of the way and appears to be an excellent option in your fantasy frontcourt.

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