We’re getting down to the nitty grity in Fantasy Basketball. With less than seven full weeks remaining in the regular season, every fantasy owner needs to buckle down, scan the waiver wire relentlessly, and think about pulling one last big trade (if your deadline hasn’t passed).
Keep up to date with the hottest games by checking out our weekly Waiver Wire column, and read on for some guys to start and sit for the rest of the week:
Note: Every team plays at least three games this week, except for Minnesota, which has two games slated for the week. Kevin Love will be a tempting play with Al Jefferson out due to a suspension, but other than Love, stay clear from Timberwolves players this week.
John Salmons, G/F, Milwaukee Bucks
Salmons has been making a killing as Milwukee’s top scorer, most notably with a 32-point effort in his last contest.
Salmons was a part of a nice eight-game winning streak for the Bucks, where he managed to score 15+ points in each game.
He’s logging well over 33 minutes in each game, and hasn’t attempted less than 11 shots in a game so far with Milwaukee.
Michael Redd, eat your heart out.
Tyrus Thomas, F, Charlotte Bobcats
Thomas was putting up solid numbers off the bench after his trade to Charlotte, but now he’s just blowing us away with his consistency and solid production every night.
Thomas has five straight games with 10+ points, and has been rumored to be earning himself a spot in the starting lineup.
We’ll believe it when we see it. Still, with at least 13 points in three straight games, we’re liking what Thomas has to offer on offense, along with his solid rebound and blocking numbers.
Spencer Hawes, C, Sacramento Kings
Hawes was in Paul Westphal’s doghouse for some comments he made to the media last week, but with Jason Thompson out with a back injury for at least the next two weeks, it looks like they’ll have to make up.
In two straight starts, Hawes is averaging 38 minutes per game, and is averaging over 15 points and 10 rebounds per game.
If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Hawes has helped the Kings to two straight wins, and he’s shooting well. Cross your fingers the success keeps coming and throw him in your lineup this week.
Nate Robinson, G, Boston Celtics
Robinson was acquired to be a burst of energy and scoring off the bench, but that just hasn’t accumulated yet.
We’re not so down on Robinson that we think his value is trash for the season, but it’s clearly taking him some time to find his role.
He has just 24 total points in three games with the Celtics since joining the team. Wait another week to assess his role in the offense.
Tracy McGrady, G/F, New York Knicks
McGrady has scored just six points in the past two games, including a goose egg on February 27th.
McGrady is lacking the speed and explosiveness we’re used to seeing, and until his knee and conditioning are up to par, he’s better suited for your (and the Knicks’) bench.
Shawn Marion, F, Dallas Mavericks
Marion has come down off a high of 11 straight games of scoring in double figures, as he’s become very inconsistent, and has topped double figures in scoring just four times in his last 10 games.
That’s called a drop-off. While it’s not necessarily all his fault, it’s clear that the additions of Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood have had a negative affect on his scoring out-put.
Leave Marion on your bench until he figures out a new role.