As we head into Week 12 of the NBA season, I have already outlined in a couple of pieces how injuries have likely impacted your fantasy basketball team by now, especially in the case of point guards Eric Bledsoe and Jrue Holiday.
However there should be some help still out there for you this week, but don’t just grab a player for short-term gain, look at his schedule.
Most teams will play four games this week, which is a good thing for fantasy owners looking to grab a guy or two for a week. However you may want to stay away from players donning a Brooklyn Nets or Atlanta Hawks jersey as each time strangely only plays one game this week. In addition the Los Angeles Clippers play only three times and the Detroit Pistons have only two contests.
With that being said, let’s take a look at three guys who may be able to help you in a pinch this week.
Raymond Felton- The New York Knicks point guard is back and healthy and playing well. I must go on record that I absolutely hate Felton, but considering the fact he has dished out 20 assists in the past two games, he may be worth a look. He will also score a few points, although I have never been a fan of his shooting percentages, making just 13-of-34 attempts from the floor in his three games back, if you are looking for assists he could become a good option.
With Beno Udrih and Pablo Prigioni out of action, Felton is going to get over 30 minutes a night so he will have some opportunities. He is risky as the Knicks offense typically likes to become stagnant and he can cough up the ball as well as throwing bricks up. But I like to look at guards on teams playing well and Felton and the Knicks are rolling for the first time this season. The Knicks have four games on the slate for the week and while the matchups aren’t great, Felton will have plenty of opportunities.
Brian Roberts- If Felton is too risky for your taste, turn your attention to Roberts. Depending on your league though it may be too late as he likely got snatched up as soon as Holiday’s injury was announced. If he is out there though, now is a good time to grab him. Similar to Felton, Roberts has a pair of tough matchups as the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs as guards typically don’t rack up assists in bunches against them.
However Roberts is a guy who could put up decent numbers over a longer stretch. He’s solid from the floor and in five starts last year, Roberts averaged 12.6 points, 10.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.4 3-pointers and 0.8 steals, so if you can go and get him now, he should be able to soften the blow a little bit.
Jodie Meeks: If you are looking for a fill-in that can knock down a few shots from behind the arc, consider taking a look at Meeks this week. The Lakers have four games and while all four opponents typically defend the three pretty well, Meeks can still help you out for a small stretch. Meeks has scored in double figures in 11 of his past 12 games and has knocked down multiple treys in eight of those games.
While he doesn’t offer much of an impact in too many other areas, Meeks can also help out in terms of steals (2.2 last 12 games) and at the free-throw line (27-of-29 past four games).
None of these guys are sexy pickups but it’s all a matter of looking at the schedule for the week and finding out what areas you could use a boost in.