So how much of fantasy do you contribute to skill and how much do you contribute to luck? You have to be able to draft well and manage matchups, but a good matchup does not guarantee production. How do you predict a sprained ankle? I’m ranting because in my money league I am 3-4. It is a one win/one lose head to head league. True talk: 1) I am 3rd overall in FG % and am 2-5 weekly in that category. I am 1st in total assists and 4-3 in that category. The 2nd ranked team in assists is 7-0 in that category! I am 3rd in total steals and 3-4 in that category. Is my team really that bad to be 3-4? Or am I just in a funk of bad luck? There really is only one answer to this question. If you’re winning then its all skill and if you’re losing it is all attributed to bad luck. So, I am going with the “I have had the worst luck” rant.
Jarrett Jack- PG – Golden State Warriors (37% Owned)- Could you imaging Jarrett Jack’s stats if Steph Curry ever missed a few weeks (Not trying to jinx Curry)! Jack is still playing around 30 minutes per game in a backup role and averaging double digit points with 5 APG on the short season. Believe it or not, but Jack was the 28th ranked player in per game averages the past week while averaging 14.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 6.0 APG, and 2.0 SPG with a 4.8 Assist-to-Turnover Ratio! Jack has always been an underrated point guard as he’s bounced around a few teams now, but that could turn him into a trade candidate for a team looking for a point guard. A trade would increase his value unless he got traded to a contender with an already established point guard. Jack provides decent short term value with the potential to deliver a huge profit in the long term.
Kris Humphries- PF- New Jersey Nets (67% Owned) – I know Humphries apparently plays better with Brook Lopez and Lopez has been hurt the past couple weeks. However, Humphries has not come close to the value in which he was drafted pre-season. Nets coach Avery Johnson has seemed to taking a liking to the energy Reggie Evans brings and the scoring punch of Andray Blatche leaving Humphries with limited minutes. Humphries is a player who needs heavy minutes to be a productive fantasy asset. This season Humphries is averaging only 7.3 PPG and 7.2 RPG with less than 1.0 APG, SPG, and BPG! The past week alone Humphries has only played 15 minutes per game and averaged 4.3 PPG and 3.3 RPG! I would first recommend trying to trade him because he has name value as a player, but unless you are a Kardashian he should not be wasting a roster spot on your team. Feel free to cut ties and insert a Kardashian/Humphries joke here_________________.
Metta World Peace- SF- Los Angeles Lakers- I really am mentioning Metta World Peace because he has the best/worst name in the league. Have the Lakers really been running isolation plays for World Peace? In his 2 previous years in LA he has averaged 8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, and 1 3PG. This year World Peace is averaging 13.3 PPG, 5.8 RPG, and 2 3PG. World Peace is the biggest beneficiary so far from the D’Antoni signing, but remember that Gasol and Nash are coming back soon. When they return World Peace’s usage rate will greatly decline. Metta averaged 17 PPG, 9.3 RPG, and 2 3PG in large part to a 19 point 16 rebound outbreak the other night. He was the 16th ranked player this past week in per game averages! I would try to push a trade for an Arron Afflalo, Jordan Crawford, or Dion Waiters while you can.
Andre Iguodala- SF- Denver Nuggets- Everyone was doing cart wheels when Iguodala got traded to Denver and how the trade boosted his fantasy value going from a slow tempo team to a up tempo team. Iguodala has not produced as well as many thought he would. Iggy is still trying to develop some chemistry with Lawson, Galo, and Faried. The chemistry will come and even though he has been considered a slight bust, he is still averaging 13 PPG, 5 RPG, 4 APG, and 1.2 SPG on the season. Iggy’s value will only increase and you have to love a guy who contributes in almost every category. I have a feeling the Nuggets are going to start clicking and play like the sleeper #1 team in the West that some experts predicted. The Nuggets have a lot of home games coming up and now would be a great time for them to start hitting their stride. Iggy will provide top 60 value the rest of the year, so try and snag him for a top 100 price!
As always thanks for reading and feel free to dish me a comment. You can always follow my rants at @acook313.