Monday, March 13, 2006

Stretch Run Fantasy Pick-ups: Atlantic

The C's expect big things from Baby Al

If a manager in your league was foolish enough to drop the injury-plagued PF Al Jefferson or C Kendrick Perkins, now is your chance to capitalize. Boston has been playing very well of late and everyone on the team down to the guy who massages Paul Pierce’s groin believes they can sneak into the Playoff race. That said, this goal has no chance to come to fruition without stellar play from their two young bigs. In assuming that F Ryan Gomes has already been snatched up in your league (go get him now if he hasn’t), your best alternative has to be Jeff or Perk.

New Jersey
I wouldn’t trust anyone on this team aside from Kidd, Carter, Jefferson and Krstic. Lawrence Frank is simply too unpredictable to take a chance on anyone else. Plus, who the hell wants Uncle Cliffy or Zoran Planinic?

New York
With this squad, you’re really facing a week-to-week analysis. For instance, F Malik Rose averaged 31+ minutes, 12.3 PPG, and 10.3 RPG in the three games leading up to NY’s contest with Charlotte on Saturday. But of course, against the 'Cats Rose got in early foul trouble and ended up with just 2 points in 9 minutes. Remember, anytime a coach is warranting playing time to as many as 12 guys per night, no pick-up is really a sure thing. Thus, besides Malik, keep an eye on G/F Jalen Rose, F David Lee, and G Jamal Crawford.

With Allen Iverson bowing out with an ankle injury on Sunday, G/F John Salmons became the chief beneficiary with 32 minutes off the bench. AI was scheduled for an MRI on Monday, but while the results are still pending it may be wise to take a gamble on Salmons. With Iverson nursing an ankle injury in late-January, JS stepped in to average 18.0 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 5.7 APG, and 2.0 SPG over a three-game span. Anything close to these numbers should provide a nice boost to your team during this crucial stretch.

Having trouble finding a legit center right now? Join the freakin’ club. One guy out there that you may not be considering is F/C Matt Bonner. Yes he has red hair, no he doesn’t resemble anything close to a pro basketball player, but the guy tends to turn in some rather decent performances. If there are better options out there (Mourning, Dampier, Perkins, Foster, etc.) then don’t bother with Bonner. But if you’re desperate, he might just end up surprising you and the rest of your league.


At 5:06 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Someone inquired as to how I was doing in my fantasy leagues this year. Well not to boast, but I'm currently 1st in both leagues, one public, one private. If you want any advice, just ask it here.

At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I think I found a new hero.

At 4:28 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Just answering a question dick

At 8:38 AM, Blogger larry bird said...

Anth, who do you have on your fantasy teams?


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