FANTASY BASKETBALL: Run 'Em & Rest 'Em - Week 17

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By Kevin Roberts, Contributing Editor

The 17th week in fantasy basketball has us entering the unknown. The Cleveland Cavaliers finally ended their ridiculous losing streak. The Washington Wizards finally ended their horrible road losing streak. And now we have a seemingly uninspired week of one- and two-game appearances from NBA teams. We’re getting closer and closer to the All-Star Break and NBA trade deadline, which means the mid-season report card on your fantasy team is due. If you’re struggling, hopefully this week’s “Run ‘Em &  and Rest ‘Em” piece will help you with the week’s lineup.

Run’ Em

Baron Davis, PG, Los Angeles Clippers

Davis, a fantasy asset? Yeah, right. I know, it sounds crazy, as Davis is barely averaging over 13 points on the season, but with over 21 points per game over the past week, he seems to be breaking out of his offensive shell. Davis has topped 20 points in scoring four times in his last six games, and has been a fairly reliable source of assists and steals throughout the season. Believe it or not, he’s been solid, and should continue this run with a solid two games on the schedule this week.

Louis Williams, G, Philadelphia 76ers

Williams isn’t the most consistent fantasy threat, but he can score in bunches, even when he’s not getting great minutes on the floor. He’ll drop the random stinker on you in any given week, but has the ability to score 20+ points in any game. Williams plays two games this week (ties for the league lead), and has three 20+ point games in his last seven. With assist and steal help, Williams could be a solid play at guard this week.

Shawn Marion, F, Dallas Mavericks

Marion dropped off a bit after exiting the starting lineup upon Dirk Nowitzki’s return, but has really put himself back together since a 4-5 game lapse. Marion isn’t the double-double machine he was a few years ago, but he’s still a high energy role player who can get you points, rebounds, blocks and steals in fantasy basketball. With nine of his last 11 games in double figures in scoring, Marion has earned the right to get in your lineup. The two games on the week don’t hurt, either.

DeJuan Blair, F/C, San Antonio Spurs

Blair has been making waves with some serious contributions for the Spurs lately. He’s pulled down at least 10 rebounds in five straight contests, while scoring at least 13 points in four of those five games. Blair is turning into a pretty reliable fantasy asset, and has two games this week. Give him a go.

Roy Hibbert, C, Indiana Pacers

Hibbert has been enjoying life in Indiana since the firing of former head coach Jim O’Brien, as the big man has put up over 10 points in seven of his last eight games. Hibbert looks more comfortable and confident, and while he had an off game two games ago against the Timberwolves, he has really brought his game in all areas since O’Brien got canned. Hibbert can get you points, blocks and rebounds, so keep plugging him in your lineup.


Jameer Nelson, PG, Orlando Magic

Nelson can really stroke the three ball when he’s on, but if you own him, you’re probably well aware that he’s quite the streaky shooter. Nelson hasn’t really been a dominant offensive presence on the season, but lately has proven to be even more inconsistent than usual to trust. Nelson has topped 12 points in scoring just once in his last six games, and has scored over 17 points in a game just once in his last 28 games. That’s not a misprint. Nelson just isn’t the fantasy performer many thought he’d be.

Vince Carter, G/F, Phoenix Suns

Vinsanity finds his way onto our start/sit column for the second time, as his streaky play has simply gotten annoying. He only plays one game this week, which already limits his value, but its his horrible inconsistency that really curbs his fantasy potential. Since dropping 33 points on the Thunder five games ago, Carter hasn’t been able to top 10 points. We’re sure he’ll find his way to another 20+ point outing sometime soon, but we’re not willing to bank on it being in his lone game of the week.

Paul Pierce, G/F, Boston Celtics

Pierce has one of the smoothest and reliable jumpers in the game. However, it wasn’t on hand against the Miami Heat on Sunday night, as Pierce went 0-10 and scored just one point. It’s entirely possibly he bounces back this week, but with just one game, we wouldn’t put too much stock in it.

Hedo Turkoglu, F, Orlando Magic

Turkoglu hasn’t exactly been a fantasy stud the past few seasons, but its become common knowledge that he’s played better since re-joining the Magic. However, he’s in a pretty rough stretch, in which he has topped 10 points in scoring just twice in his last six games. To make it even worse, Turk hasn’t topped 20 points in a game  in 13 contests. He can help you in a lot of ways, but with just one game this week, leave the cold-shooting Turkoglu on your bench.

Al Harrington, F/C, Denver Nuggets

Once a solid, consistent scoring threat, Harrington has really fallen apart recently, scoring over 10 points in just one of his last nine contests. He’s rebounding at a solid level, but Harrington has just one block during that stretch and is shooting poor percentages. Let him take a week off on your bench and see if he can’t start turning things around.

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