Fantasy Recap: Week 3

Posted on 16. Nov, 2009 by David Bellenghi in NBA Fantasy

Last week I made Brandon Jennings my sleeper. After dropping 52 the other night, everyone is awake. If you drafted Brandon or picked him up on the waiver wire, good on you. Below I’ve got my week 3 Fantasy Monsters and Busts. I’ve also provided another sleeper prediction.

Fantasy Monster

Joakim Noah
We all saw the bit the other day about the Chicago Tribune guy eating his words over Noah. Three years ago, when Noah was drafted, the Chicago beat writer posited that Noah would never be a productive NBA player. If he did become productive one day, the columnist would eat the very article he wrote. This week Noah was grinning ear to ear as he watched his nay-sayer eat the article, dipped in salsa. This after Noah has averaged 11.5 points, 12.3 boards, 2.4 assists, and 2.3 blocks. That’s enough to have fantasy owners licking their chops. Or newspaper articles dipped in salsa…..

Andrea Bargnani
You’re probably thinking Bargnani was supposed to be good. You’re right. He was. Andrea is currently the 11th ranked player in 9-cat leagues. That’s not the kind of good we were expecting. He’s providing 2.3 treys a game, and 19.6 points, all while still shooting at .500. Incredible, especially when he pairs it with 6.4 boards, an assist and a block a game. I don’t care where you drafted him, it was a bargain. I say that because nobody with any knowledge drafted him in the first round. But that’s exactly where he sits right now.

Fantasy Bust

Pau Gasol
The man hasn’t suited up yet this year but I have to mention him on this list. While owners are hoping he will be back soon, the fact that he hasn’t played a minute warrants ‘bust’ consideration. This week coach Phil Jackson said it is entirely possible that Gasol won’t play till Christmas. Phil later retracted that statement the very next day as a “joke”. Hilarious Phil.

Elton Brand
I realize I posted him as a bust last week. But he’s been even worse this week, and has been left out of fourth quarter crunch time. From bad to worse.

Dwight Howard
I’m picking on the big men this week. I love Dwight. He has brought me fantasy glory each and every year I have owned him. However, this year I drafted Howard late in the first round of a deep league, and I am paying dearly for it. I will not accept 102nd overall production from a healthy player that I drafted in the first round. He’s always been a drain in ft%, but that’s bearable when he rebounds and blocks shots the way he does. Howard has lead the league in both of these categories the past two seasons, but this year he’s had a slow start. 18 points per game, 10.6 boards, and 1.4 blocks a game aren’t going to cut it. Not very superman-like at all. He’ll turn it around soon enough. He’s too big, too athletic, and too damned good not to.

Sleeper of the week

Earl Watson
Earl Watson appears to be a great sleeper at the moment. While there has been a time share with starter TJ Ford up to this point, Watson looks like the better play moving forward. Earlier this week against the Golden State Warriors, Ford went down early in the first quarter with back spasms. Watson seized the day and caught the eye of coach O’brien. Earl posted a line of 16 points, and went 3 of 3 from beyond the arc. He added 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals in 35 minutes. That’s good production from a likely un-owned player in your league. Keep an eye on the health of TJ Ford going forward. If anything happens to keep him out of the lineup, Watson becomes a great temporary play. And as things go, he may wind up starting over TJ Ford before the season is over.

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One Response to “Fantasy Recap: Week 3”

  1. anthony s

    17. Nov, 2009

    no need to worry about dwight. he will fare much better than 102nd overall by seasons end. He will be top 20 for sure.

    as for noah. not sold on the guy one bit.

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