Davis, Shumpert picking up slack

April, 2, 2012

About a month after Ricky Rubio's storybook rookie season came to an end, the other point guard who blew away expectations, Jeremy Lin, was lost for six weeks with a meniscus tear in his left knee. This is a blow to fantasy owners who were dependent upon his 14.6 points, 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game, and if Baron Davis (17.9 percent owned) or Iman Shumpert (36.9 percent owned) are available in your league, both are legitimate fantasy options going forward. Davis is the starter at the point, and will primarily have value in assists, with some 3-pointers and steals thrown in, as evidenced by the 4.8 assists, 1.0 3s and 1.0 steals per game he's averaging in his past five contests. Shumpert won't distribute nearly as much, but will see a big spike in points, 3s and steals and is already putting up sick numbers of late, with 15.4 points, 2.4 3s and 2.4 steals over his past five. If you primarily need assists, especially if you're replacing the six-plus assists Lin provided on a nightly basis, Davis is a good option, but for overall fantasy value and heavy production in 3s and steals, Shumpert is the ideal add. Both are worth rostering in all formats, and are widely available, so add Davis and Shumpert liberally based upon the needs of your team.

Looking back

Brandon Bass scored 16 points with 10 rebounds in 35 minutes of action, his seventh consecutive game scoring in double digits. He's become one of the better options in the league for efficient scoring that helps in both percentage categories, as he's averaging 12.3 points while shooting 47.4 percent from the floor and 83.5 percent from the stripe. He's especially helpful as a big man who nails his free throws, and in March shot 92.7 percent from the line on 2.4 attempts per game. He's owned in 69.5 percent of leagues, so if you need any help in free throw percentage, check Bass' ownership. He's one of the most productive big men in the league from the stripe, both in terms of frequency and efficiency, ranking third among power forwards behind Dirk Nowitzki and Andrea Bargnani on the Player Rater over the past 30 days in free throws.

Jameer Nelson dropped a season-high 27 points with five assists, two 3s and a steal Sunday night, also marking the first time all season he's scored in double digits in five consecutive contests. He's had a terrible overall season, but is coming on strong of late, and undoubtedly playing his best ball of the season, with averages of 19.2 points, 5.4 assists and 2.2 3s over his past five contests. Nelson was widely dropped during his early-season struggles, and is still available in 11.2 percent of leagues, so if by some chance he's remained on the wire during his hot surge, be sure to add him as he has finally rounded into form.

Marcus Camby scored 10 points with nine rebounds, four blocks and four steals Sunday, most importantly playing 37 minutes against the Pacers. He played 36 minutes Friday, snaring 16 boards with six blocks and two steals, and seems to have found a place for himself in Houston and is producing like mad. Any time Camby is getting these types of minutes he's worth starting in any fantasy format, so jump on him while he's hot, as he has the tools to be one of the league's best contributors in boards and blocks as long as he's getting the run.

Looking ahead

Dwight Howard unexpectedly sat out Sunday's game with back spasms. It seemed to be a precautionary measure, although there's no word as to what his status is going forward. Glen Davis filled in admirably in his absence, scoring 18 points with 16 rebounds in 37 minutes of action. Monitor this situation closely, as Davis warrants a short-term add if Howard is set to miss any considerable amount of time. … Wilson Chandler sat out Sunday's game with a strained groin, and is considered day-to-day going forward. With he and Danilo Gallinari out, Corey Brewer and Al Harrington are forced to pick up the slack, and should be upgraded if Chandler's forced to miss more time. … Andrew Bynum sprained his ankle in Sunday's game, playing just eight minutes, but has declared that it's fine and he's going to play against the Nets on Tuesday. Don't be surprised if he's limited, although a limited Bynum is still worth starting in all formats after he averaged 22.2 points, 10.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in March. Keep him in your lineup unless news comes out that he'll sit.



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