Hard to gauge Love's keeper value
I bring this up because it's important to consider Love's value as a keeper candidate heading into next season. Frankly, it's a little concerning that Love has been stuck coming off the bench most of this season, even though he has played a decent amount of minutes and has continued rebounding and scoring at an impressive rate. The fact that the Timberwolves haven't come up with a satisfying way of playing Love and Jefferson together in the starting lineup is a hindrance to Love's overall fantasy value.
This is not a situation that has any obvious reason to change next season, and even though Love managed to be a top-60 player based on per-game stats, you have to wonder how valuable a big man who doesn't block shots and shoots 45 percent from the floor can be. Basically, one of two things need to happen: Either he needs to start picking up assists at an even more impressive rate, or he needs to start making a ton of 3-pointers. Both of these things are possible, but until Love shows that he can put up these stats on a consistent basis, the points and rebounds might not be enough to make him worthy of being a high-round keeper possibility.
Stephen Curry, Warriors: 27 points, 8 rebounds, 14 assists, 7 steals against the Timberwolves.|
Kevin Durant, Thunder: 33 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks versus the Nuggets.
Danny Granger, Pacers: 33 points, 5 3-pointers, 7 rebounds, 5 assists against the Knicks.
Manu Ginobili, Spurs: 10 points (5-14 FG), 3 rebounds, 4 assists versus the Suns.|
Brook Lopez, Nets: 5 points (1-6 FG), 4 rebounds, 7 assists against the Bucks.
Gerald Wallace, Bobcats: 8 points (2-6 FG), 6 rebounds versus the Hornets.
Last time the Los Angeles Clippers faced the Sacramento Kings, Eric Gordon had a great game, finishing with 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting from the floor. I've been waiting all season for Gordon to get going, but he's a good bet to at least put up some numbers for you against the Kings again this time around. In that same game, Carl Landry went wild for the Kings, but I'm looking forward to seeing how he fares against Marcus Camby. Obviously, Landry's good enough to warrant a spot in your lineup, but Camby is the sort of defender who should be able to give a guy like Landry major problems. So far this season, J.R. Smith is averaging 18.0 points in just 27.3 minutes per game in three contests against the Los Angeles Lakers; basically, if he's on your fantasy team, this is a good night to get him into your lineup.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.