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Stew: Sir-Meeks-A-Lot

Thursday, March 17, 2011


We'll get to the recent three-point barrage of Jodie Meeks in a minute, but first, a brief vent:

I generally try not to let fantasy basketball affect my mood, but there's no denying the fact that Chris Paul is currently ruining my week. Matched up against him in the playoffs in both of my main leagues – both of which saw him traded to my opponent in somewhat questionable deals just prior to the deadline – I've had to watch him drop 26.5 ppg, 9.5 apg and 5.0 spg in his first two games this week, pushing his absurd recent run to 28.7 ppg, 11.3 apg and 5.0 spg in his last three. Not fun times – unless of course you had the wisdom to not panic, or managed to heist him from a somewhat desperate owner while he was injured.

Moving on to a less volatile topic before I break something else in the direct vicinity of my desk…

TRENDSPOTTING

Three on the Rise:

Jordan Crawford: As of Thursday it was unclear exactly when Nick Young (knee) would be back, but in the meantime, Crawford's production for the horrendously awful Wizards has vaulted the rookie into must-add territory: 19.3 ppg, 3.5 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.0 threes in his last four games. And when you consider that three of those four games took place with Young in the lineup, there's a distinct possibility that Crawford sees extensive run the rest of the way (he played all 48 minutes of a 19-point loss to the Bulls on Tuesday).

Jodie Meeks: Hitting double figures in each of his last 10 games, the Sixers' starting SG has averaged 14.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.4 spg and 2.9 threes on 50.5 percent shooting, including a 22-6-3 line with five threes on Wednesday night. He may already be gone in your league, but the fact that Meeks is owned in 26 percent of Yahoo leagues makes it at least worth the 15 seconds it will take you to check.

Leandro Barbosa: He seems to occupy an almost weekly spot in the rising/plummeting sections of this column, but Barbosa's latest trend slants decisively in a positive direction. His last five games: 18.2 ppg, 1.2 spg and 1.8 threes, and the Raptors have four games next week, including a matchup against Barbosa's former team, the Suns.

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Three on the Plummet:

Carlos Delfino: He'll probably heat up again at some point, but there's too much at stake right now for fantasy owners to rely on Delfino when he's this cold. In his last eight games, he's averaging just 7.3 ppg (with 2.0 spg and 1.1 threes) on 34.4 percent from the field.

Tyrus Thomas: Not exactly the triumphant return from knee surgery that many fantasy owners were hoping for. In three games since his return, Tyrus has posted just 4.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 2.0 bpg. It seems inevitable that he'll break out a huge game when we're least expecting it (after all, that's what Tyrus Thomas does), but for the moment it's evident that Gerald Wallace leaving town isn't enough to propel Thomas toward consistency.

Jeff Teague: I'm not ready to completely give up on him, but with averages of 5.0 ppg and 4.0 apg in his last two, his monstrous 24-point game against Portland is looking more and more like a fluke.

THREE RANDOM BUT HOPEFULLY USEFUL OBSERVATIONS

1. Re: Roddy Beaubois – yes, I've noticed. After recording season-highs with 18 points, four steals and 37 minutes against the Warriors on Wednesday, Beaubois is now at 17.0 ppg, 4.0 apg, 2.5 spg and 2.5 threes in his last two games. Furthermore, he's now averaging a respectable 11.3 ppg, 2.4 apg, 0.9 spg and 1.3 threes this month despite playing just 19 minutes per game. I'm far from convinced that Rick Carlisle is ready to consistently turn him loose, but I do think Beaubois is worth a close look given the potential for points, threes and steals. And I'm especially intrigued by the possibilities in a rematch with the generous Warriors defense on Sunday.

2. Latest thoughts on DeAndre Jordan: Despite being brutal from the line (12-for-29 in his last five games) and somewhat inconsistent, Jordan's overall value this month has been surprisingly strong given the presence of Chris Kaman: 10.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 0.8 spg and 1.5 bpg. The free throws are undoubtedly a problem, but if you can stomach that awful stat (or better yet, if you already have some bad FT shooters sinking you in that department), there should be room for Jordan on your team.

3. About that JaVale McGee triple-double… It was both amusing and slightly sad watching McGee desperately try to get the last hoop of that 11-12-12 points-rebounds-blocks triple-double on Tuesday, but that does not change what is becoming a recurring trend: McGee likes to close the season in large statistical fashion. Last year, he posted 13.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 2.9 bpg in April, and he appears to be getting his finale started earlier this season, posting 12.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 4.0 bpg through his first six games of March.

THREE QUICK-HITTING STATEMENTS OF FACT AND/OR OPINION

1) I didn't mention him at the top of the column because we all should know about it by now, but it bears mentioning here: After his 40-point game on Wednesday, C.J. Miles is now averaging 19.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg and 1.9 threes in eight games this month.

2) Slightly deeper league alert: Entering a matchup with the Grizzlies on Thursday night, Shawne Williams had posted 12.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 bpg and 2.3 threes in his last three games.

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3) Considerably deeper league alert: Luke Harangody had 15 points, eight rebounds, a steal and two blocks in 25 minutes of a close game on Wednesday. I'm not expecting anything even the slightest bit magical in the long run, but watching his stat line on Thursday for something resembling a repeat would not be a bad idea.


Matt Stroup covers basketball, baseball and football for Rotoworld.com. You can find him on Twitter here .
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