Week eleven is here, and this is a big week for fantasy teams that eye the playoffs. We will help you reach the playoffs here in our weekly start and sit article, so look no further.
Marcus Thornton, SG, Sacramento Kings
Tyrkeke Evans hasn’t been the same dynamic scorer he was before the all-star break, but Thornton notched his game up in week ten, averaging 21 points and 1.2 steals. Scorers like Thornton can been very streaky when the ball consistently swishes through the net, and Thornton is in one of those grooves. The Pistons and Timberwolves both rank in the bottom 20 in defending shooting guards, and the Timberwolves are without Rubio, making their backcourt that much vulnerable.
Demar Derozan, SF, Toronto Raptors
I suggested that you start the Raptors young small forward last week and he was nothing short of fantastic, averaging 21.4 points. 20-point games have been Derozan’s style ever since the beginning of the second half, only scoring below 20 points three times. Cleveland and Charlotte rank 24th and 28th in small forward deficiency rankings, setting the table for another monster scoring week from Derozan.
Paul George, SG, Indiana Pacers
George averaged just 15.4 points in week ten, but what really alarms me is that he averaged 3.4 steals. At the age of 21, George’s fantasy numbers will continue to be on the rise, and we are just beginning to get a taste of his full fantasy potential. An average of 3.4 steals isn’t too shabby and these numbers should continue to be the norm for George, as the Pacers face the turnover fevered Knicks twice in week ten. The Knicks give up about two steals per game to shooting guards, and George should capitalize on the Knicks miscues.
Rodney Stuckey, PG/SG, Detroit Pistons
Stuckey had a spectacular week ten. He led the Pistons to a 4-1 record, something they sure aren’t used to. Stuckey’s success wasn’t just in week ten, though. Since the beginning of the second half of this shortened season, Stuckey is averaging nearly 22 points. That number ranks among the league’s best shooting guards since the beginning of the second half of the season. The Jazz, Suns, and Kings are all in the bottom twelve in giving up points to shooting guards. The table is set for Stuckey to continue this torrid streak.
Ersan Ilyasova, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks
Ilysaova has been spectacular ever since the Bucks lost Andrew Bogut for the season. He averaged 23.6 points and ten rebounds in week ten, probably his best week this season. This week included two 30+ point games, and three 10+ rebounding games. Ilyasova has three very favorable matchups in week eleven. The Bucks face the Nets, Warriors, and Cavaliers; all who struggle to defend the interior. Continue to ride Ersan until he cools off.
Al Harrington, PF, Denver Nuggets
Harrington shot below 30 percent from beyond the arc in week ten, and as Danillo Gallinari progresses towards 100 percent, Harrington’s numbers could take a hit. His three point struggles shouldn’t make any drastic turnarounds in week eleven, as all his opponents defend the three point line relatively well. With a mere three games, we have to expect less production from Harrington.
Ryan Anderson, PF, Orlando Magic
Anderson has had a tough second half of the season to say the least. He has only recorded 20+ points once since the all-star break, and is also shooting below 40% from beyond the arc during this brutal stretch. As the trade deadline looms, much of the attention will be directed towards Dwight Howard, and maybe Anderson can turn his struggles around. The Magic face their Eastern conference foes, the Heat twice in week 11, making Anderson that much more obvious to sit down.
Carlos Boozer, PF, Chicago Bulls
Boozer recorded back to back 25+ point games in week ten, but he doesn’t do this enough. You would think that with Luol Deng struggling Boozer would step up and put up 20+ points more often, but that hasn’t been the case. The Bulls have four quality defensive teams rolling into the United Center this week, and unfortunately for Boozer, all four teams defend power forwards well.
Louis Williams, PG/SG, Philadelphia 76ers
Williams lit up the Garden on Sunday morning, but the 76ers only have three games in week eleven. Even though Williams is averaging nearly 20 points over the past week, he should regress in week eleven against the Heat, Bulls, and Pacers, all who are top five in the Eastern conference. Those three teams are also top 15 in giving up points to shooting guards. Williams will have his hands full in week eleven with the Eastern conference’s best.
Jeremy Lin, PG, New York Knicks
Linsanity has cooled off over the past couple of weeks, but Lin is still adjusting to the NBA game. His turnover numbers are alarming, and if the assists aren’t there, then he isn’t a valuable fantasy play. Along with Lin’s struggles, the Knicks have lost four consecutive games, and it doesn’t get any easier for Lin or the Knicks in week eleven. The Knicks will travel to the windy city to start the week against the Bulls, then they will come home and play Portland, and Indiana twice. The Bulls are the best defensive team in terms of guarding point guards, and they might attack Lin much like Miami did before the break.
Jose Calderon, PG, Toronto Raptors
Calderon is dealing with an ankle sprain. The Raptors aren’t worried, but the trade deadline is on the horizon, and Calderon could be shipped out of Canada before the deadline. The Raptors might play Calderon just one game before Thursday to just show teams that he is healthy, and then sit him down with some fake injury so he doesn’t aggravate his ankle. A trade out of Toronto could either destroy all of his value or will transform him into one of the best fantasy point guards. That all depends on what team he goes too, that is if he gets traded.