As we head into Week 6 of the fantasy basketball season, I took the liberty of looking up the word fantasy. It is defined as a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. It also states that many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common.
As I languish in last place in the Damn Lies league, I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that this season has been far from a fantasy. And with my newfound definition of the term, I am now on the hunt for a magician to turn my season around. With that said, ladies and gentlemen, to offer this week’s selections, allow me introduce the amazing Melodini. This is the only man, in the history of American basketball, who has singlehandedly shattered the hopes and dreams of an entire city, and will get none of the blame. Truly amazing.
Michael Beasley, SF, Minnesota – Beasley finally returned to the court after missing a few weeks with a mid-foot strain, and he finds himself in a reserve role for the T’Wolves. This may not be the worst thing in the world for him as he should play close to 30 minutes and still be permitted to launch shots at will. As long as he isn’t desecrating the Target Center, he should be in there during crunch time. As Melodini always says: “shoot first and ask questions later.”
Jared Dudley, SG, Phoenix –For my next trick, I will mesmerize the already woozy Alvin Gentry into playing Dudley 30+ minutes a night. This is clearly Phoenix’s best option at shooting guard, something he proved during a 42-minute 20-point, 6-rebound, 4-assist, 3-steal effort Saturday night. Run him out there during his upcoming four-game week.
Drew Gooden, PF, Milwaukee – For several years, Melodini has considered Gooden one of the most under-appreciated players in the league. “How can you not love a guy who busts his butt game-in and game-out”, he says, “and let’s Stephen Jackson and Brandon Jennings take all the shots?” Despite the world-class chuckers in the backcourt, Gooden will do enough to justify a weekly start.
Rodney Stuckey, SG, Detroit – With a five-game week on the horizon and Ben Gordon still nursing a shoulder injury, it’s time to get Stuckey back in your lineups. His putrid steals average (0.5) should soon be on the rise and he is knocking down a career-best 0.8 threes per game on 2.1 attempts.
Antawn Jamison, PF, Cleveland – The venerable Jamison has seen his minutes dwindle to barely 30 per game lately, while witnessing the emergence of Rookie of the Year frontrunner Kyrie Irving. The Cavs are playing much better ball with Jamison dry heaving a lot less than he’s used to and Byron Scott has taken notice. In a three-game week, he’s not worth the effort.
Jameer Nelson, PG, Orlando –Melodini finds it unconscionable that a man of Nelson’s talent takes so few shots. And now we can throw a concussion into the mix to truly seal the fact that he needs to sit in the Magic’s upcoming four-game week. If you’re desperate for assists, look to Chris Duhon. The operative word is desperate.
Lamar Odom, PF, Dallas – Even with Dirk Nowitzki out all but one game this past week, Odom could do nothing to convince his owners that he is capable of out-producing Eric Fernsten. His career is beginning to take that slow swirl down the turlet and it’s just about time to cut bait.
Jeff Teague, PG, Atlanta – For the most part, Teague has performed well in a starting role as point guard in Atlanta. For this week, however, be mindful that the Hawks only have three games, Kirk Hinrich‘s return has cut into his minutes, and that Teague has been way too hot. Young point guards are typically inconsistent from the floor and Teague is shooting and astounding 62 percent (31-50) over his last five games. He will come back to Earth this week.
Pick ’em up:
Jerryd Bayless, SG, Toronto – The combination of a Leandro Barbosa injury and an embarrassing product have the now seemingly healthy Bayless back at the forefront in the Raptor offense. While many have thought that he would unseat Jose Calderon as starting point guard, head coach Dwayne Casey has moved him to shooting guard where he played 34 minutes and performed well (17-6-3) in a Toronto win Sunday night. Melodini thinks this should all buy him at least a week’s worth of starts.
Roddy Beaubois, PG, Dallas – While Jason Kidd is nursing his calf injury, Beaubois, who is readily available in many leagues, is a nice play. The kid can flat out score, and in the last three games, we’re finding out he can block some shots as he has a preposterous 10 swats over this period. This is a Melodini kind of player.
Boris Diaw, PF, Charlotte – Many living in the Charlotte area would rather listen to Korki Butchiek music than watch the Bobcats play. This is the NBA’s worst team and I think Paul Silas has resigned himself to the fact that he needs Diaw to play 30+ minutes if they are to have any chance of not being humiliated each time out. Diaw returned to the starting lineup on Saturday, posting 21 points and 10 boards in 41 minutes.
C.J. Miles, SG, Utah – Miles has been a huge disappointment this year, but through no fault of his own. Head coach Ty Corbin has inexplicably had him playing behind Raja Bell and Josh Howard most of the season. He has since realized that Howard can’t stay healthy and that Bell was ready for the glue factory three years ago. Melodini likes his chucker instincts and thinks it would be wise to pull the trigger.