Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cold Streaks: February 13

Five players that have been struggling over the last couple of weeks. Stats listed below are from the last 15 days.

  1. Michael Beasley (13.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 36.2% FG%): Beasley has missed Minnesota's last three games after aggravating an ankle injury. The ankle had been bothering him for a while, which may explain his poor play over the last couple of weeks. We expect Beasley to bounce back once his ankle is fully healed. He should be back in action this week.
  2. D.J. Augustin (11 points, 1 three-pointer, 4.2 assists, 31.6% FG%): D.J. has really been struggling from the field over the last two weeks and fantasy owners should be a little concerned. It's gotten to the point where reserve Shaun Livingston is threatening his playing time. Last night, Augustin played just 18 minutes while Livingston played 30 minutes and dropped a season-high 22 points. Augustin is still the team's starting point guard and his owners shouldn't panic and drop him just yet. Owners in deep leagues should consider making Livingston a speculative add, though.
  3. Brandon Jennings (9.3 points, 1.3 steals, 32.7% FG%): While Jennings finds himself on this list for the second consecutive week, his numbers have vastly improved over the last four games. He's still struggling from the field, but it's clear he's starting to shake the rust and get back into form.
  4. Nick Young (17.7 points, 1.4 three-pointers, 38.1% FG%): Like Jennings, Young finds himself on this list for another week. Being such a streaky shooter, he may find himself here very often as he's prone to bad shooting performances. Nick will get his points nearly every night, but he may kill your FG% in the process. If you are going to keep him on your roster, make sure you have a few high-percentage shooters on your squad to balance out Young's poor shooting.
  5. Jamal Crawford (11.5 points, 1.2 three-pointers, 4 assists, 1.2 steals, 36.2% FG%): Crawford is another streaky shooter whose shots aren't falling. His overall play has been solid, but he needs to find his shooting touch or he'll destroy a fantasy team's field goal percentage. As with Young, you'll need players with high field goal percentages around him if you plan to hold onto Crawford.

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