Saturday, March 12, 2011

Hot Streaks: March 12

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

  1. James Harden (17.8 points, 1.5 three-pointers, 1.5 steals, 50% FG%, 94.1% FT%): Since Jeff Green left Oklahoma City, James Harden has played some of his best ball as a pro. He's the Thunder's third option on offensive, he's counted on to play heavy minutes, and he's made a case that he should be owned in all formats. Harden should continue being a great source of points, three-pointers, steals, and free throw percentage for the rest of the season.
  2. Randy Foye (16.5 points, 2.3 three-pointers, 5.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 97.1% FT%): Foye has been surprisingly good while Eric Gordon has been out with a wrist injury. Foye has been asked to play over 35 minutes a game over the last two weeks and is a must own while Gordon is sidelined. Eric is expected to be reevaluated in the next week, but it's no guarantee he'll come back any time soon. Add Foye now and hold onto him until Gordon steps back on the court.
  3. Francisco Garcia (13 points, 2 three-pointers, 1.8 steals, 53.3% FG%, 92.3% FT%): Garcia recently returned to action after missing over a month with a calf injury and he's been a pleasant surprise. He's still working himself into game shape and his minutes have been limited, but he's stepped into the starting line up and become a solid source of points, three-pointers, steals, and percentages. He's one of the most widely available players on this list and should be added in all formats. As his minutes continue rising into the 30+ range, Garcia's stats should rise as well.
  4. Jodie Meeks (12.8 points, 2.3 three-pointers, 1.6 steals, 96% FT%): After a long stretch of inconsistent play, Meeks has stepped his game up in the last couple of weeks. He continues to be factor in the scoring and three-pointer departments, but he's also starting to rack up some steals as well. He should be owned in all deep formats and he's worth considering in standard formats while he's playing nearly 33 minutes a contest.
  5. Jarrett Jack (16.6 points, 1.1 steals, 51.6% FG%, 91.2% FT%): Jack had been stuck in fantasy irrelevance for much of the season since being acquired by the Hornets, but he's become a reliable scoring option of late. Over the last four weeks, Jack has scored in single digits just once. When Chris Paul is around, though, Jack just isn't a reliable option as he's can't be counted on to contribute in other categories consistently. Paul is expected to return within the next couple of games, so Jack owners who recently picked him up may have to send him back to the waiver wire. We feel he is still only worth owning in deep formats.

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