Saturday, March 5, 2011

Hot Streaks: March 5

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

  1. Marcus Thornton (21 points, 2 three-pointers, 1.8 steals, 51.7% FG%): Thornton has been scorching since joining the Kings. He's a great source of points, threes, and steals and he shows no signs that he's about to slow down. He'll continue to play big minutes for the next couple of weeks while Tyreke Evans is sidelined. He's a must own in all formats.
  2. Nicolas Batum (15.6 points, 2.6 three-pointers, 1.2 steals, 81.3% FT%): It was feared that Brandon Roy's return combined with the acquisition of Gerald Wallace would severely hurt Batum's fantasy value, but that hasn't been the case. Batum continues to start and he's averaging nearly 40 minutes a game over the last two weeks. He's deserving of a roster spot in all formats for as long as continues to log big minutes.
  3. James Harden (17 points, 1.8 three-pointers, 1 steal, 95.5% FT%): Harden has benefited greatly from the trade that sent Jeff Green to the Celtics. His stats are up across the board as he's flourishing as the Thunder's third scoring option behind All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Recent news that Nate Robinson will likely miss the rest of the regular season only gives us more confidence that Harden will continue playing big minutes for Oklahoma City down the stretch. Harden has hung in the top 100 of our player ratings all season and we expect to see him rise up the rankings.
  4. Matt Bonner (11 points, 3 three-pointers, 64.9% FG%): Bonner is absolutely on fire from downtown following the 6 three-pointers he hit on the Miami Heat Friday night. He doesn't do much else besides hitting threes, though, so he's only worth consideration in deep leagues as a long ball specialist.
  5. Anthony Parker (10.6 points, 1.4 three-pointers, 1.4 steals, 100% FT%): Parker is the only hold over from last week and remains a strong play for rest of the season despite a couple of poor games recently. The Cavaliers are so depleted by injuries that Parker is guaranteed to log heavy minutes. Teams in need of three-pointers, steals, and free throw percentage should add him without hesitation.

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