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Friday March 14, 2008 10:27 pm

Beyond the Arc: Week 21

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Alright, so this is the last week of most league’s regular seasons.  Hopefully you’ve locked yourself up a few top seeds or have at least clinched your spot in the playoffs.  If not, well here’s to hoping you do so very soon.  This may be the time to start streaming, so keep your head in the game this week if you need a big win.  Streaming can save playoff lives.

But without further adieu, here is the schedule for next week (3/17-3/23):

The Fig Cap: You still suck Tony.

Four games: Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards
Three games: Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Hornets, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trailblazers, Sacramento Kings, Seattle Supersonics, Utah Jazz
Four games: Milwaukee Bucks

Hot

He stayed red hot, so I’m not snubbing him from the list this week.  Chris Paul, despite having his onions stomped by Bruce Bowen, is averaging 27.6 ppg and 14 apg in his last five.  He’s also shooting 59%.  Something’s telling me he goes in the top five in drafts next year.  Just a hunch though.

We’ll stick to the point guard theme and talk a little Baron Davis.  B-Diddy has actually stayed healthy and had a fantastic year.  In his last 5, he’s gone for almost 28 and 8 and with all the threes he has been shooting, belongs right up there with CP3.  Now just hope he can stay healthy for about 4-5 more weeks…

Ever since Charlie Villanueva got the starting nod up in Milwaukee, he’s gone nuts.  He’s been in double-double territory recently, near the 25-10 mark.  Hopefully you grabbed him way back when, because chances are he’s no longer floating around out there.

His teammate, the Aussie Andrew Bogut has been on his own little tear.  In his last 5, he’s averaged 9.8 rpg, 4.4 apg, and 2.4 bpg.  Remember where this guy was going in most drafts?  Keep him in your weekly lineups, he has no reason to slow down.

Ever since he was traded to Chicago, Drew Gooden has been on a mission.  His numbers are up across the board and he’s had 1.3 bpg in his 10 games there.  That’s over double his average in Cleveland.  He’s another guy you might have stowed away on weekly benches and forgotten about.  Make sure you don’t this week.

Surprise of the week: Shaquille O’Neal.  Phoenix looks like they might be poised to go on a big run, and Shaq’s there for it all.  He’s been in the double-double range recently, and that shouldn’t stop.  He’s worth a look if he’s available.

Cold

I understand these aren’t bad numbers, but they aren’t typical either for Jason Kidd.  In his last five, he’s only averaged 8.6 ppg and 5 rpg.  Those aren’t very good, even with the 9 apg.  Keep an eye on this and if you have a better option with more games played any time in the next few weeks, maybe think about benching him.

Michael Redd should be benched.  He’s only averaged 22.2 ppg in his last five with low board and dime totals.  Only one three made per too?  Since Milwaukee only has two games this week, he’s a definite bench.

Uh-oh.  Our surprise PG story of the year is fading.  TJ Ford is back, and Jose Calderon is feeling the effect.  He’s down to 9.2 ppg in his last 5.  This isn’t good, and he may be a droppable player this time next week in such high-stakes matchups as the playoffs.  Keep a very close eye here.

I’m going to list Shawn Marion down here not because of lack of production, but because he sat out Friday night’s game with a “sore back.”  Is the back really sore?  Maybe.  Is he mailing in the season?  More than likely.  I had a bad feeling about him to begin the year and it’s manifested itself.  Be careful with him, he may not even be droppable, but there’s not much you can do now if does miss a lot of time.

He’s been down here before, and here he is again.  Tony Parker!  That’s right, Mr. Longoria just sucks.  I’m sorry, but the 4.8 apg in his last 5 games is not going to cut it fantasy basketball.  Maybe it works in the Spurs boring offense, but not in yours.  Think about dropping him.

Injury Report

On a quiet injury week, Dwyane Wade makes by far the biggest noise.  He’s done for the year in a not-so-surprising move by the Heat.  Hopefully you can drop him, and maybe go grab Marcus Banks.

Chris Kaman is day-to-day with the Shawn Marion Sore Back-itis.

Chris Bosh is still day-to-day, but the good news is the Raptors are in the hunt for a pretty good seed.  Hopefully he’s back soon.

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