Every week Kevin Smith will preview the New York Knicks upcoming schedule from a fantasy perspective and take a quick look around the NBA. Kevin writes as Dime Magazine’s Fantasy Doctor. For more extensive fantasy basketball advice, click here.
KNICKS SCHEDULE ANALYSIS
Tuesday at Miami
Miami and New York rank right next to each other in opponent’s points per game. The Heat allow 95.5 (7th in the league) to the Knicks 95.8.
Wednesday at Atlanta
The Knicks and Hawks both force an average of 14.6 turnovers per game, good for 9th in the league.
Friday vs. Milwaukee
The Bucks guard trio of Monta Ellis, Brandon Jennings, and J.J. Redick score 51.3 of their team’s 98.8 points per game.
Sunday at Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City ranks first in the league with 106.0 points per game.
STAT OF THE WEEK – 11
The Knicks current eight game winning streak has them 11 wins in a row from break their franchise record win streak. The 1969-70 Knicks won 18 in a row en route to their first NBA title.
Andre Drummond (32 percent owned in Yahoo!, 32 percent in ESPN)
This isn’t our first go around with Drummond, but as long as his injuries are behind him, he is a must-add in all leagues. He’s proven he can succeed in the NBA, posting averages of 8.8 points on 64 percent shooting with 9.2 rebounds 0.9 steals and 1.8 blocks in only 22 minutes per game in the month of March. Drummond has all the potential in the world and with the Pistons not even being close to contending for a playoff spot, his time on the floor should be on the rise. If you need help with your defensive stats, then Drummond is your guy.
Jodie Meeks (12 percent owned in Yahoo!, Two percent in ESPN)
Metta World Peace’s knee injury opens the door for Meeks, who all of a sudden has become something more than just a three-point specialist. He has started and played at least 35 minutes in his last three games, and is his last five is averaging 11.8 points 2.0 treys and 1.6 steals. As long as the minutes are plentiful, Meeks is a lock for two-plus treys a game and if he can keep his steals average over 1.5, he could be a huge bargain down the stretch of your fantasy playoffs. Until World Peace comes back, Meeks is definitely roster worthy.
Kenyon Martin (14 percent owned in Yahoo!, 7 percent in ESPN)
In one of the more surprising stories of the year, Martin, who was unable to find a legitimate suitor for most of the season, has been able to carve out a nice niche in the Knicks rotation. I don’t really recommend picking him up except in deeper leagues, but Tyson Chandler has been day-to-day for the past couple of weeks and it doesn’t seem likely that he’ll return anytime soon. In nine games a starter, Martin is putting up 10.2 points 6.3 rebounds 0.9 steals and 1.1 blocks. His efforts have been impressive enough to warrant a spot in the starting lineup even when Chandler returns, so adding Martin now could wind up being more than a temporary fix.