This is why management built this team to be one of the deepest in the league. The Knicks have been ravaged with injuries over the last couple weeks, but believe it or not, there is enough talent on this roster to push through it. Sure the losses are piling up, but a team with this many veterans on it will only stay down for so long.
In fantasy, wins and losses don’t matter. It’s all about the stat production, and with a few of the Knicks’ stars missing games, it only means more production from players who otherwise would be riding the pine. So how did other players fare with the all of the injuries bringing down the Knicks big three?
1. Carmelo Anthony (Last: 1) 27.5 points 6.2 rebounds 2.7 assists 2.4 threes 0.7 steals 0.5 blocks
Melo’s scoring average dropped over a point since our last edition, but it’s going to take a lot more than day-to-day for him to be removed from the number one spot on this list.
2. J.R. Smith (Last: 3) 16.7 points 5.0 rebounds 2.8 assists, 2.0 threes 1.3 steals 0.3 blocks
J.R.’s value is on the rise with him being the only healthy offense left. He’s averaging 19.8 points with 5.8 rebounds and 2.8 treys so far in the month of March.
3. Tyson Chandler (Last: 2) 10.7 points 11.0 rebounds 0.9 assists 0.6 steals 1.2 blocks
Every game that Chandler misses results in swiss cheese defense for the Knicks. My assumption is that he’ll be back sooner rather than later, so there’s no need to knock him too far down the rankings list.
4. Raymond Felton (Last: 4) 14.5 points 2.9 rebounds 5.8 assists 1.4 threes 1.3 steals
Felton’s scoring average for March is right around where it was when the Knicks were hot in November. The only problem is that he’s averaging almost two assists less per game than that time.
5. Jason Kidd (Last: 6) 6.6 points 4.2 rebounds 3.4 assists, 1.6 threes 1.7 steals 0.4 blocks
Kidd’s move to the bench has resulted more production from him, but not statistically. His fantasy value is on the decline.
6. Steve Novak (Last: 7) 6.6 points 2.0 rebounds 0.5 assists, 1.8 threes 0.4 steals 0.1 blocks
Novak’s only value comes from behind the arc. He only has treys in five of the Knicks 11 March games. When his three ball is off, so is his fantasy game.
7. Iman Shumpert (Last: 8) 5.7 points 2.7 rebounds 1.2 assists, 0.9 threes 1.0 steals 0.1 blocks
We’re all still waiting for an uptick in minutes from Shump. When his time on the floor gets a spike, so will his fantasy game.
8. Kenyon Martin (Last: 11) 5.4 points 4.0 rebounds 0.9 assists 0.9 steals 0.7 blocks
Martin has done everything the Knicks have asked of him on the defensive end of the floor.
9. Chris Copeland (Last: 9) 7.1 points 1.6 rebounds 0.4 assists, 0.8 threes 0.2 steals 0.2 blocks
When Melo misses games, there’s no reason that Copeland shouldn’t see at least 25 minutes of floor time. He’s proven to be a capable scorer, but still needs a lot of work defensively before he can be a force in the fantasy game.
10. Marcus Camby (Last: 10) 2.1 points 3.6 rebounds 0.7 assists, 0.3 steals 0.6 blocks
Tyson Chandler’s injury has presented a wonderful opportunity for Camby to step up, but so far he has failed to do so.
11. Pablo Prigioni (Last: 13) 3.4 points 1.7 rebounds 2.9 assists, 0.6 threes 0.9 steals
Prigioni has taken a back seat to all of the Knicks guard depth, averaging just 15 minutes in March after being on the floor for only 11 minutes per game in February.
12. Kurt Thomas (Last: 14) 2.4 points 2.3 rebounds 0.5 assists, 0.3 steals 0.3 blocks
Thomas logged a season high 24 minutes in Portland last week. In Chandler and Melo’s absence he’s been seeing the floor a lot more but can only handle so many minutes at his age.
13. James White (Last: 12) 1.9 points 0.7 rebounds 0.4 assists, 0.2 threes 0.2 steals
The starting White experiment is over. Many question why it ever happened.
14. Amar’e Stoudemire (Last: 5) 14.2 points 5.0 rebounds 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals 0.7 blocks
Just when STAT was hitting his groove, his knees failed him again.
15. Rasheed Wallace (Last: 15) 7.2 points 4.2 rebounds 0.3 assists, 1.1 threes 0.7 steals 0.8 blocks
Why are the Knicks still holding on to this roster spot?