When we last left off, the Knicks were mired with injuries and tanking quickly. All of the their fantasy values were heading south just as much as their on the court play was and New York City was in full panic mode.
Now riding an eight-game winning streak, everything is back to hunky dory in The City That Never Sleeps. Fantasy values are ever changing and in the heat of the fantasy playoffs, it’s critical for your players to perform at their best. Read on to see who stepping up during the most important stretch of the fantasy game.
1. Carmelo Anthony (Last: 1) 27.5 points 6.5 rebounds 2.6 assists 2.3 threes 0.8 steals 0.5 blocks
With Chandler out, Melo has been playing some center and his fantasy owners have to be happy about his rebounding output. He’s averaging 8.8 boards over the last five games.
2. J.R. Smith (Last: 2) 17.6 points 5.2 rebounds 2.8 assists, 1.9 threes 1.3 steals 0.3 blocks
Smith has been on an absolute tear of late, even with Melo back in the lineup. Over the last five games he’s putting up 28.8 points per game.
3. Raymond Felton (Last: 4) 14.2 points 2.8 rebounds 5.5 assists 1.4 threes 1.4 steals
His stats don’t necessarily reflect it, but Felton has looked much more fluid on the floor lately. He dropped 18 points in each of the last two games.
4. Kenyon Martin (Last: 8) 7.8 points 5.1 rebounds 0.5 assists 0.9 steals 1.0 blocks
Martin strained an abdominal muscle last night, but would have been able to go back in if the game was closer. He’s been everything the Knicks could have asked for and more on the defensive end of the floor and is worthy of a fantasy roster spot until Chandler returns.
5. Jason Kidd (Last: 5) 6.3 points 4.2 rebounds 3.3 assists, 1.6 threes 1.7 steals 0.4 blocks
Even in limited time, Kidd manages to fill up the stat sheet. He’s had at least one trey and one steal in each of his last five games.
6. Iman Shumpert (Last: 7) 6.2 points 2.6 rebounds 1.5 assists, 1.1 threes 1.0 steals 0.1 blocks
Shump’s offensive game is finally starting to come around. In the last three games he’s averaging 11.3 point and 2.7 treys, although he still has only played more than 30 minutes in a game once this season.
7. Steve Novak (Last: 6) 6.7 points 1.9 rebounds 0.4 assists, 1.8 threes 0.4 steals 0.1 blocks
In his next appearance, Novak will have achieved his career high in games played at 72. His three ball hasn’t been as dominant as last year, but he still has value as a Sunday add when you are behind in treys.
8. Pablo Prigioni (Last: 11) 3.3 points 1.8 rebounds 3.0 assists, 0.6 threes 0.9 steals
Since taking over as a starter, Prigioni has played as many as 32 minutes and as few as nine. If he consistently saw time, he would be much more valuable.
9. Chris Copeland (Last: 9) 7.3 points 1.9 rebounds 0.4 assists, 0.9 threes 0.2 steals 0.2 blocks
Unless Melo is out, Copeland barely holds any fantasy value.
10. Marcus Camby (Last: 10) 1.8 points 3.3 rebounds 0.6 assists, 0.3 steals 0.6 blocks
Camby is the fantasy disappointment of the season for the Knicks. With Chandler out, he should be dominating, but he can barely stay on the court.
11. Tyson Chandler (Last: 3) 10.7 points 11.0 rebounds 0.9 assists 0.6 steals 1.1 blocks
Chandler got injured at the worst time in the fantasy season. Anyone who wants to cut him fir a healthy body has my vote of confidence.
12. James White (Last: 13) 1.8 points 0.7 rebounds 0.4 assists, 0.2 threes 0.2 steals
White hasn’t played double-digit minutes since March 13th.
13. Amar’e Stoudemire (Last: 14) 14.2 points 5.0 rebounds 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals 0.7 blocks
I’m still heart broken for STAT. Hopefully we see him in the playoffs.
14. Kurt Thomas (Last: 12) 2.5 points 2.3 rebounds 0.5 assists, 0.3 steals 0.4 blocks
Thomas is one of the all-time most beloved Knicks. As with Stoudemire, we all hope to see him the playoffs.
15. Rasheed Wallace (Last: 15) 7.2 points 4.2 rebounds 0.3 assists, 1.1 threes 0.7 steals 0.8 blocks
At this point it seems likely that Sheed will be on the postseason roster.