Outside of the top five, things get real complicated in this week’s edition. After Amar’e, you can literally arrange the next six or seven guys in any order and make a legitimate argument out of it. For the Knicks, that means someone outside of their core needs to step up. Maybe by next edition we’ll have a definitive answer, but for now this what we’re working with.
1. Carmelo Anthony (Last: 1) 28.6 points 6.3 rebounds 2.8 assists 2.6 threes 0.8 steals 0.5 blocks
Unless it’s announced that he is out for the season, Melo will always be in the number one spot. We all know how talented he is as a scorer, but he’s been passing the ball much better of late, even if his statistics don’t reflect it.
2. Tyson Chandler (Last: 3) 11.3 points 11.3 rebounds 1.0 assists 0.7 steals 1.2
Tyson doesn’t offer much more than defensive stats, but his rebounds and field goal percentage are dominant enough to move him up to number two in this edition. 28 rebounds in a game is just obnoxious.
3. J.R. Smith (Last: 4) 16.0 points 5.1 rebounds 2.7 assists, 1.9 threes 1.3 steals 0.3 blocks
If Melo’s knee causes him to miss any games, Smith stands to benefit the most. If he was allowed to take any shot he wants with Melo on the floor, then without him the points will come in bunches. Smith has also rebounded the ball well of late too, averaging 10.3 over his last three games.
4. Raymond Felton (Last: 2) 14.7 points 2.9 rebounds 5.9 assists 1.4 threes 1.2 steals
Felton averaged just 12.3 points 3.3 rebounds 4.9 assists 1.1 treys and 1.5 steals in the month of February. He still has tons of value as a shooting guard who can get you assists, but his stock is trending down.
5. Amar’e Stoudemire (Last: 5) 13.6 points 4.7 rebounds 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals 0.7 blocks
Amar’e eclipsed the 30-minute mark for the first time this season and although we shouldn’t get used to that, it’s hard to deny that his value is on the rise. With his revised post game, his field goal percentage is on the rise and any extra run will mean he can make more of an impact.
6. Jason Kidd (Last: 6) 6.9 points 4.1 rebounds 3.6 assists, 1.7 threes 1.7 steals 0.4 blocks
I was going to knock Kidd way down way down the list, but back to back double digit point efforts earned him his spot back from last edition. Coming off the bench could do wonders for his productivity.
7. Steve Novak (Last: 7) 6.7 points 2.0 rebounds 0.5 assists, 2.0 threes 0.3 steals 0.1 blocks
Novak can help your squad dominate threes when he’s on, but he does’t offer anything outside of that. He makes for a great Sunday pickup.
8. Iman Shumpert (Last: 8) 4.5 points 3.4 rebounds 1.5 assists, 0.7 threes 0.9 steals 0.2 blocks
Shumpert had six steals in just under 22 minutes against Golden State last week. Slowly but surely his defensive prowess is coming back, but until he’s logging more time on the floor his fantasy upside is hindered.
9. Chris Copeland (Last: 11) 6.5 points 1.3 rebounds 0.3 assists, 0.7 threes 0.2 steals 0.2 blocks
Melo’s knee injury launches Copeland in to fantasy relevance. In six games as a starter, he averages 13.7 points 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 treys in just 22 minutes.
10. Marcus Camby (Last: 15) 2.1 points 3.7 rebounds 0.6 assists, 0.8 steals 1.0 blocks
Getting Camby back to full strength will be huge for the Knicks. We saw how successful Rasheed Wallace was at spelling Tyson Chandler, and if Camby can be equally effective, he can post enough defensive statistics to be fantasy relevant.
11. Kenyon Martin (Last: N/A) 5 minutes played
Martin actually has some fantasy upside if he can carve himself a 20 minute, defensive minded role out. Odds are not in his favor from what we’ve seen so far though.
12. James White (Last: 13) 1.8 points 0.8 rebounds 0.3 assists, 0.2 threes 0.2 steals, 0.1 blocks
Despite being named starter, White doesn’t hold any fantasy value.
13. Pablo Prigioni (Last: 9) 3.4 points 1.6 rebounds 2.9 assists, 0.6 threes 0.9 steals
Back spasms have dropped the little fantasy stock that the 35 year-old rookie had before them.
14. Kurt Thomas (Last: 12) 2.4 points 2.1 rebounds 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals 0.4 blocks
No matter how old he gets, Thomas is still impossible to box out and his elbow jay is butter.
15. Rasheed Wallace (Last: 14) 7.2 points 4.2 rebounds 0.3 assists, 1.1 threes 0.7 steals 0.8 blocks
Sheed better get comfortable in this fifteenth slot. I like to think that the Knicks will eventually do something to upgrade this final roster spot rather than bank on a playoff return, but what do I know?