Amar’e Stoudemire will return to action Saturday against the Bucks. He sat out just one game which was on Wednesday for rest.
Analysis: At least the brief absence was for rest and not injury related. Regardless, Amar’e is on fire right now. His line in the month of March looks like this- 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and he’s shooting 64% from the field. Who knows how long this will last but Amar’e is just one of those guys you have to ride until he breaks down.
Amar’e is averaging 27 minutes per game this month through six games compared to 20 minutes per game this season. If he can stay healthy the minutes and fantasy production will be there for you. Keep in mind that the Knicks are actually the 9th seed in the East at the moment behind a slumping Atlanta squad. I’m not saying they will make the playoffs but the Knicks are riding a five game win streak and will not go quietly.
Currently, Amar’e Stoudemire is available in 40-50% of fantasy leagues. He has the Bucks, Pacers, Sixers, Cavs, Lakers and Kings coming up in the next eleven days.
Amir Johnson is the 13th rated fantasy power forward over the last month of the NBA season.
Analysis: Amir averaged 7.5 RPG, 1.4 BPG, 1.0 SPG and 10.0 PPG in 28 minutes of floor time last year. This year his stats are very similar and Amir already has a career high 9 three pointers made. Amir is shooting 59% from the field and he’s 75% from the stripe this season. He is averaging 33 minutes per game over his last five games and has 12 blocks during that span.
Amir Johnson does have power forward and center position eligibility in most leagues. He is available in 8-15% of leagues despite his consistent play over the last two months of the season. He has been eating some major minutes lately and the steals and occasional three ball certainly adds to his value as a big man.
Another interesting power forward to monitor is Amar’e Stoudemire. His health is always a problem but he should be ready to go on Tuesday night. His minutes have been up in the low twenties over the last few weeks which is a good sign. He’s recorded two twenty-plus point performances and he’s getting to the line 4.2 times per game over his last six games. Amar’e is available in 60-80% of fantasy leagues.