Passing On JR Smith

JR Smith has been playing above average basketball recently but he still has very little fantasy value.

Analysis: JR Smith is averaging 15.8 points and 2.4 threes made over his last five games. Aside from those stats he hasn’t done much other than continuing to play in a big media market. Thus far this season Smith is shooting 36% from the field, 61% from the line and 35% from three. He is the 66th rated fantasy shooting guard this year and the 37th best over the last two weeks. It’s amazing he is doing all this playing 32 minutes per game and only missing a handful of games this season.

Currently, JR Smith is available in 20-30% of fantasy leagues. If you need some shooting guard help you may want to consider Jodie Meeks. Meeks is shooting better from three and averaging 38 minutes per night in the month of January. Meeks is available in 15-30% of leagues. Kyle Korver is also available in some leagues and he is shooting a significantly better percentage than Smith from the field, the line and from three. Korver is also outperforming Smith in blocks and steals and is even with Smith in rebounds and assists.


Stock Rising- Mike Dunleavy

After missing some time in early December with knee issues Mike Dunleavy is posting some solid fantasy numbers.

Analysis: Mike Dunleavy has always been a fringe fantasy player but when his three point attempts rise one has to take notice. Dunleavy is averaging 1.8 three pointers made and shooting 5.2 threes per game over his last five contests. Thus far this year Dunleavy is averaging 1.7 threes made per game and is shooting 41% from beyond the arc. He is supplementing his three ball success with other fantasy categories as well. He’s a career 80% free throw shooter and he is averaging 4.7 RPG this year. While his rebounding and steals(0.7/g) are not anything special, they are a must for a small forward who is only going to give you 11-14 points per game.

At this point in the season Dunleavy is well under the radar and only owned in twenty percent of fantasy leagues. He is consistently on the end of 25-28 minutes per night, so the floor time and opportunity will be there for him unlike what we are seeing from Danny Green in San Antonio. If the streaky Kyle Korver isn’t available in your league then Mike Dunleavy is worth a look.