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.

Mike Dunleavy Is Heating Up

Mike Dunleavy hit 5 threes while shooting 6 for 8 from the field for 17 points Sunday against the Nets. Dunleavy is hitting 40% from beyond the arc this year and averaging 2 three pointers made per game in doing so.

Analysis: He’s owned in about 50% of fantasy leagues nationwide and if you’re in desperate need of 3 pointers and free throw percentage in your league then this SG/SF may be a good fit for your squad. Dunleavy has hit 19 threes with 7 steals his last six games, as well as averaging 15 PPG and 4 RPG in that stretch. The Pacers are playing very well under new coach Frank Vogel who is seeing his team throw up tons of threes in his first four games as coach. Although Dunleavy’s minutes are slightly down the Pacers tempo and energy are not.

Projection: Expect more of the same with the ever so quiet Mike Dunleavy. He’ll average 13-15 PPG, 5 RPG with some steals scattered in but his real value will be his free throw percentage (80% career) and his 3PM while not hurting you as a SG/SF in field goal percentage with 45%. He’s a solid pickup for threes and he’ll be going fast over the next few weeks.