NBA Portfolio: February 3 – 9

NBA Stock Up/Stock Down

by Danny Panosian Each week I will be diving into a few players whose stock has gone up the past week, and conversely whose stock has gone down. Trends in the NBA are always changing, and players’ values can change on any given night. So without further adieu, let’s dive in!

Stock Up

Rajon Rondo, (PG) Boston Celtics 

rajon-rondoFor patient fantasy owners who waited for Rondo to rehab from his torn ACL this year are finally reaping the rewards. Over the course of the last few weeks, Rondo has seemed to be getting his legs back under him. On Sunday versus the Magic, Rondo had 19 points, 6 boards, 10 assists, 3 steals and a three on 9-11 shooting. We all know from past seasons that Rondo is a triple double machine and is capable of posting a stellar line every night. ACL injuries are very tough to fully recover from as we have seen from numerous athletes in the past. But the more Rondo sees the court, the better. He is clearly the best player on the Celtics roster and will be asked to do a lot with this current team. As he gets towards full strength, he will only be getting better. To the owners who held onto him all this time, enjoy!

Al Jefferson, (C) Charlotte Bobcats –

Al JeffersonSince Kemba went down with his ankle injury, the keys to the team were handed to Jefferson and he has clearly responded. Besides a subpar game on Saturday, Jefferson has been a monster! In his previous ten games, he had averaged 28.9 points, 12.6 boards, 1.1 steals and 1.2 blocks per game! He is the anchor down low for the Bobcats and a fantastic one to have at that! Even with Kemba returning, he will likely still be the number one option going forward. It seems I have been writing about the top big men in the league lately, and it’s due to the unbelievable numbers they’ve been putting up. Jefferson is no exception. He is one of the best big men to own in fantasy and kudos to you if you drafted him early!

Stock Down

Trey Burke, (PG) Utah Jazz –

trey-burkeWhat goes up, must come down! After being featured in my stock up column a few months back, Burke finds himself on the other end of the spectrum these days. Over his last 5 games, Burke has managed averages of 7.8 points, 5.6 assists, 1.6 threes but no steals to be seen! Utah has also had trouble staying healthy as of late, with Hayward and Favors each missing time. It doesn’t help your point guard when your two best players are having trouble staying on the court. Burke is a rookie on a young team who is in a rebuilding phase right now, so it’s possible Burke is hitting a rookie wall. The opportunity will not be taken away from Burke, so he should still be on fantasy rosters. I hope for his sake he will be able to break through this rookie wall though.

Kendall Marshall, (PG) Los Angeles Lakers 

Kendall MarshallMarshall could have easily been featured in my stock up column for his stellar play in place of the many injured point guards for the Lakers. After being labeled a bust as a high first round draft pick his first few years in the league, Marshall has been able to revive his career with the opportunity he received. Unfortunately, this Cinderella run will quite possibly be coming to an end. Steve Nash, Steve Blake, and Jordan Farmar all practiced in full on Sunday, meaning they are all on track to return in the near future. This becomes a load on all of their fantasy value as they will each be eating away at each others minutes on the court. I would not cut him just yet as all the returning point guards have extensive injury histories and could be hit again by the injury bug at any time. But the numbers we’ve come accustomed to from Marshall over the last few weeks could be coming to an abrupt end.

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