by Ray Kuhn
To start, this should not be coming as a surprise. In fact if the All-Star game were not in New York this season, Carmelo Anthony likely would have ended his season at least a month ago.
But after Monday’s game against Miami, it appears that we really do have confirmation that Anthony’s season will be officially over very soon. The only question, is how long after the All-Star game will Anthony and the Knicks wait to officially shut him down.
So as a fantasy owner, you need to be proactive here.
For as bad as the Knicks have been this season, they are still a source of fantasy production. However, most of that value has come from Anthony. So with their star sidelined, the Knicks have to replace 24.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game.
We also should note that it is very possible Amare Stoudemire and Jose Calderon will no longer be calling New York home in a few weeks.
In his short stretch with the Knicks, Langston Galloway has already emerged as an intricate part of the offense. While he is still going throw the adjustment phase and enduring some growing pains, the overall body of work has been pretty good with 11.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game.
But to me, the player to own in this situation is Tim Hardaway. In ESPN leagues, Hardaway is owned in just 10% of leagues, and from an offensive perspective he has the most to gain.
Just like the rest of the Knicks team, Hardaway has had his share of struggles this year, but the guard has eclipsed double digits in 9 of his last 12 games and is averaging 11.1 points per game.
As we gear up for the stretch run and owners are looking to improve specific categories, even as is, Hardaway could prove to be an asset as he is averaging 1.7 three-pointers per game in just 23 minutes per game.
With Anthony shutting it down, Hardaway’s role and playing time will increase. It is always better to claim a player a week earlier rather than a week later.