Fantasy Hoops: Mother Lode or Fools' Gold?
This point guard battle was originally just between Arroyo and Chalmers, after Arroyo took over as the starter in mid-December. Alston complicated things when he was signed late last week by the Heat after being bought out by the Nets a few days earlier. Alston is now the starter, and he is also getting the bulk of the minutes. Is Alston the Mother Lode player here or can Chalmers or Arroyo become the alpha dog in this point-guard pack.
The Heat are ecstatic to have him on board, but why? They had him for one season in 2003-04 and he wasn't good then; and he still isn't good. Maybe the Heat think that Alston has transformed into a winning player because he started for the Magic last year during their postseason run, but that run had little to do with Alston. Another problem I have with picking him up: I believe Chalmers is a better fantasy player than he is at this point. The stats overall may not show it this year because of Chalmers seesaw playing time, but Chalmers is a better source of threes, steals and a more efficient field goal shooter while comparable to Alston in the other six fantasy categories.
I think Chalmers will excel as a backup because while he is saying all the right things, I think he will be motivated to prove the Heat wrong for signing Alston. He will eat into Alston's minutes as he struggles, and while 'Skip' may remain the starter, Chalmers will be the better fantasy player by March 1. Therefore, Chalmers will be a nice waiver-wire pickup for the most important weeks in the fantasy basketball season. He is the Mother Lode player in this position battle.
This is another soap-opera-like point guard battle, much like the Heat situation. Ford was the starter until the end of December when he was removed from the Pacers' rotation due to inconsistent play. Now Watson is the starter, with Price joining the regular rotation as the backup. This battle looks wide open at this point. Who will emerge as a fantasy contributor in the second half of the season?
Calderon was the definitive starter up until he injured his hip in early December. Jack took over as starter with Calderon missing 12 of the Raptors' next 13 games. Somewhat surprisingly, Jack has remained the starter since Calderon returned on Jan. 6. What do we make of a point guard battle that involves what many consider to be a top-20 fantasy player in Calderon?