Winning in fantasy sports is all about identifying trends and finding mismatches. That’s all well and good … but sometimes you have to recognize when a player has a flare for the dramatic.
Allen Iverson is one of the flag-bearers in the BIG3, but as player/coach of 3’s Company, he’s admitted to being more coach than player. Iverson has scored exactly 2 points in each of his first three games in the league, and he’s barely on the court after the first few minutes of the game. If you waited until after the season began to start your fantasy league – and if you’ve been paying attention – then Iverson is probably not a franchise player in your league. And he hasn’t given you a reason yet to add him as a free agent.
But Iverson is one of those legendary players with a flare for the dramatic. And you best be certain he has had July 16 circled on the calendar since the BIG3 schedule was first released. Iverson will be the main attraction when he takes the court at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Sunday night. Sixers fans will be out in full regalia. Iverson himself has invited a bunch of family and friends to the game.
Bottom line: If there is ever a week for Iverson to light it up this season, this is it.
Rashard Lewis took over the BIG3 scoring lead. As far as versatility goes, Lewis and Derrick Byars are the only players ranked in the top 10 in both scoring and rebounds. … With two games under his belt, Chauncey Billups – a.k.a. Mr. Big Shot – has cracked the top 10 in scoring average.
Rashard Lewis, 3-Headed Monsters 21.3
Al Harrington, Trilogy 21.0
Rasual Butler, Ball Hogs 20.0
Cuttino Mobley, Power 18.7
Stephen Jackson, Killer 3s 18.3
Chauncey Billups, Killer 3s 18.0
Ricky Davis, Ghost Ballers 16.7
Derrick Byars, Ball Hogs 16.0
Mike James, Tri-State 16.0
Rashad McCants, Trilogy 15.7
Rasual Butler, Ball Hogs 12
DeShawn Stevenson, Power 11
Andre Owens, 3’s Company 7
Mike James, Tri-State 7
Reggie Evans, Killer 3s 36
Andre Owens, 3’s Company 28
Jerome Williams, Power 26
Bonzi Wells, Tri-State 24
James White, Trilogy 23
Kwame Brown, 3-Headed Monsters 22
Dominic McGuire, Ball Hogs 20
Ivan Johnson, Ghost Ballers 20
Derrick Byars, Ball Hogs 19
Rashard Lewis, 3-Headed Monsters 18
Jerome Williams, Power 13
Kwame Brown, 3-Headed Monsters 11
Reggie Evans, Killer 3s 9
Al Harrington, Trilogy 9
Jermaine O’Neal, Tri-State 8
Andre Owens, 3’s Company 10
Mike James, Tri-State 10
Jermaine O’Neal, Tri-State 9
Mike Bibby, Ghost Ballers 8
After no players managed to chalk up a double-double in Week 2, two players did it in Week 3 – Reggie Evans (12 points, 18 rebounds) of the Killer 3s and Trilogy’s James White (13,10). Six players in all have notched double-doubles. Evans is the only player who’s done it twice.
So much for BIG3 players getting more comfortable with the 4-pointer. After averaging 20 attempts over the first two weeks, the league as a whole only tried nine times from the 4-point circles in Week 3. The success rate increased, but overall it might be too early to say the 4-pointer will move the fantasy needle. That said, keep an eye on 3’s Company’s DerMarr Johnson, who hit a pair of fours on Sunday.
For the record, here are the seven players who have made at least one 4-pointer this season:
Mike Bibby, Ghost Ballers 4
Chauncey Billups, Killer 3s 3
DerMarr Johnson, 3’s Company 3
Derrick Byars, Ball Hogs 1
Rashard Lewis, 3-Headed Monsters 1
Cuttino Mobley, Power 1
Mike James, Tri-State 1
WEEK 3 NOTABLES
• Is Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf ready to become a fantasy stud? After scoring only 12 points in his first two games, Abdul-Rauf was a machine in Game 3, scoring 22 with four threes.
• Bonzi Wells scored 6 points against the Killers 3s. While that was just half his average from the first two games, he almost doubled his rebounds for the season with 11.
• Tri-State’s Mike James had another solid scoring output – 18 points, including two 3-pointers and one 4-pointer – but he committed 8 fouls, hurting his overall fantasy totals.
• Kwame Brown of the 3-Headed Monsters saw his rebounding total drop to 3 last week after grabbing 19 boards over the first two games.
• In addition to his double-double, Trilogy’s James White added 2 steals. … In addition to his double-double, Reggie Evans added 2 blocks. … Rashard Lewis also had 2 blocks.
• The newest member of the BIG3 is Kareem Rush, who joined the 3-Headed Monsters. Rush didn’t get into the game until very late, but immediately sank a jumper. Might be a player to keep an eye on going forward.