JR Smith: These days it’s everything New York, and the fantasy pickup of the week is no exception. JR Smith is your guy. He could be the downfall of the new-look Knicks, but the guy is a volume scorer, and you can count on him to turn in a solid mid-level fantasy score every single week, including next week when Carmelo Anthony returns. We usually go over the pros and cons of any weekly pickup, but this one yields little to think twice about. You can’t question his game readyness or conditioning, because the guy has been the leading scorer in all of China for quite some time now. If anything, he may be in better shape than anyone in the league due to the length of length of time he’s been playing, and the volume of points he’s been counted on to score. You could also say the guy might be better than he’s ever been. In the last few years Smith has moved his game out to the perimeter, scoring mega points only when he shoots well from three. Yet now, he’s coming off months of taking his man off the dribble, getting the ball to the rim, getting himself to the line, etc. Yes, the competition in China is not nearly the same as the NBA, but I see no downside to the fact that he’s basically spent the last while playing a Michael Jordan-like scoring role. This one might be a sure thing guys.
NOTE: With the coming of Smith, the odd man out would appear to be Iman Shumpert, and the return of Anthony is only going to make that situation worse. If JR Smith is the fantasy pickup of the week, Iman Shumpert is the fantasy dump.