March 11, 2018, 12:01 amCarmelo AnthonyPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Carmelo Anthony was putrid in Saturday’s win, finishing 1-for-8 from the field with just two points, seven rebounds, one steal and one block in 32 minutes.
Melo saved his night with those defensive stats. He’s actually been putting up some serviceable scoring output over his last few weeks but it just isn’t worth Anthony’s terrible shooting percentages. He’s scoring 16.0 points per game over his last five but is at .383 from the field. That’s a slight improvement over February, where Anthony averaged 13.4 points on 36.5 percent shooting. Melo’s hot fantasy start, buoyed by a comically unsustainable 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks in October, is a distant memory now. He’s seen declines in most of his other stats with the exception of rebounds and threes and isn’t even close to the top-250 over the last month. It might be time to cut bait on Anthony and find a more productive free agent with the fantasy playoffs on your doorstep.