Corey Robinson examines Kyrie Irving's stretch over the last week that has him closing in on first-round value in 9-cat formats for the season as he continues to anchor the Nets with Kevin Durant sidelined.
COREY ROBINSON: Nets guard Kyrie Irving has been on a roll recently. Over the last week, he's averaging 31.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 3.0 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 3.7 3-pointers per game, shooting 47.4% from the field and 83.3% from the foul line. That's good for top-five value in 9-cat formats during the stretch, which has made more impressive by the fact that Irving's doing this without the injured Kevin Durant on the floor.
In his most recent outing, a January 20 win over the Jazz, Irving recorded a stat line of 48 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, and 8 3-pointers, shooting 18 for 29 from the field and 4 from 6 from the foul line. The production of the last week has helped Irving close in on first-round value in 9-cat formats for the season, with the point guard ranked 13th. As long as the availability is consistent, which has been the case since the eight-game suspension he served in early November, Irving is a fine perimeter option to have on your fantasy roster.