Fantasy Basketball

Fantasy Basketball Week 4 Preview


The Los Angeles Lakers are a team I would like to initially review in week 3 of fantasy basketball. Jordan Hill burst onto the scene in week 4. Hill absolutely dominated from the PF/C spot last week. Over the last 7 days Hill is posting .615 field goal percentage, .895 field goal percentage with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a game. The Lakers are running a high tempo Dantoni offense and they handed over the keys to Steve Blake. I touted Blake last week so I hope you grabbed him off the wire because you would have enjoyed a stellar pickup. Lakers are a fun team to watch with multiple fantasy contributors. Blake and Hill shouldn’t be hanging around the wire in any leagues. Deep look I like Wes Johnson on a speculative basis. 

The Brooklyn Nets were banged up towards the latter end of the week. A matter of fact Pierce, Garnett,  Lopez and Williams all made DNP’s. Injuries to Lopez (foot) and Williams (ankle) are the most alarming. These are issues both guys have been dealing with.  Andre Blatche and Shaun Livingston  become speculative adds. I especially like Blatche if Brooks misses any time.
Goran Dragic returned to action after a series of odd injuries. He returned with 19 pts and 10 assists in 46 minutes. The minutes are a welcomed sign for fantasy owners. The Suns are also playing some high- tempo, fun basketball. The style that fantasy owners can embrace. With the return of Dragic I can see Eric Bledsoe taking a slight hit but he is still going to be an elite fantasy option at the point throughout the year.

All assumptions are made based on a 14 team roto league:

Number of games played this week:

Atlanta Hawks: 4
Boston Celtics: 4
Brooklyn Nets: 4
Charlotte Bobcats: 4
Chicago Bulls: 4
Cleveland Cavaliers: 3
Dallas Mavericks: 4
Denver Nuggets: 3
Detroit Pistons: 4
Golden State Warriors: 4
Houston Rockets: 3
Indiana Pacers: 3
LA Clippers:
LA Lakers: 2
Memphis Grizzlies: 3
Miami Heat: 3
Milwaukee Bucks: 3
Minnesota Timberwolves: 4
New Orleans Pelicans: 2
New York Knicks: 3
Oklahoma City Thunder: 3
Orlando Magic: 3
Philadelphia 76ers: 4
Phoenix Suns: 4
Portland Trailblazers: 4
Sacramento Kings: 4
San Antonio Spurs: 3
Toronto Raptors: 2
Utah Jazz: 4
Washington Wizards: 4

Start /Sit Recommendations:
Jordan Hill (PF/C- LAL)- Hill is a must start player in fantasy basketball since he has been inserted into Dantoni’s starting lineup. Hill has overtaken Kaman in the starting lineup and has been averaging 30 minutes a game. His pick and roll game with Steve Blake looks very good and he is meshing well with Pau Gasol in the front court. Jordan Hill can become a staple in the Lakers rotation for the rest of the year.

Tony Wroten (PG/SG- PHI)- With Michael-Carter Williams suffering from an early season foot injury that could see him miss sometime Wroten seems like an intriguing spot start on a Sixers team that is going no where. The Sixers needs someone to run the point and facilitate and Wroten is going to be their guy if MCW misses anytime. First game starting Tony Wroten posted a triple double in over 40 minutes of game action.

Terrence Jones (SF/PF- HOU)- It looks as if Jones has removed Asik from the starting lineup. I knew the Asik/Dwight experiment would not work and it was just a matter of time until they made a move to put Asik on the bench. Regardless this has paved the path for Jones who has been averaging 10 points, 10 rebounds, 1 three and 2 blocks since being a starter.

Omer Asik (C-HOU)- Asik was regulated to the bench and also asked for a trade via his agent this past week. Kevin McHale obviously didn’t like having his judgment questioned and benched Asik since the 13th of Novemeber. Right now Asik should not be starting and could also be dropped for a hot pick up.

Chris Kaman (C- LAL) – See notes above. Kaman has been bench for the Lakers in favour of an emerging Jordan Hill. With the way Hill has been playing of late there is no reason to believe that Kaman is going to regain the starting job soon. With Hill averaging 30 minutes and Pau logging is usual time there is no room to start Kaman in any format and he could also be safely dropped.

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