Fantasy Basketball Weekly Dime

by Joe Bond

By: Joe Bond

The Lakers are making all the headlines in the NBA, with drama between players and major injuries, all while trying to go on a run to make the playoffs.  The injuries have created fantasy basketball headlines too.  Pau Gasol is out for 6-8 weeks and Dwight Howard is fighting through a shoulder injury.  This has opened the door for Earl Clark to get even more minutes, Metta World Peace to become more a part of the offense and Antawn Jamison to become fantasy relevant again with more minutes coming his way.  Clark and World Peace are most likely owned in your leagues, but if Jamison is not, I would give a long look his way.  There are plenty of other players that are making a case to be owned, so lets get to them.

Pick ‘Em Up

Jerryd Bayless (PG/SG - Mem) - Bayless has taken full advantage of the extra playing time Rudy Gay’s departure has left.  In the week he has played without him, Bayless has averaged 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists, 1.5 3-pointers and almost a steal a game.  I really doubt this will keep up, but mine as well ride the hot hand while he’s got it.

Nick Young (SG - Phi) - Jason Richardson has been ruled out for the year, leaving Young the starting shooting guard spot in Philly.  He has performed nicely in that time averaging 15.8 points, 1.7 3-pointers, and 1.5 steals.  He is also adding 4.3 steals and 2.3 assists.  His field goal percentage is not very good, and that is not going to change since its been that way his entire career, but if you can take the hit the rest of the stats are good.

Byron Mullens (PF/C - Cha) - Mullens returned Monday and should be owned in all leagues.  He is a good source of points, rebounds, blocks and 3-pointers and that has been no different in his two games back.  He struggles in field goal percentage, but since he can hit the three as a big man, you can take the trade off.

Lance Stephenson (SG - Ind) - Stephenson has been playing very well in the last two weeks, averaging 13.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.3 3-pointers and about a steal a game.  This all might be temporary since when Danny Granger comes back his minutes are sure to drop, but his recent play should have earned him a solid spot in the rotation after that happens.

Robin Lopez (C - NO) - He has bounced back this past week after a pretty bad January.  In the past five games he has averaged 14.2 points, 6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks, topped off by hitting a fantastic 66% from the field.  I think this can be a turning point on the year for Lopez on being an own-able center in fantasy basketball.

I Got My Eye On You
Moe Harkless (SF - Orl) - Harkless’s minutes have increased substantially since Glenn Davis and Arron Afflalo have gone down with injuries and so has his production.  He’s averaging over 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals a game.  His minutes and production will probably take a hit when Afflalo comes back, but he should still see some increased run with Glen Davis out for the season.

Martell Webster (SG/SF - Was) - He has been hitting a good number of three’s all season hitting 1.7 on the season, but his lack or production elsewhere has kept him unowned in most leagues.  Why I’m suggesting you pick him up now, is because he is shooting absolutely ridiculous right now.  In the last six games he has hit a total of 20 3-pointers and 95 points, while hitting a cool 50% of his shots.  He still won’t give you much anywhere else, but shooting like that makes me want to pick him up.

Welcome to Dumpsville, Population You
Pau Gasol (PF/C - LAL) - As I mentioned in the opening Gasol is out 6-8 weeks, and its still possible he could be out longer.  I doubt he comes back at all the rest of the regular season so its time to dump him if you still own him, holding out hope for better news.

Taj Gibson (PF/C - Chi) - Gibson’s value skyrocketed last week when both Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah went down with injury and became an immediate add.  Now that Noah and Boozer are back, its time to let Gibson go.  

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