Fantasy Basketball: Weekly Dime

by Joe Bond

I hope everybody had a good week during the holidays. I know there are some teams in the NBA not having such good weeks and I bet they wish they could ask for a few more gifts this holiday season. The Cavaliers wish they could give back Andrew Bynum. He has been suspended indefinitely and is either going to be traded or released soon. The Thunder want a new healthy knee for Russell Westbrook, who will be out until after the all-star break after getting knee surgery to help with the swelling. The Bulls just wish they could keep anybody healthy it seems. After losing Derrick Rose on the year, they now are having to deal with Luol Deng an Achillies Injury and Jimmy Butler and his many injuries. The Hawks want a new center now that Al Horford has been lost for the year with torn pectoral muscle. They are going to be a team that you will want your big men to face the rest of the season, with Paul Milsap and a mix of Elton Brand, Pero Antic and Gustavo Ayon as their PF/C combo.

Besides injury woes some teams just need a lot of help. The Knicks need to find their pulse. After winning 54 games and being the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference last year, they have started the season 9-21, with generally the same lineup as last season. The Nets are just a mess and I think need a new coach. This team, despite being old, does have some talent on it and should be better 10-20 right now. In the Western Conference, the Memphis Grizzlies could really use their defensive player of the year to return. They won 56 games last season allowing only 89 points a game, right now they are struggling allowing 97 points on average. Let's see who you can pick up to answer a few holiday wishes for your fantasy basketball team.

Pick 'Em Up
Jordan Farmar (PG - LAL) - Until Steve Blake or Steve Nash return from injury, Farmar is going to lead the point guard spot for the Lakers. He isn't going a top 10 point guard, but he can provide some decent stats for teams desperate for assists, averaging 4.5 assists in his two starts this season, and I think that can improve with more starts there.

Avery Bradley (SG/PG - BOS) - Bradley has been quite the valuable player here lately averaging 18 points, 1.4 3-pointers and 5.8 rebounds a game. The rebounds you are getting from a guard eligible player are very good if you need help in that category.

Khris Middleton (SF - MIL) - The last 15 for Middleton he has averaged 18.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 threes a game. He is also giving you 1.1 steals a game and nice percentages, especially free throw percentage. The Bucks have had guys get hot and cool off all season, so just ride the hot hand here.

Lou Williams (PG/SG - HOU) - This is more of reach pick than the rest, and really only helpful if you need points and threes. Williams is averaging 14.7 points over the last 15, but has had games of 28, 25 and 27 during that time. If he can stop putting up the duds of single digit games in between he would be a very nice source of points for your team.

I Got My Eye On You
James Johnson (SF/PF - MEM) - Johnson made his season debut on the 17th and while he hasn't done a lot, he has done enough to get my attention, especially for a team that is in need of something different. The last game Johnson had is what really caught my eye with a 14/7/6 line adding one block, steal and three.

Mirza Teletovic (PF - BKN) - Teletovic is getting some run as the starting power forward with Garnett as center, which surprises me. Because of that though he is worth a look in your league since he is a big man who can hit the three, 2.7 average in the last 15.

Welcome to Dumpsville, Population You

Al Horford (PF/C - ATL) - Unless you are in a dynasty or keeper league, there is no reason to hold onto Horford. He hasn't officially been ruled out for the season, but even he said he is probably not returning this season. Time to let him go.

Harrison Barnes (SF - GS) - He was on a good run while Andre Iguodala was out. Now that AI has returned he has gone back to the bench and is averaging only 7.1 points a game since. He doesn't do enough in the other categories to warrant a spot on any fantasy team.

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