Fantasy Basketball

Fantasy Basketball: Weekly Dime – Week 2


Two weeks in the books for this NBA season and its been quite an entertaining go around thus far for the league. The Golden State Warriors look like the best team in the league and Klay Thompson is certainly playing up to the lofty contract he garnered from the Dubs just a few short days ago. The Houston Rockets & Memphis Grizzlies have also gotten off to nice starts as they join the Warriors atop of the rigorous Western Conference. Sharpshooter Stephen Curry currently paces the league in scoring, followed closely by a familiar name, Kobe Bryant, while James Harden finds himself in third amongst the NBA’s top scorers. As we look ahead to week three of the current campaign I’m going to give you some guys to check out on the wire, and who knows they might just win you a category or two.

Devin Harris (PG – DAL) – Many of you may have forgotten about Harris because he missed a large portion of last year with injuries, but  he returned at the end of the season and was rather effective. This year has been no different, as Harris clearly looks superior to Jameer Nelson at the point guard spot for the Mavs. Playing alongside Dirk, Parsons, and Ellis has allowed him to garner a solid amount of assist and points because of the defensive attention those other names mentioned require. The veteran guard will help you out in points, assist, steals and 3 point makes, if you need to make an improvement in any of these areas, which you likely do, give Harris a shot he’s still available in over 58% of ESPN leagues.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Bradley BealKentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG –DET) – The sweet shooting two guard began his season on an absolute cold streak going a disturbing 3/19 in his first contest of the young season. However he has quickly turned it around and looks to be a legitimate scoring threat on a mediocre Pistons squad. While Greg Monroe and Josh Smith are still the top two options in Detroit, if KCP is able to get enough looks and knock down some long balls he could be quite useful in a majority of fantasy formats. If you need threes and scoring give the second year pro a look on your wire, however he wont give you much outside of those two categories.

Mo Williams (PG – MIN) – While Zach LaVine received the nod in the Wolves first game minus Ricky Rubio, who is expected to miss 7-8 weeks with an ankle injury, Williams in the man with more fantasy appeal. If you’ve been a fan of the NBA for the last couple of seasons and have seen Williams play, there is no doubt he can absolutely fill it up with the best of them. While this is defiantly a good add for those who owned Rubio, beware that this is an extremely young team and team chemistry is a feature that almost certainly is lacking, be patient if you add Mo and he struggles at first.

Aaron Brooks (PG – CHI) – Last week I talked about Kirk Hinrich and how I was not suggesting him as a possible DRose handcuff, well this week I am suggesting Brooks. He was able to come off of the bench and drop 26 points and 8 dimes in just 28 minutes of playing time. While on the other side of things Hinrich also played 28 minutes but failed to register a point, going 0/7 from the field. Rose has battled injury woes early on and for the time being it looks as if Brooks in the guy you want if your having trouble finding a replacement for the ailing former MVP.

Monitoring The Situation
Gorgui Dieng/Nikola Pekovic (C – MIN) – While I’m confortable with owning both of these players at the moment, like many others around fantasyland I believe the better long term player is Dieng. No one is questioning the ability of Pek to get things done on the court, rather his inability to stay healthy for extended periods of time. We all saw what Dieng can do when he is able to get a starters run, as he dominated in the rebound and block departments over the finals weeks of last season and that dominance continued into his impressive FIBA World Cup. For now I would absolutely grab either of them off of the wire if they are available, and I would treat Pekovic as more of a sell high player if he puts together a string of a few good games.

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