Fantasy Basketball

Fantasy Basketball Weekly Dime – Week 4


Working our way towards the end of the first month of the NBA season, we have seen the ascension of Anthony Davis, more injury woes for Derrick Rose and two unexpected teams leading the two conferences. Memphis sits at 12-2 after Sunday nights convincing win at home versus the Los Angeles Clippers, the Grizz have now won 22 consecutive regular season home games Marc Gasol (MEM)and are 7-1 against teams above .500 this year. Marc Gasol continued his excellent campaign to date with another 30 & 10 showing, while holding one of the leagues top scorers Blake Griffin to 12 points on 5-17 shooting form the field. The other surprise conference leader, the Toronto Raptors currently sit atop the East at 11-2, lead by topnotch early season play from guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. Orlando’s Tobias Harris currently ranks 16th on the player rater for the 2014-2015 season, which is five spots ahead of Carmelo Anthony, who was taken on average 95 picks before Harris in league drafts. With all that being said below ill give you some guys too add, along with some names that used to be fantasy stalwarts and may be making an impact again.

Wilson Chandler (SG/SF – DEN) – Since joining the Nuggets midway through the 2010-2011 season Chandlers scoring has been down compared to his days in New York, where he averaged 15.4 PPG while playing a larger role in the offense. The reason for optimism here is the fact that Denver lacks true scoring talent outside of the dynamic Ty Lawson, as Kenneth Faried & Timofey Mozgov are not really know as offensive powerhouses. Chandler also possesses dual eligibility at the SG & SF position in ESPN leagues, adding to the intrigue of picking up the seventh year pro. He has scored in double figures during his last seven contest including 58 points and 11 long balls over Denver’s last three games. He has the ability to get hot and score in bunches making him worth picking up for owners in need of points and three pointers in most fantasy formats.

Louis Williams (PG/SG – TOR) – Well one thing is for sure, I can guarantee you that Lou is ecstatic that he is no longer in Philadelphia where they are apparently “trying” to lose. After an injury riddled stint with the Atlanta Hawks that lasted just two seasons Williams finds himself in a great situation as the main offensive weapon off the bench for one of the leagues top teams. It may be hard to believe but the 28-year-old Georgia native has now been in the league for nine professional seasons, in which he has come off the bench as an offensive spark for the majority outside of a 38 game starting stretch with the 76ers and sporadic starts with Atlanta over the past few seasons. Williams is a guy who can absolutely light it up when he gets in the game, comparing favorably to everyone’s favorite Laker Swaggy P as both will likely be in the 6th man of the year running permitting health this season. After a 36-point outburst against the reeling Cavaliers on Saturday Lou will probably be one of the most adding players come Monday morning, however the point total isn’t the number I’m most interested in. We all know that he can put the ball in the basket but the most telling statistic from his breakout performance of the season is the amount of time he spent on the court, playing a season high 29 minutes. The former second round pick seems to finally be back to his pre injury form in turn making him a nice addition for owners seeking help in the points category along with his ability to knock down the long ball.

Danny Green (SG/SF – SAS) – If the Spurs had won the title two years ago when they were vested by LeBron and the Miami Heat it seemed likely Green would have been the finals MVP, however that did not pan out. A guy who has always had the ability to stroke the three ball, Green has really turned himself into an excellent two way player under the tutelage of Hall Of Fame head coach Gregg Popovich. The North Carolina product has really found his touch over the past two games while pumping in nine three pointers and shooting a super efficient 14/19 from the field. Unlike the other elderly members of the defending champions Green will likely continue to see as many minutes as Pop thinks he can handle, in turn elevating his value in standard leagues to a higher level. If you need help in the three point category with a little assistance in rebounds as well the former NCAA champion is worth a look is most fantasy formats.

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Anderson Varejao (CLE)Anderson Varejao (C – CLE) – The forgotten name in Cleveland these days it seems is the big Brazilian who is the only remaining Cav from the first LeBron stint. When the new “big three” was assembled in the summer the role for the veteran center was a bit unclear, as it seemed evident that the presence of Kevin Love would eat into Varejao’s main asset, his rebounding. While Love has not been the guy we have gotten used to seeing in Minnesota over the recent years, Wild Thing seems to be just fine playing next to his new teammates, averaging 9.0 RPG over his last seven contests. If your squad is in need of some help on the boards, while avoiding a hit to your teams field goal percentage the 32-year-old is a solid add as he is available in 60% of ESPN standard leagues.

Amar’e Stoudemire (PF/C – NYK) – Likely one of the most dominant fantasy players over the last decade STAT has really seen his career head in a downward spiral since he left the promise land of Phoenix. Injuries have been the main reason for the decline in production over the last few seasons as Stoudemire has had an incredibly tough time staying on the court for the Knicks. Well this year seems to be a bit different as he finally looks healthy for the most part and his performances have in turn lead to some fantasy relevance once again. While owning him is certainly a risk due to inconsistent playing time and production, the former superstar is worth a look in most formats as he looks to rejuvenate his once boundless career.

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Deeper League Value
Nikola Mirotic (PF – CHI) – The Taj Gibson injury is yet to be known, but the Bulls fear that it may be of the serious nature. With an already thin frontcourt that really only features Gasol and Noah, Mirotic has an opportunity to get some extended run and show he can produce. In 35 minutes against Portland he was able to put up 24 points and 11 boards, which is obviously not going to be the norm going forward however it does show me enough to take a glance at the Yugoslavian native as we wait to hear the news on Gibson’s injury. The 23-year-old is worth an add in deep leagues, and borderline standard, as the Bulls don’t have many offensive weapons when Derrick Rose doesn’t play.

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