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Fantasy Basketball Weekly Dime


I skipped my weekly dime article last week to focus on the fantasy basketball round-table, so that leaves me with plenty to talk about now.

Actually before I get to some of the other stories, we actually can discuss injuries, but it’s players returning from injury for a change. Marc Gasol came back, just one day after his first practice. He is struggling right now, so if you know an impatient owner go after him. J.J. Redick returned and has been shooting very well, including a 7 three pointer game on Wednesday. The biggest news, and a bit of a surprise, is Rajon Rondo returning to the Celtics. Rondo will be on a minutes limit to start and may not play in back-to-backs, but owners will be happy their start point guard has returned.

As Justin mentioned in his Week 13 Preview, this week was finally not ruled by injuries. Instead a trade went down between three teams. Really the only important name to know in that trade is Jordan Crawford. He now goes to Golden State and will lose the majority of his value due to being behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

The Eastern conference is finally getting some more teams that are playing good basketball. New York and Brooklyn have seemed to figure things, playing pretty good ball since this new year. The Wizards are close to .500, and had a great game this past week against the Heat, beating them 114-97. They still have a long way to go before even being in the conversation with the teams in the West, but this is a good start.

Pick ‘Em Up
Randy Foye (PG/SG – DEN) – Foye has been great over the last 15 averaging 17.4 points and a ridiculous 3.6 three-pointers a game. He is also shooting the ball well with a .527 field goal percentage and .824 free throw percentage during that span. Grab Foye if you need some help at the guard position with points.

James Johnson (PF – MEM) – James Johnson is not great in any one category, but he can help in just about all the categories. Over the last week he is scoring 8.3 a game and giving you 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists. Those numbers alone are nothing to warrant owning, but add the 2 steals and 3 blocks a game and he is one to take a look at.

D.J. Augustin (PG- CHI) – He is still not starting, but getting plenty of run behind Kirk Hinrich. He has scored an average of 18 points and dished out 6.3 assists the last three games. I’m a firm believer that eventually the Bulls will realize that Augustin should start and his value will rise even more.

Enes Kanter (C – UTA) – Kanter has been severely disappointing this season, but appears to be turning it around. Before Saturday night he has run off seven straight double digit scoring games and 7.5 rebounds a game. The key factor to his success lately is the increased minutes. If you are a gambling man, then he is worth owning to hope this new trend sticks.

I Got My Eye On You
Mike Scott (PF – ATL) – Mike Scott has seen his minutes a game increase since Al Horford went down with his shoulder injury, to over 20 a game. He had played well with too, and over the last four he has averaged 15.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 threes a game. I’m not going to rush out a pick him up in standard leagues, but I’d keep watching him to see if he can improve on his rebounding or starts to get more minutes.

Al-Farouq Aminu (SF – NO) – Aminu might be in line for more minutes now that Jason Smith is going to be out indefinitely. Aminu doesn’t jump out of the box score at you, but he can average close to a double double if given the minutes. He will also add some solid steal and block numbers to help his cause.

Welcome to Dumpsville, Population You

Jordan Crawford (PG/SG – GS) – I mentioned the trade above and I think Crawford will basically become a mid-level scorer and that is it. In Boston his value was so high because he was running the offense and averaging over 5 assists a game. That will not happen in Golden State, so if you need assists go look else where, if you need a 10-12 point a game guy then you can keep Crawford.

Ryan Anderson (PF – NO) – Maybe he is still owned in 36% of ESPN leagues because owners have stopped paying attention at this point, but if you still own him hoping he will return this season then I would drop him. The earliest he would return, if at all, is the very beginning of the fantasy playoffs. I’d pass.

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About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the website. Joe is one of the Experts included in the FantasyPros Consensus Rankings for Football, Baseball and Basketball and finished well each year. You can find him on Twitter, @F6P_Joe, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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