Fantasy Fix: NBA: Week 7
December 17, 2008
Craig — So far this year in fantasy basketball, I haven’t been able to find a groove where I can win a few weeks in a row to move up the leaderboards. Out of four Yahoo teams, I only have one in the top 5. It’s still early in the season, though, and things can change fast in the fantasy world.
I think the player who has been the best early season waiver wire pickup is Jeff Green, of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Green is averaging 15.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, one steal and one-half block per game this season. He was rostered in 71 percent of leagues after a great start to the season and has continued to produce for his owners.
Sometimes a bad situation can produce some good things. Take the New York Knicks, for example. They have the Marbury issue, they have had a losing record for the past several seasons, and they just don’t have very good team chemistry. Wilson Chandler has emerged this season to be one of the best early season waiver wire grabs averaging close to 15 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and close to one block a game. For those owners lucky enough to grab him early, he has produced greatly for the small investment.
Here are some players who have been playing good enough during the past month to warrant a roster spot on most teams in need of help.
• Rodney Stuckey, point guard, Detroit Pistons – Stuckey started his past three games alongside Allen Iverson and has been superb. In those three games, he is averaging 15 points, nine assists, two steals and a robust 65 percent field goal percentage. He should be on everyone’s roster by now, but some people aren’t giving him a chance, which is shown by his 48 percent ownership status.
• Chris Andersen, forward/center, Denver Nuggets – If Andersen could get more minutes, he would be a must-add for every team. But as it stands, he mostly is valuable in rotisserie leagues for his blocks. I watched a Nuggets game this weekend and Andersen went off in 9 minutes, grabbing five rebounds, blocking four shots and scoring 6 points. That’s what I call production, but I can only recommend him for roto leagues, where he can be useful in the blocks category.
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• Jamario Moon, forward, Toronto Raptors – He’s not putting up great numbers in the point and rebound departments as of yet, but I expect that to change in the near future. You have to like his 85 percent free throw percentage, 1.4 steals and nearly one block per game during the past month. He should be watched to see if he picks it up within the next two weeks, and if so, then he will be a must-have player.
Other players who are worth a look: Carl Landry, Anderson Varejao, Joel Anthony and C.J. Miles.
Look for a fantasy football column later this week to prepare you for the second round of the playoffs for some and the championship round for others.