If you read my first fantasy trends segment earlier this week, you probably think I am a moron. And if you didn’t read it, don’t. I am just going to move on and learn from my mistakes. Call me Michael Phelps.
Here is a look at the good and the bad in the world of fantasy basketball…
BUY: Think about adding these players to your rosters via trade or free agency…
Kevin Durant, SG/SF, Oklahoma City Thunder-Durant isn’t getting much love, but he is quietly having a great season, averaging 25.1 ppg and 6.7 rpg while shooting 47 percent. Not too shabby. He has been on a role lately and is becoming a good all-around player. He is shooting 42 percent from 3-point range as well, and will give you between one and two made threes per game. Expect a strong finish from KD this season, so try to add him to your roster.
Andre Iguodala, SG/SF, Philadelphia 76ers-Iggy has played like an All-Star over the past month and figures to keep putting up big numbers now that Elton Brand is done for the season. AI is always good for some blocks and steals, and is averaging 17.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 5.2 rpg this season. He is undervalued by many, meaning you might be able to get him for cheap – think Stephen Jackson.
Samuel Dalembert, C, Philadelphia 76ers-The Canadian National Team member makes a lot of money to be a relatively average player. Dalembert has managed to string together solid performances in back-to-back games, including an 18 point 20 rebound effort last night. With Brand done, Dalembert will get big minutes for the remainder of the season. He usually starts slow and finishes strong, so he is worth a look.
Tyrus Thomas, PF/C, Chicago Bulls-As a life-long Bulls fan, I am well aware that Tyrus is a risk and am a bit wary of telling you to add him to your roster. He has a great deal of confidence in his horrible jump shot, which explains his pitiful 43 percent FG shooting. But he reached double-figures in six straight and grabbed at least 10 rebounds in 4 of the last 6 games. He is solid from the line and he will give you at least two blocked shots per game. Just dunk the ball Tyrus.
Anthony Johnson, PG/SG, Orlando Magic-With Jameer Nelson shelved, the egg-headed Johnson will likely be the Magic’s starting point guard for the rest of the season. He is a decent player, although don’t expect a 25-point performance like Wednesday’s again this season – the Magic can’t play the Clippers every game. Johnson will shoot a high percentage and hit a few threes, but probably won’t put up big assist numbers. He is a good bench option in deep leagues.
SELL: Make them an offer they can’t refuse…
Monta Ellis, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors-I realize that he has only played in seven games, but I don’t expect Monta to be at full strength at any point this season. He is averaging 11.8 ppg in 30 minutes per game this season while shooting only 34 percent. Don Nelson seems to love Jamal Crawford and the other Warrior guards almost as much as he loves eating. Monta probably won’t get big minutes for the rest of the season, and he has no value unless he is scoring. I suggest unloading him to a more optimistic fantasy owner.
Vince Carter, SG/SF, New Jersey Nets-The Nets suck and Carter has little motivation to play hard. Although he recorded a triple-double last week, Vinsanity will tail off as the season winds down. Move him while his still has good numbers.
Brad Miller, PF/C, Sacramento Kings-Miller figured to play well to improve his trade value, but he has struggled lately and is losing minutes to Jason Thompson. Miller is now day-to-day with an abdominal strain and should be traded soon. He will get some points and rebounds wherever he plays, but his best days are behind him – way, way behind him.
Chris Duhon, PG/SG, New York Knicks-Duhon is having a career-year in Mike D’Antoni’s system, but he playing big minutes and showing signs of fatigue. He will always have good assist numbers and takes good care of the ball, however his shooting percentage will suffer. Try to move him if you can.
Rasheed Wallace, PF/C, Detroit Pistons-Sheed’s age is showing and he dislikes his head coach. He is averaging a modest 12.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg while shooting 42 percent from the field. A trade seems unlikely, but could help to re-energize Wallace. For right now though, he should be riding the pine or even dropped if you have better options.