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Fantasy Basketball: Marc Gasol Returns in Memphis

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Tennessee Treat: Gasol’s return has fantasy owners filled with joy

Countless fantasy basketball league owners have been without the services of many key players this season.  An unusual amount of injuries have plagued some of the NBA’s biggest stars, but those patient owners who stashed away the Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol may finally be able to breathe a sigh of relief.


Gasol has been out since November 22 with a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee, missing 23 games in the process.  His timetable to return has shifted back and forth and caused some confusion among his owners, but we no longer have to worry about that.


On Monday — for the first time since his injury — the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year participated in Grizzlies’ practice.  He was upbeat afterward, telling Grizzlies’ sideline reporter, Rob Fischer, that his “knee [felt] really strong and stable.”  These comments were obviously taken to heart by coach Dave Joerger, because he wasted no time inserting Gasol into the Grizzlies’ starting lineup on Tuesday night, a game in which Gasol chipped in 12 points and four boards, helping the Grizz defeat the Thunder at home.  He played 24 minutes and could hang around that range for the next few games till they’re ready to unleash him.


Prior to his injury, the 7-foot-1 Spaniard averaged 16 points, 7.1 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 1.1 blocks and was the sixth-ranked center, and 24th-ranked player overall in fantasy basketball, according to Basketball  His 4.3 assists would still be tops among qualified NBA centers, ahead of the Bulls’ Joakim Noah and his brother, the Lakers’ Pau Gasol.  Needless to say, Gasol plays at a high-caliber level, and while there could be some minute restrictions as evidenced by last night’s game, he needs to be in all fantasy lineups from this point forward.


Gasol isn’t the only player who will be affected by his return to the court.  Kosta Koufos and Ed Davis have been filling in admirably up to this point, but their fantasy values stand to take the biggest hit.  As soon as Gasol went down, Koufos immediately became the guy to own.  In the eight games following Gasol’s injury, the former Ohio State Buckeye averaged 10.6 points, 11.5 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 2 blocks in 32.3 minutes per game, but those averages have plummeted to 7.9 points, 7 rebounds and just 0.8 blocks, while playing a meager 19.4 minutes over his last 15 games.  The rebounds are slightly serviceable for deep-league play, but not for standard leagues.  The moment Gasol stepped back on the court, was the moment you should’ve dropped Koufos from your squad.  The same goes for his teammate, Ed Davis.  Davis has been a decent plug-and-play guy due to his big game capabilities (three double doubles in his last eight games), but he’s far too inconsistent to keep around.  He’s played 21.3 minutes per game since Gasol’s injury, but before that he was only getting 12.1 minutes of court time, which is what owners should expect from him the rest of the way in a crowded Grizzlies’ frontcourt.  Davis is pure waiver wire fodder unless Gasol were to have a setback.


Many owners might also be wondering what kind of effect getting Gasol back could have on star point guard Mike Conley.  You need not fret, though. Conley was actually putting up better numbers before the Grizzlies’ big man went down, averaging 19.5 points and shooting 51.6 percent in 13 games prior to Gasol’s injury, compared to 17.7 points and 43.4 percent shooting in the 21 games since.  Because the center was second on the team with 4.3 assists, Conley has been forced to pick up some of the slack, so his assists should drop a bit, but in all, he benefits from Gasol’s return.


SETH KLEIN is the Senior Fantasy Basketball Writer at, as well as a top contributor in fantasy baseball and football.  He is also a writer for, a New York Knicks website, and you can find his “expert” fantasy basketball rankings on  Although he was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Seth is a die-hard New York Giants, Knicks and Yankees fan, so naturally, he hates any team from Boston and the Dallas Cowboys.


Hello Again, XN Sports

Going forward, you'll be able to find me at twice a week (I'll still be here too!)

Going forward, you’ll be able to find me at twice a week (I’ll still be here too!)

As some of you may remember, I contributed a few articles to XN Sports last spring. I ended up getting a little busy with other various projects (and real life) and unfortunately had to stop writing there for a bit…but I’m back!


I’m happy to say that I’ll be contributing two weekly fantasy basketball pieces to XN Sports for the rest of the season (one focusing on daily and one focusing on season-long) and will also be joining their fantasy baseball coverage for the rest of the year. It was a protracted contract negotiation, but once they relented and agreed to pick the green M&Ms out of my dressing room spread, it was a done deal.
This new endeavor (or endeavour for my British and Canadian friends) doesn’t mean anything changes on FantasyTrade411 (I’m not going anywhere). It just means you’ll get more of me in a new place. I’m hoping you all see that as a good thing.
Anyway, I just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know what’s going on (and also say a quick thanks to Tom Fitzgerald and Tom Laverty for bringing me on board) and share my first daily article: a feature on Giannis Antetokuonmpo’s daily fantasy value.
Keep an eye out on the Twitter feed for a link to my season-long piece later this week and give the guys at XN Sports a follow to make sure you’re not missing out on any of their great content.

Fantasy Basketball: Week 12 Waiver Wire Adds

Jrue Holiday's injury opens the door for Brian Roberts.  (David Sherman/Getty Images)

Jrue Holiday’s injury opens the door for Brian Roberts.
(David Sherman/Getty Images)

Week 12 presents a misnomer in the schedule for Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets owners, as the teams travel across the pond to play in London on Jan. 17.


The Detroit Pistons also face a shortened slate in Week 12, with only two games on their plate.


Unless noted otherwise, all stats courtesy of and


Week 12 Schedule 




2 games: DET

1 game: ATL, BKN


Gerald Green (PHO, SG/SF: 


This marks the third time that I’ve written about Gerald Green in this space. This is your final call to cash in on one of the very best three-point shooters in the league.


As I outlined here, Green is one of the best catch-and-shoot players in the entire league. He’s one of 11 players to average at least two “catch and shoot” three-pointers per game.


With guard Eric Bledsoe sidelined indefinitely, Green slides into the starting rotation, and thus, his fantasy value will rise.


Last call. He’s owned in 49 percent of Yahoo! leagues.


Jared Sullinger (BOS, PF/C): 


Last week, I vouched for Kris Humphries to be picked up as his minutes and effectiveness have coincided. Humphries had 16 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks against the Warriors on Friday night. He should be owned in all formats.


Yet, I still believe there’s room for Jared Sullinger to be a fantasy contributor while Humphries plays bigger minutes. Sullinger played 32 minutes on Friday against the Warriors, scoring 21 points with 11 rebounds. He also connected twice from beyond the arc.


The 40-percent owned Sullinger should be reconsidered if his minutes stay above 25 in Boston. With little opposition from the rostered frontcourt, I’d bet on Sullinger in Week 12 with four games.


Sullinger is owned in 40 percent of Yahoo! leagues.


Brian Roberts (NOR, PG/SG): 


This is your classic case of when an injured player creates a hot pickup off the wire. With Jrue Holiday out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his leg, backup point guard Brian Roberts becomes a must-own player.


Roberts started against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday and was mostly ineffective in the Pelicans’ 17-point loss. Roberts scored nine points with seven rebounds and just one assist. It’s Roberts’ job to lose in New Orleans.


He’s currently owned in 16 percent of Yahoo! leagues.


Randy Foye (DEN, PG/SG): 


Randy Foye is in a shooting groove that could single-handedly win you the week. In his past two games, Foye has connected on 13 three-pointers in 21 attempts from deep.


With Wilson Chandler battling a hip injury, Foye has started the past two games for the Nuggets. Even though Foye has averaged 25 minutes per game as a bench player for Denver, Foye has netted 61 three-pointers. With Denver playing four times in Week 12, Foye is a strong play against the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns. Both teams are among the worst defenders against the three-point shot this season.


Foye is owned in 45 percent of Yahoo! leagues.


J.J. Redick (LAC, SG): 


This is more of a disclaimer than any sort of fantasy advice. You don’t need me to tell you to pick up J.J. Redick. He’s a good player in a good system, and he’ll continue to contribute in three-point shooting with good percentages. There’s no earth-shattering analysis to be offered other than Redick is back and if there are owners asleep in your league, it may be worth checking your wire to see if he’s still there.


He scorched the Lakers on Friday for 19 points with one three-pointer in 23 minutes. The Clippers only play three games in Week 12, so Redick may be a hold in weekly leagues. Feel free to play him at will in daily leagues.


Redick is owned in 66 percent of Yahoo! leagues 


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Fantasy Basketball – Players to Buy in 2014

Now that the Christmas games are in the books in the NBA, fantasy basketball owners can officially start making some decisions on their rosters. Players who are off to slow starts might just be unable to turn it around this season. Meanwhile, people exceeding expectations might just be for real. Here are three fantasy basketball steals in the draft who should be just fine for the remainder of the season.
LaMarcus Aldridge


In most fantasy basketball drafts, you could wait until at least the third round before you had to pick up LaMarcus Aldridge. So far this season, he is playing like a MVP of the entire NBA. He is the leader on the Portland Trail Blazers, who are exceeding expectations in their own right. Now that he is meshing with Damian Lillard and the rest of his supporting cast, there doesn’t seem to be anything (other than injury) that could slow him down.
Arron Afflalo
Orlando is at least a year away from competing for the playoffs, but Afflalo has been a very bright spot for the franchise. He has been shooting and making more three pointers than he ever has in his career, and the slight tweaks he made during the offseason are really paying off. Since he will continue to be the focal point of the offense, he might just end up being a top three shooting guard in the entire NBA.
DeMar DeRozan
Finally, few expected DeRozan to be an efficient fantasy basketball option in 2013-2014, but so far he has been. He was a borderline top 100 player heading into the season, but he has become a better overall player this season. Now that Rudy Gay is out of town, no one should steal his opportunities. Expect him to lead the young Raptors, and they might even sneak into the playoffs this season.

Fantasy Basketball: Opportunity Knocks

J.R. Smith is in the dog house in New York.  (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images)

J.R. Smith is in the dog house in New York. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images)

The NBA is a league of opportunity. Its fantasy offspring is forever at the mercy of the ever-changing NBA rotation.


With the NBA trading deadline looming, opportunities are certain to open for some players while disappear for others. If you are curious about the effect opportunity has on the fantasy value of an NBA player, look no further than the Dec. 8 trade between the Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings.


The Raptors sent Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray to the Kings for Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes. Before the deal, backup point guard Isaiah Thomas’ fantasy value was muffled by the minutes allocated to Vasquez. Thomas averaged 17.8 points, 4.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.5 three-pointers made in 27.7 minutes per game while playing backup to Vasquez.


After Vasquez was shipped north of the border, Thomas is averaging 21.3 points, 7.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.5 three-pointers in 37.8 minutes per game.


The skills have always been there for Thomas. He just needed an opportunity to let those skills flourish.


Here are a few more players who are readily available to benefit from newfound opportunity.


Iman Shumpert (SG/SF) NYK: 


It’s the worst-kept secret in the entire league. Knicks head coach Mike Woodson doesn’t care much for J.R. Smith.


Woodson went so far as to bench the NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year winner on Thursday against the Miami Heat. Woodson declined to comment on his decision to bench Smith repeatedly after the Knicks win. Earlier in the season, reports surfaced that Woodson and Smith traded verbal barbs at one another in the locker room.


Smith has exhibited some strange behavior on the court, attempting to untie Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion’s shoelace during New York’s 92-80 win over the Mavericks last week.


The NBA warned Smith about his actions, but he attempted to untie the shoelace of Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe. That act of defiance cost Smith a $50,000 fine and a seat on the bench on Thursday.


Woodson said Smith’s recent behavior was “unprofessional” and he was “not happy” with Smith while on ESPN’s The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show radio show. The Knicks are also reportedly shopping Smith to other teams, via Ian Begley and Marc Stein of


For the immediate future, it looks like Smith is in the doghouse, opening the door for Iman Shumpert. Shumpert played a season-high 43 minutes against the Heat on Thursday. He chipped in four three-pointers along with nine rebounds.


If the minutes are there, Shumpert should be a nice addition for teams looking for a boost in steals and three-pointers. Monitor the fragile Smith situation and keep Shumpert, along with guard Tim Hardaway Jr. on your fantasy radar. Shumpert is owned in 29 percent of Yahoo! leagues.


Jordan Hill (PF/C) LAL: 


Jordan Hill’s fantasy value is directly tied to the Lakers’ ability to move free-agent-to-be Pau Gasol.


Despite numerous efforts to move Gasol, CBS Sports’ Ken Berger reports the market for Gasol has “plummeted.” Berger also notes the Lakers are “combing” the trade market for an athletic forward to fit Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system.


In just over 20 minutes per game, Hill has averaged 9.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks on 56.1 percent shooting from the field. His 36 minutes per rate would put Hill at 16.7 points, 13.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.


Hill is owned in 22 percent of Yahoo! leagues and would be a hold in standard formats until the Lakers make their play on Gasol.


Greivis Vasquez (PG/SG) TOR: 


From freeing up Isaiah Thomas in Sacramento to biding his time in Toronto, Greivis Vasquez can still be a considerable fantasy force for the rest of the season.


Vasquez’s value will remain anchored until the Raptors make a move on starting point guard Kyle Lowry. The problem for prospective Vasquez owners is Lowry’s recent play and the Raptors’ position as the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.


New York Knicks owner James Dolan reportedly vetoed a proposed deal that would’ve sent Lowry to the Knicks in exchange for multiple players. Since then, rumors of Lowry’s stance with the team have shifted more toward signing an extension with the club as The Star‘s Cathal Kelly reports.


Last season, Vasquez led the league in assists, and if a trade for Lowry does materialize, he becomes a must-own player once again. He’s currently owned in 49 percent of Yahoo! leagues.


Taj Gibson (PF/C): 


From freeing up Isaiah Thomas in Sacramento to biding his time in Toronto, Greivis Vasquez can still be a considerable fantasy force for the rest of the season.


Vasquez’s value will remain anchored until the Raptors make a move on starting point guard Kyle Lowry. The problem for prospective Vasquez owners is Lowry’s recent play and the Raptors’ position as the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.


New York Knicks owner James Dolan reportedly vetoed a proposed deal that would’ve sent Lowry to the Knicks in exchange for multiple players. Since then, rumors of Lowry’s stance with the team have shifted more toward signing an extension with the club as The Star‘s Cathal Kelly reports.


Last season, Vasquez led the league in assists, and if a trade for Lowry does materialize, he becomes a must-own player once again. He’s currently owned in 49 percent of Yahoo! leagues.


The New Orleans Bench


The New Orleans Pelicans have been decimated by injury so far this season. Jrue Holiday (stress fracture in his leg) and Ryan Anderson (herniated disk) are both out indefinitely. According to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News, the Pelicans remain “active” in trying to trade guard Eric Gordon.


If Gordon is dealt, there leaves a lot of minutes to be had in the Pelicans’ starting rotation. Brian Roberts started for the Pelicans on Friday night against the Mavericks in place of Holiday.


In Anderson’s absence, athletic forward Al-Farouq Aminu could see a push in minutes. He’s averaging 7.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks in 25 minutes per game this year. Aminu makes for an interesting steal and block-per-game-type player to own.


Keep a close eye on the rotations in New Orleans moving forward.


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Fantasy Basketball: Is Danny Granger fantasy-relevant again?


Is Danny Granger back?  (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Is Danny Granger back?
(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Danny Granger‘s comeback to the NBA is one of my favorite stories of the season so far. After nagging knee injuries wiped Granger’s season out last year and a calf injury derailed his 2013-14 debut, he’s finally back on the court.


In a season marred with big-name injuries to Derrick RoseRussell Westbrook and Chris Paul, it’s hard not to feel good for Granger.


However, how good should you feel about Granger when it comes to your fantasy team?


When first looking at the possibility of acquiring Granger’s services (owned in 56 percent of Yahoo! leagues), owners must first eradicate expectations that Granger will return to his days of scoring 20-plus points per game. He’s no longer that player.


Secondly, whenever you’re dealing with a player that’s had significant lower-body injuries, there is some risk involved in making the move.


After you’ve lowered expectations and gauged the risk of adding Granger to your squad, you’ll have to see if his production is fantasy-relevant to your league.


Granger started off slowly when he made his season debut on Dec. 20, but has picked up his play as of late. In five games after the turn of the new year, Granger has averaged 12.2 points on 45 percent shooting to go along with 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 three-pointers made.


In what seemed like some sort of glitch in the Matrix, Pacers guard Lance Stephenson missed Wednesday’s game with a knee injury. Granger started in his place, scoring 14 points while logging 32 minutes.


Granger’s immediate value lies in his ability to score and net three-pointers. He’s attempted at least three shots from beyond the arc in eight of the 10 games he’s appeared in this season.


Fantasy owners will have to pay attention to Granger’s health, but must also pay close attention to the trends he’s starting to set. He’s scored double-digit points in five straight games, his minutes are trending upwards and, possibly most importantly, he’s healthy.


Now that’s something real and fantasy fans of basketball can feel good about.


You can follow John Otano on Twitter @MisterOtano.

Fantasy Basketball Player Rankings – January 8, 2014

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With CP3 sidelined, Darren Collison instantly becomes a top fantasy option as the newly anointed floor general for the Clippers’ 6th-ranked offense.

It’s finally 2014, and for fantasy basketball owners that means you’re probably just about halfway through your league’s regular season.  If you’ve been lucky enough to get to this point without at least one player sustaining a significant injury, well then, I might consider putting my team on your medical plan.  In this day and age — as any disgruntled fantasy football owner can attest to — injuries have become more prevalent and more detrimental to one’s team than ever before.  Navigating the remainder of the season with that concept in mind will be a key factor in determining your fantasy basketball team’s outcome.


With stars falling left and right, a slew of players have either risen or dropped in my fantasy basketball player rankings — some more noticeably than others.  I touched on Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook and Al Horford in last week’s column, but the biggest loss for any owner this week had to come with the news that Chris Paul, the Clippers’ star point guard and MVP candidate, would miss “up to six weeks” with a separated shoulder.  As with the aforementioned players, a lengthy timetable like that will force most owners to decide whether it’s worth it to hold on to certain players.  Paul is one player that is undroppable, especially since he should come back with enough time to help his owners in the fantasy basketball playoffs, but there are other players that may warrant different consideration.  Owners lucky enough to snatch up Darren Collison (who went from being unranked to No. 86) can rest just a little easier, but if you own any of the following players you might want to consider a trade before their values drop even further:


  • Nic Batum (avulsion fracture of the middle finger – was No. 19, now No. 24)
  • Nikola Vucevic (sprained ankle, concussion – was No. 29, now No. 36)
  • Deron Williams (third sprained ankle of the season – was No. 45, now No. 52)
  • Ryan Anderson (herniated disc in his back – was No. 49, now No. 65)


Collison, Kris Humphries, Amare Stoudemire, Brandan Wright, Andrei Kirilenko, Tony Snell and C.J. McCollum are new additions to this week’s fantasy basketball rankings.  The below rankings are based on stats through Monday’s games.

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Seth is the Senior Fantasy Basketball Writer for, as well as a top contributor in fantasy baseball and football.  He is also a writer for, a New York Knicks website, and you can find his “expert” fantasy basketball rankings on  If print is not your thing, let his angelic voice soothe you on @ThaSPORTSKRIB, a weekly podcast dedicated to sports.  Although he was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Seth is a die-hard New York Giants, Knicks and Yankees fan.  Seth attended the University of Arizona — where he majored in “tardiness” — and now spends his time as a certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist.  Feel free to send all your fantasy sports questions to Seth on Twitter: @SethDaSportsMan



Fantasy Basketball: Trading Steph Curry Will Help Your Team in the Playoffs

Steph Curry could be less valuable as the season wears on.  (Fernando Medina/Getty Images)

Steph Curry could be less valuable as the season wears on.
(Fernando Medina/Getty Images)

With Week 11 of the fantasy basketball season upon us, it’s not too early for contenders to look ahead towards the finish line.


The amount of games remaining on the schedule could alter the value of your team’s best player. It could also influence whether you choose to keep or trade away your top tier talent.


For instance, if you’re a contending team and own any Golden State Warriors, you could be in serious trouble in the first round. The Warriors only play twice during the week of March 24-30, severely limiting the effectiveness of players like David Lee, Klay Thompson and fantasy star Stephen Curry.


On the other hand, fantasy owners that have stock in the Portland Trailblazers and play in the first round will be treated to a five-game slate. Owners of LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews are at a significant advantage come playoff time.


Steph Curry could hold less value, despite currently being the No. 5 overall player in fantasy, than Damian Lillard (No. 11 overall) for the rest of the year. Pulling the trigger on a trade on that, based on the upcoming schedule and inherent value being exchanged, could make or break your team’s chances.


Curry is averaging 23 points on 44.5 percent shooting with 9.6 assists, two steals and 3.2 three-pointers a game this season.


Lillard is averaging 21.3 points on 42 percent shooting with 5.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.2 three-pointers a game this year.


You’re not looking at much of a difference there, folks.


Consider that from Week 12 until the end of the regular season, the Trailblazers will play twice more than the Warriors. In fantasy basketball, certainly more so than in any other fantasy sport, volume will more than likely lead to value. I’ll take Lillard playing five times in a week over Curry’s two games any day of the week.


When your team will need it most, Damian Lillard will be the more valuable fantasy player than Steph Curry.


You can follow John Otano on Twitter @MisterOtano.


Fantasy Basketball: Week 11 Waiver Wire Adds

Kris Humphries has rebounded his way back into fantasy relevancy.  (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Kris Humphries has rebounded his way back into fantasy relevancy.
(Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

For the rest of the NBA fantasy season, you’ll find this weekly primer which will include hot waiver-wire additions along with a schedule layout for the week.


Week 11 Schedule



2 Games: UTA


Kris Humphries (BOS-PF):


Owned in just 28 percent of Yahoo! leagues, Kris Humphries is playing his way back into fantasy relevancy in Boston. In his last three games, Humphries is averaging 11.3 points and 11 rebounds over almost 26 minutes of play. Humphries has always been a talented rebounder going back to his time as a starter with the then New Jersey Nets. As long as he continues to see 25-plus minutes, Humphries becomes a valuable power forward asset.


The Celtics have favorable rebounding matchups against the Miami Heat (last in the NBA in rebounding), Brooklyn Nets (28th in total rebounding) and Atlanta Hawks (24th overall in rebounding). Make the add and hope the former double-digit rebounding Humphries is here to stay.


Terrence Ross (TOR-SG/SF): 


When the Toronto Raptors traded the shooting black hole known as Rudy Gay, Terrence Ross was tabbed to pick up some of the scoring slack. He didn’t hit the ground running but despite his up-and-down play, Ross should retain value as a source of three-pointers and points.


Ross has connected for 3.2 three-pointers over his last five games to go along with 14.4 points and 1.4 steals. Owned in 28 percent of Yahoo! leagues, owners seeking an upgrade in scoring should look no further than Ross.


Gerald Green (PHO-SG):


I touched on Gerald Green’s value while looking for sharpshooters on the wire this past Friday. With the news that Eric Bledsoe is expected to miss at least a week with a knee injury, Green’s value continues to skyrocket. Starting for Bledsoe last night, Green netted four three-pointers and 24 points in 33 minutes.


Green is a must-own, must-start player in Week 11, as the Suns play four times next week.


Pero Antic (ATL-C): 


You might look at this name (admittedly, I did the same) and think it’s some mishmash of Spanish and English. However, it’s the name of a 6’11″ Yugoslavian center Pero Antic and he demands your attention in fantasy leagues.


In his last five games, Antic has averaged 7.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and two (two!) three-pointers. With Al Horford out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, Antic may continue to see an expanded role in the Hawks offense. He isn’t a must-add player, but keeping tabs on his minutes would be the prudent move. Antic is owned in just seven percent of Yahoo! leagues.


Trevor Booker (WAS-PF):


This one perplexes me a little bit. Since being inserted into the starting lineup on Dec. 9, Trevor Booker is averaging 9.5 points on 53 percent shooting with 9.8 rebounds, and yet he’s only owned in 13 percent of Yahoo! leagues?


Let’s keep it short and sweet. Booker is getting starting minutes, and the Wizards are playing four times in Week 11. Make the add now.

You can follow John Otano on Twitter @MisterOtano.



You can follow John Otano on Twitter @MisterOtano.


Fantasy Basketball: Picking up the pieces after CP3′s injury

Chris Paul is expected to miss three to five weeks.  (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Paul is expected to miss three to five weeks.
(Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Thirteenth-century theologian and poet Rumi once said, “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”


Rumi obviously never played fantasy basketball. And he never owned Chris Paul, either.


Paul left the Clippers’ 119-112 road win against the Dallas Mavericks midway through the third quarter after injuring his right shoulder.



According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Paul will be re-examined in Los Angeles on Sunday and Monday. Head coach Doc Rivers said Paul is expected to miss three to five weeks with the injury.


Injuries to superstar athletes are one of the most gut-wrenching parts of playing any fantasy sport. For Paul owners, you’ll soon realize that you will not find a player on the wire to replace his value. Paul is averaging 19.6 points, 11.2 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.2 3PTM per game this season. You can’t find another Chris Paul, but you could find some options on the wire to plug the leak while Paul recovers.


Darren Collison (LAC-PG):

The immediate move for any Chris Paul owner is to scour the wire to see if backup Darren Collison is still hanging around. He’s going to become a must-start player in all formats as the starting point guard in L.A. Collison scored 20 points with four assists and a steal in 35 minutes of action. The Clippers will lean on him heavily in the coming weeks.


Kendall Marshall (LAL-PG): 

The Lakers continue to have the most decimated backcourt in the entire league. Injuries to Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar have opened the door for D-League point guard Kendall Marshall. He’s starting out of pure necessity and should expect to log heavy minutes for the Lakers going forward. He played 41 minutes against the Utah Jazz last night, scoring 20 points with 15 assists and six rebounds. Mike D’Antoni is renowned for turning point guards into fantasy gold so Marshall makes for a wise pickup. I’m bullish on his long-term value as teams will begin to scout and adjust to Marshall’s game but for the time being, ride the excess minutes. Marshall is owned in 27 percent of Yahoo! leagues.


Beno Udrih (NYK-PG): 

Raymond Felton is still out with a bothersome groin injury, and Udrih has filled in as the starting point guard for the Knicks. Udrih has been a sneaky source of assists, averaging 6.6 assists in his last five games. He’s a very short-term alternative, and his value is linked to Felton’s groin, but so long as he’s getting starting minutes, feel free to plug him in your lineups. He’s owned in just 5 percent of Yahoo! leagues.


You can follow John Otano on Twitter @MisterOtano.