NBA Fantasy Free-Throws-Week 13
Over the past couple of weeks, key fantasy players such as Marc Gasol, Rajon Rondo, Danny Granger, and Larry Sanders, have all returned from injury and helped to improve the overall depth and quality of free agent pools everywhere.
It’s opportunities such as these that can often lead to a late night waiver-wire steal worthy of legend, and another reminder that keeping an eye on your league’s free-agent market always pays off.
But in order to get an accurate projection or a brief analysis of any player’s current situation, you have to dig just a little deeper and ensure that you’re using the best possible stats to assist you with a decision that can often mean the difference between a win or a loss.
And if you happen to be one of the many unfortunates who were short changed through your league’s draft or even the dreaded autodraft, then you’re likely no stranger to the waiver-wire and understand that value often appears when you least expect it.
On all NBA fantasy sites, anyone can easily access stats for the current season, the last 30 days, the last 15 days, or the last week, but for my money, stats gathered over the past seven days are the most accurate measure of any player’s true value.
Considering that owners participating in deeper leagues often find themselves adding players based on past reputation, employing a week to week strategy can be effective tactic when you’re surrounded by underachievers.
As risky as it sounds, building around a core group of two or three mediocre talents while earning a reputation as the biggest player in your league’s free-agent market can actually win you a championship, just don’t count on getting a good night’s rest again until after the regular season.
The following statistics are accurate up to the end of Sunday’s action and courtesy of ESPN.com.
While they’re hot– (players currently heating up the stat sheet)
DJ Augustin (PG)-8.9 PPG, 4.4 APG-last seven days-20.3 PPG, 5.8 APG, 3.5 RPG-(44%)
Andray Blatche (PF\C)-11.1 PPG, 6.1 RPG,-last seven days-19.5 PPG, 13.0 RPG-(20.1%)
Courtney Lee (SG)-8.8 PPG, 1.9 RPG-last seven days-17.3 PPG, 3.0 RPG-(3%)
PJ Tucker (SG\SF)-9.2 PPG, 6.0 RPG-last seven days-10.7 PPG, 8.7 RPG-(1.9%)
Rodney Stuckey (PG\SG)-14.2 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 2.2 APG-last seven days-23.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG-(17.5%)
Best of the best-(while these players are widely known as fantasy studs, if you’re lucky, they may still be available in your league)
Tobias Harris (PF\SF)-13.1 PPG, 7.2 RPG-(96.3%)
JJ Hickson (PF\C)-11.5 PPG, 9.2 RPG-(93.2%)
Kenneth Faried (PF)-10.1 PPG, 7.7 RPG-(82.5%)
Jodie Meeks (SG)-13.9 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.1 3PM-(74.5%)
Reggie Jackson (PG)-13.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.8 APG,-(93.8%)
If you’re desperate-(definitely not the most desirable fantasy adds, but hey, at least they’re available)
Alec Burks (SG\PG)-12.9 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.8 APG-(23.2%)
Taj Gibson (PF)-11.7 PPG, 6.5 RPG-(39%)
Vince Carter (SG\SF)-11.4 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.6 3PM-(13.1%)
Nate Robinson (PG\SG)-10.4 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.3 3PM-(23.4%)
Marco Belinelli (SG)-11.1 PPG, 1.7 3PM, 2.9 RPG, 2.1 APG-(7.7%)
Born a gambling man-(while most of these guys can be found in your league’s free-agent pool, consistency isn’t their specialty)
Avery Bradley (SG\PG)-14.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.4 APG-(79.3%)
Randy Foye (PG\SG)-10.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.9 3PM-(49.9%)
CJ Miles (SF\SG)-10.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.7 3PM-(10.2%)
Andrea Bargnani (PF)-13.3 PPG, 5.4 RPG-(55.4%)
Nene Hilario (PF\C)-13.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 3.2 APG-(74.6%)
Moving on-(despite the ability to add fantasy value at times, the following players have had their share of struggles and should be approached with caution)
Shaun Livingston (PG)-7.3 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 3.2 APG-(1.6%)
Derrick Williams (PF)-8.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG-(18.8%)
Kris Humphries (PF\C)-7.5 PPG, 5.9 RPG-(10%)
Ramon Sessions (PG)-10.4 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 3.1 APG-(6.9%)
Martell Webster (SG\SF)-11.6 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.2 3PM-(20.8%)