Fantasy Basketball: Week 3 Free Agent Finds

Guards Shannon Brown, SG (PHO)--Despite coming off the bench for the Suns, Shannon Brown has averaged just over 22 minutes-per-game and has found a way to produce at a high level in his limited minutes. Through his first nine games, Brown has just three games in which he hasn't scored in the double-digits while averaging just over two assists and two rebounds per game. What is even more impressive is that Brown has limited his turnovers in the early part of the season and has recorded six games with one turnover or less. Moving forward he could see an increase in playing time, but a bench role fits both Brown and the team very well, so don't expect him to get starter minutes anytime soon. Randy Foye, PG,SG (UTA)--Like Brown, Randy Foye has taken advantage of him limited minutes working off Utah's bench making him a solid fantasy contributor in the early portion of the season. Through his first nine games, Foye is averaging 12.2 points-per-game and is converting 87 percent of his free-throws. Outside of the scoring categories, Foye isn't much of a fantasy contributor, but considering the shot volume Foye finishes with each night he can contribute in all scoring categories and it doesn't appear like he will be losing minutes anytime soon. A.J. Price, PG (WAS)--Despite suffering a sprained ankle in Wednesday's loss to Dallas, A.J. Price has been a hot commodity for fantasy owners looking for help at the point guard position. With John Wall out, Price has taken advantage of the opportunities that came his way and should continue to be a solid fantasy contributor even when Wall returns. Through his first seven games, Price is averaging over 31 minutes-per-game, 10.1 points-per-game, 3.4 rebounds-per-game and 6.9 assists-per-game making him a solid asset in the three main categories. He needs to figure out a way to get to the foul line, which will only hep his fantasy value, considering he has just six attempts this season. Look for Price to continue his hot start making him a solid add in all fantasy leagues. Forwards Al-Farouq Aminu, SF (NO)--You may not be able to pronounce his name, but Al-Farouq Aminu has drawn the attention of fantasy owners with his solid production through the Hornets first six games. Averaging just over 32 minutes-per-game, Aminu has just one game with less than 10 points while averaging 8.3 rebounds-per-game. What is even more impressive is his field goal percentage, which is sitting at 50.7 percent and that type of production can help any team. It appears the Hornets like having fellow small forward Ryan Anderson coming off the bench, so Aminu should continue to get starter-minutes making him a great addition for owners in need of depth at the forward position. Danny Green, SG, SF (SA)--The Spurs always seem to be able to get the most out of all their players, despite their skill set, and the latest player to add to that list is Danny Green. Through his first eight games Green has been playing over his head, averaging 11.6 points-per-game and 3.0 rebounds-per-game in just over 29 minutes-per-game. He is shooting an impressive 50 percent from the field and 47.2 percent from behind the three-point line, which only increases his fantasy value even more. To add to his value, Green has also recorded at least one steal in six of eight games while turning the ball over just seven times. In short, his production can likely be credited to the Spurs offensive system, but it can't be ignored anymore. Chandler Parsons, SF, PF (HOU)--Over his last four games, Chandler Parsons has really turned it on, making him a solid addition in the fantasy world. In that time frame, Parsons has averaged 16.3 points-per-game while finishing with at least five rebounds-per-game in the four games. Through his first eight games he has taken at least nine shots-per-game, but has posted a rather unimpressive 38.5 field goal percentage which could change if he starts taking more shots closer to the basket. While turnovers have been a problem (just three games with less than three turnovers), he can still produce enough in the other areas making him worth adding in fantasy leagues if help is needed at the forward position. Centers Larry Sanders, PF, C (MIL)--The Bucks may have found their future center in the 2010 draft when they decided to go with Larry Sanders in the first-round, and this season that has really starting to take form. Through his first seven games, Sanders has averaged 10.1 points-per-game, 8.6 rebounds-per-game and an impressive 2.3 blocks-per-game coming off the bench. Despite coming off of the bench, Sanders has games in which he has played more than starter Samuel Dalembert and is currently averaging just over 24 minutes of playing time in the young season. His major downfall thus far is his inability to stay out of foul trouble. This is something that troubles young players, but he will need to find a way to overcome this if he wants to take the next step forward in his development. Tristan Thompson, PF, C (CLE)--After a sluggish start to the season, Tristan Thompson has turned it on over his last four games posting double-digits in scoring while averaging just under eight rebounds-per-game over that stretch. His playing time isn't any issue (31.41 minutes-per-game) this season, but his lack of field goal attempts has really limited his his fantasy value. Through eight games, Thompson has just one game with more than eight field goal attempts, but this has given him a solid 46.6 field goal percentage and that may be more valuable than his point total at this point. When it comes to steals, Thompson has recorded at least one steal in all but two games this season, but has just two blocks which is not what you want to see from your center position. What that said, Thompson has solid fantasy value and is would adding if depth at the center position is needed, but more blocks and shot attempts are needed to take the next step in terms of fantasy. Other Week 3 Advice Week 3 Injury Report To make setting your Fantasy Basketball lineup easy, be sure to utilize RotoInfo.com’s new NBA Lineup Grids. Matthew Beck is a Fantasy Sports Columnist for Rotoinfo.com. If you have any questions or comments feel free to e-mail him at matthewbeck@rotoinfo.com.  Also follow him on Twitter @MatthewRBeck for up-to-date Q&A and fantasy information.  And, to make setting your Fantasy Basketball lineup easy, be sure to utilize RotoInfo.com’s new NBA Lineup Grids.  



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