Fantasy Basketball: Week 4 Free Agent Finds
Guards Jeremy Pargo, PG (CLE)--In his first game as the team's starting point guard on Wednesday, Jeremy Pargo made a lasting impression on head coach Byron Scott, scoring 28 points in just under 39 minutes of action. Prior to last night's game, Pargo played under 20 minutes total for the season, but should continue to see a lot of playing time considering the team with be without their leading scorer Kyrie Irving, who is expected to be out for at least two more weeks. While he will likely not put up scoring performances like last night, Pargo has the ability to shoot at a high percentage from both inside and outside of the three-point line (11-19 FG, 4-8 3-PT FG last night), which only adds more value to his already rising fantasy stock. Until Irving returns, expect Pargo to log big time minutes making him a must-add for those neededing help at the point gaurd position. Ramon Sessions, PG, SG (CHA)--The Bobcats appear to have turned the corner through their first 10 games and some of that credit has to be given to the play of Ramon Sessions at the guard position. Logging just over 28 minutes per game Sessions in averaging 16.3 points-per-game, 3.6 rebounds-per-game and 4.4 assists-per-game despite coming off of the bench. His shooting percentages are also a bright spot, converting 40 percent of his field goals to go along with 83.3 from the free throw line, but he will not hepl fantays owners from outside the three-point line considering he is just 5-for-26 on the season. Sessions has shown the ability to produce consistently over his career, in terms of fantasy, and as long as he continues to get playing, which he should, he is worth adding at this time. Alonzo Gee, SG, SF (CLE)--WIth incerased playing time and offensive opportunites due to the injury to Kyrie Irving, Alonzo Gee has made a name for himself after three straight games of solid production. Since Irving went down last week, Gee's minutes have increased to just under 37 minutes-per-game while averaging 15.3 points-per-game to go along with 5.6 rebounds-per-game. What is even more surprising is his ability to block shots without playing inside the paint on a regualr basis. In his last three games Gee has recorded five blocked shots, includign three blocks in Wednesday night's game. Although Gee is listed at a shooting guard, he has more vbalue playing at the small forward position, so depending on what your need is he can be utilized at both positions which adds even more to his already mouting fantasy value. Forwards Metta World Peace, SF, PF (LAL)--The professional basketball player formally known as Ron Artest has been playing great through the first few weeks of the season, especailly from behind the three-point ine. Currently, Metta World Peace is shooting 77.8 percent from behind the ark, which ranks him amongst the league leaders in three-point shooting. While there is no way he continues shooting at that high of a rate, he has been consistently performing well in other areas as well. He is averaging 13.4 points-per-game, 5.2 rebounds-per-game and 1.5 steals-per-game through the Lakers first 12 games. We all know that his character has limited his potnetial in the NBA over the years, but as long as he continues to keep his head on straight he has the chance of being a fantasy asset for those lacking foward depth, especially those struggling in three-point shooting. Carl Landry, SF, PF (GS)--Through the Warriors first 12 games of the season, Carl Landry has been a solid contributor off the bench, but has starter potential in the world of fantasy basketball. Averaging 14.2 points-per-game and 6.8 rebounds-per-game, Landry has produced enough to continue logging playing time worthy of earning a slot on fantasy rosters. Although he may lose out on some minutes and shot attempts when Andrew Bogut returns to action, he shoots at such a high rate (60.2 FG Percentage) that he can still be an asset. He is eligible to play at both power forward and small forward in most fantasy formats, which gives him increased value, so consider picking up Landry if you lack depth at the forward positions. Markieff Morris, PF (PHO)--The Suns have granted Markieff Morris a spot in the starting lineup on Wednesday night and fulfilled the desires of the coaching staff, scoring 19 points on 9-for-13 shooting in 25 minutes of play. HIs minutes may seem to be low for a starter, but when you shoot at such a high percentage the minutes factor becomes less of an issue. It is unknown jsut how long he will stay in the starting lineup, but this performanceshoudl buy him at least a few more starts to try as he tries to become a staple in the Suns lineup. Even as a role player off of the bench, Morris averaged over 20 minutes, so if he does go back to a bench role he can still be a fantasy asset. He will need to get to the free throw line more frequently before he takes the next step in his game (17 attempts on the season), but when he does his fantasy value will go up even more, so if that happens he will become a must-own player considering his skill set. Centers Kevin Seraphin, PF, C (WAS)--Playing time has been affected Kevin Seraphins's fantasy value this season, but he found his way into the Wizards starting linuep on Wednesday making me belive he is going to start receviing consistent minutes. On Wednesday, Seraphin took full advantage of his first start of the season finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in just over 33 minutes, which should have earned him at least a few more cracks at sealing up a starting spot in the team's lineup. In his previous nine games, Seraphin scored in double-digits four times, but last night marked his first double-digit rebounding performance. He will need to consistently crash the boards if he wants to duplicate the minutes given to him on Wednesday and as long as he can, he will become a solid fantasy addiition, considering the lack of depth at the center position. When Nene Hilario returns next month he may lose some minutes, but still play enough to be worthy of a roster spot. Byron Mullens, PF, C (CHA)--For the fourth game in a row, Bryon Mullens has socred in double-digits and has now caught hte eye of those in fantasy circles. Mullens showed flashes last season, but failed to find consistent minutes, which limited his fantasy upside. Now as a starter for the Bobcats, the minutes aren't an issue and neither is his fantasy production. To go along with his scoring ability, Mullens is averaing 8.9 rebounds-per-game and has a decent outside game (14 three-pt fg's made), which makes for great center in fantasy leauges. Once he figures out how to get to the free throw line moer often (just 17 attempts), both his shooting percentage and his points-per-game will increase. For those in need of center depth, Mullens should be on the top of your list. Other Week 4 Advice Week 4 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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