Fantasy Basketball: Week 7 Free Agent Finds

Guards Marco Belinelli, SG (CHI)--Since being inserted into the Bulls starting lineup, Marco Belinelli has taken his game to the next level. In six games as a starter, Belinelli is averaging 16.8 points-per-game while playing at least 24 minutes-per-game in that timeframe. He took the place of Richard Hamilton in the starting lineup, who torn his plantar fascia in his foot, and is expected to miss up to four weeks, so Belinelli's playing time should remain constant for at least the next month of the season. Besides his scoring, Belinelli can contribute in other fantasy categories as well, including three-point field goals and steals. In his last three games, Belinelli has recorded nine three-pointers and seven steals, which can help any fantasy team. C.J. Miles, SG, SF (CLE)--Sometimes an opportunity is all a player needs to make his mark in the fantasy game, and that is the case for C.J. Miles over his last two games. The Cavaliers inserted Miles into the starting lineup on Tuesday and were soon rewarded with back-to-back 28-point performances from, making him a good pickup in most fantasy formats. Like Belinelli, Miles will help in more than just the points category, and has hit 11 three-point field goals since joining the starting lineup. With Dion Waiters sidelined with a knee injury, Miles will continue to rack up minutes, but even when he returns, expect him to get enough playing time to keep him fantasy relevant, especially if he continues to produce at this level. Jose Calderon, PG (TOR)--In only took a few weeks, but starter Kyle Lowry is back on the trainer's table, which means an expanded role for Jose Calderon. Lowry is expected to miss at least 10 days with a tear in his right tricep, which is his second serious injury of the season, so Calderon's fantasy value has risen once again. In his first game back in the starting lineup, Calderon recorded a double-double, with 10 points and 15 assists in just under 40 minutes of playing time. In his last stint in the starter, he recorded four double-doubles in eight games, including one triple-double. His one downfall in his inability to get to the free throw line, but that can he accepted if double-doubles become a regular. He has shown the ability to be a solid fantasy player over the course of his career and until Lowry returns, he is a must-start in all fantasy formats. Forwards Ersan Ilyasova, PF (MIL)--After four straight games with at least 10 points, including two double-doubles, Ersan Ilyasova has now entered into fantasy relevancy. Despite coming off the Bucks bench, he has taken full advantage of his limited playing time, but his recent production should warrant him extra minutes moving forward. Ilyasova is fighting for playing time with John Henson and Tobias Harris, but neither player has yet to perform at the same level at Ilyasova on both the offensive and defensive side fo the court. His lack of turnovers also separates him from the pack, with just four turnovers in his past six games. Although it will be hard for him to find his way into the Bucks starting lineup, that doesn't mean he can't start for fantasy teams, as long as he continues to produce in the reserve role. Reggie Evans, PF (BKN)--The Nets chose to remove Kris Humphries from the starting lineup and replaced him with Reggie Evans, which has improved Evans' fantasy production immensely. In three games as a starter, Evans has recorded at least nine rebounds, including 18 boards in a loss to the Knicks on Tuesday night. He is now averaging just over 30 minutes-per-game since joining the starting group, and anyone logging minutes like that, deserves a look in the fantasy game, even if it is only for one category. Scoring has never been Evans's strong suit, but he can also contribute in the steals category. Evans is averaging two steals-per-game over his last three games, which is enough to help out fantasy teams outside of the rebounding category. Centers Ed Davis, PF, C (TOR)--Like teammate Jose Calderon, Ed Davis found himself in the Raptors starting lineup Wednesday due to the most recent injury to Andrea Bargnani and suspension to Amir Johnson. He logged just under 45 minutes of playing time in the team's loss tot the Nets, recording 24 points, 12 rebounds and three steals. Wednesday's double-double was Davis' third of the season, which has brought up his season averages to 7.0 PPG and 5.8 RPG despite the limited playing time. There has been no timetable set for Bargnani's return, and until he is back in the lineup Davis should continue to reap the benefits of starter's minutes. Hix flexibility to be used at both the forward and center position adds to his already growing fantasy value, and makes him even more attractive target off the waiver wire this week. Bismack Biyombo, PF, C (CHA)--The Bobcats elected to give Bismack Biyombo extended minutes, which has resulted in increased fantasy value for the young center. In three games as a starter, Biyombo has recorded at least eight rebounds-per-game while blocking five shots to go along with two steals. With players like Kemba Walker and Ben Gordon making up for most of the team's scoring, field goal attempts have been limited in his new role. He has taken just 15 shots in his last three games, which is something you don't want to see form a starter, but if you are looking into adding Biyombo, it isn't for his scoring. As the season progresses, so should his fantasy production, making him more of a long-term investment that should result in a good return on investment later on in the season. 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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@Sky_Razzball yea its goong to go right down to the end...best of luck the rest of the way

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