Fantasy Basketball: Week 8 Free Agent Finds
Guards Jarret Jack, PG, SG (GS)--Coming of the bench for the Warriors has paid dividends for Jarret Jack and his fantasy value in 2012, as he continues to get better as the weeks go on. In his last six games, Jack has scored at least 12 points per game bringing his season average to 11.5 PPG to go along with 3.3 rebounds per game and 4.9 assists per game. He had his best performance of the season Wednesday in a loss to the Kings, after scoring 28 points, seven rebounds and three assists, which has made him a good addition in all fantasy formats. He is logging start minutes and has found a way to get off enough shots, despite playing with high volume shooters like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. What makes him even more attractive is his ability to get to the free throw line and connect at a high rate, now hitting on a 86.5 percent clip. While I think there will be games in which he doesn't score in the double-digits, but his help in the other categories makes him an attractive target this week. Jodie Meeks, SG (LAL)--In his first season with the Lakers, Jodie Meeks started off slow as he tried to adapt to his new role, but over his last four games it is clear he is finally comfortable. Since December 13, Meeks is averaging 16.3 PPG and has connected for at least two three pointers over than time span, which is his biggest fantasy asset. On Wednesday, Meeks attempted 12 shots from behind the ark, connecting on five of them, which has brought his three point field goal percentage up to 39.3 on the season. As the season progresses, his playing time continues to rise, logging at least 28 minutes in five of his last six games, Once Steve Nash returns to the Lakers lineup there is a good chance Meeks' playing time will take a hit, but now that he has established himself as the primary sharpshooter off of the bench, he still is worth adding for those in need of help in the three point field goal category. Forwards Alan Anderson, SG, SF (TOR)--Since returning to the Raptors last week, Alan Anderson has become a solid role player coming off of the bench and has caught the eye of those in the fantasy circle. Anderson missed the majority of the early stage of the season with an ankle injury, but appears to be over it after no reports of lingering effects. In his last three games, Anderson is averaging 19.3 PPG while hitting 11 three-pointers over that timeframe. To add to his already growing fantasy value, he has also been able to get to the charity stripe at a high rate, going 15-for-18 since Sunday. Injuries to key players on the Raptors squad have played a crucial role in his increased playing time, but if he continues to shoot at a high rate, there is no way he can get denied playing time once the team gets healthy. Kris Humphries, PF (BKN)--After being replaced by Reggie Evans in the starting lineup, Kris Humphries was likely dropped in a lot of fantasy leagues, but has recently been re-inserted into the Nets starting lineup and should now be targeted in all fantasy formats. Like Evans, Humphries' main asset is in the rebounding category, and has recorded 20 boards in his last two games since returning to the starting lineup. With the emergence of Andray Blatche on the Nets frontline, some of his minutes will be taken away, but once Brook Lopez returned to the starting lineup, Humphries saw an increase in playing time resulting in better fantasy production. Moving forward, the Nets will likely role with Humphries as their starting power forward and he will likely average a double-double on almost a nightly basis, as long as he continues to get adequate playing time. Centers Amir Johnson, PF, C (TOR)--Like Alan Anderson, Amir Johnson has witnessed a significant increase in playing time due to injuries to key Raptor starters, and he has taken full advantage of the opportunity. Although scoring comes second in his game, Johnson is a solid addition for those looking for help in the rebounding category, averaging 7.5 RPG over his last four games while playing in at least 21 minutes per game over than timeframe. He has also shown flashes of being able to defend the basket, recording at least one block in each of his last three games including a five-blocked shot game. The fact he has taken just 17 shots in his last four games is a bit alarming, but as previously stated, you aren't going to pick him up for his shooting. So those in need of help in rebounds and blocked shots should give Johnson a long look while the services of Andrea Bargnani continue to be missed in the Raptors lineup. Tiago Splitter, C (SA)--After starting the season as a role player, Tiago Splitter has worked his way into he Spurs starting lineup as has not looked back. Splitter has now recorded double-digit points in nine straight games while also contributing in most of the other fantasy categories. In his last nine games, he has recorded at least three rebounds per game, including six games with five boards or more, adding to his already growing fantasy value. It would be nice to see him get to the foul line more, considering he has just 27 attempts in the month of December, but at least he hits at a high rate once give the chance. Playing along side future Hall-of-Famer Tim Duncan has undoubtedly helped out his game, and it should progress to the next level as the season goes on. As long as he continues to get the playing time, Splitter is worth owning in all leagues, especially factoring the lack of depth at the position. 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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@stmyers1 I would say so now that they have grilli and smith in setup roles...just dont know how many innings he will get now