Fantasy Basketball: Week 12 Free Agent Finds
Guards Lance Stephenson, SG (IND)--The Pacers have been playing well as of late, and contributions from Lance Stephenson have been a factor in their success. Over his last 10 games, Stephenson is averaging 8.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG and 2.8 APG as the team's starting shooting guard. Another contributing factor to his recent success is his ability to limit his turnovers. On the season, Stephenson has just 41 turnover on 32 games, which averages out to just over one per game. He may not score in double-digits on a regular basis (just three times over lost 10 games), but his ability to chip in across the board makes him a solid add for those looking for short term depth. The Pacers expect to have Danny Granger back in the next few weeks, which may force Stephenson out of the starting lineup, but for now ride him while he is hot. Wilson Chandler, SG, SF (DEN)--On Sunday, the Nuggets welcomed Wilson Chandler back to the lineup after missing two months of action with a hip injury. In his first two games, Chandler is averaging 13.5 PPG and 6.0 RPG coming off the bench as one of the top reserves on the roster. He played 21 minutes and 19 minutes respectfully in those two games, and as he becomes more comfortable on the court, his minutes should climb. The Nuggets did not take any chances and kept Chandler on the bench for Wednesday's game against the Thunder, considering he was only back for four days, and back-to-back games could have led to mixed results. In most fantasy leagues Chandler qualifies at both guard and forward positions, which adds to his already growing fantasy value, so consider him even in shallow leagues. Isaiah Thomas, PG (SAC)--The Kings may have found their point guard of the future in Isaiah Thomas after his most recent streak of success as the floor general. Since joining the starting lineup, Thomas as scored in double-digits in seven of 11 games while totaling at least four assists nine times. His last two games he attempts just 12 shots from the field, but prior to Monday, Thomas has taken at least eight shot attempts in 10 of his last 13 games. Averaging 1.7 turnovers per game, Thomas has shown the ability to take care of the ball, which is surprising considering he is in just his second season. It doesn't look like a switch will be make any time soon at the starting point guard position for the Kings, and Aaron Brooks has not looked good this season, so Thomas will be a staple in fantasy basketball in the foreseeable future. Forwards Al-Farouq Aminu, SF (NO)--Sometimes players perform better with certain teammates on the court, and that is certainly the case with Al-Farouq Aminu since Eric Gordon returned to the Hornets lineup. In his last 10 games, Aminu is averaging 7.0 PPG, 9.3 RPG and 1.4 SPG while becoming beast on the boards like he never has in his young career. His playing time has also increased significantly over the last few games, and in now up to 26.4 minutes-per-game over his last five games. His field goal attempts need to increase if he wants to take his game to the next level (averaging just 6.6 FGA per game in last 10 games), but he still has plenty to contribute as long as he continues to log the minutes he has received recently. John Henson, PF (MIL)--In limited playing time over the last few games, Henson has been able to make the most of it and is now starting to gain attention in the fantasy game. In his last five games, Henson has picked up his game, averaging 9.4 PPG and 6.4 RPG while averaging just 17.4 minutes-per-game. Henson is a rookie, and with more seasoned players on the Bucks roster, it will be hard for him to earn a bigger role with the team. If his most recent success continues, he may make a push to take over the starting power forward position over Ersan Ilyasova, but that will be hard to due, considering he is also a young up-in-coming talent who is making a lot of money. Those in dynasty leagues should keep an eye on Henson over the next few games , and if he continues trending upward, pick him up before it is too late. Earl Clark, SF, PF (LAL)--Although his fantasy value will only be short term, Early Clark has played well enough while Pau Gasol has been out to make him a consideration in fantasy basketball. In January, Clark is averaging 9.7 PPG, 8.3 RPG and 1.3 BPG as a temporary fixture in the Lakers starting lineup. There is a chance that Gasol returns to the lineup on Thursday when the Lakers take on the Heat, but Clark has clearly earned playing time moving forward. With Gasol coming back from injury and Dwight Howard playing with an injury, it may be wise to stash Clark in the hopes that a spot in the starting lineup opens up in the future. For now, Clark is more of a deep league/dynasty league player, but depending on his minutes once Gasol returns, he could still have value in standard fantasy leagues. Centers Glen Davis, PF, C (ORL)--The Magic welcomed Glen Davis on Monday after being out of the lineup since Dec. 19 with a shoulder injury, and he picked up right where he left off. In his first two games since returning form injury, Davis has averaged 12 PPG and 4 RPG while chipping in with one steal and two blocks. His minutes have been limited to just 25 minutes and 18 minutes, but as he continues to get back to game shape, he should return to averaging 30-plus minutes in a short time. Before the injury, Davis was on pace to have his best season of his career, stepping up on both offense (15.7 PPG) and defense (7.6 RPG), and he is on pace to get back to that level. There is a chance that owners bailed on him when the injury occurred, and now is the time to pick him up before he returns to his usual production. Elton Brand, PF, C (DAL)--Over his last 10 games, Elton Brand has picked up his game significantly as the top big man off the bench for the Mavericks, and it is now time for fantasy players to pay attention. Averaging 10.1 PPG, 6.6 RPG and 1.6 BPG, Brand has earned quality minutes, even with the return of Dirk Nowitzki. In his last five games, Brand has averaged 23.2 minutes-per-game and has notched at least 10 points and six boards in three straight games. In that same time frame, he is averaging 7.4 shot attempts, which is enough for him to contribute, considering most of his shot are in the paint. The Mavericks don't have much depth on their roster, especially in the post, so Brand should continue to log minutes and rack up fantasy points moving forward. 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 email@example.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 utilizeRotoInfo.com’s new NBA Lineup Grids.
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@stmyers1 thanks for the follow!
@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