Fantasy Basketball: Week 17 Free Agent Finds

Guards Kirk Hinrich, PG, SG (CHI)--After missing seven games with a sore right elbow, Kirk Hinrich returned to the court on Tuesday night. He rejoined the starting lineup, playing just over 30 minutes, totaling five points, 10 assists, two rebounds and three steals. On the season Hinrich is averaging 7.0 PPG and 5.3 APG, which is nothing noteworthy, but his ability to rack up steals and three-point field goals makes him attractive. Prior to his latest injury, he connected on nine shots from behind the arc in his last four games while averaging one steal-per-game. The Bulls are not deep in their back court, so even if he hits a slump, playing time will continue to go his way. With Derrick Rose still sidelined without a time table for his return, Hinrich's value will be consistent as long as he can stay off the injury report. Gerald Henderson, SG, SF (CHA)--In yet another miserable season in Charlotte, Gerald Henderson has been able to assemble his best season in the league as a member of the Bobcats starting lineup. Over his last five games, Henderson is averaging 16.0 PPG, 4.8 RPG and 3.4 APG while playing over 34 minutes per game. His shooting from the field is rather low at 40.3 percent, but he continues to find ways to get the free throw line, which has helped his counting numbers considerably. The Bobcats are exploring a trade that who send Ben Gordon packing, which means that there aren't many ways that would force Henderson to lose playing time since Gordon is the only one that could push him out. It would be nice to see Henderson take more three-pointers, considering he is averaging just 1.4 attempts from behind the arc, but 11.1 field goal attempts is enough to make him worth owning in most league formats. Martell Webster, SG, SF (WAS)--Martell Webster and the rest of the Wizards team continue to get better as the season progresses, which has significantly increased their fantasy value. If you forget about the two games leading up to the All-Star break, Webster is averaging 15.9 PPG in eight of his last 10 games and a good portion of that production came from behind the three-point line. In his last five games, Webster is averaging 2.6 3PM on 4.4 3PA, and that translates to 59.1 percent shooting from that range. Although the Wizards are loaded with players at the shooting guard and small forward positions, Webster has averaged over 32 MPG in his last 10 games, and if he continues to play at a high level that number will not decline. Webster's best attributes are scoring and three-point shooting, so those in Roto leagues needing a boost in those categories should give Webster a look. Forwards  Maurice Harkless, SF (ORL)--Since joining the starting lineup, Maurice Harkless has started to show signs of why he was selected in the first-round of last year's NBA Draft, and fantasy owners should now take notice. In his last 10 games, Harkless is averaging 10.1 PPG and 6.5 RPG while playing just over 34 MPG. The Magic are beat up right now, and it doesn't look like it is going to get better anytime soon, which is good news for Harkless, considering it was injuries that allowed him into the starting lineup. At the age of 19, he is still a raw talent that will go through growing pains, but in two games since the All-Star break, he has stepped up his game.    In his last two games, Harkless has recorded a 15 point game and a 20 point game while totaling 14 rebounds, two blocks, two steals and two three-pointers over than span. Prior to the break, Harkless failed to reach 10 field goal attempts in three of his last five games, but since returning he has shown confidence in his game and has taken 15 and 15 shots respectively. At this point,  the Magic may be the worst team in the NBA, but Harkless and a few other youngsters on the team are at least a bright spot for fantasy players. Thomas Robinson, PF (HOU)--This marks the second straight waiver wire article that featured Thomas Robinson, and this time around it is for an even better reason. On Wednesday, the Kings sent Robinson packing for Houston in exchange for Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglas and Cole Aldrich. Although the trade isn't good for Patterson, the same can not be said for Robinson. Once Robinson joins the Rockets, it appears he will join the starting lineup, which means he has the chance of becoming a fantasy stud. While playing in Sacramento, Robinson's playing time was blocked by Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins which limited any fantasy value he may have had.  The rebounding category will be his best contribution early on, but he should expand on his game once he is acclimated to the culture in Houston, so those is need immediate help in that category should consider adding this up-in-comer. Andrew Nicholson, PF (ORL)--Like his teammate Maurice Harkless, Andrew Nicholson has found himself starting lineup for the Magic after the team was hammered with injuries. In his last five games, Nicholson has scored in double-digits in each game, including one game in which he finished with 21 points. He is not only a contributor in the scoring category, but also the rebounding category where he is averaging 6.1 RPG over his last 10 games. His playing time has been consistent, averaging 25.0 MPG in his last 10 games, and that will not change considering the injuries issues the team has endured. He is shooting at a high clip as of late, and has now raised his field goal percentage to 52.7% from the field, and shooting at such a high rate should translate to more shot attempts moving forward. Right now Nicholson is available in most leagues throughout the major providers, so give this youngster a chance if needed. Centers Byron Mullens, PF,C (CHA)--Since returning from injury eight games ago, Byron Mullens has taken his game to the next level for both the Bobcats and in fantasy basketball. In his last eight games, Mullens has scored at least 12 points in each game while recording three games with double-digit rebounds. What may be even more impressive than his increase in production, Mullens has turned it up from behind the three-point arc, connecting for at least one three-pointer in seven of those eight games, including five games with two or more. Prior to his injury, Mullens was averaging over 30 MPG and his now right back on track, averaging 37.2 MPG over his last five games. Outside of the big names at the center position, Mullens is right on the edge of becoming a must-own big man considering his versatility and shooting ability. With that said, he is only owned in about half of leagues throughout fantasy circles, so if you are in own of those leagues, pick him up now before it is too late. Jermaine O'Neal, C (PHO)--In what comes as a bit of a surprise, Jermaine O'Neal has seen a bump in playing time despite the fact that the Suns are rebuilding. Over his last 10 games, O'Neal has averaged 22.4 MPG, which has translated into solid production in both his offensive and defensive game. In his last five games, he is averaging a double-double and just over two blocks per contest. Currently, O'Neal is shooting 50 percent from the field on the season despite averaging just 5.7 FGA in 39 games. He has a history of ending up on the injury report, but until that happens fantasy owners should keep a close eye on the situation in Phoenix, which could lead to a solid end to the season for him if the Suns decide to make roster moves. 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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