Fantasy Corner: Basketball

Doug Hendry, Assistant Sports Editor

Who’s Hot:

Kevin Durant, SF (OKC): What’s not to say about the possible MVP candidate? Durant put up a career-high 54 points on Jan. 17, and is averaging more than 30 points per game to go along with 7.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists. He should be able to carry any team to the championship.

Ty Lawson, PG (DEN): After an injury-riddled season last year, Lawson has really commanded the Denver Nuggets this year. With at least 11 assists in nine of the past 10 games, he ranks fourth in the NBA in assists. Additionally, Lawson leads Denver with 18 points per game.

Reggie Jackson, PG (OKC): Another point guard with a hot hand, Jackson has filled in nicely in Russell Westbrook’s absence. He has evolved into a very well-rounded player, with 3.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.0 steals, and 17.4 points per game over the last 17 days.

Elton Brand, PF/C (ATL): Brand may be receiving limited minutes this year, but he has been a block machine when given playing time as of late. If your team is lacking in blocks in a deep league, Brand is in the top 10 in blocks during the month of January.

Who’s Not:

Amir Johnson, PF/C (TOR): Apart from grabbing rebounds off the glass, Johnson has been very inconsistent. His 10.8 PPG, .716 FT%, and .550 FG% are all well below his season averages. There are better options than this struggling forward who is still owned in 60% of leagues.

Iman Shumpert, PG/SG/SF (NYK): Although the Knicks have come back to life in January, Shumpert has struggled. After scoring 27 and 26 points in back to back games earlier in the month, he has only averaged 7.0 PPG. Throw in the .386 FG%, and you should stay clear.

Andrea Bargnani, PF/C (NYK): A center known for his three-point abilities, Bargnani is about to be demoted out of the starting lineup. The Knicks are looking to move to a smaller lineup, limiting Bargnani’s opportunities. Still, he has hit less than 13 PT per game this year.

Danny Granger, SG/SF (IND): The small forward from Indiana came back from injury in December, but has failed to be a large presence offensively. Granger only has been able to play 23 minutes per game, and has averaged only 8.9 points and 1.5 assists per game.


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