Fantasy Corner – Basketball

Doug Hendry, Assistant Sports Editor

Stats up-to-date as of Feb. 3

Hot Pickups:

Taj Gibson, PF (CHI): The Bulls lineup has been changing for a couple weeks now, and Gibson has produced when given minutes. Recording a block in 10 straight games and double-digit points in seven straight games, Gibson is a well-rounded forward that can help you in multiple areas.

Jared Sullinger, PF/C (BOS): Sullinger is a streaky player, but he has pulled down an average of nine rebounds per game over the last 15 days. If you can afford to lose some in field goal percentage, Sullinger can easily pad your rebounding numbers while adding high point totals in some games.

Buy Low:

Nik Vucevic, PF/C (ORL): Vucevic has played in the past three games after suffering a concussion and has averaged nine rebounds and 14 PPG over the span. He will soon be put back into Orlando’s starting lineup, and it’s best to try and get him now while his output is only at a modest level.

Derrick Favors, PF/C (UTA): People may be looking to trade Favors due to his hip injury, but he has been able to produce when healthy. Like Vucevic, he is a beast on the glass and puts up moderate scoring numbers. He should only miss a couple games before coming back into the lineup for the struggling Jazz.

Sell High:

Gerald Green, SG/SF (PHO): A player whose focus is mostly on scoring, Green can secure rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks, but often doesn’t do that at high rates. You can sell Green high just because of his scoring numbers. The Suns may acquire Pau Gasol, too. If that happens, his minutes will decrease.

Darren Collison, PG (LAC): Collison has performed well in his stint with the starting lineup, but Chris Paul will return from injury hopefully within the next week from a separated shoulder. Collison should still contribute, but you should try to trade him now, especially if you’re in a 10- or 12-team league.

Injury Watch:

Russell Westbrook, PG (OKC): Westbrook has had several knee issues over the past couple of seasons and he has taken his time coming back from injury. Injured for two different stints during this season, Westbrook should be returning shortly after the end of All-Star Weekend to help the Thunder.

Manu Ginobili, SG (SA): If you were hoping Ginobili would only miss a few games, it appears his injury is a bit worse. One of several injured Spurs, Ginobili will be out for another three to four weeks with a hamstring strain. With another playoff run in mind, the Spurs may take it slow with the possible Sixth Man of the Year.

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