Fantasy Basketball: Short Term/Long Term Again
Another episode of Short Term and Long Term!
Short Term Fix:
Ramon Sessions: Everybody’s favorite constant sleeper is going to be valuable for the next week or so while Mo Williams recovers from not wanting to play for a team that loses 13 straight. Can you really blame him? He’s 28 years old, but he’s starting to look like he’s 45 and gone through 4 terrible divorces. Sessions on the other hand is trying so hard to be given a regular starting job – in games with more than 30 minutes he averages 17.8 PPG, 5.6 APG, 4.4 RPG, nearly a steal and is shooting over 52% from the field. Getting that type of FG% from a person giving you that many assists and points is a fantasy gold mine, and until Mo-Will gets back, Ra-Sess will be worth a spot on all lineups.
Manny Harris: In a similar boat as Sessions, in that as soon as the regular backcourt of the Cavs gets less whiny and plays games, Harris will become irrelevant, but for now…. here are his January numbers sans the one game he played 6 minutes: 12.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.3 Threes, and 0.9 SPG. Those are some decent numbers.
Linas Kleiza: Barbosa is out for one to two weeks which means more minutes for Kleiza, DeRozan and Bayless. I would keep an eye on all of these players as they are owned by 39%, 64%, 4% of leagues respectively. Before his injury Barbosa was having a great January averaging 17.3 PPG, with 2 threes, 1.9 SPG, and 3.5 APG. Somebody is going to have to pick up those minutes and slack.
Greg Monroe: If Troy Murphy comes over to Detroit then this might change, but as of now the rookie center has averaged 11.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals while shooting over 56% from the field. He’s a double double machine with a penchant for steals. If it weren’t for his Shaq like freethrow shooting he’d be a must-have, but as of now, he’s still better than the 33% owned shows.
Ersan Ilyasova: Nearly every week I say how depressingly low the percentage of leagues are that owne Ersan. He’s a genuine starter now and despite being an inconsistent player on a team prone to changing its lineup, EI has had a great January, averaging 12.3 points and 8.7 rebs. Also over a steal a game, 0.6 threes and blocks, and shoots the lights out from the line. Why is he only owned in 18% of leagues?!
Amir Johnson: Here’s another double-doubler with great percentages. In January he has shot 66% and 85%. The Raptors look willing to trust him with starters minutes which means more double doubles and great percentages. He’s only owned by 51% of leagues.
Ryan Anderson: Keeping with the bigman theme, the Magic look very willing to give Anderson minutes now that they have Turkoglu back. His January stats: 13 PPG, 6 RPG, 1 BPG and 2.6 threes. Any center who can give you nearly 3 threes a game is worth having on your team and he’s still only owned in one out of every four leagues.
Corey Brewer: Just so that there a guard on this list, let’s include the 6’9″ Brewer. The T-Wolves have placed C-Brews into the starting lineup and seem happy – they won one of the games and genuinely competed with the Spurs! He has averaged 3.25 steals and 13 points. Those steals are enough to make him worth more than 18% owned rate.
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