The season is still early and tweaking your fantasy basketball team is a constant. Below are some suggestions for your digestion.
Waiver Wire Suggestions
Robin Lopez, C, New Orleans Hornets (47% owned in Yahoo! leagues)
Lopez is a serviceable center, so if you need one in a two-center or deep league that’s likely available in your league, go for the Lopez brother that’s frightened of roller coasters. In the past week (four games), he averaged 14.5 points, 65.7 FG% (8.8 FGA), 92.3 FT% (3.3 FTA) 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. However, his long-term value will be determined when Anthony Davis comes back into the mix.
Ben Gordon, SG, Charlotte Bobcats (45%)
Gordon started off slow (13.9 points, 43.8 FG% on 11.2 FGA) in the month of November, but has turned it on of late. In his past four games, he averaged 15.0 points on 48.8 percent shooting (10.8 FGA) from the field, which includes 52.4 percent from three point range (5.3 3PA), 2.8 treys and 1.8 assists. He may not start, but he’s making the most of his minutes off the pine for the Cats.
Andray Blatche, PF/C, Brooklyn Nets (38%)
As a Nets fan, this is bittersweet to write. Brook Lopez has not played at all this week and will miss more games until his ankle is 100 percent. Sadness. However, Blatche has been playing relatively great as Bropez’s replacement. In the last three games, Blatche averaged 17.3 points on 51.4 percent (11.7 FGA) shooting from the floor and 75.0 percent from the stripe (6.7 FTA), 10.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and zero drama in only 27 minutes of play. Even when Lopez comes back, Blatche should be kept on deep league rosters.
Jason Maxiell, PF, Detroit Pistons (13%)
Maxiell has always been that potential guy and the past week is a reason why he should always be on a Watch List. In four games in the past week, he averaged 8.0 points, shooting 46.4 percent from the floor and also averaged 6.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. The last two statistics are noteworthy. If you need boards and blocks, Maxiell is the way to go, especially since his minutes has jumped a solid three minutes this month as compared to November.
Carlos Delfino, SG/SF, Houston Rockets (12%)
Delfino is a solid add in a deep league or if you need some three-point production. He missed seven games at the end of November, but has come back in December (four games) and is getting the shot attempts, which is likeable. The shooting percentages, however, not so likeable. But the fact that he’s getting the opportunities is a good thing. Delfino averaged 11.8 points on 42.5 percent (10.0 FGA) shooting from the field and 36.7 percent from behind the arc (7.5 3PA) and hitting 2.8 treys a game so far this month. He’s getting solid looks from the field (8.8 FGA) and behind the three point line (6.4) in 12 games this season, so he should be considered for the potential production despite limited minutes (24).
Jeff Green, SF/PF, Boston Celtics (12%)
Green needs to earn his money and he’s shown signs that he has the ability too, but there isn’t any good consistency just yet. However, the season is still young and if given more minutes with more chances to increase his shooting percentage, Green will be a solid addition to fantasy teams in deep leagues or in need of an injury replacement. In three games the past week, Green averaged 14.3 points, 51.5 FG% (11.0 FGA), 100 FT% (1.7 FTA), 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 25 minutes. It looks like he’s getting back to his OKC production slowly, but surely.
Amir Johnson, PF/C, Toronto Raptors (6%)
Johnson is likely to move into the starting lineup replacing rookie Jonas Valanciunas who has been getting killed defensively and not doing much on the offensive side. Johnson has always been a really good player when given minutes and his performance last week (four games) should have him considered in deep leagues: 9.0 points, 60.9 FG% (5.8 FGA), 87.5 FT% (2.0 FTA), 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.8 blocks in only 23 minutes of burn. Grab him while you can.
Number of Team Games in Week 7 (12/10-12/16)
Four Games: ATL, BKN, CHA, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, LAL, NOR, PHI, SAC, SAS, TOR, WAS
Three Games: BOS, CHI, IND, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NYK, ORL, POR, UTA
Two Games: OKC, PHO