Going to change things up a bit this week and also take a look at players owned in more than the 30 percent range, when I usually try to suggest players actually available in a majority of leagues. Why? Because, like a Nicholas Sparks movie, everyone needs love.
Oh, and next week, we’ll have a special All-Star edition round table from various fantasy basketball experts answering a few questions. Enough about the future, let’s get going with this week’s suggestions.
Danny Green, SG/SF, (47% owned in Yahoo! leagues and ranked fifth overall in the past week) and Kawhi Leonard, SG/SF, (58% and eighth), San Antonio Spurs
Both Spurs wings benefited in the past week (two games) due to Manu Ginobili being out and Tim Duncan playing relatively few minutes. Green had eight treys in the Spurs’ last game, finishing with 28 points. In the same game, Leonard finished with 19 points and 10 boards. However, while Green is an excellent source of triples and Leonard has great upside to contribute everywhere, both require consistent burn to warrant a pickup in standard leagues. Plus, there’s always the possibility of someone like Gary Neal, Stephen Jackson or Matt Bonner of getting hot. Pick Green and Leonard up for now, but once they slow down, drop and pickup someone else.
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Nick Young, SG/SF, Philadelphia 76ers (36%)
Jason Richardson goes down for the season and Nick Young falls in to some prime playing time, as he’s received 37 minutes per in three games in the past week. In those three games, Young dropped 14.7 points, grabbed 5.7 boards, dished 1.7 assists, stole the ball 1.7 times and rejected a shot per game. His triples output (0.7; 14.3 percent on 4.7 3PA) stunk, but with the amount of opportunities he’ll have moving forward, Young is a good bet to even things out a bit and produce more treys, just like any human with the surname Kerby. Pick him up in all leagues!
Earl Clark, SF/PF, Los Angeles Lakers (43%)
And Pau Gasol goes down too. Like Young, Clark will continue to benefit from injury to a teammate. However, even before the injury to Pau, I suggested to you fine folks a few times to pick up Clark because of Dwight Howard’s nagging and nagging injuries, as well as fitting well in Mike D’Antoni’s system. In the past four games, Clark averaged 12.3 points on 48.8 percent shooting from the floor (10.3 FGA), 9.8 rebounds, 0.5 three-pointers (22.2 percent on 2.3 attempts), 1.0 steals and 1.5 blocks in 38 minutes per contest. THIRTY-EIGHT MINUTES. Since Pau is out for about six weeks and Howard is dealing with injuries that don’t seem like they’ll be going away any time soon, Clark warrants being owned in all leagues.