No need to worry about the Detroit big man
POSTED: Nov 10, 2014 2:07 AM ET
Lost within the hype that surrounded Andre Drummond this offseason is the simple fact that he's still 21 years old. And like most 21 year olds, he's prone to inconsistency and foul trouble, both of which have been on full display through five of his first six games.
Drummond has hardly been bad with averages of 10.8 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks to start the year. Good numbers. Just nowhere near what many fantasy owners expected when they drafted the third-year big in the second or third round. Especially since these numbers simply aren't special enough to offset the extreme damage Drummond causes to free throw percentage (35 percent from the line this season). But don't expect these below-average numbers to last.
As with every stat at this point in the season, it comes from a very small sample size and shouldn't be enough for you to make a brash decision like selling low and trading Drummond. He recorded 20 or more rebounds seven times in the second half of last season and similar numbers will come once he can limit his fouls (five or more in each of his first four games). The field goal attempts have been there for Drummond, too, shooting 10.7 shots per game at just 45.3 percent. If he can raise that back towards his career average of 61.1 percent then he will be averaging at least 15 points in no time, even with the awful free throw shooting.
So deep breath Drummond owners. The dominant big man will be filling stat sheets soon enough and you should find yourself winning the rebound and field goal percentage categories on a weekly basis.
The Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards pull the short-end of the fantasy stick with only two games this week. Golden State is the only team to play both Saturday and Sunday, so keep an eye on the Warriors' waiver-wire players (Harrison Barnes, Shaun Livingston and Leandro Barbosa) for plug-and-play options at the end of the week.
4 games: ATL, DET, GSW, IND, LAL, NYK, OKC, ORL, SAS, UTA
3 games: BKN, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, HOU, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOP, PHO, POR, SAC, TOR
2 games: BOS, LAC, PHI, WAS
Evan Fournier - 18% owned
So far the minutes have been there for Fournier in the crowded Magic backcourt. This may change when Victor Oladipo (face) returns to the lineup in late November. But until then, Fournier is producing 3-pointers and points at starter-value with low turnovers, averaging 16.0 points, 1.9 3-pointers, 2.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 turnovers on 50.6 percent shooting this season. He should be owned and reevaluated when Oladipo returns.
Mo Williams - 23% owned
Williams will split time with rookie Zach LaVine at the point guard spot while Ricky Rubio (ankle) recovers over the next 7-8 weeks. The former All-Star won't fill the box sheet. But he should provide assists at a good rate, something that's hard to find on the waiver wire.
Randy Foye - 45% owned
Foye can be a valuable fantasy player during the rare stretches when his shot is on and it appears we're in one of those stretches now. The long-range shooter has averaged 17.3 points, 3.0 3-pointers, 4.3 assists and 1.3 rebounds on 52.8 percent over the past seven days with more than half of his field goal attempts coming from 3-point. He's a solid 3-point option at the moment. But potentially dismal field goal percentage from the career 41 percent shooter is always a worry.
Iman Shumpert - 38% owned
The 6-foot-5 guard has never been a great fantasy player because of the limited bench minutes he usually receives in New York (career average of 26.3 minutes). But now with coach Derek Fisher, Shumpert is in the starting lineup and has averaged 33.0 minutes over the last four games to go with 16.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.8 3-pointers over that same four-game span. He's a solid waiver-wire addition as long as the minutes remain.