POSTED: Dec 15, 2014 12:20 AM ET
The argument for Most Improved Player in the NBA would be a short one if the season ended today. Draymond Green is the heartbeat of the NBA-best Golden State Warriors and he's filling stat sheets for his fantasy owners in the process.
Green came into Sunday's matchup with New Orleans as the third ranked fantasy player on Yahoo! over the past 14 days and eighth over the last 30. He fills nearly every statistical category, averaging 16.0 points on 47 percent, 9.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.5 blocks and 2.1 treys over his last eight games. That's easily top-30 fantasy value for a player drafted on average in the 10th round and he doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
The most important difference for Green between this season and his previous two is simply minutes. He's averaging 32.5 in a starting role with Golden State this year after averaging 21.9 last year. The increase in minutes explains most of Green's stats except for points and 3-point. Green was a horrid shooter when he came into the league, shooting 32.7 percent (20.9 from 3-point) in his rookie year and 40.7 (33.3) last season. Maybe teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson taught him a thing or two over the offseason as Green has catapulted to 46.2 percent from the field and 36.8 from 3.
If you drafted Green, congratulations. You easily have the steal of the season so far and his all-around production probably has you near the top of your league. Unless someone truly blows you away with a trade offer, hold on to Green. Even with David Lee (hamstring) nearing a return, Green won't lose his playing time or fall in production anytime soon.
Week 8 Schedule Breakdown
Four games: BKN, BOS, CHA, CLE, DET, IND, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIL, NOP, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHX, POR, SAS, TOR, UTA
Three games: ATL, CHI, DAL, DEN, HOU, LAL, MIN, PHI, SAC, WAS
Two games: GSW
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Rudy Gobert - 19% owned
Gobert collected seven points, nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals in his first NBA start on Sunday in place of the injured Derrick Favors (ankle). His minutes have been low (17 per game) when Favors and Enes Kanter are healthy. But even in the limited action he's averaging 7.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.3 steals over his last seven games. He's certainly worth an add as long as Favors is down. And he should be under consideration if you need blocks and rebounds even once Favors returns.