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Taylor, Pachulia, Allen Owned in Less than 2 Percent of Fantasy Leagues

By Matt Rochinski
November 28, 2012

You may be waiting patiently for Dirk Nowitzki, John Wall or Danny Granger to make a return to your fantasy team. You drafted Kyrie Irving, Steve Nash or even Anthony Davis and now are dealing with the reality that they’re all sidelined. You’re wondering if Andrew Bynum or Eric Gordon are ever going to get a start for your fantasy squad. Like so many fantasy owners, you might have issues with your roster right now. That means you’re looking for help – guys that are putting up numbers that very few people are noticing. When the Bobcats head to Atlanta on November 28 and return to Charlotte on November 30 to take on the 76ers, there is a guy on each of these rosters you might want to grab, because not many have.

Cats rookie Jeffery Taylor is only owned in one percent of fantasy leagues, but has done a solid job of filling in for Gerald Henderson (foot) in the starting lineup. Taylor is averaging 7.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals for the Bobcats but has been coming on the last five games heading into Atlanta on November 28. He’s the lone Cat to score in double digits in all five of those contests and is putting up 11.8 points on 46.7 percent shooting (21-for45) from the field and 50.0 percent shooting (8-for-16) from 3-point range. Taylor’s also been getting it done defensively, swiping 2.20 steals while only averaging 1.0 turnover, as well.

Zaza Pachulia is in his 10th year in the league but continues the resurgence he began last season when the Hawks lost Al Horford for most of the season. This season Horford is back, but Pachulia’s numbers haven’t dropped off much despite just starting five of 12 games. The Hawks big man is averaging 7.3 points, 7.7 rebounds (2.8 offensive) and 1.8 assists while shooting a career-best 55.0 percent from the field. He’s only owned in 1.5 percent of fantasy leagues right now and could be a solid pickup in yours.

Ask most casual NBA fans who Lavoy Allen is and they probably couldn’t tell you who he plays for, but fantasy owners should start taking notice. With Andrew Bynum out indefinitely for Philadelphia and Spencer Hawes relegated to coming off the bench for the 76ers, it’s Allen who has stepped into Philly’s starting lineup as of late and been producing. As of Wednesday, the second-year center/forward was averaging 5.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.2 assists for the Sixers. In his last three games, Allen is scoring 8.3 points, bringing down 5.0 rebounds (2.3 offensive), dishing out 2.0 assists and blocking 1.33 shots. Oh, and he’s shooting 66.7 percent from the field. There’s not much more you could expect from a guy who’s only owned in 1.5 percent of leagues.

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