Fantasy Forecast: Get Bazemore or Singler If You Can
Most fantasy leagues start their playoffs in week 21, so that means we have just two more weeks to go before you are either in the race for the title, or planning your NFL fantasy football draft strategy. I’ve gotten countless emails about the free agent list and who you should go after.
The truth of the matter is that the best players on the waiver wire at this point are either Kyle Singler or Kent Bazemore. Both have their positive and negative sides to their game, but they are probably doing better than the guy you have been rolling out there for the last few weeks that you are thinking of dropping. Let’s go over those two players a little more in-depth now.
Kyle Singler – G/F Pistons: Singler is averaging over 35 MPG over the past month for the Pistons, so you know he will be on the floor most of the game; his 47.6 percent shooting from the field is pretty good for a player off the waiver wire who plays that many minutes at the SG position; his 1.5 steals a night over the past month certainly help. Now the bad: He has a propensity to score in single-digits; his 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists aren’t very sexy in fantasy basketball. I own Singler in a few leagues, so he is someone I recommend you give a look. Just know what you are and aren’t getting.
Kent Bazemore – G/F Lakers: Bazemore’s sample size is much smaller than that of Singler’s. Before he was traded to the Lakers, the most minutes he logged this season were 17, and that was back on December 31st. However, since joining the Lakers depleted rotation he has averaged 33.4 MPG. The monster minutes have translated into 16.2 points and 2.0 steals a night. Like Singler though, the 3.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists aren’t that sexy. But, like Singler, I too own Bazemore in a number of leagues. He has his value and is worth owning in almost any league format.
Darren Collison – PG Clippers: Collison was excellent in place of Chris Paul, and he been quite the asset for the Clippers this season. He will come back on the fantasy radar for a short burst of games with Jamal Crawford going down for 2-3 games with a strained calf. J.J. Redick is also out with a multitude of injuries and the Clippers just signed my friend, Mr. Danny Granger. With that being said, the team and players can trust Collison and the Clippers are sure to deploy a double PG backcourt until Crawford is back. Collison is an excellent one-week option for those in cap leagues, or for those who have an open roster spot.
Kyle Singler – SG Pistons: For all the reasons I mentioned above, I think Singler is a must-own player in all formats at this point of the season. Why “must-own” and not just “should-own”? Well, the chances of you not being able to use a guy who ranks #14 overall for the past two weeks with 90 total points, 19 rebounds, 12 assists, and 10 steals is remote at best. Singler isn’t a sure bet every single night for those in cap leagues, but he comes in cheap and provides enough stats to make for a solid return on this investment. And, it doesn’t hurt that the Pistons play 4 games this week either.
Vince Carter – SG/SF Mavericks: Carter is owned in just 43 percent of Yahoo leagues right now, but over the past two weeks he has averaged 15.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.3 steals a night for the Mavericks. Then, on Sunday night, he added another 21 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds in just over 29 minutes against the Spurs. He is hot right now and owners should ride him until the wheels fall off this bandwagon. Like I said with Singler above, I bet you there is someone on your team right now that you’ve been wanting to cut. Well, here is your chance.
Markieff Morris – PF Suns: When I’m wrong, I am I’m wrong, and I was wrong with Morris last week. Over the last 9 games he has averaged 17.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.2 steals a night. He has been able to sustain his value by scoring in double figures in 21 of his last 22 games. He’s owned in 57 percent of Yahoo leagues, so you will want to check and make sure he isn’t on your waiver wire. In daily leagues his price is on the rise, so you’ll need to hurry if you want get him before his price goes any higher.
Kent Bazemore – G/F Lakers: Bazemore has been covered, but I want to add that the Lakers play 5 games this week. They do play 2 games in week 20, but then finish the season strong with 14 games from weeks 21 – 24. The Lakers are playing for draft pick position now, and I don’t see any reason for Kobe Bryant to come back other than ego. Bazemore should get plenty of minutes to finish out the season.
Jared Sullinger – C Celtics: Sullinger returned to action and put up 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block in 25 minutes on Saturday. The Celtics play 3 games this week, with the first being on Wednesday against the Warriors. So, there will be enough practice time for him to be in the starting line-up for that game. It is safe to pick him back up and insert him into your fantasy line-up and leave him there until the fantasy season is over.
Deron Williams – PG Nets: D-Will is probably one of the most overrated PGs in fantasy basketball. He’s owned in 98 percent of Yahoo leagues, and came into the season with a #15 overall rank from Yahoo, but is giving back mid 10th round value this season thanks to his #125 overall ranking when looking at total stats. Right now Williams is dealing with a sore wrist, and with nothing to play for he could miss time. Even if he plays through it, in his last 3 games he’s managed to average 12 points and 4 assists while shooting 40.1 percent from the field. D-Will is dealing with a wrist injury and hurting owners more than helping as we head into the home stretch of the fantasy regular season.
Patty Mills – PG Spurs: This one is very simple; Tony Parker is back, which shifts Mills back to the bench and back to fantasy waiver wires. Keep an eye on Parker as the Spurs will not hesitate to rest him if another injury occurs. But, for now, cut Mills loose.
Terrence Ross – SG/SF – Raptors: Ross sprained his ankle last Thursday, which caused him to miss Sunday’s game against the Warriors. He will probably be fine for the next game the Raptors play, but that isn’t until Friday of this week. That’s right, the Raptors play just two games this week, and that means Ross’ ability to produce fantasy numbers are limited. Sit him down or sell him in cap leagues, but don’t play him unless you are in a daily roto-league.
Arron Afflalo – SF Magic: Afflalo has missed the previous 5 games with an ankle injury and an illness. He will likely be back in week 19, but the Magic play just two (2) games this week and they are unfavorable match-ups with the Rockets and Spurs. Those in cap and weekly transaction leagues should just keep him benched and hope he hits week 20’s 3-game schedule fully healthy.
Thaddeus Young – PF 76ers: About the only thing the Sixers have these days worth talking about in fantasy basketball is Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young. However, the Sixers play just two games this week and they are against the Thunder and the Jazz. Those in daily roto-leagues will still want to play Young. But, those in Daily and weekly leagues could find better options I am sure.
Paul Millsap – PF/C Hawks: Millsap was ruled out for Sunday’s game on Friday, which is normally not a good thing because it means the team knows his knee won’t be ready two days later. The Hawks play 3 games in week 19, with one on Wednesday, then back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday. There is a real chance he could make all three, just as there is a real chance he could miss one… or all three. If I am in a daily or weekly transaction league, I leave Millsap on the bench for this week; if I am in a daily roto-league, I just check back and find out his status on the day of their games.
James Morris hails from Rio Rancho, NM and has been playing fantasy sports for just over 15 years. Not only does he write the Timberwolves fantasy basketball section, but he crosses over the sports boundary and writes the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals fantasy football sections. Just send him an email and he will reply back the same day with your answer. Or, find him on Twitter (Fantasyguy23) and Facebook to get all your NFL news before it hits the national media. For more news and notes on the team follow the Minnesota Timberwolves and Mark Remme on Twitter, and join the conversation at WolvesNation.com.