Fantasy Forecast: Monday, Nov. 26, 2012

Now that we are officially one month into the NBA season, we have a better idea of what kind of fantasy value some players will have this season. There are still some questions that need to be answered, but Timberwolves fans around the world got to rejoice as Kevin Love made a surprise comeback last week and posted 34 points, 14 rebounds and 2 steals in 35 minutes. Even better, Ricky Rubio looks like he may be just a few weeks away from taking the court himself. When that happens, the Wolves will get their Dynamic Duo back to putting up big time fantasy stats for their owners.

If Rubio is still available in your league (owned in just 58 percent of Yahoo leagues), now is the perfect time to stash him on your bench.

Start ‘em

Mike Conley – PG Grizzlies: Conley is easily one of the most underrated fantasy PGs in the NBA, and currently ranks No. 11 in Yahoo fantasy scoring. With an average of 14.8 points, 6.5 assists and 2.2 steals per-game, it is a wonder why he is only started in 58 percent of Yahoo leagues. Make sure you check with whomever owns him in your league and see if they are willing to trade him for the right price.

Jason Kidd – PG/SG Knicks: While I do think Kidd peaked last week when he scored 17 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals, he obviously still has a little gas left in that tank of his. What’s more impressive is that he is shooting relatively well (for Kidd anyway) with a FG percentage of 50.0 percent over the last 14 days. With four games this week, I like Kidd as someone that will give you well rounded stats. Did I mention he is only owned in 64 percent of Yahoo leagues?

Metta World Peace – SF Lakers: Because I hate the name Metta World Peace, Ron-Ron is what I will call him here. Did you know that over the last two weeks Ron-Ron is averaging 16.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals a night, in 35:07 MPG? Ron-Ron is only owned in 64 percent of Yahoo leagues, so make sure you he is not available on your league anymore. The Lakers play three games this week and given the stats he has been putting up, that should be plenty to keep fantasy owners happy and singing his praises.

Kevin Love – PF Timberwolves: It brings me great pleasure to be able to mention Love’s name when it comes to fantasy basketball once again! Since coming back he is averaging a robust 24.3 points and 14.0 rebounds in 35 minutes a night. Get him back in your line-up with confidence and ignore the reports that those big-box websites love to throw out about his hand being sore. Anyone ever broke their hand? *hand raised* Good, then we all know that it is a little sore after the cast comes off and you start using it again.

Byron Mullens – PF/C Bobcats: The Bobcats are usually best known for being owned by my idol, Michael Jordan. But, did you also know they have this guy named Mullens that is averaging 15.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.4 blocks a night in 34:42 minutes over the last two weeks? And, did you know this same guy is only owned in 63 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues? Anyone that can put up those kinds of numbers, and qualifies at Center, should be owned in ANY league size, and ANY scoring format!

Omer Asik – C Rockets: Asik is gaining popularity in fantasy circles as owners are taking notice thanks to his 10.2 points and 11.9 rebound averages this season. He doesn’t give you much more than points and rebounds, so you will need to make sure you can make up the blocks (1.3 BPG and 17 total) somewhere else in your line-up. He is owned in 73 percent of Yahoo leagues, which means there is a chance he is available in your league right now.

Sit ‘em

Isaiah Thomas – PG Kings: Thomas went from a must-own PG to someone that should be on your waiver wire ASAP. Aaron Brooks has taken over PG duties for the Kings and Thomas hit rock bottom on Friday when he recorded the dreaded DNP-CD. It’s time to cut your losses with Thomas and move on unless you have a deep bench in your league.

Klay Thompson – SG Warriors: The Warriors play just two games this week, which means even though Thompson averages 15.0 points and 2.1 3-pointers a night, there is limited damage he can do for you sitting at home. Instead, look at guys like Nick Young or Peace from up above.

Matt Barnes – SF Clippers: Barnes had a nice little two week run 9.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per-game) that had some fantasy owners scrambling to pick him up. But, that run has come to an end as he has seen sub 20 minute nights in back-to-back games and has just seven points total during them. If you picked him up hoping to catch lightning in a bottle, go ahead and cut him loose now.

Ersan Ilyasova – PF Bucks: I’m not one of those writers who sugar coats things, so let me just say it like it is: Ilyasova is colder than the Siberian Tundra in winter right now. He is shooting a pathetic 31.9 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from the free-throw line. When Dwight Howard calls you to give you some pointers on FT shooting, things are bad (he didn’t; but, maybe he should). It is only a matter of time before the Bucks bench him, and it is better for you to move on before they do.

Dwight Howard – C Lakers: Calm down, this is more for those in weekly transaction or cap leagues than in standard daily transaction leagues. Howard has two main problems that are killing his fantasy value: free-throw shooting and turnovers. He is tied for fourth in the NBA with 46 turnovers, and that is quite impressive considering he is a Center and the other four guys ahead of him (Jrue Holiday - 58 , James Harden - 53, Kevin Durant - 53 and Kobe Bryant - 52) handle the ball most of the time for their respective teams. Then there is his 49.7 percent shooting from the charity stripe. One would almost hope someone would take charity on him and just let him have a pinch shooter. Because of these two factors, Howard is currently sitting with the No. 210 ranking overall for Yahoo fantasy basketball players this season.


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.