Fantasy Forecast: Wolves on the Rise
Don’t look now Timberwolves fans, but you have a legit 1-2 punch with Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio! In Rubio’s first eight games, he has recorded three double-doubles and the team is +29 in turnovers when he is on the floor. Love is now averaging 20.4 points, 15.0 rebounds and 2.1 3-pointers per game, and owners who invested a high first rounder in him have to be thrilled with his production thus far.
Rookie Derrick Williams looked good playing for the injured Michael Beasley on Sunday night, scoring 14 points and grabbing 7 rebounds in 30 minutes. If you are have someone you have wanted to cut for the right FA, Williams is someone to take a serious look at. There is a good chance the Timberwolves could continue giving Williams more minutes regardless of Michael Beasley’s injury situation.
D.J. Augustin: For a guy taken at the top of the 9th round on average, Augustin is paying huge dividends to owners with his 16.9 points, 8.0 assists and 2.0 3-pointers per-game this season. This week the Bobcats play 5 games, with Houston, Detroit and Golden State below .500, and New York sitting a .500 (4-4).
DeMar DeRozan: DeRozan started off red hot, averaging 19.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in his first five games. But, he cooled off his last two games and that has many owners worried that he was more fiction than fact. The truth is that the Raptors need DeRozan in a big way and I view him as a prime buy-low candidate after scoring a total of 11 points in his last two games.
Derrick Williams: I would be hitting the waiver wire and adding Williams for that guy at the end of your bench that will never play anyway in the hopes that you catch lightning in a bottle. This is not a homer pick; it is more of a fortune teller pick for what I feel is coming.
Kris Humphries: Now that he is finally over his whirlwind summer problems, Humphries has piled up 28 rebounds in his last two games. He scored 25 points on Saturday, which means he could be ready to turn it on for the struggling Nets. The Nets need Humphries like plants need water, so he will get every chance possible to succeed and I want to jump on the wagon for this 4-game week of his.
Spencer Hawes: For a center to average 12.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks a night and still only be owned in 80 percent of Yahoo! leagues, that is just ridiculous. You fantasy players can’t honestly tell me your C2 or C1 is better than Hawes, and yet he is sitting on the waiver wire in roughly 20 percent of the leagues out there. Pick him up and stick him in the line-up right this second!
Stephen Curry: Curry is still out with a bum ankle, and he is scheduled to be in Charlotte to meet with his surgeon on Monday. I doubt he has another surgery, but word is that he will just remain in Charlotte until the Warriors play the Bobcats on Friday. What that means is you have Curry for 1-2 games this week at best, and more likely just the one. Keep him on the bench until further notice.
Danny Green: Now that Manu Ginobili is out a month or more, there is a gap in the Spurs starting line-up that must be filled. On Saturday, Green came up huge with 24 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks while shooting 69.2 percent from the field. The problem with Green is that he followed that effort up with 6 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal and one block off the bench on Sunday. Until the Spurs name him the starting SG, his lines are going to be really high highs and really low lows, and he should be avoided in all but the deeper leagues for now.
Danny Granger: As most of you know, I used to work with the Pacers and because of that I am a big Granger fan. That being said, I own him in many of my leagues and am really struggling with keeping him this season. He entered the season as a top 25 projected player, but as of right now he is closer to the No. 75 range and is shooting a putrid 30.7 percent from the field. Until he gets his shot right and starts producing all-around stats, I’d recommend finding a better SF option and possibly seeing what you can get in trade if there is a Pacers fan in the league.
Ryan Anderson: There is no reason why a guy drafted at the top of the 11th round should be ranked No. 10 in all of fantasy basketball right now, but Anderson is. The guy is averaging 17.9 points and 6.9 rebounds a night and his coach is still calling him out in front of the media. If you look up underappreciated in the dictionary, Anderson would be pictured next to it! However, the Magic play just two games this week and there is little damage he can do sitting at home.
Dwight Howard: With just two games this week, Howard is going to only be an option in daily transaction leagues. Those in weekly or cap leagues will want to look elsewhere for their starting center. On a side note, there was a recent rumor flouted by a sports director of a CBS affiliate in Orlando that Howard had backed off his trade request and would likely remain with the team. Magic GM Otis Smith confirmed that Dwight Howard has not backed away from his trade request. No new developments have occurred with his wish list of three teams (Mavericks, Lakers and Nets), but I’ve been answering questions all week about this and figured I’d clear it up right now.
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