In fantasy leagues, we all know about the studs, Steph Curry, Anthony Davis, LeBron James, James Harden. They’re owned in all leagues, but that’s not necessarily where you win a championship. It’s about making adjustments, grabbing players who are set to produce when their opportunity arises. So, I thought it would be a good idea to have a look at some of these players.
In “If They Were Starters”, I’ll be looking at the players with the best fantasy value, if their stats were extrapolated out to 36 minutes, an arbitrary standard used for starters. So, in a nutshell, who has the best fantasy value based on per-36 minutes numbers, looking back at the stats from the past two weeks.
Gerald Green — Suns
22 mpg, 16.6 ppg, 2.1 3pm, 3.3 rpg, 0.6 apg, 1.1 spg, 43 FG%, 90 FT%
I honestly thought Gerald Green would drop out of fantasy relevance this season with the addition of Isaiah Thomas and rookie T.J. Warren, and so far, I’ve been proven very wrong. Green is still getting 22 minutes a game, which is admittedly less than the 28 minutes he played last season, but he is still almost as effective as he was in his breakout campaign. If an injury strikes down Thomas, Goran Dragic or Eric Bledsoe, Green’s minutes would jump back to close to 30 and he would be one of the hottest waiver-wire adds of the season. As it stands now, owing Green in a 12 team league is not a bad move at all, but with extra opportunity, Green is the first guy you should be looking to add.
Dennis Schröder — Hawks
18 mpg, 9.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.6 spg, 63 FG%, 88 FT%
First things first, Schröderwill not continue to shoot 63 percent from the field this season, especially when he shot just 38 percent last season. But, aside from the unsustainable percentage, Schröderhas looked electric on the court, now that he has replaced Shelvin Mack as the team’s backup point guard. Schröder, a first-round draft choice from Germany in the 2013 draft, is someone you need to keep on your radar, because if anything happens to Jeff Teague, then Schröder will be a top waiver-wire guy, someone to blow your waiver priority or FAAB budget on. Even in his limited minutes, Schröder should be owned in 14 team leagues at the moment, but mark him on your watchlist.
Chris Kaman — Trail Blazers
19 mpg, 9.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.6 bpg, 61 FG%, 69 FT%
Kaman won’t help you in many categories, but he can be an asset for rebounds, blocks, field goal percentage and points. In fact, in 12 team leagues, Kaman should probably be on everyone’s radar, not necessarily owned universally, but at least streamed on and off of rosters for people who need a short term boost in rebounds. If Robin Lopez struggles or gets hurt, the Blazers have a ready-made replacement in Kaman, who could step right in, play 30 minute and average a double-double with two blocks a game. In his last three games alone, Kaman is averaging 13.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks. Those are impressive numbers.
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