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The Arrival Of Marvin Williams

Friday, December 30, 2011


 

Small Forwards

 

James Johnson Raptors – I don’t recall getting as many questions about one player as I have this week with Johnson.  The numbers after just two games are sick: 5.5 points, 7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 4 steals, 2.5 blocks and 0.5 3-pointers.  I don’t know if he can keep this pace up, but I do know he could easily replace Rasual Butler in the starting five at any time, and is already leading the Raps in minutes played despite not even starting.  We had him tagged as a sleeper in the preseason and he’s clearly lived up to the hype.  Scoring will always be an issue, but his ability to rack up steals, blocks and the occasional three make him valuable even without the offense.  Now let’s just hope he can keep it up.  The Raps play four times this week and five games in Week 3. Update: Johnson disappeared on Friday.  Hopefully it was a fluke, as he had been leading the team in minutes played.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues

 

Marvin Williams Hawks – The Hawks play five games next week, giving Marvin a boost.  He’s averaging 15.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2 steals, 0.5 blocks and two 3-pointers per game thus far, and he looks like a different player this year.  I have no problem picking him up and using him for the upcoming week, and also feel like he might be worth keeping all season.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues

 

Richard Jefferson Spurs – Jefferson got off to a hot start and then cooled off on Thursday.  But the Spurs play five times next week and RJ is going to hit threes, if nothing else.  He’s averaging nearly 13 points, four boards and two 3-pointers per game, and looks like a nice add for the upcoming scoring period.

Recommendation: Should be owned in standard and deep leagues

 

Carlos Delfino Bucks – Delfino’s been sidelined with a wrist injury but is set to make his debut on Friday.  The Bucks are deep and Delfino could be in a dog fight for minutes, but could also hit 2.5 threes per game, or more.  Health is a bit of a concern with him, but I think he’s worth a flier with five games this week.  See how he looks on Friday and then make a decision on whether you want to roll the dice on him in Week 2.  Update: Looked fantastic in Friday's debut.

Recommendation: Should be monitored in all leagues

 

John Salmons Kings – The Kings are a deep and confusing team, but Salmons is off to a good start, averaging nine points and 1.7 threes in three games.  If you toss out his two-point effort in a blowout loss to the Blazers, the numbers look much better.

Recommendation: Should be owned in deep leagues

 

Nicolas Batum Blazers – Batum is struggling with his confidence after not getting a starting gig but is still a highly talented and underrated player.  He’s only shooting 32%, but is averaging 10 points, 5 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 3-pointers per game.  He’s currently not stealing the ball, but they should be coming.  He’s got the potential to do what James Johnson has done early and I still think he is worth owning in most leagues.  

Recommendation: Should be held in standard and deep leagues

 

Marshon Brooks Nets – Brooks has scored 17 points in two of the three Nets games this season and looks like he can score at will.  Damion James was benched on Thursday, while Anthony Morrow was demoted to a reserve role behind Sundiata Gaines.  Brooks could and should be the big winner here, making him worth a look in all leagues.  We’ll need to see what he does in the next couple before declaring him a must-own player, but he should be near the top of your ‘watch list’ right now.  Update: Had another big game on Friday and it's time to move on him.

Recommendation: Should be monitored closely in all leagues, and picked up in deep ones

 

The Rest

 

C.J. Miles Jazz – Could retake starting job from Raja Bell at any time. Keep an eye on him.

Metta World Peace Lakers – Lakers need a SF and Metta can play there.  Should be on rise.

Terrence Williams Rockets – Budinger’s been terrible and T-Will is getting run. Watch closely.

 

Power Forwards

 

Ryan Anderson Magic – Anderson was nice again on Thursday and is averaging 18 points, six boards and nearly four 3-pointers per game.  As long as he’s starting over Glen Davis, he looks like a must-own player.  Update: Especially after another big game on Friday.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues

 

Andray Blatche Wizards – Blatche shouldn’t be on waiver wires just yet, but desperate owners could be ready to cut bait.  He’s shooting just 27 percent and has looked bad in two straight, but is still averaging 7.5 points and 7 rebounds.  The steals and blocks aren’t there yet, but if this dude is dropped in your league, pick him up.  Update: Bounced back on Friday, just hang in there.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues

 

Tim Duncan Spurs – Duncan was benched on Thursday after shooting 1-of-6 in a blowout and owners could grow impatient with him quickly.  He’s got bust written all over him by those owners who drafted Duncan, but getting him for free off waivers could pay dividends. 

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues

 

Carl Landry Hornets – Landry would be a lot more lovable if he blocked shots, but he’s starting at PF for the Hornets and averaging 17 points, nine rebounds and a steal after two games.  Chris Kaman is going to eat into some of his potential, but so far, Landry looks like a nice add in any league.

Recommendation: Should be owned in most leagues

 

Tyler Hansbrough Pacers – Hansbrough is coming off the bench and dealing with the arrival of David West, but still playing well enough to be owned in most leagues.  He’s averaging 11.5 points and 10.5 rebounds, and while he won’t block many shots, not many guys average a double-double in the NBA.  I’m not saying he’ll keep this up all year, but he’s worth a look in any league.

Recommendation: Should be owned in deep leagues, and considered in all.

 

Al Harrington Nuggets – Harrington cooled off on Thursday but is still averaging 15 points, six boards, two steals and a 3-pointer per game off the Nuggets bench.  He’ll be streaky, but has big-game potential and should be able to help owners in most leagues.

Recommendation: Should be owned in deep leagues

 

The Rest

 

Paul Millsap Jazz – Shouldn’t be available, but if he was dropped, pick him up. He's starting Friday.

Derrick Williams Timberwolves – Averaging 8 points, 5.5 boards and should only get better.

Derrick Favors Jazz – Lost job to Millsap already and struggling, but might be better off bench. (update: Worth keeping while Al Jefferson is hurt).

Ed Davis Raptors – Amir Johnson is playing well, limiting Davis’ minutes. Monitor closely.

Jonas Jerebko Pistons – Return of Villanueva hurts, but could hold starting job anyway.

 

Centers

 

Samuel Dalembert Rockets – Dalembert has been coming off the bench behind Jordan Hill, but that should change quickly.  He’s averaging seven points, six rebounds, 1.5 steals and 3.5 blocks off the bench and those numbers are going to rise once he takes over the starting center job.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues

 

Spencer Hawes Sixers – Hawes is off to a ridiculous start and Doug Collins says he’s in fantastic shape.  He’s averaging 9.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, six assists, two steals and 1.5 blocks, and while I doubt he keeps up that pace, he’s going to be a serviceable center all year.  Hawes and the Sixers only have three games this week, but play five times in Week 3.  Update: Another big line on Friday.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues for now

 

DeJuan Blair Spurs – Blair is likely to be up and down all year, depending on Gregg Popovich’s mood swings and playing time allocations, but is averaging 21 points and nine boards in his last two after an opening-night dud.  He’s yet to block a shot, but they should be coming.  His playing time will always likely be a mystery, but he’s young and should be able to handle all the minutes he can get.  I dropped him after Game 1, which was probably a mistake.  Maybe someone in your league made the same error.

Recommendation: Should be owned in most leagues.

 

Anderson Varejao Cavaliers – Varejao is going to get plenty of minutes and opportunity for a bad Cleveland team and is averaging 12 points, 8.5 rebounds and a steal, but has yet to block a shot.  That should change soon and he is a guy I’d like to have in almost any league.  

Recommendation: Should be owned in standard and deep leagues.

 

Marcin Gortat Suns – Shouldn’t be available in your league, but could be after a slow start.  Everyone on the Suns looks sluggish, and Gortat will be pushed by Robin Lopez.  Gortat is the better player and I expect him to get it figured out and improve on his current averages of 8.5 points, 6.5 boards and 0.5 blocks.

Recommendation: Should be owned in deep leagues

 

Chris Kaman Hornets – Kaman is coming off the bench behind Emeka Okafor and Carl Landry, but still averaging 11 points, seven boards, 1.5 steals and a block per game.  He’s an injury risk, but a guy worth owning if you’re hurting in boards and blocks.

Recommendation: Should be owned in most leagues.

 

Amir Johnson Raptors – Amir is off to a nice start, averaging 7.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.  The emergence of James Johnson could slow him down, while he’ll also have Ed Davis nipping at his heels going forward.  But for now, he’s worth consideration in all leagues.  Keep in mind that the Raps also play five times in Week 3, and four times in the upcoming week.

Recommendation: Should be owned in deep leagues, considered in all

 

Chuck Hayes Kings – Hayes is starting and averaging six points, 10 rebounds and a block, but I’d like him more if he didn’t have to contend with DeMarcus Cousins, J.J. Hickson and Jason Thompson for playing time.  I doubt he matches last season’s stellar production, but he looks like a serviceable center as long as he’s starting for the Kings.

Recommendation: Should be owned in deep leagues, considered in all

 

The Rest

 

Robin Lopez Suns – Pushing Marcin Gortat in PHO, but not a must-own player by any stretch.

Mehmet Okur Nets – Off to a slow start, but started on Thursday. Watch him closely. Update: Looked better on Friday.

Marcus Camby Blazers – Rebounding and blocking shots, but very risky injury history.

Tiago Splitter Spurs – Has potential to do well in San Antonio, but minutes sporadic.

Andris Biedrins Warriors – Cooled off after a hot start, you can probably do better.



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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2013-14 NBA season marks his 12th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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