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Sunday, November 04, 2012


 

Power Forwards

 

Glen Davis F/C Magic - Davis had 29 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in his first game, which is pretty much what I was hoping for and expecting.  He’s a must-own player in all leagues and looks even better given Turkoglu’s broken hand.

 

Tristan Thompson PF Cavaliers – Thompson is averaging nine points and seven boards in three games, although he has yet to block a shot.  The blocks should be coming and he’s going to get better every week.

 

Kevin Seraphin F/C Wizards - Seraphin made his debut on Saturday (he was out with a calf injury) and went off for 19 points, seven rebounds and a block on 8-of-9 shooting in 29 minutes.  He’s not going to hit 8-of-9 shots every night, but Nene’s not walking through that door anytime soon, either.  Seraphin is a guy I would recommend picking up, and he should be available in a lot of leagues.  He averaged 15.5 points and seven boards over the final 15 games last year.

 

Carl Landry PF Warriors - Landry is somehow averaging 20 points and seven boards in three games off the Warriors’ bench and it appears that Mark Jackson is going to play him.  He’s not a shot blocker and there’s no way his numbers stay this high, but he could also see time at SF with Rush out.  He’s worth a flier as long as he’s hot.

 

Patrick Patterson PF Rockets – Patterson is averaging 10.5 points and 6.5 boards in two games and is finally getting healthy.  He’s primed for a breakout season as Houston’s starting PF and now is probably the time to get him and stash him.

 

Larry Sanders PF Bucks - Sanders is averaging 13.5 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in two games.  I don’t trust Scott Skiles, his rotations or his players all that much, but Sanders has a chance to be a shot-blocking machine if he can get 20-plus minutes a night.  Would I drop Samuel Dalembert to pick up Sanders?  Given Sammy’s slow start, I think I would.

 

Jared Sullinger & Brandon Bass PF Celtics - Sullinger started in his last game and played 30 minutes. His numbers aren’t worth mentioning just yet, but there’s a chance he could be ready to turn it on at any time, although a timeshare with Bass seems locked into place all season long.  Bass is averaging 10 points and seven boards through three games, and isn’t a shot-blocking big man.  I’d still rather own Bass for now, but that will change if Sullinger becomes the full-time starter.

 

Jae Crowder F Mavericks - Crowder is averaging nine points, three boards and 1.7 3-pointers through three games.  I love him as a player, but the minutes have been too shaky for him to be held onto in many leagues.  But if you’re in a deep one, he should get better as the season progresses, but could then disappear once Dirk Nowitzki is back.

 

Jason Maxiell PF Pistons - Maxiell is averaging 13 points and seven rebounds in two games, but my guess is Andre Drummond will eventually start eating into his minutes.  Max is worth a look if you’re desperate for a PF in a deep league.

 

Josh McRoberts PF/C Magic - McBob played 27 minutes and had nine points, seven boards, two steals and a block in his Orlando debut.  With Hedo Turkoglu’s broken hand, McBob is worth keeping an eye on for now. 

 

Centers

 

Anderson Varejao PF/C Cavaliers - Varejao is averaging 14 points, 15 rebounds and four assists in three games, and has posted lines of 9 & 23 and 20 & 17 in two of them.  He looks like a must-own center for the struggling Cavs.

 

Chris Kaman F/C Mavericks - Kaman had 16 points and four rebounds in 21 minutes of his first game of the season after missing time with a calf injury.  I don’t know how long he’ll stay healthy, but he will be worth starting in most leagues as long as he’s a go.

 

Spencer Hawes PF/C Sixers - Hawes had 16 points, 12 rebounds, two steals, five blocks and two 3-pointers in Philly’s opener, and backed it up with eight points and five boards in just 15 minutes on Sunday.  The Sixers went with a small lineup against the Knicks, which took Hawes out of action.  And once Andrew Bynum is back from his bum knee, Hawes may stay just as inconsistent as he’s been thus far.  But that first game alone is enough for owners in many leagues to take a flier on him at this point.

 

Omer Asik C Rockets - Asik is averaging just five points, but also 14 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in three games.  He’s locked in as a starter and while his scoring and free throw percentage are a concern, the dude can clean the glass.

 

Jonas Valanciunas C Raptors - Valanciunas is averaging just seven points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 18 minutes after two games.  He’s all upside and I’m in favor of owning/stashing him in all leagues as he learns how to play in the NBA.

 

Robin Lopez C Hornets - Lopez is averaging 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in three games.  The Hornets play just twice next week, but Lopez looks like a legitimate fantasy center this season.

 

Boris Diaw F/C Spurs - Diaw is averaging 31 minutes and five points, five boards, four assists, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks after three games.  The minutes are the key here and it looks like he could render Tiago Splitter useless this season.

 

Zaza Pachulia C Hawks - Pachulia had 13 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes of Atlanta’s opener.  He’s going to see a lot of minutes as one of the Hawks only options as a true center, making him worth a look in deep leagues. 



Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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