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Sunday, November 11, 2012


Power Forwards


Brandon Bass, Jared Sullinger Celtics


Bass and the Celtics play five games this week, making Bass a nice play in weekly leagues.  He’s averaging 9.5 points and 6.3 rebounds, which should mean he racks up some decent production in a five-game week.  He’ll block a shot every other night, but don’t count on him for them.  Sullinger has started in three of his last for games, but has yet to score more than six points this season.  He’s a decent rebounder and shot blocker, and is worth a deep-league look with the extra games.


Carl Landry Warriors


With Andrew Bogut currently shut down on his bum ankle, Landry is going to see plenty of minutes.  He’s averaging 27 per game and has produced scoring nights of 22, 19, 23, 20 and 17 points already this season.  He’s averaging nine rebounds over his last five games and the bad news is that the Warriors play just three games this week.


Jason Thompson Kings


Thompson came through with 17 points and six rebounds on Friday and had 13 points and four boards on Wednesday night.  He’s quietly blocked at least one shot in every game, racking up nine of them on the season.  He’s averaging nearly 30 minutes per game as the starting PF for the Kings, and is worth a look in all leagues.  Think twice about starting him this week though, as the Kings play just three games. 


Patrick Patterson, Marcus Morris Rockets


Patterson is over his early-season injury, but hasn’t been able to produce consistently.  After nice lines of 12 & 6 and 18 & 5, he’s scored a total of 10 points with six boards over his last two games.  That kind of inconsistency is disturbing, making Patterson a better guy to keep a close eye on than to drop a good player for.  But he should be better this week for the Rockets.  Morris is another deep-league prospect and is averaging nine points and five boards this season.  Patterson should eventually ruin his value, but for now, he’s worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues.


Brandan Wright, Troy Murphy Mavericks


Brandan Wright continues to start and play well for the Mavericks, hitting double figures in scoring in every game this season but his last one, when he had eight points and eight boards on Saturday.  He’s averaging 11 points, five boards and a block through seven games, and while he’ll eventually take a hit once Dirk Nowitzki is healthy, he’s worth a deep-league look.  Murphy is suddenly worth a deep-league look after scoring eight points with seven rebounds and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes on Saturday.  I don’t trust him, but if you’re in a deep league and need a big man who can hit treys, he’s at least worth keeping an eye on.


Others to consider: Derrick Favors (should be held in all leagues), Byron Mullens (ditto) Jonas Jerebko, Amir Johnson, Derrick Williams, Taj Gibson, Trevor Booker, Markieff Morris.




Larry Sanders Bucks


Sanders is quietly averaging 12 points, nine rebounds and 2.6 blocks in five games this season despite not starting a game.  With Samuel Dalembert really struggling, Sanders is taking advantage of his minutes and could eventually become the starter for the Bucks.  But if he can keep producing like this off the bench, he’s a must-own player in all leagues.


Emeka Okafor Wizards


Okafor is averaging 10 points, five rebounds and two blocks over the last seven days, and while his free throw shooting is atrocious, he’s not shooting enough of them to hurt you too badly.  It looks like good centers are hard to find off the wire this season, but Okafor is worth a look as long as he’s healthy.


Andre Drummond Pistons


Drummond had his breakout game on Friday with 22 points, eight boards, a steal and a block, hitting 8-of-10 shots in 21 minutes.  However, in his six other games, he scored seven or less points.  He’s all upside and the Pistons have yet to win a game this season.  They’re still starting Jason Maxiell at PF, but it would make sense for them to start giving Drummond all the minutes he can handle going forward.


Spencer Hawes Sixers


Hawes keeps plugging away as Andrew Bynum remains MIA, Lavoy Allen struggles in starts, and Kwame Brown sits injured in street clothes.  He’s averaging 9.5 points, eight rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 0.5 3-pointers on the season, and is worth a look in all leagues, at least until Bynum is finally playing basketball again.


Zaza Pachulia Hawks


Pachulia made a rare start last week but it looks like he’ll continue to come off the bench.  He’s averaging seven points and eight rebounds in his four games, but has yet to block a shot.  They’ll be coming, but unless Pachulia gets a regular starting job, he’s only worth a look in deeper leagues.


Kosta Koufos Nuggets


Koufos is averaging eight points, six rebounds and two blocks as the starter in Denver, but will have to compete with JaVale McGee and Timofey Mozgov every night. He’s hit double digits in scoring twice and has blocked eight shots in his last two games.  I don’t like the three-headed monster George Karl is playing at center, but Koufos has been a relatively safe play up to this point.


Others to consider: JaVale McGee (should be held in all leagues), Omer Asik (should be held in all leagues), Nikola Vucevic, Jonas Valanciunas, Kendrick Perkins, Meyers Leonard, Greg Stiemsma, Samuel Dalembert, Bismack Biyombo

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