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Sunday, November 18, 2012


Power Forwards


Ersan Ilyasova Bucks – This has been a disastrous season for Ilyasova thus far and he has yet to score more than 11 points in a game.  Owners are sick and tired of his struggles and my guess is he’s starting to be dropped in fantasy leagues.  There’s no way he can be this bad all year and you have to think he’ll break out of the funk soon.  The Bucks only play three games this week and I’ve got him benched in weekly leagues.  Hopefully he’ll have it going by the time this week is over and he’s definitely worth a flier right now.


Jason Thompson Kings – Thompson is quietly playing well and averaging 11 points, seven boards and 1.3 blocks per game.  He’s hit double digits in four of his last five games and is coming off his best line of the season when he had 19 points and 10 boards against the Hawks.  The Kings have three games this week and Thompson, who has started every game, is worth owning in most leagues.


Derrick Williams Timberwolves – Williams had a season-high 23 points to go along with seven boards, four blocks and a 3-pointer on Friday.  He’ll take a hit once Kevin Love is back, but he’s crashing the boards and getting minutes for Minnesota right now, and I’m going to roll with him for his three games his week.  I dropped Brandon Bass to pick up Williams in a couple leagues on Sunday.


Carl Landry Warriors – Landry has benefitted from the absence of Andrew Bogut and I have no idea when we’ll see him again.  Landry is averaging 15 points and nearly eight rebounds per game, and is showing no signs of slowing down.  The Warriors play four times this week.


Markieff Morris & Marcus Morris Suns & Rockets – The twins are both playing well and both deserve a look in deeper leagues.  Markieff could potentially start over Luis Scola in Phoenix and had 16 points, two 3-pointers, four boards and two steals in his last game, while Marcus has hit double figures in three of his last four games, highlighted by a 13-point, 3-block effort against the Hornets.  Both guys have three games this week and both are worth a potential grab if you need a PF in a deep league.  If I had to pick one I’d probably go with Markieff, as he appears to be a slightly better player.


Kevin Seraphin Wizards – Seraphin has been up and down like a yo-yo all season and has had three nice games this season, with four stinkers.  His last one was particularly ugly, when he was 3-of-11 for six points, and while he’s not reliable enough to be in weekly starting lineups yet, I think he is worth holding in all leagues.


Jared Sullinger Celtics – Sullinger looks like he’s going to have a more productive season than Brandon Bass, but hasn’t gotten consistent minutes.  He had 12 points and 11 boards in 26 minutes on Saturday, making him worth a grab and stash in deep leagues.  Just don’t be surprised if he continues to struggle going forward.  He’s scored six or less points in every game this season, except for Saturday’s breakout.  Hopefully that’s the start of a run for the rookie, who has just three games this week.




Derrick Favors Jazz – Favors was a surprise starter on Saturday and was already a must-own player in most leagues.  He had nine points, 10 boards, two steals and three blocks in the start and is worth a starting fantasy job regardless of whether he sticks in the starting five in reality.  He’s averaging 9.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2.2 blocks on the year.  The Jazz have three games this week.


JaVale McGee Nuggets – McGee is starting to come on and is the center to own in Denver, scoring between 12 and 16 points in his last three games and averaging 15 points, nearly six boards and nearly three blocks over that stretch.  He’s coming off the bench, so he’s likely to be inconsistent, but he’s worth owning (and starting) for the blocks alone.  The Nuggets play four times this week.


Nikola Vucevic Magic – Vucevic has hit double figures in scoring in all but two games this season and has posted five double-doubles this season, including three straight.  He’s playing well enough that he should be owned in all fantasy leagues and has four games this week.


Samuel Dalembert Bucks – Dalembert got off to a terrible start but appears to be back on Scott Skiles’ good side.  He had a season-high 15 points, eight boards and a block on Saturday, and has scored 15, 14, 8 and 14 points in his last four games.  If you’re holding Larry Sanders, dumping him for Sammy, who is heating up, makes sense.  But do I trust Skiles?  Nope.


Andre Drummond Pistons – Drummond is too inconsistent to be an automatic fantasy starter and may not be worth owning in 12-team daily leagues.  But he’s getting better every week and will quickly become a must-own player once Lawrence Frank turns him loose.  He’s averaging just 15 minutes per game, so he’s a guy owners will simply want to keep a close eye on going forward.


Brendan Haywood Bobcats – Haywood is quietly averaging 7.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game this season.  If you’re in a deep league and looking for a four-game starter at center, Haywood might be worth a look.


Lavoy Allen Sixers – Allen is averaging 12 points, seven rebounds and 1.5 blocks over his last two games, ironically coming off the bench in both of them after making four straight starts.  Andrew Bynum’s not coming back anytime soon and Spencer Hawes has been very inconsistent.  I’m not racing out to pick up Allen, but am keeping an eye on him to see if he can keep it going. 

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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