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Sunday, November 03, 2013


Power Forwards


Tristan Thompson Cavaliers 74% owned


Thompson is still available in more than 25 percent of the Yahoo! leagues out there and that number could be going up after he had just two points and four boards on 1-of-5 shooting in his last game. But he played 35 minutes in that one, and has played exactly 35 in all three of his games this season. He was great in the first two, going for 18 and 21 points, along with a total of 20 rebounds. Saturday’s disaster was a fluke and he’s been Cleveland’s best big man all summer and in the early part of the season. He should be owned in all leagues, in my opinion.


Josh McRoberts Bobcats 18% owned


McBob is starting over rookie Cody Zeller and playing well, averaging 8.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.3 3-pointers per game. He’s shooting 50 percent from the floor and his numbers would look much better if it weren’t for a zero-point game against the Cavaliers. He played 29 minutes in that one, so it was just an off night. He played just 15 minutes on Saturday, but still managed to put up a decent stat line. His minutes were likely limited in that one because he was getting destroyed by Anthony Davis. I own McBob in a lot of leagues and am sticking with him for now, and he’ll hopefully be a little more consistent going forward.


Omer Asik Rockets 64% owned


Asik is actually starting at center for the Rockets and while he’s offensively challenged on a potent Houston team, his rebounding is strong. He’s averaging 4.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 23 minutes per game.


J.J. Hickson Nuggets 51% owned


Hickson started over Kenneth Faried in the first two games of the season and is averaging 8.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 27.5 minutes. As long as he’s starting over Faried he’s worth a look, but it’s hard to say how long that will be the case.


DeJuan Blair Mavericks 2% owned


Unlike in San Antonio last year, Blair is actually relevant in Dallas this season, averaging 9.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 0.7 blocks on 55 percent shooting. He’s getting 20 minutes per game and has been consistent off the bench for Dallas. If you’re in a deep league and need an active, big body, Blair could be your guy.




Miles Plumlee Suns 61% owned


Plumlee was named the starting center for the Suns and blew up in a big way in the opener. He had 18 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks in that one, and then backed it up with 13 points, 13 rebounds and three more blocks in his second game. He’ll try to keep it going on Sunday night and simply put, should be owned in all leagues as long as he’s starting.


Vitor Faverani Celtics 48% owned


I find it hard to believe that Faverani is available in more than half the Yahoo! leagues out there. He came into Sunday averaging 12.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks in two games, and has six points, two boards and two blocks early in Sunday’s game. He’s starting for the Celtics, has big-game capabilities (12 points, 18 rebounds, 6 blocks in his second game), and like Plumlee, should be owned in all leagues until further notice. 


DeAndre Jordan Clippers 48% owned


Jordan still can’t shoot free throws, but is playing very well for new coach Doc Rivers, averaging 11.3 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks on 59 percent shooting. He’s hitting just 40 percent of his free throws, but we all knew that was coming. Jordan looks like a different player than he did a year ago and I have no idea why he’s available in more than half the leagues out there. Although if your team is full of good free throw shooters, you’ll want to think twice before adding Jordan, as he will quickly cause your percentage to take a dive.


Samuel Dalembert Mavericks 48% owned


Sammy D is starting for the Mavs and is off to a nice start, averaging 8.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.7 blocks after three games. More blocks are coming and he’s clocking in at 25 minutes per game. The eventual return of Brandan Wright could hurt Dalembert some, but until it happens, Dalembert looks like a safe deep-league play, and can be owned in most leagues.


Jason Smith Pelicans 2% owned


Smith is not a must-own player, but in deep, two-center leagues he has some value. He’s averaging 7.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in three games, playing 25 minutes per game. He had five blocks in his last game and if he can steal a few boards away from teammate Anthony Davis, he could end up helping fantasy owners desperate for a center. 

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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