NBA Week 10 Fantasy Watch and Sleeper Picks
Week 10 Fantasy Watch
As fantasy owners enter December, we finally get to see player’s true roles, and offensive game plans and rotations are becoming clear. However, December into January comes time for the injury bug to hit. Without getting into details, we can say the bug is hitting me pretty hard with two players out and another two day to day. Anyways, ‘injuries’ is synonymous with ‘opportunities’ from a waiver wire standpoint. Pick up players who are going to be filling in for an injured teammate, like Gustavo Ayon in place of Glen Davis. Minutes usually translate into fantasy points.
Golden State is the only team that plays twice, while some others play three, and 15 teams play four times. Especially favorable are the match ups for the 4-gamer Rockets and Nuggets.
NBA Week 10 Fantasy Player Watch
Matt Barnes SF LA Clippers (%70 owned)
Barnes has been a hot pick up the last few weeks, creeping up to %70 owned. Although he is putting up good points right now, I would encourage you to monitor a player who normally gets less than 25 minutes a night. He’s hot, but should regress in terms of fantasy numbers without more minutes.
Patrick Patterson PF Houston Rockets (%10 owned)
Lots of owners dumped after he got hurt and has missed the last 6 games. Monitor the situation as he should be back early this week, and with a favorable schedule.
Andre Drummond PF/C Detroit Pistons (%21 owned)
More specifically, the situation going on in Detroit where coach Lawrence Frank is oftentimes riding his reserves as he did in a double overtime against the Hawks. If your league is deep, this is surely a situation worth keeping a watch on and picking up the scraps.
NBA Week 10 Fantasy Sleepers
Jeff Green F Boston Celtics (%18 owned)
Jeff Green doesn’t really bring anything to the table that the Celts don’t already have, he just brings more of it. Green has found his form, getting double digit points in 8 of his last 12 games. A big body that can protect the rim, Green mixes in enough 3s, blocks, and boards to make him a value.
Lamar Odom PF LA Clippers (%6 owned)
Lamar Odom hasn’t been the epitome of a fantasy stud early in the season, especially his 3 point shooting. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, he was still finding his role off of the Clippers bench. Odom has found his role, and it is a big one as really the only effective big man to back up the likes of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Look for Odom to keep getting 25 minutes or even more per night, especially since he is averaging 9 rebounds, 3 assits, and 2 blocks per game as a reserve.
Gustavo Ayon PF Orlando Magic (%15 owned)
Even after a decent rookie campaign, Ayon was sort of an afterthought in the Dwight Howard deal. He remained an afterthought until Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis went down with an injury. Now, Ayon will be getting all of the minutes and he should provide rebounds, blocks, and even steals as he showed last year. Look for this pick up if your team is in need of defensive help or FG%.
Tyler Zeller PF/C Cleveland Cavaliers (%1.5 owned)
Zeller has been starting in place of injured Anderson Varejao. Even though he is still finding his touch in the NBA, he has put up decent rebounding and points numbers. Zeller will not light it up, but can also help with free throws and shooting percentage.
Emeka Okafor C Washington Wizards (%6 owned)
It is hard to complain about Okafor’s numbers besides one or maybe two bad performances. Looking at the past couple weeks, I see stat lines such as 8/8, 14/14, and 17/10 pts/reb. The Wizards never really have a favorable slate, so the fact that they play four times makes Okafor an option.
Jamaal Tinsley PG Utah Jazz (%3 owned)
For a fantasy team in need of assist help, Tinsley can be your answer. His 12 assits per 48 min is top ten in the league, and now he becomes the starter in place of injured Mo Williams. Look for his assits to remain consistent while his field goals and three increase a bit.
Jose Barea G Minnesota Timberwolves (%8.4 owned)
Barea scored in double figures all but one game in the past month. He can also add some small rebounding and assits numbers here and there. Pick him up while he’s high, as his minutes will be going bye-bye once Ricky Rubio returns.
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