NBA Week 11 Fantasy Watch, Sleeper Picks, and Category Sleepers
Week 11 Fantasy Watch
The Brooklyn Nets are playing worsening defense, and the fantasy numbers against them are starting to show. They now rank in the top 3 worst in 4 major fantasy areas: PPG against, FG% against, 3 pt % against, and blocks per game against. In a 12-team daily league, %0.1 owned Indiana Pacers’ Lance Stephenson is a nice pick up against the Nets this week.
Falling off the fantasy points wagon of late are opponents of the Toronto Raptors. In the past two weeks they have had a favorable schedule (Magic twice) at home to benefit them, but they are improving. The Houston Rockets are also emerging as fantasy stopper. They have crept up to top 3 in stopping the three major fantasy shooting statistics.
Pistons, Clippers and Wizards play only twice this week and 17 teams play four times. Especially nice is the Rockets schedule. Joining them with favorable slates and four games are the Lakers and Hawks.
New this week to the Fantasy Breakdown is category sleepers.
NBA Week 11 Fantasy Player Watch
Shawn Marion F (%50) and Vince Carter SG/SF (%22 owned)
Upon the return of Dirk Nowitzki, one of these two players will no longer be a starter. Will it be Carter, who is averaging 17 points and 6 rebounds over his last three games? Or Shawn Marion who has double-double capabilities on any given night?
Patrick Patterson PF Houston Rockets (%15 owned)
In case you missed last week’s breakdown pointing out Patterson’s return from injury, you are in luck. He is ripe on the waiver wire after two games last week with over 15 points and adding 14 boards in those two games. Limited minutes last week with good numbers means increasing time and starts for Patterson. Add the fact the Rockets play four times this week in a superb slate.
NBA Week 11 Fantasy Sleepers
Andre Blatche PF/C Brooklyn Nets (%12 owned)
Blatche is one of those players who is putting up nice numbers in comparison to the limited minutes he is receiving. Nets management has begun to notice, as he has a nice role off the bench in the Nets rotation. With nights like he had against the Wizards last week (13 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals), expect his minutes to rise. Don’t expect a huge week from him this week due to tough match ups, but keep an eye on him moving forward.
Jared Sullinger PF Boston Celtics (%0.6 owned)
Now that he has been healthy for a nice stretch, the talk on Sullinger goes about as far as his numbers. He is a huge help if you are in need of FG%, adds 9 points, 6 rebounds, and just under 1 steal per game on average.
John Salmons SG/SF Sacramento Kings (%19 owned)
Despite the debacle of a basketball team the Kings are displaying this season, Salmons is a bright spot as an improved player from last year. He is shooting over %50 from the floor, adding 14 points and %82 from the stripe.
Kyle Korver SG/SF Atlanta Hawks (%45 owned)
Averaging only 12 fantasy PPG this season, Korver increasing up to %45 owned is due to a hot December. From the looks of things, Korver is a safe play for 12-15 fantasy points per game lately, but stay away from bad match ups for shooters, where he has had nights last month with 4, 7, 9, and 3 fantasy points.
Fantasy Basketball Category Sleepers:
Sustained fantasy success revolves around balance in each statistic. Fantasy owners are only a few minutes of research away from finding where their team needs help. Bringing your weak points up will avoid the ups and downs any fantasy roster experiences, and give you a consistent shot to win each week.
John Jenkins SG Atlanta Hawks (%0 owned)
Jenkins is replacing an injured teammate as the teams three point specialist and to say he is hot is an understatement. Only averaging one three point shot in just under 8 minutes per game this season, he is still shooting nearly %50. The Hawks play the Jazz and Cavs this week, who are 5th and 6th in 3-point % against.
C.J. Miles SG/SF Cleveland Cavaliers (%13 owned)
C.J. Miles has returned to the starting line up in Cleveland, but it is not certain for how long. A streaky shooter at times, Miles is a good pick up this week because he plays a schedule favorable to the three point shot.
Charlie Villanueva F Detroit Pistons (%1 owned)
Yes, he shoots too many bad shots, but right now he is making them. At %1 owned, if you decide on this pick up, it can wait till next week as the Pistons only play twice in week 11.
Robin Lopez C New Orleans Hornets (%90 owned)
Blocks are a tough commodity this week, but in my ten team league Lopez is still available. He averages nearly 15 fantasy points per game to go along with a 2 block per game average.
Kosta Koufos PF/C Denver Nuggets (%22 owned)
Koufos is a nice defensive addition to your team as he is beginning to add steals to his 1.7 blocks per game average. Icing on the cake is most games Koufos is adding 10+ points and 5+ rebounds. From the looks of his numbers, he is a lock for at least 10 fantasy points per game.
Luke Rindour G Minnesota Timberwolves (%28 owned)
I mention Rindour only because the Timberwolves play four times this week. You can bear his 12 fantasy points per game average by picking him up in favorable match-up weeks such as week 11. Rindour plays the Spurs and Hawks, both susceptible to the steal.
Matt Barnes SF Los Angeles Clippers (%60 owned)
I hate to bring up Barnes for the third week in a row, but if you need steals snatch him up here and there in daily leagues to bolster that category.
Andre Miller PG Denver Nuggets (%41 owned )
The Nuggets play only three times this week, but each match up is favorable. Although Ty Lawson’s return will affect Miller’s playing time, he has shown in his starts he is worthy of time and 6th man status. With nearly 6 dimes per game, ride Miller while you can for the boost.
Shawn Marion F Dallas Mavericks (%50 owned)
Although he is averaging 16 fantasy PPG and 8.2 RPG, many fantasy owners are scared of Marion because of the impending return of star Dirk Nowitzki. Even if Marion doesn’t start anymore, he is still part of the rotation and his minutes should barely drop.
Amir Johnson PF/C Toronto Raptors (%6 owned)
The Raptors are still fighting injuries, so Johnson remains a top option off of the Raptors bench. If you are in need of rebounding help, keep an eye on him.
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