Fantasy Basketball 2012: Anthony Davis and Other Studs from November 17
Fantasy Basketball November 17 Best Performers
From great scoring performances to solid showings on defense featuring plenty of steals and blocks, elite individual performances can help owners win categories in Week 3 matchups. On Friday, November 16, Portland Trail Blazers SG/SF Nicolas Batum, Oklahoma City Thunder SF Kevin Durant and Houston Rockets SG/SF James Harden made up the top three studs from yesterday. From Batum’s 35-point outbreak (including five made 3-pointers) and five blocks against the Rockets to Durant’s well-rounded showing (27 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block) against the New Orleans Hornets, these players certainly provided great fantasy performances for their owners in Week 3.
With eight games on Saturday, November 17, 2012, fantasy squads had many opportunities to improve their statistics in different categories. Who else provided fantasy owners with great numbers on this day of NBA action?
Saturday, November 17, 2012 Honorable Mentions:
10. Milwaukee Bucks SG/SF Mike Dunleavy – 17 points (four made 3-pointers), nine rebounds, five assists
9. Boston Celtics PG Rajon Rondo – 20 assists
8. San Antonio Spurs PF/C DeJuan Blair – 19 points, eight rebounds, two steals
7. Chicago Bulls PF/C Carlos Boozer – 22 points, 12 rebounds
6. Utah Jazz PF/C Al Jefferson – 21 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks
* The players’ percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics are accurate as of Saturday, November 17, 2012. Player ranks are determined according to ESPN’s Daily Leaders list. FGM-A = Field Goals Made-Attempted, FTM-A = Free Throws Made-Attempted, 3PM-A = 3-Pointers Made-Attempted, GP = Games Played, PTS = Points, REB = Rebounds, AST = Assists, STL = Steals, BLK = Blocks, TO = Turnovers.
1. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Hornets
1. PF Anthony Davis, Hornets (at Bucks, 98% owned)
Statistics: 32 minutes, 10-14 FGM-A, 8-9 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 28 PTS, 11 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 4 TO
Season averages: 6 GP, .493 FG%, .839 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 16.0 PTS, 8.3 REB, 0.8 AST, 1.0 ST, 2.2 BLK, 1.5 TO
Playing in just his sixth game of his career after missing two games earlier in the season, Davis had his highest-scoring output of his career with 28 points on 10-for-14 shooting from the field. He has had either a great or poor shooting performance for every game this season, which will likely level out as the season progresses.
2. Chris Bosh, Miami Heat
Statistics: 37 minutes, 9-11 FGM-A, 6-9 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 24 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 2 BLK, 5 TO
Season averages: 11 GP, .552 FG%, .864 FT%, 0.1 3PTM, 19.6 PTS, 7.3 REB, 1.4 AST, 0.8 ST, 1.4 BLK, 1.8 TO
Bosh had a nice balanced game against the Suns and led the team in scoring as LeBron James played with flu-like symptoms. The team’s leading rebounder and shot blocker in the game, he has definitely taken a liking to his role as the team’s starting center.
3. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
3. PF/C Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers (vs. Bulls, 100% owned)
Statistics: 33 minutes, 11-18 FGM-A, 4-5 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 26 PTS, 10 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 4 TO
Season averages: 9 GP, .512 FG%, .667 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 17.3 PTS, 9.1 REB, 3.7 AST, 1.3 ST, 0.8 BLK, 3.2 TO
In a blowout win over the Bulls, Griffin had an excellent offensive showing where he scored 12 of his 26 points in the final six minutes of the game. From providing good defense on Joakim Noah to leading the Clippers down the stretch, his contributions have helped Los Angeles win five straight games and have helped fantasy owners win the points, field goal percentage, and rebounding categories.
4. Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks
4. PG Brandon Jennings, Bucks (vs. Hornets, 99% owned)
Statistics: 41 minutes, 8-16 FGM-A, 2-3 FTM-A, 4-7 3PM-A, 22 PTS, 2 REB, 9 AST, 4 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO
Season averages: 8 GP, .437 FG%, .875 FT%, 1.9 3PTM, 17.5 PTS, 3.0 REB, 8.0 AST, 3.3 ST, 0.4 BLK, 2.4 TO
Shooting better from the field as of late, Jennings chipped in the Bucks’ 117-113 win over the Hornets with four 3-pointers and four steals. One of the top point guard options entering this season, his great overall numbers have been as advertised. If he can keep up these numbers, Jennings could become an All-Star representative this year.
5. Monta Ellis, Milwaukee Bucks
5. PG/SG Monta Ellis, Bucks (vs. Hornets, 97% owned)
Statistics: 34 minutes, 8-16 FGM-A, 6-6 FTM-A, 0-3 3PM-A, 22 PTS, 3 REB, 9 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TO
Season averages: 8 GP, .405 FG%, .854 FT%, 0.9 3PTM, 20.3 PTS, 3.4 REB, 5.9 AST, 1.4 ST, 0.5 BLK, 2.6 TO
Like his partner-in-crime Jennings, Ellis also scored 22 points and recorded nine assists in the Bucks’ win. An injured thumb from last Monday has not slowed down the volume-shooter, as he continues to shoot and score at a high level. Playing in his first full season with Jennings, Ellis fits in quite well with Milwaukee’s backcourt.