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Fantasy Basketball 2012: Carmelo Anthony and Other Studs from November 20

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Fantasy Basketball November 20 Best Performers

November 20
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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 4 matchups. On Monday, November 19, Indiana Pacers PF David West, Golden State Warriors PG Stephen Curry and Pacers C Roy Hibbert made up the top three studs from yesterday. From West’s efficient 30-point game against the Washington Wizards to Curry’s excellent all-around performance in an overtime victory over the Dallas Mavericks, these players certainly provided great fantasy performances for their owners in Week 4.

With three games on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, fantasy squads had some opportunities to improve their statistics in different categories. Who else provided fantasy owners with great numbers on this day of NBA action?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Honorable Mentions:

10. Philadelphia 76ers SF/PF Thaddeus Young – 18 points, seven rebounds, two steals, two blocks

9. Toronto Raptors PG Jose Calderon – 13 points, five rebounds, 12 assists

8. Brooklyn Nets C Brook Lopez – 23 points, seven rebounds, three assists

7. Los Angeles Lakers PF/C Pau Gasol – 17 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists

6. Lakers SG Kobe Bryant – 25 points (8-10 free throws), four rebounds, five assists

* The players’ percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics are accurate as of Monday, November 19, 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.

Austin Chang is a featured columnist and fantasy sports expert at Rant Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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1. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

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1. SF/PF Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks (at New Orleans Hornets, 100% owned)

Statistics: 28 minutes, 12-22 FGM-A, 3-3 FTM-A, 2-6 3PM-A, 29 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO

Season averages: 9 GP, .449 FG%, .797 FT%, 1.4 3PTM, 24.2 PTS, 7.4 REB, 1.8 AST, 0.8 ST, 0.6 BLK, 2.1 TO

In a big 102-80 win over the Hornets, Anthony did most of his production in the first quarter where he score 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting. With a double-digit lead for much of the second half, the Knicks did not need to play Anthony much, yet he was also able to contribute with six rebounds and four assists.

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2. Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers

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2. PG Jrue Holiday, 76ers (vs. Raptors, 94% owned)

Statistics: 40 minutes, 9-21 FGM-A, 0-0 FTM-A, 1-5 3PM-A, 19 PTS, 8 REB, 12 AST, 3 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TO

Season averages: 11 GP, .448 FG%, .786 FT%, 1.5 3PTM, 18.6 PTS, 4.4 REB, 8.9 AST, 1.6 ST, 0.5 BLK, 4.7 TO

Holiday was just two rebounds shy of a triple-double against the Raptors, further showcasing his major production in 40 minutes. In his fourth season with the 76ers, he has taken huge strides to improve his offensive game, perhaps in response to the trade of Andre Iguodala and the injury of Andrew Bynum.

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3. Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers

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3. C Dwight Howard, Lakers (vs. Nets, 100% owned)

Statistics: 41 minutes, 8-11 FGM-A, 7-19 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 23 PTS, 15 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 4 BLK, 3 TO

Season averages: 11 GP, .618 FG%, .484 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 20.3 PTS, 11.7 REB, 1.9 AST, 1.0 ST, 2.8 BLK, 3.4 TO

In new head coach Mike D’Antoni’s first game with the Lakers, Howard had a very good outing in his system even without Steve Nash at point guard. His free throw shooting is still very suspect, as the Nets even went to the “hack-a-Dwight” strategy for a bit in the fourth quarter, which could affect the playing time he receives in Los Angeles.

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4. Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets

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4. PG Deron Williams, Nets (at Lakers, 100% owned)

Statistics: 37 minutes, 6-18 FGM-A, 7-8 FTM-A, 3-9 3PM-A, 22 PTS, 4 REB, 10 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TO

Season averages: 9 GP, .422 FG%, .878 FT%, 1.7 3PTM, 18.4 PTS, 2.8 REB, 8.2 AST, 0.9 ST, 0.3 BLK, 3.3 TO

Despite playing with a sore elbow, Williams recorded his third double-double in four games. While he missed 12 of his 18 shots from the floor, he continued to be productive despite lingering injuries. Williams continues to be a must-start fantasy option for his points and assists despite struggling from the field.

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5. Nick Young, Philadelphia 76ers

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5. SG/SF Nick Young, 76ers (vs. Raptors, 22% owned)

Statistics: 29 minutes, 7-13 FGM-A, 6-6 FTM-A, 3-8 3PM-A, 23 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST, 0 STL, 1 BLK, 0 TO

Season averages: 11 GP, .396 FG%, .885 FT%, 1.4 3PTM, 10.7 PTS, 1.5 REB, 1.3 AST, 0.6 ST, 0.3 BLK, 0.7 TO

After a scare in the 76ers’ last game with light-headedness and an elevated heart rate, Young made an encouraging return with a season-high 23 points against the Raptors. While Philadelphia’s wing positions are full of depth, he could be a solid option in deeper leagues if he can continue receiving playing time and serve as a good scoring option off the bench.