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Fantasy Basketball: Chandler Parsons and Other November 23 Studs

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Fantasy Basketball November 23 Best Performers

November 23
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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 Wednesday, November 21, Indiana Pacers SG/SF Paul George, Miami Heat SF/PF LeBron James and Minnesota Timberwolves PF/C Kevin Love made up the top three studs from the day before Thanksgiving. From George’s season-high 37-point outing against the New Orleans Hornets to James being just two assists away from his first triple-double of the season, these players certainly provided great fantasy performances for their owners in Week 4.

With 12 games on Friday, November 23, 2012, fantasy squads had plenty of opportunities to improve their statistics in different categories. Who else provided fantasy owners with great numbers on this day of NBA action?

Friday, November 23, 2012 Honorable Mentions:

10. Oklahoma City Thunder PG Russell Westbrook – 26 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, two steals

9. New York Knicks SF/PF Carmelo Anthony – 37 points (seven made 3-pointers), four rebounds

8. Portland Trail Blazers PG Damian Lillard – 28 points (four made 3-pointers), four rebounds, eight assists

7. Atlanta Hawks PF/C Al Horford – 26 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks

6. Hornets PG/SG Greivis Vasquez – 25 points, five rebounds, 14 assists

* The players’ percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics are accurate as of Friday, November 23, 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. Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets

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1. SF/PF Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets (vs. Knicks, 69% owned)

Statistics: 34 minutes, 13-17 FGM-A, 1-2 FTM-A, 4-7 3PM-A, 31 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST, 4 STL, 1 BLK, 0 TO

Season averages: 13 GP, .471 FG%, .742 FT%, 2.4 3PTM, 15.5 PTS, 7.0 REB, 3.5 AST, 1.1 ST, 0.2 BLK, 2.0 TO

Parson’s excellent breakout season continued on Wednesday with a career-high 31 points on 13-for-17 shooting in 34 minutes. More than just a solid player with nice rebound and steal numbers, he has become a great all-around fantasy player that can be started every day in all formats.

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2. Ryan Anderson, New Orleans Hornets

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2. PF/C Ryan Anderson, Hornets (at Suns, 98% owned)

Statistics: 47 minutes, 13-23 FGM-A, 0-0 FTM-A, 8-13 3PM-A, 34 PTS, 11 REB, 1 AST, 2 STL, 1 BLK, 2 TO

Season averages: 11 GP, .484 FG%, 1.000 FT%, 3.5 3PTM, 17.9 PTS, 8.2 REB, 1.5 AST, 0.4 ST, 0.4 BLK, 1.0 TO

Typically coming off the Hornets bench, Anderson has taken advantage of an opportunity to start in place of the injured Anthony Davis. Going 8-for-13 from 3-point range against the Suns, this was only his second 3-point performance of his career and his fourth double-digit rebounding performance of the season.

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3. James Harden, Houston Rockets

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3. SG James Harden, Rockets (vs. Knicks, 100% owned)

Statistics: 39 minutes, 7-15 FGM-A, 16-16 FTM-A, 3-5 3PM-A, 33 PTS, 4 REB, 9 AST, 2 STL, 1 BLK, 3 TO

Season averages: 13 GP, .439 FG%, .836 FT%, 1.8 3PTM, 25.2 PTS, 4.2 REB, 4.9 AST, 1.7 ST, 0.6 BLK, 4.1 TO

While teammate Parsons had a great overall game, Harden was also a major force in the team’s blowout win over the Knicks. Leading the team with 33 points, he was a perfect 16-for-16 from the free throw line and chipped in with nine assists and a couple of steals.

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4. Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs

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4. PG Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs (at Pacers, 96% owned)

Statistics: 37 minutes, 15-23 FGM-A, 3-4 FTM-A, 0-1 3PM-A, 33 PTS, 1 REB, 10 AST, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TO

Season averages: 12 GP, .469 FG%, .714 FT%, 0.4 3PTM, 16.5 PTS, 3.1 REB, 7.8 AST, 0.8 ST, 0.1 BLK, 2.1 TO

Parker scored a game-high 33 points in the Spurs win over the Pacers. Asked by head coach Gregg Popovich to shoot more, he obliged by making 15 of his 23 shot attempts, adding to the 26 points scored on Wednesday against the Boston Celtics. With an increased emphasis on scoring, this is definitely a positive sign for Parker owners.

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5. Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors

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5. PF/C Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors (at Detroit Pistons, 88% owned)

Statistics: 38 minutes, 13-20 FGM-A, 5-6 FTM-A, 3-5 3PM-A, 34 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 2 TO

Season averages: 13 GP, .410 FG%, .843 FT%, 1.7 3PTM, 18.7 PTS, 4.5 REB, 1.5 AST, 0.8 ST, 0.7 BLK, 1.8 TO

Despite a strong performance by Bargnani, the Raptors fell to the Pistons after allowing a late layup to Brandon Knight. While his 34 points were encouraging, Bargnani still lacks in the non-scoring categories, particularly with regards to his 4.5 rebounds per game, which makes him a secondary fantasy option at best.