Fantasy Basketball: Jrue Holiday and Other November 25 Studs
Fantasy Basketball 2012 November 25 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 4 matchups. On Saturday, November 24, Oklahoma City Thunder SF Kevin Durant, Philadelphia 76ers SF/PF Thaddeus Young and Thunder PG Russell Westbrook made up the top three studs from yesterday. From Durant’s season-high 37 points against the 76ers to Young’s impressive 29-point, 15-rebound showing against the Thunder, these players certainly provided great fantasy performances for their owners in Week 4.
With six games on Sunday, November 25, 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?
Sunday, November 25, 2012 Honorable Mentions:
10. Denver Nuggets PF Kenneth Faried – 14 points, 12 rebounds, two steals, two blocks
9. New York Knicks SF/PF Carmelo Anthony – 29 points (5-5 free throws, four made 3-pointers), three assists
8. Boston Celtics PF/C Kevin Garnett – 24 points (4-5 free throws), 10 rebounds, two steals
7. Brooklyn Nets PG Deron Williams – 15 points (5-6 free throws, two made 3-pointers), 12 assists, three steals, four blocks
6. Toronto Raptors SG/SF DeMar DeRozan – 29 points (7-8 free throws), seven rebounds, three steals
* The players’ percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics are accurate as of Sunday, November 25, 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. Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers
1. PG Jrue Holiday, 76ers (vs. Phoenix Suns, 94% owned)
Statistics: 39 minutes, 13-21 FGM-A, 6-8 FTM-A, 1-2 3PM-A, 33 PTS, 3 REB, 13 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TO
Season averages: 14 GP, .450 FG%, .788 FT%, 1.4 3PTM, 18.6 PTS, 3.9 REB, 9.2 AST, 1.4 ST, 0.4BLK, 4.3 TO
Arguably the best game of his career, Holiday scored a career-high 33 points on 13-for-21 shooting from the field. His nice all-around game also featured 13 assists with only two turnovers, which builds upon the best season of his career. Holiday has greatly benefited from the departure of Andre Iguodala and is one of the top fantasy point guard options this season.
2. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
2. PG Rajon Rondo, Celtics (at Orlando Magic, 100% owned)
Statistics: 42 minutes, 7-15 FGM-A, 1-2 FTM-A, 0-1 3PM-A, 15 PTS, 9 REB, 16 AST, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO
Season averages: 13 GP, .517 FG%, .613 FT%, 0.5 3PTM, 13.5 PTS, 4.8 REB, 13.7 AST, 1.9 ST, 0.0 BLK, 3.3 TO
Just one rebound shy of a triple-double, Rondo was once again an instrumental player in the Celtics’ victory. Distributing the ball with ease and at ungodly numbers, owners know what to expect when drafting him and he has yet to disappoint this season. Like Holiday, Rondo is also on track for a career year.
3. Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
3. PG Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs (at Raptors, 96% owned)
Statistics: 46 minutes, 14-27 FGM-A, 3-4 FTM-A, 1-4 3PM-A, 32 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 4 TO
Season averages: 13 GP, .476 FG%, .718 FT%, 0.5 3PTM, 17.7 PTS, 3.3 REB, 7.5 AST, 0.8 ST, 0.1 BLK, 2.2 TO
In a two-overtime victory over the Raptors, Parker racked up the points with an excellent 32-point performance just a game after his season-high 33 points against the Indiana Pacers. Clearly listening to coach Gregg Popovich’s words by shooting the ball more, this can only add to his current fantasy value.
4. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
4. PF/C Tim Duncan, Spurs (at Raptors, 97% owned)
Statistics: 41 minutes, 11-21 FGM-A, 4-4 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 26 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST, 0 STL, 3 BLK, 2 TO
Season averages: 14 GP, .517 FG%, .760 FT%, 0.1 3PTM, 19.0 PTS, 10.5 REB, 2.6 AST, 0.9 ST, 2.4 BLK, 1.5 TO
Duncan continued his excellent November with a season-high 26 points against the Raptors. While his rebounding numbers were lower in this game, he also put up his highest assist total of the season as well. With double-digit scoring in every game this season and great contributions in nearly all categories, Duncan has once again elevated himself to an elite fantasy level.
5. Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors
5. C Jonas Valanciunas, Raptors (vs. Spurs, 27% owned)
Statistics: 39 minutes, 9-13 FGM-A, 4-5 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 22 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 3 BLK, 3 TO
Season averages: 14 GP, .525 FG%, .778 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 12.5 PTS, 9.6 REB, 1.3 AST, 0.3 ST, 0.9 BLK, 1.4 TO
Despite sporting a sore calf and likely not being at full strength, Valanciunas put up career-high in points in Toronto’s double-overtime loss to the Spurs. While still not a major scoring or rebounding force yet for the Raptors, he has started to earn more playing time lately, which has helped him see a minor rise in rebounds and blocks.
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