Fantasy Basketball: LaMarcus Aldridge and Other November 26 Studs
Fantasy Basketball 2012 November 26 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 5 matchups. On Sunday, November 25, Philadelphia 76ers PG Jrue Holiday, Boston Celtics PG Rajon Rondo and San Antonio Spurs PG Tony Parker made up the top three studs from yesterday. From Holiday’s dominating 33 points and 13 assists against the Phoenix Suns to Rondo’s near triple-double against the Orlando Magic, these players certainly provided great fantasy performances for their owners in Week 4.
With eight games on Monday, November 26, 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?
Monday, November 26, 2012 Honorable Mentions:
10. Chicago Bulls SG Richard Hamilton – 30 points (4-4 free throws, two made 3-pointers)
9. Los Angeles Clippers PG Chris Paul – 20 points (two made 3-pointers), eight assists, four steals
8. Detroit Pistons SG/SF Kyle Singler – 16 points (three made 3-pointers), 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals
7. Spurs C Tiago Splitter – 15 points (7-8 free throws), 12 rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks
6. Cleveland Cavaliers PF/C Anderson Varejao – 15 point, 22 rebounds, two steals
* The players’ percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics are accurate as of Monday, November 26, 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. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
1. PF/C LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers (at Pistons, 100% owned)
Statistics: 41 minutes, 12-22 FGM-A, 8-10 FTM-A, 0-1 3PM-A, 32 PTS, 10 REB, 2 AST, 3 STL, 3 BLK, 1 TO
Season averages: 13 GP, .440 FG%, .783 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 20.6 PTS, 7.5 REB, 3.0 AST, 0.8 ST, 1.3 BLK, 2.2 TO
Battling with a back problem in past games, Aldridge appeared to be unbothered on Monday against the Pistons. Back spasms and alignment issues forced him to sit out against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, so his fourth double-double of the season gave owners a big boost to start Week 5 play.
2. Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks
2. C Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks (at Nets, 95% owned)
Statistics: 45 minutes, 12-13 FGM-A, 4-4 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 28 PTS, 10 REB, 1 AST, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TO
Season averages: 13 GP, .704 FG%, .771 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 11.6 PTS, 8.6 REB, 0.4 AST, 0.7 ST, 0.7 BLK, 1.1 TO
Chandler set a career-high in points in the Knicks’ loss to the Nets. In what was a rescheduled game from earlier in the season due to Hurricane Sandy, he was dominant on both sides of the ball, especially on offense, as seven of his 10 rebounds were on the offensive end and he only missed one of his 13 shot attempts.
3. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
3. SF/PF Carmelo Anthony, Knicks (at Nets, 100% owned)
Statistics: 50 minutes, 11-25 FGM-A, 10-16 FTM-A, 3-5 3PM-A, 35 PTS, 13 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 3 TO
Season averages: 13 GP, .467 FG%, .789 FT%, 2.2 3PTM, 26.3 PTS, 7.1 REB, 2.0 AST, 0.8 ST, 0.5 BLK, 3.2 TO
Despite Jason Kidd’s absence in the lineup, Anthony continues to put together very good all-around games for the Knicks. His latest overtime effort required him to play nearly the entire game. These numbers are particularly impressive when you consider that he was defended by Gerald Wallace and Keith Bogans.
4. Caron Butler, Los Angeles Clippers
4. SF Caron Butler, Clippers (vs. New Orleans Hornets, 18% owned)
Statistics: 34 minutes, 12-24 FGM-A, 0-1 FTM-A, 9-15 3PM-A, 33 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO
Season averages: 13 GP, .449 FG%, .700 FT%, 1.8 3PTM, 10.5 PTS, 2.4 REB, 0.9 AST, 0.4 ST, 0.3 BLK, 1.1 TO
Playing fewer and fewer minutes as of late, Butler was falling out of favor for Matt Barnes. His most recent performance against the Hornets may start to change peoples’ minds of him, as he made nine 3-pointers in one game. If past his prior injury woes, he could rise back into fantasy relevancy.
5. Greivis Vasquez, New Orleans Hornets
5. PG/SG Greivis Vasquez, Hornets (at Clippers, 74% owned)
Statistics: 37 minutes, 8-13 FGM-A, 4-4 FTM-A, 5-8 3PM-A, 25 PTS, 6 REB, 10 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 8 TO
Season averages: 13 GP, .420 FG%, .800 FT%, 1.1 3PTM, 13.4 PTS, 4.0 REB, 8.8 AST, 0.4 ST, 0.1 BLK, 3.6 TO
Particularly helpful as a rebounder and passer at the point guard position, Vasquez was also a big scorer on Monday with 25 points, including five 3-pointers. His eight turnovers do hamper his value, as this has been a concern for him all season. Despite this, Vasquez continues to be a solid fantasy option so far this season.