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Fantasy Basketball: Zach Randolph and Other December 4 Studs

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Fantasy Basketball 2012 December 4 Best Performers

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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 6 matchups. On Monday, December 3, Portland Trail Blazers PF/C LaMarcus Aldridge, Los Angeles Clippers PF/C Blake Griffin and Golden State Warriors PG/SG Stephen Curry made up the top three studs from yesterday. From Aldridge’s efficient showing against the Charlotte Bobcats to Griffin’s 30-point, 11-rebound game against the Utah Jazz, these players certainly provided great fantasy performances for their owners in Week 6.

With six games on Tuesday, December 4, 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?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 Honorable Mentions:

10. Brooklyn Nets PF/C Andray Blatche – 19 points (5-5 free throws), 11 rebounds, three steals

9. Houston Rockets C Greg Smith – 21 points (7-8 free throws), nine rebounds, two blocks

8. Oklahoma City Thunder PG Russell Westbrook – 25 points (6-8 free throws), nine assists, three steals

7. Miami Heat PF/C Chris Bosh – 20 points, 12 rebounds

6. Los Angeles Lakers SG Kobe Bryant – 39 points (9-12 free throws, two made 3-pointers), six rebounds

* The players’ percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics are accurate as of Tuesday, December 4, 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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5. PG Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets

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5. PG Deron Williams, Nets (vs. Thunder, 100% owned)

Statistics: 42 minutes, 10-20 FGM-A, 8-10 FTM-A, 5-9 3PM-A, 33 PTS, 4 REB, 7 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 2 TO

Season averages: 17 GP, .392 FG%, .833 FT%, 1.6 3PTM, 16.4 PTS, 3.1 REB, 8.8 AST, 1.1 ST, 0.6 BLK, 2.9 TO

Williams displayed slightly better accuracy from the field against the Thunder. Scoring more than a fourth of the team’s points on Tuesday, he put up a season-high 33 points in the loss, but his improvement as a scorer will certainly be a positive sign for him growing more this season.

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4. SF Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

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4. SF Kevin Durant, Thunder (at Nets, 100% owned)

Statistics: 42 minutes, 9-16 FGM-A, 12-12 FTM-A, 2-2 3PM-A, 32 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 1 TO

Season averages: 19 GP, .514 FG%, .903 FT%, 1.6 3PTM, 26.5 PTS, 8.5 REB, 4.4 AST, 1.6 ST, 1.6 BLK, 3.3 TO

On the other side of the coin, Durant’s fifth 30-plus point game of the season led his team to victory in a matchup between two high-profile teams. Averaging close to 30 points per game over the past few weeks, his career-best field goal shooting has certainly attributed to the best fantasy basketball numbers of the season.

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3. SG/SF Paul George Indiana Pacers

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3. SG/SF Paul George, Indiana Pacers (at Chicago Bulls, 99% owned)

Statistics: 41 minutes, 14-25 FGM-A, 5-5 FTM-A, 1-3 3PM-A, 34 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST, 3 STL, 2 BLK, 2 TO

Season averages: 18 GP, .402 FG%, .816 FT%, 1.9 3PTM, 14.6 PTS, 6.6 REB, 3.3 AST, 1.3 ST, 0.7 BLK, 2.5 TO

After putting up a very disappointing zero-point performance against the Warriors in his last game, George bounced back with his best overall showing of the season. Making 56 percent of his shots, he was active all over the court and was particularly effective on defense with three steals and two blocks. These are the type of numbers fantasy owners were hoping to see out of George throughout the season.

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2. SF/PF LeBron James, Miami Heat

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2. SF/PF LeBron James, Heat (at Wizards, 100% owned)

Statistics: 43 minutes, 12-24 FGM-A, 1-3 FTM-A, 1-4 3PM-A, 26 PTS, 13 REB, 11 AST, 3 STL, 2 BLK, 3 TO

Season averages: 16 GP, .530 FG%, .648 FT%, 1.4 3PTM, 24.8 PTS, 9.1 REB, 6.8 AST, 1.2 ST, 0.9 BLK, 2.5 TO

Even though the Heat suffered a surprising loss to the Wizards, James still had a phenomenal fantasy game. As the team tried to climb back, the Heat unsuccessfully tried to rely on James, who missed free throws and 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. This was his 33rd career triple-double.

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1. PF/C Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies

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1. PF/C Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies (vs. Phoenix Suns, 95% owned)

Statistics: 44 minutes, 15-22 FGM-A, 8-8 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 38 PTS, 22 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 3 BLK, 3 TO

Season averages: 16 GP, .487 FG%, .778 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 17.7 PTS, 13.3 REB, 1.4 AST, 0.8 ST, 0.7 BLK, 2.4 TO

In one of the biggest individual performances of the season, Randolph went off against the Suns, scoring a season-high 38 points and grabbing a season-high 22 rebounds. Rebounding at a frantic pace and scoring as he does best, he has been a must-start fantasy option all season long for his very good numbers in those categories.