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Fantasy Basketball: Brandon Jennings and Other Dec. 9 Studs

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Fantasy Basketball 2012 December 9 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 Saturday, December 8, SG/SF James Harden, SG O.J. Mayo and PG/SG Brandon Knight made up the top three studs from yesterday. From Harden’s 39-point effort in a win over the Dallas Mavericks to Mayo’s 40-point effort in the same game, these players certainly provided great fantasy performances for their owners in Week 6.

With six games on Sunday, December 9, 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, December 9, 2012 Honorable Mentions:

10. SG/SF DeMar DeRozan – 24 points, five rebounds

9. SG J.J. Redick – 20 points (4-4 free throws, four made 3-pointers), nine assists, two steals

8. PF Paul Millsap – 24 points (6-8 free throws), nine rebounds, three steals

7. PG/SG Russell Westbrook – 21 points (6-7 free throws), seven rebounds, six assists, two steals, two blocks

6. PF/C Jordan Hill – 17 points, nine rebounds, four blocks

* The players’ percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics are accurate as of Sunday, December 9, 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. PF/C Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

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5. PF/C Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers (vs. Toronto Raptors, 100% owned)

Statistics: 29 minutes, 7-11 FGM-A, 5-6 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 19 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST, 3 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TO

Season averages: 20 GP, .527 FG%, .619 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 18.0 PTS, 9.1 REB, 3.3 AST, 1.5 ST, 0.6 BLK, 2.4 TO

In what turned out to be a big win over the Raptors, Griffin played less minutes than usual but still put up nice fantasy numbers. Aside from scoring in double-digits for the sixth-straight game, this was also his third-straight game with multiple steals.

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4. PF Andrew Nicholson, Orlando Magic

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4. PF Andrew Nicholson, Orlando Magic (at Phoenix Suns, 1% owned)

Statistics: 25 minutes, 9-11 FGM-A, 1-2 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 19 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST, 4 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TO

Season averages: 19 GP, .565 FG%, .833 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 7.7 PTS, 2.7 REB, 0.5 AST, 0.3 ST, 0.3 BLK, 0.8 TO

In what is easily the best game of his career, Nicholson followed up his 14-point game against the Sacramento Kings with a 19-point outing against the Suns. Earning more playing time lately, he is starting to earn a larger role in the rotation and has done well in games where he has receives more playing time.

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3. SF/PF Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

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3. SF/PF Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks (vs. Denver Nuggets, 100% owned)

Statistics: 39 minutes, 10-24 FGM-A, 11-16 FTM-A, 3-8 3PM-A, 34 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO

Season averages: 18 GP, .455 FG%, .796 FT%, 2.4 3PTM, 26.8 PTS, 6.7 REB, 2.0 AST, 0.9 ST, 0.6 BLK, 2.8 TO

After missing the last two games after getting stitches on his non-shooting hand, Anthony returned with a strong effort. Unfazed after missing some time, he went right back to putting up his typical great numbers. Needless to say, Anthony’s accomplished great things this season and should continue putting up great numbers all season long.

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2. PG/SG Mo Williams, Utah Jazz

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2. PG/SG Mo Williams, Utah Jazz (at Los Angeles Lakers, 85% owned)

Statistics: 33 minutes, 8-11 FGM-A, 4-5 FTM-A, 2-3 3PM-A, 22 PTS, 2 REB, 9 AST, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO

Season averages: 18 GP, .454 FG%, .946 FT%, 1.4 3PTM, 14.2 PTS, 2.1 REB, 7.2 AST, 1.2 ST, 0.4 BLK, 2.6 TO

Like Anthony, Williams missed some games earlier in the season. Now back with the Jazz, he’s starting games and putting up some nice numbers as the team’s starting point guard. In a tough test against the Lakers, Williams nearly had his fourth double-double of the season.

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1. PG Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks

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1. PG Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks (at Brooklyn Nets, 99% owned)

Statistics: 41 minutes, 8-19 FGM-A, 6-6 FTM-A, 4-7 3PM-A, 26 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST, 5 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TO

Season averages: 19 GP, .406 FG%, .833 FT%, 1.9 3PTM, 17.2 PTS, 3.4 REB, 6.3 AST, 2.6 ST, 0.2 BLK, 2.2 TO

Outscoring the Nets’ potent backcourt, Jennings led all scorers in the game with 26 points. With a big showing like this, he is perhaps on his way back to producing like he did in November where he was doing it all for the Bucks.