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Fantasy Basketball 2012 December 16 Best Performers

December 16
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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 7 matchups. On Saturday, December 15, PG Kyrie Irving, PF/C Zach Randolph and PG Kemba Walker made up the top three studs from yesterday. From Irving’s 41-point explosion in a close loss to the New York Knicks to Randolph’s big 25-point, 16-rebound outing in a win over the Utah Jazz, these players certainly provided great fantasy performances for their owners in Week 6.

With four games on Sunday, December 16, 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 16, 2012 Honorable Mentions:

10. SG/SF James Harden – 28 points (14-15 free throws), four rebounds, four assists

9. C Dwight Howard – 17 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals, two blocks

8. SG/SF Nicolas Batum – 11 points (three made 3-pointers), five rebounds, 10 assists, five steals, five blocks

7. PF/C Ryan Anderson – 26 points (seven made 3-pointers), six rebounds, two steals

6. SG/SF Nick Young – 39 points (six made 3-pointers), four rebounds

* The players’ percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics are accurate as of Sunday, December 16, 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/SG Greivis Vasquez, New Orleans Hornets

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5. PG/SG Greivis Vasquez, New Orleans Hornets (at Portland Trail Blazers, 74% owned)

Statistics: 46 minutes, 9-20 FGM-A, 3-3 FTM-A, 2-7 3PM-A, 23 PTS, 8 REB, 11 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 6 TO

Season averages: 23 GP, .408 FG%, .780 FT%, 1.0 3PTM, 12.5 PTS, 4.1 REB, 8.7 AST, 0.5 ST, 0.1 BLK, 3.4 TO

Leading all other players on the day with 46 minutes, Vasquez has been a workhorse for the Hornets. Just two rebounds shy of a triple-double, the large amount of playing time he receives certainly helps him maintain his status as a solid fantasy point guard with plenty of assists and turnovers.

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4. SF/PF Metta World Peace, Los Angeles Lakers

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4. SF/PF Metta World Peace, Los Angeles Lakers (at Philadelphia 76ers, 68% owned)

Statistics: 34 minutes, 6-10 FGM-A, 4-6 FTM-A, 3-4 3PM-A, 19 PTS, 16 REB, 1 AST, 4 STL, 2 BLK, 1 TO

Season averages: 25 GP, .429 FG%, .750 FT%, 2.2 3PTM, 13.2 PTS, 5.8 REB, 1.7 AST, 1.7 ST, 0.4 BLK, 1.7 TO

Tying a career-best with 16 rebounds against the 76ers, World Peace played most of his minutes at the power forward in this game. A fantasy revelation this year, particularly as a scorer and 3-point shooter, he has become one of the few fantasy surprises to come out of the Lakers this season.

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3. PF/C J.J. Hickson, Portland Trail Blazers

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3. PF/C J.J. Hickson, Trail Blazers (vs. Hornets, 70% owned)

Statistics: 31 minutes, 10-14 FGM-A, 4-6 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 24 PTS, 16 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 1 BLK, 4 TO

Season averages: 22 GP, .566 FG%, .618 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 12.0 PTS, 10.5 REB, 1.0 AST, 0.6 ST, 0.6 BLK, 1.6 TO

Hickson has been quite dominant as the Trail Blazers’ starting center. Now with a double-double in four straight games, it is surprising to imagine that the former first-round pick was cut by the Cleveland Cavaliers not too long ago. Hickson is as reliable as they come when thinking about centers with reliable productivity.

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2. SG Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

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2. SG Kobe Bryant, Lakers (at 76ers, 100% owned)

Statistics: 40 minutes, 12-21 FGM-A, 8-9 FTM-A, 2-6 3PM-A, 34 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 5 TO

Season averages: 25 GP, .478 FG%, .865 FT%, 2.2 3PTM, 29.5 PTS, 5.2 REB, 5.0 AST, 1.6 ST, 0.2 BLK, 3.9 TO

Bryant had another nice all-around outing against the 76ers where he made over half of his shots and chipped in with another high assist total for his standards. This was his eighth 30-plus point game in his last nine games dating back to the start of December.

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1. PG Jose Calderon, Toronto Raptors

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1. PG Jose Calderon, Toronto Raptors (vs. Houston Rockets, 71% owned)

Statistics: 37 minutes, 6-12 FGM-A, 5-6 FTM-A, 1-5 3PM-A, 18 PTS, 10 REB, 14 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 0 TO

Season averages: 25 GP, .426 FG%, .902 FT%, 1.7 3PTM, 10.1 PTS, 2.4 REB, 7.1 AST, 0.6 ST, 0.2 BLK, 1.8 TO

Having just enough rebounds for a triple-double, Calderon’s great feat is even more impressive considering that he did not turn over the ball a single time against the Rockets. Chipping in with a steal and a block as well, he has done a lot to make his case in the absence of injured Kyle Lowry.