Fantasy Basketball: Dwight Howard and Other January 6 Studs
Fantasy Basketball 2013: January 6 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 10 matchups. On Saturday, January 5, SF/PF Carmelo Anthony, PG Chris Paul and PG/SG Greivis Vasquez made up the top three studs from yesterday. From Anthony’s 40-point showing against the Orlando Magic to Paul’s excellent all-around performance against the Golden State Warriors in less playing time, these players certainly provided great fantasy performances for their owners in Week 10.
With five games on Sunday, January 6, 2013, 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, January 6, 2013 Honorable Mentions:
10. PF/C Chris Bosh – 17 points (5-5 free throws), nine rebounds, four blocks
9. SF Tayshaun Prince – 21 points, seven rebounds
8. PG Russell Westbrook – 23 points (6-6 free throws), seven assists, three steals
7. SF/PF LeBron James – 24 points (4-4 free throws, two made 3-pointers), seven assists
6. PG Ty Lawson – 21 points, 10 assists, three steals
* The players’ percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics are accurate as of Sunday, January 6, 2013. 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.
5. SG/SF Alan Anderson, Toronto Raptors
5. SG/SF Alan Anderson (vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 10% owned)
Statistics: 33 minutes, 10-14 FGM-A, 3-3 FTM-A, 4-8 3PM-A, 27 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TO
Season averages: 17 GP, .387 FG%, .891 FT%, 1.9 3PTM, 12.0 PTS, 2.1 REB, 1.7 AST, 1.1 ST, 0.1 BLK, 1.1 TO
Anderson scored a career-high 27 points on Sunday and has played well with the absence of Terrence Ross and Linas Kleiza. He has been a fantasy revelation as a scorer off the bench and could be a valuable scorer in many formats.
4. SG Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
4. SG Kobe Bryant (vs. Denver Nuggets, 100% owned)
Statistics: 42 minutes, 11-26 FGM-A, 4-4 FTM-A, 3-8 3PM-A, 29 PTS, 5 REB, 7 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TO
Season averages: 33 GP, .481 FG%, .847 FT%, 2.1 3PTM, 30.5 PTS, 5.2 REB, 4.8 AST, 1.5 ST, 0.3 BLK, 3.4 TO
The day’s leading scorer with 29 points, Bryant had another typical scoring performance with a few more assists than his average. Despite his solid individual performance, the Los Angeles Lakers had too many defensive miscues and suffered a defeat to the Nuggets.
3. SF Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
3. SF Kevin Durant (at Toronto Raptors, 100% owned)
Statistics: 38 minutes, 6-11 FGM-A, 8-9 FTM-A, 2-5 3PM-A, 22 PTS, 7 REB, 7 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 1 TO
Season averages: 33 GP, .518 FG%, .903 FT%, 1.7 3PTM, 28.2 PTS, 7.8 REB, 4.2 AST, 1.5 ST, 1.3 BLK, 3.3 TO
A smaller scoring outing for Durant to just 11 field goal attempts, he had a well-rounded performance featuring eight made free throws, seven rebounds and seven assists. He had the fewest shot attempts in a game since November 26, so this lack of shooting is an aberration of the norm.
2. C Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons
2. C Greg Monroe (vs. Charlotte Bobcats, 97% owned)
Statistics: 37 minutes, 7-10 FGM-A, 4-5 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 18 PTS, 14 REB, 6 AST, 0 STL, 1 BLK, 1 TO
Season averages: 36 GP, .469 FG%, .708 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 15.3 PTS, 9.1 REB, 3.2 AST, 1.3 ST, 0.6 BLK, 3.0 TO
For the third straight game, Monroe 18 points in a game, which continued his streak of productive scoring for the Detroit Pistons. A steady producer, he has certainly become a lot more consistent than his production from a month ago.
1. C Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers
1. C Dwight Howard (vs. Nuggets, 100% owned)
Statistics: 41 minutes, 6-7 FGM-A, 2-6 FTM-A, 0-1 3PM-A, 14 PTS, 26 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 4 BLK, 4 TO
Season averages: 33 GP, .569 FG%, .508 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 17.3 PTS, 12.4 REB, 1.8 AST, 1.0 ST, 2.6 BLK, 3.2 TO
Howard only made six shots from the field and made only two of his six free throws but dominated the boards with 26 rebounds against the Nuggets. Even without his usual number of points, these types of games where he plays extremely well on the defensive end (rebounds and blocks) are what make him an elite fantasy option.