Fantasy Basketball 2013: Greivis Vasquez Breaking Out in January

By Rich Arleo
Greivis Vasquez - New Orleans Hornets
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Third-year PG Greivis Vasquez has been one of the biggest fantasy basketball studs this January, as he builds on his breakout season for the New Orleans Hornets.

In his first year as a full-time starter, he has found a three-point stroke (shooting just under 40-percent) and is close to averaging a double-double with 14.2 points and 9.2 assists per contest. On top of all that, he is actually a pretty decent rebounder as far as point guards go. He is ranked third at his position behind Russell Westbrook and Rajon Rondo with 4.5 rebounds per game, and behind just Rondo and Chris Paul in assists per; so he is in good company to say the least.

Vasquez also turns the ball over a bit, as he is averaging a little over three per game. He is also ranked near the bottom of the league among starters at his position with just 26 steals this season. Aside from those few negatives, there is clearly plenty to like here and there is a good chance things could be getting better for Vasquez.

SG Eric Gordon has made his way back from injury and Vasquez has had 44 assists in four games since his return while still putting up strong scoring performances from the point guard position. Rookie center Anthony Davis has also looked much better lately, as he puts his ankle injury behind him, so Vasquez is seemingly acquiring more weapons as the weeks pass. Plus having Davis banging inside could create some more open looks from behind the arc for the entire team.

With his team getting healthy and playing well, Vasquez has a double-double in five of six games this month. Owners should not be selling high and it is likely a bit late to buy low, but he is trending upwards and showing no signs of slowing down.

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