Fantasy Basketball Stud Performance: Marc Gasol Dishes and Swishes

By Rich Arleo
Marc Gasol - Memphis Grizzlies
Howard Smith – USA Today

Many consider Marc Gasol’s 2012-13 fantasy basketball season a bit of a disappointment thus far, but that was not the case Monday night in a 103-100 win for the Memphis Grizzlies over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Gasol went 10-15 from the field, scoring 27 points while grabbing seven boards, blocking two shots and dishing out seven assists. He played a team-high 43 minutes and recorded a plus nine ratio on the night. The 27 points were a season-high for Gasol, and the seven assists was his highest total since Dec. 26 of last year. Widely recognized as one of the best passing centers in the league, his assists had been down of late, so the uptick in dimes is a promising sign.

As an added touch, Gasol also nailed his first three-pointer of the season on the night. He was up against Spencer Hawes for much of the game and won the battle of the big men, as Gasol was able to hold Hawes to only eight points on 4-7 shooting with just four rebounds.

Gasol has been in the midst of a bit of a down year, as he is scoring over a point less per game than last year, while also recording less rebounds. Many expected the 27-year-old to develop into a top-tier fantasy option, and while he has been a top-ten fantasy center, the overall consistency has not been there. If he continues to get his passing going and can keep shooting like he did on Monday night, then there’s plenty of time to turn it around.

Gasol owners will get just two more starts from him this week, as team plays the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday and at home in a great matchup against the Washington Wizards on Friday.

Rich Arleo is a fantasy sports expert with Rant Sports. Follow him on twitter @rarleo

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