Second-year power forward Lavoy Allen had only recorded double-digit rebounds in two games for the Philadelphia 76ers before Saturday night, but he exploded for 22 boards against the Charlotte Bobcats and is a must-add in all fantasy basketball formats.
With Thaddeus Young out Saturday — and for the next three weeks – Allen played a season-high 41 minutes and paid immediate fantasy dividends. Allen had been a consistent contributor off the bench for the Sixers, averaging 6.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in just under 13 minutes per game.
Since Young went down Monday, Allen has seen a big bump in minutes. He played 30 minutes on Monday, as he recorded 10 points and six rebounds off the bench. He had another solid game with 12 points and six boards in 35 minutes Wednesday. It was Saturday, however, that Allen broke out in a big way with a career-high on the glass to go along with 14 points on 7-16 shooting.
Allen led the team in minutes and was big on both sides of the court with 11 of his rebounds coming on the offensive glass. He was plus-18 for the game and finished with more rebounds than Bobcats big men Bismack Biyombo, Byron Mullens and Brendan Haywood combined.
With Young expected to miss the next three weeks, Allen can provide a huge boost for all fantasy owners in rebounds and even help out in points and blocks as well. He is owned in just 0.1 percent of fantasy leagues as of Saturday. Sure he won’t have 22 rebounds every night, but with the big boost in playing time, he should be added in most formats for the playoff push.