10 Players To Ride To A Fantasy Basketball Championship
10 Players To Ride To A Fantasy Title
In most fantasy basketball leagues, the postseason will begin on Monday. That means the lucky owners will be moving on, while the unlucky owners that missed the playoffs will slowly resent the sport of basketball until the beginning of the 2013-14 NBA season.
However, for those of us lucky enough to be moving on this fantasy season, we may have several players injured or others surrounded by uncertainly. To help you make up your mind and gain some confidence heading into the 2013 fantasy basketball playoffs, here are ten players that you can count on to show up night after night.
Players such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard, Zach Randolph, Stephen Curry, Joakim Noah, and Carmelo Anthony will not be on this list. Those players have been fantasy superstars all season long, so it would be an obvious assumption that they would be players to count on down the stretch.
Many owners may still overlook the players that are included on this list. Some of them were even free agent pickups at some point in the year, but regardless they are playing outstanding basketball right now. To win a championship in fantasy basketball, you need your players to be balling out at the end of the year.
If players are putting up quality numbers, you better believe that you should have them in your starting lineup this week.
10. PG Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat
PG Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat – Chalmers may be one of the streakiest scorers in all of fantasy. He had 13 games with 14 points or more, but he also had 26 games in which he scored five points or less. He will have a couple big games in the fantasy playoffs this year, though, so don’t be afraid to give him some spot starts. After all, the Heat will be resting the Big Three as the NBA playoffs near, which will only result in more playing time for the former Kansas star.
9. SF Paul George, Indiana Pacers
SF Paul George, Indiana Pacers – The second-year forward from Fresno State has matured into an amazing fantasy contributor. He is posting 17.6 points, 4.1 assists, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game this year. George’s ability to fill a box score will help him dominate roto-leagues in the final weeks of the season.
8. PG Jeremy Lin, Houston Rockets
PG Jeremy Lin, Houston Rockets – Lin has picked up his game at the perfect time. He has scored 18.3 points over the last three games and will be a great second point guard to count on in the fantasy playoffs.
7. SG/SF Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks
SG/SF Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks – Korver may only really give fantasy owners one stat, but no one in the game can knock down three-pointers like Special K. He is hitting 2.6 threes per game and can carry fantasy owners in the category in the playoffs.
6. PG John Wall, Washington Wizards
PG John Wall, Washington Wizards – Wall missed the first half of the season due to a knee injury, but has put up amazing numbers since returning to action. He has posted 20.3 points, 8.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.1 steals this month alone.
5. PF Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls
PF Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls - With all the attention currently on Joakim Noah, people are undervaluing Boozer’s solid fantasy season. He has averaged 17.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.83 assists in the last five games and will be a great forward for anyone looking to dominate points/ boards in the final weeks of the fantasy season.
4. PF Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
PF Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs – The injury to PG Tony Parker has sent Duncan’s value through the roof in the final weeks. In his last three games alone, the 14-time All Star is posting 25.5 points and 15 rebounds per game. He is primed to keep it up in the fantasy playoffs because the team really has no one else without Parker.
3. SG/SF Gerald Henderson, Charlotte Bobcats
SG/SF Gerald Henderson, Charlotte Bobcats – No one is shooting the ball better than Henderson right now. He is averaging 22.7 points over the last seven contests and will carry fantasy owners in scoring down the stretch. Not bad from a kid that was a free agent pickup a couple weeks ago.
2. PG Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings
PG Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings – Thomas started the year slow and was even benched for Aaron Brooks. However, he has exploded since being introduced back into the starting lineup. Since the first of February, IT has posted an incredible 18 points per game and the point guard has one of the hottest hands in the league.
1. PF Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
PF Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers – Gasol just returned to the lineup on Friday night and the former All-Star couldn’t have picked a better time to make his comeback.