Fantasy Basketball: Getting Some Late Season Help

Tom Szczerbowski – USA Today Sports

With two and a half weeks left in the fantasy basketball season, it is time to see if there are any late pickups that you should make for the stretch drive. I’ll give you a guard, forward and center.

Jerryd Bayless of the Memphis Grizzlies has been hot in his last eight games. He is averaging 19 points per game and is shooting .496 from the field and .917 from the free-throw line. These are certainly numbers that could be helping your team. Yet, he is available in 72% of Yahoo leagues. Since his season average PPG is only 8.5, you can see how he has picked it up recently. Since the Grizzlies are in a tight battle for the 3-4-5 playoff seeding in the Western Division, we can probably expect them to battle to the very end of the season, rather than resting players in the last week.

Rookie Jonas Valanciunas has recently started to show why the Toronto Raptors made him their first draft pick in 2011. The 20-year old seven-foot center could not play in the NBA last year due to his buyout requirement with the Lithuanian league. In his last six games he has averaged 15 points and 8.5 rebounds. His .725 shooting from the floor and .889 from the line is not going to harm your numbers, as is the case with some centers. He is available in 71% of Yahoo leagues.

Derrick Williams is an intersting possibility. In the month of March, he started 16 games and in four of them he had 23 or more points. But in another four games he had eight or fewer points. So the trick here is to check out the daily opponent and figure out when he has a good matchup. Williams could be a help to your team down the stretch. He is available in 54% of Yahoo leagues.

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