Fantasy Basketball 2013: Strong Plays For December 10th
Thank goodness that NBA games take place in stadiums.
The universal snow ruined many fantasy games in Week 14 of the fantasy football season, and quite frankly, it frustrated me a bit. But fantasy sports and Mother Nature are arguably the two most unpredictable things in the world, so what are you going to do?
Anyway, fantasy hoops won’t let me down this week, eight? With eight games on tonight’s schedule, let’s get to some of the players I am high on for you daily players out there.
Note: FPPG totals are based off FanDuel.
Jeff Teague, PG, ( vs OKC)
FPPG allowed to PG: 44.92
Teague is amid an absolute breakout campaign, currently averaging career highs in points (16.6) and assists (7.9). He’s been extremely reliable on a nightly basis in fantasy land, and I love him again on Tuesday night. Oklahoma City should score plenty of points in this game, which will force Teague to score more than usual. He’s only averaging 13.5 shot attempts per game this year, but I think that number will rise after tonight. It also helps that the Thunder are allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing point guards this season. Teague is also currently ninth in the league in total touches (1,672), so you know he is going to see plenty of scoring opportunities in this contest.
Taj Gibson, PF/SF, ( vs MIL)
FPPG allowed to SF: 38.21
Extremely quietly, Gibson has been one of the hottest players in basketball lately. The depleted Bulls lineup has greatly benefited Gibson, as he is posting monster numbers. Over his last five games, Gibson is averaging 21.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per contest. He’s been an absolute beast, and despite not being a full-time starter, he is still logging 32.2 minutes per game over his last five. On Saturday, Gibson got the start in place of the injured Luol Deng and had an impressive double-double, netting 21 points and adding 10 rebounds, an assist and a block. Deng has already been ruled out of this game, so Gibson will likely get the start and log plenty of minutes. Milwaukee is struggling to haul in rebounds, coughing up 11.8 offensive boards per game (sixth-most) and 33.5 defensive rebounds (5th-most). With Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler and Deng banged up, Gibson has emerged into a go-to offensive weapon, averaging 15 shots per game. I think he’s a terrific play tonight.
Brandon Jennings, PG, ( vs MIN)
FPPG allowed to PG: 40.35
Jennings has been absolutely phenomenal lately. Over his last five contests, the point guard is averaging 20.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 2.2 steals and chucking 5.8 triples per contest. He’s contributing in five different categories, which is awesome. Jennings has been the catalyst for the Pistons offense, averaging 86.6 offensive touches per game this year, which is the eighth-most in all of basketball. Because of that, he’s been strong in the assist department, and the Timberwolves are allowing point guards to average 8.65 per contest, which is above the league average. Jennings is also dominating in the steals category, logging over two per contest, and because Ricky Rubio tends to force passes, Minnesota is allowing point guards to post 2.09 steals per game this season, which is the ninth-most in the league. The Timberwolves are also second in pace this season (101.4), so Jennings will see plenty of back and forth action in what could be a shootout. And oh, by the way, the Wolves are surrendering the most points to point guards over their last 15 games.
Roy Hibbert, C, ( vs MIA)
FPPG allowed to C: 43.10
I’m friends with a monster, and his name is Roy Hibbert. The Pacers big man has been a force to be reckoned with this season, averaging just 12.4 points, but adding a whopping 9.1 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per contest. He is absolutely dominating the paint, and he has the opportunity to give the Heat fits tonight. It’s no secret that the weakness of Miami is their interior defense, and if last year’s postseason is any indication, Hibbert could be in store for a monster game. During last year’s seven-game series, Hibbert averaged a whopping 22 points, 10.4 rebounds and one block per game. I love his rebounding potential in this contest, as centers are averaging 15.35 rebounds per game against the Heat, the most in all of basketball. The Pacers will give him plenty of looks to exploit the mismatch in this game.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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