Fantasy Basketball 2013: Strong Plays For December 16th

By Adam Pfeifer
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So, you went up against Jamaal Charles in fantasy football this weekend?

My sincerest condolences.

However, there’s no better way to spend your time than hopping into some awesome fantasy basketball action, right? Week 8 kicks off on Monday night, and while there may not be the greatest slate of games on tap, there is still plenty of daily fantasy goodness to be had.

Note: FPPG totals are based off FanDuel scoring.

Paul Millsap, PF (vs LAL)

FPPG allowed to PF: 50.27 (1st)

The Lakers are terrible on defense, but especially against power forwards, where they are coughing up more points per game than any other team in the league. Combined that with the fact that Millsap has been one of the hottest players in December, and I absolutely love him tonight. In 12 games this month, the Hawks newest member is averaging 18.8 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.5 steals. That is flat-out awesome. And over his last five games, he’s logging a healthy 35 minutes per contest. There’s nothing to dislike about him against the Lakers, who are surrendering the most points, fourth-most rebounds, seventh-most steals and sixth-most blocks per game to opposing power forwards. Opposing teams are also grabbing the fourth-most offensive boards per game (12.2) and the most defensive rebounds per game (35.1). Roll with Millsap tonight, folks.

Tony Wroten, PG (@ BKN)

FPPG allowed to PG: 41.85 (6th)

I can’t get away.

Like usual, Wroten is a must-start in fantasy when Michael Carter-Williams is sidelined, and he’ll be out for this contest. Enter Wroten, who is averaging an impressive 18.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists per 36 minutes this season. Over his last four games, Wroten has posted at least 30 fantasy points in each contest, even thought the 76ers continue to be trailing, which may actually continue to benefit Wroten. However, I don’t think this game is going to be a blowout, which makes Wroten easily in play this evening.

Avery Bradley, SG (vs MIN)

FPPG allowed to SG: 38.31 (5th)

Bradley is beginning to heat up for fantasy owners. Over his last five contests, he’s averaging 15.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 triples per game, all while shooting an impressive 50.5 percent from the floor during that span. I featured Bradley and the Celtics in my forecaster column, so I’m going to continue rolling with him. His recent touch from the floor is encouraging, and to start Week 8, he faces the Timberwolves, who are allowing the opposition to shoot a league-high 47.7 percent from the field. He’ll likely be matched up with Kevin Martin, who certainly isn’t known for his defense. This game could be fairly high scoring, as well, and considering Bradley is a pretty cheap option, he may be worth a look.

Brook Lopez, C (vs PHI)

FPPG allowed to C: 44.52 (4th)

Firstly, please make sure he is going to play before inserting him into your lineups. He’s officially listed as questionable, but says he feels good and expects to play. If that’s the case, he will decimate the 76ers and their week frontcourt. Lopez, when healthy, is arguably the best offensive center in the game, currently averaging 20.5 points per game on the year. His rebounding (or lack there of) is a concern, but he’s also blocking two shots per game to make up for it. Over his last four games, Lopez is averaging a strong 35.5 DraftDay points per game, and the matchup is heavenly. Opposing centers are blocking 2.92 shots per game, which is above the league average, and I don’t see Spencer Hawes containing Lopez and his offensive prowess. If he plays, he’ll more than likely be the best center of the night by a mile.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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