If you were eliminated from your fantasy football league this past weekend, I offer my sincerest condolences. However, there is something to look forward to while you wait for next season to roll around.
That’s right. Fantasy hoops.
Of course, we are set to kick off the ninth week of the season, but it’s such a fun game, that who cares if you join late? And for those who are joining late, here are some viable free agents to acquire.
Note: Ownership percentages are based off ESPN leagues.
D.J. Augustin, Chicago Bulls (15%): With injuries depleting the Bulls roster, Augustin may have found an opportunity to revive his career in Chicago. With Derrick Rose done for the year and Kirk Hinrich dealing with a back injury, Augustin started at point guard on Saturday, posting very fantasy relevant numbers. He scored 18 points, adding five rebounds, 10 assists and two steals. Over his last four games, Augustin is averaging an impressive 37.5 minutes per game, and should continue to see plenty of playing time. Over his last five games, he’s averaging 12 points, 7.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.4 triples per contest. If you need point guard depth, Augustin is probably the best option out there.
Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies (10%): Another team that has seen a fair share of injuries is Memphis. With Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Tayshaun Prince banged up, Allen, a defensive-oriented player, has been forced into more of an offensive role. Fantasy owners have been reaping the benefits, as Allen is averaging 17 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game over his last three. He is averaging a very healthy 14.3 shot attempts per game during that span. He should be a decent option for at least the short term, especially since Memphis plays a solid three games this week.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks (6.8%): On Wednesday, “The Alphabet” got the first start of his career, and hasn’t looked back. The talented rookie has the opportunity to contribute in all fantasy categories for owners. In four starts, Giannis is averaging a healthy 10.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and one block per game. The 6-21 Bucks are quite the mess, so Antetokounmpo will likely continue to log plenty of minutes so Milwaukee can see what they have in their promising rookie. I love his upside, the fact that he is shooting .490 percent from the field this year, and the fact that he contributes in all aspects of fantasy. His playing time should only improve as the season progresses.
Mirza Teletovic, Brooklyn Nets (0.3%): With Brook Lopez (foot) out for the remainder of the season, Teletovic has the opportunity to start at the five for the rest of the season. During his first career start, Teletovic was successful, scoring 18 points, while adding four rebounds, two assists and a block. He provides a nice touch with the perimeter game, as he attempted a ridiculous 11 three-pointers on Friday night against the 76ers, draining six of them. That’s right. All 18 of his points came from beyond the arc, which obviously won’t happen every night. However, if he takes over in the absence of Lopez, he’ll be a must-add in fantasy. The Nets play four games this week. Andray Blatche is obviously the main guy to target here, however, as he was already playing extremely well in games where Lopez was sidelined.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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