2013 Fantasy Basketball: J.R. Smith Starting To Heat Up

By Adam McGill
Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

When the fantasy basketball season tipped off, not many fantasy owners had faith in SG J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks. He won the Sixth Man of the Year Award last season for his strong play, but he was still a rather hit-or-miss fantasy option.

In recent weeks, though, Smith has really caught on fire. He has turned around his slow start and has finally put up starter-quality fantasy numbers.

Here is a quick look at Smith’s last six games so you can see the amazing roto stats he has been able to post.




5 6 4 18


5 6 5 19


2 7 4


12/23 3 4 10


12/25 3 3 6


12/27 3 6 7



These are huge numbers that most fantasy owners were ready to write off just a couple weeks ago. Smith has been able to get extremely hot from behind the arc, which factored in with his ability to add boards and dimes, makes the veteran one of the most valuable roto options at the two-spot in all of fantasy.

Even more promising for Smith’s daily fantasy value is that Iman Shumpert has continued to struggle from the field. Shumpert is shooting a dreadful 30.9% from the field this month and his horrendous play has allowed Smith to take full control of the starting spot for the Knickerbockers. Smith has averaged 33.1 minutes per game this month, but that number has jumped up to 40.2 minutes over the last six with Shumpert’s horrible performance from the floor.

Smith is red-hot right now and he has quietly become an everyday fantasy option again. So if you have Smith on your roster, it is about time to get him active.

Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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