Fantasy Basketball 2014: Buy-Low Candidates
Injuries. Injuries are everywhere.
They won’t slow down for anything, and fantasy owners need to acquire strong talent to stay afloat in their leagues. That’s where the stock market concept comes into place.
As we approach the end of Week 11, there are plenty of players worth buying low on, which will help you in the long run. Let’s not waste any more time, folks.
Someone may get hurt again.
Beal started the season on a tear, averaging 21 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, one steal and 2.8 triples per contest during the month of November. However, a knee injury kept him sidelined for a bit, and he hasn’t been as dominant since returning. However, this is still a guy who is capable of finishing inside the top-10 in scoring on the season, and at 20-years old, is a surefire future All-Star. He’s seeing plenty of opportunity, taking about 16 shots per game. Not to mention, point guard John Wall is playing the position as well as anyone in basketball, and is passing the ball a ton. His 73.3 passes per game ranks second-most in the NBA, which means Beal is touching the ball a strong amount. Remember, Beal is still playing 10-15 less minutes than before the injury, so the Wizards are clearly easing him back into the rotation. Buy-low on him now and enjoy one of the league’s up and coming point scorers.
If you can find an owner who is becoming frustrated with Bledsoe’s injuries, now is the time to pull the trigger and get a legitimate top-20 fantasy option on the cheap. Bledsoe’s numbers (18 points, 5.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 triples) have been very encouraging, despite splitting work with Goran Dragic at times. Sure, there’s some risk involved, as Bledsoe has already missed eight games, and is expected to miss at least another week. However, if you can steal him for far less than his name value, it’s well worth that risk, if you ask me.
Evans had himself an ugly start to the season, but is beginning to come on a bit as of late. He’s a guy who can score, add rebounds and assists, and now with Jrue Holiday (foot) out indefinitely, Evans should see an uptick in both minutes and production. During games where Holiday as out, Evans sees a usage rate of almost 32 percent, which means he’ll be touching the ball quite a bit. And while Brian Roberts will take over at the point guard position, I don’t see the Pelicans allowing him to play 35-plus minutes, which means Evans, who is currently logging 25.6 minutes per game, will likely eclipse the 30-mark for the foreseeable future. When he’s suited up for at least 30 minutes, Evans is averaging an impressive 17.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 7.7 rebounds per contest.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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