By Adam McGill
The fantasy basketball season only has a couple of weeks left, making this the most important stretch of the season. Below is my latest compilation of free agent players to grab before your competition:
Small Leagues: 8-10 man leagues
PG Jameer Nelson, ORL – Nelson is finally healthy and in the last five games is averaging 10.6 points, 3.8 assists, and has hit 11 3-pointers.
SG Manu Ginobili, SA – Ginobili only scored 8 points in his first game back this week, but expect him to get back to his All-Star form soon.
SF James Johsnon, TOR – “The J-Man” has been putting up decent numbers across the board; with 12.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3 assists, and1.6 steals in the last five games.
PF Kenneth Faried, DEN – Faried has been unstoppable in the paint, by averaging 11.5 points and 8.6 rebounds in the last nine games.
C Zaza Pachulia, ATL – Pachulia has averaged 11.6 rebounds in the last five games and can be a great free agent find in smaller leagues.
Large Leagues: 10-14 man leagues
PG Baron Davis, NYK – “B-Diddy” is getting more and more minutes with each game and could eventually steal the job away from Jeremy Lin because of his playoff experience.
SG George Hill, IND – Hill is healthy following an ankle injury and has scored 13.5 points in his last two outings.
SF Gordon Hayward, UTA – Hayward has been virtually unnoticed in the fantasy world over the first three months of the NBA season, despite starting every game. He is finally beginning to show signs of improvement, as the kid has scored more than 10 points in four of his last five games.
PF Ekpe Udoh, GS – Udoh is back in the starting lineup for Golden State and can post steady points and rebounds in deeper leagues.
C Sheldon Williams, NJ – Williams will be the primary replacement for Brook Lopez, as he sits out another 3-4 weeks with a sprained ankle.