Family and happy times have pretty much filled our minds and hearts this Thanksgiving week, but we must not forget to take time out to look at those fantasy basketball players that will bring us joy this season. It’s once again time to talk about those players on the rise and those players that should be headed to your bench.
Shannon Brown, Los Angeles Lakers
He’s probably on your fantasy basketball waiver wire and to be honest, it’s a shame. Brown has too much upside to be floating in your free agent pool. Most players in the NBA will tell you he has the highest vertical jump of any guard in the league, but he is much more than a jumper. He has scored double digits points in six of his last seven games, despite averaging 20 minutes. Owners can bet that Brown will continue to produce given the opportunity.
Jose Calderon, Toronto Raptors
Many of us were baffled when Jarrett Jack was named starting point guard for the Raptors in the beginning of this season as clearly Calderon is more suited for the role. With Jack being traded to the New Orleans Hornets last week, the door was opened for Calderon to return to his role as starter. Owners know what to expect with Calderon. With Chris Bosh doing his thing in Miami these days, the assists may go down one or two per game, but you can be assured Calderon is a clear #3 guard for any fantasy basketball team.
Grant Hill, Phoenix Suns
Ol’ Man River just keeps on rolling. In his last four games he is averaging his age in minutes, which is alarming for his long-term value, but Hill is strictly a “play him while he’s hot” guy and for that reason you need to play him now. With over 20 points in three out of his last four games, he needs to be in fantasy basketball lineups.
Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings
Evans hasn’t quite lived up to expectations this season. You can’t bench him, you spent your second round pick on him, and so you have to just suffer through it. His struggles have mainly been a result of an ever-changing starting lineup for the Kings this season. With opposing defenses keying in on the reigning ROY and the rest of his team struggling, Evans will have a tough time adjusting in the short-term.
J.J. Hickson, Cleveland Cavailers
Coach Byron Scott benched the talented young power forward last week for his “lackadaisical” play. He has scored in single digits in his last five games, with just two points in his last outing. We know from history that once you are Byron Scott’s bad list, you stay there for a while. If you own Hickson, bench him. After a fast start to the season, Hickson has cooled considerably.
Samuel Dalembert, Sacramento Kings
He was promoted to starting center in early November and not even a month later he is officially “droppable”. Five, eight, zero, one, three, two; no that’s not a locker combination – it’s the amount of points Dalembert has scored over his last six games. If it weren’t for DeMarcus Cousins’ clash with the coaches, Dalembert certainly wouldn’t have the starting job.
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