THREE TO SET FREE
Here are three players you can attempt to trade or drop with the ball to bring in the New Year.
Kenneth Faried, F, Denver: Faried is producing career-low numbers in five categories thus far: (points, blocks, steals, field goal, and free throw percentage). In addition, he is involved in almost every trade rumor that includes the Nuggets. Faried has to contend with getting over a recent ankle injury and the presence of teammate J.J. Hickson who’s simply outplaying every frontcourt player on the Nuggets roster. There may be an owner in your league that is willing to make a trade for Faried. Otherwise, it’s time to move on to a more consistent player during this campaign.
Kevin Garnett, F-C, Brooklyn: Garnett is another notable name posting career-low averages in multiple categories (points, assists, blocks, steals, and field goal percentage), add minutes per game to the list of lows. The Big Ticket has given us 18 years of Fantasy production, but year 19 marks the end of a glorious run for Garnett. So, thank him for the Fantasy championships he helped us win and retire KG to the waiver wire.
Danny Granger, G-F, Indiana: Granger should not be on the roster of any owner serious about winning a Fantasy championship. His job is to get as healthy as possible, and potentially, contribute to the Pacers postseason run for an NBA crown. He is on the same plan as the Miami Heat’s Greg Oden. Do you own him too? This group of Indiana Pacers love and respect what Granger has done in the past, but on the court as a unit, they have moved on without Granger. You should do the same.
Tobias Harris and Anderson Varejao are returning to form. Photo Credit: jameswlietz
THESE FIVE ARE ON THE RISE
Tobias Harris, F, Orlando: Harris has returned to form over the last five games, averaging 16.4 points per game (ppg), 7.6 rebounds per game (rpg), 2.2 assists per game (apg), 1.0 steals per game (spg), and 1.0 3-pointers made per game. Harris is only 67 percent owned on Yahoo and 93 percent owned on ESPN.
Reggie Jackson, G, Oklahoma City: Jackson seems to live on this list. Why? He is still only 54 percent owned in Yahoo leagues and 90 percent owned in ESPN leagues. Jackson has played well all season and he is now the starting point guard for the Thunder. With Russell Westbrook out until after the All-Star break, Jackson has the opportunity to improve upon his season averages of 12.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.6 apg, 0.9 spg, and 0.9 3-pointers per game.
Khris Middleton, F, Milwaukee: Is there a hotter free agent acquisition than Middleton? Over his last six games, he’s averaged 19.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.7 blocks, and 2.5 3-pointers, while shooting 45 percent from the field and 88 percent from the line. And he is still only 59 percent owned on ESPN (after plus-52 change in percentage owned). His 47 percent ownership in Yahoo leagues confirms that Middleton is the hottest Fantasy player whose name you don’t know! Khris Middleton is the name. Fantasy Hoops is the game.
Larry Sander, F-C, Milwaukee: Sanders strong season in 2012-13 has him at 81 percent owned in ESPN leagues and 84 percent in Yahoo leagues. And, that’s after having only played in 5 games this entire season. Hmm, that’s interesting. Therefore, I guess you better get in on the action before he is 100 percent owned after having played only 10 games in 2013-14 (sarcasm).
Anderson Varejao, C, Cleveland: With Andrew Bynum receiving an indefinite suspension from the Cavs for conduct detrimental to the team, Varejao is a must add waiver wire big man if ever there was one. He can provide a nightly double-double with assists, steals, and blocks. Varejao only needs to fend off injuries that always seem to lurk around the next dark corner. But, with no current injury related news, Varejao is ready to be owned and deployed in to game action.