We are just about a month into the fantasy basketball season and as expected there have been some injuries, some busts, and some disappointments to start season. The key to continued success post-draft is finding a replacement as quick as possible through trade or on the waiver wire.
Locker Room Fantasy Sports talked buy or sell earlier, now it’s time to fill the void. There are a few players below who shouldn’t be available, but if they are… what are you waiting for? Pick ‘em up!
The following percentages are from Yahoo! leagues.
Isaiah Thomas, PG, Sacramento Kings – 75 percent owned
We’re starting strong! Isaiah Thomas shouldn’t be available for the taking, but I’m amazed that he is only owned in 75 percent of Yahoo! leagues. That number has obviously changed drastically over the past couple weeks as Thomas went undrafted in most leagues.
Thomas has put up some strong numbers of late. He’s currently coming off the bench but if Greivis Vasquez continues to struggle it may be only a matter of time before Thomas takes over.
Thomas played 26 minutes off the bench Wednesday and came away with 19 points, six boards, six dimes, a steal and two 3-pointers. Thomas has averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 assists, and 3 three’s a game over his last two.
Steve Blake, PG, Los Angeles Lackers – 51 percent owned
Wow! Steve Blake had 16 assists Sunday against the Pistons. Where did that come from? Blake is averaging over 10 dimes a game during his last six contests. Jordan Farmer is having problems keeping pace and Steve Nash can’t stay healthy, and in fact he is considering retirement. Blake is proving he is the point guard to own in Los Angeles.
Four straight double-digit assist games in a row is an impressive accomplishment. Nash could be out for the next couple weeks and even when he returns he may not get many minutes. If you need assists, Blake is your guy.
Jordan Hill, PF,C, Los Angeles Lackers – 54 percent owned
Hill posted a career high 24 points and 17 boards in his last game while finishing 11-of-16 from the field. Hill has been a monster of late picking up a double-double in three of his last four games.
While his 24 and 17 game is nice, he had an 18 and 15 night to go along with a 21 and 11 game too. Over his last four starts Hill has averaged 18.8 points, 12 boards and 1.8 blocks while outplaying Chris Kaman and Shawne Williams. Pick this guy up right away!
J.J. Hickson, PF,C, Denver Nuggets – 48 percent owned
The injury to JaVale McGee makes Hickson a must own in all fantasy basketball formats. He has played at least 27 minutes over his last three games and has two double-doubles to show for it. He’s averaged 14.7 points, 12.7 boards and 1.3 blocks over those three games.
His most impressive performance came in his last game where Hickson grabbed 19 boards while picking up 18 points. Hickson has also had a block in each of his last five games. Pick him up!
Jordan Crawford, PG,SG, Boston Celtics – 42 percent owned
Crawford is the guy in Boston for now that can replace Rajon Rondo. Of course, he isn’t going to put up the same kind of numbers as Rondo, but over his last six games Crawford has quietly put up 13.5 points per game.
Crawford has also dished out 5.8 assists a game over his last six including a 10 assist game against the Magic. His shooting percentage isn’t great, but if you need a guard, Crawford can be that guy for now.
Jodie Meeks, SG, Los Angeles Lakers – 26 percent owned
My least favorite of the three Lakers is Jodie Meeks. Meeks dropped 25 points two games ago and followed it up with a 19 point night. He’s had less than 11 points only twice over his last ten games.
Meeks is also a source from down town. He is shooting 48 percent from beyond the arc and is averaging five threes per game over his last five. The minute Kobe Bryant returns is the minute you most likely drop Jodie Meeks, but for now, ride it out.
Terrence Jones, SF,PF, Houston Rockets – 23 percent owned
Terrence Jones has been named the starting power forward in Houston, therefore it’s time to grab a piece of that offense. Jones went 6-of-11 for 14 points and added 12 boards in his last game. He also had a three, a steal and three blocks.
In his three games as a starter Jones is averaging 10 points, 10 boards, two blocks and a three-pointer. He is averaging over 30 minutes a game over his last four and has a total of ten blocks. Omer Asik is looking to leave town which opens up the door for the Basketball Jones.
Mo Williams, PG,SG, Portland Trailblazers – 22 percent owned
Williams has at least 12 points in each of his last five games. He’s averaging about 30 minutes a game while shooting over 50 percent from the floor. He’s also averaging five assists a game over that same span.
Portland is hot having won seven straight. Playing Williams seems to be working, so playing him in your lineup while he is hot might just work for you too.