by Royce King
THREE TO SET FREE
Here are three players you can drop in leagues without an injured reserved (IR) slot.
Danny Green, G, San Antonio: Green has been a model of inconsistency for Fantasy owners. His 30 percent shooting and 4.7 points per game (ppg) in the Spurs last six games are cause for concern. Frustration is at an all-time high for owners. And, frankly, you can find 10 points and two 3-pointers per game elsewhere. That is what you drafted him for, right?
Maurice Harkless, F, Orlando: Harkless has gone from potential starting small forward, potential sixth man, to coming off the bench behind E’Twaun Moore. Yikes! Need I say more or attempt to offer up some kind of explanation? I didn’t think so.
Greivis Vasquez, G, Toronto: Vasquez is looking at backup point guard minutes behind Kyle Lowry after coming to the Raptors in the Rudy Gay trade. Vasquez’ value has been steadily declining since the start of the season. He needs a significant role and eye-popping production with the Raptors to have any chance at being the player he was in 2012-13.
THESE FIVE ARE ON THE RISE
Alec Burks, G, Utah: Burks looks confident and comfortable in his third year as a pro. For the last eight games in his role as sixth man, he is shooting 49 percent from the field and 85 percent from the line (4.1 free throws attempted), with averages of 14.8 points per game (ppg), 3.3 rebounds per game (rpg), 2.6 assists per game (apg), and 0.8 3-pointers per game (3PM). The Jazz need Burks to maintain his current level of success as they look to rack up more wins this season.
Andrew Bynum, C, Cleveland: Bynum is showing us again that when available, he is a dominant force in the paint. He is shooting 55 percent on the strength of 14 field goal attempts per game. Bynum is averaging 17.3 ppg and playing 23.7 minutes per game (mpg) over the last three games (prior to Tuesday night vs. Knicks). Get him while he is playing!
Amir Johnson, F, Toronto: What a difference a week and a trade make! How do you go from one of the most dropped, to one of the most added players in seven days? Easy, just go out and average 23.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.0 steals per game (spg) and 2.0 blocks per game (bpg) while shooting 71 percent from the field and making all 10 free throws attempted over the last three games. Johnson looks ready to make his return to the 100 percent owned group of Fantasy players. Welcome Back!
Kosta Koufos, F, Memphis: How does 10.4 ppg, 12.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 spg and 2.1 bpg look to you? It looks good to me! That’s Koufos’ average for the past seven games. He is only 65 percent owned in ESPN leagues and 36 percent owned in Yahoo leagues. He should be owned 100 percent until you see Marc Gasol on the court and playing, period.
Robin Lopez, C, Portland: Over Lopez’ last eight games he’s averaged 11.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg, and 1.3 bpg on a most impressive 52 percent field goal shooting and 95 percent from the charity stripe. Lopez is 65 percent owned on Yahoo and 48.7 percent on ESPN. He hasn’t had any competition for his starting center position and will not have any unless Omer Asik lands in Portland via trade. I seriously doubt that will happen. So, don’t let this Fantasy-friendly production go to waste on waiver wires.
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