Fantasy Hoops: Rising Stars DeJuan Blair
Fantasy Hoops Stock Ticker by Royce King
THREE TO SET FREE
Here are three players you can drop in leagues without an injured reserved (IR) slot.
Tobias Harris, F, Orlando: Yes, I know the potential to be a Fantasy stud is there. But last I checked, potential is not a scoring category in any format. No gamesno statsno place for you on the Fantasy roster. This is coming from someone who drafted Harris in eight-out-of-eight Fantasy leagues. Did I mention his high ankle sprain? Its time to dump hope and potential via trade or drop.
Amir Johnson, F, Toronto: Coming off of his best season as pro, Johnson has been a bit of a disappointment. He has not provided the blocks, steals, or rebounds owners were accustomed to last year. His recent demotion to a reserve role and minutes off the bench signals an adjustment must be made.
J.J. Redick, G, Clippers: Redick suffered a fracture in the small bone of his right hand and a tear of his right ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). He is expected to miss approximately 6-8 weeks. Redick is good, but not that good. He must get well soon, on the waiver wire, bye-bye.
THESE FIVE ARE ON THE RISE
DeJuan Blair, F-C, Dallas: Over the last three games Blair is averaging a double-double. He is shooting 52 percent from the field, 82 percent from the line, with averages of 10.3 points per game (ppg), 11.7 rebounds per game (rpg), 1.0 assists per game (apg), and 1.3 steals per game (spg).
Channing Frye, F-C, Phoenix: It seems like we are talking about a different Suns player every week. This time, its Frye who has been blazing in the box scores. Frye is averaging 18.3 ppg and 3.0 3-pointers made on 71 percent shooting from the field, in 32 minutes per game (mpg), over the last three contests. Add in the 5.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 0.7 spg, and 1.0 blocks per game (bpg) and I would say you have a hot prospect.
Taj Gibson, F, Chicago: Gibson is playing out of his mind right now and looking like a starter at 32 mpg in his last three outings. His 22.3 ppg 8.7rpg and 2.0 bpg are too tantalizing to resist. Its more than likely those numbers come down, but his opportunity at consistent minutes for productivity will not falter due to the rash of injuries in Chicago.
Jared Sullinger, F, Boston: Can you say, double-double with threes? Thats what Sullinger has provided on average in his last three games. His 18.7 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, and 2.3 3-pointers made on 53 percent shooting has every talking. Coach Brad Stevens believes that Sullinger is one of his players capable of expanding his game. We do not disagree. Welcome to the team!
Marvin Williams, F, Utah: Since moving into the starting lineup at power forward, Williams has not disappointed the Jazz or Fantasy owners. In five starts, he is averaging 12.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.8 spg, and 1.8 3-pointers made, shooting 48 percent from the field, in 31 minutes of game time. Steady and consistent production is what you will receive from Williams, as long as he remains healthy.