One of the many amazing things here at Razzball, for your perusing pleasure, good reader, is the amount of content you’re provided with every week by adequate (me) to great (everyone else) writers. The difficulty is that there is going to be some overlap. I mean, there are only some 400 players in the entire league, and many of them aren’t fantasy relevant. Feel free to request in the comment section if you want a hard-hitting fantasy break down of the merits of picking up Cartier Martin or Garrett Temple, but for now, if you see some of the same names from JB’s, ChrisV’s, Blairtch’s, or Tehol’s articles, is because they are awesome, and I can’t stop them, I can only hope to contain them…
Amir Johnson PF/C
Amir is criminally under appreciated in fantasy leagues. He has gone 19-21 from the field the last two games with 24 boards. He averages over a block a game, at least a steal per, and 1.5 assists as well – and he knits winter hats and scarves for the homeless on the plane between games. He is also the most likeable guy I know with a throat tattoo. He is likely taken in your league, already 85% owned, which, ah, I guess doesn’t make him under appreciated, but if you can make a move to acquire him, do it, your fantasy team will appreciate it. Whether he comes off the bench or starts, he will produce.
And remember, he’s my: “Lock of the week “™!
Trevor Ariza SG/SF
Ariza has averaged 15.3 points, 6.6 boards, 3.3 assists, and 1.6 steals over the last 3 games, along with a 3Pt per. Not that those are staggering numbers, but he’s only 20% owned (only checked ESPN), can play both guard and forward for you, and Bradley Beal injured his ankle last night, which should translate into more playing time for our hero. And he knits gun-cozies for his teammates on the plane, what’s not to love?
Plus, he’s my: “Can’t miss of the week” ™!
Derrick Williams PF
Derrick Williams was mentioned in JB’s article for good reason. He’s rolling right now, averaging 21.4 and 10 over the last 5. With AK-47 and Pekovic, not to mention Love, all out for the foreseeable future, he will get mad burn. And yes, you guessed it, he knits as well: adorable little booties for orphans on the plane between games.
Moreover, he’s my: “Shoe-in of the week” ™!
Andrea Bargnani? PF/C
This big enigma is not officially a pick-up recommendation yet, as has been absolutely miserable since he came back from injury, save his last game versus Golden State, but what a game! 26 points, 7 boards, he shot 5 3Pts, and a block to boot. He’s only owned in about 50% of leagues. So if you have the space to stash him and see if he can get it back together, I say give him a shot. And he sews: Versace-like silk blouses for obese chesty women, on the plane, between games.
Finally, I should mention he’s my: “Walk of shame of the week” ™!
Danny Granger SF
I know that I’m not revealing anything Earth shattering here, but if you’ve been holding on to Danny all season in the hopes of a speedy recovery, I’m sorry to say: you blew it. He was back for 5 games, scoring in double figures only once, a paltry 12 points, and now he’s being shut down again, and they’re not even evaluating him until a week from now. He’s of no fantasy relevance this year. And with all that time off, not even one lousy pair of socks were knit for deserving children. Not cool, Danny, not cool.
Like Tehol Beddict said, ACL surgeries are no joke. This is a joke. Judging him solely on his choice of haircut, I would say that more healing is needed before he can be declared fit for active duty. He hasn’t scored in double digits in the last 12 games, minimal boards, and, basically, is a non-factor in fantasy production. And he does Needlepoint. Totally useless.
Nate Robinson PG
KrytoNate is now Crippled Nate. A nagging rib injury has hindered him, he has scored in single digits in 4 of his last 5 games, only just over 1 3Pt made per, and we all know that he’s not exactly a pass first kinda PG. Marquis Teague is poised to take the back up role from Nate once Rose makes his triumphant return, in fact, he’s gobbling up many of Nate’s minutes already. On the plus side, he makes intricately woven throw carpets by hand, which he distributes to the downtrodden of Chicago, on the plane between games. Wish I could recommend such a swell guy. But I can’t. Try and upgrade at the PG before the post-season begins.