Recently, I wrote about the per-36 numbers of this year’s rookie crop to try to figure out what we might see down the road from them if all goes well. Today, as we head into the All-Star Break, I thought it would be good to think more short term. Let’s see if this season’s per-36 (per-minute stats multiplied by 36) rankings can tell us a bit about who to target before fantasy trade deadlines. I’m looking specifically at players whose minutes can be expected to increase after the break that could be worthy of a roster spot (or at least a spot on your watch list). I’m going to use Basketball Monster’s per-36 player rater (8-category through 2/12) and pick out players, in order, who aren’t near the top of the overall rankings so that they’d come more cheaply or may even be unowned in your leagues. Now, remember that the order here is based on per-36 value, but many players down the list will likely play more minutes than many above them, so this isn’t the order in which we should value them. However, if you expect two players to play the same minutes, go with the higher ranked player. Also, very few of these guys will be sniffing 36 minutes per game, so don’t expect these numbers from any of them. They’re just to be used as a guide.
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So, there are 18 guys I think might help us down the stretch by providing value due to a minutes increase, and those near the top make spectacular use of minutes. Take a look and see if any of these dudes might be available or cheap if they meet your needs. There are players every season that emerge and lead teams to fantasy titles. Maybe a couple of them are here. Enjoy Al-Star Weekend!
*After scoring 8 points in 9 seconds. Now, THAT’S some per-minute production.
This week’s classic fantasy line:
I looked for a recent surprising points per minute season. Check out Marreese Speights’ 2014-15 per-36 stats with the Warriors where he only played 15.9 minutes per game:
23.6 ppg/9.7 rbg/2.1 apg