Forgot Log-in or  Password? |  Help  Not a member, Register Now!
Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
      
Fantasy Football Today
2014 Draft Prep Guide
Gameday Inactives
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Get Your Draft Board
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Red Zone Stats
Teams
Schedules
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Playoff Challenge
Commissioner
Prize Leagues
Free
Office Pool Manager
Game Pick'em
Player Challenge
Fantasy Baseball Today
2014 Draft Prep Guide
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Rankings
Projections
Teams
Schedules
Probable Pitchers
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injuries
Projections
Rankings
Teams
Schedules
Message Boards
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Teams
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Downloadable Draft Kit
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Teams
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
No Fantasy Teams Found
 
 
 

Rotisserie specials for Week 3

by | Fantasy Writer
  •  

While it is still early in the season, most Fantasy owners are starting to get a good idea of which players are performing up to standards and which are not. However, it's difficult to track the 450-plus players currently in the NBA, which is where we come in. With so much attention being paid to those playing in Head-to-Head formats, we have put together a column aimed at helping those of us in category-based formats. We have once again listed the five options who may be a bit under the radar but who, we feel, will make a meaningful impact in Rotisserie formats this week. Conversely, we have also compiled a list of players who could do more harm than good this week.

Best of luck to all owners during Fantasy Week 3 (Nov. 12-18).

Find a place for 'em

Mario Chalmers, G, Heat (@HOU, @LAC, @DEN, @PHO): Chalmers has very quietly gotten off to a fast start this season as he is averaging 7.7 points, 5.6 assists and 1.7 steals over the first seven games. However, what has been most impressive about Chalmers' game has been his outside shooting. The 26-year-old has been heating up as he has connected on 6 of his last 11 3-point attempts (55 percent), and three of the four opponents he will face this week are allowing opponents to shoot over 35 percent from downtown. That bodes well for Chalmers as he continues to see open looks as the result of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade drawing constant double teams; and he is already averaging 2.7 3-point attempts per contest. While he has put up decent numbers in the steals and assists departments thus far, Chalmers could be in for a very productive week if he can knock down some shots. (Owned: 59 percent of leagues)

Shannon Brown, G, Suns (DEN, CHI, @LAL, MIA): After getting off to a slow start during the opening week of the season, Brown has seemed to find his range over the past few games. The 26-year-old continues to be used as coach Alvin Gentry's first man off the bench and responded by posting a solid 17 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and one steal during his four games played in Fantasy Week 2 (Nov. 5-11). Brown shot 46 percent (21 for 46) from the field during his run but his scoring numbers were really helped out by his ability to knock down 3-pointers. He went 12 for 21 (57 percent) from behind the arc last week and is shooting a career-best 44 percent from downtown on the year. While he doesn't look to have the most favorable schedule on tap this week, Brown will get plenty of looks as the team's sixth man and has never been shy about firing away from outside. Owners looking for help in scoring and 3-pointers should consider rolling with Brown in the upcoming scoring period. (Owned: 21 percent of leagues)

Ronnie Brewer, F, Knicks, (@ORL, @SAS, @MEM, IND): Brewer has been one of the biggest surprises in Fantasy thus far as he has thrived playing small forward in coach Mike Woodson's starting lineup. After averaging just 6.0 points per contest each of the last two seasons, Brewer is averaging 10.5 points per game while making 47 percent of his shots from the field over the first four games this season. He is also averaging a career-high 7.0 rebounds to go along with 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals on the year and is shooting a ridiculous 53.8 percent from downtown. We would expect Brewer's production to fall back closer to his career averages as the season progresses, but Fantasy owners looking for a low-end option that can provide solid all-around production, should continue to ride Brewer's hot hand for at least another week. (Owned: 16 percent of leagues)

Larry Sanders, F, Bucks, (@PHI, IND, NO): Sanders hasn't been much of a factor in most Fantasy leagues over his first two years in the league, but has made his presence felt during the early portion of the season. After scoring in double figures in just three of his 52 games last year, the 23-year-old has scored in double figures in all five of his games this season and is averaging an impressive 12 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks over that stretch while seeing a career-best 27 minutes per game as Milwaukee's backup center. He is also shooting 66 percent from the field and 88 percent from the free-throw line and appears to be a permanent part of coach Scott Skiles' rotation right now. While Sanders doesn't offer much production in the assists and steals departments, he does give owners another solid option at a very thin center position. He is also eligible at forward, which is just another reason to get him active this week. (Owned: 55 percent of leagues)

Omer Asik, C, Rockets, (MIA, NO, POR, @LAL): Asik did not get off to the best start offensively as he was just 7 for 20 (35 percent) from the field over his first three games. However, the 7-footer has seemed to find his range of late as he shot 44.8 percent from the field over his last three contests and is averaging 11.3 points and 11.3 rebounds over that stretch. He has scored in double figures in each of those contests and averaged 9.7 field-goal attempts, which means the Rockets are trying to establish him in the paint. While Asik has always been a good source for rebounds and blocks, he can really take his game to another level if he can get his scoring into double digits most nights. Now he looks to have somewhat of a favorable schedule this week as Dwight Howard is the only All-Star caliber center he will face over the next seven days. We strongly recommend getting Asik active in most category-based formats this week. (Owned: 80 percent of leagues)

Put 'em on your bench

Devin Harris, G, Hawks (@POR, @GS, @SAC): Harris started the year in the starting lineup but has since been moved to the bench and has struggled in his new role. He is only seeing around 20 minutes per game most nights and is averaging a putrid 5.8 points, 2.4 assists and 1.8 rebounds on 35 percent shooting from the field. The 29-year-old is used to having the ball in his hands and looks very uncomfortable when he is not being used as a point guard. While Harris' ability to fill up a stat sheet has made him a viable play in most Rotisserie formats in seasons past, we recommend leaving on the bench until he adjusts to his new role with the Hawks. Even with enticing matchups on tap against the defensively challenged Trail Blazers, Warriors and Kings on the docket, Harris should not be starting in most formats this week. (Owned: 51 percent of leagues)

Courtney Lee, G, Boston, (@CHI, UTA, @BKN, TOR, @DET): Lee's short tenure in Boston has not gone very well as he has struggled to get himself going on the offensive end of the floor. The 27-year-old, who is a career 38 percent shooter from 3-point range, is just 2 for 12 on the year from downtown and has scored in double figures in just one of his six contests. He was even shut out in his last contest and is averaging just 1.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists, which is not going to help make up for the lack of scoring. Even coach Doc Rivers seems to be fed up as he took Lee out of the starting lineup for Boston's last game. While Lee will continue to see big-time minutes until Avery Bradley returns from injury, he should not be starting in any big-time Fantasy leagues. Despite Boston being the only team to play five times this week, we recommend sticking Lee firmly on the bench. (Owned: 17 percent of leagues)

Caron Butler, F, Clippers (CHI, MIA): We chose Butler as one of our starts last week after his red-hot opening to the season, and of course, he then proceeded to go ice cold. After connecting on 62 percent of his field-goal attempts over his first three games, Butler then shot 38 percent from the field over his next four games and went just 5 for 13 from 3-point range over that stretch. He averaged 7.5 points per game during his cold streak and now looks to have a pair of touch matchups on tap in Fantasy Week 3 (Nov. 12-18). The Clippers are the only team with just two games on the docket next week and those contests are against two of the league's better teams in the Heat and Bulls. While Butler should be able to get himself back on track before too long, this doesn't look like a good week to bank on that happening. (Owned: 41 percent of leagues)

Antawn Jamison, F, Lakers (SA, PHO, HOU): Jamison was supposed to be the Lakers main scoring option off the bench this season, but that has not been the case thus far. In fact, the 36-year-old has failed to score in double figures in each of his first seven games and is averaging just 17 minutes per game thus far. While he is obviously signed up to take on a smaller role with the Lakers, few expected Jamison's production to be this bad. Keep in mind he averaged 18 and 19 points in his last two years in Cleveland and has also been able to contribute in other areas of the box score. However, it appears the Lakers haven't figured out the best way to use the veteran thus far and that likely won't happen until they at least bring in a new coach. Fantasy owners should leave Jamison shelved in the majority of formats this week. (Owned: 17 percent of leagues)

Andris Biedrins, C, Warriors, (ATL, @MIN, @OKC): With Andrew Bogut sidelined for the next 7-10 days, the Warriors have been forced to make Biedrins part of their rotation again. The 7-footer fell out of favor in Golden State over his last three seasons as he has become a liability on the offensive end of the court. And after watching his first two games back in the rotation, it appears nothing much has changed. The 26-year-old has scored in double figures in just one of his last 68 games and has just two points over his 28 minutes of game action this year. He also shot just 11 percent from the free-throw line and will be counted on more for his rebounding and defensive prowesses when he's own the floor. While Biedrins could be in line to see some extended minutes this week, he should not be starting in the majority of Rotisserie formats. (Owned: 3 percent of leagues)

Get player news notifications, manage your team and check scores
- all updated in real time. Download the CBS Fantasy App.

  •  
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
 
 
Player News
Omer Asik ready to clean up in return to starting role
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Last season was a rough one for Omer Asik, who had to deal with returning to a reserve role after really shining as a starter the previous year. He should be much happier with his role this season, as the Pelicans acquired him this offseason with the intention of installing him as the starting center.

The Pelicans should have a fearsome frontcourt with Asik starting next to Anthony Davis, and Davis' presence should free Asik up to do the kind of work he excels at. Asik isn't a great offensive player, but he can be a dominant offensive rebounder, and should have many chances to clean up the boards with teams keying in on Davis offensively. Among players who have logged at least 5,000 minutes in the NBA, Asik is 22nd all-time in offensive rebounding percentage.

Asik had trouble staying healthy last season, but that was the first time he had ever missed a regular-season game in his career, so we can probably write that off as a fluke. He averaged a double-double with 1.1 blocks per game in 30.0 minutes per game two years ago, and should be capable of similar production as he returns to a starting role.

Asik should be viewed as a starting Fantasy option this season, though he may not have the upside of some other younger centers at this point. 


Tobias Harris' Fantasy value a mystery at this point
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Perception is a funny thing. Just ask Magic forward Tobias Harris, who enjoyed by far the most productive season of his career in 2013-14 but was somehow viewed as a Fantasy disappointment.

Part of that stemmed from Harris' issues with availability, as he missed 20 games and got off to a slow start to the season as a result. It really took until January for Harris to find his stride, but he averaged 15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game from Jan. 1 on, without missing a contest.

Harris was probably better than the general perception of him a year ago, but the power of expectations hurt him. And now he enters his fourth season as something of a career crossroads, and it is hard to say just how Fantasy owners should approach him this season.

The Magic added Channing Frye and Aaron Gordon to the roster this season, further confusing what was already one of the most crowded frontcourts in the league. Harris can play both forward spots, but he is probably best used as a small-ball power forward; the presence of Frye, one of the league's elite stretch-fours certainly complicates matters for Harris, then.

At just 22, Harris still has a world of potential ahead of him. However, he probably profiles best as a reserve Fantasy option heading into the season, given concerns about his role.   


Hype may be too high for Giannis Antetokounmpo
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) No matter what he accomplishes in his second NBA season, Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is likely to be a historical outlier, given his age. The question is, how much of a leap can the now-20-year-old take next season.

Only 15 players in NBA history have logged as many minutes in a single season as a teenager as Antetokounmpo's 1,897, so he is occupying fairly rarified air already. His age is a big part of why he is considered a big-time breakout prospect for Fantasy purposes, but he has a long way to go from a statistical standpoint.

Antetokounmpo was good for a 19-year-old rookie, but his season averages of 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game left a lot to be desired. It is easy to dream about a Antetokounmpo taking a big step forward, but that next step is never guaranteed -- for every Anthony Davis there is a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist whose development follows a slower, less linear path. 

Antetokounmpo was very good -- for a 19-year-old. However, Fantasy owners don't get extra points, rebounds or assists if the degree of difficulty is higher, so you are betting on Giannis taking a huge step forward at the age of 20. Antetokounmpo has become something of an internet darling, and his play in Summer League and the FIBA World Cup dominated much of the offseason discussion, which only helped build the hype to potentially unsustainable levels. 

He is a lottery ticket, for sure, but he is one that might not be worth the cost at this point. 


Improved jump shot all Jimmy Butler needs
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler had the breakout season many expected from him a year ago, but there were still plenty of flaws apparent in his game as he finished his third NBA season. With a better team around him, Butler just might have enough help to vault him to stardom.

Butler's jump shot abandoned him last season, especially after a toe injury forced him to miss 11 games in November and December. He was shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from three-point range prior to the injury, but connected on just 39.3 percent of his shots overall and 27.1 percent from three-point range from that point on.

We can blame Butler's season-long shooting slump on the injury or his increased offensive role, but he should have neither excuse available for him this season. Butler should be healthy, and the Bulls added plenty of offensive firepower this offseason, in the form of Pau Gasol and Doug McDermott, not to mention a hopefully healthy Derrick Rose. Butler took 154 shots off the dribble last season, per Stats.NBA.com, and made just 30.7 percent of them. With a better team around him, Butler should get many more opportunities to shoot with his feet set.

Butler has the skill set to be a tremendously efficient offensive player, given how often he bullies his way to the free-throw line. Last season, Butler filled up the box score extremely well, but his poor shooting limited his Fantasy value somewhat. If a new role helps his efficiency, he could be one of the very best guards in the league in category-based formats. 


Lance Stephenson set for bigger role in new setting
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Though there were fits and starts, Lance Stephenson finally began to live up to his considerable promise last season. Now in a new home in Charlotte, will Stephenson take another step forward in 2014-15?

By the end of last season, the Pacers were a mess, and Stephenson caught plenty of the blame for that. Still, he might have been arguably the team's most consistent player throughout the season, averaging between 25.8 and 29.7 Fantasy points per game from before and after the All-Star break as well as the playoffs. For as much of a mess as that team was, Stephenson emerged as something of a rock, at least for Fantasy purposes.

The Hornets are actually built in a somewhat similar way to the Pacers, so there wont' be much of a stylistic shift for Stephenson to get used to. Per MySynergySports.com, 11.8 percent of the then-Bobcats' possessions ended in post-ups, actually down from the 13.2 percent mark the Pacers' posted. Stephenson struggled at times with his post-entry passing, though his off-target feeds might find their mark more often when being lobbed in to the soft hands of Al Jefferson, as opposed to Roy Hibbert.

The Hornets might lean even more heavily on Stephenson than the Pacers did, since Indiana liked to spread the ball around with their starting five. The Hornets, on the other hand, look to be extremely top-heavy, and Stephenson will get plenty of chances to be the second or third option. We have him projected for 29.1 Fantasy points per game, and consider Stephenson a borderline top-50 Fantasy option for this season.  


Move to Houston won't alter Trevor Ariza's trajectory
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Trevor Ariza parlayed a career-year into a lucrative free-agency contract with the Rockets this offseason -- stop me if you've heard this story before.

Ariza was largely a disappointment in his first stint with the Rockets, though it did lead him to the best per-game numbers of his career. Still, Ariza was obviously miscast as a primary offensive option the last time he was in Houston, and that won't be a problem this time around.

Ariza joins a Rockets team with two established stars, and will likely spend much of his time trying to fill the departed Chandler Parsons' role. That should suit him nicely, as Ariza has just enough of an off-the-bounce game to serve as the team's third ballhandler when the shot clock gets deep. Ariza attempted 11.1 field-goal attempts per game last season, and should see a boost given Parsons' role; he attempted 13.3 shots per game.

Ariza's improved three-point shot seems legitimate, as he is shooting 38.6 percent from long range over 738 attempts since 2012. However, he will no longer have John Wall feeding him for juicy corner 3-pointers; Wall to Ariza was the league's most productive corner-three combination last season. His shooting numbers may take a hit with his move.

Even acknowledging the loss of Wall's help, we know the Houston offense is set up to get every player the most efficient shots possible, so Ariza shouldn't see much of a dip in his efficiency. His ability to fill up the box score makes him a perfect No. 2 option at forward in category-based leagues, especially now that he is a high-volume shooter. 


Despite new role, don't write off Isaiah Thomas entirely
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Suns guard Isaiah Thomas might see one of the biggest dropoffs in his Fantasy value from last season to this, as he joins the crowded Suns' backcourt.

The Suns might have three All-Star caliber guards in the backcourt now, with Thomas likely to backup Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe this season. That should put a serious dent in Thomas' value; Thomas finished 13th in Fantasy scoring among guards a year ago, but is projected to finish just 43rd this season.

Still, Thomas is definitely someone you'll want to add to your team when drafting, and almost certainly before the rest of the No. 4-type guards he is grouped with. Thomas is likely to see his numbers fall off from the 20.3 points and 6.3 assists he averaged a year ago, at least at first. However, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him end up starting upwards of 25 games throughout the year, given Bledsoe's injury-proneness. Bledsoe has missed at least 25 games in two of the last three seasons for knee issues.

Thomas probably profiles as more of a bench option for Fantasy purposes next season, but you'll be targeting him much earlier than nearly any other reserve. His upside as a handcuff option for either Bledsoe or Dragic is sky-high, and will make him well worth your attention on Draft Day. 


Eric Gordon cleared for contact
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Pelicans guard Eric Gordon has been cleared to take part in full-contact offseason drills ahead of training camp, The Times-Picayune reports.

Gordon underwent season-ending knee surgery last April, but is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. 


Jrue Holiday cleared for contact ahead of camp
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday was able to participate in full-contact offseason drills last week, the first time he has done so since undergoing season-ending surgery last January.

"Getting out playing has been a joy," Holiday told The Times-Picayune. "I've been running and jumping and stuff, but getting my rhythm back on the court is definitely a big thing right now for me."

The Pelicans open training camp Sept. 30, and Holiday is not expected to have any limitations as the team prepares for the start of the season. Holiday averaged 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game last season prior to the injury.


Kent Bazemore focused on conditioning in recovery
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Newly signed Hawks guard Kent Bazemore did not pick up a basketball until August, preferring to focus on conditioning in his recovery from foot surgery in April.

"I think the injury was definitely a blessing," he told the Daily Press, "because I was able to step away from the game of basketball. I took myself out of my element all summer. I did stuff I'm not used to doing."

Bazemore signed a two-year deal with the Hawks this offseason, and is expected to compete for playing time on the wing immediately, as he is fully recovered from the surgery. 


 
 
 
Top Videos
Rankings