Some multi-overtime games have skewed the stat sheet for a few players and their lucky Fantasy owners. Luol Deng, Ryan Anderson, Glen Davis, Arron Afflalo, and Victor Oladipo all logged 50-plus minutes in a game this week. We'll try not to place too much stock in their averages over the last seven days in order to paint a more accurate picture of their production. For those of you in category-specific formats, here are some notable factoids that might help you gain an edge in areas of need. We'll continue to validate and debunk trends on a weekly basis in this column going forward.
(All stats up to date through Dec. 4 games. Info provided by NBA.com and Teamrankings.com)
If you have anyone playing the 76ers in a given week, congratulations. Philly has been a Fantasy gold mine for opposing players. Andre Iguodala (32), Andre Drummond (31), Caron Butler (38), Arron Afflalo (43in 2OT), and Eric Gordon (26) have all hit their season-high scoring marks against the 76ers this year. Additionally, Kyrie Irving (39) and Jeff Teague (33) got their second highest point totals of the year against them. ... Even excluding the Pelicans triple-overtime battle with the Bulls Monday night, Anderson has been a go-to option on offense since his season debut. Now with Anthony Davis sidelined, expect Anderson to get at least 15 field goal attempts per night, with the majority of them being three pointers. He's averaging 22.1 points and four made threes per game. ... Taj Gibson (55 percent) loves shooting, and now he's got a big shiny green light to do so, as the Bulls will need offense more than defense going forward. Gibson was another beneficiary of the triple-OT game, but in the two games before that he scored 18 and 23 points. Pick up Gibson for his fresh legs and 18-foot jump shots along the baseline. ... Marco Belinelli (11 percent) started out slow with his new team but looks to have found his footing in San Antonio. He's reached double-figure scoring in five of his last six games, averaging 13.3 points and 2.5 made threes per game over that span. He could warrant an add if he becomes a consistent option on a team that's hard to rely on for individual Fantasy production. ... Nick Young (39 percent) is living up to his "only good for points" reputation, averaging 16.5 points per game over the last 15 days while providing close to nothing else. If you're playing catch up in this category, "Swaggy P" is your guy.
Andrew Bogut hasn't done anything super exciting this season, but there's value in a guy who doesn't try to play outside of himself. Bogut's been a solid source of blocks and rebounds this year while still hitting close to 60 percent of his field goals. ... Jeremy Evans is an intriguing Roto option for his blocks and rebounds potential. Right now he's day-to-day with the flu, but his 72 percent field-goal rate through his first seven games warrants a second look once he's healthy. ... Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook have been struggling from the field. The two former UCLA Bruins and current elite Fantasy options are shooting a wretched 36 percent over the last 15 days. Gordon Hayward has been even worse over that span, converting on only 33 percent of his attempts. ... The Pacers are absolutely dismantling offenses to start the year, holding opponents below 40 percent shooting from the field. So again, 76ers = good, Pacers = bad.
Kosta Koufos (69 percent) is averaging 10.7 boards per game over the last 15 days. He's getting full-time work with Marc Gasol out, so make use of him while he's still relevant. Robin Lopez (73 percent) is also averaging 10.0 rebounds over that span anchoring the defense for the red-hot Trailblazers. ... Jordan Hill isn't really a center, but the Lakers have him playing there. Hill had been getting close to 30 minutes a game, but saw that number plummet against real centers Andre Drummond and Robin Lopez the last two games, only managing to grab four and six rebounds against them in limited court time. ... J.R. Smith has struggled to find his shooting stroke, but he's still been a valuable rebounder, averaging just below five per game -- good for seventh among shooting-guard eligible players.
Brandon Jennings has been dishing double time lately, averaging 9.3 assists per game over the last 15 days -- good for second among point guards in that span behind Chris Paul. ... Gordon Hayward's shooting slump has provided him a boost in the assist column, dishing out 6.0 per game over the last 15 days. That puts him ahead of LeBron James during that span. ... Trey Burke had his best assist game so far, dishing out nine against Indiana Wednesday. He's averaging only 4.1 per contest to start his career. ... Mario Chalmers (64 percent) at 5.1 per game is averaging more assists than Jose Calderon, Mo Williams, Isaiah Thomas, George Hill and Kemba Walker. ... More on that Indiana defense: The Pacers are allowing a league-low 16.1 assists per game by their opponents. Expect heavy isolation ball when a team without a quick penetrating point guard matches up with Indiana. ... And yet again on the other end of the spectrum are the 76ers, who let opposing teams tally up 27.3 assists per game on average.
Dwyane Wade seems to have corrected whatever was plaguing his free throw form, shooting close to 90 percent over the last two weeks. Kyle Lowry also started the season shooting poorly from the line, but has hit 22 of his last 22. ... Russell Westbrook on the other hand is still shooting in the mid 70s from the stripe, which is discouraging for a guy who shoots six per game on average. ... Michael Carter-Williams, Nene, Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard are all shooting 68 percent or worse while averaging at least five attempts per game. Howard, though, has not been terrible lately, hitting 15 of his last 23 attempts. ... Ryan Anderson has made all of his 23 free throw attempts to start his season.
The top four deep threats to start the season belong to just two teams. Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, Wesley Matthews and Damiam Lillard have made the most three pointers to start the year. ... Despite not being known for their range, Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green are still averaging more than two three point makes per game. ... Over the last 15 days, Martell Webster (80 percent) is tied for third at 3.0 made threes per game. He's a smart pick up in any league while Bradley Beal is injured as the Wizards don't have many options for the two and three spot. ... Kyle Singler is a name to keep an eye on, having hit four threes against Miami and two against Milwaukee in his last two outings. He's a spot up shooter on a team that desperately needs range, so if he can log enough minutes alongside that huge front line, he'll be useful in Roto.
John Henson (78 percent) has been climbing up the leader board in blocks, averaging 2.2 per game -- good for sixth in the league. ... Raymond Felton (86 percent) is first among point guards at 0.8 blocks per game. And Wesley Johnson is at the top of his positions at 1.4 swats per game. ... Guess who's getting blocked the most per game? You're right -- it's the 76ers at 7.2 per game. ... Meanwhile, the Heat and Blazers are being blocked the least at 3.1 and 3.4 respectively. ... Gorgui Dieng is a shot blocker to keep an eye on. He doesn't play every game, but when he does he seems to block a shot or two, giving him value should any of the Timberwolves' big men go down.
Al-Farouq Aminu has been picking pockets as of late, totaling eight steals over his last three games. He also snagged 21 rebounds against Dallas Wednesday night, so keep an eye on Aminu -- especially while Anthony Davis is out. ... Michael Carter-Williams is currently the only player averaging at least three steals per game. On the flip side, he's averaging the third most turnovers per game. Houston and Philadelphia are the only teams turning the ball over at least 18 times per game. Therefore it's no surprise that James Harden leads the league at 4.1 per game, with Evan Turner trailing him at 3.8. ... Martell Webster has only turned the ball over 9 times in 18 games -- several of them where he played 40-plus minutes. He's a useful Roto piece for his volume shooting, rebounding and minimal giveaways. ... Joe Johnson has been taking good care of the basketball, only averaging 1.1 turnovers per game. Impressive considering he's their go-to guy, but not a surprise considering he dishes out only 2.6 assists per game. ... The Knicks iso ball is at the very least keeping them atop the NBA leader board in terms of giving up the fewest steals and turnovers. Opposing teams have only been able to snatch 6.1 per game from them so far. And look who's giving up the most - it's our friends in Philly, getting robbed almost 10 times a game.