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Week 13 Roto Fact Sheet

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We're halfway through the season -- boy, how time flies. Still, stats are never set in stone, so it's smart to be on the lookout for trade rumors, as we're less than a month away from the trade deadline. This feels like a season that could have an abundance of player movement, with teams either going all-in for the present or selling out for the future. 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.

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(All stats up to date through Jan. 22 games. Info provided by NBA.com and Teamrankings.com)

Scoring

If what you seek is points, then Nick Young is the free agent for you. He's still available in 22 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, so make room for him if you need a scorer. He's combined for 60 points in his last two outings. ... Randy Foye (58 percent) is still scoring the ball with ease. He missed Monday's game because of illness, but he's still worth an add for his 18.7 points per game over the last two weeks. ... Rajon Rondo returned Friday, but Avery Bradley still scored 18 points. The problem is it took him 21 field goal attempts to do so. ... Patrick Beverley made his return from a hand injury Monday to the tune of 17 points in 29 minutes. Leave Beverley out on the wire for now -- until he proves he can consistently contribute. ... Rodney Stuckey has been doing Stuckey-like things the last three games, eclipsing the 20-point mark in all three, including a season-high 29 Monday. ... Seems Darren Collison has been taken down a notch since J.J. Redick returned from injury. He averaged 16.7 points per game in his three starts without Redick, but has since dropped to 11.8 per game with him back. ... After scoring a season-high 29 on Jan. 13, Ersan Ilyasova has since combined for 11 points in three games. The Bucks continue to baffle and annoy Fantasy owners. ... Another way to play matchups is to look at home/road splits. The Hawks give up almost 10 more points per game on the road than they do at home. Indiana is also about 10 points tougher at home, but their road average is 93.3 -- still good for best in the league away from home.

Field-goal percentage

Kawhi Leonard has been a boring Fantasy option, but in Roto his efficiency has more value. He's shooting 63.3 percent from the field over the last two weeks. Consider him a nice buy-low candidate, as the Spurs might be inclined to rest their stars down the stretch and trust their young legs to finish out the season. ... Three out of Shawn Marion's last four games have included ultra efficient shooting. Marion's made 20 of his 32 field goal attempts since returning from injury. ... Pero Antic has been shooting well as a starter, hitting 57.6 percent of his shots from the field over the last two weeks. ... Kevin Seraphin is a name to keep an eye on going forward. We had high hopes for him in the preseason, but Marcin Gortat's arrival sort of put an end to his sleeper potential. Still, Seraphin scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds on 60 percent shooting Monday night. He'll warrant some attention if he can get 20-plus minutes per game. ... Jeremy Evans is another player with Roto potential, as he's received 20-plus minutes in three straight for the Jazz. he's shooting 56.8 percent from the field over the last two weeks and has leaping ability to help out in rebounds, blocks and steals.

Rebounds

Coming off the bench hasn't slowed John Henson down, as he's recorded back-to-back double-doubles while getting less than 30 minutes per game. He's the only member of the Bucks who Fantasy owners have been able to count on this year, so it's nice to see that even losing his starting job won't keep him from producing. Hopefully Larry Drew won't pull the same nonsense with Henson and keep his minutes up above 20 going forward. ... Tyson Chandler looks like he's back to his usual rebounding self. He's posted back-to-back double-digit rebound games and should stay around 10 from here on out. ... Tobias Harris has played well lately. He's averaging 8.0 rebounds to go along with his 15.5 points per game over the last two weeks. ... Pero Antic has proven to be an adequate Roto option, but if you need rebounds, look elsewhere. Antic has grabbed just 21 boards in his last five games combined. ... Roy Hibbert recorded a double-digit rebound night for the first time in almost a month Saturday. He did again Monday, so hopefully Roy has gotten the hint that his Roto owners need him. ... Omer Asik ... hasn't done anything in a while, but with a month left until the trade deadline, talks will start heating up, so he's another one to track and add just in case.

Assists

Ty Lawson has been dropping dimes left and right. He's reached double-digit assists in nine of his last 10 games. ... Kendall Marshall is also thriving in this category. He's gotten to double digits in seven of his last 10. ... Kemba Walker sprained his ankle during his best stretch of the season. He's been handing out 7.3 assists per game over the last two weeks. His replacement Ramon Sessions isn't exactly Mr. Assist. He's a viable scorer, but his career 4.6 per game average suggests he won't be able to make up for what you lost in Kemba. Instead, I'd pick up D.J. Augustin (74 percent), who looks like he's here to stay in Fantasy. He's averaging 6.5 assists per game over the last two weeks, and when he isn't able to help his teammates he'll help himself to a bevy of three-point shots like he did Monday, scoring 27 points on five threes. ... Just as we suspected, Blake Griffin has been using Chris Paul's absence to show off his passing prowess, handing out 5.2 assists per game over the last two weeks, as opposed to his 3.4 per game on the season. ... Rajon Rondo has gotten off to a slow start as one might expect. He's handed out only 13 assists in three games, but expect that number to climb once his minutes restriction is lifted. ... Greivis Vasquez has been playing well despite coming off the bench for the Raptors. He's combined for 17 assists in two games despite playing little more than 20 minutes in both.

Three pointers

Wilson Chandler has been doing most of his damage from the three-point line lately, tallying 13 made threes in his last four games. ... Patrick Beverley returned from injury and hit a trio of threes in his first start. That's double what he's averaged on the season, so chalk this outing up to first-game adrenaline and leave him out on the wire for now. ... Joe Johnson was on a tear serving as the focal point of the Nets offense while Deron Williams was out. Now Williams is back and Johnson will likely be taking fewer shots going forward. He hit 10 threes in a two-game stretch, and then hit just one Tuesday against Orlando. ... Jamal Crawford, on the other hand, will keep on firing without Chris Paul in the lineup. He's averaging more than 16 field goal attempts per game over the last two weeks, including 2.8 made three-pointers per game. ... Gerald Green has slowed down from beyond the arc, making nine threes combined in his last seven games.

Free-throw percentage

Brian Roberts, Courtney Lee and Kris Humphries are all available free agents shooting better than 88 percent from the free throw line this season. ... Fantasy owners are happy to have Marc Gasol back, especially for his 86 percent free throw rate -- the best among starting centers. ... Nikola Pekovic's hot streak has extended to the charity stripe, where he's making 92.6 percent of his attempts over the last two weeks, as opposed to 74.7 percent on the season. ... There seems to be a correlation between strong rebounding and poor free throw shooting. Of the league's top 15 rebounders, only Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge shoot better than 80 percent from the free throw line and three (Andre Drummond, DeAndre Jordan and Andrew Bogut) shoot 40 percent or worse from the line.

Blocks

Elton Brand had a nice streak of shot-blocking games going until the Hawks played Miami, the team getting blocked the least in the NBA. Before Monday Brand had totaled 14 blocks over his last six games. ... James Johnson has had a lackluster previous two games, but one area where he doesn't falter is blocks, averaging a solid 1.8 per game off the bench for the Grizzlies. ... Taj Gibson has swatted 1.5 shots per game, and could be useful down the stretch with Carlos Boozer dealing with nagging injuries. ... Rudy Gobert used his 7-foot-1 frame to block three shots while filling in for the injured Derrick Favors. If this hip injury keeps Favors out for any period, consider Gobert a deep-league source for blocks. ... Amir Johnson has been struggling across the board as of late, and blocks are no exception. He's recorded just two in his last five games.

Steals/Turnovers

Jimmy Butler has been stealing in bunches lately. He's recorded four or more steals four times in his last eight games. ... Andre Iguodala has been abysmal since rejoining the team. He's only reached double digits in a category three times in the last 13 games. But steals have been steady, as he's snagged 2.0 per game over the last two weeks. ... It's pretty odd that a player many consider the favorite for defensive player of the year only gets a steal every four games. Roy Hibbert is averaging 0.5 per game despite also blocking 2.6 shots per game. ... Monta Ellis leads the league in total steals with 79. ... Stephen Curry is still more than 20 turnovers ahead of James Harden and LeBron James. ... DeMarcus Cousins and Dwight Howard are far and away the most turnover-prone centers, both totaling more than 130 on the season. ... Josh McRobert only turns the ball over 1.1 times per game, which is pretty impressive considering he's one of the best assisting power forwards in Fantasy. ... Mike Conley has done a good job taking care of the ball, as he's only turning the ball over twice a game while passing out 6.3 assists a night. They've been accused of coasting lately, but the Heat defense is still forcing the most turnovers per game at 17.7. Portland is on the other end of that spectrum, only forcing 12.0 turnovers per game on the year.

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Pacers list Lavoy Allen as out for Saturday's game against the Kings
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11:17 am ET) The Pacers have announced forward Lavoy Allen will miss Saturday's game against the Kings with a sore right knee. Allen, who left Thursday's game with the knee injury, is averaging 6.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season.

Indiana called up Shayne Whittington Friday as a possible replacement for Allen in Saturday's game. 

The Pacers are currently 5 1/2-point favorites against the Kings.


Magic forward Tobias Harris available to play Saturday
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(11:03 am ET) Magic forward Tobias Harris will be able to play for Orlando Saturday against the Mavericks, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Harris, who is averaging 17.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, is dealing with bruised right quad he suffered on Thursday. 

The Magic are currently 8-point underdogs against Dallas.


Spurs' Tony Parker fighting off mental battle with hamstring injury
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:47 am ET) Spurs point guard Tony Parker is still dealing with the lingering affects of a hamstring injury, which kept him out of action for nearly a month. 

"I think it’s almost a mind thing," Parker said. "There’s not really pain. It’s just weird. I’m trying to stay positive and not think about it. I’m joking with the coaches, like, 'Stop asking me about it.'"

Parker, who is averaging 14.5 points and 4.7 assists in 33 games, is hoping to be able to shake off the injury and round back into form.

"I’m still trying to work through it," Parker said. "I’m trying to put it behind me and get my game back."

Coach Gregg Popovich said he thinks Parker is worried about conditioning instead of the leg injury.

"He’s a confident player," Popovich said. "I don’t think he’s thinking about his leg. I think he’s thinking more about getting more minutes and getting into shape and playing."


Knicks sign Lance Thomas for remainder of season
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:26 am ET) The Knicks have signed forward Lance Thomas to a contract for the remainder of the season, the team announced Saturday. 

Thomas, who was playing on a second 10-day contract set to expire Friday, is averaging 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 29 games this season between New York and Oklahoma City.


Carmelo, Kobe discussed teaming up during offseason in L.A.
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:50 am ET) Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony was considering joining the Lakers and Kobe Bryant this past offseason when he was a free agent, according to the New York Post.

"They came in at the 25th hour, they swooped in there," said Anthony, who owns an apartment in Los Angeles. "It was a great visit. The conversations I had with Kobe was just man to man. We both had to come to reality and say, 'Is this what we really want?' And it didn’t happen."

The Lakers were reportedly never interested in pairing the two superstars in Los Angeles, according to the report.

"We’ve been talking for a long time, man, especially this summer, just me and him communicating, and talking and being honest with one another as friends and brothers should be. It was a lot going on there on his behalf and my behalf trying to figure everything out," Anthony said.

Anthony, who is averaging 24.1 points and 6.6 rebounds in 36 games this season, also thinks Kobe will be back in 2015.

"I know him, and this is not the way he wants to go out." Anthony said. "I’m pretty sure he’ll do whatever he has to do to get back on the court one more time before he hangs them shoes up."


Hornets' Marvin Williams says he saw stars when concussion occurred
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:20 am ET) Hornets forward Marvin Williams was a bit nervous last Saturday when he got knocked hard on the head in the first half against the Knicks. Williams was elbowed in the face while trying to get a rebound and was "seeing stars" after.

"The blow was the worst of it," Williams said. "Usually I’m the type of guy who, if I get knocked down, I’m going to get right back up. The problem is when I tried to get up, I was literally seeing stars – literally! That’s when I had to roll back over. When they took me back to the locker room I had to stop because I was so out of it."

Williams also revealed this wasn't his first concussion, according to the Charlotte Observer.

"This is my second or third concussion that I’ve had," Williams said. "I had one a few years ago my first season in Utah (2012-13). And I guess I had one when I was younger. I didn’t remember that but my parents told me about it."

Williams is hoping to be cleared for Saturday against the Nuggets.

"I’m doing OK. Yesterday was the first day I was symptom-free," Williams said Friday. "This morning I woke up feeling great. I took the concussion test and passed that. I did some things physically. A couple of little things are still bothering me, but for the most part I feel fine."


Kevin Love hoping to show defensive improvement in return to Minnesota
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(9:12 am ET) Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is ready for his comeback to the city he spent the beginning of his career with, Minneapolis. After posting a double-double in Friday's win, Love told reporters the biggest thing he wants to show his old bosses is his defensive improvements.

"I think I had no choice but to improve my defense," Love said. "I don't think anybody's has ever looked at my defensive presence and said, 'OK, he's a lock-down defender' and I don't think that anybody will ever say 'OK, that's the guy we want to guard LeBron James at the end of the game.'"

Despite his offensive numbers dropping considerably from last season, Love is showing his teammates how committed he is to finding a way to win.

"I hope that my teammates and coaching staff will say that I've handled the adjustment well on most if not all accounts," Love said. "I'm a better defender and will continue to get better."


Lakers recall Ryan Kelly from NBADL after 30-point game
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(1:58 am ET) Lakers forward Ryan Kelly was recalled from the NBA Developmental League Friday night and will travel to New York with the team Saturday, the team announced.

Kelly was sent to the D-League earlier Friday in order to participate in the D-Fenders' game against Bakersfield. He scored 30 points on 8 of 18 shooting while grabbing four rebounds in the team's 136-126 win.


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(1:19 am ET) Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe scored a team-high 23 points on 8 of 16 shooting, including 2 of 3 shooting from behind the arc, in his team's 99-93 win over the Bulls Friday.

Gordon had scored just 25 points in his previous two games combined after posting point totals of 33 and 25 in his prior two performances, but he managed to get back to high-scoring territory against the Bulls. He also tallied six assists, four rebounds and three steals in 37 minutes. The Suns will match up with the Warriors Saturday.


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Morris turned in his seventh double-double of the season Friday, helping to record the team's second straight home win against an Eastern Conference opponent. He also kicked in three assists and one block in 32 minutes of action. The Suns will square off with the Warriors Saturday.


 
 
 
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