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Fantasy action is coming thick and fast during the second half of the season and right here on USSDU is where you need to be coming into the playoff period. By now you know the drill as we give you all the inside knowledge and those delightful tips of who’s hot and who’s not, plus now the ever important ‘Pick Me Ups’ as the trade period is now done and dusted for the regular leagues. Let’s get right to it!
A Note for All
For all teams this could be a very important notice as some of you may not know what I’m about to say (especially rookie teams here): Please make sure that you check your ‘limits’ for your team (Every league can be different). This is; how many games you are allowed to play per position. For a regular league, you are permitted 82 games played per position, once you reach this mark; no player will be counted if played in the position that has been ‘maxed out.’ For example, your PG position allows 82 games and you have Jason Kidd, Greivis Vasquez, Brandon Jennings and Steve Nash in your team.
You are more likely to be in trouble here, as every day you would have been using the PG position. This can be a massive disadvantage heading towards the end of the season.
Dropped: Earl Clark (LAL)
Added: Derrick Williams (MIN)
I felt that I had held onto Earl Clark for a tad longer than I really wanted to. When I initially picked him up, I was very hesitant as I knew he wasn’t a big time player as could fizzle quite quickly. He exceeded my expectations which allowed me to hold for a little longer, however his time was now up and Derrick Williams was my best swap for the same type of player. Funnily enough, once I made the switch, the two teams played one another and Williams out-dueled Clark so it was a sigh of relief really.
Dropped: Amir Johnson (TOR)
Added: Tobias Harris (ORL)
This one was due to a guy running hot. Tobias Harris has been a man on a mission since being traded to Orlando and I guess it shows he wants a contract long term there during their rebuild. Johnson was the unlucky one that I picked out of a group of players I felt like I could have dropped, however he was the one that was looking to be pushed out of his teams rotation (as Toronto is loaded with average big men). Hopefully Harris continues his hot form in a Magic uniform and I can keep (and be happy with) him until the end of the season.
Studs (Stats are Last 7 Days)
Kobe Bryant (LAL): 33.3ppg, 7.7rpg, 7apg, 57%FG.
Stephen Curry (GSW): 33ppg, 6apg, 5 three’s a game, 3spg, 52%FG.
Al Horford (ATL): 25.7ppg, 14.7rpg, 3.3apg, 2spg, 62%FG.
Tobias Harris (ORL): 22ppg, 7.7rpg, 75%FG.
Dirk Nowitzki (DAL): 20.3ppg, 11.3rpg, 51%FG.
Joakim Noah (CHI): 15.3ppg, 12.3rpg, 3.3apg, 5bpg, 58%FG.
Ricky Rubio (MIN): 11.5ppg, 10.8apg, 7.5rpg, 3.5spg.
Duds (Stats are Last 7 Days)
O.J. Mayo (DAL): 13.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.8apg.
John Wall (WAS): 10.7ppg, 3rpg, 5.7apg, 35%FG.
DeAndre Jordan (LAC): 9ppg, 3.3rpg, 10%FT.
Gerald Wallace (BKN): 5.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2apg, 36%FG.
Danilo Gallinari (DEN): 7ppg, 2rpg, 0apg, 28%FG.
JaVale McGee (DEN): 6.3ppg, 4.7rpg.
Pick Me Ups
Marcus Thornton (SAC): Still unowned in a bunch of leagues, Thornton has been lighting it up for a team that really hasn’t had much to cheer for lately. One of the shining lights this past couple of weeks, Thornton looks to continue his form for Sacramento plus wherever they may end up next season. Currently averaging 23.3ppg and 3.5 three’s a game while shooting a solid 56% from the floor.
Tobias Harris (ORL): As I’ve already mentioned Harris earlier on (due to picking him up myself), I’ll keep this one very short. 22 points a game along with 7 rebounds and only half of the leagues have a team for him, there’s something to do your research on. The research is finding out whether he’s still available in yours!
Emeka Okafor (WAS): Still struggling to find reasons why this guy isn’t owned in all leagues. Only 82% of leagues have him which means there are still a lot of leagues with him available. Averaging nearly a double double in the past week (11.3 & 9.3), Okafor has to be a must own player as we go deeper into the season.
Wilson Chandler (DEN): While Danilo Gallinari is struggling to find his form at the moment, Denver are very lucky to have such a deep team in which they can find players to replace out of form starters quite quickly. This time it’s Chandler who finds more touches in the offence and he’s making it rain. Playing a tad under 30 minutes a game (29.7), Chandler is averaging 21.7 points and dropping over 3 three’s a game.