Fantasy Basketball

Fantasy Basketball Weekly Dime – Week 12


Trades! Trades! Trades! Since last Mondays weekly article there have been some significant changes around the league, led by Boston’s continued fire sale of its roster, while the Cavs, Knicks and Thunder were also active in adding key pieces and draft selections to there current haul of assets. Clearly the biggest names on the move were the ones included in the three-team trade that went down between the OKC, Cleveland, and New York, which featured Phil Jackson moving J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cavs to join LeBron and company in Ohio. Fantasy wise I don’t think this trade has a big impact on any one of the three teams involved, although with the struggles of Cleveland, who are 1-8 without James, Alex Len (PHX)Smith may see some increased chances to score while David Blatt waits for The King to rejoin his teammates. As for Shumpert there isn’t much to open your eyes regarding the young wing as he will essentially be the fourth or fifth option on a slumping team, meaning his value, if he still has any at all will rely on the defensive statistics he provides for his new team. The Thunder were also involved in the deal as they acquired former Cavalier Dion Waiters to provide an offensive spark off the bench, his value is about the same as before, but his addition to the rotation further hurts the value of Reggie Jackson, who may be on the outside looking with all the firepower Oklahoma City now possesses. The Suns were able to add Brandan Wright as they shipped a future first round selection to the Celtics for the lengthy big man. This trade has an impact on Alex Len, Miles Plumlee and both Morris twins, and the way I see it is Markieff Morris has about the same value while Plumlee and Marcus Morris lose pretty much all of there value and Len is more of a wait and see how it plays out type of situation because of the strong play he has been providing recently. This week I’m going to give you some big guys who are considered rim protectors that could help your team moving forward, lets get started!

Rim Protectors
Jusuf Nurkic (C – DEN) – Another trade that I didn’t discuss in the opening involved the Nuggets sending Timofey Mozgov to the Cavs for two future first round draft picks. Nurkic has been starting for Denver recently and has provided solid value for owners who are seeking help in the rebounding and blocked shot categories. The rookie has scored in double digits in five of his last six contests while also chipping in 3.0 blocks per game and 6.0 rebounds. The return of JaVale McGee will likely put a ceiling on the value of Nurkic but for the time being he is worth an add in most formats for owners seeking the previously mentioned counting statistics.

Andrew Bogut (C – GSW) – Of all of the big men featured in this discussion I personally believe Bogut is the guy who should be owned in more formats than any of these rim protectors. When he is healthy, which has obviously been a problem for the 7-footer through out his pro career, he is one of the best rebound/block guys in the entire league. His scoring will never be off the charts as he is averaging just 6.8 points in the games he has played this season, but much like Nurkic is you need rebounding and blocked shots Bogut is about the best option you are going to find out on the waiver wire.

Timofey Mozgov (C – CLE) – The move that sent Mozgov packing to Ohio may look like more of a real life move for the Cavs, but thanks to his excellent repertoire with head coach David Blatt, the Russian big man has a chance to shine. Cleveland has had an extremely tough time protecting the rim since the loss of Anderson Varejao to a season ending injury, and with the addition of Mozgov the Cavs have found themselves a solid rim protector and rebounder. In his first start for his new team the 28-year-old was able to put up 14 points and 12 boards as the Cavs once again lost without LeBron, but that result likely wont affect the 7-footers value significantly. He is available in almost 75% of ESPN leagues and should be added moving forwards by those seeking solid big man stats from a guy who will be given as many minutes as he can handle in his new town.

Hassan Whiteside (PF/C) – MIA – Much like Cleveland, LeBron’s former team has also had a tough time protecting the basket from the opposition, but Whiteside has really shined recently. Averaging 16.0 & 12.0 over his last seven including a monster 23 point 16 board double double against the Clippers on Sunday, the former first round selection has made a case for more playing time with the Heat. The best part about the situation that Whiteside finds himself in is the lack of true competition for the starting center spot, as Chris Anderson is likely the Heats next best option at the five spot. If he is able to continue playing a healthy dose of minutes going forward the big man could turn into a force in fantasyland with his ability to score, rebound and block shots.

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