As Month 2 of the NBA season rolls on, this week's lesson is about the advantages of having players that qualify at multiple positions. When making trades you must track your depth. You need to have a balanced amount of talent because injuries happen frequently. Do not only look at guard-forward-center when balancing your team. If a player qualifies at both small and power forward, it will benefit your team even more. You must know all of the angles and find that balance to keep a strong foundation incase incidents occur. Here are some multi-positional beasts of fantasy basketball:
Ryan Anderson, forward-center, New Orleans Hornets: Anderson was a top-15 player last season in fantasy basketball. He became the No. 1 scoring option in Orlando last season playing an outside to inside style of play. Now on New Orleans, he continues to help fantasy teams with his inside presence by grabbing 7.5 rebounds a game. He steals the ball 1.2 times per matchup.
On the offensive end he has been scoring 18.4 points while shooting 47.7 percent from the field. He makes at least three treys a night. He is also dangerous at the line shooting 88 percent. Anderson is the leader of a young Hornets team and the offense flows through him, especially with Eric Gordon (knee) still on the shelf.
Mo Williams, Guard, Utah Jazz: It was a good thing Williams left the guard-heavy Clippers, because he is shining in Utah. When he played alongside LeBron James in Cleveland he showed that he had a lot of beast potential. Williams helps you in many categories and plays both guard positions. When not going inside to Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, Williams often becomes the top scoring option (14.2 ppg) even playing alongside Gordon Hayward.
Williams has been shooting lights out: 45.4 percent from the field and 94.6 percent from the free throw line. Do not forget about the Jazz dominant inside game in which Williams contributes 7.2 assists per game. He has 1.2 swipes a game and will even grab a couple of boards per game for your troubles.
Kevin Garnett, forward-center, Boston Celtics: Garnett has been in the league since 1995 and has successfully transitioned his game from being a dominating forward to a solid center. He scores 16 points per game shooting 54.6 percent from the floor. He grabs 7.3 rebounds and a block and a steal every few games.
He also contributes by dishing two assists a game. He plays nearly 29 minutes a game and is still a big factor in the Celtics' offense. He never shies away from taking a midrange jumper. Garnett has proven that as long as his knees stay healthy his presence alone when on the court is intimidating.
Zach Randolph, forward-center, Memphis Grizzlies: I must admit that I laughed in victory for Randolph when he got his four-year extension from Memphis in 2011, because I thought all we saw was the best of him. I was wrong. Since his extension, he has been as dominating as ever and is a leader on the Grizzlies.
While playing his 36 minutes per night, he has scored 17.6 points and has grabbed 12.9 rebounds per game. He has been shooting 49.8 percent from the floor. What impresses me most about Randolph is his gritty play. A lot of his points come off offensive rebounds. It shows that even with Mike Conley, Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol as scoring options, Randolph still gets a piece of the pie because of his blue-collared aggressive style of play.
Paul George, guard-forward, Indiana Pacers: George has had a stellar season and always fills up the fantasy stat sheet. George is an impressive two-way player and it shows as he scores 15.4 points and grabs 6.7 rebounds per game.
He shoots 41.2 percent from the floor and 83 percent from the line. He even dishes 3.5 assists and steals the ball 1.3 times per game. With Danny Granger (knee) out, George, like most other Pacers members, has benefited by getting more offensive opportunities. He has become a leader on the team and a rising star in the league.