The time has come to throw away those season-long statistics and hit those trends. Knowing how to value players when in trade discussions is essential when maintaining a balanced roster. You need to know your team and who is doing well over the last two weeks or month. Season-long statistics are a good resource, but depth charts change as the season progresses. Do not get caught falling asleep with a huge lead in your league. Within a matter of weeks, your lead will dwindle. Do not be lazy! Here are some of the latest beasts of the league that can help your fantasy team succeed.
Robin Lopez, center, New Orleans Hornets: Lopez has really come into his own on a young Hornets team. In the last month, he has only been playing 25 minutes per game. When you serve as a buffer for Anthony Davis, your playing time will be limited. However, even with limited minutes Lopez has been a solid center for fantasy players.
In the last 30 days, he has scored 12.6 points while shooting over 60 percent from the field. In that same time period he has also swatted at least two shots per game. He has averaged 5.7 rebounds and has shot 88 percent from the free-throw line. To be able to compile those statistics with such a short leash shows that "the other Lopez" is a valuable fantasy commodity.
Lou Williams, guard, Atlanta Hawks: Williams has been able to stand out on a guard-heavy Hawks team. He has helped fantasy players in just about every category. He has turned it up in the last month, which shows he has adapted to the Hawks system. Over the last month, Williams has scored 15.5 points while shooting 42 percent from the floor. Guards that even grab two to four rebounds a game are valuable because it shows their aggressiveness. He plucked 2.3 boards per outing over the last month.
Williams also has been swiping the ball 1.3 times per game and can fill both guard roles; he has dished 3.7 assists per matchup this season. He makes close to two three-pointers a game and has shot 87.4 percent from the charity stripe. His playing time has increased, as a result of good performance over the last month, and he has been playing at least 32 minutes a game. He had previously been playing 28 minutes per game.
Thaddeus Young, forward, Philadelphia 76ers: Young has not changed from last season, as he is a player that can help you in almost every standard category. He has scored 15.1 points while shooting 53 percent from the field this season. He has stolen the ball 1.8 times and swatted about one shot per game.
Young's best quality is his ability to play amazing defense both inside and out. He has grabbed 7.2 rebounds per game and even contributes an assist or two on a nightly basis. He plays almost 36 minutes per game and with Andrew Bynum (knee) hurt; he is the Sixers' top defender and go-to guy when they need a stop late in the game.
Danny Green, guard-forward, San Antonio Spurs: Green has earned his spot on the floor with the rest of the Spurs' dynasty team. Green can beat defenders all over the floor as his ability to read screens has made him a lot more dynamic of a player.
Over the last month, he has averaged only 10.7 points but has shot 49 percent from the field. This shows that more often than quality beats quantity. You do not need a player to score a million points, shooting 30 percent in the process. You want someone that consistently scores and shoots well, because it helps you in more categories.
He has grabbed 2.9 rebounds, and has stolen the ball 1.3 times per game over the last 30 days. He has made almost three three-pointers per game during that time. He will even get you a block every other game. Green is another player that does a lot with limited minutes, meaning that if the older Spurs get hurt he will be depended on heavily to carry the team.
Klay Thompson, guard-forward, Golden State Warriors: After a tumultuous start to the season, Thompson is showing signs of being able to live up to the hype as a fantasy basketball sleeper. Thompson has scored 15.7 points while shooting 39.9 percent from the field this season. In the last month, he has shot 42.2 percent from the floor. He is improving as the season progresses.
He has grabbed four rebounds, dished 2.5 assists and has stolen the ball once per game. Thompson even will get you a block every other game, on average. He shoots 86.7 percent from the free-throw line and makes 2.7 three-pointers a night. Luckily for Thompson, he has had consistent playing time of 34 minutes per game all season. He is heavily involved in the offense, shooting about 13 times per game. It shows that even with Stephen Curry and skilled big men, Thompson does play a big role in the Warriors' offense.