Fantasy Basketball - The Beast Report: Kyle Korver, Jordan Crawford and more

by Justin "Fensty" Fensterman on January 8, 2013 @ 17:40:33 PDT


This will be the last week that I exclude players that have already been declared beasts this season. It is important to recognize consistent performance for trading purposes. Depending on how your team is doing, you might want to consider a trade. No player should be off the market if you are involved in trade discussions. The more open you are to trading the better, the deal will be for both parties. Do not be careless, though. If you are doing well and do not need to trade, do not get involved just to get involved.

J.J. Hickson, forward-center, Portland Trail Blazers: Hickson has become a rebounding machine in Portland; he has averaged 11.0 per game. The way he never gives up on a ball when it is in the air emphasizes that he is a blue-collared style of player.  On the offensive end, he has also impressed. He has scored 12.5 points while shooting 55 percent from the field.

Hickson also will contribute a steal and a block every few games. In the last month, he has improved his playing time to over 30 minutes per game. He does what Kris Humphries did last year by never giving up on a ball. That is exactly the kind of big man you want for your fantasy team.

Greivis Vasquez, guard, New Orleans Hornets: Vasquez is known as a shooter. Sometimes he is a bit greedy with his shots but, as of late, has been a smarter shooter. In the last month, Vasquez has raised his shooting percentage to 46 percent. He has been scoring 15 points a game during that time period.

Another important statistic is Vasquez's ability to pass the ball. He has dished nine assists per game.  He steals the ball just about every game as well. Vasquez is very much trusted by the Hornets as he plays over 37 minutes per game.

Kyle Korver, G/F, Atlana Hawks

Kyle Korver, guard-forward, Atlanta Hawks: Having a player that shoots consistently well will always help provide the balance that your team needs. Korver might score only 10.6 points a game, but he makes close to three three-pointers per game and shoots 42.9 percent from the field. Korver shoots 83.9 percent from the free-throw line, as well, and goes to the line just about every game.

Korver also helps in other categories. He steals the ball once per game and blocks a shot every other. He has grabbed 3,8 rebounds per game. He has improved on defense and plays over 29 minutes per game. You might also still be able to find Korver on your waiver wire as he is owned in only 47 percent of leagues polled. Pick him up now!

Thabo Sefolosha, guard-forward, Oklahoma City Thunder: Sefolosha is mainly known for his defense. He is a lanky shooting guard that grabs four rebounds a game. He is known to be a dominant perimeter defender. Sefolosha steals the ball 1.1 times per game. He will also grab you a block every other game.

On the offensive front, he scores 7.4 points while shooting 46.7 percent from the floor. He also makes at least one three-pointer per game. From the charity stripe, Sefolosha shoots 89.3 percent. He provides all of this help on the fantasy front and does not play even 30 minutes a game.

Jordan Crawford, guard, Washington Wizards: The Wizards have had a miserable season and have dealt with a lot of injuries. They have had nights in which they have shot extremely well and have beaten both the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder this year. Crawford has been trying to fill in for the injured John Wall (knee).

Crawford has scored 15.6 points while shooting 41.8 percent from the field. He has dished 4.6 assists and grabbed 4.0 rebounds per game. He will swipe the ball for you every other game. Once Wall comes back, he and Crawford will make a great backcourt combination, and I can see the latter's assists increasing.

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About Justin "Fensty" Fensterman

Fensterman covers fantasy basketball for KFFL and joined the team in 2012. He is a Sports Radio Producer on SiriusXM's Fantasy Sports Radio channel, the first channel dedicated solely to fantasy sports. An avid fantasy basketball player, Fensty's biggest accomplishment in the fantasy sports world was in 2004 when he had an undefeated season in a Yahoo! Sports Fantasy NBA league and was ranked in the top 30 among all players in the world.

A native from Oyster Bay, NY, Fensty left New York to study Broadcast Journalism at American University in Washington D.C. in 2005. Fensty has previously worked for MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, NBC Sports, Fox Sports, MTV and News 12: Long Island.

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