Fantasy Basketball - The Beast Report: Tim Duncan, Kemba Walker and more
The thought process when analyzing a trade changes when a fantasy player has a ton of depth at the same position. As comforting as it might be to trade one of your three awesome forwards, it can certainly cloud your judgment. A player's value changes slightly when you are top-heavy at a position. If you have a ton of point guards and are leading the assists category in your league, than you can trade one. One injury can take away that depth. Always remember that change occurs throughout the whole season.
Here are some of the beasts, who have been saviors for fantasy teams this season.
Tim Duncan, forward-center, San Antonio Spurs: As of right now, Tim Duncan is the leading candidate for the Beast Of The Year award. Duncan is arguably a top-five player in fantasy basketball. Last time I checked, we are not in the year 2003. Outside of three-point shooting, he helps in every single category. He has scored 17.5 points while shooting 50.5 percent from the field. He grabs 9.8 rebounds and blocks 2.7 shots per game. He shoots over 82 percent from the charity stripe.
Duncan also will contribute a few assists and a steal in just about every game. He only plays 30 minutes a game on average. To be able to be this dominant for so long should give you even less of a reason to trade him. If you do, you better be getting back a top guard and top forward or center.
Kemba Walker, guard, Charlotte Bobcats: It is never easy standing out when you have five other professionals at the same position who are all fighting for minutes. If there is a standout guard on the Bobcats, Walker is that player. He can score, pass and his playmaking ability improves each game. He scores 17.9 points per game while shooting 43.3 percent from the field. He dishes 5.7 assists and swipes the ball 1.9 times per game.
Walker also shoots 78.7 percent from the free throw line and will swat a ball every couple of games. What I like most about Walker is his aggressiveness, and his rebounding statistics show it, as he grabs 3.4 a game. Not only is Walker a standout on his guard-heavy team, but he's also becoming one of the standout guards in the league.
Andrei Kirilenko, forward, Minnesota Timberwolves: It is not a fluke. Kirilenko regained his aggressiveness and versatility while playing in Europe last season. It has been an injury-ridden season for the Timberwolves and Kirilenko has done a phenomenal job filling Kevin Love's (hand) spot. He has scored 13.6 points per game while shooting 51.5 percent from the floor. He has also grabbed 6.9 rebounds and dishes 3.1 assists per game.
Kirilenko has also made a huge impact on defense, as he has stolen the ball 1.6 times and has blocked a shot 1.2 times per game. He has also shot 76.3 percent from the free throw line. Kirilenko is the perfect player to help your team gain and keep that balance it needs to win.
Larry Sanders, forward-center, Milwaukee Bucks: Let me start out by saying that Sanders only plays 25 minutes per game and I do not know why. Sanders has blocked 3.2 shots per game. He makes a steal in just about every game. He scores only 8.2 points per game but shoots 52.8 percent from the hardwood. Sanders has been a big reason why the Bucks are still in the eastern conference playoff picture. Outside of his poor free throw shooting in which he shoots 60 percent, he is a complete help and a solid trade option. If you have a lot of front-court depth and are leading in blocks and rebounding, definitely dangle Sanders.
Ultimately, I am concerned with Sanders' playing time. A player that aggressive should be playing more. It shows that he might still be raw in certain areas of basketball. I do have to give him the credit he deserves because of what he has accomplished in such a short time.
Metta World Peace, forward, Los Angeles Lakers: Looking beyond Dwight Howard and the rest of the Lakers' chemistry issues, a positive for them has been from the play of World Peace. World Peace is another player who will help you achieve the balance your fantasy team needs. He is the type of player that shows that you do not need a LeBron James or Kevin Durant necessarily to win a fantasy basketball championship.
World Peace has scored 13.5 points per game while shooting 42 percent from the floor. He has grabbed 5.7 rebounds and contributes 1.8 steals per game. He will even get you a block every other game. He will set up a few plays for the Lakers from the outside to inside that has benefitted World Peace's assists total. He plays over 34 minutes per game, showing the Lakers' confidence in him. He is the real standout player on the Lakers.
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. Follow @FenstySports
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