Fantasy Basketball - The Beast Report: Upward trends
For those who are in leagues with free agent or waiver budgets, I have not forgotten about you. Like in any auction fantasy league, after you spend big on who you think will be the cornerstones of your team, you must realize the difference between $10 and $1 players. If you see a player on your waiver wire that has been a beast in the last few weeks, spend the $10. You should not spend that much on a player who had an amazing one or two consecutive games. The season is not over, and you must continue to look at trends. Here are some of the most recent fantasy basketball beasts in the league.
Danny Green, guard-forward, San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs have found a youthful piece in Danny Green. Fantasy owners have found a star talent. Green has had a fantastic breakout season and is a big reason why the Spurs are still a top team in the league. Over the last month, Green has scored 15.9 points while shooting 53.7 percent from the field per game. Green helps fantasy owners in every fantasy category. He has stolen 1.9 balls and blocked a shot per game in the last month.
In that same time period Green has grabbed 3.3 rebounds and dished 2.5 assists. He has just been playing a little over 30 minutes per game, while providing all of this productivity. For those who involve three-point shooting, Green has made 3.5 three-pointers per game over the last month. For the season, he has shot 86.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Gordon Hayward, guard-forward, Utah Jazz: Like Green, Hayward is another rising star in the league who has been a beneficial player for fantasy owners to own. This season he has scored 14.1 points per game. In the last month he has improved his scoring, as he has been averaging 22 points per game. In that same time period Hayward has also grabbed 4.3 rebounds and dished 3.3 assists per game.
Also like Green, Hayward has contributed a block per game for fantasy owners over the last 30 days. The Jazz allows Hayward to play both inside and out. He has the ability to drive the lane, where he is good at drawing contact. He has shot 83.2 percent from the charity stripe this season. Hayward has improved there, as well, as he has been shooting 89.7 percent from the line in the last month.
Thaddeus Young, forward, Philadelphia 76ers: Known as a top defensive player, Young has been able to really improve his offensive ability this season. He has scored 14.9 points shooting 52 percent from the field this season. Young plays over 35 minutes per game, and when the 76ers are having a close battle you better believe that Young is staying in the game. He has grabbed 7.4 rebounds per game this season. He has grabbed nine rebounds per game in the last month.
Young is a very gritty player, as he will always dive for the ball and jump out of bounds just to save a possession. He is known as a blue-collared style of a player. Coaches are dependant on these types of players down the stretch. Young has stolen the ball 1.6 times per game and has blocked nearly a shot per game. He does hurt you bit in the free-throw percentage department but normally does not go to the line more than twice per game.
Danilo Gallinari, forward, Denver Nuggets: "The Rooster," as his teammates back in Italy, liked to call him has changed his reputation of being a three-point chucker. Gallinari has become more of an inside player. I'm not saying he is as good as Dirk Nowitzki, but he is very effective inside and outside. For the season, Gallinari has been shooting 42 percent from the field but has turned it up a notch and has hit 47 percent from the floor in the last month. He has been scoring 18.4 points per game in the last month.
Gallinari has also improved his defense and has contributed more blocks and steals for fantasy owners. He has stolen the ball 1.2 times and rejected 1.3 shots per game over the last month. Gallinari is still not afraid to take a three-pointer, as he makes at least two per game. He also goes to the free-throw line multiple times per game and shoots 80 percent.
Jarrett Jack, guard, Golden State Warriors: With the Warriors constantly battling the injury bug, Jack's play has kept the Warriors locked into a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Jack has scored 19.4 points per game in the last month, shooting 47.2 percent from the field. He has done his due diligence as a point guard and has dished 7.3 assists per game in that time period, as well.
Even with Stephen Curry taking 17 shots per game and Klay Thompson shooting 14.4, Jack has been given the ball a ton and in the closing seconds of the game. Jack also seems to get to the free-throw line at least once per game, and has shot 86.5 percent from the line. He has even grabbed 3.2 rebounds per contest this season. Jack also makes at least one three-pointer per game. He helps in just about every category and does not even play 30 minutes per game.
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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