Injuries are always crucial in fantasy sports. With the fantasy playoffs are in sight, you must be careful picking up players who have been hurt. If you are in a league with a weekly move limit, you must pay attention regarding whether a player played the previous game or two. When making a pickup, make sure you look at their game log to see the trends within the specific player. Now is not the time to be lazy. Playing time is crucial at this juncture, as well.
Thabo Sefolosha, guard-forward, Oklahoma City Thunder: Sefolosha has been one of the most underappreciated fantasy players this season. He does not predominantly help you in any one category. He provides minor support in many categories. He has scored 7.8 points while shooting 48 percent from the field this season. Sefolosha plays under 30 minutes per game but will contribute more when the Thunder plays in close games. The reason is because he is known for phenomenal defense.
Sefolosha is owned in just 22 percent of leagues polled, and I do not understand why. He grabs 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. From the free-throw line, Sefolosha shoots 84.4 percent. He will even block a shot every few games. At this point, Sefolosha is a steal of a pickup.
Jeff Green, forward, Boston Celtics: If you are looking for a quick forward who has no problem stopping the fast break and taking a jumper, Green is your guy. For the season, he has scored 11 points a night, while shooting 45.6 percent from the floor. In the last month, Green has improved those numbers as he has scored 15.5 points per game, shooting 52.2 percent from the field. His playing time has improve to over 30 minutes per game the last 30 days.
Green will also help you in other categories, as well. Over the last month, he has grabbed 4.6 rebounds and swatted 1.8 shots per game. He will steal a ball every few days and will not hurt your free-throw percentage as he shoots 82.4 percent from the line. Green is owned in 39 percent of leagues polled.
Jermaine O'Neal, center, Phoenix Suns: O'Neal has been brought up in this article before, and fantasy owners still are not responding. Just because a player has been around for over 10 years, it does not take any credibility away from them as a basketball player. O'Neal is owned in just 14 percent of leagues polled and has been helping out in multiple categories this season. Why is he not owned in a higher percentage of leagues?
Over the last month he has scored 11.4 points per game, while shooting 57 percent from the floor. During this stretch, he has grabbed 8.3 rebounds and blocked 1.8 shots per game. He is playing under 20 minutes per night this season and is still helping out fantasy owners. That says something, and that something is that you should pick him up until he cools off.
Shane Battier, guard-forward, Miami Heat: I feel that in every one of my leagues Battier has been on the waiver wire all season, and I really do not know why. Battier has especially turned it up as of late as he has scored 10 points per game, shooting 60 percent from the field in the last two weeks. Battier has also committed a steal per game during that time. He will not hurt you from the free-throw line as he has shot 81.8 percent from the stripe.
Battier is owned in 11 percent of leagues polled and plays a little less than 25 minutes per game. He is very aggressive on both ends of the floor, and the Heat knows what they have in him as he is often left open to take a shot. Battier shoots 42 percent from long range. In most games, he will contribute a block, as well.
Wayne Ellington, guard, Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavaliers truly are the team that keeps on giving to fantasy owners. Ellington has become a minor scoring threat for the Cavs; he has scored 10.8 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field over the last two weeks. Ellington has been playing 23 minutes per game and has been contributing a bit in rebounds and assists, too. He has been shooting 92.9 percent from the free-throw line over the last two weeks.
Ellington is owned in 2 percent of leagues polled. He has contributed a steal per game over his last few outings and does not turn the ball over much. Ellington has been filling the void as Kyrie Irving has been nursing a knee injury. He is active from three-point range, where he has shot 42.6 percent for the season.