NBA Fantasy Spin – 11/17/07

After a huge night in the NBA, its time to take another look at some potentially solid players who might be available in your fantasy basketball leagues. A lot of leagues are won and lost in these first few weeks of the season, when NBA teams start to set their rotations.

Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes – Don Nelson has been experimenting with different lineups in Golden St. Barnes, who was getting minimal playing earlier this season, has started the last two games and responded with 14.5 pts, 6.5 reb, 7 ast, 2.5 3-pts and even 1.5 blk. Its tough to say who is going to get the minutes for the high-scoring Warriors, especially with Stephen Jackson on his way back, but if its Barnes, expect him to put up solid numbers.

Andrew Bogut – Outside of Michael Redd, there are not many offensive options in Milwaukee. Though I am no fan of the former number one pick, Bogut does have legit double-double potential to go along with a great FG%. If he can keep up his current pace of blocks (1.5/gm), he will become a valuable fantasy asset. On Wednesday, Bogut went off for 23 pts, 12 boards and 4 blocks.

Al Horford – Its doubtful Horford is still available in your league, but if he is and you need rebounds, grab him. The rookie out of Florida is averaging 8.9 pts, 10.9 reb, 1.8 blk, 1.3 stl and only looks to get better as the season goes along.

Troy Murphy – Murphy, who came back from a sore Achilles’ to score 20 off the bench for the Pacers on Friday, is averaging 14 pts in just 24 minutes so far this year. If he keeps up his good play, expect him to see him get more playing time. If he can get some minutes and shake the nagging injury, Murphy can give your team help in points, rebounds and some threes while shooting respectable percentages from the field and the line.

Jamario Moon – Since being inserted in the starting lineup for the Raps three games ago, the 27-year old rookie Moon has averaged 10.3 pts, 5.3 reb, 1.7 stl, 1.0 blk and 1.0 3-pts while shooting 52% from the field. Definitely worth a look now in deep 12 team leagues, Moon is a player to keep on your radar over the next few weeks.

Sean Williams BlockSean Williams – This athletic freak has blocked 3+ shots in all 4 games in which he has logged over 15 minutes of play, including his last three straight. Per minute, Williams’ numbers are outstanding. He is averaging 7.5 pts, 4.3 reb, 2.5 blk while shooting 67% from the field in under 17 minutes per game. Look for his minutes and numbers to rise dramatically as he is too good for the Nets to keep on the bench, particularly with Vince out indefinitely.

Antoine Walker – Could it be time for ‘the wiggle’ to make its debut in Minneapolis? Don’t look now, but ‘Toine has been first off the bench for Minnesota the past two games, averaging 16.5 pts, 4.5 reb, 2.5 3-pts, and 2.5 stl. The T-Wolves are a terrible team and Walker might have just enough left in the tank to put up some good numbers in this situation. Of course, low shooting percentages are always a factor with Walker, so keep that in mind before you decide to pick him up.

Beno Udrih – Udrih, who has started the last two games at PG for Sacramento, is averaging 12.3 pts, 3.3 reb, 3.0 ast, 1.3 3-pts and 1.7 stl in four games so far this season. He didn’t get into a game until Nov 10, but now that he has, he seems to be playing a major role for the Kings.