Fantasy Basketball Strategy Special:
Bowling For Bynum
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FANTASY BASKETBALL: BOWLING FOR BYNUM
A look at the injured Fantasy Stars around the NBA and their impact when they return.
AMARE STOUDEMIRE – PF/C – NYK
The Knicks are doing great without Amar’e early on this season. Sure Knicks fans can celebrate now, but the reality is the Knicks need to be even better when Amar’e is back. Which means make him the focal point of a pick and roll offense as he is simply unguardable when he’s moving like we all know he can.
Amar’e is currently planning on returning Christmas day against the Lakers. What a great fantasy gift that will be to the owners who stayed patient. 20 Point/10 Rebound/2 Block games with great FG and solid FT% should be back in early January. He has his Point Guard Raymond Felton to make everything work.
ANDREW BYNUM – C – PHI
The 76ers are experiencing a nightmare with the circus Andrew Bynum. First the old school Afro, then the knee. Then he re-injures his knee bowling.
Fantasy Basketball owners are, “Bowling for Bynum” and the only thing you can do is stash the big man until you hear he is out for the season. If he is healthy come Fantasy Playoffs time, he is a 1st round value that can dominate your matchup. Or eliminate you in the playoffs if you have to face him. The choice is yours.
GERALD HENDERSON – SG/SF – CHA
Henderson was the go-to-guy for the Bobcats to close out the season last year. Putting up almost 20 a night, he came into the season as the #1 scorer along with Kemba Walker. With Henderson out, the Bobcats have been working Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. They have found out that they need Henderson’s scoring when he returns.
The rotation will be getting tweaked once Henderson returns, which could lead to bad chemistry very quickly for a team that is struggling to find any. We will find out this week what happens when Henderson returns.
KYRIE IRVING – PG – CLE
Kyrie could return later this month around the 20th. When he does, expect 1st round value right out of the gates. The Cavs are going to be a much stronger team since they were able to play so well without their star leader.
Once Kyrie returns, he will make everyone better and his value will skyrocket as a fantasy guard with assists and more proficiency everywhere. If there was a player to trade for, Kyrie is that PG.
JOHN WALL – PG – WAS
The Wizards are a complete mess. John Wall still has no timetable for his return, which means the Wizards will continue their mess for however long he is out.
Once Wall returns expect him to try to take over this Wizards team. If all goes well, he dominates the game and gives you 1st round value. What is more likely is he gives you a lot of turnovers while slaughtering you in the 3PTM category. I would trade him the second I had the opportunity to get an ELITE star for him. People will value him as one, you know the truth.
DANNY GRANGER – SF – IND
Here’s a name you probably have not heard in a while. You will also likely not see him on the court in a while. Granger is aiming for a return in February just in time to get the Pacers ready for a playoff run. He is a good player to add later on in shallow roster daily leagues.
Once Granger returns, expect him to leave off right where he started. Which was semi-inconsistent with the often big games mixed in. David West is still going to demand his touches. Danny will have value come Fantasy Playoff time that is for sure.
ANDREW BOGUT – C – GSW
If Bogut was healthy the Warriors would be at another level. With his return date still uncertain (Possibly January). David Lee will continue to play like a 1st Round pick putting up Vintage Al Jefferson numbers nearly every night. Minus the block totals.
I would stash Bogut if there was not a Waiver Wire player worth grabbing. If he does get back to 25-30 Minutes, Bogut could be a very productive Fantasy Center.
CHAUNCEY BILLUPS – PG/SG – LAC
Chauncey is still getting back to 100%. He will, and once he does you can expect number decreases to all Clippers including Chris Paul. Chauncey Billups is a player who plays with the ball in his hands, and the Clippers trust him when he has it.
Jamal Crawford will not be a safe start possibly the rest of the season, Caron Butler will be even more inconsistent, Blake Griffin will see less shot attempts, Chris Paul will not be able to reach his MAX potential in assists. Not a good situation.
STEVE NASH – PG – LAL
Make It Nashty. Everything you need to know about what happens when Nash returns can be read by clicking that link. Also includes how Antawn Jamison will be a popular Fantasy Player which has now come true after his huge Friday Night. I got your back BEAST DOME NATION.
DIRK NOWITZKI – PF – DAL
Mid-December. That is when everyone can have their Favorite German back at the forward spot. Dirk played with a bad knee last season and it took him nearly two months to get back to the type of player fantasy owners wanted. No reason to think the same will not happen again as this time around the season is 82 Games. Which means Dirk has to be 100% healthy and fresh come playoff time.
WILSON CHANDLER – SG/SF/PF – DEN
If there is a player who can shake up a whole NBA Team. Wilson Chandler is that man.
Chandler can play anywhere from SG to SF to PF. He is too talented not to get at least 20 minutes a game when he is going, which means Danilo Gallinari, Andre Iguodala, and Kenneth Faried, and possibly Ty Lawson if they wanted to play him at SG with Miller. will all lose time.
Chandler’s return could be later this month. Keep an eye to see if your player starts showing signs of inconsistency, by then it can be too late.
RICKY RUBIO – PG – MIN
Ricky Rubio is already practicing with the T-Wolves, which means he is a MUST-OWN in all leagues by this point if you did not already get the clue in the Fantasy Basketball Haiku.
Ricky is the type of Fantasy Player that will make you smile when you see his box score. He is the next coming of Jason Kidd in his prime without as many 3PT attempts. What you get with Rubio is, Rebounds/Steals/Assists occasional blocks, with the Jason Kidd scoring touch. Rubio will move up in all the categories by himself.
ANTHONY DAVIS – PF – NO
Davis is a superstar Fantasy talent. He is expected to return at least by the middle of this month. He scores, he gets rebounds, and blocks/steals just come to him. However if there is one knock on him already in his young Fantasy Basketball career. Being injury prone could be a theme with Anthony’s sleek frame.
ERIC GORDON – SG – NO
The Clippers got the trade of the century to give up Eric Gordon and his failing knee for CP3. Gordon still has no timetable to return, but I would still stash the versatile scoring SG. Gordon can knock down the 3PTM category, grab you some steals, and even throw in the random Kobe assist night. The ball would be in his hands at all times on that team. Even Davis will take a small hit offensively.
Stash Gordon until you hear he is done. You will want him in the Fantasy Playoffs.
Muntradamus is a Fantasy Sports Expert who specializes in Fantasy Football/Baseball/Basketball. He is currently in his first season as a Pro on FantasyPros where he is the only expert to have Adam Dunn, Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo, Ian Desmond, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Wilin Rosario in his top 20 at each position. Muntradamus not only leads many to championships with his great advice, and outlooks into the future. He is also consistently on the top of leaderboards in DraftStreet. He was also the #1 Fantasy Football Expert of IDP & Overall Rankings, first time in Fantasy Sports History. To check his Preseason Fantasy Football Rankings Click Here. He also won a 1,000 person tournament in Fantasy Football to qualify for a trip to Vegas to play for $500,000 in Prizes. To Check his Week-By-Week Progress to being the #1 Expert. Follow the Journey.