NBA Portfolio: December 9-15

Another double dose of the Brothers Panosian. Daniel returns with a second installment of his NBA Portfolio column, and check out David’s pick for tonight’s Monday Night Football game. Check out these guys below, and see if you agree to be adding or avoiding in your Fantasy Basketball league.

NBA Stock Up/Stock Down

by Danny Panosian

Hey everyone! Each week I will be diving into a few players whose stock has gone up the past week, and conversely whose stock has gone down. Trends in the NBA are always changing, and players’ values can change on any given night. So without further adieu, let’s dive in!

Stock Up

Trey-Burke-Jazz-Suns-400x242Trey Burke, (PG) Utah Jazz –

Burke started off the season with a broken finger, so he wasn’t able to show what he can do right out of the gate. Since returning, he has been coming on strong, averaging 15.2 points, 4 boards, 4.7 assists, and a steal per game, over his last seven. He has triple double capability on any given night. But, he is also a rookie on a team that is in a rebuilding phase right now, so he is going to have his ups and downs as well. No one can deny the young talent coming out of Michigan, and he will have plenty of opportunity to showcase his talents for the rest of the season. If he has somehow been left on your waiver wire, scoop him up and enjoy the ride!

taylor dunkJeff Taylor, (SF) Charlotte Bobcats –

The Bobcats were dealt a blow earlier this week with the news of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffering a broken left hand, as he will be out 4-6 weeks. Fortunately for Charlotte they have a very nice backup in Taylor to step in. In his first start of the season, Taylor scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds against the 76ers. He did suffer a left heel contusion in the game, though it doesn’t sounds like anything too serious. He should be available in your league, and should provide you with solid mid to late round value while MKG recovers. Go ahead and give him a look.

Stock Down

enesEnes Kanter, (C) Utah Jazz –

When the Jazz let Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap walk this offseason, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter were waiting in the wings to showcase their abilities down low this year. Kanter started off the season on a tear and looked to be everything he was hyped to be. But for the last three weeks, Kanter has been more miss than hit as he has scored in double digits in only 4 of his last 11 games, including only 1 game of double digit rebounds! This is contrary to how he started the season, but he has been fading fast. Add to the fact that he won’t get you much in the defensive statistic categories and his strong start seems ages ago. He will get all the run he can in Utah so he should not be floating on any waivers, but he should not be seen as he was a month ago.

ersan ilyasovaErsan Ilyasova, (PF) Milwaukee Bucks –

Ilyasova is not your normal household name when it comes to fantasy basketball, but he has been a very solid player to own over the last few seasons. He has a very nice shooting touch for a big man, as he has a 3 point shot in his repertoire, and has averaged about 8 boards a game over the last 2 seasons. But this year has been mired by inconsistency, as he can’t seem to stay in the starting lineup. He has scored in double digits in 3 of his last 10 games, and has had 10 rebounds just one time all season! He has amazing ability and flashed some of that a few games ago, but he doesn’t seem to have the confidence he’s had in himself in recent seasons. With the Bucks in disarray and lineup changes galore all season, it’s safe to predict Ilyasova won’t be returning to previous season form anytime soon.

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