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NBA Stock Up/Stock Down
by Danny Panosian
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!
Darren Collison, (PG) Los Angeles Clippers –
On Friday, fantasy owners of Chris Paul got the unfortunate news that he suffered a separated shoulder during the game against the Mavs. Darren Collison stepped right in and had 20 points 3 rebounds and 4 assists to finish out that game. This is an explosive offense with plenty of players that can score the ball. This is a recipe for success for Collison as he has proven many times over the years he can step in and run an offense with efficiency.
However, his value is all tied to CP3 being sidelined. Paul is estimated to be out for 3-5 weeks, so owners looking to fill that void for Paul can look to Collison while he’ll be out.
Anderson Varejao, (C) Cleveland Cavaliers –
The Cavs also delivered the news this week that Andrew Bynum was suspended indefinitely from the team. It’s looking like his days with the Cavs are over. Varejao has stepped in the past 3 games and showed he can fill that void down low for him quite nicely, as he’s averaged 12 points 16 rebounds 2 assists and 1.3 blocks a game during that span. Varejao has shown this kind of blowup capability in years past and if he can manage to stay healthy during the season he could have a monster year. If you believe he will play all year, it’s worth shooting his owner an offer to see how he feels about Varejao’s prospects for the year.
Joe Johnson, (SG) Brooklyn Nets –
Earlier this year, Joe Johnson was having a very nice season. He had some huge games for some owners and it surely gave fantasy owners boosts in their league. Unfortunately, those days seem to be behind Johnson. He has been held to single digit scoring in his last 5 games and he does very little in terms of filling the stat sheet. And it’s not a matter of not getting playing time either, as he’s over 30 minutes a game. He has proven this season that he is a clutch player to have down the stretch of close games, making a couple of game winning shots. However, his fantasy owners can tell you that does not translate to fantasy success. Cut him for a hot free agent and don’t look back.
Jordan Hill, (PF) Los Angeles Lakers –
Jordan Hill has also seen success this year, as he’s had a number of double doubles and some big games for a banged up Laker squad. He’s also had a few nice games recently, but Mike D’Antoni has really been messing with his minutes the past few games. He’s played 11 and 12 minutes in those games. Not to mention on the season, Hill is only averaging about 23 minutes a game. That is not enough playing time for consistent production. I’m sure he will have games where he blows up despite the lack of playing time, but who knows how to predict when that would happen. Until D’Antoni gives Hill the proper run he deserves, he belongs on fantasy benches for now.
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