Fantasy Basketball Free Agent Finds

11/26/13 in NBA   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

Nov 25, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks power forward John Henson (31) shoots over Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) in the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsWhether you’re suffering from the injury bug or looking to fill an empty roster spot, here are some names to add to your radar:
 
- John Henson, PF/C, Milwaukee Bucks
 
Despite playing only about 24 minutes per game the past two weeks, Henson has put up some solid numbers: 10.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks while shooting 49% from the field and a remarkable 85% from the line.  Monday night against the Pistons, he greatly outplayed starting center Zaza Pachulia (for the fifth or sixth game in a row), scoring 15 points on 7-12 FGs while adding 7 boards, 2 steals and 2 blocks in 22 minutes.  Zaza played 5 fewer minutes, scoring 8 points and grabbing just 1 rebound.  Henson will be starting soon, and by then he won’t be as easy to find in free agency.  Pick him up now if you need a shot-blocker and rebounder.
 
- Jordan Crawford, G, Boston Celtics
 
Crawford is playing too good right now to only be owned in 43% of Yahoo! leagues.  He’s averaging 14 points, 5.4 assists, 1.3 threes, and 1.4 steals while shooting 87% from the line in his last 8 games.
 
- Omer Asik, PF/C, Houston Rockets
 
If you’re in a deep league and you have a roster spot to spare, Asik is a great guy to stock away.  The second he gets traded (which is all but guaranteed to happen as he just isn’t seeing any time with Houston) he will instantly become a double-double machine.  He averaged 10.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 30 minutes a game last year.  This year, he’s only played 18 minutes a game and he’s still racking up 6.8 boards.  Yep, he’s still got it.  If you’re hanging onto someone who’s barely worth a roster spot, pick up Asik now and thank me later.
 
- Terrence Jones, SF/PF, Houston Rockets
 
He’s been a staple of consistency since becoming a starter in Houston.  As one of the hottest players to add the past week and a half, he may not still be available in your league but if he is, go grab him.  He’ll be efficient and surely offer solid blocks and rebounds with a few threes to go with it.
 
- Trey Burke, PG, Utah Jazz
 
Owned in only 66% in Yahoo! leagues, Burke is about to start taking on a heavy load in Utah.  If you need threes and assists and can afford low FG% and high turnovers, Burke is your guy.
 
- Kosta Koufos, PF/C, Memphis Grizzlies
 

This name is likely to pick up fire very, very soon.  With Marc Gasol out for at least a few months, Koufos is the most likely candidate to fill in at the center position.  Monday night against Houston, he logged 30 minutes, scoring 8 points while grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking 2 shots.  He’s a career 59% free throw shooter and he’s never averaged more than 8 points per game, but he should be a solid option for rebounds and blocks as long as he fights off Ed Davis for minutes.
 
Nov 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard James Anderson (9) brings the ball up court during the third quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Wells Fargo Center. The Raptors defeated the Sixers 108-98. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports- James Anderson, SG/SF, Philadelphia 76ers
 
If efficiency is your team’s mantra then skip ahead, but if you want some steals or threes from the small forward position, look no further than James Anderson.  He’s owned in 26% of Yahoo! leagues despite the fact that he’s averaging 2.3 triples, 13 points, and 1.8 steals per game.  The 37% FGs and 63% FTs hurt if you’re a percentage guy, but Anderson is logging 37 minutes a night and with absolutely no depth on Philadelphia, that playing time is likely to continue.
 
- Derrick Williams, SF/PF, Sacramento Kings
 
Call this one a hunch or call it a shot in the dark, but the Kings have been greatly lacking a talented big man to complement DeMarcus Cousins ever since they drafted him.  On paper, Williams is the absolute perfect complement to Cousins as he’s versatile, agile, and can stretch the defense with his shooting abilities.  Lord knows whether the Kings will give him solid minutes right away, but Patrick Patterson and Jason Thompson have been way too inconsistent so it would make sense for the team to try out their latest acquisition, right?  And take a look at some of Derrick’s games near the end of last season when he was actually seeing the court.  Yeah, he can put the ball in the hoop when given the opportunity.
 
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Detroit Pistons
 
Since being inserted into the starting lineup, KCP has been hitting threes, snagging steals and most impressively, taking great care of the ball - zero turnovers in his past 5 games, where he’s averaged about 25 minutes a game.  The organization loves his potential so big minutes should continue even when Chauncey Billups returns.
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