Early Fantasy Basketball Finds
12, 10 – Did the year-long anticipation live up to the hype? Maybe not, but the Raptors played a close one in their home opener and rookie Center Jonas Valanciunas posted some solid numbers in his NBA debut. Shooting 6 for 15 from the field with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and a very respectable 0 turnovers (a great sight from a foreign big man), Valanciunas could be a good addition to your roster, only owned in 41% of yahoo leagues as of now.
5 – Steals by Spurs F Kawhi Leonard in the team’s season opener. Along with the 5 steals, Leonard posted a loaded stat-line: 19 points, 6-13 FGs, 4-4 FTs, 7 rebounds and 3 three pointers in 34 minutes. Currently owned in 65% of yahoo leagues, Leonard is someone that could be on a roster in every league by the season’s end.
10-14 – Red hot shooting from Clippers G Jamal Crawford. The former Wolverine dropped 29 points off the bench, hitting 3 three pointers and giving the Clippers a huge boost against the Grizzlies. Currently owned in 61% of yahoo leagues, if you need a scorer, Crawford may be a bit inconsistent, but the points will come in bunches when they do come.
13 – Assists from Hornets G Grievis Vasquez in the team’s opener. Eric Gordon figures to fit into the Shooting Guard position when he returns, but the point guard position is definitely Vasquez’s to lose. Austin Rivers struggled in the team’s first game (and is really more of a Shooting Guard to start) while last year’s starter Jarrett Jack has moved on. Owned in 65% of yahoo leagues, Vasquez is a great option if you need steady assists.