Last week's Fantasy Lab on new NBA starters elicited a variety of responses ranging from love to hate, but regardless of the tone of the reactions, it proved to be a potent topic. Building on that column, the Lab will cover the new starters implemented this week in the NBA and then make some brash predictions about who's destined to join this batch of newbies in the near future. The latter should be on everyone's watch list or scout team or whatever you want to call the list of names that you ponder picking up every night someone on your roster craps the bed. If you're the speculative type -- or in a league with deep rosters or at least 12 teams -- reel in one or two potential golden nuggets now. Otherwise stand pat, but with a watchful eye and a quick trigger finger.
One caveat before we get to the meat and potatoes: the Knicks' two trades produced a few new starters everywhere, but the picture is more muddled than a round of mojitos right now, so the Lab will wait till next week to address those situations. But since everyone is looking for value now, here's our educated prediction at the starting five after the coaches take a few games to work out the kinks in the rotation.
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I see you, Ramon! The move that many astute fantasy players have been begging and pleading for finally happened on Monday night: Sessions started at point guard in place of the perennially underachieving
You had to know his benching was only temporary, right? After struggling out of the gait worse than a wounded horse, Foye was demoted as
He's all arms and legs, and maybe one day he can fill out and become a real player, but for now, it's just another case of Larry Brown sabotaging his own team. Avoid at all costs.
Last week we detailed F/C
The 35-year old still has some life left in those aging legs, but the superior athleticism that Finley relied upon during his heyday has long since left those gams. Fin-Dog is doing his best though, filling in with
One of the best rebounders per minute in the NBA and a three-time former rebounding champ in college -- the NBA isn't the only place where amazing happens -- Millsap is only a temporary fix for the Jazz, but definitely one worth mentioning. The burly 6-8 forward is a quick leaper, helping to account for the gaudy rebound totals, but he also is a vicious shot-blocker and budding thief, with averages of 1.4 bpg and 0.4 spg in only 25 mpg. While
The other choice here was PG/SG
Only a rookie last year, Landry filled in admirably when
Speaking of going down to injury, Diaw is the likely replacement when
That concludes today's lesson. Hope to see you next week back in the Fantasy Lab. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.