With twelve weeks down, in most leagues the playoff picture is coming clear. Some teams are are in the process of securing solid backups for a playoff run while others are looking toward next year.Those looking to next year, are likely hoping to find some diamonds in the rough to stash away. Here’s four under the radar guys that fit the bill:
As I write this, Myles Turner has 24 points with six minutes left in the fourth quarter of the Pacers game against the Nuggets. In my humble opinion, based on the eye test, Turner is the second best rookie big man prospect in the NBA, right behind Karl Anthony Towns. That’s right, I think he’s got a better future than Jahlil Okafor, Willie Cauley Stein, and even Kristaps Porzingis.
Another guy who may be undervalued right now is Emmanuel Mudiay. Some may have given up on him. I haven’t. While watching him recently, I was reminded of a young Chauncey Billups. Like Billups, he has good size and strength and will only get better as he matures. If he can develop a jumper, he has a chance to develop into a really nice player.
I also really like Stanley Johnson for the Pistons. Right now, he’s stuck behind Marcus Morris in the rotation, but I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point, Morris moves into more a sixth man role for the Pistons to allow Johnson time to truly come into his own. It might not happen this season, but I’d expect it next season for sure.
The final slot goes to Devin Booker. He’s another guy who doesn’t look very good statistically, but when you actually watch him play, he just looks like a future star. He’s steady and smooth and his jumper is a thing of beauty. At 19, he’s still got plenty of time to put it all together.
Week 13 Fantasy Basketball Preview
|Team||Number of Games||Schedule Favorability||Must Start||Consider Sitting|
|Highly Favorable||Paul Millsap, Al Horford||Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Jeff Teague|
|Favorable||Isaiah Thomas||Evan Turner, Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley|
|Neutral||Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young||Jarrett Jack|
|Neutral||Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum||Al Jefferson|
|Favorable||Pau Gasol, Jimmy Butler||Derrick Rose, Nikola Mirotic|
|Favorable||Lebron James, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, Kyrie Irving||Mo Williams, Tristan Thompson|
|Favorable||Dirk Nowitzki, Deron Williams||Chandler Parsons, Deron Williams|
|Poor||Danilo Gallinari, Will Barton||Emmanuel Mudiay, Kenneth Faried|
|Favorable||Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope||Marcus Morris, Ersan Ilyasova|
|Golden State||1 home|
|Favorable||Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson||Andre Iguodala|
|Highly Favorable||James Harden, Dwight Howard||Ty Lawson, Trevor Ariza|
|Neutral||Paul George||Monta Ellis, George Hill, Ian Mahinmi|
|Los Angeles Clippers||1 home|
|Highly Favorable||Deandre Jordan, Chris Paul||Blake Griffin|
|Los Angeles Lakers||2 home|
|Poor||None||Kobe Bryant, Roy Hibbert, Julius Randle|
|Neutral||Marc Gasol, Mike Conley||Zach Randolph|
|Poor||Hassan Whitehead, Chris Bosh||Dwayne Wade, Goran Dragic|
|Neutral||Greg Monroe, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antekokounmpo||Michael Carter Williams, Jabri Parker|
|Poor||Karl-Anthony Towns||Andrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio|
|New Orleans||3 home|
|Highly Favorable||Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans, Ryan Anderson||Eric Gordon|
|New York||3 home|
|Unfavorable||Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis||Robin Lopez|
|Oklahoma City||1 home|
|Highly Favorable||Russel Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka||None|
|Unfavorable||Victor Oladipo||Elfrid Payton, Tobias Harris, Nikola Vucevic|
|Unfavorable||Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel||Robert Covington|
|Unfavorable||Brandon Knight||Tyson Chandler, TJ Warren, Devin Booker|
|Neutral||Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum||Mason Plumlee|
|Unfavorable||Demarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay||Omri Casspi|
|San Antonio||0 home|
|Unfavorable||Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge||Tony Parker, Tim Duncan|
|Favorable||Kyle Lowery, DeMar DeRozan||Jonas Valanciunas, Bismack Biyombo|
|Favorable||Rudy Gobert, Gordon Hayward,||Derrick Favors, Rodney Hood|
|Unfavorable||John Wall, Otto Porter||Marcin Gortat, Bradley Beal|
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Detroit Pistons
— Detroit Bad Boys ☠ (@detroitbadboys) January 13, 2016
Pistons fans know that KCP is the heart and soul of that team. He plays harder, longer, and with more energy than anyone else on the roster. It’s really good to see all that work paying off in the way of fantasy value. He’s been hot lately, and I’d recommend riding the streak.
J.R. Smith, SG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Speaking of riding the hot hand, I’d also recommend that strategy with J.R. Smith. He’s been picking up his production as of late, and the Cavs have a favorable schedule this week. I’d give him a hard look, especially with the dearth of fantasy production from SGs in the NBA.
Serge Ibaka, PF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Serge hasn’t had a great year, but he’s still been a fairly reliable fantasy option. He’s definitely worth a look with the Thunder’s highly favorable schedule this week.
Ricky Rubio, PG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Ricky Rubio can’t seem to get it together. He’s either hurt or underperforming. Earlier this year, he was hurt. Now, he’s underperforming. I’d keep him on the bench, especially with the Timberwolves poor schedule.
Bradley Beal, SG, Washington Wizards
Beal’s coming off a stress fracture and will need a little time to get back to full speed. I do think he’ll get there, but I’d give him another week or so, just to make sure he’s back at full speed.
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