Sunday, August 21, 2016


The Fantasy Football season is right around the corner and now that I’ve returned from my summer tennis teaching gig it’s time to begin getting to your Fantasy Football questions. If you would like to see your question answered in this space hit me up at phil@philnaessensshow.com.

Dear Fantasy Phil, 
Would you draft Cam Newton in the first round and if not what is your plan for the 2016 Draft?

Thanks for the question.

Newton had a fantastic 2015 campaign. His 2015 Average Draft Position (ADP) of 16.5 had him in most cases late first or second round. Compare that to where his contemporaries such as Aaron Rodgers (24.3), Russell Wilson (34.2) and Andrew Luck (44.7) were drafted and we see that in most cases the QB wasn’t taken in the first round but in later rounds. I think there is a very good reason for this.

Flashback to 2006; five NFL QB’s threw for over 4000 yards that season whereas in 2015 we saw 12 QB’s reach the 4000+ yard plateau. That means in the average 10-12 team league there are enough QB’s for each owner to obtain a quality arm capable of 4000 yards this season as well as an additional 5 arms that threw for at least 3800 yards in 2015.

I said all that to say this; in a passing dominate league such as the NFL there’s really no point in drafting ANY QB until at least the 4th or 5th round. Sure there will be owners taking Newton, Rodgers or Wilson earlier than that but so what? There still will be plenty of time to get a quality arm capable of consistent numbers and in some cases superb scores any given Sunday.

My plan is really simple; I’m going to spend the first five rounds drafting the best wide receivers and running backs that are available and go from there. For me it doesn’t make any sense doing anything else. Receivers with the highest projected targets and backs with the highest projected snap counts are on my target list.

Dear Fantasy Phil, 
Are you eyeing any sleepers at the QB position and if so who do you like?

Thanks for the question.

Since you now know my strategy of course I have my eye on a couple of sleepers.

The Bills Tyrod Taylor (118 ADP) is someone I am really interested in. He finished 2nd last season in rushing points by a QB and even though he struggled with a nagging injury Taylor was a top five QB during the first four weeks of the season and a top ten QB the last half of the season averaging 7 yards per attempt landed him in the top five amongst his peers.  The Bills have committed to Taylor by giving him a 6 year 90 million dollar deal this summer. His current ADP of 130 makes him an ideal late round sleeper and one you should strongly consider.

The Raiders Derek Carr (111 ADP) is another QB I’ll have my eye on during the late rounds. Last season Carr passed for nearly 4000 yards (3987) and with a vastly improved offensive line and the growing relationship with Wide Receiver Amari Cooper Carr could quite possibly be the late rounds steal of the draft and one worth keeping an eye on in the later rounds.

The Giants Eli Manning is always underrated and usually winds up amongst the top 10 QB’s in the game. Manning hasn’t missed a start in the last 11 seasons making him arguably the most durable QB of the 2016 Draft AND as an added bonus he has Odell Beckham to throw to.  Last season Manning threw for over 4400 yards and finished the 2015 season in the top 10. With an ADP of 95 Manning is going to be there in the later rounds and if he is I may just snatch him up.

Good luck with your Fantasy Football Draft!


Fantasy Phil

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Fantasy Basketball: Should James Harden be the Number #1 Fantasy Basketball Pick?


I’m still working at my summer tennis gig and it’s been a blast so far but that hasn’t stopped the questions from pouring in at Phil’s Fantasy Sports. As usual I will try and answer every single email and tweet you have as we prepare for the 2016-2017 Fantasy Basketball season.

Dear Fantasy Phil, 
I know it’s early but I would like to know if you were drafting today and you had the first pick in your draft who would you choose?

Thanks for the question!

It IS early but we win our leagues by preparing early and I have been working on my Fantasy Sports projections all summer long so here goes. Had you asked me this question prior to free agency I may have selected either the Golden State Warriors Steph Curry or the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant. Then Durant decided to join Curry in the Bay and messed up not only the Thunder’s plans but most Fantasy Owners as well. Both could still go number 1 but here are a couple of players I’m strongly considering if I were to draft today.

The most logical choice and the one who probably gained the most Fantasy value with Durant’s departure is his former teammate Russell Westbrook. Last season Westbrook led the NBA with 18 triple doubles and finished second with 54 double doubles and he did it with the lowest usage rate (31.6) he’s seen in the last five seasons. If he wasn’t the number 1 scoring option for the Thunder in the past with Durant out of the picture he certainly will be now. In my opinion Westbrook is the only player in the NBA capable of averaging a triple double for the entire season and if he remains in OKC that could certainly happen. Westbrook will contribute in the steals department and his shooting numbers of 45 percent from the floor and 81 percent from the line is nothing to sneeze at. Westbrook isn’t the best three point shooter in the League (29 percent) but he does launch four of them per night and that could increase.

During Durant’s injury riddled 2014-2015 Westbrook’s usage rate soared to 38 percent; if he remains in OKC and is able to stay healthy he could put up video game type numbers. For me Westbrook would be the easiest choice to make and easier if we knew what his future in OKC actually is; I can’t see OKC allowing another franchise type player walk away without gaining any compensation so there could be a trade on the horizon. That’s something to consider but for the time being he’s a Fantasy Basketball gold mine in OKC.

Over the past few seasons the Houston Rocket’s James Harden has also been Fantasy Basketball gold. During that four season span Harden has averaged 78.5 games a season so health is definitely on his side; he has also seen his usage gradually rise to a career high 32.5 in 2015-2016. Harden also had career highs in points (29), rebounds (6.1), assists (7.5), three pointers per game (2.9) as well as attempts from the floor (19.7). Harden shot 43 percent from the floor and 86 percent from the line in 2015-2016 and that alone is pretty darn worthy of the #1 pick in this seasons draft. 

Enter new Rockets Head Coach Mike D’Antoni and his seven second offense and Harden could light up the NBA this season. He’s another who is a Fantasy gold mine and absolutely worthy of the top pick this coming season.

Of course there are also Curry and Durant to consider; the Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns could have a monster 2016-2017 season and there is also the Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James but for my money it really comes down to either Westbrook or Harden. 

So who would I choose if I were to draft today?

If I had to draft today I’m going with Harden by a nose. While Westbrook is probably going to put up crazy numbers Harden might actually be in a better position this season. His future in Houston seems secure as he is under contract for the next three seasons so he probably won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. He has a coach in D’Antoni who likes to play fast and loose on the offensive side of things and Harden’s seeming disinterest in playing defense won’t be a deterrent on that team. If I had to draft today I’m going with Harden.

Good Luck this season Fantasy Basketball owner!!


Fantasy Phil

Friday, January 1, 2016

Fantasy Hockey: Week 14 Waiver Wire Options





Happy New Year! Hope 2016 has started well for you! It’s week number 14 of the Fantasy Hockey season and I don’t know about you but I’m working my way to the playoffs……and if that’s you as well I have some options for you to consider this week.


Teams with four games this week are the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, St Louis Blues and the Washington Capitals.

Teams with two games this week are the Calgary Flames, New York Islanders, New York Rangers and the San Jose Sharks. All other NHL teams have three games on the schedule this week.

Week 14 Back to Back Games

Boston (Fri-Sat), Carolina (Fri-Sat), Chicago (Tue-Wed), Columbus (Fri-Sat), Minnesota (Sat-Sun), Montreal (Tue-Wed), Nashville (Fri-Sat), Pittsburgh (Tue-Wed), St Louis (Fri-Sat), Tampa Bay (Fri-Sat), Toronto (Wed-Thur) and Washington (Sat-Sun).

Week 14 Waiver Wire Options

Goaltender: Cam Ward and the Carolina Panthers have four games this week and with a back to back at  the end of the week (Fri-Sat). Over his past 5 starts Ward is 2-3 with a 93 percent goals against average. With games this week against offensively challenged Edmonton, Vancouver and Columbus this might be a good week to go with Ward and he is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Left Wing: Marcus Johansson and the Capitals have four games this week and over the past five Johansson has 1 goal and 2 assists on 14 shots on goal with a plus minus rating of minus 1 skating roughly 17 minutes a night on the Capitals third line as well as on the Capitals top power play unit. During this same five game stretch Johansson had 2 penalty minutes and over the season he’s only had 4 penalty minutes and is available in just over 40 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Right Wing: Jannik Hansen and the Vancouver Canucks have three games this week and over the past five games Hansen has scored 3 goals and 2 assists with 11 shots on goal for a plus minus rating of 3 skating roughly 18 minutes a night on the Canucks top line as well as the Canucks third power play unit. Over the past five games Hansen has 4 penalty minutes with a season total of 18 minutes. Hansen is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Center: Travis Zajak and the Devils have four games this week and over the past five games Zajak has 3 assists and 5 shots on goal for a plus minus rating of 2 skating roughly 20 minutes a night on the Devils top line as well as the Devils top power play unit. Zajak has just 8 minutes in penalties and none in the past five games and is available in just over 75 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Defense: Brett Pesce and the Carolina Hurricanes have three games this week and over the past games Pesce has been hot with 1 goal and 1 assist on 7 shots on goal for a plus minus rating of 2 skating roughly 17 minutes a night skating on the Hurricanes third line of defense as well as spending roughly 45 percent of the time on the Hurricanes power play. Over the past five games Pesce has 2 minutes in penalties and 8 minutes this season and is available in just over 90 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Defense: Trevor Daley and the Pittsburgh Penguins have three games this week and over the past five games Daley has 1 assist on 5 shots on goal for a plus minus rating of 1 skating roughly 19 minutes a night on the Penguins third line of defense and roughly 15 percent of the time on the Penguins second power play unit. Daley had zero minutes in penalties over the past five games and has 10 minutes on the season and is available in just over 55 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Good luck this week Fantasy Hockey General Manager!






Fantasy Basketball: Week Eleven Waiver Wire and Sleepers



Happy New Year! 2016 is here and in roughly 10 weeks or so the Fantasy Basketball playoffs will begin. Are you preparing for them? If you are then good for you; if you aren’t then what the heck are you waiting for? I have some options for you to consider for week eleven of the Fantasy Basketball season.

The Utah Jazz have five games this week while the Phoenix Suns have just two games on the NBA schedule. Every other NBA team has three games this week.

Teams with four games this week are the Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings and the Toronto Raptors.

Week Eleven Waiver Wire Options

Point Guard: Trey Burke and the Jazz have five games this week and over the past five games Burke is averaging 16.4 points, 2.8 assists with just under 2 triples a night. During this stretch he’s seeing just over 27 minutes a night while throwing in a block, steal and rebound a game. His shooting percentages of 44 percent from the floor and 87 percent from the line during that same five game stretch are solid and Burke is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Shooting Guard: Allen Crabbe and the Trail Blazers have four games this week and Crabbe has been solid knocking down almost 3 triples a night while with 16 points a game and just under 4 rebounds playing 31 minutes a night. His minutes have increased due to the injury to Damian Lillard but even with Lillard playing 25 plus minutes is ordinary for Crabbe. During that same five game stretch he’s shooting 44 percent from the floor and 81 percent from the line and is available in just over 80 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Small Forward/Power Forward: Jeff Green and the Grizzlies have four games this week and over the past five games he’s averaging 13.6 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.2 steals a night while playing almost 29 minutes a night. Green is shooting extremely well from the field (57%) but from the line his 67 percent was an aberration this past week as he is averaging 82 percent for the season so don’t let that deter you from adding him. Green is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Center:  Cody Zeller and the Hornets have four games this week and over the past five games is averaging 10 points, 7.8 rebounds and nearly 2 steals a night averaging almost 30 minutes a night. Zeller shot a solid 60 percent from the floor and 70 percent from the line during that five game stretch and with Al Jefferson out for who knows how long Zeller is the man in the middle for the Hornets and is available in just over 80 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Shooting Guard/Small Forward: Rodney Hood and the Jazz have five games this week and over his past five games Hood is averaging 13.4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists playing 30 minutes a night. During that same five game stretch Hood was knocking down almost 2 triples a night while shooting just 35 percent from the floor and 90 percent from the line. With all the injuries to the Jazz expect Hood to continue to see 30 minutes a night and he is available in just over 70 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Point Guard/Shooting Guard: Louis Williams and the Lakers have four games this week and over the past five games Williams is averaging 8.8 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists while shooting 32 percent from the floor and 63 percent from the line. With Williams it’s all about minutes; when he’s getting 30 plus he has the potential to go off like he did against Boston and when he doesn’t get the minutes he can lay a 2 point stinker like he did against Oklahoma City two days before Christmas. I like Williams and he’s currently available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Power Forward/Center: Taj Gibson and the Chicago Bulls have three games this week and over the past 5 games Gibson is averaging 10.4 rebounds, 9 points, 2.2 assists and 1 block per game averaging 35 minutes a night. During that same five game stretch Gibson shot 56 percent from the floor and just 20 percent from the line so beware Roto League owners. With Joakim Noah out Gibson is going to continue to rack up the minutes and is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.  


Good luck this week Fantasy Basketball owner!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Fantasy Basketball: Week 10 Waiver Wire and Sleepers


Week ten of the Fantasy Basketball season starts in 2015 and ends in 2016…..crazy huh? Anyway, the season is flying by fast and its really time to trim the dead weight from our rosters and there’s no time like week ten to get this done! This is what I have this week.

The Phoenix Suns are the only NBA team with five games on the schedule this week.

Teams with four games this week are the Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards.

The Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies each have two games this week.

Week Ten Waiver Wire Options

Center: Bismack Biyombo has been a rebounding machine since Jonas Valanciunas went out with an injury. Over his past five games he’s averaging 15.8 rebounds a game to go along with 2.6 blocks and 6.6 points playing 33.8 minutes per night. Valanciunas is set to return and even though that will cut into Biyombo’s minutes if I needed rebounds I would strongly consider adding him to the roster in week ten. The Raptors have four games this week and Biyombo is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Point Guard/Shooting Guard: Jeremy Lin continues to get court time and over the past five games is averaging 16.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.2 triples while playing 33.2 minutes a night. He’s also shooting 47 percent from the field and 76 percent from the line during that five game stretch. The Hornets roster is starting to get healthier which would normally mean less minutes for Lin but with Jeremy Lamb struggling I would expect to see Lin getting 25 minutes a night. The Hornets have four games this week and Lin is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Power Forward/Center: Over the past five games Jordan Hill has been putting up some solid numbers that includes two double doubles. During that five game stretch he’s averaging 11.8 points and 8.8 rebounds with one assist playing just 23 minutes a night. He’s also shooting 64 percent from the field and 83 percent from the line during that same five game stretch. At some point Hill should move into the starting lineup and if that happens his playing time should increase meaning more opportunities. The Pacers have four games this week and Hill is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Small Forward: Gerald Green is good for two things; scoring points and knocking down threes. Over the past five games he’s been knocking down nearly 3 triples per night and scoring 15.6 points per game. He’ll also get the occasional assist, rebound and steal but it’s the three point potential that makes him an appealing addition. He also shot over 50 percent from the floor but only 57 percent from the line during that five game stretch but those things don’t worry me so much. The Heat have four games this week and if he can knock down 8-10 triples in week ten he’ll be worth the lack of production in the other scoring categories. Green is available in just over 65 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Point Guard/Shooting Guard: Over the past five games Darren Collison has been balling to the tune of 15.4 points, 3 rebounds and 5.8 assists. Over that same five game stretch he’s shooting 60 percent from the field and 72 percent from the line. He’s also knocking down 1.4 triples and played 32 minutes a night coming off of the Sacramento Kings bench. Collison has also played quite a bit alongside Rajon Rondo and the two seem to thrive together playing 338 minutes together already this season so at some point maybe George Karl will start both point guards together. In the meantime Collison is still a great add, the Kings have three games this week and Collison is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.  

Power Forward/Center: I really like the Nuggets Nikola Jokic and with the Nuggets having four games this week what’s not to like about someone averaging 8 points and 5 boards this season? Okay not so much but over his past five games Jokic is averaging 10.8 points and 7 rebounds with a couple of assists playing 23.4 minutes a night. He also shot 64 percent from the floor and 81 percent from the line during that same five game stretch. He’s a great Daily Fantasy Sports value pick and a terrific deep league option especially with four games this week and us available in just over 85 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Point Guard: Jameer Nelson is the man running the point for the Nuggets and with Head Coach Mike Malone stating that Emanuel Mudiay won’t be returning “anytime soon” grabbing Nelson for this week might not be a bad idea. Over his past 4 starts Nelson is averaging 11.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 6 assist playing 30 minutes a night including just under 2 triples a night. During that same stretch of games Nelson is shooting 47 percent from the floor and 83 percent from the line. Nelson might not be the best point guard out there but he’s far from the worst and with the Nuggets having four games this week the 75 percent available Nelson might be a good add this week.

Good luck this week Fantasy Basketball Owner!




Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Fantasy Hockey: Week 13 Waiver Wire and Streaming Options





Week 13 of the Fantasy Hockey season kicks off Monday December 28, 2015 and ends on January 3rd, 2016. I don't generally make New Years resolutions but one of the things I would like to improve upon is spending more time with my roster each day.......and that means more time on the waiver wire. Here's what I have for you this week.

Teams with four games this week are the Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets.

The Boston Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks each have two games this week. Every other NHL team has three games on their schedule.

Back to Back Games for Week 13

Anaheim (Thur-Fri), Buffalo (Wed-Thur), Dallas (Sat-Sun), Detroit (Mon-Tue), Florida (Sat-Sun), Montreal (Mon-Tue), New Jersey (Tue-Wed), Nashville (Mon-Tue), New York Islanders (Sat-Sun), Ottawa (Tue-Wed), Pittsburgh (Wed-Thur), Toronto (Tue-Wed), Washington (Wed-Thur) and Winnipeg (Sat-Sun).

Week 13 Waiver Wire Options

Center/Left Wing/Right Wing: Brock Nelson and the Islanders have four games this week and over the past five games Nelson has been hot scoring 3 goals with an assist and 18 shots on goal for a plus minus rating of 1. Nelson has been skating roughly 17 minutes a game on the Islanders top line as well as the majority of the time on the Islanders top power play unit. Nelson has 8 penalty minutes on the season and is available in just over 50 percent of all major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Center/Left Wing: Marcus Johansson and the Capitals have four games this week and during the past five games Johansson has potted 2 goals with 2 helpers and 9 shots on goal for a plus minus rating of zero. Johansson has been skating roughly 17 minutes a night on the Capitals second line as well as the top Capitals power play unit, has recorded just 2 penalty minutes and is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Left Wing: Tanner Pearson and the Kings have four games this week and over his past five games Pearson has 3 assists and 7 shots on goal for a plus minus rating of 2. Pearson has been averaging roughly 16 minutes a night on the Kings second line and also spends some time on the Kings power play. Pearson has just 6 penalty minutes this season and is available in just over 90 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Defense: Ryan Ellis and the Predators have four games this week and during the past five games Ellis has scored a goal with 2 assists and 11 shots on goal for a plus minus rating of 1. Ellis is skating roughly 20 minutes per night on the Preds second defensive pairing as well as spending time on the second power play unit. Ellis has 18 penalty minutes this season and is available in just over 50 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Defense: Johnny Oduya and the Stars have four games this week and over the past five games Oduya has 2 goals and 2 assists with 5 shots on goals for a plus minus rating of 6. Oduya is skating roughly 18 minutes a night on the Stars second line of defense, has 10 penalty minutes this season and is available in just over 90 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Goaltender: Louis Dominigue and the Coyotes have three games this week and with Mike Smith on the shelf Dominigue is the man in the spotlight. Over his past three games Dominigue has allowed 4 goals and has racked up a 2-1 record with a save percentage of 94 percent. He also has a shutout over the Islanders to his credit. Arizona doesn't play any back to back games this week and it's conceivable that Dominique could be between the pipes all three games this week. Dominigue is available in just over 85 percent of all Major Fantasy Hockey leagues.

Good luck this week Fantasy Hockey General Manager!


Friday, December 18, 2015

Fantasy Basketball: Week Nine Waiver Wire Options



Week nine of the Fantasy Basketball season begins Monday December 21, 2015 and even though there aren’t any games scheduled on the 24th there’s still a full slate of NBA games on the slate. Let’s see what is available on the waiver wire for week nine!

Teams with four games this week are the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs.

The Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors each have two games this week. Every other NBA team has three games on their schedule.

Week Nine Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Options

Shooting Guard/Small Forward: Evan Turner and the Celtics have four games this week and over his past five games Turner is averaging 10.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1 steal while playing almost 30 minutes a night. During that same stretch Turner is shooting 44 percent from the field and 81 percent from the line and is available in just over 65 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Small Forward: Matt Barnes and the Grizzlies have four games this week and over his past five games Barnes is averaging 11.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal playing just under 30 minutes a night. He’s also knocking down 2 triples a night and shooting 45 percent from the floor and 83 percent from the line during that same five game stretch. For the time being Barnes is in the starting lineup and is available in just over 75 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Power Forward/Center: Clint Capela and the Rockets have four games this week and over his past five games is averaging 8.8 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist with 1.5 steals and blocks in just under 22 minutes a night. Awesome 66 percent from the field and miserable 27 percent from the line so unless you’ve decided to scrap free throw percentages I wouldn’t add him in a roto league. Capela is currently available in just over 65 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Power Forward: Ersan Ilyasova and the Detroit Pistons have three games this week and over his last five games he’s averaging 11.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, less than 2 assists with nearly 2 blocks and just over 1 steal per game including 1.6 triples playing 28 minutes a night. Solid 45 percent from the floor and decent 71 percent from the line and Ilyasova is available in just over 70 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Power Forward: Jon Leuer and the Phoenix Suns have three games this week and over the past five games Leuer is averaging 12.4 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal including 1.2 triples in 26 minutes a night. He’s also an exceptional shooter averaging 57 percent from the floor and 87 percent from the line and is currently available in just over 55 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Point Guard/Shooting Guard: Jeremy Lin and the Charlotte Hornets have three games this week and over his last five games Lin is averaging 15.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists with 1.6 blocks per game on 31 minutes a night. During that same five game stretch Lin shot 48 percent from the field and 75 percent from the line. These numbers are a bit skewed as Lin received a start on Thursday and scored 35 points on 47 minutes but he’s still solid coming off of the bench and is available in just over 65 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Small Forward: Omri Casspi and the Sacramento Kings have three games this week and over the last five games has averaged 15 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3 assists and nearly 2 triples playing 36 minutes a night. Solid 48 percent from the floor and less than stellar 53 percent from the line and is available in just over 60 percent of all Major Fantasy Basketball leagues.

Good luck this week Fantasy Basketball owner and as an added bonus have a listen to some great NBA talk including our all NBA “Back Alley” team from my show this past week!!