Buy low on Antawn Jamison

December, 13, 2010

Antawn Jamison started his third consecutive game for the Cavs Sunday, and even though he scored just eight points, his value should see a significant boost now that he's in line to earn more than his current 26.1 minutes per game. Jamison has been a fantasy darling in the past, with the ability to score 20 points per game with solid rebounds and steals, and incredibly low turnovers. He's one of the few players in the league capable of flirting with 20 per night while keeping his turnovers close to one per game, and now that he's in the starting lineup for the talent-devoid Cavs, he's an excellent buy-low candidate in turnover formats. He should regain considerable value once he gets his minutes above where they are now, the lowest mark since his rookie season.

Looking Back

Baron Davis finally reclaimed his starting role on Sunday against the Magic, and even though he had just 4 points and 6 assists, consider him worth getting back into your lineup and Eric Bledsoe (15 minutes, 2 points, 1 assist) worth dropping. … Kris Humphries scored 11 points with 11 rebounds Sunday for his second consecutive double-double after three straight games of failing to notch double digits in points or rebounds. He also swatted three shots, putting him at 1.1 blocks per game for the season, which gives him the distinction of being more than just a one-category wonder in rebounds. It looked recently as if his value might diminish, but Troy Murphy is proving to be completely worthless, having not scored or rebounded in double digits since his return after averaging a double-double last season. … Nene scored 26 points on 9-for-13 shooting from the floor and 8-for-10 from the stripe, to go along with 8 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal on Sunday. This comes on the heels of scoring 26 on 9-for-12 shooting Friday. He started the season slowly, with an injury in early November, but he's come on like a beast as of late, with December averages of 19.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.1 blocks while shooting an insane 69.7 percent from the floor and 82.1 percent from the stripe. Nene's money category is field goal percentage, and he's once again among the most helpful players in the league in that area, ranking fifth on the Player Rater for the season, and 11th overall during the past 15 days. … George Hill continues to shine off the bench for the Spurs, dropping 22 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the floor and 9-for-9 from the stripe, to go along with three 3s, two blocks and a steal on Sunday night. It's amazing that he's still available in more than half of ESPN leagues, which is likely due to the fact that he's not in the starting lineup. He's averaging 29.3 minutes in the past 15 days, though, to go along with 16.1 points, 1.6 3s and 1.3 steals, numbers worth starting in basically any format, especially with his 49.4 shooting from the floor and 87.2 from the stripe. Throw in the fact that both Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker have had injury issues in the past, and Hill is a no-brainer in my book. … Jodie Meeks scored just eight points on 2-for-9 shooting Sunday, including 0-for-3 from downtown, after draining 15 3s in the previous three games. He still notched 31 minutes and should continue to be a solid sharpshooter for the Sixers, although expecting around two 3s per game is a much more realisitic expectation, compared with how he came out of the gate as a starter.

Looking Ahead

The Heat and Hornets face off in what should prove to be a defensive showdown, as Miami ranks second in opponents' points scored with New Orleans right behind in third. This is a good game to bench your fringe players on either team, such as James Jones and Marco Belinelli, as it'll likely be far from a shootout. … Brandon Roy is set to play against the Grizzlies on Monday despite aggravating his knee injury Sunday, although I wouldn't be surprised to see his minutes limited. Wesley Matthews should go off, and will likely score more than 20 points against the Grizzlies, who allow 102.1 points per game. … The Jazz were held to their lowest scoring output of the season the last time they faced the Warriors, so look for them to strike back against Golden State, which allows 107.0 points per game to opponents, the third-worst mark in the league.

Josh Whitling is a fantasy basketball analyst for



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