Fantasy Basketball 2012: Should You Add Jonas, Brother?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IJanuary 5, 2012

AUBURN HILLS, MI - DECEMBER 28: Jonas Jerebko #33 of the Detroit Pistons reacts after making three point shot while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 28, 2011 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Cleveland won the game 105-89. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.   (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko is off to a solid start, averaging 12.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 three-pointers per game.

He only made five of 13 shots last night (.385), but is still shooting 51.7 percent on the year. He has also knocked down an impressive 41.7 percent of his three-pointers. His weakness has been free-throw shooting, as he has only made 60 percent from the charity stripe.

Jerebko had a solid rookie season two years ago averaging 9.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.0 steals and 0.5 three-pointers. He got better as the season went on, averaging 10-plus points, 7-plus rebounds, and 1.7 steals.

He missed all of last year with an Achilles injury.

So far, that injury has not slowed Jonas down. He is averaging 33 minutes per game. As long as he is playing 30-plus minutes, he should be able to help fantasy teams. He’s owned in 45 percent of Yahoo! and 31.8 percent of ESPN leagues.

Jonas is a solid option because of his positional flexibility. He qualifies at both forward positions so you can juggle him around in your lineup as you see fit. He gives you a decent bench option because he can back up both positions.

He also gives you decent three-point shooting for a big man, giving you a bonus if you use him in the PF position. He’s also a solid rebounder, which gives you a bonus if you use him at SF.

Jonas is not going to single-handedly win you a fantasy championship, but he’s a good glue guy if you have a roster spot for him.


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