if your NBA fantasy basketball team is already lagging or if you're just looking to strengthen your squad, consider these players. All are must-adds for Week 3.
Al-Farouq Aminu (NO - SF)
On Saturday, January 7, against the reigning champion Dallas Mavericks, Aminu recorded his first career double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds, with two threes and four steals.
Head coach Monty Williams praised him highly and allowed him to play 44 minutes—more than starting guard Marco Belinelli (17:14 minutes) and forward Carl Landry (28:02 minutes). Although Aminu was starting for Trevor Ariza (groin injury), if he continues playing like this, Aminu will be a solid pickup for any format—just continue monitoring Ariza's comeback, which the Hornets are estimating at a Monday return.
Although, without Chris Paul playing for the New Orleans Hornets, Aminu has more value as a shot creator than Ariza, a player who's a spot-up three-point shooter and a finisher around the rim. Without Eric Gordon (knee injury), the Hornets will need all the offense they can get.
Vladmir Radmanovic (ATL - SF, PF)
Against Derrick Rose and head coach Tom Thibodeau's defensive-minded Chicago Bulls, Radmanovic matched Joe Johnson's offensive output, scoring 17 points (5-of-5 from downtown).
When Radmanovic plays over 27 minutes, as in the Hawks' season-opener against the New Jersey Nets, Atlanta and Co. can walk away with the "W." Without Jamal Crawford, the Hawks need a go-to scorer off the bench.
Since Marvin Williams is now in the starting lineup, look for Radmanovic to get the green light to shoot when he's open around the arc.
Byron Mullens (CHA - C)
The Charlotte Bobcats lack size in the middle, playing Boris Diaw (6'8") at center. Mullens is a true center (7'0") and the Bobcats need him to protect the rim.
Although he's only averaging one block, he's pulling down a good amount of defensive rebounds, including double-digit amounts (totaling 10 points and 11 rebounds) against the Indiana Pacers.
Although he didn't get the start over center DeSagana Diop, Mullens received a whopping 21:17 of playing time over Diop's 16:45. With Brook Lopez out of commission due to a foot injury and Yao Ming retired, Mullens is one of a few centers with a high FT percentage—currently 13-of-13 from the charity stripe.
If Mullens can solidify playing time north of 30 minutes, he should become this year's Kris Humphries.
Iman Shumpert (NY - PG, SG)
Only 31 percent owned in Yahoo! Fantasy leagues, Iman Shumpert should be on your roster, due to his incredible upside at the guard position.
This week, Shumpert totaled six threes, 39 points, 13 assists and eight steals. Since the New York Knicks are without a real guard performing up to par, Shumpert is worthy of a spot on any roster as long as he can outperform guards Toney Douglas and Landry Fields.
While playing in Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced offense, his statistical output should be inflated to fantasy-loving amounts.
Nate Robinson (GS - PG, SG)
Although his spot in head coach Mark Jackson's rotation isn't set, Stephen Curry (ankle injury) must be monitored closely. This week, Curry flew to Charlotte to see Dr. Robert Anderson, who performed surgery on Curry's ankle during the offseason.
Expect Golden State to make a decision on whether or not Curry can play this week (maybe even this season). If the Warriors' upper management decides that it's in Curry's best interest is to sit out the shortened season, expect Robinson to be the greatest benefactor of playing time on the Warriors' roster.
If given the time, I expect Kryptonate to average 15 points, 1.5 threes, five assists and one steal.
Other notable pickups: Derrick Favors (UTA - PF, C); Alonzo Gee (CLE - SG, SF); Matt Barnes (LAL - SG, SF); Chris Andersen (DEN - PF, C); George Hill (IND - PG, SG); Gordon Hayward (UTA - SG, SF); Evan Turner (PHI - SG, SF).