Fantasy Basketball: If You Need Big Man Help, Marreese Speights Can Be an Answer

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IJanuary 9, 2012

In his second game with the Memphis Grizzlies Marreese Speights busted out with 17 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 29 minutes of play.

With Zach Randolph on the shelf more at least another month, Speights should continue to log big minutes for the Grizzlies going forward.

Speights is only shooting 40.0 percent on the year, but that number should increase. He was shooting .492 in his three seasons heading into this year. Right off the bat he should help you in that category.

His career scoring average is just 7.3 ppg, but he only averages 14.7 minutes per game. With roughly a half point every minute, he could be a decent scoring option if he gets to thirty mpg.

He made the most noise in the 2009-2010 season when he started the season off with four 19-point efforts in the first eight games. He returned from injury that December with games of 14, 17,and 28. He was quiet the rest of the year before closing the season with three 20-point showings in the final six games of the season.

He has also shown to be a pretty solid rebounder when he gets the playing time, averaging 6.2 rebounds when he plays at least 20 minutes throughout his career.

His per 48 minute averages are 24.3 ppg, 12.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.7 bpg, 1.0 spg. With his extended playing time he could become useful in FG percentage, Points, Rebounds, and blocks. He’s a career 75.6 free-throw shooter so he won’t hurt much in that category.

Speights is owned in less than ten percent of fantasy leagues. That number will rise quickly so grab him if you need a big man.


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